QUETTA - About 55 victims of the Indonesia ferry tragedy, which took place a couple of days ago, belonged to the provincial capital.

The news has sent a wave of shock and gloom in the provincial capital. All the victims belonged to the Hazara tribe, who had left Quetta for Australia via Indonesia.

A large number of people from the Hazara tribe has been going to Australia to seek asylum or jobs after growing incidents of sectarian killings in Quetta since 1999. Most of them adopt illegal means to reach Australia. Some of the relatives of victims said that around 77 people had left Quetta for Australia few days ago, citing a survivor, Khadim Hussain, as informing them that a large number of his colleagues were travelling in the boat which sank off in the Indonesian waters.

However, they confirmed the death of 55 people in the ferry disaster. They appealed to the authorities concerned to taking immediate measures to secure the return of survivors and shift of the bodies to Quetta.

A large number of people belonging to Hazara tribe had also lost their lives during last two years in incidents of boat capsizing during travel between Indonesia and Australia.