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Hazara Diaspora takes initiatives to form an umbrella organisation in the UK.

Coventry Conference

The Hazara Diaspora gathered in the city of Coventry on 10/06/2012 to form an umbrella organisation which could provide a concrete platform for representation of the entire Hazaras of the United Kingdom. The conference was organised by Ethihad Foundation Coventry at the Indian Community Centre, Cross Road Coventry in an effort to bring all the representative organisations and Hazara communities under a roof for collaborative and interactive discussion over the formation of an umbrella organisation, providing full-fledged representation to all the Hazaras. The conference started at 14:00 hours local time, being two hours late than its originally stipulated time due to unpunctuality of the invitees. As most of the guests had arrived on time for the conference, Asif and Khairullah entertained them who sang melodious Hazaragi songs on traditional tone of Dambora.

At 2:00 PM, the conference was formally started with the recitation of the Holy Quran and Qari Shaheedzada illuminated hearts of the guests with the verses from the Divine Book. The programme was divided into three core segments, viz., (i) selecting five (5) from among the audience to take chair the rest of the event, (ii) choosing an appropriate name and get it endorsed by the guests and invitees through a raise of hand and the (iii) determining the representatives for the next meeting. In the first phase, the guests and the participants were given 15 minutes to select five (5) people from among the invitees to run the whole event. Therefore, the following people were unanimously selected to take the reign of the stage for the rest of the programme:

(i)                Shaheedzada (Leeds)

(ii)              Haji Muhammad Ali Gulzari (Birmingham)

(iii)             Fahad Bahaduri (London)

(iv)             Rasooli (London)

(v)              Muallim Azizi (Peterborough)

Coventry Conference: L-R Rasooli, Fahad Bahaduri, Haji M.A. Gulzari, Muallim Azizi and Shaheedzada

Hussain Ahmadi (President, Ethihad Foundation Coventry) formally welcomed the guests and continued that the main purpose of holding such a conference was to enhance coordination and interaction among all the Hazaras.

Later, the host mentioned of the following points as targets of all Hazara Conference:

(a)    To know one another, to get acquaintance and formally introduce and to determine the exact number of active Hazara communities and organisations in the UK.

(b)    To find out the reasons as to why the Hazaras in the UK remained unrecognized politically and disassociated socially.

According to the resolution of Ethihad Foundation Coventry, the organisers emphatically conveyed their messages to take consolidated and rationale steps towards formation of an umbrella organisation which should address all the political, social, educational and cultural problems of the British Hazaras as well as finding ways for their amicable resolution.

Representatives of various organisations

The Hazara communities and organisations which participated in the conference were Hazara Community of Sheffield, Hazara Community of Oxford, Hazara Community of Burton on Trent, Hazara Community of Leeds, Hazara Community of Milton Keynes, Hull, Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham, Peterborough, Manchester, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal (Southampton) and Hazara United Movement.

 

L-R Avaz Ali Wahidi and Liaquat Ali Hazara of Hazara United Movement + Asghar Ali Gulzari of Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal

The hall was fully packed with representatives of difference associations and organisation which numbered over 90 people.

In the second phase, the representatives of associations and organisations were asked to write a name on a piece of paper or utter the name aloud in order that the chair can jot down for voting. In total twelve (12) names were gathered for the tiny organisation whilst voting took place on each name with a raise of hand to get the most voted selected. One name particularly gained 55 votes which was announced as the unanimous name for the new body, ie., Hazara Council of Great Britain while in Persian the same organisation is called as “Shura-e-Hazaraha-e-Britannia”.

In the last phase, the participants agreed to include the Heads of communities and organisations to coordinate and interact as the interim advisory members until the next meeting of the Council to be held in Leeds.

The Leeds Community voluntarily came forward to accept the responsibility of holding the next meeting which may be held after the month of Ramadan.

The conference concluded with notes of thanks. 

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Conference held in Milton Keynes (UK) on the situation of Pakistani Hazaras.

Group Photo of MK Conference

A conference, looking at the current situation of Quetta with particular context to the ongoing ethnic persecution of the Pakistani Hazaras; was held at Zanabiya Islamic Centre, Milton Keynes on 09-06-2012, organised by Professional and Entrepreneurial Network (PEN). This was a four hour session which started at 15:00 hrs and continued till 19:00 hrs BST. Although, the attendees and guests received their invitations just one day prior to the event, it, nonetheless, attracted a good number of people from across the UK, including the members of various politico-social organisations. The attendees gathered there were from  London, Southampton, Birmingham and Milton Keynes. Among them were the Hazara notables, Haji Fida Hussain and Haji Muhammad Ali Gulzari of Birmingham whilst Maryam Musa (Daughter of General Musa Khan Hazara) also graced the event with her presence.

The conference started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. While, Hasan Ikhlaqi and Syed Shabbir Hussain co-hosted the event.

Hasan Ikhlaqi

The programme was divided into two main categories. In the first category, the below-mentioned speakers incorporated their thoughts pertaining to their organisations’ activities and achievements.

(i)                Major Nadir Ali (updating about the current situation of Quetta including Quetta Yekjehti Council)

(ii)              Haji Fida Hussain (sharing his invaluable thoughts)

(iii)             Dr. Arif Baig (highlighting about Minority Support Pakistan and his organisation’s achievements in the recent past in US as well as internationally)

(iv)             Haji Muhammad Ali Gulzari (mentioning the importance of Collaboration Leadership Strategy vis-a-vis the predicaments of the Hazaras in 1800s)

(v)              Liaquat Ali Hazara (updating on Hazara United Movement)

(vi)             Didar Hussain (updating about Hazara Community of Milton Keynes)

Dr Ismail (Chairman PEN)

Dr. Ismail Ali – PEN Chairman – formally welcomed the guests and audience who was followed by Haji Fida Hussain. He shared his thoughts about the past when he first came to the UK in 60s and quoted some historic events to admonish the new generation of learning lessons. His flare of poetry prompted to deliver a part of his speech through classical poetry with simple Hazaragi commentary for ease and better understanding of the audience.

Major Nadir Ali

Major Nadir Ali came on the dice to shed detailed light over the current situation of Quetta. He, assertively, spoke of the high morale of Hazaras in Quetta despite perpetual ethno-religious attacks on them and said that all factions of the society are making all efforts to rescue them from this catastrophic situation. In particular, he sketched two types of strategies to be adopted for peace and war. Explaining the former, he mentioned a number of developmental programmes completed in Hazara-inhabited areas of Alamdar Road and Hazara Town Brewery under his supervision and his personal attention. They included the construction of schools, colleges, educational establishments, IT labs and gymnasium to provide educational and recreational facilities for the locals at their doorsteps.

Ironically, the government’s failure to curb the menace of religious fanaticism in the province which has intensified attacks on the Hazaras and as self-defence strategy, a viable plan was executed to provide foolproof security to the Hazara populace. This security plan included the deployment of trained Hazara youths at designated entry/exit points in order that the movements of miscreants be constantly monitored.

Dr Arif Baig

Dr. Arif Baig of USA explained about his initiatives and activities aiming to highlight the ethnic persecution of Hazaras in Quetta, Pakistan. When the persecution of the Hazaras intensified, we thought to form a platform which could raise its voice on international level so as to exert pressure on the government of Pakistan. Hence, we met and discussed with our friends including Rafia Zakaria, Tahir Naqvi and Afin Naqvi and concluded to form this organisation. He said Minority Support Pakistan (MSP) – a non-partisan organisation – has been founded to raise voice against all forms of cruelties and human rights violations in Pakistan but their main focus will remain the atrocities against the minorities in the country. Rafia Zakaria (Director Amnesty International USA) is among the founding members of MSP who regularly writes for print media including Dawn Newspaper. Updating the audience about the past achievements and activities of MSP, he said that they have raised the issue of persecution of Hazaras to the US and other organisations.

Didar Hussain (President HCMK)

Didar Hussain (President Hazara Community of Milton Keynes) welcomed the guests and notables to Milton Keynes, saying that the activities of the Hazara Diaspora internationally depict the interest and unity of the Hazara nation. He also mentioned of the programmes of HCMK to take place for the wider interest of the people.

Haji Muhammad Ali Gulzari

Haji Muhammad Ali Gulzari focused on Collaboration Leadership Strategy (CLS) with reference to the lack of effective leadership and collaboration among Hazara chieftains in the late 1800s resulting in our mass massacre and ethnic subjugation in Afghanistan. He maintained the importance of CLS in Mongolian epics and how this skill provided them tactical advantage over others.

Liaquat Ali Hazara (Chairman Hazara United Movement)

Liaquat Ali Hazara (Chairman Hazara United Movement) briefly mentioned about the current and forthcoming activities of his organisation and how the Hazaras in the UK and abroad can contribute to become the harbinger of social change in the society. He said that HUM shall be two chapters to focus and work on, ie., internal and external. Internally, the immigration problems of Hazaras have been scaled as one of the important priorities to be worked on. Hundreds of Hazara asylum-seekers are unaware of taking the right steps towards resolution of their outstanding applications or asylum cases. He announced that HUM in collaboration with Citizens UK has organised a free immigration workshop on 9th July, 2012 to provide free and confidential advice to those who have been refused further stay in the UK, having outstanding applications with the Home Office or awaiting a response from the relevant department. He also mentioned of a number of programmes from HUM’s platform to take place in near future.

The second category included questions and answers and interactive discussion on issues revolving around the current situation of Quetta.

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