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Life as One of the Most-Persecuted Ethnic Groups on the Planet

May 22


Three girls from the Hazara ethnic group sit in a cave in Bamiyan, Afghanistan on December 15, 2001. The Taliban forced tens of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims to flee into the mountains during their rule over the country in the 1990s and early 2000s. (Peter Andrews/Reuters)

Imagine that you live in Afghanistan. Your ancestors have lived there for hundreds of years, but you are a minority. In fact, you are a minority two times over, because the religion you practice is different from the one most people practice, and the way you look is different from the way most people look.


76 killed in and outside Baghdad in a string of bombings

May 21

A series of blasts have rocked the Iraqi capital and its neighborhood killing at least 76 people and wounding dozens - the deadliest wave of violence in eight months.

In Baquba, a town 50 miles outside Baghdad, 43 people were killed and 56 were wounded after Friday prayers. The blast was followed by a second explosion tearing into the crowds of people who rushed to the scene to help the victims, police told Reuters.

“I was about 30 meters from the first explosion. When the first exploded, I ran to help them, and the second one went off. I saw bodies flying and I had shrapnel in my neck,” Hashim Munjiz, a college student, told Reuters.

The second bombing, at a funeral south of the capital, killed eight and wounded 11, AP said quoting medical sources.


Sharif stages comeback in landmark Pakistan election

May 13

Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and was heading for a third term as Pakistan's prime minister.

The polls were a landmark, marking the first time one elected government will replace another. But the vote failed to realize the hopes of many that dynastic politics would end after years of misrule and corruption.

The wealthy steel magnate from the pivotal Punjab province held off a challenge from former cricket star Imran Khan who had hoped to break decades of dominance by Sharif and the Pakistan People's Party led by the Bhutto family.

Sharif, 63, declared victory in a jubilant speech to supporters as results from Saturday's election showed a overwhelming lead for his party.

"Results are still coming in, but this much is confirmed: we're the single largest party so far," he declared to hoots of joy from the crowd in Punjab's capital, Lahore.

"Please pray that by morning we're in a position that we don't need the crutch of coalition partners."



WATCH: Our Ad Campaign Has Now Hit Pakistani Airwaves

May 08

MSP has produced two advertisements to promote a message of anti-terrorism, no matter your class, religion, or ethnicity. Share these videos across your social media accounts and use your vote in this election to prevent attacks on any and all Pakistanis.  


What Pakistan’s Election Means to Its People

May 06


 A night rally for the independent candidate Jamshed Dasti in the district of Muzaffargarh.

Diego Ibarra Sanchez for The New York TimesA night rally for the independent candidate Jamshed Dasti in the district of Muzaffargarh.



Today Twin bomb blasts near MQM office in Karachi kill 3, injure 40

May 04

BADIN/ KARACHI: Two planted bombs went off approximately 20 minutes apart near a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) election office killing at least three people and injuring 40 others on Saturday evening

According to initial reports, both the blasts occurred near Moor ground, where MQM frequently hold public gatherings.


Blast near Burns Road injures at least Nine in Karachi

May 02

KARACHI: At least Nine people were injured in a large blast near Karachi’s busy Burns Road area on Thursday night

Nine injured in MQM Burns Road Office blast in Karachi

More than 60 people have already been killed in militant attacks targeting electoral campaigning of PPP, MQM and ANP, across the country since April 11.


Violence of Pakistani ,Hazaras Brave Uncertain Journey

April 28

  Some migrants are arrested by police officers and border guards along the way and deported back to Pakistan; others are extorted or abandoned by the traffickers, or robbed on the roadside. In many cases, they end up paying thousands of dollars more — in bribes to crooked border officers or supplemental fees to smugglers — so they can keep pressing toward Australia.

The last leg is the most treacherous. In Indonesia, migrants buy tickets aboard small, overcrowded boats bound for Christmas Island, a small Australian territory about 240 miles off the Indonesian coast, where they apply for political asylum. There, they join other boat people — Sri Lankans, Iranians, Afghans, Iraqis.


Fleeing Pakistan Violence, Hazaras Brave Uncertain Journey

April 28

Ali, a Hazara originally from Quetta, in western Pakistan, now living in Karachi. The 26-year-old said he was quitting his accounting studies to leave for Australia.


KARACHI, Pakistan — Stranded in a dingy hotel in the heart of this port city, waiting for the smuggler’s call, Hussain felt at once trapped and poised for freedom

Behind lay his hometown, Quetta, the city in western Pakistan that has become a killing ground for Sunni sectarian death squads that hunt Shiites. So far this year they have killed almost 200 people, and Hussain was nearly one of them. Lifting a pants leg, he displayed an eight-inch scar from a bomb blast in January.


10 people dead in bomb blast at Karachi election office

April 27

At least 10 people, including four children, were killed and 24 wounded when a car bomb exploded outside an election office in Pakistan's commercial hub of Karachi

The bomb blast occurred on Friday, near the office of the Awami National Party's (ANP) candidate in the neighbourhood of Mominabad, police said, Al Jazeera reported. 



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