Four Killed In Attack On Christians In Pakistan's Quetta

Pakistani Christians have often been the victims of terror attacks

On Monday night, armed men intercepted the vehicle carrying the family and opened fire, Quetta Police spokesperson Mohamed Ramzan said on Tuesday.

ISIL, also known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility for several attacks targeting civilians in Balochistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, in recent years, including an attack on a Sufi shrine and multiple attacks on Hazara Shias.

A senior Balochistan police office, on condition of anonymity, told Morning Star News that the IS claim was not confirmed and that the attack seemed to be the handiwork of Sunni terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). "It was an act of terrorism".

The family had gathered to celebrate Easter together when the attack took place.

Pakistan's state religion is Islam, and around 97 percent of the population is Muslim. It added that the assailants "shot them with a pistol, which resulted in the killing of four of them, and all praise is due to Allah".




The April 2 attack by men on two motorcycle came as the family was travelling in a rickshaw in a Christian neighborhood. Dead bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital.

"Pervaiz Masih had been living in Quetta for 10 years". Islamic State claimed responsibility for the carnage.

ISIS Khorasan Province-the branch of the group active in Afghanistan and Pakistan-said a "security detachment" of militants "managed to target a number of the combatant Christians", SITE Intelligence Group reported.

Also in 2016, an Easter Sunday bombing targeting Christians at an amusement park in the eastern city of Lahore which killed at least 69 people, mostly Christians.

"The government of Pakistan must renew efforts to protect Christians and other minorities through changes in law, better scrutiny of their statutory services in a drive to remove prejudice, improvements to the educational system in particular the national curriculum which should highlight the contribution made by minorities rather than baselessly condemning them and by increasing minority representation in the political and legal system".

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