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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sectarian violence: Over 2,000 people killed in 5 years, Interior Ministry tells Senate

By Irfan Ghauri
Published: April 23, 2014



Killings per district: Fata (867), Balochistan (737), Sindh (252), Punjab (104), G-B (103) and K-P (22). PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed by the Interior Ministry on Wednesday that the monster of sectarianism had devoured at least 2,090 lives over past five years, with militancy hit Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on top with 867 killings.

The figures were revealed in a written reply from the ministry of interior during the question hour.

Balochistan, which has seen deadly attacks on the resident Shia Hazara community, witnessed 737 killings.

Sindh, where a number of doctors, professors religious leaders belonging to the their sect have been targeted in recent years, 252 were killed over sectarian differences between January 2008-January 2009.

Punjab, which saw some of the worst riots in the country last year following a clash of two groups in Rawalpindi on Ashura that resulted in a curfew, 104 people were killed in sectarian violence over five years.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 22. Gilgit-Baltistan, which has belied its largely peaceful outlook with incidents of sectarian violence, saw 103 people falling victim to sectarian violence. Five people lost their lives in Islamabad in sectarian attacks.

The exact number will probably be a bit higher since the reply provided covered the period from January 2008 to January 2014.

Senators from different political parties contested the figures provided by the ministry and also asked the state minister about number of convictions of those who were arrested on charges of sectarian violence.

However, the minister did not answer that question, further irking the members.

Madrassas getting funding from aboard

The government also confirmed during Wednesday’s session that some seminaries were getting financial support from abroad.

“Some seminaries/madrassahs in the country are receiving financial support from foreign Islamic countries. The remittances are received through banking channels,” the interior ministry confirmed in its written reply to a question by Pakistan Peoples Partys Sugra Imam....Continue Reading....

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