Another blast on a bus carrying #Shia #Hazara community members and 30+ are dead with another 30 injured. As can be seen on the front pages of not only local papers but national papers, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (led by Maulana Ramzan Mengal under the title of Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat in Balochistan) has audaciously proclaimed the havoc and has warned for more. What’s that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi wants Hazara community to do? It’s simple, (thanks to LeJ for clarity) that Hazaras should not be Hazaras, Shias should not be Shias; they should not exist.
The convention defines genocide as any act committed with the idea of destroying in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial or religious group. This includes such acts as:
- Killing members of the group
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
- Deliberately inflicting conditions calculated to physically destroy the group (the whole group or even part of the group)
- Forcefully transferring children of the group to another group
Hazara community which makes 0.25% of Pakistan’s total 200 million estimated populations has witnessed 1400+ killings of its community members at the hands of banned militant extremist outfits, categorically Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (also known as Sipah-e-Sahaba, and currently as Ahl-e-Sunnat-wal-Jamaat). Another 1400+ community members have died in the desperate attempts to flee the systematic genocide at home, in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. Singling out passengers from buses, identifying them on the basis of their sects and ethnicity carry clear hallmarks of genocide and it’s time for international community and United Nations to acknowledge it so.
It’s not about Hazaras only. Shias all across Pakistan have been targets of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tahreek-e-Taliban and Jaish-ul-Islam. #ShiaGenocide is a reality in the forms of target killing of Shia individuals, bomb blast on Shia processions and Imambargahs. International community should not wait for ‘6 million deaths’ to diagnose these crimes as ‘genocide’.
We request you to highlight a single demand “Action against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and all its off-shoots”.
We do not demand compensations, we do not want impotent condemnations of acts, we want action against those who proudly claim the responsibility and reiterate their commitment to go for more. Despite all these deaths of thousands of men, not a single member of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has received justice. Recent stay-order for hanging of three such murderers is clear proof.
Holding Pakistani military responsible for treating these militant outfits as ‘strategic alliances and assets’ we demand Pakistan military to launch clear and transparent operation against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tahreek-e-Taliban. We demand Pakistan judiciary to deliver justice.
By Awami Workers Party (AWP), Hazara for Humanity (H4H), Islamabad Civil Society