Based on feedback from Shia Muslims including Shia Hazaras, LUBP has decided to publish the following response to President Zardari’s press release in the aftermath of his meeting with some members of an ethnic Hazara party.
The so called Hazara delegate which met Prez Zardari today was led by none else than the Deep State’s chosen man, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, known for his special relations with Pakistan Army. He is the same man who, as proudly quoted by Ejaz Haider, justified Hazara killing by terming Hazara Shias as Iranian agents.
It is deeply shocking to note that President Zardari did not refer to Shia Muslims even once in his vague (pre-approved by ISI?) press release!
Misrepresenting Shia massacres to a particular ethnicity or region is no service to Shia Muslims. Such false narratives serve to obfuscate, and enable future massacres of Shia Muslims by LeJ, SSP, Jundullah etc.
President Zardari must note that those slaughtering Shia Hazaras are not different from those who are killing Shia Tooris and Shia Saraikis.
He must also note that mass murders of Shia Muslims will continue until Pakistan army abandons its policy of proxy war through jihadis.
According to the press release, President Zardari has directed Rehman Malik to take it up with Balochistan Govt to put to an end the tide of violence against the Hazara
Given Rehman Malik’s callous statements against Baloch nationalists, Shias of Balochistan cannot trust a man who speaks ISI’s language.
President Zardari reportedly directed authorities for taking stern actions against all those involved in attacks on Hazara to bring them to justice.
The same authorities who pledged to send a truck of tissue papers to Hazara Shias?
Not only Shias and other faith group but also the Baloch are deeply disappointed with the PPP government. The Baloch have suffered the most in last 4 years!!!
The ongoing blockade of Parachinar by ISI-backed Haqqani Taliban is an evidence to the fact that Deep State is punishing anti-Taliban Shias.
If President Zardari and General Kayani are sincere with Shia Muslims, they must relocate their offices to Parachinar until the siege is lifted. (Why would Gen Kayani relocate to Parachinar while his own (non-uniformed) good Taliban warriors siege the town?)
President Zardari said: “Heavy hand of the government would fall on all those elements behind the attacks on members of Hazara community.”
For a start, Prez Zardari must try heavy hand of his government on those who killed Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and are impeding investigations.
Instead of false assurances, President Zardari must carefully reflect on the high number of Shias, Ahmadis, Balochs, Pashtuns, Christians killed since 2008 when his party came into power. According to an estimate, more than 1400 Toori Shias, 500 Hazara Shias, 1000 Saraiki Shias in D.I.Khan, D.G.Khan and adjoining areas, and hundreds of other Shias in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and other parts of the country have been massacred by the LeJ-TTP-SSP in the last 4 years. This figure is in addition to hundreds of other Shias who have been killed in indiscriminate public attacks by SSP-TTP-LeJ in the last few years on Pakistani markets, streets, shrines and security forces. On the average, this equals to approximately 1000 Shia killings per year or 2 to 3 Shia killings per days since the PPP came to power. Approximately 5,000 to 10,000 Shias are currently injured, undergoing ongoing medical and/or psychological treatment or are disabled because of serious injuries sustained in the terrorist attacks.
Increasingly Pakistani Shias and religious and ethnic minority groups are becoming disillusioned because of PPP’s lack of will and ability to protect them.
As noted by Ali Dayan Hasan, a leading human rights activist, “What is his [Prez Zardari] party’s government doing to end the killings ? Not Prez as person but as party leader of ruling party & of coalition at center & balochistan SHOULD be best placed to deal. No?” (via Twitter)
A delegation of Hazaras in Balochistan call on the President
President Asif Ali Zardari has said that incidents of target killings and sectarian violence in Balochistan were most regrettable and that the heavy hand of the government would fall on all those elements behind the attacks on members of Hazara community. The President also directed the Interior Minister Rehman Malik to take it up with the Balochistan government and render all possible assistance if asked by the provincial government to put to an end the tide of violence against the community. He directed the concerned authorities for taking immediate and stern actions against all those involved in attacks on Hazara community in Balochistan to bring them to justice. The President condemned the recent barbaric and inhuman killings of the members of Hazara Community in Balochistan and expressed his heartfelt condolences with the delegation of Hazara community over the killings, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr today. He also asked the delegation to convey his regrets and deep concern to the entire Hazara community over the acts of violence against them. The Hazaras delegation included among others, Mr. Nazar Ali, Dr. Neroze, Haji Barkat Ali, Mr. Abdul Khaliq and Mr. Kozad. A. Rehman Malik, Federal Minister for Interior,Secretary General to the President Mr. M. Salman Faruqui and other senior officials were present during the meeting. Senator Rehman Malik, Interior Minister briefed the President on the steps thus far taken against the culprits involved in sectarian violence in Balochistan and the attacks on Hazaras community. He also apprised that immediate measures have been taken to provide protection to pilgrims travelling from Quetta to Iran. The President asked Rehman Malik to proceed to Quetta immediately, if so requested by the provincial government, to assist the Balochsitan government in providing protection to Hazaras and apprehending the culprits. The President called for a report on the arrests made so far and progress in the cases registered and reasons if no arrests had thus far been or no cases initiated. The President said that Hazaras were law abiding patriotic citizens and it was the responsibility of the government to protect them and make them feel safe and secure. He asked the Hazaras not to be deterred by the acts of a handful of vicious elements. The President said that peace and development of Balochistan was a pillar of the present government’s policy and said that the government was rapidly working on early implementation of the mega developmental projects initiated under the flagship program Aghaz-e- Haqooq-e –Balochistan. He expressed the hope that a series of development projects initiated by the present government would heal the wounds of Baloch people made during the previous regimes and would help bring the province and the people at par with rest of the country in terms of socio- economic development. The delegation thanked the President for the interaction and appreciated the President’s resolve to address the grievances and problems of the people of Balochistan.
President Zardari in a meeting with Hazara comunity. Oct 13, 2011