The Shiite minority is discriminated both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is time for governments that send humanitarian help to ask that it reaches the Hazaras as well.
From 2016, ISIS replaced Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as the deadliest anti-Hazara terrorist group. In 2020, Hazaras were accused of spreading COVID as the “Shi’a virus.”
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists Usman Saifullah Kurd and Dawood Badini waged a war of extermination against the Hazaras of Balochistan.
Founded in 1996, LeJ emerged as the most radical anti-Shi’a groups, and the only one able to launch a terrorism campaign against the Hazaras in Balochistan.
From the late 1970s, sectarian violence targeted Pakistani Shiites, due to both domestic and international factors.
The Afghani Hazaras are Shiite, and were repeatedly persecuted by Sunni extremists, leading to four waves of refugees who went to Pakistan.
One year ago, 11 Hazara miners were slaughtered. In January 2013, 100 were killed in bomb attacks.
Members of these Shia minority have been victims of a genocide for more than one century.