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Ashraf Ghani Should Be Indicted for Crimes Against Humanity: Protesters Demand

A demonstration was held on 23-08-2018 outside 10 Downing Street, London from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM against the genocide of beleaguered Hazaras in Afghanistan. The state-sponsored terrorists have targeted Hazaras through suicide bombings, targeted attacks and mass execution, especially attacking public places, schools, places of worship and homes etc to inflict maximum human casualty to all ages.

In a recent tragic incident, a private college was targeted by a suicide bomber in west Kabul on 15th August, 2018 when the teenage students were attending mock entry test exam for admissions to universities. The suicide attack killed 48 students instantly but, later, the death toll raised to 101 while leaving scores others critically injured.

The demonstration was organised to express solidarity with Hazara and other persecuted minorities of Afghanistan which attracted activists from Southampton, Kent, Burton-on-Trent, Birmingham and London etc. Unlike others, who reneged to their assurances by siting in the comfort of their homes with their wives and children, the protesters held placards and chanted slogans against Ashraf Ghani and the security agencies whose apathy towards their constitutional obligations of protecting the lives of Afghan citizens raised suspicions.  The placards read, “Ashraf Ghani Is the Karadzic of Afghanistan”, “International Community Should Stop War Politics in Afghanistan, “Do Not Use Hazaras as Scapegoats in Your Regional Rivalries”, “ICC Should Indict Asharf Ghani for Crimes Against Humanity”, “Afghan Govt. Should Stop Patronising Terrorists”, “For What Sin Was She Killed (81:9-Al Quran)”, “Hazara Diaspora Living in the UK Shall Never Leave Their Brothers Alone”, “Salute to the Fallen Heroes of Dasht-e-Barchi”, “Ashraf Ghani Should Stop Politics of Dead”, “Why the UN Is Silent on the Genocide of Hazaras”, “International Community Should Stop Hypocritical Tactics and Recognise the Genocide of Hazaras” and “Terrorism Shall Never Deter Us from Learning Education”, etc.

The demonstration was concluded by handing over a petition to the 10 Downing Street which demanded the following points:

(i) That the British government should announce an aid package for the victims of Dasht-e-Barchi.

(ii) That the British government, through its foreign mission in Afghanistan; should build educational and vocational establishments in far-flung areas of central Afghanistan, especially Hazara-populated areas so that they can learn education without life threats.

(iii) The UK government should exercise its powers to help International Criminal Court to institute the trial of Ashraf Ghani for committing Crimes against Humanity.

HUM, UK thanked all protesters for defying the odds, especially ethnic Tajik Activists and registering their voice against Genocide of Afghan Hazaras.

Demonstration Outside 10 Downing Street Against State-Sponsored Genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan

Kid Traumatised After Recent Suicide Explosion in West Kabul, Afghanistan

The recent suicide bombing on a student centre in Dashth-e-Barchi area of west Kabul, Afghanistan, instantly killed 48 innocent students, who were attending the preparatory classes for the entry test to graduate admissions. The severity of the suicide explosion raised the death toll to over 100 students, with scores others critically injured.

Releasing the image of the purported suicide bomber through social media, ISIS claimed the responsibility of the attack and vowed for more such attacks against the beleaguered Hazara minority.

Such orchestrated suicide explosions cannot take place without complicity of Ashraf Ghani and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) who are involved in patronising the terrorist groups in Afghanistan to suppress the knowledge-seeking and university-going Hazaras and aim to confine hem to their localities. Nonetheless, the peaceful Hazara civilians have vowed to defy all imminent life threats and continue with their thirst for education with full determination.

Post Suicide Scene:
A critically injured Hazara student is seen sitting the entry test.

 
The systematic discrimination emanating from the Afghan Presidential place is overwhelmingly large and widespread which is tarnishing the already fragile atmosphere of peaceful co-existence among major Afghan ethnic groups. Such vivid discriminatory efforts of Ashraf Ghani forced the Hazaras to mobile the masses and form a civil resistance movement with the name of Enlightenment Movement. In order to justify their years’ long demonstrations, the Enlightenment Movement has compiled a list of Afghan ambassadors, currently serving in foreign mission. Sadly, 75% of ambassadorial positions have been occupied by the Pashtuns only. Such an attempt testifies the policy of favouritism, racial bigotry and dictatorship. 

HUM, therefore, announces to hold a demonstration outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday, 23-08-2018. The details of the demonstration are as under:

Name: Demonstration Outside 10 Downing Street Against State-Sponsored Genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan

Date: 23-08-2018

Time: 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM

Venue: 10 Downing Street, Westminster, London, SW1A 2AA

Nearest Tube Stations: Westminster

All human rights defenders, activists, campaigners, journalists, community leaders and people from other walks of life are requested to participate in the demonstration in large numbers to express their heart-felt and unreserved support to the innocent Afghans who were brutally killed in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan on 15th August, 2018.

For queries, please contact hazaraunitedmovement@gmail.com

Amnesty International Is Considering Legal Action For Misuse of Its Name

Recently, a Press Release (Urdu) bearing the letterhead of the Amnesty International was widely circulated through social media which purportedly condemned the killings of Hazaras and declared it as Genocide. The contents of the same PR were published in the Balochistan’s local newspapers. After thorough examination of the PR, HUM, UK contacted AI’s international secretariat to establish the authenticity of such statement. The AI, in subsequent emails, expressed their concern over genuineness of the PR and urged that all such statements related to its organisation, are issued by its headquarters which can be accessed by visiting its website.

AI has also expressed intent to take legal action against all those misusing its name by issuing unwarranted press statements.

HUM, UK, appeals to all human rights defenders, activists and campaigners to exercise due vigilance before disseminating news from dubious and unreliable sources, specially when they pertain to persecution of beleaguered minority communities.

Government’s Complicity Has Accelerated Targeted Attacks on Christians

Targeted attacks on Christian community have alarmingly in restive Quetta in the past few months. The unfortunate terrorist attack taking place on 15th April resulted in the loss of, at least, two innocent souls while leaving 7 others injured when terrorists opened fire on worshippers standing outside church in Essa Nagri. The level of complicity and incompetence by government officials have facilitated the escape of terrorists after the incidence. The so-called Daesh claimed responsibility of the attack through an electronic message to local media outlets. Daesh is the name being used in wake of recent terrorist attacks although terrorists of Anjuman Sipah Sahaba (ASS), Lashker-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Ahle Sunnat wa Alajma’at (ASWJ) and Daesh etc are different sides of the same coin with full knowledge and appreciation of the government and its security agencies. Anjuman Sipah-e-Sahaba and its militant wing Laskher-e-Jhangvi later becoming Ahle Sunnat wa Aljama’at (ASWJ), despite being banned by Pakistan, UK and USA as terrorist organisations; are free to hold anti-minority rallies and deliver inflammatory speeches provoking attacks on marginalized and under-represented communities.

Soon after the Essa Nagri terrorist attack, a Hazara delegation comprising senior community leaders visited the church and expressed their heartfelt condolences to the aggrieved families. The Hazara delegation was led by Tahir Khan Hazara, a seasoned and outspoken local leader, lauded for his firm stance and rhetoric for minorities. Through a press release issued by the Hazara Siyasi Karkunan (Hazara Political Workers), the Hazara delegation condemned this cowardly attack and offered their full support to the Christian community, who, in return, thanked them for their visit, terming the complete failure and apathy of the government in providing full security.

In the aftermath of the attack, the government authorities instead of taking decisive action against the terrorists; have advised the Christian community that they should remain at their homes instead of venturing out in order to avoid such attacks. In an interview to the DW News, the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church’s priest, Simon Bashir expressed his dismay over government’s lack of interest in providing them security.

Over two weeks ago on 2nd April, 2018, the terrorists opened fire on a rickshaw which killed four innocent people of the same family including two women who had arrived to Quetta for family visit during Easter Vacation.

HUM, UK urges international community, the UN’s Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Organisation to intervene into this serious matter to protect the loss of innocent lives in Pakistan.

 

Pakistani Hazaras Appeal to the UN’s Security Council For Immediate Intervention to Save Their Lives

Another incident of targeted-attack on an inbound taxi in the Red Zone area of Quetta city left one Hazara dead and another severely injured. The victims were identified as Nazar Hussain and Gul Hassan. The target-killers, as usual, escaped from the scene after the attack. The terrorist attack took place in bright daylight on 1st April while the safe escape of terrorists exposes the complicity of Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments because Quetta city is protected by dozens of manned check posts and security pickets. Later, the attack was claimed by the so-called terrorist organisation DAESH/ISIS through an electronic statement.

The Genocide of Hazaras continues with full complicity of Pakistan since 1999 which has engulfed the lives of over 2000 people and injured more than 4000 others including children and women. Such terrorist attacks were perpetrated in the forms of mass execution, suicide bombings and targeted-killings etc which have taken place in the heart and south of Quetta city, nonetheless, the government shows no willingness to apprehend the terrorists, financiers, masterminds, sympathisers, co-accomplices, abetters and financiers etc. Dawn News and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (Non-Governmental Independent Human Rights Organisation) records that over 1400 terrorist attacks have taken place on   on Hazaras since 1999 which is extremely large in number. Despite over 1400 attacks, the Governments have failed to arrest the terrorists. This figure was compiled by the Dawn News and the HRCP in early 2015 but, without any update, the same is being used in preceding records.

Pictures of Day One Protest:

Latest terrorist attack invited Hazaras to stage sit-in protest on Alamdar Road, Quetta, demanding from International Community and the UN’s Security Council for immediate intervention into the matter as repeated calls from Pakistan’s state organs have completely failed. The Three-Member Supreme Court Bench heard a suo motu notice on Genocide of Hazaras in January this year which had agreed in principal to direct the federal and the provincial governments of forming separate Joint Investigation Teams to probe this issue, however, the final order of the Bench resorted to the verbal promise of the Government for providing foolproof security to Hazaras. The protesters claim to have documentary proofs that the infamous Capital City Police Officer (Razzaque Cheema) is directly involved in killings of, at least, 16 Hazaras. Razzaque Cheema’s service record chronicles that he gave clean chit to the Punjab Govt as he was appointed Head of the five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which was formed in the aftermath of the Model Town Police Shooting on peaceful protesters. Razzaque Cheema’s involvement in killings of innocent citizens cannot be ruled out as he was transferred to Quetta in April, 2013. Last year in November, he was posted and transferred to Punjab and his services were placed at the disposal of Punjab Government through an official notification, having completed his 3 years service in Balochistan as per Government’s civil service rules, however, he still continues to work as CCPO Quetta till filing this report.

Pictures of Day Two Protest:

On 3rd day of the sit-in protest, a number of political parties and civil society organisations attended the protest and expressed their full support to the protesters. The parties and organisations included Balochistan National Party (Mengal), Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM)Progressive Youth Alliance in Baluchistan and Lawyers’ Forum.

Pictures of Day Three Protest:

 

The political parties and civil society organisation condemned the government for weeping crocodile’s tears for Indian Kashmir, while Pakistani Hazaras are being target-killed in a small city of Quetta on daily basis, but they fail to pay attention to this grievous situation.

Pictures of Day Four Protest:

 

Participation of following Organisations in the Protest:

(i) President, Balochistan Tajir Forum (BTJ) with his members.

(ii) Awami Workers Party (AWP).

(iii) Watan Pal Students Organisation.

(iv) Adil Jahangir led a delegation of civil society to the protest.

(v) Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign

(vi) Jamhuri Watan Party (Shahzain Bugti)

(vii) A Delegation of Balochistan Law College.

(viii) Intellectual and Writer, Rahat Malik also joined the protest and expressed his support.

On the other hand, a group of students took to street in solidarity with the protesters of Quetta. The were, at least, 20 enraged students holding hand-written charts with slogans, “Stop Killing Hazaras, “You Know the Unknown Killers”, “Restore Peace in Balochistan”, “Do Only Kashmiris and Syrians Want Justice, Are We Not Human”, “Who Is Behind This Terrorism”, “Government of Unknown Unacceptable”, “UN Should Take Action”, “UN, Where Are My Rights”, “Why the Most Peaceful Hazaras Are the Most Oppressed in Pakistan”, etc.

On another occasion, Democratic Students Alliance, came to streets in Lahore to support Quetta Protest. The angry protesters were seen demanding from the UN in providing foolproof security to Hazaras as the Government has completely failed in its constitutional obligations.

In a heart-wrenching appeal to the Pakistani Army Chief, General Qamar Bajwa, renowned and articulate Tahir Khan Hazara was seen holding the Quran above his head and asked the COAS to provide protection to the beleaguered Hazaras for the sake of Quran as they are being killed every day for the past 20 years. He expressed his disappointment at the apathy and helplessness of the federal and provincial governments towards this urgent issue and reminded the COAS to play his pivotal role in restoring complete peace in Quetta like Parachinar. He said the COAS can restore peace and must do so. He said that we want peace, our children, mothers and daughter want peace and Right to Life.

On 3rd April, Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain arrived in Quetta on an official visit to attend Bahadur Khan University’s  Degree-Awarding Ceremony but he neither visited the sit-in protest nor bothered to enquire about it although the site of the protest is in the same proximity. Mamnoon Hussain should have been compassionate as Hazara taxi driver killed on 1st April was from the down-trodden class of society and, working on daily wages as labourer, he possessed striking similarities with the former for he was fruit chat seller before becoming the President.

The protest enters its 4th day with no contact from the Government which organisers of the protest made the following demands:

(i) That an emergency meeting of the United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC) be convened to discuss the Genocide of Hazaras.

(ii) That the UNSC should form an International Commission of Enquiry to investigate Genocide of Hazaras.

(iii) That the UNSC, under its Chapter VII; should deploy international peace-keeping forces to restive Balochistan, specially Quetta city to protect Hazaras and other minorities.

(iv) That the UNSC should declare the ongoing killings of Hazaras as Genocide under the Article 2 of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

This is a developing story which will be updated as more news become available.

HUM Rubbishes the Report of the National Commission of Human Rights, Pakistan (Understanding the Agonies of the Ethnic Hazaras)

The Central Executive Committee of HUM, UK discussed the recent report of the National Commission of Human Rights, Pakistan (NCHR) in detail and, after finding enormous technical blunders in the forms of misquoted references, collating and processing unreliable facts and figures and misrepresented statistics about the overall killings to date etc, the CEC has unanimously decided to rubbish the entire report as completely incoherent, unreliable, misleading and misrepresenting which will only alienate the expectations and hopes of Pakistani Hazaras of the state organs including Pakistan’s so-called independent human rights organisation(s).

Understanding the Agonies of the Ethnic Hazaras.doc

The research pertaining to the genocide of Hazaras lacks essentials of a good report which fails to mention its aims and objectives, the literature received through responses to the questionnaire, open-ended interviews and other relevant material have neither been reviewed properly nor critiqued them thoroughly which could have invoked the interests of stakeholders. Among innumerable incompetencies, the report fails to mention the de facto perpetrators, masterminds, facilitators, coordinators, abetters and sympathisers etc who have been working in concert to cause maximum human casualty to this beleaguered minority group. The report also fails to process the data accurately in order to bring forth the essence of their research work and challenge cognitive and intellectual aspects of this ongoing malaise.

Read the detailed para-wise explanation/commentary.
Mistakes in Chairman’s Message

  • Chairman’s message claims, “the past two decades of Pakistan has seen the scourge of violent religious extremism”. This statement is misleading for the violent religious extremism in Pakistan was started in mid 80s in parts of Punjab. The rough age of religiously-motivated extremism is, at least, 32 years[1].
  • He further says, “the greatest burden of sectarianism is born by Shia Hazara community of Balochistan”. The Chairman has tried to paint the killings of Hazaras with thick brush of sectarianism which is completely false. The killings of Hazaras have nothing to do with sectarianism. These are one-sided killings of a beleaguered community which is tantamount to genocide according to the Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide[2] .
  • His narration that the total population of Hazaras is between 0.4 to 0.5 million is incorrect. The total population of Hazaras is estimated to be between 0.8 million to 1 million with their main population living in eastern (Alamdar Road) and western (Hazara Town, Brewery) parts of Quetta city[3] [4].

Typos:

  • Shia’tte is Shi’a or Shia

Introduction:

  • The report mentions Balochistan’s Home Department as quoting that 509 Hazaras have been killed in the last 5 years (since 2012) in various incidents including bomb blast, suicide attacks and targeted-killings but it has failed to mention the total number of attacks perpetrated against Hazaras since 1999.
    Unfortunately, the terrorist attacks on Hazaras mostly remain unreported by the national channels and newspapers of Pakistan, therefore, the statistics of the Balochistan’s Home Department is incoherent, incomplete and nonsensical.
  • The NCHR’s report has made grave errors in mixing up various incidents of mass execution and suicide bombings which further damage its credibility by relying on misleading and confusing information. For instance, the report says, “In 2011, a vehicle of pilgrims was obstructed near Mastung and selected passengers with Hazara identity were killed.” The report has wrongly linked this unreliable news report to this link, http://www.maca-usa.org/MACADocuments/HazarasGierNick.pdf but referenced-link does not mention the above incident.
    Instead the above link confirms that 29 Hazaras were killed execution style on a highway in Quetta on 20th September, 2011.
  • Mentioning another deadly attack taking place on Mizan Chowk on 17th February, 2013 which took the lives of 84 innocent people and injured 160 others is also mis-quoted and it has no relation to this link: http://www.maca-usa.org/MACADocuments/HazarasGierNick.pdf.

    In fact, the Mizan Chowk incident took place on 3rd September, 2010 which killed 56 peaceful Hazara demonstrators and injured 160 others[5].

  • The incident on 17th February, 2013 did not take place on Mizan Chowk, contrary to the report of the NCHR.
    This tragic incident was perpetrated in Hazara Town, Brewery where people were busy shopping when an imported water-tanker filled with C4 and highly inflammable explosive material weighing 800 kg to 1000 kg was exploded was transported to Hazara-inhabited populace from outside Quetta, crossing dozens of security check posts[6]. As a result of this terrorist attack, the death toll later reached to 110 being killed and 250 critically injured. The victims were mostly school-going children.

Methodology:

  • The report claims to have used qualitative research method but it has failed to showcase the number of responses received on questionnaire, the number of people interviewed and the number of organisations responding to the questionnaire etc. The methodology has also failed to critique and process the data thoroughly to mention complicity of the state and its security establishment in providing fullproof security to Hazaras.

Aims and Objectives and Literature Review:

The report skips the essential parts of the research and failed to explain the aims and objectives of their work. The literature received was not properly analysed, critiqued and processed which further invalidates the credibility of the entire report.

Hazaras’ Historical Roots:

  • The report errs to portray Hazaras as descendants of Genghiz Khan which is not true. As the Buddhas of Bamyan were built in around 4th century[7] and Bamyan always being ancestral place of Hazaras even before the construction of the Giant Buddhas which gives weightage to the fact that Hazaras were living in Afghanistan years before the built of Giant Buddhas in 4th However, Genghiz Khan was born in 12th century[8].

    Herald Lamb, in his book titled, “Genghis Khan, the Great Khan”, mentions that the Hazaras fought with the grandson of Genghiz Khan for a week in Hazarajat. During war, Genghis Khan’s grandson, Mutakan was killed by Hazaras which led Genghis Khan himself to attack Bamyan with much larger troops to capture it (1221)[9]. The incident has been reported by other portals too ie.,

    There are Moghul and Turk tribes in Hazaras and the DNA taken by the UN in 1991 in parts of Hazara-inhabited areas in Quetta proved these claims[10].

  • The report goes on to confuse the readers by labelling the Genocide of Hazaras as sectarian killings.

    The perception of sectarian killings could be applied to other parts of Pakistan where members of both sects attack each other with the aim of inflicting severe bodily harm to maximize the likelihood of instant death. However, the same narrative is not true about the Genocide of Hazaras. Since, 1999, the Hazaras have faced the brunt of one-sided targeted-attacks, suicide bombings and mass executions whereas they have never made retaliatory actions against peoples of other faith.

Analysis of Existing Situation:

  • The report lacks in-depth understanding and elaboration of existing situation which cannot be summed up in one paragraph.

    FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS:

    Stable financial position is integral to the upbringing of family but the report, unfortunately, fails to highlight this important segment. As such, the volatile security situation has forced Hazaras to either sell off their business establishments in bustling bazaars of Quetta or shut them indefinitely. The report also fails to sketch out the trauma, pain, miseries and hardships of critically injured people and affected families who have lost their breadwinners. The researchers have failed to interview families of victims to document their financial, psychological and survival problems after the killings of their sole breadwinners? The report has failed to document first—hand information about financial difficulties of survivors and victims’ families in terms of means available to meeting their living costs, paying utility bills and tuition fees as well as meeting their requirements of daily ration.

    Right to Social Liberties:

    The report has failed to underscore the Right to Social Liberties of this persecuted community. Questions like why security establishments should be allowed to confine them in concentration-like camps in the name of precarious security situation, why the federal and Balochistan’s provincial governments have completely failed to cleanse Quetta city and its immediate suburb of the filth of terrorists and why unarmed and innocent civilians are confined behind security check posts while terrorists are roaming around freely in the city remain unanswered, giving impetus to the fact that the report was an attempt of eyewash to appease people in the corridors of power. There are other important questions which could have been incorporated into the report to make their efforts worthwhile and reliable.

    Community Cohesion:

    Unfortunately, the report fails to address issues of community cohesion. It has failed to mention of any sincere effort of the federal and provincial governments in integrating Hazaras into the social, economic, educational, cultural and political fabric of the country. The Hazaras have been forced to live marginalized, isolated and separated life without sincere efforts of the government in their timely integration.

Steps taken by the Government:

  • Unfortunately, the report has relied on unreliable narrative of the Balochistan Home Department and shared summarily an incoherent list, detailing the numbers of individuals killed and injured since January, 2012. The NCHR should be aware that undocumented narratives cannot be used in compiling report about the ongoing Genocide of a beleaguered community. The NCHR failed to question Balochistan Home Department as to why they don’t have the complete list of people killed and injured from first incident taking place in 1999? Such pathetic attempts expose the lethargy and non-serious attitude of NCHR and the government in addressing this grave issue.
    The number of Hazara individuals killed was quoted as saying 509 since January, 2012 but NCHR has failed to confirm the number of terrorist attacks leading to these casualties. If the Balochistan Home Department maintains that the terrorists come from Afghanistan as reported, the NCHR should have tried to establish the fact that how the terrorists can succeed in target-kill people in a city having only two exit/entry points. Despites dozens of security check posts, how can terrorists escape after these terrorist attacks? The exit/entry point falling in north-west of Quetta is relatively safe while the exit/entry point towards south has been the epicentre of terrorist attacks.
    NCHR has failed to pinpoint the local assets and connections of terrorists, the arrest and prosecution of their abetters, financiers, masterminds, facilitators and sympathisers.

    The Home Department’s narration that Hazaras killed since 2014 adopted unsafe and unfrequented routes to Pakistan from Afghanistan is completely false as all Hazaras killed to date have been targeted inside Quetta metropolitan or in immediate suburbs of the city where security check posts are manned 24/7 by security personnel. Foregoing to this view, Chaman city bordering Afghanistan is situated in north-west of Quetta city which has not had any incident of terrorist attack on Hazaras, then, how is possible to target-kill Hazaras on safe routes?

    It absolutely false that the Hazaras themselves become involved in the killings of their brethren where, almost, every home has now had its loved ones either killed or severely injured as a result of these terrorist attacks.

    In sectarian violence, it is important that both the parties should kill each other while, in terms of Genocide of Hazaras, this is completely different as the Hazaras are being killed only without retaliatory action from the victims. If Iran-Saudi proxies are active in Quetta, why security establishments have failed to apprehend them? Why terrorists, target-killers, facilitators and local contacts involved in terrorist activities have not been arrested yet?

    Answers to these and many other important questions were either left out deliberately or the researchers were of extremely low-calibre who were oblivious to essentials of compiling a trust-worthy report.

Jobs:

  • The reliability of the report further diminishes its essence where they have relied or collated material from sources accessible through internet. However, there is no doubt that the NCHR has not adopted pragmatic approach in relying on authentic and referenceable sources. For example, in footnote 49, the link about support of minority groups in Pakistan is bizarrely inaccessible/broken/dead for unknown reasons.

Conclusion:

  • The NCHR report fails to address the genuine grievances of Hazaras, the failure of LEAs and security establishment in taking concrete steps against those involved in these terrorist attacks. The Genocide of Hazaras is ongoing since 1999 but no remedial measures have been taken to root out religious extremism and terrorism from Quetta.
    Elements of banned religious organisations take out rallies in Quetta city routinely while provoking protesters to attack Hazaras but the LEAs, instead of arresting them, provide security to these rallies.

    The central leadership of Anjuman Sipaha-e-Sahaba aka Ahle Sunnat Wa Aljama’t (ASWJ) gathered in Quetta city to pay homage to their suicide bombers in the aftermath of January, 2013 attacks and attributed congratulatory songs to them[11] [12]for killing over a hundred people in one attack, nonetheless, the security establishment, LEAs and federal and provincial governments provided foolproof security to patrons of terrorists.

  • The report is farce, incoherent, unreliable and deceitful.

REFERENCES:

[1] Faith-Based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan. Springer. 2016. p. 346. ISBN 9781349949663. The grave impact of that legacy was compounded by the Iranian Revolution, and Zia-ul Haq’s anti-Shia policies, which added the violence and regimentation of the organization.

[2] http://www.hrweb.org/legal/genocide.html 

[3] https://thediplomat.com/2013/07/the-plight-of-the-hazaras-in-pakistan/

[4] https://tribune.com.pk/story/267225/who-are-the-hazara/

[5] https://www.dawn.com/news/560121

[6] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21485731

[7] Gall, Carlotta (5 December 2006). “Afghans consider rebuilding Bamiyan Buddhas”International Herald Tribune/The New York Times.

[8] Rashid al-Din asserts that Genghis Khan was born in 1155, while the Yuanshi (元史, History of the Yuan dynasty) records his year of birth as 1162. According to Ratchnevsky, accepting a birth in 1155 would render Genghis Khan a father at the age of 30 and would imply that he personally commanded the expedition against the Tanguts at the age of 72. Also, according to the Altan Tobci, Genghis Khan’s sister, Temülin, was nine years younger than he; but the Secret History relates that Temülin was an infant during the attack by the Merkits, during which Genghis Khan would have been 18, had he been born in 1155. Zhao Hong reports in his travelogue that the Mongols he questioned did not know and had never known their ages.

[9] https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Siege%20of%20Bamyan%20(1221)

[10] Sengupta, S; Zhivotovsky, LA; King, R; et al. (2013-08-12). “Table 3: Complete Data Set of Y-Chromosomal HGs, Numbers of Repeats at 10 Microsatellite Loci, and Descriptions of Populations”The American Journal of Human Genetics78 (2): 202–21. doi:10.1086/499411PMC 1380230 . PMID 16400607

[11] https://lubpak.com/archives/308845

[12] https://www.facebook.com/Alamdar.Road.Quetta/videos/622857444451200/

 

HUM Holds Pakistani Government Responsible for RCD Attack on Innocent Hazaras

This morning’s attack on innocent Hazara civilians on RCD Road, Mastung manifests the intent of terrorists to target-kill anyone with impunity while the Pakistani government, the Army and intelligence agencies admire their efforts for eradicating terrorism from the country. The results of military operations against terrorists are effectively depicted on papers but Government’s sincere and honest efforts in providing safety to the masses have always remained a distant reality.

RCD Attack

The Pakistani Hazaras have been restricted to their dwellings in east and west parts of Quetta, whose living conditions can fairly be termed as living in Concentration Camps, however, the terrorists have explicitly penetrated a complete sense of insecurity and fear in and around the city. Last week, terrorists target-killed a senior police officer and his guards in suburb of the city and, within hours, the government announced to have successfully neutralized the perpetrators of the attack during a raid on their hideout. Such tentative action of the government transpires that it is fully aware of the whereabouts of the terrorists but does not take any action unless the latter attacks government officials.

The genocide of Hazaras has been ongoing place since 1999 but the government has hardly showed willingness to prosecute the perpetrators, their aides and abettors, financiers, supporters and masterminds. Such elusiveness holds the government equally responsible for the genocide of Hazaras.

HUM shall not accept condemnatory statements and rote condolences from the government any longer but would want to see decisive action against the terrorists, ensuring full safety and protection of Hazaras.