LAHORE – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of 25 innocent people and called for serious efforts to avert such acts.

In a statement, the HRCP said: “No words are strong enough to condemn Wednesday’s killing and nor are adequate for expressing the shame to which the whole nation has been put through.

“It seems that the new breed of religious zealots wanted to tell the D-8 dignitaries all about the mess the country has been turned into. Quite obviously the targeting of the Shias has reached a new high this year and many quarters apprehend more bloodshed on Ashura. The virus of sectarianism can be exorcised neither by politicians’ hackneyed rhetoric nor by the antics of ineffective law enforcement agencies.”