EOPM   is a Human Rights Organization that strives to focus the attention of the international community on human rights violations blatantly perpetrated in Pakistan and help raise a unified voice against the atrocities committed on minorities in a country known to encourage and protect acts of religious fanaticism. We endeavour to create and develop new strategies to stop human rights abuses and to ensure improvement in the political, educational, social and economic conditions of all minority communities in Pakistan. EOPM brings to the attention of the UN and other intergovernmental regional organizations, cases of human rights violations in Pakistan in order to confront hate and terrorism and promote human rights and dignity for minorities in the country.

The persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan is nothing new. Violence and atrocities against the minority population of Pakistan has continued for many years with Christian, Hindu, Sikh and even minority Muslim sects like Shias, Sufis and Ahmadyyas being hunted down and killed in increasing numbers. Kidnapping of their girls and sexually assaulting their innocent children has crossed all bounds of humanity. Pakistani minorities who dare to remain in their homeland not only suffer the humiliation of being third class citizens and subhumans in the eyes of the majority, but worse still, their rights and safety are ignored by the legal system in Pakistan. Kidnappings, rapes, forcible conversions and constant harassment are therefore a daily routine for minorities in Pakistan. Journalists attempting to report incidents of violence against minorities in Pakistan are threatened and live in constant fear for their own lives and the safety of their families.

Human Rights Groups accuse Pakistani security forces of turning a blind eye to sectarian atrocities carried out by Sunni militant groups and of viewing the extremists as allies. Hardly a day passes when there is no sectarian violence in Pakistan. The year 2012 has seen more than 400 Shias killed in a wave of targeted attacks across Pakistan. Hazara Shia community leaders say that a growing sense of insecurity among the minority communities in Pakistan has forced thousands of young Hazaras to turn to human smugglers in a bid to try and reach safer countries like Australia through expensive, illegal and dangerous routes. The very same feelings of fear and discrimination has also forced thousands of Hindu families to flee across the border to safety in neighbouring countries.

The year 2013 is experiencing an unparalleled explosion of sectarian violence in Pakistan

December 2013

Islamabad: Two policemen killed, one injured outside Imambargah, 30 December, 2013

Two policemen on security duty at Imambargah Qasr-i-Shabbir in Dhoke Syedan were killed while another policeman and a nearby shopkeeper were injured when four gunmen opened fire on them. The attack on the policemen took place at around 11:50 AM, when the three constables guarding the sensitive Imambargah were standing relaxed on the road. There were no majalis or programmes taking place at that time . The three constables, Zaheer Abbas, Mohammad Imran and Faheem Abbas, were unarmed and were only equipped with batons . According to the injured survivors, four unidentified people wearing the traditional mourning black shalwar kameez had arrived at the site on two motorbikes. They had stopped 20 feet away from the Imambargah and two of the motorists had approached the policemen. They had opened fire on the policemen without any warning, killing one of the constables on the spot and injuring two others, in addition to a shopkeeper, Mohammad Saeed. The attackers then managed to flee from the scene. Constable Zaheer Abba who belonged to Attock died on the spot while Mohammad Imran who hailed from Choa Saiden Shah (Chakwal) died on reaching CMH.

Dera Ismail Khan: Shia photographer shot dead in his photo studio in Dera Ismail Khan, 30 December, 2013

A Shia photographer was killed in his shop when Yazidi terrorists stormed into the shop and opened fire upon him. Mehran Ali son of Manzoor Ali was sitting in his photo shop in Gara Baloch, Tank of Dera Ismail Khan, when Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists barged into the shop and opened fired on him. He was killed on the spot.

Dera Ismail Khan: Two more Shias shot dead in Dera Ismail Khan, 30 December, 2013

Two more Shias were killed when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba opened unprovoked fire on them. Two Shia men, Qais Raza aged 18-years and Mulazim Hussain aged 45-years were shot and killed in Tehsil Prova area of D.I.Khan. Qais Raza was the nephew of SHO Zulfiqar Ali.

Karachi: 3 Shia MWM electoral contestants and Shia taxi driver killed by Yazidi terrorists, 29 December, 2013

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and killed 3 Shia electoral contenders and their taxi driver late at night in the Dalmia area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal. They were returning after filing their nomination papers for contesting the forthcoming local councils’ elections. The female candidate accompanying them luckily escaped unhurt. Mohammad Alam Hazara and Safdar Abbas were eminent officials in the leading Shia MWM party. They had hired Syed Ali Shah, a taxi driver of their area. Female contestant Ms Sakina was also accompanying them. “They were candidates of MWM from Union Council No.32 of Mughal Hazara Goth in Gulistan-e-Jauhar,” the MWM spokesperson told the media. “Armed terrorists on motorcyclists targeted them when they were returning after submitting their nominations for the upcoming local bodies’ elections.” The spokesperson said that they were receiving threats from a political party to withdraw from the elections. Reports had it that a Karachi-based ethnic party having a covert nexus with the Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists had killed the MWM candidates. The incident caused panic in various areas of the city including Ancholi Society, Mughal Hazara Goth, Jafer Tayar Society in Malir and Rizvia Society where routine and commercial activities were partially suspended. DSP Nasir Lodhi said that at least four armed men on two motorcycles were behind the incident.

Sargodha: Santa Claus arrested for blasphemy, 28 December, 2013

A joyous, portly white-bearded man, wearing spectacles, a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots, was held on blasphemy charges in Sargodha on Christmas eve. The old man is accused of uttering so called blasphemous chants while carrying a bag full of what seemed like gifts for children. The following day an angry crowd ransacked the lockup setting fire to Santa’s bag and gifts. Some members of ASWJ (Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat) chanted “Kafir Kafir, Shia Kafir!” slogans against the old man dressed as Santa while the Khaatim-e-Nabuwat brigade shouted “Qadiyaniat Murdabat!” outside the police station.

An old man named Ahmadi claimed that he had been distributing toys on Christmas eve dressed as Santa Clause
when he was arrested on blasphemy charges.

Karachi: Top Shia leader Mirza Yousuf escapes terrorist attack; 2 guards killed, 28 December, 2013

At least two guards were killed and another one injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on the vehicle of a Shia leader in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-12 neighbourhood. According to initial reports, Mirza Yousuf, a leader of the Shia Action Committe (SAC) and Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) remained unhurt in the attack. However, one of his personal guards and a policeman were killed and an aide of Allama Yousuf sustained wounds. Karachi’s State backed armed terrorist managed to flee from the scene after police personnel, deployed for the Shia leader’s security, responded with retaliatory gunfire. The men killed were Shaheed Mazhar Ali and Shaheed Iqbal Hussain. In August 2010, 37-year-old Khadim Hussain Mirza, son of Allama Mirza Yousuf Hussain, was also killed by state sponsored political terrorists in North Nazimabad, Karachi. He was was targeted by MQM’s motor cyclist terrorists outside his residence in North Nazimabad when he was returning home after offering Maghrbain prayers at Rizvia society, Golimar.

Mirza Yousuf, a leader of the Shia Action Committe was attacked by gunmen who killed two of his guards

Lahore: Dreary Christmas behind bars for blasphemy accused, Adnan Masih, 27 December, 2013

A Christian held captive in a Pakistani prison disclosed an account of his ordeal to an international organization from his prison cell. The young blasphemy accused Christian described the trials surrounding his detention and present confinement. Adnan Prince, a Pakistani Christian 26 years of age, who is publicly known as Adnan Masih, was accused by his colleague of committing blasphemy. Subsequent to the accusation, Adnan went into hiding but returned a month later after police arrested several of his family members. It all started on October 7, 2013, when Adnan was filling in for his brother at the Diamond Glass shop in Lahore. During his shift, Adnan, who holds a master’s degree in English literature, says that he found a copy of a controversial book and started to read it and to make notes inside it with biblical references. While Adnan was reading the book, a Muslim colleague of his, Abid Mehmood, spotted him and took offence. The next day, Mehmood went to the local police station and alleged that Adnan had “marked several pages with abusive words". Hearing that he had been accused, Adnan fled. After Adnan had fled, his brother, mother, aunt and uncle were arrested and told that they would not be released until he returned. Hearing of his family’s arrest, Adnan returned home on November 6, 2013 and was arrested immediately on blasphemy charges, which carries the death penalty in Pakistan.

Adnan Masih, a Pakistani Christian 26 years of age, who was accused by his colleague of committing blasphemy
is presently languishing in prison awaiting the death sentence

Quetta: Hindu businessman kidnapped, 27 December, 2013

A trader was kidnapped from the suburbs of the city, police sources said. Parkash Kumar, who is a resident of Mastung, was abducted by armed men from Hazarganji area. Sources said that the incident was reported to the Shalkot police station through an application.

Lahore: Ahmadis live as fugitives in fear for their lives, 26 December, 2013

Sixty-two-year-old Rizwan Hashmi is like any other retired gentleman of his age. On a personal front he has led a fulfilling life, worked hard and raised his four children to become educated and successful professionals. However, over the last couple of decades, and more specifically the last few years, his life and that of his family has been torn apart by blinding hatred. Not only has Rizwan had to deal with his colleagues trying to frame him and get him fired but he was forced to leave his family home and relocate within the country due to safety concerns. Three of his children fled the country after growing tired of being targets of bigotry in Pakistan. Like thousands of others from his community, Rizwan Hashmi is paying the price for being an Ahmadi. The excessive prejudice and downright violence the community has been subjected to stems from extreme misinterpretation of a religion which is first and foremost a religion of peace and preaches tolerance as opposed to targeted annihilation of a community that may not share the same beliefs.

Rizwan Hashmi has never stopped paying the price for being an Ahmadi in Pakistan.
He and his family have had to flee from their parental home and live as fugitives.

Sindh: Hindu burial in 'Muslim graveyard' sparks protests in Badin, 26 December, 2013

The situation in Tando Bago town of Badin district became tense following the burial of a 75-year-old Hindu man in a local graveyard in Bachal Shah. Late on 25th night, a few people of the town dug the grave and took out the body a resident of village Yar Mohammad Lund, about 4 km off the Tando Bago town, who had been buried by his relatives 2 days before. But the body was reburied in the same place by the local police on the wee hours of the 26th, following which clerics belonging to various mosques of the town made announcements that a Hindu was buried again in their graveyard. The burial infuriated the Muslim community in the town and its adjoining areas, who gathered in the town and staged a sit-in on the Bago Canal bridge. Speaking to media persons, the protesters threatened to dig out the body from the grave again. The protesters further claimed that a decision had been reached nearly four years ago according to which Hindus could not bury their deceased in the same part of the graveyard. It is pertinent to mention that this graveyard had been shared for many years by both the Hindus and Muslims living in the area. The relatives of the Hindu man who was buried in the graveyard spoke to media persons and claimed that the deceased had been buried near the grave of his father. On October 6, 2013, in a similar incident had occurred in which the body of another Hindu man was dug out of his grave and thrown out of a local graveyard, Haji Fakir in Pangrio town of Badin district.

Strict security measures were taken by Badin's district administration to control
the law and order situation in Badin after local Muslims objected to the burial of a Hindu man in their graveyard

Mirpurkhas: Several Shia female mourners injured in Yazidi terrorist attacks in Mirpurkhas, 25 December, 2013

Several female azadars (mourners) were injured when Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked a mourning congregation that was being held on the anniversary of Chehlum of Imam Hussain (AS). The terrorists stormed into the women’s Imambargah and hit the mourners with sticks, bamboos and batons. They also started abusing the women and chanting anti-Shia slogans. Several Shia women were wounded due to the Yazidi terrorists attack. They were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Peshawar: Bleak Christmas at the All Saints Church, 25 December, 2013

Christmas-related merriment remained faint on December 25, 2013, as visitors to All Saints’ Church were weighed down by the grief of losing their loved ones in the deadly twin suicide bombings on September 22, 2013. A dark covering of murkiness cloaked the Church as local Christians gathered in large numbers for the Christmas service, the first after the incident. The cheerless visitors were seen embracing and consoling each other; as a majority of them had suffered the tragedy of losing loved ones in the deadly attack on the Pakistani Christian community. As a gesture of love, pictures of those who lost their lives in the blasts and messages of their relatives were placed in the Church. The inconsolable relatives lovingly touched the pictures of their killed relatives with tear-filled eyes. Many of the visitors lit candles in memory of the deceased persons. “We are shattered and have yet to come to term with this tragedy,” said Advocate Shaukat Ghulam, one of the injured persons who had lost his brother William Ghulam, a prominent educationist, his nephew, Noel William, and niece, Merab William, in the church attack. “My sister-in-law received injuries in the blast and is still bedridden. In such like situation how could we celebrate Christmas?” he said.

Vicar Reverend Ejaz Gill, led the Christmas service at All Saints Church and prayed for peace and prosperity in Pakistan.
In his homily he also prayed for the defeat of evil forces involved in affecting tranquillity in the society.

Karachi: 4 Shia mourners killed and 27 injured in multiple blasts outside Imambargah, 24 December, 2013

A bomb exploded outside an Imambargah in Orangi Town, killing at least four people and injuring 13, minutes after an explosion on the route of the main mourning procession sowed fear in the city. Life had already come to standstill amid massive security arrangements for Chehlum anniversary commemorations. Among the dead were two teenagers who were playing cricket. The explosion on M.A. Jinnah Road happened before the start of the main procession, raising questions about security arrangements since the road was supposed to have been thoroughly searched by bomb experts. In sector 11-E of Orangi Town, a bomb planted beside the wall of Azakhana-i-Kausar Imambargah went off and partially damaged the wall. When police and rescue workers rushed to the place, another bomb planted on the traffic island facing the Imambargah exploded. Four people were killed and around 13, including a police officer and four volunteers, suffered injuries. One of the victims, 15-year-old Gul Zafran alias Sunny, died before reaching the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. A critically injured Rabiul Awal Mazhar Hussain, 16, Irfan Rasheed, 50, and an unidentified young man died on the operation theatre. The explosion, caused by the 500-gram improvised explosive device (IED) planted on the Imambargah wall, was used as a trap to bring police and passers-by to the place, DIG Javed Alam Odho told reporters. The second bomb weighed about two to three kilograms and was packed with nuts and ball bearings.

Karachi: Senior Shia journalist, 2 sons, a cousin injured in Yazidi terrorists attack, 24 December, 2013

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and injured a senior Shia journalist, Azhar Abbas Naqvi, his two sons and a cousin near NIPA Chowrangi Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi. Syed Azhar Abbas Naqvi, a senior producer in Samaa TV channel, was returning from a Chehlum procession with his family on his motorcycle. When the family reached NIPA Chowrangi, the terrorists opened fire upon them. Azhar Abbas, his sons Danyal and Daaim and cousin Haider were injured in the shooting and fell down from the motorcycle. They were rushed to a private hospital where doctors operated on them. Haider was said to be out of danger as he had suffered a bullet injury to his hand. The condition of Azhar Abbas was described as critical. His sons had sustained bullet wounds in their legs.

Shia journalist, Azhar Abbas Naqvi, his two sons and a cousin
were shot at and injured by Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists

Karachi: Young man killed in sectarian attack, 22 December, 2013

A young man was killed in Sachal Goth area by bike-riding armed men ‘apparently on sectarian grounds’, police said. Though the police ruled out mugging as the primary reason, they were not so sure about the armed men’s motive for killing 22-year-old Syed Ammar Naqvi who was attacked when he was driving back to his house near Kiran Hospital. “Witnesses said that armed bikers had intercepted his car and had fired multiple shots at him,” said DSP Chaudhry Saeed Tariq, the area’s sub-divisional police officer. “It can not be purely a mugging attempt as the attackers just sped away after targeting the victim without stopping to take away cash or valuables. Investigations are under away and one cannot rule out possible sectarian motive behind the incident,” he said.

Takfiri Deobandi terrorists opened fire on a car and critically injured a 22-year-old Shia youth, Syed Ammar Naqvi.
He breathed his last at hospital.

Chiniot: At least 10 people injured in sectarian clash, 21 December, 2013

At least 10 people were injured in a sectarian clash at Mohallah Tarkhan. The district administration imposed Section 144 in the city to thwart any further clash. Reports suggested that some people had supposedly seen so called 'blasphemous comments' on some walls at Mohallah Tarkhan and the word got round in no time. A number of people took to the street and traders joined them after closing their shops. The police said that a team led by DSP Alam Sher stopped the procession near Shadi Malang Mohallah, asking the protesters to disperse to avoid tension. Some armed men in the crowd resorted to aerial firing inciting the rival group to pay them back in the same coin. Ten people, Abid, Liaquat Abbas, Ali Jawad, Imran, Umar Farooq, Hakimullah, Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Hamza, Abdul Wahid and Imam Ali were injured in the clash. The police controlled the mob after some time. The incident created panic in the city and most marketplaces were deserted. The police and district administration officials conducted a flag march.

Dera Ismail Khan: Beheaded body of Shia DSP Altaf Hussain Durrani shocks mourners, 20 December, 2013

Villagers were shocked when the beheaded body of 50-year-old Shia Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Altaf Hussain Durrani was returned to his native village in Dera Ismail Khan. He had been kidnapped by militants from Mardan 3 days before.

Lahore: Ahmadi child's burial not allowed in public graveyard, 20 December, 2013

A one-and-a-half-year-old Ahmadi child died of pneumonia on 19 December, 2013 in Toba Tek Singh. The family said that Muslim residents of the area had refused to let them bury the child in the neighbourhood graveyard because “she was born to an Ahmadi family”. The deceased child's family resident of Chak 312-JB Kathowali in Gojra, said that they had prepared the body for burial in the neighbourhood graveyard but some men had stopped the funeral procession on its way to the graveyard telling them that they could not bury the child there as the villagers had decided not to let any person from the Ahmadia community to bury their dead in the village graveyard. The police arrived at the scene and talked to both sides, after which, the child’s family agreed to bury the girl on land donated by Yaqoob Ranjha, a Muslim resident of the village and a neighbour of the deceased child. The land is 300 metres from the old graveyard. There had been no altercation between the Ahmadis and the Muslims in the village in the past and there have been instances where people from both sides attended each other’s weddings and funerals.

The deceased girl's family said that villagers wouldn’t let them bury her in their graveyard
‘because she was from an Ahmadi family’.

Okara: Christian woman raped at gunpoint, 19 December, 2013

A Christian woman was raped at gunpoint in 49/2L Village. Waris Masih and his wife Tanzeela Bibi were collecting firewood in the fields when Yasin and his 3 accomplices overpowered them. Yasin forced the woman into the field and raped her. During the ordeal, the rapist's accomplices held Waris Masih hostage at gunpoint. The Sadr police have registered a case and have started investigations.

Sukkur: Khairpur Hindu traders threaten to move business to India if Pakistani police did not stop atrocities against them, 19 December, 2013

Hindu traders in Khairpur have threatened to move their businesses to India if the local police did not stop their atrocities against them. According to reports, local Hindu traders had been observing shutter down for the last four days in Nara, Peerano Pattan, Choundiko and Sikandarabd against what they call the atrocities of Station House Officer Mansoor Nizamani. They alleged that they were tortured by the police when they refused to give extortion money. Representatives of traders Siri Chand and Kirshan Das said that the police instead of providing them security demanded money. On their refusal, fake cases were registered against them and they were unlawfully harassed, they complained.

Karachi: Pakistani Hindu minority protests the demolition of their temple by Pakistani Muslims, 18 December, 2013

There seems no impact of the recently globally observed day of “Human Rights” in Pakistan. The suppression of minority Hindus in Pakistan continues and human rights violation of Hindus in Pakistan has become an ongoing issue of concern. After many cases of abduction and forceful Islamic conversion of Hindu girls, now a new trend of demolition Hindu shrines is emerging to disgrace the Hindus in Pakistan. The upset Pakistani Hindus joined a protest outside the Press Club at Karachi over the demolition of an 80-year-old temple in the city’s Soldier Bazar area. The Krishna or Rama Peer Mandir at Dholi Khata in Soldier Bazar has become a bone of contention between the minority Hindu community and a powerful builder, who bought the land on which the temple was built, from the military estate office through a government auction. A patron of the Pakistan Hindu Council Ramesh Kumar Vankwani says, “Religious articles, including pictures and statuettes of our gods, are still lying in the rubble of the demolished temple and families living in the compound on which the temple was built still remain homeless,” quotes PTI. Several families displaced by the demolition of the temple participated in the protest. This issue has unearthed and highlighted the growing insecurity of Pakistan’s minorities yet again. Ironically the issue of severe violation of Human Rights of Pakistani Hindus numbering over 2.5 million, has been ignored by rights activists worldwide.

Pakistani Hindus joined a protest outside the Press Club at Karachi
over the demolition of an 80-year-old temple in the city’s Soldier Bazar area.

Gilgit: Shia Bank employee target killed in Gilgit, 18 December, 2013

Tauqeer Abbas son of Zafar Hayat was ambushed in Jutial area of Gilgit. He was killed on the spot. His body was taken to his Hospital Road residence after an autopsy at the District Head Quarter Hospital.

Karachi: Attack on Karachi Imambargah foiled, 18 December, 2013

Security guards deputed at an Imambargah near Karachi's Khalid bin Waleed Road foiled an attack as two explosives-laden women tried to enter the place of Shia worship. One of the women was shot dead whereas the other was critically injured as the guards immediately opened fire when the two burqa-clad women tried to force their way inside. Security and rescue teams reached the site of the incident and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway. Police officials later confirmed that both women were equipped with explosives. The husband of the explosive-laden women was taken into custody by authorities. The body of the dead woman and the injured woman were shifted to a hospital where sources said that both women were related.

Rawalpindi: Three killed in suicide attack on Imambargah in Rawalpindi, 17 December, 2013

Three people, a policeman among them, were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide attack on an Imambargah in the heavily guarded Gracy Lane. According to police and witnesses, the bomber blew himself up when he was stopped for a search at the entrance of Imambargah Asna Ashari near the Nur Khan Airbase. About 700 people were attending a majlis at the time of the attack. Khalid Mehmood, the driver of a police van who was on duty at the Imambagah, said that a man had parked his motorcycle by the roadside and had started walking towards the Imambargah. When Sub-Inspector Amanat Ali and some other policemen asked him to stop for a search, he detonated the bomb. Those killed were identified as Sub-Inspector Amanat Ali, Ghulam Shabbir and Wasim Zaidi. Among the injured were five policemen, SHO Airport Rub Nawaz and constables Ghulam Abbas, Ijaz Ahmed, Javaid Shah and Manazir Hussain. According to bomb disposal experts, four to five pounds of high explosives, laced with ball-bearings, were used in the attack. The head and legs, believed to be that of the suicide bomber, were found at the bombed site. Black clothes and a green jacket were also retrieved from the scene.

Three people including a policeman were killed and 15 others were injured
in a suicide attack on an Imambargah in Gracy Lane, Rawalpindi

Lahore: Famous Shia cleric Allama Nasir Abbas shot dead in Lahore, 15 December, 2013

Shia cleric Allama Nasir Abbas of Multan was shot dead by Takfiri Deobandi terrorists. He belonged to the Tehreek-i-Nifaz-i-Fiqh Jafaria (TNFJ). He was going to his residence after attending a Majlis at Qaumi Markaz, Shah Jamal, at around 11 PM at night when armed motorcycles intercepted his vehicle near FC College Underpass and opened fire on him. Abbas was seriously injured in the attack and was taken to Shaikh Zayed Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Model Town SP (Operations) Tariq Aziz quoted witnesses as saying that Allama Nasir Abbas and his student Hafiz Anjum were going to his Eden Value Homes residence near Thokar when assailants on motorcycles intercepted their car and opened fire on them. The student and Allama’s driver escaped unhurt but the Shia cleric was killed in the attack. The gunmen managed to escape after the attack. Allama Nasir Abbas, 42, has left behind six daughters and a son. Following Allama Nasir’s murder, a large number of his followers went to Shaikh Zayed Hospital and expressed their anger. They chanted slogans against the government and damaged the premises

Famous Shia cleric Allama Nasir Abbas (42) was shot dead in Lahore by anti-Shia terrorists

Karachi: Car bomb blast leaves Shia travel agency owner, son, Shia driver injured, 11 December, 2013

A Shia owner of a travel agency, his son and their Shia driver were injured when a bomb attached to their car exploded near NIPA Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. The Shia man, Javaid Zaidi, was returning back to his house near Abbas Town from his office in Shahrah-e-Faisal when a blast occurred inside the car. The Bomb disposal squad was called to the site to ascertain the nature of the explosion. “A magnetic device was planted under the driver’s seat,” said an official of the bomb disposal squad. As a result of the explosion, one track of the bridge near NIPA was shut for traffic. Initially, the police claimed that the explosion was caused by an exploding gas cylinder. However, closer inspection of the gold coloured Toyota Corolla car revealed that a magnetic bomb device had been used in the incident. Gulshan division SP Muqaddas Raza said that the father and his son had sustained minor injuries while their driver was wounded critically in the blast. The injured were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed hospital. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the bomb blast claiming that the terrorists were emboldened because of the Pakistani government’s inaction.

Quetta: Pakistani mob kills one over alleged desecration of the Koran by Iranian Shia Muslims, 11 December, 2013

A mob killed a man and wounded three others over the alleged desecration of a Koran in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said. The violence started when some vendors allegedly found pages torn-out of the Koran in a pomegranate crate that they had received in a shipment from neighbouring Iran, witnesses and officials said. A mob quickly gathered, shouting slogans against Shiites, who form a majority in Iran. They destroyed shops, burnt a motorcycle and tried to march towards a Shiite neighbourhood in the city but were stopped by vigilant police. The crowd began shooting indiscriminately in various parts of the city, which resulted in one death and bullet wounds to three others, said a senior police official requesting anonymity.

Violence against Shias started when some vendors allegedly found pages torn-out of the Koran in a pomegranate crate
that they had received in a shipment from neighbouring Iran

Karachi: Yazidi terrorists shoot and injure Shia youth, 10 December, 2013

A Shia Muslim youth was shot and seriously injured in a targeted attack by notorious Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists. Shiite Muzaffar Zaidi was targeted and killed in Liaquatabad, district central of Karachi. The critically wounded Shiite was rushed to a private hospital for treatment.

Karachi: Shia business man killed in sectarian attacks, 9 December, 2013

Syed Qamar Husnain, a member of the Shia community, was gunned down in Godhran Society in New Karachi at night. SSP Central Amir Farooqi said that Husnain, who lived in North Nazimabad and ran a catering business in Gulshan-e-Maymar, was returning from a Bohra community hall in Godhran after catering food at a function there when two men riding a motorcycle opened fire on his vehicle. He suffered bullet wounds to the head and chest and succumbed to his injuries at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The SHO said that the shooters had used a 9mm pistol. He added that the murder appeared to be motivated by sectarianism.

Islamabad: Pakistan decides only death can punish 'Blasphemy', 9 December, 2013

'Death only penalty for blasphemer', orders the Shariat Court in Pakistan. After 23 years, the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) has issued orders to remove the provision of life-imprisonment from the blasphemy law, stating that only death is punishment for blasphemy and sought a report from the government for implementation of the order within a couple of months. A five-judge larger bench, headed by Justice Fida Hussain, heard a contempt of court petition filed by Advocate Hashmat Habib. Issuing its verdict, the court noted that in its ruling of 1990, the FSC had clarified that the mention of life imprisonment with death sentence should be removed from the blasphemy law, as humiliation of any prophet was intolerable and anyone doing so should only be given the death sentence.

'Death only penalty for the blasphemer', orders the Shariat Court in Pakistan.

Karachi: Bohra man killed in sectarian attack, 9 December, 2013

Aftab Jaffar, a 60-year-old member of the Bohra community, was shot dead at night outside Burhani Hospital at the Paper Market in Arambagh. SHO Qamar Jawed Kiyani said that Jaffar, a resident of Arambagh who worked the Johnson & Johnson Company in Korangi Industrial Area, had been ill for a couple of days and was visiting the hospital for a check-up. He was returning home when two men riding a motorcycle shot him. He suffered a bullet wound to the head and was taken to the Civil Hospital where he expired. The SHO said that the attackers had used a 9 mm pistol as usual in targeted attacks. The police believe that Jaffar’s murder was sectarian in nature.

Karachi: Shia man falls victim to ‘sectarian’ attack, 7 December, 2013

A Shia rickshaw driver was gunned down in another incident of sectarian violence in North Nazimabad. The police said that 35-year-old Syed Iqbal was at Hyderi Market when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. North Nazimabad Division Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar said that the critically wounded man was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered three bullets to the head. The police revealed that the murdered man was a member of the Shia community and resided in Nazimabad.

Karachi: Book fair dragged into sectarianism, 6 December, 2013

Fissures along sectarian lines have deepened so much in Karachi that even an innocuous event such as a book fair cannot escape courting controversy. Activists of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) filed a complaint with the police against a book stall at the ongoing 9th Karachi International Book Fair at the Expo Centre. The reason: “Displaying ‘controversial’ books.” Some ASWJ members who had apparently bought some books from a stall set up by the Iranian consulate went to the Aziz Bhatti police station and demanded the police to remove the literature from the stall as it hurt the sentiments of Sunni Muslims. “We chose to remain peaceful because the event was for families and women and children were also present there. The books hurt the religious feelings of the Sunnis, therefore, we took the legal course and went to the police with a complaint,” said Umar Mauwia, the ASWJ spokesperson. “Once we received the complaint, we went to the book fair to investigate,” said Aziz Bhatti SHO Ghulam Hussain Pirzada. “We went to the organisers and asked them to remove the books from display as they may spark violence. But they chose to close down the stall,” he added.

Karachi: Karachi International Book Fair allows Takfiri Jihadi literature, bans Shia Islamic books, 5 December, 2013

Chairman of the Pakistan Publishers & Booklovers Association central committee, Aziz Khalid has allowed Takfir Jihadi literature but has banned Shia teaching books on 9th Karachi International Book Fair in the Expo Centre, Karachi. The book fair organized by the Pakistan Publishers & Booklovers Association in collaboration with the National Book Foundation was held from December 5 - 9, 2013, in three halls of the Karachi Expo Centre. KIBF’s administrator Aziz Khalid has created a dangerous trend in Pakistan by providing a soft corner for Takfiri extremists who have installed dozens of stalls displaying Takfiri Jihadi literature books filled with hate-speaches against Shia Islam. At the same time, Shiite literature was banned from being displayed at the Exhibition.

Dozens of Takfiri Jihadi literature books filled with hate-speaches against Shia Islam were made available at the 9th Karachi International Book Fair

Karachi: Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen Karachi’s leader Allama Deedar Ali Jalbani assassinated, 3 December, 2013

Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen (MWM) Karachi’s Deputy Secretary General Deedar Ali Jalbani, an eminent Shia leader of the Karachi chapter was target killed along with his security guard in a Takfiri terrorist attack in Karachi. Allama Deedar Jalbani was in a car when the terrorists opened sporadic firing on his car. Allama Jalbani was injured seriously in the intense firing and the security guard who was accompanying him also sustained serious bullet wounds. They were rushed to a private hospital for immediate treatment where doctors declared that they had succumbed to fatal shots. The tragic incident occurred near Karachi University/NED University on main University Road.

Deputy Secretary General Deedar Ali Jalbani of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen (MWM) Karachi was assassinated by militants

Karachi: Yazidi terrorists shot dead a Shia Muslim man in Karachi, 3 December, 2013

Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists shot and killed a Shia Muslim man, Syed Zakir Shah, near Singer Chowrangi in Karachi.

Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi police begins witch-hunt against Shia youths; Shia houses raided, 3 December, 2013

Rawalpindi Police has launched a witch-hunt against Shia youths by rounding up more than 150 Shias during midnight raids using ladders to storm into Shia houses. Rawalpindi police working under federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, launched a crackdown on peaceful and law abiding Shiites in Rawalpindi. Police tortured the Shiites severely during interrogation and forced them to confess to uncommitted crimes. The police had to release several of them after their torture, threats and pressure failed to get the desired confessions. Till the filing of this report, 35 Shiites still remain under the custody of the police. Relatives of the detained Shia men have complained that the sanctity of chadar and char divari (the veil and the four walls of the home) was violated and women and children were harassed, and in many cases, were also thrashed. It is relevant to add here that earlier, innocent Shia students of Parachinar and Gilgit-Baltistan province were taken into custody from their hostels.

Lahore: Two Shia brothers shot dead in Sipah-e-Yazid attack, 1 December, 2013

Terrorists shot dead two Shia brothers in Karachi near Peoples Secretariat and the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. The Shia brothers were targeted for the only reason that they were Shiites. Mudabbir Raza and Haider Raza were killed in the direct firing of Yazidi terrorists on them.

Two Shiite brothers, Mudabbir Raza and Haider Raza, were shot dead in Lahore for their faith

November 2013

Karachi: Deobandi SSP terrorist kill Shia student, Sunni friend in Karachi, 29 December, 2013

A Shia student and his Sunni friend were shot and killed in a targeted attack by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi. A Shia student Shadab Hussain was on his way back from Karachi University to his house in Federal B Area with a Sunni class-mate, Hamza, accompanying him. When they reached Maskan Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Yazidi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba and its student wing opened sporadic firing on Shadab and Hamza. They were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment but succumbed to bullet wounds.

Lahore: Falsely accused blasphemy victim Younis Maish declared innocent by Lahore High Court after 8 years in prison, 29 December, 2013

Blasphemy accused Younis Maish, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy on the orders of a local court on May 30, 2007, was declared innocent by the Lahore High Court by Justice Khaja Amtiaz Ahmed and Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan on 10 November, 2013. Prior to his release, the innocent Christian man who had been falsely accused in a blasphemy case, pined away behind bars for 8 years, from the time the Pakistani police had booked him on 10 September, 2005. An appeal was filed in September 2012 against the capital punishment decision causing re-opening of his case. During his incarceration, Younis Masih had suffered a heart attack on 8 January, 2013 and is still suffering from serious physical and mental distress. After his release Younis Masih said, "I have four children and I have no job and no one is supporting me. I am living in fear of attacks and do not know when someone will kill me."

Younis Maish, sentenced to death in a false blasphemy case in Pakistan, was declared innocent by Lahore High Court on November 10, 2013, after 8 years of imprisonment

Rawalpindi: Pakistan's Christian Hospice to close after 50 years of serving the destitute and disabled in Pakistan, 29 November, 2013

In the crowded, winding streets of the Rawalpindi, St. Joseph's Hospice, a small Christian hospice led by Irish nuns, has taken care of the destitute and disabled for 50 years. The Christian hospice that caters mainly to Muslim patients is now being forced to close because of falling donations and rising costs. For Aisha Gulrehman, the hospice has been her home for 10 years. After being hit by a bullet outside her home in Pakistan's poor northwest at the age of 12, she has battled with cerebral palsy. Like Aisha, all 40 patients in the hospice are destitute. Some of the paraplegics and quadraplegics have been abandoned. Sister Margaret Walsh and a team of Pakistani and international volunteers have been trying to keep St. Joseph's running. Although the hospice cares for people of all religions, many think that as it is a Christian institution Christian members belonging to its own faith should be responsible for raising money for its maitenance and upkeep. But sectarian violence has pushed many of Pakistan's wealthier Christians to depart, leaving few donors.

Umerkot: Two scheduled caste Hindu women raped by Muslim landlords; one of the women murdered, 28 November, 2013

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that two scheduled caste, Hindu women were raped by their Muslim landlords before their family members. Later on, one of them was murdered in revenge for reporting the incident to the police. Police sources said that the murder had taken place in village Shadiply of Umerkot district, where reportedly, a landlord Khadim Shar used to force a peasant girl Shirimiti Kapu Kolhi to develop illicit relations with him. When she refused his repeated advances, she and her mother were abducted in broad daylight by one of the landlords from outside the clinic of a doctor, very close to the police station. The young woman was shot dead in front of her mother. The Shadi Pali Police Station of Umer Kot district, Sindh, took time to register the First Information Report (FIR), reportedly in order to give the rapists time to abscond. Ramesh, father of the murdered girl, registered an FIR with the Shadiply police station against the landlord. Station House Officer Rasheed Chanio said that a case had been registered and investigations were underway. However, the same suspects who had gang-raped the murdered girl and her sister 6 weeks ago are reported to be roaming freely in the area despite registration of a police case against them.

The Asian Human Rights Commission has reported that two scheduled caste, Hindu women
were raped by their Muslim landlords before their family members and one of them was later murdered.

Karachi: Pakistani militants behead converted Shia Muslim man and hang his head from bridge, 28 November, 2013

The severed head of a retired civilian employee of the Pakistan Navy, who was a converted Shia Muslim, was found by the police hanging on the Sohrab Goth flyover. The Shia man's beheaded body had been found the previous day in KBR Society, Sector 16/A of Buffer Zone. Saleem Raza Qaimkhani had been reportedly killed by Deobandi terrorists of ASWJ-TTP inside his house in Sector 16-4 in Buffer Zone. Taimuria SHO Aijaz Lodhi said that the victim, 40-year-old Saleem Raza, was a faith healer who had earlier served as an employee of the Pakistan Navy’s civil department. The police officer said that the killers had slaughtered Raza inside his house and had taken his head away. When the police reached the crime scene, they were puzzled and horrified to see the mutilated body with the head missing. The killers later put the murdered man's head on display at the bridge.

The severed head of a retired employee of the Pakistan Navy, Saleem Raza Qaimkhani,
who was a converted Shia Muslim, was found by the police hanging on the Sohrab Goth flyover.

Hyderabad: Shia security guard shot dead, 26 November, 2013

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and killed a Shia security guard who was a relative of an official of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, in Hyderabad of Sindh province. Akhtar Zaidi was targeted in Latifabad, Hyderabad. Akhtar Zaidi was the paternal uncle of Waqar Zaidi, secretary organizational set-up of the MWM Hyderabad Chapter.

Sukkur: Hindu trader kidnapped, 25 November, 2013

A Hindu trader was kidnapped from Sukkur. Reports said that some kidnappers had intercepted the car of a Hindu rice trader, Lakshman Das, in the limits of Baghiriji. The terrorists dragged Das out of his car and took him along on gun point, leaving the car on the road. Sukkur police said that all exit routes from the city had been sealed off for recovery of the kidnapped trader. The police had not been able to rescue the trader till the filing of this report.

Karachi: Shia couple shot dead in ‘sectarian’ attack, 25 November, 2013

A couple was killed in a sectarian attack near Saleem Centre in New Karachi. New Karachi SHO Chaudhry Mohammed Afzal said that 32-year-old Munir Hussain and his wife, Razia, members of the Shia community and residents of Surjani Town, were heading for work on their motorcycle when three men, also riding a two-wheeler, fired gunshots at them. The couple was travelling towards Askari IV in Gulistan-e-Jauhar where Munir worked as a driver and his wife worked as a house cleaner. Munir suffered 14 bullet wounds to the head and chest. Razia was shot twice in the chest. The police said that the dual murder was motivated by sectarianism. The victims had led the recent Muharram processions that started from Surjani Town in Karachi. Their bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where members of the Shia community staged a protest.

A couple was killed in a sectarian attack near Saleem Centre in New Karachi

Lahore: British national Ahmadi doctor arrested, booked on blasphemy charges by Lahore police, 25 November, 2013

A 72-year-old Ahmadi doctor was arrested and held on blasphemy allegations for having read the translation of a verse from the Qur'an, the Muslim Holy Book in the Old Anarkali area of Lahore. The Defendant was later charged with the Ahmadi-specific portion of the Blasphemy Law - section 298-C of the Pakistan Penal Code. An enraged mob and some mullahs showed up at the police station demanding for the arrest of Dr Masood for ‘posing as a Muslim.' The mullahs presented a secretly recorded video as an evidence of the ‘crime’ showing Dr Masood referring to a Quranic verse while reading aloud its Urdu translation. According to reports, Dr Masood, a British national, had been attending to his clients at his clinic on November 25, 2013, when two men posing as patients had arrived at the clinic seeking treatment. After medication was dispensed to the two men, they stayed on to ask certain religious questions which Dr Masood reportedly answered. On a hidden camera footage made available to Ahmadiyya Times, Dr Masood is seen reading aloud the translation of a verse from the Holy Qur'an. After the two men left, several area clerics arrived at the clinic and started abusing Dr Masood, accusing him of blasphemous acts. Old Anarkali police then arrived at the scene and arrested Dr Masood. A bail application was denied for the 72-year-old Ahmadi doctor who has been languishing in a Pakistani jail since 25 November, 2013.

Old Anarkali police arrested a Shia doctor, Dr Masood, on blasphemy charges for having read the translation of a verse from the Qur'an,
under the Ahmadi-specific portion of the Blasphemy Law, section 298-C of the Pakistan Penal Code

Pakistan: Anti-Ahmadi attacks in September, 2013, in Pakistan, 25 November, 2013

Increasing lawlessness in Pakistan and a growing reluctance of state authorities to challenge religious extremists is resulting in the widespread ‘religious cleansing’ of minorities in Pakistan. Members of the Ahmadi religious community continued to be a major target for blasphemy prosecutions in Pakistan and have been subjected to specific anti-Ahmadi laws across Pakistan. They faced increasing social discrimination as militant groups used provisions of the law to prevent Ahmadis from “posing as Muslims,” forced the demolition of Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, barred Ahmadis from using their mosques in Rawalpindi, target killed innocent Ahmadis all across Pakistan and vandalized Ahmadi graves across Punjab province. In most instances, Punjab provincial officials supported militants’ demands instead of protecting Ahmadis and their mosques and graveyards.”

Members of the Ahmadi religious community continued to be a major target for blasphemy prosecutions
after being subjected to specific anti-Ahmadi laws across Pakistan.

Quetta: Shia Hazara shopkeeper shot dead in sectarian attack, 24 November, 2013

A shopkeeper belonging to the Shia Hazara community was gunned down. Police said Arif Hussain was sitting at his shop in Iqbalabad area when armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. He was hit in the head and died on the spot. Police said it was a targeted attack.

Mehrabad: Christians in Rimsha’s village still homeless and fearful, 24 November, 2013

Pakistani Christians who were forced to flee from their homes during the Rimsha Masih blasphemy case are still homeless and increasingly desperate. Between 800 to 1,000 families from Mehrabad are still living in tents or makeshift shelters in a forest area near Islamabad, more than a year after fleeing their homes. They lack basic services such as water and fear officials may soon move them on. Sources say that the Christians still fear retaliatory attacks from Islamist extremists enraged by the blasphemy accusations made against Rimsha, a teenager suffering from Down's syndrome, in August 2012. Rimsha was acquitted of blasphemy in November 2012 and was later granted asylum in Canada with her family. At the time, Christians in her neighborhood were attacked and forced to flee amid death threats. Some tried to return but were ostracized and not allowed to buy food. They are now seeking government support to find permanent homes.

Between 800 - 1,000 families who fled from their homes in Mehrabad during the Rimsha Masih blasphemy case remain homeless more than a year after the acquittal of the Christian false blasphemy victim

Parachinar: Two explosions in Parachinar kills three Shia Muslims, 24 November, 2013

At least three Shia Muslims, including two students, were killed and two others injured in two separate explosions that took place in Parachinar, Upper Kurram Agency. According to the political administration of the area, a roadside bomb was detonated near a car in the Shablan area of Parachinar. Subsequently, two Shia Muslims were killed whereas one person sustained injuries. The second explosion occurred in the Dal area of Parachinarin which one Shiite man was killed.

Karachi: Seminary student killed in ‘sectarian’ attack, 23 November, 2013

A seminary student was killed and his two fellows were wounded in an armed attack on their motorbike near the Malir Halt bus stop, police said. They said three students — Muhammad Adnan, Hamid Zaman and Shahidullah —of Madrassah Ahsan-ul-Uloom in Gulshan-i-Iqbal were returning home on a motorbike when they came under attack.“Two men chasing them on a motorbike fired shots at them when they reached a place between the Malir Halt and Kala Board bus stops,” said Inspector Aftab Rind, the SHO of the Saudabad police station. “All three students sustained bullet wounds and were first shifted to a nearby private hospital, but later were moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where Hamid Zaman died.” He said the victims were residents of the Quaidabad area and had been associated with the Madrassah Ahsan-ul-Uloom for the past more than five years. The attackers used a 9mm pistol, he added. “The investigations are at a very early stage, but the attack appeared to be linked with the recent wave of killings being carried out sectarian grounds,” said Inspector Rind.

Jameelabad: 13-year-old Christian girl kidnapped by Muslim man, raped, forced to marry her rapist & convert to Islam, 23 November, 2013

For more than 5 months there has been no news of Saba Waris, a 13-year-old Christian girl from Jameelabad. The young girl was abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and forced to marry Syed Munawar Hussain, a 32-year-old Muslim. Naseem Bibi, the child’s mother pleaded to AsiaNews for “any help possible. I want my daughter back and I want justice.” So far, the woman has gone to the police, but without success. Saba‘s family is poor and had to remove her from school because of economic difficulties. Usually she would accompany her mother to work, but on the day of the incident, 20 June 2013, Saba was not well and opted to stay at home. In the few hours in which she was alone, Hussain broke into the house and abducted her. Naseem Bibi returned home in the afternoon to find her teenage daughter missing. Later, the Muslim kidnapper’s mother, sister and a brother showed up and told her that Munawar Hussain had taken Saba. Naseem wanted to go to the police, but well wishers asked her to wait four days, during which they would try to find a way to bring back her daughter. A couple of days later, she received a phone call from Saba, who said: ” Munawar Hussain has kidnapped me and has tried to force me convert to Islam”. The call was quickly cut. After 4 days, the man’s mother and sister returned to Naseem Bibi and said that Saba was married to Munawar and she had converted to Islam. “Do not go to the police or court, or you will be responsible for serious consequences. She is a Muslim now: stop thinking about her, forget her,” they said . As proof, the Christian woman received a marriage certificate, also signed by her daughter. On June 28, 2013, Naseem went to the police to register an FIR against Syed Munawar Hussain , under Article 365B (kidnapping a woman for forced marriage ) of the Criminal Code. On October 17 , the court issued an arrest warrant for Syed Munawar Hussain Since then, officials have been unable to trace the man.

A 13-year-old Christian girl was kidnapped, raped, forced to marry her rapist and convert to Islam in Jameelabad, Pakistan

Chaman: Five people were injured in a bomb explosion near a Church in Chaman, 22 November, 2013

Five people were injured in a bomb explosion near a Church in Chaman, Pakistan's bordering town with Afghanistan. Chaman Assistant Commissioner Ismail Ibrahim said that unknown people had parked an explosive-laden motorbike close to the Christian Colony and had detonated it by remote control. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Chaman: Pakistani Christian girl moves court for medical college admission, 22 November, 2013

A Christian student aspiring to get admission to a government medical college on Friday moved the Peshawar High Court to seek orders for the enforcement of the provincial government’s policy of one per cent quota for religious minorities in admissions to educational institutions. Ansa filed the petition with the court through Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel saying currently, there was only one seat for minorities in all government medical colleges of the province. She said she had passed intermediate examination and applied for admission to the government medical colleges in the province for which the admission process was carried out by a joint admission committee under the aegis of Khyber Medical University. The petitioner said there were seven government medical colleges, including Khyber Medical College in Peshawar, Ayub Medical College in Abbottabad, Khyber College of Dentistry in Peshawar, Saidu Medical College in Swat, Gomal Medical College in DI Khan, Khyber Girls Medical College in Peshawar and Bannu Medical College. She said there were a total of 1,218 seats in all government medical colleges in the province and under the government policy, there should be 13 seats for non-Muslim students but ironically, there was only one seat there (in Khyber Medical College) in violation of the policy. The petitioner said the joint admission committee had called only one student on the said reserved seat for admission, whereas the rest of the candidates, including her, was ignored as there was only a single seat available. Lawyer Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel told Dawn that at the federal level, six per cent of the total seats in government medical colleges were reserved for minorities, whereas in Punjab, the number was five per cent. He said the Constitution guaranteed protection of the religious minorities’ rights and it was the responsibility of the government to look after their rights. The respondents in the petition are Khyber Medical University through its vice chancellor, the joint admission committee through its chairman and secretary of the provincial health department.

Balochistan: 3 Shia Muslims, father and 2 sons, shot dead in Punjab Province, 22 November, 2013

Insurgents in Baluchistan Province kidnapped 4 Shiite construction workers from Punjab and killed three of them, Dawn reported on November 19. Turbat Assistant Commissioner said that five labourers who were building the house of a local resident in Turbat were attacked by eight gunmen who kidnapped four of them on November 18, 2013. The savage militants abducted a Shia man, Mulazim Hussain and his three sons Abdullah, Mustafa and Hanif. “The bodies of the three labourers were found in the evening dumped with multiple bullet wounds, from Josak area of Turbat town,” said Abdullah Khoso, a senior official of the Kech district administration, adding that the fourth labourer, Mohammad Hanif son of Mulazim Hussain, was still missing.

Karachi: Twin blasts rock Shia neighborhood in Incholi in Karachi; 9 killed, 35 injured, 22 November, 2013

At least 5 Shia Muslims amd 2 Sunni Muslims were killed and as many as 30 were injured including a minor girl in two successive explosions that were set off late at night in Incholi, located in Federal ‘B’ Area of Karachi, by Takfiri Deobandi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhagvi. It was a targeted attack on Shia Muslims as a ‘Majlis-e-Aza’ had just ended when back to back blasts occurred in a Shia residential area. The explosions spread a wave of panic in the area. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the Incholi twin bomb attacks.

Twin bomb attacks by the Tehrik-e-Taliban in a Shia residential area in Incholi spread a wave of panic in the area

Rawalpindi: Three policemen among 16 held for Ashura violence, 21 November, 2013

Three policemen have been arrested along with 13 other people after video footages showed their involvement in the Ashura violence in the Raja Bazaar area in Rawalpindi. The policemen included a head constable and constable associated with the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) as a driver. The footages shown to the fact-finding committee headed by Najam Saeed also exposed the negligence of four superintendents and the chief security officer of the Rawalpindi police. They were seen standing by as the mob entered a seminary causing the riot and violence on 15 November, 2013.

Karachi: One Shai killed, two hurt in attack near Shia Imambargah; Deadly bomb planted there by attackers defused, 20 November, 2013

A Shia youth was shot dead and two others were injured near an Imambargah in a venemous sectarian attack. The assailants also planted a bomb there that was defused bythe police. The Peerabad police said that three youths, all of them members of the Shia community, were sitting outside a house near the Jafferia Imambargah in F-Area, Qasba Colony at night, when two men fired gunshots at them, killing one of the Shia youths and injuring the other two. The three Shia youngsters, Danish Rizvi, Asad Rizvi and Meesam Raza, suffered multiple bullet wounds and were taken to the Aga Khan Hospital. Danish expired at the hospital. SSP West Irfan Baloch told the media that the attackers had fled by the time the police had reached the crime scene. The attackers also planted an improvised explosive device (IED) there but it was later defused by the bomb disposal squad. Bomb disposal squad official Sabir Durrani told newsmen that the IED contained around thee and half kilograms of explosives, nails, ball bearings, and six nine-volt batteries in a metal container. “It was a remote-controlled IED and it could have been detonated from a distance of 50 or 60 meters, but we managed to defuse it,” he added.

Multan: Pakistan’s top female Shia scholar and head of Bokhari Relief Foundation narrowly escaped being target killed in Multan, 20 November, 2013

Pakistan’s top female Shia scholar and head of Bokhari Relief Foundation has narrowly escaped being a target of Shia Genocide in Multan. Khanum Syeda Tayyaba Bukhari is a world renowned Shia personality, a highly educated religious scholar, well versed in the Holy Qur’an, an eloquent and talented speaker fluent in six languages; Urdu, Arabic, Persian, English, Punjabi and Siraiki.

Pakistan’s top female Shia scholar Khanum Syeda Tayyaba Bukhari narrowly escaped being target killed in Multan

Peshawar: Another church under attack; Cop deployed at church shot dead, 19 November, 2013

Unidentified persons shot dead a police constable deployed at the Assemblies of God Church in Umeedabad locality in the Swati Gate area of Peshawar. A police official said that Constable Attaullah of Landi Arbab was deputed to guard the Christian church in Umeedabad when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him. The policeman was killed on the spot. Heavy contingents of police rushed to the spot but the attackers had already escaped. The Pishtakhara Police Station lodged the first information report in the case. A large number of Pakistani Christians live in Swati Gate, Umeedabad and nearby areas. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Operations, Najibur Rahman said, “One policeman was going to change his uniform before start of his shift at 12 noon when the armed motorcyclists shot dead the other constable deployed outside the church.”

Lahore: Deobandi terrorists set ablaze 3 Shia Imambargahs, Shia houses, 19 November, 2013

Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba set on fire three Imambargahs and several houses belonging to Shia Muslims in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab province. Yazidi terrorists reportedly stormed into Bheep Pura area in Lahore, attacked three Imambargahs and Shiites houses and set the buildings on fire. The blatant attack occurred under the nose of the Punjab government whose Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has struck a deal with notorious Yazidi terrorists Ahmed Ludhianvi and Malik Ishaq.

Gujrat: Pakistani terrorists kill Shia director, driver of Gujrat University, 19 November, 2013

A university professor and his driver were shot and killed in a drive-by terrorist attack in Punjab’s Gujrat town. Professor Syed Shabbir Shah, who was also Director Student Services in the University of Gujrat, and his driver Khadim Hussain were on their way to the university when Yazidi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba riding on two motorbikes intercepted their vehicle on Jalalpur Jattaan Road and opened fire on them. Syed Shabbir Shah and his driver Khadim Hussain died immediately due to bullet injuries before they could be taken to hospital.

Professor Syed Shabbir Shah of Gujrat University and his driver were shot and killed in a drive-by terrorist attack in Punjab’s Gujrat town

Karachi: One more Shia youth falls prey to sectarian killing, 19 November, 2013

Police said that 28-year-old Ahsan Raza Sheikh was murdered near Coast Guard Chowrangi in Korangi Industrial Area early in the morning. Raza, a member of the Shia community who lived in Korangi, was waiting for a bus to reach the private firm where he worked when two men riding a motorcycle fired gunshots at him. He was rushed to the Jinnah Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Police said that Sheikh had been shot twice in the head with a 9 mm pistol. Police believe the murder was sectarian in nature.

Quetta: Law abiding Shia Muslim killed in Quetta, 19 November, 2013

Mohammad Qasim was ambushed on Brewery Road Quetta near Hazara Town. He was killed in targeted firing by Pakistani militants. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted murder of a peaceful law-abiding Shiite in Quetta. They demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and due punishment be given to them.

Peshawar: Three killed in Kohat violence; Curfew in place, 18 November, 2013

Army took control of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kohat and Hangu cities and a curfew was imposed following a clash near Shia Imambargah Said Habib in the Zargaran bazaar area of Kohat district. The curfew in Hangu was however lifted after two hours. Station House Officer Cantonment police station Mazhar Jaan told media persons that three people had been killed in the clash near the imambargah. The dead include two policemen and a civilian.

Curfew was imposed following a clash near the Shia Imambargah Said Habib in the Zargaran bazaar area of Kohat district

Chishtian: Tension in Chishtian after burning of Shia worship place, 16 November, 2013

The Pakistan Army was called out by the Bahawalnagar district administration for tehsil Chishtian and Haroonabad on 16 November morning to control clashes in Chishtian, started by a group that burnt a Shia worship place and several properties of Shias. Thousands of people attacked properties belonging to Shias situated on different roads of Chishtian city, forcing the district police to lob teargas shells and resort to lathi-charge on rioters and the violent mob. He said hundreds of miscreants besieged a Shia worship place in Chishtian and set it on fire. The situation took a turn for the worse in Haroonabad as a group of people besieged another Shia worship place near Chowk Fawara and attempted to set it on fire amid firing. As a result, one policeman was critically injured. Scores of private properties worth millions of rupees belonging to Shias were ransacked, looted, damaged and burnt to ashes in Chishtian. A violent mob looted an optical shop, dental clinic and medical agency belonging to Shias. No one was arrested.

Thousands of people attacked properties belonging to Shias located on different roads of Chishtian city on 16 November, 2013, forcing the district police to lob teargas shells and resort to lathi-charge on the rioters.

Rawalpindi: Violence errupts in Rawalpindi, Multan; 8 people killed and over 40 injured during ‘Zuljinnah’ procession, 15 November, 2013

Curfew was imposed after violent clashes occurred between Shia and Sunni groups at Raja Bazaar that resulted in the killing of at least eight people and injured over 40 during a central ‘Zuljinnah’ procession. The incident took place when a group of miscreants snatched guns from some police personnel and opened fire. As panic spread, unidentified people set a portion of the cloth market in Raja Bazaar on fire. Police and media persons were assaulted by unidentified people. A large contingent of the fire-brigade, rescue teams and six army companies were summoned to control the situation. Rescue 1122 said that the injured were admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital. Reports said that a place of worship and a school were burned down. Ten buildings are known to have been destroyed. Meanwhile, the Multan administration summoned the army in the wake of a clash between the two groups in the city, according to a private TV channel. One person was killed and two others were severely injured in the clash that took place in Multan’s Nala Wali Muhammad area, following which the situation in the city became tense. Following the clash, miscreants blocked roads in the city by setting fire to tyres and other objects. According to District Coordination Officer (DCO), Rawalpindi, Sajid Zafar, curfew was not only imposed in Rawal Town and Potohar Town but also in cantonment areas.

Sindh, Jhang: Ashura procession under attack by Yazidi terrorists, 15 November, 2013

Terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked an Ashura procession in a village of Ghotki district of Sindh province. Azadars of Imam Hussain (AS) brought out an Ashura procession in Moloodi village in Ghotki where Yazidi terrorists sabotaged the procession. Two Shiites were injured in their attack and the Yazidi terrorists fled without any action from the police.

Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorists attacked a ta’azia procession that was being brought out in Jhang on Ashura. Yazidi terrorists began chanting provocative anti-Shia slogans and started pelting the procession with stones. It seemed that the terrorists were emboldened due to undeclared support of the PMLN support to Malik Ishaq and Ahmed Ludhianvi of outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba. The Shias who were attacked retaliated in kind.

Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists led a mob of some 2000 terrorists and fanatics who attacked and burnt a Shia mosque in Chishtian, a city of Bahawalnagar district of Punjab province. They also attacked a Shia Imambargah in which several Shiites were hurt. They staged a rally in which they raised slogans to kill Shiites on sight. Notorious terrorist Ghulam Rasool Shah was leading the rally.

Ashura processions came under attack in several parts of Pakistan resulting in loss of life and property

Karachi: Deobandi terrorists attack on Imambargah in Karachi injures 3 Shias, 3 cops, 14 November, 2013

At least 3 Shias and 3 policeman were injured after Deobandi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat & the followers of Yazid ibn Moavia attacked Imambargah Zaina ul Abdin near Nagan Chowarngi area of Karachi on the night of Ashura in Pakistan. Four terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba on two bikes come from SSP Centre near Nagan Chowrangi Karachi and attacked the Imambargah Zain ul Abidin with 2 hand grenades. Three Shiites were reported injured, including two women, Mahak and Nazia, and a man Farhat. According to the police, the hand grenades were thrown from Nagan Chowrangi bridge. Terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba wounded at least three policemen and a scout member at Nagan. By this terrorist act, they have challenged DIG Police Shahid Hayat. Some days before the incident, handbills were distributed which was full of threats against Shiite Muslims.

Islamabad: Security forces foil suicide attack on Shia Islamabad Imambargah, 14 November, 2013

A suicide bombing attempt was foiled in Islamabad and the alleged suicide bomber and mastermind were arrested. According to initial reports, they were planning to attack the Imambargah in Sector G-6, Islamabad on Muharram 9, but security forces foiled the attack by arresting them the night before. Police also seized suicide jackets and other equipment from them. The alleged suicide bomber and the mastermind behind the attack were identified as Muhammad Saeed Abdullah and Matiullah.

Karachi: 20 people including 3 Shias injured in 3 blasts near Shia Imambargahs in Karachi, 13 November, 2013

Three bomb and grenade attacks near Imambargahs in North Nazimabad and North Karachi left about 20 people injured. The injured included policemen, Rangers personnel and media persons. “The first explosion occurred at the shrine of Abul Fazal,” said DIG West Javed Alam Odho. The shrine was closed at the time of the attack. An Imambargah is located in the area. The injured were identified as Aftab Hussain, 20, son of the shrine’s caretaker Khalid Hussain, and Naveed Mohammed, 22. Bomb disposal expert Abid Farrukh said an IED weighing 500 grams, containing ball bearings and wrapped in a shopping bag had been attached to the wall of the shrine and detonated through remote control. After an hour, another blast occurred in a heap of garbage at a distance of about 50 yards from the shrine, leaving a policeman with critical head injuries. In the third incident, a grenade was hurled at a police check-post near an Imambargah in North Karachi after a Majils had ended.

Alam (war flag) can be seen through a broken wall of an Imambargah after twin bomb blasts near Pahar in Karachi

Islamabad: Moharram processions attacked in parts of Pakistan; several injured, 11 November, 2013

Moharram processions have been attacked by Takfiri militants of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat and Lashkar-e-Jhagvi in several parts of the country. Takfiri terrorists attacked Shia mourners in Muzaffargarh, Gambat, Khairpur, Larkana, Karachi, Shahdadkot, Shahdadpur, Kotri, Jhang and other parts of the country. Several Shias have been injured in the attacks. A report states that Takfiries set on fire the route of the procession to prevent Shiites from mourning in AliPur area of Muzaffargarh. In Gambat, Ali Gohar was critically injured and has been shifted to Chanka Hospital, Larkana. In Kotri, Mehboob Shah, the head of the Azadari procession was booked in a false case and arrested on dubious charges.

Karachi: Moharram mourning procession fired upon, pelted with stones in Karachi, 11 November, 2013

At least two persons were injured in an attack on Muharram procession in Surjani area. Some unknown people, reportedly Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba, attacked the Moharram procession in Karachi, opened fire on mourners and pelted procession participants with stones as the procession was passing through Khuda Ki Basti area of Surjani Town. The incident caused panic among the participants.They staged a protest later.

2 Shias injured in attack on Moharram procession in Karachi

Balochistan: Balochistan ex-governor’s brother attacks Imambargah in Jhal Magsi, 11 November, 2013

Balochistan’s ex-governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi’s brother Khalid Magsi accompanied by armed Takfiri terrorists attacked a Shia Imambargah in Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan. Khalid Magsi tortured several Shiites and threatened to put them to death. Magsi also prevented Shiites from mourning inside the Imambargah. Magsi reportedly sealed the Imambargah and banned Shiites from entering the Imambargah.

Karachi: Christians escape 'Slaughter House' of Islamic torture, murder and rape in Lyari, 10 November, 2013

The 'Slaughter House' was primarily a residential area for minorities, which included 90% Christians and 10% Hindus. They call this region the 'Slaughter House' because of the horrific persecution suffered by the Christian minority at the hands of the Pakistani Muslims here. Unabated violence in the city’s volatile Lyari neighbourhood has forced its entire Christian community to move to safer areas. Threats, murders, interferences in personal matters, drugs, extortion and rape of young girls were some of the reasons that compelled the out-migration of Christians from one of the oldest parts of Lyari-'The Slaughter House'. Around 600 houses in 22 buildings was established in 1916 in the 'Slaughter House' area for sanitary workers of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. There are seven sacred worship places, four churches and three temples. “It is almost empty now,” disclosed an affected elder of the Christian family. What led to such a massive migration out of Slaughter House? The old man said, “Our daughters were not safe. Our life and property were at stake. Scores of families left their homes without even taking their valuables.”

Unabated violence in Karachi’s volatile Lyari neighbourhood has forced its entire Christian community to move to safer areas.

Khairpur: 2 Shiites injured in terrorists attack on Moharram Majlis in Khairpur, 10 November, 2013

Two Shia Muslims were shot and injured when armed takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked them in an Imambargah in Khairpur district of Sindh province. The violent incident occurred in Mir Mohammad Talpur Village when notorious terrorists stormed into Imambargah Hussainiah where local Shiites were mourning and opened fire on the gathering. Imtiaz Ali and Iqbal Hussain were injured in the firing. They were rushed to hospital where their condition is said to be critical.

Gujranwala: Attacks on imambargahs kill three Shias, sparking protests in Gujranwala, 9 November, 2013

At least three Shia worshipers were killed when gunmen opened fire in two different Imambargahs in Gujranwala, sparking protests from mourners and enraged members of the Shia community. According to police reports, the first incident took place close to dawn when unknown gunmen opened fire inside Qasr-i-Abu Talib Imambargah in Mominpura area just as Mohammad Yousuf, the prayer leader of the Imambargah, had finished leading Fajr prayers. Yousuf and another person present at the mosque died on the spot.
A short while later, gunmen entered the Qasr-i-Zainabiya Imambargah in Shahrukh Colony located a short distance from the first mosque and opened indiscriminate firing, killing a worshiper, Syed Jawed, on the spot. The attackers who had come on motorcycles managed to escape after the killing. One eyewitness told a local TV channel that the gunmen had used a silencer-fitted pistol in the unprovoked attack on the Shias. RPO Syed Akhtar Bharwana said that they could not rule out the involvement of the same group in both incidents.

Protests break out after Deobandi terrorists kill three Shia worshipers during Fajir prayer in Gujranwala

Thatta: Takfiri terrorists attack on Majlis near Thatta; Seven Shiites injured, 8 November, 2013

At least seven Shia Muslims were injured, including MWM District General Secretary Muntazir Mehdi, after Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked a Moharram Majlis-e-Aza in Gharo city of Thatta District in Sindh province. The terrorists managed to escape after the attack.

Islamabad: Cable operators shutdown Shia Islamic transmission in several areas, 8 November, 2013

Pakistani cable operators have shutdown several PEMRA’s (Pakistan Media Regular Authority) authorized on-air Satellite TV Channels in several cities across the country. According to details, Such TV, Hadi TV, Rohi TV, Metro TV and Indus TV have been shutdown due to Moharram transmission. Pakistani Shiites have protested the shutdown in their cities but no one has taken steps to restore the transmission.

Gujranwala: Imambargahs’ security intensified after TTP’s threats, 8 November, 2013

Following threats from the TTP and other militant groups, the district administration has further intensified security around Imambargahs in the district. The district administration has enhanced the number of policemen in and outside Imambargahs to avoid any untoward incident, besides installing walkthrough gates. It is also considering installing close circuit TV cameras. Police have been put on high alert and procession routes are being cleared for security purposes while people residing along procession routes have been directed to remain alert. None of the efforts however seem to have had any effect on the attacks on Shia places of worship in Pakistan.

Larkana: FIR imposed on Shiites; PPP supports Takfiris in Shahdadkot, 8 November, 2013

After clashes between Shiites and Wahabi terrorists in Shahdadkot, Azadari-e-Imam Hussain AS was banned and an FIR was registered against eight Shia Muslims under the directions of the Pakistan Peoples Party’s regional leader, Nadir Magsi. An FIR 123/2013 Sec 302,324,147,148 was registered against Shiite Muslims Sardar Magsi, Syed Akber Shah, Syed Zamir Shah, Mukhtar Somro, Syed Jafar Shah, Niaz Bhatti and Muhammad Bakshal. During a rally organized by the terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba, an Imambargah was attacked and about 12 Shia Muslims were injured. A day later, terrorists attacked Shia properties, setting on fire several shops belonging to Shias in the presance of police officials. After a huge protest by Shiite Muslims, the Majlis-e-Imam Hussain and Moharram processions was allowed. Azadari-e-Imam Hussain including Moharram processions and Majalis have been banned in Shahdadkot.

Karachi: Deobandi terrorists’ rallies attack Imambargahs; several injured, 6 November, 2013

Pro-Taliban Deobandi/Wahabi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba have attacked Imambargahs (Hussainias) in Karachi and Qambar-Shahdadkot. At least 10 Shia Muslims have been injured in Qambar-Shahdadkot after terrorists attacked an Imambargah near Civil Hospital Chowk area. In Karachi, terrorists of SSP opened fire near Imama Mosque in Lines area. They staged a rally in which they continued raising provocative slogans against Shiites. When they arrived near the Imambargah, they opened fire upon the Shiites and many Shiites were injured in the Yazidi terrorists’ attack. Reports had it that four terrorists also lost lives but it was not confirmed who killed them. However, the outlawed outfit blamed Shiites for that.

Deobandi/Wahabi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba have attacked Imambargahs (Hussainias) in Karachi and Qambar-Shahdadkot.

Karachi: Shia man killed by terrorists, 6 November, 2013

Wahabi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba have killed Syed Ansar Hussian Zaidi near Imambargha Hydri Mission, Khokrapar-Malir, Karachi,

Karachi: Muharram security falls apart as Shia killings rise, 4 November, 2013

Just two days before the start of Muharram, sectarian violence surged in Karachi as at least four Shia community members were gunned down among nine others. A doctor, a tailor and a hospital technician were among the four killed in sectarian attacks, police said.
A Shia pulmonologist was gunned down inside his car near a dry cleaning shop in Block 2. Dr Naseem Abbas Shah, a Shia from Multan, who was a specialist working in Hill Park General Hospital as well as his own private clinic, was sitting in his car (AJB-154) when unidentified assailants riding two motorcycles opened fire on him at point-blank range. The victim who was shot twice in the head, died on the spot.
Nadeem Raza, belonging to the Shia community, and four others were sitting in a shop named Fancy Tailors near Zeenat Square when three attackers on a motorcycle came to the shop and opened fire on them, said SDPO Liaquatabad Wajahat Hussain. Raza, 35, was killed on the spot while the other injured victims were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where Shoaib Yasin, 40, and Mohsin Saleem, 38, succumbed to their injuries.
In Manghopir, a medical technician at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation-run Manghopir Leprosy Center was shot dead near Garam Chashma. 55-year-old Sher Ali was returning home after leaving his children at school when he was killed, said Manghopir SHO. The police claimed that the killing could be a sectarian attack as the victim was from the Shia community.
In another sectarian attack, a young man was shot dead near Azam Khan graveyard in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Subhan Pervez was walking along with his Zuljinnah ( horse revered by Shias) when two men wearing helmets came on a motorcycle and shot him and the horse dead, said SP Gulshan-e-Iqbal Muqadas Haider.

Lahore: Muslim man attempts to rape three-year-old Christian girl, 4 November, 2013

After the mother of two Christian toddlers, aged 3 years and 18 months respectively, turned down the amorous advances of her Muslim colleague, he attacked her minor daughters instead. Sumbal Bibi, wife of Azam Masih (22) son of Pervaiz Bhatt, resident of 9-C, Railway servant quarters Mayo Garden, Lahore, worked as a maid at the house of Deputy Chief Engineer in Pakistan Railways where Allah Baksh is a gatekeeper. Baksh approached Sumbal Bibi and tried to force himself on her but when she refused he kept pursuing her. She complained to their boss, Rizwan-Ul-Haq, who paid no attention to the matter. WhenSumbal Bibi had been alone with the children in late October, 2013, Baksh had asked her to wash the courtyard even though she did not want to leave her little daughters alone. When she returned to her room after completing her work, she found Baksh trying to rape three-year-old Zani. When she started shouting and tried to snatch her children to safety, Baksh slapped Sumbal Bibi and threatened to kill her and her daughters if she told anyone what had happened. Baksh then ran away from the scene. Sumbal Bibi ran to her parents’ house and informed her husband about the incident. A police report was filed.

Gujranwala: Christian firework maker accused of blasphemy after Arabic writing was found on product's paper, 4 November, 2013

A well-reputed firework maker, Tariq Yousaf 25, has been accused of blasphemy after some of the products he made were found to use paper containing Arabic writing. CLAAS (Centre for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement) was approached and asked for help following the incident in Thatha Faqeer Ullah, a Christian Colony, in Wazirabad, Gujranwala, about 112 km from Lahore. The team was informed that an unknown Muslim had applied for a blasphemy case to be registered against Tariq and that it had been broadcast on the loudspeakers of local mosques. Students of local colleges were encouraged to come out on the roads in protest, asking for a case to be registered and for Tariq to be arrested. Tariq escaped from the scene but his two brothers, Arif Yousaf (27) and Waris Yousaf (22) have been taken into custody. Tariq has his own private firework making business which supplies fireworks for weddings. He has become famous in this art and earns a handsome income. Tariq had provided fireworks for a marriage ceremony held the previous week, and local Muslims alleged that they had found paper from an Arabic book in the products. Therefore they accused him of blasphemy, alleging that he had used pages from the Quran.

Karachi: Toll of murdered Shia Muslims rises to 6 in Karachi, 4 November, 2013

A few days ahead of Muharram, a new wave of Shia Genocide in Pakistan has taken place that has killed at least 6 Shia Muslims in Azeem Goth/ Dhora Jee area of Gulshan e Iqbal, Karachi. Two Shia victims were killed in Central district, Karachi, when unknown attackers burst into a tailor’s shop and opened fire on and killed Nadeem Abbas inside his shop along with another Shiite worker, Shahbaz Ali, who was with him. 3 others were also injured in the attack.
Earlier, two Shia doctors, Dr Naseem Abbas and Dr Shair Ali, were also killed by Wahabi terrorists in Karachi. According to reports, the terrorists attacked a car (No. AJB-154) and killed Dr Naseem Abbas in the Tariq Road Area of Karachi.
50-year-old Dr Shair Ali was killed in Manghopir area of Karachi.

Shia Genocide in Karachi a few days ahead of Muharram leaves 6 Shiites killed

Hangu: Four Shias killed in grenade attack on jirga in Lower Orakzai, 3 November, 2013

Suspected militants hurled grenades at a tribal meeting in northwest Pakistan, killing at least four Shia Muslims and wounding two others in an apparent sectarian attack, officials said. The attack came as a group of Shias were holding a meeting to settle a land ownership dispute in a village in Orakzai tribal district. Orakzai is one of Pakistan’s seven lawless tribal districts on the Afghan border considered to be the hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants. “Three attackers came in a jeep and hurled four grenades on the participants of the meeting,” said senior administration official Mehmood Aslam.

Karachi: Ahmadi man shot dead & 3 Ahmadi teenagers wounded in Orangi, Karachi, 1 November, 2013

Bashir Ahmad Kiyani (70), who was also a retired Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of Pakistan Army, was murdered as a result of religious hatred in Karachi. He was shot dead while on his way to Friday Prayer Services at the nearby Mosque in Korangi, Karachi. Saleemud Din, national spokesperson of Jama'at Ahmadiyya in Pakistan said that in the last three months, Kiyani's son and son-in-law had also been killed by Muslim fundamentalists in the same location. According to details, Bashir Ahmad Kiyani and an Ahmadi child was going to the Ahmadiyya worship place 'Baitul Hamd' when unknown assailants opened fire at both of them. Bashir Ahmad Kiyani received one bullet in the temple and two in the chest while the child was struck in the leg. They were immediately shifted to the nearest hospital where Bashir Ahmad Kiyani succumbed to his injuries; the child's condition is stable. When some people came to the wounded man's rescue, the fleeing assailants opened indiscriminate fire on the rescuers wounding three teenage Ahmadi boys. Mominabad SHO Ahmed Butt said that besides Kiani, the three teenagers, Awais Ahmed, 18, Asad Khan, 18, and Mohammed Amin, 14, sustained bullet wounds and were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. A spokesperson for the Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya said that the victim was targeted on account of his faith. Bashir Ahmad Kiyani is survived by his widow and five children.

The killing in Karachi of 70-year-old Ahmadi man, Bashir Ahmad Kiyani, was due to religious hatred

Bolan District: Gunmen kill six Shia Hazaras in Mach, 1 November, 2013

Six people of the Shia Hazara community were killed and one was injured when gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on their vehicle in the Mach area of Bolan district, Baluchistan. Mama Ghullam Hussain, a levies officer said that four gunmen on two motorcycles had opened indiscriminate fire on a vehicle carrying seven coal miners in Mach. Subsequently, six coal miners were killed and one sustained injuries. "They belonged to the Shia Hazara community," he informed. Hussain said that the victims were travelling from Mach to their coal company when their vehicle was targeted by militants. He said that the incident seemed to be sectarian in nature since all the victims were from the Hazara community and were Shias. The attackers drove away from the scene after the attack.

Armed gunmen kill six Shia Hazara coal miners in a cruel sectarian attack in Baluchistan

Karachi: Deobandi militants ambush former Shia Rangers officer, 1 November, 2013

Zafar Jafari, former DS Rangers was travelling someplace with his Shia friend Nazim Hussain when Yazidi terrorists ambushed them. Zafar Jafari was seriously injured in the shooting while his friend Nazim Hussain was killed. The dead and injured Shiites were taken to hospital for autopsy and treatment respectively.

Relatives of target killed Shia Muslims mourn the loss of their loved ones in Pakistan

October 2013

Sindh: Pre-Moharram biased action against Shiites in Punjab, 31 October, 2013

In Bhakkar district of Punjab, Deputy Superintendent of Police Saddar area invited Safeer Shahani, a prominant Shia and secretary general of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Bhakkar chapter, for a meeting to discuss Moharram arrangements. But, he was detained when he reached the DSP office.

Quetta: Yazidi terrorists shot dead a Shia mechanic and his Sunni comrade, 29 October, 2013

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia mechanic and his Sunni comrade in Quetta, provincial capital of Baluchistan province. Ghulam Nabi son of Mohammad Kareem, 55, and his comrade a Sunni Baloch Muslim, were ambushed on Double Road area of Quetta.

Hangu district: Two Shia brothers kidnapped and killed by Taliban’s terrorists, 29 October, 2013

Notorious takfiri terrorists of Taliban kidnapped two brothers, both Shiites, in Hangu district and threw their bullets-riddled bodies in a rivulet. Tahir Hussain and Aleem Hussain were abducted at gunpoint by the terrorists of Taliban and their offshoots, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Both Shia youths were severely tortured because of the intolerant, violent and inhuman ideology of their kidnappers, who finally shot them dead.

Karachi: Pakistani Christian photo journalist/activist, Sunny Gill forced into hiding by radical Islamists, 27 October, 2013

Sunny Gill, a talented Pakistani Photo Journalist who has worked with international and national press agencies since 2009, has been forced into hiding by radical Islamists. Gill has filmed documentaries covering the horrific attack on the Christian town of Gojra in Pakistan, the 2010 and 2011 floods in Pakistan, a documentary on the necessity of education for Christians in Pakistan and helped an Italian journalist in making a documentary about persecuted Christians of Pakistan. He is also a correspondent for UCA NEWS and serves as a volunteer with weekly Christian Voice Newspaper which is published from Karachi Diocese Pakistan. Gill worked for Gawahi television, a Christian television channel from 2010 until 2012 as a Host/Photographer. This gifted young, photo journalist has been a powerful activist for Pakistani Christians, standing up for those who have been taken advantage of, assaulted and oppressed in the Christian faith. Sunny Gill has been asked to stop his protests for Pakistani Christians and go into hiding or he may lose his life. For now he is in a safe place, but has nowhere to turn to as although he is an accomplished photographer and cameraman, he is now unable to go out and look for work and is therefore worried as to how he will be able to support his wife and himself. He also fears for his family and the consequences they may have to face.

Sunny Gill, a reputed Christian photo-journalist has been forced to go into hiding by Muslim extremists in Pakistan

Mastung: Bomb targeting Shia pilgrims kills two FC personnel in Mastung, 26 October, 2013

At least two soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb hit a paramilitary van escorting a bus of Shia Muslim pilgrims in Mastung district of Balochistan. The incident took place in Dringhar area, on the main Quetta-Taftan Highway in Mastung district, some 50 kilometres southwest of Quetta. “The bomb exploded after a Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle stopped to check a parked car,” Sayed Mehrab Shah, a senior government official in Mastung said. All the pilgrims on the bus, who were on their way to Iran, were safe although several security personnel were wounded by the remotely triggered bomb, Shah said.

Roadside bomb hits a paramilitary van escorting a bus of Shia Muslim pilgrims and kills 2 FC personnel in Mastung district

Islamabad: Three Muslims arrested for forcing Christian man and his nephews to convert to Islam, 25 October, 2013

Boota Masih, a 43-year-old Pakistani Christian complained that he was beaten, harassed and forced into conversion to Islam by suspected members of a banned extremist group. Muhammad Nadeem and several other Muslim men approached a Christian man, Boota Masih, a low-level government worker, on the night of October 4, 2013, in Khokhar Town area of suburban Islamabad. "At around 9PM. my teenage nephews and I were standing in the street along with some Muslim neighbours when Nadeem and three of his accomplices approached us on two motorcycles. The visitors joined the conversation regarding the bombing of the church in Peshawar. The atmosphere turned tense when Nadeem said that Christians had altered the Bible over the years and that Christianity was 'a distortion of facts'. Nadeem then bluntly asked me to convert to Islam, threatening that they would make sure that all Christians ‘seek forgiveness’ and ‘embrace Islam,’ or else they would have to face the consequences.” said Boota Masih. When Nadeem refused to back down in spite of several warnings, a scuffle broke out. Nadeem and two of his accomplices hit the 3 Christians with the butts of their handguns and punched and kicked them waving their weapons in the air to prevent others from intervening. The attackers then left the place leaving him and his two young nephews lying on the road, severely injured and bleeding. The police investigated and registered a case against the assailants for forcible conversion under penal code sections 506, pertaining to criminal intimidation, and 298, (deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person). The accused admitted that they had forced Masih and his nephews to change their faith and also confessed to having attacked Boota Masih's house when the Christians had refused to convert to Islam.

Karachi: Another Shia killing raises the death toll to 21 in 45 days in Pakistan, 25 October, 2013

Notorious Salafi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed another Shiite in Karachi raising the death toll to 21 in 45 days. A Shiite man, Syed Tahir Zaidi, was ambushed near Abdullah College in North Nazimabad’s Block A. Abdullah College is situated near Banaras area where outlawed Taliban terrorists have been active for quite sometime. Tahir Zaidi breathed his last on the way to hospital.

Karachi: Another Shia dies in sectarian targeted attack, 22 October, 2013

Ali Raza son of Yousuf Ali was critically injured in Toori Bangash Colony Ittehad Town in unprovoked firing by terrorists. He was rushed to Aga Khan Medical University’s Hospital for treatment. Ali Raza succumbed to fatal wounds received in the attack.

Lahore: Salafi terrorists Killed Shiite Legal Advisor, 22 October, 2013

Terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba shot to death, Dr Raza Jafari, legal advisor to Allama Ghulam Raza Naqvi, a Shia leader who has been behind the bars for over 16 years in false cases. Dr Raza Jafari who had been waging a prolonged legal battle to get Allama Ghulam Raza Naqvi out of jail, was made a target by Salafi terrorists who ambushed him in Shalimar area in Lahore. The Shia leader Allama Ghulam Raza Naqvi, had formed Sipah-e-Mohammad to counter the notorious terrorist Sipah-e-Sahaba that has been perpetrating the genocide of Shia Muslims across Pakistan.

Umerkot: Man assaults and strips a married Hindu woman in the bazaar, 22 October, 2013

A man was involved in assaulting and stripping a Hindu woman in the bazaar of New Chhor town of Umerkot district. He was arrested after a case was registered against him under Sections 354-A (assault or use of criminal force on woman and stripping her of her clothes) and 337-A (punishment of shajjah) of the Pakistan Penal Code. The New Chhor police produced the suspect in the court of the 2nd judicial magistrate, who handed over the suspect into police custody on a three-day remand. According to the mother of the victim, her 30-year-old married daughter, resident of Senhoi village near Chhor, had come to visit her some days back for Diwali. In the evening she and her daughter had gone to Goldsmith Bazaar to buy some ornaments, where the suspect followed them, grabbed the young woman by her hair and dragged her away while tearing her shirt. Some citizens intervened and saved her daughter and covered her with a cloth. The suspect then escaped, abusing and threatening them.

Sobho Dero: Child marriage: Minor girl ‘sold’ to Muslim suitor, 21 October, 2013

A nine-year-old girl, W*, was married to 35-year old Zahid Zardari on 17 October, 2013, after the groom reportedly paid Rs 1.5 million to her family. The minor bride is a resident of the Kamal Lashari village. Her uncles reportedly requested Zardari to delay the Rukhsati due to Wadhai’s age but were ignored. The police was informed about the issue but no action was taken due to the groom’s influential status. When ASI Ghulam Akbar Khaskheli and SHO Fateh Muhammad Awan reached the wedding, they were confronted by Zardari’s men, who forced them to turn back. Zardari, who lives in district Benazirabad, was accompanied by armed men and a Nikahkhwan (vows solemniser) for the ceremony.

A nine-year-old girl was married to 35-year old Zahid Zardari on 17 October, 2013, in Pakistan

Lahore: Christians fearful of possible attack after another Blasphemy Case, 19 October, 2013

Tensions between Christians and Muslims are on the rise after another Christian man, Mushtaq Rehmat, was arrested and detained in another fake blasphemy case in Pakistan. Muhammad Abid had accused Adnan brother of Irfan, a worker in Mushtaq Rehmat's shop, of having written derogatory comments about Prophet Mohammad in a book, therefore demanding that he be punished. Since the 8 October, 2013, Mushtaq has been in police custody at Township Police Station. Mr Abid Gill from National Commission for Justice and Peace approached a local NGO on 9 October, 2013, informing them about the worsening situation of Christians in Beher Pind Johar Town, Lahore, after the arrest of the Christian man. More than 50 Christian families are living among Muslim masses in the said area. A team headed by field officer Asher Sarfraz was dispatched to the tense area to asses the situation. The team met with neighbouring Christians and Mushtaq Rehmat's family who said,” We were very frightened and worried about our houses and belongings which the Muslims want to set on fire and destroy in order to punish Christians in the area.” The squad subsequently, reported the crisis to police authorities and asked for police protection for Christians living in the area, in order to avert any communal clashes.

Peshawar: Aftermath of the Peshawar Church blasts, 17 October, 2013

On 22 September, 2013, Kashmala Munawar, a teenage girl and student in her first year of High School went to church with her family where she was seriously injured in the blast of a terrorist attack targeting Christians. She was taken to the Lady Reading Hospital for treatment and the doctors said that there are multiple pellets in her legs. They operated on her and rods were fixed in her legs. One became infected and doctors had to amputate her leg. Kashmala was moved to RMI hospital, considered the best Hospital in Peshawar, where Orthopedic specialists are treating her. At first the doctors suggested removing her second leg as well. By the grace of God and the endless efforts of doctors, her leg was saved. The leg which had already been amputated will again be operated to remove 9 more inches.

Kashmala Munavar, a young Christian girl in Peshawar, was targeted by the same Taliban who targeted Malala Yousaf Zai.

Pakistan: Ahmadis prevented from sacrificing animals on Eid, 17 October, 2013

Police stopped members of Pakistan's minority Ahmadi community from slaughtering animals on Eid-u-Azha after Muslim clerics complained that the ritual of animal sacrifice "is an Islamic injunction whereas Ahmadis are non-Muslims". Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan Punjab spokesman Amer Mahmood said that the Ahmadi community could not "sacrifice the animals" on Eid days in Krishan Nagar (old Lahore) and Sabzazar areas after local Muslim clerics made an announcement in mosques that the Ahmadis were following Muslim rituals. As tension between Muslims and Ahmadis mounted in the areas, the police were also called in. Police from the Islampura Police Station had reportedly directed Tahir* in Sanat Nagar not to sacrifice his bull, which he had bought and tied in front of his house a day before Eid. At the direction of the police, Tahir had to remove the animal from his house. On the same night, Hanjarwal police had raided the house of Ahmad* at Sabzazar and had taken him to the police station, where he was detained for two hours.

Islamabad: Murdered Christian man's family forced to convert to Islam, 16 October, 2013

Local police official Abdul Ghafoor reported that 3 Muslim men, all in their 30's, had broken into the home of a Christian family and had tortured them, and had forced them to convert to Islam at gunpoint. The family members tortured by the 3 Muslim men were related to the recently deceased Boota Masih, a 58-year-old gold scavenger who was attacked and stabbed in the Karachi’s Liaquatabad Gold Market earlier this September. Boota Masih had been accused of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed, and his throat was slit by a Muslim extremist as policemen and security guards looked on. Police official Ghafoor said that the 3 men, one of whom has been described in reports as an Islamic extremist, were arrested in the suburbs of Islamabad, the country’s capital, earlier this week after attacking Boota Masih’s family members. Boota Masih is survived by five daughters and two sons.

Lahore: Ahmadis stopped from offering Qurbani, 15 October, 2013

Members of the Ahmedi community were stopped by police in different areas of the city from offering qurbani (sacrifice). In some areas the police asked them to offer qurbani indoors and not publicly due to “threats from madressas”. According to details, two Ahmedis, one in Awan Town and the other in Islampura, were stopped from offering qurbani. On the complaint of a person named Hassan Muawiya*, Hanjarwal Police Station SHO raided the house of the Ahmedi man, arrested him and brought him to the police station where, after several hours, the police took a written agreement from him not to perform qurbani. He was released only after signing the agreement.

Karachi: Bohra trader gunned down in ‘sectarian’ attack, 13 October, 2013

A trader belonging to the Bohra community was gunned down and his minor nephew were injured in a sectarian attack in Jodia Bazaar. Kharadar Station House Officer Azam Khan said that Uzeefa, 30, was purchasing paan (betel leaves) from a shop in Chaba Gali when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, injuring him and his elder brother’s 12-year-old son, Muhammad Dani. The injured were taken to Civil Hospital Karachi, where Uzeefa breathed his last. Uzeefa and Dani were in Jodia Bazaar to buy feed for sacrificial animals. They were accompanied by Uzeefa’s daughter and two daughters of a neighbour. After buying the cattle feed, they were heading towards their home when Uzeefa parked his car to get some paan. It was then that the assailants attacked him without giving any thought to the four children with him. The victim suffered two bullets to the upper torso, including one to the chest. The assailants had used 9 mm pistols in the attack. Investigators termed Uzeefa’s murder a part of the ongoing sectarian killings.

Peshawar: Christian family forced to flee from Peshawar, lives in hiding, 13 October, 2013

A Pakistani Christian family went into hiding on October 13, 2013, after receiving death threats for protesting against the twin suicide attacks at the church in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, in which several of their friends were killed. Local resident Waqas Pervez, 26, told the media that he and his family had been "forced to flee" Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, leaving all their belongings behind, and hide in another city after suspected Muslim militants threatened to kill him, his mother and other relatives. A priest, who was not identified for security reasons, helped them escape. "The problems began on Monday, September 23, 2013, when I and other Christians were protesting in Peshawar's University Road near a Christian cemetery to mourn our loved ones and to express our concern over the suicide attacks. As we walked towards the Jamia Mosque, some Muslim clerics and others came out and tried to stop the protesters," said Waqas Pervez. Both the demonstrators as well as the attackers were injured, according to witnesses. "Clerics from the locality vowed to avenge the injuries and they started looking for the people who were leading the protest," Pervez said. "A day after the protest, several men came to my house where they threatened me and my mother, who was also injured in the attack," he said. "My brother Fahad Pervez and maternal uncle Johnson Yousaf tried to stop them, but they assaulted them also. My uncle was injured and they threatened to kill the whole family," Pervez recalled. Several families fled from their homes soon after, fearing for their lives.

Pakistani Christians face mounting threats from local Muslims after the Peshawar massacre and have been forced to flee Peshawar to live in hiding

Karachi: Shia genocide continues; one killed, 1 injured in Karachi, 13 October, 2013

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi shot and killed a Shia motor mechanic in Qasba Colony and left another Shia man injured in Orangi Town near an Imam Bargah. Shakil Hussain Zaidi, a Shia motor mechanic was target killed in Qasba Colony No. 2 ½. The injured Shia man was rushed to hospital where Shakil Zaidi succumbed to his wounds.
Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists also fired on another Shia Muslim, Aftab, leaving him injured. Residents of Qasba Colony took to the streets to protest against the Yazidi terrorist attacks on defenceless Shiites. To add insult to injury, Pakistani Rangers and the police arrived at the scene and baton-charged the protesting Shias to disperse them.

Karachi: 17 Shia Muslims killed since Rangers got additional power for targeted operations in Karachi, 12 October, 2013

At least 17 Shia Muslims have been assassinated since Rangers cops got additional powers for targeted operations in Karachi. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had arrived in Karachi in the first week of September 2013 and had discussed policies to establish peace in the city. He ordered that more powerful Rangers should work alongside the police against targeted operations. Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists ignored the Prime Minister’s much-publicized Karachi visit and while he was chalking out the anti-terrorists and anti-criminals policies, they continued to target kill more Shiites.

Bannu District: Taliban militants are drugging & sexually abusing boys whom they are training for terror acts, 11 October, 2013

Taliban molestation of boys, once rarely discussed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is now becoming a more common topic of conversation. Doctors and activists in Pakistan and Afghanistan have medically confirmed that such abuse occurs. “We have examined at least five teenage boys, who were sexually abused by the Taliban in South Waziristan,” Dr. Muhammad Hashim at the Khalifa Gul Nawaz Teaching Hospital in Bannu District, told Central Asia Online. The boys had escaped from the Taliban's captivity and had told local authorities that the militants had molested them, said Hashim. Mustafa Gul, a teacher at the Forensic Science Department of Khyber Medical College Peshawar, also has worked with young men abused by the Taliban. “We’ve had … 27 sexual assault cases involving boys since January 1,” Gul told Central Asia Online. “Five Taliban were involved,” he said, though he provided no information about whether the militants will face sex abuse charges if they are caught. Khalid Khan, a special branch police officer, told Central Asia Online, "The militants often kidnap impoverished boys who are susceptible to being preyed upon." Several boys who escaped Taliban training centres in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) told investigators that they had been abused and that their parents could not do anything about it.

Doctors and activists in Pakistan and Afghanistan have medically confirmed that Taliban militants are molesting boys
whom they are training to carry out terror attacks.

Karachi: Shia man killed in sectarian attack, 11 October, 2013

Another Shia man was killed in a sectarian attack in Nazimabad, police said. Mohammed Naeem, 55, came under attack near the Matric Board Office when he was going to North Nazimbabad on his motorcycle. SSP Amir Farooqi of District Central said that, responding to the information, a police mobile had gone to the scene and had moved the victim to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he died. The attackers had fired two shots from a 9 mm pistol, and one of the bullets had hit the victim in the head. Naeem lived in Petal Gali, Rizvia Society, and was the secretary of the Babul Islam Masjid. Police termed Naeem’s murder a sectarian killing. They said that the victim was a supporter of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat.

Karachi: Shia Police officer SHO Syed Irfan Haider killed in Karachi, 10 October, 2013

SHO of Sir Syed police station, Syed Irfan Haider, and a Station Investigation Officer (SIO) of the New Karachi police station, sub-inspector Shahbaz Ali, were targeted in North Karachi locality. According to eyewitness, both police inspectors were having tea at a local teashop near Habib Masjid in Anda Morr, North Karachi, when two hit men riding a motorcycle shot them and escaped. Inspector Haider belonged to the Shia community and had served at various police stations of the city as SHO. He was given charge of Sir Syed police station about 15 days before his killing.

Islamabad: Religious minorities did not get equal rights in electoral matters, 9 October, 2013

The so called 'equality in electoral matters' allowed to members of religious minorities under the law was not available to them in practice during the May 11, 2013 general elections. This conclusion is part of the report titled ‘Religious Minorities in Elections: Equal in Law, Not in Practice’ launched by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on October 9, 2013. The report points out gross violations of the election code during the May 11 elections in constituencies where minorities enjoy large vote banks. As a result, the report says, large sections of religious minorities feel frustrated and quite a few among them have begun to express reservations about the value of the joint electorate system. “HRCP believes this is not a good omen for democracy and asks the government to take affirmative measure to ensure equal participation of minorities in the elections,” said eminent human rights activist I A. Rehman while addressing the launching ceremony. He said that political parties have a key role to play in promoting the cause of members of religious minorities as equal citizens of Pakistan.

Punjab Province: 3 more Christians arrested for blasphemy, October 9 , 2013

Another blasphemy case FIR No.675/2013 under sections 295 A,295 B and 295 C PPC was registered at Police Station Township, Lahore, on 9 October, 2013, in two adjacent PS Stations, against three Christians, Mushtaq Masih the owner of the New Diamond Glass Shop, Arfan Masih serving in the shop and Pastor Adnan brother of Arfan Masih, the main accused in the FIR. The 3 men were taken into Police custody. According to the FIR, the Muslim complainant, Abid Mehmood, working as a servant at the New Diamond Glass Shop, said that when he and Mudasar, also a Muslim, had entered the shop on 7 October,2013, they had seen Pastor Adnan reading a book about Islam titled 'Why we became Muslims.' The next day, the complainant had apparently noticed that many lines of text had been marked and Pastor Adnan had apparently written "derogatory remarks" against Islam, Muslims, Quran and Prophet Muhammad. According to Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, director of Christian advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD), "If the investigations are fair, then the version of the alleged accused should be proved that the abusive wordings and filthy language is false." It is a unquestionable fact that no minority in his right mind would leave blasphemous material scattered around which could be used against him and even put him to death in Pakistan. Planting so called blasphemous material in anyone's possession in Pakistan is the simplest way of getting rid of him and usurping his business and properties.

5 blasphemy cases have been charged against Christians in different parts of Pakistan after the suicide bombing at the Peshawar All Saints Church

Karachi: Sectarian killings; an ongoing brutality in Karachi, 8 October, 2013

Terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi shot dead another Shia Muslim in Karachi. According to reports, Ali Raza, 45, was on his way when SSP/ LeJ terrorists opened fire on him near Aath Chowk Lyari, killing him on the spot.

Karachi: Tailor killed in ‘sectarian’ attack in Karachi, 8 October, 2013

A 51-year-old Shia tailor was gunned down near Naguman Masjid on Tannery Road in Kalakot, Lyari. SP Shahnwaz Khan disclosed that Ali Raza, a member of the Shia community, had just dropped his wife at the school where she taught when two men approached Raza and shot him in the head. “The murder appears to be sectarian in nature and in response to the killing of Muhammad Ayaz Khan alias Bhoora, an activist of a banned sectarian group, who was recently killed near the Baghdadi police station,” the SP said. The police official added that Raza recited nohas at Muharram majalis. Raza who had lived in Siraj Colony, Moosa Lane, was the father of three.

Karachi: Hindu man's grave desecrated and his corpse thrown out in Badin, 8 October, 2013

A scheduled caste Hindu’s grave and corpse was desecrated in Pangrio, Badin, by Muslim religious fanatics. The Muslim population in Pangrio town, some 225 kilometres east of Karachi, protested that a man from the minority Hindu community had been buried in the main Muslim graveyard. “Members of the Muslim community dug up the grave on Sunday and my cousin’s body was removed and recklessly laid on the road all day long in the scorching heat,” said Nar Singh Bheel, adding that the Hindus had buried the bodies of their family members in that part of the graveyard for decades. “We have over a hundred graves of our forefathers there,” he said. Reuters reports: Shouting “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is greatest”, the crowd dug out the body and dragged it through the streets of Pangrio. “Even our dead are not safe anymore in their graves,” Narayan Das Bheel, a member of the Hindu community, told Reuters. Despite being aware of the fact that a human body was lying on the main road, the local police did not take any action. Instead, the police sent a message to the Hindu minority community emphasizing that they had no future in an Islamic country. The police are yet to arrest any of the involved men and have not even named the main instigator, the prayer leader of the local mosque, in the FIR. The protesters decried the growing religious extremism in Sindh and the constant discrimination being faced by the Dalit community in Pakistan. They cited a report by a fact-finding mission sent to the area, which highlighted that the Dalit community lives in constant fear of harassment and attacks by religious leaders, adding that the state machinery has deprived the community of its fundamental rights.

A Hindu man Bhoro Bheel's body was exhumed from his grave by radical Muslims who protested against the burial of Hindus in their graveyard

Karachi: Dozens of innocent Shias detained after unjustifiable raids in Karachi, 8 October, 2013

Dozens of innocent Shia Muslims were taken into custody by the police and rangers who unjustifiably raided Shiite areas on the second consecutive day. Raids were conducted in Abbas Town, Rizvia, Golimar and other areas in which several Shias were detained even though the detained Shiites were never involved in any crime nor were they wanted in any case. Biased police and rangers officials tried to implicate them in blind FIRs that are registered against unknown persons. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the biased policy of Pakistan's security institutions against the Shiites. They demanded that the witch-hunt against theShias should be stopped forthwith and all the nabbed youth should be released without any delay.

Karachi: Two killed in ‘sectarian’ attack, 5 October, 2013

Two men were gunned down in what appeared to be a sectarian attack in the city, police said. 40-year-old Shabbir Hussain, a Karachi Electric Supply Company employee, and his friend, 45-year-old Shahid Raza, an electrician, were gunned down on Nazimabad Bridge in Nazimabad No 7. SSP Central Amir Farooqi said that the two men, who owned a shop in Nazimabad, were heading towards their homes on a motorcycle at night when they were shot at by two men, also riding a two-wheeler. Hussain and Raza suffered multiple bullet wounds and expired in the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The SSP said that the attackers had used a 9 mm pistol in the targeted attack. The two men were members of the Shia community and police investigators believe that the attack was sectarian in nature. Hussain was a resident of Soldier Bazaar and Raza lived in Rizvia Society.

Karachi: Never ending attacks on Shias in Karachi, 5 October, 2013

A Shia Muslim man, Jahanzeeb Hussain son of Akhtar Hussain, was injured in the firing by armed militants in Lyari area. The injured Jahanzeeb Hussain was immediately shifted to the local hospital for necessary medical treatment.

Unceasing sectarian attacks in Karachi has made life a living hell for minorities in the city

Karachi: Father killed and son injured in sectarian attack, 5 October, 2013

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi shot dead a Shia father and injured his son in Karachi at midnight. According to reports, Azhar Abbas was going somewhere on a rickshaw along with his young son Aun Ali. Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorist chased the innocent Shias and opened fire on them on Tip Sultan Road. Azhar Abbas, 50, died immediately in the firing while his son Aun Ali sustained critical injuries.

Pakistan: In Pakistan, family law means Hindu couples can’t divorce, 5 October, 2013

Constitutional experts say that the “ancient” Hindu laws that are still followed in Pakistan have been unchanged since pre-Partition. Based on the interpretation of conservative Hindu priests of the 19th century, the laws inherently shelves the fundamental rights of woman. For instance, the Hindu faith does not have the concept of divorce. The bride is tied to the groom for “all seven lives.” Asha’s* husband Shankar decided to leave her. For a Hindu girl, such a decision means nothing less than spending the rest of her life as a waste of space. According to the Hindu family law in Pakistan, Asha is, for all practical purposes, a liability who would be living at the mercy of her father, and later, her brothers. So, legally, Asha will have to subsist on her father and after him, her brothers’ compassion, as she is still married, technically, although her husband has left her. A marriage bill brought to parliament back in 2008 proposed certain amends regarding the issue of divorce. The bill has yet to be passed. The bill made the provision of divorce legal by terming it as “separation”, so that the couples do not have to take unfair advantage of legal lacunas to seek an end to their marriage. But a lot needs to be done. “We are going to present the Hindu Marriage Bill in the next parliament session,” said Dr Ramesh Kumar Wakwani, an MNA of the ruling party. The law is, however, more tailored to discourage forced conversions than deal with the issues like inheritance and child support.

Ancient Hindu laws that are still followed in Pakistan have been unchanged since pre-Partition in Pakistan

Islamabad: Church attack was as per Shariah: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, 4 October, 2013

The banned militant outfit Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that the September 23 suicide attack at the All Saints Church in Peshawar was every inch in accordance with the Shariah, however, neither the TTP nor any of its sub-groups was involved in it. Talking to BBC Urdu Service over phone from an undisclosed location in the tribal areas, Shahidullah said all groups of the outfit had the same ideology.

Islamabad: Pakistani reporter receives death threat from Muslims for covering religious persecution, 4 October, 2013

The Express Tribune Chief Reporter Rana Tanveer received a one-page letter, with stamps of a Multan post office and Lahore Garden Town post office. Tanveer was termed as ‘apostate’ by accusing him of favouring minorities, especially Ahmadis and Christians. According to the Daily Times, the letter started with “Allah-o-Akbar” read: “Rana Tanveer enough is enough. Your favour to Ahmadis and Christians is increasing and now it is my firm belief that you are not a Muslim. You have turned to be an apostate by writing against Islam and in favour of ‘anti Islam’. We know your purpose of doing such but now it is better for you to stop writing ‘against’ Islam and in favour of Qadianis or else you will be killed”. The letter, which was written in the name of ‘Mard-e-Mujahid’, said that in defiance ‘you will be hit from where you cannot even imagine’. The letter was sent on the newspaper’s official address and was written in Urdu. Rana Tanveer said that he always observed objectivity during his professional duties. He said being a Muslim, he cannot even think of writing against Islam and whatever he writes is based on facts. Being a professional journalist it is his duty to do factual reporting.

Pakistani reporter receives death threat from Muslim radicals for writing about the religious persecution of minorities in Pakistan

Parachinar: Shia Muslim man killed in bomb blast, 4 October, 2013

Shia Muslim Hidayat Hussain was killed in a bomb explosion carried out by Taliban terrorists in Bushra Village in Parachinar, Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA).

Karachi: Shia Producer at Pakistan Television abducted, tortured and killed, 4 October, 2013

Anwar Hussain, 55, son of Nawab Hussain, a Shia Producer at Pakistan Television was abducted and severely tortured. Finally the Yazidi takfiri terrorists slit his throat slaughtering him like an animal.The inhuman terrorists threw his body into the bushes in sector 1, Katchi Abadi, Ahsanabad, in the limits of Sohrab Goth Police Station.

Karachi: Christian man arrested on blasphemy charges, 2 October, 2013

In the month of October two blasphemy cases were registered against Christians at different police stations. The case FIR No.678/2013 under Sections 295 A,295 B,295 C PPC and 25/D Telegraph Act was registered at Police Station Green Town on October 2, 2013, against Asif Pervaiz on the charges of sending mobile text messages to Saeed Ahmad Khokhar consecutively on different dates and times. According to the complainant, Asif Pervaiz had allegedly used filthy words and abusive language against Islam, Muslims, Quran and “Muhammad”. The alleged accused was immediately arrested and put in judicial lock up. The accused said that his mobile phone sim No.0324-6634085 that had been allegedly used for sending the text messages had been lost by some colleagues who had some disputes with the alleged accused.

Jhelum: Shia police constable shot and injured in a targeted attack by Yazidi terrorists in Jhelum, 2 October, 2013

Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, offshoots of the banned Taliban, shot and injured a Shia police constable in Jhelum district of Punjab province. Shiite News Correspondent reported from Jhelum that Mustafa Haider, a police constable, was going from the place of his posting to his house when he was attacked near Talianwala. He sustained critical wounds and was rushed to nearby hospital for treatment where his condition is said to be serious.

Every day is a fight for existence for minorities living in Pakistan

Islamabad: Rimsha’s neighbours still in fear’s grip, 1 October, 2013

In the last one year, a makeshift tent settlement has cropped up in a sea of squalor, almost hidden from the rest of Islamabad’s opulence. Following the infamous blasphemy case involving young Rimsha Masih, over 400 Christian families were forced to flee Mehrabad. Though the mentally-challenged girl was acquitted in November, 2012, after it was found that the cleric who accused her of burning pages of the Koran had planted evidence, yet, the residents of her former neighbourhood were terrorised and forced to leave. Bilkis Bibi, in her forties, moved to the tent settlement a year ago, after the Masih case. “We were threatened and our men were beaten. The landlord hiked the rent to Rs.5, 000 a month and also increased the electricity charges. We had no choice but to leave,” she said. Her daughter had to drop out of school as a result of the move and her husband ekes out a living here as a vegetable vendor. "There is no light or cooking fuel and our toilets are the nearby forest. At night the mosquitoes render any sleep impossible. Sometimes we eat and we live in the open and the beds are all outside. It’s been raining and everything is so wet,” she said. Living in Mehrabad became impossible for them because of constant abuse said Bilkis Bib . “The shopkeeper used to throw things at us. Once the landlord threw all my belongings outside and asked us to leave,” said The Christian woman. They had complained to the police who did nothing to help. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) did agree to resettle them in another sector but local people didn’t allow that. For walls there are endless stretches of cloth or plastic all tied together. The pathways are clogged with water and mud. There is a small bore well for water and a giant red cross in a square of sorts where the people plan to build a church. Nadeem, unemployed at present, used to be a sanitary worker in a private company. He got sacked after the Rimsha incident. His child had to drop out of school. Now the CDA is threatening them with eviction. “We don’t know where we can go,” he said. People who moved here have no livelihoods, like Shamim, who is a tailor but can’t find any work in the settlement. Arif John who claims to be Rimsha’s neighbour, says it was all a ploy. “They wanted to evict the Christians from the area and they even announced it once during prayers. Before that they attacked a Christian convention and broke the mikes.” Mr John and others have tried to rent houses, but they have been refused everywhere. “We are happy here in these tents. We can pray safely. In Mehrabad they didn’t give us permission to play music during prayers and once they tried to burn the church,” said Arif John. Now the Christian residents have filed a case in the Islamabad high court and have got a stay on their eviction. Some families continued to live in Mehrabad but they too may join the tent settlement soon, he said. Tariq Masih, a social activist said Christians were discriminated against in jobs, promotions and housing. In the 11 slums or kachchi abadis as they are called here, where mostly Christians live, there is no water or light and sanitation is non existent.

Tent settlements have been set up in Islamabad slums to accomodate Christians fleeing from Muslim persecution in Pakistan

Parachinar: Father of Shia Director of Met office killed in a grenade attack, 1 October, 2013

A Shia fatherwas killed and two Shiites including a woman were injured when Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists attacked the house of the Director of the Meteorological Office in Parachinar. Shiite News Correspondent reporting from Parachinar said that the Taliban terrorists had stormed into Parachinar’s Bilyameen area and had attacked the house of Gul Ali, the Met Director with a hand grenade. As a result of the terrorist attack, Khadim Ali, father of Gul Ali, was killed while two Shia Muslims including a woman were injured.

DG Khan: Shia man succumbs to bullet injuries, 1 October, 2013

A Shia man who was shot and injured in the firing of Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban terrorists in Tunsa District Dera Ghazi Khan, succumbed to fatal wounds at local hospital in Lahore. Mohammad Shafiq, a Shia Muslim, was shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of local hospital in Lahore on 29 August, 2013, when he was critically injured in the firing by armed militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban in Vohawa area of Tunsa Sharif district Dera Ghazi Khan.

Gilgit: Missing Shia driver found tortured to death, 1 October, 2013

A Shia Muslim driver from Gilgit was kidnapped and tortured to death by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba. Mohammad Ali was a driver by profession and he had been hired by some people to drive them to Chilas two weeks ago. Since then, he has been missing. He had informed a relative at the security post before leaving for Chilas. Three days after his departure his family members complained to the police who began an inquiry. The men who had hired him were interrogated but they kept changing their statements to the police. Once they said that the driver had been killed and once they said that he was alive. The police ultimately recovered the body of the slain Mohammad Ali. His body bore injuries and torture marks. The Shia man had also been scalped. His body was taken to his ancestral village Harchu in Gilgit where he was laid to rest. He was 22.

September 2013

Pakistan: Trafficking organs of dead Christians, the government must conduct a high powered probe, 30 September, 2013

A Vatican news agency, Agenzia Fides, reported a horrific crime taking place in Pakistan where, not only 84 Christians were killed in the church bombing in Peshawar city but it is now reported that the dead were stripped of their organs by paramedics, which were then sold in the illegal organ trade black market. It is also reported in some sections of the media that persons from law enforcement agencies were also involved. The human organs are reportedly sold at high prices, and when events involve non-Muslims, everything and anything is allowed in Pakistan as the crime is justified by fundamental ideologies. Agenzia Fides reported in their September 28 dispatch that, ".....after the bombs in the Church of All Saints in Peshawar, the situation remains tense in the Pakistani society; not only tragedy but also horror. The Christians said they were "horrified" by the rumors that link the bombs in Peshawar to the vast problem of organ trafficking: this is what some members of NGOs in the civil society in Pakistan told Fides. Some of the "jackals", presumably local paramedics, seem to have taken advantage of the high number of deaths and injuries in order to steal the bodies of victims and exploit them for the illegal organ trade". "If this were true, it would mean that there are criminals who are taking advantage of the suffering of Christian victims in a truly blasphemous and sacrilegious manner," notes Fr. Mario Rodrigues, a priest of Karachi. "We call for a serious investigation on behalf of the police", he concludes.

Vatican news agency, Agenzia Fides, reported that dead Christians from the Peshawar church bomb blast were stripped
of their organs by paramedics and sold in the illegal organ trade black market in Pakistan

Karachi: 29 Pakistani Shias were reported murdered by Anti Islam Forces in September 2013 in Pakistan, 30 September, 2013

At Least 29 Shias were killed in the month of September, 2013, which includes an army officer, 2 police officers, a cleric, 2 trustees of Imam Bargahs, a government officer, 2 traders and 3 women.

Karachi: Shia Mosque Trustee Hassan Jawad shot and killed by Taliban militants, 30 September, 2013

Armed Taliban militants shot dead in broad day light, Hassan Jawwad, 44, a trustee of the Shia Mosque Ala-e-Mohammad in North Karachi area, while he was travelling in his car. His Sunni driver Mujeeb was also killed in the targeted attack.

Islamabad: Muslims in Pakistan attack Christian children for protesting against violence: A Pastor and many children abducted, 28 September, 2013

Christian residents of Iqbal Town were beaten up by unidentified men on 23 September, 2013, for participating in protests held against the previous day's carnage in the Peshawar church. An Iqbal Town resident who requested anonymity said that he was an eyewitness to the episode. The resident said that several men had thrashed seven or eight Christian youths with batons outside the Unitarian Church in the neighbourhood. The men had their faces covered, said the resident. Some of the victims, including Pastor Safir, went missing after the incident, the resident claimed. Another Christian resident of the neighbourhood alleged police complicity in the incident. The second resident claimed that the police were trying to ‘teach’ the Christian community a lesson for protesting on two consecutive days on the Islamabad Highway. The resident alleged that the police had stationed a mobile van near the area’s taxi stand and were nabbing any Christians that went nearby. Iqbal Town has a significant Christian population and the community has led some of the strongest protest rallies in the capital over the past couple of days. Officers at the Shehzad Town police station said they had not received any reports about the thrashing incident. They denied detaining Christians. Moreover, angry mobs of Muslims beat and tortured the Christians in Zia Musjid Area and Khana Pul Islamabad. Similarly, Muslims have also attacked the Christian Colony Korangi No 3, 1/2. Because of this ongoing tension, hundreds of Christians had to flee from there houses.

Christian children abducted from protest rallies held against the Peshawar Church attack

Kasur: Young Christian girl raped in Kasur, 27 September, 2013

A Muslim man, Aslam, raped the daughter of Pervaiz Masih at Bahadurpura.

Karachi: Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba murder Shia cleric, 27 September, 2013

Terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia religious scholar in Karachi. Maulana Kashif Zaidi was travelling to an unknowm destination when he was ambushed near the huge shopping market, Metro, on main University Road. Maulana Kashif Zaidi was killed in sporadic firing by the terrorists. The religious scholar was the son of a noted Shia, Akbar Hussain Zaidi, and was a resident of Jafar-e-Tayyar Society Malir.

Ambushed Shia religious scholar Maulana Kashif Zaidi

Quetta: LeJ militants kill Shia Muslim in Quetta, 26 September, 2013

Pro-Taliban Takfifi militants of Lashkar-e-Jhagv killed a Shia Muslim, Bashir Ahmad s/o Sardar Muhammad, in Quetta’s Sabzal Road.

Baluchistan: Second Shia shot down in Baluchistan by Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorists, 26 September, 2013

A second Shia Muslim man was shot down in a targeted attack by Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba in Baluchistan province. Mohammad Murad Lashari, a resident of Osta Mohammad, Jafarabad district of Baluchistan province, was target killed in his home town when Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists opened fire on him. Murad Lashari was a member of a leading Shia party Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Osta Mohammad chapter.

Peshawar: Death toll from Church bombing rises to 84, 25 September, 2013

The body of a child was recovered from the All Saints Church, raising the death toll to 84 in the twin suicide bombings in Kohati. Bishop Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters, however, told media persons that according to the list compiled by their men, 139 people were killed and 160 others were wounded in the church attack. Sources at the Lady Reading Hospital confirmed 82 deaths and said that a large number of wounded people were still being treated.

Gilgit: Shia Muslim shot and killed in Gilgit, 23 September, 2013

Shaheed Rehman Shah son of Sultan Shah was shot dead by armed terrorists of Alqaeda linked Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba (Yazeed) at Sharote Nullah Shrote Nullah at Gilgit City while he was returning to his home late at night.

Peshawar: Muavia-led Punjabi Taliban behind church bombing, 23 September, 2013

Jundul Hafsa, a subsidiary of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which has claimed responsibility for the September 22, 2013, Peshawar Church attack, is led by Commander Asmatullah Muavia, who was the ameer of the Punjabi Taliban before being sacked by the TTP’s central Shura last month for unilaterally welcoming Nawaz Sharif’s offer of peace talks. The TTP has claimed responsibility for the Church attack, saying it was carried out by the Jundul Hafsa which was formed recently to kill foreigners to avenge the US drone strikes on Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives in the Pakistani tribal belt. “We carried out the suicide bombings at Peshawar church and will continue to strike foreigners and non-Muslims until the American drone attacks stop,” Ahmadullah Marwat, a spokesman for the group told a foreign news agency by phone. Marwat was quoted as saying: “The Christians are the enemies of Islam and Pakistan. Therefore, we have targeted them and we will continue our attacks on non-Muslims on Pakistani land,” he added. The Jundul Hafsa had earlier claimed responsibility for killing 10 foreign climbers (on June 23, 2013) at a base camp of Nanga Parbat, the second highest mountain in Pakistan after K-2.

“When I got my senses back, I found nothing but smoke, dust, blood and screaming people. I saw severed body parts and blood
all around,” said a Christian worshipper after the church attack.

Peshawar: Twin church blasts claim 78 lives, 22 September, 2013

Twin explosions at All Saint’s Church in Peshawar’s Kohati gate area killed 78 people and wounded 130 others. The victims of the blast included children and women who were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital. Additional Inspector General Shafqat Malik of the Bomb Disposal Squad told media persons that two suicide bombers had carried out the attack and that body parts of the attackers had been recovered and sent for forensic examinations. He added that six kilograms of explosives were used in the suicide vests of the bombers. Capital City Police Chief, Mohammad Ali Babakhel said, “The first attack happened when services had finished and Christian worshippers were leaving the church. The suicide bomber tried to attack the people, but when he was stopped by the police he detonated the bomb. The second blast was carried out inside the church.” SP (City) Ismail Tariq said that two attackers had opened fire on the security guards deployed at the church killing one guard and injuring the other before entering the church premesis. The two bomber detonated their explosive vests within an interval of 30 seconds after entering the church.

Punjab: Police demolish domes of Ahmadi mosques in Pakistan, 22 September, 2013

Pakistani police today demolished the domes of two mosques of the minority Ahmadi sect in Central Punjab province. They also whitewashed Quranic verses painted on the mosques in Sialkot district, said leaders of the Ahmadi community. This was the fourth such incident in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province. Earlier, police had demolished domes and removed plaques from graves of Ahmadis in Lahore, Kharian and Hafizabad districts at the “request” of Muslim clerics.

Karachi: 3 killed, 15 injured in grenade attack on Karachi Imambargah, 19 September, 2013

3 persons were killed and around 15 others were injured, some of them seriously, when a hand grenade was lobbed at an Imambargah (Shia mosque) in the Majeed Colony area of Landhi. People had gathered to get free food (Niaz) in the courtyard of the Hussainia Sajjadia Imambargah during a gathering when a hand grenade lobbed from outside exploded. Police said that the incident had taken place near Gulbahar Chowk in Sector-2, Majeed Colony, at a time when there was an electricity shutdown in the area so nobody saw the attackers, who were able to flee after throwing the grenade at the Imambargah.

A deadly blast occurred near a Shia Imambargah in Sector-2 of Majid Colony in Landhi area of Karachi
leaving 3 dead and more than 15 injured

Karachi: Fourth Ahmedi killed in four weeks, 18 September, 2013

Unremitting violence in the city claimed the lives of four more people, including a man belonging to the Ahmedi community. The SITE-A station house officer said that the Ahmadi man, Ijaz Ahmad Kiyani, 27, had been gunned down in the Metroville locality. The victim had been on his way to work when two men on a motorcycle sprayed him with bullets, killing him on the spot. The deceased was hit by at least six bullets, including four in the chest and one in the head. A statement issued by the Anjuman Ahmediyya Pakistan said that Kiyani belonged to the Ahmadi community and worked as a driver at an army establishment. The organisation also stated that the victim was survived by a wife, a daughter and a son, adding that he was the fourth Ahmedi to be killed in the past four weeks in the city.

Quetta: Two Shiites killed in targeted attack, 18 September, 2013

Pro-Taliban Deobandi / Wahabi Takfiri militants of Lashkar-e-Jhagvi have killed two more Shia Muslims in Quetta. Lashkar-e-Jhagvi terrorists opened fire on the two Shia Muslim men, Haji Bunyad Ali and Muhammad Hashim, in Double road in Quetta, killing them on the spot.

Toba Tek Singh: Christian girl tortured and jailed on fabricated robbery charges gets bail, 18 September, 2013

Iqra Saddique, a young Christian girl from a village Siowaal, Toba Tek Singh was illegally detained by four policemen and a private citizen, Arif Gujjar, on July 28, 2013, when she rejected their sexual advances. One of the policemen identified as Javed, and Arif Gujjar, after being denied by the young Christian girl, broke open the door, entered her house and brutally tortured her. The accused policemen and Arif Gujjar then dragged her out of her house, threw her into the yard, kicking, slapping and punching the young girl. The policeman and Arif Gujar tore her clothes off until she was left completely naked in front of a large crowd. The policemen took the young lady to the police station where she remained in illegal custody with no documented arrest. After five days, on Aug 5, 2013, Sadaf Saddique (Attorney at law), along with members from the Pakistan Christian Congress, media persons, NGOs and others went to the police station to ask about the young girl. The police first denied her presence at the police station, but then affirmed the custody of the girl to avoid pressure from the questioning crowd. The police falsely accused Iqra Saddique of being involved in a robbery case. After being released on bail, Iqra Saddique with the help of Mr. Sadaf Saddique (Attorney at Law) has submitted her application to the District Police Officer on September 18, 2013, bringing charges against the policemen who had torn her clothes off and exposed her in public, tortured, kidnapped and sexually tormented her in illegal police custody.

Christian girl Iqra Saddique was humiliated in public and detained in the police station by four policemen
and a private citizen for resisting their sexual advances

Karachi: Shia youth killed, 18 September, 2013

Abid Ali son of Yasir Ali was murdered at Awami Chowk in Mehmoodabad area of Karachi’s district east. The young Shia man was an active member of the leading Shia party Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen. Shia leaders have condemned the targeted murder of yet another Shia Muslim and have termed it a part of the unabated genocide of Shiites in Pakistan

Christians continue to face the wrath of Muslims in Pakistan

Lahore: Christian families flee Pakistan village over ‘Blasphemy’ accusations, 16 September, 2013

There was uncertainty about the whereabouts of dozens of Christian families who fled their homes in a village near the Pakistani city of Lahore after a local pastor was accused of blasphemy against Islam's Prophet Muhammad, representatives said. The tensions began last month when Pastor Sattar Masih, 37, was accused of saying that Muhammad was "a brutal man who killed innocent people" said a news service. Masih denies the accusations, saying that he didn't make any derogatory remarks about Islam or its Prophet. The pastor was pressured to appear in front of Islamic clerics to plead his case, local Christians said. “The clerics will decide if he blasphemed against our Prophet and in case he refuses to appear before the clerics then we will kill him,” his accuser, identified as 18-year-old Ali Hassan, was quoted as saying in public. Fearing that he would not be given a fair trial, Masih fled to Lahore with 21-year-old Christian, Wasim Raza, who had introduced the accuser to the pastor.

Lahore, Karachi, Quetta: Shiites stage Sit-In, demanding release of Maulana Ghulam Raza Naqvi, a Shiite leader illegally jailed for 16 years, 16 September, 2013

Shiite Muslims in several big cities of Pakistan like Lahore, Karachi and Quetta have staged protests for the release of Shia leader cleric Maulana Ghulam Raza Naqvi who has been illegally jailed for 16 years. Maulana Ghulam Raza Naqvi who has been imprisoned in solitary confinement for the last 16 years for crimes he has never committed, has still not being freed, even after he has been acquitted by the Judiciary of all the cases brought against him. The only crime he confesses to and is proud of is that he belongs to the Shia community, and is the follower of Hazrat Muhammad PBUH and his Ahle Bait. Maulana Ghulam Raza Naqvi is the Chief of the Shia Organisation, Sipah e Muhammad SAWW, whose primary objective is the protection of the Shiite community from Wahabi fundamentalists.

Shia leader Maulana Ghulam Raza Naqvi has been illegally jailed for 16 years

Karachi: Shia man killed and son injured in targeted attack, 16 September, 2013

Deobandi militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba have killed a Shia Muslim, Muhammad Baksh Jatoi, and have injured his son Muhammad Kashif Jatoi in Karachi. Muhammad Baksh Jatoi and his son Muhammad Kashif Jatoi were attacked by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Orangi Town-15 area of Karachi.

Khairpur: Terrorists of SSP strike down another Shia Muslim, 15 September, 2013

Terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba killed another Shia Muslim man, Qamar Abbas Jafri, in Khairpur. Syed Qamar Abbas Jafri, resident of Liaquatpur, Punjab, was killed after he was severely tortured in Khairpur by Deobandi militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba.

Karachi: Ismaili property developer gunned down on Super Highway, 15 September, 2013

A property developer belonging to the Ismaili community was gunned down on the Super Highway, said the Sohrab Goth police. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Khalid Khan revealed that 40-year-old Badruddin, a resident of Garden East, who owned Ali Complex in Sohrab Goth, was returning home after visiting his office when four men in a Toyota Corolla opened fire on Badruddin’s vehicle in the Super Highway. The injured Ismaili man lost control of his car, which collided with other vehicles before crashing into a ditch. Passersby shifted Badruddin to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to a medico-legal officer at the JPMC, the victim had suffered a bullet to his side, but the actual cause of death was severe accident injuries that had damaged his upper torso.

Karachi: Pakistani Muslim man slits the throat of a Christian man in Karachi, 14 September, 2013

Shouting that he was killing “an infidel who blasphemed against Muhammad,” a Muslim in Karachi slit a Christian man ’s throat as police and others looked on, accused the slain man’s son, George Masih. George Masih told the Morning Star News that his father, 58-year-old Boota Masih, had worked as a gold scavenger in Karachi’s Liaquatabad Gold Market for 30 years, and that the Muslim who killed him also gathered gold dust from jewellers’ rugs or work carpets at the market. Police informed the family that a Muslim, later identified as Muhammad Asif, had killed Boota Masih by slitting his throat with a dagger and then stabbing him multiple times. “We were told that Asif had kept shouting that my father was an infidel and had spoken derogatory words against Muhammad [Islam’s prophet] as he mercilessly stabbed him. A large number of people, including four policemen and private security guards of the market, witnessed the entire scene, but no one tried to stop the killer, who walked away waving the dagger,” Masih said. The family registered case No. 226/13 with the Liaquatabad Police Station, but the police were making little effort to arrest the murderer, complained the grief stricken son.

Karachi: Shia DSP Mumtaz Ali Shah gunned down in Karachi, 14 September, 2013

A Shia police officer was shot dead when armed militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba (Yazeed) and Taliban opened fire on him in Model Colony area of Karachi. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mumtaz Ali Shah was leaving for work when two militants of the terrorists outfit of Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba (Yazeed) opened fire on his car U-2354 Khyber at Soorti Muslim Society Model Colony near his house. The police officer was injured in the firing and was rushed to hospital but he succumbed to his injuries before reaching the hospital. The police said that DSP Mumtaz Ali Shah had been deployed at the Landhi jail after he received threats from the terrorists. Shaheed Mumtaz Ali Shah hailed from district Sehwan of Interior Sindh.

Shia Muslims from all walks of life continue to be target killed in Pakistan

Lahore: Hate speech: Conference calls for boycott of Ahmadis, 14 September, 2013

Speakers at an anti-Ahmadi conference vowed to expel all members of the Ahmadi community from the city. The Radd-i-Qadianiyat Conference was held at Jamia Naeemia. The participants were told that they had a duty to wage a holy war against Ahmadis. The audience which included a large number of students of the Jamia, vowed to wage ‘jihad’ against Ahmadis through their writings, speech, charity funds and corporal strength. Maulana Ghulam Hussain Kiani, one of the speakers, said that they would force Ahmadis to leave the city. “Their presence has polluted the city… their so-called places of worship are in fact centres of conspiracies against Muslims,” he said. Advocate Badiuz Zaman, another speaker, told the participants not to befriend any Ahmadis. “Sharing utensils with Ahmadis is sinful,” he said, “Being friends with them is worse… the Holy Prophet (pbuh) disapproved of that.”

Karachi: Wahabi militants kill another Shia Muslim in Karachi, 12 September, 2013

Shahid Ali Zaidi, a Shia Muslim man, was target killed on Hussainabad Road, Mansoor Nagar in Orangi Town Sector 11 ½.

Karachi: Chairman of Nur-E-Eemaan Trust shot dead, 10 September, 2013

Pro-Taliban terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba killed an active Shia Muslim. The Chairman of Nur-e-Eeman Trust, Shaheed Syed Mohammad Raza s/o Syed Nur Raza, 48, was shot dead in the turbulent Nazimabad town of the megapolis. Shaheed’s body was shifted to Imambargah Shah e Karbala in Old Rizvia.

Karachi: Father & son from the Bohri community & Shia religious leader among 7 slain in Karachi within 2 hours, 9 September, 2013

A lethal wave of target killings created fear in the city as seven people were gunned down within two hours. Among the dead were a father and a son from the Bohri community, a Shia religious leader and two policemen. Two more people were killed in other areas of the city. 38-year-old Mustansar Al, a member of the Bohra community, and his 8-year-old son, Mustunisa, were gunned down near UP Morr in New Karachi. Mustansur was returning home from Hyderi Market with his wife and son in a rickshaw at night when two men riding a motorcycle fired at them near Tayyaba Bakery.
A Shia scholar, 45-year-old Syed Raza Rizvi, was shot dead outside his house in Gol Market, Nazimabad. SSP Central Amir Farooqi said that Rizvi, the chairman of the Noorul Imaan Masjid in Nazimabad, was attacked by two men riding a motorcycle.

Lahore: 5-month-pregnant Christian woman dies under mysterious circumstances, 8 September, 2013

A 5-month-pregnant woman died under mysterious circumstances in the Sherakot area. Police said that Rafaqat had taken the pregnant woman, Maria, to a local hospital and had disappeared after her admission at the hospital. The young Christian woman expired shortly after admission. It is suspected that Rafaqat might have offered her some poisonous substance that caused her death.

Karachi: Shia man killed on Rabia City Road in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, 7 September, 2013

A man was gunned down in Gulistan-e-Jauhar as part of a sectarian attack, said Al Falah SDPO Rustam Nawaz. The Shia victim, Syed Zeeshan Ahmed, 32, was looking for houses for rent near Jauhar Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Jauhar when he asked a motorcyclist for a lift. The bike had hardly proceeded when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on Ahmed on the Rabia City Road. He was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered a bullet to the neck. The Sharea Faisal police said that the victim was a resident of Zohra Apartments, Safoora Chowrang, and he ran a private business.

A lethal wave of target killings created fear in the city of Kaachi as 7 people were gunned down within two hours

Punjab: Shia notable, two sons, two grandsons and two guests martyred in Sipah-e-Yazid attack, 6 September, 2013

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba massacred 7 Shia Muslims including 5 of a family in a village in Gujrat district of Punjab province. Terrorists on motorcycles opened a volley of shots at Fazilat Shah alias Phool Shah and his family members and guests. Phool Shah, his two sons, two grandsons and two guests died on the spot in the targeted attack in Jasooki Village.

Tando Mohammad Khan: Blasphemous graffiti evokes stiff reaction from Shiites of Tando Mohammad Khan, 5 September, 2013

Blasphemous graffiti by Yazidi terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba has evoked instant reaction from the Shia Muslims of Tando Mohammad Khan. The terrorists wrote derogatory slogans to desecrate the sacred personalities of Hazrat Mohammad, last apostle and Prophet of God, his beloved daughter Hazrat Fatima and his granddaughter Hazrat Zainab on the wall of a building in front of Masjid-e-Ali in Tando Mohammad Khan.

Karachi: Shia Naval officer shot dead near Karachi National Stadium, 4 September, 2013

A senior Pakistani navy officer identified as Muhammad Nadeem was shot dead and his Swedish wife, Bint Zahra, 38, was wounded in Karachi. Two gunmen riding a motorbike intercepted Captain Nadeem’s vehicle and the armed militants of Lashka-e-Jhagvi opened fire on the couple shooting Captain Nadeem in the neck. The same bullet that killed Captain Nadeem wounded his wife’s shoulder. Nadeem taught at the Karachi campus of the National University of Sciences and Technology.

Armed Militants of Lashka-e-Jhagvi opened fire on a Shia navy officer Captain Muhammad Nadeem and his Swedish wife, killing Captain Nadeem

Punjab: Four Christian families were forced out of their homes after a Christian man married a Muslim girl, 4 September, 2013

Four Christian families were forced out of their homes in Pakistan’s Punjab province after a Pakistani minority Christian man married a Muslim girl, Christian leaders said. The incident occurred some days ago in Sargodha district, 200 km from Lahore. The displaced families staged a protest outside the Lahore Press Club and demanded that the Pakistani Government should help them return to their houses. The head of the affected Christians, Nazir Masih, said that his nephew Ansar Masih had married a Muslim girl named Muneza several months ago. Ansar Masih left the area after marrying Muneza. “The woman’s brother-in-law, Rana Saifullah, warned us to hand over Ansar and Muneza, otherwise they would not spare our families,” said Nazir Masih. “We told him that we didn’t know about the whereabouts of the couple,” he said. “On hearing this, Saifullah gathered together local Muslims who tortured Ansar's relatives. They also looted their houses and shops and occupied them. Over two dozen members of the affected Christian families are 'on the run' and the Pakistani Government is paying no attention to their plight, ” Nazir Masih alleged.

Karachi: Ahmadi man gunned down in Metroville, 4 September, 2013

36-year-old Ejaz Ahmed, a member of the Ahmadiyya community, was gunned down near Tahiri Masjid on Metroville Road in Orangi Town Sector 4F. Mominabad police said that Ahmed had been on his way to his workplace in SITE when two men on a motorcycle had fired gunshots at him and fled. Amir Mehmood, the spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya community said that, Ejaz Ahmed, a father of three, was the third member of the Ahmadiyya community killed in the city during the last three weeks.

Lahore: Shia doctor, the son of Bhakkar based Shia leader, injured in terrorist attack, 4 September, 2013

Terrorists belonging to the notorious Yazidi outlawed Punjabi Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba shot & injured a Shia doctor, the son of a Shia leader of Bhakkar district. The violent incident took place in Lahore near the shrine of Bibi Pak Daman. Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists are known to control the main street leading to the shrine and have carried out violent attacks on Shia Muslims during Muharram processions. Dr Sagheer Niwani son of Asghar Niwani was injured in the attack and was rushed to hospital for treatment in a critical condition.

Karachi: Wahabi militants kill 2 Shiites in Karachi, 3 September, 2013

Pro-Taliban Wahabi militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) renamed as Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat and terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhagvi have killed three Shia Muslims in Karachi. Deobandi militants killed a Shia Muslim, Ejaz Ali s/o Fiaz Ali, at Abul Hasan Ispahani road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi.
Armed militants of SSP killed a 45-year-old Shia man, Zaheer Hussain s/o Peer Bakhsh, near Johar Complex area of Karachi. He was a government employee at National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) Office. Terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Tehreek-e-Taliban opened fire on him outside Celtics Petrol Pump near Karachi University Road's Johar Complex
Pro-Taliban terrorists have killed thousands of innocent Shiite Muslims in Pakistan but government, judiciary and law enforcement agencies have failed to protect Pakistani minority citizens across the country.

Karachi: Hazara Shia shopkeeper target killed, 2 September, 2013

A 30-year-old Shia Hazara shopkeeper was killed in a targeted attack on his shop in Manghopir area. Mohammad Zaman, a Persian speaking Hazara of Mughal Hazara Goth was targeted while he was sitting inside his shop by Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba who opened fire on him killing the innocent man on the spot.

Rahim Yar Khan: Hindu children refused admission in government schools, 2 September, 2013

In Rahim Yar Khan, members of minority communities, particularly Hindus, are unable to register their children in government schools, which have refused admissions due to the absence of birth certificates. Hindus are also unable to get their marriages registered in the absence of formal laws in Pakistan. Furtermore, without Computerised National Identity Cards, over 150,000 non-Muslims have been unable to register their children for secondary school examinations since 2001.

Muzaffargarh: Land grabbers have snatched hundreds of acres of cultivated land from Christian families, 2 September, 2013

In Muzaffargarh district, land grabbers have snatched hundreds of acres of cultivated land from Christian families, who have been tilling the land for the last 35 years.

Minority Christians protest in Pakistan as intolerance grows in South Punjab
and minorities in the region live in fear of persecution

Multan: Balmiki Hindus lose their ancestral graveyard to the land-grab mafia, 2 September, 2013

Balmiki Hindus, a sect of the Hindu religion, are facing their own share of alleged high-handedness by Muslims in Multan, where the community has lost their ancestral graveyard to the land-grab mafia.

August 2013

Karachi: Ahmadi homeopathic practitioner shot dead, 31 August, 2013

A homeopathic practitioner belonging to the Ahmadiyya community was murdered at his house in Khurramabad, Landhi. Police said that some men had entered the house of 55-year old Dr Syed Tahir Ahmad and had shot him dead. The police added that the homeopathic practitioner’s clinic was set up inside his residence.

Karachi: Pro-Taliban terrorists kill Shia trustee of a Hussainia, 31 August, 2013

Pr-Taliban terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba have killed a Shia Muslim Haji Bostan Ali in Orangi Town area of Karachi. According to details, 50-year-old Haji Bostan Ali s/o Manzar Ali, trustee of a Hussainia (congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies) in Orangi Town’s Turi Bangash Colony area was targeted in the morning.

Punjab: Shia Muslim man shot dead in Taunsa Sharif of Punjab province, 29 August, 2013

A Shia Muslim was shot and killed in Taunsa Sharif of Punjab province in targeted firing by militants. The Yazidi terrorists barged into the clinic of Dr Hameedullah in Wahwa area of Taunsa Sharif and opened fire on Agha Sharaf Hussain alias Agha Hussain and several other people sitting there. Agha Sharaf Hussain was killed on the spot and Shafiq, a brother of Dr Hameedullah sustained bullet wounds. The victim was a teacher by profession. He was rushed to Nishtar Hospital for treatment. Shiites blocked Indus Highway and protested against the targeted murder of the Shia notable.

Lahore: Shia advocate killed by Punjabi militants, 29 August, 2013

Another 35-years-old Shia Muslim Advocate Syed Arshad Ali Shah was killed in Misiri Shah area of Lahore. According to reports terrorists of Punjabi Taliban attacked Syed Arshad Ali when he was onhis way home.

Shia Muslims in Karachi live under the constant threat of being target killed

Karachi: Shia bookshop owner killed at Urdu Bazaar in Nazimabad, Karachi, 28 August, 2013

The owner of a bookshop was killed at Urdu Bazaar in Nazimabad. Rizvia SHO Zafar Iqbal said that 40-year-old Akhtar Hussain Rizvi s/o Asad Rizvi, a resident of Rizvia Society who owned the United Book Shop, was at his workplace in the afternoon when two men riding a motorcycle arrived there and fired gunshots at him. Hussain was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he expired. The police officer said that Hussain was shot thrice in the head and chest with a 9 mm pistol. Police investigators believe that as the victim was a member of the Shia community, the murder could be sectarian in nature.

Peshawar: Minister says 'knowledge of jihad', a must for children in Pakistan, 28 August, 2013

Every child should know about the actual purpose and spirit of jihad as it cannot be separated from the faith of Muslims, said Provincial Minister for Information Shah Farman. "Jihad is part of our faith. Jihad shouldn’t be held responsible for the act of someone, who misuses it for other purposes," he told a press conference. Like other basic principles of Islam, he said, children should have knowledge of jihad. To a question about reinsertion of Quranic verses regarding jihad in the textbook of Islamic studies for grade 9 and 10, the minister said that a review committee was formed to look into the matter. “No one can dictate the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led provincial government to change the curricula. According to our oath, we will defend Pakistan and Islamic ideology at all forums,” he said. Mr Farman said that after the passage of 18th Amendment, making curricula was a responsibility of the province so it would be developed according to the teachings of Islam and Pakhtun culture.

Karachi: Desecration of the holy book of the Sikh community Guru Granth Sahib across Sindh cities, 27 August, 2013

The Pakistan Sikh Council has condemned the repeated acts of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikh community, at several Hindu temples in different cities of Sindh province and demanded that the culprits be caught, tried and punished immediately. Speaking at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, PSC chief Sardar Ramesh Singh said that at least 5 incidents of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib had taken place at Dal Darbar in Pannu Aqil; Guru Nanak Darbar in Mehar taluka of Dadu district; Samadha Ashram, Sajal Sher Jhooleylal Darbar and Khatwari Darbar in Shikarpur district. He said that though reports had been registered at the concerned police stations, no arrests had been made yet even in cases where the names of the suspects had been mentioned. He said that the police did not even call the suspects for investigation. He criticised the lethargic attitude of the Sindh government and their 'criminal negligence' in arresting the culprits.

Chairman Pakistan Sikh Council Ramesh Singh showing pictures of the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib
at a press conference in Karachi on August 27, 2013

Lyari: Another bloody day in minority populated Lyari, 27 August, 2013

Violence flared in Lyari again as yet another bloody day left at least four people dead and around 15 more injured in the restive neighbourhood. Two more people turned up dead after being kidnapped a day earlier from the restive locality. Tensions had been running high in Lyari with armed gangsters clashing with residents in Agra Taj Colony, Singo Lane and Hingorabad, as the Kutchhi community marked its return to its neighbourhoods in Lyari. The violence soon spread to other areas of Lyari as rifle-grenades were fired at the residence of a Katchi community elder, Karim Shah, in Kalri. As soon as the explosions were heard, armed groups started firing at each other in different areas, including Al-Falah Road, Mandra Mohalla, Hingorabad and Mauripur Road. Witnesses said that the firing was so intense that ambulances could not reach the spot for a long time. According to sources at the Civil Hospital Karachi, about 14 injured people were brought to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

Karachi: Two Shia Muslims were shot & injured, 26 August, 2013

Two Shia Muslims were shot & injured in the firing by terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba. Salman Zaidi was ambushed near Jamia Sibtain Masjid and Imam Bargah Gulshan-e-Iqbal. He sustained bullet injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 45 minutes before this attack, takfiri nasbi Yazidi terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba ambushed Arif Hussain Rizvi at Shahrah-e-Quaideen underpass near the mausoleum of the father of nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He is under treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital Both the injured Shia Muslims are said to be in critical condition.

Karachi: 55-year-old Shia man target killed, 26 August, 2013

Pro-Taliban terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba / Lashkar-e-Jhagvi killed a Shia Muslim, Qamar Sajjad s/o Faiz ul Hassan, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi. Qamar Sajjad was attacked near Sir Syed University neighbourhood in Gulshan-e-IQbal town of Karachi while he was travelling in his vehicle AEK-001 near Gulshan Iqbal's Aziz Bhatti Park. He was shot 7 times.

Bhakkar: MWM Punjab Spokesman Molana Asghar Askari & 150 Shiites arrested in Bhakkar, 26 August, 2013

Majlis-e-Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) Punjab Spokesman Maulana Asghar Askari and 150 other Shiite elders and participants of the Soyem congregation for the Shia victims of the Bhakkar tragedy were arrested by the biased Punjab Police and Rangers from Bhakkar. Eye witnesses informed that the police and Rangers had baton charged the participants of Soyem of Bhakkar tragedy and had detained them. The officers of the law had then shifted the majority of the arrested to Mianwali Jail.

Curfew was imposed in Bhakkar following a sectarian clash and more than 150 Shiites were arrested

Karachi: Son of 'The News' ex-correspondent succumbs to bullet wounds, 24 August, 2013

A former 'The News' sports correspondent’s son who was shot and critically wounded earlier in the week in what appeared to be a sectarian attack succumbed to his wounds. Twenty-five-year-old Mirza Abbas Arif, the only son of the late Arif Qasim, a former sports correspondent of The News, was on his way to work when he was shot in the head near the Asghar Ali Shah Stadium. The Shia man Abbas was a resident of Hussain D’Silva Town in North Nazimabad’s Block P, and worked at the AFN Rice Export Company in Gulberg. The police said that initial investigations suggested that he was the target of a sectarian attack. A family member of Abbas said that Abbas had passed away at the Liaquat National Hospital, where he was moved after initial treatment at the Ziauddin Hospital. The victim’s family has expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace of investigation by the police. They said that the police had been unable to develop a sketch of the attackers even though a number of eyewitnesses were available. The police have not even recorded the statements of the witnesses, the family added. The family said that Abbas’s cell phone was also missing and was being used on and off by someone, but the police had not been able to trace it yet.

Bhakkar: Curfew imposed in Bhakkar following sectarian clash; FIR lodged against the 89 Shia activists, 24 August, 2013

A curfew was imposed in Punjab’s Bhakkar district for an indefinite period following a clash between terrorists of Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat (ASWJ) and Shiites in which at least 10 Shia Muslims were killed. Additional police forces and Rangers were deployed in sensitive areas of the district to address any untoward situations. The Police of Bhakkar district lodged the FIR against the 89 Shia activists including district office bearers of Majlis e Wedhatul Muslimeen Bhakkar on the directives of Punjab Minister Rana Sanaullah. The Fake FIR against Shia Muslims of Bhakkar was lodged on the application of the banned terrorist organization leader molvi Akasha who nominated office bearers of leading Shiite organization MWM and all active people of the Shiite community of Bhakkar district. The Punjab government also forced the police to crack down on Shiite Muslims involved in the clash with the Punjab Government's Taliban allies at Kotla Jam and Darya Khan, both Shia denominated areas in Bhakkar. Eye witnesses said that several Shiite people were arrested by the police but the Shia community of Bhakkar vowed that they would not bow before the Saudi-funded Punjab government and its Wahabi allies.

Pakistan: Taliban suspected of sexually abusing young boys; 'bacha bazi' or 'boys for pleasure', 23 August, 2013

Taliban exploitation of young boys for sex is common in several parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Central Asia Online has learnt through interviews with analysts, military officers, clerics and a former militant. Though the militants attempt to impose their harsh interpretation of Islamic law on others, they themselves are hypocrites. “I have personally done investigative reporting when they were allegedly taking away young boys from schools for sexual pleasure,” Peshawar-based analyst and author Aqeel Yusufzai told Central Asia Online in early August. “I’ve confirmed reports of militants exploiting young boys, both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The militants routinely visit schools in border towns to 'select good-looking teenaged boys' in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, said Aqeel. The district education officer reported the matter to the provincial government, then run by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) (2002-2007), but the problem apparently continues. Senior Pakistani military officer Brig. (ret.) Said Nazeer also confirmed the practice of taking 'bacha bazi', or 'boys for pleasure'.

Taliban exploitation of young boys for sex is common in several parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan

Gujranwala: Rights of minorities: Ahmadis are not allowed to do business in Muslim areas, 23 August, 2013

An Ahmadi man was forced to abandon his woodworking business and flee Gujranwala with his family after his erstwhile friends and neighbours discovered that he was an Ahmadi. Imran Ahmed, 35, started out as a daily wager at a woodwork shop in Gujranwala. He saved up money for three years, then invested Rs100,000 in machinery and set up his own workshop. As his business grew, he hired two carpenters to work for him. “Things were going really well, but nobody knew I was an Ahmadi,” he said. Ahmed said that his was the only Ahmadi family in Rana Colony in Gujranwala and he kept this a secret as he feared of being victimised. He got along well with his neighbours but one day, when he was injured in a motorcycle accident, they came to visit him and they saw pictures of Ahmadi personalities in his house. “Their mood totally changed and they left without even having tea,” he said. He said some other workshop owners who were his business rivals began a hate campaign against him. One by one, his ‘friends’ began socially boycotting him. Shopkeepers would refuse to sell him groceries, and his employees resigned, saying it was prohibited to work with him. “Boys on the street started passing comments about me and things got worse day by day,” he said. Then one day during Ramazan, Ahmed said, three neighbouring shopkeepers and two clerics had barged into his workshop and began to beat him. They told him to leave at once if he wanted to protect his life and his family. He rushed home, gathered his wife and three young children, and left Gujranwala. He now lives with relatives in another city and works as a daily wager in a furniture shop.

Bhakkar: Clashes erupt in Bakkar; Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat (ASWJ) terrorists kill 10 Shiites, 23 August, 2013

At least 10 Shiite Muslims have been killed and a dozen were injured when terrorists of Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat (ASWJ) clashed with Shiites in the towns of Bhakkar Kotla Jam and Darya Khan in Punjab province in central Pakistan. The conflict followed a protest rally held by ASWJ in which terrorists of the banned outfit were chanting slogans against Shia Islam. The miscreants were identified as Safdar Shah and Imran Sheerazi of Darya Khan and Ali Raza, Khan Mohammad and Kamran Mohana of Kotla Jam. The attack began when Sipah-e-Sahaba’s rally from Bhakkar to Darya Khan reached the Shiite populated town of Kotla Jam. Anti-Shiite slogans and orders to attack the town was given from the main Sipah-e-Sahaba Masajid and within minutes, the extremists in the rally attacked the town under the supervision of Sipah-e-Sahaba’s president in Darya Khan, Malik Mustafa. The banned extremist organization Sipah-e-Sahaba/Tehreek-e-Taliban attacked the Shiite residential areas of Darya Khan and Kotla Jam in Punjab’s Bhakkar and opened fire on the unarmed civilians which resulted in the death of 10 Shiites. Several others were injured. The injured where shifted to a local hospital. According to reports, the terrorists also attacked a medical store and killed the store’s owner, Syed Safdar Shah, and his associate, Imran Sherazi. Police and security forces are said to have been present at the time of this attack.

Quetta: Pakistani police confiscated 100 tons of explosives ready for use against Shia Muslims, 22 August, 2013

Frontier Corps said that troops had confiscated from a car bomb factory more than 100 tons of chemicals that had been used in recent attacks on troops and the Shia community. Paramilitary troops found wires, detonators and mixers to turn chemicals into bombs during a raid in Quetta. “We have recovered a machine which is basically a mixer, used to mix chemicals to make bombs. We have also recovered sulphur and hundreds of metres of wire, 79 remote controls and short circuit wires. Some 20,000 kilograms of explosive were ready at the factory and just needed to be fitted into vehicles. Eleven people have now been arrested in connection with the case and the owner of the compound has been detained for questioning,” said a FC spokesman. Potassium chlorate and ammonium chlorate had been packed with wires and detonators and had been loaded into vehicles inside the compound, a paramilitary official said. Experts believe that the compound was a bomb-making factory which had produced explosives that had been used in several recent bomb attacks on military targets and Shias.

Pakistani police confiscated 100 tons of explosives ready for use against Shia Muslims and military targets

Karachi: Ahmadi man target killed, 22 August, 2013

A man belonging to the Ahmadiyya community, Zahoor Ahmed Kiyani, 46, was shot and killed along with his neighbour, Noorul Wahid, in Mujahid Colony area of Orangi Town. Kiyani was an employee of the Anti-Narcotics Forces and was posted to the Anti-Smuggling Unit in Pakistan Customs. Police officials told the media that the deceased was sitting outside the house with his neighbour, when at least two armed men on a motorcycle came up-close and shot him multiple times. When the neighbour ran after the culprits to stop them from escaping, they shot him dead too. The bodies were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. An Ahmadiyya community spokesperson, Saleemuddin, condemned the incident and demanded law enforcers to arrest the culprits. “Kiyani sahib had no enmity with anyone,” he said, adding, “He was killed by armed men on sectarian grounds.”

Hafizabad, Punjab: Shia member of PMLN shot dead, guard injured in targeted attack by Sipah-e-Yazid, 22 August, 2013

A Shia member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) was shot dead and his guard was injured in a targeted attack by Sipah-e-Yazid’s terrorists in Hafizabad of Punjab province. Mukhtar Hussain Shirazi of village Shah Jamal, was travelling in his car when he was ambushed near Kot Sarwar Interchange. Mr Shirazi was killed on the spot and his guard was injured.

Lahore: Gang of lewd boys attack Pakistani Christian girl, 22 August, 2013

Farah, a Christian girl was verbally and physically abused by lascivious boys for her faith. Farah is a student of International Christian Concern’s 'Save our Sisters' vocational training school. The attack took place in broad daylight when she was on her way to the International Christian Concern’s Beauty Saloon, yet no one came to her rescue. Farah received severe physical wounds in the unprovoked attack. The International Christian Concern Organization was alerted after the attack and agents from the International Christian Concern transported Farah to a hospital for medical treatment. The victimized girl is now recovering from her injuries. However, owing to severe blows from the assaulters she will continue to have a scar on her neck. Doctors say that it will be an uphill struggle for her to get over her emotional trauma.

Christian girl Farah received severe wounds when she was attacked by lewd Muslim youngsters in Lahore

Karachi: Dr Ghhzanfar Abbas target killed in Karachi, 21 August, 2013

Pro-Taliban Wahabi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) have killed a Shia doctor, Ghazanfar Abbas near Hasan Colony, Liaquatabad area of Karachi. Dr Abbas owned a clinic in Hasan Colony area, where he was killed late in the night. He had received several threats from terrorists of SSP.

Hafizabad: Active Shiite Syed Mukhtar Hussain Sherazi shot dead, 21 August, 2013

Shiite Syed Mukhtar Hussain Sherazi was an active Shiite as well as a member of the Muslim League-N. Terrorists opened fire on him while he was crossing the Kot Saroor Interchange.

Peshawar: Christian Priest receives threatening letters, 20 August, 2013

The priest of a church in the provincial capital has approached the local police and has requested them to provide security to a Christian place of worship after unknown people sent him threatening letters. Zeeshan Bashir, the priest of a church in Christian Colony, Zargarabad locality, has approached the Agha Mir Jani Shah Police Station with a complaint that he has been receiving several threatening letters for the last many days. The complainant did not mention any name but the priest said said that he could identify the persons who have been hurling threats at him and the church. The provincial convener of the United Christian Coordination Committee Tanvir Shirazi and another leader Nazir Khokhar have asked the provincial government and the police to provide security to Zeeshan Bashir and the place of worship.

Karachi: Sipah-e-Sahaba critically injure 25 year-old Shiite, 20 August, 2013

25 year-old Mirza Abbas Arif s/o Mirza Qasim Arif was critically injured when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba opened fire on him in North Nazimad. He is currently in Intensive Care at the Liaqat National Hospital. The Shiite was targeted as he left his office for home. He is said to have no links to any political or religious organization and is believed to have been targeted purely because of his Shiite beliefs.

Karachi: Shia man and his nephew were gunned down in an attack on sectarian grounds, 19 August, 2013

AShia man and his nephew were gunned down in an attack apparently on sectarian grounds in the Buffer Zone area, police said. They said that Nasim Rafi and his nephew Pervez Nadeem were on their way to offer Fajr prayers at the Noor-ul-Huda mosque in Buffer Zone’s Sector-15-A when gunmen travelling in a white Toyota Corolla car targeted them and fled. Taimuria SHO Ejaz Lodhi said that the wounded were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead. “The double murder appeared to be an outcome of sectarianism,” said SSP-Central Amir Farooqi. He said that Naseem had returned to Pakistan from the United Kingdom to attend the funeral of his father.

Karachi: Christian sanitary worker shot dead, 19 August, 2013

A Christian sanitary worker was shot dead in Napier area. Police said that Victor Boota was riding a motorcycle when two motorcyclists fired at him near the Noorani bus terminal and rode away. He sustained four bullet wounds in the abdomen and head and was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi where doctors declared him dead. Napier SHO Fasih Zaman said that the victim was a resident of Lyari and it appeared that the assailants had chased and killed him.

Target killings continue unabated in Karachi month after month

Islamabad: Muslim cleric acquitted of false testimony & evidence tampering charges in Christian girl's case, 18 August, 2013

Cleric Khalid Chishti was acquitted of all charges in regards to evidence tampering and false testimony that the cleric brought against the 14-year-old Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, when he accused her of burning pages out of the Quran. Many suspect that the cleric had added pages of the Quran to a pile of ashes and then accused Rimsha of blasphemy. Rimsha was ultimately found innocent of the accusation and was taken to Canada because of death threats from Muslim hard-liners. This is just another case in which Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law is abused to the determent of religious minorities in Pakistan.

Karachi: Injured Shia Muslim man succumbed to injuries, 17 August, 2013

A Shia Muslim, Imdad Ali, who was injured in a targeted attack of Sipah-e-Sahaba’s terrorists, succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital in Karachi. Takfiri nasbi terrorists had ambushed Imdad Ali in Gaddap Town, a month ago. He was seriously injured and was under treatment at a local hospital. He hailed from Ali Pur Punjab.

Islamabad: Involvement of youth in terror: A frightening aspect, 15 August, 2013

How the war against terrorism could be fought when the mindset of a specific group trickles down to teenagers who have constituted their own terror outfits in their formative years in colleges and neighbourhoods to hit people belonging to other sects or religions. The frightening incident of a failed suicide attack at Ali Ibne Abi Talib Masjid in Bhara Kahu revealed that a group of students, including an 18-year-old girl and a boy of 14, were behind the act, which is enough to open the eyes of the leadership of political and religious parties and groups, as well as the establishment. The investigation report disclosed that the Ali Ibne Abi Talib Masjid suicide attack plot was conceived, designed and orchestrated by a group of young literate boys, most of whom recently dropped out from Mukhtar College, Bhera Bridge, Murree Road, Bhara Kahu. The youngsters state that lately they were inspired by the TTP (South Kurrum Chapter). This chapter is involved in the terror attacks and insurgency against Ehl-e-Tashee in Parachinar. The selection of the target, Ali Masjid, was a matter of convenience, as Bhara Kahu was their second home, and Eid Day was selected at a later stage to grab the headlines. It is alarming to observe that an 18-year-old girl student and a schoolboy of 14, were part of the terrorist outfit, who played their role in the execution of the terrorist plan.

The involvement and training of children and youth in terrorism is a frightening reality in Pakistan

Karachi: Elderly Shia man fell prey to sectarian attack, 15 August, 2013

Haji Safdar Ali, 70, was gunned down in Bhittaiabad, near Shadi Khan Chowk, said the Sachal police. Sohrab Goth SDPO Khalid Khan said that the victim was the owner of a wholesale shop and a resident of Bhittaiabad. Ali was sitting in his shop when two men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him. The wounded man was taken to Darul Sehat Hospital and then to Liaquat National Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered eight bullets to the upper torso. The police said that the deceased belonged to the Shia community and hailed from Sialkot in Punjab province. Following his death, members of the Shia community staged a demonstration and demanded the arrest of the culprits.

Karachi: Armed militants kill 52-year-old Shia caretaker of Asghria Imambargah, 14 August, 2013

Armed Wahabi militants killed a 52-year-old Shia activist, Haji Safdar Ali, on the independence day of Pakistan, 14 August, 2013. Armed militants attacked Safdar Ali in his milk shop at Shadi Khan Chowk, Bhittaiabad area of Karachi. The deceased belonged to Narowal Punjab. He was caretaker of Asghria Imambargah (Hussainia) in Bhittaiabad.

Karachi: Mother, son killed, 30 injured as terrorists attack minority Ismaili community, 13 August, 2013

A woman and her four-year-old son were killed and 30 others were injured when two explosions ripped through Ismaili community centres in two separate incidents. It was the first time that members of the minority Ismaili community were attacked in Karachi. In the first incident, police said that two armed men riding a motorcycle lobbed a ball bomb inside the premises of the Jamaat Khana in Azizabad near Ayesha Manzil Chowrangi. Shireen, 38,and her son, Shameel, 4, who were severely injured in the blast, succumbed to their injuries during treatment. 26 others also sustained injuries in the bombing. Another attack took place half an hour later at a Jamat Khana in the SITE-A police remits, where several more Ismailis were injured. The Ismaili community is a faction of Shiite Muslims that follows billionaire Prince Karim Aga Khan, who lives in France, and considers him as their spiritual leader.

Twin hand grenade attacks killed at least two people and wounded 30 others belonging to the Ismaili community
which is a faction of Shiite Muslims that follows Prince Karim Aga Khan

Lahore: Pakistani Muslims kill Christian landowner in front of his children: His killers remain unpunished 3 weeks later, 13 August, 2013

Christians in Pakistan's Punjab province are still awaiting justice, more than three weeks after a local Christian leader and landowner was shot and killed by Islamic gunmen in front of his young children and family members. Ishaq Masih, a resident of an Okara district village near the provincial capital Lahore, was reportedly shot dead on July 27, 2013, while his two young sons were watching the bloodshed. The main gunman was publicly identified as Muhammad Luqman, also known as Ranjha, who illegally occupied Masih's land. He was accompanied by at least seven others. "They surrounded us and started beating my father," said the late Christian's 15-year-old son, Arshad Masih. "I and my brother cried for help but nobody was there to help us. They were laughing and raising slogans that this bloody Christian has a lot of land," he recalled. Local Christians linked the attack to Masih's activities, who besides being a landowner was also the village's Christian leader, supporting persecuted Christians in the area. Soon after his murder, hundreds of Pakistani Christians braved the summer heat for three days and two nights attempting to persuade the police to properly investigate the murder of the 45-year-old father of two, locals said. The Christian demonstrators also refused to bury the body for three days, violating the Pakistani practice of burial the next day, till the police agreed to register the case, detain the suspects and conduct an autopsy. Now more than three weeks later, Ranjha has not been detained and his 7 accomplices have been released on bail.

Mourners gather around the coffin of murdered Christian Ishaq Masih

Rawalpindi: Ahmadis were barred from offering Eid prayers at their central worship place, 12 August, 2013

Just a day before Eidul Fitr, the streets leading to Aiwan-e-Tawheed, the central place of worship of Ahmadis residing in Satellite Town in Rawalpindi were once again filled with banners cautioning residents about ‘unconstitutional activities’ of members of the area’s Ahmadiyya community. The banners were placed following an attempt by the worship place’s administration to get permission from the city administration for offering Eid prayers at their worship centre, which has been closed for two years. This was the second year running that Ahmadis have been barred from offering Eid prayers at their central worship place in the garrison city in the face of strong resentment and threats made by the action committee, which wants the site to be closed down permanently.

Hyderabad: Shia police officer shot and killed by militants, 10 August, 2013

A Shia police officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Naeem Abbas Ghouri, was ambushed and killed on the second day of Eid when he was on his way home with his son from his office. Neem Abbas Ghauri was posted in Nara Jail. The terrorists ambushed him near Tando Agha area in Hyderabad.

Karachi: Deobandi militants kill a Shia policeman, 10 August, 2013

A Shia police constable, Syed Nazim Hussain, 45, s/o Syed Nawab Hussain resident of Gulbahar Jafria, was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba near Nazimabad Chawla Market. No senior police official attended his funeral evoking public reaction against what was considered to be discrimnation.

Islamabad: Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Islamabad foiled; Suicide bomber, mosque security guard killed, 9 August, 2013

A suicide attack on Shiite Mosque, Jamia Masjid-e-Ali ibn-e-Abni Talib in Bhara Kahu area, was foiled by security guards during the Friday prayers in Islamabad. The bomber got into a scuffle with the guard Syed Ameen Hussain, whom he shot dead when he was denied entrance to the main hall of the mosque. Security personnel in the mosque killed the suicide bomber in retaliatory fire. During the shooting, four Shiites were injured. The injured Shia men, Bilal Husain, Mudasir Husain, Turi Syed and Jabir Husain were shifted to a local hospital. The mosque is located in the residential area of Bara Kahu, a short distance from the capital’s secure Red Zone. The Bomb Disposal Squad defused the jacket an hour after the bomber was killed.

The Bomb Disposal Squad was called in to defuse the suicide jacket worn by the suicide bomber who was killed by security guards

Larkana: Land mafia attacks Hussainia during Eid prayer in Ratodero, 8 August, 2013

A terrorist group of a land mafia attacked Shiite Muslims during Eid prayer at Sahbulasar Hussainia in Ratodero area of Larkana District of Sindh Province. The attackers also opened fire on unarmed Shiite worshippers and used abusive language when the Eid prayer was in process. An FIR was lodged against the culprits who included Samano Kosh, Manzoor Kosh, Shahmurad Kosh, Mukhtiar Mirani, Nadeem Shaikh Asghar Shaikh, Saleem Shaikh Saddam Shaikh and 10 others.

Quetta: Shia policeman among 30 killed in suicide attack during the funeral of a slain police officer, 8 August, 2013

A Shia policeman, Ali Akbar hailing from Chakwal, was killed in a suicide attack during the funeral of a slain Sunni police officer in Quetta, Baluchistan, on Eid ul Fitr.

Parachinar: Three Shiite Muslims including 12-year-old girl killed in Parachinar on Eid Day, 8 August, 2013

Pro-Taliban Wahabi/Deobandi takfiri militants attacked some Shiites as they were travelling in a vehicle in Bosheroa Road area in village Shakh. Three Shiite men were killed in the targeted attack. A 12-year-old girl who was in the vehicle was also killed.

From January-July 2013 there have been 77 attacks on Shias in Pakistan in which 635 Shias were killed and 834 were injured.

Toba Tek Singh: Christian girl kidnapped and tortured by Toba Tek Singh police, 7 August, 2013

Christian girl Iqra Saddique from Toba Tek Singh had been falsely booked in an unspecified case on 7th of August 2013. 22-year-old Christian girl Iqra Saddique was kidnapped by four policemen, and was severely beaten in her own house and on the street for resisting. The policemen carried her away on a motorbike; one sitting in front and one on the back, forcing her to sit between them. This unethical procedure of arrest is strictly against the laws of arresting women in Pakistan; where only lady police constables are allowed to arrest females.

Karachi: Terrorists target kill Shiite man in Karachi, 5 August, 2013

A Shiite man Syed Ali Mazhar Moosvi s/o Syed Sikander Moosvi was killed when state-backed militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba opened fire on him. The incident occurred near Taqwa Mosque on Abul Hasan Ispehani road. He was 30 years old.

Karachi: One Shia youth killed & two Shia Azadar’s injured in a late night terrorist attack, 1 August, 2013

Farhan Kazmi, a Shia youth who was injured in a targeted attack while organizing a mourning congregation for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali (AS) in Gulistan-e-Johar, succumbed to fatal wounds. 2 other Shia youths were also injured in the midnight firing at Johar traffic intersection by notorious takfiri nasbi terrorists belonging to the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba.

Khairpur: Al Quds Rally attacked and 1 Shia protester killed, 2 August, 2013

At least one Shia protester was killed and several were injured when the International Al Quds rally was attacked by Deobandi militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Khairpur district of Sindh Province in Pakistan. It is also reported that three Shiite Muslims have been abducted from the protest rally by the terrorists. An FIR has been registerd against them.

Bahawalpur: Shia leader and his 18-year-old son shot dead in Rahim Yar Khan, 2 August, 2013

Shia Ulema Council divisional president Sheikh Manzoor Hussain and his 18-year-old son Haider Raza were shot dead by unidentified assilants outside their house at Abbasia Town, Rahimyar Khan, while they were going to offer Friday prayers (Juma) during the fast (Roza). After the incident, a large number of people belonging to the Shia community staged a demonstration with the bodies at the Imambargah Langer Hussaini near the railway station.

July 2013

Lahore: Abducted Shia Muslim man Irfan Naqvi decapitated & video recording of his killing sent to his family, 31 July, 2013

A Shia Muslim man, Syed Irfan Naqvi, who was abducted by Deobandi militants of Lashkar-e-Jhagvi from Model Town Lahore, almost three years ago, has been decapitated by the terrorists. The abductors recorded the heinous act as they decapitated Syed Irfan Naqvi and sent the CDs to the police and Irfan’s family. According to details, the abductors had demanded a ransom of Rs 10 crores. They had cut off Irfan Naqvi’s finger and had sent his finger to his family when they made the ransom demand.

Karachi: Shia activist escapes car blast near Azizabad Hussayniyah, 31 July, 2013

Shia activist escapes car blast near Azizabad Hussayniyah. Jafar Imam, a Shia activist of BuTurab Scout, was unhurt in a car bomb blast that exploded in Garibabad area of Azizabad near a Shiite Hussayniyah (religious place for mourning and worship) in Karachi. The bomb was planted in Jafar Imam's vehicle No. AFP 155, that was parked where a Shiite procession was scheduled to take place. Jafar Imam had been receiving death threats from terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba before the incident. The bomb went off after he had gotten out of his car to visit his brother in Azizabad. So there were no casualties but his car was completely destroyed.

Karachi: State-backed militants killed 2 more Shia Muslim men, 30 July, 2013

State-backed militants killed 2 more Shia Muslims in Karachi. Shia men Qasim Ali and Seraj Ali were targeted and shot dead near Khadda Chown in Gharib Abad area of Malir District in Karachi.

Dera Ismail Khan: Five inmates of Dera Ismail Khan jail killed by terrorists, 29 July, 2013

The Central Prison Dera Ismail Khan was stormed by members of the outlawed terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on July 29, 2013, who freed 248 militants and killed five Shia inmates. The three inmates killed during the July 29 attack were identified as Akhtar Abbas, Juma Malang and Zulqarnain and were on death row. One of the Shiites was reportedly beheaded in the raid, which has raised serious questions about the Pakistani government’s ability to maintain security. It is also suspected that the TTP militants took three to five Shia prisoners with them.

The latest jailbreak by the Taliban took place on 29 July, 2013, in which they helped around 250 criminals escape, most of them fellow terrorists

Islamabad: 5-year-old motherless daughter of poor Christian sweeper raped by MBA student, 28 July, 2013

A 5-year-old girl, the daughter of Sarfaraz Masih, son of Rehmat Masih, was raped by a private university student identified as Adeel Farooq, 19, son of Mohammad Farooq, in a private hostel in Sector F-8/1. The child was raped while she was waiting with her brother for her father to finish work. The distraught father had rushed his unconscious and bleeding daughter to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for medical examination, but the medical staff failed to examine her even though the raped little girl was bleeding continuously. The Margalla Police, with great reluctance, registered an FIR against the rapist and arrested him from the hostel.

Lahore: Christian Colony attacked and shot up by angry Muslim mob in Pakistan, 28 July, 2013

A Muslim mob equipped with lethal arms attacked a Christian Colony, Shad Bagh, in the metropolitan area of Lahore on July 28, 2013, vandalizing a Catholic Church and homes of Christians living in the Colony. They also shot and severely injured a Christian man Riaz Masih s/o Babu Younis in broad day light. Vejay Masih s/o Niamat Masih received injuries when he was pistol whipped on his forehead. The violent Muslim mob fired on Christian houses for an hour and left the place after threatening the Christians living there that they would burn their houses just as they had done in Joseph Colony if they took any legal action against them. The attack was triggered by an argument that arose between Christians living in the Colony and a Muslim cable TV provider who demanded that Christians living there should pay an extra fee if the wanted cable TV provision. A Christian man who objected was beaten up severely. Later a mob was gathered by the Muslim cable TV provider which vandalized several churches and houses of Christians in the area. Many Christians were injured in the mob attack.

A Muslim mob equipped with lethal arms attacked a Christian Colony, Shad Bagh, after a petty quarrel
with a Muslim cable TV provider who demanded extra payment from Christians

Quetta: Would be suicide bomber shot dead while trying to attack Shiite Mosque, 27 July, 2013

According to eye-witnesses, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest, and 2 accomplices entered Hazara Town, a Shia-dominated area. The militants were intercepted by private guards belonging to the Hazara community while they were trying to position themselves close to an Imambargah (Shia religious house) just before Iftar timings when it is most congested. The attackers opened fire on the guards and the suicide bomber was killed in the exchange of fire. His accomplices managed to flee from the scene. DIG Operations Fayyaz Sumbal confirmed that the killed attacker was wearing a suicide jacket.

Hazara Town residents gunned down a suicide bomber who along with his accomplices
was trying to target an Imambargah in the area

Quetta: At least 8 members of the Shia Hazara community were killed in 3 attacks, 27 July, 2013

“Eight people were killed in the firing on two vehicles on Brewery Road and Subzal Road,” DIG Operation Qazi Wahid told the media. The terrorists first struck at Killi Ibrahimzai, where four motorcyclists fired at a yellow cab that was taking six Shia Hazara men to Quetta from Hazara town.“They opened fire on the car from two directions, killing all the six passengers who suffered bullet wounds to their heads,” police said. In the other shooting, two men riding a motorcycle attacked another vehicle on Subzal Road. A Shia Hazara man was killed on the spot and another was critically injured. He died in the Combined Military Hospital. The multiple Shia killings that happened on July 27, 2013, took the number of Hazara Shias killed in Quetta and its vicinity during the past fortnight to 26.

Parachinar: 39 Shias killed and more than 100 injured in twin explosions near the marketplace, 26 July, 2013

Two bombs planted in motorbikes were reportedly detonated in the Shingak Bazaar and near Zahran vehicle stand, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 100. The first explosion took place near a mosque in the main market of Parachinar town which has a large Shia population. The market was full of people hurrying to buy items for their evening meal that breaks the day-time fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The second bomb detonated about four minutes after the first, about 365 meters away from the initial blast, said government official Javed Ali. Said Hussain, who was in the area where the second blast struck, reported seeing a teenage boy shout "God is great!" just moments before the explosion. Riaz Massoud, a top government official in Kurram said that the bombs killed 39 and wounded at least 70. As many as 12 cars and several shops were also destroyed in the blasts. Dead bodies quickly overwhelmed Parachinar's hospital, as more than 100 people sought medical attention after the blasts, said Dr. Zahid Hussain, who works at the hospital. Parachinar which has a significant Shia population has been repeatedly attacked by hardline Sunni militant groups.

A pair of bombs tore through crowds of shoppers at a busy market in northern Pakistan
killing 39 people

Karachi: Shia youth shot and killed by Sipah-e-Yazid in Karachi, 26 July, 2013

Ovais and two other Shiites were ambushed near Rabia City in Gulistan-e-Johar. Ovais was killed in the terrorist firing while the 2 other Shiites who were with him were badly injured.

Karachi: Hazara community member gunned down in Orangi Town, 25 July, 2013

Saqib, 30, was gunned down by unidentified assailants near Para Chowk in Orangi Town in the Mominabad police precincts, while he was riding his motorcycle. His body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Saqib belonged to the Hazara community and was a resident of the same locality where he was target killed.

Karachi: Catholic Nurse in Pakistan faces persecution after rejecting marriage proposal from Muslim man, 24 July, 2013

Pakistan's small Catholic community has been shaken again by another case of violence. An influential Muslim businessman in the district of Sanghar has repeatedly threatened a Catholic nurse who has refused to marry him. The Muslim man filed a case against her when she became engaged to another man. It all began when Ghulam Muhammad decided that he wanted to marry Nazia Masih, a Catholic nurse from Padri-Jo-Goth, Sanghar District, who works at Cheniot Hospital. Muhammad who has the reputation in the district of abducting, raping and forcibly converting local Hindu women to Islam, approached her with a proposal to marry him and convert to Islam. After she turned him down, he threatened to abduct her and disfigure her with acid. On her way home on 10 May, 2013, Nazia Masih was approached by four armed men who warned her to accept Muhammad's proposal or face the consequences. Frightened, she sought for help at work but the hospital authorities refused. On the day of her engagement to Ejaz Joseph, a local Christian, on 26 May, 2013, Ghulam Muhammad interrupted the ceremony accompanied by several police officers who tried to arrest the couple. The police told Nazia that her tormentor claimed that she was his wife, and that a family court would have to sort things out. The family court eventually decided not to intervene in the case of false marriage. The situation is now at an impasse. On July 20, 2013, Muhammad filed another complaint to get the police to force Nazia to marry him.

Influential Muslim businessman in Sanghar district repeatedly threatened Catholic nurse Nazia Masih when she refused to marry him

Karachi: Another Shia youth shot and killed by Sipah-e-Sahaba in a targeted attack in Karachi, 24 July, 2013

Terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba murdered Ahsan Abbas in Saeedabad Baldia Town five months after they had murdered Ahsan’s father and brother.

Quetta: LeJ terrorists kill two Shia Muslims, 22 July, 2013

Pro-Taliban Wahabi militants of Lashkar-e-Jhagvi have killed two Shiite Muslims when they opened fire on a taxi in Quetta, which has been gripped by a accelerated wave of Shia Genocide. The attack took place in the busy Iqbal avenue in the southwestern city, the capital of Balochistan, where sectarian unrest against Shiites has killed thousands of Shia Muslims. “The driver and a passenger boarding the taxi, were both Shias. They died after LeJ’s terrorists fired at their car,” said Fayyaz Sumbal, a senior police official in Quetta. He said that the two attackers were waiting for the taxi to arrive at the busy avenue and escaped on a motorbike after spraying the vehicle with a hail of bullets.

Shia Muslims in Quetta protest against the relentless killings of Shias and the terrible surge in Shia genocide in Pakistan

Gojra: Christian couple arrested for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, 20 July, 2013

Shafqat Masih, 43, and his 40-year-old wife Shagufta, who reportedly have four children between the ages of 5 and 11, were taken into custody on a complaint by a Muslim cleric, Rana Muhammad Ejaz, who alleged that he had received blasphemous text messages from Masih from a number registered in the name of Shagufta. Gojra City police registered a case under Section 295-C of Pakistan’s widely condemned blasphemy laws for allegedly defaming Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Conviction is punishable by death or life in prison, which is 25 years in Pakistan. Saying police coerced him into recording a false admission of guilt, Masih has denied sending the text messages, according to an official at a Christian rights organization who requested anonymity. Shagufta works at St. John’s School in Gojra as a maid, and her husband works as a night watchman in the same campus. There was no immediate word as to who is caring for their minor children while the couple are in jail. The couples’ relatives have reportedly fled the area in fear of violence from Muslim neighbours.

Karachi: Lone survivor of accidental bomb blast admits to making bomb for Yaum-e-Ali (AS), 20 July, 2013

On July 20, an explosion in a flat in Karachi’s Patel Para left three dead and one injured. The injured, now in police custod, revealed that he and his accomplices, was making a bomb when the explosives detonated. He said that the bomb was intended to be used on Yaum-e-Ali (AS), adding that the target location had not been decided. Initial interrogation revealed that one of the deceased, Mateenuddin, was leading the operations and had rented the flat six months ago. According to the survivor, Mateenuddin belonged to the sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

Accidental blast in militants den in Karachi’s Patel Para cuts short their bombing escapades

Pakistan: Jihad to convert Hindu girls to Islam rages on, 19 July, 2013

According to the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Jihad to convert Hindu girls is continuing unabated due to the indifferent attitude of Pakistani authorities. In recent months, seven Hindu girls have been targeted in the conversion to Islam campaign. Of the seven, five have been abducted and converted by Muslims. One Hindu girl was abducted and forced to convert to Islam, but she has been subsequently recovered by the police. In one case, the attempted abduction was foiled by passers-by. The Muslim abductors have also begun using new modus operandi. The Muslim man first became the 'brother' of a Hindu girl by observing 'Rakhi Bandhan', a custom cementing the bond between brothers and sisters. Later, the same 'brother' abducted his 'sister'. After the abduction, he married her. Incidents of abduction of teenage Hindu girls are of no concern to the Sindh provincial government. Such abductions are also encouraged by Muslim fundamentalists and powerful local elements that operate freely within and around the local administration. According to the Hindu Panchayat, every month around 20 girls are abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. The role of officials in the police and in the Courts is questionable in all these cases.

Karachi: Paramilitary Ranger murders Shia taxi driver, 16 July, 2013

A member of the paramilitary Rangers was booked for killing an unarmed Shia taxi driver, Murad Ali, on July 16, 2013. He was arrested and brought to a Karachi court. Taxi driver Murad Ali was driving his son Zohaib Ali to a doctor near their home in Gulistan-e-Jauhar for treating an upset stomach. When he stopped to buy fruit for Iftar, he was shot dead by the Rangers soldier, Ghulam Rasul. Murad Ali was shot four times in the chest. Murad’s son was unharmed but he was unable to speak after witnessing the horrific episode. Four Rangers personnel were booked in the case, however, the police have only arrested the key accused while the other three are on the run.

Karachi: Between January 2013 and June 2013 as many as 635 Shias have been killed in sectarian attacks, 19 July, 2013

Dawn news reports that between January 2013 and June 2013 in Pakistan, there have been 77 attacks on Shias, 54 against Ahmadis, 37 against Hindus, one against Sikhs and 16 against other groups. As many as 635 Shias have been killed in these attacks while 834 have been injured. The Ahmadis are second on the list with 22 dead and 39 injured. The Christians are third with 11 dead and 36 injured. 2 Hindus were also killed and 4 injured. The Sikhs lost one person while other groups lost 46 people.

Systematic bombings in Shia localities by militants have taken a severe toll of Shia lives

Quetta: Four Hazara Shias gunned down, 15 July, 2013

Gunmen in a white car opened fire on a vehicle on Quetta’s Masjid Road, Liaqat Bazar, killing four people belonging to the Hazara community, police said. “All the four victims were Shia Muslims,” senior police official Fayyaz Sumbal said, adding that the attackers fled the scene soon after the shooting. The incident occurred when Ali Raza, owner of Ali Traders, was heading home after closing his shop for Iftaar. The terrorists who were lying in wait, opened fire on his car, killing him and 3 other Shiites. The Shiites killed have been identified as Idrees, Ali Raza s/o Hasan Ali, Ali Akber s/o Mohammad Raza and Raza Hasan s/o Mola Haider.

Quetta: Converted Shia Muslim man brutally killed after abduction, 15 July, 2013

Reports say that Hafiz Abdul Wahid was earlier a Sunni Muslim who embraced Shia Islam. The converted Shia man was kidnapped by terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba. They tortured him severely and finally murdered him. The terrorists threw his body in a gunny bag on Saryab Road Quetta.

Punjab Province: Pakistani Christian man gets life term for sending blasphemous SMSs, 14 July, 2013

A Christian man in Pakistan's Punjab province has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sending blasphemous mobile phone text messages to some Muslim clerics. Additional District and Sessions Judge Mian Shahzad Raza of Toba Tek Singh district slapped the sentence and a Rs 2 lakh fine on Sajjad Masih. Masih, a resident of Pakpattan district, was arrested in December 2011, for allegedly sending blasphemous mobile phone messages to Muslim clerics of Gojra in Toba Tek Singh. The judge heard the case in the district jail and handed down the sentence to Masih after several ulemas (clerics) of Gojra testified against him. The court was informed that Masih had been engaged to his relative Ruma Masih of Gojra Christian Colony but she had contracted marriage with a Christian man living in the UK. Masih had with him a mobile phone SIM belonging to Ruma and he had sent blasphemous messages to the clerics from it, allegedly in order to land Ruma in trouble for her 'betrayal'. The police initially registered a case against Masih under Section 25-B of the Telegraph Act but then added the controversial blasphemy law to the FIR on the demand of the clerics. Muslims and clerics of Gojra also pressurized the police to try Ruma under the blasphemy law.

Sajjad Masih was sentenced to life imprisonment for sending blasphemous mobile phone text messages from the cell phone of his fiancé

Vehari: Christian girl abducted and raped at gun point, 13 July, 2013

A Christian girl, a 7th grader residing in Village Doctor Wala, Vehari, was raped by a Muslim man under the supervision of two armed Muslim men. Humaira was home alone while her parents were working in the fields when two Muslim men, Zubair, son of Abdul Sittar and Babo came to her house and told her that an accident had occurred and her father was injured. They told her that her father was in hospital and he was asking for her. Believing that she was going to see her father at the hospital, she accompanied the men who took her to an abandoned hospital, Bashir Memorial Hospital, where a third man, Murtaza, whose residence was close to the hospital, was waiting. Zubair forcibly took her into a room of the hospital at gun point and locked her in, threatening to kill her and her family if she made a noise. One of the accused, Murtaza, brutally raped her at gun point, while the other two stood by and watched. Later they left her in the room and fled.

Teenage Christian girl abducted and raped by Muslim man in Vehari

Sialkot, Punjab Province: Police ask for fictional 'No Objection Certificate' to prevent Ahmadis from praying, 12 July, 2013

In the city of Sialkot, Punjab province, Ahmadis were stopped from offering Friday prayers and were asked by the police to produce a 'No Objection Certificate' for offering prayers, although no such thing exists. When the Ahmadis went to a senior police official for help, he instructed the Ahmadis not to observe their Friday prayers until he had spoken to the Mullahs, the Muslim fundamentalists. The authorities do not allow Ahmadis to build a place for worship, nor do they allow them to pray at home. Ahmadis are not allowed to call their places of prayer a mosque and if holy verses of the Quran are written on their mosques the police and the Mullah fundamentalists desecrate and erase them.

Kohat: Two killed and seven injured in blast outside Shia Mosque in Kohat, 11 July, 2013

At least two people were killed and seven injured when a bomb exploded outside a Shia Mosque in Kohat, a southern city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Police officials said the bomb was planted in a motorcycle parked near the Shia mosque and was probably aimed at targeting Shia worshippers and a temporary bus-stand in Kacha Pakka area on Kohat’s Hangu road. Kohat District Police Officer Dilawar Bangash told reporters that the explosion was carried out through a remote-controlled device. “Between four to five kilograms of explosive material was used in the bomb. I can confirm the death of two people and seven people were injured,” he said. The bomb exploded just as Shia worshipers were coming out of the mosque after offering Zuhr prayers. The powerful explosion also damaged nearby shops. Kacha Pakka area of district Kohat is the Shia populated area of the district.

Islamabad: Pakistani Christian man beaten and humiliated for protecting his family, 10 July, 2013

A Pakistani Christian man has been beaten and humiliated for attempting to protect his daughters from the taunts of 2 Muslim men. Rafique Masih, a 50 year old father, was beaten up for trying to defend his daughters from being harassed by the constant taunts of Muhammad Umai and Muhammad Zubair, nephews of a rich Muslim man who owned a brick factory in the area. Rafique and his wife have 7 children, four girls and three boys. After his eldest daughter, Iram, 17, was yet again verbally harassed on July 10, 2013, Rafique Masih went to tell the two young men not to bother his daughters anymore. In response, the Muslim men began to verbally abuse him, insulting him and his family and threatening to "teach him a lesson." After the argument the Christian returned home but the very same evening Muhammad Umai and Muhammad Zubair appeared at his door to continue the argument. Mehboob Masih, 23, one of Rafique Masih's sons opened the door when the two Muslim men forced their way into the house armed with wooden sticks and bricks and began to beat the boy and his father. The attackers wounded Rafique on his head and broke his arm. Then they slapped and insulted his daughters, trying to drag them into the street to humiliate them. The timely intervention of some neighbors made them desist.

Rafique Masih was beaten up with wooden sticks and bricks and his hand was broken when he tried to protect his daughters

Gulshan-e-Iqbal: Shia youth ambushed in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, 9 July, 2013

A Shia youth was injured in the firing by terrorists belonging to the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba. Syed Asif was ambushed near NIPA Bridge Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The youth who was severely injured in the targeted attack was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Karachi: Shia man shot dead by militants, 8 July, 2013

A 30-year-old Shia Muslim, Mansoor Hussain Jafri s/o Sabir Ali Jafri, was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi. Mansoor Hussain was ambushed in sector 7 D Surjani Town.

Lahore: 16-year-old Christian boy arrested on charges of being in love with Muslim girl, 7 July, 2013

16-year-old Christian boy Farhad Masi of Shibli town, Gulshan Ravi, Lahore, was arrested on the complaint (FIR) 579/13.PPC, 380/496 A, of Sakina Bibi, mother of a 16-year-old Muslim girl, Rabia. Local Muslims tried to burn and loot Farhad’s house to show their displeasure. The violent Muslim mob made a huge protest against Christians living in Farhad’s street and tried to burn Christian homes on the street as they believe that Islam only allows Muslim males to marry non-Muslims for love and convert them, which is considered noble cause, but it is a sin and a non-bailable offense if any non-Muslim man falls in love with a Muslim girl.

Sindh: Two minor Hindu sisters abducted, 7 July, 2013

According to advocate Veerji Kolhi, President of Progressive Hindu Alliance and Council for the Defense of Bonded Laborers, two Hindu sisters were abducted on 7 July, 2013, by armed men from their village Kohli Vairi located in Nangar Parka Taluka, Tharparkar District, Sindh. The two minor girls, Tarki aged 16 and Beena aged 14, daughters of Vanoon Kohli, were abducted by Hanif Nohri, Inayat Nohri, Majnoon Nohri , Jamal Nohri and Ismail Khoso, residents of Bado and Jud'dan villages located in the same taluka and district. The armed men forcibly entered the house of the Kohli family in the night when the children were having dinner with their mother, Savarian Kohli. The abductors are alleged to be henchmen of the former chief minister of Sindh who has now joined the ruling party, the PML-N. Mrs. Kohli fears that her daughters will be moved to another location, converted to Islam forcibly, and be killed by their powerful and influential abductors. Demonstrators appealed to the authorities to search the madressas for the recovery of the girls.

2 minor Hindu sisters were abducted by armed men in Tharparkar

Peshawar: Policeman guarding Christian church killed during Islamic fundamentalist attack on Peshawar Protestant church, 5 July, 2013

Islamic fundamentalists attacked a Protestant church, the Assembly of God Church, in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and shot at a policeman standing guard, several times, hitting the police guard in the neck, chest and near the heart. He died immediately. The church that was attacked had been receiving threats from Islamic extremists for some time and had therefore asked for protection from the local authorities, who responded by deploying two police officers to guard the church. The attackers had opened fire when one of police guards on duty tried to intercept them, killing him on the spot. Before they fled the scene, they took the dead officer's weapon and fired at the church. Two clergymen were inside the building at the time of the incident. Civil society groups and the Catholic Church condemned the action. Meanwhile, the police have registered the incident and are in pursuit of the gunmen.

Islamic fundamentalist attacked the Assembly of God Church in Peshawar on July 5, 2013, killing a policeman guarding it

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Only minorities can be street cleaners or janitors not Muslims says Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Kharrak, 5 July, 2013

Tensions had been running high in the area after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Kharrak said that Muslims could not be street cleaners or janitors, who are in short supply. "Only minorities could do those jobs," he said. Minority groups reacted with outrage and called for his resignation. Kharrak is a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, Pakistan Movement for justice). Contacted by AsiaNews, Fr Joseph Edward, of the diocese of Lahore, condemned the chief minister for his statement. "His words are a clear sign of discrimination" he said, "something shameful for the PTI, which ran a campaign based on change, peace, justice, equality and respect for everyone, even for religious minorities".

Parachinar: Shia Muslim man killed and 3 injured in blast in passenger coach, 2 July, 2013

A blast that occured in a passenger bus near Malikkhel bridge in Parachinar killed a Shia Muslim man, Faizan Ali, and seriously injured 3 others.

Kinri: Another missing Hindu girl ends up married to a Muslim, 1 July, 2013

The case of Hindu girl from Tendo Jam village who was kidnapped on the pretext of a 'love marriage' has been solved. Police have arrested Mohammad Ali Machi, along with a woman, said to be his sister. There was an emotional scene in the police station as the girl, upon seeing her father Lilaram and mother Laxmibai, embraced her mother and started crying. In her statement the girl said that she had gone to Korti with her maternal uncle. She had visited a dargah to seek blessings, after which she proceed to the Mohammad Ali Machi's residence, where she was forcibly taken to Kinri, converted to Islam, and married to Mohammad Ali Machi. She pleaded to be handed over to her parents. After recording the statement of the girl, the police arrested Mohammad Ali Machi, along with his sister Zarina. A case of kidnapping has been registered against them.

Tendo Jam resident Hindu girl kidnapped from Kotri breaks down in Kiner after seeing her parents

Lahore: Pakistani Christian woman facing execution has been rescued and moved to Sri Lanka with her family, 1 July, 2013

A Christian woman who was facing the possible death penalty in Pakistan for blasphemy against Islam has been moved to Sri Lanka with her husband and daughter, revealed an official. "Martha Bibi, 47, and her Christian husband Boota Masih have arrived in Sri Lanka with their daughter. Two other daughters and three sons, will follow soon," said the official. "They will apply for refugee status with (UN refugee agency) UNHCR. After that they will go to Canada or the United States," he added. The "persecution" of Martha Bibi and her husband, who are entrepreneurs, began in January 2007 when she asked those leasing their building equipment to pay an outstanding bill. "On January 22, 2007, after Martha Bibi got into an argument with a shop-owner near the mosque regarding the issue, she was left empty-handed and smeared as a blasphemer, terrorized, and ultimately arrested", said sources close to her family. A blasphemy case under section 295C PPC was registered at Police Station Changa Manga, FIR No.33/07 against her and she was arrested and put behind bars the very same day, after being beaten and tortured by Muslims.

Punjab: Shia Muslim man shot dead in Daryabad Bhakkar, 1 July, 2013

A Shia Muslim man, Mohammad Ali, was ambushed and shot dead by militants on Dera Road in Daryabad Bhakkar of Punjab province.

Islamabad: Pakistani Christian girl acquitted of Blasphemy charges given refuge in Canada, 1 July, 2013

Rimsha Masih, an innocent victim of a blasphemy case in Pakistan, who was accused and initially sentenced to death, has been given asylum in Canada after months of hiding from death threats in Pakistan. She is accompanied by her parents, two sisters and a brother. Rimsha Masih was jailed in August, 2012, in a prison near Islamabad on trumped up charges of burning pages with verses of the Koran. The detention of the minor girl suffering from Downs syndrome at Adiala Jail sparked an international outcry. Amid mounting pressure, Rimsha was eventually flown to safety on September 8, 2012, after an Islamabad court set the bail of one million Pakistani rupees. Pakistani authorities allowed Masih to leave Pakistan, after a Muslim leader who accused the girl of burning pages of Koran verses, was himself detained on charges of blasphemy. Imam Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chisht allegedly stashed Koranic papers in the girl‘s bag to ensure her conviction and push out Christians from the area, charges that he strongly denied. "It was very dangerous for them," said family friend Xavier William, who helped them find a safe house on the outskirts of Islamabad. "The authorities can’t protect people accused of blasphemy in Pakistan," William added. "Even though she was cleared, she remained at risk." Before Rimsha was cleared last November, Muslims enraged by the accusations gathered at the police station were she was being held, demanding the girl be turned over to them so that she could be burned alive. After a Pakistani contact alerted Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to the family’s plight, the politician felt compelled to act. “This was an extraordinary example of brutal persecution,” Kenney told the Canadian Press, adding that he would agree to allow the family to move if they could get out of Pakistan. A lot of people did some very dangerous, delicate work to extricate her and her family and we provided the necessary visas,” he said.

Pakistani blasphemy victim Rimsha Masih has been given asylum with her family in Canada due to death threats aginst her in Pakistan

June 2013

Quetta: Peshawar rocked by suicide blasts that killed 30 Shia Hazara men and women and injured over 70 people, 30 June, 2013

At least 30 men and women belonging to the Shia Hazara community were killed and 70 others were injured in a suicide blast in the Aliabad area of Hazara town. “A suicide bomber blew himself up near a barrier close to Ali Ibn-Abu-Talib Imambargah,” said DIG Investigation, Syed Mobin Ahmed. The Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the group who identified himself as Abubakar Siddique told a private TV channel that his group had carried out the attack in Hazara town. At least nine women were among the dead. Sources said that an unidentified man on a bicycle had tried to enter the area and when people standing near the barrier stopped him he blew himself up. The blast occurred at the Balkhi Chowk which is close to the Imambargah (Shia religious house). Prayers were being held inside the Imambargah when the blast took place. Eyewitnesses said that a large number of people, including women and children, were present at the place at the time of the blast. Hospital sources said that the death toll could rise because at least 10 of the injured were in serious condition. This was the second bomb attack in Hazara town over the past 5 months.

Bomb blast in Hazara Town; 30 killed, 70 injured

Sukkur: Hindu girl goes missing, 30 June, 2013

A young Hindu girl, Deepa Kumari, daughter of Mukesh Kumar, a shopkeeper, went missing after she left her home for a temple in Shah Ghazi locality in Jacobabad. The girl’s relatives informed the police about her disappearance and the police raided a house owned by Haq Nawaz Thaheem in Dangar locality to recover the girl, but found it locked. The police broke open the locks and searched the house but found nobody inside. Sources close to the families said that Deepa Kumari had eloped with Zohaib, son of Haq Nawaz Thaheem to Amrot Sharif where she was likely to embrace Islam and tie the knot with the Muslim man. No case was registered at the City police station neither was any arrest made till the filing of the report.

Karachi: Another missing Hindu girl ends up married to a Muslim, 28 June, 2013

On 28 June, 2013, a Hindu girl Rekha was abducted by Yaseem Lashari when she was on her way home from her work place. Rekha and her mother, Naavi, work in the factory where they met Yameen Lashari. He made Rekha tie a Rakhi (thread cementing bond between brother and sister, tied by a girl around the wrist of boy on the Hindu festival of Raksha bandhan, making them both brother and sister) and thus became equivalent to a brother. Lashari often visited their home in the guise of her Rakhi brother. One day Rekha didn't come back home from work and Lashari was also found to be missing from the work place. Navvi realized that her daughter had been abducted by Yameen and she filed a case of kidnapping against Yameen Lahari. On the day of the hearing the couple came to court and Naavi tried to meet with her daughter, but Lashari did not allow them to meet and talk. He abused and insulted Navvi and told her to get out of the court. Navvi informed the police about the incident but police didn't take any action. Some days later, Lashari informed the mother through a messenger that he and Rekha had gotten married and there was no need for her to follow them.

Sheikupura: Pakistani Pastor acquitted of Blasphemy charges, 28 June, 2013

Following his arrest on October 13, 2012, for alleged blasphemy aginst Islam, the 55-year-old pastor of Bado Malhi, Sangla Hill, had been languishing in Sheikhupura District Jail after preaching about Christ's sacrifice at a funeral attended mainly by Christians. After Patras' arrest, Muslim villagers forced his five married sons and their families to leave the area or be burned alive, an attorney told media persons. They are still in hiding and have not returned to their village fearing for their lives. Pastor Karma Patras was released on bail in February, 2013, four months after his arrest, when the complainant Syed Zulqarnain Shah informed authorities that his complaint had been "lodged mistakenly." All charges against Pastor Patras were formally withdrawn on June 14th, 2013, after Shah testified that he had mistakenly accused Pastor Karma Patras of speaking against Islam. Patras is the fourth Christian this year to be acquitted of charges of blasphemy, punishable by death, but is perhaps the first known case of an acquittal due to withdrawn charges.

Pastor Karma Patras is the fourth Christian to be acquitted of charges of blasphemy in Pakistan this year.

Karachi: Shiite injured in Sipah-e-Sahaba firing, 28 June, 2013

23 year-old Syed Abbas Ali Jaffri s/o Syed Mohammad Ali Jaffri was injured when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Tehreek-e-Taliban opened fire on him in Bufferzone's D-15.

Karachi: Injured Shia Advocate passes away, 27 June, 2013

Advocate Ali Ahmed Jan, who was injured in an attack on his car near ICI Bridge on May 3, 2013, by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital where he was under treatment for nearly 2 months. His son, Shakeel Ahmed Jan, was killed in the attack.

Punjab Province: Punjab police desecrate another Ahmadiyya mosque, 26 June, 2013

On June 26, 2013, two policemen and one man in civil clothes came to the main Ahmadiyya mosque in Sheikhupura, Punjab, and told the management that a Muslim fundamentalist, Maulvi Manzoor Vattoo, had filed an application against the Kalima (Islamic creed) written outside the Ahmadiyya mosque and demanded its removal. The management told the visitors that it was not the Ahmadiyya practice to remove the Kalima, neither would a private party be allowed to do so. Thereafter, four officials from the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) visited the site in the evening and repeated the mullah's demand. They were given the same reply. At around 10:30 PM, police officers arrived in two vans led by a District Superintendant of Police. An inspector and four constables came to the mosque gate, climbed a ladder and defaced the Kalima, as demanded by the cleric.

Karachi: Shiite senior High Court Judge’s car attacked by terrorists, 26 June, 2013

Shiite Senior High Court Judge Justice Mohammad Maqbool Baqir’s car was attacked by militants early in the morning on Burns Road, while the Judge was on his way to Court. Five of his guards were killed and the Judge was badly injured when a bomb planted inside a motor cycle was set off by militants lying in wait, just as the Judge’s car passed it. The blast completely destroyed the Judge’s car as well as the Police Mobile behind it. Judge Baqir has been shifted to the Aga Khan hospital where he is in a stable condition.

Shiite Senior Hight Court Judge Justice Mohammad Maqbool Baqir’s car was bombed in Burns Road, Karachi

Karachi: Terrorists attack funeral procession of Shia man in Karachi, 25 June, 2013

Nadeem Abbas son of Sajid Ali was shot dead on 24 June, 2013. His namaz-e-janaza was held at Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khorasan and the body was taken to Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard for burial. The motorcade was on the way when terrorists belonging to the pro-takfiri party opened fire on the funeral procession proceeding along the main super highway, leaving many Shiites injured.

Karachi: Shia poultry shop owner gunned down in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, 24 June, 2013

A Shia man, Raja Nadeem Abbas, 40, the owner of a poultry shop was shot at and wounded by two gunmen in Block-6 near Zuhra Square, where he had his shop. Eye witness said that three terrorists with long beards riding a Honda CG 125 motorcycle had opened the fire on the victim. He was taken to a private hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Although Gulshan-i-Iqbal SHO Irfan Ahmed said that the killing appeared to be over personal enmity and was not motivated by sectarian reasons, a spokesman for the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) claimed that the victim had been targeted because he was a Shia. Raja Nadeem Abbas was a trustee of the Imambargah Madinatul Ilm in Gulshan-i-Iqbal.

Lahore: Christian lawyer threatened for assisting the 3 Christian women who were paraded naked in Punjab, 24 June, 2013

Mr. Mushtaq Gill, the director of LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) organization, is getting death threats from militants as he is raising his voice for the Christian minority whose rights have been violated in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Christian Post, three armed militants threatened Mr. Mushtaq Gill on 23 June, 2013, at around 2:30 PM, when he was on his way home. He was on a motorbike with a friend when they were forcibly stopped at gunpoint on Multan road. The three men who were unknown to him, threatened to kill him and shot into the air.

A Christian lawyer has been threatened with dire consequences for assisting the three Christian women,
who were stripped naked and paraded on the streets in Punjab

Karachi: Syed Fazal Shah shot dead by terrorists after abduction, 24 June, 2013

Armed militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban gunned down a Shiite Muslim in Karachi after brutal torture. On 23 June, 2013, militants in Karachi abducted Syed Fazal Shah from the Ghazi Town area of Malir, very close to a Baloch locality and a Wahabi seminary. The next morning the brutally tortured and gunshot body of Syed Fazal Shah was found in the same locality in Ghazi Town area. He was a member of the local Zuljunnah Committee and an active member of Ghazi Town Matami Sangat.

Karachi: Shia youth found shot dead, 24 June, 2013

The bullet-riddled body of a young man was found in the Memon Goth area near Jam Goth. The victim, identified as Afzal Shah, 22, had sustained three bullet wounds. He was a resident of Jafar-i-Tayar Society, Malir, and worked in a garments factory. Memon Goth SHO Rao Khalid said that it appeared that the victim had been kidnapped and killed somewhere else and the body was later dumped in the area where it was found. He said that the motive for the killing could not be ascertained immediately. MWM spokesman told the media that the murder was motivated by sectarian reasons.

Gilgit: Terrorists attack Nanga Parbat camp, slay 10 foreign climbers, 22 June, 2013

Ten foreign climbers, a Pakistani guide and cook were killed as gunmen wearing the uniform of paramilitary Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts stormed into the base camp of Nanga Parbat, one of the world’s highest mountains in the scenic Himalayan valley of Bunar Das in Gilgit-Baltistan, late at night. According to sources, two Chinese nationals, a US national of Chinese origin, three Ukrainians, two Slovaks, a Lithuanian and a Nepalese national were killed.The climbers were staying at the first camp, around 4,200 feet from Nanga Parbat. The attackers had kidnapped two local guides and had forced them to lead them to the camp. They also took away the documents of all the foreigners they had killed. The attackers numbered about 20 and were speaking the local Shina dialect as well as Pashto. They fled on foot towards the Kel area of Azad Kashmir after the attack, said sources.

Gunmen dressed as paramilitary police killed ten foreign tourists in an unprecedented attack on the climbers' base camp at Nanga Parbat

Toba Tek Singh: Five members of a Shiite Muslim family slaughtered in Punjab, 22 June, 2013

An unidentified accused killed five persons of a Shiite Muslim family including 3 minor children, in Rajana village of Toba Tek Singh, Geo News reported. Police said that the accused had barged into a house in village Rajana Chak 264, had tied up the victims and had brutally cut the throats of Javed, his wife Tahira, two sons 8-year-old Ali Hassan and 6-year-old Mohsin and a 4-year-old daughter.

Karachi: Gunfire and grenade lobbed into Shia crowd near Imambargah kills four, 21 June, 2013

At least four people were killed and eight others including police officials were injured when unknown men opened fire on a Shia Imambargah (Shia religious house) in Bilal Colony area of Korangi, Karachi. An explosion followed soon afterwards. Initial reports suggest that the explosion was caused by a hand grenade. According to eye witnesses the extremists opened fire on some Shiite men sitting outside Imambargah Hussaini. As people started to gather around the injured men, the terrorists threw a grenade into the crowd. 4 were killed in this barbaric attack and 4 others were injured. The injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital.

4 killed in firing and blast in Imambargah in Karachi

Peshawar: 15 killed in suicide strike on Peshawar mosque, yet another sectarian attack, 21 June, 2013

Fifteen people were killed and 27 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up after a gun attack inside a Shia mosque-cum-madressah. Known as Ariful Hussainia Madressah, the mosque is located in Faisal Colony, a largely Shia neighbourhood in a suburb of the city. Superintendent of Police Shafiullah Khan revealed that there were three attackers. One of them opened fire on policemen guarding the mosque while one managed to enter the mosque and blew himself up in the main hall, where the sermon for Friday prayers was in progress. An official of the bomb disposal squad said that eight kilograms of explosives with ball-bearings were used in the blast.

Suicide bombing in Shia mosque during Friday prayers kills 15 in Peshawar

Rahim Yar Khan: Christian villagers attacked by Muslims after minor dispute between children, 20 June, 2013

On June 20, 2013, a Christian boy, Ashley, was playing cricket with his Muslim friends when he had a dispute with one of them. The matter was resolved quickly without animosity but when Ashely went to buy something from the shop the following day, two Muslim boys started teasing him again. Later that day, the Muslim boys arrived at Ashley’s house with gunman Mohammad Hameed who shouted at Ashley’s grandfather, Sadiq Masih, alleging that his grandson had tried to harass his 9-year-old daughter. A severe argument broke out and Hameed left only to return with 20-25 Mullas of Sipah-e-Shaba who started beating Ashley, his father Patras Masih, Sadiq Masih and other family members with bricks and wooden sticks. When Christian neighbours heard their cries, they came to their rescue. When Ashley was arrested, the Christian community from Bheel Nagar in Rahim Yar Khan District, Sadiqabad, made a protest at the National Super High way, blocked the road, burnt tyres and demanded Ashley’s immediate release. The Christians were again attacked by Muslim men when they were on their way back home after filing the complaint at the police station. Patras Masih's neighbors Maqsood Masih and his brother in- law Illyas Masih were severely injured in the attack. When they got back to the village they heard announcements being made through loudspeakers in the mosques calling all Sipha-e-Sahaba groups from surrounding areas to attack the Christian Nasrat Colony Bheel Nagar.

Christians were attacked by Muslim locals after they filed a complaint against Muslim men who attacked them in Bheel Nagar

Lahore: Bail denied to two Ahmedis accused of blasphemy, 19 June, 2013

A division bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed the bail applications of two Ahmedis involved in a blasphemy case against them, registered at the Islampur police station. The bench headed by Justice Tariq Masood dismissed the bail application of accused Khalid Ashfaq and Tahir Mahmood after hearing arguments at length from both sides. The Islampura police had registered an FIR on the complaint of Muhammad Hassan Muavia under Section 295-B and 298-C of Pakistan Penal Code and 11-W of Anti Terrorism Act. The complainant accused the two Ahmedis of printing and distributing Jamaat-e-Ahmdia’s community newspaper Al-fazal. They alleged that the newspaper had blasphemous content. The editor of the newspaper Abdul Sami and printer Tahir Mehdi are also nominated in the FIR but they are still at large.

Karachi: Shiite school van driver shot dead, 19 June, 2013

The driver of a school van, Shiite Syed Imran Abbas, was killed when terrorists who were lying in wait opened fire on the school van in New Karachi.

Khairpur: 18 Shiites become victim of religious discrimination in Courts, 19 June, 2013

A Judge in the Khairpur court dismissed their bail and ordered the imprisonment of 18 innocent Shiites during their hearing. An Imambargah had been fired on by militants on the 10th of Muharrum in Khairpur’s village Qulaab Jail. The attack left Shiite Noor Hussain Abro dead and 3 other Shiites injured. The police, showing no concern for the dead or injured Shiites, arrested 18 Shiites for the obstruction and destruction of Public and Private property. The Shiites were arrested on concocted charges of burning shops although no shops were open that day as it was the 10th of Muharrum, which is regarded as a religious day of mourning by both Shiites and Sunnis.

Karachi: Two Shia brothers & their Shia friend injured in terrorist attack, 18 June, 2013

Three Shia Muslims were injured in heavy firing by armed militants on a welding shop in Alhamra Plaza Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 6, Karachi, which belonged to a Shia shopkeeper, Mir Hashim Kamal. The owner of the shop, Mir Hashim Kamal, his brother Jan Mohammad (Papu) and a Shia friend Dawood were injured in the firing. Jan Mohammad and Mir Hashim Kamal are out of danger but Dawood is in a critical condition.

Lahore: Motive for murder: Ahmadi man killed ‘because of his faith’, 17 June, 2013

A member of the Jamaat-i-Ahmadia was shot dead in Green Town. An Ahmadi man, Jawad Karim, a resident of Green Town, was coming downstairs to go to meet his wife at her clinic, when four armed teenagers entered his house and shot him dead. They then walked away from the scene, said Imtiaz Adnan, Karim’s brother and a witness to the incident. Adnan said that he had heard his brother cry out and had reached the spot. One boy had chased Karim to the first storey of the house and had shot him in the chest. He said that his brother Karim, 32, was killed right there in his home because of his faith. He is survived by his widow, three small children and brother. His youngest child is only five months old. His mother died of grief the day after Karim was killed.

Lahore: Witnesses summoned in blasphemy case, 14 June, 2013

Additional District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza summoned eight prosecution witnesses in the case of Sawan Masih, a Christian man accused of blasphemy which caused an arson attack on Joseph Colony where violent Muslim mobs burnt more than180 houses belonging to Pakistani Christians. The judge summoned the prosecution witnesses through non-bailable arrest warrants as they were not appearing before the court for recording statements.

Blasphemy victim Sawan Masih

Malir: Shia youngster shot dead, 13 June, 2013

The police said that Ali Abbas, 25, was killed in Aleemabad over some dispute in Malir City. SHO Aijaz Ali said that armed men riding a motorcycle were noticed having a scuffle with the victim before they shot him to death. “One of the riders took out a pistol and pumped a bullet into his head. The victim was a Shia.” revealed the SHO.

Karachi: Sectarian’ attacks claims Shia man's life, 13 June, 2013

Officials said that a Shia man who was an activist of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) had been shot dead in Shahrah-i-Noorjehan. According to the police, 40-year-old Shafiq aka Baba and his friend, Saeed Rehman, was riding a motorcycle when armed motorcyclists targeted Shafiq. He was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi where doctors pronounced him dead. His friend remained unhurt in the attack. The deceased was the father of four children and he worked in a garment factory. He was a resident of Qasba Colony.

3 Pakistani Christian women were attacked and paraded naked by a Muslim mob until some elderly people
of the village came and laid their turbans at the feet of the attackers, pleading to them to let the women go.

Kasur, Punjab: Christian women paraded naked by Muslims in Punjab, 11 June, 2013

Three Christian women, Arshad Bibi, Sajida Bibi and Saruyia Bibi, were beaten up by armed Muslim men who barged into their house while they were sleeping inside, at about 11:00 PM in the night. No man was present in the house except 73-year-old Sadiq Masih and his 70-year-old wife Bibi Rani. The Muslim landlords of the village Sereser Chak No.21 Abrahim, Muhammad Rafique, Munir, Ahmad, Asif, Ahmad, Abid, Usman, Waseem, Waqas and Shabir and three unknown persons then stripped the three women and forced them to run naked through the streets. While the Christian women were ridiculed and harassed before the eyes of the inhabitants of the village none of them intervened or came to their rescue.

Karachi: Ahmaddiya man shot dead in Soldier Bazar, 11 June, 2013

An Ahmaddiya man, Hamid Ahmed, his 17-year-old son Usama and friend Salman were returning home when unidentified attackers opened fire on their car in Street No. 3, Soldier Bazaar. Ahmed, who was a chartered accountant in a private firm, was driving to his home in Gulshan-e-Iqbal in the evening after work when the victims were shot at by two men riding on a motorcycle. Although the victims had changed their route and had gone via Soldier Bazaar as a power cut protest was being held in Numaish Chowrangi, they had been followed by the armed assilants. Their Honda Civic car came under fire while they were driving through Street No. 3. Police believe that the assailants had been following the victim right from his office, until they target killed him in Soldier Bazaar. The deceased had been shot multiple times in the upper torso with a 9 mm pistol which proved fatal.

Ahmadi man Hamid Ahmed was shot dead while driving home from work

Punjab: Christians “Treated like Animals” by Muslims in Punjab, 11 June, 2013

Christians are "treated like animals", they are denied the dignity of human beings: is the complaint that resonates from Kasur district, in Punjab province, a district already known for the unpunished rape case of the 15-year-old Christian girl, Fouzia Bibi. Some local Muslims abused, mocked, hit and publicly humiliated Christian men and women who were agricultural workers and pastors. The reason for the attack on the Christians was because some goats belonging to a Christian man, Shoukat Masih, had strayed into fields owned by the Muslims. Shoukat Masih said that he had asked the Muslim men for his goats, but the Muslims refused to give them back and slapped his face. Later, when some Christian men went with Shoukat Masih to claim the animals, the beating started. "Some police officers also raided our house along with the Muslim men and threatened to involve us in a criminal case," said Shoukat Masih.

Karachi: Prominent Ahmadi murdered in Karachi for his faith, 11 June, 2013

Sami, 48, a chartered accountant, was shot dead in the afternoon on a busy road on June 11, 2013. He had left his office in Al-Hayat Chambers, M.A. Jinnah Rd after office hours in the evening and was driving back home in his car. A friend and a business colleague accompanied him in the car. On the way, some unidentified men on motorcycles approached his car and opened fire. At least 6 bullets hit him on the face, hand and body, killing him on the spot. He left behind a widow, two daughters and a son.

Baluchistan: Shia notable shot dead in rural district of Baluchistan province, 11 June, 2013

Haji Ali Akbar was killed in the firing of terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba/banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Khuzdar. His body was taken to Quetta. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted murder of Haji Ali Akbar and have demanded the arrest of his killers.

Karachi: Citizens of multi-ethnic Lyari: Bloodied, miserable and begging for mercy, 11 June, 2013

Two bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from Bihar Colony area of Lyari town. A man and an eight-year-old Hindu girl, Dua, was killed and eight others were injured in a hand grenade attack near near Gabol Park. Another body with gunshot wounds was found from Garden Bhobi Ghart area. A man died and two others were wounded in a firing incident in Hussain Hazara Goth Gulshan-e-Iqbal town, while the body of a woman was found near Altaf Nagar, Korangi crossing area. In Hangoorabad, again one of Lyari’s semi-restive areas, at least 3 persons were injured in another hand grenade assault. Unknown snipers ambushed a PIB Colony police station van in Patel Para, killing two cops and injuring another.

At least eight people have been killed in the multi-ethnic Lyari and Kahradar areas of Karachi during the last three days

Lahore: Weekly Lahore Paper's office was ransacked by Pakistani police, 11 June, 2013

A religious fundamentalist, Muhammad Yaqub, filed an application with the police to register a case under the blasphemy law against the Ahmadi editor and publisher of the weekly 'Lahore' paper, along with two other persons, for the production and distribution of 'objectionable' material. He also approached a local judge to ask him to order the police to register the case. In the face of this threat, the editor, Yasser Zeervi, had to stop going to his office, and the publication of the weekly paper came to a stop. On June 13, 2013, at around midnight, a group of policemen, accompanied by 3 Mullahs, came to the Lahore office, broke the locks, went inside and collected some books and publications. The presence of the Mullahs with the police party is intriguing, and raises serious questions. It is now known that Mr. Hamid Hussain, an Additional Sessions Judge, ordered the police to register a case under the Ahmadi-specific clause PPC 298C. The case is registered in FIR 282/2013 in the Mazang Police Station, Lahore.

Khyber Pukhootnkhwa: Attack on eminent Shia doctor injures brother and kills driver, 11 June, 2013

The driver of an eminent Shia doctor was killed and the doctor’s brother was injured in a targeted attack by takfiri terrorists in Peshawar, Khyber Pukhootnkhwa province. Dr Shakir Hussain, an orthopedic surgeon was travelling in his car when terrorists of the outlawed Taliban opened fire on his vehicle. The surgeon escaped unhurt but his brother Zakir Hussain was injured in the attack. The driver Kamal Hussain was killed in the targeted attack.

Sheikhupura: Christian youth severely tortured by police and murdered in police station, 10 June, 2013

On June 10, 2013, a local Pastor Mushtaq Masih informed CLAAS (Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance & Settlement) that 18-year-old Adnan Masih, son of Master Riaz (Retired Head Master of Government Elementary School), had been tortured by the police for six days and had been murdered in SharakPur Sharif police station on June 10, 2013. On June 4, 2013, Adnan Masih was arrested by the police on the suspicion of being involved in the kidnapping of a Muslim girl, Saima, 20, hailing from the same locality as Adnan Masih. Saima had married a Muslim man in a nearby village but she was not happy with her husband so she had developed relations with another Muslim man. After five months of marriage she ran away from her in laws' home and has been missing ever since. Her parents registered an FIR in the police station against unknown perpetrators for her kidnapping. The police started raiding the homes of young boys in the locality and took several boys to the police station for questioning. All the Muslim boys were released the same day. Then the police raided Adnan Masih's house and the 18-year-old boy's parents handed him over to the officers as they were confident of their son's innocence. The police found that three young Muslim boys, aged 18-24, also from the same locality used to talk to the girl on the telephone. They were called to the police station but influential people bribed the investigating officers and free the Muslim boys. The Christian boy, Adnan, was then tortured into confessing to a crime that he did not commit. He was cut with a sharp knife and was beaten inhumanly on the head with an iron rod to admit to the offence. They broke his legs and pulled out his finger and toenails. Due to the severe and continuous torture that he was submitted to for over six days, his condition became critical. On June 10, 2013, Adnan’s neck was broken and he was murdered by the police while in their custody. The police hanged his dead body in the bathroom trying to imply that he had committed suicide. He was treated like this because of his Christian belief and because he, unlike the Muslims, was not able to bribe the officers. When Christian villagers heard about Adnan Masih's death, over 4000 Christians come out and blocked the road in protest, demanding justice and the immediate arrest of the police officials responsible for Adnan’s murder. The police did not hand over Adnan's dead body and were not ready to conduct the post-mortem of the dead body.

6o-year-old Riaz Masih, father of Adnan Masih and his mother, Billo Masih, plead for justice
for the killing of their innocent son by the Pakistani police

Karachi: Shia convert target killed, 10 June, 2013

Shafi Ahmed s/o Ahmed Khan was targeted in Mominabad area of Orangi Town in Karachi. 8 years ago Shafi Ahmed had converted to Shia Islam and he was a practising Shia Muslim.

Karachi: Hindu man target killed, 10 June, 2013

Kamal Bengali was at a motorcycle mechanic's shop in Sector 34/2 of Korangi No 3 when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, said the Korangi police. The wounded man was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered multiple bullets to the upper torso. Police said that the victim was the general secretary of the Bengali Action Committee and a resident of Sector 34/3 of Bengali Para in Korangi.

Karachi: 2 Shiites including a town Municipal Officer shot dead in Karachi, 10 June, 2013

Mohsin Raza son of Nazeer Hussain, 50, and Syed Ahmed Hussain, son of Syed Amanat Hussain, 45, were going to Masjid-e-Noor-e-Eeman in Nazimabad to offer Zohar/Asr prayers. They were ambushed and killed by four men on two motorcycles on the way to the mosque in Nazimabad. Mohsin Raza was a resident of Shah Faisal Colony in Malir and was a town municipal officer in SITE.

Lahore: Christian man abducted and tortured in Pakistan, 8 June, 2013

On June 8, 2013, 24-year-old Aftkhar Masih was kidnapped by armed Muslims at around 1:00 PM from J Block Model Town, Lahore, where he was working as a sweeper. One of the accused has been identified as Sajid Ali Zahoor and the others are two unidentified police officials. They illegally held Masih captive in a cell and badly beat and tortured him the whole night. His bladder was damaged by the brutal beating. The severely injured man Masih said, "A Muslim man, Muhammad Sajid, registered an FIR NO:558/13 at the Police Station Factory Area, Lahore, on May 15, 2013, against unknown persons under Sections 457/380 PPC and he told the police that he suspected Aftkhar Masih and Ashfaq Masih to be involved in the case. "The police arrested us, but after the investigation we were declared innocent and set free from police custody. They wanted revenge after the police declared us innocent, so they kidnapped me and confined me in an unknown place and severely tortured me the whole night. Now I have blood in my urine and I have severe pain in my legs and arm” said Aftkhar Masih.

Aftkhar Masih and Ashfaq Masih (far right) with their father and their advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill

Peshawar: 16-year-old Christian convert kidnapped in Pakistan by Taliban Militants, 8 June, 2013

A 16-year-old Christian convert from Islam remains missing as of June 8, 2013. Aman Ullah was reportedly abducted by fighters of a militant Taliban group on May 25, 2013, from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the former Northwest Frontier Province. The young kidnap victim had became a Christian a year ago.

Aman Ullah (second from left) with friends

Karachi: Firing in Bheem Pura leaves Shiite dead, 7 June, 2013

30 year-old Shiite Waqar Hussain s/o Zakir Hussain was killed when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/­Lashkar-e-Jhangvi opened fire on him near the Imambargah in Karachi’s Bheem Pura.

Karachi: Law Enforcement Agencies abduct Shia man from court, 5 June, 2013

Biased personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies reportedly abducted a Shia man from the premises of the City Court without any warrant, eye witnesses told the media. According to the Shiite News Correspondent, a Shia man named Jawad Hussain, recently released on bail on false cases lodged by the Crime Investigation Police Department (CID), has been abducted by personnel of law enforcement agencies in plain clothes from the premises of the City Court Karachi. The wife of the abducted man said that Jawad had been detained by the CID police but despite two years of prosecution he was found 'not guilty'. She demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take immediate notice of the illegal abduction of her husband by the law enforcement agencies.

Karachi: Lyari, a multi-ethnic area in Karachi becomes a battlefield, 3 June, 2013

Police said that 30 people were injured in firing incidents and cracker blasts in different parts of Lyari, including Kharadar, Mithadar, Hingorabad, Bihar Colony and Agra Taj. Residents complained about eight to ten grenades had been lobbed at different places in Hingorabad and adjoining areas. All the markets, shops and businesses in different parts of Lyari remained closed for the third consecutive day and people could not go to their workplaces while children also missed their schools. Many families have started moving out of the beleaguered town, especially from Agra Taj, Hingorabad, Bihar Colony and Kharadar due to continuous fighting between rival groups as well as lack of civic utilities. The Katchi community claimed that over 50 grenades were fired into their localities on June 3rd alone. “Over 50 people have been injured so far in firing and grenade attacks in the multi-ethnic Lyari area. Our businesses have been destroyed; life has been ruined and people are migrating to safer locations to save their skin” said Hussain Katchi, a representative of the Katchi community. The gangsters have captured the Kutchi-dominated areas including Bihar Colony, Agra Taj Colony and Al-Falah Road, added the KRC leader.

Gangsters cause havoc in Lyari, a multi-ethnic area in Karachi

Karachi: A new wave of Shia genocide has engulfed Pakistan after the release of 112 militants, 3 June, 2013

A new wave of Shia genocide has engulfed Pakistan after caretaker Chief Minister of the Punjab, Mr. Najam Sethi, decided to release 112 arrested terrorists of banned sectarian outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP, also known as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi LeJ and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Deobandi ASWJ-D). Hundreds of Shiites in Karachi staged protests to condemn the ongoing genocide of Shiite Muslims in Pakistan.

Shias in Pakistan protest the release of militants

Karachi: Young Shia man gunned down in Karachi, 1 June, 2013

A young Shia man was gunned down in Paposh Nagar in yet another merciless sectarian attack. Syed Hasan Raza, 29, had stopped at a shop outside his home near Makki Masjid when two motorcyclists wearing helmets arrived. One of them fired six bullets at him with a 9 mm pistol. The victim suffered five bullet wounds and was taken to the Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, where he died. Paposh Nagar SHO Saleem Faridi said that Hasan belonged to the Shia sect and was an active member of a community-based welfare organisation. The victim had got married just 3 months back, said police investigators.

Karachi: Shia Muslim man ambushed and murdered in cold blood, 1 June, 2013

Hassan Abbas was ambushed and murdered near Makki Masjid in Paposh Nagar area of Nazimabad, district central. The murdered Shia man was a member a Anjuman Karwan-e-Hussain (AS). The victim being a Shia was reason enough for his coldblooded murder in the eyes of takfiri nasbi terrorists.

May 2013

Karachi: 14-year-old Shia Muslim boy and Shia man killed in terrorist attacks on Imam Bargah and houses, 31 May, 2013

Militants attacked Shia houses and Imam Bargah in Paharh Ganj area of Karachi. The takfiri terrorists first incited people by making fiery speeches using a mosque’s loud speakers. Then, they began shooting at defenseless Shiites living in Paharh Ganj area. In the armed attacks, 14-year-old Muhammad Akbar who was child activist of Jafria Students Organization (JSO) and Asghar Ali lost their lives.

Attack in Imam Bargah in Paharh Ganj area of Karachi leaves 14-year-old Shia boy dead

Karachi: Notable Shiite Professor Azfar Rizvi gunned down in Karachi, 31 May, 2013

Notable professor Asfar Rizvi and his driver were gunned down by militants. Police said that the victim, Asfar Rizvi, was returning home from his coaching centre when unidentified assailants affiliated to the Wahhabi sect attacked their vehicle. Both victims sustained multiple bullets wounds and were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where doctors pronounced them dead. Police suspect that Rizvi was killed on sectarian grounds. Scores of the victim’s relatives, family members and students reached the hospital and shouted slogans against the incident and demanded the arrest of the culprits. Rizvi was the head of the Dhaka Group of Educational Institutions and served as an honorary secretary of Anjuman-e-Taraqqi-e-Urdu Pakistan.

Renowned educationist, Professor Azfar Rizvi and his driver were gunned down in Karachi for sectarian reasons

Karachi: Another Shia killed in Karachi, Shia toll rises to 7 in one day in Pakistan, 28 May, 2013

Another Shia Muslim Syed Yasir Iqbal has been reportedly killed by Wahabi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorists in Shah Faisal Colony No. 5 area of Karachi. The death toll of Shias in different incidents in just one day in Pakistan has reached 7.

Karachi: Shia man gunned down while on his way to open a bank account, 28 May, 2013

A 35-year-old Shiite, Haider Abbas, was gunned down near Nishan-e-Haider Chowk while he was on his way to open a bank account. Station House Officer Basheer Khan of the Pakistan Bazaar police station said that Abbas, a resident of Sector-11 ½, in Orangi Town, was intercepted by four armed motorcyclists, who shot him multiple times in the head and chest before fleeing. A passerby named Jumma also suffered bullet wounds in the attack. The injured were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where Haider Abbas died. Four bullet wounds to the chest and two in the head were determined as the cause of death. The police found empty bullet casings from a 9 mm pistol, which were sent to the forensics department. The police said that the victim, who worked at a private firm, was murdered in a sectarian attack.

Peshawar: 3 Shiites and 18 others injured in Imamia Colony blast, 28 May, 2013

Shiites in Peshawar were also targeted with a bomb which exploded just outside an Imambargah in Imamia Colony on GT Road in Peshawar. 3 Shiites were killed and 18 others injured when a bomb went off outside a Shia prayer hall in Peshawar city of Northwest Pakistan, said the police and eyewitnesses. Police officials said that the bomb, attached to a motorcycle parked in the area, was detonated by remote control.

Bomb attached to motorcycle was detonated by militants outside a Shia prayer hall in Peshawar city

Karachi: Shia lawyer and his two teenage sons gunned down, 28 May, 2013

A Shia lawyer of Sindh High Court and his two teenage sons were killed when terrorists sprayed their car with a volley of bullets in broad day light, near Ghulaman-e-Abbas School in Karachi. Kausar Saqlain Khokhar was going to drop his teenage sons, Mohammad Abbas, 15, and Aun Abbas, 13, in school in his Margalla Car (U-9535) when Takfiri Nasbi terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba ambushed their car on Mauripur Road. Police said that it appeared to be a targeted attack.

Karachi: Young Shia banker shot dead in sectarian attack in Orangi Town, 28 May, 2013

A 25-year-old Shia banker, Syed Arshad Abbas Naqvi aka Haider Ali, was shot dead near Haider Chowk on his way to work by gunmen on a motorcycle. Orangi Town SP Asad Ali said that the killing appeared to have sectarian leanings.

Karachi: Shia activist Arshad Abbas Naqvi killed in Karachi, 27 May, 2013

Deobandi militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba killed a Shia activist named Arshad Abbas Naqvi belonging to the Pak Haidry Scout Group. The murder took place near Nishan Hyder Om Orangi Town area of Karachi.

Arshad Abbas Naqvi target killed by militants in Karachi

Okara: 27 booked for killing Christian tenant, 26 May, 2013

The police have registered a case against 27 accused, including five unidentified men, for killing a Christian tenant, Ashiq Masih, in a clash over land at 31/2R, Suchanwala. Those booked include: Muhammad Riaz, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Amin, Abdur Rashid, Abdul Aziz, Ghulam Muhammad, Muhammad Ahmad, Muhammad Ashraf, Yaqoob, Abdus Sattar, Maqsood, Muhammad Yasin, Mubarik Ali, Anwar, Ghulam Mohyuddin, Anwar, Babar, Fazil and Alam. The case has been registered against the accused under sections 302, 338, 148, 149 of the PPC. Earlier, the slain tenant Ashiq Masih was laid to rest in a local graveyard. Thousands of tenants of the Anjuman-e-Mazareen Punjab Kulyana Estate (AMPKS) were present. After the Christian man's burial, the tenants headed towards the disputed land in several tractors, ploughed the land and planted crops.

Lahore: Pakistan police pressurise family of raped minor Christian girl to drop charges against suspects, 25 May, 2013

The family of an underage Christian girl who was raped by Muslims in Pakistan's Punjab province is being pressurised by the police to withdraw her case against key suspects, her attorney told media persons. Attorney Sardar Mushtaq Gill said that 15-year-old Fouzia Bibi was raped on January 25, 2013, by two armed Muslim relatives of her family's landlord. The attack happened after she was abducted while delivering milk at the landlord's house in Roday village in Kasur district. "Two Muslims, Sher Muhammad and Shabir, armed with pistols, imprisoned the defenceless little girl in a room and raped and tortured her there. No one could hear the cries of the minor girl who was brutally raped by the 2 men and left unconscious," explained Gill who defends the victim and her family. Gill said that the girl's father Malooka Masih is now facing police pressure to take back the rape complaint and to agree to not prosecute the suspects.

Nausharo Feroze: Protest over murder of Hindu trader, 23 May, 2013

A large number of people belonging to the Hindu community including members of the shopkeepers association and the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz took out a procession and staged a sit-in protesting the murder of a Hindu youth and the police's failure to arrest his killers. Mukhi Raj Kumar, president of the shopkeepers association, Hafiz Sikander Ali Daiper, and JSQM leader Mehboob Abro who led the protest said that Vijay Kumar, 22, a shopkeeper, was called out of his home in Kandiaro town by someone at night on May 18, 2013. The following day he was found dead in Sehre Minor canal near Derbelo. Some villagers spotted the body and informed the police who took it to the rural health centre in Tharu Shah where he was identified as Vijay Kumar. They complained that even after registering an FIR and nominating Saleem Tunio and four other unidentified suspects, the police were not making any move to arrest them. They alleged that the SHO was supporting the suspects who enjoyed the backing of some influential men of the town. They demanded that an honest officer should be deputed to probe the murder and arrest the killers. They urged the government to provide protection to the Hindu community.

Karachi: Christian Village in Pakistan Attacked; 250 Families Driven From Their Homes, 22 May, 2013

More than 250 Christian families have been threatened and thrown out of their homes in Village Chak 13 in Khanewal District, in Southern Punjab. The episode was started off about 15 days ago when some Muslim men accused a Christian businessman, Asher Yaquoob, owner of a small grocery store and his Christian customers of having disrespectable attitude towards Islam and inciting the 'faithful' of a nearby village, Chak 30, all Muslims.

Karachi: Christian labourer shot dead in Pehlwan Goth, 22 May, 2013

A Christian labourer, Daniel, was at a puncture shop near Ashraful Madaress Masjid in Pehlwan Goth (Gulistan-e-Jauhar) in Gulistan-e-Jauhar police limits when two motorcyclists opened fire on him with pistols. The Christian man received two bullets to the back. He was moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he died. Investigators termed the murder as part of the ongoing target-killing spree in Pakistan.

Karachi: Shia newspaper seller shot dead, 22 May, 2013

A Shia newspaper seller was shot by terrorists belonging to the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba, now renamed Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat. Abbas Haider son of Riaz Haider was selling newspapers in Gulbahar District Central, Karachi when terrorists opened fire on the unarmed man leaving him dead near Liaquat Chowk. The victim was 45 years old and was a resident of Jafaria Colony, Gulbahar.

Quetta: Shia police officer shot dead by police constable, 21 May, 2013

A pro-Taliban Deobandi police constable killed a Shia Police Officer, Aiwaz Ali. According to details, the police constable, Naimatullah, opened fire on his superior officer, the Station House Officer Aiwaz Ali at Gulistan Police Station of Gulistan area of Quetta, killing him instantly. “He was a Shia Police Officer so I killed him,” confessed police constable Naimatullah without any remorse.

Shia police officer, Aiwaz Ali, was killed by a pro-Taliban police constable

Karachi: Church wall hit by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation tractor collapses, 20 May, 2013

Over a 125-foot-long portion of a wall of St Andrew’s Church fell down when a tractor of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation hit it while collecting garbage from a dump set up along the wall of the place of worship of the minority Christian community. The 145-year-old St Andrew’s Church, located at the city centre in Saddar, is protected under the Sindh Cultural Heritage Protection Act that prescribes long prison terms and heavy fines for those causing damage to any premises protected under the act. Reverend Yusuf Fazal, Presbyter in charge of the Scotch Church of St Andrew’s, told media persons that Karachi Metropolitan Corporation garbage collectors had been using the area along the wall of the church as a garbage dump, with scant regard for the sanctity of the church. He said that the church had approached the KMC many times requesting them to relocate the garbage dump, but the process of dumping and lifting garbage resumed a few days after lodging the complaints. The over-100-year-old wall was only bearing the constant weight of the garbage dumped against it but was also damaged by the burning litter, he added. He recalled that this was not the first collapse incident, the wall had been damaged a few times earlier also and the church had to get it repaired from its own resources though the matter had been reported to the civic agency. Reverend Fazal said that the pungent, foul smell from the garbage and the smoke that engulfed the entire area seriously affected worshippers at the church.

Faisalabad: Teenage Christian student killed in attack on Christians in Khushpur, 19 May, 2013

Faisal Patras, a Christian student studying in Class 10 was killed in the firing by some local Muslims. His brother, Danish Masih, and his father, Patras Masih, were seriously injured when they attempted to save Faisal. The attack was a result of a land dispute with some local Muslims.

Sanghar: Umerkot minority leader’s son goes missing, 19 May, 2013

Pakistan Peoples Party minority leader Somoo Malhi said that his son, Ramesh aka Pappu, has been abducted from an area near Sanghar. Mr Malhi and his family said that Pappu had left Umerkot for Sanghar in a taxi driven by Jeso Bajeer in the morning and had remained in contact with them until it crossed Kandiari to enter Sanghar. The family, as well as the police, could not find a clue to his whereabouts till late in the evening as Pappu’s mobile phone had been switched off since then. Mr Malhi feared that his son and the taxi driver had both been abducted. He has not yet received any ransom calls.

Lahore: Lawyers threaten and force a High Court judge to change his ruling in a blasphemy case, 19 May, 2013

A judge of the Lahore High Court changed his decision less than two minutes after ruling in favour of the accused in a blasphemy case when lawyers and members of fundamentalist groups threatened him. The judge, fearing for his life, quickly withdrew his decision of granting bail to the people accused in the blasphemy case. On May 19, 2013, the arrested persons, all employees of the printing press of the Ahmadiyya newspaper, 'Al Fazl', owned by an Ahmadi, were presented before the Lahore High Court (LHC) for their bail applications. The persons had been arrested on January 7, 2013 on the charges of Sections 295B (defiling the Holy Quran) and 298C (an Ahmadi calling himself a Muslim or preaching his faith) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 24A of the Press and Publications Ordinance. The judge heard the arguments, after which he approved bail for the accused. This announcement nearly caused a riot in the courtroom and the judge had to withdraw the order barely two minutes after he had pronounced it.

Pakistani Christians demand protection after deadliest election

Islamabad: Pakistani Christians demand protection after deadliest election, 14 May, 2013

Christian leaders and rights activists have urged Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to protect religious minorities after he claimed victory in the country's deadliest election yet, which was overshadowed by election-related violence that has killed over 140 people since April, including dozens on Election Day. Most attacks have been blamed on militants of the Pakistan Taliban, linked to terror group al-Qaida, who regard elections as un-Islamic. "Sharif should take measures to scale back extremism if not completely reverse the rise in fundamentalism and growing religious intolerance," said Sheraz Khan, chief executive of rights group Global Minorities Alliance (GMA). "The 2009-2010 period in the province of Punjab, the stronghold of Sharif's party, saw a 34 percent increase in terrorist attacks and a 26 percent increase in terrorist- related killings," he added, citing statistics from the Pakistan Institute of Peace studies in Islamabad. Islamic extremism, including attacks against churches and individual Christians, has also been fueled by the controversial blasphemy legislation. More than a dozen people, including Christians, are known to be on death row over blasphemy allegations and over 50 people have been killed while awaiting trial on similar charges, according to rights activists. “We are deeply concerned about the safety of Asia Bibi, a mother of five on death row over blasphemy”, explained Khan in a statement to BosNewsLife.

Karachi: human rights defender assassinated, 13 May, 2013

On May 13 a well known human rights defender, social activist and educationist, Mr. Abdul Waheed Khan, 35, was assassinated, allegedly by religious extremists suspected to be members of the Taliban. Mr. Abdul Waheed Khan 35, was running a co-educational school, the Naunehal Academy under the Bright Educational Society in Qasba Colony, Karachi. He was shot dead by three men in front of his house when he was with his one-year-old daughter and his brother. The suspects also injured his daughter, Pareesha and his elder brother, Naseeb Taj. The brother's condition is said to be critical. A year before, his elder brother, Mujeeb, and Abdul Waheed's close associate were shot and injured as they refused to stop the modern education that they helped provide to girls and boys. Abdul Waheed had been under threat for more than a year for bringing modern education to young people in the poor urban localities of Pakistan.

Well known educationist, Mr. Abdul Waheed Khan, 35, was assassinated in Pakistan

Quetta: Church damaged, Bishop wounded in Pakistan car bomb blast, 12 May, 2013

A car bombing following Pakistan’s elections significantly damaged a church and wounded several Christians. The politically motivated suicide bombing after the elections in Pakistan, hit the police station in Quetta, capital of the troubled province of Baluchistan, causing eight deaths and injuring 97. The blast also had a major impact on the small Christian community there. The suicide bomb badly damaged the schools and the convent of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and also destroyed the doors and windows of the convent's Chapel, the Bishop’s house and the Caritas office,

Karachi: Shia man kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Taliban Wahabi terrorists, 10 May, 2013

A Shia man, Ali Abbas alias Shani, was kidnapped by armed militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba (Yazeed) and Taliban from near his home at Gulbahar district Central of Karachi when he was returning from work. Later, his tortured dead body was found in the Gulbahar area. Shaheed Ali Abbas was the Moazan of the local Shia Mosque of Gulbahar.

Quetta: Shia man targeted, 8 May, 2013

A Shia Muslim Syed Abbas Shahs s/o Syed Hussain Shah was targeted in Bypass Road area of Quetta. He received a bullet to his head and was shifted to CHM Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  

Chakwal: Shia man critically injured by Taliban Wahabi terrorists, 8 May, 2013

Another Shia Muslim, Naeem Murtaza, was attacked by Wahabi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba and was critically injured. The injured Naeem Murtaza has been shifted to DHQ Hospital.

Hangu: 8 Shia Muslims among 15 injured in Hangu Market blast, 8 May, 2013

According to the police, a blast occurred in the main Shia area, Jani chowk Railway Road Ganjano Kalai of Hangu where 15 persons including 8 shia muslims have been injured. 1 person died in the blast. The blast occurred near the election office of Haji Abdul Mannad, an Awami National Party (ANP) candidate from the area.

Hangu Market blast kills 1. 8 Shia Muslims among the 15 injured in the blast

Karachi: Abducted Hindu student recovered; captor held, 7 May, 2013

An abducted Hindu student was recovered and his captor arrested after a brief encounter in Cattle Colony. The Hindu student, Mohinder Kumar, 21, was driving to his residence when some armed men intercepted his vehicle and kidnapped him on April 27, 2013, in the Sukkur police limits, said SSP Investigation Malir Abbas Rizvi. The captors contacted Kumar’s father, a trader, and demanded Rs 10 million ransom money for his safe return. The family offered Rs 5 million which the outlaws did not accept. The family then approached the police and on the family's request, special teams were deployed in Malir. While conducting a search in a suspicious house, the police had an encounter with the kidnappers. After the shootout the police entered the house and found Kumar injured and chained to the walls. One of the kidnappers was arrested while two of his accomplices managed to flee.

Bahawalpur: Christian girl abducted and forcibly married in Pakistan, 3 May, 2013

A 14-year-old Christian girl, Rozi Munir, daughter of Munir Shad, resident of Aziz Abad Colony near AC Bus Terminal, Bahawalpur, was abducted on May, 3, 2013 and she was forcibly married to a Muslim man reports the Pakistan Christian Post. Her birth certificate was reportedly forged to make the marriage legal. The kidnappings of Christian girls in Pakistan are often accompanied by acts of extreme violence, including rape, beatings, and other forms of physical and mental abuse. Once abducted, the girls are often never heard from by their families again.

Karachi: Shia Advocate father wounded and son killed in target attack, 3 May, 2013

Terrorists of the banned sectarian outfit SipaheSahaba Taliban opened fire on advocate Ali Ahmed Jan's vehicle. The advocate was severely wounded and his son Shakeel Ahmed Jan who was with him in the vehicle was killed instantly.

Chaman: Christian man murdered for refusing to convert to Islam, 2 May, 2013

A Christian man, Younas Masih, died after he was shot five times as he made his way home. An unknown gunman fired at the 55-year-old Christian man. It is believed he was attacked after he resisted pressure from co-workers to convert to Islam. Masih worked for a company in Chaman. His friends describe him as honest and reliable. Strong in his Christian faith, he was regularly involved in his local parish. On the day of the attack, his co-workers again asked him to convert and a heated discussion followed that included insults and threats. On the way home, Masih was attacked by a gunman who fired five bullets into him and wounded him critically. Younas Masih was rushed to a hospital but he died there during treatment.

Karachi: Two Shiite school guards killed in school attack, 1 May, 2013

Shiites Chaman Ali and Hafeezullah were killed when terrorists opened fire on them in Karachi’s Mangopir. The Shiites were shot dead in Sultanabad when the extremists opened fire on a school. The victims worked as guards in the school. Another Shiite named Mohsin was caught in the firing and was badly injured. He has been shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Shikarpur: Militants attack Shia political candidate, 1 May, 2013

According to DIG Sukkur Javed Odho, the Shia political candidate Ibrahim Jatoi was coming to Shikarpur from his native village when he was attacked by an unknown bike rider driving a bike loaded with explosive material that exploded near toll plaza. The suicide bomber is reported to have been between 20-25 year of age. Dr Ibrahim Jatoi has been previously saved from an attack on 10th of Moharram in 2010.

April 2013

Lahore: Christian man beaten up by Muslim radicals, 30 April, 2013

On April 30, 2013, some Muslim radicals attacked 25-year-old Joseph Colony resident, Babar Ilyas. His injured arm and leg wrapped in bandages, Ilyas told the media that he had been beaten by radicals who warned Christians to leave the area and drop charges against at least two people arrested in connection with the recent attacks in Joseph Colony.

Angry Pakistani Christians protest the beating up of a young Christian boy belonging to Joseph Colony in Lahore

Moran Walla Sharkpur: 2 Christian boys tortured and killed by police for being in love with Muslim girls, 29 April, 2013

Afzal Masih, 20, and his cousin Iftikhar Masih, 20, from Moran Walla Sharkpur were tortured and murdered on the 29th of April 2013 for the offense of daring to be in love with Muslim girls.

Lahore: Ahmadi Prayer Centre raided and members threatened by violent anti-Ahmadi mob, 28 April, 2013

On 28th April, 2013, supporters of Khatme Nabuwwat (the movement against the Ahmadi sect of Islam) raided an Ahmadi Prayer Centre in Gulshan-e-Ravi in Lahore. The violent anti-Ahmadi mob shouted abusive slogans against the Founder of the Community and threatened the members of the Centre. When the police arrived, instead of protecting the Ahmadis and securing their safety, they forcibly entered the premises of the Ahmadi Centre and searched the whole place without producing any legal documentation. The Police ravaged the Community's library, took away most of the books from the library and arrested eight people including a woman and a 12-year-old child. They were taken to the Gulshan-e-Ravi Police Station, followed by the ringleaders of the mob, where the First Information Report was registered against the Ahmadis on the basis of false accusations. The arrested Ahmadis were accused of possessing blasphemous material.

Kohat: bomb detonated outside office of an independent Shia candidate, 28 April, 2013

A bomb was detonated outside the office of an independent candidate of Kacha Paka, Kohat on Hangu road, which resulted in the death of 10 Shias. Syed Noor Akbar, candidate NA 39 was busy conducting a meeting with his workers in his office when a suicide bomb attack took place. 10 Shiites lost their lives in the attack while several Shiites were reported wounded.

Karachi: Firing on Shiite Allama Baqir Zaidi’s car leaves guard dead, 27 April, 2013

Allama Baqir Zaidi and 2 of his guards were injured when terrorists opened fire on his car in Liaqatabad #4. The victims were shifted to the Aga Khan Hospital. Allama Baqir Zaidi was shot in the arm and is out of danger but one of his guards, Mohammad Qasim Jafri, succumbed to his injuries.

Shiite Allama Baqir Zaidi was shot and injured while his guard was shot dead by militants

Karachi: Militant firing leaves young Shiite dead, 27 April, 2013

A young Shiite man, Hassan Kashmiri, was shot dead by militants outside his house in Golimar early in the morning.

Lahore: Pakistani Christian family hiding from death threats, 26 April, 2013

A Pakistani Christian father, Sadiq Masih Zafar said on April 26, 2013, that his family has been forced to hide in the Pakistani city of Lahore after Islamic militants tried to abduct and kill one of his daughters when they refused to convert to Islam. Sadiq Masih told media persons that the threats had come nearly a decade after his family was forced to flee from the nearby city of Muridke, where another daughter was nearly strangled to death in 2004 because of their church work. He recalled that his daughter, Sarwat Naheed, had been returning home in 2004 from the city of Faisalabad, when she was abducted by masked men. They had broken her legs and she had suffered severe head injury as they tried to strangle her. She was later found lying unconscious in the fields. His family had moved away to another location in Lahore after the incident, but was recently discovered when his daughter Asma Tosheeba joined a local medical school, said Sadiq Masih. She had also been threatened by extremists who had tried to abduct her. Sadiq Masih Zafar complained that his family has been appealing for protection, but the police "failed to act". Police officials could not be reached for comment.

Islamabad: Ahmadi community to boycott upcoming elections in Pakistan, 25 April, 2013

The Ahmadi community in Pakistan, comprising of 200,000 members, has decided to boycott the upcoming elections. The decision has been taken to protest the state's discrimination towards the community. They have been boycotting the election process since 1985 when Ahmadi voters were put in the list of religious minorities.

Parachinar: Bomb blast kills 1 Shiite & injures 3, 25 April, 2013

Shiite Javaid Hussain was killed while Ashraf, Jabir and Dilshad were injured when a bomb planted by terrorists went off near the Parachinar Sports Complex. The remote controlled explosives were planted in a Tractor Trolley.

Shiite killed in Parachinar bomb blast

Lahore: Christian woman accused of blasphemy granted bail, 23 April, 2013

The Lahore High Court has granted bail to a Christian female blasphemy accused as the police could not establish her link with the occurrence. According to the FIR registered on the complaint of Ibrar Ahmed, Secretary Ahle Sunnat Pakistan, at Police Station New Town Rawalpindi on November 11, 2012 under section 295-C of PPC and section 25-C of Telegraph Act, the accused had allegedly sent blasphemous SMS and calls to the complainant. Appearing before the court, Ghazala through her counsel Robinson and Riffat Mariam, submitted that she had a property dispute with her relatives who had been threatening her. She had also filed complaints in this regard to the police. Her enemies had managed to get the SIM registered in her name by stealing her national identity card and had made blasphemous SMS and calls of which she was innocent.

Tharparkar: Cops gang-rap Hindu woman in Tharparkar, 22 April, 2013

A 20-year old Hindu woman, resident of Aadhi village in Tharparkar, alleged that two policemen posted at a local check-post had barged into her house with two other men and had gang-raped her. When she and some family members reached a local police station to get a case registered against the accused, they were pushed out of the station by the law enforcers. When contacted, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Tharparkar said that both the policemen had been suspended and a probe had been launched into the matter.

Pakistani Hindu Woman who went to report her gang-rape was booted out of the police station

Karachi: Shiite killed as terrorists open fire, 18 April, 2013

Shiite Syed Hasnain Mehdi Zaidi, 41, was killed when terrorists opened fire on him in Malir Urdu Nagar. Syed Hasnain Mehdi Zaidi s/o Syed Hasan Mehdi was a father of 2.

Karachi: Firing in Orangi Town Sector 11.5 leaves Shiite police officer dead, 16 April, 2013

35 year-old Shiite, Murtaza Hussain Rizvi, was killed when militants opened fire on him in Orangi Town’s Sector 11.5. The murdered man was a police officer and an active Shiite who had been attacked previously as well.

Lahore: Blasphemy case against Christian man accused of causing Joseph Colony attacks, 15 April, 2013

An Additional District and Sessions Court summoned both parties in the Sawan Masih case, a Christian man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. Sawan is likely to be indicted in the case during the next hearing. It is said that the Joseph Colony arson had taken place after blasphemous remarks were allegedly made by Sawan.

Karachi: Shia father and son killed by militants, 13 April, 2013

Armed militants opened fire and killed two Shia men in their shop in Quaid-e-Azam Colony near Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. The murdered men, Shaheed Syed Qalbe Abbas Ibn-e-Qurban Ali, 55, and Shaheed Syed Musarrat Abbas Ibn-e-Qalbe Abbas, 28, are reported to be father and son. They were residents of Gulzar-e-Hijri.

Shia Genocide - A way of life in Pakistan

Lahore: Editor and staff of traditional Ahmadiyya Newspaper, Al Fazl, arrested, 12 April, 2013

An FIR was registered under Sections 295-B, 295-C of the PPC and Section-11W of the Anti Terrorism Act on April 12 at Islampura police station against the Editor of a traditional Ahmadiyya Newspaper, Al Fazl. The editor and his staff were arrested in Lahore and several houses belonging to Ahmadis were raided. Members of the community were dragged out into the streets, assaulted, arrested and prosecuted. This spate of venomous persecution against Ahmadis is continuing under the very eyes of law enforcing authorities in Pakistan. It is evident that these episodes of violence in Pakistan are atrocious, pre-planned acts of hatred, harassment, humiliation and assault against Ahmadi communities.

Karachi: Shia scholar among three gunned down by target killers, 12 April, 2013

A Shia scholar and activist of the Awami National Party were among three people gunned down in the city, police said. Seventy-year-old Allama Ghazanfar Ali was shot dead in the afternoon in Turi Bangash Colony, Nazimabad. SSP Central Amir Farooqi said that, Ali, the prayer leader at the Noor-e-Aman Masjid located in Nazimabad No 1, was heading towards the mosque for Friday prayers when two men riding a motorcycle shot him four times, twice in the head using 9mm pistols. Ali was pronounced dead at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The police official said that the murder appeared to be sectarian in nature. Many members of the Shia community staged a protest and demanded the arrest of the blatant killers.

Karachi: Builder stopped from razing 100-year-old Hindu temple, 9 April, 2013

The Sindh High Court restrained a military estate officer and the local administration from demolishing a pre-Partition temple in the Soldier Bazaar area. The interim order came on the application of Ram Chander, a resident of the Shri Rama Pir Mandir, seeking for the revival of a petition against the demolition of the temple and the adjoining quarters. His counsel said that several families of worshippers had been living in the compound of the temple built more than 100 years ago in Doli Khata.

Parachinar, Peshawar: Prompt recovery of kidnapped Sikh man demanded in Kurram Agency, 9 April, 2013

The elders belonging to the Pakistani Sikh minority community asked the political administration to take proper steps for the safe recovery of a kidnapped man, Charan Singh. Speaking at a press conference, the elders, including Hukamdas Narayan, Mahindar Singh and others, said that Charan Singh had gone missing on February 2, 2013, when he was on his way to Kohat for registration of his car, but he had not returned home. They said that Charan Singh’s family had been living in Kurram Agency for decades and had never faced such difficulties. The Sikh community elders added that the incident of his kidnapping has increased fear among the minority community in Kurram Agency. They demanded safe recovery of the kidnapped man.

D.G.Khan: 15 year-old Shiite boy targeted by terrorists, 7 April, 2013

15 year-old Baqir Abbas s/o Saifullah was shot dead when militants opened fire inside a Masjid during Fajr prayers in D.G.Khan's District Toonsa. The young boy was a student of Year 9.

Shia families are in a constant state of mourning for their murdered kin in Pakistan

D.I.Khan: Terrorists gun down Shiite School Teacher, 7 April, 2013

Shiite Syed Aijaz Hussain s/o Fida Hussain, a school teacher, was killed when assilants opened fire on him in Pakistan's D.I.Khan. The 56 year-old man was gunned down on Haji Mora Bridge. He is the 7th person to be target killed in his family.

Kanri: Attempted kidnapping of Hindu woman foiled, 6 April, 2013

On April 6, six persons riding motorbikes tried to abduct a Hindu woman from a bus near Toban Shakh, in Kanri, Sindh. The bike rider stopped the passenger bus and tried to drag out a married Hindu woman, Ms. Tarri, from the bus. When they were pulling her, she cried and shouted loudly for help. Other passengers and bystanders near the bus came to her aid and the perpetrators ran away. The Hindu community tried to file a first information report at the Kinri police station, but even after 6 hours of making the complainants wait, the police refused to file a case. According to the police the incident took place outside the limits of the Kinri police station.

Hyderabad: 12 year old Hindu girl abducted, April, 2013

Jamna Kumari, a 12 year old girl, was abducted by influential persons from village Arbab Rind, located near Bhit Shah, Hyderabad. According to the father of the kidnapped Hindu girl, Altaf Rind, Pathan Rind, Wazir Rind along with their companions entered his house, looted cash, gold, and other value able things. After looting, the men dragged out and took away his daughter jamna Kumari. He filed a First Investigation Report (FIR) against the criminals. The Bhit Shah police arrested the men. But after taking bribes, the police had released them. The abductor goons are said to be from a religious seminary. The whereabouts of Jamna is still unknown. Her Hindu family fears that the girl will be sold to the Taliban in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkha, after her forced conversion to Islam.

Karachi: Shia businessman shot dead in the city, 6 April, 2013

Syed Jaffar Zaidi, 40, a businessman residing in Ancholi, had gone to Lane 7 of Muhammad Mustafa Colony to collect rent from tenants living in three of his houses there, said the Iqbal Market police. Station House Officer Muhammad Sabir said that after collecting the rents, Zaidi was leaving for home when three motorcyclists opened fire on him. The injured man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered four bullets to the upper torso. As usual, the culprits had used 9mm pistols for the attack, which the investigators termed an incident of sectarian killing. Following Zaidi’s demise, members of the Shia community staged a demonstration.

Punjab: Muslim boys execute 20-year-old Christian in Punjab, 4 April, 2013

Allah Ditta, a 20-year-old domestic worker of Meo hospital resided in village Talab Sarae at Manga Mandi where about 150 Christian families live. Allah Ditta supported his family of five sisters, one of them being physically handicapped, a younger brother and old parents aged 70 years. On April 4, 2013, while he was returning from duty in the evening, a gang of Muslim boys aged about 17-19 years were sitting in the street and passing lewd remarks to the women and boys of the Christian colony. The gang of Muslim youth included Amjad Alias Kala s/o Wali Muhammad, Shan s/o Muhammad Afzal, Sabar s/o Muhammad Suba and Sadam s/o Shoukat Jatt. They saw Allah Ditta and started passing filthy remarks about his disabled sister. Allah Ditt abused them and asked them to leave the colony on which Sadam pulled out his gun and shot Allah Ditta in his head. Allha Ditta died on the spot and the gang escaped

Sialkot: Shiite killed during his prayers, 3 April, 2013

Shiite Syed Ahtesham Haider Shah s/o Syed Maqbool Hussain Shah was shot dead while he was offering Maghribain prayers in his armoury shop in Punjab’s Sialkot when armed assilants broke into the shop and shot the Shiite several times in his face.

Gujranwala: Anti-Christian Violence in Pakistan Injures 18, 3 April, 2013

At least 18 people were injured on April 3, 2013, when angry Muslims attacked a dozen Christian shops and churches in Pakistan's city of Gujranwala, revealed Pakistani Christians of the area. The violence in the city's Francis Colony area followed a dispute after 3 boys travelling on a on a motorized rickshaw were reprimanded by a Muslim fellow passenger for playing music on their cell phones as they were passing a mosque. The small incident turned the area into a war zone, with police firing with live ammunition at rioters and heavily armed Muslim mobs shooting back at security forces and Christians. At least 18 people were injured, including several with bullet wounds, who were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Christian-owned shops and churches were targeted and more than a dozen cars, buses and other vehicles were set on fire.

Islamic Horde Attacks Christian Area of Gujranwala, Pakistan, April 3, 2013

Gujranwala: Mosque loudspeakers used to encourage violence against "Christian infidels", 3 April, 2013

An minor disagreement which started when a Muslim cleric rebuked Christian boys for "disrespecting Islam" by playing music on their mobile phones near a mosque soon escalated into a riot, residents said. The fighting between Muslim and Christian boys spiraled out of control when local imams reportedly used mosque loudspeakers to encourage violence against "Christian infidels." A Muslim mob attacked a Christian neighborhood in Gujranwala, injuring at least five Christians and damaging a church and dozens of shops and vehicles.

Karachi: Shiite shot dead in Malir in Pakistan, 2 April, 2013

Shiite Syed Ashraf Hussain Zaidi (55), owner of a General Store in Malir 15, was shot dead by target killers in Karachi.

Peshawar: Another Shiite becomes target of Shia genocide in Pakistan, 2 April, 2013

Shiite Syed Zulqarnain Haider s/o Syed Zobair Ali was shot dead in Peshawar’s Gang Bhandu by armed assilants. The attackers opened fire on a shop in Peshawar, killing the owner of the shop within seconds.

Shia shop owner falls victim to Shia genocide, Pakistan, April 2, 2013

Lahore: Pakistani Muslims threaten to kill converted Christian woman, her husband and her 1-year-old baby daughter, 1 April, 2013

Muslims in Pakistan's Punjab province have threatened to kill a young woman as well as her husband, child and in-laws because she abandoned Islam and converted to Christianity. Maria Manzoor, 26, and her 27-year-old husband Emmanuel Ghulam Masih said that they went into hiding with their beautiful one-year-old daughter, Yarusha Emmanuel, after receiving death threats from Muslims. Maria Manzoor said that the threats come from her Muslim relatives and Islamist extremists. "I am told that my family is making threats to my husband's father to bring me back and hand me over to my family", she added.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill, director of the Pakistan-based advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD), with Christian couple, Maria and Emmanuel Masih who face death threats, Pakistan, April 1, 2013

March 2013

Pakistan: Mass exodus of Hindus from Pakistan, 30 March, 2013

Almost 500 Hindus from Pakistan crossed into India in February-March 2013, on the pretext of visiting the Kumbh Mela festival, the most auspicious date in the Hindu calendar. In reality, they had come to escape religious persecution and poverty. The Pakistani Hindus who have made their way to the village of Bijwasan, not far from Delhi’s international airport, all belong to the same low Hindu caste and come from the same part of Sindh province. Some said they would rather commit suicide than go back. “Pakistan is worse than hell for Hindus,” said one of those who managed to flee, Laxman Das, a fruit trader from Hyderabad.

The Hindus, who came in three groups, said that their biggest motivation to leave was the challenge of educating their children. There was discrimination in government schools, where they were referred to as “kafirs”, were ordered to go and work in the fields and were obliged to recite the six kalimas, or tenets, of Islam. For girls, it was even more difficult, so much so that, very few Hindu families in Pakistan bothered to send their daughters to school. “For the wealthy Hindus it is easier – they can send their children to better schools or else abroad,” said another Hindu man who was fleeing from Pakistan.

Bharti Sulanki had travelled to the crossing at the Pakistani border town Khokhrapar with her husband and seven children, the youngest being only three-days old. She said that the Pakistani authorities had demanded a passport and visa for the newborn, too young even to have been named. She said that she had pleaded with the guards to let her cross with the boy as she was still breastfeeding him, but they had refused. Dazed and tear-stained, Bharti Sulanki said that she believed that she had no alternative but to hand the child over to a relative who had come to the border with them. Since then she has been unable to make contact to discover what has happened to her newborn baby. “I had no option,” she sobbed. “I sacrificed the baby for the sake of the other six children, so that they can have an education.”

Almost 500 Hindus from Pakistan crossed into India on the pretext of visiting the Kumbh Mela festival, Pakistan, March, 2013

Peshawar: Anger grows over relentless sectarian target killings in Pakistan, 30 March, 2013

Angered by the failure of the police in arresting the gang involved in the systematic target killing of Shiites over several months, Shia community members have threatened to lie down in front of foreign missions in protest. Imamia Coordination Council (ICC) convener Maj (R) Syed Hasnain Haider Kazmi asked the government to arrest the killers and provide adequate security to members of the community. “The unending killing episodes of people belonging to the Shia sect is a matter of grave concern and shows the failure of security agencies to end sectarian violence,” Kazmi told reporters.

Karachi: Shiite killed outside medical store in Pakistan, 30 March, 2013

The incident occurred in Karachi's Gulbahar, Golimar, in Phool Wali Gali, where Shiite Kamran Ali was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba, outside Ayyaz Medical Store. Gulbahar is the same area where the Police and Rangers have been arresting Shiite boys under false accusations for the past several days. Shiites who are outraged by the ongoing arrests and shootings are asking the establishment and the Chief Justice alike to elaborate on the definition of ‘Justice’, which doesn’t seem to be available for minorities in Pakistan.

Hyderabad: 18 year old Hindu girl abducted, married off to Muslim man and converted to Islam, 30 March, 2013

In March 2013, Ganga, 18 years of age, daughter to gold trader Ashok Kumar, was abducted at dawn from her home located Jhanjhri Street, Sarafa Bazaar, in the limits of the City Police Station, Jacobabad. Mr. Asif Ali, the son of another gold trader Bahadur Ali Surhio, converted the abducted girl to Islam and married her. The marriage ceremony took place at the Amrot Sharif shrine. An FIR was lodged by the parents of the girl against Asif Ali, Bahadur Ali Surhio, and Miran Bukhsh. This abduction occurred at the time of the election of the Hindu Panchayat, which was postponed until this incident could be resolved. A big protest was organized against the alleged abduction and forced conversion. The protestors demanded protection of Hindu girls and Hindu people. They demanded the reunion of Ganga with her family.

Peshawar: Shia officer slain, son injured in Peshawar, 27 March, 2013

Target killing incidents continued unabated in Pakistan as a government official belonging to the Shia community was killed and his son was injured in Gulberg. the sub-divisional officer (SDO) of the Town-III, Imran Ali Khwaja, and his son, Ali Raza, left their home in Gulberg in an official car bearing registration number Peshawar-A 1220 when 2 men who were lying in wait opened fire on them in Izzat Khan Chowk. Imran was killed on the spot while his son Ali Raza, who was going for his matriculation examinations, was critically wounded and shifted to hospital. The assassins simply walked into a nearby street and escaped with ease.

Sub-divisional officer (SDO) of the Town-III, Imran Ali Khwaja was ambushed and slain, March 27, 2013

Jacobabad: Hindu gold trader's daughter kidnapped and converted to Islam before marriage to a Muslim man, March, 2013

In March 2013, 18-year-old Ganga, the daughter to gold trader Ashok Kumar, was abducted at dawn from her home located Jhanjhri Street, Sarafa Bazaar, in the limits of the City Police Station, Jacobabad. Asif Ali, the son of another gold trader Bahadur Ali Surhio, converted the abducted girl to Islam and married her. The marriage ceremony took place at the Amrot Sharif shrine. An FIR was lodged by the parents of the girl against Asif Ali, Bahadur Ali Surhio, and Miran Bukhsh. The abduction occurred at the time of the election of the Hindu Panchayat, which was postponed until this incident could be resolved. A big protest was organized against the abduction and forced conversion.

Peshawar: Shia man kidnapped from Rahatabad, 27 March, 2013

Sarfaraz Jafri was kidnapped by unidentified men from near his house in Rahatabad locality in the jurisdiction of the Tehkal Police Station.

Karachi: Shia industrialist target killed, 26 March, 2013

The owner of the Garment Factory on Site Area's Ghani Chowk, Ali Akbar Rajani, was shot dead by terrorists. The Shiite was targeted when he was travelling in his car on Ghani Chowk alongside 2 guards. Executive Director of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) Karamat Ali has condemned the target killing of the industrialist and has demanded the Pakistani government to protect industrialists from extortionists and life threats. Ali pointed out that due to the terrible law and order situation in the city a number of industries had been shifted to other parts of the country or outside Pakistan and if the trend continued, insecurity among industrialists would increase, which would result in closure or moving of their industrial units.

Punjab: Houses of Ahmadis attacked with police protection to the attackers, 25 March, 2013

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding attacks on houses belonging to Ahmadis. The attackers belonged to two religious organizations, the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SP) and Khatm-e-Nabowat (KN). The attackers were reportedly provided protection by the police during the onslaught. A crowd of more than 60 persons attacked the house of Malik Maqsood Ahmed Anjum, resident of Shamsabad, sub district, Choonia, district Qasoor, Punjab. His family members including women and children locked themselves inside the house in fright but the crowd broke open the doors and dragged them out. Anjum was beaten by the crowd with iron rods, sticks and fists and kicked before the family. He was then forced to convert to “Islam” and leave the Ahmadi sect. When he fell unconscious, the attackers left him on the road thinking that he was dead. 10 policemen were present at the scene during the attack but they did not intervene to save the man from the mob. After the incident, a police party arrived from Chooni police station. They threw Anjum into a police jeep thinking that he was dead and took him to Choonia district hospital where he was found to be alive. Meanwhile, announcments have been made in Shamsabad village that all the Ahmadis should immediately leave their houses and vacate the village as local people do not want Ahmadis in their village.

More than 60 persons attacked the house of Ahmadi man, Malik Maqsood Ahmed Anjum, resident of Shamsabad, and critically injured him after forcing him to convert, Pakistan, March 25, 2013

Larkana: 2 Hindu girls recovered from human trafficker, 25 March, 2013

2 young girls were recovered on a tip-off that they were being transported to a place for sale to some wealthy persons, said the Wagan police. According to the police, Laxmi, 16, and Mansha, 18, were being taken in a coaster by Ghulam Mustafa Chutto, who was reported to be involved in human trafficking. Acting upon a tip-off, police intercepted the coaster near Wagan town and took the suspect and the girls into custody. The police claimed that the man Chutto had been trapping girls on the commitment of marriage and had already sold several of his victims to wealthy people. Chutto was arrested and an investigation into the alleged sale of girls was started. Sources in the area said that the girls belonged to the Meghwar clan.

Karachi: 30 year-old Shiite murdered in Gulbahar, 24 March, 2013

30 year-old Shiite, Muttaqi Raza Rizbi, was murdered when gunmen belonging to Sipah-e-Sahaba opened fire on him in Karachi's Gulbahar.

Larkana: Pakistani Christians may not participate in forthcoming general election, 24 March, 2013

The Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) held consultations with different Christian groups to decide the policy of the minority community regarding the general election. A press note of the Central Secretariat of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) said that Christian political parties of the country had unanimously reached a decision after thorough discussion that Christians will not participate in the forthcoming general election. Dr Bhatt, after the joint decision, said: “President Asif Ali Zardari stabbed the Christians in the back when he announced the date of general election without considering the Christians’ demand of "election not selection on reserved seats.”

Karachi: Shiite shot dead in Karachi's posh Clifton Boat Basin, 23 March, 2013

Minhaj Ali Dosa, a Pakistani Shiite resident of Australia, was shot and killed by target killers in Karachi's Clifton Boat Basin, one of Karachi's poshest areas.

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities reopen blasphemy trial against mentally challenged Christian girl Rimsha Masih, 23 March, 2013

Pakistani authorities have reopened the trial against a mentally challenged Christian girl on charges of 'blasphemy'. A police investigator asked the Supreme Court in Islamabad to reopen the case against Rimsha Masih, 14, stating that he was pressured by the government to drop charges against her after an international outcry, said the Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) group. Rimsha was jailed on August 17, 2012, in a prison near Islamabad after allegedly burning pages with verses of the Koran. Her detention at Adiala Jail triggered international protests because of her age and a medical report confirming that she was mentally handicapped. She was later proved to have been framed by a local imam, Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, who reportedly planted burnt pages of religious texts in Rimsha's bag. On the outskirts of Islamabad families are still afraid to return to their Christian community in the city's Mehrabadi district because Rimsha Masih lived there.

Rimsha Masih’s Unending Nightmare

Lahore: Christian mother faces possible death sentence for allegedly making "derogatory remarks" about Islam's prophet Mohammed, 23 March, 2013

A Christian mother, 47-year-old Martha Bibi, faces a possible death sentence for allegedly making 'derogatory remarks' about Islam's prophet Mohammed. Bibi, who is married and has 7 children, will face a court in the city of Lahore on March 27, 2013, said her lawyer, Mushtaq Gill. She was detained in January 2007 in her village of Kot Nanak Sigh for allegedly making 'derogatory remarks' about Prophet Mohammed during an argument with a Muslim woman and the past six years of waiting on a possible death sentence has made her physically and mentally sick, said Gill. Bibi has always strongly denied the charges. The blasphemy case was registered at a nearby police station where she "was arrested and put behind bars after being beaten and tortured by Muslims," the lawyer said. She was released on bail of 100,000 Pakistani Rupees three months later and is awaiting court hearing.

Jhelum: Christian woman and her 3-year-old daughter found dead, 22 March, 2013

A Christian woman and her 3-year-old daughter were found dead at Bara Garan village in the Dina police limits. Abida Maryam, whose husband worked abroad, and her daughter went missing mysteriously a few days ago. On March 22, 2013, her family received a call saying that their bodies had been found in a nearby forest.

Karachi: Target killers gun down Shiite youngster, 20 March, 2013

Shiite Syed Imran Naqvi s/o Syed Anees Naqvi was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi’s Golimar, near Haideri Masjid. The fact that terrorists can attack a Shiite within a Shiite residential area during day time without consequences raises questions about the efficiency of Pakistan's Law Enforcement.

Young Shiite Syed Imran Naqvi s/o Syed Anees Naqvi was shot dead by terrorists

Kalaswala: Christian missionary severely beaten by Muslim extremists, 18 March, 2013

Naeem Bhadhar, a Presbyterian pastor and missionary, was severely beaten up by Muslim extremists after he tried to organize a protest in Kalaswala against repeated attacks on Christians in Pakistan. Kalaswala is a village 85 miles from Lahore. The attack on Bhadhar came less than a week after a mob of 2,000 Muslims attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore and set fire to 180 homes.

Presbyterian pastor Naeem Bhadhar was beaten up by Muslim extremists for protesting against repeated attacks on Christians in Pakistan

Peshawar: Shia lawyer shot dead in Peshawar, 18 March, 2013

Another lawyer from the Shia community fell victim to the ongoing target killing in the city when he was shot dead on Dilazak Road. According to the police, unidentified armed men on a motorbike opened fire on Zaheer Abbas Naqvi when he was on the way to the courts from his home in Wadpaga village. The attackers escaped after committing the crime.

Karachi: Pakistan’s famous Literature expert gunned down, 18 March, 2013

Pakistan’s famous Literature expert, Sibt-e-Jaffar, was shot dead by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Karachi’s Liaqatabad. Professor Sibt-e-Jaffar, Principle of D.J. College, was targeted when he left the college on his motorcycle. The assilants who were lying in wait, opened fire on him as soon as he was sighted. He was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Karachi: Firing in Landhi leaves Shiite man dead, 17 March, 2013

Firing by armed assilants in Karachi's Landhi near Baber Market left 35 year-old Shiite, Syed Arshad Ali, dead.

Karachi: 25 year-old Shiite target killed, 13 March, 2013

A 25 year-old Shiite named Khuaja Mursaleem was killed when target killers opened fire on him after ambushing his car in Karachi's Johar Mor. He had recently completed his Masters Degree.

Karachi: Shiite man killed in Nizamabad, 12 March, 2013

A Shiite man, Syed Aijaz Hussain Jafri, resident of Gulbahar Jaffariya, was killed when gunmen opened fire on him outside gate #3 of Nazimabad's Hamdard Medical Store.

Lahore: Police open fire on St. Francis Church, 11 March, 2013

Early in the morning of March 11, 2013, a police party opened fire on St. Francis Church, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, damaging the church and the Cross. They also fired at the gate of the Church. Christian worshippers were chased off the premises and the police ordered the priest to close the church. The police were reportedly acting under the wishes of land grabbers who wanted to usurp expensive church land lying in a large industrial area. The Church of St. Francis is also engaged in educational activities, with schools ranging from kindergarten through secondary school. Because of the shooting on the church, several families have decided not to send their children to school.

Police tear gas Christians protesting the torching of Christian homes in Joseph Colony in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, Pakistan, March 10, 2013

Lahore: Lahore becomes battlefield as police push protesters back, 10 March, 2013

Christians staged protest demonstrations and rallies in cities around the country, including Lahore and Karachi, to condemn the mob that torched more than 175 Christian houses in Joseph Colony in the Badami Bagh area following allegations of blasphemy. The police lobbed tear-gas shells and resorted to baton-charge to disperse the mob. Several policemen and protesters received injuries in the clashes. The police arrested at least 27 persons on the charges of creating law and order situation, damaging public and private property, blocking roads, and other such charges.

Distressed Pakistani Christians protest after 180 Christian homes were burnt in Lahore, Pakistan, March 9, 2013

Lahore: Christians all over Pakistan protest the burning of their homes, 9 March, 2013

Hundreds of Christians clashed with the police across Pakistan a day after a Muslim mob burned 180 homes owned by minority Christians in retaliation for alleged blasphemy by a Christian man. In Lahore, hundreds of Christian protesters, some carrying large crucifixes, blocked a main highway as they pressed their demands for better compensation payments from the government, said police official Malik Awais. "I have been robbed of all of my life's savings," said Yousuf Masih, standing outside his burned home. He said that the government's announcement that it would give 200,000 rupees ($2,000) compensation to each family was a joke. Police fired tear gas canisters and used batons to disperse the demonstrators and took six of them into custody.

An argument among friends turned into the ransacking, looting and burning of 180 Christian houses in Joseph Colony, a Christian neighbourhood in Badami Bagh area, Lahore, March 8, 2013

Lahore: 180 Pakistani Christian homes burnt and plundered over blasphemy row, 8 March, 2013

Shahid Imran, a Muslim barber, another Muslim man and his Christian friend, Sawan Masih were having drinks on March 5, 2013 when they had an argument. On March 8, 2013, during the Friday prayers, it was announced over the local mosque loud speaker that Masih had committed blasphemy by passing remarks against the last prophet of Islam. About 2000 Muslims, according to the police, gathered around Joseph Colony at Noor Road, searching for the accused Christian, Sawan Masih alias Bubby, to kill him. The frenzied mob attacked the house of Sawan and burnt it partially. The violent Muslim mob, upset over the alleged blasphemy, pelted bricks on the homes of Christians living in the vicinity and burned down more than 180 Christian-owned houses, shops and at least two church buildings. Among the attackers were members of the assembly, a member of the national assembly, Riaz Malik, and a member of the Punjab provincial assembly, Asad Ashraf. Both are from the ruling party of the province, the PML-N. In the ensuing violence, Masih's father was beaten up seriously. The police arrested Masih.

Karachi: Firing on Funeral march leaves 2 Shiites dead, 5 March, 2013

2 Shiites were killed when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba opened fire on people returning from the funeral of the Abbas Town victims. The mourners were fired upon by terrorists while they were returning from the cemetery. Several Shiites were injured while 2 Shia men, identified as Karrar Hussain, 35, s/o Saqlain Hussain and Khawar Raza, 22, s/o Babar Raza were killed.

Karachi: Target attacked Shiite Navy Lieutenant dies of injuries, 4 March, 2013

The Pakistani Navy’s Lieutenant Commander Azeem Haider, who had been injured in a terrorist target attack on the 27 February, 2013, died of his wounds. Lieutenant Commander Syed Azeem Haider Kazmi was driving his private car and was heading to work when attacked at around 6:40 AM, said SSP West Asif Ajaz Shaikh.

Pakistani Navy’s Lieutenant Commander Azeem Haider, a Shiite, succumbed to his injuries after a target attack, March 4, 2013

Lahore: Falsely charged Pakistani Christian maid released after police torture, 3 March, 2013

A Christian woman who was falsely accused of stealing ornaments from a wealthy Pakistani Muslim household and tortured by the police of Lahore's Muslim Town area, has been reunited with her family. Arshad Bibi, a domestic worker of the Muslim family in Lahore was accused of stealing jewelry worth $ 5,560 though they were securely locked up. The complainant, Zahida Perveen, reportedly told police that her Christian female servant managed to steal the jewelry, though they were locked up. The Christian, who had been working for the Muslims for the last eight years, strongly denied the theft. In published remarks, she said that the police had abused and tortured her to force her to confess to the alleged offense. Bibi was detained on February 13, 2013 and only released on bail on February 25, 2013.

Karachi: Forty-five dead, 150 injured in Karachi Shia area bomb attack, 3 March, 2013

A huge car bomb blast killed at least 45 people, when two powerful blasts ripped through a Shia dominated area in Abbas Town in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the minority sect. The first explosion occurred outside an Imambargah (Shia prayer hall) in Abbas Town at about 7 PM as people were leaving after prayers, while the second bomb went off within 10 minutes. Hundreds of shops and houses were badly damaged as balconies in nearby apartments crumbled under the impact of the detonation. Police officials said that the first blast was caused by explosives hidden in a car that was parked near the entrance of Abbas Town. The bomb contained an estimated 150 kg of explosives and was packed with ball bearings. Residents of Karachi said that the explosion was heard upto 10 kilometres away.

Powerful car bomb blast kills at least 45 and injures more than 150 in Abbas Town in Karachi, March 3, 2013

Gilgit-Baltistan: A human rights organization was banned due to pressure from fanatical Muslim groups in Gilgit-Baltistan, 1 March, 2013

The government through a notification asked the Association of Global Humanists and Ethics (AGHE) Pakistan, to immediately close down all its activities including imparting education to girls. The orders banning all activities of the AGHE was not delivered to it directly nor was it verbally communicated to them but a letter was issued to the deputy commissioners and police officers of various districts. The letter was written two years ago but was issued only on February 25, 2013. The Association of Global Humanists and Ethics, Pakistan, has been working in the country for many years after it was registered in 2005 under the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control Ordinance 1961 XLV OF Pakistan) with registration number (2005) JC-16 (91). The AGHE is working in various districts of Gilgit-Baltistan on the issues of tolerance in society, women rights, girl's education in far flung areas, child rights and peace building.

February 2013

Karachi: Young Shia man shot dead by men on motorbike, 28 February, 2013

A young man associated with the Shia Ulema Council was sprayed with bullets on his doorstep in Incholi in what police suspect to be part of an ongoing wave of sectarian killings. The officials said that two men riding a motorbike pulled up outside the residence of 21-year-old Danish Hussain, situated in block 20 of the Federal B Area, in the early hours of the day and called out his name. “As he came out, they fired multiple shots at him and sped away. He sustained two bullet wounds each to his head and chest and died on the spot,” said an official at the Samanabad police station.

Shikarpur: 4 people killed, more than 27 wounded in Sufi shrine blast, 25 February, 2013

On February 25, 2013, a blast tore through the Ghulam Shah Ghazi shrine in Marri village in Shikarpur District, killing four people on the scene and wounding more than 27 others. Pir Syed Hajan Shah, a spiritual leader and Gaddin Nasheen (spiritual descendant) of the saint honoured at the shrine, later succumbed to his wounds on March 4, 2013.

Karachi: Bohra community comes under attack, 23 February, 2013

A trader belonging to Bohra community, identified as Mubasshir Hussain, was killed in his shop at Tooba Apartment near Gol Masjid, Defence Phase-I, within the precincts of Defence Police Station.

Jacobabad District: Convoy of Sufi spiritual leader attacked by militants; grandson killed, 23 February, 2013

Militants attacked the convoy of spiritual leader, Syed Hussain Shah, popularly known as Saeen Hussain Shah Qambar, on February 20, 2013 with a remote-controlled bomb in the Ahmed Deen Brohi area of Jacobabad District. He escaped unharmed, but the bomb killed his grandson Shafiq Shafi Shah and injured eight others.

Karachi: Shia man participating in Karachi Star Gate Sit-in protest against Quetta carnages, shot dead, 19 February, 2013

A Shia man, Syed Safdar Ali Kazmi (25), one of the people who had come to attend the sit-in at Star Gate in Karachi, was on his way back home from the demonstration when unidentified assailants shot him dead.

Gulberg, Lahore: Head of Ophthalmology Department target killed for being a Shia, 18 February, 2013

In a sectarian attack, the Lahore General Hospital Ophthalmology Department Head, Professor Dr Ali Haider, and his son were shot dead by 2 unidentified assailants in the Gulberg area of Lahore city. The doctor was a Shia Muslim.

Saba Bibi was working in the fields of her landlord in Kasur when a Muslim man attempted to rape her, February 17, 2013

Kasur: Attempted abduction and rape of Christian girl, 17 February, 2013

On 17 February 2013, Saba Bibi was working in the fields of her landlord at Village Baghiana Kilan in the precincts of police Station Phool Nagar, District Kasur, when Muhammad Akram alias Amar, armed with a pistol confronted her and forced her to a secret place with the intention of rape. She started weeping loudly, while the culprit tore her clothes off, said the victim's mother, Naziran Bibi. A complaint has been filed in the police station. ”We are very poor labourers working in a brick-kiln. We are also under heavy debt so it will be difficult to follow up with the case in court,” said Anwar Masih, the victim’s father.

A Christian man, Roshan Masih, 45, was killed because of an argument over religion with a Muslim man, February 16, 2013

Lahore: Argument over religion: Muslim kills Christian in cold blood, 16 February, 2013

Roshan Masih, a 45 year old Christian, was shot dead after an argument over religion in Lahore. The episode brought bewilderment and grief to the local Christian community. Roshan Masih had converted from Hinduism to Christianity about 20 ago and had settled in Lahore. A few days before the murder, he reportedly had a heated argument over religion with a local Muslim, Sohail Akhtar. The latter waited for his opportunity and on 16 February, 2013, he saw Roshan sitting outside a shop run by Sadiq Masih, another Christian. Sohail Akhtar, armed with a rifle, shot Roshan Masih dead then and there. The episode is emblematic of the deplorable conditions of Pakistani Christians.

Quetta: Another blast in Quetta targeting Shia Hazaras kills 84 people including women and children, 16 February, 2013

A suicide-bomb targeting Shia Hazaras in a busy market in Pakistan’s restive southwest killed 84 people including women and children and wounded 200 others. The powerful bomb in a water tanker ripped through a packed bazaar near Hazara town, an area dominated by Shias on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of oil and gas rich Balochistan province, at around 6:00 PM. Quetta city police chief Zubair Mehmood said that the water tanker which was packed with about 800 kilograms of explosives, was placed near a pillar of a two-storey building, which collapsed in the blast. A spokesman for the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility for the bombing, according to media reports.

A suicide-bomb targeting Shia Hazaras in a busy market in Quetta kills at least 84 people and wounds over 200, February 16, 2013

Pattoki, Kasur: 3 Christian women beaten up by Muslim mob, 9 February, 2013

Three Christian women, Zareena Bibi, Hameedan Bibi, and Sharifan Bibi were severely abused when a mob raided their home in Pattoki, Pakistan on 9 February, 2013, said a statement released by the Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD), an advocacy group in Pakistan. It was the second such incident in Punjab's Kasur District within about two weeks.

Peshawar: Prominent Shia human rights defender target of assassination, 8 February, 2013

Mr Malik Jarrar, 47, a Supreme Court lawyer, was shot dead in the Gulbahar area of Peshawar by unknown persons, riding a motorcycle. He was on his way to pick up his two sons from school. Mr. Jarrar was the former vice chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), an NGO, and he was an incumbent council member, the highest body of the HRCP.

Mr Malik Jarrar, former vice chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan was target killed in Peshawar, 8 February, 2013

Karachi: Shia man injured in sectarian attack dies, 7 February, 2013

A man identified as Syed Zahid Ali Jafri (35), who was injured on February 5, 2013 in a sectarian attack in Lines Area died during treatment.

Faisalabad: Muslim man uses knife to attack and stab disabled Christian man, 6 February, 2013

On February 2, 2013, a disabled Christian man, Khalid Masih, 35, who walks with the aid of crutches, was asked to act as a mediator in a transaction between two people - Khalid Masih's Christian cousin, Babar Masih, and a Muslim man, Irshad Gujjar. The first gave the second his moped scooter in exchange for a horse. The next day Irshad demanded for additional money stating that his animal was worth a lot more. Khalid Masih replied that his cousin had left the village after the deal. On February 6, Irshad Gujjar, with his cousin Aslam, went to Khalid’s house and asked him to go and pray at the bedside of their grandson who was very sick. They took Khalid Masih to a distant field five kilometres from the village, dragged him out of their car and stabbed him several times with a knife, injuring his hands and lips. They then shot at him. Some farmers in the vicinity, including a Christian, heard the shots and called for help. The doctors of the Civil Hospital in Faisalabad treated the severely wounded Christian man. His assailants are at large and unpunished.

Disabled Pakistani Christian man knifed in Faisalabad, 6 February, 2013

Chaman: Pakistani Christian man shot dead for refusing to convert to Islam, 4 February, 2013

A Pakistani Christian man, Younas Masih, 55, died after days of agony from wounds after being shot for refusing to convert to Islam. It is believed that he was attacked because he resisted pressure from co-workers to convert to Islam. A gunman shot him five times as he made his way home from work on 31 January, 2013. The police has refused to open an investigation into his murder.

Karachi: Shia man target killed by assilants, 2 February, 2013

A Shia man, identified as Sarwar Hussain (38), was killed by unidentified assailants on Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai road in Agra Taj within the limits of Kalri Police Station in Karachi.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Suicide bomber kills 27 in Shia mosque attack in Pakistan, 1 February, 2013

At least 27 people were killed and 56 injured when a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a Shia mosque in Pat Bazaar area of Hangu district when people were leaving after offering Friday prayers. The bomber detonated explosives packed into a motorcycle parked in a narrow lane containing Masjid Faizullah, frequented by Shias in the town of Hangu, the latest bloody sectarian attack in a country where violence is on the rise. “It was a suicide attack which targeted Shias but Sunnis also fell victim since their mosque and some shops were very close to the site,” district police chief Mian Muhammad Saeed said.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside two neighbouring mosques in Hangu town, killing at least 27 people, February 1, 2013

January 2013

Quetta: Hazara and Baloch Shia police constables target killed in Balochistan, 29 January, 2013

Two Police constables, identified as Ali Dad Hazara and Shamir Baloch, were shot dead on Sabzal road of Quetta.

Kasur: 15-year-old Christian girl raped by 2 influential Muslim men in Punjab, 25 January, 2013

A Christian minor girl was kidnapped, raped and tortured by two influential Muslims. Fouzia Bibi, 15, a resident of village Roday, near Kasur, Punjab, belongs to a very poor family and works as a farm labourer along with her father, Malooka Masih, and her brothers. On 25 January, 2013, Fouzia Bibi had gone to buy some milk for the owner of the farm. On the way back, two influential Muslim men of the locality, Sher Muhammad and Shabir Ali, armed with pistols, kidnapped & imprisoned the minor girl in a room where they raped and tortured her repeatedly. The girl was then thrown unconscious in the street. Fouzua’s family went to the police station to file a complaint but the police refused to register a case.

15-year-old Christian girl, Fouzia Bibi, was raped by 2 influential Muslim men in Kasur, 25 January, 2013

Peshawar: Shia doctor shot dead, 22 January, 2013

In a sectarian related attack, reputed eye specialist Dr Shah Nawaz Ali belonging to the Shia community, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in his cantonment area clinic on Liaquat Street in Saddar Bazaar of Peshawar. Dr Shah Nawaz’s murder that was committed with swift and deadly ease, should not be a surprise for anyone except for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police that have not made any investigative breakthroughs in any of the Shia target killings so far.

Peshawar: Another Sikh trader kidnapped in Pakistan, 21 January, 2013

Armed kidnappers abducted a 40-year-old cloth dealer, Raghbir Singh, from just outside his house in Quaidabad area in the jurisdiction of Bhanamari Police Station, Peshawar. Media reports said that Singh, a father of four, was on his way back home from a gurdwara when he was overpowered, bundled into a car and taken away.

Peshawar: Shiite Session Additional Judge fired at and injured, 19 January, 2013

A Shiite Session Additional JudgeSyed Ehtesham Ali was injured when terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahab/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi opened fire on him in Pakistan’s Peshawar. Syed Ehtesham Ali, son of the former chief justice of the Peshawar High Court, Ibne Ali, was attacked near his house in Hayatabad. He received bullets in his back and is under treatment. His wife, also a civil judge, remained unharmed in the attack.

Malir: Another Shia pays the price for being a minority in Pakistan, 16 January, 2013

Ibne Hassan (50) was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants outside his residence near Ghousia Market in Muhammadi Dara, just opposite Naeem Hospital, in Malir-15 in the Saudabad Police Limits. According to SHO, Saudabad Hassan Haider, the man was a production manager in General Tyres and belonged to the Shia community. Police said that it was a sectarian killing.

Khyber Agency: Pakistani military accused of massacre of villagers in Bara, 15 January, 2013

Villagers in the North of the country demand justice following a deadly assault on their settlement that left 15 dead. Several thousand people took to the streets of north-western Pakistan shouting anti-army slogans and displaying the bodies of 15 local villagers who they claim were murdered in their homes by the military in an overnight raid. They claim that men wearing military uniforms stormed their homes and shot the villagers. The protesters called on the army to end its operations in the area. One sign read: “We are also Pakistanis. Don’t kill us.”

Pakistani villagers from the northwest gather around the dead bodies of their relatives during a protest in Peshawar, January 16, 2013

Surjani Town, Pakistan: Shia man shot down in Karachi, 15 January, 2013

Asghar Ali Shah (30),belonging to the minority Shia community in Pakistan was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sector 7/C in the Surjani Town Police Jurisdiction. Police said that it was another case of sectarian killing in the city.

Deadly bomb attacks in Quetta claims 105 lives mainly those of Hazara Shia Muslims

Quetta: Deadly bomb attacks in Quetta claims 120 lives and injures over 200, 10 January, 2013

120 were killed and over 200 were injured in Quetta's triple bombing: January 10, turned out to be a horrific day for the people of Quetta when the city was rocked by three bombings that killed at least 105 people and injured over 200. Most of the dead and injured belonged to the Hazrara Shia community.The dead included security officials, Edhi volunteers, a TV reporter and a cameraman. The last bombing of the day was the most powerful ever to hit the city. The first explosion took place at the Bacha Khan Chowk in the afternoon. The deadly twin blasts that rocked Alamdar Road later resulted in the death of as many as 70 people on the spot, most of them from the Hazrara Shia community. DSP Mujahid Hussain, SHO Zafar Ali, Samaa cameraman Imran Sheikh, a reporter of the same channel, Saifur Rehman, and four Edhi volunteers were among those killed. Among the dead was Quetta-based rights activist Irfan Ali, who was reportedly helping those wounded in the first blast. The families of the dead have been mounting a three-day protest vigil with the shrouded bodies of the victims. The president of the Shia Conference, Syed Dawood Agha, had told the BBC that his community would not bury its dead until the army had given an assurance that it would take administrative control of the city. So far, the government has not made any public statement about the attacks, which were claimed by banned militant Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The LeJ wants to expel Shias from Pakistan, where they make up about 20 percent of the country’s 180 million population.

Shiite leader Dr Riaz Hussain shot dead

Peshawar: Extremists open fire killing 3 Shia men including famous Shiite leader Dr Riaz Hussain, 9 January, 2013

A famous Shiite leader and Peshawar’s reputed gastroenterologist, Dr Riaz Hussain, was shot dead by extremists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Pakistan’s Peshawar. Dr Syed Riaz Hussain s/o Shabbir Hussain was targeted near Dibgri Gardens. The attack left him severely injured. He was rushed to a hospital where he died soon after. This was the third incident of Shiite genocide that day. Earlier, Shiite Ali Haider was shot dead in Karachi while Zawar Shah was killed in Khuzdar. The targets of these acts of cowardly violence were Shiites of noble lineage with significant repute in their social, commercial, and professional circles.

Khyber Agency: Kidnapped Sikh trader beheaded in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt, 8 January, 2013

A militant group in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt beheaded a Sikh man, Mohinder Singh, 40, who was kidnapped from his shop in Tabbai village on 20 November, 2012, after accusing him of acting as a "spy" for a rival outfit. Mohinder Singh was beheaded and his body was chopped up before it was packed into a sack and dumped at Zakhakhel Bazaar in Khyber Agency. The body was identified by the slain man's brother Daswant Singh. He said that his brother's killing was a "cruel act" against members of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan. Daswant said that his brother was a diabetic and was survived by his wife and nine children, including a polio-affected son. Daswant further said that if the government could not provide religious minorities with proper security, it should arrange for their migration to a safer country.

Kidnapped Sikh trader Mohinder Singh was beheaded and his body chopped up by militants in Pakistan

Lahore: Younis Masih, a Christian jailed for 7 years on a false blasphemy case, suffers heart attack, 8 January, 2013

Younis Masih, a Christian in Pakistani jail, under death sentence for blasphemy under section 295C PPC, suffered a serious heart attack on 8 January 2013. He has been suffering in prison for more than 7 years. Younis Masih, 27, resident of Chungi Amer Sidhu, Lahore, was arrested on charges of blasphemy on September 10, 2005. On 9th September 2005, Younis Masih went to the house of Baba Chaby, where a late evening Qawali (Muslim religious song event) was being held and asked the group to keep the volume down. The next day, the Muslim men who had been listening to the music found Younis and beat him till he fell unconscious. His wife who attempted to intervene was also badly beaten. Announcements were made in local mosques that Younis Masih had committed a blasphemy, by uttering derogatory remarks against the prophet Muhammed. An angry mob of 400 protestors armed with sticks and bricks attacked and ransacked Christian houses, broke down the doors, threw Bibles on the floor and stoned local churches. More than 100 Christian families fled the Chungi Amer Sidhu area after the incident to save their lives. The hearing of Younis Masih's appeal against the death penality was held in The High Court Lahore, on 17 January, 2013. The case has been adjurned to 23 January, 2013, for final arguments.

Karachi: Joint attack on Ahmadi printing press in Lahore by a team of mullas and the police, 7 January, 2013

The Punjab Police raided a printing press Black Arrows, owned by an Ahmadi, at 6 PM on January 7, 2013. They arrested the owner and three other Ahmadisas well as 6 non-Ahmadi workers from the location. They were whisked away to the Anarkali police station, where the 6 non-Ahmadis were released. After midnight the 4 Ahmadi men were shifted to Islampura Police Station where a case was registered against Moeed Ayaz (the owner of the press), Asmatullah (the owner of the vehicle who had come to collect the printed stock), Razaullah and Ghulamullah under a blasphemy law PPC 295-B, an Ahmadi specific law PPC 298-C and PPO 24/A. If declared guilty, the four accused could be imprisoned for life over a senseless accusation. The police also seized a van from the location and a great deal of books and publications.

Karachi: Young Shia man killed in sectarian target attack, 7 January, 2013

Ali Raza Naqvi (26) was killed in a sectarian attack in Block 13-D of Gulshan-e-Iqbal within the precincts of Gulshan-e- Iqbal Police Station of Karachi.

Ayesha Manzil, Karachi: Shia man and daughter killed in attack on his family, 7 January, 2013

In an incident of sectarian violence, aShia man and his minor daughter were killed while his wife and other daughter sustained injuries near Ayesha Manzil within the limits of Gulberg Police Station.

Peshawar: Shia businessman becomes a victim of target killing on 2 January, 2013

Businessman Abrar Hussain’s violent killing under the most unfortunate circumstances near Lady Reading Hospital did not move the upholders of law and order in Pakistan out of their perennial official slackness. The target killing reflects a trend - Shias in Peshawar are under attack and the administration is insensitive to the victim families’ plight.

Bolan District, Balochistan: Hazara jail warden shot dead on 1 January, 2013

The warden of Machh jail, Mohammad Ali, who belonged to the Hazara community, was shot dead in Machh bazaar of Bolan District.

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