Attacks on minorities on the rise in Afghanistan and Pakistan


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Attacks on minorities on the rise in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Pakistan and Afghanistan continue to be unstable which could harm the wider region.
Published: APRIL 27, 2022

Attacks targeting minorities are on the rise in Afghanistan, and an attack in Pakistan this week appeared to target Chinese residents, raising alarms about the chaos that could be unleashed if both countries continue to be unstable. Attacks in Afghanistan have targeted minority Shi’ite Muslims during Ramadan. While these attacks are clearly linked to groups like ISIS, they are also part of the wider anti-Shi’ite views that are common among extremists, including in Taliban ranks.

Shia are often suppressed in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. In addition, genocidal attacks by Sunni jihadist supremacists have taken place in countries like Iraq. ISIS, for instance, massacred Shi’ites in 2014 before it committed genocide against Yazidis in Iraq. Today the Shi’ites of Afghanistan have few protections and have to beg the Taliban to provide security. In a recent attack, a bomb targeted a mosque in Kunduz district. Reports say 33 people were murdered. Some media outlets tried to obfuscate and call this a “blast” to avoid having to say that the targeting of Shi’ites was purposeful. This is because many do not want to admit that the Taliban returning to power could lead to more chaos and ethnic cleansing of minorities. The Taliban are backed by Qatar, Pakistan and other countries.

CNN noted that the attack in Kunduz came along with explosions in “another city, Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. Separate explosions hit learning facilities in western Kabul on Tuesday, killing students.”