ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police on Thursday arrested and interrogated beleaguered former president Pervez Musharraf over the killing of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation, one of...
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The struggle to free human beings from illegal detentions, torture and unlawful arrests is a direct result from the wake of the War on Terror. An urgent humanitarian appeal is crucial for the sake of countless helpless victims that face death and torture from prolonged detention.
Defence of Human Rights depends 100% on the support of conscientious citizens. DHR represents more cases in Supreme Court than any other human rights association or legal firm in Pakistan without charging a single fee to the families of missing persons. ....
According to informed sources, Pakistan army and its sub-organizations, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and ISI in particular, are involved in massacre of Shias Muslims because of their lenient attitude towards Deobandi Jihadi-sectarian militants (ASWJ-Taliban).
Shia Muslims killed today were non-Hazaras. This confirms our stance that Shia genocide in Quetta (as well as in other parts of Pakistan) is not ethnicity specific. Will supporters of ISI, Jinnah Institute and Hamid Mir please note?
dance programme of 4 girls & 2 boys in Peach Bela of Palas valley...
[Pakistan is rife with corruption and Human rights violations. Baloch and Shia are routinely killed for their ethnicity and religious beliefs. Why aren't the perpetrators of such murders being killed?! Why is Pakistan killing people for expressing joy at a wedding?!]
According to the reporters near civic center Karachi , the anti-state terrorists of Sipah e Sahaba attacked shia Momin Israr Zaidi . However, he is safe.
According to information provided by correspondents, two shia youngsters Mehdi Raza and Ahmer Abbas were gunned down by the anti-shia terrorist organization Sipah e Sahaba (SSP).
A few hours ago, a civil judge also got victim of a sectarian attack who is under treatment in the hospital. Another shia Yousaf Bangash was also fired by terrorestists and got injured. In past 24 hours in Karachi 4 shia momineen have been attacked by the terrorists , killing two of them and injuring another two.
Pakistan's Shias fear sectarian attacks
Pakistan's Shias believe the government is doing too little to stop the attacks
Poet Talib Hussain Talib talks about the attacks against the Hazara community in Balochistan
Shias and other minority communities say those behind the violence - such as the banned Sunni militant organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi - are rarely caught or punished.
BBC Urdu's Nosheen Abbas talked to Shias who have been caught up in the violence and have decided to move to the safety of Islamabad.
NIAZ ALI, 30, development worker who travels between Islamabad and Skardu, in Pakistan's northern areas
I was on a bus when we were stopped in the town of Chilas, and the Shias were singled out and then killed.
Niaz Ali says the danger of attacks has stopped him travelling to Islamabad by bus
One man tried to run away, but he was shot. Another old man died on the spot after they threw large stones at his face. You wouldn't even beat animals in the same way that these people were beaten. All this happened right in front of all the policemen who were there!
It's not safe to travel by road any more. They send two policemen on every bus now, but I don't think that makes any difference.
You never know whether you'll be alive or dead after travelling on that road to Skardu, but it's the only one. Most of the people who travel are students, because there aren't any good academic institutions in Skardu. My family has forbidden me to travel by road now, so I fly now, but not everyone can afford to do that.
The government of Pakistan does nothing for the people here. They never stop the people who are killing us, so they are either supporting them or don't care.
FARISHAT HAIDERI, 20, an ethnic Hazara student from Quetta, capital of Balochistan province
Life used to be different in Quetta. The situation now is bad. There is a lot of fear.
Farishat Ali says her parents want her to seek safety in a life abroad
We'd love to live in a safe place. We are peace-loving people and we want to be treated like normal human beings. If the current situation continues it will become impossible to live in Quetta. People are now moving to Afghanistan and other foreign countries.
A friend of mine was targeted when they went to the bazaar. Recently, two taxis full of people going to the funeral of a victim of a targeted killing were stopped, and all eight people inside were killed, including one woman.
We never know who these killers are. They're never caught. Until now, no woman has been kidnapped, but that's because no-one dares to move from their own designated areas in the city.
My parents insisted I do my studies here in Islamabad. They want me to find another scholarship so I can move abroad. My parents themselves might move to Afghanistan.
WAJIDULLAH BAIG, 24, recent graduate from Gilgit, in the northern areas
Things have long been bad in Gilgit, ever since the time of [military ruler] Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s.
Wajidullah Baig says many Shias are fleeing Gilgit to Islamabad
I also remember how in 2005 some Sunni boys surrounded our school, barged in, singled out the Shias and beat them up. No-one was killed but they were beaten up. I saw it happen right in front of my eyes.
Recently my friends went to Skardu for a trip and luckily missed the Chilas incident, in which 14 Shias were killed.
Both Sunnis and Shias are killing each other, and Shias are reacting to the killing of their people. They are in the minority, though.
Thousands have been killed and it's a tiny place. There are lots of security checks but no culprits are ever caught, and even when they are, they are eventually let free or are not punished.
Some boys were arrested in connection with the clashes back in 2005. They're still in jail, but there's been no investigation.
Before, there weren't many people from Gilgit here in Islamabad, but now they are quite a few. Parents want their children to leave that area.
SAJJAD HUSSAIN CHANGEZI, 25, ethnic Hazara engineer and social activist from Quetta
The killing of Hazaras has been on the increase since 1999.
Sajjad Hussain Changezi says Quetta's Hazaras are determined to stay, despite threats
But in 2010 these pamphlets were thrown into our house that clearly stated that Shias are infidels and are liable to be killed. It also said that Shias are impure and that they must be killed everywhere in Pakistan, but especially in Quetta.
This was signed and stamped by the Balochistan unit of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. It also said that if we don't leave by 2012, they will come into our areas and kill us.
Of course this was a shock for to us. We've never had anything like this before.
But we will continue with our lives. If they want a message from us, it's that we will never quit.
Via Shafiq Ahmed
But the aid agency says that there are still huge humanitarian needs on the ground and serious lessons to be learnt from how the response was dealt with.
Oxfam says that much of the country is still not covered by early warning systems and many flood defences that were destroyed in last year's disaster not yet properly repaired.
It says that more flood resistant housing, and effective early warning systems - especially at the village level - are urgently needed.
... I was arrested from a friend’s home on October 6, 2006. I was badly beaten by a baton that is possessed by SP level officer. I was asked my name and I introduced myself as Ameer Ali. After the relentless torture for half an hour, they blindfolded me and took me to Karachi torture cell. They kept beating me for half an hour. The baton-beating was extremely painful. Then I was given 92 lashes with the force of both hands as a washman slams clothes. On account of strikes on spinal cord, I became insensible to urine and defecation. When they pulled my legs apart i had to undergo the worst pain ever. I went unconscious as the result of leg-pulling at ASR PRAYER. I regained consciousness at TARAVEEH PRAYER. I found my clothes stained with blood and waste which I was asked to wash then. I was continuously bleeding. After some bandage they put a sort of acid in my anus. It was so painful that it made me fumble my body about room like a fish out of water. They were laughing aloud and were making noises out of happiness. My suffering lessened when they applied some spray on my body. Then they put soap water in my mouth and nose which made me vomit. As soon as i started vomiting they shut my mouth and the vomit made its way from my nose. That was the worst of all sufferings. Then they tied a roap in my handcuffs and hanged me with a ventilator. As I was quite weightly, so it gave me such an unimaginable pain that i screamed so much that i had never done like that before and nobody had ever heard the screams like those. Then they made me stand for three days without sleeping for just a second. I was forced to stand except at the time of Sahree, Aftaaree and unconsciousness. My body was white, so the torture left the strips like those of a Tiger. Whenever i saw them i just bloomed with happiness. Whenever i looked at my cuffs I felt as happy as a woman when she has a look on her ornaments. I would become so happy that i would kiss my chains. Three days of Karachi torture cell were equivalent to three years. Most of the time i was unconscious but whenever i came back to my senses, i addressed my mother and asked her where she was, requested her to pray for my death. i didn’t ask you for such pray as i knew that you would not accept it any cost. Extreme tortures and enticements couldn’t weaken me. I confessed my identity as Muzaffar when they brought all proofs. Then they brought me to Hyderabad. An officer said to me that because i had not co-operated with them in Karachi so they would not allow me to die but make me beg for death. He threatened me that they would neither let me live nor let me die. I underwent the same degree of torture and wasn’t allowed to sleep for three days. On account of standing and not sleeping for 6 days my feet swallowed and i almost became mad. I was let to sit after 6 days. On October 12, 12:00 am i was told that Saima and Hina set themselves on fire in front of Press Club and were admitted in LUMHS in serious condition, for whom I should have prayed. It worried me so much that i couldn’t sleep for two nights and a day, although i was already awake for 6 days. Your concern killed all concerns and pains. A human being can bear each and everything but can’t bear the pain of his dear ones. Only then could I suppose that how much pain you might have undergone because you were aware of all the things they could do with me. ...
A human tragedy of inconceivable magnitude is taking place in some parts of Pakistan which are being inexcusably and consciously ignored by Western media.
Only in April 2012, more than 250 Shia Muslims were maimed and killed in broad daylight. Around 150 pairs of Shias eyes were cut out of their sockets; many of them died while their faces had been smashed with stones or sprayed with acid. According to witnesses, who had managed to flee the scene of the crime, the Wahhabi attackers were void of any mercy; the criminals are now free and keep on partaking in their feast of blood.
All these massacres are being legitimated and orchestrated by a Wahhabi group known as Sepah Sahabeh who emerged in 1985 in the Pubjab province of Pakistan as a reaction to the Islamic Revolution of Iran and the burgeoning Shia Muslims who had gradually entered the political and economical positions in the Pakistani government. The extremist group was considerably beefed up and enlarged under support of the then Pakistani president Zia ul-Haq with the ultimate goal of establishing an independent Wahhabi state in Pakistan and eliminating the Shia minority in the country. In fact, it is widely believed that the then Pakistani president Zia ul-Haq generously contributed to the emergence and development of such extremist groups and implicitly gave them carte blanche to engage in liquidating the Shia minority. The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which to a large extent relied on the Wahhabi extremists for political support went silently by this spate of violence. However, in January 2001, Sepah Sahabeh was branded as a terrorist group under the then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. A violent crackdown soon ensued as a result of which many members went into hiding but the group later re-emerged and branched out under different names such as Lashkar Jangawi and Jaish Muhammad. After all, Tahrik-e Taliban euphemistically called Student Movement of Pakistan is an offshoot of the terrorist group. ...
A large number of Shia elite including doctors, engineers, university professors and top students were brutally assassinated by this insidious group in areas such as Gilgit, Baltistan, Parachinar, Quetta, and even in major cities including Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Southern Punjab, and Islamabad.
Interestingly enough, not a single soul has been arrested to account for these gruesome murders over the past years. It is extremely unfortunate to note that no practical steps have been taken on the part of the government in order to stall the activities of these extremists. The only group which used to support the minorities including the Shia Muslims in this bias-benighted country is the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) which has been recently plagued by indifference. The current PPP rulers seem to have shut their eyes to the woes of the minorities especially Shia Muslims who have contributed tremendously to the economic and social progress of the country. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, was himself a Shia Muslim who healed the image of the country in the eyes of the international community. ...
Occupied Balochistan: A spokesperson of the Baloch National Voice (BNV) has said that Pakistani Gunship Helicopters and fighter jets have started bombing civilian population, under the directions of IG FC, in Kohistan Marri region, here on Sunday.
According to a statement of the Baloch National Voice, the Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters carried out bombardments in Bhambor, Trataani, Taddari and surrounding area of Kohistan Marri region, in Balochistan. The BNV said that the fresh bombardment and operation started after the IG FC (Inspector General of Frontier Corps) had asked the federal government of allow the use of air-strikes in Balochistan. “The IG FC’s request has been entertained and being implemented”, said the BNV statement.
The statement of the BNV further read that due the whole-day bombardment over a dozen people including women and children have been killed and injured – also several livestock have been killed due indiscriminate shelling from Pakistani security forces’ check posts and aerial bombing. “The enemy forces want to eliminate the Baloch nation that is why they’re using latest lethal weapons including cluster bombs, napalm and other chemical weapons to contaminate the air with poisonous gas making it extremely difficult for the local population to breath in fresh air”, said BNV in their statement.
The Pakistani security forces have laid anti-personnel mines on all the roads that link Kohistan Marri to other cities of Balochistan, hence people are unable to take the wounded to doctors – they are left stranded in appalling conditions, read the BNV statement adding that the local people says crops are ready for harvest but the Pakistani security forces issued warnings that people will be shot dead if they do the harvesting. According to the BNV such preventive actions taken by Pakistani security forces do not only cause loss millions of rupees but it is also aimed to economically bankrupt the Baloch people. The BNV has requested the International media and analysts to visit Balochistan, especially the affected areas, including Kohistan Marri to witness and observe the Pakistani atrocities.
The BNV appealed the UN and all other democratic and civilised nations of the world to take notice of Balochistan issue and support the Baloch National Freedom movement which in accordance with International principles. The international community should immediately take action against the Baloch enemy state [Pakistan], which is responsible for endangering world peace.
Pakistan is not sparing any effort in silencing Baloch voices that are raised in protest. On February 22, mutilated bodies of Mehboob Wadela of the Baloch National Movement and Rehman Arif of the Baloch Republican Party were found in the coastal town of Ormara. Both activists suspected to have been kidnapped by Pakistan intelligence agencies a few months ago, bore marks of extreme torture. The incident sparked protests in different parts of the province. The "Kill and Dump" tactics by central agencies are on the rise as is clear from the number of bodies of missing Baloch people that are being recovered. According to the NGO, Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, as many as 101 bullet-riddled bodies of missing persons have surfaced over the past seven month.
Police in Pakistan on Tuesday arrested a Muslim cleric accused of sentencing six people to death for singing and dancing at a wedding in the north of the country.....
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 women and girls were murdered last year after being accused of defaming their family’s honor.
The statistics highlight the scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens.
KOHISTAN: Five women in Kohistan, four of whom were filmed ‘singing and dancing’ with men at a wedding party, were killed on May 30 after a tribal jirga ordered their execution, claimed Muhammad Afzal – brother of the two accused of filming the video and uploading it on the internet. ...
Through out Pakistan Shia population is being targeted especially in the areas where Shia are in majority. Terrorists are slaughtering people in sectarian attacks for the sake of Saudi Riyals. Although these terrorist attacks are going on in large numbers, still the government and law enforcing agencies are unable to put an end to this terrorism. Moreover the role of so called free media and free Judiciary is pathetic and discouraging. These incidents are creating frustration in public, particularly Shia Community.