Target killings: Another Hazara killed in Quetta

Friday, April 13th, 2012 2:00:15 by

QUETTA: Targeted killings in Quetta continued as a member of the Hazara community was shot dead on Abdul Sattar Road after Friday prayers.

The deceased, who was identified as Mohammad Ali Hazara, was a watchman and was sitting outside a shop when armed men opened fire on him. The assailants fled the scene on motorbikes after the incident.

As many as four people from the Hazara community have been killed and one injured during the last 24 hours, while six people were targeted last Monday. Investigators termed the killing a sectarian attack.

The killing had taken place when over 4,000 members of the Hazara community were protesting outside the Governor House and Chief Minister Secretariat.

The incident caused panic in Liaquat Bazaar, Prince Road, Mezan Chowk, Jinnah Road and other adjoining areas. All stores, trading centers and restaurants in the area were closed after the incident.

A heavy contingent of Frontier Corps and police personnel reached the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent any untoward incidents from taking place.

Most of the affected areas remained deserted with very little traffic on the roads.

The procession led by Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) returned to Alamdar Road peacefully following the assurance of Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi, who said that he would take up the issue with Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani.

Magsi said that Pakistan Army and the FC will be forced to come in Quetta to stop target killings if the provincial government fails to do so.

Quetta News Sources -2

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