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In the last 36 hours, 8 people were killed in a bomb blast in Karachi including a single mother and her child, 5 Pashtuns were killed in a bomb blast in a CD market in Peshawar, and just hours ago, 30 Shia Muslims (most of them Hazara Shias) were executed in Mastung, Balochistan. In all the three cases, it were the Taliban and their Takfiri Deobandi partners, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ, also known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, SSP) that proudly took credit for these horrific deeds.
More than the grief of this continual bloodshed by these monsters is the intellectual dishonesty of misrepresenting these incidents and shifting and diverting the focus away from those responsible. In the case of the Shias, social networks are already evidence of the typical obfuscatory rubbish that is used to casually describe away these mass murders; the real outrage for Pakistan’s “civil society” is reserved for Americans like Aafia!
The outrage of our urban elites is limited to the drone attacks that kill Baitullah Mehsud and Al Qaeda’s multinational mercenaries and, tragically, Pashtun civilian hostages who are used as human shields by the Taliban and Al Qaeda. It rarely extends to the daily persecution, massacres and oppression of Pakistan’s Shia Muslims in this specific case.
The same Lashkar-e-Jhangvi that has killed 30 Shia Muslims today are also the ones who are also killing Ahmadi muslims and Barelvi Muslims as well as those Deobandi Muslims who oppose the misuse of their beliefs to bolster the Jihad Enterprise of Pakistan’s military establishment. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is part of the Jihad factory of the ISI that has also developed similar units like Sipah-e-Sahaba, Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and the main militant outfit with its network of commanders, the Taliban. Allied with the Al Qaeda, they all share the same bigoted, misogynist and supremacist views and are an essential part of the foreign and domestic policy of the Deep State (i.e., Pakistan army) for the attainment of “Strategic Depth” in Afghanistan.
Journalists and commentators are already dismissing this incident as “sectarian violence” “sectarianism”, “sectarian conflict”. Whether they are being ignorant, indifferently or wilfully obtuse is left to the observer. The media has played a horrible role in misinforming the public and increasing bigotry has done the rest. Today, few if any are pointing out the obvious contradictions when such massacres are falsely being described as “routine sectarian violence” between Sunnis and Shias.
Case in point. Prominet Barelvi Sunni Muslim scholar, Maulana Sarfaraz Naeemi was killed in a suicide blast in Lahore after he publically opposed the Takfiri Deobandis (Taliban, LeJ) and thier tactics of suicide bombing. Maulana Hasan Jan, a moderate Deobandi Sunni Muslim was killed for, you guessed it, opposing the Taliban. Dr. Muhammad Farooq (a friend of Allama Javed Ghamidi) was killed in Swat by the same beasts. These are not isolated cases and are part of the scores of attacks that have killed Sunnis at Sufi shrines since the attacks on Bari Imam (2005) and Jhal Magsi (2005), where scores of Sunni devotees were killed along with Shias by the Takfiri Deobandis of the Sipah-e-Sahaba. This same nexus of Jihadi groups and Taliban has also killed, persecuted and oppressed the Ahmadi Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christains of Pakistan.
However, terming it as “sectarian violence” is a dishonest tactic of shifting the blame away from the real culprits:
Those who created these militias (army-ISI) , those who protect them (the Supreme Court) and those politicians, like Imran Khan and Munawar Hasan, who continue to apologize for them with blatant lies to shift the focus away the Jihad Enterprise.
Imran Khan mantains with a straight face that there was no extremism in Pakistan and no suicide attacks either before 9/11 and none of the pliant interviewers (including Elliot Spitzer of CNN) bothers to contradict this with the facts that such attacks took place as early as 1995; a full 6 years before 9/11! Imran Khan is symbolic of the moral decripitude and mendacity of educated Pakistanis whose ignorance, bigotry and identity crisis has made them accept the most outlandish rubbish that protects the dark ambitions of Pakistan’s military establishment. For these soulless elites, the massacres of Shia Muslims can be explained away with half-truths and outright lies.
The inculcation of Jihadi laboratories in Southern Punjab by the military dictator General Zia ul Haq to create the Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (they are the same) is dishonestly explained away as a anti-feudal uprising against Shia landlords in that area. Well today, the landlords of Jhang are still alive but not the thousands of Shia Muslims who have been killed by the “anti-feudal” Sipah-e-Sahaba all over Pakistan (who have also spared the feudals from other sects). The category of those Shias killed by the Sipah includes Pakistanis from all ethnic groups and professions except feudals while the Sipah-e-Sahaba and similar Jihadi groups are awash with funding from the rich urban trader classes of Pakistan as well as their sponsors from Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Arab countries.
The massacre of Shia Muslims in Pakistan is also often misrepresented and justified (yes, justified) as part of an ongoing sectarian battle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Completely missing from this dishonest narrative is the role of the Pakistan State and the fact that since Shia Muslims opposed the forced Islamization policies of military dictator Zia ul Haq, they were made the targets of the State.
The Pashtun Shia Muslims of Parachinar and the Gilgiti Shia muslims opposed the the use of their territory for the purpose of “Strategic Depth” in Afghanistan and Kashmir and they have been massacred regularly since the 1980’s.
In 1980, hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims launched a peaceful sit-in protest in the capital city of Islamabad to oppose the enforcement of the “Saudi Islamic” Zakat and Ushar Ordinance and since then, they have paid the price.
If the continuing massacres of Shia Muslims in Pakistan is justified via these dishonest narratives (how can killing of anyone be justified boggles the mind), then why are the Sunni Muslims (Barelvi, Deobandi, Ahmadi) and religious minorities (Hindu, Christain, Sikhs) being killed by the same perpetrators who are also killing Shia Muslims? The answer is in the question.
However, an increasing number of Pakistan’s urban educated elite prefer to remain ostriches and dismiss the killings of Shia Muslims as punishment for being Iranian fifth-columnists – for them, the Hazaras Shias undergoing genocide at the hands of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi are not worthy of sympathy.
On Twitter and Facebook, Ahmadi Muslim activists are prominent among those who are blunty condemning the Mastung massacre along with many other Sunni Muslims. This massacre is not about sectarianism; it is about the continued support to Jihadi monsters who are not sparing anyone. The time for denial has long gone.
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