Genocide of Hazaras in Quetta city, the capital of Balochistan, province of Pakistan continues unabated. On 15th July, four more members of the community were shot dead in the city. So far more than 1500 members of the community including women and children were killed while thousands others maimed in more than hundred incidents of rockets, IEDs, suicide and targeted attacks since 1999. The responsibilities for these attacks have been taken almost by Sunni extremist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, adamant to continue its attacks on the Hazaras till their removal from Pakistan particularly Quetta city.
With the establishment of new government in the Centre and provinces, there were some hopes that these killings would be stopped soon; however, these are continued with impunity. The newly elected Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and CM of Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch have assured the provision of every possible security measures for the Hazara community and also directed the LEAs to arrest the perpetrators involved in killings.
On the other hand, the community have not only become tired of picking up the bodies of their love ones but also of protests, demonstrations, rallies and press conferences as it is almost 13 years that they are doing these activities. Hazara Diaspora with the help of HR and civil society activists also conducted worldwide protest rallies and demonstrations in more than 40 countries the previous year demanding from UN and international community to take notice of Hazara genocide in Pakistan.
Analysts are of the view that Hazaras have become the scapegoat between the proxies of Saudi and Iran while others think that they are being slaughtered in order to paint the situation of insurgency hit Balochistan as a sectarian rifts but not a war of separation. Whatever the reasons be, it is the responsibility of the state to provide security to its citizens, however, some experts say that the State has whether failed to arrest the culprits or in complicity with extremist outfits.
Now, the Hazaras also blaming the State for its complete failure and negligence to arrest the culprits. Tahir Khan Hazara, a senior Hazara politician along with community leaders, while addressing a joint press conference on the very next of the incident, accused the state and its institutions for being directly involved in what he said the organized genocide of Hazaras and Shias in Quetta and threatened to launch civil disobedience movement if the killings were not stopped. The leaders also appealed the UN and International Human Rights organizations to take notice of the issue.
Let us see, whether the new government would take concrete steps to tackle the menace of sectarian terrorism and give some sigh of relief to the community. The new rulers claim that they are the real representatives of the masses and enjoying full powers as they have been elected in free and fair elections. However, the mist would be cleared in the coming days whether the government would chalk out their own strategies to deal with this menace or pursue the policies of its predecessors.