IPS Story Quotes Malik Siraj Akbar About Targeted Killings of Hazara and Shias in Balochistan
Respected Pakistani journalist Zofeen Ebrahim, who extensively covers development and human rights issues, has quoted me in her article For Shia Hazaras, it’s Funeral After Funeral about the plight of the Hazara, Shias living in Balochistan. The article has been published by IPSNews.
She writes, “”Hazara killings do not make headlines because Balochistan is sandwiched between the big story of Baloch nationalism and the alleged Taliban presence in Balochistan,” says Malik Siraj Akbar, a young Baloch journalist.
Akbar added: “Although the HDP has always stood behind Baloch and Pashtun nationalists during hard times, they have never condemned the persecution of Hazaras.”
At the same time, said Akbar, the Islamic political party, the Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI), an important partner in the coalition ruling Balochistan, has never condemned the killings of Hazaras or Shias.”
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