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

Published: April 23, 2014
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Killings per district: Fata (867), Balochistan (737), Sindh (252), Punjab (104), G-B (103) and K-P (22).  PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madrassas getting funding from aboard

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

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

The state minister for interior Balighur Rehman said that the State Bank of Pakistan had started compiling data of all such remittances. The ministry’s reply, however, did not contain any estimates on funding coming through other channels.

Legislation on cards to take away role of GHQ in issuing POF weapons

Awami National Party’s Zahid Khan was concerned that POF Wah Cantt was not issuing weapons to some parliamentarians despite having obtained the prerequisite approvals from the ministry of interior. He accused that ministry authorities were hurdle in issuing these weapons.

Minister for defence production Rana Tanveer informed the house that 256 cases were pending before his ministry where applicants, including 17 of parliamentarians, had attained no objection certificates to purchase weapons from Wah Cantt.

Tanveer said that his ministry was working to amend the law which would do away with the role of GHQ in issuing weapons to such cases. He further said that a total of 239 Parliamentarians were issued weapons by POF Wah Cantt from 2009 to 2014.

Senate disapproves a bill and an ordinance

Having numerical majority in the Upper House, the Opposition parties managed to disapprove a bill and a presidential decree with majority vote.

MQM’s Nasreen Jalil presented report on Sales Tax Amendment Bill 2014 that sought to annul a Supreme Court’s directives on correction of tax mechanism for CNG sector. She also moved a resolution to disapprove the Bill, which was adopted by majority through voice count.

After the disapproval in Senate, future of the proposed law is bleak, unless the government amends it before approving it from the National Assembly.

The Senate also rejected by majority vote the PMDC Amendment Ordinance that sought to vest the federal government with powers to control of the regulatory body.

The Ordinance was laid before the Senate last week and as per Constitution any member can move a resolution calling for its disapproval.

The disapproval motion was jointly moved by PPP Senators Farhatullah Babar and Raza Rabbani.

Senator Babar said that the PMDC was an autonomous regulatory body which under a federal legislation was responsible for establishing uniform minimum standard of medical education, regulate the conduct of medical and dental practitioners across Pakistan and monitor and maintain standards of medical education.

He reminded the House that all regulatory bodies, the medical education; and related institutions fell under items listed in Part-II of the Federal Legislative List, the policy formulation for which was the responsibility of Council of Common Interest.

Babar said that under Article 154 of the Constitution, policy formulation in matters listed in part-11 of the Federal Legislative List is the responsibility of the Council of Common Interest and not of the federal government and PMDC being a regulatory body was the responsibility of CCI, adding that the federal government cannot take over the functions of the regulatory body.

The resolution was the put to vote which the House disapproved the ordinance before it could be transformed into a permanent law.

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal laid before the House another report of Pakistan Vision 2025 and Millennium Development Goals.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Peshawar
    Apr 23, 2014 - 11:15PM

    LOL…land of the pure. What a joke.

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  • Dr. Shafique
    Apr 23, 2014 - 11:36PM

    Sorry, folks, to hear and read about the senseless slaughter of precious lives, which has become a major characteristic of Pakistan’s culture. Yet, we blame others for all our sins and portray ourselves as self-righteous, pompous, flawless human beings; we are the perfect angels. But sit back and ask yourselves — are you not reaping now what you sowed years back?

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  • RD Sultan
    Apr 24, 2014 - 12:08AM

    Only an authoritarian government can ensure stability for Pakistan.

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  • rasgullah
    Apr 24, 2014 - 1:55AM

    Looks like even Muslims are not safe in Jinnah’s homeland

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  • Nazar
    Apr 24, 2014 - 2:29AM

    Seems interior minister is expert on shrinking the numbers.

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  • Apr 24, 2014 - 2:50AM

    I donot think so anything is improving killing is going everday in pakistan,,,

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  • Apr 24, 2014 - 7:16AM

    Nobody believes these figures. From the Interior ministry.
    They are phony numbers. Actual numbers are four times
    greater.

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 24, 2014 - 7:23AM

    While India makes movies like 2 States and cherishes unity in diversity, Pakistan is not able to look beyond 2 Sects.

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  • Gauav
    Apr 24, 2014 - 8:00AM

    And pakistanis are worried about Muslims in India.

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  • Apr 24, 2014 - 9:36AM

    The SBP Pakistan Remittance Initiative has a comprehensive list of remitters and beneficiaries. This list must be made public in all the leading newspapers on a quarterly basis and a summarized, unedited version telecast by TV.

    “Look before you leap for as you sow, ye are like to reap.” Samuel Butler (brainyquote.com)

    “What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.”
    Meister Eckhart (brainyquote.com)
    Salams

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  • Apr 24, 2014 - 2:25PM

    @rasgullah:
    You really hate Muslims. You can join Modi;s
    army of extremists.

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  • observer
    Apr 24, 2014 - 4:51PM

    Is this the reason why Pakistan was created.?

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  • Dr.Shafique
    Apr 24, 2014 - 5:47PM

    @Umer rizvanullah:

    Don’t be the proverbial ostrich burying his head in the sand while the storm continues to rage around you. Rasgollah is not “hating” Muslims but just pointing out the fallacy that while Pakistanis talk about the plight of Indian Muslims, who are doing just fine even in Modi’s India, Pakistan is filled with corpses of Muslims killed by their fellow Muslims. Open your eyes, dear chap, and smell the coffee. It’s time to change and not just deflect facts and divert attention by using the scant fig leaf by calling others “Muslim haters” loosely because someone points out to your shortcomings. Nobody believes you, anyway.

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  • Hari Om
    Apr 24, 2014 - 6:12PM

    For a country claimed to have been founded to provide a safe haven for the Muslims of the Indian Sub-Continent, 2090 cases over the past five years of Muslim killing Muslim over nothing more than petty differences in interpretation of the Muslim religion, is simply staggering. Indeed I can think of no other parallel case of similar magnitude where Buddhist kills Buddhist or Christian kills Christian or Hindu kills Hindu or Jews kill Jews over petty differences in interpretation of their respective Religions anywhere in the world over the past five years.

    What is particularly ironic is that Pakistan’s founder Mr. M.A. Jinnah would have risked life and limb for following the practices of his original Shia sect of Islam in today’s Pakistan.

    Next I wait to hear the oft repeated statement that there is no such thing as intra Muslim sectarian killings in Pakistan as it is inconceivable that a Muslim can kill another Muslim as Islam is the Religion of Peace where even killing one person is considered as killing all humanity making instances like these killings, in Pakistani minds, a RAW / Mossad / CIA perpetrated act by India / Israel / USA to malign Islam and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Waseem Haider
    Apr 24, 2014 - 8:24PM

    If partition of India was on the basis of religion. Now again it is on the basis of religion, further purification within Muslims is now taking place. At the end only Pure Muslims will be left in Pakistan, all those who are not Muslims according to righteous Muslims will either leave or otherwise will be killed and then it will be “Pakistan the land of only Pure”. Question is who will decide “who is righteous Muslim” and answer is simple “those who have power”,no sorry those who have majority, no those who think, what they believe is right and all others are wrong and hence be eliminated. The process of purification must go on so that at the end only pure are left behind. Who will be the those lucky ones after ultimate filtration. If any state has a religion then this has to happen, not sure if mother’s love has any religion and if it has then how do those feel who differ with mother?

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  • observer
    Apr 25, 2014 - 5:49PM

    Can Pakistani’s be called normal people, by any stretch of imagination.

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  • observer
    Apr 25, 2014 - 6:30PM

    How can Pakistan call itself a nation? When the state itself promotes differences officially. Have a look at any government form, for a job, enrollment, enlistment, passport, National Identity Card, the list is endless, all have columns which requires the person to state officially his religion. Then the Constitution states that all are equal, amazing hypocrisy. Pakistani’s are first, Sunni’s, Shia’s, Bohri’s, Ismaili’s, Memon’s, Christians, Hindus, Sikh’s etc first, then comes the tribal clan affliations, i.e. a Bugti, or Marri, etc. Pakistan does not figure at all. There is no love lost between the state and the individual, there was never any love to start with. The interior ministry unfortunately does not have the courage to print the real figures, no one really knows, because they are not reported.

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