ISLAMABAD – Sectarian violence in Pakistan has killed more than 2,000 people in the last six years, according to a report issued by the country’s Interior Ministry.
The violence was concentrated on the country’s border with Afghanistan with 80 percent of sectarian violence in North Western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where 867 people were killed, and South Western Baluchistan which also borders Iran and where 737 were killed in the last six years.
Baluchistan’s capital Quetta has been the focal point for Shia-Sunni violence because of the targeting of the Hazara community, which originates from Afghanistan. Hazaras are considered to be easily distinguished because of their facial features and have been killed in suicide bombings and targeted attacks in and around Quetta.
The report says that only 173 involved in sectarian violence have been arrested during this period.
Pakistan’s 180 million population is constituted by a 85 percent Sunni majority country and 10 percent Shi’a population.