Letter Number: 352
The Honorable Sherry Rehman
Dear ambassador Rehman,
On behalf of Shia Rights Watch, I am writing to highlight the on-going human rights violations toward Shia in Pakistan and to ask for immediate action to end violations in this country.
Sectarian violence has killed hundreds of Pakistanis in recent years. Pakistani Shia are facing public massacre in Pakistan and very little action is taken by the Pakistani government to stop the violence. Those behind targeted Shia killings are rarely caught or punished, and brought to justice.
As you are aware, the number of Shia killings is increasing every day in Pakistan.
On May 2012, Nasir Ali alias Kallu, Ahsan Abbas Naqvi, Syed Zia Mehdi and poet Dr Shabihul Hassan Rizvi were killed in Anti-Shia terrorist attacks in Lahore and Karimabad.
On July 2012 Syed Qamar Raza, a 55 yaers old Shia, the director of Pakistan’s IB Security Agency and the Secretary to Haidery Scouts, was ambushed and killed in Sharifabad.
On August 2012, 25 Shia were killed near Gilgit.
On September 10, 2012, 12 Shia killed in a car bomb explosion in the town of Parachinar in the Kurram region, and 45 people were wounded.
One September 11, 2012, 20 Shia Muslims were killed and 80 were wounded is a car bomb explosion near Parachinar.
These are only a few incidents that report the violations toward Shia in Pakistan. SRW urges the Pakistani government to take necessarily actions to end violence and to prevent extremists from taking disadvantage of the situation. Based on international law, the government is responsible to protect the human rights of all its citizens and investigate the targeted killings.
SRW stands in solidarity with Shia in Pakistan and urges the government to accept our recommendations to promote human rights. To this end, SRW recommends the Pakistani government to:
- Investigate the targeted killings of Shia immediately,
- Increase security forces in Shia populated areas; protect all Shia, especially women and children, against human rights violations
- Cooperate and consult with human rights organizations to end the violations,
- Condemning the violations in the country’s official media,
- Initiate trainings to increase tolerance among citizens and especially authority forces.