HRCP urges Zardari, Raja to visit Quetta

KARACHI: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to take personal initiatives for guaranteeing security of life to Hazara community Shias.

In a letter to the prime minister, HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf said that within the seven weeks of this year, two massacres of Hazara community Shias took place in Quetta that claimed the lives of over 200 people.

The matter has become so grave that it has to be taken up at the highest level, Zohra said.

HRCP chairperson said: “In view of the grave situation, we suggest that you visit Quetta in the next few days, regardless of the outcome of talks with members of the targeted community who have been staging sit-ins to protest the killings because in our opinion the elements responsible for the killing of Hazara Shias are not amenable to authorities subservient to you. They may, however, be amenable to your direct initiative. Such a visit would also reassure the long-suffering Hazaras of your government’s commitment to protect them.”

HRCP leader said: “We believe that it is important that this grave situation continues to be taken up at the highest level. After bombings in Quetta last month in which 115 Hazaras had been killed you had gone to Quetta and had promised to resolve the issue. Whatever measures you had ordered have apparently not succeeded in safeguarding the lives of the Hazaras.”

We call upon you to demand explanation from the responsible officials on why the Hazaras could not be saved from this latest tragedy and why the instructions you had given them have not yielded results, HRCP chairperson said.

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