Attack on Hazaras: Politicians demand state protect Shia community

Published: October 4, 2011
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Relatives of the victims of Akhtarabad bus attack prepare the funerals. PHOTO: BANARAS KHAN/EXPRESS

Relatives of the victims of Akhtarabad bus attack prepare the funerals. PHOTO: BANARAS KHAN/EXPRESS

Politicians including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain condemned the target killing of 14 ethnic Hazaras in Quetta today (Tuesday).

They labelled the murder of the Hazaras as sectarian terrorism that needs to be curbed.

Khan, in a press release issued from his party office said that the responsibility for these deaths fell squarely on the current corrupt government who had failed in its duty to protect its citizens.

He said that due to this attitude of the government, the integrity of the state had been put in jeopardy.

MQM, in its released statement said that the state must prosecute the elements responsible for this heinous act.

They demanded that the state should take notice of the killing and take steps to ensure the protection of the people.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • faraz
    Oct 4, 2011 - 9:22PM

    TTP, whom Imran calls pushtoon nationalists, is in alliance with LeJ and other sectarian terrorist groups. All these were once our strategic assets that were nurtured not by the corrupt civilian government; everyone is not a fool out there. Should the government initiate a dialogue with LeJ and accept their demand of eliminating all minority sects.

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  • Gen Pasha (retd)
    Oct 4, 2011 - 9:26PM

    We must protect all Pakistanis be they Ahmadis, Shias , Sunnis, or Christians. Anyone commits murder in the name of Allah must be dealt with an Iron Fist

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 4, 2011 - 9:49PM

    Now please no body say imran khan not saying anything this madness must stop and
    in holy quran word insaan came when god said killing of one human is worth of killing
    whole world its doesnot said killing of muslim so please no matter who it is shia sunnis,
    ahmedis, hindus, sikh, christian, palestinian, kashmiris, afghan or pakistanis.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Where are the leaders of major political parties. More so the largest, richest political party, the army & ISI Chief. In the APC there were so many people present, now there are only a couple of names, what a shame! Where is the outrage on the murders of peaceful citizens? There is so much reaction and anger at the killing of just one man OBL but not much reaction on the series of killings in Bulochistan.

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  • Shahid
    Oct 5, 2011 - 12:33AM

    Problems will not stop until we start believing in humanity and accept that all humans are equal. As long as we continue to believe that being Muslim makes you somehow superior or better than other human beings the problems will continue and extend in believes of superiority or inferiority of other subgroups.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 1:10AM

    Responsibility doesn’t solely lie on Government but the ‘agencies’ as well. They should have enough brains to mark and apprehend Jhang based culprits working under the nose of Rana Sana ullah.

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  • Niaz Hussain Shah
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:10AM

    It is the responsibility of the state to protect its citizens. The killing of innocent people is not accepted. Killings on the ethnic, sectarian, racial and religion grounds is unacceptable in Qauid-e-Azam’s Pakistan.

    Qur’an says: KILLING ONE HUMAN BEING IS LIKE KILLING WHOLE OF HUMANITY.

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  • Aniq
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:56AM

    @Mirza:
    mirza you are well known indian troll
    All parties condemned the attacks

    APC was to show unity because of mullen threats. There was no APC over OBL death. and if you went to parliament today you would see Parliament discussed in dept the hazara massacre.

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  • l'humaniste
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Islam the best religion in the world and Muslims the worst lot in the world.

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  • Cycloneous
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:41AM

    @l’humaniste

    I’m not trying to offend you, but the problem is that islam is part of the problem. Until you get people to re-evaluate their religious text in terms of modern day practices, the problem with islamic countries is not going to go away!

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