It is good that Army Chief Gen
QamarJavedBajwa was in Quetta from Tuesday onwards but where was anyone from the
government, both at Centre or otherwise at the provincial capital? The Chief
rushed to Quetta after series of terror incidents especially against the Hazara
community; last week two people belonging to Hazaras were shot dead in Quetta.
“COAS arrived at Quetta for an update on security situation and meeting with
notables of Hazara Community,” said DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in a statement.
The Hazaras were holding sit-in protests since then on Zarghoon Road, near
BalochistanAssembly, and two other places where the same day Federal Interior
Minister Ahsan Iqbal also visited but his request to call off strike was not
paid any heed. Thanks to the Chief of Army Staff, who requested the protesting
Hazaras and the community not only ended the sit-in but also expressed
satisfaction over the assurance by Gen Bajwa to look after their interests and
arrest the perpetrators as early as possible. Uniquely enough this time the
Hazara community was demanding protection from the law enforcement agencies and
demanded that they would only dismiss if the COAS comes to Quetta and visits
It is wise of the COAS to have visited them, but it is advisable for the civil
government at Quetta to not let the situation go out of hands, rather it has to
be resolved through political means. Hazaras have of late been targeted and this
has dangerous consequences since Iran expresses concern over the protection of
Shi’ite community. This has to be stopped from spreading nationwide as such
protests have a potential of being widened, which Pakistan and its security
forces can’t afford. Politicians must shun their own differences on petty issues
and show unity among their ranks no matter what the personal cost is.