QUETTA - A complete shutter-down strike was observed in Quetta on Friday against brutal killing of members of Hazara community in a sectarian targeted killing.

At least five people belonging to Hazara community, including a woman were shot dead and six others wounded on Thursday morning when their van was attacked on Spanny road by armed motorcyclists. Hazara Democratic Party had given strike call which was also supported by Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) Pashtoon Khowa Milli Awami Party and other political parties to condemn the killing of innocent people. All business and trading centres on Jinnah Road, Shara-e-Iqbal, Prince Road, Masjid Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Joint Road, Sariab Road, Alamdar Road, Hazara Town, Marriabad, Abdul Sattar Road, Zarghoon Road and others remained shut for the day. The streets wore a deserted look with very thin traffic plying on the roads. Tight security measures were taken to avoid any untoward incident as police backed by Frontier Corps and Balochistan Constabulary were deployed in different parts of the city. Moving scenes were witnessed when the deceased were brought for burial to Hazara graveyard. Dozens of people staged demonstration at Hazara graveyard condemning the killings and demanding for immediate arrest of the culprits. A large number of workers of HDP led by their General Secretary, Ahmed Ali Hazara, staged a demonstration outside Balochistan Assembly to protest against the targeted killing of Hazara community.

Protestors said that the members of Balochistan Assembly had adopted a criminal silence over the killings of Hazara people and added that their was a conspiracy against Hazara people.

They said that provincial government had miserably failed to provide security to the people of Hazara community and demanded humanitarian organizations to protest against Pakistani government. They also demanded a judicial probe into Spanny Road incident.