Quetta: In the latest terrorist target-killing of Hazaras, 6 were killed and 4 severely injured on Wednesday May 18 in Sariab area of Quetta. Unknown persons opened fire on a vehicle of Hazara vegetable-sellers on their way to Hazar-Ganji market. The assailants attacked the vehicle in Kili Koharabad area of Sariab. Injured were moved to Bolan Hospital. A doctor from the Operation Theatre confirmed to HazaraNewsPk six were dead, and four severely wounded.
Its the second major attack of target-killing on Hazaras in the month of May. Two weeks ago, 8 people were killed in an attack on Hazara Town, when unknown armed men fired rockets on a football ground and cemetery.
Hazara vegetable-sellers of Hazara Town and Mehrabad go to Hazar Ganji market everyday for buying vegetables. They have come under several attacks. In a similar previous attack, 2 were killed in October last year, and 3 were killed in March.
Target killing of Hazaras took a peak in 2008 and 2009. More than 400 people have been killed, but non of the terrorists have been arrested so far. Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court asked the Government to submit a 3-year record of the target-killing in Balochistan. The Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court also took a suo moto notice of the Hazara Town attack and ordered judicial investigation. There have been judicial inquiries and committee investigations in many previous attacks on Hazaras, killing dozens in a single ambush, but none of these judicial commissions or investigation reports have helped to find the attackers, who come on vehicles in broad daylight, despite the heavy security check posts in Quetta, and kill innocent people.
Sectarian militant groups claim responsibility for most of such attacks. For the latest previous attack on Hazaras this month in Hazara Town, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility. Heads of militant organizations like LeJ and Sipah-e-Sahaba move around the country freely, holding rallies in Karachi and Lahore, but security agencies do not bother with them.