7th July 2012, Karachi: The Chairman of Pakistan Secular Forum, Dilshad Bhutto, condemned the ongoing brutal Shiite genocide, stating that the Federal and Provincial Governments, including their Police and other security agencies, have so far failed in protecting the rights of minorities, including Shiites.
In a statement to the newspapers, Bhutto said that minorities are being targeted in the country by the use of suicide bombers. The Taliban and other terrorist organizations are expanding their targeted areas and objects to now include buses, bazaars, hospitals and other civilian occupied areas. This, he said, is a clear indication that the police is not doing much to stop the terrorism.
Continuing on he said that though Shiites may be considered a minority in Pakistan, they still make up around 50 million to 60 million of Pakistan’s population. Bhutto said that Karachi, Quetta, Kohistan and other Shiite populated areas seem to be suffering from sectarian violence.
He went on to question the fact that the Army-backed courts released Malik Ishaq, a known murderer of over a hundred Shiites. He said that specific courts, backed by specific generals of the army released a highly dangerous terrorist into the country so he could kill more Shiites.
He criticized the fact that terrorists from all the banned organizations came together to form ‘Difa-e-Pakistan Council’ under supervision of ISI’s Hamid Gul, who did nothing to stop it.
He concluded by saying the government should take serious action against those causing bloodshed in Pakistan under the excuse of ‘religion’. He said the government should finish them once and for all.
Shiite youngsters much welcomed this statement from Dilshad Bhutto. They said that it is satisfying to know that people other than themselves are becoming aware of the injust situation in Pakistan, where Shiites are shot, injured and killed, and then arrested too.