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Minorities in Pakistan, Victims of Terrorism

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

On 14th august 1947 Pakistan came into being, although the ideology of Pakistan was based on Islam but as Jinnah quoted every human being was free to live and practice their religion. Unfortunately if we see today sectarian killing and ehtnicism is one of the most notable crimes these days in this country. Every day in the incidents of targeted killings in the unfortunate metropolitan city Karachi there is news of the death of many prominent minority personalities. Unlike India if we compare our history with them the events of bloodshed or massacre on the basis of racism or religion is quite low.

For the past 12 years Pakistan is the victim of WAR ON TERROR. Suicide blasts and forced imposition of Taliban’s Sharia is what we are facing. There is no doubt that a terrorist or terrorism has no religion, the recent Peshawar church blast has provoked insecurity and a wave of ehtnicism in Pakistan.

What I think is that such incidents are a part of the plan by the terrorists to create tension among people of different sects and religion which can help them in implementing the strategy of divide and rule.

Let’s have a glimpse of various attacks by the terrorists only in the year 2013 to target minorities just to create a sense of insecurity among the citizens.

1st January 2013: First incident of the year occurred in Bolan Dsitrict, balochistan where the warden of Mach jail Muhammad ali who belonged to hazara community was shot dead.

2nd January 2013: A Shia businessman became a victim of targeted killing in Peshawar near lady reading hospital.

7th January 2013: This year targeted killing in Karachi primarily focused on sectarian killing, young Ali Raza naqvi (26) was targeted in a sectarian attack in Block 13-D Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Another incident occurred in Lahore where an Ahmadi printing press was raided by Punjab police. Four ahmadis were arrested along with 6 non ahmadis. A police case was registered on the four ahamadis under a blasphemy law where as 6 others were released.

8th January 2013:  Younis Masih, a Christian jailed for 7 years on a false blasphemy case, suffered serious heart attack. He was jailed for asking in a an event to slow down the sound volume of Qawali at the event. A militant group in Pakistan’s tribal belt of Khyber Agency beheaded a Sikh man, Mohinder Singh, 40, who was kidnapped from his shop in Tabbai village on 20 November, 2012, after accusing him of acting as a “spy” for a rival outfit.

9th January 2013:   A famous Shiite leader and Peshawar’s reputed gastroenterologist, Dr Riaz Hussain, was shot dead by extremists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Pakistan’s Peshawar. This was the third incident of Shiite genocide that day. Earlier, Shiite Ali Haider was shot dead in Karachi while Zawar Shah was killed in Khuzdar.

10th January, 2013: 120 were killed and over 200 were injured in Quetta’s triple bombing: January 10, turned out to be a horrific day for the people of Quetta when the city was rocked by three bombings that killed at least 105 people and injured over 200. Most of the dead and injured belonged to the Hazrara Shia community.

15 January, 2013: Asghar Ali Shah (30),belonging to the minority Shia community in Pakistan was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sector 7/C in the Surjani Town Police Jurisdiction.

16 January, 2013: Ibne Hassan (50) was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants outside his residence near Ghousia Market in Muhammadi Dara, just opposite Naeem Hospital, in Malir-15 in the Saudabad Police Limits. According to SHO, Saudabad Hassan Haider, the man was a production manager in General Tyres and belonged to the Shia community.

19 January, 2013: A Shiite Session Additional JudgeSyed Ehtesham Ali was injured when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahab/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi opened fire on him in Pakistan’s Peshawar. Syed Ehtesham Ali, son of the former chief justice of the Peshawar High Court, Ibne Ali, was attacked near his house in Hayatabad.

21 January, 2013: Armed kidnappers abducted a 40-year-old cloth dealer, Raghbir Singh, from just outside his house in Quaidabad area in the jurisdiction of Bhanamari Police Station, Peshawar.

22 January, 2013: In a sectarian related attack, reputed eye specialist Dr Shah Nawaz Ali belonging to the Shia community, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in his cantonment area clinic on Liaquat Street in Saddar Bazaar of Peshawar.

25 January, 2013: A Christian minor girl was kidnapped, raped and tortured by two influential Muslims. Fouzia Bibi, 15, a resident of village Roday, near Kasur, Punjab, belongs to a very poor family and works as a farm labourer along with her father, Malooka Masih, and her brothers. The girl was then thrown unconscious in the street. Fouzua’s family went to the police station to file a complaint but the police refused to register a case.

29 January, 2013: Hazara and Baloch Shia police constables target killed in Balochistan.

1 February, 2013: At least 27 people were killed and 56 injured when a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a Shia mosque in Pat Bazaar area of Hangu district when people were leaving after offering Friday prayers.

2 February, 2013: A Shia man, identified as Sarwar Hussain (38), was killed by unidentified assailants on Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai road in Agra Taj within the limits of Kalri Police Station in Karachi.

4 February, 2013: A Pakistani Christian man, Younas Masih, 55, died after days of agony from wounds after being shot for refusing to convert to Islam in Chaman.
6 February, 2013: Muslim man uses knife to attack and stab disabled Christian man in Faisalabad.

7 February, 2013: A man identified as Syed Zahid Ali Jafri (35), who was injured on February 5, 2013 in a sectarian attack in Lines Area died during treatment.

8 February, 2013: Mr Malik Jarrar, 47, a Supreme Court lawyer and Prominent Shia human rights defender, was shot dead in the Gulbahar area of Peshawar by unknown persons, riding a motorcycle.

9 February, 2013: Three Christian women, Zareena Bibi, Hameedan Bibi, and Sharifan Bibi were severely abused when a mob raided their home in Pattoki, Kasur.

16 February, 2013: A suicide-bomb targeting Shia Hazaras in a busy market in Pakistan’s restive southwest killed 84 people including women and children and wounded 200 others in Quetta.

Roshan Masih, a 45 year old Christian, was shot dead after an argument over religion in Lahore.

17 February, 2013: Saba Bibi was working in the fields of her landlord at Village Baghiana Kilan in the precincts of police Station Phool Nagar, District Kasur, when Muhammad Akram alias Amar, armed with a pistol confronted her and forced her to a secret place with the intention of rape.

18 February, 2013: In a sectarian attack, the Lahore General Hospital Ophthalmology Department Head, Professor Dr Ali Haider, and his son were shot dead by 2 unidentified assailants in the Gulberg area of Lahore city. The doctor was a Shia Muslim.

19 February, 2013: A Shia man, Syed Safdar Ali Kazmi (25), one of the people who had come to attend the sit-in at Star Gate in Karachi, was on his way back home from the demonstration when unidentified assailants shot him dead.

23 February, 2013: A trader belonging to Bohra community, identified as Mubasshir Hussain, was killed in his shop at Tooba Apartment near Gol Masjid, Defence Phase-I, within the precincts of Defence Police Station in karachi.

28 February, 2013: A young man associated with the Shia Ulema Council was sprayed with bullets on his doorstep in Incholi in what police suspect to be part of an ongoing wave of sectarian killings in Karachi.

3 March, 2013: A huge car bomb blast killed at least 45 people, when two powerful blasts ripped through a Shia dominated area in Abbas Town in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi. A Christian woman who was falsely accused of stealing ornaments from a wealthy Pakistani Muslim household and tortured by the police of Lahore’s Muslim Town area, has been reunited with her family.

4 March, 2013: The Pakistani Navy’s Shia Lieutenant Commander Azeem Haider, who had been injured in a terrorist target attack on the 27 February, 2013, died of his wounds.

5 March, 2013: 2 Shiites were killed when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba opened fire on people returning from the funeral of the Abbas Town victims in Karachi.

8 March, 2013: Shahid Imran, a Muslim barber, another Muslim man and his Christian friend, Sawan Masih were having drinks on March 5, 2013 when they had an argument. On March 8, 2013, during the Friday prayers, it was announced over the local mosque loud speaker that Masih had committed blasphemy by passing remarks against the last prophet of Islam. About 2000 Muslims, according to the police, gathered around Joseph Colony at Noor Road, searching for the accused Christian, Sawan Masih alias Bubby, to kill him. The frenzied mob attacked the house of Sawan and burnt it partially. The violent Muslim mob, upset over the alleged blasphemy, pelted bricks on the homes of Christians living in the vicinity and burned down more than 180 Christian-owned houses, shops and at least two church buildings. Among the attackers were members of the assembly, a member of the national assembly, Riaz Malik, and a member of the Punjab provincial assembly, Asad Ashraf. Both are from the ruling party of the province, the PML-N. In the ensuing violence, Masih’s father was beaten up seriously. The police arrested Masih.

9 March, 2013: Hundreds of Christians clashed with the police across Pakistan a day after a Muslim mob burned 180 homes owned by minority Christians in retaliation for alleged blasphemy by a Christian man in Lahore.

10 March, 2013: Christians staged protest demonstrations and rallies in cities around the country, including Lahore and Karachi, to condemn the mob that torched more than 175 Christian houses in Joseph Colony in the Badami Bagh area following allegations of blasphemy.

11 March, 2013: Early in the morning of March 11, 2013, a police party opened fire on St. Francis Church, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, damaging the church and the Cross.

12 March, 2013: A Shiite man, Syed Aijaz Hussain Jafri, resident of Gulbahar Jaffariya, was killed when gunmen opened fire on him outside gate #3 of Nazimabad’s Hamdard Medical Store.

13 March, 2013: A 25 year-old Shiite named Khuaja Mursaleem was killed when target killers opened fire on him after ambushing his car in Karachi’s Johar Mor.

17 March, 2013: Firing by armed assilants in Karachi’s Landhi near Baber Market left 35 year-old Shiite, Syed Arshad Ali, dead.

18 March, 2013: Pakistan’s famous Literature expert, Sibt-e-Jaffar, was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi’s Liaqatabad. Professor Sibt-e-Jaffar, Principle of D.J. College, was targeted when he left the college on his motorcycle.
Another lawyer from the Shia community fell victim to the ongoing target killing in the city when he was shot dead on Dilazak Road, Peshawar. Naeem Bhadhar, a Presbyterian pastor and missionary, was severely beaten up by Muslim extremists after he tried to organize a protest in Kalaswala against repeated attacks on Christians in Pakistan near Lahore.

20 March, 2013: Shiite Syed Imran Naqvi s/o Syed Anees Naqvi was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi’s Golimar, near Haideri Masjid.

22 March, 2013: A Christian woman and her 3-year-old daughter were found dead at Bara Garan village in the Dina police limits. Abida Maryam, whose husband worked abroad, and her daughter went missing mysteriously a few days ago near Jhelum.

23 March, 2013: A Christian mother, 47-year-old Martha Bibi, faces a possible death sentence for allegedly making ‘derogatory remarks’ about Islam’s prophet Mohammed. Bibi, who is married and has 7 children, will face a court in the city of Lahore on March 27, 2013, said her lawyer, Mushtaq Gill in Lahore. Pakistani authorities have reopened the trial against a mentally challenged Christian girl on charges of ‘blasphemy’. A police investigator asked the Supreme Court in Islamabad to reopen the case against Rimsha Masih, 14, stating that he was pressured by the government to drop charges against her after an international outcry, said the Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) group. Rimsha was jailed on August 17, 2012, in a prison near Islamabad after allegedly burning pages with verses of the Quran. Minhaj Ali Dosa, a Pakistani Shiite resident of Australia, was shot and killed by target killers in Karachi’s Clifton Boat Basin, one of Karachi’s posh areas.

24 March, 2013: 30 year-old Shiite, Muttaqi Raza Rizbi, was murdered when gunmen belonging to Sipah-e-Sahaba opened fire on him in Karachi’s Gulbahar.

25 March, 2013: 2 young Hindu girls were recovered on a tip-off that they were being transported to a place for sale to some wealthy persons, said the Wagan police. According to the police, Laxmi, 16, and Mansha, 18, were being taken in a coaster by Ghulam Mustafa Chutto, who was reported to be involved in human trafficking. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding attacks on houses belonging to Ahmadis. The attackers belonged to two religious organizations, the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SP) and Khatm-e-Nabowat (KN).

26 March, 2013: The owner of the Garment Factory on Site Area’s Ghani Chowk, Ali Akbar Rajani, was shot dead by terrorists. The Shiite was targeted when he was travelling in his car on Ghani Chowk alongside 2 guards in Karachi.

27 March, 2013: Sarfaraz Jafri was kidnapped by unidentified men from near his house in Rahatabad locality in the jurisdiction of the Tehkal Police Station in peshawar. Target killing incidents continued unabated in Pakistan as a government official belonging to the Shia community was killed and his son was injured in Peshawar.

30 March, 2013: In March 2013, Ganga, 18 years of age, daughter to gold trader Ashok Kumar, was abducted at dawn from her home located Jhanjhri Street, Sarafa Bazaar, in the limits of the City Police Station, Jacobabad. Karachi’s Gulbahar, Golimar, in Phool Wali Gali, Shiite Kamran Ali was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba, outside Ayyaz Medical Store. Almost 500 Hindus from Pakistan crossed into India in February-March 2013, on the pretext of visiting the Kumbh Mela festival, the most auspicious date in the Hindu calendar. In reality, they had come to escape religious persecution and poverty. The Pakistani Hindus who have made their way to the village of Bijwasan, not far from Delhi’s international airport, all belong to the same low Hindu caste and come from the same part of Sindh province.

1 April, 2013: Muslims in Punjab province have threatened to kill a young woman as well as her husband, child and in-laws because she abandoned Islam and converted to Christianity.

2 April, 2013: Shiite Syed Zulqarnain Haider s/o Syed Zobair Ali was shot dead in Peshawar’s Gang Bhandu by armed assilants. The attackers opened fire on a shop in Peshawar, killing the owner of the shop within seconds. Shiite Syed Ashraf Hussain Zaidi (55), owner of a General Store in Malir 15, was shot dead by target killers in Karachi.

3 April, 2013:  At least 18 people were injured on April 3, 2013, when angry Muslims attacked a dozen Christian shops and churches in Pakistan’s city of Gujranwala, revealed Pakistani Christians of the area. The fighting between Muslim and Christian boys spiraled out of control when local imams reportedly used mosque loudspeakers to encourage violence against “Christian infidels. Disagreement started when a Muslim cleric rebuked Christian boys for “disrespecting Islam” by playing music on their mobile phones near a mosque.
Shiite Syed Ahtesham Haider Shah s/o Syed Maqbool Hussain Shah was shot dead while he was offering Maghribain prayers in his armory shop in Punjab’s Sialkot when armed assailants broke into the shop and shot the Shiite several times in his face.

4 April, 2013: Muslim boys execute 20-year-old Christian in village Talab Sarae at Manga Mandi Punjab.

6 April, 2013: Syed Jaffar Zaidi, 40, a Shiite businessman residing in Ancholi was shot by three motorcyclists. Jamna Kumari, a 12 year old girl, was abducted by influential persons from village Arbab Rind, located near Bhit Shah, Hyderabad.  Six persons riding motorbikes tried to abduct a Hindu woman from a bus near Toban Shakh, in Kanri, Sindh but failed.

7 April, 2013: Shiite Syed Aijaz Hussain s/o Fida Hussain, a school teacher, was killed when assilants opened fire on him in Pakistan’s D.I.Khan. The 56 year-old man was gunned down on Haji Mora Bridge. He is the 7th person to be target killed in his family.

15 year-old Shia boy Baqir Abbas s/o Saifullah was shot dead when militants opened fire inside a Masjid during Fajr prayers in D.G.Khan’s District Toonsa. The young boy was a student of Year 9.

9 April, 2013: The elders belonging to the Pakistani Sikh minority community asked the political administration to take proper steps for the safe recovery of a kidnapped man, Charan Singh. The Sindh High Court restrained a military estate officer and the local administration from demolishing a pre-Partition temple in the Soldier Bazaar area, Karachi.

12 April, 2013: A Shia scholar and activist of the Awami National Party were among three people gunned down in Karachi. An FIR was registered under Sections 295-B, 295-C of the PPC and Section-11W of the Anti Terrorism Act on April 12 at Islampura police station against the Editor of a traditional Ahmadiyya Newspaper, Al Fazl. The editor and his staff were arrested in Lahore and several houses belonging to Ahmadis were raided.

13 April, 2013: Armed militants opened fire and killed two Shia men in their shop in Quaid-e-Azam Colony near Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

16 April, 2013: 35 year-old Shiite, Murtaza Hussain Rizvi, was killed when militants opened fire on him in Orangi Town’s Sector 11.5.

18 April, 2013: Shiite Syed Hasnain Mehdi Zaidi, 41, was killed when terrorists opened fire on him in Malir Urdu Nagar, karachi.

22 April, 2013: A 20-year old Hindu woman, resident of Aadhi village in Tharparkar, alleged that two policemen posted at a local check-post had barged into her house with two other men and had gang-raped her.

25 April, 2013: Shiite Javaid Hussain was killed while Ashraf, Jabir and Dilshad were injured when a bomb planted by terrorists went off near the Parachinar Sports Complex. The Ahmadi community in Pakistan, comprising of 200,000 members, decided to boycott the upcoming elections.

26 April, 2013: A Pakistani Christian father, Sadiq Masih Zafar said on April 26, 2013, that his family has been forced to hide in the Pakistani city of Lahore after Islamic militants tried to abduct and kill one of his daughters when they refused to convert to Islam.

27 April, 2013: A young Shiite man, Hassan Kashmiri, was shot dead by militants outside his house in Golimar early in the morning. A Shia Allama Baqir Zaidi and 2 of his guards were injured when terrorists opened fire on his car in Liaqatabad #4.

28 April, 2013: A bomb was detonated outside the office of an independent candidate of Kacha Paka, Kohat on Hangu road, which resulted in the death of 10 Shias.

29 April, 2013: 2 Christian boys tortured and killed by police for being in love with Muslim girls in Moran Walla Sharkpur.

30 April, 2013: On April 30, 2013, some Muslim radicals attacked 25-year-old Joseph Colony resident, Babar Ilyas. His injured arm and leg wrapped in bandages, Ilyas told the media that he had been beaten by radicals who warned Christians to leave the area and drop charges against at least two people arrested in connection with the recent attacks in Joseph Colony.

1 May, 2013: Militants attack Shia political candidate in Shikarpur.
Shiites Chaman Ali and Hafeezullah were killed when terrorists opened fire on them in Karachi’s Mangopir.

2 May, 2013: Christian man murdered for refusing to convert to Islam in Chaman.

3 May, 2013: Shia Advocate father wounded and son killed in target attack in Karachi. Christian girl abducted and forcibly married in Bahawalpur.

7 May, 2013: An abducted Hindu student was recovered and his captor arrested after a brief encounter in Cattle Colony.  Karachi.

8 May, 2013:  8 Shia Muslims among 15 injured in Hangu Market blast.
Shia man critically injured by Taliban terrorists in Chakwal. A Shia Muslim Syed Abbas Shahs s/o Syed Hussain Shah was targeted in Bypass Road area of Quetta.

10 May, 2013: Shia man kidnapped tortured and murdered by Taliban Wahabi terrorists in Karachi.

12 May, 2013: Church damaged, Bishop wounded in car bomb blast in Quetta.

13 May, 2013: Well known human rights defender, social activist and educationist, Mr. Abdul Waheed Khan, 35, was assassinated, allegedly by religious extremists suspected to be members of the Taliban.

19 May, 2013: Pakistan People’s Party minority leader Somoo Malhi said that his son, Ramesh aka Pappu, has been abducted from an area near Sanghar.
Teenage Christian student killed in attack on Christians in Khushpur near Faisalabad.

21 May, 2013: A pro-Taliban Deobandi police constable killed a Shia Police Officer, Aiwaz Ali in Quetta.

22 May, 2013: A Shia newspaper seller was shot by terrorists belonging to the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba, now renamed Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat in Karachi.
Christian labourer shot dead in Pehlwan Goth in Karachi. More than 250 Christian families have been threatened and thrown out of their homes in Village Chak 13 in Khanewal District, in Southern Punjab.

26 May, 2013: The police have registered a case against 27 accused, including five unidentified men, for killing a Christian tenant, Ashiq Masih, in a clash over land at 31/2R, Suchanwala Okara.

27 May, 2013: Shia activist Arshad Abbas Naqvi killed in Karachi.

28 May, 2013: Young Shia banker shot dead in sectarian attack in Orangi Town, Karachi. Shia lawyer and his two teenage sons gunned down in Karachi. 3 Shiites and 18 others injured in Imamia Colony blast in Peshawar. A 35-year-old Shiite, Haider Abbas, was gunned down near Nishan-e-Haider Chowk while he was on his way to open a bank account in Karachi. Another Shia killed in Karachi, Shia toll rised to 7 in one day in Pakistan.

31 May, 2013: Notable Shiite Professor Azfar Rizvi gunned down in Karach.
14-year-old Shia Muslim boy and Shia man killed in terrorist attacks on Imam Bargah and houses in Karachi.

1 June, 2013: A young Shia man was gunned down in Paposh Nagar in yet another merciless sectarian attack in Karachi.

3 June, 2013: Police said that 30 people were injured in firing incidents and cracker blasts in different parts of Lyari, including Kharadar, Mithadar, Hingorabad, Bihar Colony and Agra Taj. Residents complained about eight to ten grenades had been lobbed at different places in Hingorabad and adjoining areas.  Lyari, a multi-ethnic area in Karachi becomes a battlefield.

5 June, 2013: Biased personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies reportedly abducted a Shia man from the premises of the City Court Karachi without any warrant, eye witnesses told the media.

7 June, 2013: 30 year-old Shiite Waqar Hussain s/o Zakir Hussain was killed when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/­Lashkar-e-Jhangvi opened fire on him near the Imambargah in Karachi’s Bheem Pura.

8 June, 2013: 16-year-old Christian convert kidnapped in Peshawar by Taliban Militants. 24-year-old Aftkhar Masih was kidnapped by armed Muslims at around 1:00 PM from J Block Model Town, Lahore, where he was working as a sweeper.

10 June, 2013: 2 Shiites including a town Municipal Officer shot dead in Karachi.
Kamal Bengali was at a motorcycle mechanic’s shop in Sector 34/2 of Korangi No 3 when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, said the Korangi police. Shafi Ahmed s/o Ahmed Khan was targeted in Mominabad area of Orangi Town in Karachi. 8 years ago Shafi Ahmed had converted to Shia Islam and he was a practising Shia Muslim. Christian youth severely tortured by police and murdered in police station in Sheikhupura.

11 June, 2013: Attack on eminent Shia doctor injures brother and kills driver in Khyber Pukhootnkhwa. Two bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from Bihar Colony area of Lyari town. A man and an eight-year-old Hindu girl, Dua, were killed and eight others were injured in a hand grenade attack near near Gabol Park in Lyari Karachi. Haji Ali Akbar a notable Shia was killed in the firing of terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba/banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Khuzdar.
Prominent Ahmadi murdered in Karachi for his faith. Sami, 48, a chartered accountant, was shot dead in the afternoon on a busy road on June 11, 2013. Christian women paraded naked by Muslims in Punjab.Three Christian women, Arshad Bibi, Sajida Bibi and Saruyia Bibi, were beaten up by armed Muslim men who barged into their house while they were sleeping inside, at about 11:00 PM in the night.

13 June, 2013:  Shia man who was an activist of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) had been shot dead in Shahrah-i-Noorjehan in Karachi. Ali Abbas, 25 years old Shia, was killed in Aleemabad over some dispute in Malir City.

17 June, 2013: A member of the Jamaat-i-Ahmadia was shot dead in Green Town. An Ahmadi man,  Jawad Karim, a resident of Green Town, in Lahore.

18 June, 2013: Three Shia Muslims were injured in heavy firing by armed militants on a welding shop in Alhamra Plaza Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 6, Karachi.

19 June, 2013: The driver of a school van, Shiite Syed Imran Abbas, was killed when terrorists who were lying in wait opened fire on the school van in New Karachi.

20 June, 2013: Christian villagers attacked by Muslims after minor dispute between children in Rahim Yar Khan.

21 June, 2013:  15 killed in suicide strike on Peshawar mosque, yet another sectarian attack. Gunfire and grenade lobbed into Shia crowd near Imambargah kills four in Karachi.

22 June, 2013: An unidentified accused killed five persons of a Shiite Muslim family including 3 minor children, in Rajana village of Toba Tek Singh.
24 June, 2013: The bullet-riddled body of a young man was found in the Memon Goth area near Jam Goth in Karachi. Armed militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban gunned down a Shiite Muslim in Karachi after brutal torture. Shia poultry shop owner gunned down in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Karachi.

25 June, 2013: Terrorists attack funeral procession of Shia man in Karachi.

26 June, 2013: Shiite Senior High Court Judge Justice Mohammad Maqbool Baqir’s car was attacked by militants early in the morning on Burns Road, while the Judge was on his way to Court in Karachi.

28 June, 2013: 23 year-old Shiite Syed Abbas Ali Jaffri s/o Syed Mohammad Ali Jaffri was injured when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Tehreek-e-Taliban opened fire on him in Bufferzone’s D-15. A Hindu girl Rekha was abducted by Yaseem Lashari when she was on her way home from her work place.

30 June, 2013: A young Hindu girl, Deepa Kumari, daughter of Mukesh Kumar, a shopkeeper, went missing after she left her home for a temple in Shah Ghazi locality in Jacobabad. Peshawar rocked by suicide blasts that killed 30 Shia Hazara men and women and injured over 70 people.

1 July, 2013: A Shia Muslim man, Mohammad Ali, was ambushed and shot dead by militants on Dera Road in Daryabad Bhakkar of Punjab province.

2 July, 2013: A blast that occurred in a passenger bus near Malikkhel Bridge in Parachinar killed a Shia Muslim man, Faizan Ali, and seriously injured 3 others.

5 July, 2013: Policeman guarding Christian church killed during Islamic fundamentalist attack on Peshawar Protestant church.

7 July, 2013: Two minor Hindu sisters abducted in Sindh.

16-year-old Christian boy arrested on charges of being in love with Muslim girl in Lahore.

8 July, 2013: A 30-year-old Shia Muslim, Mansoor Hussain Jafri s/o Sabir Ali Jafri, was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi.

9 July, 2013: A Shia youth was injured in the firing by terrorists belonging to the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi.

10 July, 2013: A Pakistani Christian man has been beaten and humiliated for attempting to protect his daughters from the taunts of 2 Muslim men in Islamabad.

11 July, 2013: Two killed and seven injured in blast outside Shia Mosque in Kohat.

13 July, 2013: A Christian girl, a 7th grader residing in Village Doctor Wala, Vehari, was raped by a Muslim man under the supervision of two armed Muslim men.

15 July, 2013: Converted Shia Muslim man brutally killed after abduction in Quetta.

15 July, 2013: Gunmen in a white car opened fire on a vehicle on Quetta’s Masjid Road, Liaqat Bazar, killing four people belonging to the Hazara community in Quetta.

20 July, 2013: On July 20, an explosion in a flat in Karachi’s Patel Para left three dead and one injured. The injured, now in police custod, revealed that he and his accomplices, was making a bomb when the explosives detonated. He said that the bomb was intended to be used on Yaum-e-Ali (AS).

22 July, 2013: Pro-Taliban Wahabi militants of Lashkar-e-Jhagvi have killed two Shiite Muslims when they opened fire on a taxi in Quetta.

24 July, 2013: Another Shia youth shot and killed by Sipah-e-Sahaba in a targeted attack in Karachi.

25 July, 2013: Hazara community member gunned down in Orangi Town, Karachi.

26 July, 2013:  Shia youth shot and killed by Sipah-e-Yazid in Karachi.

26 July, 2013: 39 Shias killed and more than 100 injured in twin explosions near the marketplace in Parachinar.

27 July, 2013: At least 8 members of the Shia Hazara community were killed in 3 attacks in Quetta.

28 July, 2013: Christian Colony attacked and shot up by angry mob inLahore.

2 August, 2013: Shia Ulema Council divisional president Sheikh Manzoor Hussain and his 18-year-old son Haider Raza were shot dead by unidentified assilants outside their house at Abbasia Town, Rahimyar Khan. At least one Shia protester was killed and several were injured when the International Al Quds rally was attacked by Deobandi militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Khairpur district of Sindh Province.

5 August, 2013: A Shiite man Syed Ali Mazhar Moosvi s/o Syed Sikander Moosvi was killed when state-backed militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba opened fire on him. The incident occurred near Taqwa Mosque on Abul Hasan Ispehani road.

7 August, 2013: Christian girl Iqra Saddique from Toba Tek Singh had been falsely booked in an unspecified case on 7th of August 2013.

8 August, 2013: Three Shiite Muslims including 12-year-old girl killed in Parachinar on Eid Day. A Shia policeman, Ali Akbar hailing from Chakwal, was killed in a suicide attack during the funeral of a slain Sunni police officer in Quetta, Baluchistan, on Eid ul Fitr.

9 August, 2013: A suicide attack on Shiite Mosque, Jamia Masjid-e-Ali ibn-e-Abni Talib in Bhara Kahu area, was foiled by security guards during the Friday prayers in Islamabad.

10 August, 2013: A Shia police officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Naeem Abbas Ghouri, was ambushed and killed on the second day of Eid when he was on his way home with his son from his office in Hyderabad.

13 August, 2013: A woman and her four-year-old son were killed and 30 others were injured when two explosions ripped through Ismaili community centres in two separate incidents. It was the first time that members of the minority Ismaili community were attacked in Karachi.

14 August, 2013: Armed Wahabi militants killed a 52-year-old Shia activist, Haji Safdar Ali, on the independence day of Pakistan, 14 August, 2013. Armed militants attacked Safdar Ali in his milk shop at Shadi Khan Chowk, Bhittaiabad area of Karachi.

19 August, 2013: A Christian sanitary worker was shot dead in Napier area In Karachi. A Shia man and his nephew were gunned down in an attack apparently on sectarian grounds in the Buffer Zone area, police said.

20 August, 2013: The priest of a church in Peshawar has approached the local police and has requested them to provide security to a Christian place of worship after unknown people sent him threatening letters.

21 August, 2013: Shiite Syed Mukhtar Hussain Sherazi was an active Shiite as well as a member of the Muslim League-N. Terrorists opened fire on him while he was crossing the Kot Saroor Interchange. Pro-Taliban Wahabi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) have killed a Shia doctor, Ghazanfar Abbas near Hasan Colony, Liaquatabad area of Karachi.

22 August, 2013: Farah, a Christian girl was verbally and physically abused by lascivious boys for her faith. Farah is a student of International Christian Concern’s ‘Save our Sisters’ vocational training school in Lahore. Frontier Corps said that troops had confiscated from a car bomb factory more than 100 tons of chemicals that had been used in recent attacks on troops and the Shia community. Paramilitary troops found wires, detonators and mixers to turn chemicals into bombs during a raid in Quetta.

23 August, 2013: At least 10 Shiite Muslims have been killed and a dozen were injured in Bhakkar.

26 August, 2013: Majlis-e-Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) Punjab Spokesman Maulana Asghar Askari and 150 other Shiite elders and participants of the Soyem congregation for the Shia victims of the Bhakkar tragedy were arrested by the biased Punjab Police and Rangers from Bhakkar. Pro-Taliban terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba / Lashkar-e-Jhagvi killed a Shia Muslim, Qamar Sajjad s/o Faiz ul Hassan, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi. Two Shia Muslims were shot & injured in the firing by terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi.

27 August, 2013: The Pakistan Sikh Council has condemned the repeated acts of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikh community, at several Hindu temples in different cities of Sindh province and demanded that the culprits be caught, tried and punished.

28 August, 2013: Owner of a bookshop was killed at Urdu Bazaar in Nazimabad. Police investigators believe that as the victim was a member of the Shia community, the murder could be sectarian in nature.

29 August, 2013: Another 35-years-old Shia Muslim Advocate Syed Arshad Ali Shah was killed in Misiri Shah Area of Lahore. A Shia Muslim was shot and killed in Taunsa Sharif of Punjab province in targeted firing by militants.

31 August, 2013:  Pro-Taliban terrorists kill Shia trustee of a Hussainia in Karachi.

2 September, 2013: A 30-year-old Shia Hazara shopkeeper was killed in a targeted attack on his shop in Manghopir area of Karachi.

3 September, 2013:  militants kill 2 Shiites in Karachi.

4 September, 2013:  Shia doctor, the son of Bhakkar based Shia leader, injured in terrorist attack in Lahore.

7 September, 2013: A man was gunned down in Gulistan-e-Jauhar as part of a sectarian attack, said Al Falah SDPO Rustam Nawaz.

9 September, 2013:  Father & son from the Bohri community & Shia religious leader among 7 slain in Karachi within 2 hours.

10 September, 2013: The Chairman of Nur-e-Eeman Trust, Shaheed Syed Mohammad Raza s/o Syed Nur Raza, 48 was shot dead in the turbulent Nazimabad town of the megapolis.

14 September, 2013: A Shia police officer was shot dead when armed militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba (Yazeed) and Taliban opened fire on him in Model Colony area of Karachi.

16 September, 2013: Shiites stage Sit-In, demanding release of 16-years-illegally-jailed Maulana Ghulam Raza Naqvi.

18 September, 2013: Christian girl tortured and jailed on fabricated robbery charges gets bail in Toba Tek Singh.

19 September, 2013: 3 killed, 15 injured in grenade attack on Karachi Imambargah.

22 September, 2013: Twin explosions at All Saint’s Church in Peshawar’s Kohati gate area killed 78 people and wounded 130 others. The victims of the blast included children and women who were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital. Additional Inspector General Shafqat Malik of the Bomb Disposal Squad told media persons that two suicide bombers had carried out the attack.

Reference to the above timeline mention which is extracted from European Organization of Pakistani Minorities, we can analyze that majority of the victims are being targeted by the terrorists who are involved in the massive killings of all Pakistanis.

In Punjab quite a few notable incidents on the basis of ethnicism can be seen.
Pakistan carries a very important geographic and political location in the globe. After the 9/11 this country is facing numerous challenges. After the recent election of 11 may 2013, two major political parties which came into the government are PML (N) and PTI both the parties are considered centre right wing political parties. The recent initiative by the government and the political parties of dialogue with the Taliban seems to be a complete failure when just a day after the release of a Taliban commander the incident of Peshawar Church blast occurred.

All the political parties need to build a concrete policy to deal this wave of terrorism which has specially affected the minorities in the country and building a wall amongst the people of different sects and religions in this country.

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