People from the Hazara minority communities face persecution and discrimination in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Predominantly Shia Muslims and they are targeted, marginalised, and denied basic rights and opportunities.
In Pakistan they live in remote areas such such as Quetta – and “out of sight, out of mind” leaves them ignored by much of the mainstream media. Without international interest local law enforcement agencies feel free to ignore them – and not merely ignoring complaints but even, in some cases, becoming collaborators .
One report, which did make it into the media, occurred this weekend and involves an attack on Hazara miners. Police video of the bodies revealed the miners were blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs before being shot.
The Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack. Other reports allege collusion with the armed forces.
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This is a shocking situation and needs urgent investigation by the Government of Pakistan – with those responsible being brought to justice.