Governments change, but nothing changes for Quetta’s bereaving Hazara community

QUETTA: Members of the Shia Hazara community on Saturday protest against killings in Friday’s suicide attack. At least 20 people were killed and 48 wounded by the blast apparently targeting members of the minority community at a crowded fruit market.—AFP

The desperate, bereaving Hazara community is protesting on roads – again. The recent Hazarganji attack, targeting the ethnic minority, for now, continuous two decades, again lead to a peaceful sit-in. Despite shallow promises of effective implementation of NAP (National Action Plan), assurances from the political leaders and heavy rain in the city, the protest continues.

The members of the Hazara community, which were later joined by MWM (Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen) leaders blocked the western bypass, that links the provincial capital with western highways. Suffering despite repeated promises of security and protection, the suffering community has shown complete distrust on the claims. The representatives who approached them were asked to leave them alone with their protests, as they have seen such promises in the past as well.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued a clear direction to all law enforcement agencies and cabinets to ensure that no religious or political groups affiliated with terror groups are exempted from action under NAP. Terrorism does not have any religion and we have fought this war for the past 20 years. Now, we are at the tail-end of our fight against terror.” – Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi.

Major Reported Incidents Of Hazara Killing – Timeline (2001 to 2018)

Here’s a brief timeline of the major target killing that started since early 2000.

2001 – Vehicle attacked near Poodgali Chowk, leaving 8 dead.

June 2003 – 11 police officers killed after the attack on a van carrying recruits to a police training school in Quetta, several injured as well, most of them belonging to Hazara community.

July 2003 – Hazara mosque attacked on Mechangi road in Quetta during Friday prayers, leaving 47 dead.

March 2004 – Ashura procession attacked leaving 42 people dead

January 2009 – Unknown men killed Hussain Ali Yousafi, Chairman Hazara Democratic Party

September 2009 – Ahmed Ali Najaf, an engineer shot dead while going to his workplace

October 2009 – A Hazara lawyer Walayat Hussain killed on his way to back home from work.

Chief inspector of mines in Balochistan gunned down while going to work.

February 2010 – A young boy Mehmud Ali murdered by armed men in Quetta, leaving another injured as well.

March 2010 – Ghulam Rasool and Muhammad Ali, day labourers, killed near Akhtarabad

Shopkeeper Shabbir Hussain killed while working in a shop located in Hazar Ganji Area

3 vegetable vendors, Muhammad Ali, Ghulam Raza and Ramzan Ali murdered in Hazar Ganji Area.

September 2010 – Suicide bombing during a Shia rally in Quetta, killed 50 people

Muhammad Ali Hazara, kidnapped for ransom, killed even after the amount was paid.

October 2010 – Four Hazaras abducted and killed for ransom.

November 2010 – Owner of Barkat Medical Store, Haji Idrees kidnapped and his bodyguard Muhammad Ali killed.

December 2010 – 3 murdered in a terrorist attack on Arbab  Karam Khan Road, one four-year-old girl included in the dead.

May 2011 – 8 killed including children, in a rocket and gun attack, targeting Hazaras in a park.

2 policemen, Ishaq Ali and Muhammad Moosa shot dead on Sipni Road while going home.

June 2011 – Abrar Hussain, former Olympian and Deputy Director of Pakistan Sports board, shot dead by armed men while on his way home.

A terrorist attack on a bus carrying Hazara pilgrims from Iran, killing 3 and injuring 11 in Hazar Ganji Area.

July 2011 – 11 killed, including one woman in an attack on Suzuki van on Spini road

September 2011 – 13 killed, including 4 women in suicide bombing attack on Eid day.

26 killed when a bus carrying pilgrims was attacked in Mastung, the attacker stopped the bus and shot victims one by one.
3 killed in another attack on a van.

October 2011 – 14 Vegetable vendors killed when gunmen attacked a van headed to vegetable market in Quetta.

January 2012 – Inspector FIA, Walayat Hussain, TV artist Abid Hussain Nazish and a Government official Anwar Hussain killed near Mecongi Road when the attackers opened fire on them with automated weapons.

March 2012 – Two killed on Sabzar Road, when unknown men opened fire on them.

Seven, including women, killed in an attack on passenger van.

April 2012 – Two Hazaras killed as attackers opened fire on shops on Mecongi Road.

Six killed as armed men opened fire at a shoe shop on Prince Road, Quetta.

Three killed as armed men attacked a tea shop while six Hazaras murdered on an attack on a Taxi on Brewery Road.

Gunmen opened fire at a tyre shop, killing a businessman, Salman Ali Hazara.

Two brothers, Baban Ali and Hussain Ali shot on their way to market down Brewery Road.

May 2012 – Two killed outside passport office on Joint Road while another killed by unknown men while working in his tyre shop.

June 2012 – 14 killed including 2 policemen and women as a result of a suicide attack on a bus carrying pilgrims from Iran.

August 2012 – 3 Killed as gunmen opened fire on a taxi, while 3 killed a result of firing on a rickshaw

September 2012 – 7 shot dead in separate incidents at the hands of gunmen on motorcycles.

October 2012 – 4 shot dead as a result of an attack on scrap shop.

December 2012 – 1 killed while brother injured in a target killing incident on the airport road, near Askari Park.

January 2013 – 81 killed, 121 injured in a suicide and car bomb blast on Quetta’s Alamdar road

February 2013 – 84 killed and 100 wounded in a blast in a market near Kirani road.

October 2014 – 8 Hazara’s gunned down in Quetta’s bus attack.

May 2015 – 3 murdered in separate incidents of target killing

June 2015 – 5 Hazara men gunned down when gunmen stormed a teashop in the busy shopping area.

October 2016 – 4 Hazara women killed as gunmen open fire on a bus in Quetta.

October 2017 – 5 killed in drive-by shooting in Quetta

April 2018 – Unidentified men opened fire on a taxi at Quetta marketplace, killing a Hazara man.

April 2019 – 18 killed, 48 others wounded in the suicide blast in Quetta’s Hazarganji market, whose responsibility was claimed by the Qari Husain faction of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. However, according to Associated Press, the militant Islamic State (IS) group in a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website claimed the responsibility, saying it had targeted the Shia population and Army.

The number of attacks on the minority ethnic group was 70 in the year 2013-14 alone, leaving 398 dead and hundreds injured.
(Stats taken from Dawn and Express Tribune)

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