"On January 10th 2013, the New Year in Pakistan started with a gruesome bang of a continuing holocaust of sectarian cleansing in which Quetta witnessed 4 bomb blasts targeting Hazara Shias...
The Asian Human Rights Commission condemns and protests against the calculated Shia extermination taking place in Pakistan. In this decade alone, more than 1000 members of Hazara community, have mercilessly targeted and killed. The State of Pakistan damned by its Wehrmacht and the assortment of vassal militias i.e. Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Sunni Thehreek, Ahle Sunnat wal Jammaat, etc., all named and basing their purpose and goals of Islamic Sharia cannot escape the indictment of turning Pakistan into a Wahhabi state even if it means mass killings of Shias and minorities a reminder of Jew holocaust of 30s and 40s in Nazi Germany. AHRC is mindful of the fact that these organization though proponents of dissenting sects have never clashed on sectarian lines. Their targets have only been activists of Political Parties or Shias. Pakistan is today the battleground of the Saudi dynasty’s war against the Shias"
"The so-called 'independent judiciary' turns a blind to these massacres though it is famous for taking Sou-Moto action in politically sensitive cases. In fact, the courts have released many militants, at least one of which has spoken in public calling for the killing of Shiites in the service of Islam."
"In the latest killings on June 28 at least 13 pilgrims were martyred and several others injured in a bomb blast attack on Zaireen's bus in Hazar Ganji, Quetta, the capital of Balochistan where the city remains under the tight control of the Frontier Corp (FC), a unit of the Pakistan Army. In the city it is not possible for anyone to move without being body searched by the FC and other law enforcement agencies yet the militants pass freely."
"These militant outlets are said to be financed by the ISI and trained with the collaboration of Frontier Corps and Military Intelligence in Balochistan. Their main tasks include counter-insurgency, spread of Talibanization, sectarian violence, Killings of Hazaras and Shias, attacks on NATO supply routes and targeting journalists and lawyers."
"Lack of any apparent distress at these brutal attacks and absence of much urgency to nab the killers has understandably prompted human rights organisations in the country and abroad to accuse the state of looking the other way, if not of downright complicity, as more and more citizens of the Shia faith are mowed down in appalling attacks ... It defies belief how in a city like Quetta the attackers can manage to get through security checks and strike at will" - Zohra Yusuf, Chairperson Human Rights Commission Pakistan (HRCP)
HRCP statement regarding twin-bomb blast targetting Hazara community on Alamdar Road in Quetta in which 86 died and 120+ were injured [ More ]
“The callous targeting of members of the Hazara community in Quetta in two of those bombings on Thursday has caused the highest death toll for any sectarian attack in a day in Pakistan so far. Lack of any apparent distress at these brutal attacks and absence of much urgency to nab the killers has understandably prompted human rights organisations in the country and abroad to accuse the state of looking the other way, if not of downright complicity, as more and more citizens of the Shia faith are mowed down in appalling attacks...
It defies belief how in a city like Quetta the attackers can manage to get through security checks and strike at will...
The network and sanctuaries of that and other banned outfits must be taken apart across Pakistan, including Punjab, and the killers apprehended and tried. Until that happens, the charges of the state being soft on the terrorists would not go away. That is also the only way to restore the faith of the citizenry in the state’s ability to safeguard their lives and well being" - Zohra Yusuf, Chairperson HRCP
HRCP Report: Balochistan turning into a safe haven for militants - Aug 31, 2012
Talibanisation is growing in several areas of Balochistan and security forces might be patronising militants, turning Quetta into a haven for militants, according to the fact finding mission of the Human Right Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Balochistan.
“HRCP unequivocally condemns the attack and is shocked by the authorities’ inability or unwillingness to act against terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has repeatedly claimed responsibility for these attacks. The promised probe into the attack must also look into charges of support for the terrorists among the security agencies"
"The previous evening, at a small dinner, we had met a few Hazara men. Each had been personally affected by the community’s tragedy – losing a father, a son, a cousin to the unchecked and systematic killing of members of their community. They did not let their personal tragedies interfere in their duties as hosts. Their equanimity is all the more admirable as the killing is all one-sided. The Hazaras have not retaliated, keeping their angry youth in check." - Zohra Yusuf, Chairperson of Human Rights Commission, Pakistan
"What the Hazaras had been facing since 1999 was unique even in Pakistan. Few other communities had been targeted so ruthlessly on account of their religious beliefs. The killings appeared to be an attempt to cause bloody clashes between Shias and Sunnis. The Hazaras had not allowed that to happen almost 99 percent of the time. The community elders had pacified the youth and kept them away from violence. But they feared the day when overwhelmed by burying one Hazara after the other they could no longer be controlled. Once that happened “the aim of the enemies of Pakistan would be met”
"On behalf of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan I therefore call upon you to personally intervene in the situation, take all necessary steps to protect the lives and all other rights of the Hazaras, including issuance of appropriate directives / requests to the Balochistan government and the security agencies concerned. All those who have failed to fulfil their duty to protect the people’s lives in Balochistan have forfeited their right to hold their positions and all of them should be made to pay for their incompetence and insensitively to the killing of innocent citizens and the sufferings of their families.” - Zohra Yousuf, Chairperson HRCP
Human Rights Watch (HRW), USA
HRW Director, Ali Dayan Hassan on Hazara Killings in Pakistan
Al-Jazeera: Pakistan's Hazara Shias living under siege - Jan 20, 2013
( Regarding double bomb blasts on Alamdar Road in Quetta killing 107 and injuring over 120 ) LEJ / SSP involved in Genocide of Hazaras in Afghanistan "The LeJ is an offshoot of the SSP, and the actors that constitute the SSP and LeJ fought in that theatre of operations against the Hazaras and were part of [a massacre in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif]. And so there is a specific history of massacre and persecution that these groups have engaged in against the Hazara, both in Afghanistan and now in Pakistan" - Ali Dayan Hassan, HRW Director, Pakistan
Complicity of Pakistan Government: "The kindest explanation [of government inability to curb such attacks] is that the state and its security agencies are criminally incompetent and incapable of providing basic security to their own citizens. The more cynical explanation is that the state - meaning the security establishment, intelligence agencies and paramilitaries - is complicit." - Ali Dayan Hassan, HRW Director, Pakistan
Complicity of Pakistani Army:
"The Pakistani military's default reaction has been that, instead of challenging and seeking to curb militancy and extremism, they seek as a matter of policy to appease and accommodate extremists. Also, because these militant groups have been allies of the state, within the security establishment there are large numbers of sympathisers or people who are tolerant of these groups and their activities."
Complicity of Frontier Corps (FC) Security Force: In interviews with Hazara activists, allegations of Frontier Corps complicity in the killings were repeatedly made by all who spoke with Al Jazeera. Several cited examples of attacks - including the offloading of Hazaras from buses, to be shot at point-blank range at the side of the city's main international highway - having occurred within metres of FC checkposts.
HRW: Massacre in Quetta provides damning indictment of authorities - Jan 11, 2013
NEW YORK: The Pakistani government’s persistent failure to protect the minority Shia Muslim community in Pakistan from sectarian attacks by Sunni militant groups, is reprehensible and amounts to complicity in the barbaric slaughter of Pakistani citizens, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
HRW pushes Pakistan to ‘urgently’ protect Shias - Sept 6, 2012
“The government’s persistent failure to apprehend attackers or prosecute the extremist groups organising the attacks suggests that it is indifferent to this carnage” - Brad Adams, Asia Director, HRW
Pakistan: Shia Killings Escalate - Sept 5, 2012
"While sectarian violence is a longstanding problem in Pakistan, attacks against ordinary Shia have increased dramatically in recent years, Human Rights Watch said. In 2012, at least 320 members of the Shia population have been killed in targeted attacks. Over 100 have been killed in Balochistan province, the majority from the Hazara community" - Brad Adams, Asia Director, HRW
"Sunni militant groups, such as Lashkar-e Jhangvi, operate with impunity even in areas where state authority is well established, such as in Punjab province and Karachi. For instance, in 2010 Islamist militant groups murdered senior figures over their public support for amending the country’s often abused blasphemy laws. In September 2011, gunmen killed 26 members of the Hazara Shia community travelling by bus to Iran to visit Shia holy sites near the town of Mastung. Three others were killed as they took the injured to a hospital. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility. On October 4, 2011, gunmen killed 13 and wounded 6 on a bus carrying mostly Hazara Shia who were headed to work at a vegetable market on the outskirts of Quetta in Balochistan. In 2012, the killings of Hazara Shia have continued unabated with over 30 killed in the month of April alone and over 350 Hazaras killed since 2008." - Ali Dayan Hassan, Pakistan Director, HRW
“The targeted killings of Shia are a barbaric attempt at sectarian and ethnic cleansing,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government’s failure to break up the extremist groups that carry out these attacks calls into question its commitment to protect all of its citizens.” - Brad Adams, Asia Director at Human Rights Watch
"In Balochistan, some Sunni extremist groups are widely viewed as allies of the Pakistani military, its intelligence agencies, and the paramilitary Frontier Corps, which are responsible for security there. Instead of perpetrating abuses in Balochistan against its political opponents, the military should be safeguarding the lives of members of vulnerable communities under attack from extremist groups"
“The last two months have been the worst on record for Quetta’s beleaguered Hazara community. In fact, the attacks in January and February constitute some of the worst killings in Pakistan’s recent history,” Arradon said.
Amnesty International calls on the Pakistani authorities to immediately carry out an impartial and independent investigation into the persistent failure of civil and military authorities to end such attacks.
“The Pakistani security authorities must be held accountable for their failure to protect Quetta’s Hazara community and the population at large,” Arradon said
Under Siege of Terror: The Shia Hazara of Pakistan - April 19, 2012
"Sectarian violence promoted by religious extremists is not new to Pakistan, but the latest series of brutal attacks on the otherwise peaceful Hazara people has reached a breaking point in recent weeks. Despite the fact that nearly 30 people have died in the past two weeks, the Government of Pakistan seems incapable – if not unwilling – to step in to stop this siege of terror" - Rafia Zakaria, member of the Board of Directors and Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA.
Attack on Afghan Minority Group Leaves Over 60 Dead - Dec 8, 2011
"Suicide bombers struck Shiite (mostly Hazara) pilgrims on December 6, killing over 60 people in Kabul, Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif during holy holiday of Ashura. I was moved by a photo of a woman crying out in horror at the carnage around her. It was also a cry of helplessness and a cry of sorrow. I couldn’t help but feeling that sense of helplessness and sorrow" - Govind Acharya, Country Specialist in the South Asia Coordination Group
Amnesty International Urges Pakistan Authorities to Tackle Brazen Attacks on Hazara Shi’a - Oct 4, 2011
"Sadly this is only the latest in a long line of brazen attacks against Quetta’s Shi’a population. Sectarian violence has been a feature of the general breakdown in law and order in Pakistan, but these recent attacks seem to indicate a new targeting of the ethnic Hazara community," said Mustafa Qadri, Pakistan researcher at Amnesty International. "Routine targeted killings against the Hazara and other groups because of their ethnicity, religion or political affiliations raises serious questions about the will or ability of Pakistan security force to protect the people of Balochistan." - Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International
Quetta (NNI): Banned religious organization Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LEJ) has accepted responsibility of the twin-blast on Alamdar Road. The spokesman for LEJ, Abu-Bakr Siddiq, called print and electronic media on Thursday night from an unknown place to claim responsibility of the attack.
LEJ spokesman said that it accepts responsibility for today's suicide attacks by their mujahideens. First attack was conducted with a suicide vest and second attack was done with a car bomb.
Spokesman said that LEJ had warned the enemies [Hazaras] in 2012 that they should leave Balochistan by the end of 2012. On this warning, many of the enemies fled but some of the enemies love their jobs and properties and remained in Balochistan. Now God willing, LEJ in 2013 will not allow Shias to leave alive. Today's attack was the first in a series of attacks. God willing now we will conduct such spectacular attacks that enemies will not find ways to leave Balochistan [alive]. We LEJ Mujahideens have given everything to God's religion and life for us is only for honor. We prefer martyrdom over lack of honor. Now LEJ gives Shias only one message: Kill or die. Spokesman said that I warn the Government one last time to transfer our colleagues from ATF jail. According to our knowledge, our colleagues there are sick and they are under excessive torture. If our colleagues were not transferred to Hudda jail then our suicide attackers will target ATF jail in Cantt area and along with FC, we will target all the security convoys.
Terrorists to Balochistan Journalists: "Report our messages without making any changes or we will kill you."
"Many of the multiple militant groups and armed factions in Pakistan — such as Lashkar-e-Janghvi, behind many slayings of Shiites — operate with impunity, with police too weak to take much direct action against them. So they are only emboldened to threaten journalists into being their mouthpieces."
"If I want to live in this city I have to write what they say," Ashiq Butt, Bureu Chief, NNI
The statements can often be cruel and explicit, detailing those who have been killed, he said. Sunni militants' messages are laced with vitriolic attacks against the minority Shiite Muslims they revile as heretics.
Reminiscing about his early days in police force, he said when he was an ASP in Jhang district, he apprehended Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, the founder of the SSP, for delivering a provocative speech. But the then president Ziaul Haq himself intervened for his release, Mr Khosa added.
Similarly, in another incident he had hauled up a cache of weapons, but was asked to release that on directives from none other than Gen Zia.
After 9/11, Mr Khosa said, dealing with Al Qaeda and Taliban became an exclusive domain of ISI’s counter-terrorism wing.
He disclosed that a survey had revealed that 25,000 young men hailing from Punjab had been trained in Afghanistan.
Based on the findings, Mr Khosa had recommended their de-radicalisation, but during his testimony he regretted that not much had been done in that direction.
LEJ kills session judge; threatens judges for consequences if terrorists under trial were convicted - Aug 31, 2012
Quetta (NNI). Banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has accepted the killing of Additional Judge in GOR colony. On Thursday night, spokesperson, Abubakr Siddiq, called from an unknown destination and said that in future, if any court tried to punish their imprisoned colleagues, their fate will be like that of Zulfiqar Naqavi’s. “If any court treated our colleagues, including Dawood Badeni, Shamim Mohammad Shahi, Shafiq Rind, Haider Lehri, Hafiz Usman, Jalil Ababaki, whose cases are under trial, harshly or punished them, Chief Justice and Judges of other Courts will be on our target”, said the spokesperson
"Rehman Malik told the Pakistani cabinet that he wrote a letter to Chief Minister, Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif (brother of former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif) to arrest wanted head of the terrorists group, Malik Ishaq, but he [intentionally] arrested him for a minor issue and released soon after on bail"
Note: Malik Ishaq is the head of terrorist group, LEJ, was released "due to lack of evidence"
Lashkar Jhangvi, Al-Qaeda affiliate; Sources of finance: Saudi Arabia and wealthy Arabs in the Gulf
The Lashkar Jhangvi terrorist network (mostly responsible for attack on Hazaras and Shias), an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, has vowed to continue killing half a million Hazaras in Pakistan. A few weeks before the massacre, the LeJ had circulated an open letter addressed to Hazaras in Quetta. Written in the Urdu language, the letter stated:
"All Shi'ites are worthy of killing. We will rid Pakistan of unclean people. Pakistan means land of the pure and the Shi'ites have no right to live in this country. We have the edict and signatures of revered scholars, declaring Shi'ites infidels. Just as our fighters have waged a successful jihad against the Shi'ite Hazaras in Afghanistan, our mission in Pakistan is the abolition of this impure sect and its followers from every city, every village and every nook and corner of Pakistan..." [ More ]
[ Original Pamphlet in Urdu | LeJ Terrorist Profile ]
Documentation regarding ongoing genocide of Hazaras in Pakistan
Pakistan Reels With Violence Against Shiites by Declan Walsh Newyork Times - Dec 3, 2012
While the military ostensibly severed its relationship with Islamist groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi after 2001, some activists suspect that, at a local level, ties linger. “The authorities are turning a blind eye,” said Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch. “The most charitable explanation is that they are incompetent. The alternative is that the military enjoys an informal alliance with Sunni extremists.”
Regional politics also plays a role. Iran and Saudi Arabia financed rival Shiite and Sunni militant groups in the 1990s, as part of a proxy war for influence. Experts say that, while the Iranian financing has slowed dramatically, private Saudi funds continue to pour in.
In a State Department cable dated December 2009 and published by WikiLeaks, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton noted that “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”
Former UK Home Secretary, MP. Alan Johnson - Nov 23, 2012
During Conference on Hazara Genocide in the UK House of parliament, MP Alan Johnson said:
"Aliastair Burt MP had personally told me in April this year that he had made inquiries and found that “there was absolutely no doubt that there was some kind of official sanction to what was happening in Quetta city, that there were elements in government and security forces, who were sympathetic to the people who were murdering and killing Hazara people.”
people killed in Mastung incident is not such a big deal since Balochistan has population
in crores. I will send a truck load of tissues for the victim’s loved ones to wipe their tears.
If I were not a politician, I would have sent Tobacco instead" - [ PDF available in Download Documents section ]
"Many [Hazaras] have a hobby to get asylum. They use this [genocide] as a pretext to get asylum in Australia." - [ PDF available in Download Documents section ]
Leaked NATO Report Alleges Pakistani Support for Taliban - Feb 1, 2012
"ISI is thoroughly aware of Taliban activities and the whereabouts of all senior Taliban personnel,” read one excerpt from the report published by the BBC. “The Haqqani family, for example, resides immediately west of the ISI office at the airfield in Miram Shah, Pakistan.”
"These militant outlets are said to be financed by the ISI and trained with the collaboration of Frontier Corps and Military Intelligence in Balochistan. Their main tasks include counter-insurgency, spread of Talibanization, sectarian violence, Killings of Hazaras and Shias, attacks on NATO supply routes and targeting journalists and lawyers." (Asian Human Rights)
This leaked memo dated March 3, 2011, is from the Additional Secretary (reporting to the Chief Secretary -- the person that is highest civilian authority responsible for every facet of State Govt in Balochistan) to the Inspector General of Police (IG is the head of the entire Police force in the city) and the Commissioner of Quetta (incharge of security).
The memo is a proof that the Pakistani Government knows exactly who the terrorists are, where exactly they are hiding, and who is sheltering them. In the past 10 years of Hazara Genocide, not a single person has been brought to justice by the Government. [ Click here for copy of memo ]
"Punjabi Taliban" receiving technical training from Punjab Govt in two training centers: Technical Training Center, on Fatah Pur Road in Rajan Pur district, and Training
center on LP Road in Bahawalpur. Terrorists receiving Rs. 8000 monthly stipends.
[ BBC Urdu ] - Sept 29, 2011
Governor Balochistan, Zulfiqar Magsi - Interview: April 8, 2010
"...police knew each and every thing about the identities and activities of drug peddlers, criminals and terrorists but were unable to take action against any of them"
Urdu program "Aapus ki Baat" (Between you and me) on Geo TV
"Police, Intelligence Agencies, Federal Government, Provincial Governments are responsible for the [Hazara] kilings in Pakistan. All of Pakistan's agencies are involved in politics and none of them are doing their jobs..."
"Everyone knows about these Terrorists - the police, special branch, but police does not have the necessary fire power nor the motivation to go after the killers. Everyone in the Army and its intelligence knows about it but they don't have the motivation to go after the killers either."
Malik Abdul Haq al-Meqqi, Saudi middle men
"Ludhianvi and his aides stood up to warmly welcome a visitor: Saudi Arabia-based cleric Malik Abdul Haq al-Meqqi. Pakistani cleric knowledgeable about Sunni groups described Meqqi as a middleman between Saudi donors and intelligence agencies and the LeJ, the SSP and other groups.
“Of course, Saudi Arabia supports these groups. They want to keep Iranian influence in check in Pakistan, so they pay,” the Pakistani cleric said. His account squared with that of a Pakistani intelligence agent, who said jailed militants had confessed that LeJ received Saudi funding.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton
"Saudi Arabia’s alleged financing of Sunni militant groups has been a sore point in Washington. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned in a December 2009 classified diplomatic cable that charities and donors in Saudi Arabia were the “most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.” In the cable, released by Wikileaks, Clinton said it was “an ongoing challenge” to persuade Saudi officials to treat such activity as a strategic priority. She said the groups funded included al Qaeda, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba."
Hazaras under siege in Quetta
"The fear is palpable in Quetta, the mountainous provincial capital of southwestern Baluchistan. LeJ has unleashed an escalating campaign there of suicide bombings and assassinations against ethnic Hazaras – Persian-speaking Shias who mostly emigrated from Afghanistan and are a small minority of the Shia population in Pakistan.
At least 100 Hazaras have been killed this year, according to Human Rights Watch, leaving some 500,000 Hazaras fearful of venturing out of their enclaves.
“We are under siege; we can’t move anywhere,” said Khaliq Hazara, chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party. “Hazaras are being killed and there is nobody to take any action."
TheUS Govt cables on Wiki Leaksblames the Saudi Government and other wealthy Arabs as the source of financing of these terrorist organizations - May 22, 2011
“financial support estimated at nearly 100 million USD annually was making its way to Deobandi and Ahl-i-Hadith clerics in south Punjab from organisations in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ostensibly with the direct support of those governments.” [Source1 | Source2]
US Consulate Cable to Secretary of State, Washington D.C.
"6. (S) Maulana XXXXXXXXXXXX shared that he had received reliable information that SSP leader Maulana Ludhianvi was on a fundraising trip to Tripoli sponsored by the Libyan government. XXXXXXXXXXXX claimed that Ludhianvi had made contact with Libyan officials in the guise of working against Iran and Shia agents in Pakistan. (Note: SSP was originally founded as a violent anti-Shia organization and has, in the past, received extensive foreign funding from a variety of Sunni states, including Saudi Arabia. End Note).
According to XXXXXXXXXXXX, Ludhianvi was scheduled to return to Pakistan in “”a few days”" and was bringing with him a “”donation”" from the Libyan government valued at nearly 25 million Pakistani rupees (approximately $312,000) that XXXXXXXXXXXX was certain would be used to increase further SSP activities."
Among the countries of origin are staunch American allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but sympathisers in Western Europe were also responsible for fuelling the insurgency." - Richard Holbrooke, Special Envoy of United States for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Profile: Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LEJ) Terrorist Organization Dawood Badini, LEJ #2 in Balochistan, is the nephew of 911-master-mind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, and is a close relative of Ramzi Yousef, the master-mind of first world trade center bombing in 1993, who is currently serving life sentence in the United States.
In 2008, two master minds of LEJ - Usman Saifullah Kurd along with his #2 Dawood Badini - mysteriously broke out (without breaking any lock) of a very high-security jail located in the Army-controlled area which requires a special pass to even get into the area.
- Daily Jang News (Jan 15, 2013) by Hamid Mir, Pakistan's respected journalist