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6 Shia professionals target killed in Karachi and Quetta by Deobandi ASWJ militants

Previously, more than 80 Shia doctors were serial killed in Karachi. Now more than 6 Shia lawyers have been killed in the last three months.

Related post: Pakistan’s military state enables further Shia killings in the name of Difa-e-Pakistan

Six Shia Muslims were killed in Karachi and Quetta on Wednesday 25 January 2012 in the latest incidents of target killing of Shia Muslims in Pakistan. The six Shia professionals killed today included: 3 lawyers (in Karachi), 1 TV artist, 1 poet and accountant, 1 FIA officer (in Quetta). Genocide continues!

According to the World Shia Forum and Shaheed Foundation, more than 700 Shia Muslims were target killed in 2011 by Pakistan army backed Jihadi-sectarian organizations (e.g., Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat ASWJ (also known as Sipah-e-Sahaba or Lashkar-e-Jhangvi etc). Pakistan army is currently supporting terrorist anti-Shia organization Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan under the banner of the so called Difa-e-Pakistan (Defence of Pakistan) rallies and conferences. Sipah-e-Sahaba (a radial Doebandi organization) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (a radical Wahhabi organization) are two main parties in the Difa-e-Pakistan Conference. The Difa-e-Pakistan Council is also supported by Imran Khan’s political party PTI; Khan sent a special message to the Difa-e-Pakistan Conference in December 2011 in Lahore.

In the first 26 days of 2012, at least 40 Shia Muslims have been target killed, which averages out to one to two Shia target killing per day across Pakistan. In the most deadly attack this year, at least 27 Shia Muslims were killed in Khanpur (Punjab) on 14 January 2012 during a mourning procession for Imam Hussain (Chehlum).

In the latest incidents today, 3 Shia lawyers were killed in Karachi when Jihadi-sectarian militants opened fire on their car near then Aram Bagh area of Karachi.

In Quetta, another three Shiite Muslims were killed at Makengi Road, including FIA Police Inspector Wilayat Hussain, a TV artist Abid Ali Nazish and Muhammad Anwar.

KARACHI: Advocate Kafil Jaffery, his father Baidar Jaffery and brother Shakeel Jafery were killed when four gunmen, riding two motorcycles, opened fire on Lawyers’ car when they were going back home from the City Court Karachi. A fourth lawyers is in critical condition and is undergoing surgery at the Civil Hospital.

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has announced a nation wide boycott of courts on Thursday.

Eyewitness accounts state that the police failed to act and only opened aerial firing after the attack had already taken place. The police were also late in cordoning off the crime scene. Pakistan’s police is usually under instructions from Pakistan army / ISI to refrain from intervening when ISI’s assets (proxies) are conducting their operations against Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, Barelvis etc.

QUETTA: Police said the three victims were travelling in a car on Ibrahim Street on Mekangi Raod when the attackers, riding a motorcycle, opened fire at them, killing them on the spot. The assailants managed to escape from the scene. The bodies were taken to Provincial Sandeman Hospital for an autopsy where they were identified as FIA Inspector Vilayat Hussain, actor Abid Nazish and Mohammad Anwar, an employee of the accountant-general of Balochistan’s office.

Artist Abid Ali Nazish (shaheed) with Tauqir Nasir
The target killing of Shia Muslims is ongoing while the political government has completely failed to arrest the terrorists and their patrons. Pakistan’s Supreme Court remains sympathetic towards terrorists, and routinely releases Jihadi-sectarian militants thus enabling further Shia genocide. In the recent past, Supreme Court has released Malik Ishaq of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Hafiz Saeed of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Both of them are currently active in the ISI-backed Difa-e-Pakistan rallies.

Media and human rights organizations silence:

Pakistani media, both English and Urdu language media, and both right wing and so called liberal journalists continue to either ignore or misrepresent the news of Shia killings. For example, Express Tribune, which is usually presented as a liberal progressive voice in Pakistan by urban elites, refused to identify the motive and identity of the three professionals killed in Quetta, and wrote this line: “The motive behind the murders could not be known immediately.

On Twitter, where only two days ago, hundreds of bloggers and activists, who were busy in condemning TV anchor Maya Khan’s violation of liberal space and progressive norms, kept complete mum on the genocide of Shias. No activism, petition or pressure on Pakistani media, government or army was evident in order to highlight, condemn and stop the ongoing Shia genocide.

However, Baloch, Pashtun and Ahmadi activists were most vocal on Twitter against the ongoing Shia genocide; they also criticised Pakistani media’s and urban elites’ hypocrisy and silence on Shia killings.

In the meanwhile, the Wolrd Shia Forum has appealed to all Shia scholars and youths to refrain from participating in any political or religious meeting in which there is likelihood of hate speech against other sects or religions including Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Jews etc.

It is high time that Pakistan’s oppressed communities including Shia Muslims, Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Balochs, Pashtuns and others unite and support each other against the ongoing persecution and target killing by Jihadi-sectarian assets of the Deep State.

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  • I am not a Shia but I wonder why don’t Shia Muslims apply for licensed weapons, spend money on their training in self defence and use of arms.

    If someone attacks them or stops their car, why don’t they return the fire? Why do they die so helplessly? Kill the killers before they kill you. I am sure there is legal provision to protect you!

  • Why do you call them Shias? We are all humans. All Pakistanis are dying. Don’t spread sectarianism please.

  • Usual baseless propaganda by LUBP. Do you have any proof that ISI is supporting LeJ?

    Moreover, don’t blame the Supreme Court if the prosecution presents weak or no evidence against Malik Ishaq etc.

    Grow up, kids!

  • BalaachMarri TheBaloch
    No, No, Pakistani media No. Those killed weren’t only random lawyers & professionals. They were Shias. 6 of them. Say it, you hypocrites!

    Darveshh Darvesh
    For 3 consecutive days, & I repeat for 3 days,every lifestyle liberal denounced Maya.Hours passed,not even customary tweet on Shia genocide.

    ahmed_sohaib Sohaib Ahmed
    @Maria_Memon @mSaleemJaved where r the liberals who were so outrageous at maya khan few days earlier, why dont they speak at shia killings

    Darveshh Darvesh
    When history will be written, it ll bear mention of how indifferently the majority was discussing Maya,while minorities were being

    mustafaa80 Mustafa Ahmed
    @Darveshh Who will write that history? These very people! If U R alluding to an alternative version of history, then, well, who reads that?

    asadmunir38 Asad Munir
    If shias had not resisted Zakat legislation of Zia,were not aggressive in defense of their faith,they may have been declared,Non Muslims

    KamranShafi46 Kamran Shafi
    @asadmunir38 ‘If shias had not resisted Zakat legislation of Zia’. And we might have been under Sharia by now!!

    akchishti akchishti
    ISI killed Mufti Shamzai for not favoring Masood Azhar (Ludhanvi was another one killed) but the reaction was on Shias.

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    We must thank Ejaz Haider, Saleem Ali and other liberals for contributing to hatred against Shia Muslims.

    Darveshh Darvesh
    @beenasarwar 6 Shia professionals killed around the country today. 3 lawyers, 1 TV artist, 1 poet, 1 FIA officer. Genocide continues.

    Darveshh Darvesh
    @asmashirazi @NasimZehra @najamsethi @javeednusrat Is it not about time you seriously talked in your programs the ongoing Shia genocide?

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Dear President Zardari and PM Gilani, You failed to stop Shia genocide in Pakistan. Shame on you!

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Sipah-e-Sahaba will host ISI-backed Defence of Pakistan Conference on 29 Jan 2012 in Multan wp.me/p1joLZ-ae0

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    What can Pakistan and the entire world learn from Pakistani Shias? shar.es/fHMql

    Darveshh Darvesh
    @mirza9 This ‘extremist’ on both sides is interesting. In Quetta alone more than 600 Shias have been killed. No tit-for-tat!

    Chiltan salma jafar
    Damn! I just found out that the lawyers were Shia, What can we do to stop this!! V gotta do something! #StopShiaKillingInPakistan

    akchishti akchishti
    as a Sunni, I am ashamed at the criminal silence from us – it seems Zia-Jhangvi alliance/leftovers is the new Yazid of today!

    MureedBizenjo Mureed Bizenjo
    #Quetta previously known as little london now death squad, witnessing highest number of targeted killing in #Pakistan #Shia #Baloch #Hazara

    Laibaah1 Laibaah
    What was the only crime of the three lawyers killed in Karachi? They belonged to WRONG sect! #WeCondemnShiaKillingsInPakistan

    WorldShiaForum World Shia Forum
    We condemn systematic & ongoing murder of innocent Shia Muslims by the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) (formerly Sipahe Sahaba Pakistan SSP)

    WorldShiaForum World Shia Forum
    Pakistan army, in particular its intelligence agencies are supporting Jihadi-sectarian militants of ASWJ/SSP/LeJ.

    atifahmads Atif S Ahmad
    Mullahs on one hand are killing innocent Shia Muslims and on the other hand motivating them to give statements against #Ahmadis! #Pakistan

    atifahmads Atif S Ahmad
    They proudly raise slogans “kafir kafir Shia Kafir” but now the media and fake liberals just wanna call them “humans” HYPOCRITES! #Pakistan

    alisalmanalvi Ali Salman Alvi
    Social Media champs who freaked out (rightly so) on Maya Khan’s unpardonable show have their mouths zipped n eyes closed on Shia killings.

    alisalmanalvi Ali Salman Alvi
    @beenasarwar An inappropriate show of Maya Khan freaked people out (rightly so) but there is not a word uttered on Shia Genocide…

    FaizBaluch فیض بلوچ
    Those hypocrite liberals who claims to be the well wishers of ours.Dont buy their lies.They r bussy discussing #MayaKhan not #BalochGenocide

    ITs_AzaD Nasrat Baloch
    “@Raheimam It is not Sunnis, it is Pakistan army supported LeJ-SSP terrorists who are killing Shia Muslims in Pakistan.”

    atifahmads Atif S Ahmad
    Yazidis killed another 6 Shia Muslims, please change the name of #Pakistan to Mullah Republic of Terrorists or counter these beasts!

    shiasmspk Shia Sms Pakistan
    Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is Rana Sanaullah’s cousin & a supporter of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan. He enables Shia killings.

    atifahmads Atif S Ahmad
    I request my Shia brothers to push their leaders not to help Mullahs in spreading hate for #Ahmadis, did we ever kill you or any1? #Pakistan

    atifahmads Atif S Ahmad
    Shia Muslims are killed by the proxies of #ISI in a very systematic manner, we all shld raise our voice and leave #MayaKhan alone! #Pakistan

    HaiderKarrar Syed Haider Karrar
    @Laibaah1 @zehranabi Who will provide the justice in #Pakistan when the #CJ himself backing #SSP #Lej

    smhaider smh
    @DrAwab u need to write blog on this. RT @Laibaah1: RT @AbdulNishapuri: Do you know who is enabling Shia genocide … m.tmi.me/l4Xu6

    ejazum Ejaz Ul Murtaza
    @shiapost @KamranShafi46 Crush Taliban-AlQaeda-SSP-LeJ rings who share the same philosophy & mindset, all killings will be stopped.

    Darveshh Darvesh
    @mehreenkasana Loved ur letter to Maya.Please write an equally (dis)passionate letter to CJ abt the 3 Shia lawyers’ murder in Karachi today

    atifahmads Atif S Ahmad
    Murder of lawyers in Karachi is part of a deliberate campaign of targeted killing of Shia Muslims by ISI proxy sectarian outfits v @munir104

    Laibaah1 Laibaah
    Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, Balochs, Pashtuns etc, all persecuted groups should stand united against Pakistan army & proxies.

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Make a list of all those journalists and bloggers who are consistently silent on Shia genocide. They are closet ISI-LeJ. Shameful creatures.

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Do you know who is enabling Shia genocide in Pakistan? All those who were very vocal on Maya Khan but are dead silent on Shia killings!

    munir104 Munir Khan
    Murder of 3 lawyers in Karachi is part of a deliberate campaign of targeted killing of Shia professionals by ISI proxy sectarian outfits!

    PakiReasoner Reasoner
    @AnsarBurney @AbdulNishapuri Shias r being killed on sectarian basis ! & every1 knows who’s behind these killings !

    TarekFatah Tarek Fatah
    Do Pakistanis realize, in 8th century when Prophet’s progeny was being hunted by the Arab caliphate, it was India that gave them sanctuary?

    Darveshh Darvesh
    From doctors to lawyers,police officers to sepoys,teachers to students & from professionals 2 vendors,killing of Shias continues in Pakistan

    atifahmads Atif S Ahmad
    Any1 who denies that Shias, Ahmadis, Christians are not being killed or persecuted due to their faith is dishonest to the core! v @Laibaah1

    Laibaah1 Laibaah
    After murder of lawyers Mukhtar Bukhari and Askari Raza, three more Shia lawyers killed today. Shame! #WeCondemnShiaKillingsInPakistan

    Laibaah1 Laibaah
    Shia Muslims are not being killed by Sunnis. Their killers are sitting in Pakistan army, SCP and media. #WeCondemnShiaKillingsInPakistan

    Laibaah1 Laibaah
    @ArchenBaloch Pakistan is gone. It is Fojistan. Shia Muslims would like to support and be a part of Azad Balochistan.

    Laibaah1 Laibaah
    What was the only crime of the three lawyers killed in Karachi? They belonged to WRONG sect! #WeCondemnShiaKillingsInPakistan

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    By supporting Sipah-e-Sahaba / Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in the name of Difa-e-Pakistan, Pakistan army has enabled further Shia genocide.

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is Rana Sanaullah’s cousin & a supporter of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan. He enables Shia killings.

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    It is not Sunnis, it is Pakistan army supported LeJ-SSP terrorists who are killing Shia Muslims in Pakistan. It is not Sunni vs Shia.

    shahbazzahid Shahbaz Zahid
    Father, his son and nephew killed in #Karachi target killing >> 3 lawyers gunned down, 1 injured — #Shia killings continue

  • its good to see tat if u martyred our tow lawers we also hit u in quetta and karachi so kutton apni ooqat main rahoo .

  • Karachi: Firing by MQM terrorists A shia man and a child injured

    | January 25, 2012 | 0

    According to our correspondent, terrorists of a regional political party opened fire on momineen who had gatheredat Malir Barfkhana Hussaini Safaratkhana, for condolence on marytrdom of three lawyers who were shot dead today, evening. Dur to Firing at Malir Barfkhana by terrorists of a political party a momin Ali and a young child Meesam are injured.

    The injured have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital. According to doctors life of injured Ali is out of danger while condition of young Meesam is very severe. You all are requested to pray for their health.

    Note that today, terrorists of SSP killed 3 Shia Muslim lawyers; 60 years old Syed Badar Jafri , 32 yeared Syed kafeel Jafri and Syed Shakeel Jafri of 33 years.

  • Kullo Yomin Ashura, Kulla Arzin Karb-o-Bala

    The lawyers, identified as Badar Munir, 45, his 25-year-old son Gohar Shakil Jaffery, Kafil Jaffery, 28, and Babar Ali, 45, were returning home in a car (R-7162) after attending court proceedings, when four unidentified assailants riding on two motorcycles intercepted their vehicle at Din Muhammad Wafai Road and sprayed the car with bullets, killing three of the lawyers on the spot while Ali was injured.

    The bodies of the deceased and the injured lawyer were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi. The situation in Jaffar Tayyar Society in Malir also became tense as unidentified miscreants set ablaze tyres and closed the roads for vehicular traffic. Aerial firing was reported in Abbas Town, Buffer Zone, Gurumandir and Kala Board and an Edhi ambulance was set ablaze at Malir 15.

    A strong reaction was also reported from other Shia-dominated areas of Ancholi, Abul Hassan Isphahani Road and Rizvia Society in Nazimabad, where a large number of residents came out of their houses and blocked the roads in protest of the killings of lawyers.

  • Today, Shaheryar Mirza (Mirza9) a pro-MQM and pro-Sipha-e-Sahaba journalist was spitting his bias against Shia Muslims on Twitter by equating Shia genocide with Sunni genocide:

    cpyala Cafe Pyala
    @mirza9 There is no Shia organization that calls for Sunnis to be killed for being infidels.
    7 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    cpyala Cafe Pyala
    @mirza9 No this is a false equation. One side, the SSP, is founded on the principle tht Shias are infidels and therefore must be eliminated.

    Darveshh Darvesh
    @mirza9 Love the way you presented the complex dynamics here.Never knew it requires one to be a political scientist to know what’s happening
    7 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Darveshh Darvesh
    @mirza9 This ‘extremist’ on both sides is interesting. In Quetta alone more than 600 Shias have been killed. No tit-for-tat!

    Darveshh Darvesh
    @mirza9 Does the IG have the data available for the ‘sectarian’ killings in last, say, 20 years in Karachi. Who’e the biggest victim?

  • Mother of all evils in this land of pure is Aabpara industry which keeps on killing innocents with impunity.

  • @Shahid

    The cheif of LeJ, Molana Ishaq, was flown into the GHQ in an army helicopter from Adiyala jail to negotiate with terrorists. He was later released. What other proof is required of army’s complicity in the murder of Shia community. Btw, I am a Sunni

  • I think now its time for shia people raise their voices internationally and if they want to stop this killing they should use tit for tat technique if they kill one they must answer by same killing there is no govt all are rascal including MQM and ppP they all are bastered we should protect to each other spend money on weapons to protect shia people

  • KARACHI: Three lawyers were shot dead and a fourth was wounded here on Wednesday in what appeared to be a targeted sectarian attack. Gunmen sprayed the lawyers’ car with bullets on Maulana Din Mohammad Wafai Road near Pakistan Chowk when they were going home from City Courts. One of the deceased was a senior lawyer and the others his son and nephew. Four men on two motorcycles carried out the attack at around 3:06 pm, according to SDPO Preedy Subdivision ASP Ali Asif. They intercepted the car and two pillion-riders got down and opened fire. Although the lawyer who was driving the car suffered bullet wounds, he drove the vehicle to Civil Hospital, SSP South Naeem Ahmed Shaikh said. “They fired five to six shots, we have found four spent bullet casings of a 9mm pistol and one casing of a 30-bore pistol,” he said. The windscreen of the car was smashed. The assailants managed to flee despite the presence of a police van outside the nearby office of a daily newspaper. Three policemen, who were in the van but did not act to arrest or kill the assailants, were detained by police on the orders of the SSP South pending a departmental inquiry. The policemen were part of the security escort of the editor of the newspaper. Badar Munir Jafri, 65, his son Gohar Shakil Jafri, 34, and nephew Kafil Ahmed Jafri were pronounced dead at the hospital, while the injured, Babar Ali Jafri, was taken to the operation theatre and after surgery shifted to the Surgical ICU. Kafil Ahmed Jafri was to get married on 17 Rabiul Awwal. According to police and some lawyers, the four advocates were members of the legal aid committee of the Shia Lawyers Forum, but at present they were not handling any high-profile case. The bodies were shifted to Husaini Jamia Masjid in Malir, Saudabad. The incident sparked protests in the localities of Malir, Saudabad and Jafar Tayyar Society. Protesters started firing in the air and forced businesses to close. Reports of tension were also received from other areas, including Rizvia Society, Abbas Town and Ancholi in Federal B. Area. A portion of the National Highway was closed to traffic after enraged people erected barricades and burned tyres. An Edhi ambulance was set on fire in Malir. The Shia Ulema Council has announced three days of mourning. The funeral prayers will be offered at Sharea Faisal (National Highway) after Zohr prayers on Thursday. On the call of the Karachi Bar Association, legal fraternity will observe a complete boycott of courts on Thursday. KBA President Mahmoodul Hasan condemned the murders and said the lawyers would stay away from courts and hold a condolence reference. He called upon the government to take immediate steps to stop the killing of lawyers. Sindh Bar Council’s Vice Chairman Iftikhar Javed Qazi also condemned the killings and said the SBC had endorsed the call given by the Pakistan Bar Council and Supreme Court Bar Association for a countrywide strike.On Jan 11, Advocate Maqboolur Rehman was killed on New M.A. Jinnah Road in the Jamshed Quarters area. Last year, 20 lawyers were killed in Sindh, 15 of them in Karachi, according to the Karachi Bar Council.

    REFERENCE: Three lawyers killed in Karachi sectarian attack S. Raza Hassan http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/26/three-lawyers-killed-in-karachi-sectarian-attack.html

  • Shias are themselves stupid and deviants. If Shias are truly concerned about it then they must wage an open war against Deobandis/Wahabbis, not Sunnis. Instead of speaking bad about Ghazi Mumtaz Qadri that killed a wastrel, faithless governor, they should raise their voice against Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat(formerly a banned terror outfit), they are not the real Jamaat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnah. Learn the difference and be against Wahabbi/Deobandi Taliban-minded terror groups operating in the country and sad to say with the help of ISI.

  • Karachi killings
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    Widespread malaise

    The gruesome murder of three lawyers in Karachi is yet another reminder of the worsening situation of law and order in the country. Though it is never useful to jump to conclusions immediately, the fact that the three belonged to the Shia sect makes it easy to place the motive of the incident in the larger context of sectarian killings in the country. All across the country, the Shia community has been targeted, be they from the Hazara community in Balochistan, the Turi tribe in the tribal areas or simply, prominent professionals in central and southern Punjab.

    The legal fraternity staged a protest across the country in solidarity with their fallen brethren. The courts were boycotted in many towns in the country, from Sindh to KP. At a time when the legal community has come under much criticism regarding their conservative religio-political orientation, it is heartening to note that there are some good things, at least, that have emerged from the rather charged profession-wide activism that the legal fraternity has been given to in the aftermath of the lawyers’ movement.

    Whereas the inadequate response of the deep state to the tumult in the north-west can be attributed, to a large extent, on its particular security paradigm regarding Afghanistan, the policy towards sectarian groups in the rest of the country cannot be placed squarely on the policy of strategic depth. Here, it is also a result of the twofold scourges of a state with a limited capacity to respond to challenges and the immense, immense clout that these outfits enjoy in vast swathes of the Punjab. Their rather large presence in urban Sindh has also been the source of much discontent.

    Also cognisant should we be of the various fault lines that cut across Karachi and, indeed, the whole country as well. Killings are attributed according to the lens the analyst wears. Several months ago, a killing like this could be attributed to ethno-linguistic rifts. Even killings emanating from personal, professional and trade rivalries have been known, in the past, to have been brushed up under the carpet of the background of hate crimes. A number of innocent religious minority members, for instance, have been implicated in blasphemy cases because of the property they owned or the thriving professional practice they ran.

    The increasing inability of the state to keep its monopoly on the use of violence is the backdrop of our national descent into chaos.


  • Acts of terror
    By Editorial
    Published: January 27, 2012

    SCBA, other lawyers’ bodies to boycotted courts on Thursday in protest. PHOTO: REUTERS

    Hundreds of Shias died in targeted attacks across the country last year and most tragically, this year seems to be no different. The deadly process continues. Three Shia lawyers were gunned down in Karachi on January 26. On the same day, three other professionals — including an FIA official, an accountant and a poet — all from the Shia community, were killed in Quetta. Extremist groups are believed to be responsible and may well be deliberately targeting Shia professionals as means to spread terror amongst the community. The tactic has worked, with hundreds of professionals — notably doctors — who have fled the country after being targeted in this manner. This is a loss that is hard to sustain in a nation where professionals are badly needed. To add to the targeted shooting, there have been attacks on Shia processions such as the one taken out earlier this month in the town of Khanpur in Rahimyar Khan district, where Shias were mourning the 40th day of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.
    We all know who is behind the attacks; the rise of sectarian organisations in the Punjab in the late 1980s and 1990s is well-documented. Through the years these groups have split up, and re-grouped under different names again and again. The question is: why can’t more be done to go after them, both in their base in the southern Punjab and in other centres where they have spread like a virus against which we have no antidote. We need to tackle the issue head on. The fact that we have waited so long only makes matters more difficult. On a short-term basis, our intelligence networks need to determine how these groups operate, where they are based and devise a strategy to marginalise them. The increasing hatred and intolerance in society needs to be tackled and we need to end the targeting of those from the Shia community which is destroying so many aspects of life in our society, effectively tearing it apart. In the short-term, this means hitting those involved in such sectarian attacks with an iron fist. As for the longer term, this will have to involve a comprehensive overhaul of the national curriculum and regulation/monitoring of madrassas.

    Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2012.


  • Why Pakistani media which is getting foreign countries aid not telecasting the news of shia killing. The media which is making money through advertisement of foreign Multinational companies like unilever, p&g, pepsi, coca cola are bound to follow their desire policy of secularism. So, any channel would deviate with their policy may lose the advertisement.
    The PPP government is also responsible for not taking steps. Shia are major voters of PPP. It is conspiracy again PPP too. But , time is over now. I pray for good for PPP but they are not sincere.

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  • Judge made OSD
    By Wajih Ahmad Sheikh
    Updated Aug 26, 2014 08:53am
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    LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has made a civil judge an OSD (officer on special duty) for being on hit-list of militant groups, Dawn learnt on Monday.

    Ali Ashtar Naqvi Syed has been posted at Ferozewala since 2012 as civil judge-cum-judicial magistrate.

    Sources said eight members of various banned outfits arrested by police in May last revealed to their interrogators that Mr Syed was on the list of their potential targets, besides many others, including some judges, lawyers and journalists.

    Many lawyers, judges and other professionals, especially those belonging to Shia sect have been killed, harassed and terrorised by militant groups in past. In a recent happening, Justice Ali Baqar Najafi of the LHC also received a threatening letter from a banned outfit when he was holding a judicial inquiry into June 17 Model Town killings.

    Sources in the LHC revealed that Mr Syed had been receiving life threats for the last one year after he ordered sealing of a mosque owing to a dispute over its possession between two rival sects – “deobandi” and “barevli”.

    They said the civil judge, on the advice of law enforcement agencies, went underground to avoid any possible attack and obtained one-month leave from the high court. Acting Chief Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik also posted Mr Syed as an OSD on his representation.

    Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2014