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The Messiaha is here: Chief Justice calls killing of Hazaras a genocide

1397/2/21 | 04:37
  Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar today said that the Hazara killings in Balochistan are tantamount to genocide, which is why the court took a suo motu notice of the targeted attacks. A two-member Supreme Court (SC) bench, comprising Justice Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, was hearing a suo motu case regarding the targeted killing of the Hazara community in Quetta. The CJP had taken a suo motu notice after the Hazara community staged a protest against the recent increase in targeted attacks that killed at least five people ...

For the first time: Senate offers fateha for Shia Hazara martyrs of Quetta

1397/2/14 | 04:37
  Senate, the upper house of Pakistan’s bicameral Parliament offered Fateha for the departed souls of Hazara community persons martyred in terrorist attacks in Quetta.   Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani asked Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq to lead Fateha. Sanjrani also hails from Balochistan province where Persian-speaking Hazara Shia Pakistanis have fallen victim to takfiri terrorist attacks. ...

Hazara Killings: Can CJP turn the history?

1397/2/12 | 04:37
  Leaders of the Shia Hazara community agreed to call off their protest over the recent spate of targeted killings in the city after a meeting with Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday night. Gen Bajwa arrived in the city late Tuesday evening and held a meeting with representatives of the Hazara community that has been hit badly by incidents of targeted killing in the city. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), representatives shared their concerns about target killing of the community with the ...

Shia Muslims may expand Quetta protest against genocide to entire Pakistan

1397/2/11 | 04:37
  After having been dismayed and discouraged by the inaction against the terrorists involved in Shia genocide, Shia parties leaderships and religious scholars have come under immense pressure from people to give a call for countrywide sit-in campaign to expand the Quetta protest to entire Pakistan.   Leading Shia party Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen has setup three sit-in camps in Quetta including one outside provincial legislature where an incumbent minister belonging to the MWM himself leads the protesters. They are registering protest ...

Who Cares for Hazaras?

1397/2/10 | 04:37
  When the minorities of a multi-ethnic nation state are routinely persecuted by ruthless coercion and violence in the face of a callous establishment that perpetuates the status quo by remaining silent on the issue, not only has the state failed in protecting its citizens, it has become complicit in the persecution by not addressing the matter.   The latest attack on the Hazara community in Quetta comes third in the series of horrifying attacks this month on the persecuted minority in which two members of the Shia Hazara community ...

Who cares for Hazara's hunger strike?

1397/2/9 | 04:37
  Angered at the killing of two Hazara men on Saturday, the members of persecuted Hazara community are staging a protest in Quetta against the unabated killings of the community. Led by Social activist Jalila Haider, the hunger strike of Hazara community members outside Quetta Press Club entered into its second day on Sunday. The protesters criticised the law enforcement and security agencies for their inaction and failure to prevent Hazaras from being murdered in the city. The members of Hazara community demanded that Army Chief Gen ...

Would Chief Justice take pity on oppressed Hazaras?

1397/1/21 | 04:37
A delegation of the Hazara community headed by Abdul Khaliq Hazara met Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar at the Supreme Court, Quetta Registry, on Monday. The delegation informed the chief justice about the problems and issues their community was facing in the city. They CJP told the delegation that their problems would be solved according to law. Hazara's have been facing genocide since long and number of people form Hazara community have been shot dead in cold blooded murder but state failed to provide them security.  Hazara's ...

Nine killed as bombing targets gathering of Shia Hazaras in Afghan capital

1396/12/19 | 04:37
  At least nine people have been killed and 18 others injured in a bomb attack near a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The casualties were caused after an attacker, who had been stopped at a nearby security checkpoint, set off an explosive device he was carrying, said Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy Interior Ministry spokesman. Rahimi said the assailant apparently sought to target crowds comprising members of Afghanistan’s Shia Hazara community. They had gathered to commemorate Abdul Ali Mazari, a Hazara political leader killed by ...

Agony of Hazaras: A story of denied Justice

1396/10/23 | 04:37
The Hazara community has asked the Supreme Court to appoint a judicial commission — similar to the one constituted in the wake of deadly twin bombings that targeted lawyers in Quetta — to identify the state elements responsible for perpetuating atrocities against the minority.   On Monday, Hazara Action Committee (HAC) chairman Liaquat Hazara appeared before a bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, which was following up on the critical Quetta Commission report, authored by Justice Qazi Faez Isa.   The court disposed of ...

Hazaras: The Rohingyas of Pakistan?

1396/8/12 | 04:37
  Last week, when I was planning a trip to Quetta for training, Mujeeb Hashmi, a friend from work, asked me to wear shalwar kameez, not only to the airport but also whenever I went out and about in the city.   Hashmi, being a veteran filmmaker, has been to almost every habitable area of Pakistan – so I had to pay heed. He also warned me to be wary of certain localities within the city such as Hazara Town and Alamdar Road, given the violence witnessed by the city in the past.   He was right.   Quetta made a great ...

Fear and loathing returns for Quetta’s Hazara community

1396/7/25 | 04:37
  And when you can’t hide – you run. This is the main reason why Shia Hazara businessmen, professionals and students from Quetta are leaving for Pakistan’s big cities: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.     In the sea of people that make up a large city, a Hazara becomes just another face in the crowd. The luxury of anonymity is something they do not have in their native Quetta.   Three Hazaras among five dead in gun attack on Quetta van   As Quetta’s security situation shows few signs of improving ...

Hazara Genocide: The mote in our eyes , the wool in our ears

1396/7/18 | 04:37
  At least three members of the ethnic Hazara community and two other Shias were killed, while one other was seriously injured on Quetta's Kasi road on Monday morning as unidentified armed men opened fire at their vehicle, police said.     Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings since more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.   While sectarian terrorism in Balochistan ...

Hazara killings: A passive genocide

1396/6/22 | 04:37
  Four people belonging to the Hazara community were killed and two others severely injured in an attack by armed men in the Kuchlak area couple of days ago.   A 12-year-old boy was among the victims, while two women travelling with them remained unhurt as they were sitting in a vehicle when the attackers opened fire on the men who were standing outside.     According to officials, eight members of the Hazara Shia community were coming to Quetta from Chaman town on the Afghan border. They stopped their vehicle near a ...

Hazara's again: Four Hazaras shot dead near Mastung as gunmen open fire on vehicle

1396/4/28 | 04:37
At least four people belonging to the ethnic Hazara Shia communitywere shot dead when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle near Balochistan's Mastung area today, police sources said. A woman is among the slain victims. According to police sources, the incident was an act of targeted killing. The assailants escaped unhurt after carrying out the attack. Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) personnel reached the site and started an investigation into the incident. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti strongly condemned ...

Hazara Genocide: The blood on State’s hands

1396/3/20 | 04:37
  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 ...

Stranded at border: Did Govt deliberately abandon Shiite pilgrims?

1395/8/2 | 04:37
  Up to 700 Pakistani pilgrims, including a large number of women and children, are currently stranded in Iran after a travel agent failed to procure visas for the onward leg of their journey which would have taken them to Iraq. Pilgrims, intending to travel to Karbala in Iraq to observe Ashura, had booked with the Karachi-based travel company Karavan of Pride. The travel agency, located in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi, had offered pilgrims a budget package to visit the holy sites in Iran and Iraq that would enable them to undertake ...

Death toll mounts to 80 as Hazara rally attacked in Kabul

1395/5/2 | 04:37
A powerful explosion on Saturday ripped through crowds of minority Shia Hazaras in Kabul who had gathered to protest over a power line, killing at least 80 people and leaving 231 others wounded, officials said. Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack which came after a brief lull during the recent holy fasting month of Ramazan. The scene of the blast was littered with charred bodies and dismembered limbs, with ambulances struggling to reach the scene as authorities had overnight blocked key intersections with stacked ...

Quetta Terrorism: Is national action plan has become inaction plan?

1394/7/29 | 04:37
  A bomb explosion on a bus in the Pakistani city of Quetta has killed at least 11 people and wounded a further 22, police say. A senior police official in the western city told that the device was planted on the roof of the vehicle. The blast comes at a time of relatively diminished violence in Pakistan. No-one has said they carried out the attack.Balochistan province suffers from separatist, sectarian and Islamist insurgencies. Reports suggest that most of the passengers on the bus were poor labourers returning from work — which may ...

Hazara killings: Would senate committee deliberations be acted upon?

1394/5/7 | 04:37
A Senate committee would take up next week the issue of the killings of Hazara community members in Pakistan and discuss how a fresh piece of legislation might help protect religious minorities in the country. According to official records, an estimated 1,456 members of the Hazara community have lost their lives in different areas of Balochistan in the past seven years. For the first time, a group of senators will meet the affected families in Quetta.The committee on human rights, headed by Senator Nasreen Jalil of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, ...

Committee on Hazara killings: A dim optimism

1394/5/1 | 04:37
A Senate committee would take up next week the issue of the killings of Hazara community members in Pakistan and discuss how a fresh piece of legislation might help protect religious minorities in the country. According to official records, an estimated 1,456 members of the Hazara community have lost their lives in different areas of Balochistan in the past seven years. For the first time, a group of senators will meet the affected families in Quetta. The committee on human rights, headed by Senator Nasreen Jalil of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, ...

Pakistan Hazaras: The walking dead

1394/4/18 | 04:37
 In latest incident of Hazara's prosecution two brothers belonging to the Shia Hazara community and a policeman were gunned down few days ago.“Four members of a family belonging to the Shia Hazara community and other people were standing outside the passport office when they came under attack.Since 2008, Pakistan’s Shia Muslim community has been the target of an unprecedented escalation in sectarian violence as Sunni militants have killed thousands of Shia across the country. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), group has claimed responsibility ...

Uncontrollable human trafficking

1394/3/24 | 04:37
SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-A new U.N. study says human trafficking from and through Pakistan has increased during the past year.  It adds that the majority of Pakistani and Afghan nationals trying to illegally migrate by sea to countries like Australia are religious or ethnic minorities, such as Hazara Shi'ites escaping persecution at home. U.N. officials reveal that trafficking networks in the country are also helping Pakistanis engage in fighting in countries like Syria and Egypt.  According to UN report over 1,000 criminal networks ...

The sufferings continues

1394/3/19 | 04:37
SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-There is no end in sight of Balochistan killings. Couple of days ago five members of Hazaras have been shot dead following killing of four policemen in the Pashtoonabad neighbourhood of Quetta, triggering yet another one of those highly visible, but seemingly ineffective search operations by the security forces.  A crowd of the Hazara community came out on the streets with the coffins of the victims and as they have done in the past, refused to bury the dead till the perpetrators were caught. A crackdown by ...

Five more Hazaras shot dead

1394/3/17 | 04:37
SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-In another horrible incident five Shiite Hazaras have been shot dead by the firing of unidentified gunmen near Bacha Khan chowk in Quetta. Injured died on the spot while assailants managed to escape from the scene. In the past few days, more than half-a-dozen Hazara community were also gunned down in Quetta.Later, around 500 people from the community took to the streets in protest against the incident carrying the coffins of the deceased and refusing to bury them. According to a report1,900 Shia Muslims have ...

Balochistan operation: A dim hope for peace

1394/3/11 | 04:37
SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-A day after gunmen methodically slaughtered 20 men after plucking them from Karachi-bound passenger buses in Mastung district, The Express Tribune has learnt that the federal government might launch a Karachi-style surgical operation in Balochistan. The go-ahead for the operation is likely to be given in a high-level meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened next week to discuss the law order situation in the troubled province. It is indeed a good decision specially after armed man in a clod blooded ...

Quetta firing:three Hazaras killed multiple injured

1394/3/4 | 04:37
SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-In another deadly blast three people were killed while six other injured. In two separate incidents at least three people have been killed. On an incident on Jinnah Road, armed men opened fire, killing two and injuring four, including two women belonging to to the Hazara community of Quetta. While earlier in the day, armed men opened fire at a shop on Shahrah-i-Iqbal in Quetta, killing one. Police failed to arrest the attackers.It is since long that a systemic genocide of Hazara community is ongoing in the Quetta ...