Afghans slam Shia killings in Pakistan

Afghans have taken to the streets in the capital, Kabul, to express anger over the killings of Shia Muslims in Pakistan, Press TV reports.

The demonstration, organized by the Hazara community, was staged on Monday. The protesters carried banners and chanted slogans condemning the bomb attacks in Pakistan on January 10.

Demonstrators said they would continue to hold protests until the violence against the Shia community in Pakistan stopped.

“We have gathered here to protest over the massacre of Hazara people in Pakistan. Unfortunately the international community and the Pakistani government have not paid any attention regarding this massacre. We urge the international community and Pakistan’s government to stop such genocide,” a protester told Press TV.

On January 10, nearly 130 people were killed and many others injured in a wave of bombings targeting both Pakistani security guards and civilians, including Shia Muslims.

More than 110 of the victims lost their lives in twin bomb attacks that targeted Shias in a crowded place in Quetta. The outlawed terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Massive protests were also held across Pakistan to denounce the violence with protesters accusing the Pakistani government of failing to take proper action to prevent terror attacks on Shias, who make up 20 percent of the country’s 180-million-strong population.

Violence has escalated against Shia Muslims in different parts of Pakistan in recent months. Since the beginning of 2012, hundreds of Shias have been killed in the country. Doctors, engineers, high-ranking government officials, teachers, and politicians have been the main targets of the deadly attacks.

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