A complete shutter-down strike was observed in Quetta on Friday to protest against Thursdayâ€™s killings of five people, including a woman of the Shia Hazara community.
At least five people were gunned down on Thursday by the armed terrorists of Nasabi-Wahabi outfits of Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban funded by America and Saudi regime on Thursday morning while six others were injured, when a van carrying people belonging to the the Shia Hazara community was ambushed on Spini road.
The Shia Hazara community continued their protest for the second consecutive day by staging demonstrations. however, the countrywide protest demonstration and rallies were held across the country on Friday to condemn the brutal killing of Shia Muslims in Quetta.
The community leaders said they will not bury the bodies until and unless the arrested protestors are freed. The bodies are kept at their ancestral Hazara Graveyard.
The strike call was given by the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslameen (MWM), Balochistan Shia Conference and backed by Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP), Jamhoori Waten Party (JWP) and other nationalist parties to condemn the incident.
The trade and business activities in Quetta came to a halt. All the shops, trading centers, retailers and commercial establishments on Prince Road, Masjid Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Joint Road, Saryab Road, Alamdar Road, Hazara Town, Marriabad, Abdul Sattar Road, Zarghoon Road and others were closed.
The streets wore a deserted look with very thin traffic plying on the roads.
Stringent security measures have been put on place with the heavy deployment of Frontier Corps (FC), police and other law enforcement agencies to thwart any unpleasant incident.
Police rounded up over a dozens of suspects during the search operations for investigation.
Addressing a news conference at Hazara Graveyard, the Vice President of the Shia Conference said that police have rounded up several people of the Hazara community during a peaceful protest. â€œWe will not bury the bodies until the arrested Hazara people are released,â€ he said.
The Hazara community staged a protest at the graveyard demanding an immediate arrest of culprits involved in targeted killings of the Hazara community.
The angry protestors burnt tyres on Eastern Bypass and raised slogans against the government and law enforcement agencies for their failure to protect the life and property of people.
A police official Mukham Raza was also killed during the violent protests triggered by the killings yesterday.