The Hazara Incident:
11 Hazara coal miners kidnapped, killed in Machh.
Today, I am writing about the Hazara incident.
According to an exclusive report, eleven coalman workers were killed and four others were seriously injured on Sunday at Machh coalfield in Balochistan’s Bolan district. Police said armed men took the coal miners to nearby mountains where they shot them.
At least 11 were confirmed dead and the injured were said to be in critical condition. The wounded coal mine workers were taken to Machh Hospital for treatment.
Speaking to Geo News, Balochistan government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani said the incident was an act of terrorism. “Investigative institutions are probing the incident from every angle to determine who is responsible for this,” he added.
Terrorist activities in Balochistan are on the rise, Shahwani said, adding that the Levies personnel are present in the area to provide security. “(Law and order in the area) was satisfactory; hence, this incident wasn’t expected,” he said, adding that the area where the killings took place was quite large.
Speaking about the tragic incident, Balochistan Interior Minister Mir Ziaullah Langau said it was an incident of sectarian terrorism. “We are mourning today on the killing of poor (laborers)”.
“Irrespective of the sect, race, and religion, our innocent brothers were targeted. The evils behind the tragedy will be unveiled soon,” he said.
President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid, Information Minister Shibli Faraz, Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, TNFJ chief Agha Hamid Ali Moosavi, and other leaders condemned the murder of coal miners and said the culprits behind such acts would not escape punishment.
سانحہ مچھ کے شھداء کے لواحقین سے اظہار غم، تعزیت اور ہمدردی کے لیے وفاقی وزیر داخلہ شیخ رشید احمد ڈپٹی اسپیکر قاسم خان سوری کے ہمراہ کوئٹہ آمد، اعلیٰ سطحی اجلاس ، اجلاس میں صوبائی وزیر داخلہ، چیف سیکرٹری اور قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں کے سربراہان شریک۔ pic.twitter.com/sMw71NciPn— Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (@ShkhRasheed) January 4, 2021
Machh incident has left all of us Pakistanis aggrieved & especially the Hazara community, beyond words. Govt agreed to all demands of Hazara community yesterday following which they have agreed upon burial of their loved ones tonight. PM Khan will visit Quetta shortly. pic.twitter.com/GekylWLT73— PTI (@PTIofficial) January 8, 2021
They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved families to bear the loss with equanimity. Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to the incident as a “cowardly inhumane act of terrorism”.
I share your pain & have come to you before also to stand with you in your time of suffering. I will come again very soon to offer prayers and condole with all the families personally. I will never betray my people's trust. Please bury your loved ones so their souls find peace.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 6, 2021
Long History Of Suffering
Here follows a brief chronology and timeline of some major attacks on the Hazaras in Pakistan:
Chronicles of History reveal that while Hazara women and old men were sold as slaves, many young Hazara girls were kept as concubines by Afghan kings after 1888.
June 8, 2003:
A dozen Hazara police cadets were killed when two assailants opened fire on their vehicle. The attack that occurred on Saryab Road, Quetta, had left nine others injured.
September 3, 2010:
At least 73 people were killed and 206 injured when a bomb exploded during a rally in Quetta.
May 6, 2011:
Eight people were killed when some armed men had fired rockets at Hazara people playing outside in an open field. Children were among the victims too.
August 31, 2011:
Some 13 humans perished when a suicide bomber had blown himself up in the morning of Eid near Hazara Eid Gah, Quetta.
April 9, 2012:
Six men were killed by unidentified gunmen on Prince road of Quetta.
May 15, 2012:
Two brothers were killed outside Quetta Passport Office.
January 10, 2013:
Several bombings took place in Quetta, killing at least 115 people in total and wounding more than 270. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for these attacks.
Some 30 Hazaras were killed in a suicide bombing attack in Mastung on a bus carrying pilgrims coming back from Iran.
At least 11 coal miners – all members of the minority Hazaras Shia Community – were kidnapped and reportedly killed in Machh town in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
.@KhaliqHazaraHDP .@NayelAli— hazara.net (@hazaranet) January 8, 2021
This callous, and illogical, msg by #CM was uncalled for. #Pakistan keeps piling insults on victims and #Hazara community. #HDP stood w/the govt, but now should give serious consideration resigning from #Balochistan govt.#HazaraLivesMatter https://t.co/hU5rpG0Obu
To The Government Of Pakistan
The Pakistan government should take immediate measures to investigate and prosecute sectarian killings in Balochistan and conduct a broader investigation into sectarian killings in Pakistan.
“Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.”
― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956
At last, I wanted to say that our Hazara Shia brothers are in severe pain. We demand justice for the brutal killing of our Hazara Shia brothers.
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