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Monday, February 17, 2014

My name is Marziya.

Hazara children: Still life

















Fazil Mousavi pumps hope and colour into the ethnically fragmented lives of Hazara children. PHOTOS: DANIAL SHAH

By Danial Shah / Photo: Danial Shah / Creative: Munira Abbas

Red may run through the lives of Hazaras in Quetta but their children still manage to paint a positive picture. At the Sketch Club in Mariabad, that boasts the oldest Hazara settlement in the eastern half of the city since the late 18th century, parents enroll their children to nurture their artistic talent.


A student practices drawing clay pots at the Sketch Club . PHOTOS: DANIAL SHAH

It’s not hard to spot the club tucked away in the middle of a row of stores and houses in the neighbourhood. The words ‘Sketch Club’ are painted in an oblique font on the signboard at the entrance, cemented in place over a stand-out white steel gate. A flight of stairs lead up to an open terrace where children sit in broad daylight, with their sketchbooks and shading pencils in tow. Inspired by an astounding view of the Mariabad valley, where houses are built in succession one above the other, they begin to sketch the object placed before them, taking instructions from their maestro on how to add highlights and texture to their drawing.

“I was teaching art at a school when I felt the need to [pass on] my skill to my community, hence the concept of ‘Sketch Club’ came into being,” says the 54-year-old drawing instructor, Fazil Mousavi. After completing his degree in Fine Arts at the University of Balochistan, in 1988, at a time where only one other known Hazara student graduated with him, he started work as a freelance artist, participating and winning prizes at nationwide exhibitions till 2002 and holding a solo exhibit at the Museum Willem van Haren, Holland, in 2007. But Mousavi’s vision was fulfilled with having his very own sketch club in Quetta, where he now offers psychological and emotional catharsis through art to Hazara boys and girls....Continue Reading... 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Maryam Mukhtiyar,a Pakistani female undergoing fighter pilot

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hazara artist Khadim Ali goes to top Sydney art gallery

Thursday, February 6, 2014

US adds Malik Ishaq in most wanted global terrorist list

DAWN.COM
Published 2014-02-07 00:15:20

ISLAMABAD: The United States on Thursday designated Malik Ishaq, the chief of proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) militant group of Pakistan, in its list of most wanted international terrorists.

“The Department of State has designated Malik Ishaq as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224,” said a statement issued by the US State Department.

The US government also decided to keep his outfit on the international terrorist organisation list.

“In addition to Ishaq’s designation, the Department of State has also reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of LJ in accordance with Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended,” said the statement.

The statement said that Ishaq has claimed responsibility of his role in various terrorist activities that killed more than 100 Pakistani civilians mainly Shia Muslims.

“More recently, in February 2013, Pakistani police arrested Ishaq in connection with attacks on January 10 and February 16, 2013 in the northwestern city of Quetta that killed nearly 200 Pakistani civilians. LJ claimed responsibility for the Quetta bombings.”

American citizens and companies are now prohibited for engaging in transactions with the LJ chief after Thursday’s announcement. The US authorities can now act in freezing all his financial assets and properties in the United States as well, said the statement.

“The Department took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury,” the press release added.

Malik Ishaq is facing charges relating to killing of more than 100 people belonging to the minority sect and the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March 2009 and has spent around 15 years in Pakistani jails.

He was initially a member of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), a banned Sunni extremist group but later disassociated himself from it for his alleged ‘violent policies’ and formed his own outfit. The Lashkar-i-Jhangvi was proscribed by the Pakistan government as a terror group soon after its inception in early 1990s.

After reaching an agreement with Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) chief Ahmed Ludhianvi, Ishaq joined as second in command of the former SSP in 2012.

ملک اسحاق ’عالمی دہشت گردوں‘ کی فہرست میں شامل


آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعرات 6 فروری 2014 ,‭ 16:10 GMT 21:10 PST


ملک اسحاق پر 100 سے افراد کے قتل کے مقدمات قائم ہیں

امریکی حکام نے پاکستان کی کالعدم تنظیم لشکر جھنگوی کے بانی امیر ملک محمد اسحاق کو ’خصوصی عالمی دہشت گرد‘ قرار دے دیا ہے۔

امریکہ کے محکمۂ خارجہ نے ان کی تنظیم لشکرِ جھنگوی کو بھی غیر ملکی دہشت گرد تنظیموں کی فہرست میں شامل رکھنے کا اعلان کیا ہے۔

محکمۂ خارجہ کی جانب سے جمعرات کو جاری ہونے والے بیان میں کہا گیا ہے کہ ملک اسحاق نے ایسی دہشت گردانہ سرگرمیوں میں اپنے کردار کو تسلیم کیا ہے جن کے نتیجے میں 100 سے زیادہ پاکستانیوں کی جانیں گئیں۔

بیان کے مطابق اس درجہ بندی کے بعد کسی بھی امریکی شہری یا تنظیم کو ملک اسحاق سے کسی قسم کے تعلقات کی اجازت نہیں ہوگی۔

اس کے علاوہ امریکی حکام امریکہ میں موجود ان سے منسلک تمام مالیاتی اثاثے منجمد کر سکیں گے۔

سپاہِ صحابہ سے لشکرِ جھنگوی


ملک اسحاق ابتدا میں کالعدم تنظیم سپاہ صحابہ کے ہی رکن تھے لیکن اپنی مبینہ متشدد پالیسی کی بنیاد پر سپاہ صحابہ سے اختلاف کے بعد ایک نئی تنظیم لشکر جھنگوی کی بنیاد رکھی اور اس کے بانی امیر بنے۔

بیان میں یہ بھی کہا گیا ہے کہ ملک اسحاق کو عالمی دہشت گرد قرار دیے جانے کے علاوہ لشکرِ جھنگوی کو غیر ملکی دہشت گرد تنظیم قرار دیے جانے کے فیصلے کا بھی جائزہ لیا گیا ہے جس کے بعد اس کا یہ درجہ برقرار رکھنے کا فیصلہ ہوا ہے۔

ملک اسحاق پر سو سے زیادہ شیعہ اور دیگر مسالک سے تعلق رکھنے والے افراد کے قتل کے مقدمات قائم ہیں اور وہ تقریباً پندرہ سال جیل کاٹ چکے ہیں۔

وہ ابتدا میں کالعدم تنظیم سپاہ صحابہ کے ہی رکن تھے لیکن اپنی مبینہ متشدد پالیسی کی بنیاد پر سپاہ صحابہ سے اختلاف کے بعد ایک نئی تنظیم لشکر جھنگوی کی بنیاد رکھی اور اس کے بانی امیر بنے۔ یہ تنظیم بھی اسی زمانے میں کالعدم قرار دے دی گئی تھی۔

سنہ 2012 میں سپاہ صحابہ میں قیادت کے معاملے پر اختلافات ختم ہوگئے تھے اور تنظیم کے موجودہ سربراہ احمد لدھیانوی اور ملک اسحاق میں صلح کے بعد انھیں تنظیم کا نائب صدر بنا دیا گیا تھا۔

US Department of State: Terrorist Designations of Lashkar I Jhangvi and Malik Ishaq

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

February 6, 2014

The Department of State has designated Malik Ishaq, one of the co-founders of Lashkar I Jhangvi (LJ), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Malik Ishaq, and the freezing of all property and interests of Malik Ishaq that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Malik Ishaq is a founding member and is the current leader of LJ. In 1997, Malik Ishaq admitted his involvement in terrorist activity that resulted in the deaths of over 100 Pakistanis. More recently, in February 2013, Pakistani police arrested Ishaq in connection with attacks on January 10 and February 16, 2013 in the northwestern city of Quetta, Pakistan that killed nearly 200 Pakistani civilians. LJ claimed responsibility for the Quetta bombings.

In addition to Ishaq’s designation under E.O. 13224, the Department of State has also reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of LJ in accordance with Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended. LJ specializes in armed attacks and bombings and has admitted responsibility for numerous killings of Shia religious and civil society leaders in Pakistan. LJ claimed responsibility for a 2013 attack in a crowded billiards hall in Quetta that resulted in the deaths of 80 Pakistanis.

As a result of maintaining the FTO designation, the legal consequences of the designation remain in place, including the prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to LJ, and the freezing of all LJ assets under the control or possession of U.S. financial institutions.

The Department took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Unity, faith, discipline aur TOLERANCE" Ibtihaj


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While driving down Khayaban-e-Ittehad today I asked Ibtihaj "Ittehad ka matlab pata hai". He looked at his father and inquired "Ittehad?". His father replied "Unity!". Ittehad reacted "Oh, unity faith discipline." His father added "Haan Quaid-e-Azam ka three point: unity, faith and discipline."

Ibtihaj remarked "Nahi. 3 nahi 4 points. Unity, faith, discipline aur TOLERANCE."

I couldn't believe my ears. Jinnah sb never added that 4th point but this 11 year old knows Tolerance is the need of the hour.

P.S. In the past three days the Karachi Political Circle got complete. Representatives from PPP, PTI and MQM all met with Ibtihaj and sat down to listen to the concerns of the Hazara community as narrated by Ibtihaj's father. Ignorance is not an excuse anymore. I hope some action by some party will be taken.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Karachi embraced Ibtihaj with love and support but will you do the same, Bilawal Bhutto?

By Jibran Nasir Published: February 4, 2014



Bilawal can achieve better by standing with them on Alamdar Road in Quetta, not by sitting behind the tall walls of Bilawal House. PHOTO: JIBRAN NASIR

On the morning of January 27, 2014, I was looking up air tickets to fly to Quetta to meet the victims of the Mastung blast. None of my friends or family members were excited about this proposition.

Much to their relief, eight of the victims were shifted to the Agha Khan Univeristy Hospital (AKUH) at Karachi the same afternoon. I met 11-year-old Ibtihaj along with a few of my friends that same evening. He was a little overwhelmed, being suddenly surrounded by so many strange faces. A large number of the visitors were of the Hazara community members based in Karachi.

Later that day, I also met other victims whose names most have not heard and whose faces most have not seen on social or television media – and hence they haven’t received due attention.

There is 20-year-old Mehrin who still does not know that she, like Ibtihaj, has lost her mother and sister in the blast.

There is Zakir, who has lost one leg but not the will to walk again.

There is Saadat, who was once a professional bodybuilder but is now paralysed from the waist below.

There is Mujtaba, who has severe injuries in both his legs but a huge smile on his face, knowing that he would only know the full extent of his recovery once he is able to stand again on his feet.

Zakir, Saadat and Mujtaba are of humble means and the providers of their families.

As days progressed, my friendship with Ibtihaj and Mehrin grew. It was easy befriending them because, given that they do not have knowledge of the deaths in their family, one can talk only about happy things in life with them. You can engage them with topics like sports, music, animals (Mehrin is doing her BS in Zoology) and Facebook....Continue Reading...