Protecting the Hazaras

Published on – April 15, 2019 – 7:00 am
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The Provincial Capital witnessed yet another bloodbath, in the latest terrorist attack, over 20 people were killed and more than 48 injured. Hours after at suicide explosion at a vegetable market in Quetta, one person was martyred and at least 11 others including two FC personnel injured in a similar incident in Chaman on Friday.


The Provincial Capital witnessed yet another bloodbath, in the latest terrorist attack, over 20 people were killed and more than 48 injured. Hours after at suicide explosion at a vegetable market in Quetta, one person was martyred and at least 11 others including two FC personnel injured in a similar incident in Chaman on Friday.

Once again, Hazara community, which has already barricaded itself into ghettos created in the city in a desperate attempt to protect themselves, has been targeted by a suicide bomber. Activists of various groups representing the Hazara community are now staging protests in Quetta for second day as a last resort to demand safety of their community. The protests began after 20 persons were killed in a targeted attack at a vegetable market, where many from the nearby Hazaraganji area were purchasing grocery items. At least eight of those killed were Hazara.

The Quetta’s Hazara Community is made a target for indiscriminate killing for over a decade and the killers remained scot-free to this date. However, a couple of known killers who made claims after killing Hazara people were gunned down in police and other encounters operation in recently.

The protesters have repeatedly criticized law enforcement and security agencies for their inaction and failure in preventing Hazaras from being murdered with impunity.

The Hazara Community is made a target for indiscriminate killing for over a decade and the killers remained scot-free to this date.

The sectarian terrorists enjoyed the task to send shock wave to the civil society by killing innocent people on the basis of their religious belief. Now there is a visible shift in acts of terrorism targeting the common people and sending dead bodies to all corners of Balochistan to disturb the peace of all the regions without any discrimination.

In both acts of terrorism, dead bodies did reach all corners of Balochistan and keep the people under deep shock in all the regions.

In the past five years, over 500 Hazaras have been killed in Quetta alone, the worst attacks coming in 2013 when over 250 were massacred by bombers.

The tragedy for the Hazaras is mammoths. Between 700,000 and 900,000 Hazaras live in Pakistan, the majority of them in Quetta.

It is indeed strange that with all the resources at its disposal, the government has been unable so far to stop this carnage resulting in loss of innocent lives unabatedly. Unfortunately, the security agencies have failed to pinpoint the perpetrators of this ongoing carnage. When will the persecution of the Hazara community end? Who are the killers engaged in killing of innocent people? Will they ever get caught for their heinous crimes and duly punished? These are the question with no answers yet.

On the contrary, there is a need for concentrated action against the militant groups, training and recruitment centers all over Pakistan and especially in Balochistan before it strikes again killing more innocent Pakistani citizens for their no crime.

Target killing or sectarian violence will not help in retaining durable peace and unity among the people at this critical juncture. Compare incumbent Hazara Protest with previous ones, the situation getting more-tense as they are not accepting civilian government’s surety of strict action against terrorist stroking sectarian violence.

The lives of people and their property are not safe even in this seat of Provincial Capital and still the provincial rulers are making talk claim about restoring peace and order all over Balochistan. The statement said that the life and property of the innocent citizens are not safe.

No local people or a party can do this as they are enjoying peace since the inception of Pakistan some seven decades ago. Only the enemy agents can undertake such criminal ventures against the innocent and law abiding people.