Shias take part in a protest against Saturday's bomb attack in Quetta February 19, 2013. — Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: The Australian government has offered asylum to over 2,500 Hazara families of Balochistan and urged the United Nations refugee agency in Pakistan to facilitate migration of the community facing sectarian violence, Australian embassy sources said.

Jim O’Callaghan, assistant secretary of the humanitarian branch of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Australia, had held a meeting with UNHCR officials last week and discussed the asylum offer with them, First Secretary Australian High Commission Sherief Andrawos told Dawn on Wednesday.

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.

“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,” Maya Ameratunga, deputy representative of United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Pakistan, confirmed to Dawn.

On Saturday, over 100 members of the Shia Hazara community were killed in a bomb attack in Quetta. 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.

Official sources told Dawn that the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron) had been informed about Australia’s offer.

The resettlement process would be taken up after the return of UNHCR’s Country Representative Neil Wright to Pakistan from Geneva.

“The resettlement process is a complicated issue as we have to identify the most vulnerable and affected families of Hazara Shia community in Balochistan,” Ms Ameratunga said, adding that they would soon give a list of 2,500 families to the Australian government.

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Husain Jan
February 21, 2013 5:30 am
Good move ? how ? It may save some families, but what about the majority of others who will be left behind at the mercy of LJ killers ? Would it not be much better if the LJ is wiped out to save the lives of all.
Trudy Bray
February 22, 2013 12:02 am
This story is completely untrue. I don't know how a reputable news site could publish something like this without checking its validity before publication! The Australian High Commission has issued a denial and has said that the story is incorrect - all of it! It is a cruel hoax perpetrated on a vulnerable people. Have they not suffered enough?
Nazir K Ali
February 21, 2013 5:32 am
Why are you in Toronto? Obviously, for better economic prospects. Conversely, the Hazara community will be migrating to Australia for reasons of security and honorable citizenship. Inshallah. This is a noble and compassionate decision and should be taken in the spirit of verity. Our noble Prophet (SM) migrated to Madina Munawwara along with Sahaba e Ikram and the new converts to escape and avoid the ruthless persecution of the Qureish. The early Muslims were also advised by our Noble Prophet (SM) to migrate to Ethiopia where an impartial and compassionate Christian king, the Negus of Ethiopia ruled. They were received very warmly and stayed there for a long time. We have not understood the meaning of nationhood due to lack of education and the ubiquitous mullah germinating sectarian strife. Add to it, a haughty aura of "know it all" that encompasses our thoughts and actions, describes adequately what Pakistan is today. We will be better off to accept cold facts and today's reality is doing just that. Wake up and grace the day. Salams
February 21, 2013 3:26 am
Thank You, Australia. Saudi Arabia????????????????????
February 21, 2013 3:26 am
A very bold and commendable step by Australian government.
February 21, 2013 5:21 am
Good on you Australia, this just affirms me that I have migrated to the right country.
February 21, 2013 5:26 am
But the edge Shia community has been pushed to, failure of the govt. to protect minorities and the general hatred against them; I think this is very much justified.
February 21, 2013 5:36 am
Sunnis (radical ones) can go to KSA and other gulf countries.
Husain Jan
February 21, 2013 5:26 am
Should we as a nation feel proud at the Australian offer for asylum ? or we should bow our heads in shame ? What are the feelings of the Lashkare Jhangvi's killers ? How then will the killers get chance to murder Shias and go to Jannah ?
Trudy Bray
February 22, 2013 12:04 am
Unfortunately, we are not that smart.
February 21, 2013 5:23 am
Now it proved that Pakistan is a failed state. When you cannot protect your own citizen then your creation of separate state in the name of religion is failed.
February 21, 2013 5:20 am
I cannot blame them for seeking assylum, I can assure my fellow Pakistanis that the great talent of Hazaras who produced some of the most hard working, ethical and admirables Citizens of Pakistan is now slowly but surely leaving our shores. This is indeed sad. Hope they find peace where they go.
Abdul j Sheikh
February 21, 2013 1:45 pm
More foreign exchange for Pakistan.
February 21, 2013 1:55 pm
this is hoax... sorry peopl
February 21, 2013 6:02 am
Shame on our government not to protect its own people while seeing especially innocent lives are not protected how they will face allah? Sure allah is watching our actions and they will not be spread from his slow curse and mass of destruction on the world where there are so many innocent lives are dying while corrupted people living long life and misusing the power. In general those people are quite will be punished probably if not in this world for sure they in the hearafter and everyone will be questioned from allah and we will answer by our actions not by our mouth as it will be sealed. They are going to cry because they will see when the death will approach. Those people who are being brain washed and those trainer and the leader have the same result as previous culprit murderers from allah. Pakistan will be nowhere land pretty soon if this continue while our army just watching and getting good money well you know pretty soon they should realize that what they put the fruits will get the result on their own. May allah protect the shia and those innocent people who are living in the misfortune country where same time as malaysia got indepently look where are they now and where pakistan is?Allah knows best.
m umar
February 21, 2013 5:40 am
Love you Australia.
February 21, 2013 6:13 am
This is a really unfortunate move. If carried out, this would mean victory to the terrorists. The solution is to create peace in Baluchistan which is the homeland of the Hazara Shias as much as any other Pakistani.
February 21, 2013 4:58 am
I dont understand, if Pakistan allows these 2500 families to migrate to Australia, arent we saying that although we have got one of the biggest armies in the world with most sophisticated infrastructure but we cant take care of our people. What kind of message are we giving to all the people of Pakistan?
February 21, 2013 5:38 am
It is better for them to pressurise Pakistan government to insure the safety for their citizens rather then offering them protection in their own country. What about the rest of half a million population. We don't need their offer we ask for pressurising Pakistan government to insure their safty in their homeland!
February 21, 2013 5:20 am
High time for #3, don't you think? The world has had enough.
Chu Chu (@ChuChu25_)
February 21, 2013 11:39 am
watchout LeJ and Sunni terrorist groups, you are going to effect Sunnis too in a very bad way.. this is going to put a stop on visa to sunnis in every humanitarian country.. isse kehty hain "apne paon par khud khulhari marna". I'm actually happy with it. and Total respect for Australian Govt.
February 21, 2013 4:40 am
It does not matter to sunnis, they are more interested in following religion as per their interpretation, whether skewed interpretation does not matter to them. This is the problem if you become fundametalist, common sense and sense of proper reasoning is lost.
Zohaib burki
February 21, 2013 6:15 am
no this is not a good move because they are distributing us . they are not our well wishers
February 21, 2013 3:24 am
Thank you government of Australia. You are great
February 21, 2013 4:35 am
How much will it "cost" each family to get on that list if the verification is done by local authorities?
February 21, 2013 6:17 am
What other choice do they have? Keep on carrying their dead bodies until no one is left while the rest of the Pakistanis watch like silent spectators.. Everybody has the right to live, and if a Muslim feels safer in a non-Muslim country then it is time for us (Muslims) for some introspection.
Chirkut Singh
February 21, 2013 5:32 am
I protest, as a retaliation the Pakistan govt should offer asylum to all aboriginal people. Reman Malik where are you?
February 21, 2013 4:03 am
Good on Oz! Pakistan should forget pride and be grateful that the lives of its children are being saved from the wicked men who move within our people. Do the ultra fervent Sunnis realize how they deface Islam by their anti Shia stance?
Left is Right
February 21, 2013 4:47 am
Please take me too !!
Ataullah Shaikh
February 21, 2013 3:57 am
This is good move. I fully support it.
February 21, 2013 5:28 am
2500 families is small compared to number of Shias in Pakistan. This measure is to apply diplomatic pressure on the inept government to take care of citizens without discrimination. Australia should also offer asylum to Christians, Hindus and Sikhs. Then it will be a much stronger statement that will not be ignored. The chickens are coming home to roost.
Salman Saifi
February 21, 2013 4:38 am
isnt this going to support sectarian violence? Since when did Aussies become so softies? How about taking all the Afghans from Pakistan and giving them asylum? They should also offer the same for Kashmiris that are being killed in India. Moving on there can be a long list. Interesting as it sounds, Australia's eagerness is definitely questionable.
February 21, 2013 4:59 am
This is what it had to come to? A foreign government is more sympathetic toward these people than their own. What a day of shame for Pakistan! Shame on the Pakistani government, shame on the military, shame on the whole political and civilian leadership. What kind of governance is it where they cannot protect these people from those who in their perverted view of Islam feel convinced that they are committing violence in the name of Islam. What a shame!
Zeeshan Shamsi
February 21, 2013 5:21 am
Shame on you Rehman Malik, that Australians have to step in to protect Pakistani citizens.
February 21, 2013 1:54 pm
How unfortunate for Pakistan is this! We all minorities are living a scared, about to be killed life in Pakistan. I wonder if Q-e-A and Sir Sultan Mohammad Shah had created Pakistan for Wahabis/extremist sunnies to kill Shias.............while both belonging to Shia's Ismaili sect, one a follower and second the Imam............
February 21, 2013 5:41 am
you are comparing genocide to ppl not getting visas? wah merai bhai wah
February 21, 2013 3:35 pm
I dont think Reman Malik will let this offer a go ahead. He does not want to show that his government is weak and cannot provide security to it'en own people, it does not matter to him if there is another bombing or whatever he will not let Hazaraz get asylum in Australia. Shame on him, his pride is bigger than lives of our countrymen.
February 21, 2013 11:51 pm
Gold, gas, copper - aussie known for mining - what a strategic move!
February 21, 2013 4:16 am
While the Australian step is laudable, this is a disturbing trend. If it becomes a pattern it will have long term ramifications. 1. It shows that the Pakistani State is unwilling or unable to protect its own. 2. It will embolden the terrorists that they have routed a community. 3. Those who are chased away to Australia, Canada, US, France, Britain, will become a living proof of “Sunni” terror. The Foreign embassies will start asking about “sect” in their visa applications, and closing doors to Sunnis, even to students or businessmen.
Irfan Ali
February 21, 2013 5:54 am
The act of Australian government is commendable. How ridiculous it is that we had got independence with the thought that we would be free to lead our lives without any fear of religious threat and discrimination in our new homeland, but what is actually happening in our country now a days it is totally opposite. Those who we call them as kafir (unbelievers) are saving the lives of humanity and our role as Muslims is barbaric, not to speak of any contribution in the development of the world. The more frustrating element is that the most heinous crimes like Quetta Bombing are carried out in the name of religion. As regards resettlement of hazara community in Australia, the government should help facilitate the process as soon as possible, because vulnerability to hostile acts of the terrorists is increasing day by day and the government has failed to provide security to the hazara community. it is more interested in protecting the constitution not the lives of the people. Before it, constitution which is a document of few pages is more precious than the lives of the people.
Abdul Malik
February 21, 2013 3:11 am
Shame on the Govt of Pakistan for not protecting the lives of Hazara families and the cowards LeJ and who kill these innocent defence less people. Salute to the Australians for offering asylum. These so called Kfirs are better than us Muslims.
February 21, 2013 3:16 am
Thank you Australia. Let us see what our ISLAMI brothers in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait have to offer.
Iqbal khan
February 21, 2013 3:06 am
Shame on those who kill people in the name of Islam.
sattar rind
February 21, 2013 4:50 am
Thank you Australia…we appreciate /respect and love your decision. at least 2500 families may be able to live out of hell. though we are all in.
February 21, 2013 5:30 am
Dear Australia, Please give Hindus ,Sikhs,Ahmedis and other minorities of Pakistan a chance to survive in your country.
February 21, 2013 3:15 am
This country is a hopeless case for shias now. They must leave now.
February 21, 2013 5:39 am
Pakistan government needs to step up and take responsibility for this.
February 21, 2013 3:15 pm
it's good
February 21, 2013 4:49 am
I agree with the views of abbastoronto. It is shameful to know that our rulers of all ilk have failed to control these & other governance matters, only giving us empty rhetoric & false promises for months, nay years, and now with the elections a few weeks away indulging in blame games as well as passing the buck on to selected provincial executives by riding on the 18th Amendment. Is this what Democracy is supposed to furnish the people?
naim ur rehman
February 21, 2013 4:30 am
Shame on all of us.We don't even have the right to be called a nation.We are a bunch of barbarians.
February 22, 2013 11:47 am
I can see another conspiracy theory in making now !! Ostriches !!
February 21, 2013 3:19 pm
What a shame. Hazaras are one of the most educated, civilized and law abiding communities living in Pakistan. We need people like these to help the country grow and prosper. To see them leave Pakistan and become assets of other countries is really a loss for the nation. However, as an ex-pat myself, I totally understand their desire to leave. On the other hand, a very smart move by the Australians to provide asylum to a very smart and dynamic group of people.
Arun Nair
February 21, 2013 6:41 am
Australia will soon be flooded by immigrants turning it into another Pakistan/ Afghanistan!!!!!
February 21, 2013 6:41 am
Thanks soooooooo much from Australian government for their solidarity and humanity support for the family of Quetta Martyred!!! once again thanks to Australia.
February 22, 2013 9:21 pm
The Pakistani politicans who are in power are responsible for all these killings.Unfortunately all those killed are not the children of these politicans.
S. Ali
February 21, 2013 6:30 am
Salute Australain Government! You are hundred times better than Sunni terrorist Muslims.
February 21, 2013 10:20 pm
This is a fake news... Australia's Government has rejected such news.
February 21, 2013 2:30 pm
And what about the thousands of other people killed as a result of West's wrong policies towards muslims. Where and what is the catch in this move for the West?
February 21, 2013 2:31 pm
Doesn't see the concept of Ummah here as no Muslim countries coming forward to give asylum to their Muslim brothers, especially Iran....An infidel country coming forward to help...
February 21, 2013 2:53 pm
What is stopping Australia from giving asylum to refugees stuck in its concentration camps? Government of Pakistan must take bold steps before the federation begins to unravel. There is only one government and armed forces. All militants groups need to be disbanded.
February 21, 2013 1:18 pm
False report. See the correction by Australian Embassy Islamabad. http://www.pakistan.embassy.gov.au/islm/PR130221-Hazara.html
February 21, 2013 1:18 pm
I do not understnad, why GULF countries are not doing same? Why non muslims countries?
February 21, 2013 1:36 pm
well done Australian govt but i agree SHIA's are not safe in Pakistan. There is no will of govt to take action on known people. We all know who they are and where they live nothing is hidden from govt , army and people. I really don't see any issue with Shia and Sunni except those Kafir so called Muslims backed by few people from Pakistan and Middle East. Please this is a serious Issue ... Pakistan is a muslim country and i urge all my Pakistan Muslims to be united and Raise your voice. We all togather have to defeat the enemy of Islam and Pakistan and We can do it.
February 21, 2013 2:34 pm
Hope they won't try to convert whole Australia to Islam
Mushtaq Ahmad
February 22, 2013 12:22 pm
I migrated from Pakistan 40 years ago for economic reasons but now my countrymen are migrating for life saving
February 21, 2013 2:36 pm
Wait for someone to soon start saying that the Shias did all these killings themselves to get settlement abroad.
February 22, 2013 9:33 pm
Brother...You forgot some others..Ask Australia for giving asylum to Palestinians , chechens , Ughiurs also . I appreciate your eagerness to think about others , when your home is in fire. That's why condition of all Islamic countries are like this .
February 22, 2013 11:56 am
the aussies future generations will regret this decesion as they will face the same heart aches & regrets as indians do. Expect partition of Australia as the new immigrants will out breed the whites. Good luck to aussies , they will need it.
February 21, 2013 2:52 pm
baseless story.
February 21, 2013 3:31 pm
You do raise some curious points.
neamatolah akbari
February 21, 2013 2:38 pm
February 22, 2013 6:42 am
No doubt the Australians are the only nation in the world with a deep sense of humanity. The Hazara community in deed will be an aspect of growth in the economy of Australia. They are very very patriot to the land where they live.
February 22, 2013 6:42 am
Rather than helping your own brethren you look for lame excuses......wah bhai wah!
February 21, 2013 11:12 am
Let me ashamed to be a Pakistani...!
Mohammad sabir
February 22, 2013 8:14 am
Wow!!! What an imagination, may your dreams last for ever. Please sleep your entire life. People like these are the cause of worry who make the normal people to think of all sort of absurd pathetic conspiracy theories. If you can't educated masses atleast don't blind them. These are in one way enemies of pakistan, who can't take responsibility on themselves but will push on to others.
February 22, 2013 8:15 am
they belong to Pakistan.... a bad offer
February 21, 2013 1:43 pm
a disturbing trend? 1. pakistani state is unwiling and unable to protect its own. 2. terrorists have routed a community either way; do you want the Hazaras to die instead of getting a chance to live in another country? 3. this is terror. what else do you want to call it? it will not close door to sunni students and businessmen. lastly, i would ask to not assess the situation especially when you are not even in Pakistan. it's a nightmare here.
February 21, 2013 1:42 pm
This is the part of Big Game. The genocide of Hazara community is due to the proxy war. All the events being occurred have the same intension, To declare Pakistan a failed state. What purpose the Talibans were willing to achieve when they attacked PNS Mehran and damaged 2 of the Navy's prestigious Jets which are used in the oceans only. I acknowledge that the Government of Pakistan has not been competent to provide peace and security to its citizens. But why don't Australia offer Asylum to the Muslims of Burma ? Why are they willing to save Muslims(Hazara people) in a Muslim country?
February 22, 2013 7:39 am
Austrailian Government denied the statement. It is just a propaganda.
February 21, 2013 7:00 am
Shame on entire Pakistani government of Zardari.
syed Nazim
February 21, 2013 7:00 am
The PPP government has continously failed to protect life and property of its citizens. In democracy such government loose right to rule hence should resign immediately, there after President should call the second most popular party in parliament to form government to tacle the problem of insequerity. The present government has proved its inability to control law and order through police etc, then why it does not declare state of emergency and call Pakistan army to eliminate terrorism from the country. Terrorist have established parallel government, only through force they can be defeated. Elections in May has given chance to people to choose a party and leader which has not been tried before. Now future of people lies in the hands of electorates. Unfortunately most of the electorates in rural areas are illitrate and under the influence and bondage of feudals they are not in position to cast their vote in their interest. It is time for young college and university students to reach these electorates in rural areas and motivate them to be bold and vote for candidates who are free from corruption. These students should explain to villagers what is good for their villages, towns and who can take measures to provide clean water, take care of their health and education of tyheir children. Had in 1946 47 students of Aligarh university not gone to then MWFP, Khaybert Pakhtoon Khuwah will not be part of Pakista.
February 21, 2013 7:01 am
This looks like a good step but this trend will strengthen the argument that people belonging to some sects are not safe here in Pakistan,which is infact true.Today i feel ashamed of being Pakistani because even having the world 6th biggest army and spending 70% of our budget on security our Shia brothers are not safe in pakistan
meher raza
February 21, 2013 7:04 am
Thank you Australian government , how embarrassing for Pakistani government which could not control this crime against humanity!
February 21, 2013 7:12 am
It's a shame that muslims in a muslim country are not safe and a non-muslim country is willing to provide safety. Islam teaches humanity but we dont practice it, muslims should learn from countries like Australia, Canada etc. the value of human life and freedom of expression, speech & religion.
February 21, 2013 7:13 am
Mr. Abbas, i think you are not aware of the real situation, the carranage in Quetta is not due to the Sunni's, It is the act of a extremist faction backed by foreign elements. For God sake do not blame Sunni Muslims.
February 21, 2013 7:15 am
This comment does not make sense to me, Thinking so biased makes him looses the feeling he is also human.... He in fact means 'Let the patient die, don't go for any sort of ointment/relief because patient would remember the incident forever'
Mohammad Mehdi
February 21, 2013 7:18 am
its a good move, if a country is not safe a particular race of sect . world should open doors to accept them on humanitarian basis. other countries are requested offer such programs
February 21, 2013 7:19 am
That things have come such a deplorable state is big failure for us. When our sovereignty is at attack and there is no protection, by what right can we call ourselves a nation?
February 21, 2013 7:20 am
What about Pakistani Hindu's ? Does Australia think they are safe ? Does anyone have any idea what it is to be a HINDU in Pakistan. This is not just about me, pick up any single non-muslim here and ask about the fear and the discrimination.
February 21, 2013 7:59 am
unfortunate, but what to do; when our government does nothing, and our people say nothing against these cruel act.
Emim khawary
February 21, 2013 8:08 am
please please act upon this because our lives are in danger
February 21, 2013 8:14 am
This is so sad. Pakistanis have to leave Pakistan so that they can keep their lives and property safe. But as it seems, no one is a Pakistani any more. We all are tagged by our religion and nothing else. :-(
February 21, 2013 8:16 am
I'm really happy for the Hazaras in question, but sad for my country.
Hazheer Hazara
February 21, 2013 8:29 am
First dissolving their own provincial assembly and now this! PPP, is there any greater humiliation than this ?
Imran Norway
February 21, 2013 8:35 am
What a big shame for the Pakistani Government!!!
February 21, 2013 8:37 am
It is the job of the Sunnis, the majority, to convince their Hazara brothers and the world that it is safe for the minorities to stay in Pakistan. Stand up and speak out for a good cause. Learn from Bangladesh and Tunisia.
February 21, 2013 9:13 am
its nice for the australian government to do something like this, but what about the others aren't they equally important, if something should be done should be done in Baluchistan itself so everyone can be at peace, correct me if my thinking is wrong.
February 21, 2013 8:46 am
Australia is making a big mistake. They can never ingratiate with the locals. They will bring along their Muslim culture and the Aussies will be heading for unwanted racial problems. It is a fact!
An Observer
February 21, 2013 8:52 am
Shame on Pakistan
February 21, 2013 8:57 am
Why does not Australia help pak army find the terrorist and killers of hazara people with the lateast crime scene forensic team so in this way no one has to leave home .
Ben Pynt
February 21, 2013 9:03 am
This report has been denied by the Australian Government.
Tanveer, Sialkoti
February 22, 2013 9:05 pm
They are already in Pakistan converted to Muslim in a ghetto called Karachi like you.
Waseem Akhtar
February 21, 2013 9:04 am
This is so heartbreaking and appaling that state of Pakistan is so unwilling, unable, incomptenet, careless to protect one of the best educated and civilised communitites of the country, even a half hearted attempt will have fixed issues for quetta, which, some says a city of 6 streets only.
February 21, 2013 9:07 am
That's precisely the motive behind offering the asylum.
February 21, 2013 9:25 am
Wake up and pray tell what ramifications you're talking about. Pakistan has not only failed to protect its minorities, but has been downright cruel to them by virtue of state policy. Terrorists are already emboldened and hold sway in some parts of the country including Karachi which is reeling under the savagery of target killings and strikes. And finally the foreign countries our businessmen and students aspire to visit are not narrow minded, intolerant bigots like us. We should hang our heads in shame because we are silent and tolerant witnesses to the phenomenon called ethnic cleansing.
Maaz Pasha
February 21, 2013 9:28 am
Spot on. Is there any Muslim country offered any help to these victims of terrorism.
February 22, 2013 9:46 pm
Shias can kill thousands/thousands shias for asylum. They can use Halala provision for asylum. Pervez ex president said ref. Mai Mukhtaran who ever wants visa can make a case of rape.
February 21, 2013 9:45 am
...If Pakistan fails to provide protection to the citizens then there is no reason to stay in the country, Safety comes first. Good decission by AU govt.
February 21, 2013 9:56 am
I have a problem with that: 1. Majority of the shias enjoy the same status as any other citizen of Pakistan, more so than sunnis do in the shia-majority Iran. 2. Shias are being brutalized in Bahrain. Why is the west silent on that? 3. Sunnis are being killed right and left in Syria. Why is the west mum about that? If Australia is really a good Samaritan and is not a part of the west's plan to destabilize Pakistan, as some senior Pakistani politicians have suggested, they should first offer asylum to Afghans and drone-afflicted Pakistani civilians, who have been persecuted by none other than Australia (and NATO) for the past 10 years in the so-called 'war on terror'. They should also open their borders to Bahraini shias and Syrian sunnis.
February 21, 2013 9:58 am
Sir it is a disturbing trend indeed but sadly all three points you have mentioned are true. The Pakistani state is unwilling and unable to protect its own, the terrorists are already as emboldened as can be.
February 21, 2013 10:00 am
All pakistani politicians, in particular those belonging to the the religious parties, should hang their heads in shame. The pakistani public also has to share this shame. They are very quick to hold street protests, burn property and cause all sort of damage when they hear some bad treatment of muslims in far flung countries but reamin silent when the atrocities against the muslims are taking place under their very noses.
February 21, 2013 10:02 am
Iran was a better choice, at least in Iran the Hazaras would have felt at home, Australia is so far from home.
Zafar Iqbal
February 21, 2013 10:03 am
why only 7000 individuals , why not all shia community ?
February 21, 2013 10:12 am
Shame on Pakistani Govt. specially in baluchistan
February 21, 2013 10:19 am
Australian Immigration Media Unit deny this story is factual can you please confirm sources and contact with journalist?
February 21, 2013 10:20 am
kill 100 shia and 2500 get assylum . anything familiar ?
February 21, 2013 10:41 am
Australian government opportunity is greatest milestone for all the HAZARA's . only australia government has to make sure there is no one terrorist entering Australia to spoil Australian peace. Western countries pubic facility , life style ..freedom ....everything is much more better then India and Pakistan ........Indians and Pakistani's ........wasting time behind religious sentiments ,ego .. corruption.... many bad things in the society of Hindu and Muslims.
Sher Mal
February 21, 2013 10:50 am
The government of Pakistan must take serious notice of their failures in providing security to Pakistanis as foreigners have started cashing into the situation. This is a very alarming development. We know how important the province of Baluchistan is. There's no other reason why suddenly a foreign country would be interested to take in thousands of refugees at once. After all, the world is filled with many crises where people are suffering. To add, abbastoronto has made some valid points. It's imperative that the Hazara community is provided security. The Hazara community mustn't be shipped off to foreign opportunist nations which are seeking to benefit from misery. I sincerely hope the upcoming elections can sort out leadership problems of Pakistan.
February 21, 2013 11:07 am
Providing assylum to 2500 families is a big statement from the Australian government. I am a bit skeptical about this as Australia is facing a huge problem with the asylum seekers trying to enter Australia and the authorities cannot handle the amount of people taking refuge in the "detention centres". I agree to some extent that this is in particular shameful for the government of Pakistan that cannot restore law and order in the area. The question here arising that is this really home grown sectarian violence? or could there be an external element invloved such as RAW or CIA? I think this could be a move to destabilise the country and create hatred. I think there have been many examples of such in the past, but Pakistanis dont seem to get it!! As much as I feel sorry for the loss of the Hazara community, I think the rest of Pakistanis should stand with them and reassure them of their security. We need stronger and responsible leadership. Hazaras are not the only one who are suffering. Many innocent people are killed almost every other day by the US drones and so called terrorists in the KPK. I am still amazed by the Australian government's move to provide assylum to such a large community. I am saying this because I live in Australia and am seriously concerned about Pakistan...
February 21, 2013 11:41 am
Thank you Australia, there are few other minorities rotting in this country as well. Please take a good care of them as well.
karrar hussain
February 21, 2013 11:44 am
The biggest SHAME in PAKISTAN's HISTORY is that AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT is providing protection and SANCTUARY to the PAKISTANI citizens in their homeland (AUSTRALIA) which is a proof that they care for precious human life and a slap to Pakistan's law enforcement agencies for remaining silent. Pakistan must declare itself now of being incapable of providing safety to their citizens and the interesting thing is that people over here considers the non muslims infidels and look what those non muslims care for even if they are infidels. —
Rashid Maan
February 21, 2013 11:46 am
If our Govt. is not protecting Hazara's Community then they have the right to take actions and decisions for their life and families. Truly this will not improve the image of the Country but what we are doing to solve the problems like energy crisis to the killing of innocent people.
muhammad ali
February 21, 2013 11:48 am
this was expected bcoz if govt failed in protecting the fundamental rights than the enemies would mouthing off
February 21, 2013 11:57 am
Is this not the reality. I am a Sunni and what I see that we did the 9/11, we are the taliban monsters, we are the TTP, we are behind every attack and its not the Shias
zakir hussain
February 21, 2013 12:02 pm
this information is incorrect and misleading. please check the department of immigration and citizenship spokesman sandi logan Twitter account. Here is the statement "No truth or misinformation from Pakistan re humanitarian visas to Australia #DIAC isn't introducing program t resettle Hazaras from Pakistan"
awais ali
February 21, 2013 12:18 pm
Good move by Australian Govt to Offer safety to 'Hazara-Shia-Community' who don't have any 'geographical or religious affiliation' with them.Shame on us,our conscience,our governments, our stake holders and our sick mentallities, who act like spectators,silent observers, and act like as they don't see any thing.Our morally bankrupt politicians show 'not a single second delay' to come on media and issue a statement ,when there own stakes are at danger.And when blood of several 'Innocent Pakistanis' is shed they don't utter 'even a single word for Its condemnation against the elements who they have been giving shelter and nourishment to. I really doubt is this a muslim country????? Where its own innocent citizens are killed ,Just because they subscribe to an other Muslim ideology.We are shameless creatures because we don't have moral courage to stand against any brutality.We confused beings because some of us 'support' so called 'Jahadis' ,as to us they are fighting for religion??We clearly know names of responsible elements(They also claim responsibilities). But still We are so rational that 'We deem culprits either negotiable or forgivable'. In fact Its point of shame for us that our people are not save in our country,and other 'Non Muslim-Countries' are offering safety To them.Muslim-Solidarity,Unity,Brotherhood,Two Nation Theory; ain't these things are just vague notions?????. As we don't give a damn about how many are killed or victimized each day.To us its only a ' chatpata news' for some 'gupshup and time pass' for some 'Facebook statuses' and 'virtual forum' discussions .If we act like this that day is not very far when their will be blood in every street,screams in every home,yelling in every mouth and corps at every place!!!!!!!....And I am terrified that day is not far ,if we don't change our 'stereo-typed' mindset and step forward to condemn,confront and pragmatically stop brutality....Sighs!!
February 21, 2013 12:18 pm
All this is true, isn't it... why to run away from truth... you lines contain "will" it actually "is"... open your eyes for god sake..
February 21, 2013 12:19 pm
its true is not it... why you trying to run away from it
February 21, 2013 12:29 pm
Proud of Australian Government and have a deep appreciate for their nice and priceless action.
February 21, 2013 12:34 pm
Ironical don't you think? Your fellow muslims in trouble and yet not a single muslim country comes to their aid.Your sub Islamic sects being an impediment that a non muslim [practically Christian] comes to their aid? What does it say of your religion and the tolerance of the people of Pakistan.What a shame.
Hafsa Sheikh (@HafsaSheikh)
February 21, 2013 12:36 pm
No, its not! they belong to Pakistan. and Pakistan belongs to all its people. they should be provided with security measures instead of making up their mind to move to other countries. Pakistan is paying the price of taking gas from Iran and handing over Gawadar Port to China- against the will of USA - USA backed Blackwaters are killing Muslims to pave way for US intervention under the falg of peacekeepers of UNO. This is the Modern Colonization of Muslim Territories by the Capitalists using Human Rights Watch at the forefront with $100 million being spent that was donated by George Soros, the Hungarian-American Jew (the man who broke the Bank of England, one of the biggest currency tycoons). This money was given to recruit locals to develop agency network for conducting acts of violence that could look-like sectarian violence.
Muhammad Hussain
February 21, 2013 12:41 pm
It's a slap on pakistani Govt! face, if they are Human, Shame on pakistani Govt!
February 21, 2013 12:43 pm
its a slap to the rulers of Pakistan who are building palaces and keeping hundreds of vehicles to protect their own life even when hundred innocent people died it looks nothing happened to them they are busy in making plans for new election so their treasure can not dried up for years and years but are they dumb and deaf if not blind as every one is accountable and has to come forward if not in this world then some where else these rulers are the worst human being in the history of this century shame on them.............
fikrat ali
February 21, 2013 12:46 pm
could pleas tell us when and where we should come for registeration
Habib salaami (@habib_salaami)
February 21, 2013 12:46 pm
I totally agree with this nice step. Because Pakistani state has completely failed to protect its citizens.
fikrat ali
February 21, 2013 12:48 pm
could you pleas tell us when and where we should come for registeration
February 21, 2013 12:57 pm
AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION ISLAMABAD Press Release Inaccurate Reporting on Australia’s Offshore Humanitarian Program 21 February 2013 Reporting in the Dawn newspaper article “2,500 Hazara families offered asylum” on 21 February 2013 is incorrect. Australia is sympathetic to communities affected by sectarian violence and acts of terrorism. While Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Program has been increased in 2012–2013, there are no new arrangements for particular ethnicities or people from a particular part of any country. Australia is not introducing a new program to resettle Hazaras out of Pakistan. Australia’s ongoing resettlement program is only for refugees. Australia’s priority is to assist those refugees who are the most vulnerable. Refugees, including Afghan Hazaras, wanting to be resettled in Australia must be recognised by UNHCR as meeting the criteria for refugee status. To be considered for resettlement, they must be among the most vulnerable. Australia works closely with UNHCR in many countries around the world to identify refugees for resettlement. This includes in Pakistan. UNHCR refers refugees to Australia where they have identified them as being in need of resettlement. Australia only considers refugees referred by UNHCR. All Humanitarian visa applicants must satisfy the legal requirements for an Australian visa. There are no quotas for particular groups of people. Further information on Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Program is available on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s website: http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/humanitarian/
Sandi Logan (@SandiHLogan)
February 21, 2013 1:00 pm
This is a false report. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Canberra has confirmed, as has the Australian High Commission in Islamabad this is misinformation: there are no special visas for Hazara in Pakistan, nor are there any special visas for any specific ethnicities in any particular country.
Hafsa Sheikh (@HafsaSheikh)
February 21, 2013 1:02 pm
stop spreading fake news -_- No asylum is being offered! http://newsweekpakistan.com/scope/2623
Sandi Logan (@SandiHLogan)
February 21, 2013 1:02 pm
Also see Australian High Commission statement: http://www.pakistan.embassy.gov.au/islm/PR130221-Hazara.html
Ali Bahadar
February 21, 2013 1:08 pm
This is very good move and humanitarian act by the Australian people and government.The Pakistani government could not give them protection.Ali Bahadar Hong Kong
February 21, 2013 2:11 pm
Pakistan is a country of terrorists and feudals, only they can thrive here. As it is Shia's are already leaving the country. Next will be Barelvi's. Eventually the terrorists funded by Saudi Arabia will be left to fight among each other like they did in Afghanistan a few years back.
Yaqoot Mir
February 21, 2013 2:15 pm
So this is a solution? Fanatics kills other Muslims and Christians pick them up to save them? wow, Pakistan is being slapped all around by the world these days, if Pakistan has any ego they would solve the security issue for our fellow Muslims instead of air lfiting them to a safer place? pathetic countries are bound to either break up or live under some one elses governance.
February 21, 2013 2:16 pm
This is a good move but also shameful for Pak gov, these idiots can not provide safety to their own citizens and helping them to leave their mother land.
Muhammed Basir
February 21, 2013 2:18 pm
Agha Ata (USA)
February 21, 2013 2:23 pm
What you say is TRUE. That is exactly what has happened or happening. Why don't we admit it?
February 21, 2013 4:47 pm
Yes.....familiar is the apathy of the state where these citizens currently reside. From your indifferent comment, I am not sure what you are aiming at? If it is sarcasm, then it is definitely misplaced here!
February 22, 2013 12:51 pm
Does no one bother to check that the "news" has been contradicted by Aussies?
February 22, 2013 3:20 am
what about shuders and dalits of india..
February 21, 2013 6:21 pm
Regardless of the authenticity of the report, what a sad state of affairs and what a sad commentary once again on out country.
February 22, 2013 2:37 am
Yes Hazaras, Talibanistan doesn't deserve you! Go have a life of opportunity, where humans live. The Pakistani animals killed and made jews, christians, hindus, ahmadis flee. The day will come when none but bearded mullahs will roam the streets. Who will they murder then?
Kishwar Haseen
February 21, 2013 7:13 pm
I dont think this is without some other ulterior motives. The Australians have a rivalry with the chinese and this is a method to dilute and play one similar looking against the other. It will only fracture the Hazaras. What if there is a hope to solve the issue in the near future and this interferes with it?
February 22, 2013 2:16 am
LOL at you delusion. Although your intentions are good.
Kishwar Haseen
February 21, 2013 7:17 pm
I dont think this is without some other ulterior motives. The Australians have a rivalry with the chinese and this is a method to dilute and play one similar looking against the other. It will only fracture the Hazaras. What if there is a hope to solve the issue in the near future and this interferes with it? This is the same Australians who a few years ago, expelled a shia lebanese cleric who used to manage AIMISLAM.org and was a very senior and respected member of the shia community in Australia with Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese and white Australian community. Maybe, someone can help recall his name.
February 21, 2013 7:32 pm
who was Sir Sultan Mohammad Shah?!
February 21, 2013 7:47 pm
Shias comprise approx. 20% of Pakistan's population. Who will give the asylum to rest of them? Infact, its the responsibilty of government to provide security to its citizens. Present govt. has totally failed to fullfill the basic needs of the masses.
February 21, 2013 8:16 pm
what about Pakistani Hindu's?
February 22, 2013 1:08 am
if you are smart you wont leave, the main cause of the bombing is to remove hazara from blochistan for political reasons
Mike ghaous
February 21, 2013 8:43 pm
Civilsed nations give politcal assylum to those facing anihilation & extinction.on ethnic, religious and state sponsored eliminations. Most muslim Nations donot protect their sectarian minorities & will turn a blind eye to their sufferings. Iraq, Afghanistan,Gulf States & Pakistan topping the list. For sure some people love to go back to stone era & ignite sectarian issues.Ironically they are gaining majority. Now it is upto Pakistanis to decide themselves what is best for them!!
February 21, 2013 9:12 pm
As good as this may be, it is not a solution.
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