Timeline of major attacks on minorities in Pakistan

Published: March 28, 2016
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KARACHI: According to a report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG), Pakistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for religious minorities.

Here are some of the major attacks on minorities in the country since May, 2013.

May 5, 2013:

A mob brandishing clubs had smashed statues, looted gold artefacts and set Hindu temples ablaze in the town of Larkana.

A member of the Hindu community holds a damaged statue inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana in Sindh. PHOTO: REUTERS

September 22, 2013:

In what is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians, at least 83 people were killed in a twin suicide bombing in Peshawar. Two attackers had struck at the end of a service at All Saints Church in Peshawar.

Members of civil society light lamps during a peace vigil in Lahore. PHOTO: REUTERS

March 7, 2013:

Hundreds of protesters set ablaze more than 200 houses belonging to Christians in Joseph Colony, after Sawan Masih, a member of the colony, was accused of blasphemy. Three churches were also burnt in the locality. A day before the incident, police forced the Christians to vacate their houses, saying they would also be attacked otherwise.

November 4, 2014:

An enraged Muslim mob beat a Christian couple to death near Lahore and burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked on Tuesday for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran.

PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK

May 13, 2015:

Gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on commuters belonging to the Ismaili community in Karachi, killing at least 43. Militant group Jundullah, which has attacked minorities before, claimed responsibility.

PHOTO: AFP

November 21, 2015:

An angry mob set ablaze a factory owned by members of the Ahmadiyya community in Jhelum. According to sources, the mob attacked the factory after accusing one person who worked there of committing blasphemy.

PHOTO: AFP

March 27, 2016:

At least 72 people were killed and more than 300 injured when a suicide bomb ripped through the parking space of a crowded park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday.

PHOTO: AFP

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Reader Comments (7)

  • ZH
    Jun 14, 2014 - 6:21PM

    We don’t care about it. Our main issue is “what will happen to Indian Muslims since Modi has come to power”.

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  • vinsin
    Jun 14, 2014 - 7:01PM

    @ZH:
    You can take them to Pakistan. Any way they don’t have any moral right to stay after partition.

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  • Gaurav
    Mar 29, 2016 - 1:27AM

    And Pakistan media is more worried about an Indian person killed. #Hypocricy.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Mar 29, 2016 - 1:35AM

    Lol. Roits against Ahmadis began in 1981, then there was zia and his goons in south punjab. Recommend

  • Salmaan
    Mar 29, 2016 - 2:54AM

    This is a good start.
    I would like to someone to go and document all such events in the last 10 years to give us a better idea of where we stand, and is it getting better or worse.Recommend

  • Abdul Razaq
    Mar 29, 2016 - 12:38PM

    March 15 2015, Johanna Abad and many like Gojra and Shanti Nagar must be added in your list. Recommend

  • Ladi Singh
    Mar 29, 2016 - 7:19PM

    @ZH: I am sikh and we love our PM modi.you ppl should take care your country.i am very sad to read this article and look what happened with pakistan. Recommend

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