Ali Raza Qurban

In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 photo, a relative of ethnic Hazara, Ali Raza Qurban, holds his portrait in Quetta, Pakistan. Brutal sectarian bloodletting has killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province and fired a flourishing human smuggling business in the provincial capital of Quetta. Shiite Muslim leaders in Quetta say the militant Sunni Muslim group, Lashkar-e-Janghvi, is behind much of the bloodshed. They have accused the authorities of indifference and elements within Pakistan’s intelligence agencies of being complicit. Qurban tried to seek asylum in Australia but disappeared on Dec. 17, 2011 when his smuggler boat packed with nearly 250 asylum seekers capsized within hours leaving the Indonesian shore bound for Australia. Smugglers lure ethnic Hazaras with promises of safety in Australia. They also cash in on asylum seekers from neighboring Afghanistan and Iran, who transit through Pakistan, say survivors and analysts. Photo: Arshad Butt / AP

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