3,000-plus Hazaras killed since 2011: human rights activist

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- More than 3,000 members of Pakistan's Hazara community have been killed since September 11, 2011, according to official figures cited by a human rights activist, Dawn reported.

Jalila Haider, lawyer and human rights activist, urged the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights to investigate the plight of the Hazara community during a briefing Wednesday (May 23) on recent attacks.

Unofficial numbers have put the death toll at 4,000.

"More than 90,000 Hazara families have migrated to other countries ... only to live in worse conditions. They must be brought back and rehabilitated," added Haider.

"There is no writ of law. We are misrepresented. Hazara women are harassed, and there is no security of life for our children," she said.

Security measures are under way against sectarian crimes, said Lt. Col. Bilal Haider of the Frontier Corps (FC).

"FC deployment is totally focused on the safety of the Hazara community. Forces have been pulled out of dormant sectors, and more men have been deployed at the border to prevent targeted killings of the Hazara community. The number of attacks and casualties has gone down since 2012," he told the committee.

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