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Ashura Observed Amid Tight Security in Quetta

QUETTA, December 29th, 2009: Ashura procession was taken out in Quetta on Monday amid tight security. Thousands of mourners attended the religious procession which began from Alamdar road in the morning and culminated at the originating point later in the evening after passing through its traditional route of Toghi Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Prince Road, Mc Congy Road and Alamdar Road.

The procession had been divided into 24 mourning groups commonly known as Dasta. Balochistan Shia Conference led the procession. The mourners recited nohas, beat their chests and struck their back with sharp-edged knife-like tools locally known as Kardi to pay homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and his companions. Religious scholars also highlighted the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and the philosophy behind this great sacrifice. The procession peacefully ended in the evening on Alamdar Road.

The provincial administration had adopted strict security measures to avert any untoward incident. All the roads and streets leading to the procession route had completely been closed while shops and building along the route had also been sealed. Some 6000 personnel of police and FC along with 2000 volunteers of Balochistan Shia Conference performed the duty as security guards along the procession route to maintain peace. Air surveillance of the Ashura procession was also carried out by a military helicopter

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 29th, 2009)

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Appeal to All Hazaras for Urgent Contribution

QUETTA, December 26th, 2009: It is for kind information of Hazara people living across the world that a young member of our community, Mohammad Ali, is in dire need of some amount for operation of his eyes which he lost in a bomb blast on Ispini Road in Quetta in October 17, 2009. Aged 26, Ali is a police constable and was escorting DIG Operations Quetta in a police vehicle when they were attacked by a remote controlled bomb.

Ali's eyes were hit by shrapnel which ultimately caused him lose his sight. Doctors have, however, assured that his eye sight could be restored through operation. He is a poor guy and is unable to afford the operation expenses.

It is, therefore, requested to all members of Hazara community to help this poor young man regain his eye sight by contributing as much as they can. It is a noble deed and you will surely be rewarded for this benevolent act in the holy month of Moharram. It is an appeal to all Hazaras in the name of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S), Maula Abbas and all other martyrs of Karbala to please extend a generous support to this guy.

Interested guys can deposit their cash donation money at Muslim Commercial Bank Alamdar Road branch near Punjabi Imambargah to Account No. 0482924501000372.  Account holder's name is Sughra who is mother of Mohammad Ali.

For forther information please do contact info@hazaranation.com for his pictures, contact, amount needed etc.


(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 26th, 2009)

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Mourners Stage Sit-in Against Hazara Youths' Detention by Police

QUETTA, December 25th, 2009: Participants of the seventh Moharram procession staged a sit-in on Liaquat Road on Friday to protest the detention of four Hazara youths by Police for carrying arms.

According to Police, they detained four Hazara youths for keeping weapons while attending the procession. They said carrying of arms in Moharram processions have completely been banned by the authorities as provision of security to masses is the sole responsibility of law enforcement agencies

Balochistan Shia Conference president Ashraf Zaidi, on the other hand, said the youths were their volunteers who had been deputed for security of the procession along with licensed weapons by Shia Conference. He termed their detention as unlawful.

The procession participants continued staging sit-in for more than an hour at Junction Chowk demanding release of all the four detained persons. The administration at first refused to bow down before the protesters, but, later conceded to their demand and released the detainees following which the procession moved ahead towards its destination.

The procession was taken out from Imambargah Kalan which passed through Art School Road, Archer Road, Liaquat Bazaar and Prince Road and culminated at its originating point. The participants recited nohas and beat their chests to pay homage and tribute to Karbala martyrs for rendering their lives to secure Islam.

Strict security measures had been adopted on the occasion. Heavy deployment of police and FC personnel had been made along the procession route and all the roads and streets leading to the route had completely been sealed.


(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 25th, 2009)

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Hazara Achievment Award Distribution Ceremony Held at Yazdan Khan School

QUETTA, December 09th, 2009: An award distribution ceremony was held at Yazdan Khan Model High School on Sunday (December 6, 2009). The ceremony had jointly been organized by Hazara Resource Centre, Ummat Public School and Wahdat Guardian Organization.

The ceremony was aimed at encouraging the talented Hazara youths including students who have displayed remarkable performance in their respective fields. PPP leader, MNA Syed Abbas was the chief guest on the occasion who gave away awards and other prizes to the students and other personalities for their best performance.

School-going minor children presented tableaus and national songs to entertain the audience on the occasion

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 09th, 2009)

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Mustafa Shahid's New Fiction Book Launched

QUETTA, December 07th, 2009: A ceremony was held at Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal on Sunday (December 6, 2009) to launch two books - "Aakhri Safha" and "Daste Barter". The ceremony had been organized by Hazaragi Academy. 

Aakhri Safha is an Urdu fiction book written by eminent Hazara poet and writer Mustafa Shahid while Daste Bartar is the Persian translation of a travelogue "Upper Hand" written by an American tourist.

Notable educationist Professor Nazir Hussain presided over the ceremony while famous poet and writer Rahat Malik was the chief guest on the occasion. Speakers including Professor Nazir Hussin, Rahat Malik, Mirza Azad, Mubarak Sabir and others paid rich tribute to Mustafa Shahid for his literary services and extended their greetings to him on launching of his new book.

Chairman Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal Ghulam Ali Haidary, SSP Traffic Faqir Hussain, PPP leader and social worker Rukhsana Ahmed Ali, prominent educationist Fatima Changezi, Nasim Javed, Ali Baba Taj and other literary personalities attended the ceremony.    

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 07th, 2009)

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HDP Announces Support to Tahir Mehmood in By-election for PB-1

QUETTA, December 05th, 2009: Hazara Democratic Party has announced to withdraw its candidate - Mirza Hussain Hazara - in favour of Tahir Mehmood in the upcoming by-election for PB-1 Quetta-1 being held on December 23. Tahir Mehmood is brother of slain Balochistan education minister Shafiq Ahmed Khan and is the PPP candidate.

The announcement was made by HDP general secretary Abdul Khaliq Hazara at a joint press conference with Tahir Mehmood at party office on Friday (December 4). He declared that they have decided to support Tahir Mehmood as an individual rather than a PPP candidate as they have serious reservations against the PPP-led provincial government on the issue of Hazaras' target killings in Quetta.

He condemned the silence and inactiveness of the federal and provincial governments over the target killings of Hazaras in Quetta and hoped that Tahir Mehmood would play his role to check these gruesome attacks on a particular community after being elected as MPA.

Federal minister Hamayun Aziz Kurd, city nazim Maqbool Ahmed Lehri and leaders of PPP and HDP were also present on the occasion

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 05th, 2009)

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Altaf Hussain Passes Away

QUETTA, December 05th, 2009: Altaf Hussain, who had been injured by the target killers on Jinnah Road, Quetta on October 15, 2009, ultimately succumbed to his bullet injuries in a hospital in Karachi after more than one and a half month's struggle for life.

Altaf Hussain was fired at and injured in his Chappal shop off Jinnah Road after the terrorists killed Asif Ali Jaffary, the brother of SP Musa Jaffary, in his general store on main Jinnah Road. He was rushed to civil hospital and later referred to Karachi for medical treatment due to serious nature of his wounds. He, however, passed away on December 3 in a local hospital in Karachi.

His body was brought to Quetta and later buried in Hazara graveyard on Friday (December 4). A large number of people attended his funeral and burial ceremony at the graveyard.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 05th, 2009)

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Hazaras Target Killing and The Baloch Perspective

QUETTA, December 05th, 2009: Shia people in general and Hazara community in particular are facing an intensified series of targetted killings of their members in Quetta for the last several months. Though the history of target killings of ethnic Hazaras in Quetta dates back to October 1999 when the then Balochistan minister for education and eminent Hazara leader, Sardar Nisar Ali, was targetted and injured near Balochistan High Court, the attacks, however, saw a rampant increase in 2009 when Hazara community members were frequently targeted and killed within little span of time.

It is an established fact that most of the Hazaras blame the Baloch for these killings as almost all the accused nominated in these cases have, unfortunately, been identified as Baloch by caste. It is better to note here that these accused are mainly Brahvi not Baloch, but most of the Hazara people do not differentiate between the two and consider them simply as Baloch. Moreover, the expedient silence of the Baloch nationalist parties over these gruesome killings have further strengthened the Hazaras' belief that Baloch are behind these killings.

To clarify the misconception among Hazaras about the involvement of Baloch as a nationality in their target killings and to apprise them of Baloch intellectuals' stance on these sectarian killings, the following piece of writing is being published on our website. This has been written by a Baloch journalist and published in the first Baloch online newspaper - the Baloch Hal - as editorial on December 4, 2009. This newspaper has recently been launched with one of the most talented Baloch journalist, Malik Siraj Akbar, as its editor-in-chief. The paper highlights the Baloch views and perspectives on various issues confronting Balochistan and the Baloch people.    

Regards,

Hazaranation.com Team.

Editorial: Sectarianism: A threat to secular Balochistan

QUETTA, December 05th, 2009: It is very unfortunate that the Baloch and Pashtun populations living in Balochistan have never taken sectarianism as a major threat faced by Balochistan. The reason for this indifferent attitude is unambiguous as both Balochs and Pashtuns follow Sunni sect of Islam. Therefore, they have hardly lost any precious lives in what has become a two-decade old war of sectarianism being fought in the streets of Quetta. Worst still, no Chief Minister of Governor of Balochistan ever prioritized this alarmingly increasing trend as a concerning issue to be addressed at once at the official level. Hence, today sectarian violence has emerged as the monster of all times for Balochistan, mainly its capital city, Quetta, and its neighboring districts.

In a fresh appalling case of sectarian killings, two boys belonging to the Hazara-Shia community of Quetta were target killed in Pir Ghaib area of Bolan district in the neighborhood of Quetta city. The shootings in Bolan also left two other persons injured who were also a part of the same group that that gone to Bolan to have picnic after the Eid, a very popular and widespread trend among the youth of Balochistan.

This particular case of target killing merits attention for the reason that it highlights the aggressive approach of the religious fanatics who are determined to leave no stone unturned to kill the members of the Shia sect. As the law of the land fails to apprehend the masterminds of sectarian killings, gallant attackers have now even made inroads in popular picnic points too. By doing this, they remarkably succeed in the generating panic and fear among the people of the Hazara-Shia communities. They want to restrict the movement of Shia community and force them to stop sending their children to go to schools, playgrounds or picnic points.

Over the past many years, Quetta has witnessed extremely horrible cases of sectarian killings which claimed lives of hundreds of people belonging to the Hazara (majority of the Hazaras are Shia) and Shia (all Shias are not Hazara) communities. Year 2009 has seen the resurgence of target killings on the sectarian basis. This cycle of target killing has not been confined to the clerics of the opposite sect only. The religious hooligans have also murdered very progressive and democratic professionals such as Hussain Ali Yousafi, the chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP).

The police department has utterly failed to bring the masterminds of sectarianism to book. After all, it is no skeleton in cupboard that sectarianism was patronized and promoted as an unfortunate state policy during the military regime of General Zia-ul-Haq. Similarly, there is no question about the sectarian groups operating without some covert assistance from influential quarters in power.

In spite of mistreatment, the Hazaras as well as the Shias have exhibited unmatched patience while responding to these cases of target killings. They never resorted to violence despite instigations from certain sections of society that offered them weapons and all other support to take revenge. The Hazara Democratic Party has been a vocal detractor of the country’s military establishment and its policies in Balochistan. The Hazaras have time and again publicly condemned the target killing of Baloch leadership, disappearance of the Baloch political workers and the operation in Baloch areas.

It is indeed true that in a city like Quetta all major ethnic communities remain a permanent state of stiff competition. In what seems like a cold war, ethnic communities in such societies view the others as a “threat” to their demography and representation in different government departments. Attainment of new job and promotion to a higher rank is often analyzed on the ethnic lines. Thus, there has been a love and hate relationship between different ethnic communities in Balochistan.

Nevertheless, growing sectarianism should give a wake-up call to Baloch nationalists. It is sad but true at the same time that majority of the young men who are operating for these sectarian groups, like the Lashkar-e-Jhanggi, belong to Bravi speaking Baloch families. While the Baloch nationalist movement has always been secular, progressive and inclined towards Marxism, increasing radicalization of the Baloch youth should caution the Baloch nationalist leaders. This could cause an irreparable damage to the whole Baloch nationalist movement.

True, sectarianism is the headache of Quetta’s Hazaras and Shias for the time being. But Balochs cannot overlook the matter that simply and naively. They should take a leaf out of Pashutns’ book where Taliban and religious fanatics ruined the progressive Pashtun society. Once underestimated, the Pashtun mullah has today pointed his guns towards the secular Pashtun nationalist leaders, creative artists and liberal intellectuals. Hence, the Baloch children killing Hazaras on the name of religion could one day turn out to be the “Baloch-Taliban”. Then, their prime target would no longer be the Hazara but the “communist-secular-Kafir Baloch”. That is the gruesome lesson history teaches us.

We recommend all the progressive people of Balochistan to join hands not only to express solidarity with the victims of sectarian killings but also to reach consensus that sectarianism and religious extremism area serious threats that are bent upon eradicating the roots of progressive Baloch, Pashtun and Hazara cultures. This is a scourge that needs to be fought collectively for the future generations of Balochistan, the land of progressive and secular people.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 05th, 2009)

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Two More Hazara Youths Killed in Bolan District

QUETTA, December 03rd, 2009: In yet another incident of incessant targeted killings of Hazara community, two youngsters were shot dead and two others wounded at the awesome mountain resort of Peer Ghaib, some 63 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Balochistan in Bolan district. All the victims belong to Hazara Town area of Quetta city.

According to police four Hazara youths including Abdul Ali, Mohammad Musa, Mohammad Latif and Syed Mustafa hired a taxi from Quetta and headed to Peer Ghaib to enjoy their Eid holidays on Wednesday (Dec 2, 2009). They were enjoying themselves at the resort when unknown armed assailants opened indiscriminate fire on them.

Resultantly, Mohammad Latif and Syed Mustafa died on the spot while Abdul Ali and Mohammad Musa received multiple bullet injuries. The bodies and the injured were later taken to Mach civil hospital wherefrom they were shifted to Quetta.

It is worth mentioning that the bodies lay there on the spot for several hours and none of the law enforcement personnel or district government officials bothered to reach the site and shift them to hospital. These brutal dual murders also pose a question mark to the efficiency and performance of the local administration for which they must be taken into account.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 04th, 2009)

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Thousands Participate in Dua-e-Arafa at Hazara Graveyard

QUETTA, November 27th, 2009: Thousands of the faithful attended a spiritual gathering at Hazara graveyard on Friday (November 27, 2009). The gathering had been organized by a social organization - Noor Welfare Society – on the eve of Youm-e-Arafa (the ninth day of Zilhajj).

Dua-e-Arafa was recited on the occasion and special supplication was made for the stability, solidarity and progress of Pakistan and security of Hazara community members. God’s forgiveness was also sought for the departed souls of the community members on the occasion.

The spiritual gathering continued for three consecutive hours from 14:30 to 17:30 PST.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 02nd, 2009)

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Japanese Consulate Envoy Visits Hazara Institutions

QUETTA, November 26th, 2009: Chief security officer of Japanese consulates in Sindh and Balochistan, Mr Kawa Saki, visited various institutions of Hazara community on Alamdar Road on Tuesday (November 24, 2009). These institutions include Tanzeem-e-Nasle-Nau Hazara Mughal, Shafa Khan Sahib-uz-Zaman and Milo Shaheed Trust.

Mr Saki expressed his satisfaction over proper and positive utilization of the fund and equipment donated by Japan for the welfare of Hazara community in education and health sectors.

He also expressed his pleasure over proper treatment of drug-addicts at Milo Shaheed Trust and lauded the Trust staff for their dedicated services within limited resources.

Honorary consul general of Japan in Quetta Syed Nadeem Shah and other notables of Hazara community also accompanied the Japanese envoy on the occasion.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 02nd, 2009)

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HOUK Launches Petition-signing Drive against Hazara’s Targeted Killings

QUETTA, November 25th, 2009: Hazara Organization United Kingdom has launched an electronic petition-singing drive on the official website of British Prime Minister (Number10.gov.uk) against the targeted killings of ethnic Hazaras in Quetta city of Pakistan.

Over one hundred members of the Hazara community have so far signed this petition. The last date for signing the e-petition is May 17, 2010.The petition can only be signed by those members of Hazara community who are living in the Great Britain and any where in the world, here is the complete link http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/HazaraKillings/

If any one add the instruction that when some one sign he will recieve an email open his email and click the links in the email to add your name.

All the Hazara community members in the United Kingdom, and other countires are requested to take part in the drive by going through the website and signing the e-petition


(Posted by Altaf Hussain December 02nd, 2009)

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Accused involved in sectarian killings arrested

QUETTA, November 15th, 2009: Quetta police have arrested an accused involved in a number of sectarian killings occurred in the city over the past few months. Police claim the accused is an important member of the banned outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and one of the main shooters of the group who has also confessed gunning down 28 members of Shia Hazara community in 15 different incidents of targeted killings in Quetta from January to October 2009.

Speaking at a press conference in Quetta on Thursday (12 October, 2009), DIG Operations Quetta Nizam Shahid Durrani said the accused Hafiz Usman alia Abbas Mohammad Shahi was arrested in a raid by Sariab Police team headed by SP Asad Khan Nasar. He said an AK-47 Rifle used in killing of five members of Hazara community on eastern bypass on March 3, 2009 was also recovered from the bypass area on identification of the accused.  

The DIG said the accused has confessed his involvement in killing 28 members of Shia community including Hazara Democratic Party leader Hussain Ali Yousafi, DSP Hassan Ali, Walayat Hussain Advocate, Ahmed Ali Najafi, local trader Iqbal Haider Zaidi, Heart physician Dr Abid Zaidi. He said he was also involved in attack on Jaffaria Alliance Balochistan chief Allama Maqsood Ali Domki.

Police say certain other members of the group involved in these sectarian targeted killings are yet to be arrested and efforts are underway to round them up. They have been identified as Khalid Hussain, Wazir Khan alias Hakeem, Abid Ali alias Ahmed, Sudani, Javed, Asghar and Naseer alias Majeed. The most infamous culprit and the mastermind of these sectarian killings Usman alias Saifullah Kurd who had broken away from Anti Terrorist Force jail in Quetta in January 2008 is also at large.

The accused has now been remanded to Police by Anti Terrorism Court for further investigation.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain November 15th, 2009)

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Open Session on First Day of Australian Hazara Youth Conference, Sydney

SYDNEY, November 12th, 2009:The first Australian Hazara Youth Conference is scheduled to be held in Sydney on December 5 and 6. The conference has been organized by Australian Hazara University Students Union that will be held at University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus, Victoria Road.

The first day session will commence at 4 pm that will continue till 7 pm for three consecutive hours. This will be an open session and every member of Hazara community in Australia can attend this event.

The second day session is, however, restricted to student union leaders and community elders.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain November 14th, 2009)

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Hazara's targeted killings in Quetta to be raised in Commonwealth: British PM Gordon Brown

LONDON, November 08th, 2009: British premier Gordon Brown has assured that Hazara's targeted killings in Quetta city of Pakistan will be referred to the Commonwealth of Nations. He has also assured that the issue would also be referred to the British foreign minister for necessary actions in this regard.

This was claimed by chairman Hazara International Forum London Marzooq Ali while addressing a condolence meeting at Sakina Trust Walthamstow in London on Sunday (8 November 2009). The meeting had been organized to offer fateha for departed souls of mother-in-law of Marzooq Ali, mother of Mohammad Akbar and Abbas Ali (Hazara.net) and all the martyrs of Hazara community who lost their lives in targeted killings. 

Marzooq disclosed that the British House of Commons has also invited the HIF representatives to discuss the issue of targeted killings of Hazaras. 

He lauded the British authorities for paying due attention to their protest demonstration held in London on October 27 last against the targeted killings of their community members in Quetta.

He also appreciated Hazara immigrants in the UK for their active participation in demonstrations against targeted killings of their community members in Quetta and called for Hazara's unity across the world.

He said a delegation of HIF would soon visit the Scandinavian countries including Norway, Sweden, Denmark to develop an effective link and better coordination among the Hazaras.  

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain November 09th, 2009)

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Member of European Parliament Jean Lambert Joined Hundreds of Hazaras in front of 10 Downing St and condemned the target killing of Hazaras in Quetta

LONDON, October 27th, 2009: Hazara International Forum [HIF] UK representing the oppressed and under represented  Hazara/Shia community in Quetta Balochistan, held a demonstration in front of the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing street, London on Tuesday 27th Oct 2009. The Hazara Community in the UK has been raising their voice against the sinister and continued target killing of the community leaders and innocent civilians in Quetta on the basis of their ethnicity and religious beliefs. Before this demonstration, HIF demonstrated in front of Pakistan High Commission in London in February  2009 and will pursue the cause further on other international forums if the culprits are not brought to justice.

About 300 demonstrators including men, women and children gathered at Parliament Square at 12 O’clock midday. HIF Representatives delivered speeches and protesters raised slogans against the target killing of Hazaras in Quetta Balochistan Pakistan. Speakers condemned the inhuman and brutal killing of the innocent people in the recent years and lately the community leaders including Hussain Ali Yusufi, Syed Talib Agha, Chief engineer Ashraf Changezi, Walayat Hussain Advocate, Ahmed Ali Najafi, Dr. Abid, Dr. Aslam Mirza and Muhammad Asif Jaffari in addition to several innocent community members.

Speakers addressing the demonstrators condemned the consistent target killings of the community members in Quetta, Pakistan. Chairman HIF Agha Marzuq Ali condemned the criminal negligence of the provincial government that has failed to take any effective action and convict the culprits. The Member of European Parliament Jean Lambert who is also the president of European Parliament’s South East Asian desk spoke at the occasion condemned the persecution of this ethnic minority in Quetta and promised to raise their voice in the British and international community to protect their civil and human rights. Other members from across the UK in their speech sympathized with the families of the victims of target killing.

At the end of the demonstration a delegation of HIF including both male and female and media representatives were taken to number 10 Downing street to hand over a memorandum to the office of the British prime minister. In this document Gordon Brown was asked to exert his influence to work with his counter-part Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani to address the issue of target killing in Quetta Pakistan immediately. The HIF representatives asserted that the democratic protest will continue in all forms such as hunger strike and demonstrations in front of European parliament in Brussels etc.

The procession ended with the recitation of Fatiha for the souls of the fallen victims in Quetta including the latest murder of the Education Minister of Balochistan Shafiq Ahmed Khan. All the participants from across the UK were thanked who made it successful event including the media persons from Geo, ARY, Jang and The Nation newspapers.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 27th, 2009)

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Hazaras will gather in front of 10 Downing Street and Houses of Parliament London

LONDON, October 23rd, 2009: Hazara International Forum [HIF] of Great Britain will hold another demonstration in front of the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street London on Tuesday 27th October 2009 in a protest against the target killings of the prominent community leaders and innocent civilians of the Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan.

Hundreds of demonstrators from across the United Kingdom will gather before the Houses of Parliament (Parliament Square Churchill Statue) at 12 O’clock mid day to show solidarity with the Hazara Community of Quetta. In addition to hundreds of participants from all over the UK, HIF expects the presence of influential MPS, representatives of the Amnesty International and other International Organisations in this demonstration. The demonstrators will deliver speeches and will also chant slogans against the target killings of Hazara Nation in Quetta Balochistan Pakistan.

Men, women and young members of Hazara Community will then gather in front of 10 Downing Street and chant slogans. Following this, the chairman and Secretary General of HIF and other participant will deliver speeches. Most importantly a delegation of HIF will hand over a memorandum to the British Prime Minister Mr. Gordon Brown, in which the Hazara Community UK will request their Prime Minister to exert his influence in order to stop the target killings of innocent Hazaras in Quetta Balochistan Pakistan.

This demonstration will be another one in the series of protests highlighting the negligence of the media in general and authorities in Quetta in particular towards the human and civil rights of the Hazara community. HIF is determined to consistently exercise its democratic rights in order to seek justice and assure that the climate of fear and terror is cleared and the spirit of peace and harmony is restored among the peace loving communities of Quetta.

In the spirit of solidarity with the oppressed victims of terror, all the conscientious individuals around the world are requested to wear a ‘black arm band’ on Tuesday 27th October 2009.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 23th, 2009)

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Australian Hazara Youth Conference in Sydney on Dec 5

AUSTRALIA, October 19th, 2009: The first ever two-day conference of Australian Hazara youths will be held in Sydney on 5th and 6th December 2009. The conference is being organized by the Hazara students of the Sydney University.

The conference will be attended by the Hazara community members belonging to various walks of life and Hazara students from a number of colleges and universities of different cities of Australia including Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne. Representatives of the Australian federal and New South Wales governments, Immigration Department and other institutions have also been invited to this conference.

The conference will discuss various issues confronting Hazara community in Australia. These issues include settlement of the Hazara refugees, promotion of coordination among Hazara students studying in different states, formation of Hazara university students union on national level, supporting Hazara male and female international students, helping new arrivals in the areas of English language and schooling. Other issues raised by the participants on the occasion will also be discussed. The conference will also decide upon the city to host the second Australian Hazara Youth Conference in 2010. 

Those who are unable to attend the conference due to some compulsions and want the conference to discuss issues other than those mentioned above are advised to apprise the organizers of their suggestions on the following e-mail address:
ahusu@live.com.au  

(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 19th, 2009)

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Hazara Women Take Out Rally against Target Killings in Quetta

QUETTA, October 18th, 2009: A large number of Hazara women and children staged a protest rally and demonstration against the ongoing target killings of the Hazaras in Quetta.

The rally was taken out from Nichari Imambargah Hazara which marched up to Hazara graveyard. Participants were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against target killings and demands for provision of security to the community members. They also chanted slogans against the provincial administration for its failure to ensure security to the Hazaras and other members of Shia school of thought.

Later, speaking to the rally participants at Hazara graveyard, the women speakers blamed the government and its agencies for being involved in target killings of the Hazaras under a conspiracy to confine them to their homes.

They condemned the provincial chief minister for his indifferent attitude towards these killings and not even uttering a single word of sympathy or condolence to the bereaved families and aggrieved community.

The speakers also criticized MPA Jan Ali Changezi and MNA Syed Abbas for their silence over target killings of the Hazaras. They said both the representatives of the Hazara community are enjoying government facilities while completely ignoring the agony of the aggrieved families.

They also chided the so-called leaders of the Hazara community for staging no protest over these successive target killings of their brothers and burying their bodies one after the other with complete silence. They said all the leadership of the Hazara community including Jan Ali Changezi and Syed Abbas should wear bangles and sit in their homes instead of claiming themselves as custodians of the Hazara tribe.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 18th, 2009)

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IGP Balochistan says new groups are involved in target killings of Hazaras

QUETTA, October 18th, 2009: Inspector General of Police Balochistan Javed Shah Bukhari has said that new groups are involved in target killings of the Hazaras and other members of Shia community.

Speaking to media after offering fateha for departed soul of Asif Ali Hazara in Nichari Imambargah, he said target killing of a particular community in Quetta is a conspiracy.

He said police had stopped work on target killings for some time due to which the groups involved in these killings got stronger. He, however, said police are making efforts to bust these groups. He said it takes time to trace the culprits involved in terrorism acts.

The IGP said they have adopted a new strategy to improve law and order in the provincial capital and to check the incessant incidents of target killings.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 18th, 2009)

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Political leaders, IGP Balochistan offer Fatiha for departed soul of Asif Ali

QUETTA, October 18th, 2009: A large number of political leaders and police officials including Inspector General of Police Balochistan visited Nichari Imambargah to offer Fatiha and express condolence over the death of Asif Ali Hazara who was shot dead in his general store on Jinnah Road by unknown terrorists on 15 October 2009.

Those who expressed condolence included Jamhoori Watan Party chief Nawab Talal Akbar Bugti, former Balochistan governor General ® Abdul Qadir, former director Anti Narcotics Force Balochistan Brig ® Abdul Razaq, former federal minister Dr Abdul Malik Kasi, Inspector General of Police Balochistan Javed Shah Bukhari and many others.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 18th, 2009)

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Hazara Organization UK Expresses Concern Over Hazaras Target Killings in Quetta

LONDON, October 16th, 2009: Hazara Organization UK has expressed its deep concern over the incessant target killings of Hazara community members in Quetta and the government’s failure to check these incidents.  

The organization expressed the concern at its first convention held in Oxford on October 5, 2009 which was attended by representatives of Hazara community from across the UK. The participants expressed their sympathy and solidarity with the aggrieved Hazara families in Quetta whose members have been killed in sectarian attacks. They also offered fateha for the departed souls of all Hazara martyrs killed in various terrorist attacks in Quetta over the past few years.

Speakers at the convention highlighted the services of Hussain Ali Yousafi and Syed Talib Agha for the Hazara community and paid them great tribute and homage.

The convention discussed the geo-political situation in South Asia with special reference to US policy on Afghanistan and its impacts on the Hazaras in the region.   

Election was also held in the end of the convention to elect office bearers of the Organization according to which Syed Sulaiman Haidari, Mukhtar Ali and Javed Ali were elected as chairman, vice chairman and general secretary respectively. Other office bearers included Syed Inayat Balkhi (deputy secretary general), Sadiq Noyan (press secretary), Hussain Ali Hussaini (deputy press secretary), Jawad Ali Jaffary (sports secretary) and Abdul Khaliq (finance secretary).

(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 16th, 2009)

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Terrorists Kill Another Hazara Guy in Quetta

QUETTA, October 15th, 2009: In yet another incident of target killing, a Hazara guy has been killed and another was injured in Quetta.

Police say four armed terrorists riding on two motorcycles reached in front of Awami General Store on main Jinnah Road on Thursday (October 15, 2009) evening. One of them walked into the shop and opened several fires on his owner, Asif Ali Jaffary. The terrorist while fleeing also fired at another aged Hazara guy Altaf Hussain, who was sitting at his shoe shop on Thana road off Jinnah Road.

Police rushed to the site and shifted both the injured to civil hospital where Asif Ali succumbed to his injuries. The condition of Altaf Hussain is, however, stated to be stable.

Asif Ali is the younger brother of Additional Inspector General of Police Balochistan, Mohammad Musa Jaffari. His body was shifted to Nichari imambargah on Thursday night. His burial ceremony will be performed in Hazara graveyard on Friday after Jumma congregation.

Asif Ali is the fourth member of minority Shia community who has fallen prey to target killing over the last four days

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 15th, 2009)

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Dawood Agha Briefs HRCP Delegation about Hazaras' Target Killings in Quetta

QUETTA, October 15th, 2009: Eminent social worker, Syed Dawood Agha, has briefed a delegation of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) about the ongoing target killings of Hazara community members in Quetta and the government's callous attitude in this regard.


HRCP delegation comprised its chairperson Asma Jahangir, secretary general I.A Rehman, former federal minister Iqbal Haider and some other prominent figures of the country.

Briefing the delegation at MPA hostel, Dawood Agha lauded its visit to Quetta and apprised its members of the ongoing target killings of Hazara people in the city. He said over 300 members of Hazara community have been shot dead while around 1000 others injured in sectarian attacks.

He accused the provincial administration and all the law enforcement agencies of having prejudice against Hazara community and said it is also evident from the fact that none of the target killers have been arrested in recent years. He said one of notorious man known as Usman Saifullah, who is considered to be the mastermind of all the ongoing attacks on Hazara community members, was made escaped from the highly guarded Anti Terrorist Force's Jail in cantonment area in January 2008.

Dawood Agha also blamed the provincial chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, Anti Terrorist Force's head Amir Khan Mandokhel and other law enforcement agencies for allegedly backing the culprits involved in target killings of the Hazaras.

He said none of representatives of the provincial government ever bothered to visit the houses of the target killing victims to express sympathy with their families. He said the government is also paying no compensation to legal heirs of the victims. 

He informed the HRCP delegation that the Hazara community staged a number of protests and demonstrations in Quetta seeking security from the provincial government and even from the Corps Commander, but to no avail. He also complained against the silence of other communities living in Quetta over killings of the Hazaras.

Dawood Agha also complained against the local media as well as Balochistan chapter of human rights commission for keeping silence over attacks on Hazara community members.

Criticizing the poor performance of police and Frontier Corps, he said these law enforcement agencies are now asking the people to manage for their own security. He, however, deplored that the same police and FC apply the annoying tactics on Hazara community people when they found them armed with any weapon for their security.

Dawood Agha said they have approached all the concerned quarters for their protection, but with no result. He appealed to the HRCP to take up the issue of Hazaras' target killing in Quetta on international forums.

On the next day on the request of Dawood Agha, federal minister and co-chairperson Human Rights, Iqbal Haider and Director Human Rights Hassan Naqi came and visited the Hazara Graveyard to see all the Shohadas graves.
After visiting the Hazara Graveyard they went to ex counsular Shokat home for refreshment and discussed on other issues.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 15th, 2009)

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JWP Senior Vice President Also Falls Victim to Sectarian Target Killings in Quetta

QUETTA, October 14th, 2009: Senior Vice President Jamhoori Watan Party (Talal Group) Dr Aslam Mirza and his driver were killed by unknown terrorists on Tuesday (October 13, 2009) in Akhtarabad area of Shalkot police.

Police say Dr. Mirza was heading to his home in a vehicle along with his driver after having a visit to his poultry farm in Akhtarabad on western bypass when he was targeted by unknown terrorists riding a motorbike.

Both Dr. Mirza and his driver were critically injured in the firing and breathed their last on the way to hospital. Motive behind the dual murder is stated to be sectarian.

Later, Jamhoori Watan Party chief, Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, while addressing a press conference at Bugti House condemned the killing of their party leader and threatened to launch a protest drive in the province if the killers were not arrested by October 20. He asked the provincial chief minister and home minister to resign from their respective posts if they are unable to apprehend the killers.  

Talal Bugti also asked Balochistan governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi to dissolve the provincial assembly on the ground of its extremely poor performance especially with respect to provision of security to masses.    

Dr. Aslam Mirza was later laid to rest in Hazara graveyard on Thursday. His body was taken to the graveyard from Imambargah Qandhari Alamdar Road Quetta in the form of a procession.
Thousands of people including the Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, Hazara community notables attended the funeral and burial ceremony of Dr. Aslam Mirza

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 15th, 2009)

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Another Hazara Engineer Killed in Quetta

QUETTA, October 12th, 2009: Unknown terrorists have gunned down a prominent figure of Hazara community in Quetta. Engineer Mohammad Ashraf, who was the chief inspector mines Balochistan, was killed on his way to office on Monday (October 12, 2009).

According to police, Ashraf was about to reach his office in his official vehicle on Sariab Link Road on Monday morning when unknown terrorists opened fire on him which led to his death. His body was taken away to civil hospital where a large number of Hazara community members gathered after hearing the sad news.

Members of the aggrieved community chanted slogans against the provincial administration for its failure to check target killings of Hazara notables in Quetta.
   
Ashraf was later laid to rest in Hazara graveyard on Tuesday. His body was taken to the graveyard from Nichari Imambargah Hazara Alamdar Road Quetta in the form of a procession. Thousands of people including the Hazara community notables attended the funeral and burial ceremony of Engineer Mohammad Ashraf.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 13th, 2009)

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Shia Ulema Council Holds Rally to Protest Target Killings

QUETTA, October 13th, 2009: Shia Ulema Council Balochistan staged a rally in Quetta to protest the target killings of Hazara community members.

The rally was taken out from Alamdar road which marched on different roads and ended in front of Quetta Press Club where it turned into a public meeting.

The participants carrying placards inscribed with demands for checking target killings of the minority Hazaras in Quetta chanted slogans against the provincial administration for their inefficiency to arrest the target killers.

Speaking on the occasion, the council leaders Syed Nasrullah Hussaini, Allam Walayat Hussain Jaffari and others strongly condemned the target killings of innocent people in Quetta. They said the government has failed to apprehend the culprits involved in target killings of Hazara people.

The said the government’s failure to net the target killers are forcing the entire Hazara community to lift arms for their protection. They warned that the elements backing these target killings are pushing the city to civil war.

They said there is no difference between Shia and Sunni in Quetta as the followers of both the sects are living with peace and harmony in the city for last several decades.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 13th, 2009)

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Fine Sports Wins All Hazara Football Tournament

QUETTA, October 13th, 2009: Fine Sports have won the All Hazara Hussain Ali Yousafi football tournament by beating Mominabad football club by 1-0.

The final was played at the grassy ground of Yazdan Khan Model High School. Additional chief secretary development Balochistan Qayyum Nazar Changezi was the chief guest on the occasion while ex provincial minister Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara and secretary general Hazara Democratic Party Abdul Khaliq Hazara were also present on the occasion.

Both the finalist teams displayed their best performance and tried their utmost to clinch the trophy. But, finally the game turned in favor of Fine Sports Club as their striker Mohammad Jumma scored the decisive goal.

 

Later, the chief guest along with Sardar Nisar Hazara and Abdul Khaliq Hazara gave away the trophy and other prizes to both the winner and runner up teams.

They also gave the meddles to those Hazaras Sports Men /women who are the international players from the Quetta, Pakistan.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 13th, 2009)

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Hazaras Target Killings in Quetta?

QUETTA, OctobEr 12th, 2009: Yet another notable of Hazara tribe was gunned down in Quetta within ten days of the brutal murder of senior lawyer Walayat Hussain. According to police, unknown terrorists have shot dead a senior official of Balochistan mines and mineral department in a latest incident of the ongoing target killings of the Hazara community members in the provincial capital of Balochistan.

Mohammad Ashraf, the chief inspector mines Balochistan, was targeted near his officer on Sariab road Monday morning. He was on his way to office from his home in his official vehicle when the terrorists, according to police, riding a motorcycle opened fire on him.

Police say Ashraf received multiple bullet injuries and died on the spot. His body was shifted to civil hospital where a large number of Hazara community members gathered after receiving the sad news and chanted slogans against the provincial administration.

It is quite interesting that every time the killers easily manage to escape after committing the crime despite heavy deployment of security personnel across the city. The unscathed escape of the killers implies either the security agencies are also involved in these killings of the innocent Hazara community members or they are inefficient enough to catch the terrorists.

Another amazing thing to take notice of is how do the terrorists communicate with each other without being bugged by the intelligence agencies? The intelligence agencies have latest equipments to record the conversations among people, as they mostly do in case of journalists, but amazingly here in case of the target killings of the Hazara people all their equipments fail to function properly to help them trace the culprits.      

A new trend has also been observed in target killings of ethnic Hazaras in Quetta over the past one month that the killers are now targeting only those members of the community who occupy some important positions in society or posts in government institutions. This is a dangerous trend as it is aimed at eliminating the high-profile personalities of the aggrieved community to make it completely helpless and unheard of in various important forums. The cold-blooded murder of Hussain Ali Yousafi, Syed Talib Agha, Engineer Ahmed Ali Najafi, Walayat Hussain Advocate and now Mohammad Ashraf shows the same trend.

Whatever is the reason behind the killings of Hazara people in Quetta, one thing is understood and quite clear that this is happening in collusion with the government and its law enforcement agencies, perhaps as part of some international game which is being played here in this region of the South Asia.

Never in the history of Pakistan, had the Hazara community ever faced such a critical and crucial situation which they are facing today. It is never too late to mend, the Hazara community elders need to sit together while shunning their petty differences and individual thinking to evolve a strategy to cope with this situation else the upcoming generation would never forgive them.  

And last not least, the criminal silence of Jan Ali Changezi and Syed Abbas, the two legislators of the Hazara community in the provincial and national assembly respectively, over the frequent target killings of Hazara community member’s calls for their immediate accountability by the Hazara nation. Their role in preventing the target killings in Quetta is nothing more than presenting a resolution in the parliament and seeking Fatiha for the departed souls of the community members being murdered in the target killing incidents. It seems as if the Hazara community had voted them just for doing lip service and seeking Fatiha for their notables in the national or provincial assemblies. It is really a matter of shame for both Syed Abass and Jan Ali Changezi.  

(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 12th, 2009)

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Full Court Reference Held in BHC on Death of Walayat Hussain Advocate:

QUETTA, October 08th, 2009: A full court reference was held in Balochistan High Court to express condolence on death of senior lawyer Walayat Hussain who was shot dead on Kansi road in Quetta on October 2, 2009 by unknown terrorists.  

This was the first-ever condolence reference held in Balochistan High Court to pay homage and tribute to a lawyer belonging to Hazara community who lost his life in the ongoing target killings of Hazaras in Quetta.

The reference was chaired by Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Qazi Faez Isa and attended by a large number of lawyers including presidents of Balochistan High Court Bar Association Hadi Shakeel and Balochistan Bar Association Amanullah Baloch besides the family members of the deceased. Special prayer and Fatiha was offered for the departed soul of the slain lawyer.

The chief justice and other senior lawyers lauded the services of Walayat Hussain and termed his killing a great loss to lawyer community. They described Walayat Hussain as a sincere and honest lawyer and said owing to his uncontroversial and affectionate personality all the lawyers unanimously agreed to nominate him as Returning Officer for the election of Balochistan Bar Association scheduled for November 14.

Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa said he had directed the police to get Walayat Hussain’s killing case investigated by a senior officer and to submit its progress report on periodical basis.

He said terrorists have no personal enmity with the victims as their acts are aimed at provoking society and make members of the aggrieved community react senselessly. He, however, urged the people to show tolerance and patience and to foil the conspiracies to disrupt peace in Quetta with unity and harmony.   

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 08th, 2009)

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British Legislators Take Cognizance of Hazara's Target killings in Quetta:

LONDON, October 07th, 2009: British legislator Neil Gerrard, prospective member of British Parliament Stella Creasy and member of European Parliament Jean Lambert have expressed their deep concern over frequent target killings of Hazara community members in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Gerrard has also assured to take up the matter with British foreign secretary David Milliband.

The British lawmakers were speaking to a delegation of Hazara International Forum which called upon them in London on Sunday (October 4, 2009). The delegation comprising representatives of Hazara community from across the Great Britain, apprised these western lawmaker of the ongoing target killings of ethnic Hazaras in Quetta with eminent lawyer Walayat Hussain being the latest victim.

Hundreds of Hazara community members have lost their lives in sectarian attacks in Quetta over the past few years. Interestingly, the government and all its law enforcement agencies are still clueless to trace the culprits involved in killings of Hazara community members; thus, putting a big question mark to their efficiency and performance. 

Gerrard, an active member of the House of Commons, expressed solidarity with the aggrieved Hazara community and strongly condemned the brutal murder of the community members in target killing incidents. He sought detailed information about the target killings of Hazaras in Quetta.

Jean Lambert also expressed her concern over target killings of Hazaras in Quetta and assured the Hazara International Forum's delegation of raising the matter in the European parliament on behalf of her fellow community members in the UK.

Prospective member of British parliament, Stella Creasy, also expressed her solidarity with the aggrieved Hazara community members and asked for more details about the incidents of target killings in Quetta to pursue the issue effectively.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 07th, 2009)

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HIF expresses solidarity with Walayat Hussain's Family

LONDON, October 07th, 2009: A meeting of Hazara International Forum held in London expressed its sympathy and solidarity with the bereaved family members of renowned lawyer Walayat Hussain Advocate, who was shot dead by terrorists on Kansi Road in Quetta on October 2, 2009 on his way to his chamber.

The meeting presided over by Chairman HIF Agha Marzooq Ali also offered Fatiha for the departed soul of Walayat Hussain and prayed to Almighty to grant patience and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

The meeting decided to approach the Pakistani ambassador in London Wajid Shams-ul-Hassan to convey their apprehensions about target killings of Hazaras in Quetta and to seek early arrest of the culprits.

It also appealed to all other communities in Quetta to join hands with Hazara people to rid the city of target killings to restore peace and harmony. It also extended all possible cooperation of the Forum in this regard.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 07th, 2009)

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MARZIA HANIF’S ACHIEVEMENT

QUETTA, October 06th, 2009: Marzia Hanif, a student of tenth class of Sardar Essa Khan Girls High School Quetta, has secured the first position in an Islamic quiz contest held at Mission Girls High School on September 10, 2009.

The event organized by Pakistan Education Foundation was participated in by almost all girls’ high schools of the city. Balochistan Minister for prosecution, Raheela Durrani, was the chief guest on the occasion who gave away prizes and cash amounts to winners of the contest. Marzia got a trophy and Rs1000 cash in prize.   

(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 06th, 2009)

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EDITORIAL: GROWING ASSASSINATIONS OF TOP PERSONALITIES OF HAZARAS IN QUETTA

QUETTA, October 05th, 2009: Yet another assassination visited Quetta in which a top lawyer of Hazara tribe has fallen victim on Thursday evening. The crime of the victim, Walayat Hussain Advocate, was that he belonged to peaceful Hazara ethnic nation, the third major ethnic after Baloch and Pashtoon, living in Balochistan for centuries. The grim incident took place about a month later of assassination of great philanthropist and trader Ahmed Ali Najafi Hazara. Both the killings are together grim marker as they were fallen victims in busy crowded area where people walk touching shoulder to shoulder with each other and assailant terrorists escaped from crime scenes of both merciless incidents in Quetta.

            What raise three questions in sound minds about such growing terrorism are included; first, is the state’s flawed strategy as mere deployment of Frontier Corps, paramilitary forces, is not the solution to halt brutal attacking on Hazaras’ precious lives in Quetta. Ahmed Ali Najafi and Walayat Hussain Advocate have been killed inhumanly during the days when FC were deployed in the city. Second, the state should not extend its excuse by mere titling such terrorism against Hazaras as targeted killing which cannot be only sectarian in nature, but involvements of other hands such as to that of different land, property and business mafia could not be ruled out in such incidents. And, third, why the state does not carry out impartial judicial investigation into such assassinations of Hazaras’ top personalities including Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi, Ahmed Ali Najafi and now senior lawyer Walayat Hussain Advocate.

            It is the sole responsibility of the state and its subsidiaries to ensure protection to life and property of its citizens as enunciated in the Constitution-1973, the supreme law of the land. Undoubtedly, the state has so far failed to do its this prime job effectively and it is demoralizing and frightening for the people, particularly for peace-loving Hazaras, when the state seems unable to prosecute and punish those involved in acts of terrorism against pen-loving Hazaras in Quetta.

            There lies no question that religious chauvinism has become rampant against minority communities in the country. But, in case of Quetta, the state should not term terrorism against Hazaras as only targeted killing or sectarian in nature and issuing mere condemnation statements of such heinous acts of terrorism against Hazara tribesmen, who have increasingly and repeatedly been fallen victims during the recent years in the city. The state should initiate impartial judicial inquiry into assassinations of Hussain Ali Yousafi, Ahmed Ali Najafi and senior lawyer Walayat Hussain Advocate. It is hoped that such judicial investigation would unearth and reveal the reasons behind the growing killings of Hazaras that what kinds of hands and mafia are involved as these are not mere targeted killings of sectarianism only. Then, those who are involved behind such inhuman acts of terrorism against Hazaras should be brought to justice. Only effective prosecution would serve as deterrent to future attacks of this nature. The people of all tribes living for centuries in Quetta must also learn to adhere to the law and demonstrate self-restraint as they have been living during the last centuries in environment of peace and brotherhood in the city.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 05th, 2009)

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HDP holds rally against target killings:

QUETTA, October 04th, 2009: Hazara Democratic Party held a rally and demonstration in Quetta to condemn the increasing incidents of target killings in the city with eminent lawyer Walayat Hussain as its latest victim.

The rally was taken out from Alamdar Road which marched on different roads and ended at Quetta Press Club where it turned into a public meeting. The participants carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against target killings chanted slogans against the provincial administration for its failure to ensure security to people particularly Hazara community members.

Speaking on the occasion, the party leaders criticized the government for its poor performance regarding maintenance of law and order situation in Quetta. They also denounced the law enforcement agencies for labeling each murder in the city as target killing while ignoring other aspects and motives of the heinous act.

They blamed the chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani for being concerned more about his own personal interests than the lives and properties of common man. They demanded of the government to immediately arrest the target killers and expose their motives behind the obnoxious act.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 04th, 2009)

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SHAHEED WALAYAT ADVOCATE LAID TO REST AMID GRIEF & SORROW

QUETTA, October 02nd, 2009:: Eminent Hazara lawyer Shaheed Walayat Hussain Advocate was laid to rest amid grief and sorrow here on Friday evening at Hazara Graveyard, located in Hazara populated area on Alamdar Road, in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.

Tens of thousands of Hazaras and tens of dozens of lawyers and traders participated in the funeral rite of the slain lawyer.

Earlier, tens of thousands of enraged and aggrieved Hazaras assembled at Imambargah Nichari Hazara and moved to Civil Hospital Quetta, located on Jinnah Road, for taking body of Shaheed Walayat Advocate in procession.

The participants of the procession backed to Imambargah Nichari Hazara after taking the body of Shaheed Advocate from Civil Hospital Quetta.

They chanted slogans and condemned the merciless assassination of Hazara lawyer and demanded of the government to bring the perpetrators to justice and halt the targeted killings of innocent Hazara citizens in Quetta.

Later, they took the body of the slain Shaheed Advocate to Hazara Graveyard and laid to eternal rest.

On way to Hazara Graveyard from Nichari Imambargah, the participants of funeral procession of Walayat Advocate chanted verses of Kalama, “La Ilaha IllAllah, La Ilaha IllAllah”.

They also carried placards inscribed with slogans against targeted killings-cum-terrorism against innocent and peaceful Hazaras in Quetta.

After burying the martyr lawyer at Hazara Graveyard, the participants of the funeral procession backed to Imambargah-i-Nichari Hazara where they offered Fatiha and condoled the unfortunate death of slain lawyer Shaheed Walayat Hussain.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 02nd, 2009)

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ASSASSINATION OF HAZARA ADVOCATE WIDELY CONDEMNED IN BALOCHISTAN

QUETTA, October 01st, 2009: Legal fraternity, political parties and traders community here on Thursday condemned the assassination of prominent Hazara lawyer Walayat Hussain Advocate in the strongest possible term and fulminated against the inhuman perpetrators involved in the brutal incident, across Balochistan.

Seasoned Hazara lawyer, Walayat Hussain Advocate, was assassinated by unknown terrorists on Kasi Road, in heart of the provincial capital of Balochistan, Quetta, on Thursday evening.

Balochistan High Court Bar Association and other lawyers’ organizations strongly condemned the merciless killing of Walayat Hazara Advocate who has fallen victim of brutal terrorism in Quetta.

In their condemnation statements, Advocates including Sajid Tareen, Abdul Khair Achakzai, Shah Muhammad Jatoyi, Abdullah Khan, Senator Kamran Murtaza and other lawyers said that such inhuman incidents were outcome of flawed policies of previous regimes and malicious designs of secret agencies.

They appealed to the people to forge unity among their ranks in order to make un-success the designs of intelligence agencies in Balochistan.

Lawyers boycotted the proceedings of courts and did not appear before the judges for pursuing their cases as protest to condemn the assassination of their experienced fellow lawyer in the provincial capital. Courts wore deserted look in Quetta as lawyers boycotted their proceedings.

Reports reaching here, lawyers also boycotted proceedings of courts in other parts of Balochistan as protest to condemn the brutal killing of Walayat Hazara Advocate.

Hazara Democratic Party, sole political party representing 0.6million Hazaras in Balochistan, in its statement condemned strongly the merciless assassination of Walayat Advocate and termed the brutal incident as conspiracy being hatched against the people for promoting hatred among the people of different tribes living for centuries peacefully and brotherly in Quetta.

Chairman Jamiat Ulama-i-Islam (Fazal) Quetta, Ameer Hafiz Hamdullah; Member Balochistan Council Pakistan People’s Party, Raja Shamsher Ali; Ittihad Taijiran Balochistan members Hakeem Hazara, Haji Hussain Ali Hazara and its other office-bearers; Chairman Hazara Qawmi Jirga, Qayyum Changezi and other religious and political organizations also condemned the brutal assassination of the eminent Hazara lawyer in Quetta.

They fulminated against Frontier Corps personnel and police for failing to bring to standstill the targeted killing and growing terrorism in Quetta in which mostly peaceful Hazara citizens have been being fallen victims during the recent year in the city.

Ittihad Tajiran Balochistan called for shutter down strike in Quetta as protest to condemn in the strongest possible term the inhuman killing of Walayat Advocate.

All bazaars and commercial areas remained shut in response to the shutter down strike call given by Ittihad Tajiran Balochistan, in Quetta.

The environment of Quetta remained saddened because of the assassination of prominent Hazara lawyer in the city.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 01st, 2009)

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SEASONED HAZARA LAWYER WALAYAT ADVOCATE ASSASSINATED IN QUETTA

QUETTA, October 01st, 2009: In row of targeted killing-cum-terrorism against peaceful Hazaras, prominent Hazara lawyer Walayat Hussain Advocate has been assassinated by unknown terrorists on Kasi Road, in heart of the provincial capital of Balochistan, Quetta, on Thursday evening, local media reported quoting police officials as said.

The merciless assassination of seasoned lawyer Walayat Advocate took place on Kasi Road, also known Landa Bazaar near Sabzi Mandi (vegetable bazaar), where people walk and move shoulder to shoulder and vehicles move at snarl pace.

Walayat Advocate was coming from his home, located on Alamdar Road Syedabad, while reached on Kasi road, famous rush commercial area, on his way to his Chamber, when unknown terrorists ambushed him by opening indiscriminate firing at him.

He received three severe bullet wounds on his head from a closed range and fell martyr at the scene.

Inhuman perpetrators who were two in number on a motorcycle, one of them riding while the other opened fire brutally at the prominent lawyer, and fled from the rush and populated area where masses and shoppers move touching shoulder to shoulder, and a 12-minute walking distance from City and Qauidabad Police Stations.

Later, his body was shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta where a large number of Hazara tribesmen reached the hospital. The enraged Hazaras, who have been exhausted from intermittent carrying bodies of their fellow tribesmen, chanted slogans against the government and administration at the hospital.

They also raised slogans against law enforcement agencies including police and Frontier Corps (FC), paramilitary forces deputed in Quetta for maintaining order and halting targeted killings, who are playing role of spectators in relating to targeted-killing-cum-terrorism against peaceful Hazaras in Quetta.

Relatives and heirs of recently-fallen-martyr, Walayat Advocate, were seen aggrieved as tears were rolling down from their saddened faces at Civil Hospital and brave Hazara tribesmen were holding the aggrieved family members in their shoulders by encouraging and supporting them, besides, condoling the martyr collectively.

The assassination of Walayat Advocate took place after hiatus of about one month when eminent philanthropist and famous businessman Engineer Ahmed Ali Najafi was fallen martyr in the city.

No terrorist has so far been arrested in connection with the killings of hundreds of Hazaras in Quetta.

Hazara tribal leaders have demanded of the government to probe impartially into the targeted-killing-cum-terrorism against top personalities of Hazaras as these inhuman incidents cannot be termed only sectarian in nature, but the involvement of Land Mafia could not be ruled out in such brutal incidents.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain October 01st, 2009)

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HAZARA STUDENTS CONVENTION 2009

QUETTA, September 11, 2009: HAZARA STUDENTS CONVENTION 2009 WAS HELD ON AUG 23, 2009.

        The convention was held in a local hall in Hazara Town. Hundreds of the students (male and female)  of the high  schools, colleges  and the universities attended the convention.

                 Beginning the convention, the stage secretary of HSF (also Educational Secretary) Mr. Asmattullah Hazara welcomed the youngsters of the nation in the convention and briefed about the various activities and struggle of HSF during the last year, and brought into the notice of audience some of the hidden educational and political efforts made by HSF in the recent years.

Joint secretary of HSF Enayatullah Hazara presented the educational reports on the basis of a survey conducted by the HSF during the last two months, the survey included a comprehensive data of the students and the educational concern facilities provided to the students of 38 public and private schools in the Hazara majority areas of Quetta. As per the survey the roll in into the colleges and especially to the universities is of a nominal number; about only 350 Hazara students are rolled in the universities of Quetta and other cities of Pakistan. (This is not a good sign)

            In the convention experts from different modern fields of life guided the students about their careers and about the educational opportunities in the Pakistani, Afghani and International universities, the experts belonged to the five fields of life
1. Medical
2. Engineering 
3. Management sciences
4. Civil services
5. Law
One special speaker, a farmer student of Kabul University guided about the university competitive examination (KANKOR)

Honorary speaker EX. President HSF Zaman Dehqanzada recalled some of the historic struggles of HSF during his tenure and before him. The chief guest of the occasion M.Raza Wakeel pointed out some of the social evils in the Hazaragi society and also urged to end them all. He also urged the youngsters to get united on the plate form of HSF.

Central President of HSF Abdul khaliq Mehdi while addressing the convention shed light on the current political scenario of Pakistan and of the region. He urged the students to be politically active as this is a difficult time for the Hazara nation when the international politics has centralized again  in the region and the world power are having keen interest in the  political and economic changes of the region. He also urged youngsters of Hazaras of the world to institutionalize their efforts and their nationalist way of thoughts as HSF has played a historic roll in the Hazara’s national politics for the past four decades. He also urged the daughters of Hazaras to play their roll in the national politics right from their higher educational career along with the Hazara boys.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain September 11th, 2009)

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Central elections of Hazara student’s federation

QUETTA, September 11, 2009: Central elections of Hazara student’s federation was held in Quetta on 16th August 2009.
First of all 17 members of the central committee were elected directly following the direct presidential elections.

            Abdul khaliq Mehdi was elected the central president of HSF for 2009-10, and Zakir Gulzari was elected as the general secretary of HSF.

            The following is the detail of the nine member central cabinet of HSF.
1. Abdul khaliq Mehdi                          (President)
2. Shoukat Changezi                             (Vice President)
3. Zakir Gulzari                                     (General Secretary)
4. Enayatullah Hazara                           (Joint secretary)
5. Asif Hazara                                      (Press secretary)
6. Asmatullah Hazara                            (Educational secretary)
7. M. Zia Sultani                                   (Finance secretary)
8. M. Ismail Hazara                              (Sports secretary)
9. Sajjad Hazara                                   (Office secretary)
                        Following the election, a general body meeting of HSF was held in HSF central office. Addressing the meeting, the out-going President Musa Koshani paid his regards for the newly elected cabinet and urged the new cabinet to make HSF more functional.

                        The newly elected President Abdul Khaliq Mehdi urged the HSF activists to be proud of their affiliation with HSF and work for the political and educational cause of the Hazara Nation. He highlighted the key areas where his new cabinet will be working on and reaffirmed his commitment not spare a single effort for the national cause.
Later on, he presided over the joined session of Central Committee and the Central Cabinet.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain September 11th, 2009)

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Hazara International Forum meets in London to condemn the target killing of Hazara’s in Quetta.

UK, September 10, 2009: An emergency meeting of the Hazara International Forum [HIF], London will be held this Sunday 13th September. Chairman HIF Agha Marzooq Ali will preside over the meeting. In this meeting the merciless target killing of the innocent and significant members of the community in Quetta will be condemned.

In the meeting the HIF members from across the United Kingdom will participate and offer condolences to the families of the Martyrs. Fatiha will be offered to the souls of the brave community members who made history with their deeds and wrote history with their blood.

The community members here in London will remember, among other great names, the latest victim of target killing Engineer Ahmed Ali Najafi of Noorban Wood Industries. By the end of the meeting HIF will decide on forming a delegation of the community elders to meet Pakistani Ambassador in London Wajid Shams-ul-Hassan and demand that the Federal Government take immediate action to bring to order the lawlessness state of Quetta city and preserve precious lives of the loyal and progressive Pakistani citizens.

The delegation will stress the need for the Federal government's urgent action on curbing the terrorist who have shamed the authorities by running away with murder of hundreds of innocent civilians, saddened families and children and spread the reign of terror in a small city within a single community.

The government will be reminded to respond to the previous protests held in front of the Pakistani High Commission as well as informed that peaceful demonstrations will continue to seek justice.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain September 10th, 2009)

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renowned philanthropist engineer Ahmed Najafi laid to rest amid grief, anger

QUETTA, September 08th, 2009: Renowned slain businessman and philanthropist, Engineer Ahmed Ali Najafi, who was fallen martyr by unknown savage terrorists on Monday, was laid to eternal rest amid extreme grief, sorrow and anger at Hazara Graveyard on Tuesday, in Quetta, targeted-killing-stricken provincial capital of Balochistan.

Eminent businessman and trader, Engineer Ahmed Ali Najafi, was assassinated when two inhuman terrorists on a motorcycle, one of them riding while the other sitting on back seat opened indiscriminate firing at him here on Sirki Road near his famous furniture factory, known as Noorban Wood Factory, according to media reports quoting police officials as saying.

He received severe multiple bullet wounds from closed range and one the bullets parched into his heart which caused his instant dead, a local media quoting civil hospital doctors and police officials as said.

The perpetrators after targeting Ahmed Najafi fled from the scene, a five-minute walking distance from Industrial police station.

On Monday, his body was shifted to CMH, located in neat cantonment area of Quetta, at its mortuary as the slain’s closed relatives were due in Quetta on Tuesday to attend his funeral rite.

On Tuesday, thousands of grieved Hazara mourners, belonging to various walks of life, took body of the martyred businessman Ahmed Najafi from Imambargah Nichari Hazara, located on Alamdar Road, and buried him at Hazara Graveyard amid sorrow. Apart from Hazara mourners, people of other communities also attended the funeral procession of Najafi and his subsequent funeral prayer.

The aggrieved participants of the funeral procession of the renowned philanthropist chanted slogans against the government for its failure to provide protection to life and property of its citizens in Quetta, the targeted-killing-ridden provincial capital of Balochistan.

The enraged mourners also carried banners and placards inscribed with slogans against sectarian terrorism, targeted killings and fulminated against the administration for failing to bring to halt the intermittent targeted killings of innocent and peaceful Hazara citizens in the city.

Placards reflected hatred of the peace-loving Hazara tribe against sectarian terrorism and targeted killings of innocent and non-combatant citizens in the city. A placard crossed with red color on the on word, terrorism, reflected minds of the peace-adoring people of Hazara’s, dwelling in Quetta. 

Reaching at Hazara Graveyard, the funeral procession turned into grand public protesting meeting where trader and political leaders addressed the mourning gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, General Secretary of Hazara Democratic Party-HDP, the sole political party representing Hazara’s in Pakistan, condemned the assassination of Ahmed Najafi in the strongest possible term.

He said that peaceful Hazara ethnic nation would never be demoralized by such acts of inhuman terrorism and killing of innocent Hazara’s in the city.

He highlighted the massive contribution of educated Hazara’s in the development of Balochistan and Pakistan, and said that brave Hazara’s were playing pivotal role in prevailing political scenario of Balochistan along with other political forces for establishing piece and prosperity in the province.

Breaking the decades old tradition of tribal Hazara where women cannot face to address protesting gathering, Rukhsana Ahmed Ali, widow of Shaheed Engineer Ahmed Najafi, earned the honour to become the first Hazara lady who addressed for the first time any protesting gathering as his husband was fallen martyr a day earlier.

During her logical speech, tears were rolling down on many chicks of the protesters at the gathering and emotional scenes were observed at the Graveyard.

Rukhsana, president of women wing of PPP Balochistan, who braved martyrdom of her beloved husband, deplored the lacking of political consciousness among Hazara ladies in the city.

“We should encourage our women to get political consciousness and awareness, and take part in the political activities,” she appealed sympathetically and sincerely.

Prominent among those who addressed the gathering included; Asghar Gulzari, Tahir Nazari and other speakers who urged the Hazara tribe to forge unity among their ranks and lend hand of cooperation to each other for coping with the challenges of unstopping targeted terrorism under which the innocent Hazara citizens had being fallen victims during the recent years in the city.

All shops and businesses remained shut on Alamdar Road and other Hazara dominated areas as protest to condemn the merciless assassination of seasoned trader Ahmed Najafi on Tuesday in the provincial capital of Balochistan.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain September 08th, 2009)

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renowned trader engineer Ahmed Najafi has been Assassinated in quetta

QUETTA, September 07th, 2009: In interval row of targeted killings of peaceful Hazara people in Quetta, renowned trader, Engineer Ahmed Ali Najafi, was assassinated mercilessly in an apparently sectarian terrorism when two inhuman terrorists opened indiscriminate firing at him, on Sirki Road, in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, media reports quoting police officials as said.

Engineer Ahmed Ali Najafi, a widely-known philanthropist and eminent trader, was going in his vehicle to his famous furniture manufacturing factory, Noorban Wood Factory. When he reached near his factory, two unknown savage fanatic terrorists on a motorcycle one of them ride while the other sitting on back seat opened indiscriminate firing at him here on Sirki Road near his famous furniture factory, known as Noorban Wood Factory, at 9:10am, local Pakistan Summer Time, according to media reports quoting police officials as saying.

He received serious multiple bullet wounds from a closed range and one the bullets parched into his heart which caused his dead instantly, a local media quoting hospital doctors and police officials as said.

The perpetrators after targeting Ahmed Najafi succeeded in fleeing from the scene, a five-minute walking distance from Industrial police station, despite towering claims of the incumbent government of deploying Frontier Corps personnel for bringing to halt the targeted killings in the city.

Later, his body was shifted to Combined Military Hospital-CMH, located in military cantonment, at its mortuary as the slain closed relatives are due in Quetta on Tuesday to attend his funeral rite.

Industrial police station officials had registered a case of premeditated murder against unidentified murderers as legal formality as done usual in the previous merciless incidents of targeted killings of Hazara’s in the city. 

Deplorably, dozens of peaceful Hazara’s have been fallen victims of brutal targeted killings in the year 2009, the worst tragic year for innocent Hazara’s in Quetta, but no terrorist has so far been held and brought to justice.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain September 08th, 2009)

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2nd Show of Guiltless in Norway by Manji Arts

QUETTA, August 29, 2009: The first Hazaragi English Tele-film “Guiltless “ was shown by Manji Arts Norway in Oslo on July 29, 2009 at Norwegian Institute (Cinemaeket). In two successful shows, almost 400 Hazara and Norwegian Viewers participated from different cities of Norway. At the commencement of the show at 16:45, Musakhan Sultani presented the welcome speech and then Ustad Mohammad Waezi, Arif Joya and Engineer Ali Raza made brief speeches about art and theater. The viewers voted for the best acting in an audience poll conducted by the Manji Arts in which, the child star, Batool received 44% and Zakir got 35%.

Following is the speech made by Engineer Ali Raza.
Ladies and gentleman!
I, as a member of Manji Arts, Welcome you to the premier of first afghan Hazaragi English tele film Guiltless.

First of all I want to thank Torshov & Aidsvol asylum refugee camp Oslo for supporting and being with us today. And special thanks to viewers, guests and organizers whose support made this premier show possible.

And of course I can not forget Anoosha Huryat for her moral and financial support.

Mrs. Jamila Jafari, Hamza waizi, Arif Joya, Zahir Athari, Muhammad Younas Sultani, Habib Paiman and Qadir Nayel! Thank you for your guidance, cooperation and moral support.

Ladies and gentlemen! Professionally and technically you may not find this Tele-film too sound because all the characters in this Tele-film are not professional actors, actresses and cameraman. This Tele-film was made with a single camera due to financial reasons. This maybe surprising and astonishing to you all but I am sure you will appreciate their efforts, will and courage making a Tele-film with a single camera. Of course it’s not merely the film they want to make but the message they want to convey.

In fact we must focus on the message behind this Tele-film i-e We Can Resist Hunger But Can Not Leave Education.

Of course today we miss the presence of martyred Hussain Ali Yousafi the founder of Hazaragi Theater and drama.

And now Manji Arts Norway heart felt thanks Norwegian Film Institute (Cinema Teka) for the invaluable support & cooperation.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain September 08th, 2009)

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Demonstration Rally against target killing in Hazara Town

QUETTA, August 17, 2009: Hazara tribe leaders and Pashtoon Khowa Milli Awami Party Abdul Samad Achakzai addressing / demanded through rally in Hazara Town to arrest the Killer of Syed Talib Agha and should take stone step by Social and Political leaders to strengthen the peace and religious independence.

Syed Dawood Agha brother of Shaheed Syed Talib Agha urged to call APC to solve the Balochistan problems. They said Talib Agha was assassinated on 22/06/2009 but the Govt.  failed to arrest the culprits. They demanded to expose off on the screen and arrest the hidden master mind not only of Talib Agha also the other noble citizen.

Talib Agha was the Pioneer who strengthen the trust between religious and Muslimins and known as peace creator.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 23rd, 2009)

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Chief Jaffaria Alliance Balochistan

QUETTA, August 21, 2009: A group of terrorist has got attacked on Allama Maqsood Domki on Friday near Maccongo Road after attending Friday prayers and addressing against target killing. One of the attacker was killed at spot while three other succeeded to escape the attacker identified by Police as Hafiz Khalid Hassan Bangulzai resident of Kashmirabad Sariab Road Quetta, Balochistan, and has linked with Lashkar-i-Jangvi or Sipa-i-Sahaba.

Allam Domki, Allama Mehdi Najafi, Allama Asadi Abdul Qaum Changezi addressed in press conference that many innocent citizen was targeted for the last few years and Govt. has failed to arrest the culprits/Killers. They demanded to arrest the culprits immediately.

Syed Talib Agha, Chairman HDP Hussain Ali Yousafi and Dr. Abid Agha was targeted few months before and they are killing the elders.

The Governor Zulfiqar Magsi and Chief Minister of Balochistan Aslam Raisani condemned the sectarian target killing and urged to not to destroy the relation ship between two brother tribes in Balochistan.

The Chief Minister announced one hundred thousand prize for security guard who killed culprits.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 23rd, 2009)

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Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi distributed presidential award in Governor House

QUETTA, August 14, 2009: Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi distributed presidential award in Governor House  Mr. Abdul Ali Akbari (brother) received Shaheed Head constable Juma Khan presidential medal.


Shaheed Juma khan was performing his duties when two terrorist opened fire at  him. He ran for 200 feet with empty hands and arrested one of the terrorist where the second one fired on him and he was died on spot. The Govt. of Pakistan announced PMA on his courage.

 

Mohammad Idrees alias Mohsin Changezi was honored (Amin M. Amir (Late)) Excellency Award. He is the youngest poet in Urdu poetry and represent Pakistan in Dubai, Qatar, Abu Zahi etc Mr. Ahmed Faraz Passed his comments that he has a good and rhythm in his poetry.

Qaum Papa (Late) footballer was honored  (after death) and received the Excellency award by his son. Qaum Papa represented Pakistan in Iran, Iraq, Japan, UK and some other countries.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 23rd, 2009)

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Another Three Persons Fell Victims Of Terrorism In Quetta

QUETTA, August 17, 2009:  After two hours hiatus again 3 citizen of Quetta came under attack, two person Jalil Ahmed son of Haji Sher Ahmed, Amin Ullah son of Agha Muhammad were killed and one Shabir Ahmed Son of Haji Sher Ahmed was critically injured at Sirki Road Quetta city, the provincial capital of Balochistan, at 8:15 pm while they were coming for home from his shop of Iron Works opposite Barrich Market, they were resident of Alamdar Road Quetta. Where tow armed men came by foot and opened fire at them & went in a near by street without any fear even of tied security of Quetta City.

The relative of victim said to www.hazaranation.com that this kind of target killing has shown that Law enforcement agencies is failed to control the law and order situation of Quetta City and no one is secured, even before 2 hours one doctor was killed at Fatima Jinnah Road Quetta, in the heart of the city.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 17th, 2009)

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Heart Specialist, Dr. Syed Abid Agha has been targeted by Terrorist

QUETTA, August 17, 2009: Today at evening, Dr. Abid Agha Heart specialist and RMO civil hospital Quetta, was killed on Fatima Jinnah Road, heart of Quetta, private media channels quoting police officials confirmed the incident.

While Dr. Abid Agha was going to open his clinic where some unknown gunmen opened fire at him, and he was dead on spot. The culprits escape easily from the scene, after two hours 3 other citizen were targeted in Sirki Road Quetta city, the provincial capital of Balochistan.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 17th, 2009)

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Haji Gulzari Reseracher Conducted Sessions About Hazara And Afghan History

QUETTA, August 17, 2009: Haji Gulzari Historian / Reseracher conducted tow session about Hazara and Afghan history at Haji Juma & Chairman Milo Shaheed Trust Muzafar Ali Changezi house.

He briefed the Audience about his research and showed old pictures collected from different famous libraries of UK and Europ.

He also revealed interesting illustration for the first time regarding Hazara’s and Afghan’s history.

He also showed his intention that soon he will publish a pictorial History book on Hazara. The third session will be held in profferar Taj Mohammad Faiz House.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 17th, 2009)

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List of Civil Award Winnders(Tamghai-e-Imtiaz)

ISLAMABAD, August 15, 2009: The president of the occasion of Independence Day on Friday conferred the civil awards on Pakistani citizens and foreign nationals for excellence in various fields.

List of Civil Award Winnders announced in Dawn on Aug 16th, 2009. at page No. 5  Ms Shazia Batool for Arts (Painting) and Mohd Idreess Alias Mohsin Changezi Litrature (Poetry) were nominated for “Tamghai-e-Imtiaz" The awards will be given in  March 23rd , 2010.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 17th, 2009)

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Group of Hazara International Forum Uk Visits Hazaranation Office

QUETTA, August 13, 2009: Mr. Agha Marzooq Ali founder of Shakir Youth Trust United Kingdom(UK) visitted HazaraNation website office at Academy of Information Technology Alamdar Road Quetta, with delegation Maj. Nadir Ali, Jan Ali changezi, Haji Gulzari, Master Jaffar, Hassan Ikhlaqi, Syed Ibrar (Boxer) they were aprpreciated the efforts of Hazaranation website and also the AIT which support HN website and donduct a proffessional courses of computer.

They added that kind of institude should be support and take full benefit HazaraNation & AI requested HIF each and every event in UK be informed and also affiliate for more information sharing.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 17th, 2009)

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All Hazara Shaheed Chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi Football Tournament.

QUETTA, August 15, 2009: A memorial football tournament has organized by HDP Unit Syed Abad Halqa No 14th at Yazdan Khan High School football ground in memory of Shaheed Chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi on 24th July 2009.

It is a good sign that after along time this kinds of activity is started again and convinced the new generation towords sports. The chief guest was Chairman of Milo Shaheed Trust “Muzafar Ali Changezi”, and he expressed his views that kinds of sports activitiest will boost a good healthy environment in community.

The second phase of this football tournament has started at August 11, 2009. the chief guest of Mr. Qaum Changezi who was a great hero of football and a model for other players in Pakistan.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 15th, 2009)

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Releasing Soon Hazaragi English Tele Film “Guiltless” In Norway

QUETTA, August 14, 2009: "We can resist hunger, but can`t leave education"

The first Hazaragi Telefilm in English will be soon released in Oslo city of Norway which is directed and produced by Hazaragi Drama Association(HDA).

This film will be shown with the support of Hazara Youth Norway, Sazmaan Jawanan Afghanistan Norway, Afghan Integration Center Norway, Afghan Ungdoms Organization Norway and Manji Arts, Cultural Center Norway & Hazaranation.com for publication.

This tele film shows the effects on a boy who loves to go to school and learn to be something for the coming future and then becomes victim of target killing?

The next show will be shown soon in USA, Australia, Denmark, UK, Kabul Afghanistan, Switzerland and other countries by Hazara communities.

The main characters of this telefilm:
Director and Writer : Muhammad Ali Dana
Producer : HDA (Hazaragi Drama Association)
Main Actor : Mujtaba Ali.

In this Telefim who worked in different rolls.
                          Male Actors:                                Female Actors:
                          Nazir Danish,                               Mrs. Nargis,
                          Mohammad Husain Chagar,            Hina,
                          Mujtaba Ali,                                 Rahila Taskeen,
                          Mehdi Aftab,                               Tafseer Khanom.
                          Haji Ghulam Ali,             
         Amina Naim(News Coaster)
                          Salman Ali,
                          Sayed Taqi,
                          Abbas Umeed.

Camera man: Barat Ali Taj (Taj Production Qta Pak)
Date: Saturday 29.08.2009.                                                Adress:  Norsk Filminstitutt
First show from 16:30 to 18:00 pm                                     Cinemateket
First show from 18:30 to 19:00 pm                                Dronnings Gate 16 0152 Oslo Sentrum
for more info & trailer of film visit: www.manjiarts.com
Cell No. 004798466184

(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 14th, 2009)

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Office for Hazara Qawmi Jirga

QUETTA, August 05, 2009: A Hazara Qawmi Jirga (HQJ) was held in the office of Nazim Halqa 09, Muhammad Hussain (Mano) at Alamdar Road, Quetta. In this meeting HQJ suggested to establish an office for general public problems.


Maj. Nadir Ali suggested and requested Muhammad Hussain Mano if he allocate a room for HQJ office in his office so they will be great full. Nazim Muhammad Hussain appreciates his suggestion and a room was allotted to HQJ and a formal opening ceremony was conducted.


In this event Maj. Nadir Ali said that already a hall was reserved in Gen. Muhammad Musa Inter College and emphasis to conduct meeting of HQJ on monthly basis.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 06th, 2009)

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Bazme Khusro Mushaira

QUETTA, August 02, 2009: Bazme Khusro Mushaira was organized by Bazme Khusru Pakistan in memory of great Poet of Sub-continental Hazrat Ameer Khusro in Quetta. Mr. Jan Ali Changezi as Chief Guest and President of Mushaira Mr. Haji Yaqoob Ali Anees and Guest Mr. Sarwar Javeed was invited in Mehfil Mushaira. Famous Poets also young poets participated in this Mushaira. 

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 05th, 2009)

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Protest on Eve of Chehlum Shaheed Talib Agha by Young Nasirabad Alliance

QUETTA, August 02, 2009: Young Nasirabad Alliance Alamdar Road Nasirabad Quetta organized a protest on eve of chehlum Shaheed Talib Agha on Friday 31-July-2009.
In this demonstration a large community participated from Alamdar road as well as hazara town Brewery Quetta.

Member National Assembly Syed Nasir Ali Shah struts with really that now-a-days all Pakistan is surviving due to terrorism and the assassination of Benazir Bhutoo is a big example of terrorism. He condemned the target killing of Talib Agha. Famous Education scholar Prof- Nazir Hussain said to kill or die never finish any Nation, but it will affect for a long, where everyone should think about it. Ex-Secretary General HDP, Ibrahim Hazara expressed him feeling that international community thinking  about the resources of Balochistan.

Itehad Tajiran Baluchistan Haji Tahir Nazari said that Talib Agha is very brave and confident person and has the ability to take decision on spot. Young Nasirabad Alliance President Haji Ali Akbar said that I am witness that Talib Agha was threatening through phone call and SMS. But the law enforcement agency neither took any action nor arrested the culprits yet.

The entire leader passes resolution that all the culprits of Shohada should be arrested as soon as possible.     

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 04th, 2009)

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Jan Ali Changezi was allotted 10 million for Electricity tower and transformer

QUETTA, August 01, 2009: The Kwait Government funded Balochistan Government for installation of electricity tower and transformer. Mr. Jan Ali Changezi was allotted 10 million for this purpose. He started development work from Kirani Road, Marri Colony Quetta through this fund; he also mentioned that the problem of Road, Water and sanitation will be solved also we will speak with Bank and Post office authorities to open a Bank or Post office. He also requested the community to keep brother hood relationship with other community in the area.

On eve of inauguration the resident of Marri Colony announced that from now the Akhtar Marri Colony is called as Maj. Nadir Colony. For the facility of the resident of area Maj. Nadir Ali announced that an office will be opened where they can submit any kind of document which required verification or attestation. So one concerned person nominated by Mr. Jan Ali Changezi will come take to Civil Secretariat attest it and return back.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain August 04th, 2009)

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Chehlum of Syed Talib Agha

QUETTA, July 30, 2009: Chehlum of Syed Talib Agha has been organized by Young Naisr Abad Alience at Nichari Imamb Bargah Alamdar Road Quetta, from 8 am to 1pm. Where Fatiha Khwani and recital of the Quran-i-Majeed will be held. After that at 6 pm a demonstration will be held at Hazara Housing Society near Barma-e-Syedabad Quetta.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 30th, 2009)

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A Taaziyat Seminar and Fatiha Khwani in UK

QUETTA, July 26, 2009: A Taaziyat Seminar and Fatiha Khwani was held on, Sunday 26th July 2009 in Milton Keynes UK. The Seminar and Fatiha Khwani had been organized by Hazara Organization UK, and invited all Hazaras from all over the UK.

The Seminar was the first of its kind in UK and was joined by an unexpected number of hazaras from different cities of UK. After Fatiha Khwani and recital of the Quran-i-Majeed, the Seminar was commenced by Syed Suleman who expressed his condolences to the family of the Hazara Martyrs especially the recent martyrs Syed Talib Agha, Chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi and other innocent martyrs and victims of target killings. He highlighted the lifelong political struggle undertaken by Syed Talib Agha and asserted that his martyrdom will not go in vain but will light up the journey towards freedom from oppression.

Mr. Sadiq Noyan from Milton Keynes explained the background to the present World Scenario touching on the Cold War Era and Post Cold War Era and the Plan of some powers to cause chaos in people to achieve their unholy aims. He highlighted the position of the Hazaras in this situation.

Mr. Zakir Hussain briefed on the tumultuous history of Hazara Syed Inayat Balkhi from Southampton emphasized the need for a Political Organisation in UK and then throughout the World. He asserted that the need for such an organization stems from different Social, Economic and Political problems facing the Hazara Nation. To address these problems, we need to understand them and such understanding only comes from coming together at one platform where we can contribute positively. He pointed out to the certain important questions needing our urgent attention in the present changing political scenario

The Seminar ended at a positive note and with Fatiha Khwani.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 30th, 2009)

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Seminar on the "Career counseling" organized by the HADAF (Regd.) Quetta.

QUETTA, July 23, 2009: The Humanitarian And Developmental Assistance in Focus, HADAF (Regd.) Quetta had organized an educational seminar on "Career counseling" on Sunday 19th July, 2009.
 
       The main purpose of the seminar was to give courage and provide awareness to the students specially students of Matric, F.A / F.Sc about future planning, choosing a profession, selection of subjects, procedure of admission in different institutes of Pakistan etc.
 
       The seminar has been started from the Holy Sorah of Qura’an Majid by Qari Zulfiar Ali, the student of Govt; Hazara Society High School Quetta. The Secretary General of HADAF Chiragh Ali Baig and Mohammad Shoaib from UET Lahore performed as a stage secretary. The students from different institutions, universities and seniors from different fields of life conveyed their lectures. A huge number of students (boys, girls) showed their interest in the seminar and made their presence. Also heads of various institutions of the city made their presence in the seminar.
 
       The president of HADAF, Ali Asghar expressed his organization’s aims, purposes and the efforts made by HADAF in a very short period of time from its establishment. He said that HADAF gives priority to education as first need of the community. In previous month, HADAF published the first poetry book in Hazargi language by title of "NOO BOKO". He stressed on the continuous efforts of HADAF in future too.
 
       At the end of the seminar, the chief guest of the occasion Prof. Nazir Hussain (Pride of performance) appreciated the participants and organizers for the conducting such a useful seminar. He advised the students to work hard and pay more attention on the education. He said that such a seminar’s should be conducted in future as well.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 23th, 2009)

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A protest was observed by Hazara Young Nasirabad Alliance (Women Wing)

QUETTA, July 17, 2009:A protest was observed by Hazara Young Nasirabad Alliance (Women Wing) for Shaheed Talib Hussain Agha in Quetta on 17-07-09 and demanded for arrest of culprits as soon as possible. The route of protest was to go to Quetta Press Club but due to current security situation of city and support the law enforcement agencies, they postponed and shortened the route from Marriabad to Tajai Khan Complex.

All General Counselors of community and children had participated. The Print media i.e. (SAMAA, Express and Khaibar news) were there to cover the rally and noted the demand for higher authorities. They turned to Hazara grave yard for Fatiha and then to his beloved family members to show their full support.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 18th, 2009)

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All Hazara Maj. Nadir Ali Footsall tournaments.

QUETTA, July 16, 2009: All Hazara Maj. Nadir Ali Footsall tournament was organized by Pak Hazara Football Club Quetta on 28th May 2009. 50 teams participated comprising of 5 players.  In Semi Final Syed Talib Agha was the Chief Guest who was assassinated by culprits who is still not arrested.

It is an indoor game and organized in General Muhammad Musa College Quetta. The final was on 16th July 2009. The Honorable Chief Guest Mr. Maj. Nadir Ali and other valuable personalities(Muzafar Changezi, Ghulam Hussain Babul, Mirza Hussain, Qaum Changezi, ) attended the final event.

They all observed Fatiha for Shaheed Talib Hussain Agha and demanded the arrest of culprits before the event.

The final match was played between Mominabad and Wahdat Guardian. Mominabad team won the final match by 11 goals.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 18th, 2009)

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Fields of mathematics

AUSTRALIA, July 17, 2009: An abacus, a simple calculating tool used since ancient times.
The major disciplines within mathematics first arose out of the need to do calculations in commerce, to understand the relationships between numbers, to measure land, and to predict astronomical events. These four needs can be roughly related to the broad subdivision of mathematics into the study of quantity, structure, space, and change (i.e. arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and analysis). In addition, now-a-days it is a computer era and mathematics is essential subject for computer student.

 


Australia

Melbourne, Australia:-

Address of Competition   1/314 Thomas Stureet Dandenong
E-mail address                      ahusu@live.com.au
Mobile Number                              0422309768

Griffith, Australia:-

Address of Competition      58 Erskine Road, Griffith, NSW,2680
E-mail address                               lilmiz_lova@live.com 
Mobile Number                                           N/A

Sydney, Australia:

Address of Competition        38 Adderley Street East, Lidcombe
E-mail address                               alizada2000@yahoo.com 
Mobile Number                0425350144      or     0434499549

Perth, Australia:-

Address of Competition           Ask from Hussain Sadiqi
E-mail address                           ssadiqi@yahoo.com
Mobile Number                              0438790620

Adelaide, Australia:-

Address of Competition                In Hazara Communit Hall
E-mail address                    admin@unitedafghansa.org.au
Mobile Number                                 0438858375

Brisbane, Australia:-

Address of Competition    Ask from Homa (President of AATSA)
E-mail address                           homaforotan@gmail.com
Mobile Number                                  0400958887

Pakistan

Quetta, Pakistan:-

Address of Competition                 Ummat School
E-mail address                   munir_hussain125@yahoo.com
Mobile Number                                 03218029830

Afghanistan

Kabul
Jaghori

Afghanistan------Kabul---------(Soon it will be avalible)
Afghanistan------Jaghori---------(Soon it will be avalible)


 The Application Form & the Sample Paper will be provide by personal Request to your email.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 17th, 2009)

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SEMINAR ON CAREER COUNSELING

QUETTA, July 16, 2009: All the Hazara Students specially students of (Matric, F.A / F.Sc) are informed that a seminar on career counseling is organized by “ HUMANITARIAN AND Development Assistance in Focus (HADAF) Regd., Quetta”

            The purpose of Seminar is to provide awareness to the students about the educational career.

            In this Seminar Students from (UET, LUMS, NUST, FAST, GIKI, PIEAS, BMC, NCA, UAF & CSS Officer) will provide the necessary information required by the interested students for the admission in these institutions.

            The question answer session will be held in the end of programme.

Date:    Sunday 19th July, 2009.

Time:    5:00 pm Sharp

Venue:  Government Hazara Society High School 16 Acar Quetta

Organizer:         HADAF (Regd) Quetta.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 17th, 2009)

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HAZARA ORGANISATION UK HAS ORGANIZED SHOHADA SEMINAR

UK / Milton Keynes , July 15, 2009: HAZARA ORGANISATION UK has organized Shohada Seminar and Fathiha Khuani in Milton Keynes on July 26th 2009 from 02 PM to 06 PM. All Hazara’s in United Kingdom are cordially invited to participate in this Seminar.  Later on the member of this organization will speech and take advice for future.

Venue at

KHOJA MOSQUE  
PEVEREL DRIVE GRANBY
MILTON KEYNES 
MK1 1NN
UK

(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 15th, 2009)

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Art Exhibition of Shazia Fazal

QUETTA, July 10, 2009: An art exhibition of Shazia Fazal has been started from Wednesday 08th July, 2009 at 8:30 PM at Urooj Art Gallery Near Milo Shaheed Trust Alamdar Road, Quetta. This will be continuing until 14th July, 2009.

It is may be phase where every one’s thought has divided into so many things like instability, uncertainty and insecurity. Life is going on but don’t know its direction or lost into tangled directions and remain no more a leading life. Negative or positive, things are lyre over so many chaotic objectivities as numbed its subjectivities.

Where ever, it is their own created jumbled mess their own created tangled directions. Her work is all about the tangy of our social life. How we are confused in our daily life but we still tending to take a hopeful and positive view of future out comes.

The paintings of Shazia Fazal are displayed at Urooj Art Gallery which is open for visitors, from 10:00am to 9:00pm PST, to look the expertise paintings of the young artist.


As we have requested in Rehana Latif Art Exhibition from Balochistan Minister Jan Ali Changezi, MNA Syed Abbas Hazara and other influential Hazaras should visit the art exhibition and announce prizes and financial assistance to shazia Fazal for her expertise aimed to encourage her for continuing her efforts through her paintings.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 14th, 2009)

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First Show of Guiltless Telefilm by HDA

QUETTA, July 10, 2009:             Yesterday at General Mohammad Musa Inter College Quetta the first Hazaragi Telefilm GUILTLESS was shown with support of Hazara Resource Center, Tajir Aman Committee & Wahdat Guardian. Which show the effects on a boy who become victims of target killing? It is very good & first Hazaragi Telefilm in English which is Directed and produced by Hazaragi Drama Association.

The next show will be shown soon in USA, Australia, Norway, UK, Kabul, Switzerland and other countries by Hazara’s community.
            The main character of this telefilm
            Director and Writer    :           Muhammad Ali Dana
            Producer                      :           Nazir Danish
            Main Actor                   :           Mujtaba Ali

In this Telefim who worked in different roll.
Muhammad Ali Dana
Nazir Danish
Muhammad Hussain Chagar
Mujtaba Ali
Miss, Nargis
Hina
Mehdi Aftab
Haji Ghulam Ali
Barat Taj
Rahila Taskeen
Tafseer
Salman
Syed Taqi
Abbas
Murtaza

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 14th, 2009)

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World Environment Day was celebrated by Ummat Public School in Quetta.

QUETTA, July 10, 2009: World Environment Day was celebrated by Ummat Public School in Quetta. The theme for 2009 was Change in Climate and the broad consequences of environmental changes, and what societies can do for this.

Students presented a tabloo on theme song of Michel Jackson (Earth song). After that there was a debate competition among the students of the Ummat Public School, Quetta on the topic “Your planet needs you! Unite to combat climate changes”. Miss Hajira of 8th class got 1st position, Habibullah 8th class got 2nd and Samreen of class 7th got 3rd position.  Students of class 10th presented a stage drama written by Mr. Ali student of class 10th on the concerned issues.

After the stage program, students of Ummat Public School, Quetta arranged their work which included posters, clutter work, models, greeting cards, decoration pieces, hand bags, dustbins and many more things for exhibition. Most of the things were made by reused and recycled materials.

The Exhibition remained open for two days for students, parents, and general public. Students and teachers of other schools also visited and appreciated students work on environmental issues.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 14th, 2009)

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Demonstration by Young Nasirabad Alliance against the target killing in Quetta

QUETTA, July 3, 2009: A demonstration was organized by Young Nasirabad Alliance against the target killing in Quetta and demanded arrest of terrorist who involved in Target killing of Syed Talib Agha Shaheed and Hussain Ali Yousuf Shaheed. They also said the demonstration will fasten and spread if they failed to overcome the culprits.

Dawood Agha (brother) emphasis that all communities should be unites and organized in all fields of life.

Qayum Agha member Tajir Aaman Committee said that this kind of ill act will destroy the peace and unity of Quetta city. He also condemns the killing of Syed Talib Agha which is a great loss for Hazara community.

Ibrahim Hazara said that Interior Minister spoke on assembly floor that it is impossible to stop the pace of target killing.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 5th, 2009)

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Balochistan United’s Riffat Fatima breaks record with 21 goals (DAwn)

LAHORE, July 02, 2009: LAHORE:

Balochistan Utd’s Riffat breaks record with 21 goals

Thursday, 02 Jul, 2009 | 01:26 PM PST |

Balochistan United’s front-runner Riffat Mehdi once again proved herself as the best woman soccer player of the country by becoming the leading scorer in the second National Women Football Club Championship.

Riffat now has the distinction of being the top scorer in both versions of domestic women’s soccer — the National Women Football Championship and the National Women Football Club Championship.

Slamming 22 goals in the National Women Championship last year, she has scored 21 goals, setting a new record in the ongoing club championship, overtaking the 15 scored by Shabana Kausar of WP Club last year.

She has the honour of scoring the lone goal for Pakistan at the Amman International Women’s Futsal Championship in May 2006.

Goal scorers of the 2nd National Women's Club Championship

21 Goals : Riffat Mehdi (Balochistan United)

9 : Marium Laghari (Diya)

7 : Ayesha Hassan (SSWC)

6 : Shaista (Balochistan United)

5 : Khair Un Nisa (Balochistan United), Eilya Mohsin (LUMS)

4 : Shahlyla Irfan (Balochistan United), Urooj Hussain (Diya), Sahar Zaman (YRS Pindi), Nadia Hashim (Suzuki)
3 : Fehmida (Balochistan United), Ayesha Naeem (Frontier), Malaika Noor, Sana Mahmood (YRS Pindi)
2 : Gulsina (Chiltan), Afshan Altaf (Diya), Saima (Fatima), Ishrat Fatima, Shagufta Akhter, Saima Akhter (SSWC), Zara Kiyani, Asmara Habib, OG (YRS Pindi)

1 : Sohaila Irfan, Shazia, OG (Balochistan United), Afshan, Musarrat, Sonam Georg (Quetta Junior), Fatima, Shazia Khatak, Razia, Rizwana, Zeba (Rasko), Amina Jamal, Uraba (Roshni), Khadija Kazmi, Hina Javed, Arosa (Diya), Anjum Hayat, Fatima Hannan (LUMS), Naima Tufail (Fatima), Naima Mukhtar, Hira (SSWC), Rabia Zaman (Frontier), Sana Gul (YRS Pindi), Yasmeen, Fatima (Suzuki)

Link http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/sport/08-balochistan-uniteds-riffat-mehdi-breaks-record-with-21-goals-ts-03

(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 5th, 2009)

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World Anti Narcotics Day

QUETTA, June 26, 2009: Milo Shaheed Trust organized Inter Schools Debate Competition as part of its awareness program on the eve of “World Anti Narcotics Day” i.e June 26, 2009.

Brigadier Saleem Mehmood Force Commander Anti Narcotics Force Balochistan was the chief guest who distributed trophies and prizes among position holders of the Debate Competition. He also emphasis to bring awareness especially among the student who is the future of our nation.

Students of various government & public schools took part in the competition. The subject of Debate Competition was “The Role of Students in the fight against Drugs”. All participants vigorously expressed their views & thoughts.  

Muhammad Asif Student of Ninth Class, Government Hazara Society High School Quetta secured the 1st Position while Ghazanfar Ali student of 7th class, UMMAT Public School got 2nd and Sania Zohra Student of 10th Class, al-Mustafa Public High School Quetta got 3rd Position.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain July 05th, 2009)

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Shaheed Syed Talib Hussain & Syed Jawad Mosevi laid to rest amid grief & sorrow at Hazara Graveyard

QUETTA, June 23, 2009:Syed Talib Hussain Advocate a Nazim Union Council 15 Alamdar Road Momin Abad Quetta, and his friend Syed Jawad Mosevi who were assassinated at Fatima Jinah Road on Monday 22nd June 2009, was laid to rest in Hazara Graveyard today at 4 PM.

Thousands of Hazara people participated in his funeral rite at Hazara Graveyard.
Meanwhile shops remained closed on strike call given as protest againts killing of Syed Talib Hussain and his friend in Quetta on Tuesday.

Body of the slain Syed Talib Hussain and Syed Jawad Mosevi was taken from Hazara Nechari Imambaragah at 4 pm amid emotional scenes of grieved mourners. Funeral prayer was offered in Hazara Graveyard at 4:50 pm. Thousands of mourners chanted slogan against the Government and security forces

Muhammad Mirza, Syed Ashraf Zaidi President of Shia Confference, Jan Ali Changezi Provincail Minister of Quality education, Syed Dawood Agha brother of Shaheed Syed Talib Hussai strongly condemned the Government for being failed to maintain law and order situation. They also criticized the Federal Government for taking no notice of the target killing in Quetta and said its a conspiracy against the peaceful atmosphere of Quetta city.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain June 23rd, 2009)

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Syed Talib & his companion gunned down in Quetta

QUETTA, June 22, 2009:Syed Talib Hussain and his friend Syed Jawad Mossavi were killed while his bodyguard Muhammad Hussain was injured critically when unknown armed men on a motorcycle sprayed them with volley of bullets, on Fatima Jinnah Road, heart of Quetta, on Monday night, private media channels quoting police officials confirmed the incident.

            According to private TV channels, Syed Talib Hussain along with his friend and bodyguard were closing down their motors’ showroom where motorcyclists targeted them on Fatima Jinnah Road . As a result Syed Talib Hussain and Syed Jawad died at the scene while Muhammad Hussain was injured critically. The injured was admitted to Civil Hospital Quetta.

No religious extremist group has claimed the responsibility yet, the media correspondents said.

The media reports said that the incident was apparently targeted killing which could also be sectarian in nature.

One channel quoting a police official said that the reason behind the targeted killing was not ascertained hitherto.

Shaheed Talib Hussain was Nazim Union Council 15 Alamdar Road Momin Abad Quetta, the Hazara populated area in Quetta . He also remained Acting-President Balochistan Shia Conference. During his student life, he also remained active member of Hazara Students Federation (HSF), student wing of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP).

The brutal killing incident of Talib Hussain has taken place after five months of assassination of SHAHEED CHAIRMAN HDP Hussain Ali Yousafi in Quetta . Hazara Democratic Party Press Secretary Ahmed Ali Kohzad condemned the merciless killing of Syed Talib Hussain and his friend and demanded from the government to arrest the culprits involved in the firing incident. Ahmed Kohzad also demanded from government to provide protection to lives and properties of people in Quetta .

 

(Posted by Altaf Hussain June 22nd, 2009)

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CHILD LABOR IN HAZARA SOCIETY: INTERNATIONAL CHILD LABOR DAY

QUETTA, June 12, 2009: It is encouraging that Hazaras have the highest literacy rate in Balochistan. But, it is extremely deplorable that child labor is increasing in Hazara society during the recent years in Quetta . When one passes from Hazara populated areas there he observes two things. First, children who are picking up their bags and books going to their respective schools, while second those deprived and poor children who are working in hotels, bread shops, garages and other workplaces in Hazara dominated areas in Quetta .

            Today, the world organized International Day Against Child Labor across the globe, on June 12. Unfortunately, no NGO or educational center organized any function to mark the day for creating awareness against child labor in Hazara society in Quetta city.

            Since, the child labor is directly linked with poverty so there are a number of poor Hazara families who send their children for working instead of schools as they cannot afford their schools expenses.  

Thus, in such circumstances, www.hazaranation.com appeals to Hazara educational institutions, elders, social workers, politicians, philanthropists and affluent people to come forward and address the factors which generate child labor in Hazara society.

            There is dire need that child labor should be eradicated from Hazara society and those who are working as child labor should be made professionally educated and skilled in the society.

 

(Posted by Altaf Hussain June 12th, 2009)

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Malaysia takes measures to stop illegal immigrants

QUETTA, June 08, 2009: Monday, 08 Jun, 2009 | 04:18 AM PST | DAWN.COM

PUTRAJAYA ( Malaysia ), June 7: Malaysia is deploying helicopters, boats and an aircraft along its coast to catch a rising number of suspected illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan , some of whom may have drowned during their perilous boat journeys.

But the saga of the South Asian migrants comes with a twist — they are not trying to enter Malaysia illegally. Instead they are leaving Malaysia illegally on small overcrowded boats to sneak into Indonesia , most likely en route to Australia where they hope to eventually get asylum, officials said in interviews this week.

Many Indonesians, who work here without permits or overstay their visas, also use the boats to exit illegally.

Since March, four boats with 114 Indonesians, 58 Afghans, 37 Pakistanis and three Iraqis have been caught trying to cross from Malaysia into Indonesia , according to statistics from the marine police and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. A request by The Associated Press for interviews with the detainees is being processed.

Maritime officials say it is hard to estimate how many have successfully completed the dangerous passage.

“This is a new trend to us in Malaysia ,” Home Ministry Secretary-General Mahmood Adam said.

Mahmood said most of these people are from the middle class with means to fund their journey. Many want to escape the war in Afghanistan and in Pakistan ’s border region, and all are looking for a better life.

“They have money. They travel all over the world. So how to refuse their visa application? It’s very difficult,” Mahmood said.

First Adm Ahmad Puzi Abdul Kahar of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said coastline surveillance was stepped up after the first tragedy in March.

He said an aircraft, helicopters and boats patrol the coast, and officers from all agencies are gathering information from fishermen and other locals about illegal vessels.—AP

 

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/malaysia-takes-measures-to-stop-illegal-immigrants-869

(Posted by Altaf Hussain June 8th, 2009)

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EDITORIAL: UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL; LET BLOODS OF HAZARA MARTYRS NOT GO WASTE

QUETTA, June 07, 2009: Balochistan is the land of martyrs. All ethnic nations have rendered sacrifices in this Province of Pakistan. Among them, Hazaras have also rendered great sacrifices and martyrdoms in Balochistan as well as in Pakistan. The grief and sorrowful graves of these martyrs are evident in Hazara Graveyard. These martyrs, over two hundreds, are from three years old boy to 85 years aged men. Now, if one goes to graves of these martyrs and ask what they want from Hazaras who are alive? Surely, their answers will be only to alive Hazaras to forge unity among their ranks.
Right, it is a cardinal principle and universally accepted dictum that, “united we stand and divided we fall”, comes true at this time. This is the challenging time for Hazara ethnic nation to forge unity in order to cope with the prevailing challenges, presently, Hazaras are facing in Quetta, Balochistan and Pakistan. This becomes only possible for Hazaras to be united under a single political umbrella aimed at showing their unity.
This political umbrella ─ which has become the only political voice of Hazara people ─ is existing in form of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP). It is evident from its past clear records that the party has raised its voice for achieving political, social, economic, religious and educational rights of Hazara people at all forums. The party has always raised its voice against brutal target killings and other injustices done with innocent Hazara citizens in Quetta when all others maintained silence over these inhuman killings and injustices with Hazaras. The party has rendered a great sacrifice when its Chairman Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousufi was assassinated mercilessly in January 2009 in Quetta. Due to these vigorous efforts and sacrifices of HDP, the party has emerged as popular party and become the sole voice of Hazaras in Pakistan.
It is understandable that some obnoxious and anti-Hazara elements became fearful of popularity of the HDP. As result, these detestable elements crossed all limits of ethics and tribal traditions when they got registered a fabricated case against prominent HDP leaders who are representing Hazaras in the country.
Deplorably, it is not understandable when some our own elements have been exploited by those abhorrent and anti-Hazara elements in this baseless case. To these ruthless owns, only two questions whether this suits them to be exploited ruthlessly against their Hazara leaders without caring tribal tradition and honour of Hazara nation, and whether bloods of our martyrs wanted such silly and stupidity from them to divide the nation. Undoubtedly, the answers are only “no”.
If “no” then, let us, do not let the bloods of our martyrs to go waste. Let us forge unity as united we stand and divided we fall, and make strengthen the hand of our only democratic institution ─ HDP. Remember the golden and unforgettable words of our great martyr, “Hazara haye Jahan Muttahid Shawin”.
HDP leaders should keep their morale towering as the whole nation is standing with them. They should continue their tireless efforts for achieving all rights of Hazaras in Pakistan. Now, the HDP should set up its Ulema-o-Mashayekh Wing comprising Hazara Ulema, Social Services Wing, like Blood Bank etc., and other Wings. And, the people should also play their role in strengthening hand of the party for protecting their rights in the country. 

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain June 7th, 2009)

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HISTORIC GRAND PUBLIC MEETINGS OF HDP ON ALAMDAR ROAD AND HAZARA TOWN QUETTA: PARTY TERMS GOVT UNABLE TO CONTROL LAW & ORDER IN QUETTA

QUETTA, June 06 & 07, 2009: Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), the only political party of Hazara nation in Pakistan, organized historic grand public meetings on June 6 and 7 respectively on Alamdar Road and Hazara Town in Quetta city of Balochistan.
            Thousands of supporters, workers and Hazara people participated in these public meetings held on Alamdar Road and Hazara Town, the Hazara dominated areas in Quetta city.
            The HDP leaders organized these historic public meetings against increasing lawlessness, unchecked target killings of innocent people, kidnapping for ransoms, robberies, dacoities and registering baseless case against the party leaders in Quetta.
            The HDP leaders got presided over these historic meetings by honourable picture of former Party Chairman Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousufi.
            General Secretary HDP Abdul Khaliq Hazara, and other Party Leaders Ahmed Ali Kohzad, Mirza Hussain Hazara, Sardar Sahil and Master Mushtaq addressed these public meetings on Alamdar Road and Hazara Town.
            They termed the security situation in Pakistan as unsatisfactory and said that there is not prevailing law in any part of the country, and innocent people are being killed while passing on roads in the country.
            They said the challenging security situation is Malakand division and Sawat as the outcome of failed policy of past dictatorial regimes in the country, and said handful armed extremists want to impose their irrational will on majority in the country.
About poor law and order situation in Quetta, the HDP Leaders said police and Balochistan government have failed to provide protection to life and property of the people in Quetta city.
They asked the people to rise up and take responsibilities of their own protection for securing themselves and play their own role in getting rid of target killers, kidnappers, robbers, dacoits and other criminals in the city.
“If police and government cannot provide protection and security to life and property of people then they do not have the right to exist any more,” they said.
They said that Hazara nation will not fall in deceit of conspiracy against the Hazara people and their leaders and they themselves will protect the honour of Hazara people in Quetta.
They said some anti-Hazaras are involved in implicating their prominent leaders in false, baseless and fabricated case and demanded of the government to set up independent Judicial Tribunal for probing in the case and prosecute those who got the false, fake and fabricated case registered against veteran political leaders of Hazaras in Quetta.
Supporters, workers and people in these grand public meetings raised slogans against anti-Hazaras who got registered the fake case against seasoned Hazara political leaders, and demanded of the government to immediately quash the baseless and fabricated case against their prominent leaders, and prosecute and punish those who were involved in accusing their leaders in this fake case.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain June 6th & 7th, 2009)

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NOOR WELFARE LOOKS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR AMBULANCES

QUETTA, June 01, 2009: : Noor Welfare Organization (NWO) has appealed to the Hazara affluent and prosperous people to contribute financial assistance generously to the organization for buying more ambulances for serving the people in Quetta, a pamphlet of the NWO made available for this website said.
            The pamphlet said that the organization is providing free ambulance services to the people round the clock and presently it has only one ambulance which is insufficient to meet the needs of the people in the city.
            It has appealed to the people to contribute monetary help wholeheartedly in order to enable the organization to buy maximum ambulances for serving the people in the wake of any natural and manmade emergency situation.
            It has asked the affluent people to deposit their fiscal assistance in account number 018587922 - 1000097 in Muslim Commercial Bank Chowk Maryabad Branch (1380) Alamdar Road Quetta.

by Altaf Hussain

(Posted by Altaf Hussain June 1st, 2009)

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20 HAZARAS FALL VICTIMS OF BOAT DROWN TRAGEDY IN INDONESIA

QUETTA, May 30, 2009: At least 20 Hazaras died while 16 others survived after their boat turned tragic when their vessel, in which they were traveling, capsized off, in Indonesian sea water, near Malaysian sea territory, on May 30, news agencies reported.
       According to news agencies, there were total of 36 people excluding the boat sailors when it capsized off. As result at least 20 of the people on boat which turned tragic were died while 16 others survived. They were all belonging to Hazara ethnic nation living in Afghanistan.
The news agencies quoting as Indonesian police authorities identified the Hazara victims who lost their lives as Ahmed Raza, Muhammad Ali, Haji Shah Hussain, Karbalaye Hashim, Ayaz Qassab, Haneef, Aziz, Mirza Hussain, Abdul Hameed, Jan Ali, Hussain Siyah, Syed Shah Ewaz, Haji Hussain, Muhammad Dawood, Abdul Khaliq, Muhammad Jan, Damad-e-Babe Raza, Niamat, Karim Dad and Qurban Ali.
Those who survived in the unfortunate tragedy are including Ali Yawar Najafi, Syed Fazil, Damad-e-Syed Ghulam Sakhi, Syed Liaqat, Abbas, Muhammad Musa, Yahya, Haji Naeem, Abdul Hameed, Asadullah and his brother Ali Raza, Nasir Ali, Ali Muhammad, Azizullah and Muhammad Mehdi.
On April 28, 2009, six Pakistani Hazaras of same family, who were on holiday excursion, in Malaysia died after their boat capsized off in southern coast of Malaysia. Their bodies were brought through flight and were buried in Hazara Graveyard in Quetta city.
 This website had reported on May 10, 2009 and demanded of the UNO to intervene in the forgotten humanitarian crisis of Hazara refugees languishing in different jails in Indonesia.
This website once again reminds the UNO to take notice of the agonies and
miseries of Hazaras living in Indonesian jails.
Again, this website demands of Hazara leaders to intervene in the grave humanitarian crisis of Hazaras in Indonesia and get resolved their problems amicably.

by Altaf Hussain

(Posted by Altaf Hussain May 30, 2009)

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Promoting meritocracy in Balochistan

QUETTA, May, 2009: The development and progress of any nation depends on promoting meritocracy in any nation-state system. In Pakistan, different governments have violated the spirit of the merit due to which competent and talented youths are deprived of their rights in services. The February-2008 elections gave immense hopes to the people of Pakistan including Balochistan because the people had desired that the new democratic system will protect their rights and implement the spirit of meritocracy in the country. But, all these hopes of the people were shattered.
            It has become order of the day that the ministers are inducting their own supporters in government services while violating the meritocracy in Balochistan. These favours of ministers are depriving talented and competent youths irrespective of their tribes they belong to. Deplorably, the Hazaras are falling mostly victims of violation of meritocracy and discrimination in services in the province.
            We strongly demand of the government as well as private sectors to observe strictly rule of merit while inducting youths in the public and private organizations in the province. The step will surely encourage talented people, belonging to any tribe, to come ahead on merit based in public and private organizations in the province.

Arif Hussain Hazara
Alamdar Nasirabad Quetta

Courtesy Insight Newsletter 

(Posted by Altaf Hussain May, 2009)

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NWS to set up mortuary, library & get ten more ambulances: Amir Ali

QUETTA, May, 2009: Community Based Organizations (CBOs) play significant role in social change as well as in carrying out welfare activities in any society. One such CBOs is Noor Welfare Society-NWS which has been rendering social services on non-commercial and volunteer bases on various sectors particularly on health and education sectors not only in Hazara society, but also serving members of other communities and tribes living in Quetta and its surrounding areas. Currently, the NWS is running an ambulance, blood bank, and free education services to the people in the city. Its round-a-clock ambulance service is being carried out in cooperation with the Hazara tribesmen. Now, the organization has constituted a comprehensive plan to set up a mortuary and library, and to support financially deserving students for getting higher education, besides to acquire ten more ambulances for serving the people in the city.   Mohammad Amir Ali is secretary general of NWS to whom the Insight Newsletter approached and interviewed him about the organization exclusively.
            Asked what role NWS is playing for community development in Hazara society, Amir said the provision of education is top-most priority of his organization as it is making painstaking efforts day and night for the purpose. Adding that the NWS is non-ethnic based organization which believes in human dignity and serving the people on humanitarian grounds in the city.
            When asked about the NWS’s difficulties working in Hazara tribe, the general secretary said that his organization is facing financial constraints as no national or international donor organizations are supporting Noor Welfare Society. Besides, our volunteers are not properly trained due to which the organization is facing difficulties while executing welfare activities in the city.
            He demanded of the government to arrange training for capacity building of volunteers of the NWS in order to enable the organization for providing welfare services affectively to the people in the provincial capital.  Interviewed by Insight Newsletter 

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Rehana eager to draw issues of Hazara tribe through her art of paintings

QUETTA, May, 2009:Any nation in any part of the globe survives by maintaining their art and literature alive. At the time when the world is converting into global village simultaneously the globalization is also raising many challenges for art and literature of many nations across the globe. But, artists and literary personages cope with these challenges and keep survive their art and literature. One of such artists is Rehana Latif who is also struggling for keeping alive the Hazaragi art.
Rehana Latif is an alumni and diploma holder in advance multimedia from ARENIA University Karachi. She is professionally competent and experienced in graphic designing working for the last 7 years. She has astonishingly command on paintings as well as in multimedia. Now, she is studying fine arts in Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University Quetta. She is eager to draw the issues of Hazara tribe through her paintings and photography. Recently, she successfully organized exhibition of her paintings and photography from May 12 to 20, 2009 at Urooj Art Gallery where Insight Newsletter interviewed young energetic artist, Rehana Latif, at the exhibition.
When asked on which subjects she focused in her paintings, Rehana said that she has astonishing command over digital arts as well as command on paintings. “I have focused in my paintings in the exhibition on emotions and colors of lives from different angles. I have particularly highlighted from gender emotions to collective social psychology of Hazara tribe,” she said. 
            Asked what specific issues she touched in her work of art, young Rehana seemingly confident, said that she has highlighted the issues of target killings due to which how people seek refuge for secure and better financial future abroad, besides women’s issues and their role in culture in the society.

Citing a photograph of two youngsters, working at bread-shop, displayed at the exhibition, she said that one of them is happy because of earning money and showing the money to the other boy, while latter smiles artificially showing the unsatisfactory situation at his workplace and planned to seek any labour work somewhere else. The second one reflects the situation of majority who are unsatisfied with their respective works in the society, she said.

             Explaining another beautiful photograph which was made by her about Buddha statue in Bamyan, central province of Afghanistan, with an aged Hazara man and a soldier, displayed at the exhibition she said that it was her expertise in mixed media digital art work, titled as “Afghanistan”. The aged man depicts the story of oppressions against Hazaras and their sufferings, and the soldier is symbolic reflecting Russian as well as American invasion in that country.
Asked what are the feelings of the people when she is out for capturing images pertaining to the issues of Hazara people, Rehana said that people think amazing when she captures the issues, particularly those of labourers at their workplaces.
            When asked being a girl and creative artist how she thinks about the future of Hazara, Rehana Latif seemed extremely hopeful about future of Hazara with the condition to be hardworking people citing the example of Jewish people and linked them with Hazara to learn unity, professionalism and farsightedness from Jewish people.
            The newsletter asked the artist what she wanted to advise the younger generation, Rehana suggested the youths to forge unity among themselves. She recommended the young generation to give up their slight differences and jealousy, and extend cooperation to each other like brothers. Exclusively Interviewed by Insight Newsletter

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Tahir highlights human right situation in Balochistan

QUETTA, May, 2009:               Issues and abuses of human rights are rising in Pakistan as human rights organizations and activists have been showing their grave concerns over increasing abuses of human rights in the country. Insight Newsletter (IN) contacted eminent lawyer, Tahir Hussain advocate (THA), member Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and member central committee South Asian Human Rights, and interviewed him about the overall human rights issues in Pakistan. Apart from HRCP and SAHR, Tahir Hussain, who is associated with the legal profession for the last 18 years, is also penal secretary of Pak-India People’s Forum and member central committee Pak-Afghan Friendship Forum.
            IN: How do you see justice and human rights situation prevailing in Pakistan in general and in Balochistan and its provincial capital Quetta in particular?
            THA: As you know that our job is to highlight human rights violations’ commissions and bring them into notices of ruling classes sitting in the provincial and the federal governments. In this connection we have a long journey of struggle. As for as your question is concerned, undoubtedly the situations of peace, justice and human rights are really deplorable. Even a layman can observe that law is visible, but its implementation is invisible in Pakistan, and the same situation is persisting in Balochistan. There is no any strong institution for which people become proud to safeguard their rights in the country. All democratic institutions are declining instead of strengthening in the country including in Balochistan.
            IN: How do you see human rights situation in Hazara tribe including child rights issues?
            THA: Respect for human rights and dignity of human beings are vanishing from the society in such unjust and class-based environment, but respect for human rights and dignity of fellow human beings are prevailing only in Hazara society. I believe that no one can find any case of child rights’ violations or abuse in Hazara populated areas. Since the Hazaras are educated, therefore, they are conscious and care for every affairs in the society. The Hazara people honour the philosophy of martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) and do respect His teachings due to which they do strictly observe human dignity and do not violate rights of their fellow human beings other than their own tribe.
IN: How do you respond to target killings in Quetta, and what are their causes?
            THA:  Well, the issue has a long history. I think imposition of ban on the sectarian militant groups is insufficient. It is nothing less than a drama. Neither the incumbent nor the past governments dealt with  this issue seriously which naturally raises many questions that how these sectarian militant groups get organized and from where being funded? Where are the unseen chains of such organizations go and meet? It is the government’s report which revealed that terror attacks on Merritt Hotel (Islamabad), Sri Lankan cricket team and Manava police training center (Lahore) were carried out by outfits of sectarian militant groups. It is the job of our government to ask from the 55 agencies to probe about the structure, training and funding of such outfit sectarian militants, and halt their operations forever.
It is also unbelievable as how two key terrorists (Usman Saifullah Kurd and Shafiq Rind) fled from ATF jail, located in highly security zone in military cantonment Quetta in January 2008. After their escape, the innocent Hazara people have been being fallen victims of brutal target killings in Quetta. The escape of the two main terrorists are a big question mark on performance of law enforcement agencies in the provincial capital.
            IN:  It is job of the government to provide protection to life and property of citizens as its constitutional obligations, but the government has failed to do so its job. In such circumstances what are the role of general public and the government?

            THA: Unquestionably, it is the responsibility of the government to protect life and property of each citizen, but deplorably the government has failed to do its responsibility. It is due to weak institutions in the country. Background of weak institutions could be linked with the military coup of general Zia who hanged popular leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and then weakened all the institutions. Now, the people should not take law in their hands. But, the politicians should strengthen the institutions in order to establish rule of law and equality before law in the country. Interviewed by Insight Newsletter

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Nadir wants to make Hazaras professionally educated tribe

QUETTA, May, 2009: Major (retd) Nadir Ali Hazara, former additional chief secretary Balochistan, is believed to be one of the veteran developmental experts in the province. During his services, he had not only rendered massive development services in all nooks and corners of Balochistan, but also in various parts of other provinces in the country. Unlike those bureaucrats who get rest after their retirements, Nadir Ali in his early 70s is seemed extremely energetic and busy in carrying out social and educational activities for the people of Hazara tribe living in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. It has always remained immense desire of Nadir Ali to see every member of Hazara tribe as educated, healthy and financially sound. According to a survey, the literacy rate of Hazara ethnic tribe is 85 % overall and 100 % up-to the age of 32 years among Hazaras, believed to be the most peaceful and educated tribe in Balochistan.
Major (retd) Nadir Ali has a dream to convert the general literacy rate of Hazaras from formal education into qualitative and professional ones as all members of the tribe become professionally educated in the province. He wants that those who have done their matriculations need to improve their degrees to do intermediates, then graduations, and those who have earned their masters need to continue their higher educations and to do their M. Phil and PhDs. This is what Nadir Ali has future plan for the Hazara ethnic tribe in Quetta.
He has launched a project for constructing an Institute for Management Sciences and Special Studies. Now-a-days he is engaged in supervising the construction of the institute. The project will be completed in two phases. These included; Glustan Campus for boys and Khartar Campus for girls. In the first phase Gulistan Campus will be completed while the Khartar Campus will be started in the second phase after completion of work on former one. The completion of the project will obviously revolutionize the education sector in Hazara populated area.
            The Insight Newsletter (IN) has contacted Major (retd) Nadir Ali Hazara (NAH), who seemed fresh, still energetic and hopeful, and interviewed him exclusively about his future plan and future of Hazaras in Quetta.
            IN: What is your opinion about educational, socio-political situations of Hazara tribe in Quetta?
NAH: In my viewpoint if any nation or tribe has maximum educated members and brilliant individuals, then naturally these talented individuals will lead their nation towards right direction. If our educated youths come ahead and play their role I believe that the educational and socio-economic conditions of Hazaras will be bright in the city. We, the Hazaras, are hardworking people and having political and educational insight. For instance, we have succeeded in setting up an ideal hospital which has become a role-model for all the people in the province. Now, chief minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raeesani and agriculture minister Asad Baloch have also planned to establish such hospitals one each in their respective constituencies in Balochistan.
            IN: What are the main problems and challenges before Hazaras and how they can overcome these problems and challenges?
NAH: In my personal opinion, presently, the Hazara tribe has two problems one is economic and the other is insecurity on sectarian ground. Apart from these problems, I am very optimist that the economic problem of Hazara tribe will be resolved amicably because its members are hard-working. As you see that different sectors are getting improved as results of our these hard-working nature. Yet, the sectarian problem is hitherto a major problem being faced by Hazaras as they have been falling victims in the city. It is the responsibility of the state to ensure protection to life and property of its citizens as enunciated in the Constitution-1973.
IN: How do you see the role of young generation of Hazara in nation-building?
            NAH: Well, I am extremely impressed by the young generation of Hazara tribe and I have affection for this generation, because, our future lies on this generation. The youths are really very talented, brilliant, creative and innovative. I appreciate the efforts of young generation who are studying in various fields of education in different parts of the country. They will play constrictive and significant role for the tribe in the future.
            IN: How do you respond to the resent merciless target killings of Hazaras in the city?
            NAH: I think the Hazaras have been falling victims of brutal target killings inhumanly on two grounds including sectarian and confining role of Hazaras in the city.
IN: How do you find socio-economic justice and human rights issues facing by the Hazara tribe in Quetta?

           

NAH: I think socio-economic injustice prevails not only with the Hazaras, but also with the talented youths of other tribes living in the city. Because, violation of merits in public and private sectors’ services prevails in Balochistan. The Hazaras demand that meritocracy and a system based on merit should be encouraged and established in both public and private services’ sectors which are the bases of good governance. The rights of talented and educated people, irrespective of their tribes and schools of thought, should be safeguarded only through meritocracy in Balochistan. Culture of nepotism, favoritism, bribery and recommendation should be completely ended in order to set up a just social system and establish good governance in the province. The human rights issues, as every sound mind knows, are linked with the target killings and violation of merits as Hazaras are falling their victims in the provincial capital. Exclusive interview by IN

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Road to progress & prosperity of Balochistan

QUETTA, May, 2009: We are living in a multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic and multi-cultural environment. In such an environment, the possibility of ethnic, linguistic and communal bigotry and prejudices remain always high which could, sometimes, lead to riot. This alarming situation is also ripe for tunnel-vision and shortsighted leaders to exploit the anger and miseries of their people inciting envy and jealousy amongst different ethnic groups dwelling in Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan. The prevailing circumstances also portray the fact that those personalities are erroneously regarded as big leaders who propagate hatred and envy, and hold responsible other ethnic or religious groups for the backwardness and miseries of their respective people. In this way, they exploit the situation for their personal benefits. For instance, if a political representative of a particular ethnic group does not carry out developmental schemes in different sectors in his constituency and misappropriate the funds allocated for the purpose then it is an easy way to cover up his corruption through turning the grievances and frustration of their people towards another particular ethnic group.
            In the recent past, we have witnessed the hue and cry raised by certain members of Balochistan assembly who alleged that “it seems that all developmental funds of this province are being spent in PB-II as this constituency is the most developed part of this province”. On the one hand, such statements breed hatred and ethnic bigotry while on the other hand these public representatives cover up their own corruption and inefficiencies. If a congested and densely populated area like PB-II can be developed by the funds of one MPA or Provincial Minister, who has no back-up from any Federal Minister or Senator etc, then the other parts of this province especially interior rural areas can easily be developed by their public representatives in the form of number of MPAs/Ministers/Senators/Federal Ministers or at least Chief Minister or Governor. In fact, it is observed that a particular influential family of this province has a seat of MPA, Senator and MNA, but in-spite of that their single and shared constituency is the least developed area of this province.
            This negative political trend should be transformed/converted into a positive one and the political representatives of all ethnic groups should learn from each-others, how to develop and prosper their respective constituencies, and subsequently make the province progress and prosperous. If such a positive environment developed, this newsletter is sure that Hazaras’ ambition for development and progress will play a role model for all ethnic groups of this province. This attitude will not only create an environment of brotherhood and good relations, but it will also boost the initiatives of peace and cooperation amongst different ethnic groups living in the province.
            It is noteworthy to mention here that along side building the institutions and infrastructure for development, all ethnic groups need to educate their people through maximum promotion of education to safeguard these infrastructures and institutions with the notion of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. Otherwise, like our earlier generations we will be compelled to prove and repeat this fact once again that “we haven’t learnt the history’s lessons” by destroying our civilizations through the environment of hatred and confrontation.
            If we preserve peace and justice, we will be able to safeguard our survival, progress and bright future. Otherwise, frustration and depression will lead our unemployed disgruntled youths into chaos and confusion. Our coming generation will touch the zenith of miseries and backwardness. The choice is ours, whether we intend to live in a paradise and let live our coming generation in the same venue or choose a living hell for ourselves and for the next generation.       
            At the moment, all political parties representing different ethnic groups, and religio-political parties are claiming to be the champions and promoters of peace, harmony and democracy, but deplorably their words do not match their deeds. This is evident from the fact that the relations are aggravating amongst different ethnic groups of this province with each passing day. Their towering claims will prove fruitful and credible only when they translate their words into actions, and all of us begin to live in relatively peaceful environment. The road to this highway leads through pragmatism and sincerity, which is lacking today. We shouldn’t expect that a positive change in our lives will be brought by some one else from outside, as stakeholders these are our own problems and we ourselves have to explore new vistas for the solution of our problems. Let us make joint efforts and lend hand of cooperation to each other for making Balochistan a progress and prosperous region, and make the province a paradise for our younger generation.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Silence on multiple fronts over target killings of Hazaras in Quetta

QUETTA, April, 2009:The Hazara, ethnic minority tribe, residing in Loralai, Khuzdar, Sinjawi, Mach and Quetta towns are the most peaceful citizens and sharing their massive contributions in development and progress of Balochistan. The majority of Hazaras are living in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan. The Hazaras have been falling victims of terrorism during the last seven years and hundreds have so far been murdered and hundreds of others have sustained injuries in brutal incidents of terrorism in Quetta. The target killings of Hazaras started after formations of the incumbent governments in the center as well as in the province. Dozens of innocent Hazara people have been fallen victims of the merciless target killings during the last one year in the city. Their gruesome bloodshed increased in 2009 in which innocent Hazara citizens, businessmen, government and police officials and even its veteran politician have been fallen victims which remained unchecked and blind silent was maintained by the government headed by Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani in Balochistan and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at the center.
            It is extremely deplorable that Balochistan chapter of a human rights body is also maintaining deafening silence over the nasty and inhuman target killings of Hazaras in Quetta. Everybody is remembered that the office-bearers of the human rights body had strongly condemned and termed against humanity the action of policemen who killed two terrorists in exchange of firing on Ghilzai Road in 2005, in Quetta. These two terrorists wanted to target Eid-ul-Azha congregational prayer of Hazaras on Eidgah Alamdar Road in early 2005, but no Eid prayer was held due to heavy snowfall the same year. Later, they planned to execute terror acts on mourners of Muharram and Ashura, and police on tip-off raided the house where terrorists hurled hand grenades and opened firing at police raiding party. In retaliation, the terrorists were killed. Following which the Balochistan chapter of the rights body started hue and cry against killings of the terrorists and termed it against humanity. In another occasion they also condemned and raised voice against shooting to death another terrorist in exchange of firings who was involved behind murder attempt of a Shiite police official Kazimi. Now, the same so-called the provincial chapter of the human rights body is maintaining deafening and blinding silence over increasing terror acts of cruel target killings of innocent citizens of Hazara tribe in Quetta.
            Similarly, local and national print and electronic media are also deplorably maintaining silence, likewise the government, the provincial rights of human rights body and others, over the terror acts of target killings of peaceful Hazara minority tribe in Quetta. The media are also silent and even no newspaper has yet written an editorial over killings of innocent Hazara citizens.
            Now, I  people of Hazara minority tribe appeal to international bodies and rights groups across the world to take notice of the merciless target killings of Hazaras and raise their voice against inhuman target killings of innocent Hazara people in Quetta. Because the Hazaras are not living in any war-torn country, but they are living in a country where governments are established at the center and in the province. The people had high hopes after the February 18, 2008 elections, but the peaceful Hazaras in Quetta have been receiving gifts of death bodies of their fellow tribesmen since formations of the new the governments in the country. Despite these governments and law enforcement agencies, the Hazaras are being killed and no terrorist involved behind the killings has so far been arrested in the city.

BY AHMAD FARAZ


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TAJ HIGHLIGHTS SEVERE SUFFERINGS OF VICTIMIZED FAMILIES OF TARGET KILLINGS

QUETTA, April, 2009: Professor Taj Muhammad, who is an educationist and social worker, has deep insight over the problems of Hazara families whose members and breadwinners have fallen victims of cruel target killings and other acts of terror in Quetta. Since professor Taj Muhammad has insight over socio-economic problems of victimized families, the Insight Newsletter approached him and interviewed about living conditions of these families who have lost their breadwinners and loved ones.
Asked how were the living conditions of the victimized families of target killings as he was helping them, the professor said that the losses of precious lives were irreparable. The merciless target killings paralyzed families economically forever and forced the victimized families to live deplorable lives.
He suggested that the government should set up a commission under social welfare department for taking initiatives for economic and social supports of such families who were victimized of nasty target killings or other terrorism acts.
Asked whether there were most vulnerable families whose members died in target killings and what measures had been taken to support such families he said that there were 10 most such vulnerable families. Each family is being given Rs1000 per month and we had announced free admissions at Al-Mustafa School till class 10th for school-going children of martyrs who were gunned down in target acts of terror, in Hazara tribe, in Quetta.
He said that such families were provided free medical facilities at Shifa Khan-i-Imam Zaman.
He said that Al-Mustafa School management was providing free education to 30 boys from the victimized families of target killings.
To a question about provisions of compensation amounts by the government to victimized families he said that the government announced always compensation amounts on prejudicial bases to victimized heirs of terror acts.
He suggested that the government should legislate a law for providing compensations to victimized families whose breadwinning members fall victims of terror acts.
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A victimized family of father & son

QUETTA, April, 2009: The peaceful people of Hazara had harsh experiences of bloodshed of their fellow tribesmen who fell victims of merciless target killings during the recent months in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. In row of the gruesome target killings, a father and his son belonging to Hazara tribe also became victims in vicious cycle of target killings on Zarghoon Road, a five-minute walking distance from Governor House and Chief Minister Secretariat, high security zone in Quetta, on March 1, 2009. The victims are Haji Ghulam Sakhi Hazara and his young son Ali Asghar Hazara who were sitting in their spare-parts shop named as Sakhi Autos on Zarghoon Road (also known as Double Road) when two armed men on a motorcycle sprayed them with volley of bullets. They received severe bullet wounds and succumbed to their injuries.
            The Insight Newsletter has interviewed exclusively Altaf Hussain Hazara, a relative of the victims Haji Sakhi about the lives of family members after nasty murders of Haji Ghulam Sakhi and his young son Ali Asghar Hazara.
            When asked what were his feelings about Ghulam Sakhi and his young son who fell victims of target killings, Altaf, member of the mourning family said that Shaheed Ghulam Sakhi and his teenaged son were sole breadwinners of their family comprising eight members. Their family members were dependents on Ghulam Sakhi and his son, and now their family members were suffering from grave hardships and their futures were seemed dark, he added.
He further said that merciless and inhuman targets of Shaheed Ghulam Sakhi and his innocent young son were great tragedy for their heirs who would never forget the gruesome incident as the victims left massive void in the family which would never be filled.
He said that the tragic incident had left its behind immense socio-economic and psychological affects on the family, relatives and society. Adding, the society was enveloped with atmosphere of terror and sufferings which indicated the worst breakdowns of law and order, and reflected failure of the government in toto.  
            To a question about who extend financial support to the victimized family of Haji Ghulam Sakhi he said that there was no one presently to support family of Shaheed Ghulam Sakhi as neither the victim nor his son was government servant who could enjoy privileges of the government after their tragic deaths.
The Shaheed was businessman and business was ruined after his and his son’s tragic deaths, Altaf said, adding that the government had not granted any compensation to heirs of Shaheeds’ family, even, the government had not moral courage to condemn the cruel killings of the father and his teenaged son.
To another question how he viewed the scenario of the entire prevailing poor law and order situation, and growing acts of terrorism which gripped Quetta city, he said that terrorists involved behind the target killings were not visible.
He deplored over performance of law enforcement agencies for their failure to provide protection to the people, besides fulminated against the role of political parties who were not taking any concrete initiatives for eliminating the terrorized atmosphere and identifying the terrorists.
He said that the issue of target killings was purely humanitarian in its nature, but unfortunately no one felt in this ground rather the issue was taken on sectarian or ethnic grounds.
He said that people were confused in this anarchical situation how to counter and halt increasing number of terrorism.
He strongly slammed the role of state which remained deplorable as it was the responsibility of the state to protect life and property of citizens and get fulfilled its constitutional obligations, however, the scenario on practical ground was completely opposite on part of the state in the country in general and in Quetta in particular. Insight Newsletter’s Interview             

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Photo By Irfan Ali.-  Haji Gulab and his Sons laying at rest at Hazara Kabrastian ( Graveyard )

How families suffer after losing their dear ones in acts of terror: An awful tale of sufferings of family who lost its six members

QUETTA, April, 2009:  Viewers of televisions and readers of newspapers only become informed of any tragic incidents of target killings in which innocent people fall victims. Execrably, media coverage only remains limited for reporting of such gruesome incidents for their viewers and readers. Both electronic and print media forget the unthinkable sufferings of victimized families which also become newsworthy in order to inform the government and its law enforcers about their responsibilities to bring to a standstill happenings of such terror acts as other families may not suffer, besides to inform the people how victimized families suffer abnormally after deaths of their loved ones.
            Viewers and readers watched and read one such inhuman and unimaginable incident which took place on February 24, 2009 in which a father along with his five sons fell victims of target killings and one of them sustained serious bullet wounds mercilessly when they came under firing attack of inhuman terrorists outside of their welding shop on Munir Ahmed Mengal Road near Sariab Road and Balochistan University in Quetta city, the provincial capital of Balochistan. It the worst target killings in the history of Quetta when six members of a family including five young sons with their father were gunned down while another one was injured.
On February 24 evening, Gulab Shah along with his six sons after closing their welding shop sat in their vehicle to proceed their home, hitherto, armed men opened indiscriminate firing at the vehicle outside of their shop killing father and his five sons on the spot who received serious bullet wounds while his one son was wounded.
             Insight Newsletter (IN) approached the victimized family and interviewed how the family members were passing their lives in aftermath of the tragedy. Syed Jalil Shah, son of Shaheed Gulab Shah, whose father and five brothers were shot to dead in terror act of target killing, told IN about tragic facts of sufferings of his family members that his father along with his five other brothers were shot dead after armed motorcyclists targeted them outside of their shop.
            Looked-deeply saddened Jalil said that bodies of his Martyred father and brothers were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta by Frontier Corps personnel where after reaching the hospital the cell phones, money and other valuables were also found stolen from pockets of his Martyred father and brothers.
Asked whether he or his family members had ever received life threat his answer was in negation. Looked-deeply distressed and painful with remembrance of his father and brothers, Jalil Shah said that his family members had been living for the last 30 years on Sariab Road in environment of brotherhood, but they had been shifted from Sariab Road three years ago after terror attack launched on Ashura procession on March 2, 2004 in Quetta.
Citing the reason for shifting from Sariab Road, he said that Shias were receiving life threatening letters to leave Sariab Road after Ashura tragedy. Hatred spread in Sariab area following the Ashura mayhem as few houses of Shais had also been set ablaze by religious extremists in Sariab area.
When asked had any government representative visited hospital or offered compensation, deeply-looked aggrieved Jalil Shah deplored that neither any government’s representative visited the hospital nor any official offered any compensation to his family.
            Asked what affects the tragic incident had brought to his family, troubled Jalil said that his family was destroyed. “We have lost our family. Nothing has remained in our family. We are suffering painfully because we belong to Shiite sect of Islam due to which we do not enjoy our religious freedom as enunciated by the Constitution.”
            Sitting aside of Jalil, old widow of Gulab Shah and mother of five sons, whose husband and five sons fell victims of unforgivable and terrible tragedy of target killings simultaneously, shared with IN the saddened experience as tears rolling down her cheeks told her ordeal that she had lost her every everything. “I do not have anything in my life now. I have lost my all precious assets including my husband and five young sons, two of them recently married.”
            As tears rolling down her cheeks, the widow and mother of victims who could not stop her tears and weeping said that she had received a letter describing as “Jihad (holy war) is Mobarak (congratulation) to us, and deaths to you people.
            Finally, Jalil who braced merciless killings of his father and five brothers said that he had put his shop for sale ─ which meant permanent economic murder of the victimized family. Exclusive Interview of Insight Newsletter with the victimized family

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Lashkar-i-Jhangavi involved in target killings of Hazaras, Shiites in Quetta: Changezi

QUETTA, April, 2009: Haji Qayyum Changezi, chairman Hazara Qawmi Jirga (HQJ), a tribal body which plays significant role in resolving tribal issues and disputes among Hazara tribe in Quetta. Following the target killings of Hazara, the HQJ raised the issue on tribal level since the social system of Balochistan is being tribal in its nature. Since the Hazaras mostly have fallen victims of inhuman acts of terror of target killings in Quetta, the Insight Newsletter interviewed exclusively Chairman HQJ Haji Qayyum Changezi about the vicious cycle of target killings which gripped Hazara tribesmen in Quetta. The text of interview is hereunder.
Insight Newsletter-IN: How do you see the growing incidents of target killings which mostly engulfed lives of innocent Hazara citizens during the recent months in Quetta?
Haji Qayyum Changezi (HQC): The target killings of Hazaras, and other people, belonging to Shiite sect of Islam, are sectarian terrorism in which religious fanatics of pro-Al-Qaeda outfits of banned Lashkar-i-Jhangavi are involved behind these gruesome incidents in various parts of Balochistan including the provincial capital. It is complete failure of the government which loses its writ at the hands of religious extremists not only in Quetta, but also in other parts of the country. The government is not taking any serious step for ending acts of terror in the city. Whenever any unpleasant incident takes place following which the government issues statements  that it has rounded up 15 or 20 suspected men involved in the such incident, in fact, despite these arrests real perpetrators remain at large.
Targeting Hazaras and other Shiite have been taking place for the last eight years in the city. The first terrorist incident took place against Hazara when our ex-minister Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara came under terror attack in 1999 in Quetta. Later, the government accused a Hazara tribesman Najaf Ali, but after completion of the investigation the actual attacker was revealed as outfit of Lashkar-i-Jhangavi from Punjab. The second incident took place when 10 people were gunned down after their Suzuki came under firing attack on Poodgali Chawk, in 2001, in Quetta. The then government declared the incident as clash between transporters. But, religious fanatics of Lashkar-i-Jhangavi were also involved behind the Poodgali Chawk’s tragedy.
Then, the fist suicide blast took place in the history of Quetta when three suicide bombers entered in Imambargah Kalan and blew themselves up killing dozens and injuring about hundred Hazara and other Shia worshippers on Macongy Road Quetta. The worshippers captured one of the attackers alive who was not seriously injured. The only surviving terrorist was handed over to police authorities, but he died on way to hospital mysteriously. The surviving terrorist could disclose many facts for investigators which could also subsequently lead to network of the terrorist group, but black sheep in police killed him which remained a question mark on performance of law enforcers. The terrible situation continued to prevail amid hopes given by police officials after arresting few terrorists who confessed the guilt of killings innocent Hazaras and other Shias in Quetta. The accused were prosecuted and sentenced, but they escaped from Anti-Terrorist Force-ATF Jail, from high security zone in cantonment area. None of the sentences awarded by courts to any terrorist has been implemented as the accused who confessed their involvements in terrorism acts against Hazaras are still at large. In contrary the terrorist are enjoying their lives.
The HQJ and other tribal elders of Hazara tribe have time and again brought the matter into the notice of the Balochistan Chief Minster, Governor, Prime Minster and the President, but all in vain. The authorities are not serious to bring to justice those involved behind acts of terror against Hazaras. If some terrorists are brought to justice then these would become precedence for others which could also end acts of terrorism. I hold the government as responsible for growing acts of terror and target killings in Quetta.
I would like to remind you one tragic incident when police force brutally killed peaceful Hazara protesters who were protesting against killings of their two fellow tribesmen in Hazara Town on July 19, 2008. I brought the incident in notice of Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani who sent a delegation of four ministers with me for bringing the situation under control. Even the ATF personnel opened fire at the delegation members in which my police bodyguard was killed. Police and ATF killed seven innocent Hazaras and injured 18 others including myself, but none of the responsible police official was brought to justice. In this situation how can expect from the government to provide justice to Hazara people.
IN: What is your opinion about role of media and political parties in countering target killings in Quetta?
HQC: Primarily, the role of the media was positive in coverage of terror acts against Hazaras, but after Ashura tragedy (March 2, 2004) nationalist parties launched propaganda campaign against peaceful Hazaras which also changed the behavoiur of media against our tribesmen in Quetta. In this connection we contacted different political parties to play their roles in ending target killings, apparently they agreed, but practically they did not come forward.
IN: How many innocent people of Hazaras have so far been killed in target killings and other terrorism acts in Quetta?
HQC: As many as 230 people got killed in which one can find from 5 years kid to 60 years aged men, while about 650 people were injured. Almost 850 families have been affected in the wake of terror acts and target killings in Quetta.
IN: Have any human rights or civil society organization contacted you about the target killings of Hazara tribesmen in Quetta?
HQC: Deplorably, so far no any human rights organization has neither taken notice of the issue of target killings of Hazaras nor contacted HQJ. It is matter of grave concern that human rights groups do not consider members of Hazara minority tribe or Shiite community as human beings that is why the rights groups are maintaining deafening and blinding silence over merciless and brutal killings of Hazaras or Shiite in Quetta. They, even, do not consider their killings as human rights violations, despite the gruesome incidents are grave violations of basic human rights. Although, we have written letters to rights groups leaders, but they did not respond positively.
IN: What do you recommend the government, political and religio-political parties, civil society and media how to halt target killings in Quetta?
HQC: I appeal to every citizen, particularly to the federal and the provincial governments to perform their responsibilities with sincerity in order to end target killings of innocent people in Quetta. Undoubtedly, it is not difficult for the government to arrest and prosecute the handful terrorists which will subsequently lead to complete end of target killings in Quetta.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain April , 2009)

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Exclusive interview with Abdul Khaliq Hazara about target killings of Hazaras in Quetta

QUETTA, April, 2009: Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), is sole political body representing over 0.6 million Hazaras living in Balochistan and other parts of the country. The HDP is engaged in practical politics for defending and achieving political rights of Hazaras in Balochistan, particularly in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan. In January 2009, the HDP rendered great sacrifice when its Chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi ─ a nationalist and secular leader ─ was assassinated in the city. Being the victims of terrorism, HDP has played significant role in highlighting the problems of gruesome acts of target killings of Hazaras in Quetta. Hereunder is an exclusive interview of Insight Newsletter with General Secretary HDP Abdul Khaliq Hazara who is also Acting-chairman of the party since assassination of nationalist leader Hussain Ali Yousafi.
           
Insight Newsletter (IN): The HDP has rendered great sacrifice for political rights of Hazara people as its former chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi has been assassinated recently. What is your opinion about the gruesome assassination of Hussain Ali Yousafi, who was a secular leader as his politics had not to do anything with religious politics?
Abdul Khaliq Hazara (AKH): Well, the assassination of our charismatic leader, Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi, was not an ordinary incident, the tragic incident was not a loss of a political leader of Hazara people, but his assassination was a great loss for the people of entire region who lost a democratic leader. Unquestionably, he was a symbol of peace, respect and honour for all human beings irrespective of their races, creeds, tribes and religion. He made tireless struggles throughout his life only for establishing peace, equality and democratic norms in the region. He always raised his voice for achieving political, economic and social rights of the oppressed people of Balochistan. Therefore, the anti-human elements assassinated him brutally. It is evident from the fact that not only masses, but also political parties and their leaders and supporters strongly condemned the inhuman assassination of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi across Pakistan and worldwide. The people organized protest demonstrations across the continents in cities of America, Canda, UK, Australia, Germany, Afghanistan, and other European countries to condemn the assassination of their great democratic leader, Shaheed Yousafi. In short, his assassination was great tragedy not only for Hazara tribe, but for the people of entire region and democratic forces.
It is pertinent to mention here that at the time when a sound mind fears which town of Pakistan will fall in the process of Sawatization, hitherto Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi, who was a liberal leader, was against religious fanaticism and extremism. He always promoted religious coexistence and communal harmony among the people in the region. He was brutally assassinated to provoke the Hazara tribe with the aim to breakout ethnic and sectarian riots and disturb atmosphere of peace and brotherhood in the provincial metropolis. I think anti-peace and anti-stability elements are involved behind the inhuman assassination of Shaheed Yousafi. We hold the incumbent government as responsible for its failure to maintain conditions of peace and order, and expose the inhuman terrorists who are involved behind the assassination of Shaheed Yousafi and other target killings to prosecute them.

IN: What is your opinion about the row of the target killings of innocent Hazara citizens who have been falling victims in Quetta?
AKH: We should not see the row of the merciless target killings of innocent Hazara people in its current context as we should also look into its historical background. The target killings are product of the failed policies of the state as successive governments played their unreasonable role during the last three decades in the region. The unjustifiable interference of the last governments in Afghanistan gave birth to numerous problems including Kalashnikov, Jihadi and drug culture in Pakistan. Quetta has not remained in isolation and exception from these problems. The first incident of target killings of Hazaras took place when armed terrorists attempted to assassinate former Balochistan minister Sardar Nisar Ali Khan in early 1999. The second tragic incident took place at Poodgali Chawk in which about 10 Hazara people fell victims of targeted acts of terror in the city. Again, 12 Hazara police cadets were gunned down when terrorists attacked their vehicle here on Sariab Road on June 8, 2003. More, Hazaras became victims of the first suicide attack when terrorists blew themselves up after indiscriminate firings in Friday congregational prayer at Imambargah Kalan on July 4, 2003, in Quetta. Then, mourners of Ashura procession fell victims of brutal terror act in which suicide bomber blew himself up after firing at the mourners on March 2, 2004. In these acts of terror over a hundred people fell victims while hundreds of others sustained injuries many of them maimed for their whole lives. The motives behind all these terror acts and targeting mercilessly Hazaras are a plan to push and plunge Quetta city into hell of sectarianism. Since peaceful Hazara tribesmen are dwelling in particular areas and share common sect, therefore, they easily fall victims of sectarian terrorism at the hands of anti-peace elements and religious extremists in Quetta. The terrorists aimed to sabotage conditions of peace and order, and create ethnic and sectarian hatreds among the people belonging to Hazara, Baloch or Pashtoons who have been living here peacefully for centuries.
            The people were very optimist and had great expectations from the incumbent governments formed after the February 18, 2008 elections, in Balochistan. Unfortunately, the expectations of the people proved only mirage when the government did not meet their expectations and failed to maintain conditions of peace and order in the provincial capital. As result of poor order, Hazaras are falling repeatedly victims of target killings, robbery, dacoity, kidnapping for ransoms and other acts of crimes in Quetta.

IN: Do you have a plan to bring the issue of the target killings of Hazaras in notice of chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as independent judiciary is now believed to be existing after his reinstatement in the country?
AKH: Of course, we are citizens of Pakistan. The constitution of Pakistan guarantees protection to life and property of its citizens in the country. When the law enforcement agencies’ personnel fail to do their responsibilities, then it becomes the duty of the judiciary to take the notice. The people and civil society of Hazara tribe contributed in the struggle of lawyers’ movement which led to the restoration of sacked judges of superior courts in the country. Now, everyone believes that judiciary is independent. Then, the superior judiciaries including the Balochistan High and the Apex Courts should take sou moto notice of target killings of Hazaras in Quetta. Their judges should summon the top officials of law enforcers and ask them why they have failed to protect life and property of Hazara citizens as enunciated by the constitution. We welcome the judiciaries if they take sou moto notice of the assassination of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi and murders of other Hazaras as the High Court took notice of murders of three Baloch nationalist leaders recently. We hope that the superior judiciaries will break their silence and take notice of targeting peaceful Hazara citizens. We also hope that the judiciaries will bring to justice those involved behind brutal target killings of Hazaras in Quetta.

IN: What is the progress of investigations so far made by the government about assassination of former HDP chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi and other Hazara victims of target killings in Quetta?.  
AKH: The HDP ─ sole political party of Hazara tribe ─ is fully unsatisfied with the progress of investigations about assassination of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi and brutal murders of other Hazara people as no investigation had been made in these connections. The performance of the Interior and Home Secretaries, IGP Balochistan and heads of other law enforcement agencies are abysmal as they have failed to provide protection to the people and arrest a single terrorist, even, more deplorably, terrorist escape from ATF jail located in highly security zone in cantonment area. The people have lost their confidence and faiths over efficiency of police and other law enforcement agencies as terrorists always succeed in evading arrests after targeting innocent citizens. The provincial government is senseless about the grave issue of target killings. One cannot expect from the government with its historic largest cabinet, having 48 ministers out of 65 members oppositionless assembly. The absence of opposition has given free hand to the government as there is no check and balance on the performance of the government which could be questioned in the assembly.

IN: What are your recommendations for halting sectarian target killings in Quetta?

AKH: When justice and peace become extinct and writ of the government is not established, then in such anarchical circumstances anti-peace, anti-human, extremism and fundamentalism perish the democratic and progressive norms in the society. The growing and unchecked extremism and lawlessness are examples of such anarchical situation in parts of Pakhtunkhawa (former NWFP), now heading in Punjab and some other parts of the country. I fear if state loses its writ then lawlessness and extremism will take the entire Pakistan in its grip. There is dire need that political leaders and people should understand the plots and conspiracy hidden behind the growing lawlessness and extremism in order to counter target killings, extremism and terrorism effectively and collectively in the country. I appeal to all the democratic, liberal, political and progressive forces and civil society to come ahead and perform their responsibilities for protecting the society from falling into brutal hands of extremists and anti-peace elements in the country. Insight Newsletter’s Exclusive Interview  

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain April , 2009)

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EDITORIAL: SECTARIAN TARGET KILLINGS IN BALOCHISTAN

QUETTA, April, 2009:The multifaceted incidents of Target killings are going on in this Province for the last several years. Attacks on Hazaras or Shiites of this Province were considered the advent of these terrorist activities. Later on, people from other ethnics and linguistic groups were also badly affected by the rampant and multifaceted incidents of target killings. As this edition of “Insight Newsletters” focuses solely on the sectarian killings in this Province, therefore, the other types of target killings will be discussed in the next editions.
          As far as sectarian oriented target killings in this Province are concerned, it can be classified in to two phases. The first phase started from November, 1999 and ended in 2004. A brief period of calm prevailed because these fanatics were arrested and confined to a highly guarded ATF Sub Jail. But with their mysteriously escape from Prison in January 2007, another wave of sectarian target killings started.
          The political and economic instability, weak governance, fragile government and poor law & order situation provided terrorists with perfect and conducive atmosphere for the fulfillment of their nefarious designs. On the one hand, the Federal Government has many other major issues to deal with, while on the other hand the nationalist insurgency over-shadowed the sectarian related target killings in this Province.
          The Hazaras or Shiite Community of this Province is not the victims of target killings, but rather (in political terms) victims of “Compromises”. The Federal Government compromised on the pretext of being a front-line-state in the war on terror, the Provincial Government shrugged off her responsibilities on the pretext of Nationalist Insurgency Movements, the Administration’s performance is also not up to the mark because they feel free from any political or administrative pressure on them from Federal or Provincial Governments, similarly the political parties with their national or local background paid lip service by issuing political statements. There were lack of coordination and concerted move amongst all political parties to cope with this situation effectively. Last but not the least, the common perception in public is that Human Rights Bodies also did not play constructive role intentionally or unintentionally.
          This attitude of Government, Political Parties, concerned NGOs and general public virtually helped the terrorists to carry out their nefarious acts unchecked and without any kind of reaction or interruption. It is noteworthy to mention here that these target killings were “one way” in nature because there were no any retaliatory attacks from the opposite sides.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain April , 2009)

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BALOCHISTAN GOVERNOR LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF MNAIMS&SS

QUETTA, May 26, 2009: Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has formally laid the foundation stones of Major Nadir Ali Institute of Management Sciences and Special Studies (MNAIMS&SS), Sar-e-Khartar campus and Library at a function on Tuesday.

            Addressing as chief guest at foundation stones’ laying ceremony of the Institute and Library, Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi said that Hazara people are peaceful, educated and patriot citizens and they are contributing in development and progress of Balochistan.

Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi said Pakistan will remain alive and sustain everlastingly with help of its patriot people.

            The Governor announced Rs2,50,000 for construction of Major Nadir Institute of Management Sciences and Special Studies (Boys Section) Sar-e-Khartar.  

Provincial Minister for Presidential Programme for Quality Education & Clean Drinking Water Jan Ali Changezi and Major (Retired) Nadir Ali Hazara also spoke at the Function and highlighted importance of the Institute of Management Sciences .

            They said that they want to make the Hazara youths professionally educated through the Major Nadir Institute of Management Sciences in Balochistan.

            Hazara tribesmen, belonging to different walks of life, Hazara Tribal Elders, Ulema, Teachers, Businessmen and Students attended the Function at Sar-e-Khartar.

             Students of Government Yazdan Model High School presented beautifully national anthem through band and the people stood for respect of national anthem at the Function.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain May 26th, 2009)

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HAZARA TRIBAL JIRGA CONDEMN CHARACTER ASSASSINATIONS OF HDP LEADERS

QUETTA, May 25, 2009: A tribal jirga of Hazara tribal elders on Monday strongly condemned the character assassinations of prominent leaders of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) in Quetta .

            The jirga was attended by hundreds of Hazara elders demanded of the Balochistan Government to quash the case against eminent leaders of Hazaras in Quetta . The jirga was held at Hazara Town .

            The jirga demanded of the wicked anti-Hazara and despicable anti-democratic elements to tender apology before Hazara nation for their anti-Hazara steps by implicating HDP leaders in false and fabricated case.  

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OATH-TAKING CEREMONY: CREATING POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS & AWARENESS IS MISSION OF HDP

QUETTA, May 22, 2009: Following the guiding footsteps of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi, Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), sole political party of Hazara ethnic nation, leaders said that it is the mission and destiny of the party to create political awareness and consciousness among Hazaras as the nation can only defend their all rights through becoming conscious politically.

            These are the words of HDP leaders Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Ahmed Kohzad, Hamid Ali Hazara, Muhammad Raza Wakil, Zakir Hussain and others when they addressed the oath-taking ceremony of the party office-bearers and workers of district council and union council held on Alamdar Road, where the road beautifully wore HDP flags, comprising yellow, red and green colors, on both sides which are fixed on electricity pylons fluttering in connection with the oath-taking ceremony reflecting political awareness and consciousness of Hazara people in the city.

            The oath-taking ceremony was presided over by picture of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi, former Chairman HDP, who was assassinated by terrorists in January 2009 in Quetta . Secretary General HDP Abdul Khaliq Hazara took oath from newly-elected office-bearers and newly joined party workers at the oath-taking ceremony.

            The HDP leaders at the oath-taking ceremony said that they will continue their struggle till completion of desires of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi and the party will not leave the nation alone at this critical and challenging juncture being faced by Hazaras in Balochistan.

            Referring to registration of a fake and fabricated case, the HDP leaders cautioned the nation to remain vigil and watchful on anti-Hazara and anti-democratic abhorrent elements who are involved in hatching conspiracies against the Hazaras either by one mean or by implicating their prominent political leaders in fabricated case.

            They said that these obnoxious anti-Hazara and anti-democratic elements tried to assassinate characters of the leaders of sole political party of Hazara nation, aimed to keep them away from achieving political rights of the Hazaras, by implicating their veteran and charismatic leaders in fabricated, false and baseless case under patronage of some evil elements in government and administration, but the Hazaras will never let these despicable and evil elements to succeed in their malicious designs against Hazara nation and its leaders.

            “We are not fearful because fabricated case has been registered in line to follow centuries-old political tradition under which always charismatic and prominent leaders fall victims of false and baseless cases by rulers across the world, and eminent leaders of HDP are no exception from the centuries-old tradition, and said the whole nation has rejected intolerable bigots and standing with the party now,” they explained.

They demanded of the judges of the Apex Court to take notice of character assassinations of the party leaders and bring to justice the hateful and loathsome elements inside and outside administration who are involved in the character assassinations of Hazaras’ eminent leaders.

            Referring to meritocracy, they demanded of the public and private organizations’ administrations to induct competent youths in their jobs only on merit, and shun the culture of nepotism, bribery, favours, ethnicity and recommendations as right of any talented youth of any tribe may not be violated in Balochistan.

            Thousands of people belonging to different walks of life attended the HDP oath-taking function in which the workers and office-bearers of district and union councils took oath from Abdul Khaliq Hazara.

            The HDP supporters at the function chanted slogans as “whole Hazara nation is backing, supporting and standing with HDP for its stance to achieve political and socio-economic rights of Hazaras”.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain May 22nd, 2009)

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HDP HOLDS PROTEST DEMONSTRATION AGAINST KIDNAPPING OF HAZARA STUDENT & LAWLESSNESS

QUETTA, May 21, 2009: The leaders and supporters of Hazara Democratic Party on Thursday rallied and protested against kidnapping of teen-aged student Waqar Ali who was abducted by unknown men on Wednesday.

            The leaders along with tens of hundreds of HDP supporters assembled at main secretariat of the party on Alamdar Road from where they marched on main roads and commercial areas and culminated in front of Quetta Press Club where the rally turned into a massive public gathering.

            The participants of the rally carried the HDP flags, and banners and placards in which inscribed slogans against growing lawlessness in Quetta .

            Addressing the protesters, HDP leaders Ahmed Ali Kohzad, Muhammad Hussain Hazara and other party leaders strongly criticized the provincial government and its police for failing to maintain peace in Quetta city.

They fulminated against the government for failing to protect life and property of the people and said incidents of lawlessness, dacoity, terrorism and kidnapping for ransoms are increasing in the city.

The HDP leaders demanded of the government to recover abducted Hazara student Waqar Ali at the earliest.

According local newspapers quoting eyewitness, Waqar Ali, 16 years old, was returning from tuition class and proceeding towards his home when reached near Gulistan Town unknown armed kidnappers in a vehicle abducted him on gunpoint and shifted to some unknown location.

Abduction of Waqar Ali is third incident of kidnapping in a week as two others Munawwar Ali Saraf and one Taimoor had been kidnapped from Archar Road and Jinnah Town respectively during the last few days.

Now-a-days, news repeatedly appear on local Urdu newspapers saying that the salaries of police force will be increased in the fiscal year 2009-10 in Balochistan, but the increasing of salaries of police will be tantamount to pay the police force for their inefficiency in such circumstances that the lawlessness has become order of the day. 

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain May 21st, 2009)

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EDITORIAL: EXPLORING & PROMOTING HAZARAGI CULTURE AND ART

QUETTA, May 20, 2009: Balochistan is the land of diverse cultures. The cultural traditions of Balochistan are mainly based on Balochi, Pashto and Hazaragi tribal and semi-tribal custom. Its tribal and semi-tribal traditions and custom have not been affected despite variations in climate and physical conditions and structures of landscapes in Balochistan. Language, being the most essential ingredient of culture, the people of Balochistan speak Balochi, Barahvi, Pashto and Hazaragi languages, besides Urdu as national language in the province. Writers of these languages write prose and poetry in these languages which have kept alive the languages in Balochistan. 

            Among these languages, Hazaragi is also widely spoken language by Hazara ethnic nation, besides major population of other tribes could also speak and understand Hazaragi across Balochistan. Unfortunately, the government and media have discriminated against Hazaragi language in the province. The government which has set up Balochi, Brahvi and Pashto Academies , but it has not yet established any Hazaragi Academy which is great injustice with Hazaragi culture and language as the government has been deliberately ignoring to support Hazaragi literature officially in the province. Again, media equally discriminate against Hazaragi. For instance, Literary Page of Jang Newspaper Quetta, widely circulated Urdu daily, publishes Balochi Deewan, Brahvi Ahwal, Adab Ser and Pashto Mehfil under permanent titles of regular writers on each Thursday, the daily Jang has been ignoring to provide space to Hazaragi language in the Literary Page of the newspaper on Thursday.

Recently, a Hazaragi poetry book has been written by Liaqat Ali Aajiz and published by Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Focus (HADAF), a non-governmental organization based in Quetta . More, the job of publishing which had to be done by Hazaragi Academy , but HADAF has got the credit to do, is highly commendable. Now, the HADAF and Aajiz have broken the silence and initiated publishing of the Hazaragi book, believed to be a massive constructive and immense step for making the Hazara people to glue themselves with their rich and proud Hazaragi culture. At the same time, heavy responsibilities also fall on shoulders of literary giants like Ali Baba Taj and others to play their role for creating awareness from grossroot level among the young generation of Hazara for promoting study and literary culture in Hazara society as today in global village literary people could only keep alive their culture.

Apart from painstaking efforts of Liaqat Aajiz who wrote Hazaragi book, similarly, other encouraging efforts have been made by Rehana Latif, an alumni and diploma holder in advance multimedia from Arenia University Karachi, who successfully organized her paintings and digital photography exhibition at Arooj Art Gallery from May 12 to 20, 2009 on Alamdar Road Quetta . Her paintings have been largely welcomed by visitors who viewed work of art of Rehana Latif at the exhibition in which she captured and touched the social, economic, collective psychology and women problems and issues in her paintings affectively, constructively and beautifully.

The website, www.hazaranation.com a totally non-commercial website, demands of Balochistan government to set up Hazaragi Academy like other Academies established for other languages in the provincial capital. The website further demands of daily Jang newspaper to provide space for Hazaragi language in its Literary Page on Thursday like other languages. www.hazaranation.com also strongly demands of the Vice Chancellor Balochistan University to display cultural items and materials of Hazaragi at Balochistan Study Center in the varsity.

To our owns, www.hazaranation.com demands of MNA Abbas Hazara, Balochistan Minister Jan Ali Changezi and other Hazara influential to encourage young artist, Rehana Latif, aimed at encouraging her for continuing her efforts of highlighting social evils and problems through her paintings in the future.

Finally and repeating again the most significant point that our literary giants like Ali Baba Taj and other literary persons should play their constructive role from grossroot level through inter-personal communications for promoting study culture among young generation in Hazara society. (SSMM)



(Posted by Altaf Hussain May 20th, 2009)

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The first Hazaragi Poetry Book Published

QUETTA, May 13, 2009:The Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Focus (HADAF), a non-governmental organization based in Quetta , has published poetry book written in Hazaragi language by Liaqat Ali Aajiz, a positive step for making the Hazara people to glue themselves with their rich and proud Hazaragi culture.

            According to details got by this website through Secretary General HADAF Chiragh Ali Baig, the poetry book has been published under title, “Noo Boko”, is believed to be one of the finest and best books in Hazaragai literature appeared for the people of Hazara ethnic nation.

            Commenting on the book, Chiragh Ali explained briefly that Noo Boko means as nine peaks of mountains in which the writer expressed his extreme affection towards his beloved homeland and mentioned his dearly nine heroes passed in the history of Hazara nation in various periods during the recent centuries.

            Chiragh Ali said that HADAF and Aajiz have broken the silence as the former published the book and the latter written the Hazargi book.

            He said that his organization expressed the hope that reading and writing culture would boost and enhance day by day in order to make our people to glue with their rich and proud Hazaragi culture.        

            Chiragh Ali Baig while talking to this website mentioned the below selected excerpt from the newly written Hazaragi book of Aaziz:   

Ee  khag az mardom az khoo muna suwal

Balde doshmon azma qoogheed ki zoghal

Boged kai chap mosha ee gard do ghobar

Akhir  tha kai  ra  momna  dom  shi  kasha

 

Please for more details of Book Contact Mr. Liaqat Ali Aajiz at
Email : aajiz22@yahoo.com
Mobile No: +92-345-8357839



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(Posted by Altaf Hussain May 16th, 2009)

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WOMEN & CULTURE: PAINTINGS BY REHANA LATIF AT ART EXHIBITION

QUETTA, May 15, 2009: Society stands on two pillars men and women. Thus both the pillars are inevitable to be strong which guarantees the strength of any society. Women who are always subjected to be discriminated against in patriarchal society; at the same time they have also occupied exalted places as mothers, wives, brides and daughters in the society.

These honorable places of women have been beautifully portrayed in paintings of young Hazara artist Rehana Latif, who has affective command on both digital and painting, has made painstaking efforts through her work of art captured in images which are displayed at Gamut Art Exhibition which opened on May 12 and will end on May 20, at Arooj Art Gallery, located near Milo Shaheed Trust on Alamdar Road Quetta.

When a visitor visits the art exhibition where paintings of young alumni and diploma holder in advance multimedia from ARENIA University Karachi Rehana Latif are displayed, the visitor observes that young artist Rehana has highlighted affectively through her paintings the status of women in semi-tribal culture of Quetta and tribal culture in Balochistan.

Her paintings portrayed that how women are bound in handcuffs of tradition, and their innocence they enjoy in their gatherings in society.

She has also highlighted in her painting the social evil in which brides families’ demands are too high due to which many young boys cannot get marriage. One such painting showed a happy bride bejeweled depicts the social disease in which bride demands are too much as many lower-middle and lower class government servants and labourers cannot afford to marry due to expensive demands of brides.

Apart from women, Rehana Latif tried her best through her paintings to highlight various collective psychological of people, injustices and other social and cultural issues in the society.

The paintings of Rehana Latif are displayed at Gamut Art Exhibition at Arooj Art Gallery which is open for visitors, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm PST, to look the expertise paintings of the young artist.

It is highly hoped that Balochistan Minister Jan Ali Changezi, MNA Syed Abbas Hazara and other influential Hazaras should visit the art exhibition and announce prizes and financial assistance to Rehana Latif for her expertise aimed to encourage her for continuing her efforts through her paintings.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain May 15th, 2009)

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Milo Shaheed’s social services remembered on his 19th martyrdom anniversary

QUETTA, May 11, 2009: People belonging to all walks of life and office bearers of Milo Shaheed Trust, a non-governmental social and health organization, on Monday paid rich tribute to founder of the Trust, Shaheed Muhammad Ismail Milo, upon his social services who rendered tirelessly for the people of Balochistan irrespective of their castes, creeds and sects in the province.

            Milo Shaheed launched affective campaign against drug culture in Quetta and protected the young generation from menace of drugs in the provincial capital of Balochistan.

            Milo Shaheed Trust, a detoxification and rehabilitation center for drug addicts, has successfully treated on humanitarian grounds hundreds of young people irrespective of their ethnics and school of thoughts not only from Balochistan, but from across the country.

            Now, these drug addicts after their treatments from Milo Trust are living respectable life in the society.

            A large number of people belonging to various walks of life participated in the 19th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Ismail Milo. A rally led by Chairman Milo Shaheed Trust, Engineer Muzaffar Ali Changezi, after passing from Alamdar Road reached the grave of Ismail Milo Shaheed at Hazara graveyard where they offered Fatiha for departed soul of Milo Shaheed and showered rose petals on his grave.

            The participants paid warm and rich tribute to social services of Milo Shaheed who rendered not only for Hazara ethnic nation, but also for the people of Balochistan and Pakistan as he fought and struggled against menace of drugs in the province.

            Later, the participants of the rally returned from Hazara graveyard to Milo Shaheed Trust where they recited Holy Quran for the departed soul of Muhammad Ismail Milo. A large number of people attended the Quran Khawani and Fatiha Khawani.


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Hundreds of Hazaras languish in Indonesian jails seek UN, Diplomatic Helps

JAKARTA//QUETTA, May 10, 2009: Hundreds of Hazaras, ranging their ages from children to aged, are languishing in various jails of Indonesia, and demanded of the UN to intervene in the forgotten humanitarian crisis of Hazara refugees for resolving it amicably in Indonesia, the Hazara people outside of jails (who witnessed the inmates) in Indonesia communicated to this website through electronic mails.
            One of the e-mails, as its sender, who visited one of the jails where he witnessed 87 Hazara youths who are languishing in the jail in miserable and onerous conditions conveyed about them to this website.
The sender, in his e-mail, said that all Hazaras suffering in jails of Indonesia appealed to UNO and its General Secretary Banki Moon to intervene and resolve the humanitarian crisis of inhabitants of war-stricken Afghanistan in Indonesia.
Similarly, in another e-mail received by www.hazaranation.com, its sender said that Hazaras are languishing in different jails in Indonesia.
Its sender appealed to Hazara politicians in Afghanistan to take notice of the problems of Hazaras in Indonesia and resolve their immigration problems in any developed country amicably.
Likewise, another e-mail received by this website said that there are a large number of Hazaras, among them also many families along with their men members, are suffering in different jails in Indonesia, and appealed to Dr Sima Samar and other Hazara influential politicians to take immediate initiatives for their releases and subsequent solution to their settlements in any developed country.
Its sender also sought electronic mail address of Dr Sima Samar, if any reader who has the e-mail address of Dr Sima, kindly send to the moderator of this website for further sending to the e-mail sender in Indonesia.

 

Attention: The moderator of this website has kept the names and e-mails of senders who sent from Indonesia as confidential, and has not displayed their e-mails addresses and names on certain reasons.



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Attack on Eminent Hazara Historian Kazim Yazdani Slammed, Arrest of Perpetrators Demanded

WASHINGTON (USA), May 07, 2009: The leaders and stalwarts of Hazara Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) has demanded of the Afghan government to ensure prosecution of perpetrators who were involved behind the attack on prominent Hazara historian and author Haji Kazim Yazdani, a text of the letter sent by HOPE on Thursday to Afghan Ambassador to America, Mr Saeed T. Jawad, in Washington, made available for this website through e-mail said. 
            The HOPE’s letter strongly condemned the attack which was made by religious fanatics on Kazim Yazdani, Hazara intellectual who authored several books, because he strongly opposed Shiite Family Law, a discriminatory law against women passed recently by President Hamid Karzai on recommendation of Shiite Taliban misogynist Shaikh Asif.  
The HOPE demanded of the Government of Afghanistan to conduct immediately impartial judicial inquiry into attack on eminent Hazara historian Kazim Yazdani and bring to justice the perpetrators involved in the gruesome act against Kazim.
It demanded of the Government of Afghanistan to ensure halt of attacks on Hazara intellectuals and their protection from religious extremists and bigots in Afghanistan.
It also demanded of Afghan Government to ensure protection to all Hazara intellectuals in all corners of Afghanistan as they are not only precious assets for the people of Hazara, but they are worthy and valuable properties of entire people of Afghanistan.
The HOPE expressed its deep concern over passage of the controversial Shiite Family Law, and demanded of the Afghan President to immediately withdraw the law.

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DAWN: Speaks with Abdul Khaliq Hazara, General Secretary (HDP)

QUETTA, May 07, 2009: (The views expressed by Abdul Khaliq Hazara, head of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) in his exclusive interview with DAWN.com does not necessarily reflect the policy of this website. Attention readers; the total population of Hazaras are about 600,000, but not 300,000 as showed in the interview, besides, all Hazaras are not belong to Shiite sect of Islam, but there are considerable number of Sunni Hazaras dwelling in Quetta )

"Dawn.com speaks with Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Secretary-General of the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP). The party has given a political voice to Balochistan’s 300,000 Hazaras. Here, Mr Hazara explains challenges the Hazara community in Pakistan faces and deconstructs their role in Balochistan’s tense political environment. "

Tell us about the HDP and the constituency it represents.

The HDP was formed in 2003, but was publicly announced on July 7, 2004. It is a truly democratic party. Every third year, we call together a congress that elects the party's central council.

There are about 300,000 Hazaras in Balochistan, based in Quetta, Khuzdar, Zhob, Loralia and Dera Murad Jamali. Before the HDP's formation, these people did not have a formal political entity and didn't have much share in provincial or national politics. But we are trying to orient the community into becoming aware of the region's politics and to protect their interests. However, non-Hazaras are more than welcome to join the party. In fact, we already have several non-Hazara party members and the party is coming to play an important role in provincial politics. 

The party also has a women's wing constituting of nine units. We encourage female participation on all levels of sociopolitical life. We are a liberal and democratic party and we firmly believe in equal opportunities for women in national life.

On January 26, 2009, HDP’s then chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi was assassinated. How did the party react?

I was at home when I got the phone call that Yousafi had been shot. My first concern was to make sure he was in a secure hospital where he would be treated properly. The party leadership was shocked. There have been attacks against our community, but this was targeted against our chairman who led our party and the Hazara people. Some 40,000 mourners came to Yousafi's funeral. A case was also registered with the area police, but no real investigations materialised. 

During the past few years, attacks against Hazaras have increased, with Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) claiming responsibility for many of these attacks. What do you think?

All Hazaras are Shia Muslims, hence easy targets of sectarianism in Pakistan. LJ has claimed many of these attacks and the government claims to have arrested suspects in this regard, but the alleged assailants are not brought before the public or in any court of law. Why is it so hard for the government to expose the suspects to the public? As long as the government is not going to reveal results of investigations and the accused, we cannot say anything definitively.

On 18 January, 2008, LJ's most wanted terrorists Dawoodi Badini and Usman Saifullah Kurd escaped from a cell in the Anti-Terrorist Force's (ATF) highest security zone. Attacks during the past 13 months in which Hazaras have been could be linked to this escape and to Kurd, who heads the LJ in Balochistan.
 
Does the HDP support calls for a more autonomous Balochistan?

We do want greater autonomy for the province but we are not separatists. We are all for Pakistan. Even one of Pakistan's army chiefs, General Musa Khan, was a Hazara. In fact, most officers in the army who have been inducted from Balochistan are ethnic Hazaras.
 
That said, Balochistan needs to be treated fairly and the exploitation of its resources must be stopped. Every government has suppressed the Baloch and even now, while the government denies it, the military operation in Balochistan is going on. Chief Minister Raisani and President Asif Zardari talked of reconciliation on several occasions, but did not take it forward the way it should be taken forward.

For a meaningful reconciliation between Islamabad and Balochistan, the military operation needs to be stopped and the missing political prisoners need to be released. The countless displaced must also be duly compensated. And for an effective continuation of such reconciliatory measures, free elections should be allowed and interference of intelligence agencies in politics should no longer be tolerated. 

Are Hazaras among Balochistan's missing persons? If not, why?

No, because we are not involved in any militant activity. We have also never been separatists.

What is the future of the Hazara community in Pakistan?

The community is very focused on education and is liberal in its approach. Pakistan Air Force's first female pilot was a Hazara girl. So we are also for gender equality. Many Hazaras are also successful in trade and business. Now, the community is striving to consolidate its position in mainstream politics. As such, the future of the Hazara community in Pakistan is quite bright.

Many analysts are of the view that the tensions in Balochistan heightened after the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti. What do you think?

After the murders of Nawab Bugti and Balaach Marri, political consciousness and activism among the citizens of Balochistan heightened immensely. Even people who were pro-Islamabad once are now joining the resistance. The recent killings of Ghulam Baloch, Sher Mohammad and Lala Munir have only added to these tensions. 

Do the Taliban have a presence in Quetta?

Not only are the Taliban in Quetta, but they are also in Zhob, Qila Saifullah, Khuzdar and other areas of Balochistan. In Quetta, they can literally be seen roaming around the city's centre. But their main entrenchments are in areas that surround Quetta.

How can the Taliban have a foothold in Quetta without someone's consent?

Invisible powers – those who want to destroy peace in Pakistan and think that the Taliban are good for the country – would consent to having them here. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Quetta is slowly being turned into another Swat. 

As for the Hazaras, apart from being ideological opposites, we have historic grudges against the Taliban, who, according to an Amnesty International report, killed some 12,000 Hazaras in Mazar-i-Sharif and Bamiyan during their reign in Afghanistan. So we are surely not on the list of people who would welcome them in Quetta and the rest of Balochistan.


The writer can be contacted at quratulain.siddiqui@gmail.com

Taken from http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/Balochistans-Hazaras-speak-out--qs



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Boat tragedy: bodies of six Hazaras arrive in Quetta

QUETTA, May 03rd 2009:

The bodies of six Hazaras including two women, whose boat capsized off Malaysia's coast, arrived on Sunday in Quetta, the ancestral town of the victims, officials told media.
         Their deeply-looked saddened heirs and relatives of the victims received the bodies from officials here at Quetta International Airport.
         The officials at the airport told the media about identification of the bodies as two ladies Sabila and Zainab, four men Qasim Ali Hazara, Zulqarnain, Juma Khan and Abdul Hameed Hazara.
        The victims were on holiday when their boat drowned in Malaysia coast on April 28, 2009.
         Later, their deeply grieved relatives took the bodies to their home following which buried them here at Hazara graveyard.
         One of their saddened heirs as tears rolling down his cheek at the graveyard told this website that his relatives were on short tourism trip who went on legal documents to Malaysia where their boat trip drowned.




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English movie on target killings of Hazaras: HDA seeks financial assistance for releasing of movie

QUETTA, April 29th 2009: Hazaragi Drama Association (HDA) has appealed to Hazara businessmen and affluent members of society to ensure their financial contributions wholeheartedly to the association for releasing successfully the English movie named as “Guiltless” made on merciless target killings of innocent Hazara citizens in Quetta , a press release of HDA made available to this website on Thursday said.

            The HDA, has made the televised-film, “Guiltless”, in English language which focused on the current waves of terrorism and brutal target killings of innocent Hazaras who have been fallen victims in the recent waves of acts of terror mercilessly and guiltlessly in Quetta .

            The Drama Association has appealed to affluent Hazara tribesmen to contribute financially in favour of Shabbir Hussain to his Account Number 60382-4, Habib Bank Limited, Complex Branch Quetta, in order to make the movie a success and inform the world about victimization of innocent and peaceful Hazara citizens in Quetta city of Balochistan



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Six Hazaras among nine drown off Malaysia in boat tragedy

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28th 2009: A boat trip turned tragic when nine people, including six members of a Pakistani family ─ all the six victims of family belonging to Hazara ethnic nation living in Quetta city of Pakistan while the nationalities of the other three victims still unknown ─ who were on tourism holiday excursion in Malaysia, drowned and died when their vessel capsized off Pengerang, Malaysia’s southern coast, police official said on Tuesday, The three other victims whose identities and nationalities were yet to be ascertained were stated to be also Hazara or crews of the boat which turned tragic, but these will be ascertained after completion of investigation, the news agencies quoting police officials as said.

The victims, including two children, were fished out hours after the tragedy about 3.2 nautical miles south of Teluk Ramunia, news agencies reported quoting Malaysian police officials as saying.

A 14-year-old boy, known as Aqeel Qirkeel, was the only survivor. He lost six of his family members. Three of the bodies have yet to be identified.

Police said that two of the victims were men. The other three were women, a girl and a male teenager, AFP reported.

The Pakistani High Commission identified the dead as Zainab, Zulqarnain, Sidiqqa (baby), Hameed, Qasim Ali and Jumah Khan, the news agencies reported as quoting Pakistani High Commission officials in Kuala Lumpur told Malaysian police.

The family had arrived in Kuala Lumpur on April 18 on a tourism visit, said the High Commission’s community communications attache Nadeem Ashraf.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Southern Region Commander Laksamana Pertama Che Hassan Jusoh said the body of the first victim, an 11-year-old boy, was recovered by a trading vessel, the Atago, around 4.40am off Tanjung Pengelih.

Another trading vessel, Asean Restore, discovered the body of a woman and rescued Aqeel at 7.55am in Teluk Ramunia.

Che Hassan Jusoh said that Singaporean coast guards later found the body of a man in their waters and handed it to local marine police around noon.

“Our men found the bodies of two men and a 12-year-old girl in Tanjung Ayam,” he said.

Three other bodies, including that of a woman, were found between 1.20pm and 3pm off Pulau Lima.

 “We are still waiting to talk to the sole survivor to find out what actually happened,” he said, adding that the boy was still recovering from the tragic ordeal. The search and rescue operation was called off at 6pm the next day.

All nine bodies have been taken to the Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Baru for a post-mortem while Aqeel was admitted to the Kota Tinggi Hospital .

Sole survivor held on to mother’s body

The sole survivor of a boating tragedy that claimed the lives of nine people said he swam for hours holding on to the body of his dead mother until he was fished out of the sea.

Victim Muhamad Aqeel Karkeen Quadir Hussein (pic), 14, said that he and six of his family members were on an excursion with three other people of unknown nationalities at about 7pm on Monday night.

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However, after about 20 to 30 minutes, the boat they were on suddenly began sinking.

“I swam and tried to look for the others but could not find them.. I don’t remember how long I swam before I found my mother’s floating body.”

“I hooked my mother’s hand onto a chain I had on my neck and kept swimming with her body,” he said pointing to a bruise on his neck.

According to Muhamad Aqeel, who braved the tragic ordeal, he and his family had come on a tourism holiday from Karachi and arrived in Kuala Lumpur on April 14, where they stayed at Hotel Wang in Kuala Lumpur for a week.

They then took a bus to Johor Baru and spent the night in a hotel here before heading off to a beach in Pengerang where they spent a night when the tragedy occurred. News Agencies



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Worldwide Hazaras’ protests against marital rape law: Protesters denounce Shiite Taliban Shaikh Asif

OSLO (NORWAY), April 27th 2009: As part of worldwide Hazaras’ protests condemning fanatic Shiite Taliban misogynist Shaikh Asif Mohsini’s move who got passed controversial marital rape law from the Afghan president, tens of hundreds of Hazara men and women protesters also rallied against the controversial law in Oslo on Monday, reports reaching from Oslo to this website’s moderator in Quetta said.

            Tens of hundreds of Hazara community residing in Norway gathered in Oslo and staged a historic and massive protest demonstration to denounce Afghan president Hamiz Karzai who signed controversial marital law on the advice of Shiite Taliban fanatic Shaikh Asif Mohsini.

The Hazara placards-waving protesters marched on important roads of Oslo and demonstrated against the controversial law. They carried banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the Afghan president and religious fanatic Shaikh Asif.        

Hazara community women leaders Zhora Jafary, Sakina Sadiqzada, Shabana Sultani, and others addressing the protesters reminded them golden words of Shaheed Baba Abdul Ali Mazari who urged the Hazara nation, in his advice, to be aware of religious fanatic mullahs who always suppressed the Hazara nation and deliberately kept it backward in Afghanistan .

They denounced the Shiite Taliban misogynist Shaikh Asif and held him responsible for denying rights of women in Afghanistan .

They said that such Mullahs have always kept Hazara nation in darkness in the garb of religion and always usurped its political and economic rights in Afghanistan .

The speakers warned the Hazara nation in Afghanistan about malicious designs of Shaikh Asif and other Mullahs, because this move of fanatic Asif Mohsini, according to the speakers, should be an eye opener for Hazara nation about wicked intentions of so-called Shiite Mullahs in Afghanistan .

            They demanded of the Afghan government that Hazara  nation needed a law which should not be repugnant to human dignity and democratic values , and termed the controversial marital law as against human dignity and contrary to democratic norms and values.



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Three Hazara policemen injured in hand-grenade blast in Quetta

QUETTA, April 22nd 2009: After two weeks hiatus Hazaras again came under attack, when four policemen, three belonging to Hazara tribe, and a passer by were wounded after unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at them, in Hazarganji area, in suburban area of Quetta city, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on Wednesday, police officials told media.
    The officials said that the police personnel were deployed on their routine duty when unknown militants hurled the hand grenade at them which went off with loud explosion. Resultantly, four policemen including three Hazaras and a passer by got injured.
Police identified the Hazara policemen who were wounded as Baqir Ali Hazara, Rajab Ali Hazara and Nadir Ali. The other police constable has been identified as Muhammad Asif, and a passer by Islamud Dun who were also injured in the grenade attack. 
    The injured were shifted to BMC hospital for treatment. The attackers after hurling the hand grenade succeeded in fleeing from the scene.
    Officials of Shalkot police station had registered first information report-FIR of the tragic incident against unknown men.
    In January 2009, DSP Hassan Ali Hazara and three other policemen, belonging to Hazara tribe, were killed and another Hazara DSP got injured when terrorists of banned religious organization targeted them here on Sariab Road.
    On June 8, 2003, over a dozen Hazara police cadets fell victims when their vehicle came under armed attack of religious terrorists after banned outfits of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi opened indiscriminate firing at them on Sariab Road Quetta.
    No terrorist has so far been brought to justice since Hazara police officials have been falling victims of terrorism in the city.

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Seminar on racial similarity in relationships between Hazaras & Mongols held in Quetta

QUETTA, April 17th 2009: Moderator of www.hazaranation.com on Friday organized a one-day interactive seminar on “racial similarity in relationships between Hazaras and Mongols” at the Hazara Community Hall on Alamdar Road Quetta.
            Speakers and guests shared their ideas and debated extensively the relationships and similarities between Hazara and Mongolian nations. Speaking on the occasion, Mongolian TV journalist, Ms. Bolormaa Natsagdorj highlighted the similarities between lifestyles, and world outlook which have common roots in Mongolia and Hazara societies. To make a TV program to introduce Hazaras to the people of Mongolia.
            She said that Mongol and Mongolian people had always been center of international events in the world particularly in Asia, who all the times remained victorious in wars and after conquering Eurasian landmass and ruled in large region.
            “The Mongols along with their most powerful armies, emerging from newly-consolidated heartland north of Gobi in 13th century, crossed Urals and conquered western Asia [Persia existing Iran; Iraq, the then center of Muslim caliphate], Eastern Europe, Austria and Adriatic. Besides, they also invaded and conquered China, Java and Japan,” she explained.
            European kingdoms and principalities formed alliances to wage united war against Mongols, even, Christians’ states from Europe made alliances with Muslims in Egypt and Palestine for waging unified and cohesive war against their common enemy ─ Mongols, but they all failed to defeat Mongolians, she added.
            The Mongols despite being less in number, but invaded and conquered, and subsequently ruled over large parts of the world which displayed their considerable achievements, she said, adding that Mongols own legal tradition needed to go back to Mongolian heartland to elect new Khan which halted the Mongolians advances across the globe.
            Ms. Bolormaa Natsagdorj said that that conquers and victories of Mongols brought infusion of innovative ideas and unity which helped in conquering countries and bringing stability for trade and business in large parts of the world.
            She highlighted influences and positive impacts of Mongolians invasions, conquers and their rules and polity in the political, economic, social, legal and educational systems in the conquered regions          .
            She further underlined comprehensively about the geography of Mongolians and its certain strategic features located in central Asia.
            She also highlighted various aspects of culture and social values of Mongols and their changes in culture and social systems in modern times, besides religious customs and festivals of Mongols which have deep relationships to that of Hazaras.
            She also extensively debated about Hazaras and their origin of Mongolians, besides similarities of dozens of words being used both by Hazaras and Mongols for same things even in modern time, similarities between customs and temperaments of the people of Hazaras and Mongols.
            Speaking on the occasion, eminent Hazara scholar, Muhammad Ishaq Muhammadi highlighted about Hazaras being Mongolian origin.
            Balochistan Minister Jan Ali Changezi, representatives of Hazara Democratic Party, Itihad e Tajiran, Hazaragi Drama Association, Milo Shaheed Trust, Wahdat Guardian, Ummat Education Institute, scholars, writers, intellectuals, Tanzeem Nasli-i-Naw Hazara Mughal and other concerned academicians attended the seminar.
            The participants at the seminar debated and highlighted the strong racial relationships and similarities between Hazaras and Mongols with reference to histories and authenticated books.

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HDP condemns murders of Baloch leaders, target killing of Hazara tribesman

QUETTA, April 11th 2009: Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) on Saturday termed the state policies as responsible for prevailing situations in which distance exists between deprived people and state’s institutions in Balochistan.
            In a statement issued from central HDP office, the party condemned the gruesome murders of three Baloch leaders Ghulam Muhammad Baloch, Sher Muhammad Baloch and Lala Munir Baloch whose bodies were found in Turbat.
            It also strongly the condemned the merciless target killing of Ghulam Hussain Hazara who fell victim of religious terrorism on Saturday on Kirani Road when he was going his home.
            It said that peaceful Hazaras have been repeatedly falling victims of target killing, in row of unchecked terrorism against them, during the recent months in Quetta .
            The party demanded of the government to arrest the religious terrorists who are involved behind the acts of terror of target killings of Hazaras in Quetta city.
            The party leaders extended their sympathies with family of victim Ghulam Hussain who was gunned down on Saturday and prayed to Allah to grant fortitude and courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

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Hazaras offer prayer in absentia for three Baloch leaders

QUETTA, April 10th 2009: Hundreds of workers of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) led by its General Secretary Abdul Khaliq Hazara participated in Ghaibana Nimaz-i-Janaza (funeral prayer in absentia) offered for three slain Baloch leaders Ghulam Muhammad Baloch, Lala Munir Baloch and Sher Muhammad Baloch.
            The funeral prayer in absentia of the Baloch leaders was offered here at the lawn of the City District Government Quetta.
            Apart from HDP workers and leaders and other Hazara citizens, leaders and workers of National Party, BNP (M), ANP, PMAP, PML-N and other Baloch nationalist parties also participated in the funeral prayer.
            After the Nimaz-i-Janaza, the workers and supporters of parties protested against the murders of the three Baloch leaders, and the workers carried flags of their respective parties.
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HDP condemns gruesome murders of three Baloch leaders

QUETTA, April 09th 2009: Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), sole political party representing over 0.6 million Hazara tribe, on Thursday (April 9) strongly condemned the gruesome murders of three Baloch leaders whose bodies were found in Turbat, Pak-Iran bordering district.
            In a statement issued from central HDP office, the party strongly condemned the merciless murders of the Baloch leaders Lala Munir Baloch, Ghulam Muhammad Baloch and Sher Muhammad Baloch whose bullet-riddled and decomposed bodies were found in Turbat.
It demanded to conduct impartial, neutral and independent judicial inquiry of the brutal act of terror in which the three Baloch leaders were murdered ruthlessly.
            It also demanded to bring to justice those perpetrators who are responsible and involved in this gruesome act of terror in which the Baloch leaders were murdered.
            The party, in its statement, extended its solidarity and sympathies with the Baloch nationalist parties and Baloch people and announced its full support to the shutter down and wheel jam strikes’ call given by the Baloch parties in Balochistan.
            The party leaders expressed their deep grief and sorrow over the tragic deaths of the Baloch leaders and said the Hazara people equally share their sorrow with the Baloch people over the tragic incident in Balochistan.
            Meanwhile, Hazara tribal elders and civil society also condemned the murders of the three Baloch leaders and demanded to bring those responsible to justice.


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UROOJ ART COMPETITION

QUETTA, April 10th 2009: Urooj Art Academy has organised an art competition among hazara artists on the subject of “Hazaragi Dresses”. The exhibtion opening day is 24th of April, 2009 on Friday at 5pm. The judges will select 30 works including 5 finalists and their works will be on the show for prize distribution day. The artist between age 10 - 30 years old can enter their names in this competition. The prize amount is as under:  

1st Prize = 20,000 Rupees     2nd Prize = 10,000 Rupees    3rd Prize = 5,000 Rupees
People's Choice Award = 2,000 Rupees

The artist are invited to participate in competition in following three categories.

Category 1
Painting Oil or Acrylic on canvas
Category 2
Watercolour, Pencil colour, Pastal, Charchole, Gouache or Graphite on paper
Category 3
Mixed media creative works including sculpture

For more details of Art Competition please contact in this Visit Urooj Art Acadmy Alamdar Road Quetta.



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Debate competition by Paragon Education Academy

QUETTA, April 10th 2009: A debate competion is scheduled on Sunday 12, April 11, 2009 by Paragon Education Academy on the topic:

In the Awareness Program held on the issue
“Current wave of  terrorism & target killing in Quetta
&  the impacts  on  Hazara

At Govt. Sardar Ishaq Khan boys high school sar-e-khartar Quetta, Mr. Prof. Nazir Hussain , Mr. Jawad  Essar , Mr. Khaliq  Hazara, Mr. Ibrahim Hazara and  Mr. Rehmat  Ullah Hazara shall participate in this debate. Paragon Education Academy has invited all sensitive members of the society to attend this competition.



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Art Gallery

QUETTA, March 24th 2009: Art is the way to express their feeling on canvas. Shazia Batool is the first female Fine Ats artist in Hazara community who did brilliant work and gives a new way, so the Hazaranation website included Arts section in his website to fulfill the thirst of artists. We are here please sent their paintings with bio data so we will upload it.



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Balochistan Assembly resolution condemns terror acts against Hazara tribe

QUETTA, March 24th 2009: The Balochistan Assembly including many provincial ministers passed on Tuesday a unanimous resolution in which slammed the government’s “inability” and police’s “inefficiency” to maintain order, and condemned interval target killings of Hazaras as well as settlers in Quetta, and demanded of the government to arrest the inhuman terrorists involved behind the target killings in the provincial metropolis.
            The assembly session was presided over by its speaker Mohammad Aslam Bhootani, and held debate on the prevailing law and order situation in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan, and passed the resolution demanding that the government to take serious notice of police inefficiency for maintaining law and order situation in the metropolis city of Balochistan and other parts of the province.
           The resolution ─ adopted unanimously ─ was presented by Balochistan Quality Education Minister (President’s Programme) Jan Ali Changazi who brought up target killings of the Hazara ethnic minority issue, and Quetta settlers and a recent suicide attack in which Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani, chief of Balochistan chapter of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) was the target.
           Jan Ali said that police had not made even a single arrest over Quetta’s deplorable law and order situation. “The people have begun to lose faith in the government because of its inability to protect them from terrorists and criminals,” he said.
           He suggested the government to implement the six points’ recommendations of tribal jirga held a week ago in Gen Muhammad Musa Hazara College which was attended by Hazara, Pashtoon and Baloch tribal elders and politicians, and traders in the Quetta.  
           Balochistan Minister for S&GAD and chief of Jhalawan Sardar Sanaullah Zehri while commenting on the resolution said the provincial government had ‘inherited’ the prevailing law and order situation issue from the previous government in Balochistan including in the provincial capital.
           Balochistan C&W Minister Muhammad Sadiq Umrani while debating on the resolution suggested that the provincial Inspector General of Police should be sacked for  is department’s failing to control the law and order situation in Balochistan.
            JUI-F MPA Abdul Bari Agha proposed that the responsibility of maintaining law and order to be handed over to tribal elders and the religious leaders in Balochistan.
            The majority of MPAs agreed upon that local elders and jirgas should be given the authority to police their respective areas because “police have totally failed to live up to public expectations”.
One of the ministers ridiculed his own government for ‘doing nothing’ for the welfare of the people and to protect their lives and property, and slammed the provincial administration for passing ‘simple and ineffective resolutions’ on the floor of the assembly.
            “Instead of adopting resolutions each day in the House, Balochistan government should take practical steps to improve the state of law and order,” the minister explained.
Meanwhile, Hazara people and Hazara tribal elders warmly welcomed the passage of the resolution in the highest House of Balochistan, and demanded of the government to implement the resolution and provide protection to life and property of Hazara people as enunciated by the Constitution of Pakistan.



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Balochistan Assembly resolution on the target killing of Hazaras in Quetta

QUETTA, March 24th 2009: On the initiative of Major Nadir Ali a Qaumi Grand Jirga has convened on 18 March 2009, at Jirga Hall Musa College Quetta. The Jirga was attended by the leaders of all the political parties, notables of the Quetta city, Provincial Ministers, Ex Federal Ministers, Senators, Anjuman-e-Tajiran, Shia Conference and Hazara Jirga the jirga at the end announced following communiqués.

  1. Those animals involved in the target killing of Hazara tribe should be arrested      immediately.
  2. Those criminals who have been arrested should be punished by the government as soon      as possible.
  3. The law and order situation should be controlled in the city and proper security should      be provided to the people.
  4. The target killing should be condemned.
  5. The case of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti Mulana Sherani should be expedited
  6. Jirga system should receive completely in Baluchistan.

The recommendation of Jirga was presented before the Baluchistan Provincial Assembly on 24 March 2009 by Jan Ali Changezi Minister of the Provincial Assembly Baluchistan approved the recommendation of the Jirga and the provincial Government is being directed to take immediate action on the resolution passed by the Assembly the grand initiative by Major Nadir Ali has brought a sigh of relief to the Hazara tribe in Quetta and has restored their confidence.



By Major Nadir

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NEWS COMMENTS: Forgotten Hazaras in Balochistan Assembly

QUETTA, March 23rd 2009:Likewise the Balochistan government, finally the supreme house of the province ─ Balochistan Assembly ─ also maintained deafening silence over bloodshed of innocent Hazara citizens who fell recently victims of brutal acts of terror of merciless target killings in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan.
            According to electronic and print media reports, in its first meeting of the current session legislators in Balochistan Assembly on Friday (March 20) offered Fatiha for deceased of seminary blast of Pishin district which took place on March 2, 2009. True. When MPAs raise their hands before their faces ─ God better knows what they read while mumbling ─ and offer fatiha, surely, the fatiha do not resurrect the lives of the dead ones. But, the fatiha, symbolic in nature, shows that public representatives have expressed their sympathies with the bereaved families and raised the issue in House.
            Undoubtedly, before and after the seminary blast which was strongly condemned by Hazara Democratic Party and Hazara notables, dozens of innocent Hazara tribesmen fell victims of brutal terrorism over which the government and its law enforcement agencies maintained deafening silence. Now, the Assembly also observed blinding silence when its Friday's session its member offered fatiha for Pishin's seminar victims, but none of the conscience member raised the issue of merciless target killings of Hazara people in Quetta.
            In its second meeting on Saturday (March 21), the Assembly passed two resolutions unanimously in which condemned US intentions to conduct drone attacks in Balochistan including its provincial capital for striking Taliban hideouts, and second on provision of protection to Pashtun community in Karachi . Unanimous resolutions mean representatives of Hazara Jan Ali Changezi and Ruqayya Hashmi also supported the resolutions in the house.
            A heartfelt question arises in mind why members of Balochistan Assembly are maintaining silence over brutal bloodshed target killing of Hazaras in Quetta . In fact HDP and Hazara representatives supported the cause of Baloch and Pashtun in Balochistan.  
            Now, the Hazara people and bereaved families of Hazara victims who lost their precious lives in target terror acts during the last weeks in Quetta ask from their representatives Jan Ali Changezi and Ruqayya Hashmi (who claims to be Hazara) why they are maintaining blinding and deafening silence over the merciless target killings of Hazara people in the city? Why these MPAs have so far failed to submit an adjournment motion about the merciless killings of Hazaras for a two-hour debate in the Assembly? Why they have failed to raise the issue of target terror acts against Hazaras, even they lost their beloved nationalist leader Hussain Ali Yousafi Chairman Hazara Democratic Party in row of the target terror acts in the city? Why they have not taken initiative to protest in the Assembly against the silence of the government and its failure to halt the target killings of Hazara people? Why our MPAs have not raised in the house the issue of failure of the government to arrest a single perpetrator involved in the brutal killings of Hazara citizens in the city?
            Again and finally, the Hazara people ask these questions from their representative MNA Syed Nasir Ali Shah alias Syed Abbas Hazara who should take the above questions as read for himself on the part of bereaved families whose loved and dear ones fell victims of merciless target killings recently in the provincial capital. Syed Abbas' presence in National Assembly, the most supreme house in Pakistan , does not have any prudent meaning when another MNA Marvi Memon raised time and again, even in TV Talk Shows, the issue of nasty and brutal killings of Hazaras in the National Assembly in lieu of Syed Abbas.
            It is time that our representatives should take initiatives in Balochistan and National Assemblies and submit adjournment motions separately for debates about the merciless target killings of Hazara people in both the houses. They should further demand protection to life and property of Hazara people as enunciated by the Constitution of the country. They should also demand in their motions to grant compensations for bereaved heirs of the victims who have fallen victims of persecutions and brutality during the recent months in the city.

by HDP

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Prize Distribution and Dinner for election workers

QUETTA, March 21st 2009:A dinner party has organized by Major Nadir Ali at his residence on eve of Eid Nouroz and for worker who did a great job during election. Major Nadir Ali distributed prizes to them and oath to work for country and Hazara community. He also added that Two Universities will be functional soon one at Khartar and second at Gulistan Town Quetta Cant.

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Establishment of Management Sciences Institute

QUETTA, March 20th 2009: Major Nadir Ali institute of Management Sciences and Special Studies will establish in our area which offers master level degree. The inauguration will be expected at end of June 2009

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Grand Qaumi Jirga

QUETTA, March 18th 2009: OC: A grand Qaumi Jirgah held in Quetta has demanded of the government to utilize all possible resources to check terrorism in the country and to arrest the accused involved in target killings in Quetta. The Jirgah had been organized by Major (R) Nadir Ali on deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan and its solution.
 
VO: Announcing the recommendations of the Jirgah at its end at a joint news conference, the jirgah participants condemned the target killings of Hazara tribe people and settlers in Quetta and demanded of the government to ensure arrest of the accused involved in this heinous crime. The jirgah was attended by almost all the political parties of Balochistan.
The jirgah also condemned the killing of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and suicide attack on JUI Balochistan chief Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani and demanded arrest of the culprits.
The participants announced that all these rec ommendations would be tabled in the parliament by representatives of different political parties and the government would be urged to take practical measures in this regard.  
Earlier, all the speakers at the jirgah blamed the foreign hands for being involved in disrupting peace in Balochistan and urged the people of various nationalities living in the province to get united to foil the foreign conspiracies. They also criticized the provincial administration for its inefficiency to check target killings of Hazara tribe people in Quetta and demanded of the government to ensure security to member of the particular community.

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Pakistan: The Militant Jihadi Challenge

QUETTA, March 18th 2009:

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP - NEW REPORT
Pakistan: The Militant Jihadi Challenge
Islamabad/Brussels, 13 March 2009: Following the recent upsurge of jihadi violence in Pakistan, dismantling extremist Sunni-Deobandi groups must become the core of the government’s counter-terrorism policy.
Pakistan: The Militant Jihadi Challenge,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, warns of the expanding influence of radical Sunni groups which remain the primary source of terrorism in Pakistan. Fresh jihadi attacks in Punjab, the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan’s provincial capital, Quetta, demonstrate the threat posed to the Pakistani citizen and state. These groups are simultaneously fighting internal sectarian jihads, regional jihads in Afghanistan and India, and a global jihad against the West. Their links to international networks like al-Qaeda make them even more dangerous than before.
“The Pakistani Taliban has attacked not just state and Western targets, but Shias as well”, says Samina Ahmed, Crisis Group’s South Asia Project Director. “Its expanding influence is due to support from long-established Sunni extremist networks, based primarily in Punjab, which have served as the army’s jihadi proxies in Afghanistan and India since the 1980s.”
Their continued patronage by the military, and their ability to hijack major policy areas, including Pakistan’s relations with India, Afghanistan and the international community, impedes the civilian government’s ongoing efforts to consolidate control over governance and pursue peace with its neighbours.
The aftermath of the Mumbai attack presents an opening to reshape Pakistan’s response to terrorism, which should rely not on the application of indiscriminate force, including military action and arbitrary detentions, but on police investigations, arrests, fair trials and convictions. This must be civilian-led to be effective.
“The international community, particularly the U.S., must reverse course and help strengthen civilian control over all areas of governance, including counter-terrorism, and the capacity of the federal government to override the military’s appeasement policies”, says Crisis Group President Gareth Evans. “They must be replaced with policies that pursue long-term political, economic and social development.”
“The current political crisis in Punjab will provide a decisive test for the Pakistan Peoples Party and Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League to resolve their differences through the political process”, says Robert Templar, Crisis Group’s Asia Program Director. “If the democratic transition falters, the military and the militants will be the sole winners. Genuine democratic governance, in FATA as well as the rest of the country is the best defence against the spread of extremism in Pakistan.”


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Editorial: Hazaras, lawyers movement and independent judiciary in Pakistan

QUETTA, March 17th 2009: The credit of revolutionary lawyers’ movement directly goes to the first Balochistani Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, when he refused to bow down before General Pervez Musharraf who asked him [Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry] to resign from the top post of the judiciary. This defiance led to lawyers’ movement. Likewise the people of Pakistan, courageous people of Balochistan also participated in the lawyers movement for the upholding of the rule of law, establishing independent judiciary ─ the spirit of democracy ─ and supremacy of the Constitution-1973 and equality before the law of the land in the country.
Similarly, the Hazara minority tribe, over 0.6 million population, contributed in the revolutionary movement of lawyers which was started for setting up justice and rule of law in Pakistan. The people of Hazara tribe ─ from lawyers, its political party, Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), members of civil society to its common citizen ─ fully participated in the innovatory movement of lawyers. The movement inspired the people of Hazara who always want and struggle for peace, justice, equality before law and meritocracy in the country. The organized movement of lawyers completed its long highway after fighting with support of civil society and opposition parties, even PPP itself while in opposition, for turning the wheels of Pakistani history towards constitutional order and rule of law of in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The peaceful people of Hazara fully supported and practically participated in the peaceful and non-violent movement of lawyers in the country.

The PM announced the reinstatements of the deposed judges which led to the subsequent establishment of independent judiciary and rule of law in the country. Now, the “Rule of Law” is inhospitable to terrorists. Hazaras have been mostly victims of terrorism in Quetta. The peaceful Hazaras express the hope that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will play role in recovering of missing people of Balochistan. Besides, he will also take sou moto notice against growing target killings under which innocent Hazara tribesmen have been falling repeatedly victims in Quetta during the last one year. The Chief Justice should summon Inspector General Police Balochistan Asif Nawaz Waraich and Heads of other law enforcement agencies and ask them why they failed to stop target killings of Hazara people and why they failed to arrest a single terrorist involved behind the merciless killings of Hazara citizens in Quetta. Besides, the Chief Justice should also form “Independent Commissions” for probing into July 19, 2008 incident in which police and ATF men killed peaceful Hazara protesters in Hazara Town, and investigating the staff of ATF jail how the notorious terrorists Usman Saifullah Kurd and Shafiq Rind escaped from the jail ─ who were involved in killings of dozens of Hazaras and injuring hundreds of others in Quetta. We do not wish from the judiciary and Chief Justice of Pakistan to shower miracles on Hazara people, but we hope that the judiciary will play its role for establishing rule of law and justice in order to protect life and property of the people in society.

SSMM


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Hazaras welcome restorations of deposed judges

QUETTA, March 17th 2009: Hazara Democratic Party, tribal notables and members of civil society of Hazara tribe on Monday lauded the announcement made by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani about reinstatements of the deposed judges of the superior courts including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
            In their separate statements issued in Quetta they welcomed the announcement made by the PM about restorations of all the sacked judges of superior courts.
            They said that out of five deposed judges in Supreme Court, three of them were from Balochistan, who were unconstitutionally and unlawfully removed by the then ruler General Pervez Musharraf on November 3, 2007.
            They hailed the bold decision of the PM and President Asif Ali Zardari for deciding timely the restorations of the judges which protected the country from politics of confrontations and ended political crisis in the country.
            They expressed the hope that Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would take sou moto notice against growing brutal target killings of innocent Hazara tribesmen in Quetta.
            They also expressed the hope that the CJP after taking sou moto notice about merciless target killings of Hazaras would summon the IGP Balochistan and other top officials of law enforcement agencies to ask them why they failed to halt the nasty target killings of Hazaras and why no terrorist had so far been arrested by them in the city.

Altaf Hussain Safdari

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German Ambassador visited Dr. Ruquya Home

QUETTA, March 16th 2009: The German ambassador visited United Nation focal person and minister for inter provincial relation Dr. Ruquya at her residence. Dr. Ruquya thanks the German Govt. and investor of Germany who took entrust in constructive projects in Pakistan especially in Baluchistan and also wish that the relationship between Pakistan and Germany will be strengthen in future. The German ambassador thanks the provincial minister govt. of Pakistan and appreciates the good will of people of Baluchistan.

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Speech of Alama Juma Asadi

QUETTA, March 16th 2009: Alama Juma Asadi the pirincipal of Jamia-e-Imam Sadiq (AS) on the eve of Mehfil-e-Melad-ul-Nabi said that Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is the last prophet of Allah Almighty and gave the human beings a new trend of living. Also he said that Hazrat Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (AS) was born and brought up in prophet family and he spread the message or prophet (PBUH) all over the world. He also added that there is no issue of Shiite and Suni in Pakistan. The terrorist is the enemy of Islam now days the country is in critical crises. He requested the participant to work hard for Islam country and human being. Alama Muhibi and Niamat Ullah Hussain also give speech.

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Mehfil Eid Milad ul Nabi (PBUH)

QUETTA, March 16th 2009: Tomorrow on 17 March, 2009 at 9 PM. has arranged a Mehfil Eid Millad ul Nabi (PBUH) at Imamb Bargah-e-Nasir Abad Alamdar Road Quetta. Where all the Local poets will participate and show their love for Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH)

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Grand Jirga

QUETTA, March 15th 2009: Ex-Additional chief secretary Maj. (R) Nadir Ali Hazara urged that the current law and order situation of Quetta and killing of innocent people create distance between the tribes. He further added that in past Quetta city was known as a symbol of piece and today is known as city of terror. On 18th MARCH 2009 a Grand Jirga was called in Jirga Hall Musa College Gulistan Town Quetta at 4PM to discus this issue. The participant was invited from Provincial Ministers, well known tribe leaders, Sardars and all the political parties’ leader.

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Traders to observe shutter down strike on Thursday

QUETTA, March 11th 2009: Traders community will observe a complete shutter down strike against failure of the government to halt growing target killings of members of Hazara tribe, increasing terrorism, religious extremism and kidnappings for ransoms cases in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan.
             Anjuman Tajiran Balochistan, Itihad Tajiran Balochistan and Tajir Aman Committee also took out “peace rally” which was led by its president Abdul Raheem Kakar. The traders marched on different roads and culminated on Manan Chawk.
            Leaders of traders Abdul Raheem Kakar, Allah Dad Tareen, Talib Agha, Raheem Agha, Haji Yasin Mengal and others fulminated against the government for halting target killings of peaceful Hazaras, failure to provide protection to traders’ community in Balochistan.
            They said: “target killings of innocent citizens, kidnappings for ransoms, dacoity and car snatchings on gunpoint have become order of the day in Balochistan.”
            They said that the traders will observe complete shutter down strike against growing terror acts of target killings of Hazaras, religious extremism, terrorism, kidnappings for ransoms and dacoity in Quetta on Thursday.
            They warned that if the government fails to establish peace then the traders will observe a 10-day shutter down strike in Quetta.

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Three Hazara tribesmen escape in target killings attempt in Quetta

QUETTA, March 11th 2009: As target terror acts and persecutions continue against peaceful Hazara citizens, three Hazaras on Wednesday noon came under fierce armed attack and escaped uninjured, on Spiny Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan.
            According to media report quoting police officers as saying that the three Hazaras were going home in Berwary Hazara Town in their car when reached on Spiny Road armed attackers sprayed their car with bullets. As result its driver Ali Hazara and his two friends emerged unscathed from the firing attack as part of bloodshed and target killings of Hazaras unchecked by the government in the city. Later, they visited Quetta press club and informed the journalists there about the target killings attempt.
            However, a passerby, Muhammad Sattar, received bullet injuries who was shifted by Edhi ambulance to hospital for treatment.
            Dozens of Hazaras have been killed in interval as part of the unchecked bloodshed of Hazaras in the last weeks in Quetta, but no terrorist has been arrested by the government in the city. Even the government is maintaining deafening silence over these persecutions of Hazara people in the city.



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Editorial: Silence on multiple fronts over persecutions of Hazaras; appeal to Human Rights Organizations

Balochistan government in its recent cabinet meeting on Thursday (March 5) offered Fatiha for departed souls of the deceased of suicide blast which took place in Pishin district on Monday (March 2), but the cabinet meeting maintained deafening and blinding silence over merciless and deadly bloodshed of innocent Hazara people in Quetta. The same day Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani also announced Rs0.5million each as compensation for those who were killed in the suicide blast in Pishin. A day before and later the suicide bombing in Pishin, two Hazaras fell victims of target terror act on Sunday (March 1), on Zarghoon (Double) Road three minutes walking distance from Governor House and CM Secretariat, and five others were gunned down in brutal cycle of the persecutions of Hazaras on Tuesday (March 3) respectively in Quetta. The cabinet meeting even did not show moral courage to condemn such brutal terror acts and deadly bloodshed of Hazaras in the city. While two other innocent Hazara tribesmen were targeted on their heads on Monday (March 9). Even today (March 11) three Hazara tribesmen escaped unscathed from nasty target act on Spini Road.
            It is extremely deplorable that Human Rights Commission of Pakistan including its Balochistan Chapter (HRCP-BC) is also maintaining deafening silence over the nasty and inhuman target killings of Hazaras in Quetta. Everybody is remembered that HRCP-BC had strongly condemned and termed against humanity the action of policemen who killed two terrorists in exchange of firing on Ghilzai Road in 2005, in Quetta. These two terrorists wanted to target Eid-ul-Azha congregational prayer on Eidgah Alamdar Road in early 2005, but no Eid prayer was held due to heavy snowfall the same year. Later, they planned to execute terror acts on mourners of Muharram and Ashura, and police on tip-off raided the house where terrorists hurled hand grenades and opened firing at police raiding party. In retaliation, the terrorists were killed. Following which HRCP-BC started hue and cry against killings of the terrorists and termed it against humanity. In another occasion the so-called HRCP-BC also condemned and raised voice against killing of another terrorist who was involved behind murder attempt of a Shia police official Kazimi. Now, the same so-called HRCP-BC ─ spokesman of terrorists ─ is maintaining deafening and blinding silence over increasing terror acts of cruel target killings of innocent citizens of Hazara tribe in Quetta.
            Similarly, local and national print and electronic media are also deplorably maintaining silence, likewise the government, Balochistan CM Nawab Raisani and his Home Minister Mir Zafarullah Zehri ─ who have no moral courage even to condemn such terror acts against peaceful Hazaras ─ so-called HRCP-BC and others, over the terror acts of target killings of peaceful Hazara minority tribe in Quetta. The media are also silent and even no paper has yet written an editorial over killings of innocent Hazara citizens.
            Now, the people of Hazara minority tribe appeal to UNO, International Human Rights Organizations ─ Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other Human Rights Organizations across the world ─ to take notice of the racial and religious persecutions of Hazaras and raise their voice against inhuman target killings of innocent Hazara people in Quetta. Because the Hazaras are not living in any war-torn country, but they are living in a country where governments are established at the center and in the province. The people had high hopes after the February 18, 2008 elections, but the peaceful Hazaras in Quetta have been receiving gifts of death bodies of their fellow tribesmen since formation of the new the governments in the country. Despite these governments and law enforcement agencies, the Hazaras are being killed and no terrorist involved behind the killings has so far been arrested in the city. SMM March 11, 2009



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News Analysis: FC harass victimized Hazaras in their areas

QUETTA, March 6th 2009: News will be upload soon.



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Deadly persecutions of Hazaras; death toll reaches nine this week

QUETTA, March 9th 2009: Unchecked and deafening silence by the government over racial and religious persecutions of peaceful Hazaras in Quetta, two more Hazara tribesmen fell victims of merciless target terror acts on Monday and death toll of Hazaras reached nine in a week in the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan.
            Police officials told media that Muhammad Ali Hazara S/O Meer Afghan and Muhammad Ali Hazara S/O Hussain Ali, both mechanics in their professions, were going to Hazara Town when two armed terrorists targeted them here on Arbab Karam Khan Road , in heart of the city.
            They sustained severe bullet wounds on their heads, likewise other Hazara victims, and died on the spot. Their bodies were shifted to Bolan Medical College Hospital .
            As usual, the armed attackers escaped from the scene after targeting mercilessly the two innocent Hazara tribesmen from the road where law enforcers are always deployed and traffic remain jam.
            At a time when morale of Hazara minority tribesmen is towering and high against their racial and religious persecutions unchecked and deafening silence maintained by the government, the death toll reached nine this week in vicious cycle of target terror acts as part of the persecutions against Hazaras in Quetta.



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Protest Week

QUETTA, March 6th 2009: At the time when the government is maintaining blinding and deafening silence over the merciless target killings of Hazara tribesmen in Quetta, traders’ community finally broke the silence and raised voice against the bloodshed of Hazaras by announcing to observe a week-long-protest in the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan.
Traders organizations including Markazi Anjuman Tajiran, Ittihad Tajiran Balochistan and Tajiran Aman Committee announced its week-long-protest from March 5 to 12 against the cruel and unchecked bloodshed of Hazara minority tribe in the city.
A protest meeting of the traders was held here on Alamdar Road on Thursday in which traders leaders spoke on the occasion.
They said that the people of Quetta wanted peace to live in an environment of brotherhood in the city.
They said that the people should stand united against such nasty target killings in order to make the malicious designs of the terrorists as un-success in the city.
            They strongly criticized the government for its failure to halt bloodshed of innocent citizens, and demanded of the government to give up its support to growing acts of terrorism in the city.

SHEDULE OF A WEEK-PROTEST FROM MARCH 5 to 12, 2009 ANNOUNCED BY ITTIHAD TAJIRAN BALOCHISTAN, ANJUMAN-E-TAJIRAN AND TAJIR AMAN COMMITTEE AGAINST TARGET KILLINGS IN QUETTA..

March 5, 2009:-           Press conference and protest rally in front of press club Quetta.
March 6, 2009:-           Protest meeting on Alamdar Road near Eid Gah
March 7, 2009 :-          Protest meeting by Mobile Association 
March 8, 2009 :-          Protest meetings on Double Road & Kandhari Imambargah     
March 9, 2009:-           Protest demonstration on Kasi Road 
                                  Meeting of Peace Committee
 March 10, 2009:-        Meeting on Sariab Road
                                  Protest Meeting in Hazara Town, Kirani
March 11, 2009:-         Yowm-e-Siah (black day). Traders will hold rally from Meezan Chowk and after marching on Liaqat Bazaar, Prince Road, Kandhari Bazaar, Jinnah Road which will culminate in front of press club Quetta where protesting traders will stage protest demonstration against growing and unchecked target killings of Hazaras in Quetta.
March 12, 2009:-         Traders will observe a complete shutter down strike in Quetta



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Chehlum observed: Rich tribute paid to political, literary services of Yousafi

QUETTA, March 6th 2009: Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), a political body representing over 0.6 million Hazara minority tribe, observed Chehlum of its slain leader Hussain Ali Yousafi Shaheed amid grief and sorrow here on Alamdar Road on Friday.

Tens of thousands of Hazara mourners attended the Chehlum ritual of former HDP Chairman Hussain Ali Yousafi, great nationalist and secular leader, who was assassinated under the nose of law enforcers apparently by bigots of a religious extremist organization, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, on Jinnah Road where people walk touching each other shoulder to shoulder, heart of the city only three minutes walking distance from Governor House, CM, Chief Secretary and Civil Secretariats, on January 26, 2009 noon.

Speaking on the occasion, HDP General Secretary Abdul Khaliq Hazara, announced formally lifting of a 40-day mourning which was announced by the party on the day when Hussain Ali Yousafi was assassinated brutally under shadow of law enforcers of the government in heart of the city.

Addressing the Chehlum meeting, HDP leaders Abdul Khaliq, Ahmed Kohzad, Ahmed Ali Hazara, Ibrahim Hazara and others paid rich tribute to martyred leader Hussain Ali Yousafi for his political and democratic struggles, journalistic and literary services and his sacrifices for peace, equity and equality in the region.

            They said that Yousafi, a towering political personage, launched his political struggle for ending political deprivations, and getting and defending political, social, economic and other fundamental rights of the victimized Hazara minority tribe in the region.

They said that Hazaras were staging protest demonstrations worldwide against the assassination of Hussain Ali Yousafi which was a conspiracy against Hazara tribesmen in Quetta and Balochistan.

They said that those who hatched the conspiracy wanted to initiate civil war amongst peace-loving people in Balochistan, and the party made the conspiracy unsuccessful.

They said that the people of Quetta wanted to live in a peaceful and brotherly environment, but hand-packed terrorists were hatching conspiracy for destroying the atmosphere of peace in the city. The party will never let such malicious conspiracy to succeed in the city, they added.

            They deplored over failure of the government to arrest a single terrorist involved behind the assassination of Yousafi, and lashed out at the provincial government for being solely responsible behind the inhuman assassination of Yousafi Shaheed.         

Paying warm tribute to services of Hussain Ali Yousafi, the great politician of the region, the speakers said that Yousafi Shaheed had never compromised on his principles and for rights of the people, and he rendered services not only for Hazaras, but also struggled tirelessly for democracy, rule of law and for rights of entire people of the region.

            They said that Yousafi Shaheed struggled against inequality, extremism, feudalism and atrocities, besides he laid stress on maintaining peace in the region.

            Some poets also presented eulogies in which paid rich tribute to Yousafi Shaheed’s services at the Chehlum.      

            Later, tens of thousands of supporters of HDP and people belonging to various walks of life visited the grave of Yousafi Shaheed at Hazara graveyard and laid wreath on his grave and paid warm tribute to his services.  



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(Posted by Altaf Hussain March 06th, 2009)

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Editorial: Stop ethnic, religious persecutions of Hazaras in Quetta

The wait is finally over. The peaceful and educated people of Hazaras have exhausted from receiving dead bodies of their innocent fellow tribesmen in Quetta , the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan . They have tired of carrying and burying countless dead bodies of their co-tribesmen in the city. The Hazaras are not living in a war-torn country. They are living in a state where government is established, law enforce agencies are working and state organizations are functioning in the provincial metropolis. In spite of existence of so-called democratic governments headed by president Asif Ali Zardari in the center and chief minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani in Balochistan, the members of the tribe are continually getting horrible gifts of dead bodies of their co-members of their clan in the valley. The innocent people of Hazaras are being repeatedly falling victims of terrorism under the nose and shadow of personnel of law enforcement agencies in Quetta . The callous target killings of terror acts against the innocent Hazara civilians over which the provincial government headed Mr Raisani who is continuously maintaining silence is showing clearly that the target killing incidents of Hazaras are being covered under the shadow of religious sectarianism deliberately. In fact, the silence of the government over the terror acts is reflecting that the dreadful acts against victimized Hazaras are racial, ethnic, political, social and economic persecutions of the peace-loving Hazara tribe in Quetta . The government of Raisani who himself is maintaining silence shows the clear involvement of the government machineries against the nasty target killings of Hazaras in the city. Deplorably, it is far to expect from the so-called government to arrest the perpetrators of the terror acts against Hazaras or prosecute them, but even the government has not shown its moral courage to condemn such terror acts against the Hazara tribesmen in Quetta. Even, no government official or its any minister has visited the BMC hospital where bodies of innocent Hazaras including Ghulam Sakhi Hazara and his son Ali Asghar Hazara were kept or the other five, four of them Hazaras, victims of cruel terror acts of target killings on Tuesday. The four others Sadiq Ali, Liaqat Ali, Zahid Ali, Haji Mukhtar were gunned down brutally when the Soyem ritual of Haji Sakhi and his son was in progress.

At the time of writing these lines, thousands of Hazara tribesmen staged protest rally against the targeted terror acts against Hazaras under the nose of law enforcers and failure of the government to halt the spiteful target killings of the innocent people of Hazara tribesmen in Quetta . The peaceful rally and protest is constitutional right of the citizens of Pakistan as guaranteed under its constitution, but the state forces stopped the protesting participants of the rally on Wednesday. Now, the Hazaras are living in a state of bewilderment on the one hand they are being subjected to politico-sectarian terrorism, racial discrimination and ethnic persecution unchecked by government under shadow of law enforcers of government forces, on the other hand they are being suppressed by state forces either to stop them from protesting or to kill the peaceful protesters; their examples are the July 19, 2008 and March 2, 2004 in which the members of the tribe were brutally killed by state forces in the city. It is high time that the government should rebuild its credibility and it must mobilize its law enforcement agencies in order to provide protection and security to life and property of Hazara tribe, and stop their religious, political, ethnic and social persecutions in Quetta . In this connection the government should ensure re-arrest of master and recruiter of extremist militants, fugitive Usman Saifullah Kurd and break his network. And, the government should further ensure holding of other perpetrators who are involved behind the row of the vicious cycle of targeting Hazaras mercilessly in the city. The peaceful people of Hazaras are once again reminded that they should be conscious against their religious and ethnic persecutions and about their own security in the city.



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HDP protests against killings of Hazaras in Quetta

QUETTA, March 4th 2009: About over five thousand workers and supporters of Hazara Democratic Part (HDP) protested against unchecked target killings of innocent and peaceful Hazaras in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, southwestern province of Pakistan.
            The furious and enraged protesters on Wednesday assembled here at main office of HDP secretariat and rallied on Alamdar Road, Hazara populated area, following which ended at Mizan Chowk, where they staged protest demonstration against increasing terror acts of spiteful and inhuman target killings of Hazara, minority tribe, and the recent brutal targeting of two and five Hazaras on Sunday and Tuesday (March 1 & 3, 2009) respectively in Quetta.
The protest rally was held by HDP, sole political party representing over 0.6 million Hazaras in Pakistan. HDP leaders Ahmed Kohzad and Abdul Khaliq Hazara led the protest rally-cum-demonstration.
The furious participants of the rally were heading to Balochistan assembly building and they were halted in Mizan Chowk to march there by state forces due to the pretext of senate election.
            Addressing the enraged and victimized protesters, HDP leaders Abdul Khaliq Hazara and Ahmed Kohzad and other party leaders strongly censured and condemned the growing terror acts of target killings of peaceful Hazaras under the shadow of personnel of forces in the city.
            They lashed out at the provincial government and its negligent chief minister for failure to stop brutal target killings of innocent people of Hazara minority in Quetta.
They said that seven Hazara tribesmen had so far been fallen victims of target terror acts at the hands of terrorists unchecked by government only during the last 52 hours in the city.
            The HDP leaders, in their address, demanded of the government to ensure stopping of the merciless target killings of innocent civilians belonging to Hazara, and prosecute and bring the perpetrators to justice.
They also demanded of the central government to ensure arrest of inhuman terrorists who were involved behind the cruel target killings of innocent civilians of Hazara tribe in the provincial metropolis.
            Later, the protesters moved back to Imambargah Nichari Hazara where the bodies of five terror victims were kept for burial following which the victims were buried amid profound grief and sorrow in Hazara graveyard.
            Over ten thousands unsecured and victimized participants of funeral ─ belonging to Hazara minority tribe ─ took the bodies of the recent Hazara victims to Hazara graveyard in the form of protest procession amid chanting slogans against the government and administration for being responsible for religious and ethnic persecutions of Hazaras in Quetta.  
            A large number of police force and Frontier Corps personnel were deployed to terrorize and threaten the peaceful protesters on the occasion.



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Another five including four Hazaras fell victims of terrorism in Quetta ...

QUETTA, March 3rd 2009: In a vicious cycle of continual and merciless target killings of Hazaras in the provincial capital, five more innocent people, ─ four of them belonging to Hazara minority tribe ─ fell victims of targeted terrorism here on Tuesday evening, in Eastern Bypass, in suburb of the provincial capital, police officials told media.

            The brutal and unchecked terror act took place on Tuesday after 51 hours of cruel target killings of Haji Sakhi Hazara and his son Ali Asghar Hazara who were gunned down in their shop on Sunday, on Zarghoon (Double) Road, a walking distance from Governor House, CM and Civil Secretariats, in the provincial capital.

The Tuesday’s victims were returning to the city from their workplace, a flour mill located in Easter Bypass, when reached near Tamir-i-Naw University , armed attackers sprayed their high-roof vehicle with volley of bullets. They all sustained bullet wounds on their heads and died on the spot. Their bodies were shifted to Bolan Medical College hospital.

The doctors at the hospital identified the victims as Sadiq Ali Hazara, Liaqat Ali Hazara, Zahid Ali Hazara, Haji Mukhtar Hazara and Syed Hayatullah. Four victims are residents of Alamdar Road and one of them is resident of Hazara Town in the city.

The perpetrators whose numbers could not be ascertained fled from the scene ─ as always happens after each terror act against Hazara ─ according to media report. Later, hundreds of Hazara tribesmen rushed to the hospital and staged protest demonstration against the nasty target killings of Hazaras in the city.

The protestors said that the government had failed to provide security to life and property of Hazaras as it was the second target killings within 51 hours in which Hazaras fell victims in the city.

They chanted slogans against the provincial government and its chief minister ─ chief executive of Zarghoon Road ─ and demanded to arrest the perpetrators of target killings and provide protection to Hazara tribesmen in the city.



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Editorial:Quetta bloodshed; unchecked growing terrorism against Hazaras ...

Growing target killings of terror in Quetta continues unabated against Hazara minority tribe in the recent years. The rise of religious militancy against Hazaras and other civilians belonging to Shiite sect of Islam in Quetta has increased since the formation of the new government after the elections of February 18, 2008. The people had towering hopes from the democratic process which began after the February elections in Balochistan including the provincial metropolis, but the failure of the government to control continuous acts of terror against Hazaras and Shia minority has poured cold water on their hopes. The unchecked on barbaric terrorists by the incumbent government has raised many questions in minds of the people in the city. The merciless target killings of two Hazara tribesmen Haji Ghulam Sakhi Hazara and his son Ali Asghar Hazara on Zarghoon Road, also called Double Road, in their spare-parts shop famous Sakhi Autos, on Sunday, showed deplorably the apathy and negligence of the government to arrest perpetrators of terror acts and provide protection to life of innocent people as enunciated by the constitution of the country. Their brutal killings took place on Zarghoon Road where Governor House, Chief Minister Secretariat, Chief Secretary and Civil Secretariats and other significant top offices of the government are located, and tens of dozens of policemen are always deployed round the clock on the road. Deplorably, the perpetrators of the target killings fled from the scene and evaded arrest in broad-day light from Zarghoon Road where not only countless policemen are deployed, but also traffic remains jam and people move shoulder to shoulder there.

            The nasty terror act against Ghulam Sakhi and his son took place after 72 hours when Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani chaired a high level meeting for reviewing law and order situation, in the wake of cruel target killings of Gulab Shah and his four sons in the city. The target killings which are taking place in intervals, and non-arrest of their perpetrators have strongly hurt the confidence of the people over the democratic government in the city. The statement issued by the sole representing political party of Hazara tribe, Hazara Democratic Party-HDP, on the merciless target killings of the two Hazara tribesmen has rightly termed the government as responsible for the terror act on Zarghoon Road in the city. Because, likewise the previous government, the incumbent government has so far failed to arrest and prosecute a single terrorist since savage terror acts started against innocent Hazaras following the formation of the incumbent government in the valley.

The heterogeneous people of various sects have been living peacefully for centuries in the city. But, the religious bigots ─ who proudly claim responsibility to have killed mercilessly the Hazara tribesmen following committing of their inhuman crimes ─ who are involved in malicious target killings of Hazaras have destroyed the very environment of peace in the provincial capital. Undoubtedly, Pakistan was neither created by bigots and nor for bigots. The men who dreamed of it and the men who gave practical shape to it were secular and liberal in their philosophy and outlook of their lives and dedicated to what is one of Islam’s cardinal principles — tolerance. Now, Quetta has become under continual attacks from semi-literate bigots, some of them, men without character, and fighting as mercenaries for the highest bidder, is one of Pakistan ’s tragedies. And that at one point they were dancing to the tune of Pakistan ’s security services, during Gen Zia’s regime, is clearly today not a nightmare for the government of the present time, but also they have taken the whole nation hostage in its own country.
            At the same time, a sound mind is shocked by the silence of some religious parties whose leaders are maintaining on the shedding of innocent blood by the militants not only in Quetta , but also across the country. Can murders of innocent lives including of law enforcement agencies be forgiven because the cruel criminals take cover behind a religious slogan and claim to fight for the enforcement of the Sharia?

It is an undeniable fact that religion of Islam never advocates war on innocent civilians for the sake of setting up an Islamic order or Sharia. It is time to re-educate the religious fanatics and introduce religious reforms in madrassahs which should produce Islamic students in lieu of militants who take the lives of innocent civilians as they believe the people other than of their own sect are worthy of death, while they themselves if kill them will be embraced by Allah in heaven.

Now, at least the people of Quetta cannot afford for more cold-bloodedness and shedding of blood of innocent lives in the city. The government must take stern action and break the networks of terrorists in all nooks and corners of the country including Balochistan and its capital. The writ of the government should not be confined only to Zarghoon Road, from Afghan Consulate to GPO Chawk, as the recent terror attack also took place on Zarghoon Road in the provincial capital, but the writ of the state should be maintained across the province in order to provide protection to live and property of the people in the province. The government should ensure re-arrest of the fugitive figure, who is also known by nom de guerre ─ master and recruiter of religious militants ­─ Usman Saifullah Kurd who escaped from ATF jail, in cantonment, the most highly security zone, in January 2008. The devastating terror acts under which Hazara tribesmen have been falling victims for the last 13 months can be linked to Usman Saifullah. If the government fails to re-arrest the planner, executer and recruiter of all terror acts Usman Kurd, and break his network then the HDP’s statement rightly comes true that the people should not rely on law enforcement agencies and they themselves should be conscious about their own security in Quetta .



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(Posted by Altaf Hussain March 02, 2009)

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Govt responsible for killings of two Hazaras, says HDP,

QUETTA, March 1st 2009: Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) has strongly condemned the brutal target killings of two Hazara tribesmen Ghulam Sakhi Hazara and his son Ali Asghar Hazara on Double Road on Sunday, and said that the government and administration were responsible for the awful act of terrorism in the city.
          In a statement issued here, the HDP fulminated against the provincial government and termed the government as mainly responsible for brutal killings of the two Hazaras, which came under attack less than a week when Gulab Shah and his three sons were killed mercilessly in the city.  
          It said that the government and administration were supporting the terrorists who were involved in target killings of innocent Hazaras as these terrorists executed their malicious plans despite the numerous check posts and pickets of law enforcement agencies set up in the city.
          It further said that the people were facing the brutality of the government ─ which supports terrorists ─ that had become murderer of the people in lieu of their protectors in the provincial capital.
          It also said that the personnel of law enforcement agencies had always remained present at the times of inhuman terrorism-cum-target killings’ incidents for protecting the perpetrators of the nasty terrorism acts in the city.
          It deplored over the failure of the government which had so far failed to arrest any planner or executor of terrorist activities, and said that neither the law enforcement agencies had arrested nor the court had so far sentenced any of the terrorists, and even two key executers of terrorism activities had escaped from ATF jail, in high security zone in cantonment area, of the city.
          It said that HDP believed that no terrorist could execute its malicious plans without supervision of the government in the city.
          The party vowed that it would follow the democratic path of martyred party chairman Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi for continuing to struggle for political rights of Hazara ─  the third major populated tribe ─  in Balochistan.
          The statement advised the people not to rely on personnel of law enforcement agencies that they would protect their lives and properties, and emphasized the people to remain conscious about their security in the city


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(Posted by Altaf Hussain March 01, 2009)

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Call for unity to protect interests of Hazara in Balochistan

QUETTA, March 1st 2009:Speakers at All Hazara National Conference (AHNC) on Sunday urged all politicians, businessmen, scholars and social organizations to unite under a single umbrella for protecting political, social, religious and economic rights of Hazara tribe in Balochistan, particularly in the provincial capital.
            A one-day conference was organized by sole political representing party of the tribe, Hazara Democratic Party-HDP, held here at Hazara community hall, on “What should Hazaras do in the prevailing political and regional challenges?” The conference ─ the first in its nature was held in the wake of the growing merciless target killings of Hazara tribesmen in Quetta ─ was presided over by general secretary HDP Abdul Khaliq Hazara.
            The participants of the conference said that it was need of the hour that the tribe should come forward and become united on single platform, and suggested to set up a body which must have representations of all Hazaras including politicians, businessmen, religious scholars, students, and social organizations.
            They said that the members of the body should play active role and guide the people following any tragic incident which might take place in the future.
            “If any unpleasant incident takes place then the members of the body should come forward and guide enraged Hazara protesters in order to maintain environment of peace and brotherhood with other communities in the city,” they explained.
            The participants of the conference - who showed extreme unity in the present tense situation - deliberated in detailed about the brutal target killings of Hazara tribesmen and failure of the government to bring the terrorists involved in these inhuman crimes to justice, and responsibilities of the leaders and the people of the tribe in the provincial metropolis.
            The Hazara leaders belonging to various walks of life and representing different organizations who attended the conference included; representatives of HDP, Hazara Qawmi Jirga, Milo Shaheed Trust, Balochistan Shia Conference, Wahdat Guardian Organization, Ittihad Tajiran, Tanzim Nasl-i-Nau Hazara Mugal, Jamia Imam Sadiq, Noor Welfare Organization and nazimin, councilors and other organizations.
            PPP leader and MNA, Syed Abbas Hazara and sole representative of Hazara tribe in Balochistan Assembly and provincial minister, Jan Ali Changezi did not attend the conference ─ the reasons remained hitherto unknown despite inviting them for attending the significant conference. 

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Two more Hazaras shot dead in ruthless target killings in Quetta

QUETTA, March 1st 2009: A father and his son, belonging to Hazara tribe, were gunned down, in vicious cycle of merciless target killings of Hazara tribesmen, here on Double Road on Sunday afternoon, police officials said.

            Haji Ghulam Sakhi Hazara along with his son Ali Asghar Hazara were sitting in their spare-parts of vehicles’ shop, named as famous Sakhi Autos on Double Road when two armed savage terrorists on a motorcycle sprayed them with volley of bullets brutally. They received severe bullet wounds on their heads and bodies and died on the spot.

            Their bodies were shifted to Bolan Medical College (BMC) hospital for conducting their medico-legal proceedings. The victims were residents of Alamdar Road Mominabad Quetta.

            The target killings of Ghulam Sakhi and his son Ali Asghar Hazara took place after 72 hours when Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani chaired a high level meeting to review law and order situation and made towering claims that the provincial government had arrested four key accused involved in the target killings in the provincial capital. In spite of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) leaders’ demands to disclose the names of the arrested accused, the provincial government had so far failed to unveil their names.

Following the target killings of Sakhi and his son, a large number of people belonging to Hazara tribe rushed to the BMC hospital. They protested against the merciless and cruel killings of Hazaras, and failure of the government to provide protection to life and property of Hazara taxpayers in Quetta as enunciated by the Constitution of the country.

Later, they took the bodies in form of procession to Imambargah Nichari Hazara. They will be buried amid grief and sorrow on Monday in Hazara graveyard.

A police official at the BMC hospital told the relatives of the victims that the incident was sectarian as the victims were Hazara tribesmen. 

            The perpetrators after firing managed to flee from the scene from Double Road where traffic always remains jam and people move touching each other shoulder to shoulder.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain March 01, 2009)

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Ruqayya Hashmi hosts dinner in honour of sports officials

QUETTA, Feb 28th 2009: Member of Balochistan Assembly and newly-elected president Balochistan Women Swimming Association, Dr Captain (Retd) Ruquyya Hashmi
hosted a dinner party for elected office-bearers of the association here on Sunday night.
            Prominent among those who attended the dinner included; former provincial minister Col (R) Muhammad Younas Changezi, Vina Masood, general secretary Pakistan Women Swimming Federation Major (R) Maadar , general secretary Pakistan Swimming Federation Ali Bhai, president Balochistan Swimming Federation Major Ahmed Badini and other sports officials.

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President of Women Swiming Association Dr. Ruquiya Hashmi Adressing Press Conference...

QUETTA, Feb 28th 2009: President of Women Swiming Association Dr. Ruquiya Hashmi Adressing Press Conference

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Demonstration in Norway - Oslo

OSLO - NORWAY, Feb 28th 2009: Hundreds of protesters belonging to Hazara tribe staged protest demonstration here in front of Pakistani Embassy Oslo, Capital City of Norway on Saturday condemning the recent and growing target killings of Hazaras in Quetta city, the provincial capital of Balochistan, western province of Pakistan.

The protesters who participated and staged protest against the brutal assassination of Hazara nationalist leader Hussain Ali Yousafi, and merciless target killings of Hazaras in Quetta.

They also drew attention of Pakistani Embassy senior officials towards inhuman acts of terrorism under which Hazaras come under attacks in intervals in the provincial metropolis of Balochistan province of Pakistan. In this regard they presented memorandum to concerned officials of Pakistani Embassy about chronological incidents of the brutal terrorism against Hazaras in Quetta since 2003

The participants of the protest demonstration carried placards and banners in which inscribed slogans demanding of the Pakistani government to bring to justice the perpetrators involved behind the merciless killings of Hazara tribesmen in Quetta.

They strongly condemned the merciless assassination of renowned Hazara nationalist leader Hussain Ali Yousafi and termed it the worst act of terrorism in Pakistan

The protesters participated from various towns of NORWAY including Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Drammen and Hamar



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(Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari February 28, 2009)

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First Youngest Female Candidate for Senate in Balochistan

QUETTA, Feb 27th 2009: Ms. Salma Hashmi D/o Dr. Ruquiya Hashmi who submitted her application for Senate Election from Balochistan is the First Female Youngest Candidate in Pakistan.

By Dr. Ruquiya Hashmi

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Hazara National Conferrence to be held on Sunday, March 1st, 2009

QUETTA, Feb 27th 2009: Hazara National Conferrence - Expected - Sunday, March 01, 2009. Quetta is suffering for the last few years due to terrible Law lessnes. Due to Sectarian, terrorisom our great shaheed chaiman Hazara Democratic Party Hussain Ali Yousafi was killed and so many other Hazaras were targeted, Hazara Democratic Party has arranged Hazara National Conferrence to discuss terrible law lessnes, Sectarian, Terrorism, Target Killing and political situation of country and Area. Hazara Democratic Party will send invitation to all leaders of Hazara Community soon.

Program Shedule.

Sunday March 01, 2009

Time: 2 PM

Address: Hazara Community Hall Alamdar Road Near Shafa Khana e Sahib Az Zaman Hospital.



By HDP

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Demonstration in OSLO-Norway to be held on Saturday, Feb 28th 2009

NORWAY, Feb 25th 2009: Demonstration in OSLO-Norway - Expected - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009, More Details Comming Soon...

By Ali Reza

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Father, four sons killed, one injured in target killings in Quetta

QUETTA, Feb 24th 2009: A father and his four sons were killed while their one other sons sustained critical bullet injuries after four armed assailants on two motorcycles targeted them outside of their welding shop, here on Munir Ahmed Khan Road, near Balochistan University and Sariab Road, on early Tuesday night, police officials told media.

            They said that the armed men on motorcycles opened indiscriminate firings at the vehicle of Gulab Shah and his sons - who were working as welders ­ outside of their shop killing him and his four sons on the spot who received serious bullet wounds while his One other sons were seriously wounded. They came under attack soon after closing their shop and wanted to depart their homes in their vehicle when armed attackers targeted them brutally.

The deceased and the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta where doctors stated conditions of the two wounded welders as critical who had had mere chances of survival.

            The victims have been identified as Gulab Shah and his sons Rahim Shah, Mehtab Shah and Jalil Shah and the injured sons as Qadir Shah and Syed Agha Shah.

            The armed perpetrators succeeded in evading arrest and fled from the site after committing the terrorism.

            After the nasty terrorist incident, shops at the main commercial areas on Jinnah Road , Prince Road , Shar-i-Iqbal and Liaqat Bazaar and their adjoining areas were closed due to fear of reaction to the terrorist incident.

            A senior police official told private television channel’s correspondent at the civil hospital that the terrorist attack was sectarian. Ali Haider, spokesman for banned religious militant extremist organization Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, telephoned press club Quetta on Wednesday and claimed proudly the responsibility to have killed mercilessly Gulab Shah and his sons and injuring his other sons.

            The bodies of the martyred father and his sons were buried in Hazara graveyard amid grief and sorrow and sloganeering against government for failing continuously to provide security to Shia community in Quetta .

            Thousands of protesting participants of the funeral demanded of the government to bring to justice the perpetrators involved in horrid target killings of Shias and Hazaras in the city.

Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, has witnessed several violent incidents in recent months. The regional head of UNHCR, John Solecki, was kidnapped in the city earlier this month.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 24, 2009)

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48um Of Imam Hussain AS in Quetta

QUETTA, Feb 24th 2009: Tonight all the Matami Dasta from Imam Bargah came out for 48um of Imam Hussain AS. The route of Matami Dasta was Alamdar Road and End to Bisht-e-Zainab (Hazara Graveyard)

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Protest in Canada - Toronto...



CANADA - TORONTO : Feb 23rd 2009:

Stop! TARGETED KILLINGS OF INNOCENT HAZARA-SHIIT MUSLIMS IN QUETTA PAKISTAN

A protest rally was held on Sunday February 22, 2009 at Queens Park in front of the Parliament House in Toronto Canada. A huge number of participants including women and children participated in protest rally. The purpose of the protest was to condemn the sectarian voilences and target killings all over Pakistan specially in Quetta.

People gathered at 3:00 PM where the temperature was -16 degree celcious. Still the participants enthouziasim was worth seeing. Women and children speically showed their participation. They hold banners and play cards, where the appeals had been made from the government of Pakistan to curb the network of terorism.

The rally was started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Brother Syed Abbas.

Then Syed Munir addressed the rally. He explained that the whole country has become the hell due to terorism, where no one is safe. He condemned the act done by these terorists, where the inocents people become the target.

Haji Nisar Ali addressed the rally where he demanded from the government of Pakistan to dismiss the Police Officers like IG Police “Hamayun Jogizai” and ATF chief “Amir Mohammad Mondokhail” who favours the terrorists and provide shelter to them.

Arif Hussain demanded from UN, Human Rights Watch, South Asia Partnership, Emnesty International and other organizations in hid address to come forward and help the innocent Hazara-Shia people of Pakistan.

Kaniz Jaffery expressed her views that due to this acts of terrorist in Quetta city, all the citizens have become mantelly sick. Every day, they mourn the deaths of their sons, father or brothers. She requested all human rights organizations to stop these human rights voilation in Pakistan.

The terrorism started with General Zia-ul-Haq in 1980s when his dictatorship not only brought drugs, weapon and abuse culture, but also supported and sought out the terrorists groups for their foreign policy objectives.

During the invasion of soviets in Afghanistan and subsequently the jihadist organizations based in Pakistan and supported by regime of Zia-ul-Haq and material support from the Wahabees of Saudi Arabia and Western powers to fight the Communism. In the mean time the Government agencies including the intelligence (ISI-Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan) totally failed to curb their activities domestically.

Muslims in Pakistan, both Sunnis and Shia are living in peace and harmony for decades. The recent rise in Wahabism agenda not only targeted the innocent Shias throughout Pakistan but even many other religious groups including Christians and other minority sects. The target killing goes on without any firm action during the past 30 years.

The militant organizations such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and many others are openly targeting the Shias in all parts of Pakistan. With their links with Al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan, they got the necessary training and targeting innocent scholars, professionals in all over Pakistan including Quetta, Parachinar, Karachi, Lahore, D.I. Khan, D.G. Khan and many other parts.

Among many notables, the recent target was Hussain Ali Yusufi, a political and community figure of the Hazara-Shia Community in Quetta and religious figure Moulana Hassan Zakiri. The target killing did not stop but recent past has witnessed more killings of the Hazara-Shia Police Cadets, University Professors, Governments Officials and as well as suicides attacks on the Mosques and Imam Bargahs.

Following list shows a brief detail of victims and wounded persons;

Date

Tragic Events

Killed

Injured

Jul 6, 2005

Police Firing on Demonstration in Quetta

18

22

Sep 13, 2001

Arshad Hassan, was killed

1

0

2002

Abdul Khaliq Bangulzai was killed in Mastung

1

0

2003

Haji Mohammad Jan was killed in Mach Bolan

1

0

2003

Bank Cashier Ali Madad Changezi was killed in Sibi

1

0

Apr, 2003

Firing on Suzuki Van in Kirani Road Quetta

5

3

Jun 8, 2003 

Firing on Police Cadets on Saryab Road Quetta

12

11

Jul 4, 2003

Suicide attack on Imam Bargah/Mosque on McCongi Road Quetta

53

150

Mar 2, 2004

Suicide attack on Moharram Procession

57

78

2004

Police Hawaldar Mohammad Younas was killed in Wahdat Colony Quetta

1

3

2004

Abdul Ghafoor Sarraf was killed in Satellite town Quetta

1

0

Sep 10, 2004

Syed Attique Hassan Naqvi was gun downed

1

0

Jul 18, 2005

Syed Tahir Hussain was killed

1

0

Aug 10, 2005

Syed Anwar Zulfiqar Abedi was killed

1

0

Sep 13, 2005

Ayaz Ali Bangash was killed

1

0

Sep 14, 2005

Syed Ejaz Ali Jaffri was killed

1

0

Oct 26, 2005

Mureed Abbas was killed

1

0

Dec 9, 2005

Syed Haider Rizvi was killed

1

0

May 04, 2006

Moulana Mola Bux Jaffri, Mohammad Amin were killed

2

0

Nov 3, 2006

Ghulam Abbas was killed in bomb blast in Suzuki van near IG Police office Quetta

1

3

Jul 07, 2008

Ghulam Mustafa Quraishi Advocate was killed in Jan Mohammad Raod Quetta

1

0

May 30, 2008

5 young boys were killed in Jinah Town Samungli road when they were coming home after playing cricket match

4

3

Jan 05, 2009

Two Hazaras have been gunned down and a child a woman injured by unknown motorcyclists  on Monday near Zangi Lora, Kirani Road,  Quetta

2

3

Jul 19, 2008

Mohammad Ayyub, his brother and one other person were killed on Brewery road Quetta

3

0

Jul 20, 2008

Police opened fire on innocent citizens when they were protesting on Western bypass road Quetta

6

17

Nov 21, 2008

Maulana Zakiri and Ghulam Ali Police constable were killed in Saryab Raod

2

0

Jan 10,2009

Dr. Saqlain Naqvi was killed in Sibi

1

0

Jan 12, 2009

Arif Hussain, was gunned down on Kirani Road by unidentified gunmen

1

3

Jan 14, 2009

DSP Hassan Ali, Police Constables Nasrullah and Mohammad Mehdi, and driver Mohammad Taqi were killed. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi accepted the responsibility

4

1

Jan 26, 2009

Hussain Ali Yousafi Chairman of Hazara Democratic Party was killed by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Mohammad Taqi was killed by Police gunshot

2

5

Feb 2, 2009

Syed Hashim Raza was killed by unknown person in Chaman Housing Society

1

0

Feb 2, 2009

Factory owner and Business man Iqbal Haider Zaidi was killed on Sirki Road

1

0

Total: Killed and Injured

189

302

Today the killers are killing the innocent Hazara-Shias citizens, while Government administration  and Law Inforcement Agencies like Police are just watching them and no firm action were taken to stop these killings. It has been witnessed that Government administration has soft corner for these terrorists.

We the Hazara-Shia communities in Canada and throughout the World demand an immediate action to stop them. We also demand the United Nation, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Social Organizations and Government of Canada to come forward and pressurise the Pakistani Government to stop abusing Human Rights, arrest the Killers and take serious actions agains them.

By Jawad

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 24, 2009)

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UNO urged to pressurize Pakistan to provide protection to Hazaras ...



NEW YORK: Feb 21st 2009: Hundreds of protesters belonging to Hazara tribe staged protest demonstration here in front of United Nations Organization on Saturday condemning the recent and growing target killings of Hazaras in Quetta city, the provincial capital of Balochistan, western province of Pakistan . The protesters who were members and supporters of newly formed political body Hazara Organization for Progress and Equality-HOPE gathered in front of the UNO headquarters and staged protest against the brutal assassination of Hazara nationalist leader Hussain Ali Yousafi, and merciless target killings of Hazaras in Quetta .

The protesters demanded of the UNO to exert pressure on the Pakistani government to provide protection to life and property of Hazaras as guaranteed under the Constitution of the country.

They also drew attention of UNO senior officials towards inhuman acts of terrorism under which Hazaras come under attacks in intervals in the provincial metropolis of Balochistan province of Pakistan . In this regard they presented memorandum to concerned officials of UNO about chronological incidents of the brutal terrorism against Hazaras in Quetta since 2003 as over 400 Hazaras had so far been killed mercilessly since then in the city.

The participants of the protest demonstration carried placards and banners in which inscribed slogans demanding of the Pakistani government to bring to justice the perpetrators involved behind the merciless killings of Hazara tribesmen in Quetta . They further demanded of the Balochistan government to resign immediately for its failure to protect life and property of Hazaras as enunciated by the Constitution, besides failing to arrest planners and executers who were involved behind cruel killings of Hazara tribesmen in the provincial capital of Balochistan.

They strongly condemned the merciless assassination of renowned Hazara nationalist leader Hussain Ali Yousafi and termed it the worst act of terrorism in Pakistan .

The participants of the protest also reminded the UNO officials about UN’s declarations including 47 and 135 in which ensured protection to rights of minorities in the world body’s member states across the globe, and urged the UNO officials to remind Pakistan about the declarations and ensure protection to life of Hazaras in Pakistan .

The protesters participated from various towns of USA including New Jersey , Connecticut , Washington DC , Virginia , and Maryland .

By HOPE USA

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 23, 2009)

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Demonstration in CANADA - Expected - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009, ...



NY: Demonstration in CANADA - Expected - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009, More details comming soon...

By Jawad Ali

(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 20, 2009)

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Demonstration in USA - Expected - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009, ...



NY: Demonstration in USA - Expected - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009, infront of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City

By Abbas Khan

(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 19, 2009)

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Memorial / Fatiha held in Washington DC - 2009



Washington DC: Memorial / Fatiha held in Washington DC on Sunday, Feb 15, 2009,

Courtesy Timojan, Tamina, and Sharafat,

By HOPE USA

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 19, 2009)

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Inernational Mother Language day 21 Feb...



Quetta: Wed Feb 18, 2009. International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO's General Conference in November 1999. The International Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

Background About 7 thousand languages are spoken all over the world where more then 3 thousand languages are going to be finished

On 21 Feb 2009, under the management of Hazaragi Academy ® Quetta has arranged “All Hazara Hazaragi Poetry” in memories of Shaheed Chairman (Yousafi) in Govt. Sardar Hassan Musa Girls College, Quetta

(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 18, 2009)

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40um Of Imam Hussain AS in Quetta...



Quetta: Mon Feb 16, 2009.Today all the Matami Dasta of Imam Bargah came out for 40um of Imam Hussain As. The rutine of Matami Dasta was the same as always going...

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 16, 2009)

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Champion Night Award Ceremony



Quetta: Sat Feb 14, 2009. Champions night award ceremony held at quetta serena hotel the Chief Guest Minister of sports and culture Mr. Mir Shahnawaz Mari , Special guest Dr. Ruquiya Hashmi, chair person of Balochistan women Football team Rubina Irfan, Mr. Rustam Jamali Min of Excise and taxation, Capt. (R) Abdul Khaliq Min of Youth affair Honored this event to encourage the champion of Balochistan who achieved Gold, Silver, Browns Meddle & other trophies in 2008 Sindh Balochistan Aman Dosty festival & 3rd inter provincial Games Pishawar 9 to 11 Nov 2008, They met all the players one by one and appreciate their struggle.
Hazaras Boys & girls won in different categories (Meddles + Trophies). The detail is as bellow


S.No

Names

Categories

Trophy

1

Mohd Baqir

Swimming

1. Silver + 4 Browns Meddle

2

Mohd Ibrahim

Swimming

3 Browns

3

Syed Ibrar Ahmed Zaidi

Swimming

2 Browns

4

Ahmed Raza

Swimming

2 Browns

5

Syed Atif

Swimming

2 Browns

6

Ali Raza (Golden)

Swimming

1 Browns

7

Syed Mohd Raza

Swimming

1 Browns

8

Arif Hussain

Swimming

2 Browns

9

Mohd Hadi

Boxing

Gold

10

 

Boxing

Silver

11

Abbas

Weight Lifting

Silver

12

 

Weight Lifting

Silver

13

 

Weight Lifting

Silver

14

Hussain

Cycling

Silver

15

1 Hazara boy

Football Male

Browns

16

3 Hazara boy

Wushu

Gold

17

Majority Hazara Girls

Foot Ball

Gold (Sindh Bal, Dosty Festival)

18

Majority Hazara girls

Hokey

Gold (Sindh Bal, Dosty Festival)

 It is a good effort of local community that they made swimming pools. Now it is responsibility of Govt. to support these swimming pools and provide proper coach and health precautionary advice to promote and bring potential players to represent Pakistan on world level.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 15, 2009)

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Poor People Reciving Amount Benazir Income Support from (MNA)Syed Nasir Shah Office...



Quetta: Fri Feb 13, 2009.Poor People Reciving Amount Benazir Income Support from (MNA)Syed Nasir Shah Office

(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 13, 2009)

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Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf condemns the Target killing of Hussain Ali Yousfi...



Quetta: Fri Feb 13, 2009. Pakistan Thereek-e-Insaf Secretary General Dr. Arif Alvi & Central and provincial President Syed dost Mohammad Agah , Haji Akhtar Mandokhal , Umer Khan Kakar secretary youth affair , Rohullah Khalji , Syed Taj Agha and Irfan Ali Hazara information secretary today visited Hazara Democratic Party office and offered Fathia and expressed their deep grief over the killing of HDP president Mr. Hussain Ali Yousafi and strongly condemned the incident and series of sectarian target killings of Hazara people in Quetta . Mr. Dr. Arif Alvi Pakistan Thereek-e-Insaf Secretary General exchanged views with Mr. Khalik Hazara Secretary General of HDP and assured Thereek-e-Insaf full support to HDP to work for peace and harmony , later Pakistan Thereek-e-Insaf held a press conference to condemn the target killing of Mr. Hussain Ali Yousafi and sectarianism .

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MNA Syed Nasir Shah Visited of Basti Punchait...



Quetta: Wed Feb 11, 2009. MNA Syed Nasir Shah Visited Basti Punchait with a deligation Beldate and listen their problems and asured them to solve their water problem as soon as posible.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 11, 2009)

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MNA Syed Nasir Shah Visited of Killi Nasran...



Quetta: Tue Feb 10, 2009. MNA Syed Nasir Shah Visited Killi Nasran with a deligation Beldate and listen their problems and asured them for release of fund for Killi Nasran Hospital and arrangment of Mobile Van for preparation of C.N.I.C in the area to facilitate the Killi Nasran and Adjustant Area.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 10, 2009)

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Protest In UK for target Killing in Quetta...



Quetta: Sun Feb 08, 2009. A Protest has been taken today in UK against target killing of Hazara’s in Quetta Pakistan. More then 500 people came from other cities of UK (Manchester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Leicester, Wolver Hampton, Northampton, Southampton, Norwich, London, Bedford and participated.

The protest called by Chairman International Hazara Forum UK Agha Marzuq Ali, Barrister Iftikhar Ali Khan, Mama Fida Hussain from Birmingham Hazara Community, Representative of Hazara community Manchester, representative of Hazara student in UK, Representative of Hazara community Milton Keynes Mr. Ali Daryabi, Representative of Hazara Community Southampton, Syed Inayat and Laila Asghar from Norwich UK addressed the crowd. The protest began at 11am and ended peacefully at 2.30pm, after 3 hours of protest in front of Pakistan embassy, a delegation of Hazara International Forum UK headed by Agha Marzooq Ali (along with Fida Hussain Mama, Anwar Hussain Mama and Barrister Iftikhar Hussain) submitted a charter of demand to the 1st secretary of Pakistan High Commission, London.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 08, 2009)

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APC condemns Yousafi’s assassination, demands recovery of missing people ...



Quetta: Feb 8: The All Parties Conference-APC on Sunday strongly condemned the merciless assassination of chairman Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) Hussain Ali Yousafi and termed it the worst act of terrorism in the country.

The APC was convened by HDP and presided over by its general secretary Abdul Khaliq Hazara held here at Tanzim-i-Nasli-Naw Hazara Mughal Hall on Alamdar Road in the wake of growing target killings of Hazara tribesmen and lawlessness in the provincial capital.

Addressing a press conference after the APC, Abdul Khaliq Hazara announced the resolutions adopted by the APC and said that the conference fulminated against the assassination of Hazara nationalist leader Hussain Ali Yousafi and termed it as conspiracy which was being hatched to involve people in clash on the basis of sect and ethnic in the provincial metropolis.

He said that the conference had adopted another resolution demanding of the government to halt immediately military operation in Balochistan, recover missing people and release Zarina Marri and other innocent people of the province.

The APC also adopted a resolution demanded of the people to honour mosques and Imambargahs, and the government should provide protection to these holy places in the province including the provincial capital, Khaliq Hazara said.

He said that the APC presented recommendations aimed at improving conditions of peace and tranquility in Quetta . These included; formation of ‘peace task force-PTF’ comprising members of political parties and civil society and its meetings would be organized thrice a month, establishment of ‘peace committees at mosque level, and the government should set up ‘anti-terrorist intelligence’ organization at civil society level in the city.

He said that APC censured against any act of terrorism irrespective of race, colour and belief, and demanded of the government to ensure implementation of the resolution passed unanimously by the parliament in October 2008.

Khaliq Hazara said that the APC demanded of the government to ensure setting up rule of law and provide political, social and economic justice to the people of the country. Adding, the government should establish writ of the state in lieu of writ of the government in the country.

He said that the conference had also decided to bound the state organizations in their prescribed limits and bring them under control of the government through judicial activism in the country.

The participants of the conference resolved that they would condemn any act of terrorism in order to discourage terrorists in the country, Khaliq Hazara said, adding that they would also obliterate sectarian and ethnic prejudicial wall chalking in their respective areas in the province.

Those who attended the APC, among others, were included; former minister Hafiz Hamdullah (JUI-F), Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini (BNP-M), Commander Khuda-i-Dad Khan (ANP), Abdul Kabir Shakir (JI), Imran Ali (PTI), Hasil Bizinjo (NP), Muhammad Ali (JWP), Arbab Hashim (PML-Q) and Syed Ikhlaq Shah (PML-N).

(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 08, 2009)

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All Parties conference



Quetta: Sunday Feb 08, 2009. All Parties Conference is in Progress in Khadejis Mehmodi Hall in Alamdar Road Quetta these by Hazara Democratic Party. these Parties has participated in ACP

1. Prograsive Intellectuals Form Rahat Malik

2. Muslim League (N) Eghlaq Ahmed Shah

3. Balochistan National Party (awami) Pir Bakhsh Danish

4. Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam Hafiz Hamd Ullah

5. Balochistan National Prty Dr. Jshanzaib Jamaldini

6. National Party Kamrad Rashid Baloch

7. Pakistan Tehrik Insaf Irfan Ali

8. Tanzem Nasl-i-Naw Asghar Ali Gulzari

9. Jamat-e-Islami Molana Abdull Kabir Shakir

10. Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Arbab Mohd Hashim

11. Jamhuri Watan Party Avinash Bugti

The conference will be finished at 6PM and All Parties Press Conferece will be held at 6:30 PM. Few Parties has finished there speach as there speach is given in this site. all Parties Press conference will be held after 6PM.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 08, 2009)

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HazaraNation Group went for Fatiha of Yousafi



Quetta: February 07: Hazaranation Group went to express there condolences to the family of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousufi (Chairman of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP)) on Saturday February 07, 2009.

Sardar Mehdi Hasan Musa Came to express condolences to the family of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousufi (Chairman of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP)) on February 05, 2009.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 07, 2009)

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All Parties Conferrence



Quetta: Saturday Feb 07, 2009. Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) has announced all Parties conferrence in the light of terrible law lessnes , Target killing, Sectarian voilance under the agenda of peiceful dialog among the all plitical parties in Balochistan, as to confirm a co-stretigy for piece settlement for the brotherhood admosphare in Quetta city

Program Shedule.

Sunday Feb 08, 2009

First Session: 11:00 AM

Break for Prayer and Lunch from 1:30 PM to 2:30PM

Second Session: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Address: Khatija Mehmoodi Hall Tanzeem Nasle Nau Mughul Alamdar Road Quetta.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 07, 2009)

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Protest of HDP Women Wings, infront of Press Club Quetta.



Quetta: Wednesday Feb 04, 2009. The female wing of Hazara Democratic Party had a strong protest against the target killing of HDP chairman Hussain Ali Yousufi, who was shot dead on Monday 26th Jan 2009.

The female protestants were of the view that the provincial and federal administration have totally failed to provide peace and security to the common citizens of Quetta especially Hazara community.

The female Protestants of Hazara Democratic Party further emphasized on the point that some peace-hating elements are destroying the peace of Quetta and continuously attempting to make the land of Quetta a battle-ground for the nations who have got brotherly feelings for each other. Therefore, it is the due responsibility of all the moderate, nationalist and peace-loving organizations of Quetta to turn the intentions of terrorist and destructive elements into failure by having collaborative efforts because the silence of the government shows her failure and support for the terrorist groups.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain February 04, 2009)

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Protest Demonstration by Australian Hazaras



Australia: Sydney, Feb 03: HAZARA’Z PROTEST IN AUSTRAILIA against (Target killings of Hazara’z in Quetta, Pakistan) Hazaraz from different states of Australia gathered in the capital city (Canberra) in front of Pakistani embassy. The protestants by banners,playcards and slogans condemned the target killing of Hazaraz.The speakers admired the brilliant services of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi for Hazaraz by his plays. Hazaragi proverbs and politics. They further said that Hazaraz are peace loving people whether living in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran or Australia but unfortunately in return they are targeted in the name of Hazaraz as well as shiya.They demanded for Hazaraz protection from Pakistani Govt. They also shared their feelings of condolences with the family of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi and other victims.

By Barkat Ali Aazra

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain 03rd February, 2009)

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Protest against the target killing of Hazaras/Shias in Quetta Pakistan.The Hazara International Forum GB (HIF GB),



United Kingdom: London, Feb 02: The Hazara International Forum GB (HIF GB), representing the Hazara community within Great Britain is holding a peaceful demonstration on Sunday 8 February 2009 at 11:00am, in front of the Pakistani High Commission at 35-36 Lowndes Sq London, SW1X 9JN.

We, the Hazaras, do not have the means to tackle this complex and harrowing issue alone. We would invite you and everybody supporting human and civil rights to highlight the cause and join us in making a plea to the Pakistani government to protect ALL it’s innocent people against the ongoing wave of terror. We also would like your support to help promote worldwide awareness and a condemnation of the ethnic cleansing.

For further information please contact hazara_int_forum@hotmail.co.uk.

Thank you for your co-operation and support.

Chairman (HIF)

(Posted by Altaf Hussain 03rd February, 2009)

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UNHCR Driver Syed Hashim Shot Dead



Quetta: QUETTA, Feb 02: A senior official of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been kidnapped here on Monday.

According to initial reports, unknown persons opened fire on the car of head of UNHCR Balochistan John Solecki as soon as he left the home for office. Syed Hashim Raza, the driver of Solecki has been killed in the incident whereas attackers abducted John Solecki.

Senior police officials have reached the scene after the incident. Police have cordoned off the area and launched search operation for the recovery of the UNHCR official.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of UNHCR said investigations are underway about the reports of kidnapping.

Security has beefed up at the offices of UN and foreign NGO’s after the incident.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain 02nd February, 2009)

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Amount distributed among hazara women under BISP: Federal Min. Farzana Raja & Syed Abbas Agha



Quetta: QUETTA, Feb 1: Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) started officialy from Quetta today in General Mohammad Musa College. The Chief guest Federal Minister Farzana Raja distributed cash among families.

Addressing the distribution of amount under BISP at a ceremony held here at General Mohammad Musa Inter College Quetta, she said that the government had distributed the cash amount among the families with arrears of three months (i.e Rs. 3000 each month Rs.1000) from October to December last because the programme had to be launched from October 2008. “The government receives any new form in the future then it will give cash to the deserving family with arrears from October,” she said.

Farzana Raja said that the government had so far received one million forms from deserving families, and computerized national identity cards-CNIC were necessary for acceptance of the forms under BISP.

She had also visited Hazara Qabristan and PPP office situated in Sarai Namak with MNA Syed Abbas Hazara, Murad Mama, Haji Ali Akbar and other hazara PPP members.

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(Posted by Altaf Hussain 01st February, 2009)

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Hazaras to Protest against target killing of Hazaras in Quetta: Australia



Australia: February 01 Sydney: The members of Hazara community, all over Australia are organizing a big protest rally in Canberra infront of Pakistan High Commission on this Tuesday 3rd Feb 2009 from 11:30-1:30 against current law & order in Pakistan and Terrorist Killing of innocent people. Mr. Imran Ali, Committee member of Hazara cultural centre, Queensland contacted Sada-e-Watan and also emailed Media Release regarding recent killing in Quetta Pakistan the famous Hazara Political Leader Hussain Ali Yousafi.

According to press release:

The Hazara Community in Australia strongly condemn the continuing target killings of Hazaras in Quetta City of Pakistan by the Taliban and Al Qaida backed religious extremists, Lashker - Jhangavi (declared terrorist) who have openly accepted responsibility for the killing of Hazara Political leader Hussain Ali Yousafi early this week.

These extremists in their latest string of terrorist acts have killed 12 innocent people from Hazara community in Quetta in just 20 days. They have been committing terrorist acts for several decades in Pakistan with impunity. This terrorist group could not have continued with their terrorist activities for so long without the support and protection of some official elements in the government who are sympathetic and secretly supportive of the cause of Talibanisation.

We therefore, appeal to the Australian Government and the peace loving people of the world to apply diplomatic, political and every other means of pressure on the Government of Pakistan to bring these terrorists to swift justice. We also demand from the Government of Pakistan to investigate and bring to justice the section of the government which gives support and protection to the terrorist organizations in the country.

We also appeal to the Australian Government to guarantee its support to protect innocent Hazaras fleeing for their lives from Afghanistan and Talibanised Pakistan.

We the Hazara Community in Australia have organized a peaceful protest in front of Pakistan High Commission in Canberra on Tuesday 3rd of February 2009 to show our support to the victims of latest terrorist attacks in Quetta Pakistan. And demand the international community specially Australian Government to provide protection to Hazara Refugees. We also demand from the international community to put pressure on Pakistan Government to take immediate and transparent measures to bring all those responsible to justice.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain 01st February, 2009)

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Protest Demonstration by Hazaras of Karachi city



Karachi: January 30 Karachi: Protest Demonstration by Hazaras of Karachi city and the Hazara students of Quetta studying at different colleges and universities of Karachi.The protest was staged yesterday on 29th of January 2009, infront of Karachi Press Club.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain january 30, 2009)

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3Um Hussain ali Yousufi



Quetta: January 29 Quetta: Today People went out at 4PM for the 3Um of Shaeed Hussain Ali Yousufi Chairman of Hazara Democratic Party from Nichari Imam Baragah to Hazara Qabristan (Bisht-e-Zainab) to Express there Condolences.

(Posted by Altaf Hussain january 28, 2009)

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The Gang Behind Target Killing of Hazaras



Quetta: Quetta January 29: Target killing of Hazaras in Quetta started since 2000 when Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara was attacked by “unknown” gunmen. His driver succumbed to severe injuries and died, while Sardar recovered the injuries. In February 2001 five other Hazaras died in another terorrist attack on a passanger van. Later on June 8, 2003 “unidentified” terrorists killed 12 Hazara policemen in Quetta. Just a month after this tragic incident on July 4 2003, 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up in a Hazara mosque killing about 60 people. It didn’t stop here. On March 2, 2004 a group of suicide bombers attacked a Muharram procession killing 80 Hazaras and critically injuring another 150. In 2005, another major suicide attack was foiled when some Hazara policemen risking life encountered with suicide bombers hiding on the route of the Ashura Procession. All 3 of them were shot dead after an hour of encounter with Hazara policemen.

Though apparently the series of Hazara target killing seemed sectarian but, the real story behind the scene is ethnic. Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, a militant group has been claiming almost all the attacks on Hazaras. After the suicide attacks of 2004, security forces arrested 5 high-profile masterminds of Lashkar. They were involved in all the attacks on Hazars since 2000. Balochistan High Court sentenced them to death but, last year in 2007 all the five terrorists broke away from a security high-alert jail in Quetta.

During these serial attacks on Hazaras, names of some security officials have been controversial. Police Chief Nawabzada Humayun Jogezai is a prominent of them. Mr. Jogezai–son-in-law to current Chief Minister Nawab Raisani, was the Incharge of City Police Station, who ordered policemen to open fire on Hazara protesters on 6th July 1986 killing about 25 Hazaras. Following this, Mr. Jogezai was transferred out of Quetta city. With his departure from the city, the situation calmed down and business of life got normal. With the passage of time, Mr. Jogezai was promoted to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police. Later he came back to Quetta in 2003. With his arrival, terrorists once again attacked on Hazara police cadets killing 12 on 8 June 2003. Mr. Nawabzada Jogezai being the police chief of Quetta could not make any success in arresting the culprits. Some Hazaras even suspected Mr. Jogezai was behind the attack on Hazara police cadets. With DIG Jogezai in Quetta, 2003 and 2004 proved the most tragic years in the history of Quetta. Suicide bombers attacked on Hazara Mosque 2003 and Ashura Procession in 2004 killing over 100 Hazaras. During the riots after attack on Ashura, eyewitnesses claimed Anti Terrorists Forces (ATF) opened fire on Hazaras and more than a dozen mourners were killed by security forces. Here another name came on scene. SP ATF Rahim Mandokhel was said to have ordered ATF forces for targeting Hazara mourners. Later the Judicial Tribunal Report of Balochistan High Court probing the attack on Ashura Procession 2004 was released on 29th June 2004. It clearly said Anti Terrorist Force led by Rahim Mandokhel was involved in firing on mourners.

During the Ashura Procession attack riots, ATF forces killed about 40 Hazaras. Later on, after huge protests by Hazaras, Humayun Jogezai and Rahim Mandokhel was transfered from Quetta. A new Police Chief, Shoaib Suddle (Now Director General of Intelligence Bureau IB Islamabad) played vital role in breaking the circle of masterminds of target killings of Hazaras. During his appointment in Quetta, 5 masterminds of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi was arrested, later sentenced to death by court. Mr. Shoaib Suddle, relative to former President General Musharraf was transferred from Quetta. Security in Quetta remained calm till 2008 after 2004 attacks. Once again Nawabzada Jogezai came back to Quetta after the new Chief Minister Nawab Raisani’s Govt. was formed. Right after his arrival, 5 masterminds of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi having links with Ramzi Yousaf of Al-Qaeda broke away from a high-alert ATF Jail in Quetta last year 2008. Regardless of the slow and corrupt Judicial System that their punishment did not take place, it was still a serious question rising doubt on ATF (remember Rahim Mandokhel in Quetta) Jail. How could high-profile terrorists escape from a high security Jail where a mosquito can’t fly?

With the beginning of 2009 and just months after Jogezai’s appointment in Quetta, several attacks were carried on Hazaras . In a riot after 2 Hazaras were gunned down in July 2008, police and ATF forces once again opened fire on Hazara protesters killing 6 people in Hazara Town. Provincial Minister Jan Ali Changazi talking to media strongly condemned ATF for killing innocent citizens. The situation got severe when two weeks ago a Hazara Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Hassan Ali and 3 others were killed. Despite several target attacks on Hazaras in January, City Police Officer Humayun Jogezai failed to arrest any terrorist. We lost a great leader, Hussain Ali Yousufi on 26th Junuary. Mr. Yousafi had been critical of Police role in arresting the terrorists. Following the riots in which non-Hazaras burnt down private property, Mr. Jogezai in press conference warns to deal with iron hands with protestors .

This gang is not limited to CCPO Nawabzada Jogezai and SP ATF Mandokhel. Two other names are also taken by some Hazara sources. DIG Operations Wazir Khan Nasir and SP Investigation Ismail Lehri are also said be part of the gang. Sectarian elements such as Lashkar-i-Jhangvi is given free hand.

Hazara Delegation will demand President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani to appoint honest police officers in Quetta, not like that of Humayun Jogezai.

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Hazara Delegation to Meet President Zardari, PM Gilani



Quetta: January 28 Quetta: Hazara delegation of elites will call on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to discuss the target killing of Hazaras in Quetta.

A 10-members delegation was decided to meet President and PM after meetings of Hazara Crisis Management Cell. A Charter of Demands has been drafted which will be handed over to them.

Their demands include;

Honest police officers with exemplary records against criminals and terrorists should be appointed in Quetta. Corrupt and suspicious officials such as Humayon Jogezai should be immediately sacked.

Immediate act on death sentences of terrorists punished by courts

Arrest of 5 high-profile terrorists sentenced to death by court, who broke away an ATF Jail from Quetta last year.

Crackdown against sectarian outfits as all intelligence agencies know about their hideouts and whereabouts.

Hazara ethnics should be provided security otherwise they will go to international organizations such as UN for their rights

The delegation includes Colonel (R) Younas Changazi, Member of National Assembly Syed Abbas Hazara, Provincial Minister for Quality Education, Jan Ali Changazi, Haji Qayum Changazi of Hazara Jirga, Nisar Ali Nasir of Itehad e Tajiran Balochistan, Eng. Muzafir Changazi of Milo Trust, Alama Juma Asadi, Syed Ashraf Zaidi and Syed Talib Advocate.

A 15-member delgation also called on Governor Balochistan, Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi today discussing the target killing of Hazaras.

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Humayun Jogezai Warns of Strict Action Against Protestors



Quetta: Quetta January 27: Capital City Police Chief, Humayun Jogeza in a press conference after the martyrdom of Yousufi has warned of strict action against the “violators of law”. He said any one found involved in damaging public or private property would be dealt with iron hands.

Humayun Jogezai further said that Quetta city does not belong to one group or individual. Police had allowed citizens to protest after the murder of Hussain Ali Yousufi which was their democratic right but, some elements tried to take law into their hands and resorted to riots in the city burning down public and private property. Police has registered cases against those arrested in this regard. He added law is above all and no pressure would be accepted in this regard.

CCPO Quetta Mr. Humayun Jogezai, son-in-law of Chief Minister Raisani, did not talk a word about arresting any person involved in Yousufi’s murder neither he talked about the security concerns in the city. His press conference seemed more as attacking on an ethnic group due to personal clashes. Hazara elites have strongly condemned his behavior.

It may be mentioned that those 12 Hazara boys arrested by Police after the riots in Quetta have been released after Hazara elites made efforts in this regard.

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National Assembly Offers Fateha for Yousufi



Quetta: January 28: Islamabad: The National Assembly of Pakistan on the notice of Pakistan Muslim League MNA, Marvi Memon, offered Fateha for the departed soul of Hazara leader, Hussain Ali Yousafi who was murdered on January 26.

National Assembly members prayed may the departed soul rest with eternal peace and the Almighty grant patience to the beriefed family members to bear this l0ss.

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Probe in politician's murder underway in Quetta



Quetta: January 28: QUETTA: As many as 12 persons including three associates, of a banned religious outfit, have been apprehended in connection with the investigation of assassination of a political leader being underway in Quetta on Tuesday, police sources said.

But police sources also added that the chief suspect is still at large.

Police officials told media, Hussain Yousufi, the Chairman of Hazara Democratic Party, was gunned down by unknown militants on Monday which led to detention of many suspected persons in Quetta on Tuesday including three associates of a banned religious outfit. However, the chief culprit is still at large.

Police also appealed people to cooperate with security officers in catching the criminals.

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Taqi Hussain Succumbed to Injuries



Quetta: January 28: QUETTA: Taqi Hussain an injured passed away on Tuesday. He was severely injured in the riots after Police opened aerial firing on protesters after the murder of Hazara leader, Hussain Ali Yousufi on January 26.

Police after autopsy handed over his corpse to heirs. He was laid to rest in Hazara Graveyard.

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Martyred Leader Laid To Rest, Speakers Accuse Govt. Agencies Behind The Murder



Quetta: Quetta, January 26: Martyrd Hazara politician Hussain Ali Yousufi was laid to rest at Hazara Graveyard, Quetta on Tuesday January 27, 2009. Thousands of mourners including leaders of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party, Balochistan National Congress, Jamhuri Watan Party, Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Q attended the funeral procession.

Body of the slain leader was taken from Hazara Nechari Imambaragah at 3 pm amid emotional scenes of grieved mourners. Funeral prayer was offered in Hazara Graveyard at 4:30 pm. Thousands of mourners chanted slogan against the Government and and security forces.



Usman Kasi, Provincial President of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party

Usman Kasi, Provincial President of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party addressing the mourners strongly condemned the Government for being failed to maintain law and order situation. He doubted intelligence agencies are involved behind such incidents to create tensions among brotherly nations of Quetta city. He said Pakhtoonkhwa Party shares the deep sorrows of Yousufi’s martyrdom.

Usman Kasi also condemned President Zardari and Prime Minister Gailani for taking no serious action on the series of target killing in Quetta.

President of Balochistan National Congress, Dr. Abdul Hakim Lehri also termed intelligence agencies responsible for the murder of Hussain Ali Yousufi. He said agencies are trying to create hatred among deprived Balochistanis; Baloch, Pushtoons and Hazaras.



Dr. Hakim Baloch of Balochistan National Congress

Dr. Hakim Baloch of Balochistan National Congress says Govt. agencies behind Yousufi's murder.

Dr. Hakim Lehri said intelligence agencies are targetting Hazaras since july 1985 to destroy the harmony among brotherly nations of Quetta. He condemned the Govt’s failure to arrest the responsible elements behind such incidents.

General Secretary of Hazara Democratic Party, Khaliq Hazara criticized the Federal Government for taking no notice of the target killing in Quetta and said its a conspiracy against the peaceful atmosphere of Quetta city.



Khaliq Hazara

Khaliq Hazara said “our leaders are being targetted to demoralize the nation, but the conspirators should bear in mind, we are more united.” He accused the Government and agencies behind Hazara leader’s murder.



Ghulam Ali Haideri

Chairman, Tanzeen Nasle Nau Hazara Mughul, Ghulam Ali Haider also addressed the nation. He said Shaheed Yousufi started the journey of struggle for Hazaragi cause since adolescence with him. He praised his dedication and sincerity for the nation.

Ibrahim Hazara

Ibrahim Hazara, former President of Hazara Democratic Party urged the nation to get united. He asked all the political parties and civil society to be united and fight jointly for national rights.

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HDP Genereal Secretary Khaliq Hazara talking to the media.



Quetta: Quetta, January 26: A conspiracy is behind the recent string of attacks on Hazaras, said General Secretary of Hazara Democratic Party Abdul Khaliq Hazara, speaking to the media about the assassination of Hussain Ali Yusafi.

He demanded that the provincial government step down as it has failed to protect the masses.

Khaliq Hazara added, “Twelve Hazaras have been killed in the past six weeks under an organized conspiracy to create hatred among masses of different ethnic groups and sects in Quetta city.”

He further added, “We addressed our concerns tothe Governor, Chief Minister and Corps Commander, but no one bothered to notice them. It seems as if the Government is dysfunctional or involved in ethnocide of Hazaras.”

The Aaj TV reporter asked Khaliq why a non-Hazara shopkeeper opened fire when asked to close down his shop, despite the reputation of the Hazaras and HDP as being non-violence and peaceful?

Khaliq Hazara said that it is part of the conspiracy. He said that the Hazaras have lost hundreds of lives in recent years but they have never targeted anyone or disturbed the law and order. There are some elements, he said, who prey on such incidents to create tension and mayhem.

He pointed out that the media’s live reporting on today’s demonstration did not reveal any Hazara engaging in vandalism or burning. He said it was other elements who did so.

Khaliq Hazara also pointed out that the police was shelling on non-Hazara miscreants who were busy with looting and burning.

“Our workers were shouting through loudspeakers asking for peace and calm,” he said.

Khaliq Hazara requested all secular political parties to observe the situation of Quetta and join hands in rooting out extremism.

“Otherwise,” he said, “Quetta would become another Swat and Hangu.”

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Hazara Delegation Meets Chief Minister on Yusafi’s Assassination.



Quetta: Quetta, January 26: Hazara delegation led by Col. (R) Younas Changazi called on Chief Minister Nawab Raisani. Provincial Minister Jan Ali Changazi was also present.

Quetta, January 26: A delegation of Hazara elites led by Colonel (R) Younas Changazi called on Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani following the assassination of Hussain Ali Yousafi.

The delegation demanded the Provincial Government to immediately arrest the responsible elements behind the target killing of Hazaras. They asked the Government to beef up security measures and crack down against the hideouts of terrorists in Quetta.

The delegation included Provincial Minister Jan Ali Changazi, Head of Itehad e Tajiran Balochistan Nisar Ali Nasir, Allama Asadi and Talib Agha, among others.

The Chief Minister expressed sorrow over the murder of Hussain Ali Yousafi, promising that his government “will not sit silent” over this tragic incident. He assured the delegation that the culprits would be behind bars soon.

CM Raisani also promised that a Grand Jirga of all tribes in Quetta will be called to discuss such incidents.

A separate delegation met Raisani after the assissination of DSP Hassan Ali and other Hazara police officers. CM Raisani had ordered the arrest of the culprits behind the incident within 48 hours, but the assassins are still roaming free.

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President Zardari, PM Gilani, Others Condemn Yousafi’s Assassination.



Quetta: Quetta, January 26: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani condemned the assassination of Hazara political leader, Husain Ali Yousafi.

In their separate statements on PTV, they termed the target killing as a cowardly act of terror.

Meanwhile, Amir Jama’at -e-Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, said, “It is the failure of the Government in providing security to its citizens.”

Qazi expressed his sorrows and sympathy with the bereaved family members of Hussain Ali Yousafi, and prayed for his departed soul.

Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and Chief Minster Nawab Raisani also condemned Yousafi’s murder, directing immediate probe into the case and arrest of responsible elements.

Talking to PTV outside Parliament House, a Member of Parliament from Awami National Party strongly condemned the incident, demanding the Government to take serious action for security of the masses.

Politicians like Yousafi, who believe in non-violence and social justice, are being killed ruthlessly, he said.

Mutahida Qawmi Movement and Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party, Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Paksitan Muslim League-Awami and Jamhuri Watan Party also condemned the incident, asking the masses to remain calm.

Balochistan Provincial Minister for Education, Shafiq Ahmed Khan, said external hands are behind Yousafi’s murder. Such elements want to destabilize the province, he added. The Minister promised the Government will soon arrest the killers.

President Jamhori Watan Party, Talal Akbar Bugti, also condemned Yousafi’s murder.

Jamhuri Watan Party, Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Pakistan Muslim League-Awami announced support for HDP’s call of wheel-jam strike on Tuesday.

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Hussain Ali Yousufi Has Killed by Terrorist



Quetta: Mr. Hussain Ali Yousufi Chairman of HDP (Hazara Democratic Party)Has Killed by Terrorist Near His Office Travel Agency in Jinnah Road while he was going out of his office for some work that there were 2 Men on Bike that Shot with gun on Head. the people to Took his Death body to the Civil Hospitle

Ali Haider, spokesman of the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the incident. While talking to Quetta Press Club on phone, he said “we claim responsibility for this attack.” It may be mentioned that Lashkar-i-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for killing DSP Hasan Ali and 2 other Hazara police on Jan 14.

People are outraged and protesting on Jinnah Road. Police is using teargas and aerial firing to disperse protestors, who have burnt down Banks and other official buildings on Jinnah Road. About 8 people are reported injured.

Funeral Prayer:(Namaz-e-Janaza)

Yousafi’s funeral prayer (Namaz-e-Janaza) will be offered tomorrow 27 January on Alamdar Road at 10 AM. HDP has called for strike .

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Police Martyrs Laid To Rest With Honor At Hazara Graveyard



Quetta: Police martyrs DSP Hassan Ali, Sub Inspector Shafqat Hussain and Constable Mehdi were laid to rest at Hazara Graveyard on Wednesday Jan 14. Thousands of teared eyes attended the funeral procession.

The dead bodies were taken from Hazara Nechari Imam Baragah, Alamdar Road. Police officials saluted the martyrs and laid them with official honor. City Police Chief Humayoon Jogezai, Deputy Inspector General Faqir Hussain Hazara, DIG Wazir Khan Nasar, Provincial Minister Jan Ali Changazi and others attended the funeral.

Nasrullah Khan, a Pushtoon and the driver of DSP Hassan Ali , was buried in Kasi Graveyard where hundreds of Hazaras attended the funeral and laid a floral wreath on his tombstone as Nasrullah’s marriage was to be two weeks later.

Hazara Democratic Party had called a shutter down strike against the target killing of Hazara police officials. While addressing a press conference in Quetta Press Club, General Secretary HDP, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, said the Government has failed to provide security to the Hazaras; therefore, the masses should take steps for their security. He said some elements are trying to turn Quetta into a slaughterhouse attempting sectarian violence.

HDP said any demands from the Provincial Government would be meaningless since the government has failed and should step down. It would contact other nationalist parties of Balochistan and make future efforts based on joint strategy, said HDP.

Balochistan Police has set up a special investigation team to find out the elements behind target killings. IG has assured Police would arrest the responsible persons. He said 15 suspicious people have been arrested so far.

Dr. Abdul Hakeem Lehri of Balochistan National Congress–a Baloch nationalist party–has strongly condemned the target killing, saying Balochs have no links with the sectarian violence. In a statement, he said sectarian incidents are being used to avert the masses’ attention from their movement for resources and autonomy of Balochistan. He added Baloch nationalists have respect for all ethnics living in Balochistan and that they believe in secularism.

Meanwhile, Anjuman-e-Tajiran, led by Abdul Rahim Kakar, held a protest rally against the wave of target killing in Quetta. They marched in front of Governor House and demanded the terrorists should be immediately arrested.

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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Terrorists Kill Hazara DSP Hassan Ali and Subordinates



Quetta: Jan. 14 — Deputy Superintendent Police Hassan Ali and three of his subordinates were killed near Polytechnic College, Sariab Road, when unidentified gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on their car.

Police Constables Nasrullah and Mohammad Mehdi, including driver Mohammad Taqi, were among the dead. Three of those killed, including DSP Hassan Ali, are Hazara police officials.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has accepted responsibility for the attack.

President Asif Ali Zardari has condemned the killings. His remarks came amid his statement about an attack on the house of a Peoples Party member.

Chief Minister Aslam Raisani has ordered Capital City Police to arrest the responsible elements within 48 hours.

Demonstrations against killings of the policemen took place in Hazara Town and in the city. Hazara Town protestors blocked Kirani Road and shouted slogans against the government.

A separate group of protestors carried the dead bodies of the police officials to IGP Office. Inspector General of Police, Asif Warrch, addressed the protestors and ensured them that appropriate steps are being taken. The demonstrators, led by provincial minister Jan Ali Changezi and Balochistan Shia Conference, then took the bodies to the heavily guarded Corps Commander’s Cantt area house and staged a sit-in.

Garrison Commander Major General Tariq addressed the demonstrators, saying the entire country is in the grip of violence. He stressed that greater cooperation from the people can help overcome the situation.

Protestors left the area with the bodies of the policemen after Garrison Commander’s address.

Isolated attacks on Hazaras have increased sharply during the month of Muharram this year in spite of a peaceful Ashura day, suggesting the attacks may be sectarian rather than ethnic.

A man, Arif Hussain, was gunned down on Kirani Road by unidentified gunmen on January 12. Earlier on, two Hazara drivers were killed and a mother and her child wounded in a separate attack on Kirani Road.

The latest string of attacks may be related to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, since a number of their top masterminds fled from ATF custody last year. The fugitives were involved in previous terrorist acts and have not been arrested yet.

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Changazi, Hazara Led Delegation Meet CM On Target Killing



Quetta: January 10: Hazara delegation led by Provincial Minister for Quality Education Jan Ali Changazi, Member of National Assembly S Abbas Hazara and Major (Retd.) Nadir Ali Hazara called on Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani. The delegation members discussed target killing of 2 Hazaras on Kirani Road and demanded of the CM to arrest the responsible elements behind the incident. They also demanded to set up security check posts on Kiran Road.

Chief Minister assured the delegation members that his Govt. is making all out efforts to arrest the assailants. He reiterated that he has ordered the concerned police authorities to set up police check posts on Kirani Road.

The delegation also thanked CM for the extraordinary security arrangements to avert any untoward incident on Ashura.

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Hazara Crisis Management Cell Formed



Quetta: Hazara Crisis Management Cell has been formed in Quetta to respond to emergency situations at times of crisis.

All the Hazara political parties, leaders, social organizations and elites are stakeholders in the HCMC. The basic draft of the Constitution of HCMC has been finalized after several meetings among all the stakeholders.

Head of the Hazara Government Officers, Retired Air Commodore Shaukat Haider Changazi, has been selected as the Chairman of the HCMC. Tanzeem Nasl e Nau Hazara Mughul would act as the Secretary General and Hazara Qawmi Jirga as Coordinator of the HCMC.

Other stakeholders of the Cell include Hazara Democratic Party, MNA Syed Abbas Hazara, Hazara Ulema headed by Asadi, Ittehad-e Tajiran-e Balochistan, Balochistan Shia Confrence, elected Hazara Nazimeen from Quetta city, Wahdat Guardian Organization and other social organizations.

The first meeting of the Cell chaired by Rtd. Shaukat Haider Changazi was called right after the target killing of two Hazaras on Kirani Road. Participants discussed the possible elements, their aims and targets behind the incident. They also set out their future action plan on such incidents.

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Chief Minister Announces Compensation for Victims of Recent Hazara Town Incident



Quetta: Chief Minster Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani, has announced Rs.500,000 for each victim of the target killing of two Hazaras in Kirani on January 5.

Raisani strongly condemned the terorrist act saying responsible persons behind the incident would be dealt with Iron hands.

In the latest instace of violencce against Hazaras, two Hazara drivers were killed, while a woman and a child were injured in the attacks by unknown terrorists in Zangi Loda.

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2 Hazara Gunned Downed, Child and Woman Injured



Quetta: January 05, 2009: Two Hazaras have been gunned down and a child a woman injured by unknown motorcyclists on Monday near Zangi Lora, Kirani Road, Quetta.

Syed Muhammad Essa was on his bicycle on Zangi Lora when two motorcyclists standing nearby fired at him. He died on the spot. After some seconds, the terrorists opened fire on a Hazara Rickshaw driver, Khan Muhammad, coming from New Hazara Town. He also died on the spot. At the same time, the terrorist fired on a taxi with Hazara passengers . Resultantly, a child Shamsullah, 3, and Jaan Begum were severely injured in the taxi.

Police officials cordoned off the area and shifted the dead bodies and injured to Bolan Medical Hospital.

Hazara Democratic Party strongly condemned the cowardly act of terror demanding from the concerned quarters to arrest and punish the terrorists. In a statement, they also criticized security measures adopted by the law enforcement agencies, saying HDP had warned the Government of its reservations over the poor security measures for Muharram..

HDP statement said there have been similar incidents on Kirani and Arbab Karam Roads, and the terrorists have made these areas as their hub of activities. It demanded from the provincial government to step down and give up as it has been failed to provide security to citizens.

HDP also appealed the people of Hazara Town to remain calm.

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HDP protests Hazara Town Tragedy
July 26, 2008



Quetta: A large protest rally was taken out from Central Secretariat of Hazara Democratic Party in Alamdar Road, Quetta, on Friday. The protesters condemned the ATF brutality, and demanded that the Government compensate the families of those injured and martyred in the Hazara Town Tragedy.

Protesters were chanting slogans against the Government and ATF, the military agency that opened fire on the innocent protesters. They also displayed placards and banners. The rally participants marched down towards different main roads of the Quetta and dispersed peacefully.

General Secretary of HDP Abdul Khaliq Hazara, addressing protesters at Mezan Chowk, said that ATF is involved in killing innocent citizens, and that the Government must take stern action against its chief immediately. He added the Government is involved in creating conflicts among the brotherly nations of Quetta, while it has totally failed to maintain an orderly situation. He added that thieves are given an open hand in looting the masses in broad daylight, while the criminals and perpetrators have not been arrested.

Abdul Khaliq Hazara further said that HDP strives against sectarian violence and ethnic conflicts. He strongly condemned the military operation on innocent Balochis in Dera Bugti and other parts, saying the Baloch people are being kicked out of their own lands with sever brutality.

Ibrahim Hazara said that brutality has reached its peak: Forces opened fire on public while the Government has not taken any action against the responsible ATF officer. He demanded the immediate suspension of the concerned Officer.

Other speakers included Shaukat Ali Khaweri and Faqir Agha, who also condemned the violence and the government’s inaction.

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