Two more Hazaras gunned down in Quetta

Published: May 27, 2015
Police officials gather outside the store where two Hazara men were gunned down on Wednesday. PHOTO: PPI

Police officials gather outside the store where two Hazara men were gunned down on Wednesday. PHOTO: PPI

QUETTA: Days after armed men gunned down three members of the Hazara community, two more Hazaras were shot dead near Meezan Chowk on Wednesday.

City SHO Chudhry Aslam told The Express Tribune that unknown armed assailants opened fire at people sitting outside a cloth merchant’s store on Meconogey road near Meezan Chowk . The attack left two people dead and another injured.

“The attackers were on foot and ran away after opening fire,” CCPO Abdul Razzaq Cheema told media.

As news of the attack spread, the main bazaars of Quetta shut down.

Following the incident, Frontier Corps and police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area.

The dead were taken to civil hospital for autopsy while the injured were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital for treatment.

The deceased were identified as Arif Ali and Haji Hussain, while the injured man was identified as Mohammad Essa. All three belonged to the Hazara Community.

CCPO Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the people should cooperate with FC and police and provide information about suspects in their areas. A case against unknown assailants was also registered. Cheema urged merchants to reopen their shops.

In the last four days at least six people have been killed and 10 others have been injures in a fresh wave of sectarian attacks in Quetta. However, no group had claimed the responsibility for Wednesday’s attack till the filing of this report.

A case has been registered against the unknown persons and investigations are underway.

Three months policing extension given to FC

Meanwhile, the Balochistan chief minister on Wednesday granted a three month extension to FC’s police mandate.

FC had been given police powers for three months in 2012, but it has since been continuously extended in a bid to tackle targeted killings and militancy in the region.

A summary for the latest extension was moved by Home Secretary which was subsequently approved by the Chief Minister.

Per the extension, FC will continue to exercise police powers until August 27, 2015. FC can thus conduct raids, investigate crimes and make arrests.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    May 27, 2015 - 7:08PM

    How to condemn is not only too difficult but impossible also simply because Hazaras or shias were never targeted which I have myself experienced as I passed Matric in 1960 from Special High School, Quetta and I myself had many hazara and shia friends. I am Sunni but never ever had any problem with anyone whatsoever and I simply do not understand as to what has gone wrong since then. I am out of Pakistan since 1976 and it is really pity that the country which never experienced such like indiscriminate killing has turned as grave for many. Now condolence messages will be issued, investigation shall start, some shouting but neither anyone will be caught and the incident will be part of our history and nothing beyond. I wish none shia be killed in Quetta but regretfully if not tomorrow then day after or a week later someone again shall be killed and I wish I am wrong in my assessment though relying on the recent past it does not seem to the case. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait Recommend

  • Khan
    May 27, 2015 - 11:55PM

    I am from Quetta, free never had this problem in th past. Don’t know why is this happening.Recommend

  • Hari OM
    May 28, 2015 - 5:51AM

    It behooves Pakistan to focus on securing Muslims in Pakistan rather than dissipate that focus by claiming to find situation of Muslims in Myanmar to be “worrisome” besides working oneselves into a lather over perceived plight of Muslims in all other parts of the non-Muslim world except China.

  • Lord
    May 28, 2015 - 2:59PM

    Again you are calling genocide as sectarian violence. When it was the other way around you will fail to remember. Say as it should be said.Recommend

  • Jawid Akbari
    May 30, 2015 - 8:03PM

    Why didn’t you publish my comments? I am a Hazara man and I wanted my remarks to be published. Recommend

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