Shia Citizens Action Forum (SCAF) on Monday condemned the Quetta blast by negating old cliches and demanding an immediate action against the perpetrators than apologist narratives only, stated SCAF press release.
SCAF, a newly established Non-Government Organization, questioned the credibility of the state departments’ responsible for the security measures in the province. They repudiate utterance of formal narratives of condemnation and demanded irrefutable action against these assailants involved.
They identified similarities in Quetta incident claiming it to be a recurrence of massacre in DI Khan and Quetta previously, professing that names do change but motive and agenda of all these militant organization remain same.
In a surprising chain of events, both ISIL and Jamaat ul Ahrar claimed responsibility to Quetta Blast on Monday and voiced to release a video of the event soon.
Shia Citizens Action Forum is a group of Shia professionals from different walks of life, who work on issues of concern to Shia community and society at large. It is non-partisan and non-funded organization. The group works against extremism and supports tolerance and plurality.
The Shia Citizens Action Forum condemns the Quetta Civil Hospital blast by Takfiri terrorists of Jamaat ul Ahrar.
As we stand in solidarity with the families of nearly a hundred of our lawyers, doctors, nurses, journalists and citizens who perished in this blast, we feel it would be a disservice to our fallen fellow Pakistanis to utter the same clichés and reinforce tired apologist narratives.
This horrific tragedy has left hundreds of families devastated at a place that is meant to save lives, not steal them. Sadly, for many of us, this was a repetition of the horrors we have witnessed earlier. Today’s attack is a repeat of the attacks that took place in D I Khan in 2008, Karachi in 2010, and the same Quetta hospital in 2009.
The victims in the past three instances were Shia Muslims attending to the victims of earlier attacks on their community at hospitals. The perpetrators in all these instances were terrorists from Takfiri Deobandi group ASWJ-LeJ, formerly known as Sipah Sahaba. Jamaat ul Ahrar is another avatar of this group which also mantains connections and networks with the Taliban, Jaish, Harkat ul Mujahideen and Jundullah.
In 2013, the Shia Hazara communities of Quetta were devastated and refused to bury their martyrs until the State attended their three day long protest in the freezing Siberian winter that visits the streets of Quetta. If Pakistan had woken up to the insidious and violent ideology that caused the attacks in 2013, we would not be lamenting today. Or on December 2014.
Since the last two months, Allama Raja Nasir of MWM has been bravely leading a hunger strike to protest the targeted killings and persecution of all faith groups in Pakistan. He has been supported by Sunni, Christian, Sikh and Hindu leaders in his peaceful stand against the Takfiri terrorists of ASWJ-LeJ and the Taliban. Pakistanis can only ignore his example at their own peril.
There are too many questions and too many false binaries that have led us to this situation. The slow motion Genocide of Shia Muslims by the same groups who have killed 70,000 of our other citizens from every faith and sect was dismissed as a “proxy war”. Hundreds of millions of dollars flowing from despotic Gulf Kingdoms to madrasses subscribing to violent exclusivist (Takfiri) ideology were dismissed and we continued down the abyss of false binaries that sought to deflect blame.
For decades, our State has allowed full freedom to the same groups that have devastated Quetta today – just as they have devastated Quetta and the rest of Pakistan for the last 35 years! Yet, we refuse to change path and point fingers at the wrong country. The formula is simple: For Quetta blame RAW even if the radicalizing Deobandi mosques are being funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.
Quetta is a paranoiacally securitized zone where secular nationalist activists and intellectuals voicing a decades long struggle are vanished within minutes; only to reappear as mutilated bodies within days. Yet, in the same Quetta, rabid sectarian hate mongers like ASWJ-LeJ chief Ramzan Mengal roam freely to spew hate and incite violence against Sunnis, Shias and Hindus.
If we accept the premise that the attack in Quetta was by RAW, then we must do with ASWJ-LeJ and its affiliated groups like Jamaat ul Ahrar what we would do with any RAW agent that massacres our population with impunity.
The RAW allegation also exposes the folly of our own policy of “strategic depth” where an exclusive school of thought has been promoted by the State for its policy objectives. In effect, we are admitting that our Jihadis have been infiltrated by RAW and as such are no longer reliable.
Any claims of security and following through on NAP by both the PML N government and the security institutes that make these claim ring hollow if the proper action is not undertaken to bring to justice the culprits of today’s massacre in Quetta. This action would be incomplete if we simply make token gestures. We need to do much more. We need to tackle the foundations of hatred and the policies that allow extremists to operate freely due to the grossly misplaced notion that they are somehow our “assets”.
Our “assets” have bankrupted the country and stolen 70,000 precious lives.