Sectarian attack: Gunmen kill Shia judge, two others in Quetta

Gunmen were waiting for him at a railway crossing, say police officials.


Afp August 30, 2012

QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Shia Muslim judge along with his driver and police bodyguard on Saryab Road, Thursday, in a suspected sectarian attack, police said.

The incident took place in Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich province of Baluchistan, as Zulfiqar Naqvi was travelling to his office.

"Gunmen were waiting for him at a railway crossing, the moment the car slowed down, the assailants sprayed bullets and fled," senior police officer Wazir Khan Nasir told AFP.

"The target of the attack was the judge and it appeared to be a sectarian incident."

Khalid Mazoor, another senior police officer, confirmed the killings and added the gunmen were riding a motorbike.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack but Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has been a flashpoint for violence between majority Sunni and Shia, who make up around 20 percent of the population.

Sectarian conflict has left thousands of people dead since the late 1980s, and the province also suffers Taliban attacks and a separatist insurgency.

Baloch rebels rose up in 2004, demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region's oil, gas and mineral resources.

Bomb blasts and attacks on police and security forces are frequent in the province, which is one of the most deprived areas of Pakistan.

COMMENTS (59)

Khurram Abbas | 9 years ago | Reply

@realist: Is Pakistan your father's property or what. why don't you guys leave to Saudi .

Omar Afzal | 9 years ago | Reply

This must be pretty frustrating for Shias. It is for me. After reading some of the comments I got this idea that people think of the CJ as some kind of hero-judge who has never practiced judicial restraint all his life. Folks thats not the case the outcry of Shias is correct. CJ is always standing on the corner giving a tao to his mustaches and taking suo moto on petty matters. So why not now ? Could it be that like army and PTI and PML-N the CJ too is politicized. My condolences to Shia community. I can see this is not going anywhere good. Very shameful IK and Nawaz Sharif sb. We had hoped you could bring an equilibrium to this messy situation in Pakistan but you guys did not even bother to denounce it once. Probably you think it is better not to make a big deal out of this could affect your voters. I hope this phlegm is not a part of the notorious change plan @IK.

P.S: Interestingly some of the comments talked about why divide Muslims into sects just label it a Muslim Judge shot dead. This media has done it for a very long time. Not fruitful.

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