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Hazara killings:a tale of tragedy

Aqeel a student of Balochistan University of Information Technology was killed in Quetta as a result of terrorist attack on the university bus

I cannot sleep..Whenever i close my eyes i have this picture in front of my eyes,a photograph of a student named Aqeel a student of Balochistan University of Information Technology who was killed during a terrorist attack on the university bus. It reminds me of our university bus..must have been an ordinary day for Aqeel..getting ready for the university,excitement of carrying out certain task in the class he liked..praying that the professor is on leave for the class he hated.Maybe uploading some music on his phone to listen on his way to the university..A normal day !! But it wasnt a normal day it was his last ride..his last day in this cruel world.On his way to University  a remote-controlled bomb was planted in a jeep parked along a roadside the bomb was detonated when a bus drove near to it.It killed Aqeel and 10 of his university colleagues , a few passers buy.60 students were injured … and for what?? A bearded man who thought that “His religion” is better than the “religion” Aqeel was following. The same day Aqeel’s picture was posted on facebook..A young boy with innocent eyes and a victim of terrorism. thinking about it..every day someone like Aqeel dies on the roads of Quetta city..every other day someone in this small city of      1,140,000     is a victim of terrorism. Most of them being Hazara ,Shia’s and Baloch.

Is it a genocide???

I thought lets see what genocide actually is..and i reffed to Convention on the Prevention and Punishmentof the Crime of Genocide- Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948. The article 2 of document stated that :

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

  • Killing members of the group;
  • Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
  •  Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
  • Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
  •  Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Hazara’s are being systematically killed in the city.Around 700 Hazaras have been killed in Quetta ..thousands of them have been permanently disabled by the terrorist attacks as Bomb Blasts, Target killing attempts , Rockets etc. Hundreds of Hazaras have fled to other parts of the world legally or illegal. Tyranny is Not one terrorist has been brought to justice.Not one court case-not one trail. Not one single person!! Over half a million Hazaras are terrorized on a daily basis for last 10 years.

Question is why Hazara ???

Hazara people have been a victim of terrorism  not only in Pakistan,the crimes against Hazara nations have been reported in Afghanistan and Iran and history of Hazara prosecution is dates as back as 19th century. Taliban   killed hundreds of Hazara   in  YakaolangBamiyan, and Mazar-e-Sharif with from 1998 to 2001. For incident in Iran during a single incident in 1998, Iranian forces killed more than 630 refugees, mostly Hazaras, in the Safed Sang Camp detention center. The discrimination against Hazara is so high that they are not even allowed to enter Parks in Iran. Hazara genocide in Pakistan has a broader picture: The Ongoing shia genocide in Pakistan where groups as Laskhar-e-Jhangvi and Sipa-e-Sahaba actively target Shia’s all over the country Hazara being the most vulnerable for having the Mongolian appearance and living in a small closed community on a strategic location as Quetta. These organizations are not only carrying out terrorist attacks but also implanting seeds of hatred in minds of young people towards Shai’s and Hazara .There are extensive hate campaigns carried out in form of speeches,hate literature ..and even marketing techniques as wall chalking , posters and billboards.

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Tragedy is following the IT University incident in Quetta , other universities in Balochistan have asked Hazara students to travel in separate buses .

Hazara students will be travelling in separate buses due to threats..making them sitting ducks and easy targets

As qouted by Saleem Javed in one of his articles According to Asmat Yari, the president of Hazara Students Federation (HSF), “Almost 75% of Hazara students have quit the university and those who remain cannot attend classes because of fear.” School attendance has also decreased by 10 percent this year, and college attendance by 25 percent. Parents do not let their children take exams in centers outside of the areas deemed safe for the Hazaras. Hundreds and thousands of Hazara youth have fled the country, living in detention centers in Indonesia and Australia- the hardships and tragedies faced by asylum seekers is another tale of misery and inhumanity.

Aqeel has left us..but there are many like him,living their life in fear..living life in despair. I did not use any extreme graphics, pictures of blood and people dying..There is just this one picture of Aqeel who left us because hundreds of Armed security forces in the city did not protect him, because people are too blind in hatred..and because he belonged to a minority group.

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