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 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.
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.
Video report: Karachi
Video report: Quetta