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Government data: From 2008 to 2012, 420 non-Hazara Shias, 338 Hazara Shias killed in Balochistan

Related posts: Shia Genocide Database: A detailed account of Shia killings in Pakistan since 1963 https://lubpak.net/archives/236909
We kill Hazaras not due to their Hazara ethnicity, but due to their Shia faith – Statement by Sipah Sahaba
In 2012, total 1450 Shia Muslims killed by Deobandi militants in Pakistan

Source: Adapted from Express Tribune

The past five years (2008-12) have been difficult for Balochistan according to statistics revealed by the home department. Violence in the province has claimed over 2,100 lives and left 3,845 injured in over 3,232 incidents of bomb blasts and rocket attacks in this period. Amidst rising sectarian strife and targeted killings, the government’s inability to deal with the situation appears more jarring than ever.

Throughout the Balochistan province, sectarian killings (Shia genocide) remain the biggest challenge. From 2008 to 2012, 758 members of the Shia Muslim community were killed by Deobandi militants (Sipah Sahaba Taliban) in 478 incidents. Of these, 338 victims belonged to the Shia Hazara community and 420 belonged to non-Hazara Shia communities (Baloch, Pashtun, Punjabi, Muhajir etc), indicating that Shia Muslims of all ethnic backgrounds remain the prime targets of target killings in Balochistan.

The province has become a base for a decade-long insurgency as well as a killing field for various sects. Banned Deobandi outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (aka Sipah Sahaba or ASWJ) allegedly keeps targeting Shias throughout Balochistan. Accordingly, officials have beefed up safety measures from Quetta to Taftan and are even planning to hold meetings with Iranian authorities to discuss possible arrangements to facilitate the movement of Hazaras from Marriabad to Hazara Town and Hazar Ganji.

“The Shia community, the Shia Hazaras in particular, remains the prime target of violent groups in the province,” Balochistan Home Secretary Captain (retd) Akram Durrani told The Express Tribune when asked about these statistics. “We are struggling against militants, but the situation is not as bad as [what is] being reported.” He added that the increasing trend of violence in Balochistan is alarming, regardless of the disparity between the reported numbers and the actual happenings on the ground.

It may be noted that Shia Hazaras total population in Quetta is estimated to be around 500,000. Total 338 Shia Hazaras killed in a population of 500,000 (Hazara population in Quetta) makes a death rate (due to violence) of 0.06 percent. In contrast, non-Hazara Shia population in Quetta is estimated to be around 20,000. Total 420 non-Hazara Shias killed in that population gives a death rate of 2.1 percent. In other words, non-Hazara Shias are at least three times more likely to be target killed in Balochistan than Hazara Shias. While Shia Hazara are indeed vulnerable due to their Mongolian racial features, non-Hazara Shias remain vulnerable too due to their language (Urdu, Punjabi, Gilgiti), and lack of social support networks due to very low numbers of non-Hazara Shias in Balochistan.

Here is a list of non-Hazara Shias killed in Balochistan: https://lubpak.net/archives/64797

The current report effectively puts to rest the theory that Shia genocide in Balochistan is a Hazara specific ethnic issue. It may be noted that a Hazara ethnic party, allegedly involved in human smuggling of Shia Hazaras, uses the Hazara ethnic card in order to exploit Hazara youth luring them to illegal and hazardous migration expeditions to Australia and Europe. https://lubpak.net/archives/229441 The Hazara ethnic killing discourse also suits those agencies and media persons who want to deflect the attention from country-wide Shia genocide taking place in all parts of Pakistan at the hands of Deobandi militants. https://lubpak.net/archives/226239

The Home Department’s findings also uncover staggering ‘kill and dump’ statistics. Around 570 dead bodies have been found strewn throughout the province, with 370 of the victims belonging to the Baloch community and 89 to the Pashtun community. The rest remain unidentified to this day.

Further still, over 402 non-Baloch have been killed in 498 incidents, and over 486 injured in multiple attacks.
Not surprisingly, security personnel have also suffered great losses. As many as 340 Frontier Corps personnel and 380 policemen have lost their lives in the line of duty, and 508 security officials in total have been left wounded.
Analysts say that despite the staggering figures, the provincial government is yet to review regulations pertaining to the movement of pilgrims under the Travel Agency Act of 1976. In one instance, police decided to refer the investigation of ‘sensitive cases’ to the Crime Investigation Department after the arrest of alleged terrorist Sher Dil of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, also known as Babu, in a bid to curb violence in Balochistan.

Sectarian target killings (Shia Genocide)
Number of incidents: 478
Number of non-Hazara Shias (Baloch, Pashtun, Punjabi, Sindhi etc) killed: 420
Number of Shia Hazaras killed: 338
Total number of members of the Shia community killed: 758

Loss of security personnel
Frontier Corps personnel killed: 340
Policemen killed: 380
Security officials wounded: 508

‘Settlers’/ Non-Baloch target killings
Number of incidents: 498
Number of those killed: 402
Number of those injured: 486

‘Kill and dump’
Total number of bodies found in sacks: 570
Number of victims from the Baloch community: 370
Number of victims from the Pushtun community: 89
Unidentified victims: 111

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  • Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @TahirImran Nasim Zehra claimed it is Hazara genocide, the data show a different picture i.e. #ShiaGenocide: http://criticalppp.com/archives/236909

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani Have you read the of Genocide? If not then read it please, also where & how it could be applicable & the results.

    Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @TahirImran A couple of lawyers at BZU University agree it is #ShiaGenocide: http://criticalppp.com/archives/132492

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani Ansar sahab as I said you have to read proper text & then it will be clear, it is not a lawyer’s call, not mine its a system

    Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @TahirImran Sir: It seems only you have read the proper text. Please enlighten me about your understanding.

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani again it is her view but you have to read the text of what Raphael Lemkin’s definition & how it is judged by UNO.

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani I am not supposed to enlighten anyone here, its not my call & judgment its what the international law says.

    Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @TahirImran You suggest to say that you understand this definition and system better than Saroop Ijaz, Taqi, Joshua and others?

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani I think you are trying to put words in my mouth, I no where said that, the piece I wrote is clear. End of discussion. Thanks

  • In the past 10 years an estimated 8000 Baluch militants, intellectuals, and political leaders have been kidnapped and found dead, with many showing signs of torture. Furthermore, the region’s Shia community is being systematically targeted by Pakistani terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Slain bodies of whole families of Baluchi Shias are routinely found on the streets.


  • 3h Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @Mustafa_Qadri Your comments? Govt data: In 2008-2012, 420 non-Hazara Shias, 338 Hazara Shias killed in Balochistan http://shar.es/4HraM

    1h Mustafa Qadri ‏@Mustafa_Qadri
    RT @AnsarKhakwani almost 800 Shia killed in Pakistan over last 5 yrs of which 338 Hazara says this report http://criticalppp.com/archives/236909
    4:53 PM – 4 Jan 13 · Details

    1h Mustafa Qadri ‏@Mustafa_Qadri
    Shows Shia community not safe anywhere in Pakistan, small Hazara community disproportionately targeted. Community been incredibly resilient.

    59m Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @Mustafa_Qadri Err. These are the figures of Shias killed in Balochistan only, not Pakistan wide data. @A_Rizvi110

    Mustafa Qadri ‏@Mustafa_Qadri
    Sorry those are figures for Balochistan only, wow! #Shiakillings

    Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @Mustafa_Qadri Please note 338 out of 500,000 Shia Hazaras (0.06% death rate) and 420 out of only 20,000 non-Hazara Shias (2.1% death rate)

  • Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @MeeraGhani Your comments? Govt data: In 2008-2012, 420 non-Hazara Shias, 338 Hazara Shias killed in Balochistan http://shar.es/4HraM

    1h Meera Ghani ‏@MeeraGhani
    @AnsarKhakwani is it a competition sir???? Both are horrifying numbers and not too different!

    1h Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @MeeraGhani What competition? It is only shameless creatures who misrepresent Shia genocide in ethnic terms.

    Meera Ghani ‏@MeeraGhani
    @AnsarKhakwani that’s just like saying because sooo many sunni’s also get killed there is no shia genocide.

    34m Meera Ghani ‏@MeeraGhani
    @AnsarKhakwani who can claim its not also a factor when you almost half the shia’s murdered are Hazara? I will end here!

    6:11 PM – 4 Jan 13 · Details

    15m Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @MeeraGhani Total 700 out of 21,000 Shias killed in Pakistan are Hazaras. Almost 100% of Shias killed in Kurrram are Pashtuns.

  • Thank you, ET, for the report. Thank you, LUBP, for providing the context and apt explanation.

    Nasim Zehra, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Mustafa Qadri, Hamid Mir, Ansar Abbasi and Meera Ghani should reconsider their position on “Hazara Genocide”

  • Haider Changezi ‏@Aushpaz
    “In my opinion,if term ‘genocide’ has to be used in #Pakistan;its for the #Hazara” says @NasimZehra. http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/12/121230_shia_killings_piece_zs.shtml … v @Sajjad_Changezi

    31 Dec Mohammad Taqi ‏@mazdaki
    @Aushpaz @sajjad_changezi Please don’t fall for chhoti Shirin Mazari. They’ll say next that not enough #Hazara killed to make it genocide

    6h Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @mazdaki @Aushpaz @Sajjad_Changezi Govt data: In 2008-2012, 420 non-Hazara Shias 338 Hazara Shias killed in Balochistan http://shar.es/4HraM

    3h Haider Changezi ‏@Aushpaz
    @AnsarKhakwani @mazdaki @Sajjad_Changezi deleted 4m original by LUBP: “indicating that #Hazara’s remain prime targets of these aggressions”

    58m Sajjad H. Changezi ‏@Sajjad_Changezi
    @Aushpaz @AnsarKhakwani Please don’t pay much atention to the #Shia propagandist #LUBP and its mastermind @Abdul Nisha @mazdaki

    Sajjad H. Changezi ‏@Sajjad_Changezi
    @Aushpaz @AnsarKhakwani Abdul Nishapuri lives abroad and dreams of one big ‘Millat-e-Jafaria’ which is as fallacious as ‘Millat-e-Islamia’

    Sajjad H. Changezi ‏@Sajjad_Changezi
    @Aushpaz @AnsarKhakwani For his propaganda it’s enough that there are 30-35 million #Shias across #Pakistan and #Hazaras only 0.5 million

    Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @Sajjad_Changezi Thank you for informing me, brother. How many non-Hazara Shias live in Quetta? @Aushpaz

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