Who are the Hazara?

Published: October 5, 2011

Pakistani Shiite Muslims mourn next to coffins of their community members during a funeral ceremony in Quetta on October 4, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

There are over 900,000 Hazara living in Pakistan, a figure larger than the population of Washington DC. Yet this is a vulnerable community, besieged by anti-Shia violence on one side and drawing suspicion and indifference in equal measure on the other.

Old news, a Hazara might say, as a brief look at the community’s past reveals a tradition of persecution, of which yesterday’s attack in Quetta is but the latest atrocity.

The origins of the Hazara are disputed, though there are three primary theories. The Hazara could be of Turko-Mongol ancestry, descendants of an occupying army left in Afghanistan by Genghis Khan. A second theory goes back two millennia to the Kushan Dynasty, when Bamiyan in Afghanistan – home to the large statues blown up by the Taliban – was a centre of Buddhist civilisation. Subscribers to this idea point to the similar facial structure of the Hazaras with those of Buddhist murals and statues in the region.

The most widely-accepted theory is something of a compromise: that the Hazara are mixed-race. Certain Mongol tribes did travel to eastern Persia and what is modern-day Afghanistan, putting down roots and integrating with the indigenous community. This group then formed their own community which became the Hazara, with their distinctive facial features, sometimes termed Mongoloid, which bear the origins of their central Asian ancestry.

Either way the Hazara settled in central Afghanistan, though in the mid-19th Century their brutal history of persecution began when more than half their population was killed or forced into exile.

The Pashtun Amir Abdul Rehman, who the British termed Afghanistan’s Iron Amir during the Raj, invaded the Hazara homeland in the country’s central highlands, forcing them to give up land, and pushing many into exile in Balochistan.

There was already Hazara movement into British India by this point, with migrants working in labour-intensity jobs such as mining. Some Hazaras also came to Quetta during the 19th Century to work on the construction of Indian railways. However, the majority were forced to leave by Rehman’s ethnic cleansing.

But the Hazaras’ history is not exclusively one of victimhood. In 1907 British officer Colonel Claude Jacob raised a regiment made up solely of Hazaras, who had developed a reputation for martial strength, perhaps based on a romanticisation of their possible lineage to Genghis Khan.

The Hazaras who did not make the military cut found jobs as unskilled labourers, for despite their knowledge of agriculture, they owned no land in their new territory.

Quetta’s 1935 earthquake actually helped the Hazara community in some ways. The migration away from the city after the disaster opened up positions in semi-skilled labour, which led some Hazaras to become shopkeepers, tailors and mechanics.

The Second World War saw more Hazaras enlisted by the British Indian Army. Some thrived: one of them was General Musa Khan, who led Pakistan in the 1965 war against India.

Since Partition, however, the Hazaras have remained an underprivileged community. Currently between 500,000 and 600,000 live in Quetta, spread over two slums in the east and west of the city. A large proportion of their income is remittance payments from Iran, the Gulf, Europe and Australia.

Among the Hazara in Quetta are tens of thousands of new migrants escaping the wrath of the Taliban. Persecution of Hazaras persists in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have shown no let-up in their attack on Shias, burning villages and kidnapping community members, forcing further emigration into Pakistan.

In Pakistan, the sectarian violence also has a geopolitical context, with a deeply-embedded belief that the Hazara receive Iranian support. General Zia allowed state actors to support anti-Hazara groups for this reason. As mentioned by columnist Ejaz Haider in this newspaper recently, the view of the Hazara as Iranian proxies still persists in Balochistan.

Four days ago, rallies in Australia, the US, the UK, Austria, Norway, Denmark and Canada marked an international day of protest against the unending wave of attacks on Hazaras in Pakistan. The call has evidently not been heard. Indeed, approximately 250 Hazara citizens of Pakistan have been killed in the past three years.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2011.

Reader Comments (71)

  • Akram Khan
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:34AM

    Twice. Please do not let this happen again. They need government protection. Impose government writ. Recommend

  • Nadimi
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:39AM

    The Hazaras are loyal to Pakistan.’Peace’ is hallmark of this community. They are rich addition to cultural diversity of Pakistan. But quite unfortunate it is that Pakistan has lost its credibility in the world. Hazara need our moral support throughout Pakistan as from decade long history of Pakistan since 9/11, Hazaras are the most ‘badly effected’ community in Pakistan.

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  • Aamir
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:52AM

    Every community is important for Pakistan. Its time to covert Pakistan into United States of Pakistan where every community can govern their own states. No community or sect is superior. Equal rights is the only answer to problems of Pakistan.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:52AM

    A second theory goes back two millennia to the Kushan dynasty, when Bamiyan in Afghanistan – home to the large statues blown up by the Taliban – was a centre of Buddhist civilisation.

    This is what I believe. Some part of the Hazara tribe have the Kushan people as their ancestors.
    Thanks for the informative article.

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:09AM

    While agreeing with the compassion in the story and the empathy with the Hazara tribe , their brutal history of persecution , the population statistic in Pakistan appears to be far from reality.
    The author claims that there are 600,000 to 700,000 thousand Hazaras living in Quetta. As a matter of fact, the Population of Quetta as per 1998 census is 765,000 growing at a rate of 3% per year . Present day population of Quetta is not more than 1.2 Million in which majority are Pashtuns followed by Baloch/ brohi , Hazaras and Punjabi settlers . There is no doubt that Hazaras and Punjabies have settled in Quetta before the Balochs, majority of whom (Balochs/Brohi) came to Quetta when the Province of Balochistan was created in 1970..

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  • Salma
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:14AM

    This is somewhat half truth and mixed with other issues which are not the actaul cause of Hazara killing, the actual cause is that they are Shia and we should not camoflouge it even if it is unintentional. Moreover the Hazara settlement in Quetta is not a slum, it is the most beautiful and tidy part of the city reflecting the sense of citizenship of the community.

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Persecution of Hazara Tribe is most reprehensible and condemnable. They are being killed both for their ethnicity and Sect by the terrorists. They are being victimized in the name of religion and ethnicity by Sectarian outfits and Baloch militants.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 11:31AM

    This Taliban plus sectarian rage against an innocent community in Baluchistan is a tragic event. If they were persecuted by Amir Rehman in Afghanistan (and are still hunted there) that is no excuse for them to feel unsafe in Pakistan, which is their homeland. The provincial and federal government should protect them at all costs. As mentioned earlier they are a beautiful addition to cultural diversity of our country.

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  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:39AM

    There is no doubt over loyalties towards Pakistan of Hazaras. But the writer of the articles has misqouted one thing. He says they live in 2 slums at the corner of the Quetta. I haven’t seen one of the 2 ends “Akhtarabad” but I have seen the other end “Mariabad” and it is in no way a slum. That’s the truth. There are poor people in Hazara community but than there are too riches as well!

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  • Aftab
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:42AM

    I must say that Hazaras are loyal to land where they live. I know many of them. They are hardworking and peace loving people. The Government should act against their persecution with any delay and ensure peace.Recommend

  • Imran
    Oct 5, 2011 - 12:28PM

    It is brutal and sadest demise in the country where is law and its inforcement is intact! dozens killed frequently, but not even a fake roar from this Government???
    Hazara people are loyal Pakistanis and their protection is as much important as of Pakistani ministers families are protected…

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  • Noman Khan
    Oct 5, 2011 - 12:42PM

    I feel ashamed as a human, a Muslim, a Pakhtun, a Pakistani, a Baluchistani, and as a Sunni that our neighbors, brothers, coreligionists, fellow Pakistanis and peaceful citizens are being brutally massacred. Shame on all of us. We are inviting Allah’s wrath upon us by condoning this horrible bloodshed.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Oct 5, 2011 - 12:43PM

    Yes, in the country where leaders of known terrorist and fundementalist groups walk freely with garlands around their neck (see Malik Ishaq) and where self confessed murderers like Qadri enjoy major support from the masses who would think twice about targeting sects or minorities with viloence? You ‘know’ no one is going to touch you. the people who have power now have money to worry about. You carry on son.

    May Allah have mercy on all of us.Recommend

  • Zaki Shah
    Oct 5, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Malik ishaq is showing his colors… Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2011 - 1:06PM

    Divide and rule. First send counter-gangs of Mehsud to kill these innocents and then create rifts. It was all fine and dandy before US came in.

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  • ali
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:08PM

    I think we all are human either hazara , baloch or pashtoon. If Iqbal were a live i would tell him (your Mard-e-Momin) muslims killed their God by his bravery. They have killed the God by each bullet going through the heart of those hazaras who is targeted. It seems there is no God in Muslim land now. Otherwise God voice would come out from any heart of muslim living inside of their hearts.

    Are we still proud to be muslim?

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  • Bangladeshi
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:14PM

    I don’t know much about the hazara community but one thing is sure that the ones that killed these innocent people are part of a bigger conspiracy. No muslim can ever kill innocent people like that. The media is fooling everyone if it says it is islamic militants. The “viscious” islamic militants actually pray 5 times a day and they even talk about brotherhood and are ready to give away their lives fighting americans. The americans tried their best to frame the mujahidins & are still trying. I am not trying to support terrorism here but its just not possible that any muslim would kill any one whether muslim or non-muslim like that, its just plain not possible.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:18PM

    Through time immemorial India was home to the people persecuted in their home country. Jews came and lived in India peacefully for thousands of years. Parsis persecuted in Persia have been living peacefully. Tibetans are living peacefully without any problem. Hazaras lived peacefully in united India. Muslims never had any problem till British used divide and rule policy. We absorbed every culture without getting annihilated ourselves. On a lighter note India will be very happy to have Hazara in Kashmir in return for Gilani and others who wish to go and live in Pakistan.I am sure such exchange of population between India and Pakistan will be a win win situation.

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  • AD
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Pakistan since its birth has given nothing but death & destruction to the Muslims of subcontinent.First during partition thousand of Muslims got killed later it imposed three wars on India.Then came prosecution and killings of Bangla Muslims.When It was done it was time to take away peace of Kashmiri Muslims.Now Muslim of Baluchistan are being killed here n there.Hazaras & Ahmediya Muslims are being treated like carrots.And not to mention the Muslim Nation and its Neighbor Afghanistan. It is completely destroyed by Pakistani State & Non State Muslim actors.God save the subcontinent.

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  • Ali Baloch
    Oct 5, 2011 - 1:33PM

    its the duty of our Govt to protect its citizen… no matter from where they came but now they are Pakistani national. Furthermore, no one being a true follower of Islam has the right to impose his own faith on others n its my request to the Govt of Pakistan that it must hang all the so called Mullahs who are creating sectarian violence on the name of Islam.

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  • AM
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:19PM

    Afghanistan (Read:Taliban) now joining hands with India as allies..means more and more innocent Hazaran will be killed.. along with all Pakistani’s in general.. this is alarming for Pakistan’s security, we are being placed under pressure for a reason – to weaken us from all sides.. these attacks are no coincidence! It’s more than just ethnic cleansing, its a warning ..Taliban are still abound and we need Afghanistan to address their rogue army and put a stop to them – in order to achieve peace in the region…just my 2 cents

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  • Ris
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:44PM

    One of my close friends is part of the Hazara community. Back in the uni years he bailed early and left for U.S and then Canada where he applied for asylum for himself and his family. At that time I did not really understand why a Pakistani would need to seek asylum from Pakistan. I think @Salma is right and this may have been going on for a while. I totally agree with @Aftab. Personally, I do not know anybody who’d have a problem with someone being shia and/or hazara, sunni and/or balochi (please choose your own combination as you please) infact for that matter of any creed or religion.
    I have yet to meet anyone in Pakistan at least in my circle who discriminates on petty criteria. And yes dare I say this IS petty criteria. So, what disturbs and frustrates me more than ever is who are these idiots who are waging these devasting and embarassing acts on inoccent people? Of course, I know there are enough illitrate bafoons out there who would take it upon themselves to do “supposedly” right by “their” interpration of A book but perhaps these people either need to be institutionalised or weeded out.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Currently between 500,000 and 600,000 live in Quetta, spread over two slums in the east and west of the city.

    polish up your knowledge about Hazaras in Quetta. First but not the least, the areas we live in ain’t a slum

    If Alamdar road, Hazara Housing Society, Gulistan Town are slums then what do you call Pushtunabad, Kharotabad, Killi Kamrani etc? What about the rest of Quetta for that matter?Recommend

  • moon
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:07PM

    @Rajendra Kalkhande: Yes Hazara community is being targeted brutally so far, but is it human act to send them to India where Gujrat Massacre occurred? Will they be protected there? Wasn’t a villege burnt in India last week?
    I don’t want to get into exchange of fierce comments and alike things, but Insha’ALLAH these people will be protected here. They are Pakistani’s like every other person here. Some internal/external elements are fueling this wave of apparent ethnic / sectarian killing, but they definitely will be taken care of. Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2011 - 3:37PM

    I request all the law enforcement agencies to provide security for hazara in Pakistan, though all the Hazara who are living in Quetta are Local citizen, and reflecting the strong and faithful, loyal and hardworking part of the quetta, even you can’t compare the Hazara living site of quetta to other part, please please reflect this message to every one to provide and safe the Hazara all over country.

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  • Fraz
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:40PM

    They are not being killed because they are Hazaras or have some particular facial features.They are being killed because they are Shias.In Pakistan the majority has time and again proved its narrow minded approach towards followers of other sects or religion .They spare no opportunity to victimize on the basis of religious beliefs.We ,the majority are following a path which will ultimately lead to our own destruction.

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  • Daniel Azad
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:46PM

    There may be few religious (Mullas) individuals who get support from Iran but most hazaras are peace loving people. We always blame those who get their fund from Iran on every hazaras news sites. Today those who get support from Iran completely lost their popularity in our community. Today Hazara Democratic Party gets more support from Hazara community.

    Any way we the Hazara will not allow any one from our community to do something which is not good for the well-being of Pakistani citizen. We never take part in terrorist activities.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 3:57PM

    @A J Khan:
    The census conducted in 1998 was done without taking 9/11 into account. A massive population-shift occured after the Taliban brutality in Afthanistan during the era 1998-2001 and subesquently after 9/11 which dramatically effected the demographic statistics of the city.

    Come and visit the city if it is possible for you. You will feel the population of the city including that of Hazars.

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  • Waqar
    Oct 5, 2011 - 4:31PM

    I respect your article on the community and your sympathy but there is just one mistake that I want to correct.Being a citizen of Quetta.The Hazara part of the town is not a slum but it is one of the most cleanest parts of the city.They are regarded as the cleanest community.
    As a matter of fact some people even regard Syedabad(Hazara dominated area) as Little europe for it’s beauty and grace provided by the people

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 4:38PM

    HDP( Hazara Democratic Party ) Headed by Abdul Khaliq Hazara is the Hazara’s Strong party getting 100 % Support of Hazara community, the party is really active for our society and no other individuals who are getting support of IRAN are not totally Hazara and NOR Pakistani, they are not representing the hazara community in Pakistan.

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 4:47PM

    @ Banda-e-Iqbal,

    The Hazara community who are living here at Quetta, are Pakistani Citizen b4 9/11 they were in Pakistan and even before invention they were living here. those who were belonging to Afghanistan were already been returned to their homeland, and some families are still living but 90 % are Pakistani Citizen who are living here.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:17PM

    Hazaras are very nice peoples i have seen some in karachi they are very pakistani like
    any boddy else they enen live in hari pur hazara KP.

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  • Crimson Blue
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:31PM

    @Bangladeshi
    Muslims have been killing muslims since time immemorial.. read up on some islamic history please.

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  • S. M. Shah
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Firstly many compliments for the writer of this article for standing on the side of innocent Hazaras and raising the issue on such a platform. Since 2001, at least 600 Hazara’s have been assassinated but none of the culprits have been apprehended and punished. One can imagine the level of impunity for killing innocent people in Pakistani society. Pakistan’s society, due to the abundent investment of Saudi Arabia and its state policies regarding India and Afghanistan, have become the most intolerable society in the world. Majority of people of Pakistan are also responsible for what is going on because they dont show any reaction on the killing of innocent people. Even their is a certain level of acceptance for such extremist ideas and groups. Malik Ishaq was recently released by court despite charges of many killings on him and people outside the court showered rose pettles on him. Majority of Pakistanis cant imagine what kind of miseries it could bring them in future if they continued remaining silent on such barbaric acts and support for such cruel and barbaric people. They must understand what kind implications such extremist thinkings would have on their children and their future. There is still time and it is up to Pakistani nation to stand up against these social brutalities if they want a modest name in the world community. One need to remember that other countries like Egypt, Sudan, Aljeria and Nerobi also went through tough times due to these terrorist groups but the people of these countries raised against them through mass protests and finally their governments almost cleansed terrorism from their society and saved their nations. It is time for Pakistanis to raise up against terrorism and cut any kind of moral, physical or financial support for them. Otherwise Pakistan will vanish from the map of world very soon. The blood of innocent people does not go unheard before Allah Almighty.Recommend

  • It Is Economy Stupid
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @Bangladeshi “No Muslim can ever kill innocent people like that”. Zia-ul-Haq massacred thousands of Palestinian to evacuate a town near Jordan River. You rewarded him with Presidency and gave lip service to Palestinian people.
    @author: Nowhere in your article you articulated that Hazara’s are legal citizens of Pakistan just like a Sunni Pakistani and the state should offer them equal protection.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 5, 2011 - 6:17PM

    British made every race and people of subcontinent really fool they told sikh a martial race muslims punjabis were martial race same way every clan of pathan and hazara peoples of KP and hazara of quetta all were martial race …Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 5, 2011 - 6:59PM

    @Crimeson blues
    Please its not just muslim each other every body in the world fight please read history and
    christian and jews history are more brutal than us.

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  • shah
    Oct 5, 2011 - 7:25PM

    Hazaras should stop acting like IRANIANS and accept that they are more PAKISTANI..
    Violence in Baluchistan is not religious but its is based on ethnic and language based difference and we must not make these language riots into SHIA_SUNNI matter! this violence is just language based riots! nothing else!!

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  • SJ
    Oct 5, 2011 - 8:37PM

    @shah they follow shia school of thought makes them look like Iranians. How can you label them as Iranians? Even if you think its language based riots is it okay to kill 29 people on basis of language conflicts.you are living in a fool’s paradise brother. If hazara massacre is related to language conflicts what about shia killings in parachinar ?? its not about being shia or sunni. One needs to have tolerance for other minorities. Live and let Live NOTHING ELSE !!!!

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  • Oct 5, 2011 - 8:39PM

    ASAK,

    As a Hazara, I want to thank the author for his courage to call us as Hazara rather then Shia (which is what the media does always). The comments are beautiful and would make any Hazara cry. For a people, who have gone through genocides and ethnic cleansing for over 120 years, we are not used to any nice words. So thank you all!

    Readers that wishes to know more about the Hazaras can do so by visiting: http://www.hazara.net.

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  • Ali Raza
    Oct 5, 2011 - 9:21PM

    @AD:
    Afghanistan is fighting americans. nothing to do with Pakistan.
    Hazaras are killed its sad, but they are not killed by Pakistan Govt. Even in India Sikhs where killed by govt backed mobs. All over india you have race related crimes . especially in mumbai, where its very common for bihari hindus to be set on fire
    As for sunni shia violence, that happens all over the world, even in India . but in india shia sunni communal relations are far worse e.g in Lucknow

    As for Bangladesh that was a civil war, much like Libya is today. Many thousands of muslims where killed by Bengali malitias both pro and anti pak
    non state muslim actors ? wars with India ? its funny how you try to distort events. Countries go to war,murder takes place in countries. India sent troops to fight hindus tamil tigers and created war in Nepal and Kashmir, non state actors maoist in india kill many hindus. Pakistan doesnt kill muslim, crime happens all over the world.pakistan is a muslim country so of course muslim make up the majority of victims of crime

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  • Ram Bharose Singh
    Oct 5, 2011 - 9:50PM

    Interesting……….I thought they were Chinese….

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  • Doctor
    Oct 5, 2011 - 10:24PM

    What is happening to the Hazaras is awful. However, having seen many of the commenters on this thread on other articles all I have to say is “Stop being a hypocrite.” These people bemoan attacks on the Hazaras but support the Taliban either directly by claiming that the Taliban should run Afghanistan, not Karzai or by supporting people like Imran Khan and the PTI.

    The Taliban hate everyone who is not a crazed Wahabi-Salafist foaming at the mouth with hatred for everyone else.

    The Hazaras have been mistreated awfully in Pakistan but in Afghanistan as well until 2001 when the Taliban was kicked out. Until all of Pakistan gives up religious intolerance, hatred, and violence, sad events like those which have impacted the Hazara community will be a daily fact of life.

    And yes, these are MUSLIMS KILLING MUSLIMS. Stop using that stupid line that “it couldn’t be a Muslim.” We all know that’s not a fact. Bangladeshi should wake up to the fact of what happened in Bangladesh in 1970 and 1971. A few million Muslims were killed by fellow Muslims.Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2011 - 10:36PM

    Who are Hazara people ?

    They are our brothers and sisters….. their blood is our blood and vice-versa.

    This killing spry is not against Shia people… it is against Islam and against Pakistan.

    I salute Hazara people for showing remarkable restrain even after losing so many loved ones.

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  • shah
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:12PM

    @SJ language based riots are all over country ,from Karachi to Baluchistan to NWFP ..
    please dont make the issue a SHIA-SUNNI war,please come out of medieval ages
    i think u always sit in company of the illeterate so-called allamahs who use all volence related issues to gain power!

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  • bonaparte
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:21PM

    Same old language based violence .. termed as religious .. and the religious leaders of the victim’s group gaining sympathy vote through it!

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  • Oct 6, 2011 - 12:07AM

    greetings

    Being a member of the Hazara Nation, I would express my deep sorrow for the soul of the martyred innocent Hazaras in recent wild terrorist act. Hazaras are the people of courage, truthfulness, education, civilization and development. They have harmed no one throughout the history and have been the first among the most to give hands in the developmental and coordination of tribes and nations to put-forth Pakistan being Pakistani Citizen. Government of Pakistan, provincial government of balochistan and the rests of the tribes in Balochistan have always tried to ignore the excellencies, sacrifices and hard works of Hazaras by supporting or not raising the voices against the continued and frequent target killings.

    Hazaras have been the role players and makers of the governments, Hazaras have served Pakistan on every ground, even then when it was 1950s when it was the peace time, 1960s when Pakistan faced a war against India, our people served as Jawans, ruled the armies and won wars for the pride and safety of beloved Pakistan. Pakistani government in any regime must not forget to support and secure Hazaras, Hazaras’ rights as nations and welfare of Hazaras.

    Thanks everyone for the reading and posting good valuable comments.

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  • kami
    Oct 6, 2011 - 12:26AM

    Please DONT try to make this violence a fuel for secterian clashes.
    People are being killed in Sawat,Karachi,Waziristan etc.. but no one termed that as sectarian, so please do not term killing of every hazara as ethinic,may be some foreign agents have done this who want to DE-stabilize Pakistan,like in Baluchistan and peshawar the foreign agents are killing innocent people by blasts.Let the judiciary and security departments investigate and dont try to point out someone before any inquiry is made!!

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  • K (H)
    Oct 6, 2011 - 12:50AM

    Hazara people have long faced violence in Afghanistan, suffering genocide, slavery, and forced displacement under a series of Afghan governments including the Taliban and Karzai’s regime.
    & now In Pakistan they are facing the serious problem of target killing. the government of Pakistan is failed to protect them. actually being Muslim & human beings all the Pakistanis are failed… at least they can protest against the Hazara killing In Quetta.

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  • Sadiq Changezi
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:23AM

    Mr. Imran Yusuf I back my brother M.A Changezi … Yeah u really have to polish ur knowledge alot bcz v the hazaras rn’t those of the past, v hv changed our lives, v rn’t living in the slums. for ur kind info… v hv more than 80% literacy rate… wat v want is just… PEACE.

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  • SJ
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:57AM

    @ Shah first of all get a reality check. How you can say that the riots in Pakistan are based on Language ? why certain people belonging to a specific community being targeted again and again? These riots all over the country are based on religious and political gains only. Please refrain from making frozen evaluations about such kind of tragic events. I think you are still living in the 1971 era relating every riot to language and ethnic color. Get your facts right and read some history books rather than making weird assumptions on such incident !! Peace

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  • Cynical
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:59AM

    Hazaras suffer in Afghanistan too.No idea why.
    Sad.Very sad indeed.

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  • Babar F.
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:33AM

    With hundreds of recorded communities we must now start a campaign of acceptance of the great cultural diversity Pakistan is bestowed with instead of just the “majority” communities. All these smaller communities are providing their dues for the growth of our country & so need protection..

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  • Mirza Hussain
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:42AM

    I offer my gratitude and utmost reverence to your goodself and to your tireless efforts for the rights of people of Pakistan particularly for your todays column against the ruthless ethnic cleansing of Hazara community in Quetta. I believe that untill courageous journalists like you exist in Pakistan,nothing can be happened with Pakistan. May Allah safe you and our beloved country Pakistan. Thanks again for becoming the voice of the oppressed and dpressed people. However, i want to rectify here that we have nothing to do with Iran. Iran is using religion as a political tool. We Hazaras strongly detest Iranian imposed clergies on us. If you survey the Hazara community in Quetta you will hardly find any Hazara supporting Iran. In fact 90% of our people are against Iran.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @Bangladeshi:
    Are you serious or just being sarcastic?

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  • saadjaan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 12:26PM

    untill we stop using the terminology of good & bad taliban, good & bad Terroists, releasing Terrorists leaders / making way for the Terrorists to escape from prisons and negotiating with terrorists, such incidents won’t be stopped.

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  • Zaki Shah
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:07PM

    I am proud to be a follower of Islam (the greates religion) but i am ashamed of those humans who call themselves Muslims but kill but their fellow Muslims…. May Allah curse all the killers of innocent people. May Allah give strenght and courage to people of Hazara!!!

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  • Cynical
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:00PM

    Hazaras are persecuted in Pakistan and in Afghanistan as well for a longer period.
    May be it’s time for a separate ‘Hazara nation’.

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  • shah
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:45PM

    @SJ i think u dont watch the electronic media or you watch and dont understand it!
    cant u see language riots all over Pakistan? Non Baluchis are being killed all over BaluchistaN
    pakhtuns are killed all over sawat and tribal areas
    In Pakistan,The divide is LINGUISTIC and not religious(as some medieval times mind people think)!
    What u r trying is to just start a fire of hatred between sects and nothing else!
    See how in a majority Sunni country of Pakistan, The President,PM and CM’s too many parliamentarians are all shia, if u beleive they are not responsible for all this then u should go and live in fools paradise!

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  • sidrat
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:47PM

    The President,PM and all PPP should resign! They cant protect their people!

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  • Abdul
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:10AM

    Hazara and other minority discrimination and killing must stop. Thanks Tribune for voicing on behalf of innocent people. Love you

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  • Asif Ali
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:27AM

    No body remember the sacrifices of Hazara community in war and in peace time. Our father and brothers had protected the Pakistani borders in war times, when you people slept with peace with your families, they sacrificed their lives for you people. Now, nobody is there to protect their children in our country. Our heroes like Syed Ibrar Hussain, the Olympian, who raised Pakistani flag in foreign country and raised nation’s head, killed in daylight just outside his office. All the state agencies fail to find the killers. In the history of Pakistan, Balochistan brought three NISHAN E JURRAT in its credit, and the two got by Hazaras. There are countless events that Hazaras have contributed their true share in Pakistan. Hazaras work in Europe, America and in other countries, but send their money back home. If somebody dies in foreign country, his/her dead body comes back. It is not fair to give any community’s description in few words, but to come and see, and know about them. No one can beat Hazara, in battle, in sports and in class room. All the contributions are for Pakistan. PAKISTAN ZENDABAD. Recommend

  • SJ
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:28PM

    @ shah i dont waste time watching Pakistan’s immature electronic media bashing each other like crazy nuts. People like you watch it and make whatsoever assumptions. sect hatred is not being made up . You need to go and see areas in Punjab where people from both the sects are shouting slogans against each other in Muharam .By the way their language is same PUNJABI. How will you justify this ???. so chill brother and get ur facts right. I wrote before as well TOLERANCE TOWARDS EACH OTHER WILL MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR US AND FUTURE GENERATIONS !!! Peace!Recommend

  • akram
    Oct 8, 2011 - 1:26AM

    These Taliban has really proved that the world is Godless and they act as such.

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  • akram
    Oct 8, 2011 - 1:32AM

    These Taliban has really proved that the world is Godless and they behave as such.

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  • saadjaan
    Oct 8, 2011 - 3:27PM

    ETHNIC CLEANSING OF HAZARA COMMUNITY IN PAKISTAN

    The recent waves of terrorism against peaceful Hazara community in Quetta Pakistan is a clear failure of the provincial as well as federal Government to protect the ethnic and religious minorities, the massacre of 40 ethnic Hazara community members in less than ten days is clear message for the Hazara community that the terrorists are very focused and determined in their operations, more than 1500 members of Hazara community have lost their lives in less than a decade, and the provincial government on the other hand is incapable of every thing except advising the Hazara community members to inform the local police station before moving in the city which is by no means a practical solution. Interestingly, despite heavy deployment of the security forces and the presence of other security agencies in the region such incidents raise many questions about the credibility and seriousness of the provincial government to protect the lives of ethnic Hazara community. Recommend

  • Saeeda
    Oct 9, 2011 - 8:17PM

    I belong to the Hazara community of Quetta. After reading the comments, I am so thankful to all those who really think that Hazaras are innocent and need justice.May Allah bless you all for raising your voices for haq. Even these small comments might make a difference in awakening everyone. Please do not stop. Help us in any way possible. Along with everything else we need slot of moral support too.

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  • shah
    Oct 11, 2011 - 12:54AM

    @SJ u really like to add fuel to the already secterian-ized,why you wish to promote hatred?
    please come out of sectarianizm and become a muslim,a real one!

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  • qum
    Oct 11, 2011 - 9:05PM

    Reality of the violence is the cultural differences between the Pashtun and Baluch Muslims and hazara community people.

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  • sadiq nagri
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:36AM

    @Noman Khan:
    complelty agree with you noman.I wish every muslim rises above the sectarian prejudices and supports the cause of innocents as a true believer and a patriotic Pakistani.Recommend

  • Lutfullah
    Oct 15, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Hazaras are very talented people. My classmate was a hazara who got first position all the time. and I know many of them are very good at sports. And by the way, the areas they live are the cleanest in the city. we used to have them as friends and they were very nice people to hang out with.

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