Mastung sectarian killings: Committee formed to probe massacre

Published: September 22, 2011
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Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the killing of community members in Quetta on September 21, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the killing of community members in Quetta on September 21, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani formed a committee on Thursday to probe the killing of 26 pilgrims in the Ganjidori area of Mastung on September 20.

The committee comprises Interior Secretary Major (R) Chaudhry Qamar Zaman, Inspector General (IG) Balochistan Police Rao Mohammad Amin Hashim, Commissioner of Quetta and Khuzdar Division Naseem Lehri, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Ehsan Mahboob, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Quetta Shaukat Ali Maraghzani and Mastung DC Noorul Haq Baloch.

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The committee has been asked to present its report in 15 days.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Mir Zafarullah Zehri chaired a meeting in which he ordered the cancellation of routes of the company which was transporting the pilgrims.

The decision was taken because the company had not informed the authorities about its itinerary, which resulted in the authorities failing to provide security to the pilgrims.

It was also decided that two levies force squads will assist pilgrims during their future journeys. Transporters will now have to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the concerned authorities before travelling.

Background

At least 26 people were killed and six others injured in Ganjidori area of Mastung, about 30 kilometres southeast of Quetta, when a group of armed men attacked a passenger bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Quetta to Iran.

Hours later, three more people, hailing from the Hazara community, were gunned down near Akhtarabad area of Quetta as their rescue team made its way to the site of the bus attack. Two others were also shot.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Zeeshan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Where is the honorable Chief justice and his justice? Perhaps it seems that he is supporting a specific ideology as courts are frequently releasing such criminals who are involved in such killings.

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  • Ali Mardan
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:27AM

    What happened to the previously formed probe committees’ reports, obviously no result. Same would happen with this committee. I advise all victims of this tragic incident not to have good expectations. Recommend

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