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Death rains on Shias in Quetta: 8 Shia Muslims killed in Quetta (14 April 2012)

Shia Hazara Muslims protest on the streets of Quetta after sectarian violence in the city left eight dead on April 14, 2012.

* Eight more Shia Muslims of Quetta’s Hazara community members gunned down in two incidents

* Thousands of angry people set vehicles, tyres on fire; block roads; open fire on police station

QUETTA: Police say gunmen (ASWJ militants) riding motorcycles on Saturday killed eight Shias in a pair of sectarian attacks in the restive city.

Senior police officer Shaukat Ajmad told AP the assailants opened fire on a taxi, killing six people on Brewery Road in Killi Ibrahim Zai.

Minutes later, they shot and killed another two Shias in a rickshaw in the same area.

Security forces rushed to the scene and shifted the bodies to Bolan Medical College Hospital (BMCH). The deceased were identified as Abdullah, Juma Ali, Muhammad Ali, Syed Asghar Shah, Eid Muhammad. Another six bodies could not be identified so far. The deceased were said to be from the Hazara community.

Separately, unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on people on Sabzal Road. A man identified as Gul Muhammad died on the spot and another man, identified as Muhammad Hasan, was injured.

Separately, unidentified gunmen shot dead a police official in the Shalkot police station precincts.

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy, identified as Sabir, was seriously injured on Toghi Road after charged people fired in the air to protest against Shia killings. Sabir has been referred to the CMH, Quetta.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Mezan Chowk, burnt tyres and blocked roads for traffic. More protesters gathered outside the BMCH and torched a government-owned vehicle and a motorcycle. Reportedly, the protesters also fired at Brewery Police station house officer, but he remained safe.

The FC and police personnel escorted students and teachers of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University and schools located close to the affected areas. Commercial markets and shops were closed and traffic was thin.

The Home Department has called in 10 more FC platoons to maintain peace in the city. Strong contingents of FC, police and the Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) have been deployed on sensitive places, including Mezan Chowk, Jinnah Road, Brewery Road, Sariab Road, Airport Road, Sabzal Road and Alamdar Road. Llaw enforcement agencies raided several areas and arrested as many as 100 suspected people. The bodies have been shifted to the Hazara Town’s imambargah.

The Tahafuz Azadari Council announced a seven-day mourning in the city. The Hazara Qaumi Jirga, the Shia Conference and all political and religious parties condemned the Shia killing. In the last 10 days, 25 people have been killed in the provincial capital.

Balochistan Home Secretary Nasibullah Bazai said that they could not provide complete security to citizens. He, however, said that a comprehensive security plan had been devised which would be implemented after approval from the relevant authorities.

The FC, ATF and police have been patrolling in the city. Police sources said that according to preliminary investigation, the incidents are apparently seen to be linked with sectarian killing. Further probe was underway. The continuous incidents of target killings have created fear, harassment and tension in the city. Shias are a minority in the country. Although most Sunni and Shias live peacefully together, extremist Deobandis of ASWJ-SSP and Taliban have started Shia genocide for the last several years. In recent years, ASWJ-SSP-Taliban’s attacks on Shias have been far more common.

The FC, ATF and police are patrolling the city. During initial investigation, police sources said that the incidents were apparently linked with sectarian killing, adding that further probe was underway. The continuous incidents of target killings have created fear, harassment and tension in the city.

Dozens of Shias have lost their lives in target killing of Shia Muslims in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan in a month.


One comment on “Death rains on Shias in Quetta: 8 Shia Muslims killed in Quetta (14 April 2012)

  1. Yasin
    April 15, 2012

    Tragedy visits Hazara Shias again

    QUETTA – Gunmen on Saturday shot dead 10 Shia Muslims in two separate incidents of sectarian violence in the troubled Balochistan province, police said.
    The drive-by shootings took place in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. At least seven of those killed belonged to the Hazara community. “Two gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on a taxi cab killing seven Shias and wounding another person,” local police official Ameer Muhammad Dasti told AFP. The injured person also succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. The deceased belonged to the Hazara community and hailed from the same family. He said in the second incident, two gunmen standing on a roadside shot dead two Shias, who passed .

    Under attack: Another day, another massacre
    By Shehzad Baloch
    Published: April 15, 2012

    A man mourns the death of his relative outside a hospital in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP
    The carnage continues with authorities seeming increasingly helpless.
    A day after the Shia community staged protest rallies across the country, nine more people – all except one from the ethnic Hazara community – were killed in drive-by shootings in two neighbourhoods of Quetta on Saturday.
    With the latest deaths the number of Hazaras, who are Shias by sect, killed over the past week or so has risen to 18 – the most recent upsurge in weeks of bloodletting against the community.
    In the first incident, armed men ambushed a taxi on Brewery Road, killing all six people inside, police said.
    “The victims were travelling to the Killi Ibraimzai area from Hazara Town when they were ambushed,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Qazi Wahid told The Express Tribune. “It was a sectarian attack,” he said.
    Another police official added that the attackers were riding on two motorbikes. “They sprayed the taxi with bullets and drove away from the scene,” Malik Arshad, Superintendent of Police (SP) for the Brewery Road area, told The Express Tribune.
    The fatalities were shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) for autopsy. Dozens of Hazara community members gathered at the hospital where tempers ran high. Enraged protesters set a car on fire on the hospital premises.
    SP Arsahd sought to absolve his force of the responsibility. “The victims were supposed to use Spini Road where foolproof security arrangements were in place. They, however, did not take the suggested route,” he said.
    At the BMC, medics said that all the victims were shot in the head and chest.
    Just 500 metres away from the crime scene, two more Hazara community members were gunned down in a targeted attack on Sabzal Road.
    The deaths came a day after Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi warned that the province could slide into a civil war if the rising incidents of target killing were not checked.
    Magsi had censured the government and warned that if civil authorities could not restore order, he would be compelled to call out the military.
    Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani looked to pass the buck on Saturday, laying the blame for the breakdown of law and order squarely on the shoulders of law enforcers.
    He, however, repeated his ceremonial promise: “All available resources will be utilised to bring the perpetrators of such heinous crimes to justice.”
    On Friday, the Shia community staged rallies across the country to protest target killings of their members in different cities and towns of the country, especially in Quetta.
    Incensed by Saturday’s killings, the Hazara community again took to the streets in different neighbourhoods of Quetta including Prince Road, Brewery Road, Hazara Town and Jinnah Road.
    All shopping malls, markets and eateries were closed as irate protesters fired gunshots into the air to whip up panic. The city’s main roads, thoroughfares, and even streets wore a deserted look as motorists and transporters did not venture out. Schools and colleges were also closed and students were escorted to their homes by security agencies. Later in the day, a mass funeral for the victims was held at Nichari Imambargha on Alamdar Road.
    Later, a police constable was shot dead by gunmen in the Shal Kot area, on the outskirts of Quetta, in an apparent incident of targeted killing.
    Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2012.

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