Nine Hazaras killed in bus shooting near Quetta

Published: October 23, 2014
Victims were unescorted by security and were at a market to buy vegetables before being gunned down. PHOTO: AFP

Victims were unescorted by security and were at a market to buy vegetables before being gunned down. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Unidentified men opened fire on a bus in the outskirts of Quetta on Thursday, killing eight people — said to belong to the Hazara community — and injuring one, in what is believed to be a sectarian attack.

The death toll reached nine after assailants shot dead another man from the Hazara community on Kirani Road—an hour after the Hazarganji incident.

Ten men were on the bus and were about to leave a vegetable market in the Hazar Ganji area when five men, who arived on two motorbikes, boarded the bus and opened fire.

“They killed a man outside the bus and others inside the bus. They were killed after they bought vegetables,” informed SSP Imran Qureshi.

The victims were reportedly Shias belonging to the Hazara community.

Police and security forces quickly arrived and the area was cordoned off.

Capital Police Chief Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the death toll following the incident. “Eight were killed and one is wounded. They came on the bus to buy vegetables,” he told The Express Tribune. 

All the bodies and those injured were transported to the Combined Military Hospital Quetta.

SSP Imran Qureshi said said that security is always provided to people from the Hazara community when they come to buy vegetables from the Hazar Ganji area; however, on this occasion they came to the area without informing the police.

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  • ani
    Oct 23, 2014 - 11:34AM

    How unfortunate. This has to end! R.I.P.


  • Oct 23, 2014 - 11:44AM

    The police is culpable. The police helped the killers.
    Hazaras informed the police. Police refused to
    provide security. Said they were busy. Did not have
    enough man power. They lied.
    Take it from one who lives there.


  • Truth_Prevails
    Oct 23, 2014 - 11:53AM

    Barabaric. Why is the Govt not doing anything about it. 2 people were killed in Canada and the whole capital came to a standstill. Very very unfortunate. #GoNawazGo


  • sabi
    Oct 23, 2014 - 11:54AM

    You have CII in this country you have religious violance.All clues of religious violance lead to that counsel.


  • yousafhaque
    Oct 23, 2014 - 11:54AM

    Those who did this are not PAKISTANIS.Pakistanis beware of your enemies.They want to destroy your future


  • Positivethinker
    Oct 23, 2014 - 11:56AM

    You kill innocent people buying vegetables because they look different, because they worship different. You want every one to look the same and worship the same as you. It will never happen. Nature has made us different and this difference will be reflected in the way we look, the way we pray and the way we talk. When you respect these differences, you respect Allah.


  • waar
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:04PM

    India is involved……


  • bilal hussain
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:21PM

    Shameful and cowardice.. hazara ppl are very brave and are always attacked unarmed. NS needs no other reason to step down.. this shows govt.’s incapability to provide security to common man.. shame on this govt.


  • Abdullah
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:30PM

    Why don’t we say that Pakistanis are killed? Why is this division among our Pakistani people. They wouldn’t be killed if we have not tagged people of Pakistan on their faith and languages. Our media is also responsible for this kind of division and above news is the example of this.


  • rohit950723
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:31PM

    Why are other religious leader of Pakistan silent today??????


  • abu
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:31PM

    just another day in the land of the pure..anywhere else it would have been debated, discussed, and a couple of heads of security would have rolled. But, here..


  • Frank
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:33PM

    Well, signs of the end of time. Disease of young men. Too heart broken to say more.


  • Stranger
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:38PM

    Good Morning sweetheart :Wake up and smell the coffee. Ind has better things to do.


  • Mk
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:45PM

    So who is the enemy of Muslims, Mr.Musharraf ?Recommend

  • Usman Aziz
    Oct 23, 2014 - 12:56PM

    Every1 knows the killers but no1 dare to name them …………


  • Oct 23, 2014 - 1:35PM

    @yousafhaque: Also declare the killers as non Muslims. Alternately declare Hazaras as non Muslim. matter ends and conscience clear. Pathetic mindsets.


  • kksr
    Oct 23, 2014 - 1:45PM

    Muslims killing Muslims. Pakistan is not a homeland for Muslims, but a killing field.


  • anshul
    Oct 23, 2014 - 2:15PM

    “Why is this division among our Pakistani people. They wouldn’t be killed if we have not tagged people of Pakistan on their faith and languages. Our media is also responsible for this kind of division and above news is the example of this.”

    State declares one community non muslim by law and non muslims not eligible for PM post, blasphemy law for only one religion. You know when cracks are so wide it can’t be hided by whitewashing.


  • Hari Om
    Oct 23, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Pakistan, self-proclaimed “Islamic Republic”, “Ideological Muslim State”, “Citadel of Islam”, “Sole Islamic Nuclear Weapon Power” and “Safe Haven for the Muslims of The Indian Sub-Continent” yet again witnesses Muslims getting slaughtered for nothing more than being Muslim!

    Why is it that despite all the grand Islamic titles that Pakistan has bestowed upon herself, Muslims are unable to practice their own religion in safety in Pakistan?

    Ironical that Pakistan’s founder Mr. M.A. Jinnah would not have enjoyed an assured prospect of survival following {his original?} Shia sect of Islam in Pakistan and that he would have substantially improved his survival prospects by remaining in India.


  • Patriot
    Oct 23, 2014 - 2:48PM

    Pakistan is ashamed. India has nothing to do with this.


  • X PTI Supporter
    Oct 23, 2014 - 3:44PM

    @Quetta wala:
    Dear sir, police is afraid of their own lives. You remember last year all senior police officers (including DIGs) were wiped out in one blast in police line Qta. It is our hyper powerfull agency that is doing it all…They can create PAT, PTI dharna and now creating Shia Dharna..


  • Aisha
    Oct 23, 2014 - 4:02PM

    India is fully involved in this go and see on different plat form even your normal citizen have pain for Baluchistan which capital name they dont even know. they simply know its time to make more problems for Pakistan. Openly you guys are supporting from Afganistan to all terrorist activities happening in Bluc from your consulates .. Even Many USA Officials admit your Anti pakistani activities from afganistan


  • Viking Star
    Oct 23, 2014 - 4:18PM

    It looks like Pakistan is just a piece of land where there is no government, no governance, no law and no order.
    Again some ruling crooks will issue a statement and yet again “condemn” this act.
    Irrespective of caste and race, the state is responsible for safety and well being of its citizens.
    If you can not govern, why dont you just quit?
    We do not need this democracy where each day so many innocents get killed, where people do not have jobs, where poor are getting poorer and even selling their kids, where our women are raped. And we have looters, illiterate goons as our leaders and our police is under influence of goons.
    Our politicians will surely be in the court of Allah swt and will pay heavily for their deeds (because we dont see anything happening to them in this world – unless we see a revolution).
    We should all support Imran Khan for…if he is not the best…atleast he is the better among present lot.


  • Viking Star
    Oct 23, 2014 - 4:25PM

    This is because general public is not being killed. Only a specific community is being targeted.
    If you have 2 children, a boy and a girl and someone is constantly targeting (for example) your girl – would you say “my children are being targeted”? No you wont and mention about the girl.


  • Viking Star
    Oct 23, 2014 - 4:27PM

    @Hari Om:
    Tho being a Pakistani, I strongly endorse your views. This is something very unfortunate.Recommend

  • kulwant singh
    Oct 23, 2014 - 4:55PM

    Those ho committed this barbaric act call them selves good Muslims and what to talk of good Muslims they are not even human beings every one must condemn this act where are the religious leaders,RIP.


  • a diaspora
    Oct 23, 2014 - 6:02PM

    Another act of cowardliness and this is happening again. This is not the matter of media differentiating them because of the sect that they belong to but the killers has made them separate by doing this from such a long time. This is basic rule of the society a group of people either getting good or bad from someone wants themselves to be associated with a name and those who killed them have given them this name,


  • Sharminda
    Oct 23, 2014 - 6:58PM

    I am so sorry to you my Hazara friends. I am really sorry and feeling deeply shameful for all what you fellows are going thru. I am not sure who to blame, but I am just utterly sorry to you all.


  • Parvez
    Oct 23, 2014 - 11:29PM

    @sabi: Very perceptive remark……well said.


  • csmann
    Oct 23, 2014 - 11:45PM

    Hope the nation discards the hate-spewing clerics.Can’t Muslims live with Muslims?


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