Mustafa Qadiri is a respected voice among the human rights groups in Pakistan. He was the first among representatives of international human rights group to highlight the targeted killing and ethnic cleansing of the Hazaras. Below are excerpts of his interview with ABC News.
“Quetta is one of the most dangerous cities in all of Pakistan. That means everyone living in that city lives with a lot of fear. The Hazaras we speak to regularly talk of rarely leaving their homes, rarely leaving their neighborhoods, because they know that they’re being targeted.
Often they will get death threats over the phone, they will get letters saying that they will be killed. At the moment they’re particularly scared.
It seems they are now targeting Hazaras in Balochistan because they’re an easy target.
When you have extremist groups, groups linked to Al-Qaeda, being able to do these attacks with impunity it gives them the message that they can continue that, that they can proliferate and they can expand their activities.
So for Pakistan and the world, ensuring that Hazaras and everyone else is protected from these attacks is really critical.