Hazara community rejects Ahsan Iqbal’s appeal to end sit-in


Quetta May 1 (TNS): The Hazara community members, who have staged a sit-in in Quetta from 4 days over the targeting killing of the community members, on Tuesday, rejected the interior minister Ahsan Iqbal’s appeal to call off the protest and continued the sit-in on the 4th day.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has arrived in Quetta on Monday to express solidarity with the Hazara community.

After his arrival in Quetta, the interior minister attempted to persuade the protesting Hazaras to end sit-ins during the meeting with community elders.

The Hazaras of Quetta are protesting against the continuous target killings of community members.

Ahsan Iqbal will also chair a meeting to review law and order situation in the provincial capital.

The Balochistan government has imposed a ban on pillion riding for a period of one month due to deteriorating law and order situation in Quetta.

According to the protestors, as many as 2000 community members have been killed till now and scores of others have been injured. While according to National Commission for Human Rights, at least 509 Hazaras have been killed in targeted shootings and bombings in Balochistan

In a fresh attack on April 28, two Hazara shopkeepers were killed in a drive-by shooting on Quetta’s Jamaluddin Afghani road.  .Two Hazaras were killed and another was injured on April 29 in an attack near the Western Bypass. A shopkeeper was gunned down on April 18 while another Hazara was killed at the start of the April.