502 Shias killed last year
By: Danish Rafique
KARACHI: As many as 502 Shias, including their leaders, were gunned down in targeted attacks in 2012, said a report issued on Monday.
“Notorious terrorists attacked innocent mourners of Imam Hussain (AS) through suicide bombings, planted bombs, remotely controlled bombs, IEDs and gun firing,” said Asif Safavi of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) in a report of Shia genocide in 2012.
The report recalled the massacre of Shiites occurred in three major attacks in Babu Sar (Lolusar), Kohistan and Chilas tragedies in or on way to Gilgit-Baltistan. Shias were pulled out of buses and were murdered after having been identified as Shiites.
Pilgrims (Zaireen) of holy shrines of Imam Raza (AS) and Bibi Fatima Masoomah were martyred in suicidal attacks between Quetta and Taftan many times. Latest attacks took place on December 30 in which 19 were martyred.
Report said at least four Shiites were beheaded – two of them in Sargodha and two, including noted religious scholar Maulana Noor Ali, in Quetta. They were slaughtered like animals by terrorists who also made footage of the gory incident.
“Among the high profile targeted murders, Allama Aftab Haider Jafari and Saeed Haider Zaidi were shot dead in Karachi while Allama Saqlain Kazmi, an eminent religious scholar, was martyred in Punjab province. In Rawalpindi, Dera Ismail Khan and Khairpur districts, mourning processions fell victims to terrorist attacks and several Shias embraced martyrdom.”
The report stated that Balochistan province ranked first with 156 casualties as far as killings of Shiites is concerned. Then 145 were shot dead in Sindh followed by 55 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 81 in Punjab, nine in Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa and 44 in Parachinar/Kurrum Agency and 12 in Orakzai Agency (56 in Federally Administered Tribal Area-FATA).
As per details, 136 were killed in Karachi alone, 119 in Quetta, 55 in Gilgit, 44 in Parachinar, 25 in Rawalpindi, 21 in Khanpur, 16 in Dera Ismail Khan, 12 in Orakzai Agency, 29 in Mastung, seven each in Lahore and Mach, six in Sargodha, four in Peshawar, three each in Hangu and Larkana, two each in Faisalabad, Khairpur and Nawabshah, one each in Ali Pur, Chaman, Dadu, Hub, Noshera, Shahdad Kot and Sialkot.
Notorious terrorists shot dead 42 Shiites in January, 37 in February, 36 in March, 34 in April, 24 in May, 30 in June, 35 in July, 42 in August, 51 in September, 28 in October, 80 in November and 63 in December 2012.
It said the year 2012 remained another dangerous year for Shias living in Pakistan. “These 502 deaths have brought miseries. Several modest women were made widows and several children lost their fathers,” it concluded.