Hazara Killings: Complete Strike in Quetta on TNFJ & HDP call
By: Fida Hussain
QUETTA, Pakistan: Complete strike observed in the provincial
capital of Baluchistan on Sunday as people protested Saturday’s target
killings of nine people, including eight Hazaras, and the government’s
failure to improve the law and order situation.
Most parts of Quetta wore a deserted look in response to the wheel-jam
and shutter-down strike call by Tehreek Nafaz Figh-e-Jafariya(TNFJ)
and Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), which was endorsed by the
Balochistan National Party (BNP), Pushtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party(PMAP)
All major markets and business centers at Shahra-e-Iqbal, Jinnah Road,
Liaquat Bazaar, Prince Road, Abdul Sattar Road, Masjid Road, Alamdar
Road and Hazara Town remained closed. Traffic was almost nil in Hazara
town and Marriabad and very thin traffic was visible on the national
highways connecting the city with the rest of the province.
3 days earlier TNFJ Provincial leader Shabbir Qazalabash also fell
victim to terrorist attack along with 5 others on Prince Road.
People belonging to the TNFJ, Mukhtar Force and Hazara community
protested against the target killing incidents and staged a sit-in on
the second consecutive day on Sunday outside the Brewery Police
station. The protestors burnt tyres and chanted slogans against the
police and the government, holding it responsible for the killings.
Heavy contingents of Frontier Corps (FC), police and other law
enforcement agencies were deployed but no untoward incident was
reported.Nine people including eight Hazaras were killed in different
localities of Quetta last Saturday, raising the death toll to 26 in
the last 15 days.
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