Sectarian violence: Hazara women protest against killings in Quetta

Published: April 17, 2012
Procession, organised by Wahdatul Muslimeen, started from Nichari Imam Bargah, culminated at the Hazara graveyard. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

Procession, organised by Wahdatul Muslimeen, started from Nichari Imam Bargah, culminated at the Hazara graveyard. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

QUETTA: Scores of women took to the streets in Quetta to condemn the unending targeted killings of members of the Hazara community on Tuesday.

The procession, organised by Wahdatul Muslimeen, started from Nichari Imam Bargah on Alamdar Road and culminated at the Hazara graveyard where they raised slogans against the government and law enforcement agencies for their failure to curb the incidents of targeted killings in Quettta.

The protesting women of the Hazara community were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans like “Stop the genocide of Hazara community”, “End target killing.”

The protestors also offered fateha at the graveyard for the departed.

The Hazara community has been protesting for the past one week, demanding that the government take action against the target killers.

As many as 19 people belonging to the Hazara community have been killed in incidents of targeted killings in Quetta during the past one week.

Stringent security measures have been adopted in and around Quetta with a huge deployment of Frontier Corps (FC), police, Balochistan Levies and other law enforcement agencies.

The government has extended the ban on pillion riding and display of arms in the city, while hundreds of motorcyclists were detained over violating the ban.

According to a senior official of Balochistan government, law enforcement agencies have launched a targeted operation against the terrorists fanning sectarian violence in the city.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Aristo
    Apr 17, 2012 - 2:00PM

    The Balochistan Hazaras need to ask UN for help to protect them from ethnic cleansing.

    This is a GENOCIDE.


  • Lawangin
    Apr 17, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Et is also plyaing with news. It took a dubious banner with anti America slogan but the details did not refer in any form to that slogan.


  • Uza Syed
    Apr 17, 2012 - 2:48PM

    This has got to stop and now. It’s not enough that women or any specific group of victims protest, we all, every one of us, man, woman and child must protest this slow killing of our nation. Silence is criminal now, you just can’t sit back and watch while Pakistanis are being killed in the name of religion with every murder a bit of Pakistan is being killed. Wake up and reist this with all our might.


  • Shahzad
    Apr 17, 2012 - 2:52PM

    So, this is the Land of the Pure!!!


  • basit
    Apr 17, 2012 - 3:04PM

    There is an ongoing attempt by the “agencies” to misrepresent this as ethnic violence.

    It is not ethnic violence, but Shia genocide, pure and simple.


  • Apr 17, 2012 - 3:07PM

    who is asking for ur suggestions ?


  • pakistani
    Apr 17, 2012 - 3:34PM

    We all are Pakistani and do not differentiate on these base baluchi ,punjabi etc we all are pakistani and if any balochi is killed its means pakistani is killed.We are a one nation and balochis are our brother and we do not tolerate the target killing in Baluchistan. on the the behalf of all pakistanis I request to the higher authorities please take an action and solve this problem as soon as possible



  • inch
    Apr 17, 2012 - 3:55PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    who cares pakistan politics!!


  • ALi
    Apr 17, 2012 - 5:37PM

    ethnic? Dude its sectarian!!!

    why is it always when a Shia dies then a Sunni talks about everything is Ok and we all are Muslims or Pakistanis…crap!

    unless our Sunni brothers won’t stand with us very soon it will come to them.


  • asad
    Apr 17, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Dividing Shia genocide into Balti genocide, Hazara genocide, and Turi genocide only serves to obfuscate the issue, causing confusion, and enabling further killing.

    Shia are being killed across all provinces.

    Call it like it is: Shia genocide.


  • kamran
    Apr 17, 2012 - 5:40PM

    These people are not being killed because they are Pakistani.

    They are being killed because they are Shia.


  • Taha
    Apr 17, 2012 - 6:46PM

    I agreed strongly that its just a genocide of shias. all over Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pakistani first
    Apr 18, 2012 - 4:16AM

    Adapted from a famous German saying:

    First they came for the Ahmedis,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Ahmedi.

    Then they came for the Hindus,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Hindu.

    Then they came for the Shias,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Shia.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    Please Pakistanis wake up we do not need this Wahabi Islam in our country. We were a peace loving and cultured country before Zia-ul-Haq decided to make us another Saudi Arabia.


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