The killing of 11 Hazara coalminers in Balochistan in early January provided a snapshot of the tensions and contradictions that seethe within that province as equally as a bird’s eye view of the uneasy histories that tie Balochistan and Pakistan together. This latest killing was not the first of its kind and targeted attacks on the Shia Hazaras have regularly punctuated Balochistan’s chronology. Because they are Shia and are immediately identifiable because of their Mongol descent, the Hazaras provide obvious targets for the numerous sectarian outfits that populate Balochistan’s landscape.
This terrorist attack ended with a public outrage not directly related to the sectarian divide that is a part of the abysmal human rights situation in Balochistan today. The families and relatives of those killed demanded the presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan otherwise they would not bury the dead. In 2013, following a similar attack on the Hazaras, Imran
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