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Thursday, April 24, 2014

فرقہ واریت میں 2090 افراد ہلاک، سزا کسی کو نہیں

ایوب ترین

بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد

آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعرات 24 اپريل 2014 ,‭ 20:37 GMT 01:37 PST

اعداد و شمار کے مطابق پاکستان کے قبائلی علاقوں اور بلوچستان میں ہلاکتوں کی تعداد سب سے زیادہ جبکہ صوبہ خیبر پختونخوا میں سب سے کم ہے

حکومتِ پاکستان کا کہنا ہے کہ گذشتہ سات برسوں میں ملک میں فرقہ وارانہ دہشت گردی میں اب تک 2090 افراد مارے جا چکے ہیں لیکن حزب اختلاف نے ان اعداد و شمار کو غلط قرار دیتے ہوئے انہیں مسترد کر دیا ہے۔

سینٹ کا اجلاس بدھ کی شام کو ڈپٹی چیئرمین صابر بلوچ کی صدارت میں منعقد ہوا۔

وقفہ سوالات میں خاتون سینیٹر سیدہ صغریٰ امام کی جانب سے پوچھے گئے ایک سوال کے جواب میں وفاقی وزیر بلیغ الرحمان نے ایوان کو بتایا ہے کہ سال 2008 سے رواں برس مارچ کے مہینے تک قبائلی علاقے میں 866، بلوچستان میں 737 ، سندھ میں 252، پنجاب میں 104، خیبر پختونخوا میں 22، گلگت بلتستان میں 103، دارالحکومت اسلام آباد میں 5 افراد فرقہ وارا نہ دہشت گردی کانشانہ بنے۔ جبکہ آزاد جموں کشمیر میں اس دوران فرقہ دہشت گردی کا کوئی واقعہ پیش نہیں آیا ہے۔

اعداد و شمار کے مطابق پاکستان کے قبائلی علاقوں اور بلوچستان میں ہلاکتوں کی تعداد سب سے زیادہ جبکہ صوبہ خیبر پختونخوا میں سب سے کم ہے۔

انہوں نے بتایا کہ ان واقعات کے الزام میں اب تک 173 افراد گرفتار ہوچکے ہیں۔جن میں سے 26 کا تعلق پنجاب، 139 گلگت بلتستان اور آٹھ کا بلوچستان سے ہے۔ جبکہ سندھ، صوبہ خیبر پختونخوا، قبائلی علاقوں اور اسلام آباد سے کوئی ملزم گرفتار نہیں ہوسکا ہے۔

2008 سے مارچ 2014

"قبائلی علاقے میں 866، بلوچستان میں 737 ، سندھ میں 252، پنجاب میں 104، خیبر پختونخوا میں 22، گلگت بلتستان میں 103، دارالحکومت اسلام آباد میں 5 افراد فرقہ وارا نہ دہشت گردی کانشانہ بنے۔ جبکہ آزاد جموں کشمیر میں اس دوران فرقہ دہشت گردی کا کوئی واقعہ پیش نہیں آیا ہے۔"

حکومتی رپورٹ

حزب اختلاف کی جماعتوں نے حکومتی اعداد و شمار کو مسترد کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ کراچی، بلوچستان اورخیبر پختونخوا میں ہزاروں کی تعداد میں لوگ فرقہ وارانہ دہشت گردی کا نشانہ بن چکے ہیں۔

پختونخوا ملی عوامی پارٹی کے سینٹر عبدالرؤف لالا نے کہا کہ صرف بلوچستان میں فرقہ وارانہ دہشت گردی کا نشانہ بنے والے ہزارہ قبیلے اور شیعہ فرقے سے تعلق رکھنے والے افراد کی تعداد مذکورہ اعداد و شمار سے کئی گنا زیادہ ہے۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ اگر حکومت کے اعداد و شمار کو صحیح تسلیم بھی کیا جائے۔ تو آٹھ افراد کی گرفتاری حکومت کی ناکامی کا   ....Continue Reading....واضع ثبوت ہے۔

Sectarian violence: Over 2,000 people killed in 5 years, Interior Ministry tells Senate

By Irfan Ghauri
Published: April 23, 2014

Killings per district: Fata (867), Balochistan (737), Sindh (252), Punjab (104), G-B (103) and K-P (22). PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed by the Interior Ministry on Wednesday that the monster of sectarianism had devoured at least 2,090 lives over past five years, with militancy hit Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on top with 867 killings.

The figures were revealed in a written reply from the ministry of interior during the question hour.

Balochistan, which has seen deadly attacks on the resident Shia Hazara community, witnessed 737 killings.

Sindh, where a number of doctors, professors religious leaders belonging to the their sect have been targeted in recent years, 252 were killed over sectarian differences between January 2008-January 2009.

Punjab, which saw some of the worst riots in the country last year following a clash of two groups in Rawalpindi on Ashura that resulted in a curfew, 104 people were killed in sectarian violence over five years.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 22. Gilgit-Baltistan, which has belied its largely peaceful outlook with incidents of sectarian violence, saw 103 people falling victim to sectarian violence. Five people lost their lives in Islamabad in sectarian attacks.

The exact number will probably be a bit higher since the reply provided covered the period from January 2008 to January 2014.

Senators from different political parties contested the figures provided by the ministry and also asked the state minister about number of convictions of those who were arrested on charges of sectarian violence.

However, the minister did not answer that question, further irking the members.

Madrassas getting funding from aboard

The government also confirmed during Wednesday’s session that some seminaries were getting financial support from abroad.

“Some seminaries/madrassahs in the country are receiving financial support from foreign Islamic countries. The remittances are received through banking channels,” the interior ministry confirmed in its written reply to a question by Pakistan Peoples Partys Sugra Imam....Continue Reading....

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hazara Graveyard

Hazara Parkour: ARY News

Monday, April 14, 2014

Keeping the Flame of Art Alive in Balochistan

The Crowd: By Shazia Batool
Shazia Batool’s conversations – about Quetta, about the worsening situation and the burgeoning art scene – are filled with dramatic gasps and sharp intakes of breath but beneath her excitable exterior lies a steely resolve. This is evident in the stories she chooses to tell: How she wheeled herself into Quetta’s Serena Hotel and insisted that its managers let her exhibit her paintings; how, as a physically-handicapped person, she manages to live in an environment not exactly friendly to the disabled, how she migrated to neighbouring Iran with her mother but, after living there for two years, decided to return alone and resume her life in Quetta..............The Hazara community has its own initiatives. On the day I meet and speak with Batool, I visit one such community space. Amongst the mass of homes and shops and restaurants in crowded Mariabad, is a seemingly unassuming door with a small plaque that says, in a near-silent whisper, Sketch Club. The ‘club’ was started in 2008 by Fazil Mousavi, a respected elder of the community. For the very low fee of 1,000 rupees a month for each student, on the rooftop of a katcha house and surrounded by the panoramic view of mountains, local children are taught art. Some are being rigorously trained to sit the entrance exam for the NCA; others are much younger. I strike up conversation with a chirpy hijab-clad seven-year-old. Another young girl tells me how she protested to her family until they allowed her to start drawing. Yet another wants to go to Lahore and study miniature. As the sun starts making its lazy descent down the sky and the blinding light creates dark shadows, students sit around a still-life and studiously sketch. At the end of each year, the Sketch Club holds a student exhibition where the works are put up for sale. Mousavi believes that art should be accessible to all and the art pieces are thus priced accordingly — much of it ends up being bought. There used to be a local art gallery in Mariabad, a teacher at the Sketch Club tells me, but its owner shut shop and migrated to Australia.....Continue Reading.... 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

کوئٹہ میں دو ہزارہ شیعہ افراد فائرنگ میں ہلاک

محمد کاظم

بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، کوئٹہ

آخری وقت اشاعت: اتوار 13 اپريل 2014 ,‭ 20:16 GMT 01:16 PST

پولیس اہلکار کا کہنا تھا کہ ابتدائی تفتیش کے مطابق یہ فرقہ وارانہ ٹارگٹ کلنگ کا واقعہ ہے

پاکستان کے صوبہ بلوچستان کے دارالحکومت کوئٹہ میں فائرنگ کے ایک واقعہ میں ہزارہ شیعہ برادری سے تعلق رکھنے والے دو افرادکو ہلاک کر دیا گیا ہے۔

پولیس کے مطابق دونوں افراد کو ہفتے کی شام نامعلوم مسلح افراد نے سریاب روڈ کے علاقے میں واقع بس ٹرمینل پر ان افرا کو نشانہ بنایا۔

سریاب پولیس کے ایک اہلکار نے بی بی سی کو بتایا کہ فائرنگ سے ایک شخص جائے وقوعہ پر ہلاک ہوا جبکہ دوسرا زخمی ہوا۔ زخمی شخص کو ہسپتال لے جایا گیا جہاں وہ زخموں کی تاب نہ لاکر چل بسا۔

پولیس کے مطابق ہلاک ہونے والے دونوں افراد کا تعلق ہزارہ قبیلے سے ہے۔

پولیس اہلکار کا کہنا تھا کہ ابتدائی تفتیش کے مطابق یہ فرقہ وارانہ ٹارگٹ کلنگ کا واقعہ ہے۔

دوسری جانب ہزارہ ڈیموکریٹک پارٹی اور تحریک نفاذ فقہ جعفریہ نے دونوں افرادکی ہلاکت کے واقعے کی مذمت کی ہے۔

ہزارہ ڈیموکریٹک پارٹی کے مرکزی بیان کے مطابق سریاب روڈ پر کراچی جانے والے دو ہزارہ مسافروں کو بس سے اتار کر شناخت کرنے کے بعد ہلاک کیا گیا۔

Two Shia Hazaras gunned down in Quetta


A police officer said the deceased were singled out from a passenger bus fired upon by the militants from a very close range. – File Photo
Published 2014-04-12 23:56:06

QUETTA: Armed militants killed two people of ethnic Shia Hazara community in Sariab road area of Quetta, the capital of volatile Balochistan province on Saturday night, police said.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police Sariab Road told that armed militants singled out two members of Hazara community from a passenger bus and opened fire on them from a very close range.

He said one person was killed on the spot while the other succumbed to his wounds on his way to hospital. The attackers sped away on their motorcycles after the firing.

“The incident as an act of targeted killing,” Qureshi said. The passenger bus was preparing to leave for Karachi when intercepted by militants, he added.

Police and personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) reached the spot and launched an initial investigation into the incident.

“It is an act of sectarian terrorism,” police said.

The dead bodies of the victims were rushed to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for medico-legal formalities.

The incident took place four days after at least 17 people were killed in a blast at Sibi railway station in the province.

Quetta remained under the grip of sectarian attacks for last more than a decade. A large number of members of Hazara community have been killed in targeted killings and suicide attacks.

Quetta: Two Hazara Passengers were identified, dragged out of bus and shot dead on Saryab Road

Muhammad Nabi 

Jumma Khan 


Losing ground: 30,000 Hazaras fled Balochistan in five years

By Qaiser Butt
Published: April 12, 2014

Members of a Hazara community light candles for peace against sectarian attacks in Quetta February 15, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

With a surge in violence in Balochistan, members of minority groups have increasingly sought shelter in other parts of the country. Nearly 30,000 members of the Hazara community have migrated in the last five years, according to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Vice Chairperson Tahir Hussain Khan.

Speaking with The Express Tribune, Khan said the flow of migration increased as nearly 1,000 members of the Hazara community have been killed in targeted attacks since 2009.

Khan, who is also president of the HRCP’s Balochistan chapter, added that more than 10,000 Hindus have also fled the province as abductions-for-ransom have become routine over the last three years here.

Members of the Hazara community leaving Quetta and other parts of the province comprise businessmen, highly educated workers and senior government officials, amongst others, he said. Discussing sectarian violence in the province, Khan warned, “This conflict can turn into a civil war if it is not addressed properly at this stage.”

The Hazara community has been confined to two localities in Quetta, he pointed out – a four-kilometre radius on Alamdar Road and an 11km area within Hazara Town – after the provincial government set up security checkpoints around these residential colonies.

“They are physically isolated from the rest of the city’s population,” he said. “They are not aware of how long they will continue to be confined in such a way.” He pointed to the growing presence of religious parties in the country as a possible reason for increasing sectarian conflict.

Within classrooms, Khan said school syllabi create rifts between students of different faiths and sects, particularly when religious extremist thought is inculcated in educational institutions.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2014.