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A Historical Account of Sectarianism in Pakistan and Persecution of Shia Hazara Community of Quetta in Balochistan
Pakistan represents a society which is plural in nature with different ethnic, religious, cultural and linguistic identities. Since its inception Pakistan has been facing a number of issues but the issue to manage various religious and ethnic minorities emerged as more significant and intricate one. After independence ruling authority started to assert Islam in such a way that religious minorities started to feel themselves insecure in Pakistan. Shia Hazara community is also one among those religious minorities which have been facing various sectarian conflicting situations. The main objective of this paper is to explain comprehensive historical account of sectarianism in Pakistan and reasons of persecution of Shia Hazara community of Quetta. This article is a constructive addition in the existing knowledge related to sectarianism and its impact on society of Pakistan. Researcher has conducted this research by using the historical and descriptive research methods to analyze the issue and to draw a conclusion.
Dr. Gulshan Majeed
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Persecution Plural, Religious Minorities, Sectarian Conflicts