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Hope fades away for Hazaras of Pakistan

Published Jun 29, 2012 04:23pm


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Men belonging to the Hazara community mourn the killing of their relatives at a hospital in Quetta on April 9, 2012, following an attack by gunmen. — File photo by AFP
Men belonging to the Hazara community mourn the killing of their relatives at a hospital in Quetta on April 9, 2012, following an attack by gunmen. — File photo by AFP

“At least 60 people belonging to Hazara community living in Quetta have been killed in targeted attacks, including suicide, remote-controlled and timer device bombings and firing,” says a report published in this newspaper, following a brutal attack on Shia pilgrims belonging to the Hazara community.

Thursday’s bomb attack in the Hazarganji area on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Balochistan was not the first such attack of the year. Not even the first of the month. The Hazara community has been targeted, with great impunity, by outlawed militant organisations on at least six occasions in the current year. While all attacks have claimed precious lives, one of worst attacks against the community came last September, when a bus carrying Hazara passengers was stopped by assailants heavily armed with rocket launchers and Kalashnikovs. They identified Hazara men, took them off the bus and slaughtered them one by one within half a kilometre from a security check post. A similar incident was repeated a few days later in Akhtarabad area of Quetta.  Some unconfirmed reports say “over 800 Hazaras have been killed in 24 incidents of mass-murder and 131 targeted ambushes since 2001.”

Murderous motives Responsibility for most of these attacks has been claimed by outlawed group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, who have gone as far in their hate preach as declaring the community “wajib-ul-qatl” or deserving of death in their edicts handed out in the Balochistan province. Moreover, the community has been warned that its settlements in Hazara Town and on Alamdar Road will be transformed into graveyards as the war against them continues, according to a column published in this newspaper.

The killings have received mixed reactions and analyses from government officials, politicians and Hazara community leaders. Some blame security forces and intelligence agencies for the killings. Others point the fingers at the sectarian fanatics, Taliban and land mafia while some people even suggest a complex amalgam of all the aforementioned factors.

The Hazaras are being systematically killed because they are anti-Taliban
Role of security forces While there is little doubt that all the attacks have been unprovoked and unidirectional without any apprehensions for many years, for Hazaras, the failure of security forces to protect their community remains an unanswered question.

“They have not failed. They have rather no intentions to protect us from the terrorists” explains Sardar Saadat Ali Hazara, a community leader.

Members of the community allege that Hazara killings are designed as a counterinsurgency campaign to divert attention away from the activities of security forces in Balochistan.

“The Hazaras are being systematically killed because they are anti-Taliban and because they do not agree with the policy of strategic depth towards Afghanistan,” says Tahir Khan Hazara, a political activist.

“They consider the Hazaras as pro-Northern Alliance and suspect our patriotism,” says Zaman Dehqanzada of the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP).

Dehqanzada alleges that his community’s ‘refusal to fight the Baloch’ has led them to become targets of unabated violence. “We are not going to destroy our relations with our brothers in Balochistan,” he adds.

Meanwhile, a former chief sectary Balochistan revealed on the condition of anonymity that the state policy towards the Hazaras has dramatically changed since 2001. “They are kept away from sensitive administrative posts both in the armed forces and civil bureaucracy as they are considered, albeit falsely, pro-Iran and Pro-Northern Alliance just because they are Farsi-speaking Shias,” the official said.

According to a recent report on the killings of Hazaras, the Frontier Corps (FC) believes that “the Hazaras are receiving funding from Iran to incite Shia revolution in Pakistan,” a statement refuted by the community. How can a small community, they say, surrounded by military cantonment bring about Shia revolution in Pakistan?

We have repeatedly demanded targeted actions against Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, who are a handful of terrorists but the government and security forces have given us a cold shoulder.
While the FC also blames the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) for the Hazara killings. Hazara leader Sardar Saadat strongly disagrees. “BLA has no issues with the Hazaras. It is, in fact, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi operatives who kill the members of my community and roam freely all around. Everybody knows that they are being trained and protected in Qubo area of Mastung,” he says.

Chairman of HDP Abdul Khalique Hazara is of the same view. “We have repeatedly demanded targeted actions against Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, who are a handful of terrorists but the government and security forces have given us a cold shoulder. Balochistan Home Minister Zafarullah Zehri  has said on the floor of the provincial assembly that he had clues about those involved in the target killings but he was helpless. So we were forced to call international protests against Hazara genocide in order to pressurise the government to take actions”

Religious radicalisation All the secular nationalist parties of Balochistan are of the view that religious extremism is thriving in the province in order to counter the activism of the Baloch nationalists. The nature of killings, they say, also indicates the same. Almost all the attacks on Hazaras have either taken place in the vicinity or in between two FC check posts – raising questions over the ability of heavily armed men to cross the check-posts, kill innocent civilians and escape on their pick-up vehicles without being caught or chased after.

“If you look at the videos of the Mastung and Akhtarabad massacres released by the terrorists on YouTube, you will find out that all these incidents have taken place on an international highway, bustling with traffic but the terrorists seem in no haste as they slaughter our people. It takes them almost half an hour to accomplish their mission and not a single vehicle passes the site of the attack. How was the traffic blocked on both sides?” asks a Hazara activist, who wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons.

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) issued a statement on its website a day after the Mastung massacre under the title of “Members of Shia community were under attack while the military forces look on” questioning the role of military establishment in such attacks. According to AHRC “more than 500 Shias have been killed in terrorist attacks during the past three years after the FC received the powers of the police”

It further adds: “These campaigns against the Shia religious community is very well known to police, FC, the army and its intelligence services but no action has been taken against the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.”

According to columnist, Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad, “Attacks on the Hazara community started only two years after former president and army chief General Pervez Musharraf’s coup. These coincided with the period when agencies were directed under a master plan to give religious parties and militant groups a free hand.”

Talibanisation of Balochistan The Taliban had massacred tens of thousands of Hazaras in Afghanistan during their reign in Afghanistan and had warned them to leave the country. The Hazaras of Afghanistan were part of the so-called Northern Alliance which resisted Taliban's rule and later on allied with the international forces to overturn the radicals. To avenge their defeat the Taliban pointed their guns towards the Hazaras of Baochistan by allying with LeJ and Al-Qaeda operatives.

In an open threat letter distributed at Hazara localities in Quetta Lashkar-i-Jhangvi warned the Hazaras to leave Pakistan by 2012 and in another, they vowed to continue targeting the community in Pakistan, particularly in Quetta.

For the community, being targeted repeatedly and labelled as conspirators is heartrending as they take pride in their role as servants of the country ever since its creation.

History of Hazaras in Pakistan The Hazaras are believed to be the descendants of Kushans who, in the sixth century, built giant Bhuddas of Bamiyan in Hazarajat of central Afghanistan. The Buddhas were dynamited and destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. The native language of Hazaras is Dari (Farsi) and they mostly adhere to Shia Islam. The very first group of Hazaras migrated from Hazarajat of Afghanistan to British India and served in “Broadfoot's Sappers” from 1839–1840.

The 106th Hazara Pioneers – Photo courtesy author
The 106th Hazara Pioneers – Photo courtesy author

In 1904, Lord Kitcherner the Commander-in-Chief in India directed Major C. W. Jacob to raise a battalion of Hazara Pioneers, which led to the birth of the 106th Hazara Pioneers with drafts from the 124th Duchess of Connaught's Own Baluchistan Infantry and from Major Jacob’s own regiment.

The 106th Hazara Pioneers were renamed “The Hazara Pioneers” in 1929. As a result of the financial crisis in 1933, all Pioneer Regiments in the Indian Army, including the Hazara Pioneers, were disbanded. According to Brigadier N. L. St. Pierre Bunbury, “the Hazara Pioneers was the best shooting regiment in the Indian Army.”

Military services Inspired by The Hazara Pioneers and because they had no land in Balochistan, the Hazaras either joined the Indian army or established small businesses in Quetta city.  One of them, General Musa Khan Hazara (Hilal-e-Jurat), joined the Indian army as a jawan (soldier) who later served as the Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan army from 1958 to 1966. He also served as governor of West Pakistan and Governor of Balochistan from 1985-91.

General Musa Khan Hazara (HJ) – Photo courtesy author
General Musa Khan Hazara (HJ) – Photo courtesy author

The trend of seeking commission in the armed forces did not cease and another Hazara, Air Vice Marshal Sharbat Ali Changezi, also reached the upper echelons of Pakistan Air Force. Hazara women, too, followed suit. A Hazara girl, Saira Batool, is among the first female pilots in Pakistan Air Force.

Civil services and politics Hazaras also played an important role in the formation of Pakistan. A Hazara politician, Qazi Mohammad Essa (his son, Faiz Essa, is the present Chief Justice of Balochistan High court ), was the founder of Balochistan Muslim Leauge who represented Balochistan in Lahore Resolution in 1940. In spite of having a population of only about half a million, the Hazaras have been prominent in provincial and national politics. The community's political party, Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), founded in 2003 describes itself as a secular, liberal and nationalist party whose founding chairman, Hussain Ali Yousufi was assassinated by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi on January, 26, 2009 on Jinnah road, Quetta. A Pakistan People’s Party MNA from Quetta, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, is also a Hazara.

The Hazara community has given birth to some of the best national sportsmen such as legendary footballer, Qayyum Changezi, three-time Olympian boxer Syed Ibrar Hussain Shah, who was assassinated on June 16,  2011.

While the community continues to reiterate its support for the country and refutes all claims of the presence of anti-state elements, it remains unclear why the government and security forces have been unable to curtail the hate crimes and broad-day-light massacres of Hazaras.

“All around the world, it is always the smallest, most peace-loving, least politically connected groups that are selected as targets by those seeking to scare the populations they seek to control,” Rafia Zakaria opined in her column on violence against Hazaras. Indeed, if her words are to be understood, the signs are ominous for the already  scarred province of Balochistan.

Dr Saleem Javed is a freelance journalist and human rights activist based in Quetta.


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shabbir Jun 30, 2012 07:16am
Dr.Saleem Javed, Thanks for writing about the voice of Hazara Nation living in Balochistan Quetta which is true indeed.Army need to be modified and policy made for Hazara Genucide should be avoid.As Hazara Will not leave the Quetta in any case.LJ is big challenge for Law and order security agencies.If they cannot protect the Civilian (including Hazara Nation) there is no need to give security responsibility to them.Their salaries come from bussiness of Civilian. they should sulut to civilian and give them full protection to carry business.
Raza S Jun 30, 2012 05:46am
We need to support Imran Khan, he is the only man who speaks up against injustice at the top level.
Mumtaz.Rizvi Jun 30, 2012 07:33am
there are no doubts in my mind that there is no foreign hands involved in this systematically slaughtering of the " Peace ful" iam emphasising on the word peace ful as they havent reacted against this organized butchrey as yet but keep on testing and ignoring their tolerance can be devastating. if measures are not taken then there silence will turn into a deafning loud scream which will penitrate into the sense of hearing of the blind and deaf authorities. Dont Forget the Famous Law which refers "that every action has its equal reaction"
amit Jun 30, 2012 08:02am
I got the first Pakistani who has thoughts of 21st century.We dare to speak about tolerance and respect to every faith.Long Live irfan..
Mumtaz.Rizvi Jun 30, 2012 07:07am
very true i agree with you talibans are just bad and ugly there are no good ones in their ranks
Khadim H. Changezi Jun 30, 2012 06:47am
Very well written Mr Saleem Javed. One feels the gravity of the situation when he is either a Hazara or he is living amongst the Hazaras. The community has actually been mentally paralyzed. Imagine if you cant go to your neighborhood, place of work, a shop, office, school, college, university, mosque, hospital or out of the city due to fear of death. One can bring up and feed their children only when he is alive. The problem is that you are different from others in your looks; squint-eyed and flat nose and off course your belief. Even bigger is the indifference of other people to your sufferings. Then there is an excuse offered by many; Iran, Saudi, USA, Israel and India are involved. For a common man who is dying on daily basis these excuses have no importance. What matters for them is what LEAs are doing? The killers are making calls, distributing pamphlets, carryout wall chalking, held rallies and make hate speeches yet they are not held. A few culprits who have bee arrested are openly accepting the killings and are pleading to kill more when released but still our naive establishment and their sympathizers refuse to accept the reality. This is the agony and dilemma.
Truth Jun 30, 2012 02:57am
Shame on all Pakistanis to see bleeding their brethren minorities in vain by radicals.....
Realitycheck Jul 01, 2012 12:16pm
So, the article is posted and we all feel what's happening with hazaras is horrible. But what next? It ends here for most of us.
NAGARI Jun 30, 2012 06:22am
imran bhat Jun 29, 2012 10:17pm
Situation would have been much better had they provided them a fraction of security they provide to Haqqanis in FATA.
imran bhatt Jun 29, 2012 10:14pm
Of all those who never forget reminding us that Islam is solution to all the problems of this world, may I dare to ask if that is the case would they like to solve the bloody rift between Shias and Sunnis before applying their solution to other issues?
Arif Jun 29, 2012 10:02pm
What puzzles me the most is the silence of Chief Justice. Hazaras and Shias, rise up to defend yourselves, before it's too late.
Chand Buta Jun 29, 2012 09:54pm
Stop the Killing Allah will punish everyone in Hell who kills
saythetrurth Jun 30, 2012 02:25am
There is big game being played in Baluchistan. Once the cycle of violence starts than nobody looks back and to figure out the reason behind the violence. Harzar’s are minority in Baluchistan they should play a productive role instead of taking directive for Iran. I know many Hazar's even though they are originally from Afghanistan they take side with Iran and from time to time create problem and push for Iranian agenda in Baluchistan. The Embassy of Iran is in forefront to support Hazra's not because they are Shia , Iran want to have influence in Baluchistan to control the Kurds and the Sunni Muslim of Irani Baluchistan. This a fact, I recall 1986 the mess that Hazar's created for people of Baluchistan, till now they are paying the price. Wake up don't take side of with Iran, be a Pakistani first before you criticize the Pakistan army.
Siraj Mehhr Jun 30, 2012 04:10am
i am not sure that why is Pakistan army not doing any thing since they know that the government has been failed doing their job as a government. If they can not do it all over Pakistan then at least they can do something in Balochistan specially in Quetta. The only answer for this question is the army should take the charge in Balochistan.
Arif Jun 29, 2012 09:28pm
This is genocide and the government and army should realize that first, they will pay for this and secondly, will be in the history books. Please visit and support the right of existence of Hazaras and other minorities in Pakistan.
BHChangazi Jul 02, 2012 03:37pm
Here comes an Afghan, this post is about an internal issue of Pakistanis. not with whatever mess happens in Afghanistan.
Ali Changezi Jul 02, 2012 07:50am
well said.
Arif Jun 29, 2012 10:32pm
What puzzles me the most is the silence of Chief Justice. Hazaras and Shias rise up and defend yourselves before its too late.
zia khan Jun 29, 2012 10:47pm
This small community has been pushed to the wall. A disgrace for our nation to watch every day how Hazaras are attacked and killed. It is the responsibility of the state to provide them protection. Pakistan belongs to all and no segment of the society can claim to be the better stakeholder. It is the responsibility of the majority as well to protect small communities and their religious freedom. A very tough action is required against traders of death and destruction. No one in Pakistan should dare to question the beliefs of other fellow citizens. A personal choice which does not require approval of others. We cannot claim to be an Islamic state unless and until all communities are provided protection irrespective of their religion and beliefs.
Arshad Sherazi Jun 29, 2012 10:47pm
Very well written .
Mahavir Jun 29, 2012 11:04pm
Dear Irfan, Pakistan was created in the name of Islam for Muslims only. Please refer to 2 nation theory by Mr. Jinnah. As per 2 nation theory muslims are different people. They cannot coexist with Hindus or non muslims. One cannot expect secular behaviour from Pakistan. Being secular means rejecting Mr.Jinnah's 2 nation theory, there by rejecting Pakistan's existence. History has proven how erroneous the 2nation theory was. Bangladesh got separated. These bogey was raised by Mr. Jinnah to serve his political ambition.
We know Jun 29, 2012 11:07pm
Protecting them? Who is Them? Hazaras are still patriots and still love Allah! No one can damage our belief. Death death and death? Is this the only weapon of LEJ? If Lej thinks death is their only way of living then wish them good first, and if not corrected, death is my wish for them!
aamir Jun 29, 2012 11:11pm
For Taliban and like minded, the poet says, Khuda humko aise khudai na de, keh apne siwa kuch dikhai na de
saima batool Jun 29, 2012 11:11pm
Saima Batool what can we do with spreading such news??? which can never have any effect on government neither on any world health organization,,, we can only try to stop it by sharing it many other different sites that the whole world may know about Hazara who are being targeted for along time :'((((((( pleas do something,,, :(
Muhammad K Jun 29, 2012 11:39pm
Pakistan army must take immediate and appropriate action in this regard and protect citizen of Pakistan. Every citizen has same status in the eyes of state. Politicians are useless and worthless commodities in Pakistan.
xc1br Jun 30, 2012 12:07am
Religion is opium for some and poison for others. OK, you don't get it.
raza Aly Jun 30, 2012 12:09am
I was born in Quetta and now live in San Francisco, California . My family (parents) lived there for 60 years and we were considered as domicile and enjoyed all the perks provided for the locals . Unfortunately ,my family has to leave Quetta about 8 years ago because their life was threatened . They left their properties , business and orchards worth millions of $ and now are settled in Islamabad.They became 'muhajirs' within their own country.These Hazaras were our best friends and general Musa was one of them. Needless to say they are most patriotic to Pakistan.
raza aly Jun 30, 2012 12:21am
I was born in Quetta and now live in San Francisco. What happened to my comment that I just posted????
Adeel Jul 01, 2012 11:21am
We are responsible forour own deeds
Javed S. Jun 30, 2012 12:59am
My full sympathies are with Hazaras,I had several Hazara friends,Dr.Javed has written a very informative article,may peace prevail for this very talented group of people.
MASOOD Jun 30, 2012 12:58am
Mohamed Jun 30, 2012 01:04am
Some one should inquire about the brutal massacre committed in Kabul by the Hazaras of Pashtuns soon after the end of Najibullah regime (1992-94) . Their cold blooded slaughter of the pashtun population is now a famous theme in Afghanistan ethnic ally divided nation. Especially the killings that took place near Pole-Surkh!
Zoab Khan Jun 30, 2012 01:23am
More and more you see the situation of Pakistan you realize that if education had the same budget as army or the corruption budget Pakistan would be prospering instead of giving fatwa's against its own brothers.
G. Thind Jun 30, 2012 01:25am
What makes you to speak in an alien language - why not Pakistani or even English which is spoken worldwide. Trying to impress!!!!
pakistani Jun 30, 2012 01:51am
The sunni and shia divide is the biggest tragedy of Islam. As a country we must get past it, this can only be done over the long term through education and economic development. Pakistan should be the leading muslim country setting aside all sectarian differences, and we have the ability to do so. The reason why I say that is because most of our population does not care about sectarianism unlike the Arab countries ie: Saudi. Research shows that Pakistanis out all muslim countries in the world support Iran the most that just shows that we do not care that it is a shia dominated country. The polls taken in Saudi were very different of obvious reasons. we cannot let these small groups distort our image.
Agha Ata Jun 30, 2012 02:08am
Of course, It is sarcasm, but I am shocked to see that some people did not understand it. :( Now, Who is fool :)
faiza ghulam rasool Jun 30, 2012 04:18am
i think this is a great analysis and should be explored too.
Umesh Bhagwat Jun 30, 2012 04:21am
There seem to be serious differences between the Government,the Army and the Judiciary about the future of Pakistan.Is it that the writ of the government does not extend all over Pakistan? Why is there so much sectarian violence in Balochistan and other places? Things look ominous!
Chaigram Jun 30, 2012 04:29am
Thank you Saleem sahib for writing this article on the brave and very talented sons of Bauchistan. May Allah protect from these kafirs who still believe that they are Muslims. What part of Islam they claim themselves to be that allows them to commits these heinous crimes.
Amir Jun 30, 2012 04:51am
Pakistan is a hell bound Train.
Adil Jadoon Jun 30, 2012 04:52am
The government is busy protecting itself how can it protect the people. The people will have a say soon and if they elect the same people well they will deserve what will come to them. As for Lashkar-e-Ghangvi, they should all be tried in a court of law..
truthbetold Jul 01, 2012 12:10pm
I salute his courage for FINALLY bringing this up.
Sameer Awan Jun 30, 2012 11:10am
I invite Hazara to Lahore. Come in Punjab and become a Punjabi as Punjabi means a resident of Punjab and a speaker of Language. Also teach us some persian and we will teach you some Punjabi. Your are gladly invited here and Upper Punjab is not rest of Pakistan and Punjabis welcome our Hazaara brothers with open arms and we are also killed in Balochistan and my uncle got killed in Balochistan by rebels but we are steadfast here in Punjab and we are tolerant and we dont kill anyone.
Suraj Jun 30, 2012 04:03pm
Never Ending Saga...
zed jay Jun 30, 2012 04:57pm
Who said Pakistan belongs to all? You must be kidding bhai. It never belonged to anyone but one community.Please revisit its history.
ShaukatFarooq Jul 01, 2012 02:26pm
I am searching for true pakistanies.Pakistanies who are proud to be pakistanies. we should no longer be pashtoons panjabies sindhis etc etc.We should be one for one Pakistans.
abdul Jun 30, 2012 05:36pm
we have to hand over country to chief justice , the only solution . if politicians are not able to solve this real problem, they have to leave politics and struggle should be done for change the system , I will say, only hope is imran khan with chief justice. Abdul , canada
sfyn2it Jun 30, 2012 06:00pm
I don't know much about the difference in the two sects. From what I remember, both the sect still believe firmly in the teachings of Mohammed (PBUH) and the differences start after the Prophets time. Nonetheless, this is an unnecessary tragedy. It is the GHUNDA nature of Pakistani men looking to take out frustrations of their shortcomings on the 'minority' or 'weaker' group. Muslims are suppose to help the weak with respct and sympathy...not take advantage of them and hurt them! May those who passed away rest in peace and their families practice sabr.
Mumtaz.Rizvi Jun 30, 2012 07:09am
wow amazing analysis amit
Muslim khan Jun 30, 2012 06:48pm
You are 100 percent right,Zia Khan;commendable.
Agha Ata Jul 01, 2012 01:12am
ha ha ha! There is hardly anything left in Pakistan that is not caused by conspiracy! Poor we. :)
Sanjeevroy3 Jul 01, 2012 05:35pm
very sad about infighting . above all u r citizens of Pakistan.
DUDE Jul 01, 2012 04:04pm
Shame on our army for not tackling these terrorists.
Shayan Jun 30, 2012 02:31am
are they reallly.....quite strange...
El Cid Jul 01, 2012 09:47pm
What is wrong with you people? Stop killing each other, the world is waiting to suffocate and kill you. Stop this the name of Allah. I loath you. I cring in fear of His Wrath, the precursor of which may already be upon you...more, is waiting invisible in the wings. May Allah have mercy on you. May you choose the path prescribed by Him in the Noble Quran,
Khan Jul 03, 2012 03:45am
Hazaras have never invaded others in Afghanistan but if others invade them, they will not be welcomed with flowers. The Taliban who mostly are pashtuns and before that Abdul Rahman and Zahir shah kept Afghanistan in the past and in fact in stone age. Because of them Afghanistan earned the name of Terrorists and Opium state. If other ethnic group were in government in Afghanistan it would not have been in the situation that it is today.
realitycheck Jul 01, 2012 12:06pm
That's a very baseless argument. Hazaras were one of the many groups which migrated from Afghanistan. Why they're being targeted should be linked to the many bombings and killings of shias all around the country- including Karachi, Lahore. We term them as 'sectarian' when the violence is mainly against one group i.e. the shias. The taliban are against shias - whether they are hazaras or Karachiites. The reason why hazaras in Balochistan are being targeted the most is the spread of Talibanization in Balochistan and the ineffective methods employed by the government to curb it. Hazaras are hated because they openly condemn the methods being used by the taliban in the spread of terrorism - as everybody should.
Ajamal Jun 30, 2012 08:43am
People of Pakistan must totally reject terror in all its forms and manifestations. People must reject those who use pulpit for hate mongering. As for Islam, it forbids compulsion and anyone gives choice to the people as we are accountable to our actions before Allah SWT. Also, all sects must respect beliefs and personalities of others.
Ajamal Jun 30, 2012 08:43am
We can't live without conspiracies.
SaadJaan Jun 30, 2012 03:16am
The direct or indirect involvement of Pakistani security agencies can not be ruled out in the massacre of innocent Hazara people. The presence of a "particular mindset" in the powerful Pakistani establishment is using all possible means including the fanatics to eliminate Hazara community. Quetta is on the verge of a civil war. I request the leadership of all the main stream political & religious parties to call an All Parties Conference on the issue of "Hazara genocide in balochistan" and find a practical solution to stop this genocide.
mohammad Jun 29, 2012 07:18pm
they are Pakistanis and need to be treated like that. I feel that it is a small animosity between two rivals. Govt of PAKISTAN IS SINCERE IN PROTECTING THEM. they are our brothers and we respect them dso not worry we in PAKISTAN are with you. MAY ALLAH GIVE US PROPER BRAIN so that we understand the value of our NATION..
Long_Live_Jinnah Jun 29, 2012 07:23pm
Pakistanis first. Pakistanis last. these sectarian killers are nothing but armed bandits and thugs. We must crush them; they aim to divide Pakistan we simply cannot allow it to happen when will the useless government do anything? At least provide more police and security in their areas, For GODS sakes!!
ArK Jun 29, 2012 07:32pm
the oppressors will soon be punished by Allah's justice.
Omer Khan Shaheen Jun 29, 2012 07:48pm
As a Muslim, As a Pakistani and As Pasthoon, Punjabi, Balochi, Sindhi, Kashmiri, and Other communities who opted to be called Pakistanis. This is!!! our duty and i am saying it again our duty!!! to give protection to all our fellow citizens against all evil from within and outside. We are all Pakistanis and that's it.
Zeeshan Shah Jul 02, 2012 07:57pm
Will they (State) be happier if the Hazaras took to arms and responded with an "eye for an eye"? Who is stopping them from giving guns to their children and using the cry of Jihad against their Muslim Brothers? Indeed, is not their survival at stake, what else is Jihad (nowadays)? I do not understand why we have to be a Shia, Sunni, Balochi, Sindi... Why can't we be Pakistani and move on. Why have we given so much grass to the fundamentalists of our country and deprived ourselves off the garden of progress? Soon, there will be nothing left. Nothing.
anwar Jul 03, 2012 05:00pm
If this is not genocide than what is this. this is the result of a religious state
d azad Jul 05, 2012 09:01pm
I hope one day the bloodshed of innocent Hazaras and other innocent people ends in Pakistan.
Ali Baloch Jun 30, 2012 08:07am
Hazara genocide must stop. Hazars are a very jovial, cultured and enthusiastic community. and yes minorities are hapless in this jungle called Pakistan. be them baloch, hazara, ahmadi, hindus and numerous others. I suppose it will only stop when the sane of all these communities stand up to the forces of evil in this country.
millerd Jun 30, 2012 09:42am
Its the government responsibility to protect the dignity , life and property of all its citizen. Laksh Kar Jahgvi is curse for Pakistan . Musharaf had banned it , but he left the work only half done. Had he obliterated them using the powers he had. This nation would have something to remember him by. I see that army too has gone cold on the issue. Jahgvi and similar groups who kill and maim in the name of religion should be hunted down and dealt with a full force of the law. Groups such as these are responsible for giving a this country a bad name. The army should round up these maniacs and put them out of their miseries.
omar Jul 01, 2012 01:26am
it matured into real form.
Sikandar Khan Jul 01, 2012 06:28am
Very pitty, we are passiing through the age of unreasonability, where NoOne knows abt his Motive of Killing someOne nor Any of victim is aware, for what he is being killed..............!!
Farhan Jun 29, 2012 09:49pm
Really smart analysis. While sectarianism cannot be discounted as the primary motivation for these massacre's, a lot of criminal activity is directly related to the pursuit of money. Such interests have been known to cloak their criminal activity in more nobler categories such as patriotism, ethnic kinship, and religion.
Ravi Jun 30, 2012 03:32am
This is also big conspiracy by destroyers of Pakistan to blame all bad things happening in Pakistan to external elements and confuse people of Pakistan, allowing them to do the bad things to Pakistan without anybody directly blaming them. All the conspiracies against Pakistan or internal rising out of religious exterimism steadily growing in Pakistan.
sattar rind Jun 30, 2012 04:17am
Definitely we condemn it. Sectarian violence is itself a barbaric and ugly vomited act.. When we receive this kind of news we get very upset.
kamran Jun 29, 2012 09:22pm
That thinking that pakistan army is one of the best in the world, will one day destroy the country. I believe in what i see.
Quratulain Jun 29, 2012 09:07pm
so sad. ethnic cleansing.
Adeel Adi Jul 01, 2012 11:20am
We are rsposible for our own deeds.
Mukhtar Ali Changezi Jun 29, 2012 08:45pm
Thanx Mr. Dr Saleem Javed, khuda mo ra itehad wa sabar beda ameeeen..
Imran Jun 29, 2012 08:27pm
Lets pray all toghter that Allah gives us guidance. Ameen
Amit-Atlanta-USA Jun 29, 2012 08:29pm
What Hillary Clinton sometime back on a visit to India sounds apt in this context "Pakistan’s relationship with the Haqqanis is akin to keeping “snakes in your backyard expecting them only to bite your neighbours.”.
I.Butt Jun 29, 2012 08:35pm
For the sake of Allah almighty I request all Pakistanis to avoid this kind of religion extremism it will end up everything we are possesing including this our only home Pakistan... Please all be a simple muslim with great deeds nothing more or less.
saythetruth Jul 01, 2012 10:32pm
You have to live with Hazar's to know the true Hazaras. Want to live in peace stop listening to Iran.
irfan Jun 29, 2012 08:38pm
I feel very sad that the vicious crimes are commited against the hazara community as well as all other communities in the country whether they baloch, shia,christians, hindus, qadiyanis, whatever. They all are pakistanis and they serve the nation then why so much intolerance? The most concerning aspect is why do we have "Lashkars"? I have been hearing about Lashkar-e-Jhangvi for sometime associated with some barbaric attacks. What's wrong with our people? Why there are lashkars? What period of history are we living in? who is dreaming to establish Islamic emirate based on demented interpretation of Islam?
I.Butt Jun 29, 2012 08:39pm
We all are the sons of this MOTHER LAND PAKISTAN... so please live with harmony do not ever try to kill your brothers. Be sure world will only respect us if we will respect each other. Long live Pakistan ! Amen.
Nadir hazara Jun 29, 2012 08:43pm
A great conspiracy against hazaras both internal and external
Akbar Jun 29, 2012 08:14pm
Most Pashtuns from Baochistan are Sunnis who are very sad over what is happening to this tiny community of the province. But, unfortunately Pashtun leadership and bureaucracy have been sidelined in the province by the federal establishmen over the past some years. Though Pashtuns are the majority ethnic group in Quetta they remain helpless to protect members of the Hazarah community. I strongly believe that Hazarahs and local Pashtuns together as one force can defeat the extremist elements who are based in Baloch part of the province.
ssv Jun 29, 2012 08:12pm
Hazara shia support iran , not pakistan .
Naim Jun 29, 2012 08:12pm
I hope that is sarcasm, otherwise you are a fool.
SBB Jun 29, 2012 08:12pm
So how is it a conspiracy? Must everything be a conspiracy for you my friend? The people of Pakistan need to believe that not everything is a conspiracy against them. The world has many other issues to think and worry about.
Capricorn Jun 29, 2012 08:07pm
It is just not the Hazara alone.....the rest of Pakistanis have lost hope too.
Devendra Jun 29, 2012 08:08pm
Let me see! When Pakistan was demanded, created; it was for ALL MUSLIMS. No one ever said that Sunnis will be the superior Muslims and the Shias, Ahmadis and other Muslim sects would have to be subserviant to the Sunnis. Quite the contrary, My Jinnah had said at it's birth that Pakistan will be a country where EVERY ONE would be free to practice their religion, will have equal rights under the law and may belong to any political party. WHAT HAPPENED? I WONDER IF ALLAH HAS SECOND THOUGHTS WHEN HE LOOKS DOWN UPON TODAY'S PAKISTAN? I SINCERELY BELIEVE HIS DEFINITION OF GOOD MUSLIM IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE TALIBAN'S, AL QAEDA'S. LASKHAR-E-JHANGVI, TTP AND ALL OTHER TERRORISTS' WHO MASQUARADE AS THE ONLY GOOD MUSLIMS.
Cyrus Howell Jun 30, 2012 08:45pm
Shaming them will have no effect.
haseeb Jun 30, 2012 08:54pm
They are our brothers and must be protected. Shia or not that is between Allah and them. We do not have the right as Sunnis to kill people believing in another sect of Islam.
Devendra Jun 29, 2012 07:56pm
Naseem, I fully agree with you. But, it is not just the Army but the Civilian leadership, if there is such a thing in Pakistan, must also speak out agianst this most heinous and cowardly act and fire the army, FC and civilian police officers if they can not contain the mayhem. Till then, the innocent Hazaras would keep getting killed.
Solomon786 Jun 29, 2012 07:24pm
Inshallah. They must
Solomon786 Jun 29, 2012 07:25pm
well what about your country -- that massacred Muslims, Sikhs and Christians on nearly day to day basis. Who are you to judge, ''harinder'''
K.Baloch Jun 29, 2012 07:26pm
The painful part of Hazara killings is not only the shameful silence of our security forces but the silence of our intelligentsia and general public. As a citizen of Quetta i have noted that after each incident our major political parties/ individual sardars/ ulemas/ religious parties etc are silent. They do not react in such way as they react for their own interests.
Mustafa Razavi Jun 29, 2012 06:53pm
Only Imran Khan spoke up against this latest massacre.
Mustafa Razavi Jun 29, 2012 06:51pm
@Harinder. Pakistan has indeed not achieved the goals it set out to achieve, but has India? India has a suicide every 45 minutes from farm debts. Look up Vidarbha on the net.
Fida Hussain Jun 29, 2012 06:48pm
Khuda humo ra nigah kana wa az shar door bela. Ehtiyat kanin birar.
manish Jun 29, 2012 06:42pm
i think there might be another dimension to the conflict....though i am an indian, and giving this perspective from a purely secular POV... i feel the land on which the hazaras are living in quetta might be in some posh area, and thus quite it is very much coveted by land grabbers, mafias. and these people very much aware of the frictions in society...are using LeJ, and other such sectarian outfits for their own hawkish designs.....just my two cents.
naseem Jun 29, 2012 06:36pm
There are about 100 - 200,000 Figthers that live across the border of Pakistan and Afghanstan there is no good Taliban or Bad Taliban. These animals are destroying our way of life, beheading anyone that dont seem to agree with thier policies and are infiltrating into our cities faster then you know. If this Menace is not destroyed and if the Amry does not get serious about them now.. We will lose Pakistan for ever.
Agha Ata Jun 29, 2012 06:24pm
Do not cry; do not even worry. We have a great army, one of the most powerful army in the world. and also one of the most expensive army that can take care of all problems. Hazaras have contributed a lot in building up this army and deserve this protection not only as citizens of this country but also as one of the builders of this army. I am sure army will come to your rescue.
Arif H. Changezi Jun 29, 2012 06:38pm
It is a giant question mark that every incident takes place between two security check posts of Frontier Corps Balochistan while massacring Hazaras mercilessly in Quetta, the provincial capital of southwestern province of Pakistan, Balochistan. It indicates that role and involvement of Frontier Corps cannot be ruled out in systematic Holocaust of Hazaras in Quetta. The article reflects implicitly that security intelligence agencies are involved in ruthless genocide of Hazaras in Quetta on two counts. They included: first, presumption of Iran factor and second supposed anti-Taliban and so-called Northern Alliance factor...
M K S Jun 29, 2012 06:03pm
hear hear!
Omid Bidar Jun 29, 2012 06:09pm
A very well written piece by Dr. Saleem Javed, highlighting Hazara Shia genocide from all angles. Cheers!
harinder Jun 29, 2012 05:52pm
Pakistan was suppose to be a country where all Indian Muslims would live happily together . Free from the Hindu -Sikh dominance. What happened to that dream ?
innohunter Jul 02, 2012 12:14am
Don't blame Islam. The real Islam no way justifies such horrendous massacre even of non Muslims.
M K S Jun 29, 2012 06:03pm
Hear about Shia-Sunni conflicts in the past and they were treated as isloated incidents. But this is getting serious now(already is actually). One does NOT have to be Sunni Muslim to enjoy the rights and freedom in Pakistan. That has been categorically stated by the founders of this country. Whether one believes this to be the doing of the 'foreign agencies' or not, there MUST be action taken by the government and people of the state alike, against this barbaric and inhumane target killings . This and the likes MUST be stoppped.
Hameed ullah Jun 29, 2012 05:47pm
Goood Bless all Martired shame to pakistani Governement for losing security day by day in quetta paksitan.
Abbas Jun 29, 2012 05:33pm
The state of Pakistan should protect all its citizens, regardless of religion or ethnicity. If the Army cannot protect Hazaras in Quetta then there is no point in spending a money on Army cantonments in Quetta.
Anwar Amjad Jun 29, 2012 05:31pm
The target killing of Hazaras in Balochistan province is in fact a conspiracy against Pakistan. They are very patriotic Pakistanis. Apparently our security forces are trying to give them protection but it is not enough.
Amit-Atlanta-USA Jun 29, 2012 05:25pm
Dr.Saleem Javed: Many thanks to you for bringing the plight of the Hazaras for all of us the world over. But, please be careful sir. We all know vividly what happened to other brave journalists Saleem Shahzad, Murtaza Rizvi, Punjab Gov. Salmaan Taseer and Christian Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. BTW does anoybody know what is the fate of Mr. Taseer's son who was kidnapped a while ago? Never heard of him again. We pray for your well being Sir.
sajjadchangezi Jun 29, 2012 05:23pm
Very well written piece... Khuda nigah kana shumo ra wa taufeeq bida ki mazeed khidmat-e-mardum-e-mazloom ra betaneed...
wizarat Jun 29, 2012 05:10pm
Thanks to General Zia and his co-horts, the Saudis for making Pakistan a wahhabi state. US, China, Iran, and Saudia are all fighting, creating havoc in Baluchistan, the Armed forces of Pakistan are just an spectator because they are really not interested. the Pakistani political elite (so-called) only cares about its own pockets. What a shame.
siddiq karim Jun 29, 2012 04:53pm
shame on these so called muslims.
zubair Khan Jun 29, 2012 04:51pm
genocide of Hazaras.
@zulfieurfriend Jul 01, 2012 02:52pm
When, ??? how many more need to lose their life and property. Enough talk, we need action, I don't think army has any effective policy to deal with this .
AHA Jul 01, 2012 02:51pm
I think actually doing something might help us more. Praying has got us to where we are now.
Imran Jun 29, 2012 05:09pm
This is utterly dreadful! Pakistan needs the Hazara, not the Taliban. Don't know what the local government is thinking by not providing any protection!
Babar Jul 01, 2012 05:53pm
First , it was the Ahmadis, then it was the Christians, now it is the Shias and Hazara's specifically and this shame continues in our land!!! Islam has been hijacked. Ban all these religious bigots. Imprison them for life. Free Pakistan from religious bigotry. What is the chief justice of Pakistan doing? Playing his little games of musical chairs with the PM.? Such insecure people who do not care about these kind of killings should not be holding any positions in Pakistan!!!
@zulfieurfriend Jul 01, 2012 02:49pm
This is genocide, sad fact, which Government of pakistan has failed to control. Pakistan army has a useless base in Quetta, as they have failed to protect, Settlers, Hazara community and Baloch. Innocent people have been killed, and bullet riddled bodies have been found, Kidnapping in Quetta is prevalent, and life has been paralysed. Once does not know, when will law enforcement bodies will take appropriate steps to ensure that the life and property of inhabitants of Balochistan is safe.
AHA Jul 01, 2012 02:48pm
Shows how intelligent 'we' really are.
AHA Jul 01, 2012 02:47pm
It is always someone else's fault. We are the purest of the pure!!!
Ali Jun 30, 2012 10:02pm
I hope Chieft Justice of Pakistan will take suo moto action now.
Salah Khan Jun 30, 2012 02:13pm
enough about the role of army ,police and local administration, what are we doing to protect the hazaras? have we come on the road protesting their killings?how can we put pressure on the ruling party to enforce the law?? why aren't we protesting to get rid of this government who is not providing security to it's citizens. why are hazers any different than you and I, they belong to this country and no body has the right to tell them to leave. Lets get rid of these goons and religious fanatics.
KVGNS Jul 01, 2012 09:04pm
totally agree
ShaukatFarooq Jun 30, 2012 02:21pm
In Pakistan i am searching for pakistanis.Please help me find one who is truely...
Skaukat Farooq Jun 30, 2012 02:00pm
I am searching for true pakistanis.
Skaukat Farooq Jun 30, 2012 01:43pm
I am looking for true pakistanis.
Sikander Jun 30, 2012 01:29pm
Pakistan is going down the drain and it is tragic.It is sunni Vs Shia all around and no one can save them...not even USA.
Agha Ata Jun 30, 2012 01:31pm
Two questions. 1) Have you ever been in Texas? 2) How old were you in (peaceful) 90's?
harinder Jun 30, 2012 02:02pm
My My it touched some raw nerves man. Just chill out . please dont kill Hazaras .
Priyanka Jun 30, 2012 01:16pm
Since the ancestors of the Hazara's did so much for India, the Indians should provide the descendants with shelter from this brutality, clearly they have no way of surviving their current situation. This is horrible!
@pkrevolt Jun 30, 2012 01:16pm
Dont worry about Islam.. go figure out your Hindu caste-system first.. I doubt Ram, Krishna, Vishnu ever thought about making Brahmins superior to other Hindus or did the wicked priests just carve out a big chunk of cake for themselves in early Hindu history & then forced the lower castes to resign their fates to misery..
Anonymous Jun 30, 2012 12:46pm
Not really true. Land mafia issues do exist in Quetta, but Hazara areas have been settled for centuries. Newer Hazara areas (like Hazara Town) are slightly outside the inner areas of the city. Neither of the two large Hazara areas in Quetta can be considered "posh".
agha Jun 30, 2012 11:20am
Its not only hazara community who are suffering,the rest of population is also suffering.We have several issues,it seems like we are living in texas.We have BLA problem,religious differences between shia and sunni(gone to extreme nowadays),kidnapping.killing innocent people etc.May ALLAH help us in making our city as peaceful as it used to be in the 90's.
Rajesh Jun 30, 2012 11:31am
India has had multiple muslim presidents and many serve in the armed forces.indian muslims are in majority not the fundamentalists that u guys have.also it is the tolerance innately ingrained in the hindu religion that has allowed ilslam to flourish in india ,solommon
Fahim Jun 30, 2012 11:49am
Too much religion in any case would lead to intolerance and vile for other faiths.
Fuad Jun 30, 2012 12:07pm
Why not Pakistani?....... you seem very confused, Pakistans national language is urdu sir! Secondly within Pakistan there are many local languages spoken so its up to our people to communicate in any language they want. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN
Ahsan Rizvi Jun 30, 2012 12:24pm
Unfortunately our intelligence agencies are still applying the same tactics of curbing the just voice of the peoples by using Islamic fanatics, they applied this strategy in former East Pakistan and now in different parts of the remaining country. we cannot rid ourselves from these unfortunate incidents until and unless we bring the intelligence agencies under the civilian control and also we have to change our strategy of patronizing these extremist elements.
mms Jun 30, 2012 12:28pm
The Government of Pakistan, the police force, the army and especially the Supreme Court must be held responsible for the killings. It is surprising the the CJ wants to so desperately find out where the missing persons are but lacks the basic courage to prosecute the LeT or LeJ.
A.Bajwa Jun 30, 2012 12:32pm
Who has been behind this. That is the question !
@Mechid2010 Jun 30, 2012 10:18am
It's a well written article which impartially describes the occurrence in Balochistan. Proud of you Saleem.
jose thomas Jun 30, 2012 10:05am
Zulfiqar Haider Jul 02, 2012 05:55am
Thank you for stating the fact that a large number of journalists would like to stay quiet about. The security agencies are either complicit or inefficient to the core. I don’t think it is the latter. The terrorist organizations are also the darling of our judiciary. Mr. Obama opines that Pakistan is close to disintegration for being unstable. Certain elements are playing their role to see that Pakistan remains unstable.
FAB Jul 02, 2012 05:41am
The most sadden part is that there are very few left who can condemn these heinous acts publically. Is Media and civil society doing what they should do ??? Responsibility comes on everyone as a “Muslim” to support the oppressed and oppose the oppressor. Remember we are answerable to Almighty Allah. Today HAZARAS are victim tomorrow it can be someone else. Thanks to Mr. Saleem Javed for raising his voice.
Syeda Jafri Jul 02, 2012 05:16am
A very well timed and well written piece of writing. Speak up for the poor people of hazara :(
Aizaz Moin Jul 02, 2012 10:47am
Remember those who left every posession in India to come to Pakistan. They too must be called Pakistani and Not Muhajirs, which they are referred as. It is 65 years since Pakistani independence.
Utkarsh Jul 02, 2012 12:59pm
There is a very clear difference between suicide and genocide.
salman Jul 02, 2012 02:49am
Two nation theory was of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan not Jinnah. However, i have to agree on the latter.
Salman Jul 02, 2012 03:00am
The dark age of Pakistan
sofia Jul 02, 2012 04:25pm
Good effort by Mr. Saleem Javed. Hats off to you.
BHChangazi Jul 02, 2012 03:29pm
Hazaras speak in their own language, mind your own language & business.
BHChangazi Jul 02, 2012 03:23pm
the whole world has lost hope, that doesnt mean everyone's headache should be explained in 1 article.
aamir Jul 03, 2012 08:43am
Yes, true, the dream did not come true. Being a Pakistani I must admit
Anuj Jun 30, 2012 05:03am
a foreign hand conspiring, yes, fantastic thought. Must be either the old nexus of the CIA/RAW/Mossad or the Iranis are fomenting trouble. Patriotic local Pakistani Lashkar e Jhangvi simply cannot do such things. I agree fully Mr Anwar.
sandeep Jun 30, 2012 05:27am
They are killed brutally.they are not martyrs.
Ahmad Jul 01, 2012 12:05pm
Dear Saleem Javed sahib, What an eye opening article. Please keep up the good work. Hazaras will see their day in the sun. The days of the Talibans and other sub- human twisted sous like Lashkar-e-jhangavi are numbered. I salute you for your journalistic courage and integrity. Ahmad
naive Jul 01, 2012 12:28pm
The usual standard defense. Just blame the victims for the problems. By these tactics people will be brain-washed to believe that it is ok to kill Hazaras. Like it has already happened in case of Ahmedis.
Ahmed Jun 30, 2012 05:54am
Well i being part of the Army i would like to add here that HAZARAS are the brave sons of this soil and have joined the Army in great numbers and are looked upon very high amongst all ranks....The notions that security forces or FC is involved is totally baseless ....We love the community and are as deeply aggrieved by their massacre as every one else........Let us all join hands to protect them...........May Allah protect them all......
azar Jun 30, 2012 06:17am
i hop so
ali hazara Aug 02, 2012 06:32pm
may allah bless hazara