Sectarian killing: Hazara community seeks to make protest heard internationally

Published: April 10, 2012

Hazara Democratic Party to hold protests outside several embassies against targeted killings. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

QUETTA: The Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) announced that the Hazara community will hold protest demonstrations outside the embassies of European, Asian countries, America, Australia and United Nations offices against targeted killings.

Chairman HDP Abdul Khaliq Hazara announced during a news conference on Tuesday that the protests will also be registered with International Human Rights Organisation to highlight the rampant targeted killings of the Hazara community in Quetta.

“This decade was really painful for the Hazara community during which hundreds of Hazara tribesmen were killed in incidents of targeted killings and suicide attacks,” he told reporters. Khaliq was accompanied by his party leaders among other activists.

Ironically there has been no progress in investigation nor any culprit brought to justice, Khaliq said adding that inaction on the part of government and its law enforcment agencies affirm the notion that they were patronising the culprits.

“Six labourers were brutally killed on the busy Prince Road on Monday night which shows the lawlessness and utter apathy of the government. I believe no religion allows such inhumane act.

“The Members of Provincial Assembly do not even have time to condemn these killings. The chief minister is running affairs of Balochistan from Islamabad which reflects his sincerity with the suffering people of his province have to bear,” he added.

The HDP announced that they will register their protest with the international community since the provincial and federal governments have failed to curb the unending targeted killings of the Hazara community and had given a free hand to criminals.

The HDP will stage protest demonstrations in front of embassies of Asian, European Countries, America, Australia and United Nations from April 20 to 30. The Hazara community residing abroad will also register their protest with International Human Rights Organisations.

The party also announced to stage a sit-in outside the Governor House and Chief Minister’s Secretariat and convene an All Parties Conference on April 15, inviting all political and nationalist parties to evolve a strategy on a future course of action.

“The province is on the brink of civil war; all the parties and responsible people have to show sincerity, otherwise the ongoing unrest will result in an unexpected crisis or a civil war,” the leaders of the Hazara community warned.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Ali Kazim
    Apr 11, 2012 - 12:46AM

    “The Members of Provincial Assembly do not even have time to condemn these killings. The chief minister is running affairs of Balochistan from Islamabad which reflects his sincerity with the suffering people of his province have to bear,” he added

    This pretty much sums up the situation. Seconded!

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  • Lord
    Apr 11, 2012 - 9:02AM

    Its pity hazaras think that they are killed because of your caste but real reason of oppressions on hazaras is there faith.You have tried your hazara leaders .Just try to figure out whats the difference between 1985 and 2012.

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  • Ali
    Apr 13, 2012 - 10:12AM

    I second Lord…
    The Shiites are being martyred across the globe by the same cruel forces who martyred Hussain in Karbala! Sunni Barelvis will be the most expected target of these evils once they are done with the Shiites.
    Here’s a little awakening call from Martin Niemoller(1937) for the sleeping Pakistanis:

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Apr 15, 2012 - 5:53PM

    @Lord: The difference being absence of people like Milo, Captain Hadi and more. Milo had the guts to stand against all injustice. He knew well how to tackle the spineless government. Alas! Hazaras don’t seem to have people like them right now.

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