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2017-06-10 05:35:48

Hazara Genocide: The blood on State’s hands

 

The silent killing of Hazaras is once again on cards. The persecuted Hazara-Shia community of Quetta came under attack once again few days back. Three people including a policeman were killed when gunmen opened fire on them. 

 

 

Just because large-scale terrorist attacks against this persecuted minority, such as the ones that took place back in 2003 and that prompted mass protests, have, for the time being halted, doesn’t mean that things have changed for the better. 

 

 

 Problematic is the way in which the media chooses to portray attacks on the Hazara-Shia community. A section of mainstream media tends to hide the Shia identity of the victims. They are described simply as ‘Hazaras’, giving a purely ethnic colour to the violence.

 

The fact is that Hazaras are not being targeted for their ethnicity — but for their Shia faith. The sectarian militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), that claims responsibility for almost all attacks on this community, has also vowed to ‘rid’ Pakistan of Shias.

 

Therefore, it should be clear that the violence against the community is triggered through sectarianism and not ethnicity.

The act of not completely mentioning the identity of the victim strengthens the perpetrators’ hands. When the killer proudly claims responsibility for the attack on a minority group, mentioning the victim’s religious identity is as important as naming the terror group behind the attack.

 

Media should clearly name the identity of both the perpetrators and the victims. And it is time for the government to end its policy of tolerance towards banned sectarian outfits and act against them.

 

 

 

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