Policemen and paramilitary soldiers stand on a street after gunmen shot at two buses in Quetta on August 27, 2012. — Photo by AFP/File

QUETTA: Gunmen shot dead seven Shias in two separate incidents in Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta on Saturday, police said.

The incidents took place in the Hazarganji area of Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich province.

Senior local police official Wazir Khan Nasir told AFP that “four gunmen riding two motorbikes intercepted a bus” and “pulled five Shia vegetable sellers off the vehicle and shot them dead”.

He said in a second incident, two motorbike riders sprayed bullets at two Shias in Hazarganji area, on the outskirts of Quetta, killing both of them.

Another local police official Mukhtar Musakhel confirmed the incidents and casualties.

The dead bodies were shifted to the Bolan Medical College hospital.

All seven deceased belonged to Hazara community. Situation in the area became tense after the incident.

People of the Hazara community came out on roads and protested the killings. They blocked the Barwari road along with the Western bypass.

Hazara Democratic Party showed its outrage and said that these kinds of incidents were leading the province towards anarchy. The party demanded that those involved in the incident should be arrested.

Balochistan Shia Conference has announced three days of mourning in the provinces and demanded the arrest of the people involved in the brutal killings.

Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Earlier on Thursday, unidentified gunmen shot dead a Shia judge along with his driver and police bodyguard in Quetta in a suspected sectarian attack.

The incident took place when the session judge Zulfiqar Naqvi was travelling to his office.

Balochistan has been a flashpoint for sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and Shias, who make up around 20 per cent of the population.

Sectarian conflict has left thousands of people dead since the late 1980s, and the province also suffers Taliban attacks and a separatist insurgency.

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September 1, 2012 9:05 am
SAD SAD SAD poor governance the government is not doing its job and innocent are dying day and night, shia, local vs non locals etc. Same story but different characters. This good for nothing government should be kicked of power and only than peace could come to all communities. I have respect for Shias of Pakistan they are Pakistan citizen their life must be protect. I feel this kind of violence is allowed so that government keep us busy while they loot the nation.
September 1, 2012 3:19 pm
Time to get rid of Pakistan's useless leader and government. If you can't do anything to fix the situation of your own people, then you are useless and should be removed from office. All you are doing is enjoying a wonderful life, while your people are being killed for no reason and living with load shedding.
September 1, 2012 11:49 am
A time will come when the killed person will not know why he was killed and the killer will also not know why he has killed... That time is of the devil (anti-christ) and it is fast arriving... tIme to repent and turn towards Allah collectively else the fire will burn everything...
September 1, 2012 8:55 am
Extremely unfortunate. Where are security forces if at all there are any? How long will this massacre continue? Why are Pakistanis not taking these killings seriously?
zaidi tayyab
September 1, 2012 12:05 pm
Now the chief justice of Pakistan should take the notice of this killings of shia muslims all over Pakistan, and specially cuetta.
September 1, 2012 1:23 pm
I think its not a shia-sunni conflict as mentioned by you its a shia genocide. why are we avoiding to speak the truth.
jamil tunio
September 1, 2012 6:40 am
no any religion is allowing this, please stop this in the name of religion
September 1, 2012 12:45 pm
pleas estop it saying secterion conflict..it is simply Genocide. if the papar like dawn wirte it as secterien conflict, people would have right to think media as passive accomplice. ..shame on our agencies, shame on chief justice, shame on present government. now it is time for Hazara comunity or shias of pakistan to bring the matter with international court of justice in Hague.
Rafiq meghani
September 1, 2012 12:39 pm
Balochistan has been a flashpoint for sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and Shias, who make up around 20 per cent of the population. Your quotation in your news article. I am just curious is it both ways or one way, May be you correct your news.
September 1, 2012 6:30 pm
@ahmed what would the court do? even the parliament and entire police force cannot follow an order for thr court by writing a single letter.
September 1, 2012 6:52 am
What is the justification of spending so much money on the security apparatus if they cant stop the terrorists who are killing innocent people in such a systematic way? What are we waiting for? That one day the people being killed start taking revenge and a tit for tat will teach the terrorists and their well wishers and supporters a lesson. There are so many cases in history that whenever there is a cruelty for a prolonged period and people remain silent and do not take action to stop the terrorists, the law of nature comes in action. The time in between is just to repent and do the needful.
September 1, 2012 1:19 pm
I would like to make a very humble request to all reporters and editors at Dawn not to use the word 'Sectarian' in reporting such incidents. 'Sectarian violence' has direct implication that the parties involved are fighting with each other, yet in this case there is no such thing. It is much appropriate to use 'Shia genocide' in reporting such reports.
September 1, 2012 7:24 am
How many people should die before Pak govt takes some concrete actions?
September 1, 2012 10:20 am
Unfortunately the Pakistani govt is useless. It is the people power that has to emerge within the masses.Being a Pakistani it hurts to see the country being broken apart this way!! we need an honest ,selfless leader..still awaiting that miracle!! Long Live Pakistan!!!
September 1, 2012 2:00 pm
its nothing but incompetency of rulers. Violence is increasing throughout the lengh and breadth of the country but rulers lack competency to overcome the issues and problems. Country is going to pieces due to this violence but rulers are more interested in protecting influentials under the notorious slogan of 'parliament is supreme'
September 1, 2012 10:36 am
I wonder whether the killers are aliens from the space that our security apparatus is unable to stop them. The systematic pattern of killing is enough to prove the unwillingness on the part of the authorities to halt such attacks.
September 1, 2012 10:46 am
For the government the killing of these innocent people is just a news on the TV or News paper front page. They do not care how many people are dead on a daily basis. The big fat reason for this is that their big fat stomach is full from looting the money of the country by depriving the people of the country.
September 1, 2012 10:51 am
Shame on Govt. Shame on institutions responsible for the security of common man and law & order. Govt. should wake up before it's too late.
September 1, 2012 12:10 pm
Islam is the only religion that requires its followers to fight for and protect the weak and those that are persecuted. We are very quick to rightly demonstrate against the issue of missing persons and Drone attacks. But when it comes to the cold blooded murder of Shias, the most some of us do is provide lip service while many remain quiet. Why? Why? Why?
September 1, 2012 6:50 am
Shame on forces who could not defend the innocent peoples and shame on Judiciary who could not punish the terrorists shame on Quetta where thousands killed
Indian Guy
September 1, 2012 6:12 am
Can anyone esp. the killers and their supports explain me, what they got from this?
Dr. Haji Mohamed Boodhun
September 1, 2012 3:33 pm
So long that the Pakistani Constitution will have anti-sectarian law, the people will continue to view their fellow countrymen through the evil prism of sectarianism.Thank you Z.A.Bhutto.
September 1, 2012 5:42 pm
Pakistan is proved to be failed state does not give guarantee for the security of its own people.....I think failed......seems to be broken at the end into many pieces..........
S Khan
September 1, 2012 6:25 am
A sad incident, yet again our government, security & intelligence agencies are impotent, incompetent and useless. However why some media (including Dawn) keep on insisting to write it as sectarian killings ??? which it clearly is not! Its pure & simple, barbaric. However the misrepresentation by labeling of this by some media sources as sectarian dispute lessens its barbarism. Please refrain from supporting terrorism by calling it what is.
September 1, 2012 5:56 am
Quetta: 2 more were killed in Hazarganji, after open fire upon 5, total goes to 7 death.
September 1, 2012 12:01 pm
Not sure if Pakistan is a failed state or Islam is failed religion.... But something major is wrong with both. If Pakistan wants to survive it would need to go back to its secular roots.
Afzal N
September 1, 2012 12:05 pm
In a true democratic society, PM or President would have resigned.Not in Pakistan. Sectarian killing especially of a minority sect clearly shows that fanatics are out of control. Think of its impact on our relation with next door neighbour Iran which is predominantly Shia.
September 1, 2012 6:31 am
i read Dawn nearly everyday and evrytime i have an oppurtunity.Pakistan must come together and stop all these killings.i read about them everyday and it is so depressing.
September 1, 2012 2:11 pm
Killing an innocent is like killing the whole humanity, whoever does not condemn this brutality either by words or action is a part of this heinous crime.
September 1, 2012 6:57 am
I wonder when our President Prime Minister Chief Justice (Mr Sou Motto)and Army Chief Will wake from their deep slumber and do something about this sheer blatant atrocity being carried out day after day or they are waiting for another East Pakistan all over again ? Or the glitter of Riyals is so much it has mesmerized all of them ? I wonder what it would take for us to re awaken ?
September 1, 2012 7:23 am
Even after such brazen attacks, the law enforcement agencies seem unwilling to take any action, nor do we see the politicians play their part. Till when should we wait till the supreme court decides to take suomoto notice to our plight?
Concerned Netizen
September 1, 2012 2:27 pm
Can't you see?? This massacre is going to continue as long as we have religious minorities. So unfortunate that the place carved out for Muslims isn't safe for them anymore. THERE IS NO HOPE!
Concerned Netizen
September 1, 2012 2:28 pm
My thoughts exactly my friend.
September 1, 2012 2:28 pm
What a typical and biased reporting, do you really call it Shia Sunni conflict ? What a shameless reporting. Shia have been massacred like insects and the editor thinks its between two parties. Have somefear of Allah you are supporting their cause by demeaning their actions.
Concerned Netizen
September 1, 2012 2:29 pm
I am losing hope, I am losing faith.
September 1, 2012 2:34 pm
If the government doesn't do anything, shia's will resort to taking arms and that can lead to a shia / wahabi conflict and a civil war.
September 1, 2012 7:08 pm
Why the judiciary is not interested to take notice of minorities genocide? Is it interested in politics & love letters only?
Rafiq meghani
September 1, 2012 3:41 pm
September 1, 2012 8:06 pm
After each one of these cowardly attacks on the innocent and unarmed victims by the barbaric Taliban, we never hear any condemnation from any of the leaders of religious or non religious political parties. Recently Altaf Hussain has had the courage to speak out against this wanton crime. But where is the outrage from the rest??
September 1, 2012 8:07 am
Its high time for the federal governemnt to use its authority, if it has any, and take measures to address this genocide. Thanks to media and so called human rights activists, the FC and intelligence agencies have stopped doing their work. Where by the disappearence of the militants and criminals is protested, what about these poor people, whose only crime is that they belong to an ethinic community and may be Pakistan.
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