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Timeline: Hazara killings in Balochistan


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Thousands of Hazaras have been targeted and killed in various attacks and shootings in Balochistan. presents an exclusive timeline of the events.


A vehicle was ambushed near Poodgali Chowk and eight Hazaras were killed.

June 2003

Eleven police officials were killed when two armed men opened fire at a van carrying police recruits to their training school in Quetta. Several officials were also injured and the incident was believed to be an act of sectarian violence as most of the officials in the van were Hazaras.

July 2003

Two people attacked a Hazara mosque on Mechangi Road in Quetta during Friday prayers, while a third person blew himself up, leaving 47 people dead. The police also defused two bombs.

March 2004

An Ashura procession was attacked in Quetta, which left 42 people dead, and many injured. The attackers first threw a hand grenade, followed by firing as the procession reached the main business district of the city. It was reported that most of the victims were Hazaras.

January 2009

Unknown assailants killed the chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), Hussain Ali Yousafi.

September 2009

Engineer Ahmed Ali Najaf was killed at his workplace by armed men. He was pulled out of his car and shot dead, according to eyewitness accounts.

October 2009

Walayat Hussain, a Hazara lawyer, was killed while on his way from work after unknown men opened fire on him.

Mohammad Ashraf, the chief inspector of mines in Balochistan, was gunned down while he was going to work in an official vehicle.

February 2010

Mehmud Ali, a young Hazara boy, was killed by armed men on the Quetta-Karachi highway while another boy Mohammad Yousuf was injured in the same incident.

March 2010

Ghulam Rasool and Muhammad Ali, who were day labourers, were killed near Akhtarabad.

Shabbir Hussain, a shopkeeper, was killed by armed men while he was working in his shop in the Hazar Ganji area.

Muhammad Ali, Ghulam Raza and Ramzan Ali who were vegetable vendors were killed in the Hazar Ganji area.

May 2010

A young Hazara boy, Ali Murtaza, was shot dead on Sirki road.

September 2010

A suicide bombing during a Shia rally in Quetta killed around 50 people and injured many others. Later, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mohammad Ali Hazara, was kidnapped for ransom and later killed even though the amount had been paid.

October 2010

Four Hazaras were abducted and killed for ransom. Haji Ali Akbar, who was the owner of Al Abbas store was captured along with his son, bodyguard and an employee and later killed.

November 2010

Haji Idrees, the owner of Barkat medical store was kidnapped and his bodyguard Mohammad Ali was killed.

December 2010

Three people, including a four year old girl, were killed in a terrorist attack on Arbab Karam Khan Road in Quetta.

May 2011

Eight people, including children, were killed in a rocket and gun attack which targeted Hazaras in a park. After the rockets were fired, armed men on vehicles shot at people and fled. Banned outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangavi claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two Hazara policemen, Mohammad Musa and Ishaq Ali, were shot dead on Sipni Road while on their way home.

June 2011

Former Olympian and deputy director of the Pakistan Sports Board, Abrar Hussain, was shot by armed men on motorcycles as he was returning home.

Armed terrorists attacked a bus carrying Hazara pilgrims from Iran, killing three and injuring 11 others in the Hazar Ganji area of Quetta.

July 2011

Eleven Hazaras, including one woman, were killed when a Suzuki van was attacked on Spini road inQuetta.

September 2011

Thirteen people, including four women, were killed in a suicide bombing attack on Eid day.  The target was the Eidgah, however, the vehicle carrying the suicide bomber exploded a few yards before the target due to a collision.

Twenty-six people were killed when a bus carrying pilgrims from Quetta was attacked by armed men in Mastung. The attackers stopped the bus and shot the victims one by one.

Three Hazaras were killed when gunmen attacked a van. Three others, including a child, sustained injuries.

October 2011

Fourteen vegetable vendors were killed when gunmen attacked a van going to a vegetable market inQuetta.

January 2012

Walayat Hussain, inspector of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), TV artist Abid Hussain Nazish and Mohammad Anwar Hussain, a government official were gunned down near Mecongi Road, Quetta. The three were going home in a car when assailants on a motorcycle opened fire on them with automatic weapons in a street.

March 2012

Ejaz Hussain and Ali Asghar were killed on Sabzar Road when unknown men opened fire on them.

Seven Hazaras including women were killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on a passenger van.

April 2012

Two Hazaras, Ali Akbar and Ali Raza, were killed when unknown men opened fire on two shops on Meconghy Road, Quetta.

Mama Karim, Mohammad Hassan, Saeed Ahmed, Qurban Ali, Nadir Ali and Shabir Hussain were killed when armed assailants opened fire at a shoe shop on Prince Road, Quetta

Three men were killed when armed men on a motorbike opened fire at a tea shop. Six Hazaras were killed when armed men ambushed a taxi on Brewery Road, Quetta and opened fire. The victims were on their way to Killi Ibraimzai from Hazara Town.

Unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a tyre shop situated at Quarry road, killing a business man, Salman Ali Hazara.

Two Hazara brothers, Baban Ali and Hussain Ali, were gunned down on Brewery Road, Quetta while they were on their way to a bazaar from Hazara Town.

May 2012

Mohammad Ali was killed by unknown gunmen while working in his tyre shop.

Two Hazaras, Mohammad Tahir and Mohmmad Qadir, were killed outside the passport office on Joint Road when armed assailants opened fire and fled.

June 2012

Fourteen people, including two policemen and a woman, were killed and many others injured in a suicide attack on a bus carrying pilgrims returning from Iran. The suicide bomber was in a private car which hit the bus in the Hazar Ganji area of Quetta.

August 2012

Three people of the Hazara community were killed and three others injured when gunmen opened fire on a taxi going to Marriabad from Hazara Town on Spiny Road in Quetta.

Three people going to Hazara Town in a rickshaw were killed when gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on them and escaped. Out of the three, two were identified as Ghulam Hussain and Khadim Hussain

September 2012

Gunmen on motorcycles shot dead seven Hazara Shia Muslims in two separate incidents.

October 2012

Four Hazara men were shot dead in an attack on a scrap shop. Men on motorcycles opened fire on the shop in Kabarhi Market on Sirki Road and fled after killing Ata Ali, Muhammad Ibrahim, Ghulam Ali and Syed Awiz.

December 2012

A man was killed and his brother injured when they came under fire on Airport Road near Askari Park.

January 2013

As many as 81 people were killed and 121 injured in suicide and car bomb blasts in Quetta’s Alamdar Road area on Thursday night.

Earlier in the afternoon, 12 people lost their lives when a bomb went off near a vehicle of the Frontier Corps at Bacha Khan Chowk.

A cameraman and a reporter of a private news channel, a computer operator of a news agency and nine police personnel, including two senior police officers, were among the dead, while 10 army and FC personnel were injured in the blasts.

A majority of the people killed in the Alamdar Road blasts belonged to the Hazara Shia community.

February 2013

At least 84 people were killed and over a hundred wounded when a large blast ripped through Quetta near a market at the Kirani road, which is close to Hazara Town.

Police sources confirmed the attack was targetting the Shia community for which Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility.

Compiled by Tabinda Siddiqi/

Comments (40) Closed

Yasmin Jan 11, 2013 07:20pm
Just feel for mothers, wives, children who lost their young loved ones in this tragedy. Just feel it and stop killing innocents. 82 plus dead bodies, we don't have space even for the graves. How can you even justify the innocent killings...
Tahir Alam Jan 11, 2013 02:25pm
This compilation of events shows how bad is the law and order situation in Baluchistan. Every Pakistani must condemn these events strongly on every platform. Unfortunately, I do not see many people raising their voice against these killings. Our media is also not putting proper focus on this issue. Most importantly the religious scholars need to come forward as it is being done on the basis of religious sectarianism.
Notebook Jan 11, 2013 09:12am
Raana Zafar Jan 11, 2013 09:44am
The Hazara tribe should wake up and arrange their own security because provincial and central governments are not capable of providing the same or are in league with the terrorist.
stranger Jan 11, 2013 02:29pm
Please dont split the country any further. all sects must be given due representation in the parliament.That could solve the problem a bit.
AHA Jan 11, 2013 02:43pm
The hate culture that we have adopted as our central ideology could have had no other outcome. It is only going to get worse from here.
Ali Jan 12, 2013 07:16am
Their seems to be clear Double standards adopted in Pakistan,one for majority community and one for minority community in all fields ranging from security,jobs,justice etc.
Nina Jan 11, 2013 05:49pm
No, let's say a thousand flower bloom, and each of them mature, live their live and in the end fade away.... saying there would have been no sects, religion sounds you are becoming an ostrich...
Mubarak Jan 11, 2013 05:47pm
The Pakistan army may be silently laughing or giving approval for the killings of Shias in Pakistan.
Sohail Jan 11, 2013 05:43pm
I was in Quetta few weeks ago and two Hazaras killed in a broad daylight 100 meters from me and the culprits walked away on foot. I dont believe in conspiracy theory but I see Saudi-Iran tension written all over it. With these local terrorist organisation running on Saudi blood money and ofcourse some sort of backing from the local agencies, I feel sorry for the innocents who got caught in this mayhem.
skm Jan 11, 2013 05:32pm
Is it the nation that Mr Jinnah fought for.A nation whose creation itself was based on communal hatred , killings and religious intolerance is bound to go this way. No surprises at all. TC and get well soon brothers.
Aditya Jan 11, 2013 11:56am
I am not conversant with the social conditions of Pakistan. What is the purpose of killing random Hazaras ?? I mean what kind of satisfaction does it lead to- is it for money, pleasure or no apparent reason
Mangesh Jan 11, 2013 09:21am
Sad very sad.. I really wish if there would have been no sects, no religion...nothing just humans... Life could have been beautiful...then
Junaid Jan 11, 2013 04:33pm
I ask Hazara community not to depend upon the impotent Police,Rangers,Army of Pakistan but take up arms and protect themselves or leave Pakistan.Pakistan is the country of terrorists.
YOUSF Jan 11, 2013 11:15am
ISLAM means PEACE.may ALLAH guide us all.Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammed(peace be upon him)says if one wants to be in paradise with me should have his character good.My dear brothers and sisters ISLAM is but TO CARE FOR OTHER HUMANS.may Allah show all(muslims and non-muslims) the straight path,Ameen.
Tehmina Jan 11, 2013 05:09pm
Allah helps those who help themselves. Hazaras and Shias should stop expecting the government to do anything for them.
AC1960 Jan 11, 2013 03:08pm
What a non-sense is this. With this type of thinking country is going downward. Those who kill others are dreaming to go to Paradise.
Sceptic Jan 11, 2013 09:22am
'Hazarastan' is the answer. Hazaras need a Jinnah.
mazharuddin Jan 11, 2013 12:40pm
There is also the need to manifest the list of the Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat people lost their lives, they are being killed mercilessly - four blood brothers and their several scholars have been killed, a huge number of Sunni people, no one mention their killing and mourn them? such attitude is hateful and condemnable, all people have preciously lives, we should care for all.
Ajaya K Dutt Jan 11, 2013 01:47pm
Hindus tried that and those who tried were first to be killed.
Saleem Jan 11, 2013 11:45am
Meat eating leads to these acts.. go vegeterian and all these would stop. Saleem
mazharuddin Jan 11, 2013 12:34pm
There should have international conference to discuss the spreading of hatred against this community enable to solve the problem once for all. Overlooking the root causes and mourning is not the solution. Unfortunately no one is addressing the root causes. All communities should respect each others rights as well as minority groups too should respect the rights of majority and avoid such attitude that irks the majority and the vice versa.
Sceptic Jan 11, 2013 08:21pm
Examples?? Like ???.
waqas shaikj Jan 11, 2013 08:58pm
Government of Balochistan and Pakistan must resign. Chief of Army staff, ISI Chief and FC chief of Balochistan must be replaced immediately. A judicial inquiry should be ordered immediately and criminals must be given exempalary punishment after being prosecuted and found guilty. No Mercy for any one. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Qaiser Hussain Khan Bakhtiari Jan 11, 2013 09:16pm
Sects and religion are not the problem Mangesh. It is the intolerance which is the problem. If these people were not killing in the name of God they will be killing based on race, skin color etc etc. Such is the cure of intolerance.
Insaan Jan 11, 2013 09:59pm
With so much hatred towards each other, no wonder Pakistan has deteriorated so much during the past 2-3 decades. No tolerance (all kinds; religious, political, social, cultural, ethical ....), no progress. Be ready for worse if intolerance isn't eliminated!! Peace and Love.
Singh Jan 12, 2013 01:42am
So sad to see death of so many lives. Really heart breaking thinking so many orphan kids. Hazara community need to standup for their own security if state is failing miserably.
Salman US Jan 12, 2013 03:44am
Hazara people need to protect themselves, Pakistan Government,Army and Police wont protect them
Mustafa Jan 12, 2013 03:55am
Pakistani state has failed to protect this minority despite massive deployment of security forces and intellegence agencies. The last option is perhaps a UN contigent comprising of non-Muslim soldiers!?
APC Jan 12, 2013 04:18am
Man, 120 dead bodies.
Khan Jan 12, 2013 04:48am
Pakistan government need to start some field work for all those who have no work except killing. Open house to house low scale farming of goats, honey, cows, animals of all variety, Milk dairies and cookeries. List out all persons who are ideal and put them to work
Manoj Jan 12, 2013 07:23am
Its due to these acts and government and army not protecting the Shia community members of the community demand separate state.
munir faswala Jan 12, 2013 07:23am
this needs t0 be brought to int war crimes tribunal
AA Jan 12, 2013 08:12am
Please shoe some peace
Tahir Alam Jan 12, 2013 08:19am
Yes, Baluchistan government, heads of police and FC must be changed immediately.
Murtaza Baig Jan 12, 2013 09:26am
Thanks Dawn Team for the effort you made.
mazharuddin Jan 12, 2013 01:00pm
Responsiblity goes to socalled religious scholars, writers, thinkers and media that overlook addressing root causes and not denying access to suspicious and hateful material that too is against natural justice. Not discuss such religious activities that disturb peace. There seem lack of civic sense among responsible authorities. Spreading religious extremism, have been given free hand. Religion's basic concept is to believe in God, perform duty honestly for own survival by man. No religious activities should disturb public life.
Farhad shaikh Jan 12, 2013 04:14pm
it's too painful while seeing the circumstances of quetta and hazara community All are muslims and government and security agencies are totally failed to save the people
Anish Jan 12, 2013 06:45pm
Aamir Jan 12, 2013 07:36pm
All this is painful but what about the non-hazara shias who have been killed in Quetta. I am a non-hazara shia from Quetta but now settled in Canada. I have lost many relatives too. The renowned cardiologist of Quetta Dr. Agha Abid Iqbal Zaidi was my first cousin and there is a list of others too but nobody mentions the non-hazaras. It's the Shias that are being killed and Hazaras are being targeted only because of their Shia belief.