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Hazaras’ Mass Execution Continues Unabated In Afghanistan

Friday witnessed the bloodbath of young collegiate and university students in Dasht-e-Barchi area of west Kabul where the students had gathered for their mock exams. At the time of writing this condemnatory press statement, the death toll had surpassed a hundred while scores others were critically injured.

Scene picture showing the blood of innocent students (Dash-e-Barchi)

Dasht-e-Barchi’s densely Hazara populated educational establishments have come under fierce suicide bombings, terrorist and rocket attacks in recent months. The previous damning reports confirm that large proportion of the victims killed in these suicide attacks were school-going teenage girls. The huge human casualties in such terrorist attacks describe the paradigm shift in targeting the educated girl students of Hazara minority group. The state-sponsored terrorist attacks are predominantly aimed at frightening the beleaguered community to the extent that they stop learning education.

The Taliban have a proven track record of killing Hazaras for many decades and such killings by international human rights conventions are tantamount to genocide. The Taliban have orchestrated past terrorist attacks against Hazaras in the guise of other so-called terrorist organisations but the unchallengeable truth warrants stricter financial sanctions against them. The international community, the UN Security Council, the international human rights organisations and the world leaders owe a duty of care to the minority groups of Afghanistan. The UN Declaration on Human Rights and the UN Declaration on Minorities mandate that all international financial aids to Afghanistan should immediately be conditioned to a foolproof security of all minority groups including Hazaras in the country.

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.

HUM Shall Raise the Issue of Genocide of Hazaras in the United Nations in Geneva this Year

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

This is extremely worrying to see that people are being target killed in Quetta, Pakistan because of their racial, religious and faith-based profiling. In contrast, the failure of Pakistani government and its security establishments in providing fool proof security and protection to minorities is perverse and inconsistent with Universal Charter of Human Rights and the Declaration of  the UN for Minorities. These resolutions obligate Pakistan, as a signatory, to ensure complete safety and protection of minorities at all cost. Unfortunately, the recent waves of targeted attacks of Hazaras and Shias in Quetta cast doubt over constitutional role of security agencies of Pakistan whose incompetence have caused panic and fear among citizens.

In the last five days, the targeted-killings of four (4) innocent people with another critically  injured in Quetta, Pakistan exhibit vacillation of Pakistani authorities in establishing its writ and ridding the country of the menaces of intolerance, religious extremism and terrorism. In comparison, Pakistani media regularly gives coverage to the press statements of banned religious and terrorist organisations. Media’s such irresponsible action is mockery of the law where Balochistan High Court, through its decision in 2013, forbade Pakistani media outlets from publishing statements of banned religious organisations.

The State owes a responsibility in implementing courts’ decision without fail and expeditious action should be taken against all those media groups responsible for promoting and glorifying heinous acts of intolerance and terrorism in the country.

Keeping in view the perpetual killings of Hazara minority in Pakistan and Afghanistan which have caused their unprecedented displacement and migration to other countries, HUM announces to raise these issues of  huge human rights violations at United Nations’ forthcoming session in November this year in Geneva.

HR Campaigners Pledge to Raise Voice for Minorities at All Platforms

Group of Panelist

Group of Panelist

A heart-warming event was organised by Never Forget, London on 19th September, 2015 at the heart of London to raise awareness about the rights of minorities. This time the rights of minorities of Pakistan were the focus of the event which started at 7:00 PM. Umer Tariq hosted the programme who announced the details to include a documentary on the abuse of blasphemy law in Pakistan and followed by interactive debate. The panel included Rev. Rana Youab Khan, Dr Lakhumal Luhana and Liaquat Ali Hazara who focused on the rights of Christians, the forced conversion of Hindu girls into Islam and the rights of Hazaras and their mass displacement as a result of ongoing targeted attacks on them.

In the beginning of the programme, a documentary on the abuse of blasphemy law was shown which depicted the plights of the Christian minority and their displacement in the wake of a personal dispute which was cunningly painted as blasphemy.

Followed by talks of the panelist where Rev. Rana Youab Khan mentioned that Pakistan came into being to protect the rights of minorities including Muslims who, in terms of population, were in minority at the time given the entire population of the then sub-content. Therefore, the state should safeguard the rights of minorities in today’s Pakistan. Although, Pakistan, after its formation is a Muslim country, it is essential that all minorities should enjoy their rights like other citizens. He said that Pakistan 97% population consists of Muslims and the remaining 3% is all non-Muslim minorities so there should be no genuine reason to be afraid of the 3% population. Reminiscing about the past, he continued that he was born and brought up in Pakistan and, until recently, he had never experienced such orthodox version of Islam which requires Muslims of wearing a hijab. Talking of his own sisters as an example, he said that they all grew up wearing a typical Dupatta and Chaadar like other women.
Focusing on blasphemy law, he said that everyone is afraid of talking about this in Pakistan due to imminent threats generating from extremists.

Dr. Lahkumal Luhana, the Chairman of World Sindhi Congress, sketched an overall dismal picture of Sindh province. He said that Sindhis are dying without empathy from the government although Pakistan’s large revenue generates from this province. He continued that parts of Sindh are badly affected by drought where livestock, women and children are affected alike, however, the government shows no interest towards this serious problem. He said that pain has no colour and however the countrymen are suffering or affected by the scale or frequency of pain, we must stand together to support them.
Talking about the forced conversion of Hindu girls into Islam, he lamented that nothing is falling on deaf ears of the government for this deplorable problem. He said that the Hindus are the only minority in Pakistan whose girls are forcibly converted into Islam and we have done anything to stop this menace. “This is very bad for Pakistan’s overall reputation and we must build up a momentum to stand up against such cruelty”, he exclaimed.

Liaquat Ali Hazara, Chairman Hazara United Movement (HUM), UK briefly mentioned about the history of Hazaras’ killings in Pakistan and maintained that by the definition of the Geneva Convention, the killings of Hazaras must be recognized and mentioned as Genocide. He briefly defined Genocide as, “the deliberate killings of a large number of people, particularly belonging to the same nation or ethnicity” He said that Pakistan was boastfully celebrating the 50th Anniversary of 1965 war on the occasion of its Independence and Defence Days in August and September this year, but no official tribute was paid to the then Commander-in-Chief who was a Hazara and the main architect of the victory. He said, “Pakistan owes an official apology to Hazaras. He demanded that either the Head of the State or the Chief Executive should officially apologize to the Hazaras for their incompetence in stopping their Genocide.
He said, “Balochistan has always been the most liberal and tolerant province in Pakistan where people of all ethnicities and nationalities have co-existed peacefully for centuries.” All the main stakeholders of the province such as the Baloch, Pakhtuns, Hazaras and Punjabi settlers have never had any factional disputes or sectarian animosity. Mentioning of Alamdar Road which constitute Hazara populace, he said that there were over 300 house of the Baloch who would enjoy their complete religious freedom, going to their mosques and mingling with their Hazaras friends but they were compelled to sell out their houses and locate to Baloch belt when terrorist attacks on Hazaras increased manifold.
He said that sectarianism never existed in Balochistan nor were their any target killers. Such menaces were imported into the province by the de facto rulers of the country to accomplish their ulterior motives.

At the end of session, questions relating to the protection of minorities were asked from the panelist which reflected on blasphemy law, the rights of Christians, Hindus and Hazaras etc and how the international community can be approached for a timely pressure on the Pakistani government for safeguarding minorities.

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