Posted by Abdul Alim
Dawn: Last Thursday, in a repeat of events that have become all too familiar in the Land of the Pure, 11 Shia Muslims (and 2 policemen) were killed by proponents of sectarian and religious violence on the outskirts of Quetta. The attack, for which the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility, targeted Shia Pilgrims returning from Iran, most of who belonged to the Hazara community.
This comes on the heels of the massacre of 30 Shia Muslims in the month of March. In September, the same outlawed group (who has declared the Shia community “wajib-ul-qatl” according to a news item in this paper) stopped a similar bus, identified Hazara Shia men, and executed them half a mile from a security check-post. These, and other such atrocious events, take up a few columns in newspapers every so often, but no longer have a heart-wrenching impact on our national conscience. Those among us who have the ability to voice bereavement against such events (what to say of doing anything to fix the rot!) are either too immune, or too afraid, to heed the voices within.