Victims of terrorism: Australia offers asylum to 2,500 Hazara families

The asylum to Pakistani Hazara families offered on humanitarian grounds.

Web Desk February 21, 2013
Protesters staged a sit-in in front of the Governor House in Lahore to protest Shia killings. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

The Australian government has offered asylum to 2,500 Hazara families of Pakistan who have been affected by terrorism, reported Express News on Thursday.

The asylum was offered on humanitarian grounds.

Last week, a representative of Australian immigration department met with United Nations officials to make the asylum offer.

Over 80 residents of the Shia Hazara neighbourhood in Quetta were killed when over 800 kilogrammes of explosives packed in a vehicle detonated in the middle of a busy bazaar on February 16.

The attack led to countrywide agitation, with families refusing to bury their loved ones till their demands of the army taking over the city and targeted operation against the perpetrators were met.

In January, twin blasts in Quetta killed over a 100 people and left over 300 injured. After being continuously attacked by militant outfits, the Shia Hazaras went on strike across the country demanding the government to take immediate action.

Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly mentioned February 6 as the date of the Quetta bombing instead of February 16. The error has been rectified.


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