Laibaah, the liberal fascist, must refrain from attacking human rights defenders – by Ali Dayan and Beena Sarwar

by admin

Hazara Shias are preparing to bury their loved ones massacred by SSP-TTP proxies of the Deep State in Mastung.

Editor’s note: In the light of some feedback received from various activists within and outside Pakistan, I wrote a brief, critical post on HRCP’s statement on the massacre of 30 Shias in Mastung. Apparently, my post was hugely disliked by some leading champions of human rights including Ali Dayan Hasan (HRW), Beena Sarwar (CFD) and Raza Rumi (PTH/TFT). Beena called me a liberal fascist, Ali Dayan alleged me of spending all my time anonymously attacking human rights defenders and organizations, while Raza alleged that by criticizing the HRCP’s statement, I was siding with the right wing fascists.

I invite everyone to read my post on HRCP’s statement which can be accessed here: Pakistani Shias, rights activists reject HRCP’s statement on Shia killings in Pakistan

I also invite critical readers to review the following three posts:

Intellectual dishonesty in misrepresenting Shia massacres in Pakistan

Petition: Silence of Human Rights Organizations on Shia Genocide in Pakistan

A humble request to Mustafa Qadri (Amnesty) and Ali Dayan Hasan (HRW)

I am providing below a copy of some charges which were publicly levelled against me by some leading defenders of human rights in Pakistan. I don’t want to respond to ad hominem or straw man and am a bit disappointed that instead of commenting on the content of the said post, they chose to attack my person. Last but not least, I am indebted to dozens of Pakistani and international activists who bravely and generously came to my support and constructively engaged with my critics. Happy reading!

Charge-sheet against Laibaah

AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
You know @Laibaah, your attack on HRCP is unwarranted, unnecessary & counter-productive. Why do u spend all your time (anonymously) attacking human rights defenders and orgs rather than human rights abusers? do you want to focus on holding abusers accountable or engaging in twitter trials of hr defenders and orgs?

@Laibaah is not even a real person. On twitter all he/she does is attack HR orgs & defenders instead of talking abt abusers. allies should be allies and not a lynch mob – there are too many of those anyway.

attacking HRCP is counter-productive, not seeking help. very different things.

I put my life at risk repeatedly. No one has ever seen Laibaah or knows whoshe actually is. Surely, u c the difference. she says she lives in the US. I have invited her to visit any HRW office in the US with verifiable evidence. No response.

beenasarwar beena sarwar
+1 @AliDayan: @Laibaah Why do u spend all yr time (anonymously) attacking human rights defenders and orgs rather than human rights abusers?

Folks attacking HRCP are only playing into the hands of those creating divisions among progressive-minded Pakistanis

Liberal fascists = hide behind anonymous ids, have progressive pretensions, attack others who have moderate views.

I don’t know what else to call people who say they’re liberal but are totally reactionary & only attack others.

We don’t know what his/her (Laibaah) self interests are. Raises voice for Shia, Baloch. But attacks ppl unfairly.

Plus a lot of time is wasted countering his/her unfair attacks, so mostly I ignore.

“Honest”? What is honest about attacking (anonymously) human rights defenders and orgs rather than human rights abusers?

beenasarwar beena sarwar
Agree. @Tahirimran: I believe HRCP no matter what it does good or bad is a symbol of hope for millions

Razarumi Raza Rumi
RT @AliDayan: U know @Laibaah, yr attack on HRCP is unwarranted, unnecessary & counter-productive

@Laibaah If U R going 2 attack HRCP, an organisation which has bn at the forefront of HR struggles, U will B on the side of rt wing fascists

HRCP is Pakistan’s asset & has successfully raised issues such as blasphemy,minorities status & HR violations & its members hve suffered

i’m most disappointed at the name-calling & baseless charged being hurled at the liberal minority which is being killed

So-called progressives R disunited & quick 2 discredit each other. ths is y Pakistan h b captured by extremists

I support the Shia and Baloch causes but individuals r nt enuf.We need campaigns & movements #collective #action

Hazara Shia women hold placards during a demonstration in Quetta on Wednesday to condemn the Shia massacre in Mastung by TTP-SSP terrorists. – Photo by Reuters

A specimen of Tweeps reaction to charges against Laibaah

coffee_n_cream One world no borders
@Laibaah @Razarumi I’ve read both HRCP & AHRC statements. I read HRCP 1st & didn’t think it was terrible til I read much better AHRC. Also, I understand these killings are not sectarian but sponsored by the state. If so, why does HRCP say it’s sectarian?

All major HR org align with political agendas. Joe Stork (HRW) always & only speaks at Islamist reformist events re Iran in Washington DC. Amnesty’s Elise Auerbach did her best to undermine campaign to save Sakineh Ashtiani by saying she wasn’t worthy of attn.

If HRCP has been choosing not to cover ongoing Shia slaughter, it SHLD be highlighted. No human rights org is above criticism just because they “promise” they don’t have a political agenda. They do.

munir104 Munir Khan

The idea that HRCP or any other “professional” should not be held to account is false! If @Laibaah is fearless & ruffles a few feathers to get her point across & highlight atrocities she should be applauded!! I have a lifetime membership of HRCP but that does not mean it is preserved in aspic and cannot be challenged or criticised! Not the role of committed activists like @Laibaah to curry favour or hold back on criticism of atrocities or complicity/silence of others!

@AliDayan To be honest I have lots of respect for you, but I think that you are too concerned about conventions of dialogue & not the issue! @AliDayan As the public face of HRW ur always going to be in the spotlight.Comes with the territory & should not be considered a “trial”!
@beenasarwar @AliDayan Using loaded terms such as “twitter trials” misses the point.Activism is abt holding ALL to account.It’s not personal. I would never want to be part of a lynch mob.The convention of lawyers & judges not mixing is not too dissimilar HR professionals will always hve activists snapping at their heels.U should embrace that & recognise tht it comes wth the job. My activism began with the anti apartheid campaign’s of the 70’s.Both as a lawyer & human being I admire those who raise their voice and are willing to be counted.Regard both of you as courageous individuals speaking out-u dont have to be friends!

MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani 

@beenasarwar @AliDayan @Laibaah attacking or auditing; there is a difference. Here in Pakistan, only Zardari/PPP can b abused, cursed. Jihadi killers, backers, apologists no-go areas. you ask them any questions & they squash debate by howling “personal attacks” “abusive” etc. How has this pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/pak… “attacked” HRCP. Are questions not on? I am afraid intimidation tactics by Pk HR orgs to silience debate is making things worst. v disappointing.

[human rights org] the same ones whose role has been diluted wrt the current massacres, which falsely presented as “sectarianism”. misrepresenting critique such as https://pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/pakistani-shias-reject-hrcps-statement-on-shia-killings-in-pakistan/ as “attacks” is subtle intimidation. When constraints are leading to mass-scale misrepresentation affecting the lives of millions, thats a problem. is what @Laibaah saying & this report about HRCP https://pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/pakistani-shias-reject-hrcps-statement-on-shia-killings-in-pakistan/ wrong? Aren’t such critiques essential? If @alidayan has constraints which force him, HRCP to issue vague, ambivalent propaganda, he, other HRs should resign. after 35,000 dead we cannot afford vague, counterproductive, obfuscatory reports. look at the difference between #HRCP & #AHRC reports; former vague, confusing, latter to the point. single “oversight” [sectarianism narrative] affects the lives of 36 million Pakistani Shias! No trashing, just questions for today. movements need to evolve, accept new realities; pk cannot afford more obfuscation. today, 180 million Pakistanis at the mercy of the Jihad Ent. of ISI-GHQ.

mSaleemJaved Saleem Javed
Had accumulated enormous amount of respect for @AliDayan. Crying out 4 help in a state of trauma should not b considered counter-productive.

@AliDayan u r paid in thousands to report the human rights issues in Pakistan, not2 expect love messages while being silent. Would you remain calm after burying your people in a mass grave? chk here, have just returned http://latestsoftwares.at.ua/_ph/19/343467347.jpg

Utmost respect 4 @Asma_Jahangir & other HRCP but @AliDayan ‘s reaction to our call4help is absolutely hurting/dissapointng

None has rejected his [alidayan’s] advocacy. Is he so immature to take a call for help as counter-productive and nonsense?

Condemning the terrorists are also counter productive. Lets praise them then! RT @AliDayan: You know @Laibaah, your attack …

Counter-productive? Too much inspired by Immy politics. RT @AliDayan: You know @Laibaah, your attack…

Trackerinblue Human Being
@AliDayan I agree w/ @Laibaah HRCP needs to take a stand, investigate, name names, be specific in denouncing HR violators.

@laibaah tell that person that I cnt reveal my tru identity either bcoz of v real threats 2 my life from the regimes of the ppl I campaign 4. tell that…. that thousands of us in brutal regimes can’t reveal our true identities for the same reasons!!. then, tell that… that making himself out to b a selfless hero of some kind is very unattractive and egotistical

Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
@AliDayan Sir, if respectable #HRCP hasn’t been silent, May u plz share details of his activities on #Hazara #Shia killings

@AliDayan Sir,what do you mean by “attacking human rights abusers” ,Should #Hazara #Shia pick up arms & fight against LeJ??

@AliDayan Wht U mean unnecessary& unwarranted,Sir?R U justifying #Hazara #Shia mass killings?if not whats reason of silence?

wasifsa Wasif Shamim 

@Razarumi If she is criticizing #HRCP its her right coz they r at fault, u shd criticize too rathr than asking her not @Laibaah

@Laibaah Why do all pseudo liberals join in when you criticize them for wrong doing? I’ve seen that many times. Shameless !

#HRCP at times prove that they are controlled by the deep state . ISI-SSP-LeJ

naeemshamim Naeem Shamim

Blame her for her anonymity but effective watchdogs like @Laibaah doing historic task of exposing/questioning HR officials/standards. Who killed #Shia Zaireen?All those who chant Kafir,Kafir Shia Kafir & those who fund them & those who release thm on the ‘lack of evidence’

Chiltan salma jafar
@AliDayan if we don’t agree with others criticism- should not Dismiss them as Fake either need to respect others views @Laibaah

I think all including Human rights organizations should eb open to scrutiny if selective even if that selectivism is unintentional

Chiltan
@aliarqam a)she only criticized a report b) why do we corner ppl when they choose to disagree

mo2005 Mona

@Laibaah these org work as pressure groups in pak hardly any organ is working even moderately effec let alone these pressure grps. so honestly don’t give it much thought wt they say and do #won’t make any difference

MahdiBaloch
@AliDayan Sir half truths in name of hmn rights r more irritating & misleading, we expect better from ur excellency @Laibaah

theRealYLH Yasser Hamdani
@AliDayan @Razarumi Well Laibaah atleast is honest and not in it to make money. #HRCP is ineffective. HRCP is ineffective considering that other making big names, it failed to make headway on anything.

AiliaZehra

@Razarumi Do our liberals have the courage to speak against violence being done by ISI? @beenasarwar

tatom2k
Can #HRW #HRCP & other #HR persons condenm ldrs #PPP who equaled #Hazaras #SHia 2 Hizbola instead of bashing critics?

@AliDayan Jst see TL no 1 is abusing only thng is criticism & 1 has right 2 do it if tht HR org jst ignoring HR issues @Laibaah

HaiderKarrar
@Laibaah Evry1 is respnsible #shiagenocide Gov & Judiciary.Even media coz it don’t give shia coverage i hv witnesd it myself


20 Responses to “Laibaah, the liberal fascist, must refrain from attacking human rights defenders – by Ali Dayan and Beena Sarwar”

  1. Convenient Co-critics

    aliarqam Ali Arqam
    RT @Razarumi: @Laibaah If U R goin 2 atck HRCP, an Org which forefront of HR struggles U will B on the side of rt wing fascists

    aliarqam
    RT @beenasarwar @Razarumi Folks attacking HRCP R only playin into hands of those creating divisions among progressive-minded

    aliarqam aliarqam
    @AliDayan @Razarumi Avoid crazy maniacs, No cynicism please, A few idiots doing all this are enjoying it,

    aliarqam aliarqam
    RT @Ziyad_F @Razarumi & @AliDayan Think dis Laibaah person is either a fool (or perhaps a low-life agency implant) V harmful to progressives

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    Orgs like HRW and HRCP, who live under daily threat from extremists, attacked on Twitter by self-proclaimed human-rights-defenders @AliDayan

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    @AbdulNishapuri LUBP has, among other things, an unenviable record of being rabid @aliarqam @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46 @Laibaah

    UroojZia
    @Ziyad_F Yaar iss becharey @Laibaah ko na tung kero. Poor thing is following mommy and GHQ daddy’s orders.

    UroojZia
    Hilarious how this LUDP troll’s “activism” never goes beyond the interwebs. Twitter k aagey jehaN aur bhi haiN; but not for this agency- and Fauzia Wahab-fed misogynist chutya, obviously

    UroojZia Urooj Zia
    This is the man whom the cowards at LUBP are impersonating in the “by Rusty Walker” post: walker-creative.com Tsk. #FakeFatwaRedux #Phattoo

    le_Sabre Daaniyal
    @theRealYLH re Laibah, can utter and total derangement count as honesty? @Razarumi
    13 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    @Razarumi and @AliDayan , I think this Laibah person is either a fool (or perhaps a low-life agency implant). Very harmful to progressives.

  2. I can’t believe that Ali Dayan is head of HRW Pakistan. His reaction is a bit unfair, to say the least.

  3. First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win – Mohandas Gandhi

    More power to you, Laibah. You are on the path of Haq. May Haq be with you!

  4. HR ppl not doing anything!

    barbarindian Barbarian Indian
    @AliDayan Kaphi complaint aa rahen hain Pakistan se? Minorities not safe, HR ppl not doing anything? @Laibaah?

    barbarindian Barbarian Indian
    RT @Laibaah: Laibaah, the liberal fascist, must refrain from attacking human rights defenders wp.me/p1joLZ-9Uu

    atifahmads Atif S Ahmad
    Must Read: @Laibaah is a liberal fascist bit.ly/qc4wlW #Pakistan #HRCP

    MahdiBaloch Mahdi Baloch
    If difficulties come in ur way then u r on right path – Imam ALi All support for @Laibaah & her stands. pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/lai…

    ravezjunejo Ravez Junejo
    @Laibaah Adi I would personally advise you to email or tweet your concerns about HRCP to Ms Asma Jahangir first regarding this report.

    ravezjunejo Ravez Junejo
    @Laibaah Sounds like the Bush ‘either with or against us’ doctrine RT @razarumi If U attack HRCP…U will B on the side of rt wing fascists.

    ravezjunejo Ravez Junejo
    @Laibaah Are they serious?! #Pakistan RT @beenasarwar Agree. @Tahirimran: #HRCP no matter what it does good or bad (?!) is a symbol of hope.

    ravezjunejo Ravez Junejo
    Down with @AliDayan & #Pakistan ‘Crapperati’ ! RT @Laibaah Laibaah must refrain from attacking human rights defenders wp.me/p1joLZ-9Uu

  5. Ask any Toori of Parachinar, any Saraiki Shia of D.I.Khan, any Hazara of Quetta, these human rights organizations have done nothing, I repeat NOTHING for us.

    I agree with sister Laibaah’s objective criticism of the HRCP’s statement (in fact NON STATEMENT). Those calling her liberal fascist and supporter of right wing fascists must have some shame!!

  6. Shutter-down strike in Quetta over Mastung massacre
    By: Bari Baloch | Published: September 22, 2011

    QUETTA – A shutter-down strike was observed in different parts of the provincial capital on Wednesday against the killing of 29 Shia pilgrims in Ghandori area of Mastung district the other day.
    The deceased were laid to rest in Quetta amid tears and sorrows.

    The strike call was given by the Hazara Democratic Party and Tahafuz-e-Azadari Council.

    All main business centers and markets on Jinnah Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Abdul Sattar Road, Shara-e-Iqbal, Allamdar Road and Hazara town were closed and the traffic remained very thin. However, shops remained opened in other parts of the city – Double Road, Sirki Road, Sariab Road and Satellite Town. The local administration had taken strict security measures to thwart any untoward incident as police backed by Frontier Corps were deployed in different parts of the city.

    Seven-day mourning was announced by the Tahafaz-e-Azadari Council, Wahdat Bainul Muslimeen and Shia Ulema Council. Moving scenes were witnessed when the deceased were brought to Hazara graveyard for burial which was attended by thousands of people belonging to the Shia community.
    The participants in funeral were shouting slogans against the government and demanding stern action against culprits.
    Some 25 deceased were buried in Hazara graveyard, one in Marriabad while two deceased were laid to rest in Loralai and one was dispatched to Karachi.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of male, female and children hailing from Hazara community staged a protest demonstration against the killing of 29 innocent Shia Muslims in Ghanjdori area of Mastung.
    Angry protesters were carrying placards inscribed with different demands – stop killing members of Hazara community. They were also shouting slogans against the provincial government that, they said, had failed to provide security to the minorities.

    http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/22-Sep-2011/Shutterdown-strike-in-Quetta-over-Mastung-massacre

  7. Demo in Lahore

    Demo against terrorist attack in Mastung
    Posted on September 22, 2011
    LAHORE (APP): Shia Shahryan Pakistan on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in front of local press club against terrorist attack on pilgrims’ bus in Mastung, Quetta yesterday in which 26 pilgrims were killed. Shia leader Haider Ali Mirza, Allama Syed Waqarul Husnain Naqvi, Allama Noorul Mustafa Qadri, Maulana Waqar Haider Faizi and Pir SA Jafari led the protest. The protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans against terrorism and the killing of innocent Shia Muslims. Addressing on the occasion, they said that about 500 families had killed in last two years. They alleged that Balochistan government had failed to control terrorism.
    http://www.thefrontierpost.com/?p=58406

  8. Perhaps HRCP and the defenders of their non-statement must show at least this much integrity and courage as was shown in the following editorial (The News) today:

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=68932&Cat=8

    September has proven the cruellest month for the Hazara tribe in Balochistan. This Tuesday, a bus carrying Shia pilgrims to Iran was intercepted by armed men who lined up the travellers and shot 26 of them dead in cold blood in Mastung. In September last year, 65 Shias were killed in Quetta when a procession became the target of a bomb blast. This May 6, six members of the Hazara Shia community were gunned down while another seven were killed on May 18. In June a Hazara policeman was killed only two days before Olympian boxer Syed Abrar Hussain was shot dead. The list of attacks is long but only one group has claimed responsibility: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. In the ever-deteriorating security conditions in Balochistan, sectarian outfits have found the perfect playground. The Hazara community has been the target of violence since the mid-1980s though the attacks have intensified since 2000 when their top leader Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara was gunned down in Quetta.

    According to confessions of arrested LeJ activists, independent experts as well as the Hazara Shias themselves, the violence against them is not ethnic but sect-based. The Hazaras, divided between the Alamdar Road in the east and Hazara Town in the west of the city, feel cut-off and besieged in the wake of the violent attacks on them. Representatives of the Hazara Democratic Party have repeatedly informed the provincial home department and the IG police that extremists are planning to step up attacks against them. But not much action seems to have been taken. All Hazara killings during May and June this year took place only a small distance from security check posts. The LeJ has given the Hazaras an open deadline to leave the province by 2012 and has warned of further attacks. But the police have still remained helpless, leaving the Hazara community to believe that the security establishment is protecting the perpetrators. The mysterious escape of the local head of the LeJ, Usman Saifullah, and a key leader, Shafiq Rind, from a very well guarded Anti-Terrorist Force jail in Quetta Cantonment, is a case in point. A deadly pattern is emerging: terrorists are on a murderous rampage against Pakistan’s minority sects while authorities have failed to prove themselves capable of taking them on.

  9. Shame on PPP? PML-N and JI are protesting, where are PPP leaders, the so called champions of minority rights?

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/22/mps-submit-motions-for-debate-on-mastung-attack.html

    Legislators belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-N and Jamaat-i-Islami submitted adjournment motions to the National Assembly and Senate secretariats on Wednesday seeking debates on the killing of 29 people in Tuesday’s sectarian attack in Balochistan.

    The motions filed by nine PML-N MNAs and three JI senators regretted the poor law and order situation in Balochistan and termed the Mastung incident a failure of the provincial government.

    “It is the responsibility of the state to provide protection to life and property of every citizen.

    ‘‘However, today the state has failed to fulfil its constitutional responsibility,” the motion submitted by the MNAs said.

    They expressed concern over an increase in incidents of target killing in Balochistan which, they said, had already been facing a critical situation.

    They alleged that both the federal and provincial governments were playing the role of silent spectators while the sense of deprivation was increasing among the people of the province.

    They called for a comprehensive policy to deal with the law and order situation in Balochistan after a thorough debate in parliament.

    The PML-N MNAs who have filed the motion are Pervez Malik, Rana Mehmoodul Hassan, Raja Mohammad Asad, Tahira Aurangzeb, Waseem Akhtar Sheikh, Nuzhat Sadiq, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Nighat Perveen and Nisar Tanveer.

    Prof Khurshid Ahmed, Prof Mohammad Ibrahim and Afia Zia of the JI have submitted the motion to the Senate secretariat.

  10. EDITORIAL: Shia massacre

    A group of Shia pilgrims on their way to Iran in a bus were ambushed in Mastung, Balochistan, by armed men. The militants told them to get out of the vehicle, lined them up and opened fire on them after checking their identity cards. Twenty-six pilgrims were killed while eight others were injured. Most of them belonged to the Hazara Shia community in Balochistan. Three others were killed in an ambulance when they were taking the injured to hospital. Banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), an offshoot of the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), claimed responsibility for the attack. Twelve people lost their lives while more than a dozen others were injured after a suicide attack at a Shia congregation offering Eid prayers in Quetta. On the second day of Eid, seven more Shias lost their lives at the hands of armed gunmen who opened fire on a minibus on its way to Parachinar in Kurram Agency.

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemned the Shia massacre and urged the government to investigate the latest incident and “prosecute the officials of Frontier Corps (FC) and police who were responsible for this negligence and nexus with the terrorists”. According to the AHRC, “…[Balochistan, Kurram Agency, FATA] are the places where the contingents of the Pakistan army and its paramilitary force, the FC are stationed and controlling all the roads, besides having check posts all around the major cities…As a result, banned Islamic militant organisations feel at liberty to operate freely under the patronage of the law enforcement agencies.”

    Ever since LeJ’s leader Malik Ishaq was released this July after 14 years behind bars, the attacks against Shias have become even more deadly. It is interesting to note that the LeJ has become active in Balochistan, even distributing threatening letters against the Shia community. Is it because they want to leave their home base, Punjab, relatively untouched and ‘safe’ for themselves? The Punjab government already treats the LeJ and SSP with kid gloves and its law minister is known to be close to banned terror outfits. Hazara Shias are peace loving and law-abiding citizens. They are soft targets for a bloodthirsty sectarian outfit like the LeJ. The less than energetic response from the government and the law enforcement agencies in Balochistan, Kurram Agency and FATA to sectarian attacks has only emboldened outfits like the LeJ. What is stopping the authorities from arresting the leaders of the LeJ when they do not hesitate to ‘claim’ responsibility for brutal attacks so openly? The authorities must not turn a blind eye to this emerging pattern of targeting the Shia community. Shias in Pakistan have been victims of systematic target killings for decades now. The government and the security agencies must protect them or this intolerance would eventually lead to Pakistan’s undoing. *

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20119\22\story_22-9-2011_pg3_1

  11. How many more massacres?
    By Editorial
    Published: September 21, 2011

    Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the killing of community members in Quetta on September 21, 2011. PHOTO: AFP
    The massacre on September 20 of a bus full of Hazara Shia near Quetta is another grotesque reminder of the slow, but steady, erosion of the religious state in Pakistan. It is not only the Quetta Shia who are the permanent target of terrorists. The Turi community — formed through historical migration from Afghanistan to Kurram Agency in the Tribal Areas — tells the same tragic story of Pakistan’s abandonment of its afflicted communities. The main road that links the agency’s headquarters Parachinar with Peshawar and the rest of the country has been more or less closed since 2007 because of the Taliban and their allied militants in the area. Unfortunately, the government has not able to keep it open for more than a few days, despite a much-heralded agreement earlier this year between the various tribes of Kurram. As for the September 20 massacre, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, whose leader Malik Ishaq was recently released from a jail in Punjab, claimed the attack, which resulted in the cold-blooded execution-style killing of 29 Shia pilgrims on their way to Iran.
    Pakistan is struck with amnesia about the Hazaras every time a massacre takes place. The one on the last Eidul Fitr was forgotten; this one will be forgotten too. In the last three years, 230 of them have lost their lives as citizens of Pakistan. When Pakistan was supporting the Taliban regime in Afghanistan starting 1996, it began offering the sacrifice of its citizens to Mullah Umar and his renegade state as proof of its loyalty. And the killings didn’t begin in the 1990s but much before, around the time of General Zia’s Islamisation when the s0-called jihad against the Soviet Union was in full swing. The state tolerated the killing of the Shia by the Taliban in Mazar-e-Sharif, and did nothing when the Taliban regime that it supported in Kabul went after the Hazara in their heartland of Bamyan. In 2001, following America’s invasion of Afghanistan, al Qaeda fighters escaped to Pakistan and found shelter here, thanks in part to a network of sympathisers. When this happened, many of the homegrown sectarian killers found a readymade host in al Qaeda with its virulently anti-Shia ideology. In 2003, when the Shia were massacred during Ashura in Quetta, the local Shia leaders showed pamphlets issued by all major madrassas of Pakistan which had declared their sect as heretical.
    The main sectarian organisation called Sipah Sahaba circumvented the ban placed on it by splitting into several smaller parts, and as it did this, the state did nothing. One splinter was the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the other was the Jaish-e-Muhammad. The first has joined al Qaeda as a member of Brigade 313 where Tehreek-i-Taliban and Jundullah are featured together with members of al Qaeda. The Lashkar and Jaish are both products of south Punjab, based in Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan respectively with links to the madrassa network headed by a well-known seminary in Karachi.
    Pakistan’s turning away from the international community, as symbolised by its pulling out of the IMF programme and its escalating estrangement from America, could well place it in a completely isolationist corner. In fact, if that were to happen, it will only further encourage the forces of obscurantism and extremism, which have already made their significant presence felt across the length and breadth of Pakistani society. In this context, the assassination in Kabul through suicide bombing of the leader of the Tajik community in that country, Burhanuddin Rabbani, also on September 20, could further push Pakistan into this isolationist corner, not least because the rest of the world assumes, rightly or wrongly, that most Taliban attacks inside Afghanistan originate from Pakistan. Those who think that terrorism started in 2001 because Pakistan joined America’s war on terror, should know that attacks on Shias have been happening since the 1980s and since that period non-state actors have been involved in them, and that most of these have links to the Taliban and al Qaeda of today. The question to ask is: how many more massacres are we going to see of the Shias before we wake up and decide to purge the monster of sectarianism from within us?
    Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2011.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/257061/how-many-more-massacres/

  12. What can I say? I have no words to offer. If this is the state of human rights organizations in Pakistan, no wonder Shia massacres remain unreported or ignored in Pakistan and internationally.

  13. Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    Kitnay saalon say @UroojZia , hum GHQ ke khilaf naaray lagaatay thay, danday khaatay thay, etc. Kahan thay yeh laibay shaibay aur LUBP etc ?

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    Here we are, being taught progressive politics by ppl who act more ethical than Desmond Tutu but whose petty jiyala agenda is known to all.
    2 hours ago

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    Likewise, @AbdulNishapuri , I don’t engage with ppl who may not even exist, for all I know.
    2 hours ago

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    I’m sorry if I cannot take seriously people who are too scared to use even their real names, & all they do is throw mud at heroes @AliDayan
    2 hours ago

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    Orgs like HRW and HRCP, who live under daily threat from extremists, attacked on Twitter by self-proclaimed human-rights-defenders @AliDayan
    2 hours ago

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    @AbdulNishapuri And if you’re now endorsing ppl like @Laibaah , it only proves my point. @aliarqam @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46
    3 hours ago

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    @AbdulNishapuri But LUBP has, among other things, an unenviable record of being rabid @aliarqam @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46 @Laibaah
    3 hours ago

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    @AbdulNishapuri I won’t deny the good stuff occasionally posted there. @aliarqam @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46 @Laibaah
    3 hours ago

    Ziyad_F Ziyad Faisal
    @AbdulNishapuri And who cares what LUBP thinks? @aliarqam @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46 @Laibaah
    3 hours ago

    ————-

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Ziyad_F I don’t engage with anyone who considers LUBP rabid. @aliarqam @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46 @Laibaah
    2 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @Razarumi You are very kind. I request all friends to unite to highlight the institutionally supported Islamo-fascism in Pakistan.
    3 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @aliarqam May I ask you about your objections on the HRCP post? Shall we call people ‘crazy maniacs’ when we disagree with their post?
    3 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @Razarumi How is Laibaah’s post on HRCP defaming or worrying? In fact, the only thing worrying is how some of us called her liberal fascist!
    3 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @Razarumi I have read Laibaah’s post. Clearly, you are attributing someone else’s comment to her.
    3 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @Razarumi All respect for HRCP but the notion that they are beyond criticism is problematic.
    3 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @Razarumi HRCP an ISI agent? I don’t see any such allegation in the said post: criticalppp.com/archives/57976
    3 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @aliarqam @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46 @beenasarwar @mazdaki @MaulaBuksh I am speechless after reading this! bit.ly/qc4wlW
    4 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @aliarqam @Ziyad_F @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46 LUBP fully agrees with @Laibaah’s criticism of HRCP’s report, also cross-posted it.
    4 hours ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @aliarqam @AliDayan @Razarumi @KamranShafi46 HRCP’s statement on Shia massacres was very weak, to say the least.

    ——–

    aliarqam aliarqam
    RT @Ziyad_F: @AbdulNishapuri And if you’re now endorsing ppl like @Laibaah , it only proves my point. @Razarumi @AliDayan @KamranShafi46

    aliarqam aliarqam
    @AliDayan @Razarumi @KamranShafi46 Avoid crazy maniacs, No cynicism please, A few idiots doing all this are enjoying it,

    aliarqam aliarqam
    RT @Ziyad_F @Razarumi & @AliDayan Think dis Laibaah person is either a fool (or perhaps a low-life agency implant) V harmful to progressives

    aliarqam aliarqam
    RT @Razarumi: @Laibaah If U R goin 2 atck HRCP, an Org which has bn at de forefront of HR struggles U will B on the side of rt wing fascists

  14. Razarumi Raza Rumi
    @
    @coffee_n_cream I already explained and apologised. Saw some tweets with the tag of @Laibaah and made the remark. @AbdulNishapuri
    4 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Razarumi Raza Rumi
    @
    @AbdulNishapuri maybe I misread some of the tweets. Apologies if I made a mistake.
    4 hours ago

    Razarumi Raza Rumi
    @
    @AbdulNishapuri No 1 is beyond or above criticism in a democracy.But not criticism that demeans/defames is worrying.Time 2 unite&fight tgthr
    4 hours ago

    Razarumi Raza Rumi
    Not this: Laibaah tweeted tht HRCP is controlled by Deep State. LOL RT @AbdulNishapuri: I dont C any such allegation bit.ly/qDtiAD
    4 hours ago

    Razarumi Raza Rumi
    @
    @AbdulNishapuri Take out HRCP and other HR/progressive activists from Pakistan and who do you have: lashkars, jihadis, apologists& militants
    4 hours ago

    Razarumi Raza Rumi
    @
    @AbdulNishapuri: Weak reporting shld B pointed out but 2 call HRCP an ISI agent is a bit 2 much. Advocacy 4 change/reform not to attack!

  15. ———-

    aliarqam aliarqam
    @AliDayan About of @Laibaah blog is interesting calls it derealisation of LUBP, which acc to her evolvd as apologetic to urbans @Razarumi

    aliarqam aliarqam
    @AliDayan PK flag on @Laibaah blog means, ‘Is Parcham ke saye taley mey ‘Eik’ hi hun’ Kisi ko sath chadna nai hei

    aliarqam aliarqam
    @AliDayan Sir, Plz dont stress in her identity, Miss @Laibaah feels threatened abt herself even in Arizona

    aliarqam aliarqam
    @Laibaah Why you and my friend @AbdulNishapuri are keenly interested to know my views abt that post? @AliDayan @RazaRumi @KamranShafi46

    aliarqam aliarqam
    So @Razarumi has apologised to @Laibaah but for What?

    aliarqam aliarqam
    My full tweet “Avoid crazy maniacs”, No cynicism please, “A few idiots doing all this are enjoying it,” @AbdulNishapuri

    aliarqam aliarqam
    RT @Ziyad_F: @AbdulNishapuri And if you’re now endorsing ppl like @Laibaah , it only proves my point.

    aliarqam aliarqam
    @AliDayan @Razarumi @KamranShafi46 Avoid crazy maniacs, No cynicism please, A few idiots doing all this are enjoying it

    ………..

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @aliarqam May I ask you about your objections on the HRCP post? Shall we call people ‘crazy maniacs’ when we disagree with their post?

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @aliarqam Instead of RTing others, will you explain what was wrong with my post on HRCP? @AliDayan
    aliarqam aliarqam

    @Laibaah Why you and my friend @AbdulNishapuri are keenly interested to know my views abt that post?
    @AbdulNishapuri

    Abdul Nishapuri
    @aliarqam I am asking because u r attacking a post published on LUBP. Speak to fellow editors first! @JunaidQaiser @MaulaBuksh @farhadjarral

    farhadjarral Farhad Ahmed Jarral
    @aliarqam @AbdulNishapuri @JunaidQaiser @MaulaBuksh BTW did ali arqam ever asked editors before posting any piece on #LUBP ? we can see many posts on #LUBP posted by Ali wthout consulting othr editors. @aliarqam You attack LUBP posts in public but do nothing as editor. Now you are just playing politics and using LUBP to make a name for yourself. You attack LUBP posts in public but do nothing as editor. Now you are just playing politics and using LUBP to make a name for yourself. Ali Dayan, I agree with Laibaah. HRCP report has serious problems. Don’t deflect criticism by irrational arguments (like computer loops). Ali Arqam just using LUBP name for creating problems for our contributers and posts. His views have no weight for us. Ali Arqam is no longer the editor or blog coordinator and I recommend to Abdul to remove him from authors list. Don’t need traitors.

    …..

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    @aliarqam Why are we attacking LUBP posts publically when it was decided that editors discuss this internaly. We have cross posted many who r critical of LUBP, don’t remember hearing ur criticism.

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @aliarqam You are clearly in breach of what was decided in editors’ thread. Very disappointing. @farhadjarral @JunaidQaiser @MaulaBuksh

  16. Read Dr Haider Shah’s comments on dehumanizing. Compare with how @AliDayan tried to dehumanize me!

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C09%5C24%5Cstory_24-9-2011_pg3_6

    Re Dr Haider’s article: @AliDayan dehumanized me by calling a virus, comp program etc. LeJ killers dehumanized Hazara Shias as hate worthy objects.

    Dr haider writes: the heartless killing of Shia pilgrims in Mastung, recurring incidents at both the social and state levels are indicative of the malaise of dehumanisation that has taken deep roots in this society.
    In all these cases, the murderers treated the victims not as humans but mere objects of hatred. This is the major symptom of dehumanisation as humans no longer remain persons but are viewed as objects.

    What distinguishes the dehumanisation trend in Pakistan from common crimes is the social approval or indifference to such occurrences. Mumtaz Qadri was garlanded by a section of lawyers and one can see numerous support sites on the net as well.

    The process of dehumanisation in a society does not happen overnight. According to one author, organised and bureaucratic state mechanisms can also give rise to a dehumanisation process that results in groups of humans being regarded as sub- or semi-human creatures, or perceived as not being human at all. Just about 70 years ago, we witnessed the mass scale killing of the Jews by the Nazis in Europe. The greatest worry in the context of Pakistan is that the state, instead of arresting the dehumanisation trend, is actively complicit in promoting it. The killing of a young man in Karachi by uniformed Rangers is indicative of the institutional disregard for human life, which is rampant in all security institutions. This particular incident made headlines only because it was by chance recorded and shown on the electronic media. The cases of Umer Cheema and Saleem Shahzad betray the deep rooted dehumanisation in the state apparatus as a dissenter is treated not as a human but as an annoyance that is removed with no remorse.

    In the heat of the moment they forgot that viewing the world as ‘they and us’ sows the seeds of hatred and thus can become the driver of the dehumanisation process.

  17. Read Dr Haider Shah’s comments on dehumanizing. Compare with how @AliDayan tried to dehumanize me!

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C09%5C24%5Cstory_24-9-2011_pg3_6

    Re Dr Haider’s article: @AliDayan dehumanized me by calling a virus, comp program etc. LeJ killers dehumanized Hazara Shias as hate worthy objects.

    Dr haider writes: the heartless killing of Shia pilgrims in Mastung, recurring incidents at both the social and state levels are indicative of the malaise of dehumanisation that has taken deep roots in this society.
    In all these cases, the murderers treated the victims not as humans but mere objects of hatred. This is the major symptom of dehumanisation as humans no longer remain persons but are viewed as objects.

    What distinguishes the dehumanisation trend in Pakistan from common crimes is the social approval or indifference to such occurrences. Mumtaz Qadri was garlanded by a section of lawyers and one can see numerous support sites on the net as well.

    The process of dehumanisation in a society does not happen overnight. According to one author, organised and bureaucratic state mechanisms can also give rise to a dehumanisation process that results in groups of humans being regarded as sub- or semi-human creatures, or perceived as not being human at all. Just about 70 years ago, we witnessed the mass scale killing of the Jews by the Nazis in Europe. The greatest worry in the context of Pakistan is that the state, instead of arresting the dehumanisation trend, is actively complicit in promoting it. The killing of a young man in Karachi by uniformed Rangers is indicative of the institutional disregard for human life, which is rampant in all security institutions. This particular incident made headlines only because it was by chance recorded and shown on the electronic media. The cases of Umer Cheema and Saleem Shahzad betray the deep rooted dehumanisation in the state apparatus as a dissenter is treated not as a human but as an annoyance that is removed with no remorse.

    In the heat of the moment they forgot that viewing the world as ‘they and us’ sows the seeds of hatred and thus can become the driver of the dehumanisation process.
    ,,

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