Pakistan: Prevent Targeted Killings of Shia Muslims

Dismantle and Hold Accountable Sunni Extremist Groups

Human Rights Watch, October 4, 2011
  • Shia men transport the body of their relative, who was killed in a suspected sectarian attack on a passenger bus, from a hospital in Quetta on October 4, 2011.
    © 2011 Reuters

(New York) – The Pakistani government should take all necessary steps to ensure the security of Shia Muslims in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should hold accountable those responsible for ordering and carrying out a campaign of targeted killings against the Shia.

On October 4, 2011, gunmen riding on motorbikes stopped a bus carrying mostly Hazara Shia Muslims who were headed to work at a vegetable market on the outskirts of Quetta, the provincial capital.

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