Shia Hazara leaders warn of civil disobedience against Hazara genocide

agha raza2Irate leaders of the Shia Hazara community of Balochistan on Tuesday threatened to call a ‘civil disobedience campaign’ if more members of their community are targeted in future – a day after the slaying of four young traders in Quetta.

Without mincing words, The Shia Hazara community leaders said that they thought “state institutions” were directly involved in their ‘massacre’.

Speaking to journalists at Nechari Mosque/Imam Bargha in Quetta followed by a hours long meeting of Shia and Hazara community eleders, Senior Hazara Political Workers’ chief Muhammad Tahir Khan Hazara, Hazara Jirga chief Qayyum Chengaizi, Shia Conference president Daud Agha and Majlis-e-Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Agha Muhammad demanded an immediate halt of the killing of the Shia Hazara youngsters.

“If this [killing] doesn’t stop, we will jam the entire city together with other sympathising parties,” Majlis-e-Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Agha Muhammad said, adding that the killers of the four Hazara traders at Masjid Road on Monday were also involved in the murder of three Hazara people at Khudadad Chowk. They called the targeted killing of their community a conspiracy aimed at “stoking sectarian violence in the city”.

The leaders said they were unsure how they could secure their constitutional and human rights. They pointed out that thousands of Hazara youngsters had been killed during the past few years.

Instead of getting protection, they said Shia Hazaras are being pushed against the wall. Blood is spilled in Balochistan and the same treatment is meted out to the Baloch, Pushtun and Hazara communities, they said.


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