Quetta: Hazara Democratic Party staged a protest rally against the targeted killings of Hazaras in Quetta. Tens of hundreds of people marched towards the Governor House on Friday morning at 10:00. Initially the security forces tried to stop the protests but later on they retreated and the protesters gathered in front of Balochistan Governer House chanting slogans against the Government and law enforcement agencies. They demanded a crackdown against the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists and protection for the community. Protesters were holding placards reading ‘Stop Hazara killings’, ‘Say No to Terrorism’, ‘No to sectarianism’, ‘We want peace’ etc.
Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Chaimran HDP said “I think the security forces and some ministers are supporting the terrorists who slaughter the Hazaras with impunity’.
When asked a protester whether he was afraid if there was an attack on the rally he said: “I’m not afraid as I know I’ll be killed one day for being a Hazara Shia.”
Another participant of the rally Ishaq Ali was of the view that Hazaras are being killed because they are anti-Taliban: “We are anti-Taliban and we will remain so, even if nobody remains alive.”
“We see the security personnel only when we take to the down town to protest against the massacre of our brothers”, said another protester Juma Khan when asked if the security personnel were trying to protect the Hazaras.
An elder participant Haji Ismail was of the view that his community members are being massacred because they are not of any political importance in the province: ‘We are being massacred because we are a minority without any political back-up”.
Protesters were saying that terrorists roam around the city without any fear. “We are sure that the same assailants who killed two Hazaras on Iqbal Rd, killed two more in Liaqat bazaar on their way home”, said Muhammad Ali.
A young aggressive boy who was chanting slogans loudly & furiously said: “We will never resort to violence. We’ll keep raising our voice in a civilized manner, unlike the coward terrorists” when asked if he was ready to retaliate.
The sit-in was ended after the Governor Balochistan along with some provincial ministers assured the leaders to take up the issue with the Chief Minister in order to map out a comprehensive plan to put an end to the genocide of Hazaras inQuetta. The protesters dispersed peacefully.