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Shia Genocide in Pakistan: Dera Ismail Khan remains an area of concern

Pakistani Shiite Muslim shout slogans to protest against the bombing which killed 89 people, in Quetta on February 18, 2013. Thousands of Pakistani Shiites refused for a second day Monday to bury victims of a devastating bomb attack on their community, demanding protection against record levels of sectarian violence. AFP PHOTO/ ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)




As 2019 ends, we observe the gradual reduction in the targeting and massacres of Shia Muslims in Pakistan.

However, D.I.Khan remains an area of concern. Shia Muslims remain vulnerable there with a negligent Federal and Provincial government.

The State has corrected some of the policies that lead to the surge in Takfiri terrorism in Pakistan. There are still ways to go – especially in D.I.Khan which remains a neglected area in this regard.

LUBP’s pioneering work in both the discourse of Shia Genocide and the maintenance of a victim data base was not based on opportunism. We reject the politics of other countries on Pakistan’s soil. Shia Muslims largely thrived in Pakistan until the disastrous confluence of events 1979.

In fact, it was the courageous and defiant devotional faith practices (Azadari) of Sunni Sufi, Shias, Christians and Hindus in Pakistan’s that protected our pluralist 6,000-year old legacy.

Pakistan’s Shias have always been committed to protecting the State and the country and will continue to lead the way forward.

We appreciate that the State has finally woken up to the disastrous and failed policy of Takfiri terrorism. This awakening needs to be applied to Dera Ismail Khan.