Wednesday, July 17, 2013

USCIRF Chronicles Religious Violence In Pakistan

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom today issued a Fact Sheet on Pakistan’s History of Violence: A Chronology of Targeted Violence against Religious Communities (January 2012-June 2013). The 40-page report, produced by USCIRF's Pakistan Religious Violence Project, found that during that time period there were:
203 incidents of sectarian violence resulting in more than 1,800 casualties, including over 700 deaths. The Shi’a community bore the brunt of attacks from militants and terrorist organizations, with some of the deadliest attacks occurring during holy months and pilgrimages.
However Christians, Ahmadis, Hindus, Sikhs and others were also targets of violence.

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