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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Interview: In Conversation with Khadim Ali

Khadim Ali is a contemporary Pakistani artist who lives and works in Sydney, Quetta and Kabul. His work is featured in No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asiathe inaugural Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative touring exhibition, which is currently being presented at the Asia Society Hong Kong until 16 February 2013.

The title of Khadim Ali’s Rustam Series (2011–12) references the hero of the Persian Shahnameh (Book of Kings) in Ferdowsi’s 11-century epic poem. Ali’s paintings recall only his name, alluding instead to the displacement and persecution of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a community to which Ali traces his heritage.

Q: Your family left Afghanistan at a turbulent period in the country’s history. How does this affect your feelings towards the country and your place of birth?

A: My family left Afghanistan in the 1890s when the first grand massacres of Hazara started by King Amir Abdul Rahman and he massacred over 62% of the entire population of Hazaras and captured their land and took their children and ladies as slaves and sold Hazaras to India – almost 10 000 Hazaras were sold to India and all the taxes were given to the government. So it was then my grandparents left Afghanistan and moved to India, before the partition of Pakistan in India, so they chose to live at the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan with the hope that someday Afghanistan will be a free land and they are going to claim their land back, but it never happened.

Q: Hong Kong is a very multi-cultural city, home to over 7 million people of many nationalities. What are your impressions of the city?

A: I felt like everything is pointing skywards and it’s like a compressed version of New York and I was thinking I am going to have extreme problems here because I don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese, but then almost every second person is a really good English speaking person.

Q: What do you hope audiences will take away from your work?

A: When audiences ask me what is the meaning of that particular artwork, I always think that a work of art is like a poem – when you read a poem, a poem is so versatile, you just own it and personalize it. It goes into your very personal moments and stays in you, if you like, and you translate it according to your own feeling. I think a work of art – of visual art – should be like that and having that versatility of a poem or versatility of music.

Q: Your work is informed and inspired by storytelling and ancient texts – could you elaborate on that?

A: I don’t want people to come in and look at the work the way I am looking at the work. They are free to have whatever meaning they want to – my work is part of my life and part of my career with the storytelling culture but my work is not a story. There is no story behind the work. I think there shouldn’t be any story behind any visual artwork – it should be as free as music, it should have the versatility of music.

Q: Which artists inspire you?

A: I always ask myself which artists I am inspired by but I only look at my work and can say which artists I am inspired by. I am inspired by the 15 century old master Muhammad Siyah Qalam who was also painting demons and I am really inspired by his works.

Friday, December 13, 2013

No Pomegranate Was Imported From Iran

Quetta: Customs Collectorate Office reported to provincial government that no pomegranate were imported from Iran, yet the religious fanatics "discovered" pages of holy Koran from crates of pomegranate that "were imported from Iran", and used it to as a pretext to attack markets in the city, in which one person died and several others injured.

"Discovering pages of holy Koran from Pomegranate crates, that were imported from Iran"

Attacking the Markets 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

First Afghan woman governor wins Magsaysay award

Habiba Sarabi was honoured for helping build a functioning local government and pushing for education and women's rights in Afghanistan's Bamyan province despite discrimination and poverty.

Press Trust of India : Manila, Wed Jul 24 2013, 13:30 hrs

Afghanistan's first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from the Kachin minority in Myanmar are among this year's recipients of a Philippine leadership prize.

Habiba Sarabi was honoured for helping build a functioning local government and pushing for education and women's rights in Afghanistan's Bamyan province despite discrimination and poverty.

Lahpai Seng Raw helps rehabilitate damaged communities amid armed conflict.The Ramon Magsaysay Awards announced today honour three individuals and two organisations for changing their societies for the better.

They are named after a popular Philippine president who died in a plane crash in 1957.

کوئٹہ میں احتجاج، ایک ہلاک تین افراد زخمی

آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعرات 12 دسمبر 2013 ,‭ 02:01 GMT 07:01 PST

قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں نے مشتعل افراد کو علمدار روڈ جانے سے روکنے کے لیے آنسو گیس کا استعمال کیا اور ہوائی فائرنگ بھی کی

پاکستان کے صوبہ بلوچستان کے دارالحکومت کوئٹہ میں فروٹ کی پیٹیوں سے مبینہ طور پر قرآنی اوراق کی برآمدگی کے خلاف شہر میں پرتشدد احتجاج کے دوران ایک شخص ہلاک اورتین زخمی ہوئے۔

کوئٹہ میں ہمارے نامہ نگار نے بتایا کہ شہر میں ہنگامہ آرائی کا سلسلہ بدھ کی دوپہر اس وقت شروع ہوا جب مشتعل افراد کی ایک بڑی تعداد نے علمدار روڈ جانے کی کوشش کی جس کی زیادہ تر آبادی شیعہ مسلک باالخصوص ہزارہ قبیلے سے تعلق رکھنے والے افراد پر مشتمل ہے۔

قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں نے مشتعل افراد کو علمدار روڈ جانے سے روکنے کے لیے آنسو گیس کا استعمال کیا اور ہوائی فائرنگ بھی کی۔

قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں نے اگرچہ مشتعل افراد کی علمدار روڈ جانے کی کوشش ناکام بنادی لیکن انہوں نے شہر کے مختلف علاقوں میں ٹائر جلائے جبکہ بعض علاقوں میں دکانوں کے شیشے بھی توڑ دیے۔

اس صورتحال کے باعث شہر میں شدید خوف و ہراس پھیل گیا اورشہر کے مر کزی علاقوں میں تمام دکانیں بند ہوگئیں۔

سول ہسپتال کے ذرائع کے مطابق چار افراد کو ہسپتال لایا گیا جن کو گولیاں لگی تھیں جن میں سے ایک بعد میں زخموں کی تاب نہ لاکر چل بسا۔

قبل ازیں کوئٹہ کی فروٹ مارکیٹ سے انار کی پیٹیوں سے مبینہ طور پر قرآنی اوراق کی بر آمدگی کے خلاف کوئٹہ پریس کلب کے باہر احتجاج کیا گیا۔

مظاہرین کا یہ الزام تھا کہ انار کی یہ پیٹیاں ایران سے بر آمد کی گئی تھیں۔

کوئٹہ میں پریس کانفرنس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے اہلسنت والجماعت کے صوبائی امیر مولانا محمد رمضان مینگل نے شہر میں ہنگامہ آرائی سے لاتعلقی کا اعلان کیا اور عوام سے پرامن رہنے کی اپیل کی۔

ان کا کہنا تھا کہ جس شخص نے یہ انار بر آمد کیے تھے اس کو گرفتار کر لیا گیا اور فروٹ مارکیٹ میں اس کی دکان کو بھی سیل کر دیا گیا ہے۔

دوسری جانب مجلس وحدت المسلمین نے کوئٹہ شہر میں ہنگامہ آرائی کرنے والو ں کے خلاف کارروائی کا مطالبہ کیا۔

پریس کانفرس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے مجلس کے رہنما عباس موسوی نے دعویٰ کیا کہ اہل تشیع سے تعلق رکھنے والے 12 افراد لاپتہ ہیں۔

کوئٹہ میں بدھ کے روز ہونے والے ہنگامہ آرائی سے متعلق محکمہ داخلہ بلوچستان نے ایک پریس نوٹ جاری کیا جس کے مطابق ایک ریلی کے شرکاء نے لیاقت بازار میں دکانوں کو زبردستی بند کرانے کی کوشش کی۔

پریس نوٹ کے مطابق دکانوں کو زبردستی بند کرنے کے خلاف مزاحمت پر دو گروپوں میں فائرنگ کا تبادلہ ہوا جس کے 
نتیجے میں ایک شخص ہلاک اور تین افراد زخمی ہوئے۔

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Press Conference by MPA Agha Raza

Quetta: Pages of Persian Poetry Were Presented as Pages of Holy Koran

Pages of Persian poetry were presented as pages of holy Koran and used for violence in Quetta city. 

Religious fanatics know how to play with religious sentiments of people, and are looking for new ways to justify their terrorism and senseless violence in the Quetta city.  Yesterday, the "discovery" of poetry pages from pomegranate crates,  imported from Iran were used for rallying and attacking markets, in which a person lost his life and several others were injured. 

Quetta: Mob Burning Motorcycle

Quetta: Mob Burning HDP's Flag

Quetta: Tearing Down Election Posters

One dead, four injured in Balochistan violence


-File Photo
Published 2013-12-11 20:12:20

QUETTA: At least one person was killed and four others injured on Wednesday in a firing incident in Liaquat Bazaar area of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

Police said the incident forced shopkeepers to shut down their shutters, resulting in Liaquat Bazaar, Sattar Road and other commercial parts of Quetta to be closed.

"Miscreants opened firing in different parts of the city and caused panic," police said in a press release.

The injured were immediately rushed to civil hospital Quetta for medical treatment.

"The condition of two of the injured seems to be serious," a duty doctor who requested not to be named told

An angry mob later burnt tires at Jinnah Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Bacha Khan Chowk and Qandahari Bazaar.

The protesters pelted stones at vehicles and set fire to a motorcycle in the city.

The situation prompted the Balochistan government to deploy frontier corps and a large contingent of police and Balochistan Constabulary to avert any major untoward incident.

"The situation is now under control with the support of the masses," police said.

Throughout the day, panic prevailed in the city as police and security forces patrolled all sensitive areas of Quetta.

Most of the citizens were confined to their homes in commercial areas of Quetta where the angry mob was protesting.

Similarly, there was a traffic jam as a result of the protest demonstrations.

"We faced problems because road blockades were everywhere," Dr. Irfan Tareen, a well-know physician, told

All political and religious parties disowned miscreants who pelted stones and were responsible for aerial firing in the city.

Police said cases have been lodged against unknown miscreants for firing incident in City Police Station.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bamiyan: Youths Vigil For Nelson Mandela

شماری ازجوانان و فعالان مدنی بامیان عصر روز شنبه با روشن کردن شمع درپای عکس نلسون مندیلا، اولین رییس جمهور افریقای جنوبی و رهبرجنبش ضد آپارتاید درگذشت وی را برای تمام عدالت خواهان جهان تسلیت گفتند.این جوانان هدف از این حرکت شانرا ابراز همدردی با خانواده مندیلا ومردم افریقای جنوبی یاد کرده بیان داشتند که نلسون مندیلا بهترین الگو برای تمام رهبران جهان به خصوص افغانستان باید باشد.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

News Package On Local Government Election Quetta: Mechid TV

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

BBC World Service: 'Hell on Earth': Inside Quetta's Hazara community

By Mobeen AzharBBC World Service
Ruqsana Bibi at the cemetary in Quetta where her sons are buried

For years Quetta in Pakistan has rarely been visited by foreign media organisations, as it is considered too dangerous. Now a World Service investigation has uncovered the reality of life for the city's persecuted Hazara Shia community in what some describe as "hell on earth".

On 10 January 2013, a suicide bomber walked into a packed snooker hall in Quetta and detonated an explosive device, marking the beginning of what would become the bloodiest day in Pakistan's recent history.

Eight people died in the initial blast and the area soon became flooded with people trying to help. A second bomb planted on an ambulance was then detonated.

The attacks killed more than 120 people, most of them from the Hazara Shia community, in a campaign strategically planned to inflict maximum carnage.

Quetta's Hazara community is on the front line of Pakistan's battle with violent extremism.

Ruqsana Bibi lost three of her four sons on that day. The walls of her modest home are filled with family pictures. She sits on the floor holding three frames. Each contains a picture of one of the children she lost.

"I ran to the mosque barefoot and I saw the bodies of my three sons. I kissed their faces. I carried them to the cemetery myself. The eldest was Khadim Husain. I said to him: 'You must take care of your brothers in the grave.' I don't know what happened to me then. People took me home."

Mrs Bibi says her grandsons, aged nine and five, are afraid that they too will be "martyred" one day.

"They say: 'Who are these people killing us?' Who are these people that are stirring up trouble between Sunnis and Shias? It didn't used to be like this."

Mrs Bibi's family, like almost all of the victims of the Quetta attacks, are Hazara.

Hazaras are ethnically Mongolian, with oriental features and light skin, different from much of Pakistan's population.

The vast majority of Hazaras are Shia Muslim and are therefore declared "heretics" by militant Sunni Islamist groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Quetta is home to more than half a million Hazara Shias, making them an easy target for Sunni extremists who want to punish their "heresy" with violence.

Five weeks after the attack on the snooker hall, another bomb was detonated in a crowded market place in Quetta, killing almost 90 people.

It happened as people, mainly women, were shopping for groceries and schoolchildren were coming out of their classes.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for both attacks.

The group released a statement declaring that they planned to turn Quetta into "a graveyard for Shias".

Fighting for survival

The extreme violence in Quetta means many Hazaras feel pessimistic about their future in Pakistan. Nargis Ali, 19, was planning on going to Balochistan University, in Quetta.

But faced with the security risks, her parents have asked her to give up on academia.
A suicide bomber detonated his device in this Quetta snooker hall in January

"I got brilliant results but even the university staff say they cannot guarantee my safety. My parents really wanted me to study but they are just so scared of what will happen," she told the BBC.

"Education is the most important thing to me - but what choice do we have?"

Many young Hazaras have fled Quetta, in the hope of claiming asylum in Australia and Europe. It is estimated that 90% of those fleeing the violence do so illegally..... Continue Reading..

Hazara Town Vegetable Market

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

کلیپ نمایشگاه نقاشی هنرمندان نگارستان هاتف

Monday, November 25, 2013

Targeted killing: Hazara man shot dead in Quetta

By Our Correspondent
Published: November 25, 2013

The body of the victim was shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex Teaching Hospital. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

A man was shot dead in an attack apparently triggered by sectarian hatred on Kirani Road in Quetta on Sunday.

According to police officials, gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on the victim, Arif Hussain, killing him on the spot. The gunmen fled the scene soon after the shooting.

The body of the victim, who belonged to the ethnic Hazara community, was shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) Teaching Hospital.

Police registered a case against unidentified men and have launched an investigation into the incident.

In a separate incident, a man identified as Abdul Ghafoor was shot dead when gunmen opened fire at his shop in the Saryab Mill area on the edge of Quetta.

It wasn’t immediately known who killed Ghafoor and why.

There have been two major attacks against the Hazara community in Balochistan this year.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2013.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

سریاب روڈ پر نامعلوم موٹر سائیکل سواروں کی فائرنگ ایک شخص جاں بحق

کوئٹہ ( قدرت نیوز)سریاب روڈ پر نامعلوم موٹر سائیکل سواروں کی فائرنگ ایک شخص جاں بحق تفصیلات کے مطابق منگل کی شام سریاب روڈ سدا بہار ٹرمینل کے قریب نامعلوم موٹر سائیکل سواروں نے فائرنگ کرکے ایک شخص محمد قاسم ولد اختر محمد کو شدید زخمی کردیا زخمی کو فوری طور پر سول ہسپتال پہنچایا گیا جہاں پر وہ زخموں کی تاب نہ لاتے ہوئے چل بسا پولیس نے نامعلوم افراد کے خلاف مقدمہ درج کرکے تحقیقات شروع کردی

Friday, November 15, 2013

Afghanistan’s Band-e Amir National Park Hires First Female Park Rangers

Afghanistan’s first-ever women park rangers at Band-e Amir National Park. Photograph by Naseem Sultani/Wildlife Conservation Society.

Posted by Sonia Harmon of National Geographic on November 14, 2013

Did you know that women weren’t allowed to be park rangers in the United Statesuntil 1969? And it wasn’t until 1978 when women in the National Park Service were allowed to wear a service badge or the “male” uniform. Employment opportunities for women in America have come a long way since then, and now a national park in Afghanistan is taking steps to do the same. Band-e Amir National Park recently hired four women—Sediqa, Nikbakht, Fatima and Kubra, all of whom were formerly housewives—to become their first female park rangers. They joined a staff of 23 rangers at the park, which was established in 2009 and is known for its beautiful blue lakes and rare wildlife.... Continue Reading...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Message From Tahir Khan Hazara

Monday, November 4, 2013

Gunmen kill four Shias in Karachi

Dr. Sher Ali Shaheed, General Secretary of Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum is at a press conference : File Photo 


Published 2013-11-04 18:29:24

KARACHI: At least four Shia Muslims, including two doctors, were gunned down Monday and three others were injured in different parts of Karachi, police officials said.

A doctor was shot dead in Manghopir neighbourhood in the western district and another was gunned down around noon at Tariq Road in the eastern part of the city.

They were identified by police as Dr Sher Ali * and Dr Naseem Zaidi.

“The killing pattern shows that they were apparently carried out on sectarian grounds,” Javed Alam Odho, the deputy inspector general of police told AFP.

The other two victims were killed in central district when unknown attackers burst into a tailor's shop and opened fire.

The owner and a worker were killed and three others were injured.

“The attack seemed to be on sectarian lines as all of the people inside the shop were Shias,” senior police officer Aamir Farooqi said.

The latest attacks came ahead of the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Muharram, when Shias mourn the seventh century martyrdom of Hussain, the grandson of prophet Mohammad, along with his family members.

Shias make up around a fifth of Pakistan's predominantly Sunni Muslim population.

Police are already carrying out operations against criminal groups to curb sectarian and political killings. Security would be further tightened in the month of Muharram, they said.

“We are already carrying out the operation against sectarian and other elements and we would certainly intensify our efforts during the coming days,”Odho said.

Karachi, a city of 18 million people which contributes 42 per cent of Pakistan's GDP, is rife with murder and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence

* Dr. Sher Ali : Dr, Sher Ali was secretary general of Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum, an organisation representing Hazara diaspora in Karachi. Only few months ago, son of the president of this forum also became victim of the ongoing onslaught of Shias in the city. Dr. Sher was the second general secretary of this organisation shot dead by the militant outfits after Qurban Ali Ajiz.

کوئٹہ کے مدرسے میں پراسرار دھماکہ، دو زخمی

 Sunday 3 November 2013
کوئٹہ میں ایک مکان سے برآمد ہونے والے اسلحے اور دیگر سامان کی تصویر۔ فائل تصویر رائٹرز
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 کوئٹہ میں ایک مکان سے برآمد ہونے والے اسلحے اور دیگر سامان کی تصویر۔ فائل تصویر رائٹرزکوئٹہ میں ایک مکان سے برآمد ہونے والے اسلحے اور دیگر سامان کی تصویر۔ فائل تصویر رائٹرز کوئٹہ: کوئٹہ میں ایک مدرسے میں ہونے والے پراسرار دھماکے میں دو افراد زخمی ہوئے ہیں ۔ تفصیلات کے مطابق دھماکے سے ایسٹرن بائی پاس پر واقع اس مدرسے کچی مٹی پر مشتمل پانچ کمرے بھی تباہ ہوگئے ہیں۔ سریاب میں سپریٹینڈنٹ پولیس بشیر احمد براہوی نے ڈان ڈاٹ کام کو بتایا کہ یہ مدرسہ شہر میں تخریبی کارروائیوں کیلئے شرپسندوں کے استعمال میں تھا۔ ‘ افغان وہاں دھماکہ خیز مواد کی تیاری میں مصروف تھے،’ براہوی نے کسی افغان طالبان یا اس کے دھڑے کا نام لئے بغیر کہا۔ اس دھماکے کی گونج وادی میں دور دور تک سنائی دی۔ بم ڈسپوزل اسکواڈ کے مطابق یہ دھماکہ کم از کم بیس کلوگرام وزنی دھماکہ خیز مواد کی وجہ سے ہوا تھا۔ ‘ دھماکے کی جگہ خون آلود تھی،’ براہوی نے بتایا۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ دو زخمی افراد نے کسی بھی ہسپتال سے رابطہ نہیں کیا بلکہ دونوں دھماکے کے بعد جائے وقوعہ سے فرار ہوگئے۔ بشیر احمد براہوی نے بتایا کہ پولیس نے جائے وقوعہ سے بڑی مقدار میں دھماکہ خیز مواد، بارود، تیزاب اور ڈیٹونیٹر کے علاوہ غیرملکی زبان میں لٹریچر برآمد کیا ہے۔ ‘ مدرسہ پر کوئی سائن بورڈ نہیں لگا تھا اور وہ رجسٹر بھی نہ تھا۔ ‘ ایک اور پولیس افسر نے معاملے کی حساس نوعیت پر نام خفیہ رکھنے کی شرط پر ڈان ڈاٹ کام کو بتایا کہ دھماکے سے ہلاکتیں ہوئی ہیں۔ ‘ دہشتگرد پولیس کے آنے سے قبل ہی لاشوں کو لے کر کہیں منتقل ہوگئے تھے،’ اس نے کہا۔ ‘ آپ خون اور تباہی ہر جگہ دیکھ سکتے ہیں،’ اس نے کہا۔ واقعے کے بعد خفیہ اداروں کےاہلکار اور پولیس نے موقع پر پہنچ کر تفتیش شروع کردی ہے۔ کچھ گرفتاریاں بھی ہوئی ہیں لیکن اب تک کسی بھی گروہ نے اس کی ذمے داری قبول نہیں کی ہے۔ ایک اور الگ واقعے میں نامعلوم عسکریت پسندوں نے کوئٹہ کے ہزارہ ٹاون میں ایک مکان پر دیسی ساختہ دستی بم پھینکا جس سے مکان کے شیشے ٹوٹ گئے اور اسے جزوی نقصان پہنچا۔ اس واقعے میں 
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Monday 4 November 2013

فائل تصویر رائٹرز

عسکریت پسندی نے پاگل پن کی ہر صورت میں، ملک کو اپنی گرفت میں جکڑ رکھا ہے، جس میں لوگوں کے مختلف طبقات پر ردِ عمل، اپنی جانب توجہ مبذول کراتے ہیں۔

عسکریت پسندوں کے لیے شیعہ ہزارہ واضح ہدف ہیں لیکن جو کوئی ان کی واضح شناخت پر سوچتاہے، وہ قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں پر یہی زور دے گا کہ ہزارہ برادری کو اضافی طور پر تحفظ فراہم کیا جائے لیکن یہ بار بار غلط ثابت ہوا ہے۔

رواں سال بلوچستان میں ہزارہ برادری پر حملوں کے سلسلے میں ڈھائی سو سے زائد ہلاکتیں ہوچکی ہیں۔ ان حملوں کو صرف بعض گروہوں سے جوڑا ہی نہیں جاتا بلکہ یہ عسکریت پسند خود فخریہ طور پر ذمہ داری لینے کا دعویٰ کرتے ہیں۔

ہزارہ برادری پر تازہ ترین حملہ جمعہ کو بلوچستان کے ضلع مچھ میں ہوا، جس میں چھ ہزارہ کان کُن اپنی جانوں سے گئے۔ اس حملے کی ذمہ داری جیشِ محمد نے قبول کی۔ اطلاعات کے مطابق تنظیم کا کہنا ہے کہ یہ حملہ اُن کے خلاف ہونے والے سیکیورٹی آپریشن کا ردِ عمل ہے۔

جو بلوچستان کی صورتِ حال کو زیادہ نہیں جانتے،اس سے وہ یہ تاثر قائم کرسکتے ہیں کہ واقعی حکومت صوبے میں عسکریت پسندی کا صفایا کررہی ہے لیکن جو صوبے میں کچھ عرصے سے جاری تشدد پر نظریں رکھے بیٹھے ہیں، وہ جانتے ہیں کہ صوبائی حکومت اور بلوچستان میں کام کرنے والی سیکیورٹی ایجنسیز کی کارروائیوں میں ٹھوس اقدامات کا فقدان ہے۔

یہ لوگوں کے جان و مال کے تحفظ کی خاطر ٹھوس اقدامات اٹھانے میں ناکام ہوچکے، ریاست اور حکومت کی اس ناکامی کی بھاری قیمت ہزارہ برادری اپنی جانیں دے کر چکا رہی ہے۔

جمعے کو ہونے والے ظالمانہ حملے کے بعد، وزیرِ اعلیٰ بلوچستان ایک بار پھر معمول کے اپنے بیان کے ساتھ سامنے آئے، جس میں انہوں نے واقعے کی مذمت کی اور ‘انتظامیہ’ کو ہدایت دی کہ قاتلوں کی گرفتای کے لیے ہرممکن اقدامات کرے۔

وزیرِ اعلیٰ نے محرم، جس کا اگلے ایک دو روزمیں آغاز ہونے والا ہے، کے دوران ہزارہ برادری کو فول پروف سیکیورٹی فراہم کرنے کا بھی وعدہ کیا۔ سیکیورٹی چیلنجوں سے نمٹنے کے لیے بہترین صلاحیتیں پیش کرنے کا یہ سب سے بہترین وقت ہے۔

لیکن صرف فول پروف سیکیورٹی کی فراہمی کا وعدہ ہی کافی نہیں۔ لوگوں کی جانوں کے تحفظ کے واسطے، محرم اور اس کے بعد بھی، غیرمعمولی سیکیورٹی نظر آنی چاہیے۔

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Low intensity blast leaves two injured in Quetta

November 03, 2013 - Updated 120 PKT

QUETTA: At lest two people were injured when a blast occurred at a vacant house located near the Eastern Bypass on Sunday. However, police didn’t confirm any casualty but said that roofs of six rooms collapsed after the blast took place at the house. Independent sources said that two people sustained injuries but they were not admitted to any government-run medical facility. Police rushed to the spot and called in the Bomb Disposal Squad. According to reports, the police have arrested two men including a teenager near the site of the blast. A bicycle was also damaged in the explosion, which officials say was used for planting the explosive material. Acting Civil Defence Director Mehboob Shahwani said that 20 kg explosives exploded inside the house. He said that, three bags of suspected bomb-making chemical, four receivers of remote control, six batteries and two kg explosives were also recovered from the house. According to initial examination, investigators have found blood spots in the courtyard and on the door of the house. Investigators said that preliminary probe suggested the house was being used for preparation of terrorist-related activity.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Six coal miners shot dead in Balochistan

By Shehzad Baloch
Published: November 1, 2013

File photo of a coal mine in Quetta PHOTO: PPI/File

QUETTA: Six coal miners were shot dead while another was injured in Mach area of Kachi district – about 90 kilometers off Quetta – on Friday.

“The victims are labourers who belonged to the Shia Hazara community. It is clearly a sectarian targeted killing,” DC Kachi Waheed Shah told Express Tribune.

The coal miners were returning from a trip to Mach bazaar, where they often went to shop on Fridays. The crime scene is seven kilometer off the main highway.

“As they crossed a huge drainage off the national highway, a group of armed men opened fire at their vehicle,” added DC Shah.

Levies officials and security forces reached the spot soon after the incident and cordoned off the area. However, the assailants had already escaped by then. The injured is said to be in a critical condition.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant group officially banned by the government in 2002, usually claims responsibility for attacks on Shia Muslims.

A week ago, seven passenger buses of Shia pilgrims were attacked with a car bomb. The blast killed two personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) while Shia pilgrims remained unhurt in the attack.

Upon observing a car suspiciously parked near the highway, FC personnel stopped the buses from proceeding on the National Highway in the Dringar area of Mastung. As they tried to search the vehicle, a explosion took place.

Six gunned down in Bolan firing

Posted: November 01, 2013 - 1555 PKT

QUETTA: At least six people were shot dead in firing on a vehicle in Bolan, Geo News reported.

Police said unidentified armed men opened fire on a vehicle in Machh area of Bolan. As a result, four people were killed and three others sustained injuries.

The dead and injured were shifted to hospital, where two more succumbed to wounds.

بلوچستان: گاڑی پر فائرنگ، ہزارہ برادری کے چھ مزدور ہلاک

آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعـء 1 نومبر 2013 ,‭ 11:51 GMT 16:51 PST

بلوچستان کے دارالحکومت کوئٹہ کے بعد مچھ میں ہزارہ برادری کی بڑی آبادی ہے

پاکستان کے صوبہ بلوچستان کے ضلع بولان کے حکام کا کہنا ہے کہ ایک گاڑی پر فائرنگ کے نتیجے میں چھ افراد ہلاک ہو گئے ہیں۔

ابتدائی اطلاعات کے مطابق اس گاڑی پر ضلع بولان کے علاقے مچھ میں فائرنگ کی گئی۔

لیویز فورس مچھ کے ذرائع کا کہنا ہے کہ یہ افراد کوئلے کی کان میں کام کرنے والے مزدور تھے جن کا تعلق ہزارہ برادری سے تھا۔

ذرائع کے مطابق یہ افراد مچھ ٹاؤن سے کوئلے کی کان کی جانب جا رہے تھے جب پنڈار گدھ کے علاقے میں ان کی گاڑی پر نامعلوم افراد نے فائرنگ کردی۔

گاڑی میں سات افراد سوار تھے۔

واضح رہے کہ بلوچستان کے دارالحکومت کوئٹہ کے بعد مچھ میں ہزارہ برادری کی دوسری بڑی آبادی موجود ہے۔اس سے قبل بھی اس علاقے میں اہلِ تشیع ہزارہ برادری کے افراد کو نشانہ بنایا جا چکا ہے۔

دوسری جانب ہزارہ ڈیموکریٹک پارٹی نے اس واقعے کی پرزور مذمت کی ہے۔

ہزارہ ڈیموکریٹک پارٹی کے سربراہ عبدالخالق ہزارہ نے کہا کہ بے گناہ مزدوروں کی ہلاکت صوبائی حکومت کے لیے لمحۂ فکریہ ہے۔ انھوں نے مطالبہ کیا کہ ہزارہ برادری کو نشانہ بنانے والوں کے خلاف ٹارگٹ آپریشن کیا جائے۔

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Quetta blast kills 4, injures 18

By Web Desk / Shehzad Baloch
Published: October 30, 2013

QUETTA: A powerful blast followed by another explosion near Zarghon Road in Quetta killed four people while injuring 18 others on Wednesday, Express News reported.

The area, also known as Double Road, is reported to be a local commercial hub, and is suffering from a severe traffic jam following the blast.

Police and rescue services have arrived on site and the injured, three of whom are understood to be in a very critical condition, are being transported to Bolan Medical Complex and Provincial Sandeman Hospital known as Civil Hospital, where state of emergency has already been declared.

“Four dead bodies were brought to hospital and may death toll will increase because the explosion was powerful,” a senior police officer said.

“The blast was huge and I have seen dozens of people lying in pool of blood on double road,” an eyewitness told Express Tribune.

The bomb disposal squad said the explosives, which weighed around 6-7 kilograms, were planted on a motorcycle.

Police said the second explosion happened due to a CNG cylinder exploding inside a car...Continue Reading..

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Firing incidents claim two lives in Quetta

QUETTA, (SANA): Two persons were killed in firing by unknown assailants at Sariab and double roads in Quetta on Tuesday.

According to police, first incident took place at double road when unknown persons riding a motorcycle opened fire on a person sitting in a shop, killing him on the spot.

Another incident took place at Sariab Road when unidentified persons opened firing on a person named Gulam Nabi, killing him on the spot.

The corpses were shifted to Quetta Civil Hospital. Meanwhile the dead bodies were handed over to heirs after completion of legal formalities.

Monday, October 14, 2013

First Hazara woman joins foreign service


ISLAMABAD - In a promising development on the diplomatic front, this year for the first time a young Hazara woman joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP) that could mark the beginning of more to follow suit.

Sughra Changezi who hails from Quetta is a member of the latest batch and recently embarked on her career as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Currently, she is working as an assistant director at the OIC Division.
Changezi is the second woman officer from the country’s largest province to enter FSP. Fareeha Bugti was the first woman from the province to join the service in 2005 while several male officers from Balochistan have already made their mark as diplomats. Bugti is now on her first diplomatic assignment abroad as the first secretary at Pakistan’s UN Mission in Geneva. Bugti and Changezi are both known to be bright and promising officers.... Continue Reading... 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Habiba Sarabi, Afghanistan's First Female Governor, Wins Ramon Magsaysay Award

Habiba Sarabi Wins Magsaysay Award afghanistan
This undated photo released by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation shows 2013 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Habiba Sarabi, 57, from Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation)
MANILA, Philippines -- Afghanistan's first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from Myanmar's Kachin minority are among this year's recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, often regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize.
The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation announced Wednesday that it had selected three individuals and two organizations as this year's awardees, including a Filipino doctor, an independent commission eradicating corruption in Indonesia and a civil society organization in Nepal created and run by human trafficking victims.
The awards, named after a popular Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash, honor people and groups who change their societies for the better.
Habiba Sarabi, 57, was chosen for helping build a functioning local government and pushing for education and women's rights in Afghanistan's Bamyan province despite working in a violent and impoverished environment in which discrimination is pervasive, the foundation said. Public education and the ratio of female students have increased in her province, where more women are taking up careers that were forbidden under the 1996-2001 Taliban regime..... Continue Reading... 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nawaz Sharif asks govt to pacify Hazara community, laments security situation

Former Prime Minister & PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif offering condolence to the father and son of Professor Doctor Ali Haider. Cm Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is also present.
Former Prime Minister & PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif offering condolence to the father and son of Professor Doctor Ali Haider. Cm Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is also present.
LAHORE: PML (N) Chief Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday that the federal government should focus all its attention to pacify Hazara community and resolve all their issues.
Talking to media persons after his visit to the home of deceased Dr Ali Haider, Sharif said that law and order situation in the country is grim from Balochistan to Karachi.
Dr Haider was recently gunned down along with his son in broad daylight in Lahore earlier this week.
Sharif assured the family of the victim that culprits would not be spared.
Talking about PML (N) suspected ties with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sharif said it is a baseless propaganda of his opponents.
On this question, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif could not control himself and said: “We should not waste time on baseless propaganda"

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Security forces seize more than 100 tons explosives in Quetta


Commandant FC, Colonel Maqbool told reporters that the forces seized a huge quantity of explosive material during a raid at a warehouse in New Addah area of Quetta on Tuesday. – File Photo
Published 2013-08-20 22:08:54

QUETTA: The Frontier Corps (FC) claimed to have foiled a major terror bid by seizing more than 100 tons explosives from Quetta, the capital of troubled Balochistan province on Tuesday night.

Commandant FC, Colonel Maqbool told reporters that the forces seized a huge quantity of explosive material during a raid at a warehouse in New Addah area of Quetta.

“Forces recovered 104,480 kilograms of explosive materials from the godown,” he informed.

Maqbool said the explosive material include potassium chloride, aluminum chloride, improvised explosive devices, detonators, circuit wires and other arms and ammunition during the operation.

He said the forces have picked up 10 suspected militants also during the operation that lasted for more than an hour. “All suspects have been shifted for interrogation,” Maqbool said.

Senior FC and police officers are interrogating the suspects picked up by forces.

“For the first time in the history of country, such huge quantity of explosives have been seized,” the FC commandant said, adding that the forces deserve to be appreciated for their efforts.

He said the miscreants had made secret rooms and planted explosive materials in five rooms to carry out subversive activities in Quetta, plagued by sectarian violence and attacks by Baloch separatists.

Maqbool said the same explosive material was used in Hazara town bombing on April 16, which had left more than 100 people dead. “These explosive materials could be used in suicide jackets as well,” he added.

All explosives were shifted to an unknown location and the bomb disposal squad was called in to sweep the area. Extra FC troops were also called in the area to maintain the order.

The operations were carried out after a series of bombings in Quetta that claimed scores of precious lives. Balochistan in general and Quetta city in particular are under the grip of rocketing, bombings and targeted killings for last more than a decade.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

911 terror chief's nephew leads massacre of Shias in Quetta

Top left, Dawood Badini. Other Baloch leaders of the Lahkar-i-Jhangvi are also seen in the picture.
Credits: LBUP

AUGUST 2, 2013

A close relative of the 911 terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is known as KSM among U.S. intelligence circles, is spearheading the massacre of Shias in Pakistan’s volatile Balochistan province, according to Pakistani media reports.

Badini is reportedly a deputy of Usman Kurd, chief of the Balochistan chapter of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi terrorist organization. Besides being a nephew of KSM, Badini is brother-in-law of Ramzi Yusuf, who was allegedly involved in the first attack on the World Trade center in 1993.

Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has killed upwards of 2,000 Shia Hazaras in Quetta and Mastung, whch is today the second largest training grounds of LJ after Punjab. The LJ’s main demand is to get the Shias declared as non-Muslims.

According to Senator Hasil Bizenjo, who is said to be Premier Nawaz Sharif's eyes and ears in Balochistan, during elections this year the LJ offered complete support to his party, National Party, on a condition of that the Shias be declared non-Muslims once the party wins the elections. Bizenjo replied, "No."

Balochistan insiders have long blamed Saudi Arabia for sectarian violence in Balochistan. “The chickens have come home to roost,” says former speaker of Balochistan assembly Mir Akram Dashti. “The Saudis pumped billions into the seminaries in Balochistan in the name of Afghan jihad,” Dashti told this correspondent on phone from Turbat.

The U.S. government declared the LJ a terrorist organization in 2003, the same year KSM was arrested from the home of a serving military officer in Rawalpindi. Badini's arrest followed a year later and was reported by The New York Times.

The Kurd-Badini duo appears to be enjoying support of influential Islamist spies in the Pakistani security establishment, who enabled him to escape from the Anti Terrorism Force jail in Quetta in 2008. At that time, the C.I.A. was spreading its dragnet to nab Osama bin Laden.

According to a Pakistani media news report, “The Kurd-Badini, duo which now spearheads the ongoing massacre of Shia Hazaras in Balochistan, had made good its escape under mysterious circumstances after breaking the ATF jail despite the fact that it is located in the high security garrison zone of Quetta Cantonment.”

Violently anti-Shia, Badini's family patriarch is KSM’s eldest brother Zahid Sheikh Mohammed, who now lives in Dubai and is believed to be much higher than KSM in the al Qaeda hierarchy.

In Iran, another Baloch wahabi organization called Jondullah had actively targetted innocent civilians, both Iranians and Baloch, since the first Bush government in early 2000s. The Obama administration declared Jondullah a terrorist organization in fall 2010.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

کوئٹہ: فائرنگ سے خودکش حملہ آور ہلاک

آخری وقت اشاعت: اتوار 28 جولائ 2013 ,‭ 03:04 GMT 08:04 PST

ہزارہ ٹاؤن کی آبادی ہزارہ قبیلے سے تعلق رکھنے والے افراد پر مشتمل ہے جو کہ شیعہ مسلک سے تعلق رکھتے ہیں

پاکستان کے صوبہ بلوچستان کے دارالحکومت کوئٹہ میں ایک مبینہ خود کش حملہ آور کو فائرنگ کر کے ہلاک کیا گیا ہے۔

یہ واقعہ سینیچر کو کو ئٹہ کے علاقے ہزارہ ٹاؤن میں پیش آیا۔ ہلاک ہونے والے خود کش حملہ آور سے ایک دستی بم اور خود کش جیکٹ بھی بر آمد کر لیا گیا۔

پولیس کے مطابق حملہ آور 20 سے 22سالہ نوجوان تھا جس کی لاش کو شناخت کے لیے بولان میڈیکل کمپلیکس ہسپتال منتقل کر دیا گیا۔

کیپٹل سٹی پولیس آفیسر کوئٹہ میر زبیر محمود نے اپنے دفتر میں ایک پریس کانفرنس میں بتایا کہ خودکش حملہ آور ہزارہ ٹاؤن کے علاقے علی آباد میں افطاری کے وقت داخل ہونے کی کوشش کر رہا تھا۔


پولیس افسر کا کہنا تھا کہ ہزارہ ٹاؤن کے مکینوں نے جب انھیں مشکوک جان کر روکنے کی لگے تو انھوں نے دستی بم لہراتے ہوئے فرار ہونے کی کوشش کی’ لیکن مکینوں نے فائرنگ کرکے اسے موقع پر ہلاک کردیا‘۔

ان کا کہنا تھا کہ ہزارہ ٹاؤن کے مکینوں نے جب انھیں مشکوک جان کر روکنے کی لگے تو انھوں نے دستی بم لہراتے ہوئے فرار ہونے کی کوشش کی’ لیکن مکینوں نے فائرنگ کرکے اسے موقع پر ہلاک کردیا‘۔

میر زبیر محمود نے کہا کہ حملہ آور علاقے میں خودکش دھماکا کرنے کی غرض سے داخل ہوا تھا تاہم علاقے میں موجود رضاکاروں نے پولیس کی مدد سے اس کا منصوبہ ناکام بنادیا۔

ان کا کہنا تھا کہ اگرشہری چوکس رہیں اور پولیس کے ساتھ اسی طرح تعاون کرتے رہیں تو شدت پسندی کے واقعات پر قابو پایا جاسکتا ہے۔

ہزارہ ٹاؤن کی آبادی ہزارہ قبیلے سے تعلق رکھنے والے افراد پر مشتمل ہے جو کہ شیعہ مسلک سے تعلق رکھتے ہیں۔

اس علاقے میں اس ماہ کے اوائل میں ایک خود کش حملہ ہوا تھا جس میں 22 سے زائد افراد ہلاک ہوئے تھے جبکہ اس سے قبل اس سال کے اوائل میں ایک واٹر ٹینکر کے ذریعے ایک بڑا خود کش حملہ کیا گیا تھا جس میں سو سے زائد افراد ہلاک ہوئے تھے۔

ان واقعات کے بعد سے نہ صرف ہزارہ ٹاؤن کے داخلی راستوں کی سیکورٹی کو بڑھا دیا گیا ہے بلکہ ہزارہ قبیلے سے تعلق رکھنے والے رضاکاروں کی ایک بڑی تعداد بھی علاقے کی نگرانی پر مامور ہے۔

Saturday, July 27, 2013

کوئٹہ: ہزارہ ٹاؤن کے رہائشیوں نے خود کش بمبار کو ہلاک کر دیا

Saturday 27 July 2013

۔—فائل فوٹو

کوئٹہ: بلوچستان کے دارالحکومت کوئٹہ میں ایک عرصے سے فرقہ وارانہ دہشت گردی کا شکار علاقے ہزارہ ٹاؤن ایک بار پھر نشانہ بنانے کی کوشش کی گئی لیکن اس دفعہ شہریوں نے دہشت گردی کی کارروائی ناکام بناتے ہوئے مشتبہ خود کش بمبار کو ہلاک کر دیا۔

کوئٹہ میں سب سے زیادہ دہشت گردی کا شکار ہونے والے علاقے ہزارہ ٹاؤن کو آج پھر نشانہ بنانے کی کوشش کی گئی، منصوبہ سازوں نے افطار کے وقت خود کش حملے کا منصوبہ بنایا تھا لیکن اس بار ان کی سازش دھری رہ گئی۔

سی سی پی او کوئٹہ میر زبیر محمود نے ڈان ڈاٹ کام کو بتایا کہ افطار سے تھوڑی دیر قبل پیدل آنے والے ایک مشتبہ خود کش بمبار کو ہزارہ کالونی کے رہائشیوں نے ہلاک کر دیا۔

انہوں نے بتایا کہ مسجد کی حفاظت پر مامور علاقہ مکینوں نے مشتبہ بمبار کو مسجد کی طرف جانے سے روکنے کی کوشش کی لیکن اس کے انکار پر رہائشیوں نے فائرنگ کر کے اسے ہلاک کر دیا۔

میر زبیر نے بتایا کہ ہلاک بمبار سے ایک خود کش جیکٹ اور دستی بم برآمد ہوا ہے اور دعویٰ کیا کہ دہشت گردی کا ایک بڑا منصوبہ ناکام ہو گیا۔

ایک اور پولیس آفیشل ڈی آئی جی فیاض سنبل نے ہزارہ ٹاؤن میں ہلاک شخص کے خود کش حملہ آور ہونے کی تصدیق کر دی ہے۔

ڈی آئی جی آپریشن فیاض سنبل نے بتایا کہ خود کش بمبار نے اپنے جسم پر خود کش جیکٹ باندھ رکھ تھی لیکن رضاکاروں کی بروقت کارروائی کے باعث وہ اسے پھاڑنے میں ناکام ہو گیا۔

سنبل نے ایک غیر ملکی خبر رساں ادارے کو بتایا کہ ایک رضاکار نے بمبار کے سر پر اینٹ دے ماری جبکہ اس سے قبل کہ وہ سنبھلتا دوسرے رضاکار نے اس پر فائرنگ کر دی۔

ڈی آئی جی نے بتایا کہ حملہ آور کی لاش پوسٹ مارٹم کیلیے کمبائنڈ ملٹری اسپتال منتقل کر دی گئی ہے۔

واقعے کے فوراً بعد ایف سی نے موقع پر پہنچ کر واقعے کی تفتیش شروع کر دی۔

یاد رہے کہ اس سے قبل بھی گزشتہ کچھ سالوں کے دوران ہزارہ ٹاؤن میں فرقہ وارانہ دہشت گردی کی کارروائیاں ہوتی رہیں جہاں شدت پسند بم دھماکوں اور فائرنگ کے واقعات میں اقلتی برادری کے سینکڑوں افراد کو موت کے گھاٹ اتار چکے ہیں۔

پیر کو کوئٹہ کی شاہراہ اقبال پر ٹارگٹ لنگ کے واقعے میں ہزارہ برادری کے دو افراد کو ہلاک کر دیا گیا تھا۔

اس سے قبل 15 جولائی کو مسلح ملزمان نے مسجد روڈ پر اقلیتی برادری کے افراد کی گاڑی پر افطاری سے قبل فائرنگ کر کے انہیں ہلاک کر دیا تھا۔

اس طرز کا سب سے بدترین سانحہ رواں سال 16 فروری کو اس وقت پیش آیا تھا جب ایک واٹر ٹینکر میں بارودی مواد رکھ کر اسے مارکیٹ میں دھماکے سے اڑا دیا گیا تھا جس کے نتیجے میں کم از کم 90 افراد ہلاک اور 200 سے زائد زخمی ہو گئے تھے۔

کوئٹہ : ہزارہ ٹاوٴن میں مکینوں کی فائرنگ سے خود کش حملہ آور ہلاک

July 27, 2013 - Updated 200 PKT

کوئٹہ … کوئٹہ کے علاقے ہزارہ ٹاوٴن میں خود کش حملہ آور علاقہ مکینوں کی فائرنگ سے ہلاک ہوگیا، پولیس کا کہنا ہے کہ حملہ آور کے جسم سے بم نصب تھا جو پھٹ نہیں سکا۔ کوئٹہ کے علاقہ ہزارہ ٹاوٴن میں علاقہ مکینوں کی فائرنگ سے خود کش حملہ آور ہلاک ہوگیا۔ ڈی آئی جی فیاض سنبل کا کہنا ہے کہ ہزارہ ٹاوٴن میں فائرنگ سے ہلاک ہونے والا شخص خود کش حملہ آور تھا، مشتبہ شخص کے قبضے سے دستی بم بھی برآمد ہوا ہے۔انہوں نے مزید بتایا کہ حملہ آور کے سر میں گولی لگنے سے اس کی ہلاکت ہوئی جبکہ اس کے جسم سے بندھا دھماکا خیز مواد پھٹ نہیں سکا، جسے بم ڈسپوزل اسکواڈ نے ناکارہ بنادیا۔ 

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A Suicide Bomber is Killed in Hazara Town

Just in: A suicide bomber was killed before reaching his target in Hazara Town area of Quetta. Police is looking for a second suicide bomber who has escaped. At the beginning of this month, a suicide bomber killed 31 and injured more than 70 residents of Hazara Town.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Gunmen kill two Shia Muslims in Quetta

Published: July 22, 2013

Pakistani Shia Muslims carry the coffins of relatives during a mass burial ceremony in Quetta on February 20, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA: Gunmen killed two people from Pakistan’s Shia community on Monday when they opened fire on a taxi in Quetta, which has been gripped by a wave of sectarian bloodshed, police said.

The attack took place at the busy Iqbal avenue in the southwestern city, the capital of Balochistan where the surge in sectarian unrest has killed scores of Shias.

“The driver and a passenger boarding the taxi, both were Shias. They died after unknown gunmen fired at their car,” said Fayyaz Sumbal, a senior police official in Quetta.

He said that the two attackers were waiting for the taxi to arrive at the busy avenue and escaped on a motorbike after spraying bullets at the vehicle.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant group officially banned by the government in 2002, usually claims responsibility for attacks on Shia Muslims.

Elsewhere in Balochistan, two people were killed and three wounded in a bomb attack on a mosque close to customs offices at the Chaman border crossing to Afghanistan.

A local senior official Ibrahim Baloch gave the death toll for the Chaman bombing and said that a second bomb had been found in the area.

“We suspect that one of the dead had been trying to plant the bomb, but we can’t confirm this suspicion at the moment,” he said.