Pakistan urged to protect religious, ethnic minorities

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Authorities in Pakistan are being urged to redouble efforts to protect religious and ethnic minorities following a terrorist attack that killed around 54 people.

The call was made by the UN Secretary-General following the bombing of a mosque in the southern Sindh province belonging to the minority Shia Muslims.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “appalled” by what he described as a “vicious” attack targeting people because of their religious affiliation.

Shia Muslims killed in the bombing were gathered for Friday’s prayers.

Media reports say a militant group of the rival Sunni branch of Islam has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The UN Chief has repeatedly expressed concern over continued terrorist attacks and sectarian violence in the south Asian nation.

He extended his condolences to the families of the victims and his sympathies to the Government and people of Pakistan.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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