THE GLOOMY FACES OF BALOCHISTAN
Currently there is a separatist movement going on in Pakistan and Iranian parts of Balochistan. The nationalists are dreaming about a Greater Balochistan—a new nation state on earth. But in both countries they are being killed brutally by the security forces.
Unfortunately, similar acts of terror are often repeated in the city.
There are about 20 percent Shias in the Sunni-dominated Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The two sects were living in harmony but during the tyrant rule of former military dictator General Zia, sectarian clashes, besides ethnic militancy, started in Pakistan. During the last three decades, religious and racial terrorism have weakened the roots of the Islamic state.
The Shias in Quetta are vulnerable because of their distinctive physical features: Mongol faces as seen in the gloomy picture above. The Shias in Quetta are known as the Hazaras who speak Persian. Therefore, the attackers can recognize their victims very easily.
The attackers can be anyone of the fighting groups: Baloch separatists who may want to avenge Iran in an illogical way, or remove the non-Balochs from the region. The attackers can be Pashtun Taliban, as is generally believed. The Taliban have been told by their masters to fight against American and Shia infidels.
Whoever the attackers are – agents of the Pakistani secret agencies or separatists Balochis – they’re criminals and they should stop this un-Islamic and inhuman practice in the province. No one can achieve anything through violence in this second decade of the 21st century. Keep this in mind, please!
Earlier, two Shia students from Parachinar – who were on the way to Peshawar to get admission in a college – were brutally killed by the Taliban in Khybar Pakhtunkhwa province.
The Shias of Quetta and Parachinar are crying. But the Pakistani government and security agencies are busy in political games. The cries of these helpless citizens may even make God cry—but the butcher-like politicians and generals are silent.
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