LAHORE – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned Thursday’s killing of 25 Shia Muslims who were pulled out of buses headed for Gilgit Baltistan, as well as target killing of three Shias in Quetta, and demanded that the authorities explain why the killers roamed free and how the government planned to ensure security for the citizens targeted because of their religious belief.

“The HRCP is appalled that terrorists have once again succeeded in targeting without any difficulty Shia Muslims on their way to Gilgit Baltistan. The Thursday’s attack was similar to the one carried out in Kohistan in February in more than one respect,” it said in a statement issued on Friday.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan statement further said killing of three men belonging to Quetta’s long suffering Hazara Shia community on Thursday further underlined the hazards that Shia Muslims face in Pakistan.

“Such targeted killing of people because of their religious beliefs is unfortunately no longer an anomaly in Pakistan. Those keen on creating new minorities in Pakistan have made sure of that.

However, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has no hesitation in stating that the terrorists managed to strike on Thursday only because those behind earlier target killings in Kohistan and Quetta had not been tracked down.

The killings are undoubtedly the work of those who want to destroy Pakistan, but a failure to nab and punish the killers is also contributing to the same end,” the statement added.