By Mohammad Zafar
QUETTA: Six people of Hazara community, who were shot dead on Monday, were buried in their ancestral graveyards on Tuesday.
The funeral prayers of four victims were offered in Hazara graveyard in Eastern-Bypass and two in a graveyard near Alamdar Road. Score of religious scholars and leaders of the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) participated in the funeral prayers.
Six people were killed and three others were injured when a group of armed men opened fire on a cobblers shop on Prince Road. All the victims were shoemakers. The banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed the responsibility of the killings. Talking to the media, Shia Conference President Ashraf Zaidi said the government was not serious in arresting the culprits behind the killings of Hazara community members. Stringent security measures have been adopted in Quetta with the deployment of security forces and police to maintain public order. Most of the shops on Prince Road remained closed to mourn the death of innocent people.
Seven police officials, including an inspector, have been suspended following the directives of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani. Police have conducted raids in different parts of Quetta and detained dozens of suspects for interrogation. Three separate teams of CID, investigation and district police were constituted to investigate the killings.
HDP Chairman Abdul Khaliq Hazara announced that Hazara community will hold protest demonstrations outside foreign missions besides registering their protest with International Human Rights Organisation to highlight the incessant killings of Hazara community in Quetta.
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