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Pakistan is a Sunni Muslim majority country with Shia Muslim, Christian, and Hindu minorities. Since 2008, more than 2,000 people have been killed in sectarian attacks in the country. Last year, sectarian killings in Pakistan rose by more than a fifth from 2012.

Farahnaz Ispahani, a former Pakistan parliamentarian and journalist who served as a Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar from June 2013 to June 2014, recently gave a presentation entitled “Religious Intolerance in Pakistan and the Plight of Religious Minorities.” In this set of interviews, Ispahani breaks down the different religious minority groups, some of the causes of religious intolerance, and possible paths for the future. More information about her presentation can be found here.


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Farahnaz Ispahani

Public Policy Scholar;
Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute
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The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more