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Targeting the Hazaras

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“Hazars, devoted Pakistanis who have been targeted and killed by scores have demonstrated a very committed and focused way of peaceful protest. During their entire protest with their dead before them, they did not hurl any abuse or anti-state sentiment. But the government both Federal and Provincial have failed in their duty to provide them the required security of life and property.” Raja Mujtaba

By S. M. Hali 

Since the advent of 2013, Hazaras of Quetta have been targeted with impunity, being killed mercilessly as if their lives were of no consequence. Prior to 2013, too the Hazara community has been hunted down, being off loaded from passenger buses and vehicles and slaughtered like animals. The January 10 massacre resulted in the death of over 100 innocent victims but instead of expressing sympathy for their loss, the Balochistan provincial government displayed callousness and apathy towards the families of the victims. Even the federal government, took its time to respond; it remained oblivious to the plight of the Hazaras, who weathered rain and sub-zero temperatures, waiting patiently with the mortal remains of their loved ones, refusing to bury them till punitive action was taken against the provincial government, which had failed to provide them security.

It was only when international pressure was borne upon them, foreign media flashed the heart rending images of infants, women and old persons maintaining their vigil with the coffins of their beloveds in the inclement weather and demonstrations by human rights activists in various capitals of the world that the Prime Minister of Pakistan decided to visit Quetta and appease the Hazaras.

The dissolution of the inept and ineffective Balochistan Provincial Assembly was a foregone conclusion but once it came into effect, the reaction of the now defunct parliamentarians was quite to the contrary. The former legislators, who had displayed indifference towards the killing of Hazaras, suddenly became united to demonstrate and protest towards the dissolution of the Provincial Government and the imposition of Governor’s Rule. They found a sizable number of supporters in the federal government too, who raged fire and brimstone at their removal from power.

Unfortunately, it appears that the decision to hand over the control of Balochistan to the Governor was not a result of a well thought out strategy and no plan was put into place to restore law and order in the strife-torn province, which appears to have become a hotbed for conspiracies and the enemies of Pakistan to use its soil and people for destabilizing the country.

Only forty days later an equally devastating bomb attack targeted the patriotic, peaceful and law abiding Hazara community of Quetta city. It would have appeared that the law enforcing agencies now operating under the direct control of the Governor and the Federal Government, would have learnt a few lessons from the January incident but alas again 90 innocent Hazaras paid the price with their lives. This time around, reportedly, the massive bomb explosion was caused by a large amount of incendiary material being hidden in a large sized water container tied to a trailer. It is contrary to reason that the law enforcing agencies failed to detect and preempt the dastardly attack, which took such a heavy toll of lives.

Once again the peaceful Hazara Community had no option but to silently protest the brutal attack by refusing to bury their dead till the perpetrators of the heinous crime were brought to the book and the state provided them protection. One of their major demands was that the Army should be called in to maintain law and order. The entire country saw peaceful demonstrations and ultimately, the Hazaras were convinced to bury their dead with the dignity that they deserved. The problem however persists.

One needs to examine, who are the real detractors of peace and harmony in the province. The banned but deadly Lashkar-e-Jhangvi , which has claimed responsibility for both the attacks, are sworn enemies of the Shias and have found a soft target in the Hazaras thus they target them with impunity. The question is who is motivating the kilers? Perhaps some clue can be found in the element that sometime back, the Punjabi settlers in Balochistan were being targeted and killed. At that time, the assailants were cracked down upon with full force and the attacks stopped. The second clue lies in the fact that the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi belong to the province of Punjab. Reportedly, they have had close liaisons with the current Ministry of Interior in the Punjab Province. Is it too much of a coincidence that the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is targeting Shias and other soft targets with full liberty in Balochistan, Karachi as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but sparing their home province in Punjab?

Perhaps the answer lies here.

On the other hand, the Hazaras’ demand of handing over Quetta to the Army has been brushed aside. Desperate times call for desperate measures but the Army is the last resort and calling it would indicate that all options have been exhausted. Taking a cue, a number of TV anchors and analysts are busy besmirching the good name of the army and holding it responsible for the killings implying that it wants to take over the control of Quetta. These charges lack conviction because cleaning the Augean’ Stables of the turmoil in Balochistan province and its capital Quetta would necessitate a Herculean effort. The Pakistan Army already has its hands full in combating terrorism and conducting the war on terror in Swat, Waziristan and the Tribal Agencies. It also has to maintain vigil at the Line of Control, which has been heating up because of Indian belligerence and bellicosity. It is but obvious that the Army is so deeply embroiled in executing the tasks assigned to it by the Government to defend Pakistan from the external as well as internal enemies, that it would not dream of upsetting the applecart of democracy and usurp power of the country what to say of Balochistan or Quetta. Pakistan Army has already sacrificed enough of its manpower and physical assets in the war on terror and continues to mount vigil and defend the citadel of Pakistan that it merits the moral support of every patriotic Pakistani rather than dragging its name in mud.

As far as the question of targeting the Hazaras and other innocent Pakistanis by demonic miscreants is concerned, it is the duty of the intelligentsia to expose the real perpetrators of the crime so that the killing fields must stop. The need of the hour is to pay full attention to the peril of terror attacks, mount extreme vigilance and pool resources of every citizen, media and the law enforcing agencies to ensure that terror does not prevail.

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  1. S M Hali Sahib we are absolutely disgusted by the non-action of the Pakistani authorities.

    Mr George Galloway’s Comment program, the topic was the savagery in Quetta – mass killing of the Shia Muslims. He was in Pakistan. To make it short watch the program and listen to the comments of Mr Galloway

    I have no idea who were his contacts or who advised him but suffice to say that his constituency has a high number of Pakistanis – which is not an important point. Comment is 45 min phone in program. I phoned the program but was not one of the successful ones – I waited 60 mins hoping for a chance. I wanted to inform him of Opinion-makers.org where he could get information regarding the US/UK/saud zionist terrorism in our Ummah of Pakistan, Baluchistan province because he said he did not have information
    We think the information he gets in not complete/half etcbecause he doesn’t have the personnel, funds, time or other reasons and also the powerful rich zionist mafia organisations involved. We think that it would be extremely easy for him to get FACTS, EXPERTS and people (military, journalists, academics, etc) who would be only too glad to help. Though we with our extremely megre resources can get information it would not be that difficult for him. Our interest is to save lives and protect our Ummah of Pakistan.

    Contact George and Respect
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  2. US-Israel-Saudi are training Saudi-Qatar funded Wahhabi-Salaafi anti-Shia sectarian groups to destablize Pakistan in order to neutralize its nuclear deterrent (80-100 nukes) and use Pakistan territory to attack neighboring Islamic Republic. These blood-thirsty thugs have already uprooted Muslim communities in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali and Syria.

    “LeJ has received money from several Persian Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. These countries funded LeJ and other Sunni militant groups primarily to counter the rising influence of Iran’s revolutionary Shiism,” says a report prepared by Stanford University.

    The US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and several other pro-Israel Jewish organizations are supporting anti-Islamabad terrorist groups. On February 8, 2012, the Israel-Firster Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif), introduced a resolution in US House of Representatives calling upon Islamabad to recognize its province of Balochistan as an “independent state”. Rohrabacher also used the opportunity to attack Israel’s two enemies in single breath.

    Tony Cartalucci, Bankok-based American geopolitical analyst, posted an investigative report on the US-Israel-Saudi terrorism in the Muslim world on his blog, Land Destroyer Report, on February 18, 2013.

    “The Voice of Balochistan whose every top-story is US-funded propaganda drawn from foundation-funded Reporters Without Borders, Soros-funded Human Rights Watch, and even a direct message from the US State Department itself. Like other US State Department funded propaganda outfits around the world – such as Thailand’s Prachatai – funding is generally obfuscated in order to maintain “credibility” even when the front’s constant torrent of obvious propaganda more than exposes them,” wrote Cartalucci.

    “Perhaps the most absurd operations being run to undermine Pakistan through the “Free Baluchistan” movement are the US and London-based organizations. The “Baloch Society of North America” almost appears to be a parody at first, but nonetheless serves as a useful aggregate and bellwether regarding US meddling in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. The group’s founder, Dr. Wahid. Baloch, openly admits he has met with US politicians in regards to Baluchistan independence. This includes Neo-Con warmonger, PNAC signatory, corporate-lobbyist, and National Endowment for Democracy director Zalmay Khalilzad (married to a Jewish woman who works for RAND),”

    http://rehmat1.com/2013/02/19/us-israel-saudi-terrorism-in-pakistan/

    • We know them, their funders, their modus operandi, their rabid insane savagery

      we have to get these cancerous bastards OUT of our Ummah.

      look at these so called opposition abroad – be it uk us or eu
      the opposition aka is serial/mass killing destruction of state/structures.

      we know the zionist whore well, failed miserably as a rep of the satanic regime. we hate him
      for these scums savagery is their fabric which is mirrored by their choice of partner

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