Hazara People Everywhere in this World!
By: Jawad Sadey Lakoo
The girl from the land of snow, wind, rain & Buddha (Shahmama & Salsal); the goddess spreading smiles, broke but never her smiles faded!
Her voice strengthens those cursed by men in power. Despite grief & pain of a thousand-year, she speaks with vitality and walks tall filled with energy. Not anymore, does the soul of Shahmama wanders in Niche which was the victim of discrimination, but can be found in the almond-shaped & light-brown eye of the girl, who stands against civil disobedience protests.
She is simple and freestanding, never moaning even at the loneliest moments of her life and openly writes on her Facebook status, “It is hard not to have a mother!”.
She is self-made personality and her source of income is from part-time jobs which she spends for the growth and empowerment of people around her. She is alive to revive dead-hearts.
Keeping her emotions aside, what makes her stand out is accepting herself as a girl, which makes her an independent person. At the times of joy, she reflects and speaks about the history based on historical facts; explains oppression and injustice, not with sorrow but with the highest essence and values of literature.
When she speaks, her listeners/ audience turns breathless with her magic words confiscating self-will of the every listener/ audience.
She is the Shahmama of our time and her multi-dimensional personality can be viewed as, “goddess of virtue, courage and devotion”. Her right to ride is aimed not only to ride her bicycle, but to explore impaired history of her motherland.
Finding oneself and living in the mountains is termed , “highest value of self realization” by Maulana Balkhi. She has resisted the discrimination of gender, race, belief and time with her prominent behavior.
Her personality is not known of her her gender, but by what she has been doing for her people. For many deprived women she is their voice and for some source of devotion and HOPE! She is a gift to the deprived and oppressed people of “Hazara” who thinks that self-belief can help us reach to the highest levels of prosperity.
She shows to the world that no barriers of gender, ethnicity and geography can restrain one from being the BEST. Our Shahmama was injured, but not dimmed because she has committed herself to spread some light despite her own life-struggles. Her journey is long and her courage, strong enough to help her not to ever give up.
She is born to make her life, not to live, what time and the world make her adopt. She has talent of her own and will. Today, we speak of her, but will remain a long-lasting myth for our deprived people.
Get well soon because time is waiting for you!
Transalted by: Jawad Jahid
Imran Qureshi, the superintendent of police told media that unidentified gunmen opened fire on Spini Road killing two persons. The slain persons were identified as members of the Hazara community who were killed en route to main city from Hazara Town area of Quetta.
“The attackers escaped unhurt from the spot,” Qureshi stated. Police and Frontier Corps personnel reached the spot as a probe into the incident went underway.
The bodies were shifted to hospital for postmortem. “This seems to be a sectarian targeted killing,” another police official who requested anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the matter said.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. Spini Road is one of the sensitive areas of Quetta. Frequent incidents of targeted killings take place in the area despite presence of security personnel and their checkposts.
By Muhammad Younas
It was a pleasant day in Lal-o-Sar Jangal, Ghor Province Afghanistan. Latifa was thrilled since morning because she was going to Kabul City with her husband today for the honeymoon. Her husband, Nauroz had already told her to get all necessary stuff ready by 10pm.
Nearly a month ago, she got married with Nauroz, his village mate. She was just 22 years old, a young lady with full of dreams to enjoy the marriage life. It was early morning, when she left her bed to start the day but it was not the routine day. She couldn’t sleep properly as the honeymoon excitement kept her awake nearly all night. She hurriedly prepared breakfast for the family. Her blood was running fast in her veins. She seemed flying today—feeling over the moon. She wanted to finish all house chores as quick as possible and she also wanted to finish packing before the set time.
In the evening, her parents visited her home to see off her. She cooked a sumptuous dinner for the family. All family members enjoyed the dinner. Latifa promised to bring beautiful wool shawls, scarves from Kabul and warm shoes for her mother-in-law.
It was around 10pm, when her husband asked her to leave home. She kissed her elders’ hands to seek their blessings. In traditional Hazaragi dress, she was looking stunning with a bridal scarf. They both left home and arrived at the bus station, where a mini-bus was waiting to get them on board. The driver put their bags on the roof and tied them up. The commuters took a sigh of relief when the bus started moving forward.
“We will arrive in Kabul in the afternoon,” the driver said loudly and sped the bus bit fast.
“Why the bus doesn’t go in the morning?” she asked her husband inquisitively.
“It’s safe at night rather than in the day light,” Nauroz replied confidently.
The mini-bus was going slowly but the commuters could easily feel the jerk and the bump as it was running on the rough and unpaved road. The bus was swaying to either side when it moved bit fast. However, Latifa wasn’t feeling the knock and jolt because she was thinking about Kabul City, her honeymoon.
“Do you know which place we should see first in Kabul?” she asked.
“What do you think?” her husband replied.
“I don’t know. This is my first time going to Kabul.”
“After lunch in Kabul, we’ll take a rest for a few hours, and then we’ll go to the cinema. We’ll watch a Hindi film. What do you think?”
“Sounds great to me.”
She didn’t know how Kabul looks like. She heard a lot about Kabul City, especially Bagh-e-Babur, Bagh-e-Bala, Qargha, Kabul Zoo, cinemas and of course shopping malls. The beautiful national park Band-e-Amir and historical Bamiyan city known for its giant Buddhas were also in her list before coming home.
When the bus reached Feroz Koh, it stopped.
“Why it’s stopped?” she asked curiously.
“I think, it’s a normal checking by the authorities—not to worry,” her husband explained.
Three bearded armed men got on the bus. One of them put the gun on the head of the driver and shouted to get off the bus.
“Who are they? What are they doing?” she asked nervously.
“I don’t know—may be Taliban. Don’t know,” Nauroz said fearfully.
Both of the armed men were pulling commuters off the bus. She couldn’t believe her eyes, when a dark bearded armed man with thick eyebrows and a large nose dragged her out of the bus. She was horrified. She was made to line up beside the bus with other commuters. She also saw more armed men who were getting passengers out of the three buses and were lining them up. The women and children were crying. Armed men were asking everybody to show their ID Cards. She didn’t know, why they were asking ID Cards?
After checking ID Cards, the armed men were letting some commuters to go, while some others’ hands were being tied on their back. She started crying when her husband’s hands were tied on the back. She realized that only Hazaras were being singled out and lined them up against the bus. The armed men were kicking and punching Hazaras. After excluding Hazaras from others, armed men started torturing and shooting including women. She also felt something in her head and after that she didn’t know, what happened to her.
In the morning, the horrifying news struck to the national media and the social media networks. 15 innocent people were shot dead in Feroz Koh area including three women and a 9-month old child. Nobody was found injured. They were shot killed because they were Hazaras and Shias. Latifa’s body was lying dead beside her husband. Her hands were also tied on the back. She received several bullets but the bullet in the head took her life. She was killed because she was a Hazara and it was the only crime.
As routine, Kabul government issued clichéd statement vowing to bring terrorists to book. It’s worth mentioning, that for the past one month, around 50 Hazaras have so far been slaughtered by the religious terrorists in different parts of Afghanistan. No single terrorist in this regard was brought to justice, which is a matter of great concern for Hazaras in Afghanistan.
Angry protesters from different parts of Afghanistan including Kabul, Herath, Mazar-e-Sharif, Bamiyan and Daykundi even from Quetta City, Pakistan took to the street to express their solidarity with aggrieved family members and demanded Kabul Government to stop the killings of Hazaras in Afghanistan and provide full protection to its citizens. Many believe that if the recent ongoing Hazara killings were not stopped immediately by the government, it would further divide Afghanistan on ethnic lines.
The writer is a UK-based independent journalist and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. He tweets at @toyounasat. To read more articles, please visit http://myounas.com
Thousands of people in Afghanistan participated in demonstrations in Kabul, Herat, Mazar e Sharif and Bamyan to condemn Hazaras’ latest massacres by the Taliban and other terrorist groups.
Only in July this year, for the second time the Hazaras are being targeted by the Taliban, once in Urozgan and then in Ghor province.
On July 1st 2014, the Taliban beheaded 17 Hazaras, mostly students and workers in Urozgan Province.
Then on July 25th 2014, the second attack took place in Ghor Province and as a result 14 Hazaras including women and children were tortured and then shot dead.
Based on the statements of the eyewitnesses, the Taliban combatants, got on the buses and asked the passengers for their identity documents, and then separated the Hazara from non Hazara citizens. They let the non-Hazara citizens go and killed all 14 Hazaras including three children. The signs of torture are seen as well on the bodies of the victims.
The victims of massacre in Ghor Province were on a wedding trip, accompanying a newly- wed couple to Kabul but all were shot dead, including the bride and the groom.
It is Eid day now, the feast for the end of Ramaddan, but the Hazaras are still mournful in these days facing two shocking massacres in one month.
Though the civil moments have already began demonstrations in the larger cities such as Kabul, Herat, Mazar e Sharif and Bamyan to condemn these massacres but the concerns about the security of the Hazaras go beyond it.
The Hazaras, with more than six million people, make one of the main pillars of democracy in Afghanistan with more than two million voters that made them notably as a strong wall against terrorism and fundamentalism in new Afghanistan.
Not only in elections they are the power balancing ethnic group, but the Hazaras are so far being also the leading ethnic group for building schools, for expanding education for girls and women and promoting literacy for all. They have built the best private universities in Afghanistan and most of the talented students of Kabul University are Hazara.
On the other hand they are vulnerable as the threats of the Taliban or the armed groups such as Kuchis increase against them.
The Hazara provinces are the most peaceful provinces in Afghanistan as they have embraced peace, democracy and education but they are continuously targeted in the borders of the provinces while moving from one place to the other. Their facial appearance reveals their identity and the fundamentalist groups such as the Taliban note them easily and mark them as their targets.
Not being defended by the Pashtun-led government, the Hazaras concern that they might lose their notable achievements of the last decade, as they are being continuously targeted by the armed groups such as Taliban and the Kuchis in different provinces of Afghanistan.
In addition to Hazaras of Afghanistan, the Hazaras in Pakistan are being massacred in Quetta as well, where more then one thousand and five hundred people are being killed in the last three years. Lately, Human Rights Watch organization has published a special report on Hazara massacres in Quetta under the title; “We Are the Walking Dead”.
Historically the Hazaras are being massacred three times including once during the Taliban, therefore they fear the return of the Taliban on power as NATO pulls out.
On Friday, 25 July 2014, Afghanistan’s Hazaras were once again the victim of terror and persecution because of their ethnicity and religion. The suspected Taliban fighters stopped the three vans – two heading to the capital of Kabul and one on its way from Kabul to Cheghcheran – in the Lal and Sarjungal district.
They separated the 14 Hazara passangers from 32 others after checking peoples’ identifications cards, and subjected them to torture and shot them dead.
Just a couple of weeks before this heart wrenching and brutal killing, Taliban killed over a 100 civilians in Argon or Paktika.
This latest atrocity happens after the murder of 17 Hazaras in Gizab district of Urozgan on 1st July, bringing the total number of Hazara civilians killed to over 30 in two separate acts of brutality by the Taliban. There are also unconfirmed reports of six Hazara University students beheaded a couple of weeks back in Maindan Wardak province.
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