Stories about Shia genocide

My teacher, Professor Syed Ali Haider, was buried by his 85-year-old father

It was back in January 2011 when I had my Ophthalmology viva on the third floor of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Ophthalmology Department. While I was preparing my case, I saw a well dressed, smiling, bright-eyed person walking into the ward. The announcement was made, “get ready for your cases,” and we all scrambled to try and pull things together. He looked around the hall and started in the lane next to me. Like any student would, I kept making note of the questions he was asking and thinking about what he would ask me. I wondered if this professor would ...

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When the victims are buried in mass graves, it’s genocide

When they need mass graves to bury the victims, it is time to start calling it a genocide. I have seen gut-wrenching images of poor Hazara men and women mourning their loved ones who were killed simply for being Shia. I saw horrible images of the scene of violence of the bomb blasts this past weekend in Quetta. But nothing moved me quite like the picture of the mass grave that was dug last month to bury the 93 victims of anti-Shia savagery. To my mind, nothing encapsulates just how low we have sunk than the fact that we now have ...

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Justice for the tribals of Fata

The latest trend on Twitter has been to tweet about the plight of the tribals. This came about as a result of the death of 17 locals (five of them were from one household and many of whom were children), who died in a rescue operation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Following this, the tribals brought their bodies to Peshawar, to stage a protest in front of the Governor House. Hoping to stage a quiet, peaceful protest like the one witnessed in Quetta, to the shock of the protesters, instead of negotiating with them, the provincial government officials opened fire on them and unleashed ...

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An open letter to Ban Ki Moon

Mr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General, The United Nations. January 16, 2013.   Your Excellency, I am not Hazara – my gene pool is not affiliated with the descendants of the great Mongol Genghis Khan, who now inhabit Quetta. But I am writing this to inform you of a pressing issue that has shaken the international community as protests erupt worldwide regarding Jan 10, 2013 bomb blasts on Alamdar Road. Since the past decade, over 1100 Hazaras have fallen prey to attacks of ethnic cleansing carried out by radical militants claiming to eradicate all those who do not adhere to their brand of Islam. In September 2011, ...

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With tears of blood and bodies cold

With tears of blood and bodies cold, We watched you watch the night unfold, With breaths entangled in a mesh, Sat beneath your brother’s flesh. We saw it under the murderous skies, We watched you as you watched them die, We saw your tears, we heard your cries, Pleading, screaming, asking ‘Why?’, Paving the way to distorted salvation, Blind to justice, deaf to persuasion, Rummaging through from nation to nation, Is this the fate of God’s fine creation? We heard you as your mothers’ wept, As bodies of their children slept, In boxes hard, in boxes cold, Listening to the tale unfold. A story of eighty seven lives, Dreams of who did not ...

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From Tahrir Square to MA Jinnah Road

Friday Dec 14, 2012; on a night unusually cold for Karachi’s standards, more than 50 thousand people decided to join a sit-in protest against the ongoing Shia genocide in Pakistan. I was one of them. After being stuck in several traffic jams I eventually reached MA Jinnah road (named after the country’s founding father whose own personal religious affiliation is ironically debated time after time). The crowd grew from a few hundred to thousands in a matter of hours. Later that night, the cosmopolitan experienced an unannounced strike but that didn’t stop the protesters from growing in numbers. What ...

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