A protest rally and a public meeting were held under the aegis of the Balochistan Shia Conference at Shohda Chowk, Alamdar Road — a Hazara-dominated neighbourhood in Quetta to register protest against Shia genocide in Quetta.
“The people of Balochistan do not want roti, kapra and makaan; all we want is the right to life,” former PPP lawmaker Nasir Shah, a Hazara Shia said speaking at the gathering, which was attended by members of the Hazara Democratic Party, the Balochistan National Party, the Jamhuri Watan Party, MWM leader and Balochistan Law Minister Agha Syed Mohammad Raza and others.
They said peace is destroyed when the state becomes weak. They criticised the wrong policies which have led to such disastrous circumstances.
They lamented that over 2,000 Shia Hazaras were killed and 3,000 injured in targeted attacks in the past few years. They said their neighbourhoods have been turned into orphanages and their blood has become cheaper than water.”
The protests began after two Shia Hazara were shot dead in the fourth targeted attack this month in Quetta. Two members of the community were killed and another was injured in an attack in the Western Bypass area of the city last Sunday. A shopkeeper was gunned down on April 18 while another Hazara man was killed in the beginning of the month.