Pakistan

QUETTA – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday reached Quetta to meet notables of Hazara community, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor.

“COAS arrived at Quetta for an update on security situation and meeting with notables of Hazara Community,” tweeted ISPR DG.

The visit came after the Hazara community Tuesday continued its sit-in against unabated target killing in Quetta.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa will receive an update on the security situation in the city, said the military’s media wing.

Earlier on Monday night, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal visited a protest camp against the killing of the members of Hazara community outside the Balochistan Assembly. The protesters, however, refused to end their protest until the army chief visited them.

“In last five years, the situation has much improved with killings dropping from 215 in 2014 to 8. Our efforts will continue to bring it to zero,” he wrote on social media.

A protest by Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen continued for the second consecutive day today.

Along with the sit-in outside the assembly, a hunger strike was also being staged by Hazara community women outside the Quetta Press Club. Social activist Advocate Jalila Haider was leading the strike.

The protesters demand an immediate end to the targetting of Hazara community members and arrest of culprits involved in the heinous acts.