Hazara families offered asylum by Australian government | Hazara Asylum Seekers
|Martyrs of Kariani Road blast|
The UNHCR was informed that Australia was willing to accommodate 2,500 families or 7,000 individuals of the Hazara community, keeping in view attacks on them in Quetta, Kirani Road.
Maya Ameratunga, deputy representative of United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Pakistan, confirmed.
“Yes we have started work on facilitating members of Shia minority and other people prone to sectarian violence for giving them refuge in Australia. The Australian government wants our assistance in this regard,”
On Saturday, over 106 Hazara people were killed and over 200 wounded in a blast on Kariani Road in Hazara Town Quetta. There women and children were also amongst the casualties. The dead included 33 registered Afghan refugees, triggering condemnation from the UNHCR that asked authorities to protect the lives of refugees in this hour of sadness.
Ms Ameratunga said
“The resettlement process is a complicated issue as we have to identify the most vulnerable and affected families of Hazara Shia community in Balochistan,”Adding that they would soon give a list of 2,500 families to the Australian government.