Quetta, March 9 — Two more people were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen Monday on Arbab Karam Khan Road.
The two individuals, both named Mohammad Ali, were traveling in a taxi when they were gunned down. Both victims were in their early 20s.
A spontaneous protest rally was started by Hazara residents of nearby areas. Minister of Quality Education, Jan Ali Changezi of Pakistan Peoples Party, spoke to quell the crowd. He asked the people to maintain calm in the wake of the attacks. His speech was interrupted by a riled young protester who expressed his frustration with the inadequacy of the leadership and lack of solutions.
This attack follows an incident in which four Hazara flour mill laborers and their Pubjabi colleague were shot and killed.
Assassinations and target killings have increased to an alarming level, and have targeted people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.
According to a press statement by Khaliq Hazara of HDP, the attacks are carried out by elements who want to replicate the security situation of the troubled NWFP province in Balochistan.
The provincial government has failed to make any sinificant arrests in connection with the worsening security situations. There is an atmosphere of uncertain anxiety among the people, who are desperate for normal conditions in these dire economic times.
“People are beginning to hope the situation will get worse so that martial law might be declared to stabilize the country,” said a frustrated Hazara Town resident.