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Since 2008 Sunny extremist groups with guns and bombs have targeted the Hazaras in Pakistan. The group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has claimed most of the attacks. The Hazaras have been attacked in different places while they go about their day, leaving them to live in fear. Of the dozens of arrested suspects only a handful have been convicted.


Wakil, a Hazara living in Pakistan, mentions that he feels like he's living in jail because he can't even go to the market without fearing that he might get killed. Halima Bibi's brother was shot in daylight and a LeJ member admitted to killing him, but justice was not served. She says that her other two brothers still living must hide their faces if leaving home before 4pm. They have to keep low profiles since they are easy targets. Asma Jahangir, the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, knows the Hazaras are under threat but says the government seems to be helpless.

Al Jazeera

In 2017 the attacks on the ethnic Hazaras in Pakistan continued to take place. In September a gunmen killed a family of four and wounded two in the province Balochistan. They were traveling from Afghanistan and stopped for gas. In October, two gunmen on motorcycles killed five people on their way to a vegetable market. There is supposed to be systems in place to protect them when going to get their vegetables, but Hazara community leaders say they are not provided with armed guards everyday.


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