Nothing seems to have changed for this community from the old days of 2012 when scores of Hazars were killed in repeated terror attacks. Abdul Qayyam
Changezi , their leader of that period had the heart wrenching feelings, “It’s quite obvious that the government and security agencies are either not interested in protecting us, or are unable to do so. The government should sell everything
we own, our houses, our businesses, the furniture in our houses, our pots and pans, every single thing. With that money they should buy a large ship and put all of us on that ship and push us out into the open sea. Surely there is one country somewhere out
there in the world that will take us.”
Worst part is that there is no representation of the community in their own land. “They
don’t even get to talk about their grievances themselves on the media,” . “They are not considered important enough to be given a platform, so when they die no one cares.”
Hazaras want to be part of mainstream. They want to serve their country. They
have joined the armed forces in Pakistan and are into flourishing business. Unlike any other community they are peaceful and strive to keep their protests peaceful, despite unrest stirred up by militants to pit people of different sects against each other.
It is high time that the Fedral government keeps its promises to protect the community and the directions of Imran Khan are implemented in letter and
spirit lest more weapons are trained against the establishment.
The high walls around the neighbourhoods of Hazara community in Quetta designed
to protect them from extremist militants, should not confine the community from flourishing. It should be able to instil a sense of assurance to the locals and not a sense of confinement and threat.
They too have a dream and an ambition, to change the image of Hazaras in the world, and especially in Pakistan, and they must be assisted in realising their dreams.
26 Jul 19/Friday Written by Azadazraq