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6 Shia Muslims massacred by ASWJ-SSP militants on Prince Road in Quetta (9 April 2012)

Their only crime? They belonged to Shia sect of Islam.

Related post: Cobblers in Quetta

At least six Shia Muslims were shot dead and two others wounded when ISI-sponsored Deobandi-Jihadis on two motorbikes opened fire at a shoe shop on Prince Road in Quetta on Monday night (9 April 2012). The victims (most of the poor cobblers) were sitting at a shoe shop at the main intersection located on Prince and Masjid road when they were targeted. The assailants (believed to be members of Deobandi-Jihadi organization Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (also known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan) escaped after opening fire on the shoe-makers. Resultantly, six people died on the spot while two others received multiple bullet wounds. A heavy contingent of police rushed to the spot to stop Shia Muslims from protesting against the systematic and ongoing genocide in Balochistan and other parts of the country. Only a few days ago, on 3 April 2012, at least 100 Shia Muslims were brutally killed by ISI-backed ASWJ-SSP militants in Chilas (Gilgit-Baltistan).

The bodies and the injured were taken to Provincial Sandeman Hospital. According to initial reports, majority of the victims belonged to Shia Hazara community and this is yet another case of sectarian targeted killing of Shia Muslims by Pakistan army-backed Jihadis who also enjoy support by Pakistan’s judiciary and other institutions.

Names of killed and injured persons:

Names of persons killed
1. Qurban Ali
2. Muhammad Hussain
3. Mama Karim
4. Shabbir
5. Nadir Ali
6. Syed Ahmed

1. Younas
2. Ustad Hadi
3. Mousa

پولیس نے واقعے کو ٹارگٹ کلنگ قرار دیتے ہوئے بتایا ہے کہ ہلاک ہونے والوں میں زیادہ تر کا تعلق ہزارہ قبیلے اورشیعہ مسلک سے تھا۔ یاد رہے کہ انتیس مارچ کوکوئٹہ کے اسپنی روڈ پر نامعلوم افراد نے ایک سوزوکی وین پر فائرنگ کی تھی جس میں چھ افراد ہلاک ہوئے تھے جن میں سے چار کاتعلق ہزارہ قبیلے سے تھا۔

Report in Urdu

نمائندے سے ملنے والی اطلاعات کے مطابق کوئٹہ پرنس روڈ پر کالعدم ملک دشمن سپاہ صحابہ کے درندہ صفت دھشتگردوں کی فائرنگ سے متعدد شیعہ جوان شھید اور کئی زخمی۔ اطلاعات کے مطابق شھید ہونے والوں کی تعداد 6 جبکہ 2 افراد شدید زخمی۔

مزید اطلاعات کے مطابق فائرنگ مسجد روڈ پر واقع السادات شوز میکر کی دکان پر کی گئی۔ السادات شوز میکر کے مالک محمد موقع پر ہی شھید ہوگئے تھے۔تمام زخمیوں اور شھیدوں کو سول اسپتال منتقل کردیا گیا ہیں۔جہاں زخمیوں کو ابتدائی طبی امداد دی جارھی ہیں۔

یاد رہے کوئٹہ میں ایک خاض مقصد کے تحت شیعہ نسل کشی جاری ہیں، جس میں صوبائی حکومت اور مقامی انتظامیہ مکمل ملوث ہیں۔ اور کوئٹہ کے جہادی گروپ جو شیعان علی کے قتل عام میں ملوث ہیں انہیں ملک کی خفیہ ایجنسیوں اور مقامی اتظامیہ کی مکمل پشت پناھی حاصل ھے۔

ذرائع کے مطابق شھادتوں کی تعداد 6 ہوگئی، جبکہ کچھ زخیوں کو انتھائی نازک حالت میں سی-ایم-ایچ اسپتال منتقل کردیا گیا ہیں۔ تمام شھدا اور زخمیوں کا تعلق ھزارہ ٹاون سے ھیں۔ کوئٹہ کے غیور و مظلوم عوام کا مختلف شاہراہوں پر احتجاج۔

مختلف شیعہ تنظیموں اور سیاسی و سماجی شخصیات نے واقعہ کی مذمت کردی

Source: Shia Killing, Karbala-e-Quetta, BBC

Video reports

A comment on media coverage of this incident:

Pakistan’s Express Tribune hides the Shia identity of the persons target killed and also fails to provide the larger context of systematic and ongoing genocide in Pakistan in the last few years.

Dawn mentions the Shia identity of those killed but lazily and conveniently attributes it to “sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and minority Shia Muslims” instead of holding the Pakistan army-sponsored Jihadi-sectarian militants responsible for the systematic Shia genocide in the country.

ABC News and Washington Post take their news from Abdul Sattar, APP correspondent in Quetta who writes these lines:

“Pakistan has a long history of Sunni extremists attacking members of the country’s minority Shiite community. The last year has been especially bloody in Baluchistan. The Sunni-Shiite schism over the true heir to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad dates back to the seventh century.”

Once again, the blame of Shia massacre is being attributed to Sunni Muslims and the ISI-sponsored Shia genocide in being misrepresented as Sunni-Shia sectarian violence.


6 comments on “6 Shia Muslims massacred by ASWJ-SSP militants on Prince Road in Quetta (9 April 2012)

  1. Rehman Khan
    April 10, 2012

    Pakistan has fired several police officers who were on duty when unidentified gunmen shot dead six Shia Muslims in Quetta.

    Gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on a shoe store killing six Shia Muslims and injuring three others in the capital of Balochistan province on Monday, said a police officer.

    Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani sacked six police officials for dereliction of duty.

    “It was most probably a sectarian incident but the police are investigating,” another officer added.

    Seventeen suspects have also been arrested in connection with killings of Shia Muslims in the Hazara region.

    No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the Monday’s attack so far, but the region is rife with banned sectarian terrorist groups such as the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, which has conducted numerous terrorist operations against Shia Muslims over the past two decades.

  2. Rehman Khan
    April 10, 2012

    A spokesman for the banned Sunni Muslim armed group, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ), claimed responsibility for the killing, Dawn, the English-language Pakistani newspaper, said.

    Reports suggested protesters gathered in front of the hospital after the bodies were delivered and tried to block the main road.

  3. Yasin
    April 10, 2012

    At least six people were killed and three others injured in a drive-by shooting here on Monday evening.

    The banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) claimed responsibility for the killing.

    Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani suspended eight policemen, including an inspector, for negligence of duty. They were part of a team patrolling the area.

  4. Shaheryar Ali
    April 10, 2012

    Kerbala ae Kerbala!
    Ye jo deshat gerdi he— Iss ke peche wardi he

  5. Nasir Hazara
    April 12, 2012

    Six people of the Hazara community were gunned down and three others injured when a group of armed men on two motorbikes opened fire at a shoe-making shop on Prince Road on Monday night. All the victims were cobblers.
    The banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the killings.
    The President of Shia Conference, Ashraf Zaidi, said that the government was not interested in catching the culprits behind targeted attacks on the Hazara community. “We are patriotic Pakistanis and will not leave Quetta out of fear,” he said. “Neither Baloch nor Pashtuns are our enemy. A handful of criminals are trying to disrupt law and order in the city by targeting the Hazara community,” he added.
    The mourners raised slogans against the government and law enforcement agencies for failing to curb sectarian violence in the Balochistan capital.

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