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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Address religious intolerance to curb sectarian killings: HRCP




12 April, 2012




LAHORE: The continuous spilling of blood in sectarian killings in Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is a result of failure to address religious intolerance in society, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said on Wednesday.


In a meeting, the commission said, "HRCP is alarmed by the continuing sectarian bloodshed in Pakistan, particularly in Quetta and GB. The killings demonstrate a disturbing pattern and appear to be part of a well-planned sequence.


It has been stated that miscreants from Afghanistan have been involved. That may be one problem, but it certainly is not the only one. The mindless bloodshed that we witness day in and day out is rooted in religious intolerance cultivated by the state."


The meeting also said, "The people are paying the price of indifference with their lives. Rather than wasting time on addressing mere symptoms, the root cause of the problem must be identified and addressed.


Instead of living in denial, we must now identify the policies that strengthen extremism and promote faith-based hatred in society. These constitute the single biggest threat to Pakistan.

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