UN urges Pakistan to protect religious minorities after attack

By AFP
Published: May 14, 2015
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Ban calls on Pakistan to bring those responsible to justice. PHOTO: REUTERS

Ban calls on Pakistan to bring those responsible to justice. PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS/UNITED STATES: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged Pakistan to move quickly to protect religious minorities following an attack that killed at least 44 members of Karachi’s Ismaili community.

The attack in Karachi was officially claimed by the Islamic State group.

Ban condemned “in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack” and called on Pakistan to bring those responsible to justice.

Read: Aga Khan shocked, saddened by attack on Ismailis in Karachi

He urged the government to “take swift measures aimed at effective protection of religious minorities in the country.”

Pakistan has experienced a rising tide of sectarian violence in recent years, particularly against Shiites, who make up around 20 percent of the country’s predominantly Muslim population of 200 million.

Read: Safora massacre death toll rises to 45 as Ismaili community say their last goodbyes

Further, a day after the deadly attack on Karachi’s Ismaili community, initial investigation reports on May 14 revealed that the culprits hailed from Afghanistan.

On the day of the attack, in which 44 persons including women and children were killed, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said that some clues were found at the crime scene but was unable to share these due to security reasons.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • AMN
    May 14, 2015 - 12:36PM

    Err..not just minority but all of pakistani’s lives are at stake. We need protection for each and every pakistani. Stop dividing our already splintered nation Mr. Ban Ki-moon.Recommend

  • oBSERVER
    May 14, 2015 - 1:22PM

    Did this UN send similar message to all those countries that killed or made fun of Muslims. Or to those countries that were guilty of naked racism? No.This UN is a disgrace to all those nations who have dignity and self esteem.Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    May 14, 2015 - 3:02PM

    U.N. Is a bit of a Puppet for some countries, but it’s not wrong to point out the massacre being carried out in Pakistan especially against the minorities, Judging UN does not make things better for the minorities or Pakistan. Recommend

  • Factual
    May 14, 2015 - 5:05PM

    Dear Ban ki mon,

    Please note Ismailies are not a religious minority. They are Muslims which happen to be in majority in Pakistan. Thank you. Recommend

  • AMN
    May 14, 2015 - 5:54PM

    @Whiskey Khan: UN seems to undermine the fact that today killings are not just targetted towards one particular sect or religion. It’s rampant all over Pakistan, all provinces and against people hailing from all various backgrounds. There is always this portrayal of sunni-shia or muslim-Christian violence which causes widening rift in our society. We need one rule for all pakistanis…equal protective measures for all ,be it minority or majority. So supporting UN on this stance doesnt help either.Recommend

  • we
    May 14, 2015 - 7:09PM

    About time UN urged Pakistan to improve human rights situation in the country. Sanctions on Pakistan should follow if Pakistan does not act. .Recommend

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