Hazara political parties threaten civil disobedience against targeted killings

Published: July 16, 2013
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A Pakistani police officer looks at a bullet-riddled vehicle after an attack by gunmen in Quetta on July 15, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

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

QUETTA: Hazara political parties have threatened a civil disobedience movement against the targeted killing of their community members, the latest episode of which saw four Hazaras being shot dead on Monday evening.

A complete shutter down strike was observed on Tuesday in parts of the provincial capital against Monday’s killings on Masjid road. All major shops and markets remained closed on Toghi Road, Abdul Sattar Road, Alamdar Road, MecChongi road and their adjoining areas.

Political leaders of the Hazara community have held state institutions responsible for the attack.

At the Quetta Press Club, chiefs of the various Hazara political and rights groups gathered to address a press conference including Hazara Political Workers’ chief Muhammad Tahir Khan Hazara, Hazara Jirga chief Qayyum Chengaizi, president of the Shia Conference Daud Agha and Member Provincial Assembly Agha Muhammad.

They demanded an immediate halt to the targeted killing of Hazara youngsters.

“If this series does not stop, we will jam the entire city with other sympathising parties,” they said, adding that the killers of the four persons on Masjid Road were also also responsible for the killing of three at Khud-e-Dad Chowk.

They said that the attacks had been carried out as part of a conspiracy to promote sectarian violence in the city.

The Hazara leaders said that they were out of ideas for where they could go to secure their constitutional and human rights, adding that thousands of Hazara youngsters have been killed during the past few years.

“State institutions are directly involved in our massacre,” they alleged and added that instead of providing them protection, Hazaras were being pushed against the wall.

With the stores closed, the streets appeared barren. Stringent measures of security were adopted by the government and law enforcement agencies including police, Frontier Corps (FC) and the Anti Terrorist Force patrolled the area.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Syed
    Jul 16, 2013 - 9:38PM

    Shame on Pakistan

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  • Tariq Shabir
    Jul 16, 2013 - 9:50PM

    its condemnable act of religious extremists against Innocent Hazara Community Guys in Quetta, its conspiracy to promote sectarian violence …
    terrorists r our enemy …!!

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  • IMI
    Jul 16, 2013 - 10:07PM

    The reward of killing a Shia goes to 70 times in Ramdan ! (Ramzan hai Amaan) ! Come on remains of Banu Umayah, in this way you can not eliminate shias since you have been failed to do so in centuries.Recommend

  • IMI
    Jul 16, 2013 - 10:18PM

    @Tariq Shabir:
    Yes terrorists are our enemy but unfortunately those are able to get sympathies from an ever increasing proportion of society courtesy of unnoticed masked religious groups. The only sincere (to some extent) stakeholder “army” is losing trust and politicians unable to decide whether terrorists are our enemy or strategic asset.Recommend

  • Aliya
    Jul 16, 2013 - 11:07PM

    I’m not a part of this community. I’m not a Shia. This needs to stop now. How much more can this community take. My heart cries for them. Something needs to be done. Where is our government! People of Pakistan are not safe while they sleep peacefully in their heavily guarded mansions. It’s sick!

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  • Saleem
    Jul 16, 2013 - 11:23PM

    The only solution is to hit back hard at the heads of the terrorist organisations.

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  • Baji Jee
    Jul 17, 2013 - 3:09AM

    We (overseas shias) are all with you.

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  • Karachiite
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Please do that. and Karachiites do feel your pain but please don’t shut Karachi down for 3 days!

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  • ;-)chief
    Jul 17, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Three high profile terrorist are released by Punjab Govt in exchange……

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Jul 17, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Now the only possible solution is hitting back hard. And the government is supposed to do that. If this ongoing barbarism isn’t put to a halt things will get ugly in Quetta. On that you can count cos everyone has a certain limit so does Hazaras of Quetta. They are being pushed to the corner and once cornered everyone strikes back. Hope things don’t come down to that.

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