Quetta: Police martyrs DSP Hassan Ali, Sub Inspector Shafqat Hussain and Constable Mehdi were laid to rest at Hazara Graveyard on Wednesday Jan 14. Thousands of teared eyes attended the funeral procession.
The dead bodies were taken from Hazara Nechari Imam Baragah, Alamdar Road. Police officials saluted the martyrs and laid them with official honor. City Police Chief Humayoon Jogezai, Deputy Inspector General Faqir Hussain Hazara, DIG Wazir Khan Nasar, Provincial Minister Jan Ali Changazi and others attended the funeral.
Nasrullah Khan, a Pushtoon and the driver of DSP Hassan Ali , was buried in Kasi Graveyard where hundreds of Hazaras attended the funeral and laid a floral wreath on his tombstone as Nasrullah’s marriage was to be two weeks later.
Hazara Democratic Party had called a shutter down strike against the target killing of Hazara police officials. While addressing a press conference in Quetta Press Club, General Secretary HDP, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, said the Government has failed to provide security to the Hazaras; therefore, the masses should take steps for their security. He said some elements are trying to turn Quetta into a slaughterhouse attempting sectarian violence.
HDP said any demands from the Provincial Government would be meaningless since the government has failed and should step down. It would contact other nationalist parties of Balochistan and make future efforts based on joint strategy, said HDP.
Balochistan Police has set up a special investigation team to find out the elements behind target killings. IG has assured Police would arrest the responsible persons. He said 15 suspicious people have been arrested so far.
Dr. Abdul Hakeem Lehri of Balochistan National Congress–a Baloch nationalist party–has strongly condemned the target killing, saying Balochs have no links with the sectarian violence. In a statement, he said sectarian incidents are being used to avert the masses’ attention from their movement for resources and autonomy of Balochistan. He added Baloch nationalists have respect for all ethnics living in Balochistan and that they believe in secularism.
Meanwhile, Anjuman-e-Tajiran, led by Abdul Rahim Kakar, held a protest rally against the wave of target killing in Quetta. They marched in front of Governor House and demanded the terrorists should be immediately arrested.