SHAFAQNA (Shia News Association) — In his view, the attack was part of a systematic wave of violent incident against Hazara community whose 60 people have been brutally martyred during past six months.
He added, “We condemn the terrorist attack on pilgrims’ bus in Quetta. Our prayers go out to all the families of the victims & for recovery of injured”.
The Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was of the opinion that there could be serious repercussions if dangerous trend of increasing frequency and intensity of violent attacks against Hazara Shia Community is not reversed in the country.
“I condemn the rising tide of sectarian killings in Balochistan and the shameful failure of the government to assert its writ in the province”, he added.
Commenting on the law and order situation in Balochistan, Khan said the security situation in the province was extremely uncertain and continued attacks against a particular community would further push the region into state of a complete chaos and disorder.
Despite loss of so many innocent lives, constant failure to ensure the safety of Hazara Shia community is criminal negligence on part of the present government and law enforcement agencies.
He was of the opinion that the situation demands government to undertake emergency measures to stop violent attacks against a specific sect of people.
Imran Khan made a demand to the government and concerned authorities to take stern action against banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) which openly claimed responsibility of this barbaric attack.
The PTI leader expressing complete solidarity with Hazara Shia community conveyed deepest condolences to bereaved families.
A blast in the Hazarganji area of Quetta targeted a bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Taftan to the provincial capital, martyring 16 people and injuring another 30.
Balochistan has become an increasing flashpoint for sectarian violence between Sunni Muslims and minority Shia, who account for around a fifth of the country’s population of over 170 million.—www.shafaqna.com/english