LAHORE: The attack on the Hazara community on Friday is an extremely saddening event. It was only recently that the country had come to terms with the loss we had faced in New Zealand, and then in the blasts in Chaman and Quetta. Unfortunately, the Hazara community has faced very dark times and continued to be targeted up until last year, when attacks had ceased to occur, and it seemed like they were finally safe. Following demands for security, the community is escorted by the Frontier Corps every time they leave Hazara Town to protect them, according to statements by FC officials on Friday.
We can well understand how difficult it is to live with such restricted movements. As a matter of fact it is nearly impossible to live like this. We take our freedom and safety for granted, while not realising that every community in our country does not enjoy the same privileges as we do. It is heart wrenching to know that a part of our country suffers from inconsolable grief, and terrorist groups continue to target innocent lives. The Hazara community should know that their fellow Pakistanis stand with them during this time of grief, and continue to hope for better days for them. While the government has taken measures for their security, we hope that they are soon successful in bringing these terrorist organisations to an end. These monsters should be dealt with an iron hand.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 14th, 2019.