COPAA Condemns Targeted Killing of Shia Community


The Council of Pakistan American Affairs (COPAA) has constantly asked the Government of Pakistan to provide all minorities the much needed security and to hold those accountable who are involved in targeted killing of the ethnic community in Pakistan, says a press release. It adds:

COPAA welcomes Governor's Rule which is being imposed in the province of Balochistan and the provincial government is being dismissed as it has failed to provide the much needed security and protection for the Shia population. The chief minister of the Pakistani province of Balochistan has been dismissed over deadly bomb attacks in the provincial capital Quetta. Shia Muslims have been mounting a three-day protest vigil with the shrouded bodies of the victims of Thursday's attacks. Parallel protests had begun in major cities such as Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad - organized by Shia groups as well as civil society. From Lahore to Karachi to Islamabad to Multan in the south and Skardu in the snow-covered north, the protests drew in more and more people. From religious leaders to women and children, the Pakistanis were united along with COPAA in condemning the targeted killings of an ethnic community, whose deaths had dominated the stories of violence and mayhem coming out of Pakistan.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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