Saturday, April 13, 2019

#Pakistan - Attack on Hazara community three days after the release of LeJ Baluchistan leader.

Seerat Shehzad

 At least 16 people were killed and over 30 were injured in a blast in Quetta’s Hzaraganji market. Later the reports confirmed that the attack was aimed at the Quetta’s Shia Hazara community. Half of the people who lost their lives were Hazara people.

This fact can’t be ignored that this incident happened just three days after the release of Ramzan Mengal, the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi  (LeJ) Baluchistan.  LeJ claimed responsibility for killing 26 Shia pilgrims on 20 September 2011. Furthermore, LeJ have also killed 13 people in a brutal attack on Shia pilgrims.
In the past, LeJ also admitted Quetta bombings in February 2013 which killed 81 and wounded 178 and mostly were Shia people. Another Shia from Hazara community, Syed Muhammad Waseem Naqvi was attacked four times by LeJ but he managed to save his life.
There is a pattern that shows that Shia Hazara community has been attacked by LeJ time and again and they have also claimed the responsibility of attacking them. The release of the leader and today’s attack shows a strong connection. No one has yet taken responsibility for this attack.

#ShiaHazaraGenocide #ShiaGenocide - #Balochistan Demands Attention

There has been a wave of silence after the Quetta attack, unheard of in the aftermath of a tragedy of such scale. The Shia Hazara community in Pakistan has been the target of several attacks, however, no such attack has been identified as one of a sectarian nature and is perhaps one of the reasons why the security situation in Balochistan remains shabby. The last suicide attack was before the elections and the amount of time that has surpassed since then should have culminated into a strong response from the government and mainstream media. However, the mainstream media did not vehemently pursue the news story. This has resulted in a lack of debate over the sensitivity of the matter and further marginalisation of an already persecuted minority.
At the same time, such reporting is a disservice to the cause of security. Our security establishment has been able to take control of the situation in other provinces quite diligently but the matter of Balochistan is almost always brushed under the rug. This attack, in fact, resulted when a group of Hazara community was being escorted to the market place along with a security entourage. The fact that people of the community have to be accompanied by security personnel for their day to day matters shows that there is a lapse in the security situation and perhaps it is time that a special focus is granted to Balochistan. The people of the community stage sit-ins because the situation for them has not improved while living in their own country.
Another area for concern is the report which the Senate sought on the attack. Targeted killings against the Hazara community have been a known fact in the country for quite some time now. Another report will only acknowledge the fact rather than mobilising the intelligentsia and the armed forces to work out a plan of action specifically for the region of Balochistan, especially due to the sensitive state of matters in the province. Senator Rehman Malik also pointed out the possibility of external influences at the Senate meeting. In such a scenario, the efforts to take control of the situation should be doubled along with a concentrated effort from the federal and provincial governments to implement the National Action Plan (NAP). This incident will leave the FATF team with a lot of questions regarding Pakistan’s security situation. If those are to be removed, Balochistan demands attention.

#ShiaHazaraGenocide #ShiaGenocide - 509 Hazaras killed in terror-related incidents during last five years in Quetta: NCHR report

A report released by National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) on Monday stated that 509 members of Hazara community were killed and 627 injured in various incidents of terrorism in Quetta during the last five years.
The NCHR report titled "Understanding the Agonies of Ethnic Hazaraz" lists the incidents of attacks on Hazara community from January 2012 to Dec 2017, based on the data shared by the Balochistan home department.
Narrating heartbreaking details about the plight of Hazara community, NCHR official Fazeela Alyani said, "All these precious lives were lost only in Quetta city."
However, the regional head of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) places the figure much higher than what was being quoted by NCHR.
"More than 200 Hazaras were killed only in two suicide attacks in this period," Bostan Ali Kishmand said.
Targeted killings, suicide attacks, and bomb blasts have inflicted harm to daily life, education, and business activities of ethnic Hazara community members in Quetta, read the NCHR report.
“Fear and intimidation forced them [Hazaras] to migrate to foreign countries,” Fazeela Alyani said.
The report, however, mentions that 19 platoons of Frontier Corps were deployed at Marri Abad and Hazara Town for the protection of Hazara community.
Moreover, law enforcement officials continue to provide security to thousands of Shia pilgrims travelling from Quetta to Taftan in the aftermath of repeated acts of terrorism, read the NCHR report.
"There has been no issue of Balochs or Pashtuns with Hazaras in Balochistan," the commission quoted Senator Kabir Muhammad Shahi of National Party as saying in its report.
Similarly, the commission also quoted Senator Usman Kakar of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), who said, "We [as Pashtuns] have always helped the Hazara community and would do so in future as well."
The commission also sought the opinion of media with regard to targeted killings of Hazaras. The respondents from Hazara community said that international media is more supportive rather than national media, the report said.
The report highlights the plight of students from Hazara community and their troubles in getting education.
"Target killings forced Hazara students to abandon their education," Alyani said. She said law and order situation severely affected the education of youth.
By Syed Ali Shah Updated March 20, 2018

Editorial: #QuettaAttack #Hazarganji blast is proof of #Pakistan's failure to protect the #Hazara community

ONCE again, the streets of Quetta have witnessed a bloodbath, shattering the illusion that a semblance of peace had returned to the Balochistan capital.
At least 20 people were reportedly killed in the blast in the city’s Hazarganji area at a vegetable market on Friday.
Nearly half of the victims belong to the embattled Shia Hazara community, and the attack has raised concerns whether it signals a return to the bloodletting of old targeting this group.
While a senior Quetta police official said the Hazara were, indeed, the target of the attack, the Balochistan home minister contradicted the claim, saying the atrocity did not target ‘a specific community’.
Of course, the Hazara have faced intense violence in Balochistan, with targeted killings being a regular feature in the past, while in January and February 2013, over 200 community members were massacred in two massive blasts in Quetta.
While the frequency of attacks against the Hazara had come down considerably over the past few months, Friday’s attack shows just how vulnerable the community in particular and the population in general in Quetta is.
The fact that the community’s traders have to be accompanied by an armed FC escort to the Hazarganji vegetable market to ward off potential attacks reflects the level of anxiety and tension that the Hazara people face; an FC trooper was amongst those killed in Friday’s blast.
All this points to an abnormal, surreal existence for the Hazara, and more importantly, indicates that the forces responsible for sectarian violence in Balochistan are still very much capable of wreaking havoc.
While the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi was responsible for earlier attacks, it needs to be investigated which outfits are behind the latest violence.
Last month, a number of Levies personnel were killed by TTP militias in Ziarat; does this point to new players in the game of sectarian militancy in Balochistan?
The BAP-led Balochistan government, and the federal administration must take solid steps to root out the infrastructure of violence in Quetta and the rest of Balochistan.
Cosmetic steps may bring temporary respite, but what the administration and security establishment must do is attack the core of the problem: militant and sectarian groups active in the province.
The Quetta ‘Safe City’ project has reportedly run into delays; this bureaucratic lethargy needs to be addressed as it is costing valuable lives.
With better policing and intelligence-based operations, the elements responsible for acts of terrorism in Balochistan can be neutralised, provided the civil and military leadership give the issue the importance it deserves.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addresses the press in Khalidabad, District Ghotki

Pakistani senate panel seeks report from govt on action taken after Balochistan attacks

The committee took notice of the two attacks in Balochistan on Friday that killed 23 people.

A Pakistani Senate panel Saturday sought a report from the interior ministry on the action taken against terrorists and banned outfits involved in the killing of Hazaras, a day after a suicide blast targeting the minority Shia community killed 21 people in restive Balochistan province.
A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior took serious notice of the two deadly terror attacks in Balochistan on Friday.
In the first attack, a suicide bomber blew himself in the Hazarganj fruits and vegetable market in provincial capital Quetta killing around 21 people and injuring 60 others, mostly Hazaras.
Those killed included 10 members of the Hazara Shia community, two children and security personnel.
In the second attack in the evening in Chaman city, two civilians were killed and 10 others injured when militants planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on a motorcycle parked on Mall Road. The blast occurred when a Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle carrying troops was passing through.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan later claimed responsibility for the Hazarganj blast. It said the blast was carried out in collaboration with the banned Lashkar-e-Jhagvi outfit but there was no confirmation from the latter.
The LeJ is a Sunni militant group, which has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks against the Shia community in Pakistan, including the 2013 blasts in Quetta that killed over 200 Hazara Shias.
The Senate panel also sought a report about the release of activists of the banned outfits in the near past in Balochistan.
Senator Rehman Malik, who heads the committee, said the involvement of the “hostile neighbour and other external forces” could not be ruled out as such blasts appeared to be a conspiracy to incite sectarian clashes and destabilise Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the Hazara community members are continuing a sit-on the main Western Bypass road in Quetta to protest against what they term as the persistent failure of law enforcement agencies to provide them security.
The sit-in started soon after the suicide blast ripped through the Hazarganj market early Friday morning. Women and children are among those who have been staging the sit-in.
The protesters demand that the government implements an effective security plan and ensure protection of the Hazara community.
Hazaras make up a significant minority group in Pakistan and most of them live in Quetta.
Qadir Nayil, a Hazara leader, asked the government to ensure better protection.
“Once again our people were the target and once again we will have to bury our dear ones,” he said.
There have been similar terror attacks in the Hazarganj area of Quetta in the past. The market serves as a wholesale market for fruits and vegetables.
Nearly half-a-million Hazaras have settled in Balochistan, many of them after fleeing war-torn Afghanistan.
The National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) last year stated that 509 members of the Hazara community were killed and 627 injured in various incidents of terrorism in Quetta from January 2012 to December 2017.
According to the NCHR, targeted killings, suicide attacks and bomb blasts have inflicted harm to daily life, education, and business activities of ethnic Hazara community members in Balochistan’s largest city Quetta.
Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.

کٹھ پتلی کے فلسفے کو عوام نے مسترد کردیا، بلاول

پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کے چیئرمین بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے کہا ہے کہ کٹھ پتلی کے فلسفے کو گھوٹکی اور پاکستان کے عوام نے مسترد کردیا، مہنگائی کے سونامی نے عوام کی زندگی اجیرن کردی، عوام ریلیف چاہتے ہیں۔ گھوٹکی میں پریس کانفرنس کرتے ہوئے بلاول بھٹو کا کہنا تھا کہ خوش ہوں عمران خان سندھ کو اتنا وقت دے رہے ہیں، یہاں آکر جلسے کررہے ہیں، عمران خان سندھ آئیں اور بار بار آئیں لیکن یہاں آکر عوام کو دھوکا نہ دیں، یہاں آکر سندھ کے عوام کے حقوق چھیننے کی کوشش نہ کریں۔
بلاول بھٹو کا مزید کہنا تھا کہ عوام چاہتے ہیں کہ ایک کروڑ نوکریوں اور 50لاکھ گھروں کے وعدے پورے ہوں۔

پشاور، لیڈی ریڈنگ ہسپتال میں آلات نہ ہونے پر انتظامیہ نے دل کے آپریشن روک دیئے

اسلام ٹائمز۔ خیبر پختونخوا کے سب سے بڑے سرکاری ہسپتال لیڈی ریڈنگ ہسپتال (ایل آر ایچ) میں مشینیں خراب ہونے کے باعث دل کے آپریشنز کو بند کردیا گیا۔ لیڈی ریڈنگ کو خیبر پختونخوا (کے پی) کا بہترین ہسپتال کہنے والوں کے دعوے ایک ہی دن میں ہوا ہوگئے۔ کے پی میں اوپن ہارٹ سرجری کے مریضوں کیلئے اُمید کی واحد شمع بھی بجھ گئی۔ واضح رہے کہ گذشتہ روز وزیر صحت خیبر پختونخوا ڈاکٹر ہشام انعام اللہ خان نے ایل آر ایچ کو صوبے کا بہترین ہسپتال قرار دیا تھا۔ ایل آر ایچ کے میڈیکل ڈائریکٹر نے کارڈیک سرجری کے ڈاکٹرز کو خط لکھا کہ ایل آر ایچ میں سہولیات کے فقدان کے باعث دلوں کے آپریشنز بند کردیئے گئے ہیں اور مریضوں کی بھلائی کیلئے فی الوقت آپریشن بند ہونا ہی بہتر ہے۔

ایل آر ایچ کے ڈاکٹرز کا کہنا تھا کہ ہسپتال میں مشینیں خراب ہیں اور بار بار درخواست کے باوجود کچھ نہ ہو سکا، بنیادی سہولیات بھی نہ ہونے کی وجہ سے مریضوں کی شرح اموات میں بھی اضافہ ہو گیا۔ اس سے قبل ایل آر ایچ کارڈیالوجی وارڈ کے پروفیسر ڈاکٹر ریاض انور نے ہسپتال کے میڈیکل ڈائریکٹر کو گذشتہ سال مراسلہ کے ذریعے مسائل سے بھی آگاہ کیا تھا۔ ڈاکٹر ریاض نے لکھا تھا کہ ہسپتال میں آنے والے عارضہ قلب کے مریضوں کے آپریشنز سہولیات نہ ہونے کے باعث اکثر ملتوی کردیئے جاتے ہیں، اور گذشتہ روز بھی آکسیجنیٹر نہ ہونے سے وجہ سے دو مریضوں کے آپریشنز نہیں ہو سکتے تھے۔ انہوں نے مراسلہ میں یہ بھی لکھا تھا کہ اوپن ہارٹ سرجری کیلئے متعلقہ شعبہ میں آئی سی یو اور بیڈز کی کمی کا بھی سامنا ہے، جس کے بارے میں ہسپتال انتظامیہ کو متعدد بار پہلے بھی آگاہ کیا گیا ہے۔

IMF asks Pakistan to share details of loans from China

(IMF), who is currently considering a package for Pakistan, has asked the latter to share details of loans that it has received from 
According to the Express Tribune, IMF, during a recent meeting, voiced concern about Beijing's financial assistance to 
However, assured the IMF that there is no overlapping between the two programmes (IMF and CPEC), reported Dawn.
Minister has said that and the IMF will reach a full agreement in the coming days.
"During the last two days, we have, more or less, reached an understanding. In the next day or two, we hope to reach a full agreement and then we will share the details with you," the minister said after a meeting with Bank Group and senior officials of IMF.
In the past few years, Pakistan and have signed about half a dozen projects of worth USD 6.2 billion under CPEC. Besides this, it has also granted commercial loans worth USD 6.5 billion. has also deposited USD 2 billion in 
In October last year, Pakistan had formally requested the IMF for yet another economic assistance package.
The South-Asian nation is going through an economic crisis after the decided to cut off the financial aid to the country in the view of terrorist attacks. The US views Pakistan as a safe haven for terrorists and insurgents, responsible for the 17-year-old war going on in neighbouring 
Pentagon, in September, had reportedly cut off aid worth USD 300 million due to growing concerns regarding Islamabad's failure to tackle the militants.
In August, the US had also slashed security-oriented financial aid to Pakistan.
Pakistan, however, has sought help from several countries including and China as its has been in limbo for a long time. It secured loans up to USD 6 billion from on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative conference in in October.
has been seeking commercial loans of USD 2 billion from  China has already refused to provide balance of payment (BoP) support to Pakistan.

Pakistan's statements of ending support to terror groups a facade: Former envoy to US

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent statement promising an end of support to terror groups does not reflect a change of policy and is motivated by the fear of getting blacklisted by the global terror-financing watchdog FATF, the country's former envoy to the US Husain Haqqani has said. Amidst intense global pressure to rein in terror outfits, Khan last month said his government will not allow Pakistan's land to be used for any kind of terror activities and promised actions against militant groups operating from the country's soil.
Haqqani, Pakistan's former Ambassador to the US, told a Washington audience on Friday that so far, there is no evidence that the Khan government or the military is dismantling Pakistan's terrorist support infrastructure. "There is little change in Pakistan's attitude towards militancy, particularly the one directed against Afghanistan and India," he said in his address to the third 'India Ideas Conference' organised by India Initiative of the prestigious Georgetown University.
Haqqani pointed out that Pakistan has failed to initiate any action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group or its leader Masood Azhar after the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir. "Islamabad's close ties with Beijing were invoked to ensure that Azhar's designation as a terrorist by the United Nations was blocked by China at Pakistan's behest," he said, adding that such moves are consistent with Islamabad's policies of the last 30 years.
Haqqani, who has authored several books, is currently the Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute think-tank. He is considered as an outspoken critic of the Pakistan Army's domestic and foreign policies, especially its support of terrorism. "Although the FATF sanctions are not imminent, Pakistan is trying to thwart them with public relations moves such as Imran Khan's latest statement. There will be more PR moves as FATF pressures increase," he said. The former ambassador said that the desire to reassure the world once again that Pakistan wants to act against terrorist groups is motivated by economic considerations. "Pakistan's economy is not doing too well. FATF sanctions would only make Khan's only economic option more borrowing and financial bailouts by other countries and IMF-- more difficult," he said. Haqqani stressed that "Pakistan's support for militancy is a strategic choice, motivated by the desire to provide a force multiplier for a relatively poor country trying to act as a major regional power without resources comparable to its perceived rival". Pakistan is under intense global pressure to rein in terrorist outfits operating from its soil after the Pulwama attack.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Paris-headquartered Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on February 22 condemned the Pulwama terror attack and decided to continue the 'Grey' listing of Pakistan for its failure to stop funding of terrorist groups such as JeM, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamat-ud-Dawa. The FATF continuing Pakistan with the 'Gray' listing means downgrading of the country by multilateral lenders like the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union and also a reduction in risk rating by Moody's, S&P and Fitch, according to experts.