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April 16, 2012

Quetta shuts down to protest Hazara target killings

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Web Desk
April 16, 2012

QUETTA: A crippling strike paralysed life in the provincial capital 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 the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), which was endorsed by the Balochistan National Party (BNP), JUI-F and others. A day of mourning was also observed on the call of the Balochistan Shia Conference against the target killing incidents. 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.

People belonging to the 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.

About Saturday’s incident, a senior police official said they had registered a case against unknown attackers and further investigations are in progress. Police claimed to have rounded up 62 suspects for investigation of target killing incidents in Quetta.

Meanwhile, chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani chaired a meeting on the law and order situation in the province and granted approval to short and long-term security plans against target killing

incidents. The meeting decided to continue the targeted operation against the terrorists by taking the elected representatives and public into confidence. The meeting constituted a committee comprising members of the Balochistan assembly, which would supervise implementation of the security plans.

Secretary home and tribal affairs Naseebullah Khan Bazia briefed the meeting about the security plans, saying Quetta city was divided into 20 sectors. New police check posts would be set up in the city besides enhancing the patrolling of FC. He said ten platoons of FC would be deployed on the outskirts of the provincial capital and all exit and entry points of Quetta would be strictly monitored. Over 250 CCTV cameras would also be installed in different localities of Quetta, he informed the committee. The meeting decided to give free hand to the police and law enforcement agencies against outlaws. It was also decided that no one, not even provincial ministers, would be allowed to use tinted glass or a minister’s number plates on the vehicles.