While it is certainly commendable that Express Tribune (ET) has reported the protest demo organized by the youth of Parachinar, time when majority of the news outlets have with blithe disregard ignored it (as usual, for example this largest protest against target killing of Shias was blacked out by Pakistani media: criticalppp.com/archives/72401), the reporter, or perhaps the editor of ET needs to be reminded that the people of Parachinar are Shia too! At least 49 Shia Muslims were massacred by ISI-backed Haqqani Taliban (good Taliban) and the subsequent firing by Pakistan army/FC on 17 February 2012.
The news report refers to people of Parachinar as ‘Parachinaris’, ‘Turi-Bangash tribes’, ‘Anti-Taliban’ et al, but ignored their most important identity, the one they are targeted for: their faith. Not once in the entire piece have they been referred to as Shia. This is disgraceful.
The people of Parachinar are Shia; they have resisted the Talibanization of their area, disallowed the use of their area as a conduit for terrorist activities, and refused to act as ISI’s terror tools. And this is what they are being punished for by the ISI through Taliban. This is the real story, even if not a scoop!
Last but not least, ET seems to be short of photographers or cameras because no picture of the actual protest was published. Here’s one picture with very clear message about who do Parachinar’s Shia Muslims consider responsible for their ongoing massacre and persecution. Read this banner in the Shias protest in Islambad: Who is behind the SSP-ASWJ-Taliban bombers? Pakistan army! The picture was published by Pakistan Today.