Another incident left 14 Hazaras including women and children in blood bath. This time they [Hazaras] were targeted not in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan. The poor Shiite Muslims were ruthlessly killed on their way to home. They had probably returned from Eid-ul-Fitr shopping to their homes. Their travelling bus was stopped by Taliban gunmen. After asking them, they [Hazaras] were separated from rest of the people.
Before this deadly incident, in 2011 in Kabul and Mazar e Sharif, the Shiite Hazaras were targeted by Pakistan based influential banned organization Lashkar e Jhangavi. That had also killed several participants of the said community in their religious practices in Muhram Ul Haram the holy Muslim month.
Earlier the Hazara community living in Quetta lost hundreds of their fellows in several bomb blasts continuing with ups and down since 1990s. These events against the Shiite of Quetta peaked in 2003 and 2004. Then re-burst in 2008 and are continuing till the date.
Pakistan based analyst thinks the Mangol features are easy target for anti Shiite groups in Pakistan. Therefore, Quetta is the best place where Lashkar e Jhangavi can single out Hazara community members from rest of the population and spray their bullets on them.
Parachinar and Hango the Pashtun Shiite populated cities are bases for the sectarian violence and these days the chain is spread even to the northern areas of Gilgit Baldistan. Karachi is never spared while these sectarian based target killing erupts.
If honesty is given space here, the number of Shiite Muslim is larger in Punjab if compared with Balochistan and Khyber Pashtunkhwa. But no such incidents take place in the cities of Lahore, Multan and Islamabad. Only in 1990s we heard of some target killing of religious scholars both from Shiite and Sunni sects.
This incident took place at a time as Afghanistan is going through its democratic transitional period from one elected president to the next one. American, Nato and other coalition countries forces are going to be down sized after 2014 withdrawal.
Afghan tribes have been through a longer evolutionary process. They have launched fights against one and other. But no war is fought among them on the basis of sectarianism. Whether it was the deadliest civil war or mere clashes among them on pity issues.
Afghanistan has been a country free of sectarian violence. Though, some of my friends argue that Taliban killed Hazaras. But to them my response is, it was never a sectarian hate, only getting to thrown became possible that way.
Here to mention, some of the population of Hazara tribes in Afghanistan are Sunni Muslim [we always think they are all Shiite]. Afghanistan is shared home of all tribes living there. Though, they had a three decade deadliest war era. Even today, they are more tightly waved in social and national fabrics if compared to other neighboring nations. As this connection is a natural one since the beginning of civilization among Afghans [Afghanistan is home to the most ancient civilizations of Zaratorians (Zartasht)].
Iraq, Syria and other Arab countries having Shiite population are on the harder hits of Islamic State fighters. Recent media reports show their connection with Al Qaeda scattered groups. That’s why a question raises. Are Afghan Taliban now being linked with ISIS or IS? Or Pakistan is applying its kind of sectarian division formula in Afghanistan at a time when the world feels the burn of sectarian based terror incidents.
If Pakistan does it, how bad impacts will it put on the Pakistan’s peace? And using Afghanistan as a base for sectarian violence would be disastrous for Pakistan or not? A match in the oil rug can only cause destruction.