Four Shia Muslims killed in Pakistan
Four Pakistani Shia Muslims, including two doctors, have been killed in a fresh spate of violence against the country’s Shia community.
Dr. Qasim Abbas, 45, was shot dead on Tuesday in the Water Pump neighborhood of the southern port city of Karachi.
The incident occurred when gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on the car carrying Abbas.
The other physician, identified as Haider Raza, was targeted on Wednesday while leaving his hospital in the city’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar neighborhood.
Meanwhile, a Shia lawyer and a youth were gunned down in Karachi on Thursday.
The lawyer, identified as Waqar Shah, was shot in the head as well as in the chest when his car came under attack from unknown gunmen in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area.
Pro-Taliban militants attack Shia Muslims in Pakistan on a regular basis, often targeting their religious gatherings. The country’s Shia leaders blame the government for failing to provide security for the Muslim minority.