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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].


  • Shia’tte is Shi’a or Shia


  • 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, 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:

    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.


  • 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.


    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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


[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.






[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.


[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




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.

Sindh Government Should Not Patronize Police Excesses

Police Brutality

The rampant high-handedness and excesses of police are turning Pakistan fast into a country where the law enforcement agencies are found suppressing the minority groups with impunity. The raiding police parties have no regards to the family and private life of Pakistani citizens who break into any residential compound without the need for seeking prior court order for such raids.

In a recent instance, the police broke into house of Pakistan Hazaras in Block 11 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal at 4:00 AM on 05-03-2017 on pretext of apprehending a high value target.

This Organisation has received complaints from the local residents that the police raided their houses in the early hours of morning on 5th March. Despite verifying them through CNICs, the police resorted to physical torture, abusive language and threatening to women, children and elderly people alike.

After breaking into a house and verifying their IDs through their CNICs, they dragged the teenage male member of the family into their van and made him identify the other residents in the area. They checked-in those houses and demanded for verification through their CNICs. These highly objectionable and unlawful raids of the police, without formal permission from the court; are in breach of the Constitution of Pakistan and international covenants. The Constitution of Pakistan guarantees and protects the inalienable rights of its citizen through its articles 4 and 9. These articles also prohibits depriving someone of their family and private life and liberty. Accordingly, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) also protects the rights of individuals and their liberty, especially its articles 9 and 17. There are, however, a number of other international covenants, ratified and signed by Pakistan which bind the country to by abide by and honour its commitments in protecting the rights of individuals and minority groups.

Pakistan’s history testifies loyalty and patriotism of Hazaras beyond reasonable doubts as they have always been law-abiding and sincere to the land. They have never allowed any person mingle with local populace who may have been suspected or found involved in subverting and anti-State activities. In fact, the Hazaras are the only minority group whose forefathers saved the country from the threat of regional annihilation at the hands of India in 1965 war when General Musa Khan Hazara commanded the Pak army as its Commander-in-Chief.

HUM’s grave concern is if the Federal and Singh governments do not take the elements of police accountable for their recent unlawful raids and brutal behaviour, such actions will further alienate the sympathies of minority groups resulting in involvement of the UN’s Human Rights Council and international human rights organisations.

Targeted Killings of Hazara Women in Quetta Lament Government’s Complicity

Targeted Killings of Hazara Women in Quetta Lament Government’s Complicity
Dead Body of a Victim

Dead Body of a Victim

Today’s unfortunate incident of targeted killings which took the lives of 5 innocent Hazara women in Quetta, Balochistan is the worst example of Pakistan’s federal and Balochistan’s provincial governments for protecting the religious extremists in the restive province. The victims were commuting home on a local bus when the terrorists stopped the vehicle, identified their targets and shot them instantly.

Meanwhile, Lashker-e-Jhangvi Al Alami claims the responsibility of the attack in a telephone call to the NNI.

Although previous reports have confirmed that ASWJ, Lej, Al Qaeda and recently-emerged ISIS are executing such attacks in concert, and despite government being aware of their collaborations, has taken no practical steps to prosecute their leaders under National Action Plan. The constitution of Pakistan obligates the government and security agencies for providing foolproof safety to its citizens. Unfortunately, in preceding cases of terrorist attacks on Hazaras, the government exercised a complete sense of marginalisation and alienation towards them. The government’s inaction against religious extremists of ASWJ and its affiliates in Balochistan renders the former complicit and supportive to the terrorists, hence, making her indictable for crimes against humanity. In a similar example, today the three-bench member of the Supreme Court conducted a suo moto hearing of the incidence of 8th August which targeted lawyers in Quetta’s civil hospital. The bench held security agencies responsible for the attack.

The government of Pakistan has never taken any meaningful action against the religious extremists who have set up training camps in parts of Balochistan province, harbouring and facilitating terrorist attacks in the province and throughout the country in an effort to deepen the gulf between various ethno-religious communities. In recent examples of suicide attacks in Pakistan, the intelligence reports have confirmed that the suicide bombers were dispatched from Balochistan but the government never took any serious action against the masterminds, abetters, financiers and collaborators.

In particular, Shafeeq Mengal and Ramzan Mengal are proactively supporting terrorist activities especially against the Hazaras but the government has turned a completely blind eye to this sensitive matter.

Unabated Targeted Killings of Hazaras Expose Government’s Compicity

Deceased Muhammad Nabi (Coalmine Labourer)

Deceased Muhammad Nabi (Coalmine Labourer)

Today, two innocent Hazaras became the latest victims of terrorists on Sariab Road, Quetta when the poor coalmine labourers were target killed. According to sources, the assailants stopped an auto rickshaw and identified the victims as Hazaras before shooting them from point blank. As usual, the target-killers fled the scene after the attack.

Ghulam Nabi (Coalmine Worker)

Ghulam Nabi (Coalmine Worker)

The unabated targeted attacks on innocent Hazaras, which are started after intervals, exhibit malign intention of the government to penetrate an environment of fear and insecurity among minorities. This is a shame that the government routinely issues condemnatory statements after these incidents without taking any practical steps against the culprits. The lack of serious efforts in arresting the terrorists and religious extremists glorifying such killings further show that the government is covertly supporting them.

The leaders of the banned terrorist organisation, ie., Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at (ASWJ) are sharing and enjoying the full support of the government and its security agencies as their inflammatory press statements provide breeding grounds for such inhumane attacks on minorities including Hazaras.

Khurram Zaki’s Killing Strengthens Extremism and Intolerance In Pakistan

Khurram Zaki (File Picture)

Khurram Zaki (File Picture)

The cold-blooded assassination of Khurram Zaki, a civil society activist and human rights defender, unequivocally defies all narratives adopted for eradication of religious extremism and terrorism in Pakistan. Despite receiving life threats from religious extremists, the Federal and Provincial Governments’ failure in providing him security further exposes the intention of the government in taking decisive action against perpetrators. Understandably, Khurram Zaki’s years’ long struggle against all forms of discrimination, religious hatred, bigotry, intolerance and schism in the name of factional and communal differences; represented the views and support of the mainstream Pakistani society. Silencing human rights defenders in the country endorses covert support to the religious extremists and terrorists.

Khurram's dead body during a protest.

Khurram’s dead body during a protest.

The government’s half-hearted response in ridding the country of religious extremism, intolerance and terrorism is a shame. Such cold response shall only consolidate its dismal human rights record. The government has completely failed to prosecute the convicted terrorists who are successfully running their terrorist activities from within prisons in Pakistan. Similarly, the release of leaders of banned terrorists organisations from prisons have further deteriorated the security situation.

After the bomb explosion in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore on 28th March this year, it was expected that a full-scale operation against religious extremists would be launched in southern Punjab but, unfortunately, this operation was diverted towards the so-called dacoits. In essence, the operation ended with no fruition at all. The federal and Punjab governments’ unwillingness in starting operation clean-up against religious extremists in southern Punjab, approves their official support for the latter. Hence, the emboldened terrorist activities of religious extremists have plagued the rest of the country resulting in the loss of thousands of innocent lives.

The Pakistani government should stop its exploitative tactics which will further enhance the feeling of deprivation among other citizens and start a full-scale Punjab-wide operation against religious extremists, their sympathizers and supporters.

Lahore Bomb Explosion Laments Partial Implementation of the National Action Plan

A Grieving Man at the site of Lahore Explosion (Dunya TV)

A Grieving Man at the site of Lahore Explosion (Dunya TV)

Yesterday’s cowardly attack in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore grieves partial implementation of the National Action Plan, which should have helped eradicate terrorist organisations and its splinter groups, if the Federal Government had implemented it indifferently. The NAP’s 20-point agenda required the government to register and regulate the seminaries (madrassas) which has completely remained beyond its reach and domain. Similarly, protection of minorities was pledged and eradication of terrorists’ hideouts in Punjab was vowed, nonetheless, they could not be promulgated.

Unfortunately, banned terrorist and religious extremist organisations are still using internet and social media websites to spread hatred and intolerance and commit allegiance to international terrorist organisations such as Daesh, however, the government deliberately overlooks these sensitive issues in that their supporters and protectors are sitting in the parliament.

Injured woman of Lahore Explosion (

Injured woman of Lahore Explosion (

Terrorist organisations and their affiliates claim responsibility of such attacks but the crackdown on perpetrators seem a distant reality. Yesterday’s attack was specifically on Christian minority to turn joys of Easter into a bloodbath which killed over 70 innocent people including women and children. This attack cannot be viewed as sheer coincidence with yesterday’s protest in Islamabad, where thousands of religious fanatics entered Red Zone area on the occasion of Chehlum of Mumtaz Qadri – an executed police official assassinating then Punjab Governor, Salman Taseer.

While HUM condoles with the families of victims of Lahore’s tragic terrorist attack, it demands the Federal Government for taking concrete steps in eliminating terrorists and religious extremists from the country.

Pakistan Should Prosecute Religious Extremists Involved in Killings of Minorities

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With arrest of RAW’s undercover agent from Balochistan, whose preliminary investigation has revealed his collaboration with religious extremists for subversive activities in Balochistan, the Pakistani Government must initiate a broader investigation to ascertain the involvement of religious extremists, their in-country patrons and financiers and prosecute them under anti-terrorism laws.

In particular, the banned religious extremist organisation such as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at (ASWJ), its sympathizers, supporters and leaders have been spreading religious intolerance, extremism, communal hatred and terrorism across the country whose large-scale terrorist activities chronicles rigorous financial support from  Saudi Arabia and India, therefore, the Federal Government should arrest its leaders and try them in military courts.

Moreover, the arrest of RAW’s intelligence agent from Balochistan shall not exonerate the Government of its constitutional obligations in providing fool-proof security to its citizens, especially the minority communities of the country.

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