Two passenger buses carrying Hazara pilgrims from Taftan to Quetta were attacked on Tuesday in Mastung by terrorist groups.
The bus bombing took place on January 21, 2014 in Dringhar village, which is on the Pakistan-Iran highway.
Officials have estimated that 24 Hazaras were killed and more than 31 others wounded as a result of the bus bombing. It is said that women and children were also amongst the victims in this brutal attack. The injured passengers are in a crucial state and it is likely that the death toll with increase.
The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have taken responsibility for the attack. The latter is a terrorist organisation formed in 1996 in Pakistan who have been targeting Hazara Shiites.
In recent years terrorist attacks against the Hazaras have significantly increased in Baluchistan and it is no longer a safe place to live for the Hazara minority. Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has not taken concrete measures to protect the Hazaras and have failed to act accordingly.
The World Hazara Council (WHC) condemns the systematic killings of the Hazaras in Pakistan and offers condolences to the friends and families of the victims.
The World Hazara Council calls on the Pakistani government to prevent the future killings of the Pakistani-Hazaras and to guarantee the safety of its Shia citizens. Furthermore, we demand that the Pakistani authorities take immediate action against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the people directly responsible.
The World Hazara Council urges the international community and human rights organisations and activists to support the Hazaras in Pakistan and put pressure on the Pakistani government in order to prevent future killings.
World Hazara Council
January 22, 2014