Four Hazara traders shot dead, two injured

Raza Hussain, whose vehicle was fired at was the owner of an electronics shop in the area.

Muhammad Zafar/afp July 15, 2013
A Pakistani plainclothes police officer looks at a bullet-riddled vehicle after an attack by gunmen in Quetta on July 15, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Gunmen opened fire on a vehicle in the Masjid Road area of Quetta city on Monday, killing four people from the Shia community, police said.

Two passers-by were also seriously wounded.

"All the four victims were Shia," Fayyaz Sumbal, a senior police official in Quetta told media, adding that the attackers fled the scene after the shooting.

Rahim Khan, another police official in Quetta, confirmed the incident and said that the attackers came in a white-coloured car and sprayed bullets on the victims who were travelling in another vehicle.

"Apparently it was a sectarian attack," Khan said.

The CCPO said that there is shortage of police personnel and that police officials cannot be deployed for every individual.

The dead bodies were shifted to a Civil Hospital Quetta while police officials cordoned off the area for further investigation.

"The firing spread panic in the area and the few shops that were then open, closed down," said Express News corresspondent Mehmood.

"Raza Hussain, whose vehicle was fired at was the owner of an electronics shop in the area and was going home after closing shop," reported Mehmood, adding that the incident took place shortly before Iftar.

The other three deceased were identified as Ali Raza, Idress and Raza Muhammad while Syed Faizul Haq and Taqi Muhammad were injured.

Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) condemned the killing and announced a shutter down strike for Tuesday to protest against the incident.

Balochistan Shia Conference, Majlis Wadat-ul-Muslimeen and other Shia organizations have announced three days of mourning in protest.

A number of protesters rushed to the Civil Hospital Quetta after the incident and blocked the Jinnah Road by placing barricades.

Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch strongly condemned the incident and directed authorities concerned for early arrest of perpetrators involved in the incident.

HDP District Secretary Bostan Ali while talking to The Express Tribune condemned the killing of Hazara community.

Majlis Wadat-ul-Muslimeen MPA Sayed Muhamamd Raza appealed to the government to take action against sectarian attacks.


Baloch | 8 years ago | Reply

[email protected]: you really hit the nail on the head by saying that merely Hazaras are being targeted . This is an open secret to act upon the agenda of "Divide and Rule" dear , everybody knows who is doing this and who is the force behind it ... All I can say is Only peace please feel mercy now. you have shed much bloods of the innocents ..

Adnan | 8 years ago | Reply

@Baji Jee: It's Hazara killing not Shia killing, If it's Shia Killing than why only HAZARA are the soft targets, it's expected 20% of population of Pakistan is Shia, so why the HAZARA'S are targeted only here is few statistics from last three years In 2013 total Shia martyr in Pakistan is 300, only in Balochistan specially in Quetta more than 230 HAZARA has been martyr, It's Hazara Killing not Shia Killing In 2012 total shia martyr in Pakistan is 350 more than 130 HAZARA were in Balochistan and Quetta. In 2011 total Shia martyr in Pakistan is 250 more than 90 HAZARA were martyr in Balochistan and Quetta. It all show that it is HAZARA Killing not Shia Killing I am not making a story, It's report of different human right organization of national and international level, News paper is full of this kind of report, it all show that it's HAZARA killing not Shia Killing Punjab is largest province of Pakistan by it's population why any secetarian attack don't occur in Punjab, Apart from one or two incident of secetarian attack occur in Punjab It all indict that it is HAZARA killing not Shia Killing

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