LAHORE - The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the gruesome killing of Shia pilgrims in an attack on Iran-bound buses in Mastung on Sunday and called the government to put an end to the appalling bloodshed.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Commission said: “It is unfortunate that on this last day of 2012 HRCP once again finds itself sympathising with families mourning the cold-blooded murder of their loved ones for the sole reason that they subscribed to the Shia belief.”

This was not the first time in 2012 that the Iran-bound buses of Shia pilgrims were attacked in Mastung, nor indeed the first time during the year that the UN Secretary General expressed concern over killings of Shia citizens in Pakistan.  In 2012, execution-style killings of Shia citizens escalated dangerously. Things appear all but certain to aggravate further fast and the fact that multitudes of Shias, including the Hazara Shias of Balochistan, sense that is apparent from their reliance on the most desperate of measures by many of them to escape from the country at all cost. It would be naïve to think that those behind the killing sprees, and those acquiescing by refusing to take action, would voluntarily stop the pursuit of bloodshed. It is also about time to investigate and expose any and all support the death mongers enjoy inside the security agencies.”