Gunmen kill seven Shias in Quetta: Police

Published: September 1, 2012
An ethnic Hazara shouts slogans while condemning the killings of relatives outside a hospital, where their bodies are located, in Quetta September 1, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

An ethnic Hazara shouts slogans while condemning the killings of relatives outside a hospital, where their bodies are located, in Quetta September 1, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: Gunmen shot dead seven Shias in two separate incidents in Balochistan on Saturday, police said. The incidents took place near Quetta.

“Four gunmen riding two motorbikes intercepted a bus near Hazar Ganji area, pulled five Shia vegetable sellers off the vehicle and shot them dead,” senior local police official Wazir Khan Nasir told AFP.

He said in a second incident, two motorbike riders sprayed bullets at two Shias in the Hazar Ganji area, on the outskirts of Quetta, killing both of them.

Another local police official Mukhtar Musakhel confirmed the incident and casualties.

Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks.

FC given police powers for two months

The provincial government of Balochistan on Saturday decided to delegate powers of the police to the Frontier Corps in a bid to improve the law and order situation particularly after several incidents of targeted sectarian killings in the province.

FC personnel can now make arrests, search houses and detain people for questioning, an official said.

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Reader Comments (78)

  • Asim
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:49AM

    Is there any governemement in pakistan?


  • Concerned
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:49AM

    This madness has to stop.The state has to ensure safety of all citizens irrespective of their religions persuasion.If tae cannot ensure safety,it should resign.


  • Hasnain
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:51AM

    Not a single good news from Balochistan….I am waiting for the day when I would see anything positive on Balochistan page of ET.Recommend

  • Mir Ali Naqi
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:53AM

    Ya Imam-e-Zaman(A.S)


  • Ali Mirza
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:56AM

    The mullas will condemn atrocities in Myarmar, Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan but not this atrocity in Quetta…


  • Sohaib
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:56AM

    If the headline didn’t say hazara it’d be better! Ethnicites should never be mentioned here! Least our papers could do is bring the people together! This definitely doesn’t help!


  • Zafar
    Sep 1, 2012 - 12:07PM

    Why isn’t the same level of coverage given when settlers are killed in balochistan? why the silence from the media when the victims are punjabis?Hazaras and punjabis are all pakistanis,there should be equal coverage by the media.It’s equally sad when any of them are killed.


  • Sep 1, 2012 - 12:07PM

    Dear readers, please suggest how to combat this growing sectarian violence?


  • Miya Mitthooo
    Sep 1, 2012 - 12:12PM

    The common citizens of Pakistan are feeling helpless. What can they do? Best policy is to keep quiet and save your own life! But that won’t solve the problem. Should we just grin and bear it then?


  • SaneVoice
    Sep 1, 2012 - 12:25PM

    The Government has failed therefore everyone should take arms to secure themselves. To counter terrorism the best option at the moment is defend yourself by arming yourself. Do or Die.


  • gp65
    Sep 1, 2012 - 12:39PM

    @Sohaib: “If the headline didn’t say hazara it’d be better! Ethnicites should never be mentioned here! Least our papers could do is bring the people together! This definitely doesn’t help!”

    These people were killed because they were Shia. If you want to bring the people together then the killings need to stop. Just hiding facts will not change relaity.


  • Niz
    Sep 1, 2012 - 12:46PM

    Excuse me ET!!! no shias died, Muslims died and more importantly, Humans were targeted….this is an attrocity committed on humanity not only on our shia brothers..
    We are in this together and Inshallah by Allah Mercy we will fight this together..


  • jagirdara
    Sep 1, 2012 - 1:04PM

    As a shia i demand a province for us with complete autonomy.


  • Sep 1, 2012 - 1:43PM

    A time will come when cornered to wall the shias will be constrained to raise gun in protest and self Pakistan.


  • Loki
    Sep 1, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Yet another black day for all of us. I dont get it if the govt has failed to protect the citizens then why are they still sitting in the parliament. The most insane govt ever. They have failed to protect anyone from Minorities to Muslims.


  • Zabandraz
    Sep 1, 2012 - 2:06PM

    It is simply not possible that the Agencies and the people who matter are not aware of the people who are killing SHIAS. They know but stopping this requires GUTS and POLITICAL WILL and that is what our leadership and those who are in power, lack.


  • Peace please
    Sep 1, 2012 - 2:51PM

    Shia Holocaust in the land of pure


  • Kiani
    Sep 1, 2012 - 2:56PM

    its not about shia sunni’s here atleast the writers here should stop trying to make it a religious issue…. just a week back i read a title 4 shia’s and 3 others died… i mean what is this nonsense… its humans here, muslim’s here dying…. innocent people…. stop creating a hatred rampage here… please be professionals… and please someone from our so called gov and law enforcement open your eyes…. your country is dying and bleeding to death…. somebody do something….


  • Gen Zia Ul Haq ka baab
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:15PM

    Blame all those “ordinary citizens” theat allowed ZAB and Zia to take us down the road of Mullahasation , blame all those ordinary citizens that remained quiet when Pakistani Ahmadi Musilms and Pakistan Christians and Pakistani Hindus were being targeted , Blame all those Mullah and TV hosts like aalim online that promote extremism and convince ordinary Pakistanis that this behaviour is OK
    May Allah take the departerd souls of these 7 Pakistani brothers into his care and shower their families with his blessings.
    This Madness has to STOP and only the citizens of Pakistan can make this happen with a complete mindset change. Nobody has the right to declare anyone non muslim – leave that to AllahRecommend

  • Ayaz Munir
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:16PM

    All this began as a result of talibans influence on the country during zia’s Era , but still after so many killings we fools would consider Taliban & zia to be good muslimsRecommend

  • Nee.
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:20PM

    I fail to understand the people, who blatantly rant that, ‘Please Stop calling them Shias. They are humans, pakistanis, musalmans..’ Seriously? Is it that hard to comprehend that they are being brutally massacred on the basis of their beliefs not their nationality or species. Instead of focusing on the Big Picture that how to prevent this from happening. These people are more focused on that what the victims should be classified as. Good Going. Recommend

  • Syed
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:31PM

    @Ali Mirza:
    They will not even condemn attrocities in Palestine and Iraq and Afghanistan. Same animals have slaughtered people in Afghanistan for years and years but these mullahs called it ‘shariat’ and jihad’


  • Faaltu mein khwam kha
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:51PM

    so what do you propose to be the headline? some homo sapiens killed in Quetta.


  • Farhan
    Sep 1, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Why is emergency not being enforced in Baluchistan, these sectarian outfits have to be exterminated in extra judicial encounters and mercilessly and then thrown to vultures to eat, they dont deserve any sympathy.


  • Baloch
    Sep 1, 2012 - 4:23PM

    @Hasnain that day the title will read “Balochistan got its independence, a long waited dream of every Baloch”


  • I am Sam
    Sep 1, 2012 - 4:27PM

    My Dear Pakistani brothers & sisters,

    There are only two practical ways in which you will be free of sectarian killings – the first is if you become a Sufi and the second is if you become an Atheist (not a communist). Being a Sufi means your heart is filled with love and you will love all mankind alike – Momin & Kafir – there is non-duality (Advaita) – you and I are one and the same. An atheist does not believe in God so it does not matter what your religion is.

    The Salafi path on which Pakistan and many other Muslim countries are on will only lead to violence – initially directed towrads non-muslim minorities and when they are difficult to find muslim minorities will be targeted and when these are gone, the Salafis will target each other. The color of your clothes, length of your beard, the manner of walking, which books you keep in your house, etc etc will all be points on which you will be discriminated against and maybe killed.

    Human society will gradually evolve to look like this –

    Sufism will turn a desert into a garden and Salafism will turn a garden into a desert.

    Where do you want to stay?


  • Sep 1, 2012 - 4:27PM

    If nobody has claimed the responsibility, we can put the blame on India.


  • dpd
    Sep 1, 2012 - 4:32PM

    A shia is a MUSLIM.
    A sunni is a MUSLIM.
    A deobandi is a MUSLIM.
    A barelvi is a MUSLIM.
    An ahmeddi is a MUSLIM.
    The land, PAKISTAN was created for the MUSLIMS.
    In MECCA all muslims are ONE.
    The simple CLOTH adorned, makes us one.
    And yet we have not learned the true meaning of ISLAM?


  • gred
    Sep 1, 2012 - 4:33PM

    silent, efficient and better way of cleaning nonsunnis.


  • Logic Europe
    Sep 1, 2012 - 4:46PM

    This is the result of attacking and weakening the government and PMLN and Imran khan alongwith judiciary are responsible.


  • M M Malik
    Sep 1, 2012 - 4:47PM

    This is not Islam. The killers are not Muslims. Even if the killers consider Shias as non-Muslims the killing is totally against the teachings of Islam.
    The hearts of all Muslims bleed with sorrow!


  • Ali Awan
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:06PM

    As a Sunni I recommend you to leave Pakistan and setlle in Irana. Over there you will get full autonomy. Pakistan is just for Pakistanis. Any one asking for separate place is pursuing the agenda of the enemies of Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad…..


  • Naseer Khan
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:11PM

    The mayhem of sectarian and minorities killing will stop only when our political leadership breaks the self imposed shell of political expediency and take on the bigotry forces.


  • Asif Ali khan
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Pakistan is very unfortunate country and we are very unfortunate people.our rulers committed great sins and crimes in the name of religion.Religion was the basic issue for creating this million were killed in 1947 and a million were killed in 1971, millions were made refugees. In the recent wave of militancy one hundred Pakistani citizens,soldiers and police were the last 65 years serious problems were mishandled.We have become an intolerant crowd.A few days back I was watching a TV programe in which Dr A.Q khan said about a minority that they are ghadars, the host Liaqat amir and the people sitting start clapping.I believe every one is trying its best to ruin this society.Writ of state don’t exist, it exists only for small criminals and the big shots are destroying the society, I warned that if society collapses it will be very destructive and dangerous even than the collapse of state.Common Shia and Sunni are just like brothers, but the extremists religious are cutting the roots of this brother hood.there should be equal rights for minorities and no different laws. Pakistani Muslims are living arond the world in non Muslim states, we must consider the welfare of them while making policies for minorities in Pakistan.


  • bilal
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:21PM

    We are tired of this government but we are the one who nominated them. think before you vote or you will keep on losing your loved ones. stand for a change


  • Ali Abbas
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:34PM

    fear the time when shia retailated. no one can control the bloodshed if that thing happen. we all know how is behiend the killing and from where they are coming.


  • Babloo
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:35PM

    The shias better organize themselvs in Pakistan. The state is gradually turning against them.
    After all Ahmedis are dead or gone, it may be the turn of Shias next.
    Remember, Hindus were same % of the population as Shias are today.
    How Hindus have now practically vanished from Pakistan.


  • shafique
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Where is the cheaf justice to take sue motto ?Recommend

  • mr. righty rightist
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:53PM



    But you can put the blame on India even if somebody claims responsibility.


  • shafique
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:53PM

    Where is the sue motto???
    Where is the sue motto???
    Where is the sue motto???
    Where is the sue motto???
    Where is the sue motto???


  • Imran Malik
    Sep 1, 2012 - 5:59PM

    Situation is even worst than Banana Republic!


  • nomi
    Sep 1, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Now, aren’t the Shias justified in demanding a separate homeland as they fear a majority?

    Islamic Republic of Shiaistan should be seriously considered.


  • A Shia from Quetta
    Sep 1, 2012 - 6:23PM

    I am a Shia from Quetta. My parents migrated to Pahistan from India. Now, I want to migrate back to India along with my family. Can someone guide me how to apply for that? Do I have a case?


  • Nadir
    Sep 1, 2012 - 6:35PM

    We must search for foreign hand, CIA-RAW-Mossad links.


  • Qalunder
    Sep 1, 2012 - 6:36PM

    The Republic of Baluchistan ? seeds are sown. for a Shia State on the frontier with Iran.Also needed is a Republic of Ahmadia ..carve it out of District Shaikupura and Gujranwala combined ….and while at it please the Principality of Yassu Massi …maybe south of Lahore stretching till Multan and from there onwards The Saraiki Province can begin….Now hard could all that be …?


  • Sep 1, 2012 - 6:44PM

    the state cant maksure safety of shia community as well as other religious minorities…top brass of establishment is morally mentally corrupt and coward,,,they only want continuation of their exploitation and are afraid for their lives..the only solution is political revolution, to demolish old state structure and building of new state structure as old one is just a failure…for shias i ll say…sawari apne samaan ki khud hifazat karre, kisi nuqsaan ki zimadari intizamia(state) pur aaid na hogi…i mean self defence is only viable pathway…marna to yun bhi hai aur yun bhi…why not die fighting…


  • Sep 1, 2012 - 6:55PM

    shia community will have to finally decide…its their ethenic cleansing…they have two ways only ,,,either die crying or die fighting taliban,,,if they cant counter strike on the nurseries of taliban i.e. their madrassas,,,they shouldnt cry…it will bring about no change if they as community take no decision,,,not whole sunni majority is their enemy…only taliban and allies are,, these monsters can be resisted by will ,determination and right approach…also they must be active in sociopolitical change in country to abolish capitalism and for revolution of working class…as it will lead to long lasting solution…


  • Raw is War
    Sep 1, 2012 - 7:05PM

    @ A Shia from Quetta

    very sad to see that you are stuck in such a place. In India Shias have full protection. Nobody can touch them. But allowing Muslim immigration to India (anyways it is happening from Bangladesh side) is very dangerous for our country. Need to understand that.

    If the Muslim population increases beyond 30% (Muslims have 6 kids vs 1 or 2 for Hindus), there will be bad law and order situation in the country. Once they cross 50%, you have to be ready with Pakistan-2. There will be killing of minorities (again Hindus, Shias, Ahmedis, Christians etc). Both Pakistan and India will be 100% Sunni Barelvi/Deobandi.Recommend

  • Indian Catholic
    Sep 1, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @A Shia from Quetta: I am a Shia from Quetta. My parents migrated to Pahistan from India. Now, I want to migrate back to India along with my family. Can someone guide me how to apply for that? Do I have a case?
    Understand your sentiment, but I don’t think it will be easy. Depending on when you were born and documentary evidence such as whether your father was an Indian citizen at the time of your birth, you may or may not be eligible for Indian citizenship. Some information is here.
    Would urge you to contact other members of your community in India and abroad and see what you can come up with. I have known many Shias of various sects in India throughout my life and I can tell you that they have some of the most vibrant communities and are well to do. Trust you know that India has the second largest Shia community after Iran.


  • imran
    Sep 1, 2012 - 7:17PM

    this newspaper i biased…it i against shias.its confirmed.Recommend

  • Bala
    Sep 1, 2012 - 7:38PM

    Shias must organize themself…they are the new Jews of Pakistan…they must migrate or fight …while the Direct Action Day of Shias is continuing

    As an Indian, I hope Pakistanis get the wisdom to love all shades of Islam as Pure.


  • Deepjyoti Gogoi
    Sep 1, 2012 - 8:03PM

    @A Shia from Quetta:

    I am a Shia from Quetta. My parents migrated to Pahistan from India. Now,
    I want to migrate back to India along with my family. Can someone guide me
    how to apply for that? Do I have a case?

    Check back when you have had enough of Islam and are ready to return to your original Buddhist/Jain/Sikh/Hindu faith. Until then, sorry, no case.


  • aftab
    Sep 1, 2012 - 8:07PM

    @I am Sam:
    Excellent; what possible would be the ‘big picture’ in the future as Muslim societies are evolving is suburb with a and example of baboons. thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  • LucknowiShiaDoctor
    Sep 1, 2012 - 8:23PM

    My last submission was not posted because I said I would be dead by now had I lived in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Sep 1, 2012 - 9:14PM

    curse on these zionist who are killing inocent people


  • Jadugar
    Sep 1, 2012 - 9:18PM

    @ Ali Awan:

    I suggest you go live in wahabistan, land carved out of Arab land especially for those Muslim who practise killing, beheading and all the unisllamic deeds in the name of Islam, even better would be Gauntanamo, where people will teach you to be more civilized.


  • Sep 1, 2012 - 10:19PM

    @Ali Awan:
    As a Sunni, instead of telling a Shia Pakistani to exit, to satisfy your prejudices, why don’t you stand up and protect your minority, or at the very least condemn the atrocity and cleansing agenda, which you don’t do, instead of bigoted demonization of ethnic or sectarian minorities as ‘enemies of Pakistan’ who are within their rights to demand autonomy from discrimination and persecution, and faux sanitizing rhetoric of ‘Pakistan for Pakistanis’ which seems like code for a Sunni only state?


  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Sep 1, 2012 - 10:34PM

    Weak sight CJ and Terror Sympathizers will be rejoicing….

    GOD’s Mill grind slowly but never stays silent….


  • Mahakaalchakra
    Sep 1, 2012 - 10:46PM

    @Ali Mirza:

    You are partially correct. Why blame only Mullah?

    There are more non-mullah in Pakistan who show crocodile’s tears at the killing of Muslims by NON-Muslims. Looks like their guidebook allow killing of Muslims by Muslims as one group will go to Jannat to meet 72 damsels.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Sep 1, 2012 - 10:49PM

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a shia, organized muslims against Hindus and unleashed the day of direct action against Hindus. I hope, shais , do not end up paying a price for the action and ideology of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.


  • Mahakaalchakra
    Sep 1, 2012 - 10:55PM

    I have a solution to solve this problem:

    All Shias living in Pakistan must relocate themselves to Gilgit-Baltistan which used to be a majority Shia territory in Kashmir state. Once in G-B, they can ask Pakistan government go for much-cherished plebesite by Pakistan government. This will bring Sunni establishment to admit and change their behaviors else G-B can merge with the Indian Kashmir where Shias are living peacefully in Kargil and many other areas. There are between 15 to 20% of the population that means almost 30 to 35 million. If half of them move to G-B, things will become better for them.


  • Déjà vu
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:00PM

    Hope someone from the South block and Govt. of India monitors what is happening in Pakistan.The writing is on the wall.Time to prepare for a new refugee crisis.All the border states Gujarat,Rajasthan,Punjab and J&K should began preparing to handle the exodus from the western border.


  • Mahakaalchakra
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:05PM


    The 2-nation theory has wheels within wheels. Muslims can not live with Hindus. Sunnis can not live with Ahmadiyas. Similarly Sunnis and Shias can not live together in one country.

    I will urge all Shias in Pakistan to relocate to Gilgit-Baltistan and declare autonomy as Pakistan constitution does not recognize Kashmir territory as part of Pakistan. G-B with Shia majority may have close business and social bonds with Shias of Indian Kashmir next door in Kargil and the rest of India. One of Iranian Ayatollah (big one) was from Lucknow, India.


  • mohsin
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:23PM

    Nazi Germany was more secure for Jews then today’s Pakistan.


  • Syed
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:29PM

    May Allah destroy these killers and their supporters. May Allah burn them in the lowest level of hell forever. These cowards can only attack the innocent harmless civilians.


  • Jadugar
    Sep 1, 2012 - 11:32PM

    @ Mahakaal……whatever!!!!

    Better solution yet, Just drop your religion and your concocted belief the entire world will come to peace. You really need to rethink your beliefs. You have become a misfit and an outcast in this morden day and age. Recommend

  • Sep 1, 2012 - 11:54PM

    @Pakistani Hindu:

    Do away with everything to do with nationalist Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni Islamist extremist ideology and militancy.

    Everything, including our biased mindsets and apathy needs to be scrubbed. Gun culture, abandoning proxies, sincerely crackdown on all militants instead of appeasing them, actually enforcing, banning, arresting and convicting religious extremist groups and their political associates (but instead they are showcased at DPC), and many other long term things like addressing hate, bigotry and violence in textbooks, improve critical thinking education instead of conspiratorial nationalist lunacy, promote secular laws instead of twisted religious dogmatic and discriminatory ones, etc.

    Unfortunately we have a large segment of society, including those at the top, who in a twisted way excuse such elements due to incompetent self-serving corruption or regressive religious prejudiced and violence condoning mindsets.


  • 4ever
    Sep 2, 2012 - 12:16AM

    its not about shia sunni’s here atleast the writers here should stop trying to make it a religious issue…. just a week back i read a title 4 shia’s and 3 others died… i mean what is this nonsense… its humans here, muslim’s here dying…. innocent people…. stop creating a hatred rampage here… please be professionals… and please someone from our so called gov and law enforcement open your eyes…. your country is dying and bleeding to death…. somebody do something


  • Muhammad
    Sep 2, 2012 - 1:34AM

    And a Muslim kills Muslim :(


  • Logic Europe
    Sep 2, 2012 - 1:38AM

    sir what you mean by weak sight ?.@True Voice of Pakistan:


  • waqas
    Sep 2, 2012 - 1:48AM

    if this govt cant stop innocent killings , we can stop them coming next time in power . thumbs up if you guys agreed to me.


  • Ahmed
    Sep 2, 2012 - 9:09AM

    Those people here that are commenting that the article here should not mention that hazaras or shias were killed because what’s going on in Pakistan is just lawlessness with all being affected, I’m assuming that you would also agree then that what happened in Gujarat in India after godhra was also not an attack on Muslims but just random violence and lawlessness as happens in India against the Naxalites, Assamese, Biharis etc? Which of course are again not attacks against those communities but a general state of impunity, right? When you want to figure out what’s wrong with Pakistan go no further than looking in the mirrror. It is you- your two faced hypocrisy, bigotry, cowardice, stupidity and shamelessness is what’s causing pakistan’s fall into the abyss


  • zabandraz
    Sep 2, 2012 - 12:44PM

    This is not silent!! The AK 47’s make a lot of noise and this is RUTHLESS KILLING / MURDERRecommend

  • The Straight Path
    Sep 2, 2012 - 9:55PM

    The World awaits justice, justice awaits Mehdi (A.S)!


  • Shahzore Farid
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:36AM

    I have been hearing news of Shias being killed in Quetta since three years now.And I am tired now,someone has to do something about it.The government and even the Police is not doing anything.Sad =(Recommend

  • Sep 3, 2012 - 5:18AM

    @A Shia from Quetta:
    You could contact your relatives in India and find out. Your parents as you say were from India. They could approach a lawyer from India especially the place they were originally from- for example the mohalla or area in India. I donot know how it works, but I can assure you the Shias of India live a very good life. They are from all walks of life, doctors, engineers, teachers, in the armed forces [ like chief of air staff Idris Hassan Latif – you can see his wiki] but are businessmen mostly. It must be so distressing for you in your present situation but I can only advise you. India is a big country and there is always place for it’s children.


  • Sep 3, 2012 - 5:24AM

    I have a feeling that India is soon going to have a refugee crisis.


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 3, 2012 - 11:43AM

    @A Shia from Quetta:

    I am a Shia from Quetta. My parents
    migrated to Pahistan from India. Now,
    I want to migrate back to India along
    with my family. Can someone guide me
    how to apply for that? Do I have a

    No. You don’t have a case. Do us a favor and don’t come back. At least have the character to stick by your decisions.


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