Security officials inspect the site of a bomb blast that targeted Shia Muslims observing the day of Ashura in Dera Ismail Khan in northwestern Pakistan. (File photo)
Six people have been killed in Pakistan over the past 24 hours in the latest round of continued terrorist attacks against the country’s Shia Muslims, Press TV reports.
Terrorists killed a medical couple on Thursday in their hospital in the port city of Karachi, shortly after a father and his daughter were also targeted in the city.
The man was instantly killed and his 14-year-old girl was in critical condition after sustaining bullet wounds in the abdomen.
Three others also lost their lives in similar acts of violence in Karachi.
The latest spate of violence against the Muslim community has triggered mass protests in the city, which is the capital of Sindh Province and the country's main commercial hub.
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in mosques across Karachi on Friday to condemn the ongoing terrorist attacks against Pakistan’s Shia minority, who make up an estimated 30 million of the country’s 180 million-strong population.
Pakistan's top court earlier ordered security authorities to take immediate action against nearly 7,000 pro-Taliban militants who have reportedly made their way into the country's largest city.
Violence has escalated against Shia Muslims in different parts of Pakistan in recent months. Since the beginning of 2012, hundreds of Shias have been killed in the country.
Pakistani Shia leaders have called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the bloodshed.
Thousands of people have also lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001 when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US on the so-called war on terror, according to local media.
Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping the country.