4 Shias Killed in Quetta
QUETTA, Feb 24, 2009 (APP): Four welders, a father and his three sons were killed and their two colleagues were seriously injured when two armed assailants opened fire at them in their welding shop on Tuesday night, police officials told APP. The incident occurred on Munir Ahmed Khan Road near Balohistan University and Sariab Road. They said that two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at the vehicle of welders in front of their shop killing father and his three sons at the spot while two others were seriously wounded. They came under attack soon after closing their shop when they were about to leave for their homes.
The dead bodies and the injured were shifted to civil hospital. The doctors said condition of the two wounded workers was critical and they had slim chance of survival. The hospital sources identified the victims as Rahim Shah, Mehtab Shah, Gulab Shah and Jalil Shah and the injured as Syed Qadir and Syed Agha. The assailants fled from the scene. A large number of police personnel were rushed to the locality for arresting the culprits.
Hundreds of protesters came to streets in various city`s areas when the news of the incident went public. Protesters also hurled stones on the vehicles and set tyres on blaze Shops at the main commercial area Jinnah Road were closed soon after the incident.
Attack on Jan Muhammad Dasthi and murder of Hussain Ali Yousafi
Police deployment on the road had been increased especially after an attack on Baloch intellectual and provincial Secretary for Mines and Minerals Jan Muhammad Dashti on Monday. Banned Sunni Deobandi group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had claimed responsibility for the attack saying Dashti was targeted because of his ‘anti-Islam’ opinions. The official was seriously hurt and flown to Karachi in Chief Minister Aslam Raisani’s aircraft. According to police sources, Jan Muhammad Dashti was on his way to his office when the gunmen intercepted his vehicle and fired at him. He was rushed to Civil Hospital and given first aid, and was then shifted to Agha Khan Hospital Karachi. Hazara Democratic Party Chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi and a police deputy superintendent have been killed recently in a wave of sectarian attacks on Shia Muslims in the city. (Daily Times)
Police and agencies involved in Shia killing in Quetta in order to protect the Quetta Shura of the Taliban
On March 2, 2004 a group of suicide bombers attacked a Muharram procession killing 80 Hazaras and critically injuring another 150. Though apparently the series of Hazara target killing seemed sectarian, but the real story behind the scene refers to institutional enabling of Shia genocide. The militant group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has been claiming responsibility for most of the attacks on Hazaras. After the suicide attacks of 2004, security forces arrested 5 high-profile masterminds of Lashkar. They were involved in all the attacks on Hazars since 2000. Balochistan High Court sentenced them to death; but last year, in 2007, all the five terrorists broke away from a high-security jail in Quetta. During the series of attacks on Hazaras and Shias in Quetta, the roles of some high-profile security officials have been controversial. Police Chief Nawabzada Humayun Jogezai is prominent among them. Mr. Jogezai, son-in-law to current Chief Minister Nawab Raisani, was the In charge of City Police Station. He ordered policemen to open fire on Hazara protesters on 6th July 1986 killing, about 25 Hazaras. Following this, Mr. Jogezai was transferred out of Quetta city. With his departure from the city, the situation calmed down and business of life got normal.
With the passage of time, Mr. Jogezai was promoted to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police. He came back to Quetta in 2003. With his arrival, terrorists once again attacked on Hazara police cadets, killing 12 on June 8, 2003. Mr. Jogezai, being the police chief of Quetta, could not make any success in arresting the culprits. Some Hazaras even suspected Mr. Jogezai was behind the attack on Hazara police cadets. With DIG Jogezai in Quetta, 2003 and 2004 proved the most tragic years in the history of Quetta. Suicide bombers attacked on Hazara Mosque 2003 and Ashura Procession in 2004, killing over 100 Hazaras. During the riots after the Ashura attacks, eyewitnesses claimed Anti Terrorists Forces (ATF) opened fire on Hazaras and, killing than a dozen mourners.
Here another name came on scene. Anti-Terrorist Force SP, Rahim Mandokhel, was said to have ordered ATF forces for targeting Hazara mourners. Later, the Judicial Tribunal Report of Balochistan High Court, probing the attack on Ashura Procession 2004, released on June 29, 2004, clearly said that Anti-Terrorist Force led by Rahim Mandokhel was involved in firing on mourners.
During the Ashura Procession attack riots, ATF forces killed about 40 Shias/Hazaras. Later on, after large protests by Hazaras, Humayun Jogezai and Rahim Mandokhel were transferred from Quetta. A new Police Chief, Shoaib Suddle (Now Director General of Intelligence Bureau, IB), played a vital role in breaking the circle of masterminds of target killings of Hazaras. During his appointment in Quetta, five masterminds of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi were arrested and later sentenced to death by a court. Mr. Shoaib Suddle, relative to former President General Musharraf, was transferred from Quetta. Security in Quetta remained calm till 2008.
Once again Nawabzada Jogezai came back to Quetta after the new Chief Minister Nawab Raisani’s government was formed. Right after his arrival, five masterminds of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, having links with Ramzi Yousaf of Al-Qaeda, broke away from a high-security ATF Jail in Quetta last year. Regardless of the slow and corrupt system that failed to carry out the punishment, the escape was more serious question raising doubt on ATF and its jails. How could high-profile terrorists escape from a high-security Jail where a mosquito can’t fly?
With the beginning of 2009 and just months after Jogezai’s appointment in Quetta, several attacks were carried on Hazaras. In a riot after 2 Hazaras were gunned down in July 2008, police and ATF forces once again opened fire on Hazara protesters, killing 6 people in Hazara Town. Provincial Minister Jan Ali Changazi, talking to media, strongly condemned ATF for killing innocent citizens. The situation got severe when two weeks ago a Hazara Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Hassan Ali and 3 others were killed. Despite several target attacks on Hazaras in January, City Police Officer Humayun Jogezai failed to arrest any terrorists. We lost a great leader, Hussain Ali Yousufi, on Junuary 26. Mr. Yousafi had been critical of Police role in arresting the terrorists. Following the riots in which non-Hazaras burnt down private property, Mr. Jogezai warned to deal with with the protesters with iron hands.
This gang is not limited to CCPO Nawabzada Jogezai and SP ATF Mandokhel. Two other names are also taken by some sources. DIG Operations Wazir Khan Nasir and SP Investigation Ismail Lehri are also said be part of the gang. Sectarian elements such as Lashkar-i-Jhangvi are given free hand.