ISLAMABAD: A new report terms Pakistan as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for religious minorities.
In line with a recent report publicized by Minority Rights Group International (MRG): Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for religious minorities. The Minority Rights Group International sent this report to Fides Agency which was released to create Human Rights violation awareness. This report sent by the Minority Rights Group International notes: since 1980, attacks on minority groups (Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Shiites and Hazaras) have been on the rise and also the “targeted killings” have reached unprecedented levels.
The report further highlights the fact that: Hatred speeches against minorities are widespread and circulate freely.
This report was based on the official figures and facts thus available to the organization. Their report further discussed that: the attacks against Shiite and Hazaras communities have a “disturbing level” (700 Shiites killed in 2013). The organization termed the Pakistani Government’s counter-action as “totally inadequate” response of the Pakistani government, which “should send a clear message, showing that such attacks are unacceptable and do not go unpunished. The organization further state in this report that: Turning a blind eye to the atrocities, the government legitimizes a culture of impunity among the militant groups, while minorities live in fear everyday. If criminals are not brought to justice quickly, more mass violence on minority groups is likely to happen.
Furthermore, the report states that: most of the attacks are carried out by three militant groups Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TPP). The main targets are, above all, professionals, doctors, lawyers, politicians, businessmen, religious leaders and human rights activists. According several interviews of local Human Rights activists conducted by the Minority Rights Group International, these attacks are designed to depress and sideline the religious minority communities living in Pakistan; causing massive exodus of the Christians from Pakistan. The report highlights that the “climate of fear” is being stimulated with hate campaigns conducted in mosques, schools, public spaces and social media.