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We commend HRCP’s bold statement on Shia genocide in Pakistan

LUBP commends Zohra Yusuf and her team at Human Rights Commmission of Pakistan (HRCP) on issuing a bold statement on the ongoing Shia genocide in Pakistan. The HRCP’s statement not only highlights State’s failure to protect Shias but also points towards the complicity between the Lashkar-e-Jahangvi (LeJ aka Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat ASWJ) and certain pro-Taliban element withihin security agencies.

HRCP said that Pakistan’s state has failed to prevent the blatant killings of people on account of their religious beliefs. In a statement issued Friday, HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusaf expressed grief over the killing of 18 Shia Muslim pilgrims in Quetta on June 28. Hinting at Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s involvement behind the gruesome killings, HRCP called for an inquiry into the militant group’s alleged links with Pakistan’s security agencies.

There are, however, glaring ommissions in the Urdu translation reported by BBC Urdu website where Shia genocide has been misrepresented in ethnic terms and Hazra ethnicity has been described as Hazara sect (Hazra friqah) etc.

HRCP’s original statement is provided below.

Shia pilgrims’ killing exposes state’s criminal negligence

In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said: “HRCP shares the grief of the families of those killed and injured in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Quetta…

Lahore, June 29: The killing of Shia pilgrims in Balochistan on Thursday again demonstrates that terrorists persist with their vicious and systematic campaign to target citizens on account of their religious beliefs as state has either been unwilling or increasingly unable to prevent the blatant killings, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said:

“HRCP shares the grief of the families of those killed and injured in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Quetta that targeted a bus of Shia pilgrims. After the brazen attack on a bus of Iran-bound pilgrims in Mastung district of Balochistan last year, it was certain that unless the culprits were brought to justice they will strike again. They did so on Thursday. This time the bus had a police escort and yet, as in the Mastung attack, neither the attack could be foiled nor perpetrators captured. About the only difference was that those dead and injured were taken to hospitals relatively quickly. The number of Shias killed in systemic and targeted attacks in Balochistan in 2012 alone has exceeded 60. Everyone knows who the perpetrators are. With each attack, allegations of the attackers enjoying sympathy and support among the security forces gain more credence, at least in the views of the targeted community. In the circumstances, the Shia population of Balochistan, and the Iran-bound pilgrims in particular, understandably feel like sitting ducks. Little wonder then that many young people from the community are prepared to take their chances to flee the country in search of safety, often risking travel in rickety boats in shark-infested waters to do so. At least 70 young men from the community had drowned in one such attempt in Indonesian waters in 2011.

“HRCP unequivocally condemns the attack and is shocked by the authorities’ inability or unwillingness to act against terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has repeatedly claimed responsibility for these attacks. The promised probe into the attack must also look into charges of support for the terrorists among the security agencies. It has also been alleged that the Iran-bound pilgrims targeted on Thursday were originally sitting in various buses but the authorities asked them all to go in one bus, which was later targeted. Some members of the community have interpreted that as proof at least some elements in the law enforcement agencies working hand in glove with the terrorists. HRCP cannot vouch for the veracity of this claim but that too should be investigated. The government should try and imagine the plight of the community whose systematic targeting is now little short of naked persecution. HRCP is sure that unless unambiguous will of the state to bring the killers to justice is demonstrated Pakistan will become an even more unlivable place than it already is.”

Zohra Yusuf
Chairperson

Comment by Shaheryar Ali:

In my view, it’s a very important statement. For the first time, HRCP has conceded two main points: (1) cause of attrocities is victims’ faith (Shia sect); and (2) state is involved.

Because of legal restrictions, they can go as far as that, but I think they should be encouraged. I suspect that other organizations will follow suit. The atrocities against Shia Muslims in Pakistan have reached a threshold that even the reformist circles have to come out against them. And its important that if such opinions come forward from other organizations and intellectuals, they must be encouraged to see if an effective advoocacy can emerge.

The statement per se will not stop the atrocities but it’s important that State (particularly army) is being implicated. Sooner or later, these reports and statements will be counted as evidence against these murderers.

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  • BBC Urdu does not offer an honest translation of HRCP’s original statement.

    دہشتگردوں سےروابط کی تحقیقات کا مطالبہ
    آخری وقت اشاعت: ہفتہ 30 جون 2012
    ‭ 19:13 GMT 00:13 PST

    پاکستان کے انسانی حقوق کے کمیشن نے دعویٰ کیا ہے کہ ہزارہ کمیونٹی کے افراد نے انہیں قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں کے بعض اہلکاروں یا بعض عناصر کے دہشت گردوں کے ساتھ گٹھ جوڑ کا ثبوت فراہم کیا ہے۔

    کمیشن نے جمعہ کو جاری کیے گئے ایک بیان میں واضح کیا ہے کہ کمیشن اس الزام یا دعوے کی صداقت یا سچائی کے بارے میں نہیں کہہ سکتا لیکن اس الزام کی بھی تحقیقات ہونی چاہیے۔

    کوئٹہ میں شیعہ زائرین کی بس میں دھماکہ سے چودہ افراد ہلاک ہوگئے تھے، انسانی حقوق کمیشن یعنی ایچ آر سی پی کے مطابق صرف رواں سال کے دوران بلوچستان میں ہلاک کیے جانے والے شیعہ حضرات کی تعداد ساٹھ سے زائد ہے۔

    ایچ آر سی پی کا کہنا ہے کہ ہر کوئی جانتا ہے کہ قاتل کون ہیں کیونکہ ہر حملے کے ساتھ حملہ آوروں کے بارے میں کہا جاتا ہے کہ انہیں سکیورٹی فورسز کی ہمدردی اور اعانت حاصل ہے۔

    شیعہ زائرین کی بس کو ماضی میں بھی نشانہ بنایا گیا ہے

    انسانی حقوق کمیشن کی چیئرمین زہرہ یوسف کی جانب سے جاری کیے گئے اس بیان میں کہا گیا ہے کہ بلوچستان میں شیعہ زائرین کا قتل اس بات کو ظاہر کرتا ہے کہ دہشت گرد مذہب کی بنیاد پر شہریوں کو نشانہ بنانے پر تلے ہوئے ہیں اور ریاست کوئی کارروائی کرنا نہیں چاہتی یا ان ہلاکتوں کو روکنے میں ناکام ہو گئی ہے۔

    ایچ آر سی پی نے کہا ہے کہ گزشتہ سال بلوچستان سے ایران جانے والے زائرین کی بس پر حملے کے بعد یہ یقین تھا کہ جب تک مجرموں کو پکڑا نہیں جاتا وہ ایک بار پھر ظلم ڈھائیں گے۔

    کمیشن کے مطابق یہ الزام بھی عائد کیا گیا ہے کہ ایران جانے والے جن زائرین کو جمعرات کے روز ہدف بنایا گیا درحقیقت وہ کئی بسوں میں سوار تھے لیکن حکام نے انہیں ایک ہی بس میں جانے کے لیے کہا جس کے بعد انہیں نشانہ بنایا گیا۔

    کمیشن نے حیرت کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ اس بار پولیس کی ایک ٹیم بس کے ساتھ تھی اور جیسا کہ مستونگ کے حملے میں ہوا نہ تو اس حملے کو روکا جا سکا اور نہ ہی مجرموں کو پکڑا گیا۔ فرق صرف اتنا تھا کہ وہ لوگ جو مارے گئے یا زخمی ہوئے اُنہیں نسبتاً جلدی ہسپتال پہنچایا گیا۔

    پاکستان کے کمیشن برائے انسانی حقوق نے مطالبہ کیا کہ اس حملے کی تفتیش کے دوران اس بات کی بھی تحقیقات کی جانی چاہیے کہ دہشت گردوں کی مدد اور پشت پناہی کون کر رہا ہے۔

    حکومت کمیونٹی کی حالت زار کے بارے میں سوچ بچار کرے، اس فرقے کا منظم اور سوچے سمجھے منصوبے کے تحت قتل عام کھلم کھلا بربریت اور جارحیت ہے۔

    ایچ آرسی پی کا کہنا ہے کہ کیا یہ حیرانگی کی بات نہیں ہے کہ ہزارہ فرقے سے تعلق رکھنے والے متعدد نوجوان ملک چھوڑ کر چلے جانا چاہتے ہیں، اس مقصد کے لیے وہ بعض اوقات ٹوٹی پھوٹی کشتیوں میں سفر کرنے کا خطرہ بھی مول لینے کے لیے تیار ہیں، ایسی ہی ایک کوشش میں ستر نوجوان انڈونیشیا میں اپنی قیمتی جانوں سے ہاتھ دھو بیٹھے ۔

    کمیشن کو یقین ہے کہ جب تک قاتلوں کو پکڑا نہیں جاتا اور انہیں قرار واقعی سزا نہیں دی جاتی پاکستان ایک ایسی جگہ میں تبدیل ہو جائے گا جہاں زندگی گزارنا مشکل ہو جائے گا

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/06/120629_shia_killings_hrcp_fz.shtml

  • Pakistan army is the main culprit behind Shia genocide.

    Butcher Kayani is the man responsible.

  • Ye jo dehshat gardi hai
    Iss ke peeche wardi hai

    Na Pak Fauj Kay Na Pak Jernail

  • By the way, shame on BBC Urdu. Why did they distort the essence of HRCP’s statement?

    HRCP honestly presents Shia genocide as target killing of Shia Muslims due to their faith/sect. BBC Urdu (who is the translator / editor) converted it into a Hazara ethnic issue?

    Shame on BBC and its editors / translators!

  • At last the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan shows the guts we have been asking it to show. This is a commendable step they have taken. Hat off to them and we hope they will keep it up.

  • The BBC is reporting that people from Hazara community have provided evidence to HRCP. This a some thing else but in the report further they have precisely translated the report that people are being killed for thei faith. i think its not valid criticism on BBC urdu

  • @Sherry

    What is Hazara firqah?

    On more than one occasions, BBC Urdu has misrepresented Shia genocide as a Sunni vs Shia sectarian or ethnic issue. We have been approaching them from time to time to get this rectified. Are BBC editors naive or compromised?

  • Nishapuri bhai, BBC urdu is infiltrated by ISI types. They distort interviews of victims as well as analysts. Some serious problems here.

  • Sent this email (one of several) to an editor of BBC Urdu a few weeks ago:

    Dear …….

    The current BBC article has a misinformation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/06/120603_quetta_firing_sa.shtml

    Those killed today were Qandahari-Yusufzai Shias, who are not Hazaras.

    5 Kandahari (Qandhari) Yusufzai Shias killed in Quetta: http://criticalppp.com/archives/78270

    Who says Shia genocide in Quetta is Hazara specific?

    Those who want to misrepresent Shia genocide want to give it an ethnic colour (Hazara specific only) and also refrain from identifying the killers (ISI-backed ASWJ-Taliban).

    It is important to represent Shia genocide as Shia genocide. This is the least which we could do to help innocent Shias.

    Also of interest is this links from a Shia website:

    http://worldshiaforum.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/is-it-hazara-genocide-or-shia-genocide-by-musa-changezi/

    Regards,
    Abdul

  • The largest LeJ/ASWJ madrassah outside Punjab is in Mastung, in the heart of territory controlled by the Raisani tribe, of Balohcistan Chief Minister Raistani.

    Naeem Shamim ‏@naeemshamim
    Hamid Mir’s guests are equally criminal – now they’re blaming Iran & India for #ShiaGenocide by the ISI

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