ISLAMABAD – A Recent study conducted by the Islamabad based think-tank, Jinnah Institute (JI) has been revealed that more than 1,900 Shias have been killed in bomb blasts and targeted attacks in Pakistan during last 3 years.
Data collected from 2012-2015 show that more than 600 people have been killed while 169 were injured in the targeted attacks.
Meanwhile, bomb blasts in different areas of the country during the same period took 1,403 lives while left 950 people injured.
Pakistani think tank’s report says that blasphemy and kidnapping cases also increased during last few years.
The Jinnah Institute infographic titled “Violence against the Shia Community in Pakistan 2012 – 2015” also claim that 23 attacks were made on Imam-bargahs.
The sustained campaign of violence against Pakistan’s Shia community continues unabated, said the release.
More worryingly, the scope of the attacks has also widened, according to data gathered by Jinnah Institute.
“In addition to the long standing sectarian crisis in Karachi and Quetta, there has been an upsurge in anti-Shia violence in Peshawar, Rawalpindi, interior Sindh and southern Punjab” added the infographic “ In addition, the number of blasphemy allegations against Shia Pakistanis has increased exponentially.”
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