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Editor’s note: World Shia Forum (WSF) would like to thank the Christian community and Pakistan Seular Forum for their support and standing with the Pakistani Shias faced with genocide. We call upon all persecuted communities to take a bold stand against the forces of evil. These are the Taliban and all those who openly or implicitly support them.
PAKISTAN: Brutal Sectarian Violence against Shias, Genocide continues of Shias
Karachi: July 7, 2012. (PCP) The Chairman Pakistan Secular Forum Dilshad Bhutto has strongly condemned the massacre of Shia in Pakistan and said federal, provincial Govt and Police is often failing to protect the members of religious minorities including Ahmadias, Shias, Christians and Hindus.
In his press statement Dilshad Bhutto said Extremist Militant groups are carrying out suicide bombings and targeted killings across the country. The Taliban and affiliated groups are increasingly targeting civilians and public spaces, including Buses marketplaces, hospitals and religious processions on the way. It is a recognized fact that a state’s police and law enforcement agencies play a critical role as the first line of defense against the threats of terrorism and insurgencies.
Although Shias are a numerical minority in the country, Pakistan holds the second largest Shia community after Iran in terms of numbers. The total Shia population in Pakistan is approximately 50 million and may be as high as 60 million.
Globally, Shia Islam represents 10-20% of the total Muslims population, while the remaining 90% or nine-tenths practice Sunni Islam.
Attacks in Hazara, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and the north-west seem to be manifestations of the bitter split between Sunnis and Shias.
In most cases, no-one claims responsibility for such attacks. The PSF Chairman said Pakistan’s ISI-backed Punjabi judiciary once again demonstrated its institutional hatred of Shia Muslims today by releasing the notorious leader of the Jihadi-sectarian organization Malik Ishaq, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (also known as the Punjabi Taliban or Sipah-e-Sahaba).
Punjabi judges, backed by Punjabi generals, released a Punjabi terrorist to enable further massacres of Shias, Ahmadis, Christians and other targeted communities and they all banned organizations founded Diffa-e- Council Pakistan, Chief Patron is Notorious Former Intelligence Chief Retd Gen Hameed Gul.
The Chairman PSF Dilshad Bhutto has demanded from Govt Pakistan to take strict action against such Religious Militant organizations which are involve in genocide of Shias and are also involve in all kind of Sectarian Violence in Pakistan