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Hazara Shia Muslims mourn their dead
Memorial commemorates a series of killingsMourners at the funeral of a Hazara Shia killed on September 1 in a targeted attack
- October 2, 2012
Hazara Solidarity Day came a month after a motorbike rider shot and killed seven members of the Shia community in the provincial capital ofÂ Quetta on September 1.
â€śNone of the terrorists have been arrested so far. Law enforcement agencies and the government do not pay heed to our protests and press conferences. We are being pushed into a sectarian war fueled by hate,â€ť said Abdul Khaliq Hazara, chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party.
The annual event began after a bus shooting last year in which 26 Shia pilgrims, en route toÂ Iran, were killed. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack.
â€śIt is the duty of clerics, politicians and NGOs to reject killing in the name of religion. Their silence raises many questions,â€ť Hazara said.
According to organizers, similar gatherings were organized in 35 countries this year.
HDP claims 500 Hazara Shias, and 200 other adherents of Shia Islam, have been killedÂ since 2001 in the country.Â They have a population of about 600,000, mostly inÂ QuettaÂ andÂ Karachi.
Shias demand right to religious freedom
Rights activists condemn Hazara killings