At least 92 members of Hazara died, including some 20 women and 18 children, more than 200 sustained serious injuries and 30 people gone missing when a bombed ripped through a densely populated fruit market situated in Hazara Town, a Hazara enclave, in Quetta on Saturday, 16 February, 2013. It happened just 38 days after a similar organized attack on Alamdar Road, another Hazara enclave, claimed over a hundred lives.
More than 1100 Hazaras have been killed over last one decade in Pakistan’s largest province, Balochistan, by Al-Qaeda-cum-Taliban linked militant groups such as Lashkar-e-Jangvi (LeJ) and its affiliates under the very nose of the government and it’s law enforcement agencies.
The state of Pakistan; the elected government, law enforcement agencies and an otherwise hyperactive judiciary, has blatantly failed to protect the ethno-sectarian minority in Quetta. Inaction of the security forces against the terrorist outfits has resulted to a serious perception that they are complicit in the genocide of Hazaras in Balochistan. Such concerns have been raised by a number of human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International.
The acting Governor of Balochistan province, Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi, has confessed that “the terrorist attack on the Hazara community in Quetta is a failure of the intelligence and security forces”. However, we believe that terrorists groups such as Lashkar-e-Jangvi (LeJ) operate under the patronage of the country’s military establishment and it’s intelligence agencies which is evident from the fact, among others, that a handful of killers succeed to launch terror attacks on Hazaras repeatedly without being apprehended or even chased. We, therefore, stage a world-wide hunger strike unless our demands are met:
1- A fruitful targeted operation against Lashkar-e-Jangvi and its affiliates in presence of international media or a United Nations Observer Team.
2- Formation of supreme judicial council to investigate the on-going persecution and systemic genocide of the Hazaras in Pakistan.
3- Declaration of a state of emergency regarding Hazara genocide as per declaration of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
4- International Criminal Court (ICC) should take notice of Hazara genocide.
We meanwhile request the United Nations, international communities, human rights organizations et el to pressurize the government of Pakistan to implement the rule of law. We also ask national & international media not to portray the ongoing genocide in Quetta as a ‘sectarian violence’ as this is unilateral and genocide of a particular community.