On Saturday 4 October 2014, several innocent Hazaras were killed and many injured due to a terrorist attack in Quetta, Pakistan. This tragic incident happened on the day of Eid al-Adha, the second biggest religious festival celebrated worldwide by Muslims each year. Once again, this town is mourning and grieving for its loved and lost ones.
Since 1999, around 1500 Hazaras have been killed and more than 3,500 injured in Quetta. Due to the continuing insecurity and terrorist attacks, more than 55,000 Hazaras have had to flee Pakistan and seek asylum in Europe and Australia.
These Hazaras migrated to Pakistan during the massacre of the Hazaras in Afghanistan in the 1890s. The majority of them have settled in Quetta and their population is around half a million, yet they are still an ethnic and religious minority in Pakistan.
The World Hazara Council (WHC) is deeply concerned about the increase in mass killings of innocent Hazaras in Pakistan, which have been systematically carried out by terrorist groups such as Lashkar -e- Jhangvi.
The WHC condemns the terrorist attacks on the Hazara population in Quetta, and calls for the immediate prosecution of the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity. The Pakistani government and the international community must protect the Hazaras, who are the most vulnerable ethnic minority in Pakistan.
The World Hazara Council expresses its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims.
Furthermore, the world Hazara council kindly requests all human rights organisations to support the Hazaras, who are the victim of the extremist groups.
World Hazara Council
5 October 2014