Hazara genocide

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Balochistan was once called “Little Paris” because of its natural beauty, ethnic cleavages, pluralistic society, cultural diversity and policy of coexistence. This beauty of “Little Paris” was soon shattered because of bomb blasts, target killings and incessant deadly attacks on the small ethnic groups. “The population of Balochistan is in millions, 40 dead in Mastung, is not a big deal” these reprehensible words were uttered by former Chief Minister of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani. These ignominious words added insult to the injury of the facilities of victims. The beleaguered Hazara community has suffered more than anyone else. By manifesting its hidden talent, this community represented Pakistan on all platforms of the world. They provided conducive environment to business activities and they were running about 70-80% of total business of Quetta. Now there is only blood, piles of dead bodies, mushrooming religious fanaticism, chaos and anarchy.
The month of Ashura is month of mourning and processions were held only to pay tribute to the martyrs of “Karbala”. Keeping the apprehension of security, the whole country was locked down. There was looming threat of attack on the processions but the city was fortified by deploying law enforcement agencies at every nook and corner of the city. In Balochistan in two decades, hundreds of Hazaras have been killed and scores injured. The genocide of this community was fuelled after 9/11 attacks. According to human rights organizations since 2001 till 2016 the tyranny was inflicted on this community in the shape of sectarian violence. In 2013 about 115 innocent people died and more than 300 injured. It was one of the deadliest attacks in the history of Balochistan.
We would like to appeal to the authorities especially the authorities concerned with security-related matters to keep a vigil eye on such activities that are meant to killing the population at a large scale.
INZAMAM QASIM SILACHI
Sibi, Balochistan