Attacks on Shia Teachers and Schools in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Tuesday, 14 December 2010

quetta_attackBaloch militants are believed to be behind the attacks on ethnic Punjabis, who constitute the majority of victims. Militant Wahhabi groups have been linked to sectarian killings of members of the Shia minority, including Shiite members of the Hazara ethnic community.Between January 2008 and April 2010, at least 76 individuals were killed and 62 injured in suspected sectarian attacks.Among those targeted and
 killed by militants have been at least 22 teachers and other education personnel.The most prominent assassination was that of the provincial minister of education, Shafiq Ahmed, in October 2009, for which the Baloch Liberation United Front (BLUF) claimed responsibility.University professors and grade school teachers in Quetta and Baloch districts have also been attacked.According to government statistics, at least 11 of those who died in targeted killings between January 2008 and April 2010, and 4 of those wounded, were teachers. However, a survey of public press accounts conducted by Human Rights Watch, combined with our field investigation, identified at least 22 education personnel killed from January 2008 to October 2010.

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