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Targeted killings continue without check in Quetta as another Hazara shot dead on Sariab Road.

QUETTA, May 30th , 2012: The terrorists have knocked down another Hazara on Sariab Road, Quetta. The incident happened on Saturday, 2nd June when Muhammad Ali Hazara came under severe firing which left a rickshaw driver seriously injured. Bullets of AK 47 gun pierced into the upper torso of Muhammad Ali who died instantly.

Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed the responsibility of the attack warning the Hazaras to leave off Balochistan else they will be whitewashed forcibly.

No arrest has been made in connection with today’s incident while the body of the victim was shifted to Nichari Imam Bargah for funeral preparation.


(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 30th, 2012)

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Targeted attacks/Killings of Hazaras in the month of May, 2012.

QUETTA, May 30th , 2012:   Targeted attacks/Killings of Hazaras in the month of May, 2012.

Tabulated breakdown of the incidents in chronological order

S. No

Name of the victim

Nature & place of Incident

Date of Incident

Caste

Victim’s condition

Profession

Culprits arrested (Yes/No)?

1.

Haji Zaheer

Targeted killing

Pod Killi Chowk

01/05/2012

Yousafzai Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Local Trader

No

2.

Muhammad Ali

Targeted Killing

(Mastung)

06/05/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Local Businessman

No

3.

Sajjad Ali

Targeted Killing

(Joint Road)

15/05/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died instantly.

Unknown

No

4.

Muhammad Tahir

Targeted Killing

(Joint Road)

15/05/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

5.

Muhammad Hussain

Assault on a police van

(Kirani Road)

17/05/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Badly injured.

Assistant Sub-Inspector

No

6.

Amir Muhammad

Targeted Killing

(Killi Chakar Khan, Sariab Road)

24/05/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

7.

Ali Muhammad

Targeted Killing

(Joint Road)

30/05/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died instantly

Private employee

No

 

Number of people killed in May =               06

Number of people injured in May =            01


(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 30th, 2012)

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Firing on Joint Road kills Ali Muhammad.

QUETTA, May 24th , 2012: Terrorists target-killed a Hazara on Joint Road in early hours of this morning. The victim was in his mid 40s who has been identified as Ali Muhammad Hazara and the resident of Hazara Town. The victim received multiple bullet injuries in his head, neck and chest.

“A 9mm pistol was used in the act while the victim was shot at the blank-point range”, said a doctor who was involved in post-mortem.

The ongoing targeted attacks in parts of Quetta city are mostly blamed on the terrorists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi which mainly targets the Hazaras. Last month, six terrorists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested with prohibited guns and hand grenades in two different incidents whose whereabouts is unknown while the government’s silence on the matter reveals her apathy and negligence.

Ali Muhammad Hazara will be laid to rest in Hazara Town Graveyard amid sorrows and awe. 


(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 24th, 2012)

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Unknown terrorists shot dead Amir Muhammad on Sariab Road Quetta.

QUETTA, May 24th , 2012: Amir Muhammad has become the latest victim of unending ethno-religious targeted attacks in Quetta when unknown armed men gunned him down in Killi Chakar Khan, Seriab Road on Thursday, 24th May, 2012. The victim was later identified as a Hazara. No one has been arrested as yet while the police authorities have put off the case terming it an issue of targeted killings.

No one had claimed the responsibility of the attack till submitting this report; however, preceding cases have manifested the elements of religiously-motivated fanaticism. The prime targets of these attacks in Quetta have always been the Hazaras who have suffered heavy casualties at the hands of the terrorist organisation Lashker-e-Jhangvi.


(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 24th, 2012)

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Assault on police van leaves two security officials dead and two others injured.

QUETTA, May 17th , 2012: A police van of Brewery police station came under severe firing from unknown motorcycle riders on Kirani Road, Quetta. The van was on its routine patrolling when unknown armed men assaulted it with automatic AK 47 guns killing two police officials on the spot and leaving two others severely injured. The policemen who have lost their lives have been identified as sepoy Sana Ullah and Ghulam Murtaza while Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Muhammad Hussain Hazara and Din Muhammad were critically injured.

The victims have been shifted to the Balon Medical College while law enforcement agencies and security personnel arrived at the scene immediately to cordon off the area for further investigation.

It must be remembered that the security agencies managed to gun down two high value terrorists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi in exchange of fire on  western bypass road who were later identified as Ali Sher Haideri, the spokesman Lashker-e-Jhangvi, and his accomplice. Later, LeJ recognized the slain terrorists as essential members of their syndicate and vowed to take vengeance.

Today’s attack on policemen traces its connection to LeJ who also claimed the responsibility while talking to local media.


(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 17th, 2012)

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Two Hazaras target-killed on Joint Road, Quetta.

QUETTA, May 15th , 2012:Today, two Hazaras were target-killed on Joint Road in a terrorist attack.

According to eyewitnesses, the terrorists were already standing at the cycle-stand/parking lot of the Regional Passport Office for the Hazaras to arrive. The Regional Passport Office is routinely crowded and busy with the people who throng in to get their queries resolved regarding obtaining of a new passport, its renewal and submitting further documents to support their applications. A large number of them include the Pashtun while Hazaras who wish to obtain or renew their passports will have to stand in a long queue outside its office’s main entrance.  There were over 300 people in the queue but the terrorists started targeted the Hazaras with 9mm pistols which caused a stampede making others run for their lives. Two hapless Hazaras, who have been identified as Sajjad Ali and Muhammad Tahir became the victims of targeted attack and lost their lives. The terrorists chanted inflammatory and anti-Shi’ite slogans after killing the people. They left the scene after the shooting while no arrest had been until pressing this report.

Their bodies were immediately shifted to Nichari Imam Bargah for burial.

Sadiq Ali, an eyewitness revealed, “They were totally unaware as to what was going to happen next. He arrived at the passport office when a long queue was already ahead of him. He had arrived there by a rickshaw was standing in the queue and while talking to his friend on the phone, the firing erupted at a distance of 10-15 meters before him. He ran hysterically to save his life. He didn’t return to the scene again but later he heard that two Hazaras have been shot dead”. He insisted, “The cycle-stand owner must be interrogated in connection with this mishap as he (the cycle-stand owner) was talking to the terrorists prior to their arrival”. “All is hand in glove in our killings” he said uncontrollably. He continued, “The government has not arranged any security at this public office which must be manned by armed policemen or members of para-military troops of Frontier Corps”.

Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed the responsibility of the attack. 

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 15th, 2012)

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Muhammad Ali Hazara gunned down in Mastung.

QUETTA, May 06th , 2012: Muhammad Ali Hazara, running a small business in Mastung, has been shot dead on Sunday, 6th May, 2012. He received gunshots to his head and chest which killed him instantly.

Over four (4) years ago, his younger brother was also target killed in the same shop. His other brothers requested the victim to close down the shop permanently as there are slim chances of doing any business in the volatile area but Muhammad Ali was insistent that he would run the shop without fear.

His body has been shifted to Alamdar Road for burial at Hazara Graveyard. 

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 06th, 2012)

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One person shot dead at Pod Killi Chowk Quetta.

QUETTA, May 1st , 2012: A local businessman has become the latest victim of targeted killing in Quetta who was shot dead at Pod Killi Chowk. The victim has been identified as Haji Zaheer a Shi’ite of Alamdar Road.

“Unknown armed men opened fire on this poor man at Pod Killi Chowk who died on the spot while the terrorists fled the scene”, an eye witnesses explained about the incident on condition of anonymity.  He said, “The terrorists came on a motorcycle and opened targeted fire on the victim and ran away”. The victim died of multiple gunshot wounds to his neck and chest and head.

It is pertinent to mention that about two years ago, the victim’s two young sons fell victims to targeted killing in Kashmirabad, leaving him completely devastated and heart-broken.

His dead body has been shifted to Alamdar Road for funeral who will be buried in Hazar Graveyard tomorrow.

Until submitting this report, no one had claimed responsibility of the attack while the annals reveal that the previous attacks were carried out by Laskher-e-Jhangvi.

Last month, 23 Hazaras lost their lives in several incidents of targeted attacks in Quetta while 5 others were critically injured.  The para-military troops of the Frontier Corps with the cooperation of the locals, arrested three (3) terrorists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi red-handedly from Hazara Town, Brewery when they fail to escape after shooting two brothers dead and leaving a local politician seriously injured. Immediately, they were shifted to undisclosed location for further investigation but so far the provincial government and the law enforcement agencies are vaguely silent to reveal a break-through about the hideouts of terrorists in the suburb of Quetta.

In a subsequent incident, three highly dangerous terrorists were arrested from Hazara Graveyard, Hazara Town on 22nd April who have been confirmed to belong to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the member of Lashker-e-Jhangvi. Hand grenades, 9mm pistols and maps of the area were also recovered from the terrorists.

A day later, the Brewery police managed to kill the spokesman of Lashker-e-Jhangvi Ali Sher Haideri and his accomplice in western bypass on 23rd April.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 1st, 2012)

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Targeted attacks/Killings of Hazaras in the month of April, 2012.

QUETTA, April 29th , 2012:

Targeted attacks/Killings of Hazaras in the month of April, 2012.

Tabulated breakdown of the incidents in chronological order

S. No

Name of the victim

Nature & place of Incident

Date of Incident

Caste

Victim’s condition

Profession

Culprits arrested (Yes/No)?

1.

Ali Raza

Targeted killing

McCongi Road

03/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died instantly

Pharmacy employee

No

2.

Ali Akbar

Targeted Killing

McCongi Road

03/04/2012

Shi’te of Gilgit-Biltistan

Expired on the spot

Pharmacy employee

No

3.

Qurban Ali

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Shoe Maker

No

4.

Muhammad Hussain

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died instantly

Shoe Maker

No

5.

Mama Abdul Kareem

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Expired on the spot

Shoe Maker

No

6.

Shabbir Hussain

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Expired instantly

Shoe Maker

No

7.

Nadir Ali

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Expired instantly

Shoe Maker

No

8.

Aziz Ullah alias Zabi Ullah

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Expired instantly

Shoe Maker

No

9.

Ustad Hadi

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Critically injured

Shoe Maker

No

10.

Muhammad Musa

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Seriously injured

Shoe Maker

No

11.

Muhammad Younas

Targeted Killing

(Prince Road)

09/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Severely injured

Shoe Maker

No

12.

Muhammad Hussain

Targeted Killing

(Iqbal Road)

12/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Local businessman

No

13.

Ghulam Nabi

Targeted Killing

(Iqbal Road)

12/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died instantly

Employee at Tea Store

No

14.

Noor Muhammad

Targeted Killing

(Liaquat Bazaar)

12/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Expired instantly

Employee at a local cold drink shop

No

 

15.

Ahmad Hussain

Targeted Killing

(Liaquat Bazaar)

12/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Employee at a local cold drink shop

No

16.

Muhammad Ali

Targeted Killing

(Abdul Sattar Road)

13/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

17.

Abdullah

Targeted Killing

(Brewery Road)

14/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

18.

Juma Ali

Targeted Killing

(Brewery Road)

14/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

19.

Muhammad Ali

Targeted Killing

(Brewery Road)

14/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

20.

Syed Asghar Shah

Targeted Killing

(Brewery Road)

14/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

21.

Eid Muhammad

Targeted Killing

(Brewery Road)

14/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

22.

Unknown

Targeted Killing

(Brewery Road)

14/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

23.

Gul Muhammad

Targeted Killing

(Sabzal Road)

14/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

No

24.

Muhammad Hasan

Targeted Killing

(Sabzal Road)

14/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Critically injured

Unknown

No

25.

Salman Ali

Targeted Killing

(Kowari Road)

16/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Local businessman

No

26.

Boman Ali

Targeted Killing

(Hazara Town)

21/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Student

Yes

27.

Hussain Ali

Targeted Killing

(Hazara Town)

21/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Died on the spot

Unknown

Yes

28.

Syed Muhammad Ali

Targeted Killing

(A-One city Brewery)

21/04/2012

Hazara Shi’ite

Critically injured

Politician

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of people killed in April =             23

Number of people injured in April =          05

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 28th, 2012)

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Sipaha-e-Sahaba Pakistan’s attempt of sectarian incitement foiled in Quetta.

QUETTA, April 26th , 2012: The newly formed Difa-e-Pakistan Council had recently announced to organise public gatherings in all big cities of the country in order to start mass-mobilisation campaign against the government’s pro-American policies. In such attempt to gain support of people in Balochistan, they announced to hold a general gathering of people on Mizan Chowk on Thursday, the 26th April.

Different participating organisations and religious groups had staged camps on Mizan Chowk with hoisting flags and anthems to exhibit their support mainly for the Taliban. Prior to the start of public meeting, the members of Sipaha-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) started chanting inflammatory slogans against the Shi’ites. The scheme could have incited sectarian violence had the Shi’ite leaders on the scene not restrained the youth from retaliation. Realising about the gravity of the situation, the Shi’ite leaders promptly started contacting the high-ups of law enforcement agencies including Inspector General of Police, Capital City Police Officer, DIG Operations and the provincial interior minister who phones were constantly switched off. Subsequently, a leader of the Quetta Yekjehti Council phoned up a colonel of frontier corps who assured them of necessary action against the miscreants which resulted in cooling off the youth.

It must be remembered that Sipaha-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) is an extremist organisation which was banned by the Musharraf regime but the ban soon proved to have no virtual effect on them in that the above-said extremist organisation changed its name to Ahle Sunnat wa Al-Jamaat. Sipaha-e-Sahaba Pakistan follows the Deobandi school of thought with orthodox views on Islam and its injunctions while declaring the Shi’ites as infidels.

Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Pakistan Defence Council) was formed few months ago by renowned extremist stalwarts and die-hard Taliban supporters to muster up sympathy for religious organisations. At the forefront, General Hamid Gul, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq and Ijaz-ul-Haq etc always remained vocal critics of government’s support for providing logistics to the US and its allies. Many a times, General Hamid Gul had boastfully favoured the Group of representing the bulk of the Pakistani society including the Shi’ite organisations, however, the Shi’ites distanced themselves from such alliance from beginning in that most extremist groups, who are proactively involved in sectarian violence and Shi’ite killings in Pakistan, had also joined it. 

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 26th, 2012)

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Suicide attack foiled on Kirani Road, Quetta

QUETTA, April 26th , 2012: Police and the locals of Hazara Town have thwarted a suicide attack on Kirani Road Brewery where a potential suicide bomber was killed by the plain clothes police officials while performing surveillance in the area. Our sources have confirmed that a young bearded man was suspiciously trying to enter the Hazara Town through Kirani Road. Before he was stopped for enquiry, the detonator in hand exploded which alerted the police to open fire at the suspect. As a result, the suicide bomber died instantly.

Later, a contingent of local police was dispatched to the scene while the circle superintendent of police (S.P) along with bomb disposal squad arrived for further investigation and diffused the suicide jacket. The suicide vest was safely diffused which contained about eight (8) kg of explosives.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 26th, 2012)

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Two high value terrorists shot dead in police encounter in Quetta

QUETTA, April 24th , 2012: Two high value terrorists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi were gunned down in exchange of fires with the local police and members of Anti-Terrorists Force (ATF). The fierce firing erupted when the police tried to stop a suspicious vehicle. The terrorists opened severe firing with AK 47 guns on Brewery police and the elite police commando. A police constable Riaz received bullet injuries but his condition is stable.

After engaging the law enforcement agencies in severe fire exchange, the terrorists accelerated the speed of the vehicle to flee the scene who were killed in cross-firing. Both the terrorists have been identified as most wanted members of Laskher-e-Jhangvi. Ali Sher Haideri, an outlaw and the spokesman of the extremist outfit, wanted in numerous cases of sectarian violence; is among the dead.  

The Chief Minister Balochistan has announced Rs. 5,00,000 cash reward for the policemen and ATF employees who participated in the operation while Lashker-e-Jhangvi vowed to take revenge of its accomplices in a telephone call to local press club.

It must be mentioned that the Frontier Corps with the help of local people had apprehended three terrorists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi red-handedly from Brewery on 21st of the month who engaged in two different incidents of targeted killings and were trying to flee the scenes. The following day three other terrorists, who had recently moved from Karachi to Quetta for major terrorist activities; were arrested from Hazara graveyard, Hazara Town Quetta. In the latter instance, two of the terrorists have been recognized as Dost Muhammad Masood and Alam Masood of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) while the third is a member of the banned terrorist organisation Lashker-e-Jhangvi.

All the six terrorists, who were arrested in the last two days, have been moved to an undisclosed location for investigation and the people hope that the law enforcement agencies will break the terrorists’ network in Quetta if they are interrogated fairly.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 24th, 2012)

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“MQM shall become the voice of Hazaras to raise Quetta issues on all forums.” Coordination Committee

QUETTA, April 23th , 2012: Due to the perpetual persecution of Hazaras and the targeted killings, a delegation of Muthahida Qaumi Movement, under the supervision of Yousuf Shahwani, visited Nichari Imam Bargah today to share their sympathies and condolence with the bereaved families of the victims. The delegation’s visit came in view of explicit instructions from Altaf Hussain, MQM’s Chief, which included the members Coordination Committee and Sindh Assembly’s minister Nisar Phuwar, Yousuf Shahwani, Abdul Malik Jamali, Muhammad Anwar Tareen, Naseer Ahmed Khosa, Saeed Akhtar Advocate, Muhammad Akbar Baloch and other provincial leaders. 

Yousuf Shahwani, a member of Coordination Committee MQM, said they had arrived there on fair directives of Altaf Hussain Bhai who always enquire about the Hazaras through telephone calls. He said, “We strongly condemn the genocide of Hazaras and we pledge to raise the issue of persecution of Hazaras in Sindh and national assembly”.

The Hazara notables and elders thanked MQM for its full moral and ethical support to the Hazaras at this critical time.

Later, the delegation visited the Hazara graveyard to offer fateha on the graves of victims of targeted killings.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 23th, 2012)

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Three terrorists apprehended from Hazara graveyard, Hazara Town, Quetta

QUETTA, April 22th , 2012: The law enforcement agencies including the Frontier Corps have arrested three highly dangerous terrorists from Hazara graveyard, Hazara Town, Quetta. Reliable sources have confirmed that two of the terrorists belong to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the third one belongs to Lashker-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). Intelligence source, on condition of anonymity, revealed the names of the TTP terrorists such as Dost Muhammad Masood and Alam Masood and said that they had recently arrived from Karachi to execute a major terrorist activity in Hazara-inhabited areas.

It must be remembered that the local residents of Brewery had foiled the escape of three terrorists yesterday, who after partaking in two different incidents of ethno-religious violence, tried to flee but they were cornered by the people. Later, the police and frontier corps officials nabbed the perpetrators and shifted them to a secure place for investigation.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 22th, 2012)

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Terrorists target killed two brothers and seriously injured another citizen in two different incidents on Brewery Road

QUETTA, April 21th , 2012: Two brothers have been shot dead on Brewery Road, Quetta who were on a motorbike. The terrorists have targeted the victims who were on their way to Hazara Town, Brewery Quetta. The slain people have been identified as Boman Ali and Hussain Ali who hail from Hazara nation and the residents of Hazara Town. The terrorists shot them at point-blank range with 9mm pistols. The unfortunate victims succumb to injuries and died on the spot.
In a separate incident which also occurred in A-one city area of Brewery, Syed Muhammad Ali Hazara of Jamhuri Watan Party (JWP) became severely injured when the terrorists opened fire on his private vehicle while he was on his way from Hazara Town to Alamdar Road. The victim was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment where the doctors have declared his condition as serious.

The terrorists who have executed both the assaults failed to escape from the scene as the furious people in the area had already surrounded them. Subsequently, they hurriedly tried to find protection in a nearby residential area until then the police and frontier corps had arrived to thwart their efforts of fleeing. The terrorists also attempted to exchange fire with law enforcement agencies but soon surrendered themselves without further resistance. The terrorists, who were three in number; were arrested by the law enforcement agencies and then shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation.

The major part of Brewery lying in the foot of Chiltan Mountain contains thick Hazara populace whereas the arrest of the terrorists is seen as cooperation and agility of the residents of the said area.

Both the incidents sparked fury among people who came to streets and blocked Brewery and western bypass roads, burnt tyres and protested against government for not providing foolproof security. They also staged a protest in front of Bolan Medical College demanding the dissolution of the Balochistan provincial government.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 21th, 2012)

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“We are with Hazara Nation”, Imran Khan

QUETTA, April 20th , 2012: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf, Imran Khan along with the main leadership of the party; visited the Hazaras at the Nichari Imam Bargah today to show solidarity, sympathy and condole to the aggrieved families of the victims. The other PTI leaders included Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood, Azam Sawati, Air Marshal Zulfiqar Ali Khan and other leaders.

Iman Khan strongly condemned the ongoing persecution of the Hazaras while offer condolences to the victims and their families.

PTI Chief and his delegation were briefed about the genocide of Hazaras, mentioning prominent names such as boxing legend Syed Abrar Hussain Hazara to be among the innocent people who have become the victims of ethno-religious attacks.

Iman Khan expressed his heartfelt condolence and sympathy to the Hazaras and said I am extremely saddened when I hear the cruelties and oppression against you. “The entire nation is whining of these corrupt rulers and PTI’s tsunami shall wash off all of them”, he said while talking to the Hazara elders and notables.  

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 20th, 2012)

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“Federal and provincial government are responsible for the genocide of Hazaras”, Nawaz Sharif

QUETTA, April 19th , 2012: Nawaz Sharif, the Chairman Pakistan Muslim League (N), has strongly condemned the government for failing to stop the genocide of Hazaras. He held the federal and provincial government responsible for the genocide of Hazaras. He said, “Pakistan Muslim League (N) has always raised voice against all forms of oppression, cruelty and atrocities”. He also promised that Pakistan Muslim League (N) shall bring a resolution in the National Assembly to debate and condemn the genocide of Hazaras. He was addressing the media and the Hazaras via telephonic conferencing in Nichari Imam Bargah on Thursday.

A large number of people belonging to electronic and print media were present to cover the live telephonic address. People from all walks of life thronged into the main hall of Imam Bargah to listen to Mr. Sharif’s speech.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif had instructed the central leadership of Pakistan Muslim League (N), under the supervision of Marvi Memon to visit the Hazaras at Nichari Imam Bargah and sympathize with the families of the victims of targeted attacks.

Marvi Memon arrived at Quetta the previous day who directly headed to the Imam Bargah and then to the Hazara graveyard to offer fateha at the graves of people who were killed recently in targeted attacks.  Members of different political parties including Muthahida Qaumi Movement, Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal, Pakistan People’s Party and other organisations such as Balochistan Shi’ite Conference and Hazara Qaumi Jirga were present received Marvi Memon at Nichari Imam Bargah on Wednesday who escorted her to the Graveyard for fateha.

Hazara elders, notables and the members of afore-said organisations were also present during the telephonic address of Nawaz Sharif who thanked Marvi Memon and her party for the support and sympathy.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 19th, 2012)

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Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf assures Hazaras of their ethical and moral support

QUETTA, April 18th , 2012: The central leadership of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI), under the headship of its central General Secretary, Dr. Arif Alavi paid a sober visit to the Nichari Imam Bargah to condole with the Hazara elders and express their full support with the oppressed families of the victims. The delegation included Dr. Arif Alavi, former Inspector General of Balochistan police, Chaudhary Muhammad Yaqoob and other prominent leaders. They denounced the interminable targeted killings of the Hazaras in strongest terms while stating that Pakistan is the joint home to all and no faction or segment has superiority over others.

Speaking to the media on this occasion, Dr. Arif Alavi expressed grave concern that if the Hazaras are further pushed to the wall, there may arise suicide bombers to take vengeance; resulting in inextinguishable fire which will burn down all. He said, “We must raise voice against those elements who resort to kill innocent people.” He questioned the performance of the government and termed extra-judicial killings in Quetta and Balochistan province condemnable.

The members of Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal, Muthahida Qaumi Movement, Ethihad Tajiran Balochistan, Balochistan Shi’ite Conference and Hazara elders including Tahir Khan Hazara thanked the delegation for their support and solidarity.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 18th, 2012)

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Marvi Memon arrives in Quetta today to condole with the Hazaras

QUETTA, April 18th , 2012: Marvi Memon of Pakistan Muslim League (N), on directives of Nawaz Sharif, shall arrive in Quetta on Wednesday, the 18th April, 2012 to convey the condolence of her party to the Hazaras. On her arrival at Quetta airport, she will directly head to Nichari Imam Bargah to express solidarity and support with the families of the victims.

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League’s Chairman will address the public telephonically.

She is also scheduled to visit Hazara graveyard to pay homage and offer fateha to those who have been target killed in recent years in Quetta.

This is pertinent to mention that Marvi Memon – a graduate from London School of Economics – has been very vocal in raising voice against persecution of Hazaras. Moreover, at the assassination of the then Chairman Hazara Democratic Party, Hussain Ali Yousufi;   Marvi Memon stood on the floor of the National Assembly and requested all members of the House to offer fateha for the Hazara Leader’s departed soul and condemn this inhumane act strongly.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Firing on a shop on Kowari Road leaves a Hazara dead.

QUETTA, April 16th , 2012: Terrorists have been given free hand in Quetta city to shoot innocent people at will. Salam Ali was working in his tyre shop today when terrorists knocked him off and escaped from the scene. The victim received multiple bullet injures to his chest and neck who died instantly. He has been identified as Hazara whose corpse was handed over to the heirs after completion of medico-legal formalities.

In a separate incident, the armed gunmen opened indiscriminate firing on a moving vehicle on Spini Road but no one was hurt.   

The unending ethno-religious killings of the Hazaras intensified in the month of April. In contrast, the perpetrators have been given full authority to kill people at own accord. In less than two weeks, twenty one (21) people have been killed and three others critically wounded in nine (9) separate incidents. All attacks have occurred in densely populated and traffic-jammed parts of the city which are heavily guarded by members of law enforcement agencies. The government has also established permanent check posts in vulnerable parts of Quetta which are manned by the local police and para-military troopers of Frontier Corps round the clock; however, the terrorists may seem to operate stealthily as they remain unnoticeable and thus untraceable.

Yesterday, the Balochistan provincial government announced a full-fledged security plan for Quetta city to incur billions of rupees to government exchequer to root out the menace of targeted killings and attacks of sectarian nature. The government, boastfully, described the plan(s) to be promulgated with immediate effect to provide foolproof security to the masses, nonetheless, today’s two separate incidents directly challenge the writ of law.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Foolproof security plan announced to promulgate in Quetta.

QUETTA, April 15th , 2012: The government of Balochistan has chalked out a foolproof security plan for Quetta city to restore law and order and establish writ of the government. This comprehensive plan will incurred twelve billion rupees to the government’s exchequer which will come in force immediately. 

The salient features of the Security Plans are as follows:

(i)           The plans will meet short and long term objectives.

(ii)         In promulgation of the Short Term Plan, the Quetta city has been divided into 20 sectors.

(iii)       A committee, comprising of members of provincial assembly will be constituted to monitor the implementation of security plans successfully. Any shortfalls will be addressed immediately.

(iv)       To implement the projects successfully, separate committees of the police department and the provincial interior department have been formed which will scrutinize the security duties on daily basis while any shortcoming will be reported to the higher authorities for redressal and in case of unsatisfactory performance taking necessary action against the area police station.  

(v)         In Quetta city, the police will be assisted by the Anti-Terrorists Force (ATF), Balochistan Constabulary and the twenty (20) platoons of frontier corps.
(vi)       Pillion riding has been banned.

(vii)           Police and law enforcement agencies will adopt offensive strategy rather than defensive while involving in operations against the terrorists.

(viii)         In the Long Term Security Plan, different proposals have been devised to enhance the security arrangements and efficiency of the law enforcement agencies and the police in Quetta and its suburbs.

(ix)       Scanner gates will be installed on all entry routes of the city.

(x)         New check-posts of police, levies and frontier corps will be erected on thoroughfares.

(xi)       250 closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) will be installed in Quetta city while making sure to equip the police and the levies with arms, telecommunications and transport including all necessary means so that terrorism and sectarianism be eradicated to protect lives and property of the people.
 

(xii)           Targeted operations will be carried out against the terrorists albeit taking support of the people and their representatives in such actions.

The Frontier Corps have assured the provincial government of their full support in promulgation and implementation of the security plans. The Balochistan provincial government has agreed to initiate the proposed security plans immediately. The provincial ministers have also consented to relieve the additional police force of their duties voluntarily who are their disposal in order to overcome the shortage of manpower in police department. They also concurred to take the dark-coloured sheaths off their vehicles as goodwill gesture to encourage others for the same cooperation.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Complete shutter-down strike observed in Quetta

QUETTA, April 15th , 2012: City-dwellers in Quetta steeped themselves in observing a complete shutter-down strike in entire city to disprove the ethno-religious attacks on Shi’ites particularly the Hazaras. Sources confirmed that shops, businesses and markets of all scales remained completely closed while vehicular traffic came to a standstill.

In addition, angry mobs and protesters came out of their homes and blocked the western bypass road for all kinds of traffic, burnt tyres and staged a sit-in protest for hours due to non-arrest of the terrorists.

Notably, the ongoing targeted-killings of the Hazaras earned immediate attention of the members of civil society, trade associations, human rights organisations, political parties and social institutions of Quetta to observe a complete shutter-down today so as to show solidarity with the victims and their families while repudiating all forms of terrorist activities.

In the last 12 days of the month, twenty Hazaras have lost their lives in different incidents of targeted-killings and left three others severely injured. All the attacks have happened in broad daylight in city center and its adjoining business establishments while the terrorists have always escaped from the scenes after completing their tasks.

Lashker-e-Jhangvi, the banned extremist outfit; has always claimed the responsibility of these attacks.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Eight Hazaras shot dead in two different incidents in Quetta.

QUETTA, April 14th , 2012: The ethno-religious persecution of the Hazaras continues unabated in Quetta city where eight people have been targeted in two different incidents on Saturday, the 14t April, 2012.

In the first incident, a private vehicle came under severe fires of AK 47 on Brewery Road; killing six people instantly. The attacked car was going from Hazara Town Brewery to Alamdar Road when it was ambushed by unknown terrorists.

The second incident occurred on Sabzal Road where unknown motorcycle riders opened fire on a moving vehicle killing two people on the spot and leaving one injured. The attacks are well-knitted, closely coordinated and executed by the same group to spread echoic fear and panic among the masses. The terrorists, as usual, escaped from the scenes after the incidents.

The news spread like wildfire in the city which thronged agitated people into street to protest against the ongoing terrorist attacks. In attempts to register their protests and anguish, the mobs blocked Brewery Road, western bypass, Hazara Town and Mizan Chowk to burn tyres and chant anti-government slogans.

News reports reveal that the Hazara youth, women and children took out a peaceful rally on Brewery Road to demand safety and protection from the government. They were holding placards and banners which bore slogans such as “Stop Terrorism and religious extremism”, “Arrest the culprits” and “Incompetent provincial government be dissolved”. The protesters staged a demonstration while chanting slogans against the government which continued for two hours.

On the other hand, Shi’ite and Hazara organisations held a joint press conference in Nichari Imam Bargah Alamdar Road and demanded of the federal government to dissolve the Balochistan government immediately and impose governor’s rule in the province to restore law and order. The members of Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal, Balochistan Shi’ite Conference, Hazara Qaumi Jirga, Shi’ite Ulema Council, Ethihad-e-Tajiran Balochistan, Majliz Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen and Tehreek Jafaria were present in the press conference. They blatantly said that the government and the executive have sided with the extremist organisations to throw Hazaras into a pitched battle. “Our patience is being tested and we are being challenged to pick up arms and initiate armed struggle which will further push the city towards civil war” said the organisers of the press conference.

The government, in the meanwhile, has hastily announced a twelve billion security plan for Quetta city which has also been named as Security Plan for Hazaras. “The Balochistan government shall utilize all available resources to protect the lives and property of the people”, revealed the provincial Home Secretary, Nasib Ullah Bazai, while talking to the media in Quetta. He said, “The involvement of foreign hands cannot be ruled out in these incidents of targeted killings, however, we will take every measure to ensure law and order is restored in the city”.

The incidents of targeted attacks have severely exacerbated the law and order in the city. In the last ten days of April, twenty (20) Hazaras have become the victims of targeted attacks while four others, who were seriously injured in these incidents, are in critical condition.

No arrest has been made so far nor the Balochistan provincial government showed willingness to carry out targeted operations in vulnerable parts of the city to nab the perpetrators.  

Lashker-e-Jhangvi’s imported killers are behind these incidents whereas the banned terrorist organisation has hitherto accepted the responsibility of these attacks.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Muhammad Ali Hazara target killed on Abdul Sattar Road Quetta

QUETTA, April 13th , 2012: Ethno-religious killings in Quetta have intensified as another innocent person was target killed on Friday. According to reliable sources, unknown motorcycle riders opened fire on Muhammad Ali Hazara on Abdul Sattar Road who died on the spot while the terrorists fled the scene after the attack.

In the last 72 hours, 10 ethnic Hazaras have been target killed in congested parts of the city while three others, who were critically injured as a result of these attacks; are in serious condition in a local hospital.

Lashker-e-Jhangvi – an offshoot of Deobandi’s terrorist organisation Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and now affiliated with Al-Qaeda – has claimed responsibility of all the incidents, however, the provincial government’s apathetic attitude to arrest the perpetrators raise grave concern about its seriousness to curb the menace.

A large number of outspoken intellectuals, political analysts, columnists and members of civil society firmly believe that the federal government, law enforcements agencies, the intelligence agencies, and the Balochistan provincial government are involved in the bloodshed of the ethnic Hazaras in Quetta.

Further impetus to the above notion is thus explained that the last year’s worldwide protests of the Hazara Diaspora attracted enough attention of the international human rights organisations, media outlets and the international community to exert maximum pressure on the government of Pakistan for protection of the minorities in the country but the government has taken no practical steps to bring the culprits to justice. Pertinently, the persecution of the Hazaras was also debated in length in the British parliament on 5th March this year to denounce all forms of terrorism and urge the government of Pakistan for strict measures against the terrorists.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Three Hazaras shot dead in Liaquat Bazaar and Iqbal Road Quetta

QUETTA, April 12th , 2012: In two separate incidents of targeted killing, three Hazaras have become the latest victims of ethno-religious attack in Quetta who have been shot dead by terrorists with impunity. The first attack took place on Shara-e-Iqbal on Thursday evening when unknown terrorists entered a local tea shop and target killed the owner and his employee. The terrorists sprayed bursts of AK 47 fire on the innocent people to kill them instantly. The victims, who have been identified as Muhammad Hussain and Ghulam Nabi, received multiple bullets to their chest, neck and face and expired on the spot. They hail from ethnic Hazara minority of Alamdar Road.

In a separate incident, unknown terrorists used a silencer gun to kill Noor Muhammad Hazara in Liaquat Bazaar. Eyewitnesses told that the terrorists, after accomplishing the task, fired in the air and chanted, “Shi’ites are infidels” before leaving the scene.

Different CBOs, political and social organisations have announced a shutter-down strike tomorrow while the traders’ associations have also appealed to the people to keep their businesses suspended and stage a protest against these incidents.

Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed the responsibility of both the incidents in a telephone call to the local press club and vowed to drive the Hazaras out of Balochistan forcibly.

Needless to mention that there have so far been three incidents of targeted attacks on Hazaras which engulfed the lives of 11 innocent people while three others who were critically injured who are fighting for their lives. The first attack occurred in a medical store on 3rd April on McCongi Road killing two people on the spot, while the second one was perpetuated on 9th of the month when the armed terrorists of Laskher-e-Jhangvi infiltrated Al-Sadaat Shoe Makers on Prince Road, killing six people instantly and injuring three others.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Six Hazara shoe-makers gunned down on Prince Road

QUETTA, April 09th , 2012: There seems to be no end to the perpetual targeted killings of the Hazaras in Quetta Pakistan where the terrorists, in a fresh attack, have gunned down six innocent people on Prince Road, Quetta. The incident took place in late Monday afternoon when unknown motorcycle riders, equipped with AK 47 guns; opened indiscriminate firing on a shoe-making shop, known as Al-Sadaat Shoe Makers, to kill six innocent people on the spot while injuring three others. The hapless victims’ aged between 17 to 49 who had adopted shoe-making as profession to earn their daily livelihood. They have been confirmed to belong to the Hazara nation.

The deafening gun shots created mayhem at the scene prompting people to run for their lives while the terrorists made their way through to the shop to double-check if the victims are fully dead before making their easy escape. One of the victims, who lost his one eye in the incident, recalled that they were working as normal when terrorists stopped their motor cycles in front of the shop, aimed their automatic guns towards them and opened fire. This caused him multiple bullet injuries to his chest and neck resulting in uncontrollable collapse of his head to the fore-stone (used as a tool for shoe-making) and damaging his right eye badly. He said, “He could hear the terrorists talking, reloading their guns and checking whether their victims’ are dead.” With a sigh of sorrow and frustration he continues, “He may have survived just because his upper torso was drenched in blood while damaging his right eye must also have convinced the terrorists of his death.”

Prince road is situated in the heart of the city with bustling shops on both sides of the road making it extremely busy and congested for pedestrian and vehicular traffic alike. Nonetheless, the terrorists escaped swiftly after completing the task.

The members of the law enforcement agencies and the area police had already disappeared from the adjoining vicinity before the occurrence of incident. Surprisingly, the local police had not reached at the scene even after the tragedy despite the shallow claims of the provincial government to have deployed over 3000 security personnel in Quetta city for the safety and security of the masses. Moreover, the area police station is in close proximity of Prince road which is at a distance of 0.4 miles only but the police remained completely inaccessible.

As per the government officials and the serving provincial and federal ministers’ repetitive, the banned terrorist organisation Lashker-e-Jhangvi with a handful of its members; is behind these incidences of targeted killings. Given that, the said religious outfit has again claimed the responsibility of the incident while no arrests had been made at the time of pressing this report.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Interactive debate in the British House of Commons on the genocide of Hazaras in Quetta, Pakistan.

QUETTA, March 05th , 2012:

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Hazara People (Quetta)

6:00 pm

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Angela Watkinson.)

6:01 pm
Photo of Alan JohnsonAlan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Labour)This debate is about the persecution of the Hazara community in Quetta city in the Pakistan province of Balochistan and its aim is to draw attention to their plight. The ultimate objective is to put pressure on the Pakistan authorities to do more to capture those who are responsible.I sought this debate with my hon. Friend Dr Whitehead, who cannot be here this evening because of an engagement in his constituency, and Iain Stewart who, with your permission, Mr Deputy Speaker, will make a contribution. I know that others who have members of the Hazara community in their constituencies wish to intervene and with your permission, Mr Deputy Speaker, I am perfectly happy for that to happen.Like many other right hon. and hon. Members, we have constituents who are part of the Hazara community in the UK. The constituent who drew this matter to my attentionMuhammad Younas, is a typical Hazara: passionate about education, law-abiding and committed to public service. He works for a social enterprise, teaching and assisting those who need his help and making an important contribution to community relations in Hull.

We are extremely grateful to the Minister for agreeing to meet us last December to discuss the issue and for being here for the debate today. As we discussed it, there was consensus that it needed to be aired on the Floor of the House of Commons, which is why I am so pleased that the debate was granted today.

There are about 600,000 Hazaras living in Quetta city and many fled there from Afghanistan, where they were a specific target for the Taliban. Hazaras in Quetta are being killed practically on a daily basis and it has been estimated that about 600 have been killed so far, yet not a single perpetrator has been captured and brought to justice.

Photo of Mark LancasterMark Lancaster (Milton Keynes North, Conservative)I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way and I congratulate him on securing the debate. His point is so powerful that it deserves underlining. Does he share my concern that while that statistic of more than 600 deaths and not a single conviction remains, it is very hard to take seriously the Pakistan Government’s claim that they are tackling this matter?
Photo of Alan JohnsonAlan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Labour)The hon. Gentleman is right. I have huge respect for the country—I went to Pakistan when I was a Minister—and for the high commissioner, but I believe that that is the key point about the Hazara community: there is no sign of any of the perpetrators being brought to justice, and it is not simply the case that they are being held but the prosecuting authorities are not being successful. That is one of the major issues in this debate and the hon. Gentleman is right to draw attention to it.The response of the authorities in Balochistan has been to restrict the movement of the Hazaras themselves—to forbid them entering certain districts and to apply travel restrictions—and to treat the murders with a mixture of complacency and complicity. Last September/October almost 50 Hazaras were taken from buses and wagons in separate incidents, lined up and killed. The Chief Minister of Balochistan responded with levity, saying in a television interview that he would send a truckload of tissue paper to the bereaved families. That is the kind of atmosphere in which the Hazaras are living. The authorities know that the Hazaras are a target for terrorist groups and that an al-Qaeda affiliate is seeking to make Pakistan, in their words, Hazaras’ graveyard. They state that their mission is to eliminate “this impure sect” and people“from every city, every village…and corner of Pakistan.”
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Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative)

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. By way of declaration, Mr Deputy Speaker, I worked with Benazir Bhutto from 1999 to 2007. On the point about the Hazara community being affected, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is not the only community being affected? The Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities are also suffering as a result of Pakistan’s having been a front-line state in the war against Russia and then in the war against al-Qaeda after 9/11. As a result, radicalisation and sectarian violence have spread from Afghanistan to Pakistan, leading to the murders of Benazir Bhutto and Shahbaz Bhatti, the Christian Minister. Of course I understand the right hon. Gentleman’s concern, but everyone has suffered as a result of the sectarian ethnic violence spreading from Afghanistan to Pakistan, not just the Hazara people.

 
Photo of Alan JohnsonAlan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Labour)I do accept that point; indeed, the high commissioner for Pakistan made the same point when he contacted me today about this debate. I shall say some things later about the difficulties that Pakistan is facing, but that must not detract from the fact that these killings are taking place on a daily basis. The authorities seem remarkably complacent about it and not a single perpetrator has been brought to justice.While the movement of Hazaras is restricted, their pursuers walk freely in the city despite the heavy presence of the police, the army and the frontier corps who all have checkpoints in and around Quetta. The reason for that persecution is not just the Hazaras’ religion—they are predominantly Shi’a Muslims—but their genetic link to the Mongol people, which allows them to be recognised by their physical appearance. Hazaras are also persecuted because have pursued higher education, enrolled in the armyand occupied senior positions in government, the civil service and civic society more generally. They are the kind of law-abiding citizen who would play an important role in a free, democratic Afghanistan and a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. Thus, they are the enemies of a whole range of terrorist groups.The persecution—some would say genocide—carried out against the Hazaras has been well documented by the United Nations, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and organisations such as the New York-based monitoring body Human Rights Watch. However, there

is insufficient awareness nationally and internationally about what the Hazaras are going through, despite the best efforts of the Hazara community and organisations such as the Hazara Organisation for Progress and Equality, or HOPE, which seeks to raise these issues in Parliaments around the world.

The attacks are intensifying. Hazaras are murdered when they stay in Quetta and killed when they try to leave. Fifty five young Hazaras were drowned in the waters of Indonesia on 20 December when trying to escape their perilous existence. The Hazaras believe that the religious militant groups carrying out these killings are state sponsored, and there is evidence for that assertion. The Asian Human Rights Commission reported on 6 January that the Pakistan army had created a militant organisation to kill intellectuals, activists and Hazaras in Balochistan. I have seen a copy of an official letter from theGovernment of Balochistan informing the military authorities and the police in Quetta about the presence of a man called Sabir Mehsood, whose stated aim was to murder Hazaras, but no action was taken to apprehend him. Thus, more than 80 Hazaras were killed in Quetta by this man and his fellow operatives last year.

The international community cannot allow this persecution to continue. There are significant Hazara populations in countries around the world, particularly in Australia, and these countries should co-ordinate and intensify their efforts. I know that the Minister is fully engaged in trying to pressurise the Pakistani authorities to protect the Hazara community in Quetta, and I know that the Foreign Secretary is equally committed.

Pakistan is an old, valued and trusted ally of the United Kingdom and is seeking to renew its democratic credentials after years of military rule. It is a country beset by problems, and its citizens have suffered at the hands of terrorists more than any other country in the world, as Rehman Chishti pointed out. However, the Pakistani Government must do more to root out state-supported terrorism wherever it exists. It undoubtedly exists in Quetta city, and the Hazaras are its principal victims. It is a good place to begin this process.

 
6:10 pm
 
Photo of Iain StewartIain Stewart (Milton Keynes South, Conservative)I am grateful for the opportunity to make a short contribution to the debate. I congratulate Alan Johnson on securing it. I am happy to endorse all his points, which, in the interests of brevity, I will not repeat.My interest in this issue, and that of my hon. Friend Mark Lancaster, stems from our having a large Hazara population in Milton Keynes. The headquarters of the Hazara Community of Great Britain charity are located in Bletchley in my constituency. It is a close-knit, progressive community, and it certainly makes a valuable contribution to the local community and wider civic life of Milton Keynes.
Photo of Stella CreasyStella Creasy (Walthamstow, Labour)I congratulate my right hon. Friend Alan Johnson on securing this debate. Like others, I have a Hazara community in myconstituency in north-east London. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we can play an important role in supporting the Hazara community in Britain to come forward and raise concerns, and in engaging with theForeign Office in making progress in Pakistan on some of these issues?
Photo of Iain StewartIain Stewart (Milton Keynes South, Conservative)I am happy to endorse that point. My hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes North has already met a delegation from the community and the Minister. They are deeply concerned, as the hon. Lady implied, about the plight of their relatives and the broader community in Pakistan, amid what are daily reports of killings and persecution.As the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle said, there are concerns that these attacks are not being dealt with appropriately by the authorities in Pakistan. I join him in imploring theMinister to do all he can to influence the situation. Just a few weeks ago, we all commemorated world holocaust memorial day. The campaign this year was, “Speak up, Speak out”, and was aimed at challenging persecution and hatred wherever it existed in the world. This we must do for the Hazara people. I look forward to hearing what steps the Government are taking to address the situation.
Photo of Rehman ChishtiRehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative)Will my hon. Friend give way?
Photo of Iain StewartIain Stewart (Milton Keynes South, Conservative)I was about to finish, but I will certainly give way.
 
Photo of Rehman ChishtiRehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative)Linked to the Hazara community, the other community that has suffered a lot as a result of radicalisation is the Christian community in Pakistan. We must do everything that we can to ensure that it gets its full right as well. Will he join me in paying tribute to Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, who is from Pakistan and has done a lot on community cohesion and dialogue between all faiths?
 
Photo of Iain StewartIain Stewart (Milton Keynes South, Conservative)I am happy to do that. I was at the end of my comments, so on that note, I shall conclude.
 
6:14 pm
Photo of Alistair BurtAlistair Burt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Afghanistan/South Asia, counter terrorism/proliferation, North America, Middle East and North Africa), Foreign and Commonwealth Office; North East Bedfordshire, Conservative)I thank Alan Johnson for securing this debate and for his usual courtesy in forwarding to me a copy of his remarks earlier this afternoon. I also thank other colleagues who have taken part and expressed their concerns—Stella Creasy and my hon. Friends the Members for Milton Keynes North (Mark Lancaster), for Milton Keynes South (Iain Stewart) and for Gillingham and Rainham (Rehman Chishti). We all share a passion for Pakistan and supporting human rights across a difficult and complex region. I have met and corresponded with several colleagues in the House on a number of human rights issues in Pakistan and welcome the opportunity to discuss them in a public forum.Last December I spoke with the right hon. Gentleman and his Hazara constituent and was told about the day-to-day living conditions of the Hazara community in Quetta. I had previously met the constituents of myhon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes North, who raised similar concerns. I expressed my serious concerns about the discrimination of minorities in Pakistan and joined the right hon. Gentleman in condemning September’s appalling attacks in Balochistan, which left so many innocent people dead.

Before talking about the Hazara community in more detail, I will take the opportunity to set some of the issues in context, as my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham and Rainham suggested. Sadly, sectarian violence is not isolated to Balochistan. Tragically, across the country the Pakistani people have suffered from the scourge of sectarian violence. Sunni and Shi’a alike have endured terrible violence, as have other minority communities. I join the Pakistani Prime MinisterYousuf Raza Gilani, in condemning this week’s disgraceful attacks in Kohistan, which killed at least 18 Shi’a Muslims. It is vital that the perpetrators of all sectarian violence, including this week’s vicious attack, are brought to justice.

The United Kingdom and Pakistan have a long history and a strong relationship founded on mutual respect, mutual trust, and mutual benefit. Our respect for Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is absolute, so we must be clear that the security of Balochistan, as with all provinces of Pakistan, is a matter for the people and Government of Pakistan. The improvement to regional security to which the international community is committed requires all countries to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their neighbours.

Although sectarian violence across Pakistan is a growing concern, it is important to note the progress being made in a range of human rights areas, including removing reservations to human rights treaties. It is vital that Pakistan now works to ensure that it effectively implements the international human rights treaties to which it is a signatory. None of the communities of which we have spoken in the debate will truly be secure unless these advances are made.

At the dawn of Pakistan’s independence, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in his presidential address to the firstConstituent Assembly, outlined his belief that in Pakistan there should be

“no discrimination between one caste or creed and another”,

for Pakistan is founded with the

“fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one state”.

I have met many Pakistanis who are working tirelessly to realise that vision today, and none was more courageous than Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, whose work towards peaceful, moderate change was met with such brutal violence. Since his assassination I have twice met his brother, Dr Paul Bhatti, and underlined the UK Government’s support for human rights in Pakistan.

Human rights are intertwined with a wide range of issues, including education, stability and development.The UK’s engagement with Pakistan is therefore broad and strategic, covering education, economic stability, security, and cultural co-operation. The Pakistani Foreign MinisterHina Rabbani Khar, had a successful visit to the UK last week, during which I discussed security and economic development with her and raised my concerns over the rights of religious minorities, including the Hazara community.

We work with international partners and the Pakistani Government to tackle the shared challenge of extremism and to increase Pakistan’s stability and prosperity. It is worth reminding all Members that Pakistan is on the front line of terrorism and makes bigger sacrifices in fighting it than any other country. In the 10 years since 9/11, more than 30,000 Pakistanis have been killed. The people of Pakistan will always have our sympathy, understanding and robust support in addressing terror.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister’s visit to the UK reflects the depth of our partnership and friendship. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary held wide-ranging discussions with her, within the framework of our enhanced strategic dialogue, which strengthens practical co-operation between our two countries. They discussed the progress being made to create between the UK and Pakistan a deeper and broader dialogue, including on human rights, which will strengthen our friendship and promote mutual prosperity and security.

The many links between the UK and Pakistan mean that we can engage honestly and directly with each other on many subjects: counter-terrorism, security policy, immigration, trade, development, education and the rule of law. The theme that underlines all that, and the focus of our attention this evening, is human rights.

As the constitution of Pakistan lays down, all Pakistani citizens should be able to live their lives without fear of discrimination or persecution, regardless of their religious beliefs or their ethnic group. I assure the right hon. Gentleman that we regularly reinforce to our colleagues in the Government of Pakistan at all levels the importance of upholding those fundamental rights, and our strategic dialogue enables Ministers such as myself and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to do so on behalf of all minority communities in Pakistan.

The Government of Pakistan have taken positive action: they have reserved quotas in the public sector and in Parliament for minorities; they have set up complaints procedures for those encountering discrimination; and they have removed reservations to international human rights treaties. We will continue to support those who wish to see reform in Pakistan, and to raise human rights with the Pakistani Government. As I said, I raised my concerns about human rights with Foreign Minister Khar last week.

In 2011 I twice held constructive discussions with the Pakistani Prime Minister’s adviser on inter-faith harmony and minority affairs, Dr Paul Bhatti. Tomorrow, as some will know, marks the first anniversary of his brother’s assassination, serving as a poignant reminder not only of the need to tackle terrorism in order to support Pakistani progress on human rights, but of the losses that they have suffered. There is a process in place to ensure that inter-faith committees meet in the various provinces. I have seen it in action, and we are keen to continue to support it.

The plight of the Hazara community is connected to the wider regional dynamic. Hazara people fleeing repression in 19th century Afghanistan formed the beginnings of Pakistan’s Hazara. More refugees from Afghanistan followed throughout the 20th century, and Quetta’s population is now estimated to be made up of one third Hazara, with 600,000 in total in Pakistan.

The presence of the Afghan Taliban in Quetta has amplified the repression of Pakistani Shi’a, including Hazara, in the region. We welcome the progress made by the Hazaras of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. It has seen high-profile Hazaras occupy key positions in the Afghan Government. In Kabul, UK officials engage with a range of Hazara interlocutors and continue to promote an inclusive political process. The Hazara community in Iran has also complained of mistreatment, and we will continue to appeal to Iran, including through the United Nations and the European Union, to respect human rights. Those details give Members a sense of how the Hazara community is treated throughout the whole region.

The specific issues of Hazara rights and of sectarian violence in Balochistan were raised with the Balochi authorities and with parliamentarians by British officials in October. Local discussion of those issues has continued since, with our officials engaging with, among others, Balochi members of the National Assembly.

The plight of Pakistan’s Hazara community, highlighted in this evening’s debate, will be recognised in the 2011 Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights report, which is due to be published this month. Media reports claim that almost 700 Hazaras have been killed in Pakistan since 2004. In 2011, the Hazara in Balochistan suffered a number of major attacks, including on 19 September when gunmen killed 26 Hazara pilgrims returning from Iran. Lashkar-e Jhangvi claimed responsibility for that attack and has waged a sustained campaign of violence against the community. On 4 October attackers killed 13 passengers, mostly Hazara, travelling on a bus in Quetta. A major attack during the Shi’a processions marking Ashura was anticipated but did not occur.

Nawab Aslam Raisani, Chief Minister of Balochistan, formulated a committee on September 22 to probe the killing of 29 pilgrims in Mastung. I remain concerned about the low-key response of Pakistan’s authorities to September and October’s violent attacks. It is vital that those responsible are brought to justice. In the long term we should like to see improvements in Pakistani citizens’ access to justice throughout the country. The House may be assured that we will continue to press on these issues, in relation to that community and to others.

Enhancing the rule of law in Pakistan is vital to improving the plight of the Hazara community. A range of Government work is developing that is helping to improve the rule of law in Pakistan. For instance, we are developing a programme with Pakistan to enhance its ability to prosecute violent extremists, including working to enhance investigations, prosecutions, detentions, and legislation. The Department for International Development’s transformational work to address poverty and education will help to enhance Pakistan’s commitment to the rule of law. The UK is working with our European Union partners and the Government of Pakistan to look at ways of supporting reform and capacity building of Pakistan’s rule of law.

My hon. Friend Rehman Chishti raised, in particular, the Christian community. That gives me the opportunity to say how we try to deal with human rights more generally across the region. Our experience is that picking out one community rather than another is not always the most helpful way to address the issue. Because human rights

is an important issue right across the board, we find that many minorities are subject to these problems. Ensuring that the rule of law runs across all communities and that Governments are devoted to improving access to the rule of law and the rights of minorities across the board means that no minority can be picked out against another and that where there are those who would like to claim that favourable treatment is offered by those outside, that is not the case.

All are made more secure by attention to the rule of law, and all are weakened, including any minority community, by a Government’s failure to address the rule of law and human rights. That is why our policy is so determinedly aimed at the rights of communities across the board, whether it be those under pressure in Pakistan, Christian communities across the middle east, or individual communities such as the Hazara in Balochistan.

 
Photo of Alan JohnsonAlan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Labour)I am pleased that the plight of the Hazara will—for the first time, I believe—be covered in theForeign and Commonwealth Office human rights document. I understand what the Ministeris saying about the persecution of other religions. However, does he agree, that if no one raises the persecution of a specific group, we will never discuss any terrorist targets? Does he agree that it is very difficult to find another religion or ethnic group in Pakistan that has quite the same level of apparent compliance in these murders, with absolutely none of the perpetrators brought to justice? If there are other groups—although this is not a contest to see who has been treated worst—I would be very surprised. There is a specific issue about the Hazara that needs to be addressed.
Photo of Alistair BurtAlistair Burt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Afghanistan/South Asia, counter terrorism/proliferation, North America, Middle East and North Africa), Foreign and Commonwealth Office; North East Bedfordshire, Conservative)I acknowledge the right hon. Gentleman’s second point. He has referred to terrifying statistics about the absence of justice. As I said, we remain very concerned about the response of the Pakistani authorities to those statistics, and we will apply pressure in relation to them.In response to his first point: absolutely. Hon. Members are bound to raise the issues of individual communities. The point of our approach is to set those cases in context so that we are not pitting one community against another by indicating that one is treated worse than another, and recognising that the absence of the rule of law and human rights can affect so many people. I think that we are all doing this in exactly the right way. The right hon. Gentleman and other hon. Members are absolutely right to raise certain different communities, as they have today. We are right in putting that into context and demanding justice for all, because unless there is justice for all, justice is denied for those who are outside that embrace.The United Kingdom will continue to work with the leaders of Pakistan and its people—people who deserve to experience a stable and prosperous future, to enjoy vibrant democratic debate without fear of intimidation, and to live in a country where freedom of religion is not undermined by sectarian violence. We have a distinctive role to play in supporting that sort of Pakistan. I am grateful for the work of many Members of the House as we continue to work with Pakistan towards that vision.

Question put and agreed to.

House adjourned.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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“Two innocent people gunned down on McCongi Road Quetta.”

QUETTA, Apri 03rd, 2012: Quetta is completely in the hands of religious fanatics and terrorists who pick up their prey in different parts of the city and kill them with full impunity. Today, two innocent city-dwellers have become the latest victims of ethno-religious terrorism who were killed in a firing spree. The incident took place in broad-day light in one of the busiest and congested areas which is known as MacCongi Road. According to eyewitnesses, unknown armed-men fired on a medical store which killed two people instantly. They have been identified as Ali Raza and Ali Akbar Biltistani who succumbed to multiple bullet injuries in the upper torso and expired on the spot. Ali Raza is an ethnic Hazara while Ali Akbar was from Gilgit Biltistan but they both belong to Shi’ite sect.

Their bodies were handed over to the heirs after medico-legal formalities by the local police who will be buried tomorrow in Hazara Graveyard, Alamdar Road.

Lashker-e-Jhangvi – Al-Qaeda affiliated group – accepted the responsibility of today’s targeted attack through a telephone call to news agencies.

In the last one week, the terrorists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi have target killed 12 innocent people and injured 8 others in four different incidents in Quetta. The condition of most of the injured is declared to be critical.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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“Ethnic persecution of Hazaras continues as terrorists gunned down eight (8) innocent people in Quetta.”

QUETTA, March 29th, 2012: The Hazaras of Quetta have again come under severe terrorists’ attacks with covert support of the law enforcement agencies and the Balochistan Government as eight (8) innocent people including a woman have became the latest prey of the terrorists. They lost their lives instantly while 6 others were critically injured. The incident happened on Thursday, 29th March, 2012 when a Suzuki Pick-up van came under violent attack in Killi Mubarak, Spini Road, Quetta. The passenger van was routinely travelling from Hazara Town, Quetta to Alamdar Road when the unfortunate incident took place. According to eyewitnesses, two terrorists carrying AK-47 guns started indiscriminate firing on the Suzuki Van but the policeman on duty was a few yards away from the terrorists remained completely unmoved. The terrorists, after accomplishing the task, left the scene on foot. There is a also a permanent police check post about 15 meters away from the scene of the crime which is manned 24 hours a day however the law enforcement apparatus remained motionless at the time of firing. Some injured talking to Hazaranation.com generously acknowledged and lauded the bravery and alertness of the Suzuki Driver who accelerated the speed of the vehicle despite being severely injured when the firing erupted. This saved the precious lives of the injured. The driver’s eyes were badly wounded due to firing and windshield smash.

The news of the incident spread across the city like wildfire which brought angry protesters and mobs into streets. The agitated Hazaras thronged to main roads to burn tyres, block roads and chant anti-government slogans. The district police and Frontier Corps deployed heavy contingents at designated places to disperse the protesters who were seen being at logger heads with the protesters themselves. The videos surfacing on social networking websites testify the bias attitude of the law enforcement agencies towards the protesters who tortured, abused and humiliated them badly before throwing them into police vehicles. As a result of the unprovoked firing of security agencies, three Hazara youth lost their lives while 28 protesters were arrested on various pretexts. Our reliable sources have confirmed that the arrested protesters were severely tortured in Kharoatabad Police Station who showed the marks of rifle butts on their upper torso. The arrest of the protesters further infuriated the people to block the western bypass road for all kinds of traffic demanding the release of the detainees as well as the arrest of the target killers.

Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party, Balochistan Shi’ite Conference, Hazara Qaumi Jirga, Shi’ite Ulema Council and Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen called for a complete shutter down strike on Friday, supported by Jamhori Watan Party, Jama’at Ismali, the traders and the civil society organisations.

Later, Balochistan Shi’ite Conference, Hazara Qaumi Jirga, Shi’ite Ulema Council and the Chieftain of the Hazara Nation, Sardar Sadat Ali Hazara held a joint press conference in Nichari Imambargah to give 48 hours ultimatum to the government for the arrest of the terrorists. They also demanded for the early release of the detainees.

The abhorring comedian, the Baloch Sardar and the Chief Minister, Balochistan Aslam Raisani has routinely released a press statement to appease his patrons. 

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Terrorists’ onslaught on a taxi injured two people

QUETTA, March 28th, 2012: Two people have been injured due to an assault of terrorists on a taxi in Dashth, Balochistan. Five coalmine workers were on their way from Mach to Quetta when their private vehicle came under fire from unknown terrorists which left two people severely injured while three others have remained unhurt. The victims have been identified as Jawad Ali and Khadim Hussain. They all belong to Hazara Nation.

Fear of insecurity has gripped the city-dwellers in Quetta and its adjoining areas particularly the Hazaras who are the prime targets of the terrorists. This is second incident in the last two days. On Tuesday, two Hazara welders were targeted by unknown terrorists on Podkilli Chowk, Quetta which left one dead and the other critically injured.

The law enforcement agencies claim to have started a search operation for the terrorists but so far no arrest has been made nor anyone claimed the responsibility for these incidents.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Firing on a welding shop in Quetta left one dead and the other injured

QUETTA, March 26th, 2012: Two Hazaras have become the victims of targeted attack on Podkilli Chowk, Sabzal Road, Quetta. The unfortunate were working in a welding and iron shop when unknown terrorists approached them, fired with 9mm pistol at both and left the scene. This instantly killed a welder while his colleague got severely injured. Later, the dead body and the injured were shifted to Bolan Medical College. They have been identified as Ijaz and Ali Asghar who were the residents of Hazara Town, Brewery, Quetta.

A reliable source talking to Hazaranation.com confirmed that the injured Ali Asghar cannot speak at all due to a bullet injury which pierced into his neck and the doctors have declared his condition critical.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Motorcycle theft thwarted and four security personnel apprehended red-handedly

QUETTA, March 06th, 2012: Organised crimes have touched new heights in Quetta city where the government employees and members of law enforcement agencies have been apprehended red-handedly stealing motorcycles from Alamdar Road, Quetta.

According to eyewitnesses, the motorcycle theft had increased in adjacent areas of Alamdar Road which include Nau Abad, 16 Acre, Syedabad, Hazara Graveyard, Mominabad, Nasirabad etc where the culprits would come in a 4x4 Land Cruiser vehicle, bearing government number plate, stalking motorcycle riders to steal the motorbikes. Several previous incidents in these areas had alerted the residents that foreigners were behind these crimes.

Upon surveillance, the vehicle having green number plate of AD-46-40 was stopped in a narrow lane on Alamdar Road who were quizzed by the residents to establish the purpose of their visit to the area but they failed to justify their perpetual visits. Upon search of the vehicle, TT pistols and the tools used in committing crimes such as pliers, cutters, scissors etc were discovered. The culprits also accepted to be involved in motorcycle theft.

Later, they were handed over to the Qaidabad Police Station where the police interrogated them to establish their identity. They were recognized as the serving employee of Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF), an elite police commando group trained to combat terrorism.

According to our sources, the local police station under the supervision of Jaffer Hussain, Station House Officer, was reluctant to arrest the culprits but the residents’ pressure made them change their decision.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Abduction of a Hazara trader foiled in Suraj Ganj Bazar, Quetta

QUETTA, Feb 25th, 2012: Quetta city is in grip of impending fear and panic, making it unbearably hard for the city-dwellers to spend a day without being hit with intimidation, violence and organised crimes. The unceasing targeted attacks on a particular ethnicity, viz., the Hazaras, are not the only threats to harass and terrorize laymen but the recent trend in kidnapping of the business class of the same segment has gained corporate patronship and support of serving ministers of Balochistan assembly.

A recent unsuccessful attempt to abduct a Hazara trader from a congested and traffic-jammed bazaar of Quetta reveals the hands of VIPs behind such heinous crimes. Mehdi Hazara – the owner of famous Sadaat Shoes – was working in his shop in Suraj Ganj Bazar on Saturday when unknown armedmen approached him with automatic guns and commanded to sit in a vehicle. The trader, instantly, resisted the attempt and started yelling for help. The kidnappers, then, rushed to their vehicle and left the scene immediately to avoid being caught. The eyewitnesses confirm that the white car bore government number plate, depicting MPA mark on the front.

The Trade Associations of Balochistan staged protest against the incident, closed their shops in protest, burnt tyres and chanted slogans against the government.

The abduction of traders, especially that of the Hazara businessmen, has turned into a lucrative business and the abductors confidently perform their tasks for huge ransoms. Dozens of Hazara businessmen have been abducted in recent years, severely tortured, their body parts mutilated to exert maximum psychological pressure to fleecing money from their families. In some instances, the victims have been murdered despite receiving the ransom money.

The federal and the provincial governments have never taken initiatives to protect the lives of people.

Mir Zafar Ullah Zehri, the Provincial Interior Minister, has vehemently accepted the involvement of some provincial ministers in targeted killings and abductions but he could not take any action unless the Provincial Chief Minister, Aslam Raisani instructed him to bring the people to justice.

Aslam Raisani, the Provincial Chief Minister, became rapidly famous due to his ill-mannered and nonsensical remarks on matters of serious concern. In the last four years of his tenure, he mostly stayed in the capital Islamabad to run the affairs of the Balochistan province which sufficiently establishes his interest and ability to run the province’s affairs.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Three Hazaras target killed on MacCongi Road Quetta

QUETTA, Jan 25th, 2012: The tragic targeted killings of three people have saddened the entire Hazara population. The victims were going home from Liaquat Bazar to Alamdar Road when their private car came under fierce firing on MacCongi Road on Wednesday evening who received multiple bullet injuries in their upper body part and died on the spot.

The unfortunate victims were later identified as Walayat Hussain (a serving inspector at Federal Investigation Agency), Anwar Ali Maulai (retired Accounts Officer) and Abid Ali Nazish (a renowned TV and Stage Actor).

The ongoing ethnic persecution of the Hazaras in Pakistan prompted the Hazara Diaspora across the globe to hold en masse demonstrations and protests last year in October and thousands of people came into streets in 25 different countries of the world to show their full support and solidarity with the Hazaras of Pakistan. Most of the demonstrations and protests were held in front of Pakistan embassies and the respective department of Pakistan Foreign Affairs, through their diplomatic missions abroad, were presented with a charter of demands as well as memorandum, urging the government for targeted operations against the terrorists in Quetta while providing foolproof security to the Hazaras. The Pakistan foreign missions pledged to convey the concerns of the Hazara protesters to the federal government in Islamabad for amicable solution to the problem but the ruthless attacks testify the government’s reluctance in taking action against the terrorist or Jihadi groups.

Although these protests and demonstrations mounted ample international pressure to halt the attacks temporarily, there are no credible proofs if the Government of Pakistan ever made serious consideration to find a solution to the problem.

While compiling the report, no one had claimed the responsibility of the attack yet.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Overloaded boat capsized in Indonesian waters 300 people missing

QUETTA, Dec 18th, 2011: An overloaded wooden boat has capsized in huge tides offshore Indonesian waters which carried 300 people including children and women. The boat is said to be on its way from Indonesia to Australia which has fallen prey to powerful and stormy tides. The incident happened in early hours of Saturday morning whereas most of the passengers are feared to have drowned. The rescue teams have been dispatched to the area who are supported with aerial search to help the affectees but severe weather conditions are restricting their search operations.

The news spread panic and awe among the well-wishers and the relatives of the unfortunate passengers who availed the fatal risk to reach Australia in search of greener pastures. Preliminary reports confirm that 70 of the boat affectees belong to the Hazara Nation who may have embarked on this perilous voyage from Quetta Pakistan to seek asylum in Australia in an effort to live a normal life.

The Hazaras living in Quetta, Pakistan are under imminent ethno-sectarian attacks from Lashker-e-Jhangvi – an affiliated Al-Qaeda Group – which has been target killing the Hazaras on the basis of their ethnicity and religion. Over 700 innocent people lost their lives so far which include educationists, doctors, engineers, sportsman, politicians, artists, bureaucrats and laymen etc.

According to international human rights organisations such as Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the FCO’s Annual Report(s), Human Rights Watch etc, the Hazaras are leaving Pakistan in pursuit of safe place to live their lives. Understandably, the Hazara boat passengers must have opted to travel to Australia in order to live their lives in peace and harmony but the misfortune diluted their dreams.

The heirs, family members, relatives and friends of the boat passengers have appealed to pray for the safe return or recovery of their loved ones. 

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Ali Hasan Hazara shot dead on Sariab Road, Quetta

QUETTA, Dec 17th, 2011: Unknown terrorists have murdered Ali Hassan Hazara on Sariab Road, Quetta. The poor victim was the watchman of Dr. Noor Muhammad Bugty who had ceased to perform his responsibilities as watchman owing to the exacerbated law and order situation in Quetta City but, he recently resumed his duties on the earnest insistence of the house owner. Yesterday evening when he was performing his duties at the main gate of Dr. Noor Muhammad Bugty, unknown terrorist shot him in the Head and escaped.

The victim, a resident of Hazara Town Brewery, was in his mid 50,s whose dead body remained unattended at the scene of crime for a long time before shifting to Bolan Medical College for medico-legal formalities.

No one claimed the responsibility of the incident but the religoius fanatics are suspected to be behind this cold-blooded murder as the preceding ethno-religious attacks on the Hazaras in south-western city of Quetta where executed by them."

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Suicide bombing in Ashura procession in Kabul kills 54 Shi’ites and injures 150 others

QUETTA, Dec 07th, 2011: The annual ritual of the Shi’ite school of faith, which marks the martyrdom of grandson of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his progeny) across the globe concluded in other parts of world in relative peace and calm; while the innocent Afghanistani citizens became the victims of unfortunate suicide attempt and planted bombs in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Qandahar.

The major carnage engulfed the lives of 54 innocent people at Abul Fazal Shrine in Kabul and left over 150 injured. The dead and the injured included women and children who were part of the Ashura procession when a suicide bomber blew himself up. Thousands of people were peacefully marching the streets in Kabul when the incident occurred. A traumatised victim Eid Muhammad said, “I was part of the procession when I heard a loud bang, thick black smoke emanated from the scene and we started running for our lives”. Another witness Ali Mehdi Muntaziri, a student of Kabul University, recalls the incident as horrifying and dreadful. He says, “The sound of bombing was deafening, when it happened, thick smoke darkened the sky and indiscriminate firing erupted”.

Every year, the Shi’ites around the world come into streets in tens of thousands on 10th Muharram to mourn the martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) and his 72 companions. The chronicles establish that Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) and his 72 companions were brutally martyred in Karbala, Iraq in 680 A.D by the ruling caliph, Yazeed (the son of Muawiyah). This has become the cornerstone of Shi’ite believe to mourn the death of Imam Hussain and his friends every year on the 10th day of Muharram to protest against cruelty and vice.

Someone who identified himself as Abu Mansour and the spokesman of Lashker Jhangvi Al-Alami – Al Qaeda linked Deobandi Group – called a British news agency to accept the responsibility of the suicide bombing of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Our sources have confirmed that most of the dead and injured belong to the Hazara Nation, an oppressed and under-represented ethnicity of Afghanistan. 

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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15 Hazara vegetable sellers shot dead in Akhtarabad, Quetta

QUETTA, Aug 30th, 2011: The massacre of Hazaras continues unabated as 15 vegetable sellers became the latest victims of terrorists in Quetta. A local bus carrying about 30 Hazara passengers was moving to Hazar Ganji when the terrorists stopped the vehicle in Akhtarabad area of Western bypass, took the passengers off, lined them up and fired at them which killed 15 people instantly while 7 others were injured. Among the injured, four (4) of them are said be in critical condition. According to eyewitnesses, the accomplices of the terrorists were also travelling in the bus who informed their colleagues on telephone in Akhtarabad area.

Previous month, 33 Hazaras were gunned down on Sariab Road in two different incidents. The preceding incidences were similar in magnitude and fierceness which were executed in the same area.

In the last two weeks, 47 innocent Hazaras have been target killed but no one has been arrested nor the government took steps to protect the lives of people.

Statements of condemnation were issued by high-stature politicians including the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan but no practical measures have been taken to curb the menace of targeted attacks on the Hazaras.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Firing on a passenger bus kills three Hazaras

QUETTA, Sep 23rd, 2011: A passenger bus from Quetta to Mach came under relentless firing on Sariab Road on Friday which killed three Hazaras on the spot. The regular incidence of targeted attacks on Hazaras on Sariab Road reveal that the terrorists have established their hideouts in Sariab Road area to target the innocent people without the fear of being caught. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was stopped on Sariab Road by the terrorists and the Hazara passengers were taken off the bus, lined up and shot in the upper body part, killing three people instantly and injuring five others.

Three days ago, 26 Hazara pilgrims were shot dead in a similar attack. The assailants, as usual, escaped from the scene.

In September, 43 innocent Hazaras have become the victims of target-killings in two separate incidents. So far, the federal and provincial governments have not taken serious notice of the incidents except issuing statements to condemn the incidents

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Ethno-religious persecution of the Hazaras continues in Quetta as 29 pilgrims shot dead

QUETTA, Sep 20th, 2011: The ongoing persecution of the Hazaras in Quetta Pakistan has reached new heights with Taliban-style ambush and killing in the heart of the city in broad-day light.

This time, the terrorists stopped a bus about 25 kilometres off Quetta city near Mastung to off-load the Hazara passengers. The bus was carrying about 60 passengers en route from Quetta to Iran with people wishing to visit its holy places. The terrorists checked the National Identity Cards of the passengers, taking off the Hazara passengers and spraying bullets on them to kill 26 people on the spot and leaving 17 others in critical condition. The pre-planned ethno-religious onslaught was virtually meant to establish the identity of the Hazara passengers before their killing. On rapid circulation of the tragic news, the people rushed to scene to find their loves ones and rush the injured to the hospital. In a separate incident, the terrorists fired on a private vehicle carrying the injured to the hospital and killing three people instantly.

The banned religious group Laskher-e-Jhangvi claimed the responsibility of the incident via telephone calls to medial channels and news agencies. The spokesman of the outlawed organisation said that they would continue their mission and such attacks would be executed in the future too.

The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan have condemned the incident.

Amnesty International issued a press statement urging the Government of Pakistan to take action against the extremists.
Human Rights Watch, in a separate statement and talk to international media, demanded the federal government to protect Hazaras in the country.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and members of civil society have condemned the incident as brutal and inhumane.

Balochistan Traders’ Association called for a complete shutter down strike tomorrow with en bloc support of major mainstream organisations and political parties.

Tahaffuz-e-Azadari Council has announced a 7 day mourning while Shi’ite Ulema Council, Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and Jafaria Alliance will observe a 3 day mourning.

The burial ceremony of the 26 deceased will take place tomorrow in Hazara Graveyard, Hazara Town and the 3 others will be laid to rest in Hazara Graveyard Alamdar Road.

The politician-turned-comedian Chief Minister Balochistan has given opprobrious statement when asked about the Mastung incident in Islamabad. He said that he would send out a full truckload of tissues for the heirs of the victims provided they needed more to wipe out their tears. He continued that 40 people’s murder in Balochistan will not affect the overall four (4) million population of the province.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Suicide Bomber Turned Gala Eid Ferocious For Hazaras In Quetta

QUETTA, Aug 31st, 2011: Today at about 09:30 hours (PST), the adjacent areas to Alamdar Road jolted heavily due to a suicide bombing, occurring on Major Mohammad Ali Shaheed Road. This resulted in the death of 13 people, including 2 women and 2 children and injuring 20 others. Most of the injured are children whose condition has been declared critical.
Bomb Disposal Squad has estimated that 40 KG explosive was used, however, the locals claimed it to 400 KG.

An eyewitness stated that the suicide bomber’s target was Hazara Eidgaah Alamdar Road where the Eid prayers are organised and attended by thousands of people. “He attempted many times but could not enter the Eidgaah Route due to tight scrutiny, then, he aimed for the adjacent road, known as Major Mohammad Ali Shaheed road and blew himself up near Sardar Mehdi Hasan Musa Girl College”, said Muhammad Hussain.

Muhammad Ali, an eyewitness, expressed his grave emotions and lamented that the government is not taking any serious measures to protect the lives of common people, especially that of the Hazaras who have been the main target of the extremist elements since 1999.

“We have lost over 650 innocent people in an unknown battle so far and the number is increasing. We are really desperate to ask the government for our safety as there are elements within the government who are supporting these terrorists”, said another eyewitness.

Chiragh Ali Baig, an eyewitness has reported that the blast was so powerful that left 15 cars completely, 4 houses and shops completely destroyed, shattering windows of the shops and houses and collapsing the roofs of nearby houses.

Hazara Democratic Party, Balochistan Shia Conference, Majlis Wahdat ul Muslimeen, Pashtoonkhawah Milli Awami Party and Jamiat Ullama e Islam have strongly condemned this terrorist attack whereas Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen and Jafaria Alliance announced a 10-day mourning.

Muhammad Raheem said, “The role of Pakistani Media has been limited in covering these incidents. Stickers across the TV screen runs thinly diminishing the news within minutes as if nothing has happened. This bias attitude of the local and national media towards the Hazaras depicts a dismal chronicle”.

The federal and provincial governments have always condemned these incidents, however, no practical measures were ever taken to ensure the life and safety of people. The Provincial Chief Minister – Aslam Raisani’s non-serious attitude towards law and order situation in the Quetta city many a time hit the headlines. His playful attitude to these questions reflects his credibility to run the government.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Muhammad Asif shot dead in Karachi

QUETTA, Aug 30th, 2011: A member of Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum, Pakistan Muhammad Asif was shot dead in Karachi on Tuesday. According to sources, he was with his friend at a local petrol station when unknown terrorists opened fire at them who died on the spot. He was a good player of football and an active member of HMYF who would spare himself for all social activities without vacillation. The victim belonged to Mengophir who was buried in Hazara Graveyard, Karachi.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

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Terrorists’ fierce attack on a Suzuki van kills 11 people

QUETTA, July 30th, 2011: Terrorists have perpetrated yet another ferocious attack on innocent citizens of Quetta which engulfed the lives of 11 people. The incident occurred on broad daylight, when a pick-up Suzuki van on its way from Brewery to Alamdar Road, came under intense firing of unknown masked terrorists on Spini Road. Resultantly, 11 people including a woman lost their lives while three other were severely injured. Due to dense population, sizable traffic, trading bustle and shops on both sides of the road, Spini Road remains quite congested and busy all day, nonetheless, the terrorists successfully executed their task before managing to escape safely.

The unfortunate victims belonged to the Hazara Nation who routinely travel between Brewery and Alamdar Road area of Quetta city to carry out their daily activities.

The President and Prime Minister of Pakistan have condoled to the families of the victims in separate press statements while the Governor and the Chief Minister, Balochistan, following their patrons footsteps contended to verbal condolences to the aggrieved families.

The attack happened a day after seven Shi’ite pilgrims, who were heading to Iran to visit holy places, were gunned down by unknown terrorists on Sariab Road, Quetta.

Later, Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility of the Friday’s attack. A spokesman for the extremist group, identified himself as Ali Sher Haideri telephoned local press and said, “the attack was in retaliation for the murder of Sunni Maulvi Abdul Karim Mengal who had been killed in Quetta in a firing incident the preceding day”.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 30th, 2012)

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Terrorists target killed two Hazara youth on Sariab Road Quetta

QUETTA, July 10th,2011: Two Hazaras have become the latest victims of relentless targeted attacks in Quetta on Sunday, 10th July, 2011. Our sources have confirmed that two Hazaras became the victims of targeted killings in Killi Qambarani, Sariab Road, Quetta who have been identified as Amjad Ali and Ashiq Hussain. They were fond of cock and birds’ fighting who travelled to Killi Qambarani on earnest invitation of their friends. After returning from the event, they were assaulted by terrorists and multiple bullets pierced into their upper torso killing them on the spot. Their dead bodies remained unattended for over 90 minutes at the scene of crime. Later, the police declared that the victims belonged to the Hazara Nation whose dead bodies were handed over to the heirs after completing the medico-legal formalities. No arrest has been made in this connection while the police claimed to have lodged an F.I.R against unknown terrorists.

The bodies were later shifted to Nichari Imambargah who will be buried in Hazara Graveyard tomorrow at 10:00 AM.    

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari March 30th, 2012)

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Terrorists attack on a passenger bus at Hazar Ganji killing two people and injuring 10 others

QUETTA, June 22nd, 2011: Unknown terrorists assaulted a passenger bus which killed two people on the spot while injuring 10 others. According to reliable sources, the passenger bus carrying pilgrims, intending to visit Iran for pilgrimage purpose to its sacred places was on its way to Iran; but when it arrived at Killi Sardar of Akhtarabad Sariab Road, three unknown terrorists started indiscriminate firing on the vehicle with automatic guns from the roof of adjacent houses which continued for 10 minutes. The ambush killed two passengers on the spot who were later identified as Abdul Hussain S/O Khuda Rahim of Hazara Town Quetta and Rahim Shah Nasar S/O Adam Khan, resident of Loralai while 10 others were injured who have been shifted to Bolan Medical College for treatment.

Akhtarabad area has become the epicentre of terrorist activities with frequent incidents of targeted killings which are largely aimed at the Hazaras especially the Hazara merchants and vegetable sellers who routinely travel to Hazar Ganji to procure their daily commodities for sale to end consumers. Several preceding incidents have witnessed that the terrorists and religious fanatics have established their dens in this area to execute their terrorist operations with impunity.

The provincial government and the law enforcement agencies have incomprehensively failed to take action against these terrorists despite knowing their hideouts and the frequency of their activities.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 22nd, 2012)

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Deputy Director General Sports Board and former Olympian Syed Abrar Hussain Hazara assassinated in Quetta.

QUETTA, June 16th, 2011: The latest incident of targeted killing in Quetta Balochistan has engulfed the life of the fallen boxing legend, Syed Abrar Hussain Hazara. The deceased was targeted in broad day light at the main gate of Ayub Stadium by unknown motorcycle riders. He received multiple bullet injuries in his upper torso who was rushed to the Sandeman Provincial Hospital but, due to the strike of doctors and paramedic staff, while being shifted to the Cantonment Military Hospital for treatment when he succumbed to injuries and died on the way.

As usual, the assailants managed their escape after the incident.

Syed Abrar Hussain Hazara represented Pakistan in Olympics three times, i.e., 1984, 1988 and 1992 whereas he remained unbeatable in boxing events of the Asian Games for 10 consecutive years. He also represented Pakistan in SAF Games. He was the first boxer to receive Sitara-e-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan.

The deceased was a true patriot and loyal to Pakistan who was presently serving as Deputy Director General Sports Board in Quetta, Balochistan. Despite possessing German Nationality, he never expressed his intent to leave Pakistan and settle in the west.

“Syed Abrar Hussain Hazara was a true friend, an obedient learner, a true Pakistani and a nationalist” said Agha Marzooq Ali. When the New Editor of this website enquired from Mr. Ali as to how candid he was with the deceased. Mr. Marzooq Ali sighed and said, “Syed Abrar Hussain was known to me for years as a boxing trainee and a friend. He was indeed like a younger brother to me who had high regard for me”. He voice trembled when he recalled one of the past stories of Syed Abrar Hazara, “I will never forget his courage and determination. You know when Agha (Syed Abrar Hussain Hazara) was invited in one of the famous TV Shows of PTV, Tariq Aziz Show; prior to the show the host said we are indebted to your exceptional services to this country, tell me what do you want me do for you? Agha without vacillation said that I would like you invite me over the dice with my complete name with the word Hazara at the end”. Mr. Ali emotionally said, “I even have got the video tape of the show where he was invited with full name. He always felt proud of being Hazara”. Mr. Ali also lamented, “I always admonished the deceased to take full security measures whenever he travels to office but Abrar Agha would laugh out and say who would do any harm to me. I am teaching boxing to the Baloch, Pashtun and every Pakistani”. “Today, he is not among us anymore. The terrorists know nothing about your services”. Agha Marzooq said disappointingly.

Hazara Democratic Party, Paktunkhawa Mili Awami Party, Jamhori Watan Party, Ithihad Tajiran Balochistan, Hazara Qaumi Jirga, Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal and Majlis-e-Wahdat Muslimeen denounced the incident in strongest terms and called it the apathy of provincial government to nab the target killers and bringing them to justice. In the meanwhile, HDP, Hazara Qaumi Jirga and Majlis-e-Wahdat Muslimeen also announced a three-day mourning.

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 16th, 2011)

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A.S.I District Police, Manzoor Hussain target killed in Nawa Killi Quetta.

QUETTA, June 11th, 2011: Another Hazara youth fell victim to targeted killing in Nawa Killi Quetta when he was assaulted with automatic guns on 11-06-2011. He was on his way home after completing his day’s official duty when the terrorists opened fired at him, sustaining over 20 bullets and killing him on the spot.

The deceased Manzoor Hussain had joined the District Police in 1998 who was promoted to the rank of assistant sub-inspector a year ago The target killers escaped from the scene after the incident.

The deceased was later shifted to the Nichari Imambargah, Alamdar Road, Quetta who will be buried in the Hazara Graveyard on 12-06-2011.

The incessant targeted killing of the Hazaras continue without check while the Balochistan Chief Minister – Aslam Raisani who makes headlines with preposterous statements – has never expressed his intent to take concrete action against the terrorists. This attitude of the Chief Minister has led the denizens to resent his reign of the government to the extent that a considerable number of people belief his government is covertly supporting the terrorists. 

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 11th, 2011)

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Two Hazara policemen shot dead and four others injured in incidents of targeted killings in Quetta

QUETTA, May 29th, 2011: Muhammad Musa and Ishaq Ali – two Hazara policemen have become the latest victims of the perpetual targeted-killings – who were shot dead on Spini Road, Quetta on Sunday, 29th May, 2011. The incident happened when the unfortunate victims, after signing off their official duty, were on their way home on motorcycle to Hazara Town when they were ambushed with 9mm pistols. In the simultaneous attack, the terrorists also fired on a passing-by private taxi to target sub-inspector  Muhammad Raza. The second incident left four people including a woman severely injured. The injured police official was currently at the disposal of C.I.D Department, Quetta. The victims were shifted to the Bolan Medical College for treatment, but owing to the on-going strike of doctors and paramedics, they were rushed to the Cantonment Military Hospital.

After the completion of funeral and religious formalities, the slain police constables were laid to rest in Hazara Graveyard, Hazara Town Quetta. Prior to the burial ceremony, the police department had announced to bury the dead bodies of the policemen with official honour, however, no police officer or bureaucrat was seen to attend the funeral procession.

The terrorists have executed three attacks of targeted killings against the Hazaras in different parts of Quetta city whereas 18 innocent people have lost their lives so far, nonetheless, the federal and the provincial governments have exhibited no intention of chalking out a viable strategy to curb this menace. The 65 members of the Balochistan Government, who are enjoying the perks and privileges of ministers and advisors to the Chief Minister; seemed reluctant to do justice with their constitutional and legal obligations to devising a comprehensive plan to provide complete life protection and security to denizens of Quetta city.

The handful terrorists have, numerous times, owned the responsibility of these attacks in press statements and telephone calls to the news agencies but the Provincial Government never attempted to arrest them. 

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 29th, 2011)

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Eight innocent Hazara vegetable sellers target killed in Goharabad Saryab Road Quetta

QUETTA, May 18th, 2011: The ethnic persecution of the Hazaras continues unabated as eight innocent vegetable vendors were target killed in Goharabad Sariab Road, Quetta. The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Goharabad area of Seriab Road when the terrorists ambushed a vegetable and fruit-laden Datsun Pickup, killing eight people on the spot and injuring five others. The unfortunate victims were on their way home from Hazar Ganji  to Hazara Town, Quetta.


The terrorists, as usual, fled the scene after the incident.


Hazar Ganji is situated 20 kilometres southwest of Quetta which was turned into a trading hub of livestock and mainly vegetables and fruits where the traders and small merchants carry out their businesses on daily basis. Due to the surge in population in Quetta city, the area has gained permanent place for the trade of conventional commodities to be bargained for, their distribution, sales and delivery. Therefore, the small merchants and vegetables sellers have to travel to this place from across Quetta every morning to pick up their deliveries for sale to their customers.


Hazara Democratic Party condemned the incident in strong terms. Shi’ite Conference, Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum Pakistan, Hazara Jirga, Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal, Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen and Anjuman-e-Tajiran, Balochistan, in separate press statements, termed the attack as brutal and cowardice and condemned it.


Hazara Jirga, Shi’ite Conference, Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal and Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen held a joint press conference in Nichari Imambargah, Alamdar Road, Quetta where the President Shi’ite Conference Ashraf Zaidi demanded of the government to take sufficient security measures to protect the life and property of people or else the citizens be allowed to handle their security independently.  

 
The targeted-killings of the Hazaras have become regular occurrence on Sariab Road and its adjoining areas. The perpetual targeted killings of the Hazaras of Quetta have proved the inefficiency and inability of the provincial government.


“The Chief Minister Balochistan Aslam Raisani has completed failed to protect the life and property of the people” said Talib Hussain in Nichari Imambargah.


It is worth mentioning that the Hazaras came under fierce rocket attacks and firing near western bypass on 6th of the month which engulfed the lives of 9 people and injured 14 others. The apparently banned religious organisation, Lashker-e-Jhangvi owned the responsibility of the previous attack whereas the government showed no interest to hunt down the culprits.  

(Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 18th, 2011)

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Innocent Hazaras attacked with Rocket Propelled Grenades and automatic guns in Hazara Town, Quetta

QUETTA, May 06th, 2011: The innocent Hazaras have come under fierce attack yet again in a tragic incident which occurred on Friday morning in Hazara Town, Quetta. The reliable sources have confirmed that the Hazaras were playing in a playground in the morning when the terrorists – who were 15 in numbers – disembarked off two vehicles on western bypass road, adjacent to the Hazara Graveyard and the contiguous playground to launch rockets and open indiscriminate firing with light machine guns and AK-47 assault guns, killing eight people and injuring 15 others. According to the eyewitnesses, the terrorists fired three rockets at the people who were offering fateha at the graves of their loved ones while others were playing in the playground. Two of rockets hit the epitaphs of graves while the third fell into a house, smashing the windows and the doors but no one was hurt. The terrorists, then, started indiscriminate firing on innocent people which afflicted the casualties. Later, the assailants comfortably fled the scene.


The Hazara Graveyard in Hazara Town, Brewery is in close proximity of western bypass road which abuts against the Chiltan Mountain. The security on the entire route is extremely tight and there are security check posts of paramilitary troops at few hundred yards to safeguard the NATO supply convoys. This route is adopted for the Nato supply convoys to ensure their safely through to Pak-Afghan border to end destination. The nearby check post is about fifty yards away from the main scene of incident which is always guarded by security personnel with automatic guns who did not engage the terrorist in cross-fire to evade human casualties. Their meaningful silence was quizzed by the angry mob.


When our reporter arrived at the scene, he found empty shells of bullets on the kerb of the road. The protesters had blocked the bypass road, burned tyres and they were chanting slogans against the government. The Hazara notables and elders arrived at the scene which included the President Shi’ite Conference Ashraf Zaidi, President Hazara Jirga Qayum Changezi, Allama Syed Hashim Mousovi, Allama Mehdi Najafi and Allama Juma Asadi to appeal to the protesters to maintain peace and calm. Later, the protesters dispersed peacefully. In the meanwhile, Hazara Democratic Party, Paktunkhawa Milli Awami Party and Shia Conference etc requested the traders and city merchants to observe a complete shutter down strike tomorrow.


The western bypass road is situated at an elevation of 1653 meter whereas the area is five miles west of Quetta city. Hazara Town is thickly populated by the Hazaras and their graveyard is a few hundred yards away from the bypass road with a dilapidated earthen soil used by the local residents for playing cricket and morning exercise.


Laskher-e-Jhangvi claimed the responsibility of the incident in a telephone call to the news agency.


The government is yet to determine the causes of the attack, the motives of the perpetrators before deciding any action against the culprits. 

 

( Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 06th, 2011)

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Unfortunately, we were not able to keep our readers, visitors and viewers abreast of the past crucial happenings and the regular update was hindered due to some unknown technical problems. However, I am happy to announce it that the problem has now been resolved and the news, events, and past happenings shall start appearing on this website in chronological order.

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Another Carnage of Hazaras in Quetta

KARACHI, May 06th, Friday’s heart-lacerating incident of mass killings of Hazaras in Quetta has once again exposed the inefficiency and negligence of the law enforcement agencies in Balochistan and provincial government’s failure to ensure security to law-abiding innocent citizens.

What makes the incident more shocking is that the gruesome act was carried out in an area which is heavily guarded by law enforcement agencies including Frontier Corps and police as the road passing by the crime scene is used by the tankers carrying fuel for the allied forces in Afghanistan. According to eye-witnesses the armed assailants continued opening fire on the unarmed Hazara children and adolescent engaged in physical exercise in a ground of Hazara Town along western bypass for more than twenty minutes without any fear of being caught and later fled the scene with ease. While the entire area was echoing with the gun shots, amazingly, none of the law enforcement agencies personnel deputed in the area could hear the firing sound to rush to the spot to check the assailants.

The brutal murder of the Hazara youths and the escape of the culprits from the spot with ease have once again proved that the obnoxious act was committed with the connivance of law enforcement agencies. Perhaps, this is the reason the culprits enjoy full indemnity while committing such heinous acts.

As expected, the responsibility of the incident has been claimed by the banned outfit, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, once again. The incident, in fact, seems another attempt to create hatred and animosity among the brotherly nationalities living in Quetta with peace and harmony for the last over a century.

The incident has proved that the government has completely failed to provide security to citizens in Quetta as the cases of kidnapping for ransom, robbery and targeted killings are rampant in the city since the present provincial government has come into power. It is high time, Hazara people join heads together to draw a line of action to ensure their safety and self-defence in case of such incidents in future; otherwise, they would similarly be attacked and killed with none of the accused to be caught ever.

It is also necessary to mention here that Hazaras in Australia have announced a protest demonstration against the Quetta carnage to draw the Australian government’s attention to atrocities and excesses Hazaras are being subjected to in Quetta. Hazaras in other countries of the world also need to follow suit to press the international community to take strong cognizance of their fellow tribesmen’s murder in the provincial capital of Balochistan.    

Amjad Hussain

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 06th, 2011)

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Hazara guy shot dead in Karachi

KARACHI, April 30th, Unknown armed motorcyclists have killed a Hazara guy in Gulshan Iqbal area of Karachi on Saturday. The deceased Qurban Ali Aajiz, a rickshaw driver by profession, was passing through Gulshan Iqbal area in his rickshaw when he was targeted by the assailants with automatic weapons.

Qurban received multiple bullet injuries and was rushed to nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead by doctors. The incident brought about a wave of sorrow and anger among Hazara people across the world.  

The deceased was an active social worker with valuable services to Hazara nationality on his credit. He was general secretary of Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum led by Sardar Mehdi Hassan Musa, former Balochistan provincial minister.

Amjad Hussain

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 30th, 2011)

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THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF CENTRAL OFFICE, HAZARA MUGHAL YEKJEHTHI FORUM AT HAZARA COLONY, MENGOPHIR, KARACHI

KARACHI, April 28th, The Inauguration Ceremony of Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum’s Central Office took place at Garam Chashma, Yaqub Shah Basti, Hazara Colony, Mengophir, Karachi on 17-04-2011. A large number of people including youths, elders, Hazara notables, HYMF’s cabinet members, members of the Advisory Council and the serving non-commissioned officers of Pak army and Pak Navy were among the guests. The Administrator of (The Learning House School, Mengophir) also attended the function.

Muhammad Shah formally commenced the Programme with the recitation of the Holy Quran.
 
Later, Sardar Mehdi Hasan Musa, the Chairman HMYF inaugurated the Central Office amongst applause and prayers.      

He was followed by the President of the Forum, Haji Qamar Din who welcomed the respectable guests and shed light over the importance of the Organisation. The General Secretary HYMF, Qurban Ali Ajiz outlined the manifesto, stating that the Forum shall always work for the progress of Hazara nation without political and vested interests.

The Officer of Pak Army, Major Asadullah Changezi also highlighted the importance of the Forum for the welfare of Hazara nation. He also expressed his support to the Forum.

Arif Hussain – a representative of Hazara Students Forum, Mengophir – elucidated the essence of Unity, Faith and Discipline for the development of the Nation, announcing full support to the Forum’s hectic welfare activities. Whilst, Ali Zaidi, representing the Hazara students residing in Karachi, congratulated the Forum for the inauguration of its Central Office and termed practical work essential for the progress of our nation which should be proved both on ground and electronically.

The Chief Guest, Sardar Mehdi Hasan Musa also highlighted the importance of the Forum, declaring it to be politics-free and appealed to the Nation to join it in large numbers.
      
The Education Secretary of Forum, Master Rehmat shouldered the responsibility of the Stage Secretary.

Maulana Syed Nazir Hussain Mosavi concluded the fabulous Programme with prayers and best wishes.

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Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 28th, 2011)

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MULTI-ETHNIC CULTURAL PROGRAMME AT SARDAR BAHADUR KHAN WOMEN UNIVERSITY, QUETTA

QUETTA, April 11th, To celebrate the memorable event of the 23rd March, (Pakistan Day), a cultural programme was held at Sardar Bahadur KhanWomenUniversity, Quetta on 5th April, 2011.

Dr. Fauzia Mari, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Balochistan and the leader of Balochistan National Party (Awami), was the Chief Guest of the occasion.  The display of vibrant stalls from Sociology and Fine Arts Departments of the S.B.K.W.U illuminated the event as they received huge appreciation from the guests and visitors alike. The Hall was fully packed with students and parents who witnessed and enjoyed the evening at its utmost.  The audience were especially amused with the display of hand-made cultural ingredients, manifesting the hard-work and diligence of the teachers, organizers and participating students. The stalls were decorated beautifully, weaving various segments into a single whole. The exhibition of Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Pashtun and Hazaragi culture with traditional interiors, embroidered dresses, dupattas, neckline, shoulder-seams and cuffs, hand-made jewellery, utensils, wedding show-pieces and foods earned the attention of the audience.
      
The Hazara girl students received generous applause and commendation from students, visitors and guests for presenting Hazaragi culture with all the necessary components. They, especially, admired embroidered dresses, wall hangings, dupattas, neckline, cuffs and the handicraft work on the front and bottom of the Hazaragi dresses. The simplicity of Hazaragi culture, sophistication, rich handicraft and delicious traditional foods impressed everyone.
 
The kudos must go to all those Hazara students who worked hard to elaborate our culture in artistic fashion, viz., Aziza Batool Ishaq Ali, Aarifa, Khadiga Aaftab, Rukhsana Kazmi, Safia, Sadia, Sadiqa and Rehana Latif.

The students incorporated tableaux, traditional dances and small skits to mark the event.

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Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 11th, 2011)

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THE AMERICAN OR THE AFGHAN TALIBAN!

QUETTA, April 10th, Yesterday, we witnessed a tragic and sad incident in Afghanistan which engulfed the life of 12 innocent workers of the United Nations who lost their lives as a result of protest of angry people. The dead, according to the UN officials in New York, are said to be at least seven UN workers – four Nepalese guards and three Europeans from Romania, Sweden and Norway.

The way the agitated protesters have broken into the UN compound in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan on Friday reaffirms the commitment of the Taliban-style violence and retaliation in an, otherwise, war-torn and improvised country. According to statistics issued by the Economists, “Index of Democracy”, Afghanistan is among the 10 ‘Failed States Index’. One may dispute for and against this figure but it is, understandably, clear that Afghanistan is still in the grip of the Taliban or the people who would leave no stone unturned to propagate and promote this ailment among the masses.

The mock trial of the non-denominational Pastor, Terry Jones, on the other hand shows his non-serious and vague attitude towards understanding the injunctions of a religion which is followed by billions of people across the globe. Rationally, he must distinguish between a theory and a divine religion. The mock debate or trail, taking place at his local church in Gainesville, Florida, was about a book revealed to the mankind by the Divine and being a pastor of a church is against the etiquette of his designation to promulgate such a doctrine which is against the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Mr. Jones has, indeed, defied the verses of the Bible which teaches the lessons of tolerance, respect and human rights.

This is very easy to record a video clip or release an inflammatory statement from a safe haven but one needs to consider all the pros and cons before doing something irrational which potentially jeopardizes the lives of all those who leave all comforts of life behind to carry out philanthropic work at the most volatile and dangerous places on earth.

As per news reports, the Taliban in yesterday’s angry protest, were giving out arms and provoking people to radicalise their doctrines. This also exemplifies that the Taliban is not a group of people but a malaise which is being inculcated in people’s mind in the safest places of the US and dens of Afghanistan and Pakistan to keep the show of bloodshed, massacre and turmoil on.

As a matter of fact, Mr. Jones is feeding a giant blood-thirsty monster and providing a concrete platform to it so that the gulf among the people of various faith and schools of thought remain wider however the price is paid. Both the Taliban of Afghanistan and Mr. Jones are, evidently, furthering the same cause of hatred and intolerance as they are directly involved in playing with the lives of innocent people regardless of their creed, caste, religion and personal beliefs. The preceding reactionary movements of Mr. Jones as he announced last year to burn 200 copies of the Quran with umpteen hate messages, snapshots and video clips on his official website portray a different kind of Christianity which makes one belief that the religion of Jesus Christ has been harmed to the extent that the pastors interpret its teachings at his will.

We may write lengthy lines for and against this notion but I, clearly, hold responsible Mr. Jones for today’s mishap as he endangered the lives of 12 innocent people in a relatively calm and peaceful area of Afghanistan. If the ignition spreads to other parts of the world with more hostile attacks on innocent aid-workers and members of international donors, which seems to opt that course of action, then whose side Mr. Jones be?
Considering at his deeds or ill-deeds which promote loathsome, bigotry and illiberal doctrines on this planet, I would say the Taliban shall exist everywhere regardless of their colour, religious and cultural background and creed. 

(Please Note: This article was written hours after the Mazar-e-Sharif Incident).

Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari April 10th, 2011)

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THE 16TH MARTYRDOM ANNIVERSARY OF SHAHEED USTAD ABDUL ALI MAZARI

LONDON, March 12th, It has been unanimously decided that all the Hazaras of the UK with collaboration of Hazara International Forum of Great Britain shall commemorate the 16th Martyrdom Anniversary of Shaheed Ustad Abdul Ali Mazari jointly in London. The details of the Programme are as follows:

Name of the Event:    16th Martyrdom Anniversary of Shaheed Ustad Abdul Ali Mazari
Date:                           13/03/2011
Time:                          1:00 – 17:00 hours
Venue:                        Walthamstow Assembly Hall,
                                    Forest Road,
                                    Walthamstow.
                                    E17 4JA
Entry:                          Free
R.S.V.P                       07746 872 535 or hazarainternationalforum@gmail.com

Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari March 12th, 2011)

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HIF LAUDS THE INDUCTION OF ALI KHAN SAJJADI AS CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBER

LONDON, March 11th, Ali Khan Sajjadi – a law graduate from the University of Buxlow, UK – has consented to join Hazara International Forum of Great Britain. He has been practicing law since 2005 with a London-based Solicitor’s Firm, known as Malik and Malik.

The Central Committee HIF has approved and lauded his induction into the CC, hoping that Mr. Sajjadi’s credentials and skills will greatly help the Organisation to attain its goals. He is also appointed as Legal Advisor.

Shakir Youth Trust, in a separate press statement, also announced to appoint Mr. Sajjadi as Legal Advisor and congratulated him into his new responsibilities.

Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari March 11th, 2011)

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HABIB AHMADI JOINS HIF AS SECRETARY FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LONDON, February 13th, 2011: HIF’s Central Committee has unanimously approved the appointment of Habib Ahmadi as Secretary, Foreign Affairs.

Habib Ahmadi – a resident of Southampton is very agile in public and humanitarian work – who is also working closely with a Charity known as Clear, working for integration of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. He has earned Level Five Diploma in 1st Line Management and conflict resolution. Besides, he is a member of Labour Party, Southampton. Due to his activism in the previous election campaigns, he has earned good reputation among known political figures.
His appointment on the above mentioned position comes in force immediately whereas all the members of Central Committee and workers have welcomed the move and hoped that he will perform his duties with great gusto and enthusiasm.

Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari February 13th, 2011)

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THE SECOND MARTYRDOM ANNIVERSARY OF SHAHEED HUSSAIN ALI YOUSUFI IN OSLO, NORWAY

NORWAY, February 12th, 2011: Hazara Unity Norway with cooperation of Hussaini-e-Syed-ul-Shohada, Oslo commemorated the 2nd Martyrdom Anniversary of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi was commemorated in Oslo, Norway last week. The event was jointly organized by the Hazara Unity, Norway and the Hussaini-e-Syed-ul-Shohada, Oslo. The speakers paid homage to the H. A. Yousafi and complimented his works in the field of arts, literature and culture. Among the speakers were Shabana Manji, Izzat Ullah Rasa, Aqaye Sadiqzadah and Ustad Hamza Vaezi.

Shabana Manji expressed her views on the Biography of Shaheed Yousufi while others paid their respect and reverence to H.A Yousafi in length. The excerpts of their speeches are as follows:   
 
Izzat Ullah Rasa

(Rasa is known as an artist and talented student of Ustad Hatif. He, (Rasa) made photo of Shaheed and gifted it to Hazara Unity Norway (HUN), addressing the nation for unity, respect towards political & social leaders. He also reminisced his memorable time with H. A. Yousafi.

Aqaye Sadiqizadah

Sadiqzadah is a cleric who knows his responsibilities of a society and nation. He always urged the nation for unity of Hazaras. When mentioning the tragic conspiracy of Afshar, his speeches reflect the incident of Karbala.
The main focus of his speech was the unity of Hazaras, taking pride in their political & social leadership, being proud of and remembering their history. He also asserted that the Hazaras around the world should have one target and one center. This is your own center, no one will accept you in their cultural, political or Islamic center as a Hazara, so come and join your own people and stand united. He also condemned Youm-ul Quds rally. Hazaras should live as a civilized nation and should not die for others. He said that the Hazaras should stand together for their own identity, people and their country of residence. Mazari is our leader and we have to learn from our elders. The illogical differences among the Hazaras, living in different countries should be abolished.

At last, Ustad Hamzah Vaezi delivered a speech on the historical migration of the Hazaras from Afghanistan to its neighbouring and European countries. Talking about the unity of Hazaras outside and inside Afghanistan, he said that we have to follow to the footsteps of Mazari & Yousafi. He appreciated H. A. Yousufi’s work, art, his all dramas and his view about political problems of Hazaras & unity of nation. He also expressed his views about having our own identity. He said that Yousafi followed the footsteps of Baba Mazari and they had the same target. Vaezi talked about the past also when Yousafi was alive and Hazaras were organizing different concerts, dramas and seminars on war in Afghanistan against Hazaras. He condemned target killings of Hazaras and said that all the Hazaras (Hazaras of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan) should stand united in Europe and in Norway for the sake of better future of their people.


Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari February 12th, 2011)

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HAZARA EDUCATIONAL AND WELFARE ORGANISATION (HEWO) PLEADS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP SUPPORT THE POOR STUDENTS

QUETTA, February 11th, 2011: Introduction
Hazara Educational and Welfare Organization, Quetta is non-political, non-governmental, non-commercial/profit & non-religious organization established on 2009 in the Quetta. Pakistan. It was formed by a group of peoples led by Mr. Nisar Ali (S.S). They dedicated themselves for the promotion of girls and boys education. Over the years, the Organization has extended its helping hands to a number of poor students by way of financial assistance for education. Educational awards have also been given to many students on merit. The Organization started its campaign to help poor students’ "Literacy" in 1991 which worked independently for the promotion of education amongst the poor students of the area.

OUR VISION

To raise consciousness and facilitate poor students in improving their educational, social, economic and environmental condition.

OUR MISSION

To motivate and enable people to participate in "Improving the social status and economic well-being of the poorest students of the area".

OUR OBJECTIVES
Our primary objectives are to:
Promote
Sustain
Support and
Maintain community action to help poor students in continuing the education

The society had very humble beginnings - because they could no longer afford to provide textbooks, uniforms and scholarships for their motivation to continuing education.
Activities already being carried out by the organization with limited resource are: -

You Are The Hope

The only ray of hope of the poor and needy students of the area are you. As a successful Hazara, you have the ability to lend a helping hand to make a significant difference in their lives. As a voluntary and donor driven organization with no paid staff on-board, HEWO depends on its donors and volunteers to fulfil its mission.

With 19 years of excellent service to poor and needy students, HEWO has established itself as a trusted organization that connects donors like you with beneficiaries in Quetta through responsible disbursements to an array of poor students.

Contact: Mr. Syed Baqir Shah Mob: 0300-3861448

Liaquat Ali Hazara

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TEACHERS’ TRAINING PROGRAMME, ARRANGED BY THE HAZARA COMMUNITY OF GREAT BRITAIN

LONDON, January 01st, 2011: The Hazara Community of Great Britain has organised a 2 day Teachers’ Training Course in Milton Keynes.  The training will include all necessary ingredients which greatly helps new enthusiasts to enter the field with motivation of furthering it as their career and it will help teach the students between grade 4-16. A London-based organisation has consented to share its wealth of knowledge through its seasoned and qualified trainers. In order to meet the requirements of a professional teacher, it has been decided to carry out the session at quarterly basis for the already trained teachers to sensitize them about new methodologies and teaching techniques. 

The aim of  Teachers’ Training Programme is to fulfil the very needs and requirement of  Hazara community throughout Great Britain to educate their children, aged 4 to 16 about religion, history, social ,cultural, sports and all others activities.  The Hazara Community of Great Britain greatly hopes that good number of male and female Hazara volunteers will come forward to take the chance to serve the Hazara nation with high sprit. 

The training is absolutely free and all interested Hazaras of UK, (male and female), are kindly invited to put their names forward as volunteers to attend the course. The dates and times of the training will be announced later. For further details, please contact Didar Hussein on 07772 267 513 or email to didarhussein@yahoo.com.

Liaquat Ali Hazara

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HIF CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY IN FRONT OF 10 DOWNING STREET, LONDON

LONDON, December 19th, 2010: Hazara International Forum held a demonstration in front of the 10 Downing Street, London on Friday (10 Dec) against the racial, ethnic and religious persecution of Hazaras in central Afghanistan and Pakistani cities of Quetta and Karachi. The demonstration was held to mark international human rights day.

Despite harsh and frigid weather people from across the UK participated in the demonstration to show solidarity with their brothers being persecuted in both the countries.

The participants were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against cruelties of the Kochis (Nomads) to Hazaras in Afghanistan with covert support of Karzai government and deportation of Hazara asylum-seekers from various European countries including England, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece and Australia. They also condemned the dirty politics of international players in Pakistan and Afghanistan at the cost of innocent Hazara people’s lives.

Ms. Jean Lambert – Member of European Parliament – also participated in the demonstration to show her support to Hazara people.

The participants called upon the international community to use its influence to stop target killings of Hazaras especially in Quetta.

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Amjad

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FOUR INNOCENT HAZARAS TARGET KILLED ON ARBAB KARAM KHAN ROAD, QUETTA, PAKISTAN

QUETTA, December 14th, 2010: Four innocent Hazaras, including a four year boy, have been shot dead on Arbab Karam Khan Road, Quetta, Pakistan amid the boastful claims of the provincial government and security agencies to have beefed up security measures to maximum level. The incident happened around 05:00 PM local time when unknown armed-men opened fire at a yellow cab on a congested and busy thorough fare of the city, known as Arbab Karam Khan Road. Three of the victims, identified as Muhammad Hussain, Barat Ali and the 4 year old child Mehdi died on the spot while the fourth one (Suleman) succumbed to injuries at hospital. The heart-sinking incident happened on the 8th Muharram-ul-haram which has increased doubts about the claims of foolproof security measures of the government. The terrorists always succeed in target killing innocent city-dwellers who, comfortably, flee the scene after these incidents while the provincial government and the law enforcement agencies boast about tightened security measures in the city.

According to the Inspector General of Balochistan Police, 3,800 policemen have been deployed along with 70 platoon of Balochistan Constabulary and 62 platoon of Frontier Corps to avoid any untoward situation in Quetta city during the 10 days of Muharram. While talking to a private news channel, he also revealed that a brigade of Pakistan army is also being deployed at the most sensitive areas of the city.    

So far thousands of people belonging to Hazara ethnicity of Quetta have fallen victims to targeted and mass killings and the recent trend of abductions of this ethnicity has raised grave concern about the protection of their lives and property whereas the provincial government and the law enforcement agencies chalk out new safeguarding strategies merely satisfying the requirements of official communiqué. Since 1999, hundreds of Hazaras have lost their lives due to sectarian violence and religious extremism; hundred others have become completely and partially disabled who are compelled to live a miserable life as the government provides no means of financial assistance to meet their medical bills and treatment.

Liaquat Ali Hazara

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A Delegation of Hazara Organization, UK meets British Foreign Office Minister

QUETTA, December 14th, 2010: A delegation of Hazara Organization, UK consisting of Mukhtar Ali (Milton Keynes), Javed Hussain (Oxford) and Syed Inayat (Southampton) met with Mr. Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office Minister responsible for Pakistan and Afghanistan Parliamentary under Secretary of  State and also Deputy Chairman Conservative Party on Saturday, the 4th December at his office to discuss the deteriorating law and order situation vis-a-vis unbinding Target Killings of Hazaras in Quetta, Pakistan. The meeting was organized by Mark Lancaster (Conservative MP), who has been in close contact with Mukhtar Ali, the Vice Chairman HO, UK and General Secretary of Afghan Community, Milton Keynes. The meeting commenced with the circumstantial presentation of Mukhtar Ali on the history of Hazaras, the historical background of Hazaras of Quetta city, causes and affects of Target Killings and failure of government and security agencies to curb the on-going atrocities continued against them (the Hazaras).

The delegation criticised and showed their deep concerns on the Foreign and 
Common Wealth Office's Annual Human Rights Report, issued in 2009. They declared it incomplete as it neglects the human rights violations against the Hazaras in Afghanistan and Pakistan, despite bringing the issue to the notice of British authorities in 2009 in the form of peaceful protests in front of High Commission of Pakistan and 10 Downing Street, organized by Hazara International Forum of Great Britain.  The delegates produced the copies of letters and memorandum issued to Labour MPs in 2008 and 2009. The delegation urged Mr. Alisair Burt not to merely condemn this barbaric act like his predecessor but to take sincere and concrete action in this regard and to investigate the facts which led to the omission of the case of Hazaras in Afghanistan and Pakistan which should have otherwise been incorporated into the report.

At the end of the meeting, Mr. Alistair Burt elaborated the complications and limitations 
of British Political System and promised to seek information from British High 
Commission in Islamabad in two weeks time. He also urged the British Hazaras to discuss 
this issue with their respective MPs and, if each MP asks this particular question from Mr Alistair Burt in the “Question Time of Parliamentary Discussion” as to what
steps and progress have so far been made in respect to the target killings of Hazaras then it would be easy to make the government of Pakistan to take practical steps in safeguarding the 
rights of minority Hazaras in Pakistan. The delegates also handed over a comprehensive report to Mr. Burt on the targeted killings of Hazaras, consisting of evidence and steps taken so far locally and internationally by the Hazaras.

Hazara Organization UK requests all the British Hazaras to contact their relevant MPs 
and request them to raise this issue in parliamentary discussion and ask Mr. Alistair 
Burt what he has done so far.

Press and Information Secretary, 
Hazara Organization

UK

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OATH TAKING CEREMONY OF HAZARA MOGHUL YEKJEHTI FORUM (REGISTERED), PAKISTAN

QUETTA, December 15th, 2010: The oath taking ceremony of the Hazara Moghul Yekjehti Forum, Pakistan was held in Moghul Hazara Goth, Gulistan-e-Johar, Karachi. This newly formed political organisation is registered with the government of Pakistan and all its cabinet members and members, Advising Council have formally taken oath.
Syed Tahir Agha, the Stage Secretary started the ceremony with the recitation of the Holy Quran and the well-known Qari Muhammad Ali Moazzin illuminated the hearts of the people with inspiring verses of the Quran. After the recitation, Master Rehmat Ali, the Secretary Education of the Forum, welcomed the guests.

Sardar Mehdi Hasan Musa – the Chairman of the Forum – took oath from all office bearers and the members Advising Council. He also thanked and complimented the efforts of the representatives of Moghul Hazara Goth, ie., Muhammad Ibrahim, Master Rehmat Ali, Karbalai Muhammad Ismail, Babu Ali Raza and other notables and members. He also said that HMYF has become a ray of hope for the Hazaras of Pakistan and we will expand its activities to national level. In order to accomplish this goal, we need to bring complete unity among ourselves. We need to exterminate caste and factional classification from within so that we can keep our identity intact as a Hazara nation. At the end of his speech, the Chairman HMYF appealed to all the Hazara inhabitants of Hazara Moghul Goth, Hazara Colony Mangopir, Qasba Colony, Hussain Hazara Goth and Dadu Goth, Naval Colony to make the membership campaign of the Forum successful and join the Forum with true spirit to serve the nation for progress.  
After the oath-taking session, the General Secretary of the Forum shed detailed light over its manifesto and performance and mentioned its predicaments.

A large number of Hazara elders and notables including the youths from across Karachi metropolitan participated in the event.

Liaquat Ali Hazara

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THE RESULTS OF THE ALL HAZARA MATHEMATICS COMPETITION ANNOUNCED

QUETTA, December 14th, 2010: Abbas Hazara, the President Australian Hazara University Students Union has announced the results of the All Hazara Mathematics Competition. This event was held simultaneously in Quetta, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the various states of Australia.
He – in a speech to the audience at the end of the Competition – shed detailed light over the milestones of this novice organisation, being supportive to the students and building rapport with local communities to better reflect the needs and demands of the Hazaras. He admired the initiatives of the Australian Hazara University Students Union (SHUUA) for marching proudly on an excellent path which tends to provide superb educational environment through its activities. He mentioned about the aims and objectives of SHUUA before announcing the results which are incorporated as follows:

Our aim is to provide meaningful educational and Hazaragi cultural experiences through Engagement, Enrichment, Development and Action.

By Engagement we mean that we can initiate a process whereby we can reach out within the Australian demographic and indeed to maintain positive and fruitful relationship with organisations, student bodies, and communities in other parts of the world.

By Enrichment we mean that by organising programs like this mathematics competition we are able to provide added value and support to our youths’ school, college and university lives.

By Development we mean that we will assist our youth in acquiring new skills, knowledge and understanding thereby promoting lifelong leadership capabilities in them.

And by Action we mean that we will always endeavour to actually make our plans a reality.

Some of the other objectives of our organisation are;

Result Analysis

Total Number of Australian participants = 85                Total number in Quetta = 650
Juniors                                     = 21
Intermediate                             = 48
Senior                                      = 16

State – Wise

Victoria                                    = 26 (Inter) + 15 (Junior) + 10 (Senior)  = 51
New South Wales                    = 10 (Inter) + 05 (Junior) + 05 (Senior)  = 20
Queensland                              = 03 (Inter) + 01 (Junior) + 00 (Senior)  = 04
South Australia                        = 09 (Inter) + 00 (Junior) + 01 (Senior)  = 20

Overall Positions

Victoria:                                   5 Positions
Including top 6 in Junior
top 2 in Senior

New South Wales:                    5 Positions
                                                Including top 3 in Intermediate
                                                2 top positions in the Senior Category

*** Overall big improvement in Intermediate category with top mark being 73, the highest mark in the competition so far (excluding Afghanistan where results are yet to be finalised). We also had the most number of participants in this category.  Hence the overall average of this group was raised to 31.2 with about 40% of participants scoring above the average.

This is at the expense of the overall poor performance in Junior Category which dominated top results in 2009. In 2010 the top mark in this category has dropped down to 49. On comparison this very category produced the top mark of 73 in last year’s competition. Also particularly worrying is the fact that the top marks are at significant difference – the first and second top marks are 10 points apart. The average for this group of participants is about 26 with 57% of students scoring above average.

The senior category has not much improved either with the results being fairly similar to last year’s. The top mark being 53 only. Last year this group scored an average mark of 27.6. This year the same numbers of students have averaged a mark of 18.8- significantly lower than last year’s and the other two categories. About 44% of participants scored above average this year.

Abbas Hazara, at the end of his speech, thanked all the audience and the participants to have made the entire Competition a success.

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Liaquat Ali Hazara

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AFGHAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS ... NEW CONTROVERSY (QADIR NAYIL – Part II)

QUETTA, December 11th, 2010: At different period of times, whenever the constitution of Afghanistan has been drafted, this was kept in mind to keep other nations off the reigning especially The Hazaras who are predominantly Shi’ite. For instance, the section 8 of the Article, prepared at Zahid Shah’s regime, states that “any Afghan national can become the King of Afghanistan, a Muslim and the follower of Hanafi sect”. In fact, the Charter of the United Nations was taken into consideration nor any effort made to formulate a society based on equilibrium and fraternity which resulted in almost non-representation of other nations of Afgahnistan in all walks of life, especially the Hazaras have been kept backward in all fields. In the span of 40 years regime of Zahir Shah, no development work was executed. In the period of Abdul Rehman, (1880-1901), the Hazaras were formally declared infidels and over 60% of their population was either brutally massacred or forced to involuntary migration to distribute their fertile land to the Pashtun tribes. Besides, the marketing of Hazara slave and maidservants were legalized. Although, the grandson of Mir Abdul Rehman, Shah Aman Ullah (1919 – 1929), in a decree, banned the trade of Hazara slave and maidservant, they (the Hazaras), however, remained 3rd class citizen in political, social, racial and ethnic terms till 1978.

In April 1978, the slogan of “equilibrium and fraternity” of Pro-Moscow revolutionary government’s appreciation gained agility among other nations especially Hazara people.  However, this amicable enthusiasm first turned into despondency then into hatred due to Shaonist policies of Hafeez Ullah Ameen.  Later – due to pragmatic policy of Bebrak Karmal, Dr Najeeb Ullah and parallel irrespective and derogatory treatments of Peshawar based Jihadi groups – the Hazaras of urban areas got closer to the Kabul government who, then, obtained opportunities to learn better education.

The Taliban, in their advent, brutally murdered the well-known Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari on the pretext of negotiation to announce their policy of Hazara enmity which stretched to genocide of thousands of innocent Hazaras in August 1998 in north of Mazar-i-Sharif. According to the report of Human Rights Watch, the then Taliban Governor Mullah Niazi announced explicitly that the “Hazaras convert to Sunni sect or leave the country or be prepared for genocide”. The Taliban’s Hazara animosity policy can be easily observed from the fact that the giant Buddhas of Bamyan of mid first century, considered to be among the wonders of the world and known as Salsal and Shamama were demolished with (5 million Kilogram) dynamite as per the directive of Mullah Umer. The Buddhas were considered among wonders of the world. The apathy of the world community may have remained unchanged, had the events of 11th September, 2001 not happened. In the aftermath of 9/11, the signs of changes in Afghan matters started appearing when America held the terrorists responsible at Afghan Soil. In a matter of 38 days, the Taliban regime dissolved in front of the US attacks. Henceforth, all ethnic groups and anti-Taliban factions were invited in “Bon” under the auspices of the UN where the Hazaras were acknowledged as one of the four principle ethnic groups to own 19% rights in state’s affairs. In spite of this, the Hazaras were deliberately singled out from the top most portfolios, ie., (The President’s, Defence, Interior and Foreign) due to powerful internal forces’ pressure. According to the spirit of Loya Jirga 2002 of Kabul, the Hazaras’ 19% rights, accepted by the UN, were only allocated with 10% in ministries to complete mere formality. In the first tenure of Hamid Karzai, the Hazaras were allocated few petty portfolios, however, in the incumbent setup; no one from this nation has been bestowed with a portfolio. Despite parliamentary and constitutional complications and ethnic abhorrence and meeting the laid-down principles of the ministry, Hazara candidates have not been selected from parliament for these portfolios.

The recent parliamentary elections of Afghanistan is appreciable for the oppressed Hazaras, despite this, the centuries-long repressed and deprived nation is suffering from machination of internal and external forces. The talks of elections in Ghazni province of Afghanistan only and fanning racial and ethnic detest depict despotic and dictatorial mindset. The self-created melodrama and criticism of parliamentary elections of Afghanistan in Pakistani and Afghani media including the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai is not at all justified for the internal stability of the country. Afghanistan could suffer from severe political instability and social turmoil provided the bitter past-doings were repeated. This is the demand of the time that the bona-fide spirit of the “Bon Conference” should not be neglected to bring about positive changes and planning. The proportionate representation of all ethnic units has become indispensible for a democratic and stable Afghanistan. Without effective representation of the repressed and deprived ethnic units, the efforts to run state affairs may drive the war-torn country towards disintegration. In order to keep Afghanistan coalescent, all should be given their due proportion in political dispensation as per their actual population. For political, social and geographical stability, the focal principal of “One Man, One Vote” has become unavoidably necessary.

(Translated by Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari December 11th, 2010)

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HIF WILL HOLD A RALLY TO MARK INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

QUETTA, December 06th, 2010: The Central Committee Hazara International Forum has decided to hold a rally on 10th December, 2010 to mark the International Human Rights Day. The event will be held at Parliament Square, central London, (nearest tube station Westminster), from 11:00 to 15:00 hours to highlight the plights of Hazaras in Quetta in forms of target and mass killings, abductions and the target killings of Hazaras in Karachi, Pakistan. The infiltration of Hazara land in central Afghanistan by the Pashtun Kochis (Nomads), the looting and burning of agricultural land, crops, ransacking of houses and the killings of innocent Hazara people, vis-a-vis social and economic discrimination of Hazaras shall remain the focal points of the rally. Besides, the deportation of the Hazara asylum-seekers from the UK, Australia and other European countries will also be underscored.  Members of the UK and European parliaments shall also attend the rally to show their solidarity with the people of Hazaras. Members of Human Rights organisations and media men have also consented to join the rally in support of the cause to safeguard the rights of laymen as per the Charter of Human Rights.

Please come along with your family and friends to show your unity and sympathy with other Hazaras suffering from atrocities and brutalities. Interested people can call on +44 208 521 7462 or email at hazarainternationalforum@gmail.com to find out more about the programmes.

HIF

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HIF ATTENDS CIVIC ENFORCEMENT SCHEME OF WALTHAM FOREST

QUETTA, December 06th, 2010: The Chairman, Secretary General and Central Committee members attended a graceful function, organised by the Waltham Forest Borough to inculcate awareness among the members of public about the use of civic facilities. A large number of people, former and serving Mayors and Mayoresses, councillors, members of law enforcement agencies   including the Ambassador of Antigua and Pakistani High Commission, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, attended the event. HIF and SYT members were particularly invited due to their social, cultural, educational and political activism. Representatives of different schools of thought were called on the dice to deliver short speeches about the essence and importance of public responsibility.

HIF

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L.A.H REJOINS HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM AS SECRETARY GENERAL

QUETTA, December 06th, 2010:  A Central Committee meeting of HIF was held at its headquarters, 93 Greenleaf Road, London on 28-11-2010, chaired by Agha Marzooq Ali, the Chairman HIF to discuss the cessation of operational and organisational activities, created due to the resignation of Liaquat Ali Hazara.

The Chairman HIF expressed clearly that he had not acknowledged the resignation of the above named office bearer of the Forum and felt that he (LAH) should resume his organisational duties as normal. The Central Committee members agreed that the vacuum caused unnecessary backlog of organisational activities which must have, otherwise, continued without delay. They, unanimously, agreed that LAH should rejoin the Organisation to maximise integrated efforts for optimum output of pending issues pertaining to the interests of Hazaras.

At the end of the meeting, Liaquat Ali Hazara thanked the Chairman and all members of Central Committee to show their unparallel confidence and all-round support to him. He also consented to rejoin the Organisation with immediate effect to serve the people of Hazara and vowed to perform his organisational responsibilities with utmost satisfaction.
LAH accelerated the pace of organisational work since he first joined HIF which was widely acknowledged and appreciated by the masses. His consecutive long-hours work enabled the Organisation to raise human rights issues, target killings, abduction and deportation of Hazara refugees to the UN, relevant Human Rights organisations, respective departments of the UK and foreign governments for their solution.

HIF

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AFGHAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS ... NEW CONTROVERSY (QADIR NAYIL – Part I)

QUETTA, December 05th, 2010: Rahim Ullah Yousafzai – a reliable columnist of the Daily Jang Newspaper and a senior analyst of Afghan matters – has stated in his 13th November column, “Is Afghan Parliamentary Elections Controversial” that in the 8th November’s National Assembly (Wolesi Jirga) elections, a large number of Pashtuns did not cast their votes due to the threats of the Taliban which resulted in the win of the Hazaras, resulting in expected ethnic non-equivalence in the assembly which may be an element in destabilizing the current deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. “The well-known analyst further states the population of the Hazaras in Afghanistan as 30 million (perhaps he would wish to describe it as 3 million as the entire Afghan population could be over 30 million), which could account for a minimum of 10% and 15% at maximum and winning over 50% seats, the Hazaras shall tend to ultra-representation then their actual proportion in the parliament, henceforth, the long-oppressed minority will become independent”.  The said columnist has not only exaggerated the facts and figures but also tried to make the national integrity of Afghanistan controversial due to his racial prejudice.

Despite winning over 50 seats in the recent Parliamentary Elections, the Hazaras have not been given their legitimate representation as per “Bon” Agreement. According to this Pact, the population of Hazaras has been endorsed as 19% which is not being accepted by Hazara leadership who claim to be accounted for at least 30%. In the recent Afghan Parliamentary Elections, although the ratio of polling remained less than expected due to the fear of the Taliban, while, in northern and especially the central regions, thousands of people could not use their suffrage due to insufficient ballet papers. So far as Ghazni province is concerned, the 80% of the population of the province is formed by the Hazaras. The success of various Hazara candidates from this province is not surprising as Ghero District, mainly populated by the Pashtuns recorded 8 votes only whereas the Hazara-inhabited areas of the province witnessed running out of ballet papers within the first hour of polling. In Malistan District of Ghanzi, 5600 people could not cast their votes, 14000 in Jaghori district and 7000 people could not vote in Nahur, Sar-e-Aab and Khawaja Umeri districts respectively due to scarcity of ballet papers. In Qarabagh district of Ghazni province, the Hazaras account for 60% of the population but no elections were held despite the voters’ wait till 04:00 PM who, then, disappointedly returned home. The same situation was observed in Hazaraistan provinces of central Afghanistan where thousands of voters were deprived of their suffrage. Now, media campaign has been started for re-elections in Ghanzi alone. Hamid Karzai is exerting pressure on Election Commission to change the win of the Hazaras into lose in Ghazni province. These manoeuvres could lead Afghanistan towards social and political instability. The bitter fact is that the demarcation of districts and provinces of Afghanistan have been prejudicially and unjustifiably designed to under-represent the oppressed nations especially the Hazaras whose population of a district of Hazaraistan is equivalent to two provinces of other nations. This treacherous conspiracy will also safeguard the interests of a particular ethnic group in the parliament. On the contrary, the densely populated Hazara regions of Hazaraistan have been deliberately merged into other provinces tended to change them into a minority. Due to these unjustifiable moves, the Hazaras’ representation at government level has been marginalised; hence, all government organizations are making efforts to show Hazaras as a minority on official gazette whereupon they have, undoubtedly, been successful so far. As a result, the world community have built misperception about true ratio of various ethnic groups in Afghanistan. However, efforts of the well-known journalist, Rahim Ullah Yousafzai; having grasp of Afghan matters, to hide off the facts with fingers are incomprehensible. Contrary to these situations, when we shed thorough sight over Afghanistan’s history, the truths reveal that a particular ethnic group intoxicated with kingship and permanent reigning, has always tried to dominate other nations and ethnicities. As far as the Hazaras are concerned; historian cannot deny the fact that the current Afghanistan was divided in many sovereign and independent states until mid 19th century where the natives would govern them. For stance, Herat, Kabul, Qanduz and Qandahar were ruled by the local rulers. Similarly, the central regions of Afghanistan, Hazaraistan, were ruled by its native Khans. In the last phase of 19th century, when Great Britain realised about impacts of Russian threats in the region, then they called up Mir Abdul Rehman from Tashkent to throne him the rule, who then, with support of British rule, massacred a large number of Hazara population to include independent Hazaraistan into Afghanistan. In order to prolong their regime and dominate others, the imported Afghan rulers have always adopted similar policy which forced other less privileged nations and tribes to live with deprivation. The Hazaras of The Turk-Manghol origin have always been suppressed after depriving them off their states and liberty.  

(Translated by Liaquat Ali Hazara)

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari December 05th, 2010)

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THREE DAY MIRROR WORKS OF REHANA LATIF HELD AT THE ARTS COUNCIL, JINNAH ROAD, QUETTA

QUETTA, December 03rd, 2010: A three-day mirror works of Rehana Latif – a local miniature artist – was held at the Arts Council, Jinnah Road, Quetta from 26 to 29 November, 2010 between 15:00 – 19:00 hours local time. The Minister for Culture and Sports, Mir Shahnawaz Marri was the Chief Guest. A large number of people belonging to various walks of life attended the exhibition to witness and compliment exemplary work of the artist.

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LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

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HAZARA RESOURCE CENTRE CONFERS AWARDS AND CASH PRIZES TO DISTINGUISHED HAZARA YOUTHS

QUETTA, December 02nd, 2010: The 4th session of Hazara Resource Centre’s Award and Prize distribution was held at Hasan Musa Girls College, Quetta, Pakistan on 28-11-2010. The event was jointly organized by Wahdat Guardian Organisation and Ummet Educational and Cultural Centre to appreciate the outstanding efforts of Hazara youths in the field of education, social, literature and sports. The Chairman Milo Shaheed Trust, Muzaffar Ali Changezi was the Cheif Guest while Professor (Retired) Nazir Hussain illuminated the occasion as President. The sole purpose of HRC is to acknowledge and laud the efforts of Hazara youths who excel in their field of interest.  Shields and cash prizes were awarded to brilliant students.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari December 02nd, 2010)

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COLOURFUL EID-UL-ADHA PARTY HELD BY HIF AND SYT AT LONDON, UK

QUETTA, November 25th, 2010:  The historical and ethical event of Eid brings unbound happiness and bliss for kids and adult alike as they get together to rejoice and celebrate this festivity to the fullest. From time immemorial, human beings have been getting together on various pretexts which are extended to vigils, ceremonies, celebrations and festivities. Agile nations have always proved to stand by their fellow tribes-men through thick and thin and Eid celebrations have wonderfully cemented relationships among all. These joys become meaningful and timely when the neglected or dejected ones are remembered.

This has been exemplified by Hazara International Forum and Shakir Youth Trust which jointly host various cultural programmes especially Eid programmes to invite multi-ethnic nationalities including the Hazaras to show off unity and national spirit. Regarding this, HIF and SYT co-hosted Eid-ul-Adha Party at the Asian Centre, 18a Orford Road, London on 21-11-2010 between 13:00 hours to 20:00 hours GMT. A large number of Hazaras, with their families, participated to enjoy every bit of the programme.

SYT – built to bring awareness among youths about gun and knife culture, drug-abuse and gang wars – also formally announced to launch its “Young Education Programme”, inaugurated by the Mayor of Walthamstow. Among the distinguished guests were the Member of Parliament, Borough Mayor, three male and three female councillors who lauded the efforts of the Organising Team for making the event a success as the immersed into bits of the activities to appreciate the participants with applause.

The Member of National Assembly of Pakistan, Syed Nasir Shah had consented to attend the Party as Special Guest in a telephone call to Agha Marzooq Ali, the Chairman HIF, whereupon a Mercedes car was pre-booked to escort him from Aylesbury to East London. His eleventh hour decline to attend the party astonished everyone, especially the members of Central Committee HIF who had widely communicated the message. His diluted message to a member of HIF raised many eyebrows as it was against the ethic of his protocol to evade conveying the message to the Chairman directly. The pre-booking of the Mercedes car also incurred additional non-refundable charges.

Upon my phone calls to the MNA, he could not, sufficiently, explain the actual reasons for his last-minute refusal except that he needed to go to Belfast for his hand’s check-up. People, at the event were particularly curious, to enquire about his non-serious attitude to the extent. They also demanded a fair explanation to have disappointed the masses for his shallow promise. Providing the MNA concerned managed to book medical appointment for the check-up, he could have tentatively agreed to attend the event to avoid inconvenience and misunderstanding but the refusal one day prior to the event may have been cleverly devised to confine his participation.

The Eid Party, however, continued without his participation and the audience, gleefully, mingled with its colours. The event started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by introductory speech of Agha Marzooq Ali to welcome and thank the guests for their arrival. Samah Naz – the sister of Shakir Shaheed – was invited to pay tribute to the fallen hero. She briefly mentioned the aim, objectives and vision of the Trust and the motivation which led her to further the unaccomplished cause of her brother and stand against all evils.
The function was divided into two phases where the first one included about activities of SYT, the launch of its Young Education Programme, and contribution by various people in forms of poems, quotations and love messages to pay tribute to Shakir Shaheed. A local singer named Zafar was also invited to sing old Hindi songs which earned huge appreciation from the Mayor, councillors and the audience. The function hall was fully packed with men, women and kids.

People from Manchester, Leicester, Bedford, Peterborough, Birmingham, Southampton and London illuminated the function with their active participation in various activities. The MP, Mayor and councillors delivered speeches admiring the hectic efforts of Agha Marzooq Ali to run two successful organisations with anew commitment. The Mayor assured him of full cooperation and support to stretch the campaign against gun and knife culture, drug abuse and gang wars.

The second phase was hosted by Ali Raza Mughal. The Chairman HIF was, then, invited to deliver a short speech. Agha Marzooq Ali, in his message, extended heartiest felicitations to the entire Hazara community on the occasion of Eid and wished them all success and prosperity in life.

As HIF has vowed to bring about awareness against all conspiracies and threats – working side by side with Hazara Democratic Party, Quetta, Pakistan on matters of national interest – a telephonic speech of Abdul Khaliq Hazara was organised to solidify our unity. Abdul Khaliq Hazara thanked HIF for giving him the opportunity to address the British Hazaras telephonically. He conveyed congratulatory Eid messages to the people, wishing them to celebrate their happy moments joyfully. He mentioned of the length and wave of extremism, target killings and abduction of Hazaras in Quetta and expressed his views over geo-political situation of South Asia. He talked about the overall performance of HDP in Quetta, Pakistan and termed lack of political vision, political isolation, Talibanization and other conspiracies the most important elements affecting the Hazaras directly.

Upon question as to what extent he would support the initiatives of HIF to extend ethnic relationship with HDP and other nationalist parties working for political rights of the Hazaras, he said, “HDP highly appreciate this effort and honour their vision of taking steps to bond political and ideological relationship with others. We have always requested Hazara Diaspora to form political platforms to protect the rights of the people. HIF has been involved in politics for many years, representing the people and we see it as good-omen and appreciate them for expressing sympathies and strengthening relationship with us. We have always strived to unify various Hazara political organisations working all over the world. We highly appreciate the efforts of Hazara Diaspora, especially HIF for holding protests and demonstrations against target killings and atrocities of their brothers, living in Quetta. Unification and coordination of different units especially that of England in form of HIF, are really important for all of us due to the fact that Great Britain, especially London is the core venue for raising voice against injustice and cruelties. Providing there were bans on protests and demonstrations in Quetta, Pakistan our friends could take immediate action in London to raise their voice.”

Later, different games including musical chair, drawing competition for kids and adults and quiz show were held to amuse the audience and the successful candidates were awarded with gold-plated medals.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari November 25th, 2010)

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GHAZNI’S RE-ELECTION AND THE HIGH-HANDEDNESS OF THE IEC AND HAMID KARZAI

QUETTA, November 25th, 2010: The much awaited result of the recent parliamentary elections has been announced by the Independent Election Commission amid fears of deteriorating law and order and clashes between the Hazaras and the Pashtun. The parliamentary election was held on 18th September, 2010 which churned out mass protests and demonstrations in Hazara inhabited regions as their actual adult population was underestimated to repeat the centuries-long injustice and high-handedness of one particular faction. Analysts and vigilant news reporters have witnessed various cases of rigging, fraud and political manoeuvrings as the stage had already been prepared to prolong the dominance of the Pashtun.

The recent announcement of the result of 33 provinces by the IEC is not surprising for international community and the oppressed ethnicities of Afghanistan, as the elections’ fall-out was architectured, preponderantly, to benefit the Pashtun. The post election scenario witnessed that the brokers, pressure groups and Pashtun lobbyists were making hectic efforts round the clock to create confusion among people, resultantly; the result of Ghazni province is with-held to favour one particular ethnicity. The ground is being prepared to hold re-election in this Province to restrict the successful Hazara candidates going into the parliament which has also been articulated by Hamid Karzai in his previous statements.
Frauds and rigging were committed in various regions of Afghanistan, particularly, the Hazara populated areas such as Jaghori, Malistan and Meknik faced severe shortage of ballet papers and, at least, over 25, 000 people could not cast their votes. Sadly, a large number of polling booths were closed down in the first hours of voting on various pretexts. In Qarabagh, for instance, no polling was conducted although the locals had queued at polling centers since early morning and waited for hours with the hope of using their suffrage but the polling centers were closed down on the pretence of security although this is a peaceful region with ethnic Hazaras as the main population.

The IEC and Afghan President, Hamid Karzai have never realized to order an enquiry into the matter which deprived thousands of ethnic Hazaras from voting. Now, the senior Pashtun columnists, writers, intellectuals and news reporters – who claim to have in-depth knowledge of Afghan matters – like Rahim Ullah Yousafzai have turned their cannons toward successful Hazara candidates winning their seats from Ghazni province. This is not surprising that the Pashtun intellectuals come to the fore to defend their ethnicity despite the fact that the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda are exporting terrorism. There is no denying the fact that an overwhelming number of terrorist networks, their affiliates and outlaws belong to various clans of the Pashtun who are involved in genocides, massacre and mass human rights violations but these self-admiring award winners sew their lips, pour down mercury in their ear and blindfold their eyes to evade others.

Why their rigorous campaign has started to exert maximum pressure for re-election in Ghazni only? Who is to be held accountable for unfair distribution of ballet papers in Hazara inhabited regions?

A news reporter, a columnist, a political analyst is ethically and morally required to present the truths and ground realities to the masses no matter what caste, race, culture or ethnicity they belong.

The world community must utilise all available means to probe the insufficient distribution of ballet papers in parts of Hazarajat instead of making unrealistic proposals with regard to the Ghazni’s re-election. The Head of the IEC, Mullah Manawi and Hamid Karzai should be taken into task for underestimating the real strength of the Hazaras or deliberately affecting the suffrage of the masses.

Instead of making security excuses for Ghazni, they must concentrate on improving the law and order in overall as priority of one particular province can marginalise the public representation of another ethnicity which as already proved to elect their candidates.

Hamid Karzai has opened many fronts in this fragile situation which will be costly enough for his government to accomplish the long-standing wish of restoring law and order. Touching a particular string cannot owe him public credibility as his endeavour of appeasing the Pashtun and taking away the winning seats from Hazaras, may lead to fierce ethnic clashes. Realising about the entire deteriorating situation of the country, his enthusiasm of adventurism, will bring friction among others.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari November 25th, 2010)

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SKETCH CLUB, QUETTA ORGANISES A PAINTING EXHIBITION

QUETTA, November 18th, 2010: Sketch Club, Quetta organised a three-day Painting Exhibition from 13th to 15th November between 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM. The exhibition was held at General (Retd) Mohd Musa Inter College, Gulistan Town, to show off the inspirational work of the students of the Club for wider appreciation from members of general public and civil society.

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Mrs Ruqia Saeed Hashmi illuminated the function with her presence as the Chief Guest. Hundreds of people visited the venue to witness and admire the hard work of the students and paid tribute to the organizers and teachers of the Club.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari November 21th, 2010)

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AFGHAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION AND ORTHODOX INTELLEECTUAL VIEWS (Article).

QUETTA, November 15th, 2010: The collapse of the Taliban in 2001 persuaded the Afghan nationals to rejoice and celebrate as they wished to take the reign of the government in their hands. The Taliban, on the other hand, tried to destabilize the entire country in forms of guerrilla wars, ambush, assaults, kidnapping and collecting tax from poppy-cultivating lands. The Afghans have learned good lesson from the brutal and despotic Taliban regime (1996 – 2001). They are also keen to oppose the latter’s inclusion into the incumbent government and formation of such power-sharing in the future. Kathy Gannon, (Special regional correspondent of the Canadian Press) has reported that the Afghan Mujahideen are taking their weapons out of mothballs to prepare for a large-scale war with the Taliban amid the efforts of Hamid Karzai to negotiate with the latter faction.

The Afghans in general and the International Community in particular have envisaged to safeguard Afghanistan from prospective Talibanization in order to evade civil war. Hence, they cannot afford to allow hardliners into their ranks in the name of reconciliation and negotiation. Some ethnicities like Hazaras – living in central Afghanistan – have always supported peace and tranquillity who would be pleased to further the tasks of international donors and aid agencies to rebuild the country. They have great contribution in modern Afghanistan who aimed to build the infrastructure and promote educational activities in their inhabiting land.

All pacifists sympathize with common Afghans who have suffered the brutalities of civil war for over two decades and the advent of the Taliban scratched their wound harder in form of massacres in Mazar-e-Sharif, Yakawlang and Bamiyan where they committed genocide of the Hazaras and over 10,000 innocent people were killed. The Afghans are making steady progress in every realm who would want more support to build up the country; however, there are bigoted writers and columnists whose hearts beat for the Taliban as the stroke of their pen. They may also be earning good money from terrorists to write or speak on their behalf. In a recent example, a well-known columnist of Jang Group, Rahim Ullah Yousafzai, showed his discomfort over the win of Hazaras in the recent parliamentary election. Although his latest article is merely devoid of logical observation, he still tries to avert general readers towards unworthy perception.
There is no iota of doubt that people like him (Rahim Ullah Yousafzai) would earn more in civil wars than peace who would not spare a moment to create anxiety among people through their writings and falsified judgemental notions. Intellectually, no body becomes a writer or an opinion-maker with writing some passages. Nor they can be lauded for unreliable and exaggerating write-ups. The above columnist has always favoured the Taliban overtly or covertly to show off his lack of wisdom as world community have identified the true image of fundamentalist Islam. People belonging to print and electronic media must realize that over-generalization of events and unrealistic weightage of hard-line form of Islam would affect the masses negatively.

The Hazaras consist of over 30% of Afghan population who deserve to be given their legitimate share. As they have had the opportunity to prove their ratio in the recent parliamentary election, why the Pashtun writers and columnist feel sharp pain in their chest? The Hazaras have successfully secured 52 seats out of 249 (about 21%) amid confirmed reports that the ballot papers in parts of Hazarajat and Hazara-inhabited areas finished as early as 11:00 AM. Places like Jaghori, Malistan and Nahur ran out of ballot papers in the first hours of morning which agitated the voters to gather at the heart of the city for mass protest and demonstration.

An eyewitness, Mr.Mukhtar Pedram, the Managing Director Weekly “Hashd-dad”, who visited Jaghori District says, “There were a large number of people in the election but, unfortunately, tens of areas faced shortage of ballet papers which prevented thousands of people to vote.” He says, “Only in Jaghori District, 14,000 people could not cast vote to their favourite candidates due to its unavailability. In Malistan District, for example, three polling centers were shut down because of lack of ballet papers and about 4,000 people, mostly belonging to ethnic Hazara of Meknik area could not vote. On the other hand, the Head of the Afghan Election Commission, Mullah Manuwi had omitted 80 polling centers in these regions despite complete security.

Surprisingly, no election was held in Qarabagh despite full preparations though the voters had made long queues outside polling stations since early morning. Initially, the officials of election commission and Afghan government assured the voters of the start of election but, after a few hours of desperate wait, they were informed that the election had been called off due to security reasons. The voters were astonished to know that the pretexts of Afghan election commission and the corrupt Afghan government were usurping their right to vote as though Qarabagh is a peaceful region, occupied by ethnic Hazaras who know no security threats.

There are reliable reports that polling ended in noon in places like Dasht-e-Barchi which is mainly inhabited by the Hazaras.

Rahim Ullah Yousafzai claims to be an expert in Afghan matter who has deliberately overlooked these facts. Had accurate amount of ballot papers provided in regions with Hazara population in majority, they could have proved to win more seats. Instead of arguing the percentage of an ethnicity, why we cannot underscore the weaknesses in the system? No matter, how on tries to portray a picture, the ground realities remain unchanged.

We must exercise due care in quoting the figures about matters related to a particular ethnicity which, if proved otherwise, shall damage our own reputation. The future of Afghanistan lies in the hands of Afghans who are working day and night for the progress and development of the country. The sympathizers of Islamic extremists will try to churn out unrest in the society but being rejected by the masses, their conspiracies will fade away.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari November 15th, 2010)

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Hazaras Targeted Killings in Quetta; A Fallout of Dirty International Politics (Article)

QUETTA, November 11th, 2010: In yet another incident of targeted killing in Quetta, unknown armed assailants killed a young Hazara man and kidnapped another from the crowded area of Toghi Road on Thursday in broad daylight. The incident has occurred precisely two weeks after the targeted killing of four Hazara people including a father and his son on Masjid Road on October 28.

As usual, the killers cum kidnappers easily managed to escape the scene in the presence of thousands of personnel of police, para-military force (Frontier Corps), Balochistan Constabulary and secret agents of civil and military spy agencies roaming across the city. 

Targeted killings and suicide attacks on Hazara people in Quetta have been taking place for the last over a decade in which more than 300 have so far been killed and around thousands maimed, but the culprits are yet to be executed despite repeated assurances of the government. Now, another trend has developed in Quetta wherein Hazara businessmen are being kidnapped for ransom. Scores of Hazara affluent people have been kidnapped from Quetta city and a few of them were even killed despite payment of the ransom amount, but the government is yet to trace or nab the culprits involved in this heinous act.

Incessant targeted killings of Hazaras and the provincial government’s hesitation to take action against the group involved in these attacks have created a great feeling of insecurity among the nationality, thus, forcing most of them to shrink their businesses and confine their movements to specified areas of the provincial capital.

Attacks on Hazaras and provincial government’s inability to stop their targeted killings and kidnappings have raised many questions among Hazaras such as why the government and its agencies are still unable to trace and capture the culprits, who are the masterminds of these attacks, what are their motives, is it really a sectarian issue as is being projected by the government or are there some other forces involved in attacks on them in the name of sect and if so what could be the advantages they want to take from their killings?  

As far as the issue of the government’s failure to nab the culprits is concerned, it’s an established fact that those involved in these targeted killings are either too powerful to be caught or handled by the government or the government itself is abetting the killers. This fact has even been admitted by some of the provincial ministers and police high ups.  

Interestingly, in almost all of the targeted killing incidents of Hazaras the victims have been shot exactly in head with prohibited-bore guns. It is also an open secret as to who can carry prohibited guns with themselves in highly-guarded areas of the city and flee the scene with ease after committing crime. It also goes without saying that who can be perfect in hitting their targets; so, no need to ponder on the identity of masterminds of these attacks on Hazaras.   

Now there comes the question as to what are the motives behind these targeted killings of Hazaras. Political observers and analysts are of the view that the forces patronizing these killers have several motives. These include defaming the arch rival of Pakistan as a terrorist state by blaming it to be behind these attacks, alienating the Baloch struggle for their rights by creating rift between the two brotherly nationalities – as unfortunately some unscrupulous Balochs are being used as hired killers in attacks on Hazaras - and fanning sectarianism in Quetta to accomplish the US agenda against Iran.

There are also some doubts among Hazaras about the nature of their targeted killings. Many Hazaras are being assured that the Pashtuns and Balochs are involved in their targeted killings as the ultimate beneficiaries of the jobs and businesses being left by Hazaras are members of both the same nationalities. They are also being inculcated with the belief that these two nationalities are considering Hazaras as a growing threat to them due to their rapid progress in education and other sectors of life, thus, these attacks are an attempt to impede their progress.

Being minority, discrimination against Hazaras is no doubt there in Quetta in jobs, admission in educational institutions and many other fields of life, but this is a common phenomenon in Pakistan and can be overlooked. Moreover, the perception that the Pashtuns and Balochs are involved in Hazaras’ targeted killings with the aim to remove them as their competitors in jobs and admissions in educational institutions has no solid justification as most of the jobs and admissions in Balochistan are granted on the basis of nepotism, favouritism and recommendations by those at the helm of power who mostly belong to the two major nationalities; so, they need not to be afraid of Hazaras as their share in these jobs are just nominal. The way the hatred is being propagated among Hazaras against the Pashtuns and Balochs and vice versa seems to be an attempt by the same forces who are patronizing the targeted killings in Quetta to pitch these brotherly nationalities against one another which have been living together with complete harmony and brotherhood in Quetta for the last over a century.     

In fact, Hazaras are being made escape goats by some national and international players who are involved in a dirty politics to secure their respective interests and achieve their ulterior motives. The killings of Hazaras in Quetta will continue until and unless the Afghan and Baloch issues are sorted out. It is the responsibility of the Balochs and the Pashtuns, being the two major nationalities in Balochistan, to ensure century-old peace and harmony in the province by expressing solidarity with their fellow nationality and raise voice against their targeted killings to dispel the impression of their involvement in Hazaras targeted killings as is being projected by some forces. They need to foil the conspiracies of the forces which are working against the interest of Balochistan and its people. On the contrary, Hazaras are also needed to take both the major nationalities into their confidence and to draw a line of action to check these attacks after due consultation with the Baloch and Pashtun leaders.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari November 11th, 2010)

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HAJI IDREES ABDUCTED WHILE HIS BODYGUARD KILLED

QUETTA, November 11th, 2010:  A local businessman named Haji Idrees was abducted while his bodyguard Mohammad Ali was shot dead on Toghi Road, Quetta this morning. According to our reporter in Quetta, Haji Idrees, who runs a pharmacy; was on the way to his shop when unknown gunmen ambushed him, killing his bodyguard and kidnapping the businessman.
Mohammad Ali – a Hazara youth in his mid 30s – lost his life protecting his boss. He was buried at Hazara Graveyard today.

“The government has lost credibility of the people and the public mandate given to them has become meaningless as they are taking no serious action against perpetrators”, said Jawad Ali Changezi. “The Hazaras need to devise pragmatic plans to cope with these unfortunate happenings and take the responsibility of their protection in their hands as the government and law enforcement agencies have completely failed to do their constitutional duties”, said Ghulam Raza who lost his relative in the recent Masjid Road incident. “There are elements within the provincial government and ministers themselves are harbouring the culprits”, Mohammad Hussain Hazara said to the news editor of the website.

The Raisani Government and his mammoth cabinet with only one opposition member in the Provincial Assembly are enjoying the all perks and incentives of the government but they have never realized to do justice with the mandate, given to them to protect life and property of common people.         

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LOCAL SCHOOLS LAUNCH AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AGAINST SOCIAL EVILS

QUETTA, November 10th, 2010:  The public and private schools of Quetta city, especially Alamdar Road Quetta, have launched a vigorous Awareness Campaign against social maladies, destroying students’ moral. In this regard, an Awareness Walk was taken out on Alamdar Road. The prestigious schools of the town, ie., Yazdan Khan Model High School, Al-Mustafa Public School, Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau School, Ummet Public School, Quetta Public School, Dawn Ideal School and Sardar Ishaq Khan High School participated in the walk. Among others were the President, Hazara Qaumi Jirga, Haji Qayum Changezi and the retired Executive Engineer Sadiq, the Director, Al-Mustafa Public School. The principals and teachers of the schools were present throughout the Walk to encourage their students to chant slogans against anti-social elements and their supporters. The students participating in the Walk numbered to hundreds, carrying placards read as “Stop the Abuse”, “Help to Stop Child Abuse”, “Save Me From The Entire Life’s Embarrassment”, “Never Leave Your Children Alone With Strangers” “Protection Is Our Right”, “Always Identify Your Children’s Friends” etc. The Walk started at 10:00 Hours local time on Alamdar Road, marching to Nasirabad, Mominabad and finishing near Nichari School at 13:00 Hours.   

The purpose of this Walk was to sensitize various fabrics of the society about ill-effects of Gaming Zones and Internet Cafes, mushrooming in the area. The principals and teachers delivering a speech at the end of the walk expressed their vivid concerns about these Gaming Zones and Internet Cafes are affecting our children’s future negatively. They said that innocent students are motivated to play Games and watch pornographic activities at cheap prices. Students, then, become habitual of these unhealthy chores which not only squander their precious time but also push them into the quagmire of social and moral corruption. The owners and proprietors of these dens tend to provide students the facility of using their equipments on credit, payable at their convenience, however the students who cannot pay off the debts are pushed to the altar of sexual abuse. The owners take undue advantage of these students, subsequently, sending them to their friends for sexual abuse.

The alarmingly increasing number of gaming zones and internet cafes are harbouring social and moral corruption in the society whereas the local police station and the authorities concerned have turned deaf ear towards them. The teachers also appealed to all responsible people, especially parents, to keep vigilant eye on their children, their friends, their outdoor activities.   

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A DELEGATION OF HAZARA MUGHAL YEKJEHTI FORUM MEETS ABBAS KUMALI AT KARACHI

QUETTA, November 10th, 2010:  A delegation of Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum Pakistan, headed by its President, Haji Qamar Uddin met the former Senator of Muthahida Qaumi Movement and well-known Shia scholar Abbass Kumali at his residence in Karachi. They included the senior members of the Forum who shared their concern over threats, target killings and extreme aerial firing by one particular Shi’ite faction to terrorise the inhabitants of Hazara Mughal Goth, Golistan-e-Johar, Karachi. They also expressed their anxiety over tense situation of the area which has engulfed many innocent lives so far. A letter was also presented to the Allama, entailing the above mentioned plights of the people.

Abbas Kumaili listened to their anxiety patiently and assured them of his full cooperation to resolve the issues. He also proposed that an impartial committee of respected Ulemas, consisting of him, be formed to probe the outstanding issues for their permanent resolution.

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CENTRAL CABINET HAZARA DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANNOUNCED IN A CONGRESS HELD AT GENERAL (RETIRED) MOHD MUSA INTER COLLEGE, QUETTA

QUETTA, November 09th, 2010: The Central Congress of Hazara Democratic Party was held at General (R) Mohammad Musa Inter College, Gulistan Town, Quetta last week, consisting of three phases.

In the first phase, the previous three years progress report of the party was presented, followed by a closed-door gathering of party members and election of the Central Cabinet. A large number of people, including students, intellectuals, elders, and party workers witnessed the Oath-taking ceremony. The elected members of the Central Cabinet are as follows:

Abdul Khaliq Hazara                         Chairman
Azizullah Hazara                                1st Voice Chairman    
Mirza Hussain Hazara                       2nd Voice Chairman
Secretary General                             Ahmed Kohzad
Deputy Secretary General                Younas Changezi
Finance Secretary                              Mohammad Hanif Hazara
Secretary Information                      Mohammad Raza Wakeel
Organizing Secretary                        Hamid Hazara

Being the sole political party of Hazara nation and representing the ethnicity at provincial and national level, the masses have great expectations from its notable leaders and workers to turn away the wave of terrorism, extremism, target killings and abduction. In political arena of the country, this is a novice organization, formed in 2000s to provide a concrete political platform for the people of Hazara and interact with other organizations and political parties at national level. 
The Hazaras – whose almost entire nation is educated to degree level mostly consisting of professionals, skilled workers, intellectuals, writers and doctors are examining the moves of the Party with microscope which increases their responsibilities manifold. There are also active elements of foreign powers who would spare no time in tarnishing HDP’s image provided they found smooth level.

The Hazaras, living in Quetta city are firmly sanguine about the fruition of their past sacrifices to gather widespread sympathies from others but, they largely, depend on how they plan their prospective strategies to tackle untoward situations, hence, Hazara Democratic Party could gain the credit for bringing positive changes in strata of the society as well as enhancing their reliability with other nations in the province.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari November 09th, 2010)

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SYED BAQIR SHAH CONFERRED THE BEST TEACHERS’ AWARD

QUETTA, November 08th, 2010: The Government of Balochistan has bestowed upon Syed Baqir Shah, the Best Teachers’ Award in a function held in view of World Teachers’ Day. The event was organized by the Provincial Education Department, Government of Balochistan whereas Tahir Mehmood Khan, the Provincial Education Minister honoured the above mentioned teacher with the Award.

Syed Baqir Shah, the Sports In-charge of Government Hazara Society High School has the privilege to stand tall among 34, 000 High School teachers of the province, hence, achieving the Award jubilantly. He has been serving the masses in the field of education for over 20 years mostly spending his career at Yazdan Khan Model High School and Hazara Society High School. He has always encouraged the students to learn education and take part in sports activities equally to earn credit for their educational institution. His extensive experience in the field of sports coupled with unparalleled commitment enabled the students to clinch trophies and awards in curricular and extracurricular activities at provincial and national level competitions.

While talking to this website, an alumnus of Hazara Society High School, Muhammad Altaf Hazara accounted for his (Syed Baqir Shah’s) dedication and devotion to the welfare of students, consistently working long hours to perform school chores outside his normal hours. “Syed Baqir Shah convinced the Provincial ministers to allocate funds for construction and renovation of the school”, said he. He also revealed that the above said school is not only planted with various species of flowers, plants and trees by his Sports In-charge (Syed Baqir Shah). Another student, Muhammad Taqi also complimented his teacher’s efforts for taking initiatives to cleanse the school of stagnant pools of water and polythene bags and converting them into grassy plots.

We take great pride in our teachers who are role model to others and their hard-work and diligence are widely lauded by students and elders alike.  

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HIF AND SYT WILL JOINTLY HOST EID-UL-ADHA PARTY ON 21-11-2010

QUETTA, November 08th, 2010: Hazara International Forum of Great Britain and Shakir Youth Trust shall hold a joint Eid-ul-Adha Party on 21-11-2010 at The Asian Center Waltham Forest, 18A, Orford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9LN between 13:00 – 16:00 hours. Various interesting segments have been organized to entertain kids and elders alike. All Hazaras living in the Great Britain are warmly welcomed to come along and mingle with others to remember this jubilant event for years.

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THE TARGET KILLING OF HAZARA YOUTHS CONTINUE IN KARACHI, PAKISTAN

QUETTA, October 31st, 2010: Our correspondent, Arif Hussain Hazara, has reported that Asad Hazara alias Guddu was returning home with friends when Gilgiti terrorists assaulted him at Moghul Hazara Goth and opened fire, resulting in his death while injuring a passerby, miraculously his two friends escaped unhurt. The terrorist fled the scene on a motorcycle after the incident. The victim had been attacked by the same syndicate several times before which sustained him severe injuries.

Reportedly, the terrorists targeted Asad Hazara in the same location in Moghul Hazara Goth, Gulistan-e-Johar where they had target-killed another innocent Hazara youth, known as Sakhi Dad a few weeks ago.  These terrorists – who enjoy full support of some political parties and pro-Iranian organizations - have been nominated in First Information Reports in previous incidents but the law enforcement agencies have shown complete apathy to take action.

The target killing of Hazara youths in Karachi has persisted for many years and cognizant sources have confirmed that Maulana Mirza Yousaf of Shia Action Committee – a Gilgiti Cleric – has been supporting the Gilgiti terrorists covertly.

This incident has infuriated the Hazaras in Karachi to the extent that they may tend to fierce retaliation providing the government fails to apprehend the culprits and provide foolproof security to people’s life and property.

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AUSTRALIAN HAZARA COUNCIL ANNOUNCES TO HOLD A TWO DAY CONFERENCE AT DADENONG MENZIES HALL, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.

QUETTA, October 31st, 2010: A two day, (29 – 30 October, 2010), national gathering of Hazara Communities and University Student Group Leaders from across Australia is being held in Melbourne, Australia. The purpose of the gathering is to announce the formation of Australian Hazara Council, its aims and objectives and the forthcoming social, cultural and religious activities.

The outcome of the 2 day conference will be revealed to Hazara Communities and University Student Groups in a public gathering on 31st October, 2010. All Hazara youths have been requested to spread the news and participate in the event along with their families, kith and kins and friends as invitation is open to all. The brief summary of the programme is as under:

Purpose of the Programme:   Announcement of Australian Hazara Council

Date, Time and Venue:         31-10-2010, between 18:00 to 21:00 hours local time
                                                At Menzies Hall, 41A, Menzies Avenue, Dandenong
                                                North, Melbourne, Australia.

For more info, please contact the following people:                   

Abbas Hazara (0422309768)
                                                Naeem Muhammadi (0438328695)
                                                Arif Fayyazi (0438199170)
                                                Yousafi (0401278946)
                                                Asghari (0400712190)

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LAWLESSNESS AT FULL SWING IN QUETTA, PAKISTAN – FOUR HAZARAS SHOT DEAD ON MASJID ROAD.

QUETTA, October 28th, 2010: In yet another kidnapping-turned-targeted killing incident four more members of Hazara tribe have been shot dead in Quetta on Thursday. The victims have been identified as Haji Ali Akbar, his son Samad Ali, their employee Abid and bodyguard Jaffar Abbas.

According to reliable sources, the victims were on their way home in a Suzuki Van when two armed men ambushed them on Masjid Road, dragging Samad (in his late 20s) off the vehicle in an effort to abduct him. Samad resisted the attempt which thereby led to indiscriminate firing by the accused on the vehicle killing all the four occupants on the spot. The accused – who were carrying automatic gun AK47 and 9MM pistol – shot the victims in their heads.  

The bodies were shifted to Combined Military Hospital wherefrom they were handed over to their legal heirs after completion of legal formalities. They were later moved to Nichari imambargah. The burial ceremony will be held in Hazara graveyard on Friday.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Shia Conference has announced three days mourning against the incident.

Haji Ali Akbar was a local merchant, owning Al-Abbas Provision Store. He is the brother of Haji Ali Ahmed who also runs his business in the same capacity. Coincidentally, Haji Ali Ahmed had also been kidnapped some months ago and was only released after payment of a handsome amount as ransom.

The Hazaras have been suffering the decade long brutalities of target killings, suicide and terrorist attacks which have taken another twist in form of abduction/kidnapping for ransom and extortion of money on various pretexts. The perpetrators have extended their crime syndicate in Quetta and its suburb to greatly perturb the life of general public but the Hazaras have suffered the most.

About a month ago, a local trader known as Mohammad Ali was found dead in suburb of Quetta where he had been abducted for ransom months earlier. Although the victim’s family managed to pay a sum of Rs. 2.8 million, the kidnappers did not adhere to their word and killed the innocent businessman after receiving the money.

The Provincial Government, under the leadership of Nawab Aslam Raisani has never taken any preventive measures to minimize the loss of human lives and recurrence of these incidents. They have merely restricted their official and constitutional responsibilities to press statements while the government functionaries including the senior law enforcement personnel have never chalked out pragmatic plans to weed out the perpetrators.  

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WE OUGHT TO WIN SOCIAL AND MORAL BATTLES IF WE WISH TO DEFEAT EXTERNAL THREATS. (SYED NASIR SHAH)

QUETTA, October 28th, 2010: A warm and cordial national meeting of the British Hazaras was held in a local mosque, Peveral Drive, Milton Keynes where Syed Abbas Hazara was invited as Special Guest. The event was organized by the Hazaras of Milton Keynes whose outstanding efforts made it a success. The well-arranged and organized planning of the administrators convinced members of general public and the Hazara Diaspora to attend it in large numbers. People belonging to various walks of life ie., doctors, intellectuals, social and political workers, community members and students attended the meeting. Noticeably, the Hazara notables and elders were also present on the occasion which showed their keen interest in matters affecting their fellow tribesmen in Pakistan and Afghanistan. People from as far as London, Coventry, Southampton, Bedford, Oxford and Manchester came to witness the event.

Didar Hussain, the Stage Secretary, commenced the programmed to welcome Syed Abbas Hazara and other valuable guests. Briefly mentioning about the features of the programme, he, then, requested Ali Daryab Hussaini to recite some verses of the Holy Quran where he (Ali Daryab Hussaini) recited Surah Al-Asr to illuminate the session.

Talib Hussain was, then, requested to present a short speech. The speaker mainly focused on the plight of Hazaras in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He mentioned about the Hazaras, living in the UK and other European countries and compelling circumstances, forcing them to abandon their motherland in pursuit of safe abode. He also described the history of migration and immigration of the Hazaras to developed countries. Estimating Hazara population in the UK in view of prevailing uneven situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, he tendered proposals for extensive coordination and interaction among various fabrics to gather the nation for result-oriented objectives. At the end, Talib Hussain received appreciation for his impressive speech.

Didar Hussain also thanked the speaker for his rhetoric and, then, invited the Special Guest, Syed Nasir Shah, to address the people. The Pakistan People’s Party’s, MNA-elect from NA259, Syed Nasir Shah started his speech, mentioning about the advent of his political life ranging over 40 years. He shed detailed light over existing economic, social and political changes, occurring in South Asia. Ha also highlighted his father’s political and social contributions and his election as the first Hazara Senator in the 70s Upper House. Talking about the Hazara Society in Quetta as a whole, he said, “We must make every effort to abolish the menace of evils which are affecting our youths negatively. At present, we are faced with the atrocities of target killings, suicide bombings and terrorist attacks on various grounds. We have to take concrete steps to address social and moral predicaments to save our youths from the curse of drinking alcohol, gambling and illegal drugs. Social, moral and religious values need to be inculcated in the youths to foster decent habits and healthy activities. No nation can win the battle of their survival providing their youths are corrupted of these evils. We should be ready for war if we want peace.”

He, however, described the term war and peace as, unfortunately, the Hazaras as a whole are facing the threats of social, moral and religious alienation. The evils, be it social or moral (in forms of drinking alcohol, gambling and drug-abuse) and religion’s disobedience, will weaken people internally. We cannot afford any adventurism at this critical moment where the competition policy among various powerful countries to safeguard their vested-interests in the region is making long-lasting impact on people’s life. We have to get rid of these evils if we want to fight external threats/forces successfully. Our enemies have attacked us on various fronts including the means of corrupting people of their values, snatching their mental and physical strengths to tarnish the pillars of their national integrity, solidarity and unity. The negligence and apathetic attitude towards the increase of evils in our society have tended to be disastrous for all. Unless we focus on these ailments, we cannot guarantee to produce healthy and educated calibre to meet the challenges of the era.

At the end of his speech, he appealed to the youths to refrain from these maladies and invest their time in constructive activities.

The last phase of the session included of open-ended questions from the members of general public who raised questions revolving around the speech of the MNA vis-a-vis issues having considerable impact on people’s life in Quetta, Pakistan.

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HAZARA STUDENTS FEDERATION ANNOUNCES TO HOLD A CONVENTION ON 24-10-2010

QUETTA, October 23rd, 2010: Hazara Students Federation has announced to hold a Convention on 24-10-2010 at Haji Baradaran Hall, General (R) Muhammad Musa Road, Hazara Town, Quetta at 09:30 hours local time. Professionals of various cadres have been invited to deliver awareness lectures to students, desirous to seek council in the field of their interests. The experts – belonging to the Law, Journalism, Civil Bureaucracy, Engineering and Management and Medical Sciences shall share their views. The Central Leaders of HSF will also address the attendees of the Convention.

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LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA’S COURTESY VISIT TO SYED HASHIM AT THE ROYAL BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HOSPITAL, AYLESBURY, UK

QUETTA, October 23rd, 2010: Liaquat Ali Hazara (LAH) – the News Editor of this website – made a courtesy visit to Syed Hashim at the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital, Aylesbury, UK to pay homage and enquire about his health. This young man is the son of Syed Nasir Shah, a Member of National Assembly of Pakistan who was elected as an MNA from NA259 on PPP’s ticket in the general election of February, 2008.

The News Editor was accompanied by two British Hazaras living locally who are both known as Talib Hussain. LAH held brief but cordial talk with the patient, conveyed best wishes on behalf of the entire team of this website and prayed for his quick recovery. The patient was at the Rehabilitation Center, receiving professional care and treatment for permanent recovery. Noticeably, the incident has strengthened his (the Patient’s) confidence and faith in Allah and the People of the House (Ahl-e-Baith) although the months’ long ordeal is taking sufficient time to heel.

Syed Hashim fell victim to a suicide bombing on 16-04-2010 in Sandeman Provincial Hospital, Quetta, Pakistan when he was escorting his father (Syed Nasir Shah) to the Casualty Ward to condole the aggrieved family of a local banker (Arshad Zaidi) – the son of Ashraf Zaidi, the President, Balochistan Shia Conference. Arshad Zaidi had been target killed early that morning near his bank by unknown armed men.

Later, the banned extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had claimed responsibility of the attack which killed many innocent people including two DSPs, police and intelligence personnel and local people. Most of the martyrs and injured belonged to the Hazara ethnicity who have been facing brutality of target and mass killings in forms of suicide bombings and indiscriminate firing by terrorists and law enforcement agencies for over 10 years now. Since then, hundreds of people have lost their lives while thousands became injured but, unfortunately, the federal and provincial governments have completely failed to chalk out a viable plan of action against the perpetrators and provide foolproof security to life and property of the people.  

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THE HAZARAS OF MILTON KEYNES HOLD FATIHA AND FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN FOR THE AFFECTEES OF MIZAN CHOWK INCIDENT

QUETTA, October 23rd, 2010: The Hazaras of Milton Keynes organized a sober gathering at Khoja Mosque, Peveral Drive, Milton Keynes between 15:00 – 18:00 hours. The event was held to offer fatiha for the martyrs of Mizan Chowk incident. A special prayers session was also held for rapid recovery of the injured ones while the features of fund-raising campaign were elaborated in an effort to collect monetary donation for the affectees. The people attending the programme came from across the UK including Manchester, London, Birmingham and Coventry who generously contributed donation. The raised fund amounted to six figures (Pakistani rupees) which was distributed to the neediest families of the affectees within 48 hours of collection in Quetta, Pakistan. It was also recommended that a Fund-Raising Committee be set up on permanent basis – comprising of two (2) representatives from each city – to collect donation from the masses in time of need.

It is pertinent to mention that this event was held to show unconditional support and solidarity to the families of the martyrs and the injured who fell victims to a suicide bombing and uninstigated firing of law enforcement agencies in Quetta, Pakistan. On 03-09-2010 – a suicide bomber blew him up in a peaceful rally at Mizan Chowk – killing and injuring dozens of people on the spot.

Every year, the last Friday of Ramadan, a rally is taken out to observe Al-Quds Day and show unity with the people of Palestine. This unfortunate incident engulfed the lives of over 78 innocent people while leaving over 200 injured. Reliable sources, available at the scene, have reportedly said that the number of causalities surged to hundreds due to unlawful attitude of law enforcement agencies, viz., Anti-Terrorist Force (an elite police commando force, formed to combat terrorism) and Frontier Corps (a federally controlled para-military force and called at the request of provincial government to help maintain law and order). The law enforcement agencies, at the behest of their superiors, opened unprovoked firing at innocent rally participants, killing dozens on the spot and injuring over 200.  The majority of the martyrs and the injured belong to ethnic Hazara who have been suffering the hostility of target-killings, suicide bombings and terrorists’ attacks for over a decade in Quetta, Pakistan while the federal and provincial governments have always raised shallow press statements to crack-down on extremists and bring the master-minds of these incidents into justice.

The present provincial government has set up a Judicial Enquiry Commission to probe the matter but it is highly unlikely that the Commission also focus on high-handedness and malpractices of civil and military bureaucracy, responsible for killing of dozens of youths and injuring hundred others.

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A TALENTED HAZARA YOUTH INVENTS FIRST EVER AEROPLANE IN AFGHANISTAN

QUETTA, October 08th, 2010: Every nation’s continuous development depends on its people and the nations, which have suffered the brutalities of wars, can learn from its outcome to capitalize their strength to present souvenir to the nation.

The Hazaras, unfortunately, were sacrificed for many prolonged years by illiterate leaders who fettered them off from learning education. Still this ominous shadow of discrimination is completely gone from the cold opens.
Without devastations of revolt, it also had noticeable fruition for the people. These people, through migration, could put their capabilities in display and they have proved to capture an elevated peak of success and master it that one of those is Mr. Zakir Hussain.

Mr. Zakir Hussain belongs to Sirthela Sungshanda of District Jaghori. He is one of the talented Hazara youths who could use his initiatives and inventions in the air.

It was scheduled that Mr. Zakir Hussain would put his invented Aeroplane for display in Ghujor at Jaghori District but, due to some problems, it has been procrastinated. As per schedule this Thursday, he may start his fly in clean sky of Jaghori to display his aeroplane to the lamenting people of the District.

(Translated from Persian version of hazarapeople.com)

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2ND ALL HAZARA SHAHEED HUSSAIN ALI YOUSAFI FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

QUETTA, October 05th, 2010: The second all Hazara, Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi Football Tournament – organized by Hazara Democratic Party – was held in Yazdan Khan Model High School, Quetta. The tournament started on 20th July, 2010 in which 104 football clubs enrolled for participation. The final match was played between Youth Mominabad and Wahdat Guardian but the former won the competition by 3-1. Air Commodore (Retired) Shoukat Haider Changezi was the Chief Guest while Muzaffar Changezi was the President of the event. A large number of people including fans, supporters and anticipators thronged to the football ground to watch the final. Among special guests were Deputy Inspector General, Police, Faqeer Hussain, Major Musa Khan and businessmen. HDP workers including the Secretary General, Hazara Democratic Party, Abdul Khaliq Hazara and Raza Wakil were also seen cheering and booing to support their favourite team.

At the end, the prize distribution ceremony was held to appreciate the best players throughout the tournament as well as awarding trophies to the winner and runner of the final match.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA IS BIASED AND PREJUDICED TOWARDS HAZARA ASYLUM- SEEKERS

QUETTA, October 05th, 2010: (Part II). In continuation of the previously received letter from Hazara Asylum-seekers in Darwin Immigration Detention Center, Northern Territory, Australia, the News Editor has received another letter which entails the discriminatory and bias attitude of the Tajik Lady, representing Amnesty International, Australia. The letter, in pursuance of the previous ones, is being published without any changes.

HAZARA'S... The most threatened minority group in the world.

The Human Rights Representatives are well known about the human rights situation of Hazara's in Afghanistan. It's has always been poor and through out the history Hazara ethnic minority has been suffered for their rights. in July 2010 report from minority rights group international, they have ranked Hazara's as the third most threatened minority groups in the world. The history of Hazara in Afghanistan has always been full of bloodshed, genocide, institutionalised discrimination, dispossession of their home lands including ethnic violence and religious conspiracy and in the results Hazara's have been declared infidel.

The representatives of the Amnesty International Australia visited Darwin Immigration Detention Centre on the October 02, 2010. Among the representatives their was a Afghan female Tajik, who had arrived from the USA. And she was claiming that she has information about the situation of Hazara's in Afghanistan & security situation in Afghanistan. she visited Afghanistan last time 02-months before. We accept she has information but for those who are unaware about atmosphere and situations of Afghanistan. So any-how during direct  questions she was unable to provide or explain about the security situations in Hazarajat or in other Hazara's leaving areas like Urazgan, Hilmand, Qerbagh, Besud.

She has never been in thess areas. while 05-Years ago she have been in Ghazni, whlie once Hazara Asylum Seeker asked a Questions about Ghazni. So the Hazara Asylum seeker's now have concerns about her visit. we have also shared about our concerns with DIAC. We always welcome neutral representatives but not from Afghans. In the Karzai's government more than 60% of the establishment are Tajik's. The Tajik & Pashton both are the traditional enemy of Hazara's and during the civil war's the Tajik was also responsible for breaking Hazara's backbones. So this is enough for the world communities to understand abut Tajik & Pashton relationship. And also for their past crimes against innocent Shiite ethnic minority. Because of these elements today Hazara's are suffering for their identity and survivals. So
any can we expect, a goodness from our traditional enemies while the ball is now in their court.

During her controversial visit, she had forgot completely her position and focused her concentration on objectionable and unnecessary Questions such a personal details informations about Asylum Seekers case's (refugee status assessment ). and she was investigation about Hazara Asylum Seekers travailing to Australia, that how much dollars Asylum Seeker paid to the smugglers and how the smugglers managed Hazara Asylum Seekers travailed to Australia. From where the Hazara Asylum Seekers started their travailing and what was the routes.

 

Think for a while being a Human Right representative is it your job? She behaving like a police man Or your responsibility is to ask the Asylum Seekers about their issues and other problems. You should create friendly environment for them, and discuss about discriminations, accommodations concerns & facilities, health issues and fitness facilities, access to the internet and telephones and other activities. about SERCO managements. The Hazara Asylum Seekers have alreasy giving all the detail information to the AFP and DIAC.

In this circumstances, when the Hazara Asylum Seekers are suffering about their visa, because of misguiding about the situation for Hazara's in Afghanistan and about improving security situation in Afghanistan. So now it is the responsibility of the Human Rights Representatives, to highlight the real situation of Hazara's in Afghanistan including the security situations in Afghanistan to the world communities If you are working to protect Human Rights world wide.

Share your sampathy with the Asylum Seekers because we need your love and

kindness

Thanks!

Hazara Asylum Seekers
Darwin Immigration Detention Center
Northern Territory Australia

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INAUGURATION OF A SCIENCE BLOCK AND RENOVATION OF GOVT. YAZDAN KHAN MODEL HIGH SCHOOL, QUETTA

QUETTA, October 05th, 2010: Maulana Abdul Wasay, Senior Provincial Minister inaugurated a science block and allocated sufficient funds for the renovation of Government Yazdan Khan Model High School, Quetta.

Earlier, Major (Retired) Nadir Ali Hazara, the former Additional Chief Secretary welcomed the Guest of the Occasion who was escorted to the Science Block for inauguration. In a short speech given at the Occasion, Mr. Nadir Ali highlighted the milestones of the Hazaras in the field of education in Quetta along with the numbers of government schools, girls and boys colleges and a state of the art university, being completed to meet the educational requirements of the people. He also thanked the Special Guest for his interest in social and educational activities and its promotion in the province which, undoubtedly, have motivated the youths to learn education in better environment with sufficiently ample facilities. Mr. Wasay was also thanked for allocating funds for the newly-built Science Block as well as Renovation of the government school.

The exceptional socio-educational activities of Major (Retired) Nadir Ali would always be remembered as he has gone an extra mile in making outstanding efforts to improve the infrastructure of the society vis a vis other services rendered. There are many appreciable achievements on his credit viz., building a modern and well-equipped government hospital in the area, (having four operations theatres and 19 doctors), building a water tank on the inhabiting hill to ease the facility of providing drinkable water to the locality, extension and renovation of Inter Musa College which include the built of a full-fledged gymnasium, a science block, a library, a physical fitness center and hall for locals to hold their national meetings, the construction and completion of Sardar Hasan Musa College, opening computer laboratories to provide IT facilities to students at Yazdan Khan Model High School, Mominabad Girls High School and Sardar Ishaq Khan High School, Major Nadir Ali Institute of Information Technology and Modern Sciences and plantation of 6000 to 10, 000 trees in Hazara graveyard. These are glimpses of his social and educational services to the nation for which the entire Hazara nation is indebted to him.

At the end, the Special Guest was requested to utilize all available resources including his personal influence to help root out the menace of target killings, extremism and sectarianism from Quetta city so that the masses could live their life without any fear.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA IS BIASED AND PREJUDICED TOWARDS HAZARA ASYLUM- SEEKERS

QUETTA, October 04th, 2010: Hazara Asylum-seekers, detained at Darwin Immigration Detention Center, Northern Territory, Australia have drawn the attention of Amnesty International Australia towards bigotry and discriminatory attitude of one of its lady representatives. An email sent to the New Editor reveals the racial persecution of the Tajik Lady who recently visited the Detention Center as a representative of Amnesty International, Australia. The Hazara asylum-seekers have expressed great concern over impartiality of Amnesty International Australia as the questions asked from them amounted to complete private and personal activities. The detainees believe that the questions asked by the Tajik Lady Representative of Amnesty International were irrelevant and beyond her jurisdiction in respect to the Charter of Human Rights as they magnified matters of private and personal interest. They have requested the Amnesty International to take serious notice of bias attitude of the Tajik Lady, representing the Human Rights Organization and set up an enquiry committee to probe it thoroughly.

They, on the other hand, have also objected the partial and discriminatory attitude of the Pashtun and Tajik interpreters working closely with Australian Government to provide individual and joint translation services. The detainees have also noticed that the Pashtun and Tajik interpreters appointed for the purpose, deliberately, misinterpret the life stories described by the asylum-seekers in a bid to get their asylum claims rejected.

The asylum-seekers have also wished to appreciate the Australian Government for their unprecedented support and cooperation being provided at these detention centers.
The letter below has been sent to this website by a nationalist Hazara intermediary for publication. It is being published, without any alteration, for perusal of the visitors and readers.

BROKEN HEARTS...

We whole heartedly welcome the most honourable and respected guest representatives of the Amnesty International Australia to visiting Darwin Immigration Detention Centre amongst us. We appreciate your kind visit and thanks for spending your precious time with us .Thanks for entire humanitarian assistance of Australian people and Australian government who has provided a safe sanctuary for us in the very difficult time. Also we appreciate the visit of the Chairman UHA (United Hazara Association) Mr. Sayeed Arif Hasheemi to Darwin.

The Amnesty International well aware about the human rights history in Afghanistan is always remaining so poor. And the history of Hazara ethnic minority are also well know by the agency. we are appreciate the statements and press releases of the Amnesty International for taking notices world wide for injustice situations & activities, violences against ethnic minorities including Humanitarian crimes. unfortunately like the other's governments President Karzai and his corrupted Afghan establishment is also using always all governmental and non-governmental sources in his own favourer and misguiding the world communities more than other countries. The survival of Hazara's ethnic still in the dangerous and we are suffering for our survivals. So this is the big responsibility of the agency, to show the right side of the picture in to the world communities. Because the Amnesty International is independent and working to protecting Human Rights world wide. The world have serious challenges like Al-Qaeeda and Taliban regimes still serious threaten for the world communities.

The suffering and bloody history of Hazara's began in the late 1800s when the ethnic Hazara were 67% population of Afghanistan. The fa-shiest Pushtun king Amir Rahid Rahman's was resuming religious conspiracy among Sunny and Shiite ethnic Muslims. The religious scholar and other eliminates have been play their key roll in chess game. So soon this elements declared Shiite minority as a infidal. During 1891-1893 the fa-shiest Pushtun king was impost the war against innocent Hazara ethnic. The fa-shiest Pushtun king using full governmental powers to destroyed Hazara ethnic. So in the result, loosing millions of love's and leaving millions of Hazara people displaces and homeless. During this period the Hazara's deprived of basic rights. The Humanitarian violences contented unchecked. In 1996-2001 this fa-shiest elements was broken again the all records of genocide, massacres and Humanitarian crimes. This fa-shiest elements now in the face of Taliban was impost institutionalised discrimination, dispossession of Hazara's from their home lands including ethnic violence and religious conspiracy and have been taken Hazara's under presentation for converting thiere Shiite to Sunny Muslim. Also what was happened in the Afshar districk, Kabul, Besuod , Bamiyan, Yakaolang, Kand e phost, Qerbagh, Ghazni, Urazgan, Mazar-e-Sharif, Robatak pass are the life evidences of genocide, massacres of Hazara ethnic that no once can find in the Human History before.

President Karzai declaring Taliban his brother and Karzai government is the big supporter of Kuchi's (Numad) nation wide. also has leader Hashmat Ghani Ahmed Zai who is so closed to president Karzai. So now in this circumstances now who will taken the notice, against of injustice activities of Taliban and Kuchi's. what was happened in the west Kabul on 13 August this year are the ex-simple of it, and well known by every once.

The Situation for Hazara ethnic is not change yet. The atmosphere are always full of blood, Al Qaeeda and fa-shiest Taliban still active and they targeting Hazara's every where. According to independent news sources Hazara's have been persecute on the both side of the border's. Only in Quetta – Pak 8 to 10 Hazara people murdered very week. if they happing just in Quetta, so can any once imagine that how many Hazara's murdering all over the central and other parts of Afghanistan every day. Specially in those areas that out of reach, where independent source's have not access. Not only before but unfortunately today's as well.

Its means killing of thousand of Hazara's still remaining uncovered. We don't know how many Hazara's daily loosing their life's. Still we don't know how many Hazara's surrounding with the terror's in dry mountaineer areas so for from Kabul. Still we can not seeing those Hazara's who always keeps open their home's door for their love's once. Because the hopes are still a life, and they don't want, if their love's once could return to home, they could find the door close....

Finally thanks for your kind attention and thanks to the respected Immigration Department and Sereco Management for their usual cooperation and kindness. Also thanks to the members of the Amnesty International Australia to visiting Darwin.

Thanks!

On the behalf of Hazara Asylum Seekers
Darwin Immigration Detention Center
Northern Territory Australia

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HAZARA ASYLUM-SEEKERS APPRECIATE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FOR LIFTING THE SIX MONTHS BAN ON PROCESSING OF ASYLUM CLAIMS

QUETTA, October 04th, 2010: The News Editor, Hazaranation.com has received a self-explanatory letter from Hazara Afghan Asylum-seekers, Darwin Immigration Detention Center, Northern Territory, Australia which expresses grave concern about their safety and security in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It also focuses on centuries-long categorical genocide, massacre, religious and racial persecution in their country of birth and thanks Australian Government for lifting the six month suspension of processing of asylum claims. The letter was sent to the editor by a Hazara intermediary, an educationist and a good nationalist, with the request for publication. The contents are being published without any amendment:

Proud to be in Australia, Proud to be among Australians

We whole heartedly welcome the most honourable and respected guest to Darwin Immigration Detention Centre amongst us. We appreciate your kind visit and thanks for spending your precious time with us . Also Thanks to the Mr. Chris Bowen minister for Immigration and Citizenship for announcing Asylum seeker suspensions lifted yesterday after noon. Thanks for entire humanitarian assistance of Australian people and Australian government who has provided a safe sanctuary for us in the very difficult time.

Situation for Hazara minority is every where are always full of blood, genocide, massacres, institutionalised discrimination, dispossession of their home lands including ethnic violence and religious conspiracy. So because of bloody history the Hazara's loosing their hope of life and freedom. They have been declared infidel. In the home country. In a July 2010 report from minority rights group international they were ranked Hazara's as the third most threatened minority groups in the world.

Its means our survival still in the dangerous and we are suffering for our survivals in both side of borders (Afghanistan- Pakistan). In the past history have proved that the establishments of the times, was always successfully using all governmental and non-governmental sources in his favourer. Even the establishments was used hazara personals against Hazara's minority for achieving there aims.Its all happened because of illiteracy & misguidedness.

This elements always showing wrong side of the picture in to the world communities. Unfortunately even through conspiracy Terror now converted in to the meanings of peace. So the most dangerous and discriminated surrounding area's now declaring as a safest places as like as a haven.

Al-Qaeeda and Taliban regimes still serious threatened not only for Hazara's but for the rest of the reigns. But the President Karzai declaring Taliban his brother during his speech among heavy Pushton crowds while visiting Pushton areas. So now who will than take the notice against of injustice activities of Taliban. Also the Karzai government is big supporter of Kuchi's (Numad). And according to the independent news reports the Kuchi (Numad) have links with Taliban even they recognised as the most important part of Taliban. Also Hashmat Ghani ahmed Zai who is the leader of Kuchi's (Numad) is so closed friend of Karzai. So in the result world communities have been seen what was happened in the west Kabul on 13 August this year.

So the violence are also continues unchecked in Hazara areas including other different part of Afghanistan. Even its impossible for Hazara to pass a single day without bloodshed. Al-Qaeeda and
Talibans still targeting Hazara's all across the country including Pakistan. Still Hazara's are not Muslim and declared infidel. The religious conspire still announcing that if some once killed one Shiite minority they will go to paradise. The circumstances of discrimination is not ended yet.

Its seems to me Like a dream once, time Hazara asylum seeker have 95% visa result of their climes. But the result suddenly fallen in to the 5% - 10%. the climate changed so quickly. Even as so fast that no once could imagine before. The dark clouds comes out from some where and surrounding every where. So what happened in this hard time's our hope still remain a life. Because we knew the DAIC are so kindness & mercy full.

So before 6 months the suspension have been lift. And we have seen happiness and blessing every where at the first time, after several months. So its means the sun will rising again. And we have to wait for that days...

Finally thanks for your kind attention and thanks to the respected Immigration Department and Sereco Management for their usual cooperation and kindness. We also insure you that we are law-abiding people, we have believed intolerance. So its no need we go back what was happened in the past. We do not support unlawful activities and we were not the part of them who have broken the law. also we need to focus our concentration in the future. We still need your kindness and we are always looking for.

Thanks!
Afghan Hazara Asylum Seekers
Darwin Immigration Detention Center
Northern Territory Australia

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari October 04th, 2010)

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SAKHI RAZA HAZARA SHOT DEAD IN HAZARA GOTH, GULISTAN JAUHAR, KARACHI

QUETTA, September 30th, 2010: Hazaranation.com’s correspondent, Arif Hussain Hazara has reported the cold-blooded murder of a Hazara youth living in Hazar Goth, Golistan Jauhar, Karachi. Sakhi Raza Hazara – a Rickshaw Driver – was on his way home when he was assaulted by six people with automatic guns which inflicted at least 8 bullet injuries to his head, neck, back and chest causing his immediate death. The victim was, proactively, involved to defend the legal and constitutional rights of Hazaras of the area which raised eyebrows of the perpetrators to shoot him to death. The criminals belong to Gilgit (formerly known as Federally Administered Northern Areas – FANA) who are residing in Mughal Hazara Goth, Golistan Jauhar, Karachi for many years.

Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum, Pakistan held a majlist of Fateha and Quran Khawani for the departed soul of the victim, in which a large number of Hazaras belonging to all fields of life participated in the event to condemn this cruel killing. In the meanwhile, Sardar Mehdi Hasan Musa, the Chairman, HMYF also denounced the killing of Sakhi Hazara.

The incident stretches the ethnic clashes between the Hazaras of the Goth and Gilgities to a few years back when a Hazara youth named Ibrar was murdered due to the intensity of the tussle. Some years ago, the ring leader of the Gilgiti Group was also killed as a result of the on-going incident.

A few years ago, some Gilgiti students started residing at Mughal Hazara Goth on the pretext of learning education whereas, they later, involved in undignified activities who were warned of by the local inhabitants. However, they not only tried to extend their monopoly but also shifted their families to the area. They also tried to take ownership of the local mosque which was foiled. Their evil deeds are supported by clerics on the basis of racial background which has exacerbated the situation as clashes, between the groups, have started happening routinely.

The grievous situation demands urgent attention of the Government to resolve it permanently before it turns into a battlefield, engulfing lives of innocent people.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 30th, 2010)

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2ND ALL HAZARA MATHEMATICS COMPETITION ANNOUNCED TO BE HELD ON 17TH OCTOBER, 2010

QUETTA, September 29th, 2010: Australian Hazara University Students Union (SHUUA) has announced to hold the 2nd All Hazara Mathematics Competition on 17th October, 2010 in Australia, Pakistan and Afghanistan simultaneously. The Competition has been divided into three categories, ie., (Grade 7 & 8 – First Category), (Grade 9 & 10 – Second Category) and (Grade 11 & 12 – Third Category) whereas the students of these categories shall be invited to attend a Theory Test revolving around General Mathematics, taught and practised at these levels. The Table below describes the Date, Venue and Contact Person(s) for the event:


S. No.

Description of the Competition.

 

Date

 

Venue

 

Contact

 

Email

1

 

All Hazara Mathematics Competition.

 

17-10-2010.

Melbourne
Dandenong High School, Princes Hwy, Dandenong VIC 3175

 

Sahema Batool
+61422838847

 

ahusu@live.com.au

 

2

 

As above

 

As above

 
Adelaide
23 Coglin Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000

Hamid Moradi (+61430651788)                       Mortaza Jaffari (+61422862013)                         Farida Rahimi (+61416884932)

 

               info.aatsa@gmail.com

 

3

 

As Above

 

As Above

Sydney
38 Adderley St Lidcombe, Sydney “Ershad Centre” 

 

Arif Nabizada
+61434499549

 

nabizada72@yahoo.com

 

4

 

As Above

 

As Above

Brisbane
Development Association(MDA), 512 Stanley St, South Brisbane Qld 4102

 

Ahmad Zia
+61431443941

 

 

info.aatsa@gmail.com

 

5

 

As Above

 

As Above

General Muhammad Musa Inter College, Gulistan Town, Quetta.

Muhammad Ali
Munir Hussain
+92 3218173513 +923218009399

 

khaliq1_umt@yahoo.com gul_e_asthu@yahoo.com 

 

6

 

As Above

 

As Above

 

Marfat High School, Kabul

Azizulah Royesh
009377 20 29 717

 

marefat12@gmail.com 


Samples papers can be viewed on this website as a separate section is being made for the purpose. Please watch this space for further details.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 29th, 2010)

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KIDNAPPED HAZARA TRADER KILLED EVEN AFTER PAYMENT OF RANSOM

QUETTA, September 28th, 2010: A kidnapped Hazara trader, Mohammad Ali, was killed even after payment of ransom in Quetta. His body was found in a mutilated condition in Killi Qambrani on Tuesday.

Mohammad Ali, a mobile phone dealer, was kidnapped about a month ago on his way back home from his shop on Liaquat Road. The kidnappers demanded Rs2.8 million as ransom for his release which was paid by his family members two days ago, but he was tortured to death even after payment of the amount.

His mutilated body was recovered from Killi Qambrani area of Sariab on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Hazara Democratic Party has announced shutter down in Quetta on Wednesday against the murder of Mohammad Ali and targeted killings of two other Hazara guys in Hazar Ganji

AMJAD HUSSAIN

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 28th, 2010)

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FOUR MEMBERS OF ETHNIC HAZARA FELL VICTIM TO TERRORIST ATTACK IN HAZAR GANJI, QUETTA

QUETTA, September 28th, 2010: Unknown terrorists opened fire on a vehicle carrying four innocent Hazara grocers in Hazar Ganji, Quetta at 11:00 AM local time, killing two of them on the spot and injuring two others. The grocers were returning home from Hazara Ganji when armed men targeted them with automatic assault gun. The slain Hazaras have been identified as Murad Ali (Zahir) S/O Qadam Ali and Qari Mohammad Ali S/O Qurban Ali, in their early 50s, while the identity of the injured ones is being confirmed. Later, the dead bodies were shifted to Nichari Imam Bargah, Alamdar Road, Quetta to be laid to rest in Hazara Graveyard today while the injured have been admitted to Sandeman Provincial Hospital for emergency treatment.

It is worth mentioning that over 53 Hazara youths were killed on 3rd September, 2010 in Mizan Chowk, Quetta when a suicide bomber blew him up among peaceful protesters, participating in a rally taken against the unlawful occupation of Baith-ul-Muqadas by Israeli forces and to express solidarity with Palestinian people. Later, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility of the suicide bombing in separate telephone calls made to the local news agencies.
Eyewitnesses and local doctors have confirmed that most of causalities happened due to bullet injuries of law enforcement agencies and paramilitary troops including Frontier Corp and Anti-Terrorists Force (en elite police commando group, trained to combat terrorism).

The law enforcement agencies, as usual, have expressed sheer apathy to the entire matter, terming it as target killing in a bid to close the files without any further investigation. The peaceful ethnic Hazaras have been living in Quetta city for centuries but the decade long target killings and terrorist attacks against them have relatively confined them to their areas. The whole city is gripped with anxiety, uncertainty and frustration due to deteriorating law and order situation.

Pertinent to security of the Province, the Provincial government under the leadership of Nawab Aslam Raisani – an elected Chief Minister of Pakistan People’s Party – turned out to be a complete failure in providing security and safety to the people. In the general election of February, 2008, the Baloch Chieftain, Nawab Asalm Raisani was unanimously elected as the Leader of Balochistan Provincial Assembly who claimed to provide complete security to the people and improve the law and order within two years else he would resign. The Federal and Provincial Governments have completed the tenure of over 2.5 years; however, the Balochistan Government has failed to chalk out a viable plan of action to cleanse the society of the malice of sectarianism, extremism, target killings and terrorist attacks.

The formidable law and order situation in Quetta city, especially among Hazaras, has created a chaotic situation which is driving the youths towards fierce retaliation. The Federal Interior Minister, Rehman Malik early this month, vowed to start targeted operation against Baloch resistance groups in the province, however, he ignored to mention of any action against the extremist outfits such as Lashker-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba etc, operating actively and targeting innocent Hazaras.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 28th, 2010)

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AFGHAN GOVERNMENT AND AFGHAN ELECTION COMMISSION USURPED HAZARAS’ SUFFRAGE

QUETTA, September 27th, 2010: The Parliamentary Election of 18th September, 2010 in Afghanistan was thought to be a harbinger of positive socio-political change in Afghanistan’s multi-ethnic scenario as various concerned quarters, NGOs, CBOs, international donors and aid agencies were gleefully making huge preparations to mobilize the masses to vote amid repetitive life threats and decrees issued by the Taliban to restrict people from taking part. The war-torn country has seen almost two decades of civil war, fierce ethnic fighting, displacement and forced migration to the neighbouring countries which left a large population of Afghan nationals to be brought up and groomed in foreign soils. Since the collapse of the Taliban regime in October, 2001, the Afghan citizens happily returned to their native land as they hoped to rebuild their country under shadow of International Community and witness their children making contribution in its progress but the deteriorating law and order situation has badly disappointed them.

In post Taliban era of Afghanistan, resuming the political process and bringing awareness among people about their fundamental rights was never easy as the basic infrastructure of the country had been severely demolished in a series of ethnic clashes although the Afghan youths thronged into public and private sector organisations to strengthen these institutions. They also, keenly, participated in educational institutions, learning new skills, familiarizing themselves with ICT to build up the country anew. The International Community poured billions of dollars to build up its infrastructure and root out the menace of the Taliban-style perception of Islam and social values from their society. Afghanistan’s powerful warlords and chieftains have always overshadowed the progress and prosperity of the country providing the course of action was against their will. General public is well aware of the influence and might of these figures as indulging in war crimes and human rights violation are toy’s play for them.

Given the fact that Hamid Karzai-the incumbent President of Afghanistan-was unwillingly supported by America and its allies in last year’s presidential election to be elected for a period of four years to control the reign of Afghan Government, it was understood that he would do everything to please the sympathizers of the Taliban to start negotiation with them. Hamid Karzai and his half brother Ahmed Wali Karzai have been accused of accumulating huge wealth in form of mega corruption from government projects, tenders, recruitments of high ranked bureaucrats and to poppy cultivation. The incumbent Afghan President is also termed as Mayor of Kabul rather than the Head of country due to the fact that the law and order situation in overall Afghanistan is deteriorating. The public and private sector organizations heavily depend on foreign aid and the Taliban have stretched their influence to many of its provinces where they have formed a shadow government. They, even, collect tax from the locals, passer-bys and transports to finance their terrorist activities in the country. There are reliable reports that the Taliban are openly promoting their terrorist campaigns in places like Nahoor District (Ghazni Province) where they are seen patrolling the areas, inviting the locals to join them for the want of money and, due to unemployment and abject poverty, hundreds of people have already wished to work for the Taliban.

Hamid Karzai, on the other hand, has opened many fronts including direct racial discrimination of other ethnicities such as the Hazaras. In a series of Human Rights violations, he allowed the Taliban in disguise of the Pashtun Nomads to ransack, plunder, torch and murder innocent ethnic Hazaras in Behsud and Diamirdad areas of Afghanistan in June this year. As a result of their unlawful infiltration into these areas, houses, shops and crops were looted and burned, people were murdered and forced to leave their native places which agitated the Hazaras living across the world to stage demonstrations and protests against these atrocities and cruelties. Hamid Karzai and his government were unmoved by these human rights violation which convinced the locals that he, himself, may have backed the Pashtun Nomads to persecute the native inhabitants of the land. The Afghan troops deployed in these areas, had been withdrawn to pave the way for pre-planned infiltration and looting of Hazaras’ land. Ironically, The NATO, ISAF and international community turned a deaf ear to the whole matter which infuriated the affectees and the human rights activists to condemn their duality.

Hamid Karzai – an ethnic Pashtun of Popalzai tribe – would wish to gain support of Afghan warlords, chieftains and notables, hence, his cunningness and ill-motives against other ethnicities especially the Hazaras could be easily analysed through his malicious intents to suppress and usurp their rights. He exemplified his horrific deeds when the Taliban cum Pashtun Nomads tried to invade native places of Hazaras in West Kabul on 13th August, 2010. Many innocent people lost their life due to indiscriminate firing of the Taliban Nomads and Afghan troops who aimed to target ethnic Hazaras, protesting against these cruelties. Reportedly, the Taliban Nomads had been provoked by a Pashtun MP to drive Hazaras out of their places in a bid to gain control of the area. 

Hamid Karzai also solidified his true nature as a Pashtun racist when he, for the second time, rejected the nomination papers of 5 Hazara candidates to be included into the cabinet. Among other things as well as this discriminatory attitude of the Afghan President forced Haji Mohamamd Mohaqiq, the Chairman, People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan to withdraw his support from Karzai and his incumbent government. The Pashtun, boastful of their strength and population in Afghanistan, have always discriminated against the ethnic Hazaras. No matter how liberal they try to prove in terms of practicing and understanding Islamic values and Afghan culture, they have always been supportive of extremist views and its promulgation into the region.

The recent Parliamentary Election of 18th September, 2010 witnessed an uneven discriminatory attitude of the Pashtun leaders. The Afghan President and the Head of Afghan Election Commission, Mullah Manuwi flouted their constitution and moral duties with impunity. Areas of Central Afghanistan known as Hazarajat were, preponderantly, deprived of their constitutional rights to vote as ballot papers finished as early as 11:00 AM whereas the Pashtun and Tajik dominated areas were dispatched thousands of ballet papers in excess to legitimatise their win fraudulently. Thousands of ethnic Hazaras had eagerly queued early morning to cast their votes to their favourite candidates but due to dire shortage of ballot papers and election ink they were told to go home. Places like Jaghori, Malistan and Nahur ran out of ballot papers and indelible ink in the first couple of hours of morning which agitated the locals to march to the heart of the city for mass protest and demonstration.

An eyewitness, Mr.Mukhtar Pedram, the Managing Director Weekly “Hashd-dad”, who visited Jaghori District says, “There were a large number of people in the election but, unfortunately, tens of areas faced shortage of ballet papers which prevented thousands of people to vote.” He says, “Only in Jaghori District, 14,000 people could not cast vote to their favourite candidates due to its unavailability. In Malistan District, for example, three polling centers were shut down because of lack of ballet papers and about 4,000 people, mostly belonging to ethnic Hazara of Meknik area could not vote. On the other hand, the Head of the Afghan Election Commission, Mullah Manuwi had omitted 80 polling centers in these regions despite complete security.
 
Surprisingly, no election was held in Qarabagh despite full preparations although the voters had made long queues outside polling stations since early morning. Initially, the officials of election commission and Afghan government assured the voters of the start of election but, after a few hours of desperate wait, they were informed that the election had been called off due to security reasons. The voters were astonished to know that the pretexts of Afghan election commission and the corrupt Afghan government were usurping their right to vote as though Qarabagh is a peaceful region, occupied by ethnic Hazaras who know no security threats.

There are reliable reports that polling ended in noon in places like Dasht-e-Barchi which is mainly inhabited by the Hazaras.

International Community, Human Rights Organizations and International media have kept complete mum over high-handedness of Afghan government and its election commission. It is worth mentioning that the Grievance Commission set up by Hamid Karzai to redress complaints and grievances regarding irregularities and fraud in general elections, comprise of the Pashtun and Tajik whereas the representation of ethnic Hazaras have been completed ignored.

The corrupt Afghan government, the bigoted Afghan President and the Head of Afghan Election Commission, Mullah Manuwi should be held accountable for all the fraud and rigging perpetrated in the recent parliamentary election. The Head of election commission has been biased in conducting free and fair election who should be taken to task and removed of his post immediately. The parliamentary election should be called off as the suffrage of one particular ethnicity has been undermined to marginalize the representation into the next parliament. It is high time that an Independent Enquiry Commission, comprising of foreign delegates be formed to thoroughly probe the matter and those found involved in perpetrating election fraud should be penalized as per the law.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 27th, 2010)

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HAZARANATION.COM – IMPORTANCE NOTICE

QUETTA, September 25th, 2010: Hazaranation.com is run by professional Hazara youths who are committed towards providing updated news to the masses round the clock. As we have been serving the nation in the field of ICT for many years which has given a new dimension to our voice and stature in Pakistan and the world over, we do our level best to cover all news items related to Hazaras and their interests as a whole.

The website is run under strict Protocol and pre-defined roles and responsibilities format which describes the accountabilities of its members in length. Our news editor or any other member needn’t predominantly concur with reports and news clippings being sent for publication, we, however, reserve the right to edit their contents to appropriately meet the requirement of the Protocol.

Hazaranation.com shall not entertain phone calls, text messages, emails or other forms of communication regarding editing or belated publishing of reports and news items as they are published in serial and date sequence received. In publishing the news reports, no organizations, individuals, sports and recreational groups are prioritized over others nor any specific faction’s news are promoted rapidly. Please refrain from making unnecessary phone calls, requesting for specific feedback on curtailment or delay of news items. If you are not satisfied with services being provided or unhappy about any aspect of it, please send your grievances to complaints@hazaranation.com. The Complaints Team will investigate the matter thoroughly and if, deemed appropriate, will reveal the outcome of the investigation to the relevant head.

Subsequent to the previous announcement, all organizations are informed yet again to send their reports and news to editor@hazaranation.com rather than directing them to other mediums which, unnecessarily, increases traffic and workload as their redirection to the above said email cannot be guaranteed.

ADMIN "ALTAF HUSSAIN SAFDARI"

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 25th, 2010)

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LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA QUITS HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF GREAT BRITAIN

LONDON, September 25th, 2010: Liaquat Ali Hazara (LAH) – who joined HIF as Secretary, Press and Communication a few months ago with a recent upward promotion as elected Secretary General – has decided to resign from his positions. Along with his new assignments, he was also responsible for running the Press and Communication Department until its new appointee. The Chairman was informed of the decision on 24/09/2010 in a meeting held at its headquarters.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 25th, 2010)

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HAZARA MOGHUL YEKJEHTI FORUM, PAKISTAN CONDOLED TO MQM LEADERS AT CENTRAL SECRETARIAT OVER THE MARTYRDOM OF DR. IMRAN FAROOQ

KARACHI, September 24th, 2010: A Press Release, issued from Arif Hussain Hazara, Press Secretary, Hazara Mughal Yekjehti Forum, Pakistan (Regd) mentions that a delegation of the Forum, under the auspices of its Chairman, Sardar Mehdi Hasan Musa visited Muthahida Quami Movement’s Central Secretariat, Nine Zero (90), Karachi to offer Fatiha for the departed soul of Dr. Imran Farooq.

Dr. Imran Farooq – a prominent MQM leader, who had sought political asylum in the UK in the 90s due to security situation in Karachi, Pakistan – was stabbed to death by unknown people outside his London residence in Mill Hills locality of Edgware on 17-09-2010. He suffered multiple stab wounds and head injuries who was rushed to the hospital but the doctors pronounced him dead just over an hour.

On the occasion, the Chairman, HMYF, Pakistan also met Dr. Farooq Sattar and MNA Khushbakht Shujaat and discussed the target killings of innocent Hazaras in Quetta and other cities of Pakistan.

At last, the delegation offered deepest condolences to MQM leaders over this irreparable loss and prayed for perseverance of the aggrieved family

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 24th, 2010)

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TAQI KHAN PLANS TO PERFORM LIVE MUSICAL CONCERTS IN AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA, September 22th, 2010: Barkat Aazra present Taqi Khan musical programm, Taqi Khan – a young and talented Hazara singer – has announced to perform in live musical programmes across Australia starting from 19-09-2010. His second music album is being released after the span of 7 years when his album captioned as Mughal Dokhtar, launched in 2003 earned him the stardom status of a talented singer and music composer.

Given his live concerts in Australia, the two musical events have already taken place on 19th and 20th September, 2010 in Sydney and Adelaide respectively and the remaining two programmes are being held in Melbourne (26th September) and in Perth on 27th of the Month.   

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 22th, 2010)

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HAZARA COMMUNITY OF GREAT BRITAIN LAUNCHES A LISTENING CAMPAIGN THROUGH OUT THE UK

QUETTA, September 20th, 2010: HCGB has started a Listening Campaign across the UK in a bid to listen to all Hazaras to try reducing their social and ethical differences. In a letter posted to me by its committee member Didar Hussain, the core objectives of the Campaign have been outlined which emphasises on the need for better integration of Hazaras into the British society.

HCGB, via this Campaign, also aims to listen to all Hazaras living in the UK to assess their social, cultural and religious requirements to align its priorities accordingly. As the Organization intends to listen to a large number of people affiliated with various organizations, HCGB has held discussion with different groups including political and social organizations and sports and recreational bodies to chalk out a pragmatic plan for the masses for better inter-group coordination. More groups have been requested for a sit-in gathering through letter whose response is awaited. The outcome of the Campaign may be shared with the Hazaras with concrete recommendations once all the quarters have been listened to.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 20th, 2010)

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HIF Condemns Meezan Chowk Blast

QUETTA, September 20th, 2010: A special meeting of the Hazara International Forum’s council was convened by the Chairman Haji Marzooq Ali on Sunday the 12th of September in Walthamstow, London.

The meeting commenced with offering of Fatiha for the martyrs of the recent Meezan Chowk tragedy and thereafter the Council discussed the incident in detail.
 
Hazara international Forum and British Hazara Community is deeply saddened by the catastrophic occurrence and sympathizes earnestly with the guileless affected. We call upon the Hazara nation to recognize the true faces of Islamic religious undertakers and make them accountable for their evil deeds. We urge that the Hazara Youth stay away from such senseless provocations and not to become a tool to the ambitions and interests of the deceptive forces.
 
The meeting also demanded of Pakistan government to ensure impartial and transparent probe into the fatal incident and bring all the people culpable for the incident to justice.

Amjad Hussain

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 20th, 2010)

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HAZARA COMMUNITY OF GREAT BRITAIN CONDEMNS THE MIZAN CHOWK INCIDENT

QUETTA, September 19th, 2010: HCGB has issued a press statement – condemning the recent incident of Mizan Chowk – which engulfed the lives of 78 people while injuring over 200 innocent people. The Organization deeply condoles with the aggrieved families of the martyred and prays for rapid recovery of the injured. Although HCGB is a novice social organization of British Hazaras living in Milton Keynes, UK, they committee members have pledged to do their utmost to financially help the affected families of the terrorist act.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 20th, 2010)

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HUSSAIN ALI YOUSUFI’S PROVERB BOOK OFFERED FOR SALE IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

QUETTA, September 19th, 2010: The Hazara and Taj Association of Australia have announced to organize the sale of the proverb and idiom book of Hussain Ali Yousufi at Center Citizens Center, Fleurs and Clifton Street, Annerly Moorooka, Brisbane, Australia. The event will take place on 19-09-2010 between 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM local time and all Hazaras have been invited to attend it in order to appreciate the literary work of the author. For further information, please contact Chaman Shah Nasiri on 0413 970 686.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 20th, 2010)

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THREE VICTIMS OF MIZAN CHOWK INCIDENT PASSED AWAY

QUETTA, September 10th, 2010: Three of the victims of Mizan Chowk incident expired yesterday who have been buried in Hazara Graveyard. They were in very seriously injured list who could not succumb to their injuries and left us for eternal peace.

Our sources confirm that Syed Mujtaba, who fell victim to target firing of personnel of Frontier Corp – a paramilitary force – was operated upon at a local hospital for sustained bullet injuries but the doctors were unable to save his life. The second martyred was identified as Rehmat and the identity of the third one is yet to be confirmed.

The above mentioned martyrs are not part of the tentative list of injured victims, compiled by our team, which covers the figure of 153 only as others’ details are awaited to be included, however, we can confirm that over 200 innocent people were injured on the day of incident.

The entire ethnic Hazara community is mourning the deaths and injuries of their loved ones. They are also worried about the discriminatory attitude of law enforcement agencies who spare no time in targeting innocent people, protesting the incident or engaging in voluntary humanitarian efforts of shifting the affectees to hospitals. Although the Provincial Government announced to set up a Judicial Inquiry Commission, comprising of High Court judges, they are demanding fair accountability and trial of high ranked police officers such as IG, Balochistan Police, CCPO and Inspector General, Frontier Corp as the past result of judicial probes implicated to reprimand innocent Hazaras and save the perpetrators involved.

Pertinent to the tragic incident, a large number of people were target killed by deliberate firing of personnel of Frontier Corp as 11 people were martyred due to the suicide bombing but the casualty has now reached to 78 with alarming figures of more than 65 people being in either very seriously or seriously ill list.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 10th, 2010)

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SOYUM OF MARTYRS OF MIZAN CHOWK INCIDENT OBSERVED AT NICHARI IMAM BARGAH QUETTA

QUETTA, September 10th, 2010: The 3rd Day of martyrs of Mizan Chowk suicide bomb blast was held at Nichari Imam Bargah, Quetta amid awe and shock. The session started on Sep 06th, 2010 at 08:00 PST till 18:00 hours where thousands of people belonging to all walks of life participated to offer their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the martyrs. A large number of people attended the Mourning to read the Holy Quran for the souls of the departed people affected by the incident. Later, the mourners walked to Hazara Graveyard to offer their fatiha.

The situation in Quetta city remained relatively sober and calm with paramilitary troops patrolling the city center and sensitive parts of the town. A couple of days earlier, the city observed a complete shutter down strike on the call of Balochistan Shia Conference where all shops and business establishments remained closed. The attendance at schools and government offices was noticeably low due to immobility of public and private transport.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 10th, 2010)

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HAZARA ORGANIZATION UK CONDEMS THE MIZAN CHOWK SUICIDE BOMBING

LONDON, September 09th, 2010: An emergency meeting of Hazara Organisation, UK was held in Southampton to discuss the recent incident of suicide bombing at Al Quds Rally in Quetta and the loss of so many innocent lives. The participants were from Milton Keynes, Oxford and Leicester. The participants of the meeting showed their deep concern on the loss of precious lives and condemned the corrupt Government of Baluchistan for granting permission to the organizers and leaders of the said rally and declared it a mere conspiracy against the Hazara Community. The course of incident reveals the fact that the government and law enforcement agencies acted as accomplice with terrorists and got involved in killing the innocent participants who were mainly Hazaras.

The participant of the meeting declared unanimously that some foreign elements of Muslim origins are active in different parts of Baluchistan and providing all sorts of support to sectarian organisations of their choice to secure their geo-political interest in the region by widening the sectarian strife and fuelling tension for their own goals, are equally responsible and actors along with the government agencies for the loss of precious lives.

The meeting was concluded with the fallowing demands.

1. Those killed and injured should be compensated.

2. To establish judicial commission consisting of high court judges to investigate this ferocious incidents.
 
3. Immediate crackdown against culprits and Lashkar-e-Jangvi members and Al Qaeda elements who are active in different parts of Baluchistan and in-large in Pakistan.

4. Federal government to suspend the CCPO Quetta instead of transfer until the judicial enquiry is complete 

5. The participants of the meeting demanded the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to ask all foreign elements who are responsible for supporting sectarian organisations to shun their interference in Baluchistan immediately and stop using Baluchistan as battle ground for their proxy wars.

6.  The meeting demanded from the federal government to ban all the religious extremist parties and immediately start crackdown against them. They are equally responsible for the loss of precious lives.

7. The participant of the meeting urged the Hazaras of Quetta City to understand the Geo- economic and political games being played in this region by the world and regional powers and please stop playing as puppets in the hands of these foreign elements who are trying to destabilise the region and bring chaos in our livelihood for their own Interests. We request all Hazaras to be vigilant and keep a close watch on the conspirators who want to isolate us by taking us in a cul-de-sac, understand the clear and present danger of sectarianism and refrain from sectarianism as it has always been contrary to the interest of Hazaras not only in Afghanistan but in Quetta as well.

Finally the participants offered heartily condolences to the victims of this bloody incident and requested humble and honest Hazaras in Diaspora specially UK members to support the victims of Quetta incidents.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 10th, 2010)

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NAMES OF 53 MARTYRED OF MIZAN CHOWK INCIDENT

QUETTA, September 06th, 2010: So far the list of 53 names of martyred of Mizan Chowk is published as below for perusal of all readers/viewers, who have been laid to rest at Hazara Graveyard. Among these martyrs, 46 of them belong to ethnic Hazara nation.

Please note that the pictures of all Shohadas are required for publishing by this website which could be sent to (info@hazaranation.com). The remaining Shohadas' names and their photos could also be furnished to the above mentioned email address.


S.No

Shaheed’s Name

Shaheed’s Father Name

1

Mukhtar Hussain

Talib Hussain

2

Imran Ali

Ghulam Abbas

3

Karbalai Haider Ali

Mohammad Ali

4

Mohammad Mehdi

Haider Ali

5

Mohammad Younus

Ramzan Ali

6

Qaisar Abbas

Mohammad Tariq

7

Jalil

Ali Ahmed

8

Mohammad Hussain

Ghulam Abbas

9

Maisan Raza

Fida Hussain

10

Syed Abbas Zaidi

Syed Hashim

11

Asghar Ali

Fida Hussain

12

Ghulam Abbas

Qurban Ali

13

Chiragh Hussain

Ali Yawer

14

Syed Jabir Hussain

Jan Hussain Kazmi

15

Naimat Ullah

Ramzan Ali

16

Baqir Hussain Naqvi

Zaheer Ahmed Naqvi

17

Mohammad Raza

Mohammad Juma

18

Abdul Jalil

Abdul ali

19

Barat Ali

Ali Hassan

20

Syed Rameez

Tanveer

21

Walayat Hussain

Chaudry Bashir

22

Khalil

Fateh Khan

23

Kalb Hussain

Kudadad

24

Zahid Hussain

Master Abdul Hassan

25

Javed Hussain

Haji Ghulam Mehdi

26

Zeeshan Ali

Inayat Ali

27

Haji Gul Ahmed

Akhtar Mohammad

28

Haji Musthaq (Urf haji gul

Haji Najaf Ali

29

Sardar ali

Mazhar Ali

30

Syed Qabart ali

Syed Kamal Hussain

31

Mehdi Muntaziri

 

32

Nasir Abbas

Ghulam Raza

33

Raja Anwar Hussain

Raja Khadim Hussain

34

Syed Maqal ali

Syed Ahmed Shah

35

Syed Arif

Agha Sharif

36

Riaz Hussain

Sawal Khan (Usta Mohammad)

37

Mohammad Ibrahim

Mushtaq Hussain

38

Muhammad Hussain (Afghani)

 

39

Munawar Ali

 

40

Mohammad Raza

Mohammad Hussain

41

Hassan Ali

Naik Muhammad

42

Arif

 

43

Yar Mohammad (Dera Murad Jamali)

 

44

Abdul Hadi

Mohammad Asif (Rani Pur)

45

Munawar Kulachi (Usta Mohammad)

 

46

Arif Hussain

Qadir Ali

47

Ghulam Haider Baig

Ali Hussain

48

Ghulam Raza

 

49

Syed Shahid Hussain

Syed Bahar Hussain (Multan)

50

Master Mohammad Raza

Master Faqir Hussain

51

Ejaz Hussain Tori

Abbas Ghulam Haider

52

Muhammad Sarsar

Ghulam Muhammad

53

Muhammad Juma

 

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THE TENTATIVE LIST OF PEOPLE SUFFERING INJURIES ON VARIOUS ACCOUNTS

QUETTA, September 06th, 2010: The below is the list of people, sustained shrapnel and bullet injuries of the suicide bomber as well as law enforcement agencies such as Frontier Corps (FC).
*Terminologies Explained:         *VSIL =          Very Seriously Ill List           (39)
                                                ** SIL =          Seriously Ill List                     (09)
                                          ***STABLE =      Mentally Sound                      (105)

S. No.

Name & Parentage

Age

Condition

01

Shoukat Ali S/O Qasim Ali

45 Yrs

*VSIL

02

Ali Akbar S/O M. Anwar

23 “

***STABLE

03

Ibrahim S/O Shah Ali

23 “

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04

M. Zaman S/O Mir Afghan

20”

VSIL

05

M. Musa S/O Barat Ali

55”

VSIL

06

Mohsin Raza S/O Ghulam Muhammad

16”

STABLE

07

Ali Zafar S/O Haji Muhammad

25”

VSIL

08

Awais Hassan S/O Kausar Ali

20”

STABLE

09

Ameen Ullah S/O Abdullah Jan

24”

STABLE

10

Jawad Ali S/O Iqbal Ali

24”

STABLE

11

Irfan Ali S/O M. Ismail

40”

VSIL

12

Mohsin Raza S/O Mukhtar Hussain

17”

STABLE

13

Asghar Ali S/O M. Essa

27”

STABLE

14

Asghar Ali S/O

18”

VSIL

15

Qasim Ali Shah S/O Munir

22”

VSIL

16

Muhammad Yunis S/O Nazir Hussain

24”

STABLE

17

M. Jaffar Ali S/O Ali Muhammad

35”

STABLE

18

M. Jaan S/O Ali Akbar

50”

VSIL

19

M. Alam S/O Gul Muhammad

26”

STABLE

20

Sakhi S/O Gul Muhammad Essa

45”

STABLE

21

Asif S/O Khan Ali

25”

STABLE

22

Muhammad Ali S/O Nadir Shah

24”

STABLE

23

Asad Ali S/O Ghulam Ali

22”

STABLE

24

Adeel Hussain S/O Fida Hussain

21”

VSIL

25

Ali Haider S/O Raza Jaffari

21”

VSIL

26

Ghulam Hussain S/O Khuda Nazar

35”

VSIL

27

Iqrar Hussain S/O Zameer Hussain

22”

STABLE

28

Shaikh Hassan S/O Ghazanfar

39”

VSIL

29

Asmat Ali S/O Iqbal Ali

17”

STABLE

30

Aftab Alam S/O Zahir Hussain

30”

STABLE

31

Rehmat Ali S/O M. Siddique

25”

STABLE

32

Syed Ali Agha S/O Syed Ishaque

42”

VSIL

33

Irshad Ali S/O M. Ramzan

17”

STABLE

34

Ali Osat S/O Hussain Ali

33”

STABLE

35

Khadim Hussain S/O M. Juma

37”

STABLE

36

Waqar Hussain S/O M. Musa

17”

STABLE

37

Ghulam Hussain S/O Ali Hussain

63”

VSIL

38

Rehmat Khan S/O Haji Habib Khan

60”

**SIL

39

Muhammad Ali S/O Noroz Ali

17”

VSIL

40

Noor Muhammad S/O Ali Muhammad

27”

VSIL

41

Hadi S/O Muhammad Hussain

28”

STABLE

42

Akbar Ali S/O Jaffar Ali

26”

STABLE

43

Syed Taha S/O Syed Murtaza

12”

STABLE

44

Umeed S/O Gul Muhammad

19”

STABLE

45

Asif Ali S/O Qadir Ali

18”

SIL

46

Khurshid Ali S/O Ghulam Habib

42”

STABLE

47

Haji Safdar S/O Ali Shafa

55”

----------

48

Hussain S/O Kifayath Hussain

15”

SIL

49

Anwar S/O Muhammad Ali

18”

STABLE

50

Jaffar Ali S/O Asghar Ali

20”

----------

51

Muhammad Mehram S/O M. Ishaq

31”

SIL

52

Qurban Ali S/O Younis

23”

STABLE

53

Ghulam Shabbir S/O Khuda Buksh

45”

---------

54

Ghulam Abbas S/O Muhammad Kazim

48”

STABLE

55

Aqeel S/O Khuda Baksh

16”

-----------

56

Muhammad Ali S/O Abdul Hussain

30”

------------

57

Syed Muhammad Ali S/O Shamsher Zaidi

22”

-------------

58

Syed Haider Ali S/O Syed Afzal Ali

15”

--------------

59

Syed Zulfiqar S/O Syed Saqlin

45”

-------------

60

Syed Khalil S/O Syed Jalil

32”

-------------

61

Salman Abbas S/O Muhammad Ilyas

28”

-------------

62

Ghulam Abbas S/O Sakhir

20”

------------

63

Syed Ahmed S/O Syed Ali Ahmed

43”

VSIL

64

Syed Hasnain Ali S/O Ghulam Muhammad

18”

STABLE

65

Ahmed Ali S/O Ghulam Ali

45”

---------

66

Aziz Ullah S/O Safdar Ali

42”

--------------

67

Muhammad Ali S/O Nasir Ali

25”

--------------

68

Basharat Ali S/O Inam Ali

28”

-----------

69

Mohsin Ali S/O Ali Gohar

30”

-----------

70

Hussain Ali S/O Zaman Ali

24”

----------

71

Syed Noor Uddin S/O Syed Muhammad Ali

65”

------------

72

Muhammad Kashif S/O Muhammad Jamil

18”

----------

73

Eid Muhammad S/O Ishaq Ali

18

VSIL

74

Naveed S/O Abid Hussain

27”

STABLE

75

Muhammad Umeed S/O Rehmat Ullah

19”

-----------

76

Rashid S/O Aziz Ahmed

18”

-------------

77

Ali Gul S/O Ghulam Raza

29”

-------------

78

Muhammad Yasir S/O Haji Mamo

10”

------------

79

Hazrat Siddique S/O Muhammad Siddique

 

------------

80

Sheraz Hussain S/O Muhammad Hussain

19”

STABLE

81

Muhammad Mustafa S/O Jawad

20”

----------

82

Salman Ali S/O Ali Jan

70”

VSIL

83

Ghulam Abbas S/O Haji Ali Madad

26”

STABLE

84

Ramzan S/O Muhammad Yousaf

21”

--------------

85

Muhammad Arif S/O Ramzan Ali

31”

-------------

86

Abdul Hussain S/O Haji Dostan Ali

45”

---------------

87

Ghulam Abbas S/O Safdar Ali

25”

--------------

88

Kamran S/O Qurban Ali

27”

-------------

89

Jawad S/O Muhammad Arif

20”

-------------

90

Syed Murtaza S/O Ahmed Shah

22”

-------------

91

Shabbir Ahmed S/O Ali Ahmed

35”

-------------

92

Mehmood Ali S/O Muhammad Sarwar

34”

VSIL

93

Nouraz Ali S/O Awais Ali

16”

STABLE

94

Muhammad Rafique S/O Muhammad Musa

28”

-----------

95

Akhtar Muhammad S/O Ghulam Nabi

25”

--------------

96

Fazal-e-Ahmed S/O Noor Ahmed

20”

------------

97

Abbas Ali S/O Muhammad Ibrahim

24”

VSIL

98

Abdul Hameed S/O Abdul Majeed

21”

STABLE

99

Ghulam Mustafa S/O Abdullah Jan

30”

STABLE

100

Sarwar Ali S/O Yousaf Ali

40”

---------

101

Muhammad Hanif S/O Muhammad Sharif

50”

-----------

102

Zafar Ali S/O Wakeel

11”

VSIL

103

Muhammad Musadiq S/O Hussain Jan

53”

STABLE

104

Ghulam Rasool S/O Muhammad Ibrahim

18”

VSIL

105

Shakeel S/O Muhammad Bashir

22”

VSIL

106

Qudrat Ullah S/O Muhammad Younis

17”

-----------

107

Muhammad Hanif

35”

-------------

108

Abdul Karim S/O Qasim Ali

80”

-------------

109

Mustafa S/O Haji Nadir

21”

STABLE

110

Yousaf Ali S/O Ibrahim

40”

-----------

111

Talib Hussain S/O Ali Khan

28”

-----------

112

Ali Raza S/O Muhammad Tahir

22”

-------------

113

Abdul Ali S/O Ghulam Hussain

17”

-------------

114

Naseeb Ali

43”

------------

115

Ali Raza S/O Fida Hussain

15”

-------------

116

Ziad Ud Din S/O Juma Khan

25”

-----------

117

Mustafa S/O Muhammad Ali

23”

STABLE

118

Muhammad Ali S/O Ishaq Ali

27”

-----------

119

Asif Hussain S/O Ahmed Ali

23”

SIL

120

Qurban Ali S/O Ahmed Ali

22”

STABLE

121

Juma Khan S/O Muhammad Musa

22”

SIL

122

Ghulam Muhammad S/O Awais Ali

30”

----------

123

Imran S/O Makhtiar

30”

---------

124

Hussain S/O Hussain Akbar

35”

STABLE

125

Habib Ali S/O Mehran Ali

26”

SIL

126

Asad Ullah S/O Shaman Ali

33”

STABLE

127

Jabar Hussain S/O Iftikhar Hussain

31”

------------

128

Yasir Raza S/O Nadir Ali

22”

-------------

129

Fath Shekar S/O Abdul Karim

35”

-------------

130

Yousaf S/O Muhammad Hussain

35”

VSIL

131

Jarar S/O Iftikhar Hussain

31”

-------------

132

Mukhtiar Ali S/O Muhammad Hussain

18”

--------------

133

Fawad S/O Jalal

20”

---------------

134

Ijaz Ahmed

24”

---------------

135

Jafar Khan S/O

16”

-------------

136

Sami Ullah

25”

--------------

137

Abid Ali S/O Faqiq

24”

----------------

138

Syed Haider Abbas S/O Syed Jaffar

24”

--------------

139

Hadi S/O Ali Akbar

27”

-------------

140

Mehmood

17”

--------------

141

Syed Iftikhar S/O Thawos

27

STABLE

142

Muhammad Hussain S/O Tajamal

 

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143

Jafar Hussain S/O Tajamal

23”

--------------

144

Allah Bakhsh S/O Mian Khan

32”

-------------

145

Muhammad Yousaf

 

--------------

146

Ismail S/O Ibrahim

17”

--------------

147

Ali Raza

24”

-----------

148

Hassan Ali S/O Rustam

30”

---------------

149

F/O CAPT. FAYYAZ ALI

63”

VSIL

150

TARIQ HUSSAIN

46”

STABLE

151

MUZAFFAR ALI S/O TARIQ HUSSAIN

12”

-----------

152

ABID ALI S/O TARIQ

23”

-----------

153

ASIF

28”

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LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA

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A NATION TORN APART!

QUETTA, September 06th, 2010: “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to you mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State..... We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one state........ I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course. Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religion sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”

The above is the excerpts of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah (R.A)’s speech of August, 11, 1947. You may have already noticed that the great leader of the world who was well known for his political wisdom, academic intellect and proven rhetoric states clearly to the people of Pakistan that they can live in this country however they want to and no matter what school of faith they belong to or what religion they are required to practice, they are all the citizens of the country and these religious activities are so personal that they have nothing to do with the business of the state. Some may wonder as to why we need to read this cliché’ passage but I, assertively, describe them essential for Pakistan as these are basis which could have established sound foundations for the country, had we pursued the golden sayings of the father of the nation. As Stanley Wolpert’s classic quote below would illuminate my heart which is about the great leader of the world, “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation- state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”
The great land of Pakistan was created by our forefathers who ranked amongst top most barristers, philosophers, statesmen, thinkers, revolutionists and academics of their time and many of them followed Shi’ite school of thought including the Great Leader Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah but, needless to say, they all believed in supremacy and oneness of Allah Almighty. Regardless of what religion or school of faith they belong to, all Muslims would struggle for an independent land for the Muslims of South Asia in order for them to live in a free environment, get education of their own and run a state based on Islamic ideology. Although, clerics belonging to Deobandi school of thought vehemently opposed the creation of Pakistan and on the forefront were Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Which later became Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam under leadership of Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman), Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam and Jamat-e-Islami (Being led by Maulan Munawar Hussain). The Mullahs and their henchmen, who have now become the self-declared saviour of Pakistan and its fanciful ideology, were very active in those days to oppose the idea of a separate Muslim State because they considered it against the Islamic concept of Muslim brotherhood but at the same time, they sided with the Congress and supported its Indian nationalism. Among them were Maulana Abul Ala Maudodi, the father of Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman who wrote many books at that time and died in late 70’s in Buffalo Hospital America, was an arch-opposer of the creation of Pakistan and when Pakistan was made, he wrote in one of his books the land of impure (Na Pakistan). Paradoxically, the Ulemas of Deoband have always utterly deprecated the idea of creation of a separate Muslim land and later became champions of Islam, boastfully talking of independence of Pakistan from the British Raj.

The, otherwise, liberal and educated Pakistani society has been overshadowed with orthodox practices which are widely unacceptable by the large proportion of people living in this country. Ironically, the country’s brotherly and communal harmony is under continues threat by alien forces whose roots and origins remain a big mystery. Teenage children are indoctrinated in the name of owning a permanent place in heaven whose fatal ordeal services could be hired by affluent people providing they wish to dismantle the law of the land or target any innocent citizen not practicing Deobandi theology. The pure Islamic traditions and values are being digested by radical thoughts in forms of extreme inculcation of Deobandi ideology which is devoid of rational and Islamic injunctions. The entire Pakistani society has been taken captive and the people of the land fell easy prey to illiterate religious fanatics who utilize youths for suicide bombings and mass killings for vested interests. But, thankfully, the entire world has come to conclusion that the religion Islam or Muslims are not the real threat for their security but a small faction of people who are defaming genuine Islamic values and creating chaotic situation among the masses.

They have openly flouted Islamic rules and principles, negating the sayings of Allah and practical life of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him and his progeny). Islam bestows equal rights to men and women but they keep women locked at homes. Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him and his family) urges all Muslims, “Seek knowledge from cradle to grave,” but the Taliban type of Islam keep girls off schools and blow school buildings with bombs. Islam has greatly emphasised on human rights including the rights of neighbours, (Haqooq-ul-Ibad), but they spare no time in beheading their neighbours should they be found to practice or follow other school of thought. Allah says in the Holy Quran, “Killing one human being is as if killing whole humanity.” (05:32). But, they kill innocent people without mercy and claim to take responsibility for that. In short, their explanation of the Holy Quran is totally ambiguous and incomprehensible by others but they keep counting figures as if their thirst is quenched by counting befallen heads.

Shi’ites who formed the foundation of this country are being alienated by Deobandi faction of Islam. The Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and its affiliated groups carrying out suicide bombings and target killings across Pakistan, especially against Shi’ites, could give them a lead in updating their counts but it will not demoralize the people who have made this beautiful land. On the contrary, the Pakistani intelligence agencies who cherished this tiny plant to stand against the brotherly infrastructure of the country, may feel compunction as it is now digesting the foundations like termite but the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are losing the war. More youths and disbelievers are turning to processions and rallies to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali (Peace be upon him) and his family.

We have vowed not to give up or succumb to pressure of fistful miscreants whose death is nearly certain as their demolition through the ages has already started. Their true face is recognized widely by world community who are pursuing them in caves and bunkers with pilotless planes to parish them all together. The Shi’ites and Sunnis have also learned lessons from Deobandi’s dirty tricks which will boost up their moral for national unity and solidarity.

Long Live Shi’ite Sunni Unity, Long Live Pakistan. 

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HAZARA MUGHAL UNITED FORUM (Regd) PAKISTAN HOLDING FATHA, QURAN KHAWANI AND MAJLIS-E-AZA IN HUSSAIN GOTH, KARACHI

KARACHI, September 05th, 2010: Our Source Arif Hazara has brought us coverage of Fatiha, Quran Khawani and Majlis-e-Aza, organized by Hazara Mughal United Forum (Regd) Pakistan at Hussain Goth B-11, Gulshan Iqbal, Mughal Hazara Goth, Gulistan Jauhar, Qasba Colony, Hazara Colony Manghopir,  Dawood Goth and Naval Colony for the departed souls of the martyrs and injured of Mizan Chowk, Quetta. They offered their heart-felt condolence to the grieved families of the affectees of this inhuman suicide bombing.

Giving a sermon to the public at Hussain Goth, Karachi Allama Haider Jaffari termed the Quetta and Lahore incidents as pre-planned Zionist plots to create chaos and uncertainty among people, destabilize the state and limit Shi’ites to their homes. He, further, said that all Muslims should be united to tackle these conspiracies of dismantling their fraternity and brotherly relationship.

In the meanwhile, the Hazara residents of the above areas voluntarily closed down their shops and businesses tIo show complete ethnic support and communal solidarity with their Hazara brothers of Quetta. 

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Hazaras Massacre: Blame Game Must Stop

QUETTA, September 05th, 2010: Hazaras have once again been targeted by the banned outfit - Lashkar-e-Jhangvi - on Friday during a rally taken out to mark Al-Quds Day. Police have put the blame on rally organizers arguing that they violated their commitment to follow the designated route decided upon earlier by both the administration and rally leaders. They are of the view that they had ensured security along the designated route and had requested the event organizers not to move forward to Meezan Chowk due to security reasons which was, however, turned down.

While police's claim has some weight, it, however, can not be taken as a rational justification to fully absolve the force of its prime duty of ensuring security to citizens. Police and all other law enforcement agencies are obliged to provide security to the masses in every situation and their responsibility further increases when there are reports about possible suicidal attacks. They should have tightened security across the provincial capital instead of beefing it up only along the designated route of the rally.

The most dreadful aspect of the tragic incident is that the blast did not cause as much casualties as firing of security personnel on empty-handed rally participants who were protesting against the incident after the blast. The government must take notice of this fact as to why the security forces turn violent whenever any deadly event happens with Hazara people. The security personnel whether belonging to Frontier Corps or Anti Terrorist Force who fired at the protesters must be taken to the task so that they do not dare doing so in future.

Unfortunately, some of the media personnel were also injured and a driver of a private television channel got killed as a result of the blast and subsequent firing which they reported to have been carried out by the rally participants. True, there were some armed security guards in the rally who resorted to aerial firing after the blast as a protest but not all of the participants were armed. It is also a wrong perception that the armed rally participants opened fire on media men, security personnel or passersby. The actual fact is that it is the security personnel who opened indiscriminate fire from their bunkers not only on the protesters but also on the media teams in a bid to deprive the aggrieved community of getting sympathy from any segment of society. This issue also needs to be considered thoroughly.

The government has announced a judicial probe into the incident, but it must ensure that this time the probe should not meet the same fate of the judicial tribunal which was formed to investigate into the Ashura suicidal attack of March 2004.

Last but not least, Hazara nation at this critical moment needs to forge unity among their ranks as it is essential to foil conspiracies being hatched against them by their enemies. It is very deplorable that some people have started a campaign to malign a particular segment of society blaming them for the tragedy. That particular segment and all other groups and individuals should be made accountable for their misdeeds, but not in such an awkward manner. Political point scoring should be avoided at this critical moment as it is not the right time to indulge in dirty blame game.

In the present circumstances a need for a new apolitical body with representation from all walks of life is also being felt intensely. The body should be saddled with the task of chalking out a strategy to cope with the challenges being posed to Hazaras as a nation.

 

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FUNERAL PRAYERS FOR THE MARTYRS OF MIZAN CHOWK SUICIDE BLAST OFFERED AMID GRIEF AND SORROW

QUETTA, September 04th, 2010: 53 Martyrs of the yesterday’s suicide bombing were laid to rest in Hazara Graveyard on Saturday amid awe and shock as thousands of people attended the funeral procession to pay tribute and salute to their love ones. The environment of the city, noticeably, remained calm and tense where Balochistan Shi’ite Conference had called for a shutter down strike throughout the city in a statement issued from its Press Cell yesterday. They have also called a 40 Day Mourning, strongly condemning the incident as people belonging to all factions of Islam were among the attendees of the rally when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the center of the gathering on Mizan Chowk yesterday and killing dozens of people immediately. The death toll later reached to 75 with over 200 injured who are being treated as various hospitals of the city.

The suicide bombing occurred in a rally held by Imamia Students Organization at Mizan Chowk when innocent people were chanting slogans against Israel for unlawful occupation of Palestinian land and Bait-ul-Muqadas or Al-Quds to show their uncompromised pledge and support to the Palestinian people. A large majority of the rally protesters belonged to ethnic Shi’ite Hazara and this rally is taken out every year on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan to mark their solidarity with the people of Palestine and against Israeli aggression and occupation.

The defunct extremist group Laskhar-e-Janghvi linked to Al-Qaeda, in a telephone call to local media, claimed the responsibility of this tragic incident and said these attacks will continue in the future too. In a separate phone call, the Commander for Tehrik Taliban Pakistan , Qari Hussain Mehsud also claimed the responsibility for the suicide bombing and said that though they are fighting the US and the Pakistani Government, “Shi’ites are also our target”, talking to a foreign news channel, Associated Press (AP).

Pertinent to the yesterday’s callous incident, the Frontier Corps – a paramilitary force – controlled by the federal government and deployed in the province on the request of the provincial government to assist in maintaining law and order in the province; completed neglected their professional commitments of protecting life and property of the people and opened fire at innocent ethnic Hazaras killing dozens of people on the spot.

Later, Inspector General, Balochistan Police, talking to media blamed the organizers of the rally for this unfortunate happening while ignoring his constitutional and official responsibilities of protecting life of people. According to reliable sources in Quetta over 70 Hazara youths have been arrested by the law enforcement agencies on the pretext of disrupting law and order situation.

Worse to mention is that fact that the Awami National Party, Muslim League N, Jamiat Ulema Islam, Jang News Group and Trade Association, Prince Road Quetta have all turned their guns against ethic Hazaras with the demand from law enforcement agencies to arrest the miscreants of firing instead of condemning the suicide bombing or protesting against this savage incident.

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by: Liaquat Ali Hazara


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HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM STRONGLY CONDEMNS THE MIZAN CHOWK SUICIDE BOMBING AND DEMANDS THE GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN TO APPREHEND THE PERPETRATORS

QUETTA, September 04th, 2010: The HIF Central Committee denounced the insensitive suicide bombing of Mizan Chowk Quetta, occurring at a peaceful Al-Quds Rally on 03-09-2010 and demanding the Government of Pakistan to arrest the culprits involved in this heinous crime. In a Press Release issued here on Friday, they condoled with the aggrieved families of the martyred and the injured and appealed to the people to remain calm in this tense situation.

In separate letters being dispatched to the Government of Pakistan, the HIF has expressed anger and deep concern over irresponsible acts of Frontier Corps for opening fire at innocent ethnic Hazaras and killing dozens on the spot. We also feel that the incumbent Inspector General, Balochistan Police and Frontier Corps should be held responsible for their unprofessional conduct and lax attitude which led to huge human loss.

HIF also demands the Government concerned to set up an Inquiry Committee comprising of on-service Supreme Court judges to probe the matter and penalize the high ranked bureaucrats involved in ordering the shooting of innocent people and the IG, Balochistan Police be suspended immediately for negligence of his professional duties.

The Central Committee also discussed other options including mass demonstration in front of the Embassy of Pakistan, London and holding a series of meeting with the members of the UN, the European Union, Amnesty International, UK and British politicians to highlight the pre-planned ethnic cleansing and persecution of Hazaras in Quetta, Balochistan.

 

Liaquat Ali Hazara
Secretary,
Press and Communications,
Hazara International Forum. 

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DEATH TOLL REACHED 73, OVER 200 INJURED IN QUETTA BOMB BLAST

QUETTA, September 03rd, 2010: According to our sources in Quetta, the death toll has reached 73 with over 200 injured due to bomb blast(s) occurring at the heart of the rally today. The peaceful rally is being observed by Imamia Students Organization (ISO) every year on the last Friday of the Holy Month of Ramadan to proclaim international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslims of Palestine.

In Quetta, people, belonging to all faiths and schools of thought, participate in the rally to show their unity and unconditional support to the people of Palestine. The rally is led to the heart of the city, known as Mizan Chowk where Ulemas and religious scholars throw light over the importance of Baith-ul-Muqaddas or Al-Quds and express their unprecedented commitment and support to the Palestinians.

Due to recent surge in wave of suicide bombings and well-organized attacks on processions, rallies, gatherings and prayer congregations of Shi’ite sect of Islam in Pakistan, “The law enforcement agencies had credible evidence that the terrorists have plans to attack the rally in Quetta”, said Inspector General, Balochistan Police, while talking to a TV Channel. The IG, Balochistan Police failed to executive a master plan to cordon off the area for complete check up before the rally was taken out and merely claiming to have reliable evident of suicide bombing insinuates law enforcement agencies’ involvement into such executions. There is unconfirmed report as to how the blast happened as some eye witnesses believe that the bomb may have been planted into a motorbike and blew with a remote control while some sources term it as suicide bombing. So far, 73 deaths have been confirmed and over 200 injured who are mainly of ethnic Hazara, predominantly belonging to Shi’ite sect of Islam. There were no doctors available on duty when the injured were rushed to hospitals for emergency treatment which had left many expire due to apathy of the Health Authorities. Reportedly, many casualties happened due to shootings of Frontier Corps – a paramilitary force - being controlled by the Federal Government and called upon at the request of the Provincial Government to assist in maintaining law and order situation in the city. Their negligence of the professional duties and firing at innocent people requires immediate judicial inquiry into matter in order to ascertain the ground realities and penalize those held responsible for ordering and opening fire at innocent citizens.

Needless to say that this is not first time when law enforcement agencies have opened fire at innocent ethnic Hazaras as the troopers deployed at the sites of processions and rallies belong to Sunni faction of Islam, mostly belonging to Wahabi orthodox faction, responsible mainly for spreading terrorism and fanning extremism in entire Pakistan.  In an stance, on 2nd March, 2004, the religious fanatics linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban attacked the peaceful mourners in Liaquat Bazaar, Quetta with grenades and automatic assault rifles killing 65 people and injuring over 250 innocent Hazaras.  The incident happened on the 10th of Muharram when the Shi’ites all over the world take out processions to commemorate the Martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him and his progeny), Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and his 72 companions. On 02-03-2004, the Anti Terrorist Force – a special group of police recruits – formed to combat terrorist but they opened fire on innocent Shi’ite Hazaras which killed and injured over 300, creating a chaotic situation in the city which remained, alarmingly, tense for years to come.

The Hazaras have been living in Quetta, Pakistan even before the birth of the country whose inclusion and services into the then British Army were known as Hazara Pioneer. Under the banner of Hazara Pioneer, the Hazaras would serve the army in all disciplines including sports. They are now facing a threatening situation by the Taliban cum Al-Qaeda networks who have active support of on-service high ranked government bureaucrats and politicians. Evidently, many of these terrorists were apprehended by the law enforcement agencies who were either released by the courts of law due to insufficient documentary proofs or their escape from prisons were facilitated by the local police but no one has been held responsible for these maladministration nor any satisfactory enquiry has been conducted to nap the police officers and bring them to justice.
  
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MEMBERS OF HAZARA ORGANISATION, UK AND AFGHAN COMMUNITY, MILTON KEYNES MEET LOCAL MP, MR. MARK LANCASTER

LONDON, September 03rd, 2010: Hazara Organisation, UK and Afghan Community, Milton Keynes (ACMK) held a joint meeting on 03/08/2010 at 4 O'clock local time in Milton Keynes to chalk out a combined strategy of highlighting the plights of Hazaras in Quetta, Balochistan and Afghanistan in view of a pre-booked meeting with a local MP, Mr. Mark Lancaster.

The Vice Chairman HOUK, Mr. Mokhtar Ali, Press Secretary Mr. Sadiq Noyan, Chairman ACMK, Mr. Hafeez Khurram and previous Treasurer ACMK Asif Haidary, met with local MP, Mr. Mark Lancaster. Beside being a Minister for International Relations, Mr. Lancaster has also served as office Deputy Prime Minister Select Committee. The meeting encompassed geo political changes of the region affecting the Hazaras in both Pakistan and Afghanistan whereas the delegation showed a great concern over the target killings of Hazaras in Pakistan and discrimination against them in form of unfair distribution of funds in Afghanistan.

TARGET KILLINGS OF HAZARAS IN QUETTA, BALOCHISTAN.

They talked about the deteriorating security situation in Quetta, Baluchistan and the lack of government's interests to tackle the terrorists who are behind the target killings in Quetta. On briefing the MP, Mr. Mokhtar said that the Government of Pakistan is suspiciously involved in the target killings of Hazaras, referring to the views of a Pakistani local MP who expressed himself in an interview with the local media in Quetta. The Government of Balochistan has failed its moral and institutional duty to protect its citizens. Their apathy to arrest the culprits for the ongoing target killings in Quetta has further exacerbated the law and order situation. Although some of the perverts were arrested, yet they, mysteriously, escaped the prison where the ATF officials were suspiciously involved to have helped their escape. Mentioning the brief history of target killings in Quetta, Baluchistan, Mr. Mokhtar said that it started with a vicious attack on one of the prominent Leaders of Hazara Community, Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara in 2001. Since then, over 1500 Hazaras have been target killed including engineers, doctors, lawyers, politicians and well respected leaders.
 
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ETHNIC HAZARAS IN AFGHANISTAN.

Mr. Hafeez Khurram, Chairman, Afghan Community, Milton Keynes briefed Mr. Mark Lancaster about unfair distribution of funds for Afghanistan and intriguing lobbying to axe the constitutional rights of Hazaras in Afghan Parliament. He said, “The current government has denied the proportion representation of Hazaras in Afghan parliament.” He also said that International Community, specially the United Kingdom, has helped Afghanistan to build up the infrastructures, which we are grateful for, however most of the funds and donations are being spent on southern parts of the country where the Taliban reside who have been resisting coalition troops since their debacle of 2001. Thus, giving a negative impression of 'the more you resist or fight, the more funds and foreign aids you get'.

Considering the democratic philosophy of western countries, it’s essential to listen to all, treating them fairly equally in Afghanistan. It can only happen providing allocation and dispensation of equal funds for the entire Afghanistan is reassured and not only southern parts of the country. International Community, especially the UK, must provide sufficient funds for schools, colleges, universities, dispensaries and hospitals for the central and most deprived parts of the country as these regions are, deliberately, being ignored by the Karzai Government as well as international Community. The inhabitants of these areas warmly welcomed the coalition troops and helped oust the savage Taliban regime.

Upon deployment to these areas, international NGOs and coalition forces faced no resistance nor have any causality to date. This is due to the fact that the locals residing these regions are peace loving and, understandably, more civilized who love acquiring education, exercising great deal of tolerance and tending to welcome anyone among them without the thought of religious or racial discrimination.
 
Mr. Mark Lancaster assured the delegates that he will take up the above stated reservations with the designated Minister and Committee for International Relations. He also assured that a series of meetings on these issues will be held with one of his fellow MPs, working in International Relation department. 

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari September 03rd, 2010)

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SUCCESS HAS MANY FATHERS BUT FAILURE IS THE ORPHAN

QUETTA, August 30th, 2010: This maxim has been constantly spiralling after Pakistani cricketers’ shameful and abhorring scandal of Spot Fixing surfacing all search engines and news channels of the world. Some international cricket pundits and gurus have openly commented on this scandal, suggesting the right course of action to be taken against the players involved but Pakistani cricket experts and veterans, ridiculously, think of it otherwise, terming it shocking and rather something peculiar as if it has never happened before or the Pakistani cricketers have not been, previously, quizzed by the concerned police when doubts surrounded their professional career.

I am not at all surprised or shocked at this scandalous attitude or behaviour of Pakistani cricketers which are said to be allegations. However, these allegations are strong enough to prove them guilty after secret filming of Mazhar Majeed who was known to Pakistani cricket players since 2006. The two brothers, Azhar and Mazhar Majeed are said to be present with Pakistani cricket team in their tour of Australia early this year where Pakistan lost every single international through the series and, in the second test against Australia, Pakistan lost from a dominant position of 36 runs.

According to sports analysts and news channels, Azhar and Mazhar Majeed were working as agents to many Pakistani players to secure them sponsorships and kit contracts among other things. The 35 year old Mazhar Majeed was filmed secretly by the News of the World to give him with a sum of £150, 000/- to predict the match and Mazhar claims to have bribed Pakistani bawlers to bawl no-balls on demand. Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif, whom he, allegedly, asked to bawl no-balls at specific moments of the match and, according to the paper, his claims matched accurately with that of the bawlers’ in-field actions. The paper also alleges that the team captain, Salman Butt, and the wicketkeeper, Kamran Akmal, are involved, along with other unnamed cricketers. In the video secretly recorded during the News of the World (NOTW) investigation, a man alleged to be Mazhar is clearly heard predicting that Aamir would bowl the first over of the England innings, and that he would deliver a no-ball from the first ball of the third over – which as Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary noted: “Was an enormous no-ball, good half a metre over the line.” The man also appeared to correctly predict a no-ball from the sixth ball of the tenth over, bawled this time by Asif. Mentioning the fact that these two brothers were agents to other Pakistani players too including Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdur Rauf as well as others.

This is the dark side of Pakistani cricket players and the team management is equally responsible for their disgusting involvements in match cum spot fixing. Pakistan Cricket Board is paying handsome amounts of money to the Management who tour foreign countries and spend lavishly but the poor performance of cricket players is wholly ignored and the ones like Kamran Akmal, who was also proved to be deliberately underperforming in this year’s Australian Tour which was revealed by an inquiry of the then coaches Aaqib Javed and Intikhab Alam. We know that most Pakistani cricket players are involved in match fixing which have been ascertained by various past reports and inquiries but, at this stage, the PCB and the incumbent management should also be held equally reprehensible for their misconduct and poor management. Yawar Saeed, the Team Manager, while talking to the media said, “When we started this tour, I told the players they should not be entertaining these two in their hotel rooms.” It, further, gives impetus to the point that these players had been previously involved in such heinous crimes or the team management and the PCB were aware of the previous past involvements of these players into match fixing to defame Pakistan and the game of cricket.

At the time of writing these lines, I am sure that more Pakistani players will come out of their dens and speak aloud that they had warned the team management or the PCB about such involvements or suspicious movements of the players. The President of Pakistan and the Prime Minister are said to have taken stern notice of this scandal with clear directions for further inquest into the matter. In Pakistan, inquiries into serious matters are always dug deeper to bury the reports without making them public or revealing the truths to the nation. Providing the allegations are proved against those involved, they will be acquitted of the charges with minor monetary penalties but permanent solution to the matter is never sought as it will endanger their vested interests. The PCB Head is 73 years old, who, occasionally, burst out at local and international media on indigestible questions.  He is partially deaf and, significantly, devoid of leadership qualities and lacking the confidence to take rational decisions. The Board members and the team management are salaried hefty amounts but their performance remains a big questions mark for cricket lovers and the people of Pakistan.

I do not say that minor penalties would do any good to the future of Pakistani cricket as young and talented players are anticipating to be included in the team who could, undoubtedly, boost the image of the country with vigorous performances. I would strongly recommend that the members of the PCB including the Chairman, the entire team management and the existing players of the cricket team should be permanently banned from office/cricket as they are always involved in scandals, team ripping and spoiling our monetary resources into foreign soils without any evident result. The Government of Pakistan must also consider the possibility of abolishing the entire cricket structure to be represented at international level in order to avoid prospective scandals in forms of match fixing, ball tempering and spot fixing.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari August 30th, 2010)

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HIF CALLS OFF HOLDING THE EID-UL-FITER PARTY

LONDON, August 27th, 2010: In respect to the previously disseminated announcement by HIF to hold the Eid-ul-Fiter party on 19-09-2010 at the Asian Center, Waltham Forest, 18A, Oxford Road, Waltham stow, London with its pre-booking along with the preparations gaining momentum, it has now been decided to cancel the event taking place on the above mentioned stipulated date due to unfortunate deaths of members of British Hazaras or their loved ones, viz., Karar Hussain of Peterborough, father of Ali Daryab, father of Dr. Ismail and the demise of Anwar Hussain Mama. However, the Committee has, unanimously, decided to hold the Eid-ul-Azha Party with full enthusiasm and vigor.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
Secretary,
Press and Communication,
Hazara International Forum.


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SILENCE OF MUSLIM COMMUNITY OVER “INTERNATIONAL BURN A QURAN DAY”

LONDON, August 21th, 2010: The depressing news of a church of Gainesville, Florida to host an “International Burn A Quran Day” on the ninth anniversary of the September, 2001 attacks, has been taken so lightly by Muslim Community that this pre-planned satanic programme comes to us rather as belated news which was, otherwise, published on 31-07-2010 on CNN Website. We know that this is not the first time where a group of people, with extreme orthodox mindset, are attempting to do something foolish which will agitate all Muslims across the globe as these ugly events are happening categorically.

The Pastor is absurdly trying to inculcate his nondenominational notion by saying, “We are saying, stop to Islam, stop to Islamic law and stop to brutality”. Theologically, clergymen are required to master the art of tolerance, perseverance and abstinence in order that they can preach the injunctions and teachings of religion to their followers. Pastor Terry Jones has, understandably, ignored the essence of the Quran and its teachings which has always admonished human beings to refrain from evil deeds. The Holy Book has also termed killing of one man to that of the whole humanity but the above said Pastor has coined the irrational phrases to support his contempt and religious bigotry.

The clash of civilization is in full swing and the anti-Islam propaganda will further exacerbate the law and order situation in the world. The programmes against Islam, Islamic Laws or targeting hijab will surely alienate liberal Muslim sympathies which may tend them to think twice before contributing for a healthy society, hence, the World Community should stand up and criticize openly these callous acts.

Conspiracies, on the other hand, are being baked in the ovens of Semitics who spare no time in harming Muslims vis a vis other divine religions. Muslims’ protests and demonstrations regarding these dismal events will not bear long lasting result. It is about time that the Muslims around the world re-aligned their thoughts towards progress and development of society by investing heavily in education sector to impart quality knowledge to its youths. We also need to demoralize factions of the society who sympathize with extreme views Islamic views and their supporters.   

By: Liaquat Ali Hazara


Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari August 21th, 2010)

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA HAS LAUNCHED A SIGN IN PETITION CAMPAIGN TO HELP HAZARA REFUGEES

QUETTA, August 16th, 2010: Amnesty International, Australia has announced a vigorous campaign of Sign In Petition to help Hazara refugees from being deported or sent to extemporaneous islands. The target of 20, 000 signatures have been set to be delivered to the next Australian Prime Minister on the first day of sitting for the new parliament. All Hazaras are, genuinely, demanded to show their brotherly bond of relationship with Hazara refugees and asylum seekers who embark on an otherwise perilous journey to Australia with the hope of living their lives without the fear of racial, ethnic and religious persecution. Please invite others to contribute and click on the link below to open the Amnesty International Website and register your details before appending your signature. This tempting opportunity will demonstrate great deal of sympathy and nationalist approach to the sensitive matter which will help save thousands of lives.   

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By: Liaquat Ali


Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari August 16th, 2010)

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MECHID TV

QUETTA, August 15th, 2010: Due to unprecedented support and popularity of Mechid TV, we require volunteering services of Hazara youths, residing in Quetta, Balochistan to help us further the Hazaragi cause. As the TV Channel is being run with dedication and sincerity of our friends who spare time off their valuable activities to volunteer in bringing talk shows and assisting us in behind the camera technical chores. Recent surge in activities surrounding around our TV Programmes have increased their workload manifold which necessitates to include youths into our team to share duties and responsibilities.

Mechid TV is looking for people, with some experience, to help us in the fields of editing, acting and comparing for our forthcoming programmes. Interested individuals can contact us on 0812 663 912 or email us at mechidtv@hazaranation.com

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari August 14th, 2010)

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – EDITOR’S NOTE

QUETTA, August 15th, 2010: Due to the launch of Mechid TV, Hazaranation.com’s duties and responsibilities have increased, demanding radical changes to run both the website and the TV Channel successfully. The news section of the website is being streamlined to meet standard professional demand in order that the masses could get updated news round the clock.

Hence, all organizations are requested to send their news items to editor@hazaranation.com in order to avoid their redirection to our News Editor. Please note that news coming via other channels for publishing onto the website may considerably be delayed as no alternate contacts or email addresses takes responsibility of redirecting or conveying the news to our Editor.

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HDP SYEDABAD UNIT HELD POETRY AND MUSICAL PROGRAMME TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HUSSAIN ALI YOUSUFI

LONDON, August 14th, 2010: To acknowledge the skilful services and pay tribute to Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousufi, former Chairman Hazara Democratic Party, a Poetry and Musical Programme was held at General Musa Inter College, Gulistan Town, Quetta on 10-08-2010 from 18:00 PST till late night. This programme was organized by President and Members of HDP, Syedabad Unit.

By: Liaquat Ali Hazara


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HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM STRONGLY CONDEMNS TARGETED KILLINGS OF HAZARAS IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

LONDON, August 14th, 2010: Hazara International Forum strongly condemns unprovoked assault on property and life of Hazaras in various areas of Kabul, Afghanistan. The unfortunate incident, happening on 13th August, 2010 in different areas of West Kabul, has engulfed lives of over 25 innocent Hazaras who fell victim to indiscriminate firing of the Pashtun cum Taliban Nomads in perpetual attack. The Pashtun Nomads were helped by Afghan National Army and the Local Police who neglected their professional responsibilities of protecting lives and property of citizens but spared no time in opening fire at people protesting against ferocious attack of the Pashtun Nomads.

HIF is deeply saddened of irreparable loss of human lives and condoles with the aggrieved families. HIF Central Chairman, Agha Marzooq Ali has called an emergency meeting of the Central Committee on Sunday, (15-08-2010) at its headquarters to chalk out a pragmatic plan to take up this grievous issue with the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and European Union. A delegation of Afghan Hazaras have also requested to meet the HIF Chairman and its members the same day to raise a concrete voice against brutalities and atrocities of the Pashtun Nomads who are being supported by the Taliban and local leaders to attack innocent Hazaras in Afghanistan.

Liaquat Ali Hazara
Secretary,
Press and Communication,
Hazara International Forum 

 

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ACT UPON US OR OCTOPUS?

LONDON, August 10th, 2010: Knowing about metaphysics has always been human beings’ innermost desire. We have read and witnessed many incidents which depicted sufficient scale of mind boggling and surreal thoughts to make people believe in divine or sacred hands. When describing human beings’ structure and existence in view of the Holy Quran, we are bound to restrict it into a boundary where every creature in the universe performs its obligations under clear instructions of the Almighty and the Omni-present. The whole universe is set to comply with these commandments and human beings are, definitely, no exception to them. It is said that education opens many windows into our heart and mind which tend to get brighter with time passing. This notion is, unfortunately, applied wrongly to negate the realities and hidden mysteries of the world to call oneself liberal, broadminded and enlightened etc. It is also, perceivably, observed in our society that the most liberal ones whose inclination of religion is rarely seen or practiced, they resort to prayers, alms distribution in the name of beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his progeny) and apostles or imams and charities when being in hot water or a difficult situation.

We, through ages, have believed in various creatures as saviour – from old stone age to contemporary time – people of different faiths and schools of thought have worshipped trees, fire, water, the moon, the sun, idols etc due to the fact that we have not used our mental and physical strength appropriately. Depending on others, thought to be more powerful and intelligent, has boosted our moral and courage and as Dale Carnegie said in one of his books that human beings are all hungry of sympathy. We depend on others because we would like to be heard, sympathized with and shown affection to. Our thoughts, actions and intellect all vanish in a mist when it comes to believing in something supernatural. This weakness of human beings has prompted them clinging to the practice of black magic. Witchcraft, no doubt, has been mentioned in the Holy Quran and exorcism of ghosts and evil spirits is even, truly, exercised in modern world in Roman Catholic churches throughout the world but what makes human beings others’ slaves is to be examined thoroughly. Unfortunately, talisman, fake exorcists, fortune tellers, palmists and astrologers are mushrooming in our cities to fleece the poor and credulous people of their money whose nerve-wracking wait to get rid of hardships never turn out to be true. Then, they could switch to another remedy by approaching someone else who has been heard of and is seen as alternative to solve their problems.

I was not, at all, surprised to see that intellectuals, educationist, doctors, engineers and students of contemporary era have started relying on a mollusk whose predictions to date has been accurate enough that it earned far better position than that of people mentioned in the second paragraph and thanks to ICT which, enormously, contributed in paving the way for earning money and bringing breaking news for its viewers. This time we have trusted the German Octopus which became world known since recent Football World Cup to predict the win or lose of participating football teams. The overnight stardom of this eight-armed cephalopod mollusc (Octopus) was, further, heightened by clever businessmen to multiply their bank reserves and the gullible have, lavishly, spent money to escalate its fortune-telling stature. We know that this poor Mollusk’s eight arms have been abused to extort money as long as people do not see any alternative(s) to their remedies. News items surfacing news agencies seemed, gleefully, amazing as Spain’s President worried about the safety and protection of the Creature and offered help for its protection after their win against Germany in Football World Cup. A well-known company even offered hefty salary to employ it but the reasons for its employment remained undisclosed. Presumably, the Company wanted to employ this Creature to get accurate prediction about turnover, employees’ attendance ratio, the performance of R&D and beating its competitors. Ever since its successful predictions of the Football World Cup, its progress has increased manifold and now – companies associated with social networking sites such as Facebook – are using it to predict people’s spending, their love life, success and many others.

I wonder how easily people are fooled when they see a poor creature which is even fed by human beings. What makes us believe in these creatures as supernatural? What people think when the lay a wager on mere prediction(s) of these animals which are but kept in glass boxes? If they have to believe in it anyway, why don’t they use it to measure our progress, to know about the time of next earthquake, disasters of flood, the cease of bloodshed, terrorism, extremism and religious intolerance and bigotry?    

Acts upon us have been transferred to animals, reptiles, molluscs, insects, idols and other creatures whose mental intellect remain miserably immeasurable. Even in this era of modern science where we have discovered remedies to maladies whose widespread fatal human loss was uncontrollable till few decades ago. Scientific discoveries have enabled us to get access to other planets and humans have been comforted with incredible inventions but, alas, act(s) upon us are being performed by animals and molluscs.

By: Liaquat Ali Hazara


Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari August 10th, 2010)

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Archeologists’ efforts to discover 300 meter Statue of Bamyan recumbent/asleep Buddah

BAMYAN, August 10th, 2010: It has been nine and half years since the Taliban regime demolished two ancient, giant Buddha statues carved into a hillside in heart of Afghanistan, Bamiyan. The demolition took place over two weeks in late-February and early March 2001. At the time, few of those who joined the international chorus condemning the demolition imagined there might be a third statue -- an even larger "sleeping Buddha" -- buried in the same valley. But an Afghan-born archeology professor thinks he is close to uncovering a 300-meter-long Buddha statue buried in a horizontal position nearby.

He is Mr. Zemaryali Tarzi who is an Afghan prominent archeologist with his team from French archeologists began their efforts to discover 300 meter statue of Bamyan recumbent/asleep Buddah in between two standing statues of Salsal and Shahmama here in Bamyan on 21st July 2010.

This is the ninth year he is struggling to discover 300 meter asleep Buddah in Bamyan but still his dream has not come true. On the basis of Chineas tourist/pilgrim reports, he believes that the statue of great buddah is situated in above described zone.

Professor Terzi in this period discovered many shrines, Stuppas and small and big statues and handed over to the government to keep and place for exhibition in the museum they are planning to build for this purpose. But last week Professor Ya Moychee, Japness archeologist with his team from Japan also have started their research on Buddah caves. This researcher believes that 300 meter asleep statue is situated near Ghulghula city.

This two archeologist are competing to discover this buddah from years and still they are hopeful that their dream will come true a day.

By: Ali
Source: Zindagee Dar Bamyan Belogfa


Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari August 10th, 2010)

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MOHAMMAD REZA IKHTIAR ANNOUNCED AS PRESIDENT , HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM, GERMANY BRANCH

LONDON, August 10, 2010: The Central Chairman Hazara International Forum, with consultation of Central Committee, is pleased to announce Mohammad Reza Ikhtiar President, HIF Germany Chapter. Mohammad Reza Ikhtiar, nephew of Mohammad Ali Ikhtiar has been living in Munich, Germany for the past 30 years. He has served the nation from platform of Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Moghul till 1977. Besides his educational credentials, he has wealth of knowledge in organizing and managing people along with his social activism and interaction far and wide German community will greatly help gather German Hazaras under one political platform.

In his recent tour of England, a detailed discussion was held at HIF Headquarters to share his views and political acumen over issues concerning Hazaras of the world vis-a-vis internal and external threats to our national unity. With directives of Central Chairman, HIF, Mohammad Reza Ikhtiar has been advised to create mutual political and social interaction with other communities in Germany and unite the Hazaras for their long lasting political, social, educational and religious rights.

He thanked the Central Chairman and Committee members of HIF for their cooperation and confidence and promised that he will leave no stone unturned in conveying the message of HIF to all Hazaras living in Germany. He also invited the HIF Chairman and members to Germany to meet Hazaras and inaugurate HIF Office which has been accepted with thanks.
HIF is planning to embark on a Europe wide tour after Eid-ul-Fiter to inaugurate its offices at other European countries.

LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA
Secretary,
Press and Communication
Hazara International Forum


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THE LAUNCH OF HAZARA COMMUNITY OF GREAT BRITAIN

LONDON, August 10th, 2010: The Launch and Presentation Ceremony of Hazara Community of Great Britain was formally held at Granby Mosque, Peveral Drive, Milton Keynes on 01-08-2010 between 18:00 and 20:00 GMT hours. Hazaranation.com’s News Editor and UK Representative, Liaquat Ali Hazara, was requested telephonically to cover the event who managed to arrive at the above said Location in time for the coverage of the Programme after having travelled extensively to North East of England for offering condolences and Fateha for departed soul of Karar Hussain who met a fatal accident in Peter’s Borough in recent weeks. The Event manifested a sizeable number of Hazaras including Hazara International Forum’s Central Chairman, Haji Marzooq Ali, European Coordinator, Shafqat Ali, Chairman HIF for Germany, Mohammad Ali Ikhtiar, Secretary Press and Communication Liaquat Ali Hazara and Secretary Finance, Mohammad Nabi. Among other participants were members of Afghan Community, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Southampton. The details of the Event are as follows:

Talib Hussain introduced himself as Secretary General of the Hazara Community of Great Britain and commenced the Programme by extending warm welcome to all guests on behalf of HCGB followed by recitation of Surah-e-Al-Akhlaas to illuminate the hearts of the audience. He elucidated the objectives of HCGB and said that it was a Social Organization aimed at improving coordination and interaction among All Hazaras living in the UK by holding various activities to address issues concerning social, economic, educational and religious problems and finding their solutions. He briefly threw light over perpetual cruelties of ferocious conspirators and anti Hazara elements in Afghanistan over the past centuries and in Quetta, Pakistan started a few decades ago. His short but captivating speech consisted of thought-provoking Quotations of Ustad Abdul Ali Mazari, English Quotation(s) and Persian and Urdu Couplets, stressing upon our identity and recognition. He, then, invited Didar Hussain to throw detailed light over Aims and Objectives of this Organization. The excerpts of his Presentation are as follows:
After welcoming the guests, Didar Hussain specifically aligned to his pre-planned Presentation which are as below:
TODAY WHERE WE STAND AS HAZARA NATION?

  1. According to rough estimates, there are about 10,000 registered Hazara voters living in the UK.
  2. Lack of involvement in community and social activities.
  3. Lack of organized and coordinated system.
  4. Lack of unity and united vision.

WHERE DO WE WANT TO BE?

  1. We want to own our community centres in every city of the UK, mosque, Imam Bargah or Masjid to hold religious programmes and national meetings etc.
  2. Unavailability of a nexus to fund these programmes consistently.
  3.  We do not have lady groups to liaise with teachers and looking for ways to improve educational requirements and tendencies of our children.
  4.  We do not have lecturers and educationists who could preach our children the lessons about history, religion and their worldly obligations.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET THERE?

  1. We require provision of funds to build up Community Centres where Hazaras could get together without any vacillation.
  2. HCGB will strive to establish contacts with various donor agencies in Milton Keynes to convince them for allocation of funds to provide better civic facilities to Hazaras.
  3. Community Centres, in essence, are very powerful as they can show great strength of people at times of need as well as demand for funds.
  4. We need members to be rational not emotional to further our cause.
  5. In a Community Centre, people could get thorough and cost-effective information about their safety, health and other social issues through local police representatives, National Health Services and Citizen Advice Bureau.
  6. Better use of ICT in forms of owning a Website to show up to date activities of Hazaras, conducting surveys to show increase/decrease of reallocation of Hazaras, mortality and birth rates, migration of Hazaras to and from UK.
  7. Owning a National Database/Directory to improve coordination.

FUTURE OUTCOME/RESULT.

  1. We will make a strong nation and organized community in relation to above said points.
  2. We will produce professionals in all fields of life.
  3. Getting together and sharing ideas will generate better results and we all could work as unified power.

WHY HAZARA COMMUNITY OF GREAT BRITAIN?

  1. Although there are other community based organizations including Organizations working for Hazaras, we still feel that HCGB is the demand of time which can make significant difference by fulfilling social, educational, economic and religious requirements of our people.
  2. That I have about six years experience in CBOs and sound contacts with others to share them with our Nation.

This was followed by Question and Answer Session which keenly involved all participants asking various questions evolving around the theme of Presentation. Didar Hussain, patiently, answered all although answers to some questions demanded controversy which could be debated over in detail. It was a cordial session which tempted all to share their reservations and point of views on widespread socio-economic issues coupled with ethnic, educational and religious matters requiring more argumentative sessions.
Mr. Marzooq Ali, Central Chairman Hazara International Forum was requested to address the audience whose contents of speech are as below:
“After having listened to this self-explanatory exchange of ideas, there is nothing left I could speak about but I would like to appeal to all Hazaras that they should keep national and Hazaragi interest atop when working from a platform. No matter what Organization we work with or for, be it HIF, HO, HCGB or any other Hazara Organization but we must bear in mind that the Hazaras’ national interests are intact and safeguarded well enough to foil foreign conspiracies”.

He also shed some light over law of the land and said:
“We are also aware of the law that the Government or donor agencies would not provide funds to newly formed communities when there are already similar CBOs working for the same Community or ethnicity. Suppose the Government or Donors provided funds, they would consider both Organizations as one entity and distribute funds equally which is, otherwise, detrimental to the nation as we aim to bring more funds by launching new organizations not sharing the half.
Besides, I, myself, have planned to establish a Community Centre for Hazaras in Walthamstow and I approached the Government for the purpose whereupon I was told to join Imamia Organization or Sakina Trust. I said that although I am a Shi’ite, I belong to a different ethnicity. I was told to show performance in the Community by gathering Hazaras of this County then we will consider your request. The same could happen to you where you could be asked to go join the existing Community or show convincing performance”.
Mr. Marzooq Ali, then, moved to a sensitive issue surrounding his reputation as a Hazara notable and distinguished politician to clear doubts from the masses.
“I also wish to clarify one point as I am standing in a sacred place and I swear to Allah, the Grave of my young son, Shakir that I have never received any funds from Government or donors for holding Annual Martyrdom Ceremony of my son but there is a rigorous propaganda scheme against me that he receives huge amounts of funds from Government and donors for holding his son’s annual anniversary under umbrella of Shakir Youth Trust”.
“I appeal to all Hazaras to condemn this baseless trend which is spread by anti Hazara elements and conspirators to tarnish my reputation. To date, Shakir Youth Trust has received only £40 donation which was received under Fundraising Scheme, announced this year to continue his noble cause against knife and gun wars, ethnic clashes, drug mafia and gang wars. I must acknowledge at this platform that a cheque of £20 was sent by Mr. Goodman (An English artists) and £20 donation from a political party known as Jiye Pakistan. In this fundraising campaign, the donors are non Hazaras who have contributed a sum of £40 in total and some of them have even expressed their anger and discontent over Hazaras silence and passiveness in this Scheme”.
Mr. Marzooq Ali, greatly, emphasised on to keep national interests in mind when doing anything. He also requested to halt any operational activities immediately, knowing it may harm the interest of the nation. Being a prominent social worker, philanthropist and a notable of Hazara nation, he extended his full cooperation and support to all Organizations working for welfare and progress of Hazaras in this country providing they motivate true nationalism among all.
The Launch and Presentation Ceremony ended with votes of thanks from Didar Hussain and Talib Hussain of HCGB.

By: Liaquat Ali Hazara


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FIRST DAY OF THE SECOND SILK ROAD FESTIVAL OF BAMYAN ATTRACTED UNPRECENDETED ATTENTION OF TOURISTS, NGOs, CBOs AND LOCAL COMMUNITY

BAMYAN, July 29th, 2010: With announcement of the Second Silk Road Festival, Dr. Habiba Sarabi, Governor, Bamyan Province formally inaugurated the event where senior provincial bureaucrats, intellectuals, writers including famous Hazaragi Novel Writer Jawad Khawari and prominent Hazaragi singer Safdar Tawakkoli were among hundreds of local and international community representatives to attend the Opening Ceremony held at Bamyan Football Stadium.  The Inauguration started at 5:00 PM and ended around 8:00 PM (Afghanistan Standard Time).

The program commenced with recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by speeches of Governor Bamyan, senior provincial officers and Manager Bamyan Ecotourism Office. Folk and Hazaragi music presented by local singers and the festivity ended with musical performance of Safder Tawakoli whose contribution was hugely acknowledged and admired by the audience.

The festival will continue in Bamyan Center and Band-e-Amir for the next five days where various Hazaragi cultural and traditional activities will be performed and exhibited to promote tourism industry in the region.

by: Ali Hussain (Bamyan)

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HIF WILL HOST EID-UL-FITER PARTY ON 19-09-2010

LONDON, July 29th, 2010: Hazara International Forum of Great Britain has decided to hold Eid-ul-Fiter Party on 19-09-2010. In order to avoid 11th hour booking difficulties, The Asian Center Waltham Forest, 18A, Orford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9LN has been reserved well in advance to confirm a venue for jubilus event. Plans are underway to make the programme captivating for all participants including children and women. A large number of Hazaras are expected to attend the function and HIF is considering to run free buses for Hazaras living in other cities of the UK to facilitate their transportation. Booking Letter, as a reference, has been appended for all who wish to view it.

by: Liaquat Ali

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VOLUNTEERING IS A WORK OF HEART

AUSTRALIA, July 28th, 2010:

by: Abbas Ali

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 29th, 2010)

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HIF’S GRIEVANCES TO THE SECRETARY GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS REGARDING PASHTUN NOMADS’ UNLAWFUL INFILTRATION INTO HAZARAJAT, AFGHANISTAN

LONDON, July 29th, 2010: Hazara International Forum of Great Britain sent out a letter to Secretary General, UN condemning recent plundering and looting of Pashtun Nomads, afflicting unprovoked Hazaras in Central Afghanistan. The letter portrayed grave concerns of HIF and Hazara community, UK over the pre-planned attacks of Pashtun Nomads at Hazara Land in Central Afghanistan. The SG, UN has been requested to urge Afghan Government for making every effort to protect life and property of Hazaras. He was also requested to allocate ample funds for rehabilitation of affectees of this incident.

by: Liaquat Ali

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THE SECOND SILK ROAD FESTIVAL IN BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN

BAMYAN, July 28th, 2010: A six day Silk Road Festival started in Bamyan, Afghanistan on 27-07-2010 with various colourful programmes to promote tourism in the culturally rich area of Afghanistan. Every year, the Silk Road Festival is organized and celebrated globally in the countries linked with the Silk Road. After the first successful event held last year, this show has been organized and celebrated by Bamyan Provincial Government and Agha Khan Foundation in close collaboration with Ministry of Information and Culture with financial support of NZAID. The Festival is named as Bamyan Ecotourism Programme which aims at promoting cultural and traditional life norms, local games, arts and artists; handcrafts products from all over the province. On the other hand, it will also develop tourism industry as a source of income for local communities while preserving the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Province.

The segmental dispensation of the entire programme is designed professionally well enough which will not only promote artistic skills of local musicians but also introduce craftsmanship of embroiders. A break of the Programme is as follows:

Day One (July 27, Bamyan Town).

Trekking & Exhibition Inauguration:

Promoting Tourist Sites & Traditional Local Handicrafts, Photos, Paintings & Local Food Items.

 Opening of Trekking (Bamyan Town – Band-e-Amir National Park)
 Inauguration of the Exhibition by Bamyan Provincial Governor & Deputy Minister for Information & Culture.
 Welcome Speeches by the Guests of Honor & Organizers
 Local Music Performances by Shahmama & Salsal Cultural Group
 Local Music by Kabul National Music Group
 Circus Performances
 Magic Show
 Poetry by Local Poet

Day Two (July 28, Bamyan Town).

Exhibition

Get the information on Bamyan and its beauty in the Exhibition Stalls throughout the Festival (July 27 – August 1, 2010).

 Handicrafts Stalls
 Carpets & Rags Stall
 Food Items Stall
 Painting & Photo Stall
 Movie Clip & Bamyan Documentaries Stall
 Information & Bamyan Tour Guide Stall

Theatre & other Performances:

Watch the local artists’ performances for yourselves:
 Shahmama & Salsal Theater Group
 Bamyan Youths Affairs Theatre Group
 Film Show (The Giant Buddha)
 Local Music Performance
 Life Storytelling

Day Three (July 29, Bamyan Town and Band-e-Amir National Park).

Exhibition & Performances (Bamyan Town)

 Handicrafts, Carpet, Food Items
 Movie & Documentary Stall
 Local Music Performances

Local Games & & Music (Band-e-Amir)

Introducing and promoting the local games, the sportsmen of Bamyan will show their sports spirit in:

 Closing of Trekking
 Machok Savari (Youths of Foladi Valley)
 Langi Competition (Deh-Surk High School & Yakawolang High School)
 Tanab Kashi (Rope Pulling) Of (7) 2 teams will qualify for the finals
 Band-e-Amir
 Takaana
 Ajdhar
 Zargaran
 Yakawolang
 PRT Team
 Volunteer Team (1)
 Volunteer Team (2)
 Swimming Competition (Free Competition)
 Discuss Throw (Free Competition)
 Local Wrestling Competition (2 Wrestlers form each district)
 Prize Distribution
 Local Music Performance (Evening Show)

Day Four (July 30, Bamyan Town and Band-e-Amir National Park).

Exhibition & Performances (Bamyan Town)

Handicrafts, Carpet, Food Items
Movie & Documentary Stall
Local Music Performances
Selection of Bamyan Star (Local Music Contest)

Local Games & & Music (Hawz-e-Shah, Yakawolang)

Introducing and promoting the local games, the sportsmen of Bamyan will show their sports spirit in:  

 Horse Dance (Free Competition)
 Horse Race (Free Competition)
 Buz Kashi (Takaana + Qaum-e-Aba Vs. Saadat + Seeya Darya)

 

Day Five (July 31, Bamyan Town)

Exhibition & Performances

 Handicrafts, Carpet, Food Items
 Movie & Documentary Stall
 Live Local Music Performances by Kabul National Artists & Bamyan Star
 Live Storytelling
 Theatre performance by Bamyan Youth Affairs Theatre Group
 Poetry
 Film Show (Buddha, Collapse of a Shame)
 Tribute to the main characters of the Film (Bakhtai & Abbas)

Day Six (August 1, Bamyan Town).

Exhibition & Performances

 Handicrafts, Carpet, Food Items
 Movie & Documentary Stall
 Live Local Music Performances by Kabul National Artists & Bamyan Star
 Tribute to Ustad Tavakali (Local Musician) & Jawad Khawari (Author) on their contribution on Revival of Local Music & Legends
 Prize Distribution to the participants
 Farewell Speeches

by: Ali Hussain (Bamyan)

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HIF ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ITS MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

LONDON, July 28th, 2010: Hazara International Forum of Great Britain is pleased to announce its Membership Campaign to offer an opportunity to all Hazaras of the United Kingdom to come forward and serve the nation under this Umbrella Organization for their political, social and educational rights. HIF realises to make hectic efforts in order to instil a sense of social and moral responsibility among all Hazaras to get united and help foil all conspiracies, diluting our commitments and passion towards coping with plights and miseries. 

HIF - a non profit Organisation - strives to bring all Hazaras under one platform to work jointly for securer and prosperous future of our youths. To date, the Membership Campaign has earned great attention and enthusiasm where over 50 Hazara youths; belonging to different cities of the UK, have already expressed their full support and cooperation to acknowledge our selfless dedication and services to the nation. They have also consented to join HIF by filling out its Membership Form which magnifies their keen interest and agility to work together to safeguard our national interest. To spread the word of HIF to grassroots level, we aim to seek members from all over UK who could, proactively, represent others Hazara brothers living in their community and mobilise them on matters affecting our interests as a whole.

It goes without saying that HIF's past remarkable achievements have heightened our stature in the UK which convinced the former Prime Minster, Mr. Gordon Brown to call upon the Chairman, HIF Mr. Marzooq Ali for one on one meeting at 10 Downing Street, London on 4th November, 2009 to discuss target killings of Hazaras amongst other issues of common interest. It was also the credibility of HIF to persuade the former P.M to advise the quarter concerned to take up the matter of our ethnic cleansing and persecution in Quetta, Pakistan with the Secretariat of Common Wealth Countries. Subsequently, the Common Wealth Office wrote a letter to the Government of Pakistan in light of our grievances with the request to provide full security to lives and property of Hazara brothers, living especially in Quetta. The images of the meeting of Chairman, HIF with Mr. Brown and copies of the correspondence of Office of Common Wealth have already been published on various newspapers including www.hazaranation.com 

HIF Central Committee, under dynamic leadership and charismatic personality of Haji Marzooq Ali, have unanimously agreed to launch a vigorous Campaign to welcome new members onboard in a bid to unify various factions of the nation in order that more and more people could utilize their democratic rights to have direct interaction and contribution in mainstream decision making to reign the matters of the nation.

All interested can contact the concerned team of HIF on 020 8521 7462, 07746 872 535 or hazarainternationalforum@gmail.com.

by: Liaquat Ali

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HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF GREAT BRITAIN DENOUNCES COLD-BLOODED KILLING OF BRITISH TROOPS IN HELMAND – AFGHANISTAN

LONDON, July 20th, 2010: Hazara International Forum (HIF) of Great Britain gravely condemns the abhorrent act of violence against the British Army Personnel in Helmand Afghanistan on Tuesday the 13th of July. The incident is even more deplorable as it was a callous exploit and result of a tragic betrayal of trust causing the slaughter of unsuspecting officers in Babaji region of Helmand Province. HIF and British Hazara Community are deeply saddened by the happening and sympathize earnestly with the aggrieved families of the deceased soldiers.

The facts and details surrounding the event are not very clear at the moment. The rumours in the media are inadvertently linking the incident with an Afghan National Soldier (ANA) Talib Hossein who is alleged to originate from Ghazni – Hazarajat.

HIF and Hazara Community doubt the truth behind such reports. Hazaras are peace loving people and have nothing to do with such repulsive acts of terrorism. The history stands witness to the unprecedented social and military ties between the British and Hazaras in Afghanistan and South Asian region. British and Hazaras are historically natural allies and this type of singular incident - which may well have been plotted to undermine cordial British-Hazara relations – does not reflect on the true belief and confidence of Hazara people about Britain and allied armies in Afghanistan.

The HIF and Hazara Community, as always, stand with the British Government and People on this issue and all matters of national interest and security. We request a full investigation into the circumstances of the calamity and desire that the perpetrator(s) are brought to justice.

by: Liaquat Ali

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 27th, 2010)

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Article: Motives Behind Targeted Killings of Innocent People in Quetta

ISLAMABAD, July 19th, 2010: Yet another prominent Baloch nationalist leader, Habib Jalib Baloch, was killed outside his residence in Quetta on Wednesday morning. Jalib, a great protagonist of right of self-determination for Balochistan, was sprayed with bullets by unknown bike riders on Sariab Road in the presence of scores of law enforcement agencies personnel regularly patrolling the area. Jalib’s murder was preceded by killing of an important leader of National Party Maula Bakhsh Dashti in Turbat a few days back.

Jalib’s murder is another addition to the list of prominent Baloch nationalist leaders including Nawab Akbar Bugti, Balaach Marri and Ghulam Mohammad Baloch who have been assassinated.

Jalib’s killing triggered a widespread violence across Balochistan as Baloch political activists took to roads and streets and started torching and ransacking public properties and vehicles to protest the incident. Balochistan National Party Mengal announced a three-day wheel jam strike and forty-day mourning in Balochistan. All public and private educational institutions have also been closed for three days in mourning.

Responsibility for Jalib’s murder has been claimed by Baloch Musalah Defai Tanzeem – an anti Baloch nationalist group- which surfaced first on Balochistan’s political horizon four months ago after claiming responsibility for a blast in University of Engineering Technology Khuzdar earlier this March. Baloch nationalist parties term this new outfit as a subsidiary of intelligence agencies formed to counter Baloch militants.

Former Balochistan chief minister Sardar Attaullah Mengal and his son Sardar Akhtar Mengal - the president of his own faction of Balochistan National Party - have blamed the intelligence agencies for Jalib’s assassination.

Targeted killing of innocent people is underway in Quetta for the last over ten years. Unfortunately, none of the federal and provincial governments took serious exception to these killings which led to thriving of the felony without any check. These killings have been carried out on sectarian and ethnic basis. Hazara community is the main target of the sectarian killings; while, Punjabi settlers, of the ethnic ones.

Targeted killings of prominent Baloch nationalist leaders also started in Balochistan as the gulf of differences widened between the military and the Baloch militants over control of resources.

Unfortunately, all the law enforcement agencies in Balochistan are still unable to track down the target killers despite their repeated claims of having found clues to the culprits.

The question now arises as to why the law enforcement agencies are unable to apprehend the killers and check these target killings in Quetta. The answer is either they are incapable of performing their duties to provide security to citizens or those committing this inhuman act are too powerful to be managed by them. The latter seems more plausible as these forces are fully equipped with all those resources which could help them trace the culprits with ease. The confession of Balochistan’s home minister on the provincial assembly floor last year that he did know the target killers but was unable to net them also reinforces this notion. Moreover, almost all the political parties of Balochistan including the ruling PPP are also of the same view that the spy agencies are behind these targeted killings.    

If the agencies are involved in these killings then one wonders as to what could be the motives of the premier spy agencies of Pakistan behind these acts of terrorism aimed at targeting of innocent citizens and political leaders.

Most of the political analysts say the agencies are trying to achieve multiple objectives from these incessant acts of targeted killings in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. By killing the Baloch political leaders, they want to emasculate the Baloch national movement and thereby forcing the Baloch leadership to negotiate with them on their own terms. But, while doing so, perhaps, they forget that this practice – whether deliberate or indeliberate – is in fact sabotage the peace process in Balochistan initiated by the present government. Such killings would serve them nothing. It would further add insult to Baloch people’s injuries instead of dumping their already heightened sentiments. Jalib’s murder will surely compel a number of Baloch nationalists who were hitherto talking of provincial autonomy within the federal framework of Pakistan to follow the footsteps of anti-Islamabad forces which are now demanding independent Balochistan.  

Similarly, the ethnic-based killings of settlers, as according to political analysts, are also aimed at creating hatred for Balochs in Punjab and thereby making the dominant province to be less concerned about Baloch people’s sufferings.

As far as the targeted killings of minority ethnic Hazaras are concerned, this is again a conspiracy to defame the Baloch people and to create a rift between the Baloch and Hazaras who have been living in Balochistan with full harmony for the past several decades. This should also be viewed in terms of ongoing proxy war between US, Iran and Pakistan in Afghanistan

The mishandling of Balochistan issue by military spy agencies has turned this once most peaceful region into a burning hell. It is high time the government takes up the gauntlet and bar the military spy agencies from sabotaging the peace negotiations by interfering in internal politics of the country. 

The writer is a member of hazarantion.com team and Mechid TV channel. He can be approached on amjad.hussain73@gmail.com

by: Amjad Hussain

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 19th, 2010)

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IBRAHIM SHAHEED

QUETTA, July 19th, 2010: The first ever Political Martyr of Pakistani Hazaras, was the President of HSF in Degree College Quetta, who has been assasinated by the religious extremists and obscurantists on the 19th of July 1986. It is a great honour to get together on the occassion of his martyrdom anniversary and to remind his thoughts and philosophy. Hazara Student Fedreation has arranged a rally, proceeding from the Federation Office to his grave. each and everyone is invited.

by: Qadir Nayel

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 19th, 2010)

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COVERAGE OF SHAKIR YOUTH TRUST’S ANNUAL MEETING AND YOUTH CONFERENCE BY PROMINENT PAKISTANI NEWSPAPERS

LONDON, July 19th, 2010: In respect to the 8th Martyrdom Anniversary of Shakir Shaheed and Youth Conference held at Asian Centre, Walthamstow, London on 4th July, 2010, two well-reputed Pakistani newspapers, ie., The Nation and Nawa-e-Waqth have given ample coverage to the story and sacred cause of Shakir Shaheed in their London Edition.

The credit, undoubtedly, goes to Haji Marzooq Ali and Hazara Welfare Council, UK for their hectic efforts to receive laudable acknowledgements from ethnic communities in London, local Member of Parliament, Mayor of Walthamstow, councillors and organizations involved in humanitarian and social work programmes to preach the message of love, brotherhood and inter-faith harmony among all factions of society. The news items, publishing dates along with pictures are appended for perusal and viewing.

Issued on behalf of Shakir Youth Trust
And Hazara Welfare Council, UK.

for more photos click here...

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 19th, 2010)

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EDITORIAL: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW OF HAJI MANZOOR ALI QAMBAREE

LONDON, July 14th, 2010: In today’s session of Exclusive Interview, Haji Manzoor Ali Qambaree has consented to honour us with his presence and sharing views on various topics but mainly education. Our News Editor and UK Representative, Liaquat Ali Hazara held one on one interview with Mr. Qambaree which is being published. Mr. Qambaree is a renowned educationist, a sincere and hardworking teacher and mentor of his time and a Hazara nationalist whose inimitable educational and social contributions have furthered the progress of the nation. The contents of the interview are as under:

Liaquat Ali Hazara (L.A.H): We are grateful to Haji Manzoor Ali Qambaree for having accepted our request for a cordial interview.
Mr. Qambaree:  I feel honoured to have been invited for this session and feel great pleasure to share my views with Hazara nation. May I also congratulate the whole team of Hazaranation.com for their achievements and the launch of a Hazaragi TV Channel?

L.A.H: Could you briefly tell us about your past?
Mr. Qambaree: Well, in order for the people to know me, I must throw some lights over my family background and then I will come to your question.
“My full name is Manzoor Ali Qambaree and my father was Qambar Ali who passed away at 80 years of age when I was seven. Two of my brothers have served in Royal British Army and Royal Air Force. They were Khuda Nazar Qambaree (served in Royal British Army as Jamadar) and Mohammad Ibrahim Qambaree (who served in the Royal Air Force as Corporal) in pre-partition of Indo-Pak. In recognition of their services, my mother was awarded 24 acres of cultivating land in modern Sibbi by the British Government”.
Now, coming to your question, I was admitted at Islamia High School, Quetta in March, 1943 and I did my Matriculation from the same school. Later, I successfully passed my Intermediate from the Board of Intermediate Punjab in 1958.

L.A.H: What are your past achievements?
Reminiscing about his past, he continues in soft voice;
Mr. Qambaree: I still remember the Government College Quetta Hall, where Sardar Abdul Rab Nishter, the Governor of West Pakistan was invited as the Chief Guest and I recited the Holy Quran”.
“I have remained a popular Qari and a Nauha Khawan of Dasta-e-Syedabad”.  

L. A. H: Mr. Qambaree has the honour of receiving Monetary Reward from the former President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaque Khan for Growing Tree and Plantation in Yazdan Khan Model High School to be chosen as the best school in the town in 1988-1990.
Could you briefly tell us about your milestones in the field of education?
Mr. Qambaree: I was appointed as Senior English Teacher (S.E.T) in Govt. Lower Middle School, Chasma Achozai near Balili, Quetta in 1958. Subsequently, I completed my graduation and Bachelor of Education from the University of Punjab. I served in various schools of Quetta, ie., Govt. Special High School, Quetta, Yazdan Khan Model High School, Quetta and Govt. Middle School, Sariab, Quetta as S.E.T.
In acknowledgement of my services and remarkable performance as S.E.T, the Government promoted me as Headmaster in 1975 and I was transferred to Govt. High School, Mach at Bolan. In 1976-77, I served on the same designation at Govt. High School, Bostan.
I also worked as Research Officer (Evaluation) at Primary Education Project, Balochistan, Quetta from 1978-1983. In 1980, I was selected for a course in Research and Evaluation Fellowship Programme in Edinburgh, UK. At the end of the course, we are presented with a souvenir coin which is carved out of the sketch of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on one side and, on the other, the sketch of Elizabeth II.
I was, then, transferred as Principal, Govt. Yazdan Khan Model High School, Quetta in 1988 where I served the nation till 1990. As Principal of the above mentioned school, I created many academic vacancies to lessen work load of other teachers and improve standard of education. Besides, I have the honour to introduce Computer Laboratory to the community, by persuading the then Governor of Balochistan, General (R) Musa Khan Hazara in a visit to the school for allocation of funds to be used for the same purpose, which, he happily agreed to be dispensed. The fund was, then, used to make a Computer Lab and create relevant positions.
In 1988, I attended a Computer Training Programme in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand.
I have also served as Deputy Director, Balochistan Educational Management Information System from 1991-1994.
I remained the Principal, Govt. High School, Hazara Society, Quetta in 1995-1996.

L. A. H: Having huge experience in the field of education and with many visits abroad, how do you describe our system of education?
Mr. Qambaree: As far as our system of education is concerned, it is still the old-fashioned one left by British legacy whose reign of about 200 years over sub-continent and incumbent Pakistan has carved inimitable implications in our society. They founded and solidified a system of education so that people could become a mere literate clerk to carry out instructions of their masters. This system is also called Cramming or Mugging Up System which complicated educational or learning process for pupils to the extent that they, heavily, relied on this method of learning and passing exams. On the other hand, some subjects are comparatively difficult to learn by heart such as Maths, Science and Geography which could have been memorized for a short time to pass the exams by cramming certain questions or portions of the subject. There were no evident alternatives to pupils except cramming; hence, it became their compulsion to mug up relevant questions to pass the exams. Modern Pakistan spent about 200 years under British Raj, thus, comparing our educational system with that of Britain is unfair. The United Kingdom has governed many modern countries from East to West.
In Primary Education in the UK, every teacher has to teach one particular subject who specialize in that and they are offered hefty incentives by the government. The education of children from day one is fully funded by the Government including books and stationery items. Cleanliness at schools is a must which is but exemplary in the UK. Semester system in the UK has equally divided the length of subjects, making it easy to learn without cramming or mugging up. Hence, students tend to pass their exams with ease.

L. A. H: What is your point of view about corporal punishment at schools?
Mr. Qambaree: Depending on the situation and particular circumstance, corporal punishment at schools, unavoidably, becomes necessary in a country like Pakistan. If used excessively, it can also spoil the child. A teacher is the spiritual father, mentor and true guide to his students and normally youngsters learn from their elders. We can take smoking as an example which causes great damage to our lungs and I always admonished my juniors and fellow teachers to quit smoking or they could smoke privately to avoid tarnishing their image and reputation of the school as students can perceive it negatively. A teacher should be a role model to the students who must refrain from indulging in immoral acts. So coming back to the question of Corporal Punishment, I would like to sum up this question in an English saying, “Spare The Rod and Spoil The Child”   

L. A. H: Having compared our system of education with others and mentioning its drawbacks, how do you view our youths’ future in Quetta in respect to learning education and getting success in life?
Mr. Qambaree: Education is a noble cause and without getting education, one cannot achieve his aims and goals. Education is necessary in all fields of life and when I was the Principal, Yazdan Khan High School, Quetta, I would, often, tell my friends that the capabilities of these students must be brushed up to the extent that they could also become successful in other walks of life. They need to learn vocational education to polish their technical skills which could be used at times of need. Unfortunately, we belong to a barren territory which is devoid of industrial advancements. The only skill people could have was the profession of cobbler, mending shoes. Education opens windows of opportunities with clearer perspectives and motives. We can mention of many technological advancements which have greatly helped human beings to live their lives with ease and comfort such as machinery. Machines have reduced general physical labour and increased productivity manifold. We can also take example of computer and, in modern times, this has become indispensable for the masses to learn and use it. Without knowing it, life  is becoming unimaginably difficult.

L. A. H: How would you distinguish between good and bad teachers?
Mr. Qambaree: A good teacher is easily distinguishable as his teaching methodologies, life style, thoughts and habits differ from others. A good teacher is a man of noble character and as I have already mentioned that the pupils follows the footsteps of their elders especially teachers. Good and bad habits of these teachers could inculcate the same things in their pupils which will have negative impact on overall life and character building of students. Teachers, for example, in the habit of smoking cigarettes, could do so in specified places, which is good for their moral and that of their students. Teachers are like spiritual fathers to their students and they must have fatherly intention on them as they have on their children. Teachers should not be immoral, uncivilized and undignified which affect their career as well as their students’ future life.  

L. A. H: How would you describe Hazaranation.com’s performance in the past couple of years?   
Mr. Qambaree: I am proud of performance of Hazaranation.com which has provided the nation with a solid platform to promote their political, educational and social activities. Undoubtedly, this is a great service to Hazaras and you, as a team, are representing the Hazaras in the world in the field of ICT which makes your contribution enormously huge. We have made profound progress and improvements in this field. I, frequently, visit this website and find it swiftly informative to highlight injustice and cruelties being committed against the Hazaras. Through this platform, we can extend our voice to others and this website has earned great credits to be truly nationalist and bias free. The credits go to none others but to our youths whose voluntary services have given a new edge to our political, educational and social stature.
By consistently visiting this website, I have also come to know and feel great pride that our youths have also started a TV Channel to represent the nation on world level and present views of our friends and promote Hazaragi culture.

L. A. H: What would you say about Hazaras‘position in current geo-political changes in South and Central Asian countries?
Mr. Qambaree: We have made great progress in politics and political awareness among Hazaras has increased which must bring about positive changes in our society. I must admit that we have learned the ebbs and tides of politics being vastly applicable to the whole of nation with a view to safeguard our national interests.  The cruelties and injustice of Abdul Rehman (1891 – 1998) against Hazaras have given the impression to strengthen our views and political awareness. On the contrary, conspiracies of foreign elements against Hazaras have alerted us to get united and protect our Hazara brothers.

L. A. H: What do you say about Hazara International Forum of Great Britain as an umbrella political party in the UK?
Mr. Qambaree: This is a great step taken by Hazara nationalists to have formed a political platform to represent Hazaras internationally. Regarding ethnic, racial and religious persecutions against us, protests and demonstrations from this platform have been conducted several times which have heightened our image and political stature in the world. From this platform, we raise a strong voice in forms of protests and rallies to show our unity and sympathy with Hazaras living in other parts of the world and if we fail to further this cause, our voice will die out. I appeal to all Hazaras to come forward and join HIF to safeguard our political, social and educational rights and however we can support HIF, we must, be it morally, financially or ethically. The good thing is that the world has also come to realize that the Hazaras are getting united. However far they are, they are showing a spirit of national unity and integrity. We are protesting against cruelties and the world community is not asleep as they will have to recognize the unity and power of Hazaras as a nation and take preventive measure for their protection and safety. I pray that Almighty gives us the strength to be united as we are all Hazaras and belong to one whole. No matter where we live and what we do but we must realize that our pains and sufferings are the same. 

L. A. H: What is your message to the Nation?
Mr. Qambaree: All Hazaras need to be united wherever we live and we must never forget who we are. We must pay full attention to learn education. We must be content in order to achieve our goals and always show tolerance as we cannot afford to incline to hostile and bigotry attitude towards others. Never succumb to pressure of others and never think to sell out our ego nor to compromise on matter of national interest. As Imam Ali (A.S) says, “In piousness and highness always look at those who have attained that position and in wealth always look down to see the less privileged whose means and resources are limited and thank God that He has made you of that stature to be mediocre”. The best examples of Islamic teachings and injunctions are seen in the West, when a new born baby is privileged to earn benefit from his birth while our Zakat and Usher system go wasted due to improper use. Always use your money for the best interest of people and never give it to undeserving ones who multiply their bank reserves rather than distributing it among the needy and the poor. One should never be ostentatious to show off his alms and charity to others which is but disliked by Almighty.  

Liaquat Ali Hazara, at the end of the session, thanked Haji Manzoor Ali Qambaree for having spared some time to share his views with the Nation through this forum. Mr. Qambaree was also thanked for his monetary contribution to Hazaranation.com which would be utilized to procure relevant accessories for the newly built TV studio. 

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PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY IN HONOUR OF HAZARA GREEN FOOTBALL CLUB

QUETTA, July 13th, 2010: A Prize Distribution Ceremony in honour of Hazara Green Football Club was held at Hazara Society High School, Quetta on 10-07-2010 to mark commendable performance of the Club for winning All Pakistan Football Tournament at Zhob. The Tournament was organized by Afghan Football Club and Khyber Afghan Club, Zhob which started on 26-05-2010 with 32 football clubs from across Pakistan participating in the event. The final was played on 16-06-2010 which earned Hazara Green Football Club the All Pakistan Sheikh Jahangir Shaheed Trophy.

The Prize Distribution was more to appreciate Hazara youths for utilizing their talents in the field of sport to earn honour and prestige to the entire nation. D.I.G Faqeer Hussain was the Guest of the Occasion to distribute prizes among players, team management and administrators.

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ANNAUL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HAZARAS HELD UNDER THE AUSPICES OF HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF GREAT BRITAIN ON 04-07-2010

LONDON, July 8th, 2010: The Annual General Meeting of the Hazaras was held on 04-07-2010 by a large number of British Hazaras and prominent European Hazara personnel especially Swedish Hazaras to discuss matters of national interest in special context to geo-political changes affecting our nation.

The event was organized by Hazara International Forum of Great Britain, starting at about 15:30 hours BST with recitation of the Holy Quran. Stage Secretary, Hasan Ali requested Haji Fida Hussain of Birmingham to recite a few verses of the Holy Book.

Basharat Ali, the Coordinator HIF, shared his views with the nation and stressed on the need that all the Hazaras should realize the need of the time to stand united and work from a solid political platform to raise strong voice in times of need. He also mentioned of the threats to the Hazaras which could be handled with active support of all Hazaras as we cannot afford to remain passive in times of dire need. He also acknowledged the outstanding efforts of Liaquat Ali Hazara, Secretary Press and Communication for having designed the Membership Form of HIF and making huge efforts in performing multiple Organizational tasks to meet tight deadlines ranging from Administration, Operations and Web Designing along with professional commitments of the department of Press and Communication. He outlined the incumbent and prospective programmes of HIF to benefit the Hazaras and briefed the nation of our contact with relevant quarters to take up our plights for expeditious processing. He announced the launch of Membership of HIF with further details to be released soon from Press and Communications Department.

Mohammad Ali and Abbass Ali, Swedish Hazaras also expressed their outspoken thoughts about unity, encompassing the unjust historical cruelties and atrocities of other ethnicities against Hazaras in Afghanistan and coining these repetitive evil deeds with present turmoil in South and Central Asian countries.

Hazara notables and members of other countries such as Sweden and the cities of the UK, ie., Birmingham, Coventry, Croydon, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Southampton etc had come in large numbers to partake in the meeting with informal exchange of views and opinion on various topics surrounding interest of Hazaras.

Mr. Mohammad Nabi, Secretary Finance of HIF announced a Fundraising Campaign to support the newly launched Hazaragi Channel from Quetta and requested all Hazaras to come forward and help generously this cause in order that we compete with others in the era of ICT.

Haji Raza of Luton appealed to all Hazaras to work under dynamic leadership of Mr. Marzooq Ali whose selfless and vigorous efforts have rekindled a ray of hope among Hazara youths to represent them at all platforms, raising firm voice. He also declared the HIF Chairman to be his sole leader due to his sincerity, honesty and sacrifices to Hazara nation.

At the end of the meeting, the Stage Secretary, thanked all Hazara attendees on behalf of HIF, especially the Swedish Hazara elders, Haji Fida Hussain, European Coordinator HIF, Mr. Shafqat Ali, Mr. Akbar Ali, Chairman Hayyat Jawanan-e- Hazara, Younas Ali, Member HIF, Haji Manzoor Ali Qambari, an active Hazara nationalist and all others for having come the extra mile to show unity and discuss their problems with elders and seek their solution.  

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 08th, 2010)

HUSSAIN ALI YOUSAFI FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

QUETTA, July 8th, 2010: All Hazara Hussain Ali Yousafi Football Tournament is starting from 16-07-2010 at Yazdan Khan Model High School with full support of Hazara Democratic Party. The event is organized by Hazara Green Football Club and all interested can contact the Secretary, Hazara Green on +92-301-370 4375 for further information.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 08th, 2010)

8TH MARTYRDOM ANNIVERSARY OF SHAKIR ALI OBSERVED WITH FULL SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT OF COMMUNITY LEADERS TO PROTECT YOUTHS FROM SOCIAL EVILS

LONDON, July 7th, 2010: The 8th Martyrdom Anniversary of Shakir Ali Shaheed Son of Haji Marzooq Ali and the Annual General Meeting of Shakir Youth Trust (SYT) was held at Asian Community Centre, Walthamstow, London on Sunday, the 4th of July, 2010. The Hazara International Forum of Great Britain along with Hazara Welfare Council (HWC) in association with SYT had organized the graceful function. Among others were a number of prominent politicians, members of parliament, community elders, senior police officers and NGOs who braced the occasion with their full support and presence. The British Hazara Community and renowned Hazara dignitaries from other European countries attended the occasion in large numbers to show solidarity with Shakir Shaheed and his immortal cause.

The ceremony was opened with recitation of luminous verses of “Sura Ina’am” by Haji Fida Hussain. The Chairman of Walthamstow Forest Race Equality Council, Mr. Afzal Malik delivered the prologues and highlighted the dilemma surrounding the courageous sacrifice by Shakir Ali Shaheed. Among the speakers were Haji Marzooq Ali – Chairman of the Trust, Mr. M Munir Khan – Trust’s Secretary and others.

Mr. Basharat Ali – Chairman Hazara Welfare Council also addressed the meeting and added his thoughts. He stressed that Family is a complete institution and the first and the prime element for formation of a society. The absence of responsible parenting and mentoring is contributing to the rise of aggression of fatherless gangs among the disadvantaged, and the presence of depressed and passive youngsters among the advantaged. As a society, we are failing to live up to the challenges, tasks and responsibilities of adulthood. And in doing so, we are not only failing our youths but ourselves as well. We must turn to face adolescents and assist them in negotiating the rites of passage to adulthood lest their development remain arrested, both psychologically and socially. It is the cost of this failure which we are counting day in and day out, and what Shakir Shaheed paid for with his dear life. 

In order to break the cycle of violence, crimes and disadvantages, all young people must be provided with opportunities to achieve their full potential. It is the lack of facilities and social interaction which drive criminal activities. Absent Eyes and Idle Hands is what forces the youngsters towards evils. There needs to be more engagements and working on providing activities that young people want and that’s exactly what Shakir Youth Trust and Hazara Welfare Council are striving for.

The attendees of the meeting agreed with the thoughts of the speaker and felt that SYT and HWC were raising much needed awareness among the local community and their efforts towards achieving a responsible and cohesive society were highly commendable.
At the end of the meeting the lunch buffet was served and prayers and Fatiha offered for the soul of the Shaheed.

May Allah give us the strength to further his noble cause and always bless him in heaven! 

As mentioned earlier, the entire event was a joint Effort of Hazara International Forum of Great Britain, Hazara Welfare Council and Shakir Youth Trust, hence, their unparalleled support and contribution will remain diluted if the efforts of the Chairman HIF and Shakir Youth Trust, Mr. Marzooq Ali, the Coordinator HIF and Chairman, Hazara Welfare Council, Mr. Basharat Ali, European Coordinator, Mr. Shafqat Ali, Secretary Finance HIF, Mr. Mohammad Nabi Hazara and that of the Secretary Press and Communication HIF, Mr. Liaquat Ali Hazara’s not appreciated.

May we take this opportunity to thank all members of HIF, HWC and SYT to have showed keen interest in attending the event to fight against all forms of social evils especially gangs wars, drug trafficking and knife culture which are damaging the fabric of the society.

We are also thankful to Hazara notables of Sweden to show their agility and eagerness by travelling hundreds of miles to participate in matters of national interest and supreme cause of Shakir Shaheed.

A joint statement of Hazara International Forum of Great Britain,
Hazara Welfare Council and Shakir Youth Trust

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HEARING OF HAFIZ USMAN PROCRASTINATED BY ANTI TERRORISM COURT

QUETTA, July 7th, 2010: Hearing of the case of Hafiz Usman was put off by Anti Terrorism Court here in Quetta which was to be held on 05-07-2010. Knowing about the hearing date of Hafiz Usman – a culprit involved in target killing of 27 members of Hazara nation including the then Chairman, Hazara Democratic Party, Hussain Ali Yousafi – a large number of party workers, sympathizers, family members and Hazara youths had gathered outside A.T.C early morning whose level of anger and agitation increased manifold when the Murderer made a victory sign to the crowd from the van. This action provoked Hazara youths and HDP members to rush to van, alerting law enforcement personnel to point their automatic guns at the crowd and requesting their headquarters for backup force. According to reliable sources, HDP members and Hazara youths exchanged harsh words with police and A.T.F personnel.

Looking at the gravity of the situation, the Judge Anti-Terrorism Court postponed the hearing until further order. Among Hazara notables were Ahmed Kohzad of HDP, Haji Qayum Changezi and family members of the innocent Hazaras martyred by the culprit.
 

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 07th, 2010)

TWO HAZARA POLICEMEN INJURED IN AN INCIDENT OF TARGET KILLING

QUETTA, July 01st, 2010: Two Hazara policemen were injured in a fresh incident of target killing in Quetta. This happened at rush hours of 9:00 A.M on 05-07-2010 on Seriab Road which is a congested and busy route with a row of government offices, educational institutions and business establishments. The two unfortunate Hazara policemen identified as Ramzan Ali and Shabbir Hussain, working at Quaidabad Police Station as Police Constable, were on their way to pick up the Station House Officer (Mohammad Asif) from his home when they were targeted by unknown terrorists. Both of them sustained bullet injuries to their stomach and back who were rushed to Cantonment Military Hospital for emergency treatment whose condition is stable, however, a passerby also fell victim to this incident who could not succumb to injuries and passed away at the Provincial Sandeman Hospital, Quetta.

The recent wave of target killings has exacerbated after the promises of the Provincial Government to Organizing Committee of Shohada-e-Balochistan to take tight security measures to protect life and property of the people. The Provincial Government and the law enforcement agencies have failed miserably to chalk out a viable plan of action to curb target killings in Quetta which could spark unabated violence and agitation from the masses who have been made easy prey to terrorists.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 06th, 2010)

FORMATION OF HAZARA ASSOCIATION OF CANADA.

QUETTA, July 06th, 2010: This website has received a pleasant email from our friends living in Canada with the information of forming a Political Organisation in Canada called “Hazara Association of Canada”. This is formally registered Canadian Government.

We, the team of Hazaranation.com, extend heartiest congratulations to our friends for this milestone and hope that they will work, extensively, for the rights of Hazaras and raise their voice against all forms of injustice regarding racial, ethnic, religious and sectarian persecution aimed at harming the Hazaras.

All visitors may wish to click on the link below to visit the website of the afore-said Organisation.

www.hazarasincanada.com 

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 06th, 2010)

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY OF THE STUDIO OF MECHID TV

QUETTA, July 05th, 2010: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Studio of Mechid TV was held on 04-07-2010 between the hours of 5:30 P.M to 7:00 PM. Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara was cordially requested to honour the team of Mechid TV with his presence for this Ceremony.

The Special Guest of the Occasion, Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara mingled with the staff and team of Mechid TV whose informal chit chat encouraged the whole group to share their views and feelings on various brief topics.

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 05th, 2010)

Mechid TV to Go On Air from July 5

QUETTA, July 01st, 2010: With great pride and grace of Allah Almighty, we are pleased to announce that our first-ever Hazaragi channel will go on air from July 5. The channel will only be viewed in Hazara-dominated areas of Quetta city. Initially, its programmes will consist of one hour duration only that would be extended to more hours later once we receive positive response from our viewers. The channel will focus on issues related to Hazaras in Quetta and all other parts of the world with its prime objective to create awareness among our people particularly youths to enhance their understanding of the situation and sufferings which Hazaras of the world are undergoing at the moment. The channel will telecast reports on various problems being faced by Hazara people as a community and will also highlight social evils prevailing in our society. It will also telecast interviews of Hazara tribe leaders and those members of our community who have displayed remarkable performance in various fields of life. These reports and interviews will also be uploaded on our website.

We also feel great pleasure to announce the names of our representatives across the world. Liaquat Ali Hazara will be our representative in the UK, Liaquat Ali in the US and Abbas Hazara and Barkat Aazra in Australia. We are also looking for enthusiastic and dedicated fellows – both males and females - in other countries of the world to become our representatives to contribute stories regarding Hazara people.

All positive feedbacks in this regard will highly be appreciated.  

Hazaranation.com team.

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 03rd, 2010)

WORLD ANTI NARCOTICS DAY OBSERVED BY MILO SHAHEED TRUST TO REITERATE THE COMMITMENT TO FIGHT AGAINST THE MENACE OF NARCOTICS

QUETTA, July 01st, 2010: World Anti Narcotics Day was observed by Milo Shaheed Trust on Sunday, 27-06-2010 with renewed vow to fight against its menace and spread awareness among the masses of its detriments. The event started with recitation of the Holy Quarn and followed by National Anthem of Pakistan. A Welcome Show was presented and a Welcome Speech made to acknowledge the presence of all guests and thank them for illuminating the Programme. The event started at 16:30 hours (PST) with charming presence of guests, ie., Brigadier Waheed Aktar as Chief Guest, Ms. Rahila Durrani, Special Guest, Jan Ali Changezi and Rukhsana Ahmed.  Undoubtedly, the kudos of the success of the Programme must go to its organizer(s) whose hectic efforts wholly focused on the abuse of drugs and its widespread implications through a series of interesting and informative programmes such as poem (s) related to the significance of the Day, news, skits, tableaux and national songs were presented. Besides, kids also participated in various kinds of Race Competitions to amuse the audience and earn appreciation like 100 Meter Race, Hurdle Race, Frog Race and Mango Race etc. Rope pulling contest made people laugh out loud giving an edge to the event. The two government schools, ie., Yazdan Khan Model High School and Hazara Society High School showed their splendid performance of Band Display and Sentimental Prayer respectively which could not go unnoticed as they received huge round of applause from audience. The patients of the trust were sworn in to abide by rules and regulations of the trust, quitting drugs and informing others of its perils. A magician showed wonderful tricks to attract people towards his skills. Grand Master, Mubarak Ali Shaan was applauded for his Karate performance.

At the end of the programme, Prize Distribution Ceremony took place where all participants were awarded prizes. Brigadier Waheed Akhtar, the Chief Guest announced an amount of Rs. 25,000/- while Rahila Durrani announced Rs. 50,00,000/- to be allocated from PSDP funds. Jan Ali Changezi paid heartiest congratulations to the organizers of the programme and ensured full moral and ethical support to the Trust in its humanitarian work. Rukhsana Ahmed also lauded outstanding welfare activities of the trust which will go a long way to benefit the masses and keep them safe from the menace of drugs.

The Programme ended at about 20:00 hours (PST) with thanks to all guests, participants and audience for having honoured the trust with their presence and participation.  

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 01st, 2010)

Geo-political situation of South Asia discussed in detail vis-a-vis Hazaras (HIF)

LONDON, July 01st, 2010: A general meeting of Hazara International Forum of Great Britain was held at its headquarter on 27-06-2010 to discuss the effects of imminent threats to Hazara nation. The meeting started late evening with recitation of the Holy Quran being chaired by Haji Marzooq Ali while other Central Committee members, viz., Mr. Basharat Ali, Co-ordinator and Chairman Hazara Welfare Council, Mr. Mohammad Nabi Hazara, Secretary Finance and Mr. Liaquat Ali Hazara, Secretary Press and Communication attended the meeting.

The HIF members offered fatiha for departed souls of those 11 unfortunate Hazara people, who were, brutally, murdered by the Taliban on 26-06-2010 in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. They also condemned this barbaric act of ethnic terrorism, targeting innocent Hazara people. The HIF decided to take up this issue with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN with the request to exert legitimate pressure on Afghan Government for taking tight security measures to minimize the effect of such happenings in the future.

The geo-political changes affecting the Hazaras in Quetta, Pakistan and the increasing highhandedness of fanatic Taliban in central Afghanistan was also discussed.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 01st, 2010)

8TH MARTYRDOM ANNIVERSARY OF SHAHEED SHAKIR HUSSAIN BEING HELD ON 04-07-2010 AT ASIAN CENTRE, LONDON

LONDON, July 01st, 2010: Shakir Youth Trust in association with Waltham Forest Joint Council of Asian Organisations and Waltham Forest Race Equality Council have announced to hold General Meeting and Youth Conference at Asian Center, 18a, Orford Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9LN on 04-07-2010 between the hours of 13:00 to 15:30 British Standard Time to mark the 8th Martyrdom Anniversary of Shaheed Shakir Hussain.

Shakir Hussain was a proud Hazara youth, born in England on 31-12-1978. He was a humble and God-fearing person who would go an extra mile to help the poor and the needy. Besides, he had waged a vigorous campaign against knife culture, drug abuse and gang wars in the community. In order to preach people of Walthamstow the message of love and peace, he had joined the Nation of Islam, an Organization working to help keep the youths safe from clutches of drug dealers, drug peddlers, gang wars and knife culture. Due to pleasant manner and respectable stature in the area, many people of African ethnicity including 7 members of a family converted to Islam. These peaceful attempts raised eyebrows of anti social elements who could not carry out their operations openly, hence, it, badly, affected their business of selling drugs. This teenage boy of strong muscles with 6 feet of height and a regular gym goer for Muscle work-outs and boxing, was threatened several times of dire consequences by smugglers and drug dealers, which could not bother him the least nor he ever mentioned of these serious life threats to his family members but, ultimately, the Satans succeeded in their ill plot and he was stabbed to death by three youths of other ethnicity who ambushed him when he stepped out of his car. He was killed in front of his mother who showed some resistance to stop them but she, herself, got some serious knife-wounds in her palm. Shakir was in his GCSE who fell victim to devilish act of drug dealers and anti social elements on 04-07-2001. He was buried among sorrows and grief where all local shops and markets remained closed and over 4,500 people of all ethnicities participated in his funeral to pay tribute to the fallen hero.

It was the time when Haji Marzooq Ali, the Father of the victim vowed to stand against all evils and formed Shakir Youth Trust which has earned great attention and unconditional support from people of all walks of life including members of Parliament, Councillors and senior Police Officer and Human Rights Organisations. This trust was founded and formed by Haji Marzooq Ali who works there as Chairman but other members and trustees comprise of other ethnicities. This year, too, his Martyrdom Anniversary is being observed with renewed pledge to work protect the youths of the area from all evils, especially knife culture, drug abuse and gang wars. Members of Parliament, Councillors, Senior Police Officers and other notables will deliver speeches to pay tribute to the Martyred and promise to carry on his mission of peace and love.

All peace-loving people, sympathizers, well-wishers and Hazaras of the UK are requested to show their solidarity by participating in this gathering. People willing to come from other cities of England could hire a mini bus or bus who would be reimburse by the trust for their travel expenses. Buffet will be served at the end of the session. After this session, the annual meeting of Hazara Community – organized by Hazara Welfare Council – will be held to discuss threats to national interests of Hazaras in view of contemporary geo-political changes.

Should you need to get more information about the programme, please don’t hesitate to contact on 07746 872 535 or 0208 521 7462.

On behalf of
Shakir Youth Trust.

An Interview of Mr. Agha Marzuq Hussain, Chairman shakir Youth Trust in Voluntary Views Sumer 2010 Magazine, London

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari July 01st, 2010)

INAUGURATION OF MECHID TV CHANNEL IN QUETTA BY SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS (SPA)

QUETTA, June 23rd, 2010: The Inauguration Ceremony of the Hazaragi TV Channel was held on 27-06-2010 Major (R) Nadir Institute of Management Sciences And Special Studies at 19:00 Hours PST. This TV Channel is unparalleled hard work and dedication of the team of Hazaranationa.com, being registered with Social Welfare Department as Society for Public Awareness (SPA), which will be broadcast to Hazara community in areas of Alamdar Road and Hazara Town from 05-07-2010.

In this function renowned Hazaras, notables, elders, bureaucrats, politicians, intellectuals, writers, artists and lawyers were invited to witness and appreciate outstanding performance of Hazaras youths who have excelled their skills in Information and Communication Technology despite limited resources to launch a TV channel to preserve their culture and promote etiquettes, ethics and noble norms in the society.

The program started with recitation of the holy Quran, and with a brief introduction of the programme by Stage Secretary Mr. Imran, Mr. Qadir Nayel came over the dice to introduce the role of Media vis-a-vis our campaigns. Later, Indoor recording programs and high-lights were shown. Subsequently, Mr. Altaf Hussain Safdari, the Director of SPA was invited on the stage to briefly mention the hardships faced in achieving this milestone which turned them into refined jewels. Later on, highlights of outdoor shootings were shown.

At last, Maj (R) Nadir Ali shared his precise feedback who was followed by Ms. Rukhsana Ahmed, General Secretary, PPP, Women Wing, Balochistan to say a few words. The Inauguration Ceremony concluded in 1 hour.

MECHID TV
A project of Society of Public Awareness (SPA).

 Aims and Objectives
The First Hazaragi Community TV Channel (MECHID TV) on Cable Network in Hazara-dominated Areas of Alamdar Road and Hazara Town. Also on the website www.hazaranation.com

By the grace of Almighty Allah and sincere support of our colleagues, we are pleased to launch this new and first ever Hazaragi Community TV Channel of its kind with the aim to promote the progressive outlook and positive image of Hazaras as a community in Balochistan and to strengthen our ties with other nationalities living in Balochistan. The basic purpose of this channel is to highlight problems and issues confronting our community, promote educational and positive entertainment activities, create awareness among our people and provide our community with updated information on various events concerning Hazaras that take place in Quetta and other parts of the world.

 The channel is also aimed at getting all members of Hazara community, particularly the most ignored womenfolk, entailed in all major issues we are currently facing as a community and to chalk out a strategy after due deliberation to cope with them successfully.

The channel is also aimed at providing a platform to our young graduated journalists to manifest and polish their professional skills by working as full-time reporters covering all the newsworthy events related to Hazaras. It will also provide an opportunity to those intellectuals and writers of our community who want to speak out their heart and express their views about the problems of Hazaras, but are unable to do so due to lack of opportunities and unavailability of any proper forum.

The Community TV Channel will also highlight and appreciate the works and deeds of all individuals and groups which are aimed at development and welfare of our community. But, at the same time, it will also perform the duty of positive and constructive criticism as an attempt to reform the individuals and groups whose activities, as to be looked by most of our community members, would be based at personal interests rather than collective ones which, thereby, may prove detrimental to Hazaras as a nationality.

The Community TV Channel will also promote the image of Hazaras as a broadminded, tolerant, permissive and flexible nationality with firm belief in the slogan of peaceful mutual co-existence with all other nationalities in Balochistan while preserving and promoting Hazaragi culture, norms and traditions.

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by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 29th, 2010)

DAZZLING PERFORMANCE OF HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM AT WORLD REFUGEE DAY

LONDON, June 29th, 2010: Umbrella Parade, organized by Amnesty International on 20-06-2010 was turned into a great success by active participation of Hazara International Forum of Great Britain in which hundreds of people marched slowly from Central London to Imperial War Museum.

The Day was, actually, organized by Amnesty International to celebrate World Refugee Day in a bid to highlight the plight and hardships of refugees and asylum seekers, show solidarity and raise awareness among people about human dignity. It was a warm day with patchy clouds in the sky, as predicted, which attracted the masses including men, women and children of all faiths and schools of thought to assemble for the supreme cause of human dignity and sensitization of human rights.  People started thronging to Horse Guards Avenue in the afternoon to get their name registered, owning a white umbrella from a member of Amnesty International. The umbrellas were inscribed with slogans of refugees’ and asylum seekers rights.

The HIF Chairman, Haji Marzooq Ali, General Secretary, Leila Asghar, Secretary Press and Communication, Liaquat Ali Hazara, Coordinator and Chairman Hazara Welfare Council, Basharat Ali and his family got together outside Westminster Tube Station at about 13:00 British Standard Time who were, then, joined by other Hazara youths to walk to the Start Point (Horse Guards Avenue) to join the main gathering. Later, Finance Secretary, Mohammad Nabi Hazara and his family joined the Parade to illuminate the jubilus event with their presence.

As HIF participated in this event on cordial invitation of Amnesty International, they utilized the day better in favour of Hazara refugees and asylum seekers to represent them and get their voice heard by world community. With classic homework of HIF members, they had prepared a comprehensive pamphlet to amalgamate brief description of the Hazaras, their ancestral lands, atrocities and cruelties being perpetrated against them to provide with legitimate reasons of seeking refugee and claiming asylum thousands of miles away from their homeland to live respectable life. Over 400 copies of the pamphlets were distributed among rally participants, earning great kudos from Amnesty International, human rights activists, human rights organizations and international media. In the beginning of the rally, a member of Amnesty International approached HIF with the request to be given a copy of the pamphlet so that they could incorporate it in the text of their public statement.  The HIF Chairman, although not feeling well for the day due to demand of his age, insisted that he shall be among others to participate in the rally whose eagerness boosted others’ morale.

The rally started at about 13:30 BST from Horse Guards Avenue where participants walked past Houses of Parliament to Imperial War Museum to the beat of captivating musical instruments with the blend of mild eastern and western tunes. HIF also exchanged views and opinion with other NGOs, CBOs and charity organizations who could not hold back when reading the pamphlet and enquiring enthusiastically about the Hazaras. A Humanitarian Organization highlighting the plight and hardships of refugees and asylum seekers through stage shows, tableaux, skits and short informative videos, offered the HIF members to raise the critical issue of target killings of Hazaras through stage plays. They also assured to provide with necessary audio-visual support/aides providing HIF considered it feasible to carry out such visionary task.  The HIF members thanked for their support and promised to notify them of the decision of Central Committee members of HIF once it was discussed in length.

At the end of the show, members of participating organizations exchanged views in congenial environment while sharing food items and drinks with others.


by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 29th, 2010)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR SHOHADA-E-BALOCHISTAN ANNOUNCES PEACEFUL LONG MARCH ON 04-07-2010

QUETTA, June 26th, 2010: With reference to the previous Press Conference, Convention and Protest Rally of the above said Committee held on 15-05-2010 and 23-05-2010 respectively with legitimate 9 Points Demand, presented to the Government to be met by the deadline of 20-06-2010, they have decided to appeal to all peace-loving patriot Pakistanis, especially the Shi’ites to participate in a Long March taking place on 04-07-2010. This was announced in a press conference held on 24-06-2010 after the federal and provincial government’s apathy and lack of interest in meeting the demands.

The Organizing Committee condemned cold attitude of the government especially of the Provincial Government and its functionary for not taking sufficient security measures to protect the lives of innocent people who fell victims to target killings of terrorists on daily basis in congested areas of the city. They said, “The Provincial Government has to be dissolved as it has miserably failed to protect live and property of general public nor has it made sincere efforts to improve law and order situation in the city”. They enquired, “If Shi’ites are not the rightful citizens of this country and if our forefathers have not sacrificed their lives for this beloved mother land”?

Announcing the date of the Long March, the Committee has clearly stated it to be a peaceful March which is not intended against any sect, faction or school of thought but, purely, against incapability of the Government for failing to perform its constitutional , legal and moral obligations of protecting innocent peoples’ lives and property. They have also appealed to all Pakistani patriots to come forward and join this peaceful protest rally to raise their voice against injustice, terrorism, sectarianism and incapable government and showing their unity and solidarity with their Pakistani brothers.
They also made it clear that the Long March will be absolutely peaceful and the government should be held responsible in case of deteriorating law and order situation on the day. They also informed that a vigorous campaign has already started in 112 districts of Pakistan, earning credible public attention. Regarding negotiations with the Government, they said, “Every effort seems to have failed as the provincial government busied itself with budget matters despite clear directives of the federal government in meeting our lawful demands”. The rightful points are reiterated as follows:

  1. That the real culprits and their masterminds behind target killings should be nabbed and penalized as per the law.
  2. That the target killings of Shi’ites in Balochistan especially in Quetta should be stopped immediately with the assurance of no such future occurrences.
  3.  That the family members of police officers and employees who fell victims to target killing, should be provided government employment and that all educational expenses of their children be borne by the government.
  4. That all city-dwellers of Quetta, especially the merchants be provided complete safety and security from dacoity, mugging and abduction.
  5.  That the aid announced for families of the martyrs are insulting, honourable aid be announced for them, complied with immediately and all treatment expenses of the injured should be borne by the government.
  6. That peace committees comprising of all schools of thoughts including Shi’ite, Sunni Ulemas, civil society, members of local merchants, politicians and human rights activists be formed on federal, provincial, district and town levels to promote the message of peace and harmony among brotherly nations.
  7. That the absconder of Anti Terrorist Force Jail, Usman Saif Ullah Kurd, should be apprehended without any delay and brought to justice as per verdict of the Anti-Terrorism Court.
  8. That the routes of Hangu and Parachanar be freed from unlawful control of terrorists and the Shi’ites’ life and property, living in FATA be provided complete protection and security.
  9. That the federal government be contacted immediately to eradicate the recent wave of target killings and terrorism in Karachi.
  10. That the Shi’ite Ulemas, notables, city merchants, lawyers and members of civil society be issued arms licences without any procrastination.
  11. That the unlawful attitude of the provincial government’s disinformation to the media of ALL IS RIGHT should be taken seriously and those government spokesmen for their malpractices be punished to avoid duality and confusion.

The press conference ended with notes of thanks to all who attended it with the pray that Allah Almighty may shower his blessings and mercy upon poor peoples of Pakistan.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 26th, 2010)

THE GRAND FINALE OF ALL HAZARA FOOTBALL COMPETITION BEING HELD ON 25-06-2010

QUETTA, June 23rd, 2010: The Grand Finale of All Hazara Football Championship is being held on 25-06-2010 at Yazdan Khan Model High School, Quetta. The Tournament organised by Star Cable Network, Alamdar Road, Quetta has been a great success which attracted the masses to throng to the football ground to support their teams among boos and cheers.

As the craze of football is at peak in the Grand Event of Football World Cup, being played in South Africa, a large number of people are expected to watch the Final Match of All Hazara Championship on this Friday where Major (Retired) Nadir Ali has consented to illuminate it with his presence as Chief Guest of the Occasion. 

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 23rd, 2010)

To pay tribute to Shaheed Talib Agha Advocate, a seminar was held on 22-06-2010 at Late General Musa College. The inauguration of Shaheed Talib Agha Welfare Society was also made

QUETTA, June 23rd, 2010: With the commencement of twenty first century, the entire world was rejoicing that barbarism and social injustice have been pulled out and these have been replaced with human norms, equality, tolerance for all irrespective of his/her race and sect. But due to an irony of fact, these all ended in vain and bloodshed once again spread out.

In Balochistan Target Killing reports reveal the trend of violent and escalating crimes against religious minorities are on its pinnacle during last few years. Massacre of Shaheed Talib Agha Advocate, Shaheed Ahmad Ali, Shaheed Walayat Hussain Advocate, Shaheed Hussain Ali Yousafi, Shaheed Mohammad Asif (brother of SP Musa Jaffery) reveal the zenith of terrorism in Quetta city and the inefficiency and bias attitude of so-called democratic Balochistan Government. The mere condemn and dramatic statements in newspapers by the provincial government cannot compensate the eternal wounds of the effected families.

Shaheed Talib Agha s/o Haji Syed Muhammad Hussain was born in 1st of January, 1970 in Hazara Syed Tribe in Quetta City, completed his education from Balochistan University in the subject of MA Economics/Political Science and obtained a law degree from Law College, he was a renowned personality through out his life either it was a plate form of politics or social work, welfare or public’s problems, he did not show his back to lessen the peoples’ problems.

Shaheed Talib Agha Advocate commenced his carrier in politics with great success in Local Government Election 2002 as a UC Nasim. Inhabitants of the area, in Local Government Election 2005 again elected Shaeed Talib Agha as a UC Nasim regarding his great efforts for the community. He had been nominated as a president of Balochistan Shia Conference by mutual understanding of all members. Talib Shaheed emerged as strong footing figure in Quetta city because he believed in equality, brother hood, fraternity, democracy, tolerance, harmony among communities, and justice for all.  Keeping in view his peculiar efforts towards peace, General Body of “AMMAN TEHRIK” nominated him as a general secretary.

Shaheed Talib  Agha Advocate not only contributed in the above mentioned factions but also in sports. He believed that if we want to lessen the crimes, we will have to increase sports facilities and sports related activities.

He showed himself as a believer of peace in very hazardous circumstances. We ought to keep it mind what was his unique quality that led him to pinnacle with in short period.  He had a passion and liberal vision for all communities with out any ethnic and religious discrimination. Not only one community feels absence of Shaheed Talib Agha, but rather, all inhabitants of Quetta city possess the same feelings. In decades, we would not find such an elegant and intellectual personality. Have we ever analyzed that what kinds of hazardous are being faced by residents of Quetta city due to absence of Shaheed Talib Agha? Or does any one exist to meet the gap? If yes then who may be? If no then why? We don’t have a solid answer. We are follower of him, he was an educated and believed in unity of Muslims and peaceful society.  No doubt, Shaheed Talib Agha Advocate was a great person who had ability to lead this nation and pull them out from this threatening and frustrating situation.
It may not be exaggeration to say that it had been leaders, who entirely changed their nations and brought revolutions such as French Revolution 1789, Russian revolution 1917 and Iranian Revolution 1979. Let me add few words, that leaders are born in years but their thoughts must be followed eternal, so that to keep them alive for ever. Let me remind to all that innocent blood speaks

The notes worthy speakers were Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara, Former city Naszim Muhammad Rahim Kakar, Councilor Ms Rukhsana Ahmad Ali, Former Nazim Waheed Agha, Nazim Ismail Lehri, Former city Naib Nazim Manzoor Kakar, Iqbal Shah, Muhammad Amir and Ibrahim Hazara. The speakers were of the opinion that Shaheed Talib Agha was a by birth leader, he made people courageous to pose questions. He not only worked for the men but also women problems. He also tried to create harmony among all communities of Balochistan so that to put an end to this so-called sect threat. Besides, talib’s peace mission must be followed so that this Quetta should emerge once again as a peaceful city. Over and above, all the participants assured Shaheed Talib Agha Welfare Society of their all possible support.

by: Ali Raza

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 23rd, 2010)

TWO YOUNG BROTHERS SHOT DEAD ON 19-06-2010

QUETTA, June 23rd, 2010: Two young brothers, named Hasnain and Shujaat were target killed and his cousin was injured on 19-06-2010 when unknown gunmen opened fire with distance of a few yards when their vehicle slowed down at a speed breaker near Islamia Girls College. They were the local merchants of Quetta city, owning business at Liaquat Bazara, named Mehmood Leather House but the unfortunate brothers and a close family member were targeted in broad-day light on their way home after the close of business. One of the victims died on the spot while his brother could not succumb to injuries and expired on way to Civil Hospital. A cousin of them, sustaining bullet injuries to his feet, is said to be in stable condition. The victims belong to Qandahari community of shi’ite sect and prestigious national newspapers term it as sectarian killing although no one has claimed responsibility of this cold blooded killing yet. Hearing this tragic news, one of their uncles, named Haji Ishaq, an employee of Customs Department, Quetta died of heart attack on Alamdar Road, Quetta who was laid to rest today.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 23rd, 2010)

Use Your Rights To Protect The Rights Of Asylum Seekers And Refugees!!

LONDON, June 20th, 2010: Hazara International Forum of Great Britain fully supports initiatives of human rights organizations for celebrating World Refugee Day to highlight and stress on equal rights of asylum seekers and refugees. As an Umbrella Organization working for protection of political, social, economic and educational rights of the Hazaras in the UK, HIF realizes the need to reveal to the world that a proportionately large number of the Hazaras are compelled to embark on perilous journey to foreign lands in pursuit of safe abode and the inborn right of living a happy life. Before we shed some light over miseries and hardships of the Hazaras, we need to briefly introduce them as follows:

Who Are The Hazaras:

The Hazaras are one of several ethnic groups, predominantly, inhabiting in central Afghanistan which is also known as Hazarajat or Hazaraistan. Majority of the Hazaras are Shi’ite Muslim, however, a small number of them were forced to convert to Sunni faction of Islam during the barbaric and cruel regime of Abdul Rehman dating back to 19th century. According to reliable statistics (shown) by various historians and demographics, the Hazaras are the second largest population in Afghanistan who has continually been subjected to direct racial, ethnic and religious persecution by Pashtun governments. Hundreds of thousands of them have been brutally murdered by the Pashtun regimes including men, women and children. These atrocities and cruelties have been repetitively happening for centuries which forced them to migrate to other countries to save their lives. At present, the Hazaras are living all over the world ranging from South Asian countries to Europe, South America and Australia. A large number of them are now living as refugees and expectant asylum seekers in European countries who have no other choice as their return to Afghanistan, could endanger their lives. Despite living in neighboring countries of Afghanistan for centuries and declared rightful citizens in the constitutions of Pakistan, Iran and India, they are still facing serious life threats on the pretext of race, ethnicity and faith. Some of the problems are highlighted as under which have been pinpointed by prestigious human rights organizations in their yearly reports.

  1. That they are being target killed in Quetta, Pakistan every day by religious extremists and so called resistance movements for decades.
  2. That they face racial, ethnic and religious discrimination in all walks of life in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
  1. That the Pashtun Kochis, routinely, infiltrate Hazara lands in central Afghanistan for plundering, ransacking, burning and murdering innocent people. This heinous practice is exercised on yearly basis.
  2. That the government of Iran’s inhuman treatment of Hazara refugees belittle their self esteem and human dignity and the reprehensible act is practiced openly across Iran.
  3. That the government of Iran has never accepted to provide shelter to Hazara refugees on humanitarian grounds nor have they ever been sympathetic enough towards matters of human rights.
  4. That Hazara refugees and asylum seekers face almost the same discriminatory problems and treatments by other European countries who spare no time in returning them to Afghanistan despite evident life threats to them as well as to their family members.
  5. That Australian government is deporting hundreds of Hazara refugees and asylum seekers to Afghanistan despite worsening law and order situation affecting other ethnicities but particularly the Hazaras.
  6. That the UK government has accelerated the pace of deporting Hazara refugees and asylum seekers to Afghanistan which has increased the risk of their massacre after confirmed reports that anti Hazara elements and the Taliban are gaining control of more territories in Afghanistan.

 

A   P   P   E   A   L:
Hazara International Forum of Great Britain appeals to all human rights organisations including the UNHCR to exercise their power in exerting meaningful pressure on European, American and Australian governments to abide by International Charter of Human Rights and being a signatory, they kindly reconsider their foreign policy towards deportation of refugees and asylum seekers, especially Hazara refugees and asylum seekers. HIF also calls upon Amnesty International through today’s public gathering to appeal to relevant quarters of British government for announcing amnesty to all refugees and asylum seekers.
The Hazaras are in potential risk of life threats in Afghanistan and should be recognized as refugee in the UK, European Economic Countries, South America and Australia. These countries need to resolve all outstanding cases of refugees and asylum seekers at the earliest to provide relief to Hazaras.

Liaquat Ali Hazara
Secretary,
Press and Communication.
Hazara International Forum

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 23rd, 2010)

EDITORIAL: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW OF THE CHAIRMAN HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND ITS CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS (Part2)

QUETTA, June 19th, 2010: Part 2:
Liaquat Ali:    What have you achieved from this platform for the Hazaras in this short span of its life?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      Although a Political Organisation for the Hazaras of the UK should have been formed long ago to meet their requirements and represent them on every forum, yet it is never too late.  HIF was established about two years ago but we are doing exceptionally well as this has given Hazaras ample exposure to the world community, addressed their outstanding issues such as target killings, ethnic, racial and sectarian attacks in Quetta, Balochistan. Not only that we have always raised voice against any form injustice and cruelty being perpetrated against Hazaras world over.

Liaquat Ali:    What could we achieve by participating in World Refugee Day?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      Hazara refugees and asylum seekers are outnumbered and quite a large proportion of them have been waiting for years to receive their legal papers of right of stay and many others have been refused their further right to live here. When Hazaras in big numbers participate in this Parade, British government and world community would be made aware of that as pamphlets would be distributed to others, highlighting our plights and action of plan would be adopted to meet quarter concerned for sympathetic consideration of these cases on humanitarian grounds.

Liaquat Ali:    What are the long-term objectives of HIF?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      HIF, as a whole, is working as an organism which encompasses all areas of life. We are working for political awareness, social integrity and unity of the nation which are top priorities. Among other things, we will endeavour to address all political, moral and social problems of the Hazaras.

Liaquat Ali:    What difficulties did you face in formation of HIF?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      We faced umpteen problems in forming this Organisation. They are, significantly, big enough due to the fact that anti-Hazara conspirators made every effort and use all possible means to disintegrate it and they are still trying hard to hitch plots against HIF but I wish to send a strong message to them all that Hazaras are well aware of these conspiracies and no one will succumb to their influence and pressure. We have, solemnly, pledged to work for unity and political awareness of the Hazaras which are being fruitful as more and more people are accepting our ideology and motto.

Liaquat Ali:    You have mentioned of conspirators working against unity of Hazaras in the UK. Can you please tell our readers as to what extent they tried to dismantle the ideology of unity?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      During the formation of this Organisation, they would create hostile environment to perturb the whole notion of discussion. Whenever we mentioned of Hazaragi Unity, these so-called Hazaras always protested to name it differently, stressing that the title should not include the word Hazara. Upon query, they would say silly things such as the word Hazara could limit our approach etc. But, I am certain of one thing as we should never forget our identity nor let others take us for granted. I have always felt proud to be a Hazara and will work all my life for my people. We have strong willed youths at HIF who would never compromise on issues of national interest nor would they think to work from another platform as we are working for the same goal.  

Liaquat Ali:    We have heard that you are running any other Organisation as Chairman. Would you tell people what that Organisation is, its formation, functions and operational activities?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      Before I throw some lights on that Organisation, I would like to tell you about its history.

“My young son, Shakir Hussain, who had just turned 20 and in his prime of youth – but he fell victim to anti social elements and religious fanatics of other ethnicity. He was killed for no reason but due to racial prejudice and bias. He was stabbed to death in broad day light, in front of his mother, at a local market of London on 4th of July, 2001 where three people attacked him with knives as he stepped out of his car. He even didn’t sigh despite being stabbed 29 times. This Hazara youth was a member of an Islamic Organisation who took keen interest in preaching the message of love and brotherhood to others. Due to his active participation in Islamic teachings, an African family consisting of 7 members embraced Islam. Not only that his efforts convinced other individuals to convert to Islam which raised many eyebrows in this locality due to ethnic and racial differences among various factions of people. Upon his martyrdom, over 4,500 people participated in his funerals that were from different schools of thought. Among the mourners and sympathizers were Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists etc. All markets and shops in the area remained closed which is acknowledgements of his good deeds and innocence”.

“At that time, youths of the area were indulged in bad companies of gang wars, ethnic clashes were rampant, drug dealers and drug peddlers were mushrooming whose presence had created quite anti social thoughts in the society. The martyrdom of my son made me realize to stand up against all forms of cruelties, social injustice, religious bigotry and intolerance; hence, I formed this Organisation and named it after my son’s ‘Shakir Youth Trust’. I work as a Chairman and we have eight trustees and 12 other members running this Organisation. The trustees and members are from other ethnicity which has enhanced its credibility and social activism. The trust is a registered Charity, having achieved many recognizable milestones since 2001.  The trust woks for social integration of all ethnicities of Walthamstow, their rehabilitation and encouragement towards positive activities and transforming them into good citizens”.

During the interview, we also had the pleasure of meeting the General Secretary of HIF, Leila Asghar who was listening all these attentively. She was invited to share her views with the Hazaras as she is first Hazara Lady to work under dynamic personality of the Chairman and its cordial Central Committee members. Miss Leila Asghar was born and brought up in the UK but when I interviewed her, I found her being keenly involved in all social and political events of HIF which gives it great gusto that she feels the pain, miseries and difficulties of the Hazaras in her chest much more than others. Beside her professional engagements, she takes time out of her activities to work with HIF. The questions asked are as follows:

Liaquat Ali:    We are thankful that you accepted our request for interview to share your opinion with Hazaras of the world. Could you please tell us as to what motivated you get involved in politics?
Leila Asghar:             I feel honoured to have been invited here to share my views with others and I would like to thank Hazaranation.com for its invaluable services to the nation. We, definitely, needed our own website and TV channel to preserve our culture and keep others posted about news surrounding interests of Hazaras.
“Coming to your question, I have studied the plights and miseries of Hazaras being faced in Afghanistan for centuries and the decade long barbaric attacks on Hazaras living in Quetta, Pakistan on the pretext of target killings, ethnic and racial murders, extremist attacks in form of fuelled sectarian violence, I always feel sharp pain when an innocent Hazara fells victims to ill-willed powers. So it prompted me do something for my people in a capacity acceptable to others. Then I approached Haji Sahib with the proposal of working for Hazaras. He felt great pride when I offered my expertise and capabilities to serve the Hazaras and I was entrusted with the charge of this designation. Fortunately, my friends work with renowned human rights organisations such as Amnesty International which means I can liaise with them with some authority being the office holder of HIF so it feels really good to render my services to the nation.

Liaquat Ali:    What milestones have you achieved as General Secretary of HIF?
Leila Asghar:             I have had liaison with other human rights organisations, politicians and international charities to highlight issues of Hazaras. I have also delivered speeches in various demonstrations held under the umbrella of HIF.

Liaquat Ali:    What do you say about the recent barbaric acts of Pashtun Kochis (Nomads) in central Afghanistan who infiltrated Hazara lands for the sake of their annual act of plundering, burning and murdering innocent Hazaras?
Leila Asghar:             This is unfortunate that these inhuman acts are, repetitively, happening in the heart of Afghanistan with visible present of NATO, ISAF and UNAMA. These forces were sent there to restore peace in Afghanistan but their lack of apathy signals that they favour one ethnicity upon another. Worst to mention is the deliberate silence of Karzai Government who has done nothing to resolve outstanding issues of Pashtun Kochis if there are any at all. We are taking serious notice of this issue and HIF will raise it with the UN, commonwealth office and Afghan Government.

Liaquat Ali:    What is your view about Australian foreign policy shift with rumours of deporting hundreds of Afghan Hazaras to Afghanistan?
Leila Asghar:             We, strongly, condemn any such act as Hazaras are not safe in their native country who are being murdered in broad day light, their houses are plundered and burned under the nose of Afghan Government but we have decided to liaise with Australian government and try to seek authentication of the news items published in Australian newspapers about deportation of Afghan Hazaras.
Coming back to Haji Marzooq Ali.

Liaquat Ali:    How would you condemn the recent unlawful Pashtun Kochis’ invasion of Hazara lands in central Afghanistan?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      We appeal to the peaceful factions of Pashtun brothers living in Afghanistan to play their role in stopping the reoccurrence of such ethnic clashes in future which will harm the placid brotherly environment but I also wish to make it clear that the Hazaras will not tolerate such infiltrations and they know well how to protect their property and lives. It is about time that the international community took stern notice of these savage happenings failing which insecure Hazaras may handle matters differently which will lead Afghanistan to civil war.

Liaquat Ali:    What do you say about the news items being published in Australian newspapers about deportation of hundreds of Hazara refugees to Afghanistan?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      These are unconfirmed reports which are being looked into by HIF. There are also unconfirmed reports from UNAMA that the law and order situation – in parts of Afghanistan inhabited by the Hazaras have improved – and on the basis of these reports, the Australian government may be thinking to change their foreign policy towards asylum seekers and refugees. Once we have ascertained the validity of these reports, we will contact commonwealth office, Australian Government and the concerned UN Agency for further action.
Liaquat Ali Hazara thanked the Chairman, HIF, General Secretary and the Coordinator and Chairman Hazara Welfare Council, UK for sparing some time and talking to the press. They also offered their unconditional support to the team of Hazarnationa.com for taking the right steps towards highlighting issues of national interest.

 

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by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 19th, 2010)

MARTYRDOM ANNIVERSARY OF SYED TALIB AGHA BEING OBSERVED ON 22-06-2010

QUETTA, June 19th, 2010: Martyrdom Anniversary of Syed Talib Agha being observed on 22-06-2010. He was a law degree holder and Nazim in constituency 15 – who would raise issues of target killings, sectarianism and religious intolerance at every platform regardless of serious life threats – however, terrorists target killed him on the above mentioned date on Yet Road, Quetta along with his two friends.

To observe his Martyrdom Day, a Seminar has been organized by Shaheed Talib Agha Welfare Association in General Musa College, Gulistan Town, Quetta on this date at 16:00 Hours PST.

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by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 19th, 2010)

EDITORIAL: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW OF THE CHAIRMAN HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND ITS CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

QUETTA, June 18th, 2010: Part 1
(Due to shortage of space, the interview is being published in parts).

Our UK Representative Liaquat Ali brings us an exclusive Interview of the Chairman, Hazara International Forum of Great Britain and its Central Committee members. HIF is the Umbrella political organisation of the Hazaras living in the UK which is working with various international human rights organisations and liaising with political figures of the Great Britain to extend its scope of representing the Hazaras in order that their contribution in socio-economic environment of the UK gains public recognition and appreciation. This organisation also works on numerous other fronts to exceed expectations of Hazara brothers living in the UK and world over such as dealing of immigration matters of the Hazaras, organising protests and demonstrations against target killings in Quetta, atrocities and cruelties of Hazaras and addressing matters of Hazara asylum seekers and refugees in the UK and world over. Due to unprecedented support of Hazaras of the UK and keen efforts of the HIF, the former British Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown called upon the Chairman HIF in November, 2009 to listen to his reservations and grievances. The Chairman, HIF’s two hour long meeting with Mr. Brown encompassed brutal murder of Hazaras in Quetta on various pretext of target killings, sectarianism, ethnic and racial bigotry which engulfed hundreds of innocent lives. Mr. Brown also ensured the Chairman HIF that he would do whatever in his jurisdiction to help address the issue and raise it with the government concern through foreign office.

HIF – the only registered and recognized Hazara Platform – has gained credible recognition and laudable international acceptance in its short span of three years which must be seen as huge milestone for Hazara nation. Despite many tangible conspiracies by so-called Hazaras of the UK – whose vested interests could have tarnished the image and identity of HIF but judicious steps have diluted their hopes of becoming successful – though the conspirators are still using all available means to sabotage the noble cause of nationality unity.

The interview evolved around activities of HIF, short and long term objectives, the scope, functions and operational activities of this organisation. Amongst other things, the General Secretary and the Coordinator and Chairman Hazara Welfare Council, UK were also included in this session to widely cover various issues from different perspectives.

The interview took place at 93 Greenleaf Road, London, (The Headquarters Hazara International Forum) between the hours of 18:00 to 20:00 hours on 14-06-2010. Liaquat Ali thanked the Chairman and members of HIF for sharing their precious time and noble views on activities of HIF and matters of national interest. The text is as below:

Liaquat Ali to the Chairman HIF:     Please tell us briefly about the formation of this Organisation?

Haji Marzooq Ali being the Chairman introduced the General Secretary HIF, Miss Leila Asghar and Mr. Basharat Ali, the Coordinator HIF and the Chairman Hazara Welfare Council, UK to Liaquat Ali in the beginning of the interview.
Haji Marzooq Ali:      First of all I am very glad to know that our youths are on the right track to have launched their TV channel to promote Hazaragi culture. He congratulated Hazara nation for this brilliant effort and admired selfless input of entire team of Hazaranatio.com, then said, coming to your question of formation of this Organisation,” I have been living in the UK for 47 years and always had the feeling that we have religious organisations which, sufficiently, meet moral and religious requirements of the people but we have never bothered to form a platform to represent Hazaras internationally. All others in the UK had had ethnic Organisations but not the Hazaras and this pain was making me uncomfortable with each passing day”.
Liaquat Ali:    What compelling factors motivated you to form an Umbrella Organisation for Hazaras?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      “Well, it was years ago when I met Nawab Akber Bugti Shaheed in London and seeing that he became happy because he knew me from the old times when I was working as Electro-technician in Quetta”. He enquired about my activities, “Upon which I said I had nothing in special but found out that the Baloch had already formed an Organisation in the UK consisting of 6-7 people which made me realize that we can also work from an ethnic platform, representing the Hazaras. But, I have come this far to form this Organisation, which, by the grace of Allah, is prospering and illuminating the name of Hazaras in the UK and world over.”
Liaquat Ali:    What does HIF do?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      HIF works for political, social, economic and educational rights of Hazaras. It liaises with various human rights organisations, British politicians, charities and donor agencies to highlight issues related to Hazaras in the UK and to sensitize them about problems and miseries of the Hazara tribesmen.
Liaquat Ali:    What are the current activities of HIF?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      Amnesty International is celebrating World Refugee Day on 20-06-2010 between the hours of 13:00 to 16:00 hrs, starting from Horse Guards Avenue, London and the parade will go past the Houses of Parliament, across Westminster Bridge and finish at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, outside the Imperial War Museum. Hazara International Forum, due to is agility and remarkable past record of successful demonstrations, has been warmly invited by A.I to come along and celebrate the day unanimously and we are pleased to announce that we have made full preparations to take Hazara brothers into this event to show solidarity with all refugees and asylum seekers. This invitation to the HIF is acknowledgement of its social and political activism giving due recognition to Hazaras of the world.
In the middle of the interview, Liaquat Ali turned to Mr. Basharat Ali, the Coordinator, HIF and Chairman Hazara Welfare Council, UK, to question about his roles and responsibilities.

Liaquat Ali:    Mr. Basharat Ali, thanks for being with us in today’s session which is of great significance to our people as they are going to get some insight about HIF and its activities. Would you please briefly tell the nation about your role and responsibilities at HIF?
Basharat Ali: I thank Hazaranation.com on behalf of HIF and members of Hazara Welfare Council, UK to have honoured me for today’s invitation. May I take this opportunity to congratulate the whole team of Hazaranation.com for the launch of national TV channel which may come up to expectations of our people?
Now, coming to your question about my roles and responsibilities at both organisations, as a Coordinator of HIF, I need to liaise with all Central Committee members to communicate upward, downward and across in order that all are updated about activities happening. Besides, I contact all members of Hazara community in the UK to convey our programmes and activities. Communication with HIF members and Hazaras is of utmost importance to highlight issues of national interest and I, sometimes, find it hard to contact people as their phone numbers, emails or home addresses may change. Nevertheless, we get the message across through alternative means.
He added up to the preceding notes of Haji Marzooq Ali and said, “HIF is striving to get the voice of Hazaras heard on every platform, he, however, termed it extremely essential for Hazaras to participate in World Refugee Day which will not only bring them close to other ethnicities but also highlight their problems in a foreign land”.  
Liaquat Ali:    How challenging do you find these role in conjunction to your professional commitments?
Basharat Ali:  In this fast paced life, one has to move very fast in order to fulfil all his moral and social responsibilities. For me, I spend very busy life because I have to get up early enough to meet the demands of the day but I have aligned my activities priority-wise which has help lessen the effect of running short of time. As far as the roles are concerned, we have to take up responsibilities if we wish to work for our people.
Liaqat Ali, then, switched questions to Haji Marzooq Ali.
“In respect to current activities of HIF, what is your message to the Hazaras”?
Haji Marzooq Ali:      As we have been making every effort to underscore Hazaras’ causes and concerns, it becomes moral and social responsibility of them to come forward and work with us. They need to understand that HIF is not a self-centered Organisation but working selflessly for the people of Hazaras whose pain, hardships, problems and difficulties are discussed in length in its meetings in context of current socio-political changes of the world and best alternatives are sought for their solution. Now, the event of World Refugee Day is approaching, everyone needs to participate in this day to show their unity with others especially their Hazara brothers. We have devised a viable plan to address immigration issues of Hazara asylum seekers and refugees from our platform so this makes it indispensably necessary for others to support us, to support their Umbrella Organisation in the UK for their better representation.

 

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by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 18th, 2010)

PROTEST IN TORONTO, CANADA AGAINST PASHTUN KOCHIS’ INVASION OF HAZARA LANDS IN AFGHANISTAN

QUETTA, June 16th, 2010: A demonstration was held in Toronto, Canada on 13-06-2010 at Queen’s Park in front of the Legislative Building at 14:00 hours, against Pashtun Kochis’ unlawful invasion of Hazara lands in central Afghanistan. This event was organized by Hazaras youths of Canada whose call of the protest prompted hundreds of Hazara tribesmen to participate to get their voice heard against this government supported ferocious act of plundering, burning and killing of innocent Hazara people in areas of Day Mirdad and Behsud. A large number of children and women were among the protestors to show their pledge and solemn support to oppressed Hazara brothers of Afghanistan at this crucial time of ethnic clash.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 16th, 2010)

EDITORIAL: LIAQUAT ALI HAZARA’S INCLUSION IN HAZARANATION.COM

QUETTA, June 16th, 2010: Hazaranation.com feels immense pride to announce that Mr. Liaquat Ali Hazara, a UK based youth has consented to work with us as News Editor and UK Representative. His excellent academic credentials and huge executive level experience with NGOs, CBOs and Provincial and Federal government departments have enabled our team to bring speedy and swift events to Hazaras at the earliest possible time. His multi-faceted personality, dedication and sincerity have provided solid basis to this website which has boosted our morale for working towards one point agenda of our recognition and unity. Mr. Ali has been working with this website for the past couple of months whose unparalleled commitment towards Hazara nation earned great repute and illumination to our team and his contribution goes far beyond the point of kudos earned by this website for its services to our nation. Most of us already know this Hazara youth, however, you may wish to browse through the news section of this website to gain insight about his credentials and contribution to the nation. Besides his Roles and Responsibilities to this website, he was recently included in the Central Committee of Hazara International Forum of Great Britain as a Secretary Press and Communication which is wider acceptance of his inter-personal skills and capabilities.   

I am sure that you will join hands with us to warmly welcome Liaquat Ali at this platform, tendering heartiest congratulations for his new Role as an esteemed member of our team.

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 16th, 2010)

MARTYRDOM ANNIVERSARY OF HAZARA POLICE CADETS HELD AT IMAMBARGAH-E-NASIRABAD, QUETTA

QUETTA, June 16th, 2010: Martyrdom Anniversary of Hazara police cadets - who were gunned down on 08-06-2003 near Villageaid, Seriab Road, Quetta – was held at Imambargah-e-Nasirabad, Quetta. Fateha was offered for the departed souls of the martyrs followed by recitation of the Holy Quran in which families, relatives, friends and a large number of sympathisers participated to pay tribute and show their support to the aggrieved families. This belated news items is being published due to professional engagements of our news editor cum UK Representative.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 16th, 2010)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IN COLLABORATION WITH HAZARA INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF GREAT BRITIAN WILL CELEBRATE WORLD REFUGEE DAY UMBRELLA PARADE ON 20-06-2010

QUETTA, June 15th, 2010: Hazara International Forum of Great Britain – the only registered and recognized Hazara Platform – has been warmly welcomed by Amnesty International to take part in the Umbrella Parade of 20th June, 2010 to celebrate World Refugee Day. Every year, this Day is celebrated to instil a great sense of human responsibility towards one noble cause of Human Dignity and Integrity as Displaced People, unwillingly embarking on life threatening and perilous journey in pursuit of safe abode, deserve the same degree of respect and honour. 

This milestone of the HIF in participating in the Umbrella Parade will not only underscore hardships and miseries but also give sufficient recognition to our identity. The Central Committee of the HIF, in its recent meeting, finalised a feasible plan of action to be executed for drawing public attention towards our problems with reference to immigration matters of Hazara asylum seekers. This is a great opportunity for the Hazaras to prove their unconditional support and commitment to the dynamic cause of Human Rights as they, themselves, have been the worst victim of religious bigotry, sectarianism, racial and ethnic persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Hence, it increases our social responsibility manifold to come forward and join hands with others against any form of persecution. The detail of the event is as follows:

Date: Sunday 20 June
Time: 1.30pm
Start point: Horse Guards Avenue, SW1A, London – just off Whitehall.
Nearest tube: Embankment/Westminster
End point: Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, near Waterloo tube station.

On Sunday, collect your umbrella at 1.30pm at Horse Guards Avenue where the parade will begin at 2pm sharp. The parade will take us past the Houses of Parliament, across Westminster Bridge, and finish at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park outside the Imperial War Museum.
  

Hazara International Forum, thus, calls upon all individual to come along and raise their voice against matters of Human Rights violations, directly concerning them. On this occasion, HIF shall also elucidate mass violations of Human Rights being perpetrated against them on various pretexts. Pamphlets – highlighting our plights, miseries and difficulties – will be distributed among participants for wider acceptance and recognition. Should anyone need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of HIF on +44 7746 872 535 or +44 208 5217 462.

by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
Secretary,
Press and Communication
Hazara International Forum of Great Britain

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 15th, 2010)

HUNDRED OF AFGHAN ASYLUM SEEKERS BEING DEPORTED BY AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT (THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD)

AUSTRALIA, June 14th, 2010: The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported a tragic shift in Australian foreign policy for deciding to deport hundreds of asylum seekers to Afghanistan with Immigration Officers to be sent to Kabul for their reintegration. The news article read as under:

In a significant policy shift, the federal government has allocated $5.8 million for two immigration staff to work on the reintegration of returned Afghan nationals in the capital. It has set aside $8 million to complete a housing project on the outskirts of Kabul for deportees with no property to return to. The plan coincides with a European push to force growing numbers of child asylum seekers back to Afghanistan.

The Guardian reported on Monday that the British Border Agency was setting up an ''integration centre'' in Afghanistan for unaccompanied minors found not to be owed protection in Britain. Norway is preparing to open a reception centre in Kabul. Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands were investigating the return of Afghan children, The Guardian said.

The Australian government ceased processing refugee claims from Afghanistan on April 9, drawing condemnation from human rights lawyers and international refugee groups. It is not scheduled to review that decision for six months. Already immigration officials are rejecting refugee claims at a higher rate. Almost half of the past year's 480 refusals have been concentrated in the past two months, a Senate committee has heard.
The chief executive of the Refugee Council of Australia, Paul Power, yesterday cautioned against the presumption that Afghanistan was a safe place to return asylum seekers. Mr Power said it was ''surprising' ' the government predicted refugee claims from Afghanistan would fail in sufficient numbers to warrant a ''special arrangement' ' to reintegrate them.

In the budget in May the government said immigration officials would be deployed to Kabul to ''liaise with the Afghan Government and international organisations to assist in settling and reintegration of returned Afghan nationals''.

The European plan was criticised for allowing child depravations with little to guarantee their safety on their return.

A spokesman for the Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, said he could not comment on future deportations. ''We cannot pre-empt the independent review process.'' Australia was in discussions with the Afghan government on returning those who had no lawful right to remain in Australia, a spokesman for the Immigration Department said. ''Return arrangements are made case-by-case. '' He confirmed the Australian government was funding the AliceGhan Housing Project at Barikab, near Kabul. ''AliceGhan supports accommodation needs of landless Afghan returnees from neighbouring countries and internally displaced people,'' he said. When the returnee centre was finished this year it would provide shelter for 1025 landless Afghan families, he said. The department had spent $8 million on the AliceGhan housing project since 2005.

 

This must be look at as matter of dire urgency and great concern to all Hazaras as the plans of deporting asylum seekers to Afghanistan would, significantly, affect our nation being the sole nation in pursuit of safe abode in western lands.  

by: Liaquat Ali, London

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 11th, 2010)

NATIONAL LANGUAGES BECOMING EXTINCT DUE TO APATHY OF GOVERNMENT

QUETTA, June 14th, 2010: The Launch Ceremony of the lifelong book of Shaheed Hussain Ali Yusufi took place in Serena Hotel, Quetta on June 6th, to pay tribute and acknowledge his literary work. The event was organised by Hazaragi Academy in which educationists, intellectuals, writers, poets and politicians expressed their outspoken thoughts about contribution and hard work of the author. Among the speakers were renowned linguist and scholar Professor Sayal Kakar, HDP's Secretary General Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Ghoas Buksh Sabir, Professor Nazir Hussain, Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah, Prof. Abdul Hasan, Mohammad Zaman Dehqanzada, Mohammad Ali Torani, Qadir Nayil and Aziz Fayyaz who admired incomparable literary works of Shaheed Yusufi which took 32 years of his life to complete. "He, carefully, selected 3000 Proverbs and Idioms to be translated into Urdu, English and Persian (Dari) to add up to Hazaragi literary assets", the speakers said. They criticized the government for showing no interest in preserving regional and national languages which are fading away, causing great danger in extinction of culture. They stressed on the need that proverbs and idioms encompass all races on the planet, hence, they deserve to be given due attention for further growth. Speaking about Yusufi's outstanding literary work, they termed it a great asset to all ethnicity of the province which could be used as an important tool for linguists carrying out research work in the field.

by: Liaquat Ali, London

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 11th, 2010)

Hazara International Forum of Great Britain

LONDON, June 11th, 2010: On Sunday the 9th of June ‘10, the Hazara International Forum of Great Britain’s council meeting was called upon at its headquarter 57 Green Leaf Road Walthamstow.

In the meeting a promising Hazara youth Liaquat Ali’s inclusion in the organizing committee of the HIF was discussed.

Here it would be pertinent to give a short account of Liaquat Ali’s chronicle and credentials. Liaquat Ali Hazara was born and brought up in Quetta and completed his education to the degree level from the University of Balochistan. His keen desire and firm determination of acquiring higher education and exposure from abroad, assailed him overseas in pursuit of his ambition. He completed his MBA in (International Business) from Brighton, United Kingdom, with Distinction in all modules in the year 2006. Liaquat’s potential and talents have been acknowledged and appreciated at every level where merit and personal capabilities outweigh gratification and untoward canvassing. Liaquat Ali possesses excellent IT and computing expertise and is an active contributor of Hazaranation.com and other Hazaragi press and media platforms. He is well known and highly respected in Hazara literary, political, intellectual and journalistic circles. Liaquat Ali is also an academic of high pedigree and is eloquent and well versed in English language.

His wealth of education and knowledge on various socio-economic subjects will encourage our elders, intellectuals, educationists and politicians to ponder over social and political issues facing Hazaras from a different and more sincere perspective. This youth, like all HIF office Holders, has vowed to leave no stones unturned in contributing towards development and progress of his Hazara brothers and deserves to be encouraged for his noble thoughts, views, feedbacks and recommendations.  His services and dedication to Hazara nation is well established. His exceptional interpersonal and communication skills coupled with his knowledge and experience will go a long way in benefiting the HIF and Hazara community not only in Great Britain but the world over.

In the light of the above, the HIF council unanimously decided that Liaquat Ali will join us as Secretary Press and Communication with immediate effect. Please join us in congratulating Liaquat Ali Hazara and wishing him luck and success in his new position.

by: Basharat Ali

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 11th, 2010)

ALL HAZARA MAJ (R) NADIR ALI TOP 16 FOOTBALL LEAGUE

QUETTA, June 7th, 2010: Inaugurates today (7th June) at Yazdan Khan High School. The tournament has been organized by star cable enterprises. A show match was played between Hazaratown and Alamdar Raod. And the chief guest for the occasion was Mr. Munir Ahmed Badini, secretary sports Balochistan.

The chief guest of the occasion expressed his feelings by appreciating the stance taken by the organizing committee, saying that the current circumstances really needed sports activities so that the youth could be given an opportunity for refreshment.

Answering to the question that the residents of Hazaratown needed a playground, he said that wherever Maj Nadir says playground would be built.

by: Imran Ali

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 7th, 2010)

Demonstration in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, June 7th, 2010: The Hazara people of Brisbane Australia had a demonstration against the Kuchi's Invasion, the speakers were: Hassan Ghulam, Chaman Sha Nasiri, Ataullah Naseri, David Ford from Amnesty International, Sandra Baylie from Australian Green Party, Freddie Steen from Human right and Refugee right activist.

The messages were as the following:
We are asking the international community to intervene and protect Hazaras from being massacred.

We gather here to protest against the current wave of attacks on Hazaras by Kochi (nomad) in Hazara villages in Maidan-Wardak province as the Taliban Pushtoon forces backed by Karzai Government and to show that the condition for Hazaras in Afghanistan and those fleeing as refugees, is unsafe and far from improved. “We are deeply concerned about the recent attacks on Hazaras in Afghanistan.

According to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, 6 people including a 3-year old child have been killed in 3 districts of Maidan Wardak Province. 1800 families displaced, 68 houses burnt and 28 schools closed down including some burnt causing 10000 students out of school. Armed Kuchi gunmen - estimated to be between 500 to 1,000 - occupied dozens of villages.

The conflict between Afghanistan's Kuchi nomads and Hazara villagers in district of Behsud and Daimirdad in Maidan-Wardak province, Qarabagh and Nahor District in Ghazni province is dividing the government, polarizing the country and potentially boosting the Taliban. But The Karzai government has done nothing to prevent the Taliban Kuchi’s invasion of Hazara lands. In fact, Karzai’s inaction encouraged the nomads to invade Hazara areas,”. The pastoralists known as “Kochi”, a predominantly Pashtun armed group, brought their flocks to the Hazara areas in Afghanistan, killed many civilians, burnt and looted their houses and made thousands of local Hazaras flee their homes.

 “Hazaras were a strong supporter of the Karzai government and the international community; we were the first to lay down our arms. We contributed to the reconstruction of Afghanistan but the international forces for security in Afghanistan and Karzai government have not protected Hazaras from attacks by the Kuchis.”
Hazaras have been persecuted and forced to flee for over a hundred years under different Pashtun rulers, the Taliban and now by the Karzai’s government under the nose of NATO forces,”.
Hazara people have been denied their basic human rights and protection by the occupation forces, “The Hazaras in Afghanistan have been stripped of their basic rights, the right to food by having Kuchi flocks to graze their harvest. We have also missed out on the billions of dollar poured in Afghanistan. Now we are forced to leave our lands.  It looks like Hazaras don’t have a home; we are forced out from our home.

 “The Hazara community from Australia wants an end to this centuries old cruel practice. We want peace and long term security,”
 “We as the Australian Hazara community requests from the international community to intervene in the systematic genocide of Hazaras and brings those who have committed crimes against humanity to justice,”
“In the light of increasingly vicious attacks by Kochis and Taliban, the Australian government has suspended the Hazara application for protection. This is concerning for us,”, “We are horrified about the opposition’s immigration policy announcement to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visa and keep people indefinitely in on-shore processing centre.
We have lived through it all under Howard’s inhuman policy. Seeing it back is simply unacceptable,” “We also thank the Australian nation for providing us with an opportunity to live in a safe and secure country, but for a large numbers of Hazara peace and security are denied in Afghanistan”.

by: Ata Naseri, Australia

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 7, 2010)

WORLD ENVINROMENT DAY JOINTLY CELEBRATED BY PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF QUETTA ON 05-06-2010

QUETTA, June 6th, 2010: The World Environment Day is officially celebrated by the UN to increase awareness among the masses about perils and harmful effects of pollution causing damage to our planet. Today, the planet earth is in great danger of environmental pollution due to increased industrialization, emitting gases and damping their waste materials in canals and rivers, damaging health and safety of people. In a bid to reduce the effects of detrimental gases, industrial waste materials and carbon, developed countries of the world have devised straightforward plans to control emission of gases, reduce use of carbon and recycle waste materials, members of public are being educated to take sufficient measures for active contribution in greener environment. 

Ummat Public School, a privately run educational institution, was the first to take initiatives to bring awareness among students for better use of resources and realizing their civic responsibilities for greener environment. The School has been celebrating World Environment Day (WED) for over 5 years to encourage students for making use of recycled items. Following this example, other educational institutions, ie., Al Mustafa Public School and Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Moghul stepped forward to jointly host this day. The event took place in Khadija Mehmood Hall at Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Moghul, Alamdar Road, Quetta on 05-06-2010 from 10:00 to 14:00 hours (PST).

Sardar Nisar Ali Khan Hazara – a former elected MP and Minister for Education – was the Chief Guest of the Occasion. The Principals of the above said academic institutes, academic and faculty members of staff, parents and hundreds of students attended the function. Tableaux, dramas and speeches were presented to highlight environmental threats to the world.

by: Liaquat Ali, London

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 7th, 2010)

DEMONSTRATIONS OF AMERICAN HAZARAS IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON DC AGAINST KOCHIS’ INVASION OF HAZARA LANDS IN AFGHANISTAN

NY(USA), June 06th, 2010: Hazara Community living in South America have organized two demonstrations to take place at New York City and Washington DC to raise their voice and concern against Kochis’ unlawful invasion of Hazara lands in Central Afghanistan.

In this two tier demonstration, the first one was held in New York on 04-06-2010 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST) in front of the UN Headquarters. The protesters included men, women and children, holding placards and banners, condemning atrocities and cruelties being perpetrated against the Hazaras of Afghanistan for over two centuries.

A self explanatory Memorandum was handed over to the Office of Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations with legitimate demands for safety and security of the Hazaras of Afghanistan.

In the event of ongoing ferocious Kochis’ invasion of Hazara lands in Afghanistan, a subsequent Demonstration will be held on Friday, 11th June, 2010 at Washington DC from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM (EST).  

by: Liaquat Ali, London

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Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 07th, 2010)

HAZARAGI ACADEMY’S INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE PUBLISHED LITERARY WORK OF SHAHEED YOUSUFI

LONDON, June 1st, 2010: Hazaragi Academy (Regd), Quetta has arranged a function to launch the literary work of Hussain Ali Yousufi. The book took about 30 years of Yousufi’s life to complete, which depicts his hard work and commitment towards literature. It consists of 3000 Proverbs and Idioms, with simultaneous translation into English, Urdu and Dari (Persian). The details of the Programme are as follows:

Speakers:

Professor Sayal Kakar, Professor Nazir Hussain, Professor Abdur Rahim Changezi, Dr. Professor Mohammad Ali Shah, Ghaus Buksh Sabir, Professor Abdul Hasan Hazara, Professor Beram Ghori, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Mohammad Zaman Dehqanzada, Mohammad Ali Torani and Qadar Nayil.

Venue:              Serena Hotel, Quetta,
Date:                06-06-2010.
Time:                16:00 Hours PST
RSVP:              Hazaragi Academy. (+92-321 800 1965)

by: Liaquat Ali, London

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 1st, 2010)

PUBLISHED LITERARY WORK OF SHAHEED YOUSUFI IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

LONDON, June 31rd, 2010: Hussain Ali Yousufi’s literary work – consisting of three thousand idioms and proverbs – is available for the purchase. This diligent work is spread about a span of 30 years of Shaheed Yousufi’s life to complete. The book available for sale portrays the hard work of the author whose simultaneous translation into three languages, viz., English, Urdu and Dari (Persian), enhances eagerness and keenness of readers manifold. The details of Publication, Purchase Price and Availability are as follows:

PUBLICATION, AVAILABILITY AND PURCHASE PRICE:

Name of the Book:       Proverbs and Idioms – 700 Pages
(Hussain Ali Yousufi)
Publisher:                      Book Home (Lahore)
Distributor:                   Hazaragi Academy (Regd), Quetta.
Title:                             Liaquat Sharifi (America)
Available at:
Azragi Academy (Regd), Shaheed Yousufi Road, Noorbund Box, Hazara Town, Quetta. Phone (+92-321 800 1965)

Purchase Price:

Pakistani Currency:       Rs. 700/-
Euro:                            £12/-
Dollar                           $15/-

An important literary asset, treasure to Hazaragi Language and invaluable source of research.

by: Liaquat Ali, London

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 1st, 2010)

EDITOR’S NOTE – CORRECTION

LONDON, June 1st, 2010: In recent published news items on this site, Behsud has been, erroneously, mentioned as Province and Wardak a District of Afghanistan, which must be construed vice versa. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

by: Liaquat Ali, London

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari June 1st, 2010)

DUTCH HAZARA ASSOCIATION HOLDS RALLY PROTEST AGAINST ATROCITIES OF THE PASHTUN KOCHIS (NOMADS) OF AFGHANISTAN

HOLLAND, May 31rd, 2010: The Hazara Association in Holland held a protest on 19-05-2010 against the barbaric acts of the Pashtun Nomads, who with the full support and backing of Karzai government, infiltrated the inborn Hazara lands in Central Afghanistan causing mayhem and unrest in entire country. The session started with recitation of fateha for the soul of the departed ones due to this savage act.

The Association, in a Press Statement said, “The Hazara Association in Holland expresses its grave concern over the reoccurrence of Pashtun Kochis attack on the Central Highlands of Afghanistan. The Pashtun Kochis, heavily armed, broke into villages of Wardak district and Day Mirdad area of Behsood Province, causing looting property, burning houses and shops and killings local Hazaras. They have been invading the properties of the local Hazaras, driving them off their lands forcefully and abducting some to unknown locations.

One day prior to the Pashtun Nomads’ infiltration into Hazara Lands, the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan ordered its contingent of paramilitary troops – consisting of 1008 militias, responsible for the safety of the area – predisposed the ground for the occurrence of the attack, observing it devoid of any action to stop the pugnacious invasion. In this incident, thousands of local people of Behsud have become displaced, many others have been taken captive and injuring and killing scores of innocent women, children, youths and men. The villagers’ dead bodies are scattered around the area.

Hazara Association of Holland, on behalf of all the Hazaras in Holland condemn the inhumane act of the Pashtun Kochis and express their deepest concern over the reoccurrence of violence and urge the government to disarm the violent men who caused the killing, injury, displacement of the local people and the looting and burning of their properties. They call upon the government of Afghanistan to identify the perpetrators and take effective action to stop the violence and tragic happenings. The Association also demands the Afghan Government to address the issue of the interlay displaced Hazaras and take satisfactory measures for their return to their houses, restitute for their losses, seeking legal action to ensure the rights of the local people of Behsud and solve the Kochis issue permanently as per Constitution of Afghanistan.

Dutch Hazaras, as the citizens of Holland, request sympathetically and seek attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Holland, the related offices of European Union and the international community to adopt practical measures to prevent the killings and displacement of their relatives by those who have been involved in discriminatory actions in Afghanistan.  The Association also points out that as long as the heads of key government positions, especially law enforcement agencies, such as the ministry of interior, defense and national security sympathise with the Taliban and support inhuman acts of mass human rights violations, the law and order situation in Afghanistan will remain dilapidated.

by: Liaquat Ali, London

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 31rd, 2010)

AUSTRALIAN HAZARA COUNCIL’S DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS AUSTRALIA ON 30-05-2010

AUSTRALIA, May 31rd, 2010: Australian Hazara Council organised simultaneous rally protests across Australia on 30-05-2010 to mobilize the Hazaras against infiltration of the Pusthon Nomads in ancestral territory of Hazaras in central Afghanistan. Agricultural lands in Wardak District and Day Mirdad area of Behsud Province, Afghanistan have been ransacked; burnt and innocent Hazaras resisting the savage Pashtun Nomads have been ruthlessly murdered. 

The demonstrations took place in the following cities:
Places of Gathering:

  • Sydney from 12 – 2pm in Wynyard Park to Martin Place,
  • Melbourne from 2 – 4 pm in the front of State library in Swanston Street,
  • Adelaide, 11am to 1pm in Victoria Square,
  • Perth at 10am starts from the front of Parliament house for one hour,
  • Demonstrations in Brisbane will take place on Sunday 6 June in the City Centre from 10:30am to 12pm.

Thousands of people participated in these protests to show their unconditional pledge and support to the people of Behsud and exert meaningful political pressure on Afghan Government for intervention and protection of Hazaras’ life, property and lands. The recent series of protests have earned wide media coverage from across Australia which depicts great socio-economic contribution of Australian Hazaras. Independent Media Centre, Australia and SBS News have given ample coverage to these mass street protests with interviews of the members of Australian Hazara Council and protesters. It has been learned that the participants of the protests enormously contributed monetary sums of money for the affectees of Behsud province, hence, the donation is sent to the respective head in Afghanistan for distribution among the most vulnerable ones.

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by: Liaquat Ali, London

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 31rd, 2010)

RALLY PROTEST BY ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF NORWEGIAN HAZARAS AGAINST THE UNLAWFUL INVASION OF HAZARA LANDS IN AFGHANISTAN BY PASHTUN (KOCHIS) NOMADS

NORWAY, May 31rd, 2010: In view of recent rapacious attacks of Pashtun Kochis (Nomads) on innocent tribes of the Hazaras in Wardak District and Day Mirdad of Behsud Province, Afghanistan, the Organising Committee of Norwegian Hazaras conducted a successful rally protest on 29-05-2010.

The protest started at 14:00 hours, consisting of three phases, ie., (i) Protest in front of Norwegian Parliament, (ii) In front of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway and the Embassy of Afghanistan, Oslo. Hazara notables, namely Engineer Arif, Haji Ali Mirzai, Haji Arif Mirzai and Engineer Aman led the protest to the designated places to record their reservations against infiltration of Pashtun Kochis (Nomads) at various inborn lands of Hazara Tribes of Afghanistan for the sake of plundering, ransacking, looting, burning and murdering Hazaras of Wardak District and Day Mirdad of Behsud Province.

The Hazaras from all over Norway started thronging near Norwegian Parliament early afternoon for their peaceful demonstration. The protest started at about 14:00 hours (Central European Time), in front of the Parliament where over 500 people, including man, women and children, displaying placards and banners denounced this ferocious act of Pashtun Nomads to drive the Hazaras off their native lands forcefully to repeat their ancestral act of plundering, looting, murdering and burning villages.  The demonstration was organized well enough to underscore the plight and atrocities of the Hazara affectees which also earned attention from local media for coverage. Without any doubt, the organizers deserve to take the kudos for this successful Rally Protest which provided the Hazara sympathisers and Human Rights activists to raise their deep concern, anger and frustration over deliberate silence of Karzai Government at inhuman activities of Pashtun Nomads committed in Hazara Lands in Afghanistan. The grievances, reservations and slogans inscribed in Norwegian, English and Persian languages on placards and banners for better understanding of the local media and international community. The highlights of a few placards and banners read as, “Stop Burning Our Homes In Behsud”, “Death To The Taliban”, “Stop Invasion Of Kuchis In Behsud”, “Silence Of World Community In Respect Of Kuchis’ Plundering Is Reprehensible” “Stop Terror Against Hazaras Of Behsud”. Participants chanted slogans in front of Norwegian Parliament and condemned the Government of Norway for keeping mum on this stern issue of Human Rights violation despite keeping its contingents of army in Afghanistan for restoration of peace and safety.

The participants, then, marched slowly to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to record their voice against cruelties of the Pashtun Nomads vis a vis silence of Norwegian Government. Some orators delivered speeches and the excerpts are as follows:

Engineer Arif, condemn the role of International Community, NATO, ISAF, UNAMA and other Human Rights organisations for showing apathy towards this grievous
 Human Rights issue where over 70 villages have been burnt down, innocent Hazaras have been looted off their valuables, livestock and earning and several others have been murdered. He enquired, “Why Norwegian Government is still silent when massive Hazara lands have been destroyed by the Pashtun Nomads?” He also condemned the role of incumbent Afghan Government, especially the President of Afghanistan for turning deaf ear to the catastrophic sufferings of Hazaras of Behsud Province.

Later, Jamila Jaffari was invited to convey her heartfelt feelings and sympathy to the Hazaras of Behsud for their gallant resistance and lawful stance at this crucial time. She said, “Today we are here to condemn those (The Pashtun Nomads), who think that everything in the world belongs to them, they are superior and only ones having the right to enjoy the life. She, then, continued emotionally, “Yes, my friends we are here to protest against fascists and terrorist group of Afghanistan the “Pashtun Kochis”, who recently invaded Behsud province, a Hazara territory in central Afghanistan, killing over 13 innocent Hazaras”.  She said, “For over a century, the blood of hundreds of Hazaras in general and of the Hazaras of Behsud in particular, have been shed by these ignorant Pashtun Kochis annually” She explained, “Who these Pashtun Nomads were and that they were fascists, being backed and supported by the Taliban and Karzai Government, involved in killing of Hazaras for over a century and that who have been invading and occupying the lands of Hazaras in Afghanistan, burning the houses and agricultural farms every year”.

Ms. Jaffari shed detailed light over the history of the Pashtun Nomads, their repetitive ancestral Human Rights crimes, mass killings of non combatants Hazaras, plundering, looting, ransacking and burning.

She was followed by Shabana Manji who paid tribute to the Hazaras of Behsud with a sentimental poem. The poem, indeed, was a noble way of acknowledging the resistance and stance of Hazaras of Behsud which urged the Hazaras of the world to stand by their brothers of Afghanistan in this important time.

Subsequently, she added up to the judicious thoughts of Jamila and said, “The malpractices of the Pashtun Nomads did not start in recent years but they stretch back to the time of their Fascists ancestors like Abdul Rehman Khan who claimed to have killed over 62% of the Hazaras”. She sighed, “The Pashtun Nomads have been given the permit for plundering, looting and murdering Hazaras as these mass human rights violations cannot occur without knowledge and authority of NATO, ISAF and the Afghan Government”. She exclaimed, “The Pashtun nomads are involved in all anti social activities to terrorise the innocent Hazaras and traffic illegal arms and ammunition across Afghaistan with impunity”. She also condemned the role of the Afghan Government, the Karzai Cabinet and Loya Jirga whose shameless silence over this infiltration is highly objectionable. She criticised the role of International Community, NATO and Afghan Government for showing no interest to retreat the Pashtun Nomads off Hazara Lands.

Among the other speakers who delivered their speeches were Mr. Hussain Pur and others.
The participants of the protested then calmly headed to the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo where Engineer Arif delivered a speech, reiterating his solemn pledge to the people of Behsud for their sufferings.

Barkat Ali Razai, a Hazara youth was invited to address the participants whose delicate and thorough speech invoked a sense of realization amongst the participants and they started chanting slogans against Afghan Government. Mr. Ali said that we have had enough of these cruelties and atrocities being perpetrated by the Pashtun at intervals under the auspices of Karzai Government, NATO, ISAF and World Community whose recklessness has caused human causalities, huge property and livestock loss. He urged the quarters concerned to take pragmatic steps to curb these savage happenings failing which the peaceful Hazaras of Afghanistan could pick up arms to defend their motherland. His discourse was highly lauded by the participants whose unstoppable eagerness urged them to condemn Karzai Government aloud.

The echoing slogans of the participants compelled Afghan Ambassador, Munizha Bakhtari to walk to the protesters to listen to their grievances and reservations. With assurance of the Ambassador to convey their concerns to Afghan Government, engineer Aman handed over the Resolution.

During the course of the rally protest, the participants were requested to generously contribute for their Hazara brothers of Behsud. The monetary contribution amounting to six figures in Norwegian Kroner has been collected to be distributed among the affectees in a couple of weeks.  

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by: Liaquat Ali, London

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 31rd, 2010)

HAZARA TALENT PAR EXCELLENCE!

QUETTA, May 29th, 2010: A Hazara youth named Liaquat Ali has stunned others with his remarkable performance as he, recently, presented a research paper to the Government of Pakistan on scope and implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with concrete recommendations, which has been lauded at highest Government level.

Recently, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, through an advertisement on national papers of Pakistan in an Open Essay Competition, invited research papers for improvement of ICT where reputed firms, consultants and ICT specialists participated to present their views on its development. As per the pre-requisites of this Competition a strict Guideline was issued to be adhered to by all participants, curtailing the whole research work to a maximum of 3000 words and furnishing it to the above named Government Organisation in 5 working days. This Hazara youth – despite having no previous experience of the technicalities of ICT and short span of time for submission of his work – carried out a thorough research to compete with other professionals which has surpassed expectations after earning due recognition from respective Government quarters. Regarding the Competition, PTA received over 70 research papers before the deadline which made it quite competitive; however, Mr. Ali’s research work secured a place among the top 6 Essays, meeting the strict criteria of the Selection Committee. PTA has been pleased to issue him with a Letter of Appreciation to acknowledge and commend his adorable work officially. Prior to the issuance of the above said Letter, he was contacted telephonically by the Chairman, PTA to appreciate him for his outstanding performance and wishing him to share his invaluable views and recommendations to the Government of Pakistan in the future.

Mr. Liaquat Ali Hazara was born in Quetta who completed his degree level education from the University of Balochistan, but the keen desire and firm determination of acquiring higher education from abroad, sailed him overseas to fulfil his attainable wish. He completed his MBA in (International Business) from Brighton, United Kingdom, with Distinction in all modules in the year 2006. Our youths’ participation and talents have been, enormously, appreciated at highest Government level where merit and personal capabilities outweigh gratification and illegal canvassing. We are proud to reveal that Mr. Ali is an active contributor of this site as well whose recent literary work has rekindled hope among the Hazara tribesmen for being exceptionally equipped with modern education and technological advancements. His wealth of education and knowledge on various socio-economic topics – with insinuated feedback on performance of numerous active Organisations – shall surely compel our elders, educationists, intellectuals and politicians to ponder over social issues from a different perspective. These youths have vowed to make every effort to contribute for development and progress of their Hazara brothers and they deserve to be encouraged for their noble thoughts, views, feedbacks and recommendations made from time to time through this platform for serious contemplation and workout.

The entire team of Hazaranation dot com takes great pride to congratulate Liaquat Ali Hazara for this exceptional piece of research, being complimented at highest Government level. This recognition will boost up the morale of other youths whose pen can produce quality analysts, critiques, intellectuals, writers and true Hazara nationalist. We pray to Allah that Hazara youths like Liaquat Ali always illuminate the name of the Nation across the globe whose existence, social participation and contribution be admired. Their talents and credentials be accepted regardless of creed, race and ethnicity.


by: Altaf Hussain Safdari

Posted by Altaf Hussain Safdari May 29th, 2010)


ARE THEY COMING?

QUETTA, May 28th, 2010: Recent incidents in Quetta city have bewildered the city-dwellers, as they suspect that whatever had been happening in Swat valley, can now be seen repeating itself here. The subsequent events, though – are yet to be faced – however, it is not out of question that the beard Muslims might try to get firm roots in the multi-ethnic capital of Balochistan province. Suicide bombings and target killings of Shi’ite Muslims are the indicators of turning the CHOTA LONDON into SWAT valley. This is, sufficiently, correct that there is an ongoing struggle for a separate homeland but the sectarian killings supported by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, executed by the local assailants, really is an issue of a thorough consideration. Occasional bomb blasts occurring in the city, have been claimed by the separatists while unclaimed ones leave a lot of questions as to what were the purpose and who really were behind them? Unprecedented events of acid throwing on innocent girls in broad day light in the streets of the city, reminds one of the girls’ ordeal in Swat valley who were beaten by the Taliban for going out alone.

It might not be easy for the religious extremists to have a stronghold as the tribal set-up may create a lot of hurdles for them. It is right that both the major tribes of Balochistan province i.e. the Baloch and the Pashtoon, follow the Sunni faith of Islam but their brotherly attitude towards the minority Hazaras, who are predominantly Shi’ite Muslims, has been exemplary. The recent cleansing of Hazaras has also been condemned by both the tribal leaderships rhetorically, labeling them as against the tribal norms. However, the brighter side of the picture can be diluted if the series of mass killings repeatedly happen. The pace and efforts put by the anti Pakistan elements need to be countered with the same level of energy providing the situation is to be normalized. A joint responsibility of the government, civil society and other concerned can be performed tremendously through a concerted and well thought home-work or, on the other hand, the fire may set ablaze everyone and everything.

by: Imran Ali

Posted by Altaf Hussain May 28th, 2010)

MISS SADIQA RAMZAN ALI CLINCHING FIRST POSITION IN ADP-TEFL

QUETTA, May 28th, 2010:We congratulate Miss Sadiqa Ramzan Ali for obtaining first position in Advanced Diploma Program – Teaching English as Foreign Language (ADP – TEFL). This All Pakistan program was conducted by Agha Khan University, Karachi for the year 2008-2009 and the result was announced on Saturday, 22-05-2010.

Miss Sadiqa Ali – with sound academic credentials and extensive work experience with public and private sector organisations – truly deserves warm appreciation for her contribution to the nation as she is the first Hazara lady to have topped in this program. She has a Master’s degree in M.A English from Government Girl College Quetta, who has been working with a local English Language Centre for many years. Besides, she has been working as a Lecturer with Faculty of Arts and Basic Sciences BUITMS since 2005.



by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
London,
United Kingdom.

Posted by Altaf Hussain May 28th, 2010)

PROTEST AT MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA AGAINST PASHTUN KOCHIS’ INVASION OF HAZARA LAND IN BEHSUD PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

AUSTRALIA, May 28th, 2010: The Hazara Council of Australia has arranged a protest in Melbourne at 14:00 hours on 30th of May, 2010 against the unlawful plundering, looting, ransacking and murdering of innocent Hazaras of Behsud Province of Afghanistan by Pashtun Kochis (Nomads). The Pashtun Nomads, with full support of the Taliban and Karzai Government, have plundered, looted and burnt over 60 villages in district of Daimirdad and Behsud province of Afghanistan. These are the ancestral lands of Hazaras who have been living there for centuries but the Pashtun Nomads have initiated their annual discriminatory rituals of ransacking and murdering Hazaras in their lands with no concern or security measures from the incumbent Afghan Government.

The protest will be held opposite Victoria State Library, adjacent to Melbourne Central Train Station, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria. All the Hazaras have been earnestly requested to spread the word to their fellow tribesmen for active participation into the protest to mark their voice against unethical invasion of their ancestral lands. With massive participation, we can show our unity, brotherhood, and support to the oppressed Hazaras of Afghanistan which will also draw attention of Human Rights organisations as well as international community to exert meaningful pressure on Afghan Government for utmost preventive measures to curb these repetitive incidents happening in the future. The Council will also collect donations from the participants to be forwarded to the Hazara affectees. Salient features of the demonstration are as follows:

    That the Afghan Government need to ensure safety and protection of Hazaras in Afghanistan.
    • That the Afghan Government must take stern action against this barbaric act and push the Pashtun nomads off Hazara lands immediately and permanently.
    • That the organized genocide and persecution of Hazaras must immediately stop.
    • That the UNAMA, ISAF, NATO, Human Rights Organisations and International Community must take satisfactory measures to ensure security and protection of Hazaras in Afghanistan.
    • That the international community must play its role to stop abuse of Hazaras’ fundamental rights, being violated by fanatic Pashtun Nomads.
    • That all participants of the protests are requested to contribute generously to help the plundered and internally displaced Hazaras of Afghanistan.

    by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
    London,
    United Kingdom.

    Posted by Altaf Hussain May 28th, 2010)


    SUICIDE ATTACK ON AIRPORT ROAD, QUETTA TARGETTING SHIA ULEMAS AND HAZARA NOTABLES

    QUETTA, May 24th, 2010: A pre-planned suicide attack struck on Airport Road, Quetta at about 19:30 hours today left two innocent people killed and 17 others injured. In connection to Convention and Rally of Organizing Committee, Shohada-e-Balochistan, Ulemas of Pakistan and a distinguished MNA, Marvi Memon of PML (Q), were invited to attend the Convention and Rally and address to participants to show solidarity and integrity with innocent people of Quetta, being target killed and murdered in suicide and planted bomb attacks. The guests were escorted by Hazara Ulemas and notables to Quetta Airport to bid farewell and upon their return, a suicide bomb blast occurred killing two people and injuring about 17 others. Among the injured are Allama Mehdi Najafi and one of his bodyguards, whose condition is told to be stable.

    by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
    Brighton,
    United Kingdom.

    Posted by Altaf Hussain May 24th, 2010)


    ANOTHER HAZARA YOUTH FELL VICTIM TO TERRORIST ATTACK

    QUETTA, May 23rd, 2010: A Hazara youth named Ali Murtaza was shot dead on Sirki Road, Quetta on 22-05-2010. The martyr was identified as son of Haji Mohammad Hussain, residing in Hazara Town, Quetta.

    This incident occurred when some unknown gunmen assaulted Dr. Qamar Hussain Zaidi. Seeing that Ali Murtaza intervened and managed to grab one of the terrorists, when his accomplice opened fire, which left him severely injured. The ambush left the doctor killed, injuring his driver and Ali Murtaza. Ali could not succumb to injuries and lost his life on his way to Combined Military Hospital. The terrorists, as usual, fled after the incident.

    Ali Murtaza was laid to rest at Hazara Graveyard at about 13:00 hours amid grief and sorrows. Hundreds of people attended the funeral who, strongly, denounced this cold blooded act of target killing. Target killings and terrorist attacks have, again, intensified in Quetta killing innocent people in broad day light in crowded junctions, bazaars and markets of the city which has escalated anger and frustration among the masses as neither provincial government nor no law enforcement agencies are making sincere efforts to take adequate preventive measures for safety and security of people.

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    by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
    Brighton,
    United Kingdom.

    Posted by Altaf Hussain May 24th, 2010)


    ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, SHOHADA-E-BALOCHISTAN’S CONVENTION AND RALLY AT QUETTA, BALOCHISTAN

    QUETTA, May 23rd, 2010:Apropos of preceding Press Conference of Organizing Committee, Shohada-e-Balochistan held at Punjabi Imam Bargah, Alamdar Road, Quetta on 16-05-2010, a pre-determined Convention and rally were organized to mark viable prospective protests and demonstrations at Quetta providing the Government did not adhere to its legitimate and rightful resolutions. In this regard, a Convention was conducted at Nichari Imam Bargah, Alamdar Road, Quetta on 23th of May, 2010 where notable Ulemas of Pakistan, parliamentarians and elders delivered speeches. A majlis of Quran Khawani was organized for the departed soul of all martyrs who fell victim to target killings, suicide bombings and terrorist attacks in Balochistan, whereupon the invited Ulemas of Pakistan and others delivered speeches, condemning government’s role in taking insufficient security measures to weed out sectarianism, extremism and terrorism.  Among the notables, the following people addressed to the participants of Convention:

    1. Convener, Organizing Committee, Shohada-e-Balochistan, Haji Abdul Qayum.
    2. Amir Changezi
    3. Haji Tahir Nazarai, President, Ethihad-e-Tajiran
    4. Mohammad Suleman Mohammadi, Representative, Interior Balochistan.
    5.  Syed Hashim Mosuvi.
    6. Allama Mehdi Najafi.
    7. Allama Juma Asadi.
    8. Alama Afzal Haidari, Islamabad.
    9. Syed Mohammad Ashraf Zaidi, President, Balochistan Shia Conference.
    10. Arbab Hashim Kasi, Provincial General Secretary, Pakistan Muslim League Qaid-e-Azam.
    11. Mohtarama Marvi Memon, MNA, Pakistan Muslim League Qaid-e-Azam.
    12. Allama Raja Nasir Abbas, Islamabad.
    13. Qaid Tehreek, Allama Sajid Hussain Naqvi.

    At the end of Convention, Resolutions were presented and accepted unanimously.
    Subsequently, a Rally was taken out to Mizan Chowk where Allama Ameen Shahidee delivered a speech.

    As it was, profoundly, revealed in the Resolution that on 04th July, 2010 a call for Long March to Balochistan would be given providing the Demands were not met with till 20th June. All Shi’ites would be requested to participate in this Protest, marching to Chief Minister’s House and marking sit-in protest unless target killing is not curbed.
    Resolutions:

      • That we demand the Federal Government, before law and order situation becomes uncontrollable in Balochistan, the Provincial Government be dissolved and those involved in harbouring terrorists be exposed and punished.
      • That we have complete faith in Shi’ite Sunni Unity and every ill-effort by enemies of Islam will be foiled against this unity. We pronounce that we will firmly protect Islam and Mohammad Peace be upon him and his progeny forever.
      •   That the government should make sincere efforts to form peace committees at federal, provincial, district and town levels comprising of all schools of thoughts, members of civil society, members of trade unions, politicians, representatives of political parties who could continuously conduct seminars and peace rallies to prevail sense of brotherhood and religious harmony in the country.
      • That the defunct terrorist organisations should not be allowed to function discreetly by mere change of names, they should not be allowed to hold rallies, demonstrations and protests and unlawful organisations be dealt with iron hands.
      • That the absconded terrorist Usman Saif Ullah Kurd, mysteriously escaping from ATF jail, be apprehended and brought to justice in accordance with the verdict of terrorist court.
      • That the government should make honest efforts to ban all literature, books, journals, magazines, newspapers, booklets and pamphlets which fan sectarianism and sow seeds of hatred among people.
      • That the routes of Hangu And Parachanar be freed from the unlawful control of terrorists and the Shi’ites’ life and property, living in FATA be provide complete protection and security.
      • That serious notice of the recent wave of terrorism and target killings happening in Mastung, the constituency of Chief Minister Balochistan, be taken and those involved in these target killings and terrorist attacks should be arrested and brought to justice.   
      • That if these demands were not met with till 20th June, then we reserve the right to call a Long March where all Shi’ites of Pakistan will participate in this March, protesting opposite Chief Minister House till target killing is not eradicated.

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      by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 24th, 2010)

      Hazara International Forum of Great Britain

      LONDON, May 23rd, 2010: The Hazara International Forum of Great Britain denounces the racially motivated attack of Pashtoon Kochis, (Nomads), in Wardak, Behsood Province of Afghanistan.

      The so called tyrannical nomads - armed heavily with the help of cruel Taliban - have recently been invading the poor Hazara peasants of Behsood, forcefully driving them out of their villages and plundering their meager livelihood. These Kochis, carried out the heartless acts of barbarism at instigation and full support of the Taliban and their sympathizers but tried to paint it as a new installment of long standing struggle between the Hazaras and the Pashtoon Kochis (Nomads), over the control of natural resources in the form of grazing pastures and water reservoirs. Several innocent people including men, women and children have lost their lives and many other displaced Hazaras are in search of safe refuge.

      The Chairman, HIF, Haji Marzooq Ali discussed the issue with Afghan Hazara activists, ie., Arif Saher, Abdullah Akberi, Haji Mohammad Rahim, Tahir Sharan and others. He rendered full support of the HIF Council and its members for the planned demonstration, staged in front of Afghan Embassy at London on 23-05-2010. Hundreds of people participated in this combined demonstration of Hazara community to mark their protest against deliberate silence of Afghan Government in recent plundering and murdering, perpetrated by the Pashtun Nomad at Behsud Province of Afghanistan. Haji Marzooq Ali expressed HIF’s resolute solidarity with the oppressed Hazara brothers of Behsood and stated that the Hazara community of Quetta will always stand by their Hazara brothren of Afghanistan, sharing their grief and loss at this atrocity.

       The Hazara International Forum also censured the scandalous silence of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Human Rights Watch and other humanitarian organizations over the ruthless killings of Hazaras. HIF supports the cause of the Afghan parliamentarians Ahmad Behzad and prominent Hazara politicians Mr. Muhaqiq and others who are boycotting the Afghan parliament proceedings in an attempt to draw attention and pressurize the Karzai Government to take action against the aggressors.

      HIF demands that a full investigation into the facts of this tragic incident is carried out by the Afghan government and the perpetrators are brought to justice. A permanent political solution to the dispute should also be sought so that the peace loving Hazara people of Afghanistan especially Behsoods can live their lives in harmony.


      by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 23rd, 2010)


      LIVING DEAD OF HAZARAS!!

      LONDON, May 23rd, 2010: Last week's tragic news deepened our heartfelt feelings for the oppressed and poverty stricken people of Hazara tribes whose miseries and hardships fluctuate in accordance with wishes and desires of people in corridors of powers in Afghanistan. This is not the first time when the Pashtun Nomads have repeated their forefathers' barbaric act of inhuman plundering, ransacking, burning villages and murdering innocent Hazara tribesmen of Behsud province, Afghanistan. These beasts practice their annual rituals to quench their thirst with looting and murdering of Hazaras whenever deemed feasible. These atrocities enraged Hazaras all over the world, pledging full support to their people and organizing street protests and demonstrations. The protests and demonstrations may, barely, lessen the plight of the affectees who must be in state of shock and awe for these unforeseen repeated happenings. Ironically, it has rather become customary in modern world to come to streets, chanting slogans, making inflammatory speeches among rounds of applause from the members of public to solace themselves and, definitely, ours is no exception as website and blogs are inundated with press statement, pictures, and audio visual documents to register their civilized way of protest.

      The history of Pashtun Nomads magnify their black deeds of plundering and murdering innocent people which may not come as a surprise to other nationalities of Afghanistan who are the direct victim of religious, racial and ethnic persecution. But, when I reverse the clock, I feel dejected to find that the Hazaras have made minimal progress in term of political awareness, comparing the other nationalities whose political wisdom has improved manifolds. We are, almost, standing at the same place where we used to be over two decades ago when it comes to mass street protests and demonstrations. We cannot afford to debate others' pros and cons, improvements and political gains which are but irrelevant at this stage. However, if we, genuinely, identify our flaws and drawbacks and work sincerely to improve upon our previous best performance then it will serve the purpose of national unity, dignity and integrity. I wonder why we confine ourselves to press statements and unimpressed protests, being tiring, time consuming and unreasonable to address the core socio-political issues of our people. Have we ever thought of the positive effects and gains of our activism in form of protests? Do these activities reasonably exert diplomatic and political pressure on Afghan government to take solid measure for safety and protection of Hazaras, whose members of parliament consist of drug dealers, warlords, chieftains and bigoted individuals, caring not for the safety and protection of Afghan nationals but for their personal gains and interests?

      I pity political approach and wisdom of Hazaras who would proudly boast of their intellect, social and political status, mastering the art of public meetings and rhetoric due to the fact that they are self-centered whose main motive is earning fame and importance for themselves alone. Looking at the wasteful tendencies of our youths, I find it hard to digest that they suffer from major psychological and mental disorders as they merely believe in making public statements, appearing in photo sessions and making speeches among people, as they reckon, these activities would give them a rise earning a higher public status. When giving a helicopter view to the majority of Hazaras' viewpoint for their input into progress and development of their people, they all are surrounded with vicious ill-mannered practices which bear no short or long term result for the needy people. As a matter of fact, these press releases, protests and demonstrations are thought to be panacea to all existing problems and after performing these social and ethical obligations, they turn deaf ear to it with sighs and reprehensions. I have never opposed the efforts of peaceful street protests and demonstrations made by sincere Hazara nationalist but I always urge the need for more practical steps to be taken to meet the financial, social and moral requirements of our fellow tribesmen in need. 

      Press statements are released in haste to condemn this inhuman act of Pashtun Nomads, websites are filled up with colourful pictures and videos of protests but the positivity is, depressingly, nil. The ones, who denounce these uncultured acts in their press statements and appeal from other Hazaras for financial aides, fail to start this noble cause from their own members' financial input for the plundered and oppressed Hazaras. Street protests  and demonstrations in front of Afghan embassies are arranged for chanting slogans which are not even covered by local media let alone the voice be heard widely by Human Rights organisations and relevant humanitarian institutions to acknowledge their efforts. It was better if the participants of these protests were requested to contribute financially for their fellow tribesmen who expect financial aid rather than moral and political stance.

      About a year ago, some vigorous news items circulated among Hazaras about formation of Crises Management Cell in Quetta, Pakistan. This Cell was formed to address urgent needs and requirements of Hazaras in time of dire emergency call out but the Cell, itself, may have gone into crises as many lethal incidents of target killings, acts of terrorisms and suicide attack(s) have been happening at regular intervals without any condemnation from this novice organisation. Understandably, this Cell would become functional in time of crises, as regards the recent happening of Behsud province; I anticipate it to come to financial help of their Hazara tribesmen living across the border. The roars of single political party are still at par whose response needs to be observed with all round keen support from Hazaras. Other well wishers, nationalists, activists, regardless of the mention of their names and social stature could come up with mammoth financial aid for the Hazaras of Behsud to show their unconditional support and affection for Hazara brethren.

      I request all Hazaras to come forward and help Hazaras of Behsud at this time of extreme hardships. Everybody must take cognizant note of their role in helping their fellow tribesmen socially, politically, morally and financially.


      by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 23rd, 2010)


      HAZARA ORGANISATION, UK’S CENTRAL COUNCIL MEETING WITH REGARD TO ATROCITIES AND CRUELTIES OF PASHTUN KOCHEES (NOMADS), PERPETRATED IN BEHSUD PROVINCE OF AFGHANISTAN

      LONDON, May 22nd, 2010: An emergency meeting of Hazara Organisation, UK was called in by its Secretary General, Mr. Javed Hussain Hazara at Oxford to discuss the grievous situation of Behsud Province Afghanistan where Pashtun Kochees (Nomads) broke in to plunder, usurp, ransack, burn, murder and loot the properties and livestock of ethnic Hazaras. The members of Central Council of Hazara Organisation, UK attended the meeting to denounce the heinous act of barbarism being perpetrated repeatedly by Pashtun Nomads under the nose of Hamid Karzai government who heed no attention or take preventive measures to stop these atrocities happening against Hazaras of Afghanistan.

      The respective member of CC - representing their own cities - showed their anger and deep concern over the dubious role of the incumbent Afghan government whose deliberate silence towards this act of terrorism strengthens many doubts about their constitutional and democratic responsibilities.  The CC members urged the Afghan Government to utilize all available resources to shun this exploitative and racially motivated act of discrimination towards Hazaras of Afghanistan. They also warn the present Afghan Government to refrain from duality and bias attitude towards Hazaras which could, otherwise, have widespread political and geographical implications as the contemporary Hazara tribesmen are well aware of their social and political rights.
      The CC members unanimously supported the political stance of members of Afghan Parliament for boycotting the session of their national assembly and staging a sit in protest outside the Parliament House.
      The meeting was concluded with the following resolutions:

      1. That the HO, UK urges the Afghan Government to take immediate political and administrative measures to stop this act of racial and ethnic persecution of Hazaras of Behsud Province.
      2. That the HO, UK demands of other oppressed nationalities, Human Rights Organisations, progressive and democratic forces to stand by Hazaras and denounce Pashtun Kochees for this inhuman and uncultured act of plundering and ransacking. All philanthropist and humanitarian organisations, political and democratic parties need to morally support the Hazaras of Behsud Province in order that Pasthun Kochees are strongly reprehended for their inborn barbaric and unethical commitments.
      3. That all pragmatic measures should be taken by Afghan Government to confine Pashtun Nomads to its localities as these atrocities pose potential threat to peace and stability of entire Afghanistan with far reaching negative political implications. That the HO, UK appeals to all Hazaras to extend a generous hand to Hazaras of Afghanistan at this time of need.
      4. That the HO, UK demands all the Hazaras to come under one political platform to ensure our survival and help establish sound democratic norms in Afghanistan as well as in the world.
      5. That the HO, UK appeals to all Hazaras to financially support their Hazara brethren in Behsud Province of Afghanistan at this time of dire financial need who have been looted, plundered and killed but they have fought gallantly against Pashtun Nomads.

      At the end of the meeting, the HO, UK paid great tribute to Hazaras of Behsud for their firm resistance struggle and offered condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in this struggle.


      by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 22nd, 2010)



      PRESS CONFERENCE OF ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF SHOHADA-E-BALOCHISTAN AT PUNJABI IMAM BARGAH, ALAMDAR ROAD, QUETTA

      QUETTA, May 16th, 2010:  a press conference was arranged by Organizing Committee of Shohada-e-Balochistan at Punjabi Imam Bargah, Alamdar Road Quetta.

      The Organizing Committee shed detailed light on target killings of Shi’ites taking place, categorically, in various parts of the country for many years, with the aim of dismantling law and order situation and terrorizing innocent people. This press conference highlighted the importance of the then press conference of Balochistan Shi’ite Conference, held in March to denounce the tragic terrorist attack of Karachi, struck in the heart of peaceful procession of March, 2010 when mourners and devotees of Imam Hussain (A.S) were commemorating the Chehlum of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and his progeny), killing dozens of innocent people on the spot and leaving scores injured. The then press conference, representing all organisations of Millet Jafaria Balochistan, demanded of the Government to take stern notice of these terrorist attacks and target killings aimed at terrorizing the innocent people.

      This press conference reiterated the need and demanded of the Federal Government to tackle down the exacerbating issue of sectarianism, reveal the financers of these terrorist attacks, apprehend, and penalize the ones involved in these heinous acts. The Organising Committee of Shohada-e-Balochistan underscored the death toll of target killings in Quetta since March this year, engulfing 18 innocent lives with the mention of coordinated target killing of Arshad Zaidi, a Local Bank Officer and the son of President, Balochistan Shia Conference occurring on 16th of April, 2010. Hours later, a bomb blast occurred in Sandeman Provincial Hospital, targeting the MNA Syed Abbas Hazara a.k.a Syed Nasir Shah which took about a dozen innocent lives on the spot and injuring 38 people. Among the martyrs were two DSPs, one head constable, Malik Arif, Camerman of a private TV channel Samaa, a police constable and a rickshaw driver were among 11 people losing their lives. MNA Nasir shah and his son were among the injured. The Organizing Committee demanded of the Balochistan Provincial Government as to why no one has been apprehended yet? Why the terrorists firing from Civil Hospital and its adjacent buildings have not been recognized and arrested yet? The members of Organizing Committee, Shohada-e-Balochistan, also quoted the speech of the Provincial Interior Minister who had said that they had known who the terrorist had been, when making a speech on the floor of the assembly. The O.C demanded of the Provincial Government to step down as there is no moral ground to hold the reign of the government anymore after a series of target killings and terrorist attacks in Balochistan.

      The O. C announced that after deep contemplation it has been decided to invite all Ulemas and active organisations of Pakistan on 23-05-2010 to Quetta to hold a peaceful rally against terrorist attacks and target killings. The Organisation revealed that, on this occasion, the future initiatives will be chalked out as the Government has, significantly, failed to provide security and protection to the citizens. They also denounced apathy and lax attitude of the Governor, Chief Minister, his cabinet members, members of Balochistan Provincial Assembly and the Balochistan Executive who have not only turned deaf ear to these atrocities and cruelties but also have never condoled to the aggrieved families of these martyrs, which is against the spirit of constitution and democratic values. They also marked the statement of Provincial Interior Secretary astoundingly baseless who claims that the whole provincial cabinet have visited the family of these martyrs for condolence.

      The O. C showed grievous concerns for solidarity and integrity of Pakistan as these terrorist attacks and target killings may compel people to the extent for retaliation providing the government did not take practical steps to crack down against these outlawed terrorist organisations. They, however, made it clear that the rally and gathering of 23rd of Mary, 2010 will be completely peaceful and requested all citizens to take part in this rally to show their unity and fraternity towards other brotherly nations.  At the end of the press conference, the Organizing Committee of Shohada-e-Balochistan set out their demands from Federal and Provincial governments which are as under:

      • That the terrorists and their masterminds, involved in these target killings be arrested and brought to justice.
      • That those terrorists found guilty in terrorist courts be punished without any delay.
      • That announcement of monetary compensation for the families of martyrs is insulting. We demand of the government to announce reasonable monetary compensations for families of the martyrs and these announcements be actioned at an earliest.
      • That we demand of the Federal Government to take pragmatic steps for restoration of law and order in Balochistan without any delay.
      • That we have complete faith in Shi’ite Sunni Unity and every ill-effort by enemies of Islam will be foiled against this unity. We pronounce that we will firmly protect Islam and Mohammad Peace be upon him and his progeny forever.
      • That the families of martyred police officers and police cadets be accommodated in government departments and their children be provided with full fledged facility of free higher education.
      • That the government should make sincere efforts to form peace committees at federal, provincial, district and town levels comprising of all schools of thoughts, members of civil society, members of trade unions, politicians, representatives of political parties who could continuously conduct seminars and peace rallies to prevail sense of brotherhood and religious harmony in the country.
      • That the defunct terrorist organisations should not be allowed to function discreetly by mere change of names, they should not be allowed to hold rallies, demonstrations and protests and unlawful organisations be dealt with iron hands.
      • That the absconded terrorist Usman Saif Ullah Kurd, mysteriously escaping from ATF jail, be apprehended and brought to justice in accordance with the verdict of terrorist court.
      • That the government should make honest efforts to ban all literature, books, journals, magazines, newspapers, booklets and pamphlets which fan sectarianism and sow seeds of hatred among people.
      • That the routes of Hangu And Parachanar be freed from the unlawful control of terrorists and the Shi’ites’ life and property, living in FATA be provide complete protection and security.
      • That serious notice of the recent wave of terrorism and target killings happening in Mastung, the constituency of Chief Minister Balochistan, be taken and those involved in these target killings and terrorist attacks should be arrested and brought to justice.    
      by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      for more photos click here...

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 16th, 2010)

      HAZARA ORGANISATION'S OPEN LETTER TO ELECTED MP OF LABOUR PARTY, UK

      UK, May 14th, 2010: Hazara Organisation, UK formed recently by Hazara youths with motto of bringing political awareness among Hazara nation, living in the UK. This novice organisation has started working on a sound platform to raise voice against any injustice, discrimination, target killings, terrorism attacks purely based on ethnicity and race as the Hazaras of Quetta are the prime target of terrorists. 


      Recently, the Chairman and Deputy Secretary General, Hazara Organisation, UK handed over a self-explanatory letter to the Elected Member Of Parliament of Labour Party at a meeting held to discuss the plight of Hazaras in general and the target killings in particular.

      The above said office bearers of Hazara Organisation solicited the elected MP to help their organisation, the Hazaras of the UK and exert pressure on government of Pakistan for discriminatory attitude towards Hazaras. He was also requested to utilize all political means to stop target killing of Hazaras in Quetta, Pakistan.

      by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 14th, 2010)



      20th MARTRYDOM ANNIVERSARY OF MOHAMMAD ISMAIL MILO OBSERVED WITH GREAT SOLEMNITY AND FERVOUR

      QUETTA, May 11th, 2010: Mohd Ismail Milo, was born on May 24th, 1954 in Quetta, Pakistan and completed his basic education from a local school in 1976. From beginning, he was keenly interested in philanthropist work which encouraged him to serve people from a political platform; hence, he decided to take part in local bodies election of 1987. In this election, people’s unprecedented support and warmth escalated him to a stature of local councillor which, further, strengthened his determination and vigour towards humanitarian work. At that time, the menace of heroin and drugs was prevalent in the society, demanding him to take cognitive steps to bring about radical changes among the people about its abuse. His will power and strong faith gave him great gusto to form a concrete platform to treat drug addicts and weed out this menace. With the foundation of a Trust for treatment of drug addicts, the drug mafia started conveying life threatening messages to him which ended with his martyrdom on 11-05-1990.

      Every year, the Martyrdom Anniversary of this educated youth is observed with renewed pledge of eradicating the curse of drugs from the society and, this year too, Martyrdom Anniversary of Mohammad Ismail Milo was observed on 11-05-2010 at Quetta, Pakistan with great solemnity and fervour. The event was organised by Milo Shaheed Trust to pay homage to its founder who was martyred on the same day twenty years ago by an agent of drug syndicate. People, belonging to all walks of life, started thronging to the Trust early that day to commemorate the irreparable loss of their hero. At 18:00 hours, people walked to Hazara Graveyard to offer Fatiha for the Martyred, vowing solemnly to complete his noble cause at all costs. The Chairman Milo Shaheed Trust and Elder Brother of Mohd Ismail Milo, Mr. Muzaffar Chanezi , HDP leaders, notables, youths, administration and operations staff of the Trust and in and out patients of the Hospital were among the participants to pay homage to the Martyred. On return of the devotees from graveyard, a majlis of Quran Khawani was held at the Trust and alms were distributed among the needy people.

      by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      for more photos click here...

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 12th, 2010)



      10 groups involved in target killings

      QUETTA, May 07th, 2010: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Shabbir Sheikh has said that 10 groups are involved in incidents of target killing in Quetta.

      Talking to journalists after inaugurating Police Child Protection Centre (PCPC) on Thursday, he said some suspects had been arrested and were under interrogation.

      The centre has been set up by an NGO, Seher, in collaboration with the Save the Children and the police department to provide shelter to children involved in crimes.

      CCPO Sheikh, Inspector General of Prisons Bashir Bangulzai, Dr Wadood Tareen of Seher and Mohammad Qazilbash of Save the Children spoke.

      The CCPO noted that number of target killings in the city had dropped because police had caught several suspects. He said senior police officials had been tasked to bust gangs involved in these incidents.

      “In order to stop target killings there must be target killing of those who are killing innocent people,” the CCPO said, adding they would send bodies to those who were sending bodies of security personnel and civilians.

      He said 50 gangs were behind kidnapping for ransom cases and police were making efforts to arrest those involved in these crimes.

      Source (DAWN News)

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 7th, 2010)



      United We Stand, Divided We Fall

      QUETTA, May 07th, 2010: I recently started writing on a Hazaragi website, with a copy published on my blog, to convey my sincere and outspoken thoughts to Hazara tribesmen which have earned satisfactory kudos from youths who leave their congratulatory and thought-provoking feedbacks on my blog. They are, definitely, taken into account to be incorporated into next articles. As I have mentioned in my previous article, “The Other Side Of Tunnel......”, that one of my friends recommended me to share my views with Hazara youths which will sensitize them with social, economic and psychological issues to be discussed upon for their solutions.

      Ever since Australian government announcement of 9th of April to await the cases of Hazara Asylum Seekers for a period of six months on the pretext of improving law and order situation in parts of Afghanistan, inhabited by patchy Hazara families with considerable large proportion of the Pashtoon. We know very well that the law and order situation in entire Afghanistan is deteriorating  due to the surge in insurgency by the Taliban fighters who would never wish to negotiate with the US and British to lay down arms and join the Karzai government.

      With regard to boastful reports circulating in international media about improving law and order situation in Afghanistan, we need to take a look at the recent operation of NATO, launched with full vigour in Helmand province to eradicate Taliban’s influence and rebuilt the area. With the launch of this full-fledged operation in Helmand Province in the second week of February this year, it was lauded highly to push the Taliban back to Pak-Afghan border with an aim of destroying cultivated poppy grown lands, offering the local farmers to cultivate vegetables and other daily used commodities. The allied forces needed to stay in this part of Afghanistan for months once the operation was completed in order to rebuild the infrastructure and provide the locals with basic amenities of life to win their heart. The operation named “Mushtarak” remained completely unsuccessful as they started receiving heavy causalities from various Taliban groups with better trained sniper shooters, aided with digged-in Improvised Explosive Devise (IEDs), and continuous on ground firing with heavy automatic guns by other Taliban companions. Understandably, the Taliban cannot fight for long against a massive assault, well equipped with assault guns and with man and unman aerial surveillance. Instead, they engaged a small group of Taliban fighters into this fight to show sufficient resistance to NATO forces but a large number of them melted into local people with the purpose of afresh return for assaults and ambush. They are known for guerrilla warfare which could result in more human casualties. With over 15, 000 British troops, plus American and Afghan army, the Taliban could not be dismantled of this region as the outcome of this operation miserably failed.

      With entrance of NATO and Afghan national army into this region, the Taliban tended to wage a guerrilla war, causing more casualties. The Taliban fighters when surrounded could use innocent people as human shield to avoid or delay imminent danger; as a result, they may well use the Hazaras living in parts of Helmand, Laskargah, Nad-e-Ali who would come under direct life threat from the Taliban and NATO forces in fire exchange. Besides, the law and order situation is getting worse with suicide bombings happening in the heart of Kabul despite being heavily guarded with trained para-troopers. The US and British soldiers contributing in the forefront of the war-zones in Afghanistan are being ambushed and sniper shot which are increasing death toll, becoming a major source of depression and suicidal ideation for these soldiers.

      Hazaras have always been a soft and direct target of religious, ethnic and racial persecution in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to The Australian, a renowned Australian newspaper quoting relevant quarters in Pakistan and Afghanistan as saying that the situation in Afghanistan for Hazaras’ Persecution has not improved, on the contrary, they are being target killed in Quetta, Balochistan which has alarmingly increased in last several years. In 13th April, 2010 publication, the Newspaper quoted the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan, as saying “  A senior official with the human trafficking arm of the Federal Investigation Agency said yesterday Hazaras were regularly targeted in Pakistan's Balochistan province, where most of its 500,000 Hazaras were based”. In another question, the FIA official was quoted as saying, ‘if the security situation for Hazaras in Afghanistan had improved sufficiently for them to return, the FIA official replied: "No, there's no basis for saying this."’ He continued, “"Right now they're being persecuted on both sides of the border. In Quetta (the capital of Balochistan), eight to 10 Hazaras are being murdered every week. If that's happening just in Quetta, magnify this problem all the way to central Afghanistan." In the same news article, the UNHCR spokesman for Pakistan Killian Kleinschmidt said, “he had discussed the persecution of Hazaras in Balochistan with an Australian delegation, ahead of the government announcing the six month suspension on Friday”.

      Everyone knows that we are being targeted in both Pakistan and Afghanistan by religious extremists as well as unknown masked men claiming to be Baloch Resistance Movement. These killings have worsened the situation for Hazara tribesmen who may consider exiting their birth town and seeking refuge into a safe place.

      I wonder why Hazaras living in Australia have never raised a voice against it as the six month visa suspension will enormously affect our youths who spend about $15,000 each to embark on, otherwise, dangerous and risky journey to save their life. Australia is a signatory of the Human Rights Convention of 1948 and bound to accept claims of genuine asylum seekers. Australian Hazaras can contribute a lot by meeting Australian politicians, briefing them and starting an active campaign for their Hazara brethren to be accepted by Australian government. Why they keep mum when their own brothers are being killed in Balochistan in broad day light, similarly, we are the direct target of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

      Our single political party’s deliberate silence over this sensitive issue creates doubts about their slogans of nationalism and sincere contribution for the Hazaras. Have they ever bothered to protest against discriminatory attitude of Malaysian and Indonesian Embassies who refuse visit visas of Hazara tribesmen for no objectionable reason? Hazara tribesmen, travelling to Islamabad, spending 7-10 days, completing all pre-requisites of visit visa, return empty handed which is costing them huge money. On the other hand, these embassies generate reasonable revenue for their country due to the fact that visa fee is non refundable in case of refusal or withdrawal of visa application. We know that Hazara tribesmen going for excursion to Malaysia and Indonesia are being refused the visa without any legitimate objection but to date our nationalists, single political party, human rights activists and other relevant quarters have never protested against it nor have they cared to seek explanation from these embassies.

      We have never prioritised our national interests which have widened the gulf among different factions of the society. Vested interests need to be kept aside at present as we cannot afford to indulge in unnecessary time consuming arguments, disagreements but seriously contemplate removing hurdles to our way of progress. Today, we have to think of our survival in prospective geo-political changes happening in Pakistan and Afghanistan. If our single political party can mobilize people for street protests on target killings so can she take them to streets for their inborn human rights as denial of visit visa to a citizen without any lawful objection is denying one’s fundamental rights. It is high time that the single political party stood up firmly its ground and raise voice against this bigotry and biased malpractices of these embassies. They have to form Delegations to meet Malaysian and Indonesian Embassies to formally register their grievance, requesting for reconsideration of their stance for denial to issuance of visit visas to the Hazara tribesmen, after satisfactory scrutiny of their documents.

      All Hazara organisations in Quetta need to form a platform to raise their voice against any form of injustice and discrimination being perpetrated against us on various pretexts and I appeal to all of them at this crucial time to take firm stance over non-issuance of visit visas to fellow tribesmen by Malaysian and Indonesian Embassies in Pakistan.

      All feedbacks and comments be forwarded on the below mention blog.

      Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.
      liaquatalihazara@wordpress.com



      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 7th, 2010)



      MS FARZANA RAJA'S COURTESY HOME VISIT TO SYED ABBASS HAZARA

      QUETTA, May 04th, 2010: Ms. Farzana Raja, Member National Assembly and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), made a courtesy visit today to Member National Assembly, Syed Abbas Hazara, (known as Syed Nasir Shah), at his home to enquire about his health.  Syed Abbas Hazara was one of the main victims of recent bomb blast which occurred at Sandman Provincial Hospital, Quetta, leaving scores of people dead and dozens injured. This incident happened when MNA Syed Abbas Hazara rushed to the hospital after hearing tragic target killing of Arshad Zaidi, son of Ashraf Zaidi, President Shia Conference.

      Ms. Raja was accompanied by Provincial PPP leaders, ie., Bismillah Kakar, Ali Madad Jatak, Ghazala Gola and General Secretary, PPP Women Wing Balochistan, Ms. Rukhsana Ahmedi. Mr. Nasir Shah briefly discussed the incident as to how the blast occurred, killing and injuring many innocent people available on the site. Mr. Nasir Shah expressed his disconsent and reservation as no MNA, MPA, including Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan enquired about health let alone the thought of visiting him at his home. He, however, said that we will not succumb to pressure of terrorists and urged on the need that all nationalities living in Quetta should make sincere efforts to restore peace and harmony among brotherly nations. He also expressed his deep concern that these terrorist attacks could spread to other localities, crippling the law and order and sowing hatred among city-dwellers providing no practicable steps were taken to weed out this menace.

      Ms. Raja met the injured people of the recent bomb blast, condoled with the family members of Shohada, and offered fatiha for the departed souls. On this occasion, Rukhsana Ahmedi, General Secretary, PPP Women Wing Balochistan also drew attention of the Chairperson (BISP) towards a recent terrorist attack, killing Ms. Nazima Talib, a woman educationist of University of Balochistan who served in Mass Communication Department as Assistant Professor for over a decade. Ms. Raja denounced this cold-blooded incident and assured that she will discuss reservations of Hazara people regarding security and protection of their life with the President and Prime Minister.

      by: Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      for more photos click here...

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 4th, 2010)



      THE OTHER SIDE OF TUNNEL...

      QUETTA, May 04th, 2010: Every cognizant Hazara knows that we have been suffering for over a decade in Quetta as the main target of religious and ethnic persecution which seems to get worse with each passing day. Our peaceful street protests have yielded no results in terms of getting our voice heard nor has it awakened the Hazaras as a nation to take practicable measures to minimize the effect of these attacks. Every responsible Hazara youth feels a sharp pain in his chest when another of his tribesman fells prey to target killing.  In these years, almost every Hazara home has witnessed bloods of their martyrs who were ruthlessly murdered in broad-day light in busy and congested areas of the city. By and large, alignment, timing, velocity and fervour of these terrorist attacks have exacerbated and so have the amount, size and degree. The wave of terrorist attacks in Quetta, with its spreading wings, has engulfed lives of hundreds of innocent people, demoralizing their spirit of nationalism, alienating their brethren bond and solidarity and sowing seeds of hatred among city-dwellers. We know very well that masked men spraying bullets on innocent citizens in Quetta have widened the fraction among, otherwise, friendly and peaceful nations who had been living in Quetta for centuries with religious, ethnic and racial harmony. 

      Worst to mention is the role of our politicians who have done more damage to the nation then any good due to their egotist attitude as their sincerity and honesty have always been thinnest like strand of a hair. When being part of a government, they raise low-pitched slogans of justice and revenge with typically crammed obsolete self-centered phrases to pacify innocent people but, when not holding a position of responsibility in government, they speak the loudest being the only sympathisers and nationalists. We know for sure that we have not been able to raise a man of political wisdom and high stature who could be selfless, sincere and truly nationalist. The series of target killings and terrorist attacks waged against us have mentally disturbed people who think that something enormous be done to minimize human loss. They, now, draw a line beyond contribution of the single political party and the so called politicians. We have voted all Hazara candidates, campaigning hard for their win and taking them to ministerial seat with the hope that they could be a harbinger of change, standing firm and raising voice for their nation but they have failed miserably. Every Hazara political party, activist groups have been put on test to provide with a sound platform for the Hazaras to record their voice nationally and internationally but they have proved to be lethargic enough to come out of their pad.
      Ironically, local and national news agencies succumb to pressure of various interest groups and anti Hazara lobbyists, giving no coverage to the victims of these terrorist attacks. In most cases, the news agencies turn their cannons towards Hazaras criticising Hazara youths overtly for expressing their anger, agitation and discontent over these ruthless killings let alone showing responsibility towards their so called professional commitments of sympathising with families of victims of target killings. It makes one wonder as to how media could turn against innocent party which would, otherwise, show great keenness in petty summer news, filled with gossip and unworthy discussion. In a matter of hours, the whole tragic scenario changes into a nightmare where the victims of terrorist attacks and target killing are not given due space in media but unending cynical media trail starts to suppress their voice and provide complete armoured shields to terrorists.
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      As an individual I have always stood tall, contributing with agile ideas on every sober platform, meetings and seminars as how to cope with current wave of barbaric acts of terrorism and target killings, being perpetrated against us. Some of my ideas presented at various thoughtful platforms have been restated by others on numerous occasions without giving appreciation/kudos to the original thinker. I wish ideas had patent rights like companies’ logos, monograms and designs which could prompt to reserve them under patent rights.

      However, I, recently, shared some of them briefly with one of my confidant friends, who recommended that I use this platform to convey my heartfelt messages to our community which could trigger constructive conversation for their sustainable implementation to safeguard the interests of our nation wholly and minimize human loss spreading our voice to a larger part of the world.

      In light of on-going cruelties against us, we may feel belittled to retaliate with arms, weapons and ammunition reciprocally as it will bear no long-lasting result. Instead, alternate routes could be adopted to capitalise our strengths and capabilities to the extent that nobody could dare hurt us the minimal.  As we expect the minimum from our politicians, the single political party and other so called Hazara activitists, it is high time that youths took the reign of wisdom and mental power in their hands to take concrete steps for brilliant and scintillating future. The followings are the doable recommendations which need to be pondered over in order that our strengths be elaborated, opportunities sought, weaknesses removed and threats minimized to greater extent:

      1. That we need to launch our own Daily News Paper either in Urdu or English so that we do not rely on coverage of other media groups for injustice and cruelties waged against us.
      2. That a TV Channel could be launched to meet greater needs and demands of Hazara youths for combating terrorist acts and target killings.
      3. That our bureaucrats are retiring in a few years meaning that we will not have any senior bureaucrats representing the Hazaras on national level, being alarmingly worrisome as others, with position of responsibility, would fetter our voice in view of occurrence of any target killings and terrorist attacks. We need to establish a state-of-the art CSS Academy to train our youths for competitive examinations so that we don’t lag behind in executive level positions.
      4. That Hazaras living across the world should be mobilized to form proactive task force groups, representing Hazara nation, meeting with various human rights organisations, members of European parliament, American senators, politicians and Australian politicians and the UN to brief them on overall target killings of Hazaras with the request to exert sizeable pressure on government of Pakistan for our protection and safety.
      5. That a special task force group, entirely separate from the above, should be formed to meet European, Australian and American politicians, human rights organisations and the UN with the request of mass migration of Hazaras from Quetta to the above countries in light of cruelties and atrocities being perpetrated against us.   
      6. That another Task Force Group should be formed, entirely separate and different from above two, to meet American, European And Australian politicians and educational institutions in view of our previous tremendous educational record and achievement to request them for provision scholarships to Hazara youths in various subjects.
      7. That a Relief Fund could be set up for families of the victims of to target killings and terrorist attacks.
      8. That Career Counselling Body, comprising of proactive but totally separate from the members of staff of CSS Academy, be formed to guide Hazara youths towards admission into genuine educational institutions for acquiring higher education. This group should also provide help and support and counselling to all students at Matric level in choosing the right path for their future course of study to be more helpful for the nation.

      These are a few points which need to be worked upon on priority basis which will be beneficial in minimizing human loss, alter others views in target killing Hazaras.
      All readers are welcomed to comment on these suggestions on the below link.

      by Liaquat Ali Hazara
      Brighton,
      United Kingdom.

      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 4th, 2010)



      Protest in Islamabad against Hazara’s Targeted Killings in Quetta

      QUETTA, May 03rd, 2010: A protest demonstration was held in Islamabad against the unremitting targeted killings of Hazara tribe people in Quetta. The event had been organized by Hazara youths.

      A large number of Hazara men, women and children participated in the protest. The protest was also attended by Hazara Democratic Party leader Ahmed Ali Kohzad and Aman Ittehad (a social organization) activists Ali Asghar Khan and Ms Rashida.

      The participants were carrying placards and a banner inscribed with slogans against target killings of the Hazaras in Quetta and demands for provision of security to Hazara people. They demanded arrest of the target killers and urged the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of the Hazaras targeted killings in Quetta.

      The protestors also demanded of the United Nation to take cognizance of the Hazara’s brutal murders in Quetta. They condemned silence of the human rights organizations and media over the killings of the Hazaras.  

      The peaceful and silent protest continued for about an hour.

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      Posted by Altaf Hussain May 3rd, 2010)



      HIF Representative Visits Hazaranation.com office

      QUETTA, April 23rd, 2010: Mr Ali, the finance secretary of Hazara International Forum UK, visited the office of hazaranation.com and the studio in Quetta.

      The website moderator Altaf Hussain briefed Mr Ali about the activities of his team and their future projects. He also apprised the HIF representative of the financial difficulties his team is facing running website and about the Professional Camera.

      Mr Ali lauded the services of hazaranation.com team to Hazara tribe and expressed wonder over indifferent attitude of the Hazara philanthropists and other political and social figures towards the efforts of the team. He assured his full cooperation to the team regarding its future projects and announced to donate his personal movie camera for the Hazaragi website.

      Mr. Ali promised to collect fund for hazaranation website and soon he will send it. He also delivered the pictures/Movies of the demonstration and meeting with Gordon Brown Prime Minister of UK.

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      Posted by Altaf Hussain April 25th, 2010)



      Hope is lost as the door is slammed

      QUETTA, April 21st, 2010:

      ABDUL Sattar woke in Kabul on Friday and heard the Australian government had shut the door on Afghan asylum-seekers.

      "I had a feeling of hopelessness," he said yesterday. "My spirit was broken."

      For about the past two years, Mr Sattar, a 36-year-old clerk who is engaged to be married, had planned to take the dangerous, expensive and illegal route to Australia.

      He had intended to travel from Afghanistan to Pakistan, on to Malaysia and then Indonesia before getting on a boat and chancing his luck to make Australia's shores.

      "I am in the Hazara minority so I cannot move freely like the dominant ethnic groups," he said. "We face problems every day in our lives. I want to raise my children in a safe country.

      "Why would you want to live here? Nearly nobody wants to stay here. If you asked the entire population if they wanted to go to Australia, 90 per cent would say yes."

      As Mr Sattar read more about the government's decision, his disappointment was tempered.

      He referred to the softening of asylum laws after the election of the Rudd government in 2007 and said he hoped that a re-elected Rudd government would resume examining refugees on a case-by-case basis.

      "Maybe this change is only for political reasons but maybe Australians just don't want Afghans, I don't know," he said.

      "Australia is a huge country and it needs a bigger population. We will wait and continue our lives. If I see the rules have changed, I will go. If they don't . . . I will look to other countries to go to. This is my only option. I can't stay here.

      "The Australian government can make it as hard as they can but they cannot stop people from trying. This might slow the boats but it won't stop them. If (people) think they can make it, they will go."

      Mr Sattar said he knew of two Afghan families who had already paid smugglers and they would still try to make it to Australia despite the new law. Smugglers don't give refunds so the families have no choice, he said.

      Human rights activist Wazhma Frogh described the blanket suspension of Afghan asylum-seekers as wrong and naive.

      She said Afghanistan had some of the worst human rights violations in the world and she feared that other nations that take in refugees could use this law as a precedent.

      Ms Frogh said Hazaras, which make up between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of the Afghan population, continued to face persecution in Afghanistan.

      "It's a stupid thing to say that they are not persecuted," she said. "Go to the Kabul jail and you will find thousands of Hazaras in there."

      She said Hazara women, who are Shia, were specifically discriminated against by laws introduced last year.

      The contentious Shia Personal Status Law, which provoked national and international outrage, included an article that allowed for a man to demand sex from his wife at least once every four days.

      The law was eventually watered down with the most contentious elements withdrawn.

      Source: click here for the source link...

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain April 21th, 2010)


      Nationalists or Opportunists?

      QUETTA, April 17th, 2010: “Lake condemn “The Killings”, is what the letter pad of a so-called nationalist party contains after any one is assassinated, irrespective of the cause of the forgetted killing.

      It is not only the case with the organized, but also the ill-organized opportunists always try to cash any event of terror, so as to be able to win a “respectable” position of the next elections.

      A number of excuses are presented if these merchants are asked to come up with a correct solution, they will moreover around and beat around the bush but their prime motive of gathering political mileage remains always in tact.

      It is the character that these predators lack, the lust for becoming a part of the governmental machinery has resulted in their ugly looking faces. A disservice is what these wolves have done to the politics, that even the educated one have started to hate the word politics, the scared definition of politics and the practices advocated for, by the ancient photospheres, has been changed to telling lie, and the bigger the lier,  the bigger he is a politician. Manipulation of the facts and exploitation of the emotions of the masses have become the favourite sports for the present day “Politicians”.

      Only slogans are not sage to serve, the sacrifices will not only have to be talked of rather mourning pictures of the claims might pay the way ahead. It is interesting to note that these “interest groups” react quickly to hijack any event while if asked for action, they demand to be made a responsible person in the gang of the landlords representing the peasants.

      By: Imran Ali

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain April 18th, 2010)


      Event Ridden Media and Professionalism!

      QUETTA, April 17th, 2010: Friday suicide bombing outside the emergency ward of the civil hospital Quetta, left eleven death and scores injured, that included member of the National assembly. All the corporate media agents rush to the scene and in the race of rating many of the channels broadcasted colored pictures, labeling parental guidance not to allow children to watch the footages, as they were showing body parts spread all over.

      Follow up to the event demanded a thorough covering, while it was seen as if the whole layer of terror was launched to kill only one camera person. Undoubtedly he was an asset to the country with the bulk of experiences at his back. Yet it must not be forgotten that the expedition on behalf of the band outfit was having some other messages.

      Media with the company of the live courage is a lethal weapon. But the fact of the matter is that this gun has fallen into hands of some none professionals. Who knows what the rating is and how it is to be mentioned, and unfortunately lack the guts of becoming a thorough professional.

      It has been misunderstood as to if the government of the day is criticized. It may prove fruitful, and this seems order of the day for the infant Pakistani media. Yes the government has failed in protecting the lives and property of the citizens, yes, basic facilities have been snatched, yes, there is no electricity and mass-unemployment but it does not proved for a license to the “Anchors” to pull the leg of the “in experienced rules”, as they themselves lack the basic training of not being biased.

      It is follow-up, follow-up and follow-up and not only breaking-up of a news.

      By: Imran Ali
      (Posted by Altaf Hussain April 18th, 2010)


      Editorial: Role of Security Agencies and Media Regarding Target Killings of the Hazaras

      Quetta, April 16th, 2010: Yet in another obnoxious act of sectarian cum ethnical killings at least eleven people mostly belonging to Hazara tribe have lost their life and around forty others were wounded in a suicide bombing at civil hospital Quetta soon after the targeted killing of a young Hazara banker Arshad Zaidi at the most crowded central part of the city at Mannan Chowk at the cross section of Jinnah Road and Kandhari Bazaar.

      The blast outside the casualty ward of Quetta civil hospital and targeted killing of Arshad Zaidi indicate that both the incidents were closely linked together and planned by one group. The plan was aimed at targeting maximum number of Hazara tribe people and killing their first ever and only member of the national assembly Syed Nasir Shah who had rushed to the hospital after hearing the news of Mr Zaidi’s murder.

      The cold-blooded murder of Arshad Zaidi at a place which is only a few yards away from Frontier Corps picket at Meezan Chowk and highly-guarded VIP thoroughfare Zarghoon Road indicates that the law enforcement agencies are themselves involved in the killing of innocent citizens in Quetta. The escape of the killers from the crime scene amid a number of police and Frontier Corps pickets and presence of more than 6000 personnel of police, Frontier Corps, Balochistan Constabulary and Anti-Terrorist Force (Dozens of the personnel of spy agencies roaming the city are in addition) across the city makes the law enforcement role of these forces suspicious for which they must be taken into account.

      Quetta city police chief, Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh, has rightly observed on a TV channel after this gloomy incident that the only solution to check target killings in Quetta is to kill the killers on the spot instead of trying to catch them and produce them before the court of law for trial. Defending his stance, he said as the eye-witnesses do not come ahead to record their statements in front of judge due to security threats to them and their family members and the court refuses to accept the police officials’ statement as evidence in such cases so most of the accused get free after being captured and the vicious cycle of target killings starts again in the city. Given the failure of the provincial administration to check targeted killings of innocent people in Quetta, there is an urgent need that the police force be given the order to shoot the killers on the spot if the government really wants to absolve itself of the charges being leveled against it that its ministers are backing these murders. Moreover, both the FC and Police officials should also be warned with strict legal action in case of their failure to catch or kill the killers targeting innocent citizens within their limits of duties. The governor, chief minister and home minister must perform their constitutional obligations regarding stoppage of targeted killings in Quetta. If they can not fulfill their constitutional duty of ensuring security to public life and properties and are unable to live up to the expectation of the masses they should then show some moral courage and resign from their posts to at least satisfy their conscience as several hundred innocent citizens have been targeted to death since the present government has taken over the power in the province.  

      The role of media in Quetta has also been discriminatory regarding targeted killing incidents of settlers in general and of Hazara tribesmen in particular. Most of the times after such incidents the media personnel blame the angry youths of the Hazara tribe for misbehaving with them and refuse to cover the burial ceremonies of the martyrs and press conferences of the Hazara political and social figures on the same pretext. The same happened again on Friday when the newspaper and TV channel correspondents refused to cover the news conference of Hazara Democratic Party following killings of 11 innocent people saying they were thrashed and even fired at by the Hazara guys at civil hospital when they were covering the incident. Being a civilized tribe, Hazara people should unanimously condemn any such act if it really has happened there at civil hospital and should even be ready to address the grievances of the media men by admonishing and punishing those Hazara guys provided they are identified by the affected newsmen.

      This is a natural phenomenon that the sentiments of the aggrieved community usually reach their peak after such bloody incidents and if any affected guy misbehaves with media teams it is the responsibility of the reporters and cameramen to immediately identify such elements and report it to the responsible members of the tribe so that they could be taken to the task. Moreover, journalists should also be aware of the fact that such elements could also be the agents of some powers who do not want the targeted killings of the Hazara people get publicized through media to prevent it from being noticed by the national and international watchdogs. On the other hand, the Hazara tribe elders are also required to chalk out an effective strategy to stop occurrence of any such incident in future which could lead to deterioration of relations between them and the media

      Hazaras are well-aware of the media’s importance and they highly regard all the media personnel without any discrimination. Media personnel should also realize their professional obligations and play a role in checking targeted killings of innocent citizens by joining hands with the aggrieved community instead of ignoring their grief and becoming a party mere on the basis of being treated rudely by some unscrupulous elements.

      by: Amjad Hussain

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain April 16th, 2010)


      Once again echoed with the blast of 15 kilogram explosive out side civil hospital

      Quetta, April 16th, 2010: Once again echoed with the blast of 15 kilogram explosive out side civil hospital, Quetta killing 10 and injuring 35 others on Friday. Deputy Superintendent Police Zahir Shah Kazmi and Deputy Superintendent Police Ghulam Muhammad was also killed in the attack.

      Member National Assembly Syed Nasir Ali was on visit to civil hospital when the explosion took place. The MNA is also injured in the blast. The attack was precisely a sectarian killing, carried out by banned organization “LASHKAR JANGUWI”. The organization has accepted the responsibility.

      Unfortunately, Hazara nation in Pakistan are facing tremendous segregation due to its race and religion. We are regretting to mention that the Media in Pakistan do not cooperate with our nation in providing access to coverage of our peaceful movement and other Human Rights activities. The high scale of Hazara nation’s isolation is a precise sign of discrimination to our inhabitant.

      We would also like to highlight and raise our voice for the International Growth Center (IGC), from the UK Department of International Development’s comments by claiming Pakistan’s media role for sustainable and wide-ranging development in the country.

      Frequently, Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) arranges peaceful movements against target killing of Hazara nation in Quetta city to raise their voice in ending target killing of our peaceful innocent Hazara people. Our voices were always demolished by not reporting and broadcasting our tragic incidents.

      We are not only discriminated by the majority but also killed subject to religion and race. 16 April 2010 is a fresh evidence of such extreme dislike that killed our 10 people and left many widows and orphaned children behind without support and help.

      One Media persons were also killed in the attack and wrapped-up in sacrificial victim in this tragic incident. Some senior journalists were also caught in the blast with some minor injures.

      So far the Government of Pakistan did not announce of any compensation or moral help for their love ones who were left behind. While the entire Media and the Government support the media person who was also killed in the blast. The other 10 martyred were left ignored without compensation, coverage or some thing comparably.  

      By: Syed M. Hassan

      Please, follow the victims name who were killed and injured in the blast.

      Expired Persons:

      Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Syed Zahir shah

      Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Ghulam Muhammad

      Head Constable: Mohammad Hussain

      Con:     Muhammad Hadi

      Syed Arshad Zaidi

      Syed Ayub Shah

      Abdul Khaliq 

      Mujtaba Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)

      Haji Dawood (Pashtun)

      Representative of Sama news.

       Injuries:

      1.     Member National assembly ( MNA) Syed Nasir Shah Hazara
      2.     Syed Hashim
      3.     Syed Mehdi Kazmi
      4.     Ali Jan (Chairman)
      5.     Syed Mustafa
      6.     Zulfiqar Ali
      7.     Haji Ibrahim
      8.     Muhammad Mehdi Anti Terrorist Force (ATF)
      9.     Muhammad Mehdi Anti Terrorist Force (ATF)
      10.   Ali Akbar
      11.   Muhammad Ali (Police)
      12.   Ghilam Abbas
      13.   Rehmat Ali (Police)
      14.   Shoib ATF
      15.   Fida Muhammad
      16.   Manzoor Shah
      17.   Imran Ali
      18.   Ejaz Hussain
      19.   Muhammad Dad

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain April 16th, 2010)


      Is Balochistan Government Really Incapable of Ensuring Security to People?

      Quetta, April 09th, 2010: Following Balochistan Assembly members demand of the provincial government during it last meeting on April 4 to take stern action against targeted killings of innocent people in Quetta, now Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has also called upon the provincial government to fulfill its constitutional obligation of ensuring security to public lives and properties and take effective measures to stop targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom and other heinous crimes in the provincial capital. Speaking to media personnel in Governor House on Wednesday, the governor also observed that the situation would not improve unless the powerful people and elected representatives like him are hanged for wrongdoings. He added that target killings would continue if action is not taken against the killers. He also scolded the police for its failure to take revenge for their colleagues martyred in various incidents of targeted killings and asked the police officials to avenge their fellow policemen's killings if they want to see the situation normal in the city. The governor said if the state failed to provide justice to people for the excesses done to them the affecters would surely opt for settling their accounts by themselves. He noted that it is the obligation of the government to resolve the issues hurting people either by action or negotiation and not to allow those who refuse talking to the government to play with the lives of innocent people. He also claimed that the police are well-aware of the people involved in target killings, kidnappings for ransom and other heinous crimes but they are not apprehending these criminals.

      Meanwhile, President Balochistan Bar Association Baz Mohammad Kakar has also censured the provincial government for its failure to ensure security to the masses and said the governor, the chief minister and all other government functionaries are showing indifference to deteriorating law and order situation in Quetta. He said the provincial assembly members are thieves who are involved in various heinous crimes and have connections with negative forces. He added that these members are not at all concerned with lives and problems of poor citizens. He called on the governor to fulfill its constitutional duty and remove the provincial government from power as it has completely failed to ensure security to the masses. Baz Mohammad also urged the Quetta people to get united against the outlaws and launch a civil disobedience movement against the provincial government for its failure to maintain law and order. He asked the citizens not to pay utility bills and other government taxes as the provincial government functionaries are spending that amount on their own personal comforts instead of spending it on resolving public problems. 

      Both the statements of Balochistan governor and BBA president show that they are completely disappointed at the provincial government's performance regarding maintenance of law and order in Quetta. It also suggests that both of them know that the provincial administration is aware of perpetrators of the target killings, kidnappings for ransom and other heinous crimes in Quetta, but is willfully avoiding action against them to secure their own vested interests at the cost of innocent people's lives. Governor's advice to police rather citizens to avenge their loved ones targeted killings and BBA president's appeal to people to launch civil disobedience movement imply that they have lost their trust in provincial government regarding fulfilling of its constitutional obligation of ensuring security to citizens and want it to be ousted from power. Now, if the two most responsible and respected incumbents have such kinds of perceptions and feelings about the provincial government one can easily imagine how the enraged feelings of common man against the administration as they are directly suffering from worsening law and order situation. The increasing sense of insecurity among citizens has made almost the entire residents of Quetta critical of PPP-led provincial coalition government in Balochistan. Not a single day has passed in Quetta since the present coalition government has come to power in April 2008 when citizens have not been killed, kidnapped and robbed of their valuables. A number of governments have been formed in Balochistan since it was declared a province in 1970, but none of them proved so callous and apathetic like the sitting one towards the miseries of general public.

      Official figures show that more than 400 people have been killed and over 1000 wounded in different incidents of target killings, bomb blasts, rocket attacks, vehicle snatching and robbery attempts in Quetta over the past two years of the present government. Police claim to have arrested a few accused involved in sectarian killings, but, amazingly, the cold blooded murder of Hazara tribe people - on the basis of sect as is being described by police and media - is still continuing. As far as ethnical killings are concerned none of the accused has been apprehended yet. The incessant acts of targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom and robberies in Quetta without apprehension of even a single culprit suggest that both the government and its law enforcement agencies are inefficient and incapable of tracing the criminals or are themselves patronizing them due to which they are unwilling to arrest them. The second reason seems more plausible as the government and its agencies can not be so inefficient to track down the culprits despite having sophisticated technology and latest equipment to monitor the activities of outlaws. This perception has further got strength by the statement of the provincial home minister Mir Zafarullah Zehri on the provincial assembly floor a few months ago wherein he had openly admitted that he knew the people involved in target killings in Quetta, Kalat and Khuzdar, but he was unable to take action against them due to some compulsions which he, however, did not disclose.

      Whatever are the compulsions or constraints, be it any intelligence agency or any other power, preventing the provincial government from capturing the outlaws and proclaimed offenders the government is required not to compromise on its prime constitutional obligation of protecting the lives and properties of citizens. It should apprise the masses of those constraints and take them along to remove the hurdles in maintaining peace in the city if it is really honest to perform its constitutional obligations. In other case, it should show moral courage and resign from power on account of its failure to ensure security to people.

      Amazingly, the provincial home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani has blamed the foreign hands for the target killings in Quetta and said that these killers are trained at various places across the border. Talking to a private television channel on Wednesday evening, he said the basic purpose of these killings is to disrupt peace in Balochistan by pitching one nationality against the other. He said target killings are being carried out by various groups on sectarian and ethnical basis and it has been revealed that these groups have now developed a nexus of interests.

      If the claim of home secretary is accepted as true that these groups are trained in Afghanistan and sent into Balochistan by India to destabilize Pakistan what the Frontier Corps is doing then along the borders and in the provincial capital after being deployed in June 2009 on requisition of the provincial government following worsening law and order situation in Quetta? True, the border along Afghanistan is quite long and porous, but it is an established fact that the infiltration of terrorists and arms into Balochistan is impossible without the cooperation of the border security force namely Frontier Corps. Moreover, if the terrorists, somehow, succeed to sneak into Balochistan what the police and a number of intelligence agencies are doing then for the last several years instead of catching these terrorists who are killing innocent people? If the spy agencies can supervise the daily activities of common man by bugging their telephone calls, can't they tape the cell-phone conversations of terrorists to monitor their unlawful activities?

      The tolerance and patience of people in Quetta are now touching its peak with respect to incessant target killings and kidnappings for ransom in the form of a catastrophic volcano which could burst anytime if the government continues showing indifference to public sufferings.  

      by Amjad Hussain

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain April 09th, 2010)



      Computer Centre Inaugurated

      Quetta, April 06th, 2010: Keeping in view the need to make our youths keeping abreast with computer knowledge and technology, a new computer centre has been opened on Alamdar Road on April 04, 2010.

      Former provincial minister and prominent leader of Hazara tribe Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara opened the centre at a ceremony that was attended by a large number of Hazara tribe elders and notables.

      The centre named as Millennium Computer is situated opposite new Alamdar Bakery. The centre director Zakir Hussain, on the occasion, announced a special discount of 50% in fees for poor students and family members of Hazara martyrs in various computer courses to be taught at the centre.  

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain April 06th, 2010)


      Girls College Quetta Witnesses Another Agitation Day

      Quetta, April 03rd, 2010: Students of Government Girls Degree College Quetta called off their two-day long agitation after constitution of an inquiry committee by the government to probe into the alleged molestation of a girl student by the driver of the college principal.


      According to Balochistan education minister Tahir Mehmood Khan the committee will be headed by provincial minister for prosecution Rahila Hameed Durrani and comprise city elites, provincial ministers and education department officials.

      He also announced the closure of the college for four days. He said the Principal's driver has been suspended from service with immediate effect. 

      Earlier, the students gathered inside the college near its main gate and protested for the second day against what they call the non-suspension of the driver from service and non-formation of the inquiry committee to sort out the issue. They chanted slogans against the college administration and demanded access of media personnel to college premises to cover their agitation. Police did not allow the media teams to enter the college premises to cover the student's protest.

      It is worth mentioning that the college students staged a protest inside their institution on Friday afternoon against what they say the misbehaviour of the college principal's driver with a girl student. The students say the driver had grabbed the girl by her collar and dragged her to the principal's office when she hit the principal's car with her foot after being snubbed by the principal in her office for carrying an MP-3 player in the college.

      The protesting students also called out their male family members who rushed to the college and staged protest by blocking the main road in front of the college and burning tyres demanding action against the accused.

      The issue was, however, resolved after mediation of the provincial education minister between the college administration and students' parents on the assurance that the driver would be suspended and a committee would be formed to investigate into the matter. 

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain April 03rd, 2010)


      Seminar on the 15th anniversary of Martyred Leader Baba Abdul Ali Mazari in UK

      UK, March 24th, 2010: On the Saturday 20th of march a  seminar  held in Shenly Brookend theatre in Milton Keynes England commemorating the 15th anniversary of the martyr leader Abdul Ali Mazari. The seminar starts at 2pm and finish at 5.30pm. A huge number of the men and women attend the seminar from all over the United Kingdom.

      All the speakers paid a great respect and tribute to the Shaheed Mazari. The speaker also discussed the current political situation in Afghanistan. Among the main speakers were Hafeez Khurram (writer and political analyst) Syed Inayat Shah (deputy Secretary General HO UK) Abdul Shad Bahaduri.(political Analyst) Syed Munnawar Hiadary (Chairman Hazara Organisation UK) Shaheed Zadaah and others. The speakers also discussed on the concept of the world Hazara Organisation.
      The seminar organised by Afghan community of Milton Keynes and Hazara community of Bedford.

      Reported by Zakir Hussain

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 24th, 2010)


      Mohsin Changezi & Shazia Batool awarded with Presidential awarded by governor Magsi

      QUETTA, March 24th, 2010: Yesterday on Tuesday Governor of balochistan Mr. Nawab zulfiqar Ali Magsi had awarded presidential award two young intellectual of Hazaras named Shazia Batool & Mohsin Changezi, Shazia was awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, president award on best performance in field of Art while Mohsin Changezi was awarded in field of poetry at governor house Quetta.

      There are many names in Pakistan who served in art but among all Pakistani artists a very young lady who had served her life for the sake of fine arts. There is one name Shazia Batool who is very young and still a student at NCA Lahore. Shazia was awarded before from Prime Minister of Pakistan, Governor of Punjaub, and Chief Minister of Balochistan, now Governor of Balochistan, and different achievement awards. Such as National Youth Award in 2008, Provincial Youth Award in 2008, special youth award and many more. Also she has participated in many Art Exhibition.

      Click here for her details… http://www.hazaranation.com/Shazia-batool.htm

      If we talks about Urdu poets there are many names surrounding among us but all are good in their field that they had changed minds of people with their poetry and played their role in social life among all of them there is one name a young poet of Pakistan Mr. Mohsin Changezi who belongs to Hazara Nation from Quetta city. He had done his best to be a quality poet in Pakistan, he is the owner of many Urdu poetry books such as “Sarab Jaw” “Khowab se Khali Ankhen” “Uran” and he proved that therefore he was awarded 2009 Excellent Award, Nishan e Ghazal, Star of the Night (Dubai) and today again he won over all for his performance Govt of Pakistan accepted his struggles and he was awarded Presidential award (Tamgha-i-Imtiaz) in poetry.

      Click here for Mohsin Page …  http://www.hazaranation.com/Mohsin.htm  

      Reported by Muhammad Idrees

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 24th, 2010)


      Ethnic Diversity

      QUETTA, March 23rd, 2010: Quetta is one of the largest cities in Pakistan.  Quetta city is located in the north west of Pakistan and it is been a gate way to the North Afghanistan and the West Iran. The city is different from the most cities in Pakistan. Quetta is the most urban capital of Balochistan, Pakistan. Balochistan province is considered the richest province of Pakistan with natural resources and minerals, but with lack of extreme literacy and infrastructure. In 1838, British had brought thousand of ethnic Hazara’s from Afghanistan as manpower to have built the British India train track to Afghanistan. The natural feature of Hazara people who lives in Quetta city is not in most watch able due to different race that is oriental. However frequently, the Hazara community face congregation in certain parts of settlements. Quetta has very high scale of separation with many ethnic outlines from language, race and religion differences. Quetta is divided into four zones where many ethnic minorities from Christian, Hindu, Iranian, Afghan and Hazaras are living. Each ethnic group has certain ways of living and believes. The entire city is either ‘Shia’ or ‘sunni’. There areas are segregated by a certain appearance some with long beard and some in short. The difference between ‘Shia’ and ‘Sunni’ can be easily distinguished due to there typical appearances, attitude and names that makes obvious differences. The concept and thoughts of religious believes, and school of thoughts is a clear identity for these ethnic groups living in Quetta city, but Hazaras who are the decedent of Afghanistan migrated in 1838, to Pakistan has an enthralling feature of an oriental look and yellow skin amongst other inhabitant living in Pakistan. Our race is pure Mongolian and religion was a pure Buddhist that had been carried out until we accepted Islam long after 711 AD. We are not only discriminated by the majority but also killed subject to religion and race. Despite being ethnic line, our nation still stands qualified in majority amongst other natives. Hazara’s population in Quetta city is almost 400000, out of 2.5 million inhabitants. There are Baloch, Pashtoon and Punjabi’s who are in majority and Hazara stands segregated along ethnic row. But in education field Hazara plays a leading role by devoting there skills, services in all field from high rank governmental officials, army to commercial line.  Hazaras moved to Quetta Pakistan with intense shocked from Afghanistan’s king Abdul Reham brutal punishment, torture and hang to death from 1838 till 1900 and onward. His rule is well remembered for his savagery and bloody suppression of revolts, specially for massacring sixty percent of Hazara ethnic groups. After migration to Quetta Pakistan, our forefather’s have struggled hard to establish themselves for new life and place that is Quetta city. This hard line differences and suffering have awakened our ancestors mind to focus in education and nothing else. They worked hard in the field of labouring but let their children to have access to education that they thought is, their basic right and this shall be their key to success. Besides being suffering from deep turmoil from harsh circumstances they continued their effort on focusing in education so as, I and every Hazara exclusive or/and individually. Our secret in success is only education that today we stands the most competitive to hold on high rank seats in the government department as well as the most successful business man in commercial sector.

      by Hasan Kazmi

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 23rd, 2010)


      HDP Announces Protest Against Hazaras' Target Killings in Quetta

      QUETTA, March 21th, 2010: Hazara Democratic Party staged a rally in Quetta against unremitting target killings of Hazara tribe members in the provincial capital of Balochistan. Six members of Hazara tribe have been killed in three different incidents of target killings in Quetta in just four days.

      The rally was led by secretary-general HDP Abdul Khaliq Hazara was taken out from the party secretariat on Alamdar Road which marched to Meezan Chowk where the participants staged a sit-in. Carrying placards and chanting slogans against the provincial administration for its failure to ensure security to Hazara community members the protestors demanded immediate arrest of the target killers.

      Speaking on the occasion, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, criticized the provincial government for its failure to maintain law and order in the city. He said six members of Hazara community have been killed in just four days in three different incidents of target killings which shows the inefficiency of the government and its poor performance.

      He also criticized the political parties of the province for their criminal silence over the target killings of Hazara people. He urged the civil society activists to help them check the target killings of Hazara community members in Quetta.

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 21th, 2010)


      HDP Announces Protest Against Hazaras' Target Killings in Quetta:

      QUETTA, March 20th, 2010: Hazara Democratic Party has announced to hold a protest rally and sit-in in Quetta on Sunday against the incessant target killings of Hazara community people in the city. Six members of Hazara community have been killed in target killing incidents over last four days and six others critically injured.

      Addressing a press conference at their party secretariat on Alamdar Road on Saturday, secretary-general HDP Abdul Khaliq Hazara said the rally would be taken out from their party office on Alamdar Road at 11 am that will march down to Meezan chowk where a sit-in would be held.

      He said killings of six Hazara people in just four days shows the inefficiency and poor performance of the provincial administration. The administration has completely failed to provide security to Hazara people, he added while appealing to civil society to help them check the target killings of the Hazaras.

      Khaliq also denounced the political parties for their criminal silence over Hazaras' targeted killings in Quetta and said the political parties instead of raising voice against these heinous killings are keeping their lips tight. 

      He said a delegation of Hazara community had also called on president Zardari during his last visit to Quetta seeking his cooperation to check Hazaras' target killings in the city which, he added, seemed to have yielded no result.

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 20th, 2010)


      Once again another six persons fell the victims of terrorism in Quetta.

      QUETTA, March 20th, 2010: After 24 hours again six Hazaras came under attack of terrorism in Quetta, Balochistan. Three person Muhammad Ali son of Ghulam Raza, Ghulam Raza son of Khuda Bakhsh, Ramzan Ali son of Nouroz Ali were killed on the spot and three Ali Baba, Ali Raza son of Ismat Ullah, Muhammad Ali son of Yousuf Ali was critically injured on eastern bypass (Hazar Ganjee) Quetta city, the porvincial capital of Balochistan, at 11:15 am while they were coming for home from Hazar ganjee. These men went to Hazara ganjee to bring fruit for their shops. Where some armed men came and open fired on them and three died on the spot and the other three is critcally injured including on 13 years old boy.  

      In this four days this is the 3rd incident happening with the people of peacefull and inocent Hazara tribes. Where six men has lost their lives and the other six are critically injured.

      This kinds of target killing has shown the provincial administration and law enforcement agencies is failed to control the law and order situation of Quetta city and no one is secured, even in last three days three person were killed in same area.

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 20th, 2010)

      TALIBANISATION OF QUETTA

      QUETTA, March 20th, 2010: ALTHOUGH insurgency in Balochistan dominates the political front and media attention, there is another alarming reality which has been ignored and denied by the provincial and the federal government. This is Talibanisation of Balochistan, particularly of Quetta and northern Balochistan.

      Major cases of recent targeted killings in Quetta and abductions for ransom are directly linked with jihadi outfits and the Taliban who have natural and cultural en mity with nationalist Pakhtoons and Baloch, including the Hazara tribe.

      Quetta continues to witness substantial militant activity, both from Islamist extremists and Baloch nationalists. There were 73 militancy-related incidents in Quetta during 2009 (till Nov 15) as against 81 in 2008; 72 in 2007; 75 in 2006; 61 in 2005; 51 in 2004; and 32 in 2003.

      After 2001, Quetta witnessed a sharp increase of land encroach ment by the Taliban who fled Afghanistan after 2001 US attacks. There are several no-go areas in Quetta and Balochistan, used by the Taliban as launching pads.
      As for the Quetta regional military shura, it directs activities in southern and western Afghanistan. It is currently led by Hafez Majid.

      The shura is using no-go areas like Kharotabad, Pakhtoonabad, Kakar Colony and recently developed areas of eastern and western bypasses in Quetta for their operations.

      After the recent operations in Helmand, a heavy influx of highprofile Taliban leaders and refugees has moved to Quetta. This has resulted in the increase of property prices and rent. It is time all illegally occupied government territories were vacated.

      Modern housing schemes should be developed on those lands, and no-go areas must be opened and action should be launched against all militant groups.

      The eastern bypass of Quetta city must be regained by the government and developed as an industrial-cum-educational zone for the rapidly growing population of Quetta.

      Strict measures need to be taken to regulate businesses, labour laws, housing and property to discourage notorious groups to use Quetta as a soft target for their activities. M. POPALZAI & SHARIF KASI Quetta.

      Click for the main Link

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 20th, 2010)



      HDP Holds Demonstration against Target Killing Of Hazaras in Quetta

      QUETTA, March 19th, 2010: Today once again the only political party of Hazara Nation HDP come out on road for demonstration just because of target killing of Hazaras in Quetta, Balochistan. With in 2 days 3 Hazaras killed and 2 critical injured.

      Provincial governement and lawefore agencies they are quite and fail to keep piece. They wont take strick action against target killing of piece full & innocent Hazaras in Quetta city. While hundreds of Hazara people went for demonstration along with play cards.

      The demonstration started at 11:45am at Quetta prees club, during the demonstration at press club HDP workers and Hazara people recorded their emotions and feeling infront of Electronic and print media representative. They have hope that media will do something in order to govt and law enforcement agencies.

      The two speakers Mr. Raza Wakeel and Mirza Hussain they speak about the Old days of Quetta city that every tribes in Quetta were friendly getting together in their sad activities and happines, and now the time came that few terrorist is killing Hazaras and other community members so it is better to mentioned those terrorist so that there should not be any confusion between the other tribes. We all tribes in Quetta City should get together to work for piece in our home town.

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 19th, 2010)


      ANOTHER HAZARA BUSINESSMAN FALLS THE VICTIMS OF SECTARIAN TARGET KILLING IN QUETTA

      QUETTA, March 18th, 2010: Another incident happened today on March 18, 2010 at Hazar Ganji unknown armed men shot dead Shabbir Hussain S/o Haji Faqeer Hussain on his shop while he was busy with his work. He was badly shot at his shop. Police rushed to the site after receiving information and shifted the body of Shaheed to Quetta civil hospital. Investigation into the incident under process

      Muhammad Idrees

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 18th, 2010)

      AGAIN HAZARA’s ARE TARGETed IN QUETTA BALOCHISTAN

      QUETTA, March 18th, 2010: Once again the bloodshed of the Hazaras started in Quetta after Feburary 13, 2010. Three members of the Hazara tribes were killed and another badly injured on march 17 on western bypass.

      The victims who were labourers were working in a house in Akhtar Abad when they were targeted by unknown armed men with automatic weapons. The victims included Muhammad Ali and Ustad Ghulam Rasool who died on the spot and Zawar Shah who was critically injured.

      Police and Hazara tribe people rushed to the site soon after the incident and shifted by the bodies and injured to Bolan Medical Complex Hospital. Further investigation is underway.

      Muhammad Idrees

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 18th, 2010)


      AANNIVERSARY OF SHAHEED BABA ABDUL ALI MAZARI IN QUETTA

      QUETTA, March 14th, 2010: The 15th anniversary of Shaheed Baba Abudl Ali Mazari was held on 14th March at Khadija Mehmoodi Hall Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal Quetta. In this ceremony from different parts of the life the people particpated.

      From different community in Afghanistan the people were participated the anniversary of Baba Mazari and express their feelings for the great leader of Hazara Shaheed Baba Abdul Ali Mazari.

      Muhammad Idrees

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain March 18th, 2010)



      All Hazara Football Tournament Begins

      QUETTA, February 19th, 2010: All Hazara Youth Football Tournament 2010 has begun at the grassy ground of Yazdan Khan Model High School. The tournament began on February 06 and will
      continue for about a month.

      Participating teams are divided in two groups A and B. The Tournament has
      been organized by Hazara Students Federation (HSF).

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain February 19th, 2010)



      Khuda Dad Azara’s Book “Prophet of Mind” Comes Out

      QUETTA, February 18th, 2010: A Hazara student of the State University of New York has written a book which has now been published. Khuda Dad Azara, a Ph.D student, has named his book as “Prophet of Mind”.

      The book can be accessed through internet at amazon.com. the link is as under.

      for Book click here...

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain February 18th, 2010)

      Hazara guy shot dead, another injured near Kalat

      QUETTA, February 13th, 2010: Unknown armed men shot dead a young Hazara guy and injured another one on Quetta-Karachi national highway near Manghucar area of Kalat district on Saturday.

      According to police, two young Hazara guys Mehmood Ali and Mohammad Yousaf were heading towards Karachi from Quetta in a rented car. When they reached Manguchar area of Kalat district the car took a brief stopped there at a hotel. As the two got out of the car to have some tea, some unknown armed men opened fire on them, killing Mehmood on the spot and wounding Yousaf critically.

      Police rushed to the site after receiving information and shifted the bodies to Quetta civil hospital. Investigation into the incident is underway.


      (Posted by Altaf Hussain February 14th, 2010)



      HDP Holds Demonstration Against Kidnapping of Hazara Trader

      QUETTA, February 07th, 2010: Hazara Democratic Party staged a protest demonstration against the kidnapping of eminent Hazara trader, Haji Ahmed Ali, and worsening law and order situation in Quetta.

      The demonstration was held in front of Quetta press club which was attended by a large number of party workers. The protestors were carrying placards and a banner inscribed with various slogans against target killings, kidnapping for ransom, robbery and provincial government’s failure to maintain law and order in the city. They also chanted slogans against the provincial administration.

      They strongly condemned the kidnapping of eminent Hazara trader Haji Ahmed Ali, the owner of Ahmed Store, from Quetta two days back and demanded his immediate recovery.

      Speaking on the occasion, HDP deputy secretary-general Mirza Hussain Hazara, condemned the increasing incidents of target killings, robbery and kidnapping for ransom in Quetta and attributed the aggravating law and order situation in the city to inefficiency of the provincial government. He said a number of Hazara people have lost their lives in target killing incidents in Quetta, but the government is still unable to arrest and punish the culprits involved in these uncalled for murders.

      He urged the government to immediate recover the kidnapped Hazara trader and arrest the culprits involved in target killings of Hazara people.

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain February 07th, 2010)



      Eminent Hazara trader Haji Ahmed Ali kidnapped from Art School Road

      QUETTA, February 07th, 2010: Unknown armed men kidnapped eminent Hazara trader Haji Ahmed Ali from Art School in Quetta on Sunday.

      According to police Haji Ahmed, the owner of Ahmed Store, was on his way to his shop from home in a vehicle on Sunday morning when unknown armed men intercepted and kidnapped him at gunpoint.

      Police say Haji Ahmed was alone in his vehicle when he was forcibly taken along by the kidnappers. The incident seems to be a kidnapping for ransom case which is quite common in Quetta city these days.

      Police have registered a case and started searching for the accused

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain February 07th, 2010)



      Chehlum Observed in London

      QUETTA, February 07th, 2010: Like other parts of the world, Hazara people in London also observed the chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) with due solemnity.

      In this regard, a mourning procession was taken out at Marble Arch which was attended by a large number of Hazara diaspora. The participants recited nohas and beat their chests to pay homage and tribute to Karbala martyrs

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain February 07th, 2010)




      Chehlum Observed With Due Solemnity in Quetta

      QUETTA, February 05th, 2010: Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain A.S and his companions was observed with due regard and solemnity in Quetta on Friday.

      A mourning procession was taken out from Alamdar Road in the morning which passed through its traditional route and culminated at Hazara graveyard in the evening where the procession was addressed by religious scholars. Thousands of mourners attended the procession reciting Nohas and beating their chests to pay homage to the holy Imam.    

      Provincial administration had adopted strict security measures on the occasion. Some 4000 personnel of police, Balochistan Constabulary and Frontier Corps had been deployed along the procession route while all the shops and buildings lying and roads and streets leading to the route had been sealed to prevent entry to irrelevant people.  

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain February 05th, 2010)




      HSF Holds Seminar on Death Anniversary of Yousafi

      QUETTA, February 01st, 2010: Hazara Students Federation organized a seminar on "Shaheed Yousafi; Personality and Vision" in connection with first death anniversary of their martyred chairman, Hussain Ali Yousafi, in Yazdan Khan Model High School.

      The seminar was addressed by general secretary Hazara Students Federation Zakir Gulzari, secretary general Hazara Democratic Party Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Professor Rabbani, Muhammad Ali     Torani, Nazeera Karimi and Asmatullah Hazara. The speakers paid rich tribute to Yousafi for his services to promote Hazaragi language and culture and to create political awareness among the Hazaras.

      Nazeera Karimi, M. Ali Torani and Professor Rabbani highlighted the messages of Yousafi which he tried to deliver through his dramas, poetries and prose and urged the Hazara nation to understand and follow those messages.

      HSF general secretary Zakir Gulzari termed Yousafi as a man of principals and firm ideology which he never compromised on. He said Yousafi started his political career from the platform of HSF who always projected the concept of libral and moderate nationalism. He was of the view that the youths of the nation should play their due role in social and political sectors and should keep themselves abreast of the changing situation political developments in the region. Gulzari urged the Hazara youths to take part in political activities besides trying to improve their knowledge by getting higher education.

      General secretary Hazara Democratic Party, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, underlined the need for establishment of a national political institution and said it was high time the Hazaras should institutionalize their political efforts.
      He expressed his concern over Afghan government's initiatives to hold talks with Taliban without taking the Hazaras into confidence. He said peace ad stability in Afghanistan was must for regional stability and peace in the war-torn country could only be maintained when the rights of all nationalities living in Afghanistan are recognized on the basis of equality. He condemned the Afghan parliament for rejecting Hazara ministers.

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain February 01st, 2010)




      A great leader of a small party

      QUETTA, January 28th, 2010: A nation's history acts like a mirror which shows that particular nation its past mistakes with the aim not to commit it again in future. Hazaras have also a dynamic history which provides us with the accounts of our nation's achievements. A nation's leader must have two qualities - wisdom and braveness - as according to Hazrat Ali (A.S) and Hazaras are proud to have had a leader with both these qualities who is, however, no more in this world, but is still remembered with great reverence. That personality is no one, but the deceased chairman of Hazara Democratic Party, Hussain Ali Yousafi. 

                      Today's world calls for a who could is not only devoted and dedicated to his nation's cause, but has also the wit and prudence required to identify the actual problems of the nation and to address them properly. Yousafi was a leader who fulfilled these criteria. He always talked about Hazara's unity and urged them to get education saying that it was the only source through which Hazaras could get their legitimate rights which had been usurped by powerful forces. For his purpose, he made great efforts to get the literacy rate enhanced in Hazara society. 

                   A nation is identified in the world by its culture and it is an established fact that the nations which preserved their culture have also stood top in the world. Hazaras are one the same nations of the world who have a rich culture in Afghanistan. Although many Afghan rulers made their utmost to bring the Hazaragi culture and civilization to an end through their extra-ordinary atrocities and bestial attitude towards Hazaras they failed in their attempt. This was because of Hazaras' love for their culture and tradition which foiled all the bids to finish them out as a nation. Yousafi was one of those zealous and enthusiastic hazaras who had a vision for Hazaragi culture, tradition and language.

      He got his education in a multi-cultural society of Quetta but he never compromised on his cultural way of life.  He always tried to promote Hazaragi culture and language and persuaded the people to get back to their culture and mother tongue, because he deemed that hazaras' culture and language have a significant importance in their life.

      Yousafi had a pragmatic approach towards life who, being chairman of HDP, successfully tried to sort out problem being faced by Hazaras in Quetta. He was an optimistic person who never got disappointed by the odd circumstances confronting Hazaras in Quetta. He was quite sure about a bright future of Hazara people in Pakistan despite all discriminations and prejudices being carried out against them.

      He always condemned military operations in Balochistan because he had a perception that all the problems might be solved through political dialogues. He kept a wide berth with politics in last years of his life, but spared due time for promotion of Hazaragi dramas and poetry. He was rhetoric having a marvelous sense of humour which he also displayed in his dramas, poetry and speeches. 

      Walayat Hussain Mangol

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain January 28th, 2010)




      Yousafi's First Death Anniversary Observed in Quetta

      QUETTA, January 26th, 2010: First death anniversary of slain Hazara Democratic Party chairman, Hussain Ali Yousafi, was observed with due regard and respect here on Monday. Yousafi was target killed near his travel agency office last year on main Jinnah road in broad day light by activists of the banned outfit, Lashkari Jhangvi.

      Quran Khwani was held in Nichari imambargah which continued from morning to afternoon. A large number of people attended the Quran Khwani. Later, Hazara Democratic Party leaders accompanied with scores of people visited Yousafi's grave in Hazara graveyard and offered fateha for his departed soul.

      A public meeting was also held in General Mohammad Musa College which was addressed by the HDP leaders. The speakers paid rich tribute to Hussain Yousafi for his services to Hazara nation and highlighted his remarkable feats. They described Yousafi's death as an irreparable loss to Hazara community and said the vacuum thus created could never be filled.

      The speakers also criticized the provincial administration for its failure to maintain peace in Quetta and demanded immediate arrest of the killers of Hussain Yousafi. They also demanded of the government to pay compensation to legal heirs of all the Hazara people who have been target killed in the city over the past few years.    

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain January 27th, 2010)




      Stop contributing for Muhammad Ali

      QUETTA, January 09th, 2010: Dear All,

      This is for your kind information that mother of Mohammad Ali, a young Hazara guy who had lost his eyesight in a bomb blast on Spini Road in Quetta on October 17, has received enough contribution to get the eyes of her son operated on.

      We, the team of Hazaranation.com and mother and other relatives of Mohammad Ali, thank you all from for your generous contributions towards the treatment of this young member of our community. 
       
      For any further information, please feel free to contact us through email at the following address: (info@hazaranation.com)

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain January 09th, 2010)


      French bakery offers future to Afghan minority children

      KABUL, January 05th, 2010: KABUL: On the wall of Le Pelican cafe in Kabul’s dusty suburbs are photographs showing a baker’s dozen of Afghan children beaming over a tray of pastries fresh out of the huge industrial oven behind them.

      Nearby shelves are stacked with their wares – croissants, pains au chocolat, baguettes, apple and peach tarts and turnovers, sugar cookies, a variety of breads – which teenagers Habib and Zahir carefully put in paper bags for enthusiastic customers.

      In a city that has little trace of the sophistication of its past, Le Pelican Boulanger is more than just a welcome oasis for an expatriate community living and working as if under siege.

      The cafe is an outlet for what its French owners, Jacques and Ariane Hiriart, have built from scratch to educate children from Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazara community, who have long suffered discrimination and exclusion.

      At the Hiriart’s vocational centre in Kabul’s south-eastern suburbs, almost 200 Hazaras – not all of them children – learn to read and write before they take on the task of turning out fine French pastries and breads.

      The aim is to give them skills they can use to find jobs in the hospitality industry, said Jacques, though he concedes the day Afghanistan welcomes tourists from across the world is probably a long way off.

      Many of the children at Le Pelican child care centre “just knock on the door”, said Ariane, or she hears about them by word of mouth and invites them to come and learn.

      While most are children, Hazara women also come to learn to read and write, she said, adding the youngest at the centre is six and the oldest 32 years old.

      On the vocational side, however, it is still early days for the Hazara boys learning to make bread and hoping the skills will help them find future work.

      “Everyone is still very young, and there are not so many hotels here so it is difficult for them to find good work,” Jacques told AFP, sitting over a hot chocolate in a sunny alcove of Le Pelican as one of three cats dozed on the next chair.

      Jacques, 61, and Ariane have a long association with Afghanistan, having first worked in Kabul for a Swiss non-governmental organisation in 2000, while the brutal and extremist Taliban was still in control.

      Under the Taliban regime the discrimination long suffered by the Hazara – believed to be descendants of the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan and his sons who swept across Central Asia in the 13th century – had become even worse. The few NGOs in the country were not permitted to work with them.

      After the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States, the couple were on the last evacuation flight to leave Kabul two days later.

      Within a month, the Taliban had been pushed from power in a US-led invasion, and not long afterwards the Hiriarts returned to Kabul “to do what we really wanted to do – to take care of what we considered the most vulnerable people, Hazara children”, Ariane said.

      Years earlier, after the death of their only child at age 10, the couple had decided to change their lives, she said.

      In 1986, Jacques ended his 12-year career as an oil rig engineer to retrain as a baker, learning l’art de la patisserie with a vague plan of moving abroad and starting a new life.

      After running a successful boulangerie in eastern France for 10 years, they were inspired by French writer Joseph Kessel’s book “On the Horsemen’s Steps”, about the traditional Central Asian mounted game of buzkashi.

      “This was our inspiration, as it was for many French people, to come to Afghanistan,” said Jacques. “So we joined KABUL: Boys from Afghanistan’s Hazara minority group learn to make French bread and pastries at the Le Pelican café.—AFP

      an NGO but it was not satisfying – what was missing was contact with the population.

      “I’m not really interested in doing the sort of work that means you sit behind your computer and never see what is happening outside, that is very sad. Most important for us is the contact with the local people.”

      As their plans took shape, they found help in odd corners – for instance, the bread oven at their centre was brought into Afghanistan by the French military, fighting with the US and Nato to quell a Taliban insurgency.

      “We had our first customer on Sept 12, 2006, the day of my birthday,” he said, searching for the bill on his laptop. “We sold croissants, pains au chocolat and hamburger buns.” Annual operating costs are 120,000 dollars, said Jacques, adding that the cafe and sales of the bakery products had made 12,000 dollars since April 2009.

      They rely on private donations and keep a low profile, not wishing to draw attention in a country ranked by the international watchdog Transparency International as the world’s second most corrupt, after Somalia.

      Unlike many foreigners with businesses in Afghanistan, the Hiriarts refuse to pay bribes to stay open, believing they are setting an example to their trainees.

      For now, however, they believe they have reached a plateau and that to take their concept further they need help – preferably from another couple who will be able to run the cafe and bakery while they develop the centre.

      “We are searching, but it is not easy. Not many people like us want to come to Afghanistan,” said Jacques.—AFP

      By Lynne O’Donnell
      Monday, 04 Jan, 2010

      Click for the main Link

      (Posted by Altaf Hussain January 05th, 2010)




      Shia Women Demands Arrest of Karachi Blast Masterminds

      QUETTA, January 03rd, 2010: Shia women in Quetta have demanded of the Sindh government to impartially probe into Ashura day bombing and expose the elements behind the inhuman act.

      Speaking at a press conference in Hazara Nichari Imambargah, they criticized the Sindh government and its law enforcement agencies for their failure to check the gory incident and said the poor performance of Sindh government as well as federal government can judged from the fact that they could not ascertain the actual cause of the blast even after a week of the incident.

      They categorically stated that the Ashura procession participants were not involved in arson and other violence which erupted after the blast on M.A Jinnah Road in Karachi as they were busy in shifting their bodies and injured to hospitals. They demanded of the Sindh government to release all mourners of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) who have arrested in this connection.

      They also demanded payment of compensation to legal heirs of the victims who have fallen prey to sectarian target killings.

      Later, Quran Khuwani and Majlis were also held in the imambargah Hazara Nichari wherein special prayers were offered for departed souls of the Karachi blast martyrs.


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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain January 03rd, 2010)




      Shia Conference Demands Judicial Probe into Karachi Suicide Attack

      QUETTA, January 01st, 2010: Balochistan Shia Conference has demanded of the federal and Sindh governments to get the suicide attack on Ashura procession in Karachi investigated by the sitting judges of the high court or supreme court within a fortnight.

      Addressing a press conference in Kandhari Imambargah, president Balochistan Shia Conference Syed Ashraf Zaidi also demanded legal action against the law enforcement personnel whose negligence led to the occurrence of the incident.

      He also demanded arrest of the actual culprits and release of the innocent mourners who were arrested on false accusation of torching public and private buildings in Karachi following the blast.

      He also condemned the statement of Karachi traders and religious leaders in which they had called for a ban on Moharram procession to come out on M.A Jinnah Road. He resolved that no restriction on Moharram processions would be tolerated at any cost. 

      Zaidi also condemned the statement of federal interior minister urging Shiitte population to restrict their processions to specific areas and said the incident seems a reflection of the same statements.

      He also condemned torching of the public and private properties in Karachi soon after the incident and asserted that the procession participants were not involved in this act as they were busy in shifting the injured and bodies to hospitals. He called for payment of compensation to all the affected traders. He also criticized the media for putting the blame of arson on the mourners and urged the news men to confirm the facts prior to publishing any such news.

      The Shia Conference chief also demanded of Balochistan government to pay compensation to legal heirs of the target killing victims belonging to Shia sect.

      Leaders of Hazara Qaumi Jirgah, Ittehad Tajiran Balochistan and religious leaders were also present on the occasion. 
         
      Earlier, a rally was also held to condemn the Karachi blast after Friday congregation. The rally was taken out from Hazara Imambargah on Prince Road which marched up to Hazara Nichari Imambargah on Alamdar Road.

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      (Posted by Altaf Hussain January 01st, 2010)