Hazara Town, Quetta — A slew of new violent incidents between the Hazaras, the Baloch and the police has left 6 people dead and 17 injured, including Haji Abdul Qayum Changezi, head of the Hazara Qaumi Jirga. Armed security personnel have been deployed to maintain calm.
According to Daily Jang, the violence was triggered on Arbab Karam Khan Road, when a few thugs of Baloch ethnicity tried to steal the car of a Hazara Town resident who was bringing a guest from airport. The resulting struggle left him injured and his guest dead, while the thugs stole the car and fled.
Some inflamed Hazara youngsters took to the streets and blocked Kirani Road as well as Brewery Road, accodring to the Daily Jang.
Subsequent crossfires between the police and various Hazara and Baloch groups left six dead and 17 injured. One policeman is among the dead, while a woman, Khadija Bibi, is among the injured.
The Chairman of Hazara Qaumi Jirga, Haji Abdul Qayum Changezi, along with four provincial ministers, came to the scene to negotiate for peace. They were fired at, leaving Changezi injured and his bodyguard killed. The others escaped unhurt, according to Daily Jang. Click here to read more from Daily Jang.
According to locals, armed security personnel have been deployed to maintain calm in the region. The police has arrested several armed men involved in the incident.
The Chief Minister has also ordered a high-level judicial investigation into the incident.
There is a climate of fear and uncertainty among the people, most of whom are confined within their homes. Most shops on Kirani road closed down for the day and bus service stopped as the violence broke out.
Note: Hat tip to our reader, Bashir Aqili, for his suggested correction.