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#ShiaGenocide: PPP’s Bashir Bilour (Dr. Syed Riaz Hussain) martyred by Deobandi militants in Peshawar – by Mazhar Toori

Dr. Syed Riaz Hussain Shah Shaheed with Benazir Bhutto Shaheed

In the unabated wave of Shia genocide in Pakistan, the Takfiri Deobandi terrorists of Sipah Sahaba Taliban (SST, also operating as ASWJ, LeJ, TTP) gunned down Dr. Riaz Hussain in Peshawar today. He was the president of Pakistan People’s Party for Kurram Agency http://tribune.com.pk/story/491556/ppp-kurram-agency-president-shot-dead-in-peshawar/. Previously, he survived a suicide attack by the Taliban in 2008, in which dozens of people, majority of whom were Shia, were killed.

Dr. Riaz Hussain Shaheed belonged to an influential family of Kurram, being the brother of former IG Irshad Hussain, and Air Marshal (rtd) Qaiser Hussain.

The martyred Shia doctor, a specialist physician, was known for his honesty, dedication and compassion among his colleagues in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa, and was widely followed by the people of Kurram Agency for his distinct leadership skills.

He was famous in PPP for his bravery and insight, and being a committed liberal political leader. For leading a successful professional and political career, selflessness and philanthropy, Riaz Hussain commanded immense respect from all and sundry.

However, it was deplorable to see the scant media coverage to this high-profile assassination. His martyrdom is no different from Shaheed Bashir Bilour who stood and spoke bravely against the Taliban. Throughout Kurram Agency, and in the political circles, Dr. Riaz Hussain stood out as a fearless leader who invariably opposed the Taliban, and always stood with the oppressed in Taliban-besieged Kurram Agency.

Social media also showed apathy, and some resorted to obfuscation. Many people who tweeted about Riaz Hussain only mentioned his being the president of PPP, conveniently erasing his Shia identity, and those of murderers, the Takfiri Deobandi ASWJ-SSP-LEJ-Taliban who also killed Bashir Bilour.

Dr. Riaz’s only crime, like more than 21,000 other Shias throughout Pakistan, was his faith. It would be a grave injustice and insult to the martyrs’ blood if his identity is removed, and that of his killers who have been thriving on the support of military establishment and dishonesty of right-wing and ‘liberal’ journalists. It is unfortunate that even in martyrdom the Shias do not get equal treatment.

PPP must honour this martyr who led the party through thick and thin in Kurram Agency. Despite all the odds and brutal Taliban onslaught against besieged Shia population in the agency for over five years, he not only served his party but also kept it going. That neglected region which has witnessed the slaughter of thousands of innocent Shia men, women and children need immediate attention of PPP.

Above all, PPP must fight the Takfiri Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban (ASWJ, TTP) who killed its Shia leader today, and have been killing Shias throughout Pakistan including Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, Shaheed Salmaan Taseer, Shaheed Shahbaz Bhatti and Shaheed Bashir Bilour.

Here’s a selection of three status updates from Shaheed Syed Riaz Hussain Shah’s facebook page. In one status, he explains and commits to the ideals of the Pakistan Peoples Party, in the second he explains his conviction in the mission of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) and his followers despite their numerical minority, and the last message is about the apathy of Pakistani media and urban elites to the plight of Shia Muslims in general and the people of Parachinar in particular. You will notice that all three issues he highlighted remain relevant and urgent.

#ShaheedDrRiazHussain’s message (on his facebook) to Pakistani media: “Shame shame shame. Are we not part of Pakistan?”

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  • Here comes a formal, useless condemnation.

    President condemns assassination of PPP President

    KARACHI, Jan 9 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday strongly condemned the assassination of Dr. Riaz Hussain, President Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Kurram Agency and a specialist physician by his profession. The President expressed grief and sorrow over his assassination today near his clinic in Peshawar.
    He lauded the services of Dr. Riaz Hussain for the people, as a doctor and also as a strong proponent of democracy.
    He directed the concerned authorities to bring the culprits, involved in such a brutal act, to justice.
    In his condolence message to the bereaved family of Dr. Riaz Hussain, the President prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and for the courage of the family to bear this loss with equanimity and fortitude.


  • Mohammad Taqi ‏@mazdaki
    @Ali_Abbas_Zaidi By the time the rest of #Pakistan wakes up to #Kurram’s story it’s own obituary will be ready | #Shiagenocide

    Daud Khattak ‏@DaudKhattak1
    Dr. Riaz Hussain, president of Pakistan People’s Party Kurram Agency shot dead in Peshawar – Zardari condemns? What else he can do.

    Mohammad Taqi ‏@mazdaki
    @DaudKhattak1 Asif Zardari has had more Shia killed on his watch than perhaps Zia & Musharraf combined #Shiagenocide

    Mohammad Taqi ‏@mazdaki
    @spinsahar The story of #ANP & #Kurram elders is so similar and their tormentors same – yet they don’t coordinate

    Abdul Nishapuri ‏@AbdulNishapuri
    As long as Umar ibn Saad Zardari is Pakistan’s President, there’ll be no end to #ShiaGenocide http://criticalppp.com/archives/229003

    Jimmy ‏@A_Rizvi110
    67 terrorists sentenced to death by courts m, their files are at #Zardari’s table for review!! Punish them & make them example #ShiaGenocide

    Asif Zardari FC ‏@Zardari_Khapay
    #ShiaGenocide: In 2012, total 1450 Shia Muslims killed by Deobandi militants in Pakistan http://criticalppp.com/archives/236793

  • Dr. Riaz Shah shaeed asked: “Are we not part of Pakistan?”

    Pakistani media, elites and political leaders keep ignoring Tooris and other Shias.


  • In the last 6 hours, a Shia Hazara was killed in Khuzdar, a Shia Muhajir was killed in Karachi and a Shia Pashtun was killed in Peshawar – all incidents by Deobandi militants.

    The media and rights groups DO NOT name the Deobandi militants (Sipah Sahaba Taliban) who are killing Shia Muslims in all parts of the country under the watchful eyes of General Kayani.

  • صوبہ خیبر پختون خواں کے شہر پشاور میں کالعدم ملک دشمن جماعت سپاہ صحابہ/ لشکر جھنگوی کے فرقہ پرست مُسلح دہشتگردوں کی فائرنگ سے معروف شیعہ رہنما ریاض حسین شہید ہوگئے ہیں۔

    مزید تفصیلات کے مطابق کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ کے دہشتگردوں نے ڈاکٹر سید ریاض حسین ولد شبیر حسین کو کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ کے دہشتگردوں نے پشاور کے علاقے ڈبگری گارڈن کے پاس نشانہ بنایا جس کے نتیجے میں ریاض حسین شدید زخمی ہوگئے جنہیں لاہور کے ایک نجی اسپتال منتقل کردیا گیا جہاں پر اب سے کچھ دیر پہلے ریاض حسین زخموں کی تاب نالاتے ہوئے شہید ہوگئے۔

    شہید ریاض حسین ولد شبیر حسین ملت تشیعُ کے حوالے انتہائی سرگرم شخص تھے۔ البتہ اب کا تعلق حکمراں جماعت سے بھی تھا۔ ریاض حسین کی شہادت سے ملت تشیعُ ایک عظیم رہنما سے محروم ہوگئی۔

    واضع رہے کہ صبح سے اب تک پورے میں پاکستان میں شیعہ نسل کشی کا تیسرا واقعہ ہے۔ اس سے قبل دہشتگردوں نے کراچی میں علی حیدر نامی مومن کو نشانہ بنایا گیا تھا اور خضدار میں زوار شاہ نامی مومن بھی دہشتگردوں کی فائعنگ سے شہید ہوچکے ہیں۔


  • true. i agree. what is the response of pashtoon leaders? how many are talking abt riaz hussain the way they did in bashir bilur?

  • PESHAWAR: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) president for Kurram Agency Dr Riaz Hussain was gunned down in Dabgari Garden near his clinic on Wednesday afternoon.
    He was going to his clinic as per routine when armed men opened fire on him. He was a physician and an independent candidate from NA-37.
    Dr Hussain belonged to an influential Sadat family of Parachinar and had much influence over Shias in the province.
    In February 2012, Hussain was injured along with four others in a remote-controlled blast in Khar village near Sadda, while he was on his way from Parachinar to Lower Kurram.

    He also escaped an attack during his election campaign when a suicide car bomber targeted a PPP rally on February 15 last year, killing 65 people and injuring over 85 others.
    Imamia Jirga Peshawar and Muharram Committee have condemned the murder and termed it an incident of target killing in which sectarian terrorists were involved.
    “Without a doubt this is a target killing and we condemn it,” said Akhunzada Muzafar Ali, the committee’s general secretary. He said that it was unfortunate that dozens of Shias had been killed across the province in incidents of target killing but police had failed to arrest a single accused.
    Dr Hussain got his MBBS from Khyber Medical College Peshawar in 1983 and went to pursue his studies in Austria in 1987, where he specialised in Gastroenterology.
    “After getting his specialisation from abroad, he started medical practice in a private clinic in Dabgari Garden in 1989,” a family member said.

    The relative, requesting anonymity, further said that Hussain had actively participated in talks to resolve the Shia-Sunni conflict in the region in 2007. Dr Hussain leaves behind three sons, Ramiz Ali Hussain, Ali Hussain and Shahroz Hussain.
    President Asif Ali Zardai has condemned the attack.
    Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2013.


  • It was a sad news I recieved about he gunning dowan of our Friend Dr.Riaz Hussain shah, and this shows that our Army and Police once again failed to perform thier duties Dr.Shah was not very well known to me but on certian ocasion when I met him he was a humble, cheering, litrate person and a hard working professional,
    I wonder that we in Pakistan are hundred and eighty million pakistani living among them are diffrent religion and ethnic groups that being allowed to be respected equally by us the muslims then why the Shias are being targeted we are all muslims that being targeted but I havent heard that any non muslim being targeted only the muslims. “WHY” for me those who have spread the terrorism are Non muslims and infidels if they are muslims they should be declared openely as infidels we the muslims totally condem this target and other killings in our country and the culprits should be given the highest consiquences, who martyred Dr.Riaz Hussain Shah and Bashir Belour and our other muslim brothers we should raise against the and crush them from thier roots and clean our from these so called Islamic liberators.

  • Assalaam ALiakum The real hero of our Agency was Dr Sayed Riaz Hussain Shah Shaheed Its not related and Belonged to Ethical Concerns,,,, I salute Him And Strongly Comdens On His death