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Friday, January 27, 2012

Kab Tak on Dawn News ...on Target Killing...26th January 2012 p2

دستگیری یک طالب مسلح در ولایت بامیان

جمعه ٠٧ دلو ١٣٩٠ ساعت ١٢:٠٧
مقام های امنیتی در ولایت بامیان می گویند در عملیاتی که توسط نیروهای ریاست امنیت ملی این ولایت راه اندازی شده بود، یک طالب مسلح با مقداری اسلحه و مهمات دستگیر شده است.

به گفته مقام های محلی ولایت بامیان این دستگیری،اولین باری است که در ولایت بامیان اتفاق می افتد

سمونوال غلام سخی نیک پی آمر امنیت قوماندانی امنیه بامیان در پیوند به این موضوع به خبرگزاری بخدی گفت:" شخصی به نام ملازوی که با نیروهای طالبان در ولسوالی تاله و برف ولایت بغلان همکاری داشت، روز گذشته در یک عملیات نیروهای امنیتی بامیان دستگیر شده است".

نکیپی افزود:" اسلحه و مهماتی که از نزد این شخص بدست آمده شامل پنج فیر مرمی راکت انداز،یک میل تفنگچه تی تی روسی،هفت شاژور مرمی کلاشینکوف،یک عدد ماین ضد تانک مجهز با سیستم ویرنگ،یک عدد بمب دستی، یک میل تفنگ چره یی، یک عدد دوربین راکت انداز، یک عدد دوربین عادی، دو عدد پرتله کلاشینکوف، 218 فیر مرمی پیکا و 19 فیر مرمی دهشکه است".

به گفته آمر امنیت قوماندانی امنیه بامیان؛ این فرد مسلح مربوط به گروه طالبان از دره شکاری ولسوالی شیبر بامیان دستگیر شده که دوسیه نسبتی او همراه با سلاح و مهمات بدست آمده رسماً به سارنوالی مبارزه علیه جرایم داخلی و خارجی این ولایت تسلیم داده می شود.

گفتنی است که در سال روان این اولین بار است که یک فرد مسلح مربوط به گروه طالبان از ساحه ولایت بامیان دستگیر شده است.

محمد زمان احمدی - بامیان

Bokhdi News


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Brutal killings: Deweaponisation is the answer

TARGET killings have become order of the day in the country and the authorities seem to have no answer to control the situation. Three lawyers and five others were killed in Karachi and another three in Quetta on Wednesday in what appears to be a free for all to take the lives of innocent people and law enforcement machinery unable to nab the culprits.

The lawyers fraternity boycotted the courts on Thursday to protest against the killings and some other organisations also organised demonstrations in Karachi and Quetta against the incidents. Angry people set tyres on fire on roads suspending traffic on Shahra-e-Faisal and National Highway but that is no solution and in fact it is like playing in the hands of subversive elements that want to destabilize the country on the orders of their masters. These killings are the result of massive weaponisation of the society. In Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa too weapons are being indiscriminately used to settle scores on grounds of personal enmity and in marriage parties and electioneering days aerial firings have become a culture. Though there is a ban on display of weapons but one may say that weapons, in the VIP circles security guards accompanying the political leaders openly display theirS arms giving terrifying scenes which is not symbol of a civilized society. Similarly terrorist groups and members of different mafias are heavily armed and they roam around freely creating a psychological dent in the society. In such an environment, people with some resources also acquire illegal weapons for their personal security and there is huge demand for such weapons all over the country. In a society where every third person is armed with legal or illegal weapons, one can expect killings on petty issues and with the passage of time the situation will certainly deteriorate. To prevent it, the only answer is deweaponisation and a total ban on issuance of arms licences. We understand that it is easy to suggest and difficult to implement but it is the foremost duty of the government to provide security to its citizens and it will have to find a way out to end the menace of target killings.

Pakistan Observer

4 killed in Quetta violence ‎

HDP protested against the targeted killing of three people belonging to their community in Quetta.

Balochistan violence: Hazara Democratic Party stages protest
By Our Correspondent
Published: January 26, 2012

QUETTA: Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) on Thursday staged a noisy protest demonstration outside the Balochistan Assembly building, against the targeted killing of three people belonging to their community in Quetta.

Inspector of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Vilayat Hussain, TV actor Abid Nazish and Mohammad Anwar were shot dead by unknown assailants on Wednesday night in Quetta, in what appeared to be an incident of sectarian killing. However, no outfit had claimed responsibility for the killings.

Protestors marched through various roads and held a demonstration on Zarghoon Road outside the Balochistan Assembly building. They were carrying placards and banners with messages against target killing.

They raised slogans against the government and the chief minister for their failure to overcome the growing incidents of target killing and kidnapping for ransom in Quetta.

Vice President of HDP Mirza Hussain said Hazara community was being subjected to target killing for the past several years and the government had failed to launch a crackdown against the criminals. “Government should answer who are the target killers? And how they carry out deadly attacks with complete impunity,” he added.

Protestors said four people belonging to Hazara community were kidnapped a few days ago from Quetta-Chaman highway and were still missing. “The kidnappers approached the families and asked for a huge amount as ransom for the release of these four people,” one of the protestors said.
HDP warned that they will hold protest demonstrations across the world where Hazara community is residing, to lodge their protest against the organised target killings if government and law enforcing agencies failed to protect the innocent lives.

“We are Pakistanis and do not want to give a bad name to our country by holding protest in other countries. But now we are being pushed against the wall and left with no option,” Hussain said, adding that Hazara community is demanding an end to the target killing and kidnappings.

Meanwhile, Provincial Ministers Ayinullah Shams of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Sultan Tareen of Awami National Party (ANP) addressed the protestors and assured them that government will soon hold a meeting to review the law and order situation.

Express Tribune


Juggling for peace in Afghanistan

It’s easy enough to find war in Afghanistan: step out of Kabul, head south and it will most likely find you. I’ve found it often enough: chasing after the Taliban and embedding with Canadian troops in Kandahar. But finding peace, unearthing hope, is another thing altogether. It takes a firm heart to resist the temptation for cynicism, to fight the overarching feeling that every attempt to challenge war with peace is pointless and doomed to failure. It’s a common theme here in Kabul among the foreign aid workers and journalists: Afghanistan will never change; it’s hopeless.

I’ve felt myself slipping into that state of mind in recent years. After 10 years of covering the Afghan war, war had become the lens through which I saw Afghanistan. But then I had a revelation: I decided to join the circus, and everything changed....Continue Reading...

Three Hazara men shot dead in Quetta

Saleem Shahid | National | From the Newspaper

QUETTA: An inspector of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), a TV artiste and another government official were gunned down near Mecongi Road on Wednesday evening, police said.

The three were going home in a car when assailants on a motorcycle opened fire on them with automatic weapons in a street.
“All of them died on the spot,” hospital sources said.

Police said it appeared to be a case of targeted sectarian killings because the victims — FIA Inspector Walayat Hussain, Quetta television artiste Abid Hussain Nazish and Mohammad Anwar Hussain, an accounts officer at the Balochistan Accountant
General’s office — belonged to the Hazara tribe.

“We are also looking into other aspects of the investigation,” Quetta city police chief Ahsan Mehboob said. He said police were checking vehicles and carrying out raids in different areas to arrest the attackers.

The bodies were taken to the Civil Hospital and handed over to the victims’ families after post-mortems.

In a statement, the Shia Conference Balochistan condemned the killing and said provincial authorities had failed to protect citizens and urged the federal government to ensure an immediate arrest of killers.


MIGRATION: Asylum-seekers in Australia suspend hunger strike

BANGKOK, 25 January 2012 (IRIN) - About 150 asylum-seekers in Australia have suspended their hunger strike after accusing the government of reneging on a promise for community detention and bridging visas for long-term detainees who posed no risk, activists confirm.

At least 34 of the participants had been on hunger strike for a week.

"The ball is now in the government's court," Ian Rintoul, a spokesman for the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC), told IRIN from Sydney. "I hope this will be followed by action and not just words.".....Continue Reading....

How Iran Controls Afghanistan

Afghanistan has suffered from foreign meddling since its inception. But while Pakistan’s role has been widely discussed -- most Afghans will point to concrete examples -- Iran’s involvement is more subtle.

Iranian influence is all encompassing--the Islamic government funds Afghan Shiite sects and politicians, has invested in building roads and providing fuel and transport, and is fighting hard against the Afghan opium trade that supplies millions of addicts. But Iran’s lasting power on Afghanistan is cultural as well as political, broadcasting state radio and television programs inside Afghanistan....Continue Reading....

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

کوئٹہ میں ’ٹارگٹ کلنگ‘ تین افراد ہلاک

آخری وقت اشاعت: بدھ 25 جنوری 2012 ,‭ 18:10 GMT 23:10 PST

کوئٹہ میں ٹارگٹ کلنگ کے واقعات ایک معمول بن گئے ہیں اور اس میں فرقہ واریت کا عنصر بھی شامل ہے۔
بلوچستان کے دارالحکومت کوئٹہ میں بدھ اور جمعرات کی درمیانی شب کو نامعلوم افراد کی فائرنگ کے نتیجے میں تین افراد ہلاک ہوگئے۔ جن کاتعلق شیعہ فریقہ سے تھا اور پولیس نے اسے ٹارگٹ کلنگ کی واردات قرار دے کرملزمان کی گرفتاری کے لیے شہر کی ناکہ بندی کر دی تھی۔

کوئٹہ سے بی بی سی کے نامہ نگارایوب ترین کےمطابق کوئٹہ شہر کے میکانیگی روڈ پر بدھ اور جمعرات کی درمیانی شب نامعلوم مسلح افراد نے ایک گاڑی پر فائرنگ کی جس میں سوار تین افراد شدید زخمی ہوگئے جنہیں فوری طور پر سول ہپستال کوئٹہ پہنچایاگیا۔ ہسپتال میں وہ زخموں کی تاب نہ لاتے ہوئے چل بسے۔ فائرنگ کے بعد نامعلوم مسلح افراد موٹرسائیکل پرفرار ہونے میں کامیاب ہوگئے۔

ہلاک ہونے والوں میں ایف آئی اے کے انسپکٹر ولایت حسین، ٹی وی اداکار عابد نازش اور اے جی آفس کے اکاونٹینٹ محمدانور شامل ہیں جن کاتعلق شیعہ فریقے اور ہزارہ قبیلے سے ہے۔
واقعہ کےبعد پولیس نے نامعلوم افراد کی گرفتاری کے لیے مختلف مقامات پر ناکہ بندی کردی اور مقدمہ بھی درج کرلیا۔
لیکن آخری اطلاع تک کوئی گرفتاری عمل میں نہیں آئی اور نہ کسی تنظیم نے اس واقعہ کی ذمہ داری قبول کی تھی۔

اس بارے میں جب کیپٹل سٹی پولیس آفیسر کوئٹہ احسن محبوب سے رابطہ کیاگیا توانہوں نے اس واقعہ کو ٹارگٹ کلنگ قرار دیا اور کہا کہ جلد ملزمان کو گرفتار کرلیاجائے گا۔
یاد رہے کہ اس سے قبل بھی کوئٹہ میں ٹارگٹ کلنگ کے ذریعے شیعہ فریقےسے تعلق رکھنے والے بہت سے لوگوں کو ٹارگٹ کانشانہ بنایاگیاہے اور اکثرواقعات کی ذمہ داری کالعدم تنظیم لشکرجھنگوی نے قبول کی ہے۔

BBC Urdu

Three people shot dead in Quetta: police

QUETTA: Gunmen shot dead three Shia Muslims on Wednesday in the southwestern city of Quetta , police and local intelligence officials said.

“Two gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on a car in Quetta city, killing three Shia Muslims including two government officials and a local television artist,” senior local police official, Muhammad Tariq told AFP.

He said it seemed like a sectarian attack, but the police had launched an investigation into the incident. A local intelligence official also confirmed the incident. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed since Baluch rebels rose up in 2004 against the federal Pakistani government, demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region’s oil, gas and mineral resources.


FIA inspector, TV actor killed in Quetta

By Our Correspondent
Published: January 25, 2012

QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen killed three people, including a Federal Investigation Agency inspector and a television actor, near Quetta’s Mekangi Road on Wednesday.
Police said the victims were travelling in a car on Ibrahim Street on Mekangi Raod when the attackers, riding a motorcycle, opened fire at them, killing them on the spot. The assailants managed to escape from the scene.

Police rushed to the spot soon after the incident and cordoned off the area. The bodies were taken to Provincial Sandeman Hospital for an autopsy where they were identified as FIA Inspector Vilayat Hussain, actor Abid Nazish and Mohammad Anwar, an employee of the accountant-general of Balochistan’s office.

Hospital sources said the victims were shot in the upper torso, causing immediate death.
The motive behind the murders could not be known immediately. “Police are investigating the incident and it is premature to comment on possible reasons for the killing,” a senior police official said, on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, a man identified as Alam Khan was gunned down by unidentified people in Nawa Killi, a suburb of Quetta. The attackers escaped on a motorcycle while the body was moved to a state-run hospital for an autopsy. The motive behind the murder could be an old enmity, police sources said.

Express Tribune

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BBC; Muhaqiq for change in system of government

Paygham New Hazara Drama Promo

عزیز مدبر، جوانیکه رویا اش به حقیقت مبدل شده است

شاید این مقوله را شنیده باشید که وقتی از ته دل بخواهی چیزی را به دست بیاوری، همهء کاینات در کار می شوند تا آن آرزویت به واقعیت بدل شود.

این سخن در مورد عزیز مدبر جوان 23 ساله و مستعد افغان صدق می کند.

مدبر که به گفتهء خودش از یک پدر و مادر بی سواد به دنیا آمده است، یک آروزی بزرگ را همواره در ذهنش می پرورانید: تحصیل در ایالات متحده امریکا و کسب یک درجهء تحصیلی معتبر.

اما او فکر می کرد که شاید این آرزویش خیلی آرمانگرایانه باشد و تحققش هم دشوار.

شاید همهء کاینات دست به کار شدند تا او به این مقصدش نایل آید.

وضعیت دگرگون شد به گونهء که سرنوشت مدبر را متحول ساخت....Continue Reading...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Rauf sarkhosh gozaresh vija az bot haye bamyan part 2

Afghani asylum 'threat' was free to roam for seven months

In a case that raises questions about the rigour of the security checks applied to boatpeople, Haji Saied Firooz Zadah, 59, was released from Christmas Island in April last year after he was found to be a refugee and was issued a permanent protection visa.

Seven months later, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen cancelled his visa after ASIO advised it regarded the Afghan national as a threat to security.

As is the practice, ASIO did not give any reason for its decision...Continue Reading....

NT Human Rights award winner in Hobart for Australia Day

The winner of the NT 2011 HUMAN RIGHTS ART AWARD, Mr Javad Javadi, a former mason, will be arriving in Hobart in time to celebrate Australia Day.
Pontville Detention Centre is in receive mode awaiting his imminent arrival. Mr Javadi has produced some truly remarkable artworks including a model boat
which won him the coveted award in Darwin in December and a model house, a cross between an Afghan traditional home and an Australian suburban dream home ...Continue Reading...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kiwi aid plan stalls as Japan plans takeover

New Zealand moves to upgrade the airport at Bamiyan in Afghanistan as a flagship aid project have fallen foul of local bureaucracy, delaying the plan by a year and opening the way for Japan to step in and fund the work.

It is hoped a $7 million airport upgrade, including sealing the rough runway, will attract commercial tourism to the region, especially from the better-off in the capital Kabul, drawn by the world-famous Bamiyan Buddhas site and the Band-e Amir lakes...Continue Reading....

Bactrian Greeks, the Bamiyan and Avukana Buddha statues

Rajitha Weerakoon discusses the Greek connection with colossal Buddha statues

Around 30,000 Greek bhikkhus had arrived in Anuradhapura from the monasteries of Alasanda (the city of the Yonas, Alexandria in present Afghanistan) according to Geiger’s Mahavamsa (chapter XX1X (39)) to participate in the inauguration of the construction of the Mahaseya (Ruvanveliseya.) The Greek bhikkhus led by Yonamahadharmarakkhita Thera had been part of 96,000 foreign bhikkhus who had arrived from several ancient Indian states and Persia for the ceremonial event.

Evidently, Buddhism had been the vibrant force behind Sri Lanka’s interaction with foreign countries in early history and as studies reveal, Bactrian Greek (Indo-Greek) influence in days gone by has had a lasting impact on Sri Lanka.

Professor A.D.T.E. Perera of the Department of Philosophy, University of Mexico and former Editor of the Buddhist Encyclopaedia writing a scholarly essay on “Colossal Buddha Images of Ancient Sri Lanka” had stated that Bactrian Greek art influenced the sculpture of colossal images of the Buddha in Sri Lanka.

Bactrians, on leaving NW India spread out from Kabul to Punjab after their defeat by Chandragupta in the Mauryan Period. But having been attracted to the new Buddhist doctrine while they were in NW India, they, after their shift, sculpted imposing images of the Buddha in standing position in the Bamiyan Region in Afghanistan which were destroyed by the Taliban a few years ago.

These images Professor Perera states led to the ideas pertaining to the turning out of colossal statues of the Buddha in Sri Lanka. The first attempt was the carving of the Avukana Buddha Image in the ancient Rajarata.

The Avukana Buddha statue and inset, the Bamiyan Buddha statue

Bactrian images of the Buddha in the Bamiyan region in Afghanistan Prof. Perera traces may have been a veritable source of inspiration to the early artists who crossed the Kabul valley which linked the Southern branch of the Great Northern Highway referred to in the early Buddhist and Indian texts as “Uttarapada” – the trade route of the then known world which bridged the East and the West on commercial, political and cultural levels.

Traders, pilgrims and even men of learning had crossed the region in search of various fortunes. Prof. Perera says that Sri Lankans too may have had links with this ancient world known as Gandhara which covered a vast area extending beyond NW India and it was such religio-cultural-trade contacts that had prevailed between Sri Lanka and the Gandhara region that may have led to the invitation to be extended by King Dutugamunu to the Greek bhikkhus to participate in the inauguration of the construction of the Mahaseya.

According to the essay, archaeological researchers and art historians distinguish a close similarity between the Avukana image with that of the Bamiyan. The Bamiyan region had been referred to in early Buddhist Prakrit as Vokkana, Avakana or Vakana. The name Avukana it is surmised had been derived for the colossal statue in Sri Lanka from the name of the Bamiyan region.

Bactrian Greek Buddhist artists had been very active in the 2nd or the 3rd centuries BC in the Bamiyan region in West Asia and the Buddha images silhouetted against the vast sandy valley bearing a calm and serene composure may have been an awe-inspiring vision for the travellers who passed by. The images had stood at 112 and 172 feet respectively and were housed within their own chapels.

The 43 feet tall Avukana Buddha image depicts the abhaya mudra with the right hand raised towards the right shoulder indicating that the devotee is protected from all fears (bhaya.) The raised left hand is touching the left shoulder with the palm turning towards the Buddha – a gesture seeking the Buddha to release the devotee from sentient bondage (samsara). The back of the image is not separated from the rock boulder out of which the figure is hewn.

Professor Perera however states that the Maligavila Buddha image, 52 feet in height with its lotus pedestal, was considered as one of the world’s tallest standing images sculpted in ancient times. It was discovered in southern Sri Lanka fallen with broken limbs and beaten by the elements. This may have been due to the fact that the image carved on limestone was sculpted on the round. It may have fallen unlike other images since it was separated from a living rock. The third colossal Buddha image which Professor Perera had discussed was found at Sasseruva close to Anuradhapura. Sculpted in high relief with the back cleaving to the living rock boulder, the image was either badly weatherworn when it was found or left unfinished by the sculptor. Although it falls short of the elegance of the Avukana image, it bears the same features with regard to stylistic concepts, the hand posture, the method of wearing the “civara” with the right shoulder kept bare and the drapery delineated by parallel ridges as followed by sculptors of the classical period.

These Buddha images are dated to around the 4th – the 6th centuries in the present era. All colossal Bamiyan statues had been sculpted by those who advocated Mahayana Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism it is believed had its birth in the Bamiyan part of the Gandhara region. Professor Perera states that the concept of portraying the Buddha in super human qualities – as a saviour of all human and divine beings was followed wherever Mahayana Buddhism spread.

The concept of the bodhisatvas belonging to the Mahayana pantheon eventually had found its way into the ensemble of architectural compositions of colossal sculptures in Sri Lanka. Close to the Maligavila Buddha image, a huge bodhisatva image had been disovered. And in the group of colossal sculptures at Buduruvagala, the primary image of the Buddha is flanked by bodhisatva Avalokitheshvara of the Mahayana pantheon with Goddess Tara. On the other side is the bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta with his consort Prajna – all referred to as acolytes of Buddha Amitabha who resides in Sukhavati.
The colossal Buddha in parinibbana manca (death bed) sculpted in the Polonnaruwa period does not belong to the Mahayana pantheon. But Professor Perera says that the concept had gained currency even after the fall of Anuradhapura and hence the Polonnaruwa images belonged to the last lap in the classical period of Sinhala art.

The Greeks’ entry to the Buddhist theatre in India could be traced to the invasion of Alexander in 334 BC when he captured some parts of the NW India extending as far as the Indus. With the conquest and setting up of Greek settlements, his Greek garrison and a host of camp-followers had poured into NW India who may have been assimilated into the Indian populace. These Greeks, fascinated by the new Buddhist doctrine introduced about 200 years earlier, had embraced Buddhism. Some had joined the Bhikku Order.

Although Alexander’s rule in India ended with his death 18 months later, Greek influence continued for several more centuries. It is recorded that Emperor Dharmashoka (about 273-232 BC) in the Mauryan Period sent Greek Bhikkhus such as Dharmarakkhita and Mahadharmarakkhita Theros to Syria, Egypt, Macedonia, Cyrene and Epirus as emissaries of Dhamma.

In the pre-Graeco period, the image of the Buddha in India was represented symbolically by His Footprints, a lotus, the Bodhi, the Dharmachakra, the Caitya etc. From the Greek-Indian fusion rose the Graeco-Buddhist art of Gandhara when Greeks contributed to the sculpted work of the Ashoka Pillars and to the commencement of the Mauryan art with Buddha image carved.

In the earliest sculptures excavated in the Gandhara sites, the Greek influence is seen in the representations of the Buddha where the Buddha had been elevated to a God. The Bactrians who had spread out from NW India and Kabul to Punjab and West Asia progressed into portraying the Buddha figure in superhuman qualities which brought about the origins of the titanic image of the Buddha. With the spread of Mahayana the concept too spread.

Besides the colossal images of the Buddha, Greek influence on early literature is discussed by Professor Merlin Peris in his book titled “Mahavamsa Studies Greek myths in Ancient Tradition” where he discloses an element of Greek mythology in certain anecdotes related in the Mahavamsa.

Elaborating on his statement he says that L.S. Perera, A.L. Basham and G. C. Mendis in the “University of Ceylon, History of Ceylon” had commented on the affinities which could be seen in Vijaya-Kuveni affair with that of the Greek adventure of Odysseus with Circe in Homer. Professor Peris says that besides, the Greek myth Jason and Medea is emulated in the killing of the yakshas with Kuveni’s help and the dismissal of her and her children for a royal marriage (men are afraid of enchantresses.)
Greek story motifs Professor Peris says may have found their way into the “Attakatha Mahavamsa” (pre-Mahavamsa literary work) before being incorporated by the Mahavamsa author when he wrote on the reigns of our earliest kings.

Professor Peris sees motifs of the Greek myth of Danae in the episodes of Ummadacitta, certain early heroes and the sacrifice of Viharamahadevi. However, while Professor Peris’ interpretation of incorporation of Greek story motifs in the earliest literary tradition gives food for thought, Greek impact on Sri Lankan religio-culture illustrates the fact that Sri Lanka had been very much in the international whirlpool.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

2010 Fellow - Anna Elliot, Bamyan Media

Snow may end Afghan drought, but bitter winter looms

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Heavy snow that has blanketed large parts of Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people, could end a long-running drought that last summer threatened millions of people with severe food shortages, government and aid officials said on Wednesday.

But the weekend snowfall and avalanches across the mountainous north and centre could bring a bitter winter and short-term hardship to many people, with many roads still cut off, hampering food delivery in several hard-hit provinces...Continue Reading...

Man (Hazara) shot dead in Quetta

QUETTA: Unknown armed men shot dead a youth due to unknown reasons here at Killi Kashmirabad, Sariab officials said Wednesday.

According to the local police, the youth identified as Sardar Muhammad was on his way home when unidentified armed men shot him at Killi Kashmirabad, Qambrani area of Sariab police station.

As a result he died on the spot. Motive behind the killing could not be ascertained.


New York Times; Bomb Targets Shiite Muslims at Service in Pakistan

“Ordinary Shias going about their daily lives are being increasingly targeted and killed,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director for Human Rights Watch, which is based in New York.

While sectarian bloodshed occurs throughout Pakistan, it is concentrated in Baluchistan, a sprawling northwestern province where Taliban fighters and nationalist insurgents roam. Human Rights Watch reports that more than 300 Shiites, many from the ethnic Hazara community, have been killed in Baluchistan since 2008....Continue Reading....

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rohullah's Story - Afghanistan - Olympic 2012

Battle for small changes

DISEASES and the lack of proper hygiene, healthcare and clean drinking water are huge challenges in Afghanistan. The country has long been engaged in civil war and is isolated from mainstream development.
Two Malaysian Army doctors, Captain (Dr) Rina Sumira Sukri and Captain (Dr) Juhanis Safira Johari, both 28, relate their experiences serving with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), to render humanitarian aid to the locals....Continue Reading....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gains In Afghan Health: Too Good To Be True?

A U.S.-sponsored mortality survey released last year announced huge improvements in health across Afghanistan. But the gains are so great that experts are still arguing about whether it's correct.

During three decades of war, Afghanistan remained a black hole of health information. The few mortality studies looked at a small slice of the population and then extrapolated...Continue Reading...

SAIL upbeat on winning the iron-ore mining contract from Afghanistan

DELHI: Steel Authority of India is confident that winning the iron-ore mining contract in Afghanistan will give the state-run company an edge over rivals in bids for exploring other minerals in the war-torn country.

"We are considering biding for other assets in Afghanistan too, including copper and gold blocks. We have bid and won such a big iron ore project. Once we have a base in Afghanistan, we will be in a better position to exploit other minerals too," SAIL chairman CS Verma said...Continue Reading..

Monday, January 16, 2012

National Geographic; Helping the Hazara of Afghanistan and Pakistan

The current predicament of ethnic and religious minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a cause of grave concern, and it is essential for the international community to be aware of multiple complexities and rivalries in the region. For this article I partnered with an ethnic Hazara human rights activist and Chinese-educated medical doctor, M. Saleem Javed, based in Quetta, Pakistan to provide a brief history of this threatened community and to document the challenges they are currently facing...Continue Reading....

We want Indian cos to invest. We will ensure security: Afghan minister

In a bid to transform Afghanistan from a war-ravaged nation to an economically prosperous one, its government is sparing no efforts to woo Indian investors. Afghan Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani who was in New Delhi last week spells out his expectations from India and his government’s blueprint to facilitate investments from the country to Priyadarshi Siddhanta. Excerpts:

Can you elaborate on Afghanistan’s mineral resources? How much foreign investment are you eyeing in the mining sector?

Afghanistan has a huge mineral resource base. According to global estimates, we are sitting over $ 2.5 trillion of untapped resources. We have huge copper mines at Balkhab and Aynak areas. Besides, we have substantial reserves of rich quality iron ore at Hajigak in the Bamiyan district and also virgin coal reserves. We are sure that by developing these mines, we will be able to generate much-needed employment for our people and also mobilise additional resources...Continue Reading..

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lesson in peace new hope for Afghan kids

MONDAY, 16 JANUARY 2012 01:45
An Afghan youth delegation, which is travelling in India to learn Gandhian practices and belief, wish to learn how to mobilise people from villages to protest without violence, writes Zafar Alam Khan. Apart from other characteristics India is well known for its peace policies across the globe.

The world famous peace mascots of the country like Gandhi and Buddha still attract peace lovers from across the universe; the latest example is an Afghan youth delegation that is on a-month-long tour of India to learn and practise peace.

‘Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers’ from a small village near Bamiyan, Faiz Mohammed (22), Abdul Ali (16) and Ali (15), along with their mentor Hakeem, are accompanied by three-time Noble Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly who co-coordinates ‘Voices for Creative Non-violence’ (VCNV) and British peace campaigner Maya Evans were in Bhopal to learn how to be peace activist....Continue Reading...

Chehlum observed in Quetta

QUETTA: Thousands of mourners on Sunday observed the Chehlam of Hazrat Imam Hussein (RA).

The main processions of Tazia, Alam and Zul Jinna were taken out from Punjabi Imambargah Alamdar Road which culminated at Hazara graveyard after marching on its traditional route.

Scores of mourners accompanied the procession and the scholars shed light upon the supreme sacrifice of Imam Hussein (RA), his relatives and companions at Karbala for upholding the principles of truth and justice.

City police and personnel of other law enforcing agencies had sealed the roads leading to the route of the procession while a large number of police personnel were also deployed at a various points. (APP):


Security guard killed in front of imambargah

QUETTA: In another sectarian killing incident, Musa Khan, a security guard was gunned down in Jam colony imambargah on Sunday. According to police, unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle, opened fire near the imambargah, injuring the guard. Police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. Musa Khan was shifted to the civil hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. “The motive of the killing could not be known and investigations are underway,” police said. staff report.

Daily Times

توصیه هایی به آقای محمد محقق

شبکه سراسری مردم هزاره: آقای محمد محقق نماینده مردم هزاره در پارلمان و رهبر حزب وحدت مردم افغانستان، روز اربعین در جمع صد ها تن از مردم هزاره، نکات مهمی را درباره آینده سیاسی افغانستان ایراد کردند. امروز نیز آقای محقق گفتگویی اختصاصی با تلویزیون طلوع داشتند.

گرچه نقطه اساسی گپ ما با آقای محمد محقق درباره سخن ایشان در جمع مردم هزاره می باشد اما باید یاداوری کرد که خبرنگار تلویزیون طلوع بصورت مغرضانه و گاه ناشیانه با آقای محقق مصاحبه داشت. تلویزیون طلوع که هسته اصلی اجرایی آن توسط خبرنگاران و روزنامه نگاران هزاره پایه گذاری شده و در رشد فنی و کیفی این تلویزیون خبرنگاران هزاره نقش اساسی داشتند، نگاهی سیاسی و گاه کاملا مغرضانه درباره مردم هزاره دارد. حتی در این تلویزیون به خبرنگاران هزاره مجال رشد و پیشرفت داده نمی شود و بسیاری از این خبرنگاران مجبور شدند پس از مدتی همکاری، از این تلویزیون جدا شوند. دست اندرکاران این تلویزیون مسیری را دنبال می کنند که به منافع اقتصادی آنان ضربه وارد نکند و باعث نشود تا فشار سیاسی از سوی حکومت بر آنها وارد شود. از طرف دیگر این رسانه با زیرکی به تریبون گروه قومی خاص تبدیل شده و نوع پوشش خبری، گزارش ها و مصاحبه های آن به نفع همین گروه خاص می باشد. برای مثال جوانک های خبرنگار این تلویزیون به زعم خود، آقای محقق را با سوالات بی ربط زیر فشار قرار می دهند ولی هیچگاهی به عاملان اصلی فاجعه افشار و کسانی که طالبان را فرشته های صلح می خواندند اشاره ای نمی کنند. در عوض مستقیم و غیر مستقیم برای آنان تبلیغات می کنند.

و اما گپ ما با آقای محمد محقق:

اول: مردم هزاره نیاز به یک استراتژی بلند مدت سیاسی، اقتصادی و اجتماعی دارند و همه نخبگان سیاسی، فرهنگی و اجتماعی بدون در نظر گرفتن منطقه، جای و مذهب باید در مسیر این استراتژی حرکت کنند. در این استراتژی باید بوجود آمدن امنیت برای مردم، آبادی مناطق هزاره نشین، رشد سیاسی، اقتصادی و اجتماعی، شکستن محاصره اقتصادی، سیاسی، نظامی، پیش بینی هر گونه اتفاق مانند تجزیه افغانستان و….در نظر گرفته شود. این استراتژی باید بصورت بین المللی بوده و کاملا فراتر از حکومت افغانستان و جغرافیای این کشور طرح شود. مردم هزاره در بیرون از افغانستان این قدرت و توان را دارند که در یک استراتژی بین المللی و هماهنگ قرار گرفته و افکار عمومی را در هر نقطه ای از جهان متوجه خود کنند. باقی ماندن در چارچوبه حکومت طالبی کرزی به ضرر مردم هزاره است. آن ها توانایی حرکت های منسجم بین المللی را دارند. اگر حرکت های ما صرفا واکنش هایی به حرکت های دشمنان مردم هزاره مانند حکومت افغانستان، طالبان و یا سایر گروه های سیاسی نظامی موجود باشد، ما همچنان بازنده ی صحنه خواهیم بود. باید برنامه ها را طوری تنظیم کنیم که آنها ناچار به واکنش در برابر حرکت های ما شوند و ما در یک گام جلوتر، حرکت های تازه ای داشته باشیم.

بنابراین شبکه سراسری مردم هزاره از آقای محقق به عنوان یکی از چهره های شناخته شده و برجسته مردم هزاره می خواهد چارچوب فعالیت خود را بر اساس یک استراتژی فراگیر، طبق منافع عمومی مردم هزاره، در عرصه بین المللی پیش ببرد.

دوم: تلاش های خود را برای انسجام تمام گروه های فکری، مذهبی و منطقه ای مردم هزاره آغاز کنید. همانطور که شما می دانید همه مردم هزاره شیعه مذهب نیستند. بخش بزرگی از جامعه هزاره سنی مذهب هستند و یا پیرو مذاهب دیگر می باشند. جامعه هزاره به خردورزی و تعقل جمعی برای تکثر رسیده و در مسیر دموکراسی در خطه ی افغانستان پیشتاز می باشند. هزاره های غیر شیعه می توانند قدرت و بازوی قوی و قدرتمند جامعه هزاره باشند که از دورترین نقطه مانند بدخشان تا تخار، قندوز، بغلان، پنجشیر، بلخ، سرپل، جوزجان، فاریاب، بادغیس ، غور و خارج از افغانستان پراکندگی جمعیتی دارند. حضور این بخش بزرگ جامعه هزاره در کنار بخش دیگر، توان و قدرت مردم هزاره را چند برابر می کند و سد آهنینی علیه دشمنان مردم هزاره خواهد ساخت.

سوم: اتحاد با سایر تورکان افغانستان باید عمیق تر شود و این اتحاد باید در عرصه بین المللی با سایر تورکان جهان وسعت پیدا کند. مردم هزاره در افغانستان می توانند قدرت اصلی تورکان محسوب شوند و بدون اتحاد مردم هزاره با سایر تورکان، همه گروه های مردمی تورکان، همچنان وضعیت ناگواری را که تجربه می کنیم ادامه خواهند داد. دست های زیادی سعی در ایجاد تفرقه میان تورکان دارند که باید مراقب آنان بود و توطئه های آنان را با درایت جامعه تورک خنثی کرد.

چهارم: آقای محقق نیاز به سیاست و پالسی شفاف و روشن دارد. قرار گرفتن در کنار دشمنان درجه یک مردم هزاره همچون سیاف و کرزی به هیچ جایی راه نمی برد. این اقدامات تنها باعث کم شدن جایگاه سیاسی ایشان و ضربه زدن به وجهه عمومی و منافع مردم هزاره می شود. بوجود آمدن جبهه جدید همراه با جنرال رشید دوستم و مسعود اگر بر طبق منافع مردم هزاره باشد و بتوان از سرکشی ها و دسیسه های سیاسی و غیر سیاسی دشمنان مردم هزاره جلوگیری کرد مفید می باشد. گسترش همکاری ها با تورکان افغانستان که هزاره ها نیز جزیی از آنان می باشند، همچنان که گفته شد اهمیت خاص دارد و در استراتژی بلند مدتی که ذکر کردیم باید در نظر گرفته شود. سایر تورکان افغانستان بويژه مردم اوزبیک مانند مردم هزاره قربانیان اصلی ظلم و استبداد جامعه افغانی بوده اند و در چند دهه گذشته ثابت کرده اند که متحدان دایمی و صادقی برای مردم هزاره می باشند.

با این وجود در جبهه و ائتلاف جدید شما آقای مسعود و طرفداران ایشان با خلوص نیت حضور ندارند و تا هنوز برای ایشان همان قائده ی متحجرانه برادر بزرگ مطرح است. نوع بازتاب خبری کنفرانس برلین در رسانه های وابسته به ایشان بخوبی نشان می دهد که آنان تلاش دارند تا از وزنه ی سیاسی مردم هزاره بکاهند و بهره برداری موقت سیاسی خود را داشته باشند. شما باید به آقایان مسعود و سایر رهبران تاجیک بقبولانید که بازی سیاسی با مردم هزاره و اوزبیک ممکن است بصورت موقت منافعی را برای خود آنان داشته باشد اما در دراز مدت به نفع مردم محترم تاجیک نمی باشد. آن ها زمانی می توانند متحدان صادقی برای مردم هزاره باشند که آنچنانکه هست، مردم هزاره و اوزبیک را به عنوان وزنه های سیاسی و اجتماعی مهم و متحد در جامعه بشناسند و دسیسه های سیاسی را کنار بگذارند و تلاش نکنند که بین تورکان هزاره و اوزبیک جدایی انداخته و خود با تیم حاکم قبیلوی افغانستان معامله کنند. از آنها بخواهید در حرکت هایی مانند مبارزه با حملات کوچی ها با شما همراه باشند و برای توقف کامل کوچی گری در افغانستان وارد عمل شوند. گرچه آنان حملات کوچی ها را تنها حمله به هزاره ها می پندارند و خود را در حاشیه امن احساس می کنند اما این حملات در دراز مدت به ضرر مردم تاجیک نیز هست. هم ائتلافی خود همچون آقای مسعود را با مواضع و عملکرد آنان در مواردی مانند حملات کوچی ها بسنجید و تا هنگامی که کاملا قانع نشده اید که آنان با ائتلاف با مردم هزاره و اوزبیک به عنوان یک استراتژی برای منفعت جمعی می نگرند، به رفتار آنان با دیده ی شک بنگرید و حرکتی برای حرکت ضد ائتلافی آنان داشته باشید.

پنجم: آقای محقق نباید تنها در حلقه ی فکری تعدادی از قلم بدستان و اهالی سیاست مردم هزاره محدود بماند. در زمانی که تمام نیروهای فکری و سیاسی دشمنان مردم هزاره با یکدیگر متحدانه عمل می کنند و برای آنان طالب، افغان ملتی، راوایی، حکمتیاری و…مطرح نیست، نیروهای فکری مردم هزاره نیز باید متحدانه عمل کنند تا تمام توطئه ها علیه مردم ما خنثی شده و در مسیر امن و مطمئن قرار بگیریم. معمولا دلسوزترین نیروهای فکری مردم هزاره در خارج از حلقه چهره های شناخته شده سیاسی هزاره قرار دارند. کوشش کنید از توانایی های فکری و خلاق آنان در ساختن استراتژی بلند مدت و پیش بردن آن یاری بخواهید و کوشش نکنید تا همیشه نام و نشان گروه و حزب شما در آنجا باشد. اگر مهم اصلی که منفعت جمعی مردم هزاره می باشد در نظر باشد، حرکت باید جمعی باشد و در حرکت جمعی هیچکس نباید حرکت ها را به نفع شخصی و یا گروهی خود مصادره کند. چرا که در ابتدا این اقدامات باعث خارج شدن از استراتژی اصلی برای حفظ مردم ما می شود و پراکندگی نیروها و اقشار موثر هزاره را بوجود آورده و حملات دشمنان مردم هزاره را آسان تر می کند. شما بخوبی می دانید که حملات بر مردم هزاره در افغانستان همیشه خونین بوده است.

ششم: مردم هزاره نیاز به سی ان ان هزاره ها دارند. شبکه تلویزیونی قدرتمندی که نام شما و گروه شما یا گروه دیگری بر آن نباشد و بصورت شبکه ای بین المللی همچون سی ان ای و الجزیره فعالیت گسترده بین المللی با توجه ويژه ای به وضعیت مردم هزاره در نقاط مختلف جهان از جمله افغانستان، پاکستان داشته باشد. لازم به تذکر نیست که نیروی کار و استعداد انجام چنین پروژه ای در بین مردم هزاره وجود دارد اما این نیرو و استعداد توانایی جمع آوری کمک های مالی لازم را ندارد. به شما توصیه می کنیم در این مورد اقدام کنید تا با راه اندازی شبکه ای قدرتمند و بین المللی افکار عمومی جهان را تحت تاثیر قرار داده و در سیاست های داخلی و بین المللی تاثیر گذار بر مردم هزاره، دخالت موثر داشته باشیم.

هفتم: وضیعت امنیت شخصی خود را تا چند برابر بالاتر ببرید. این به این منظور نیست که رابطه شما با مردم قطع شود یا فیلتر های بیشتری در ارتباط با مردم قرار دهید. گروه های استخباراتی و تروریستی داخلی، منطقه ای و بین المللی تلاش برای حذف فیزیکی شما دارند. حضور و ادامه کار شما به عنوان یکی از عناصر تاثیر گذار در جامعه هزاره، طبق استراتژی و پالیسی مشخص و تعیین شده برای منفعت جمعی مردم هزاره لازم و ضروری می باشد.

شبکه سراسری مردم هزاره

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Australian Hazara Amini footbal player of the year

گفتگوها برای استخراج معدن حاجیگگ در مرکز افغانستان آغاز می‌شود

معدن آهن حاجیگک حدود دو میلیارد تن آهن دارد که استخراج برای دولت افغانستان سالانه سیصد میلیون دلار درآمد دارد
وزارت معادن افغانستان اعلام کرده که گفتگوها در باره اجرای پروژه استخراج معدن حاجیگک را به زودی با شرکت های هندی و کانادایی آغاز می کند.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

A visit to Daikundi province in central Afghanistan.

Japan assists $25 million to education sector in Afghanistan

By GHANIZADA - Thu Jan 12, 5:22 pm

Japan announced an aid package of USD 25 million for the construction of schools in Bamiyan, Daikundi and Ghor provinces of Afghanistan.

The agreement was signed between Education Ministry of Afghanistan, Japan Ambassador to Afghanistan and UNICEF representative for Afghanistan.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Education of Afghananistan, the aid package will be spent to construct schools in regions where people do not have access to proper education facilities.

The source further added, the construction work of schools will be completed in the three years.
Afghan Education Minister Farooq Wardak quoted in the press release said, the Education Ministry of Afghanistan struggling to pave the way for providing education for all and is looking to arrange education facilities in all provinces of Afghanistan.

In the meantime, Japan Ambassador to Afghanistan Richero Takahashi while pointing towards the importance of education in Afghanistan said, the new package is vital for the reconstruction of schools in Afghanistan despite more than 50% of of provinces in Afghanistan lacks education infrastructures.

According to sources in Afghan Education Ministry, more than 8 million population of Afghanistan is comprised of school students.

Khaama Press

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Is the U.S. coming to terms with the Taliban?

Afghan students win scholarships to study in Turkey

Mohammad Reza Wefaq is a 24-year-old engineering undergraduate now studying in Ankara, Turkey’s capital city. “I was studying in Bamiyan University in Afghanistan before I came to Turkey,” he says. “The Turkish government pay 100 per cent of my costs to study here and without it I would never have been able to pay the fees. I, too, have found the people to be lovely. My friends here are wonderful.”...Continue Reading...

Victim’s family one step closer to final goodbye

AFTER feeling like all hope was lost, the refugee family of the man killed in the Ladysmith crash last month are only one step away from being able to find closure.
Following an influx of kindness from refugee networks across Australia, the family now have enough money to buy airfares to attend Sarwar Rezai’s funeral and give him a proper burial which is important under Shiite Islam. Australian Migration Options agent Libby Hogarth said they had raised $7000 after sending out a plea for donations and that would be enough to cover the airfares for Mr Rezai’s wife, four children and grandchild who currently live in Quetta, Pakistan.....Continue Reading.....

Berlin Negotiations; TOLOnews 10 JANUARY 2012

Hazaragi arts

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Five die due suffocation to in Quetta, Kuchlak

QUETTA: Five people including three children died due to suffocation in the provincial capital Quetta and adjoining town Kuchlak at night between Saturday and Sunday.

Police sources said gas supply to the areas was suspendedat Saturday night. Later, when people were sleeping, gas supply was restored late night which caused gas suffocation. Police further said that a couple identified as Salman and his wife Gul Khanam were killed in their house Hazara Town of Quetta city. Three children of Molvi Rehmatullah also died in Khuchlak Town, some 25 kilometers from Quetta.

They were identified as 10-year-old Hikmat, eight-year-old Zul-Qaida and 13-year-old Shakira Bibi.

The bodies were handed over to the heirs after legal formalities, Police said.

It is pertinent to mention here that presently Quetta and outskirts have been experiencing minus 11 C temperatures and cold, frosty and cloudy weather. (APP)


نگرانی نهاد‌های حقوق بشر پاکستان از وضعیت بلوچستان

محمد زاهد
به روز شده: 17:30 گرينويچ - 08 ژانويه 2012 - 18 دی 1390

نهادهای فعال در زمینه حمایت از حقوق بشر در پاکستان از نقض گسترده حقوق بشر در ایالت بلوچستان این کشور نگرانند.
فعالان نهادهای مدافع حقوق بشر در پاکستان مدعی‌ هستند که دستگاه استخباراتی (اطلاعاتی) و امنیتی پاکستان، فعالان سیاسی بلوچ را، سر به نیست می کنند.

مدافعان حقوق بشر می‌گویند، قتل های هدفمند، ناپدید شدن فعالان سیاسی و همچنین تنش های فرقه ای در ایالت بلوچستان افزایش یافته است.
نهاد های مدافع حقوق بشر حکومت ایالتی را متهم می کنند که نتوانسته است جلو نقض حقوق بشر و افراط گرایی را در بلوچستان بگیرد.
ملک ظهور شاه‌وانی رئیس بخش بلوچستان کمیسیون حقوق بشر پاکستان، می‌گوید وضعیت حقوق بشر در پاکستان به شدت نگران کننده است.
آقای شاه‌وانی به بی بی سی گفت: "چند سال است که در ارتباط با افراد ناپدید شده در برابر "پرس کلوب" ( اتحادیه روزنامه نگاران) مردم دست به اعتراض می زنند. اما تا امروز کسی نپرسیده است که شما چرا اعتراض می کنید و کسی فریاد آنها را نمی شنود.
این مسئول محلی کمیسیون حقوق بشر پاکستان همچنین گفت موارد گروگانگیری برای دریافت پول بیشتر شده و در شهر کویته افراد مشهور، در امان نیستند.
او با اشاره به حادثه‌‌ای که در آن شماری از هزاره‌های پاکستان کشته شدند اشاره کرد: "شما حادثه 'ماستونگ' را بیاد دارید که در ۲۸ نفر از اتوبوس پائین آورده شدند و پس از آنکه اسناد شان بررسی شد همه کشته شدند."
در سپتامبر ۲۰۱۱ میلادی، افراد مسلح ناشناس، در منطقه ای موسوم به "ماستونگ"، ۲۸ نفر از هزاره ها را که عازم ایران بودند، از اتوبوس پیاده کرده و آنها را کشتند.

بعدا گروهی موسوم به لشکر جنگهوی، مسئولیت این حادثه را بعهده گرفت.
این حادثه و حوادث مشابه دیگر در کویته پاکستان که قربانیان آن حوادث نیز هزاره های کویته بودند، اعتراض های گسترده ای را در اروپا آسترالیا و خود پاکستان به دنبال داشت.

ملی گرایان بلوچ

احزاب ملی گرای بلوچ نیز مدعی‌اند که تا کنون صدها تن از اعضای آنها ناپدید شده‌اند.
گروهی موسوم به "گروه کمپاین بلوچ های نا پدید شده" سازمانهای استخباراتی پاکستان را متهم می کنند.
نصیر بلوچ، یکی از اعضای این گروه به بی بی سی گفت، آنها اسناد زیادی را درمورد افراد نا پدید شده، جمع آوری کرده اند.
آقای بلوچ افزود: "ما یک فهرست دیگر را جور (آماده) کرده ایم که در آن شماری بلوچ های ناپدید شده تا ۲۰۰ نفر می رسد. برعلاوه ما اجساد پوسیده بیش از ۳۰۰ بلوچ دیگر راهم پیدا کرده ایم. بر اساس یافته های ما، شمار بلوچ های که لادرک (ناپدید) شده اند به ۱۶۰۰ نفر می رسند".
اعضای خانواده افراد نا پدید شده، در سالهای گذشته بارها در کویته و همچنین شهر کراچی، دست به اعتصاب غذا زده اند تظاهرات کرده اند اما آنگونه که مسئولان کمیسیون حقوق بشر پاکستان نیز می گوید، صدای آنها شنیده نشده است.
قدیر بلوچ یکی از آنها است. او می‌گوید پسرش اول نا پدید شد و پس از مدتی جسدش پیدا شد.
آقای بلوچ به بی بی سی گفت: "فرزند من جلیل ریگی، عضو حزب جمهوریخواه بلوچستان بود. او در سال ۲۰۰۹ ناپدید شد. افراد آی اس آی او را از نزدیک خانه ما در بلوچستان با خود بردند و سه سال بعد جنازه او را به ما دادند. گناه او این بود که برای ملک (کشور) خود مبارزه می کرد و صدای خود را برای مردم خود بلند کرده بود".

اتهام متقابل

اما مقامات پاکستان دست داشتن دستگاه های اطلاعاتی این کشور در نا پدید شدن فعالان سیاسی در کویته پاکستان را رد می کنند ولی از وضعیت امنیتی در ایالت بلوچستان به شدت، نگران هستند.

رحمان مالک، وزیر کشور پاکستان می‌گوید حکومت برای تامین امنیت در بلوچستان تمام امکانات خود را به کار خواهد بست.
وزیر کشور پاکستان مبارزان بلوچ را عامل افزایش خشونت و نا امنی در کویته و در کل بلوچستان می‌داند.
دشواری فعالیت خبرنگاران
افزایش خشونت، در بلوچستان عرصه را برای خبرنگاران نیز تنگ کرده است. خبرنگاران فعال در بلوچستان می گویند، آنها را از یک طرف با خشونت شورشیان دچارند و از سوی دیگر کنترل و اعمال محدودیت از سوی مقام های دولتی دست آنها را در تحقیق و ارائه گزارش های دقیق از وضعیت بلوچستان بسته است.
اعضای انجمن خبرنگاران در کویته مرکز بلوچستان می گویند، در دو سال گذشته بیش از ده روزنامه نگار در کویته و اطراف آن کشته شده‌اند.

BBC Farsi

Friday, January 6, 2012

Trains Face a Rough Political Terrain

HAIRATAN, Jan 6, 2012 (IPS) - Last month the first cargo train crossed the ‘Friendship Bridge’ from Uzbekistan to the border town Hairatan in northern Afghanistan, and rolled along 75 kilometres of newly laid track to Mazar-e-Sharif. The importance of the northern trade route - which connects Central Asia’s Northern Distribution Network (NDN) to Afghanistan - has increased since the U.S. and Pakistan’s relationship drastically soured...Reading Continue....

What’s Up With All the Unesco Sites?

WORLD HERITAGE is big business, bringing hordes of tourists to poor countries that can use the jobs and the cash. It can also overwhelm the very sites it is designed to protect with all the less-savory aspects of mass travel, from chain hotels and restaurants to the impact of thousands of sport-shoed feet treading on fragile ground.....Continue Reading.....

Norway to deport a young Hazara asylum seeker to danger

Just after a few weeks after a bloody attack on Hazaras in Kabul and within new diplomatic dialogue between the Obama regime and the Taliban, the Norwegian authorities have decided to deport a young Hazara asylum seeker back to a perilous situation.

M. Mozamil Azimi is an eighteen year old Hazara boy, his home country is in the midst of an international crisis and public interest , ongoing now for more than a decade. This country is called Afghanistan, and one of the worst places in the world in which to be born according to Save the Children Fund. It is also a country with the lowest rate of human/economic development according to the United Nations....Continue Reading...

فرهنگیان برگشته از ایران؛ در برزخ خویشی و بیگانگی

اخیرا کمیساریای عالی سازمان ملل در امور پناهندگان اعلام کرد که سیاست هایش در یک دهه اخیر در افغانستان کاملا اشتباه آمیز بوده است. آن مرجع می گفت 25 درصد جمعیت فعلی افغانستان را بازگشتگان از ایران و پاکستان تشکیل داده اند اما برنامه ای برای اشتغال آنها سنجیده نشده بود.
عده ای از کسانی که با بی بی سی در تماس بوده اند می گفتند یافتن کار برای تحصیل کردگانی که به ویژه از ایران باز می گردند امر دشواری بوده است و آنها بخاطر لهجه و شاید عادت هایی که در عالم مهاجرت فرا گرفته اند مورد بی مهری هایی قرار می گیرند..................................................Continue Reading.....

مادر چهارقلوهای بامیانی در سوگ فرزندان

پزشکان در مرکز ولایت بامیان گفته اند زنی که اخیرا در این ولایت چهارگانگی به دنیا آورده بود، هر چهار کودکش را از دست داده و خودش هم به شدت دچار سوء تغذیه است.
مسئولان اداره صحت (بهداشت) در بامیان گفته اند این خانم که "وزیر" نام دارد، ۳۸ ساله است و در ولسوالی دور افتاده ورس زندگی می کند، مسئولان یک درمانگاه محلی در ورس می گویند وقتی او به درمانگاه محلی مراجعه کرد، وضعیت سلامتی اش به شدت نگران کننده بود و از سوء تغذیه رنج می برد...........................Continue Reading....

Thursday, January 5, 2012

National Park in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

یک مسجد در دایکندی حریق شد

نیلی (پژواک، ١٥جدى٩٠): مسوولين محلى ميگويند یک مسجد در ولسوالی اشترلی ولایت دایکندی که از آن براى تدريس شاگردان نيز استفاده صورت ميگرفت، حریق شد.آصف خان سرپرست قوماندانی امنیۀ دایکندی، امروز (١٥جدی) به آژانس خبری پژواک گفت که این حادثه، شب گذشته در قریه مُربلاغ ولسوالی اشترلی صورت گرفت....continue reading...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mullah Mohammad Fazl, responsible for Shia Hazara genocide in Afghanistan, about to be released by Obama administration

Adding to the miseries of Hazara Shias, who are already living under the severe kind of persecution and violence in Pakistani provincial capital Quetta at the hands of radical Shia haters i.e. likes of Malik Ishaq who had been released earlier this year as a result of so called peace deal between Pakistani security establishment and the banned outfits to placate the sectarian organization, Obama administration is all set to hand over another notorious Shia killer Mullah Mohammed Fazl to Afghanistan as part of a long-shot bid to improve prospects of peace deal in Afghanistan. Mullah Mohammed Fazl is a high risk detainee held at Guantanamo Bay military prison since earlier 2002. Mullah was held responsible by the UN for the massacre of thousands of Hazara Shias in Bamian and Yakaolang between 1998 and 2001 during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan....Continue Reading...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hindus and Hazaras facing problems in Pak: HRCP

Press Trust Of India
Islamabad, January 01, 2012

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan chief Zohra Yousuf has said that members of the minority Hindu and Hazara communities had been compelled to seek sanctuary abroad as they were facing numerous problems within the country.

Yousuf made the remarks while speaking at the launch of a HRCP report on problems faced by religious minorities at the Karachi Press Club last week.

She expressed concern at growing problems confronting the minorities.

The growing threats to minorities had been compounded by the government’s failure to take measures to address them.

Targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, and incidents of violence and intimidation linked to religion had shaken the confidence of minorities in the state’s ability to effectively protect them, she said.

Shia Hazaras from Balochistan and Hindus had felt compelled to seek sanctuary abroad, she said.

At the same time, raising the issue of the rights of non-Muslims too had become increasingly dangerous, she said.

Yousuf noted that the authorities had failed to make any breakthrough in apprehending the killers of federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian.

Bhatti was gunned down by terrorists near his home in Islamabad last year after he criticised the controversial blasphemy law.

The government has not taken any action on promises of revising or repealing laws misused by radical elements to persecute the minorities, Yousuf said.

Authorities remained passive spectators in the face of hate speeches against religious minorities and this emboldened those who instigated violence, she added.

The government’s commission for minorities was an eyewash and there is no effective forum to protect minorities from intimidation and discrimination, she said.

The government had also failed to take steps to prevent forced conversions and to give minorities adequate representation in parliament, Yousuf said.

Hindustan Times

TOLOnews 01 January 2012 KANKASH