This is how Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban slaughter Shia Muslims in Pakistan – by Aqib Kazmi

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I watched them cutting his nose, ears, hands, legs and neck with great pleasure as if they were sacrificing cattle on Eid day.

I watched them cutting his nose, ears, hands, legs and neck with great pleasure as if they were sacrificing cattle on Eid day.

In 2008, three days after my uncle took charge as the principal of Elementary College Jamrud, he informed my father about a warning letter sent by a local Taliban official. The letter warned my uncle that they would kill him unless he left Jamrud immediately. Not one to fear death and abandon his responsibilities, he stayed on. However, the warning was taken seriously and he duly informed the administration, including the political agents of Jamrud.

Now, let me tell you a little about my uncle. He was a peace-loving man, an author and an educationalist. He had served in the department of education for 32 years and was even the controller of many educational boards in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Having reached grade 20, he was willing to retire peacefully. Eighteen educational awards to his name are enough to show just how loyal he was to his job and how ardently he desired a better education system.

Two days after the warning letter was issued, my uncle was kidnapped while he was on his way to office with his official guards. The guards offered no resistance to the kidnappers and were spared.

An ocean of grief swept upon to my family. Every member was bent in prayer for his safe return, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, such was our fear.

Initially, we were informed that he was taken to Orakzai Agency. The kidnappers called us soon enough and asked us to arrange as much money as we could and to wait for their next call. Thus, we frantically started to do so. The very next day, they called us again saying that they had got the money and my uncle had been sold to another group who had sectarian biases. After that, we waited for seven days.

Those seven days stretched on – the longest days of my life. My uncle’s wife was paralysed with grief and kept murmuring:

“He has never wronged anyone; I am not going to believe in God’s justice if anything happens to him.”

We eventually received a call from Khyber Agency. A boy’s voice on the other end of the line informed us that my uncle’s body had been found in a water drainage pipe – his dead body.

Relatives rushed to the scene, but all we found was mangled body parts; we found a head with no nose and no ears, a body with no legs or hands. We also recovered a CD, but no other remains of his body were found.

My uncle did not deserve to die this brutal death.

ASWJ-Taliban terrorists kidnapped and brutally slaughtered these Shia Muslims of Kurram Agency in June 2008

A few days later, I watched the CD against my better judgement. In the last few moments of his life, I saw my uncle begging to be allowed to pray one last time. I saw the kidnappers laughing and saying “you are an infidel”; I saw them cutting his nose, ears, hands, legs and neck with great pleasure, as if  they were sacrificing cattle on Eid day.

My uncle died a tragic death. Now, grief has surpassed me and all that is left in me is shame.

I feel shame because Pakistan left a person to die – a person who had never compromised on his duty, a person who worked 32 years to educate its people. I am ashamed of authorities who paid no attention at all to my uncle’s plight; I am ashamed of my protectors who pocket more than 70% of our budget in the name of protecting us. If someone cannot protect me inside my own country, how can they protect me from external threats?

More than 1,500 cases of kidnapping for ransom have been registered in FATA during the last four years and not a single guilty person has been arrested. Millions of rupees have been looted from innocent people and hundreds of CDs have been sent to their families.

Who should I blame?

Things will only get worse if the authorities don’t take any action.  There are currently three security forces working in FATA i.e. the levies, the Army, and the Frontier Corps. Still, they have failed to catch any kidnappers.

Bringing peace to this area will not be easy, but we must take concrete steps to make it a possibility.

Source: Express Tribune

14 Responses to “This is how Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban slaughter Shia Muslims in Pakistan – by Aqib Kazmi”

  1. December 07, 2008

    College principal killed eight days after abduction

    JAMRUD: Government Elementary College, Jamrud, Principal Razi Hussain Shah was found dead in Regi Lalma village on Saturday eight days after his kidnapping by unidentified people.
    The body, stated to be in bad shape, was dumped at an abandoned place. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the kidnap-cum-killing.
    Shah was kidnapped on November 29 when he was on the way to college from his residence in Government Colony. staff report

  2. Kidnapped principal killed

    Our correspondent
    Sunday, December 07, 2008

    LANDIKOTAL: The body of Syed Razi Shah, Principal, Government Elementary College, Jamrud, who was kidnapped on November 29, was found in the Ghundi area of Jamrud tehsil on Saturday.

    Razi Shah, 50, was kidnapped from the college in broad daylight. The kidnappers overpowered personnel of the Khassadar force performing duty at the college gate and then snatched the principal. They then drove in their vehicle to an unknown destination.

    Tribal sources said the beheaded body of Razi Shah was recovered from Ghundi area and was later sent to his native Kurram Agency.

    The deceased had served as controller of examinations in the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Peshawar. He had also served as the agency education officer of Khyber Agency.

    Authorities in Khyber Agency said they had advised Razi Shah to get himself transferred out of Jamrud as the place had become insecure due to the activities of militants and criminals. The authorities informed that Razi Shah being a Shia could become a target of some sectarian outfit.

    Tribal and religious elders in Kurram Agency had formed a committee after Razi Shah’s kidnapping and contacted the government officials in Kurram Agency and Khyber Agency and influential tribesmen in Khyber to seek their assistance for his safe recovery.

    • Aqib kazmi actual name SAleem Shah KAzmi is not a member of my family he is exaggerator story all above in the blog is bullshit . My father has been killed brutally but no video photage was sent with dead body. i don’t know which action should be taken against Aqib …really Sad to know about this Blog

  3. Monday, December 08, 2008
    By by Our correspondent
    PARACHINAR: Syed Razi Hussain Shah, the slain principal of Government Elementary College, Jamrud, was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard at Shlozan village here on Sunday.

    Razi Shah’s body was recovered from Ghundi area of Khyber Agency on Saturday after unidentified people kidnapped him a week back.

    Touching scenes were witnessed when his body was brought to the village where a large number of people had gathered to receive it. Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people attended the funeral.

    Speaking on the occasion, the area elders condemned the killing and demanded of the government to bring the culprits to justice forthwith.

    Razi Shah was born in 1949 at Shlozan village of Parachinar in Kurram Agency. He started his career as a teacher and remained head master of the local schools.

    Later, he served as the controller of examinations, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar; deputy director of education, Fata, and regional director education, Dera Ismail Khan. The late academician also served as agency education officer in Khyber and Bajaur agencies. He had also the credit of being the principal of a school in UAE.

    He authored a book titled ‘Lutf-i-Sohen’ in which he shed light on his past life. He fathered five sons and two daughters.

    • Aqib kazmi actual name SAleem Shah KAzmi is not a member of my family he is exaggerator story all above in the blog is bullshit . My father has been killed brutally but no video photage was sent with dead body. i don’t know which action should be taken against Aqib …really Sad to know about this Blog

  4. Another similar case of Shia kidnapping and killing:

    January 09, 2012

    Cardiologist laid to rest

    By our correspondent

    PARACHINAR: The slain cardiologist Dr Said Jamal Hussain Shah was laid to rest at his native village here Sunday. A large number of local people attended his funeral prayers in Qabad Shahkhel village. Dr Said Jamal was kidnapped by unidentified persons from Hayatabad Phase-II, Peshawar when he was on way home from his clinic two months back. The sources said that the kidnappers had shifted him to Khyber Agency and demanded Rs30 million as ransom.

    • Aqib kazmi actual name SAleem Shah KAzmi is not a member of my family he is exaggerator story all above in the blog is bullshit . My father has been killed brutally but no video photage was sent with dead body. i don’t know which action should be taken against Aqib …really Sad to know about this Blog

  5. Another tragic story from Quetta: kidnapping and slaughter of a Shia doctor

    A Shia widow’s story: Pay the ransom, receive a body bag – by Zehra Abid

  6. Some Comments from ET:

    asif khan Jan 12, 2012 – 4:41PM
    Religion makes people do all sorts of things.When someone believes they have god on thier side,they are willing to do the most horrible’s time people started using their brains rather then unquestioningly followng what the religious people have to say.Critical thinking rathera than blind faith should be adopted.

    Pigeon’s msuings Jan 12, 2012 – 9:45PM
    I happened upon this article and it brought back a memory that will stay with me all my life. I remember I was doing a documentary for USAID’s Capacity Building Project in FATA as a location director. We went to Peshawar and it was the first shoot of the spell. An NGO representative took us to Jamrud Boys College to interview some young people from FATA. I remember meeting Mr. Kazmi. He had recently been posted there as principal. I remember his kind smile, the typical Pakhtoon hospitality offered by him, and the gentleness in his voice as on my insistence he agreed to give me an interview. My first question was the obvious one; what was a Kazmi (a shia) doing in Jamrud? Wasnt he scared for his life? He smiled and explained to me in detail how he had seen many such “skirmishes” in his lifetime and during his career in education department. He said he did not think it would last long and that he never felt threatened. He was confident that this spell of terrorism had nothing to do with ideologies. He explained to me how it was just the out laws who were using the confusion to further their vested interests and that the indigenous Pakhtoon population was tolerant, peace loving and progressive. I remember that I could feel a grave sense of danger for him as I picked up my second samosa on his insistence. He asked his young students, many of them bearded, to arrange a special volleyball match for us and the camera rolled. I was super excited. This footage was going to make my film. They were laughing, enjoying like normal human beings, winning, loosing, and showing sportsman spirit while he stood on a side smiling. A few days later I got a call from the same NGO representative who told me that they had found a beheaded body of Mr. Kazmi. Since then, I have thought of him and his unforgettable smile often. I wish he had not been killed. I wish he had not been posted to Jamrud. I wish he did not have that much faith in humanity. I wish he had known better than to expect that we were still a saner nation. I wish he was still alive. I am so sorry for Aqib and his family. I am so sorry for all of us.

    bigsaf Jan 13, 2012 – 9:00AM
    Jamrud also suffered a bloody bombing recently that killed 30 innocent passengers at a petrol station. Warning by the Taliban against the local pro-Pakistan militia.
    I am so sorry to hear about your uncle and others from those areas. My heartfelt condolences. Can’t imagine such gruesome horror and trauma.
    These criminal sickos even make CDs of their cruelty? Where’s the media? Just because there’s one dubious story doesn’t mean the media should ignore actual incidents. Or maybe they’ve realized the ratings trend, where the Pak public instead of being outraged in condemnation might end up making excuses and will instead jump on the next anti-American story?
    Were the threats you received sectarian in nature or because you were educators? Regardless, shows the un-Islamic bigoted extremist backwardness of the Taliban and the like.
    I’m disgusted with extremist sympathizers or apologists who claim these Kharjite barbarians are their ‘brothers’ or claim that if there’s no action taken or the Yanks leave they will simply disappear or claim that there’s good Taliban like Afghan Taliban, despite all the atrocities, etc.
    It is outrageously stupid, suicidal psychosis and virtual treason.
    Also tired of prejudiced pea-brained time wasting ‘foreign masters’ conspiracists with their deluded denials or intentionally deceitful obfuscation, when the fact is that many of these militants are our own citizens and products, and the ‘foreign’ equation isn’t the CIA/RAW/Mossad/Martian paranoid fantasy, but other Arab and non-Arab Wahhabi/Salafi terrorists.

    Ahad Jan 13, 2012 – 10:49AM
    Your uncle was killed because he was shia. Shias get kidnapped and killed not only in FATA but everywhere in Pakistan.
    Condolence to you and your family. Lets hope there are better days ahead.

    Tayyeb Jan 13, 2012 – 11:34AM
    I broke in tears when i heard your uncle body was lying outside Jamrud compound in bag. All rushed but i didn’t have courage to see. I have met him once and that was too very scary movement when Khasadars grabbed his neck brought him at night to Jail on allegation that his staff was cutting road for water pipe. He was mishandled to extend that they tore up his clothes. I ran to rescue him but i too received slap. It was happened to him because he belonged to Shia Sect. But this shouldn’t be an accuse to tore him apart for having different sect.

    bigsaf Jan 13, 2012 – 11:36PM
    Quite the the strong rebuke to Ahad’s comment.
    Note that Ahad didn’t mention or implicate ‘Sunnis’. Again, another jump to conclusion and strong assumption.
    Sectarianism already exists in Pakistan where terrorist Taliban groups and other like minded Sunni extremist/Salafi/Wahhabi/Deoband, etc ideologies openly promote hatred creating an atmosphere of stigma and violence against the Shia minority. But apparently it is so taboo that we should stick our heads in the sand and not talk about any differences or actual possible crimes done in it’s name.
    Bringing up your faux ‘bhai bhai’ (brotherhood unity) warning ‘HUSH NOW’, to silence and sweep away the uncomfortable dirty reality of sectarian tension, prejudice and murder, because it has implications to your own religious sentiments, or indeed majority sect identity, and possible collective guilt of anti-minority sect bias (even though when one has no connection to such criminal bigotry, assuming), if true, you become defensive, like you already did earlier.
    So ironically instead of showing empathy and true unity, you actually drive the division further yourself with the sanitizing denial, exposing your own bias, not necessarily at the same level as hateful murdering bigots, but certainly still some low level of intolerance that’ll never let the facts be admitted – and of course you already gave us the Hindu boogeyman deflection earlier to attest to that.
    This is the regressive, prejudiced and irrational mindset that’s harmed our society.

    bigsaf Jan 18, 2012 – 12:02AM
    @FATA lover:
    You claim there are many problems yet don’t even bother specifically listing them yourself, leaving it in cryptic speak.
    You think I’m being naive?
    I know of the issues of FATA, from terrorism, education, lack of electricity, telecommunications, running water, poverty, etc. The outdated colonial system of governance. The prejudiced attitude of the establishment and settled area folks who think you’re backward tribal martial race folks who are only good for fighting and mean nothing.
    The ridiculous hi-jacking of main highways by the Taliban and the army turning a blind eye to them, especially the Haqqani network. The Turi and Bangash tribes going at it, with the Turi tribe literally sabotaged by the Pak army and forced into negotiations with the Taliban. And so much more.
    Spare me the BS, ‘whoever it is’. First step of the solution is identifying the problem. When charging or arresting someone you ascertain their identity and motive.
    And indeed twisted religious ideology of Kharjites is part of the problem, in the entire narrative of Pak. Once ‘Kafir’ was injected into the story, it came part of it.
    The author is absolutely correct about the establishment’s utter failure if not collusion. But if I were the author who earlier had come face to face with a young killed militant with Pashtun love poetry in pocket and told by another Pakistani who may somewhat reflect the establishment’s attitude that he’s some Mossad/Hindu agent and just dismiss it like it’s no big deal, or like that’s the answer to all problems, I’d be freaking pissed.
    Dr. Kazmi got his awareness. I am simply smacking down the deniers who rather we not speak about this issue in any form at all and send us off into the wrong direction.

  7. A similar painful story:

    A widow’s story: Pay the ransom, receive a body bag
    By Zehra Abid
    Published: January 22, 2012

    LeJ is responsible for murdering a Shia doctor and upending the lives of his family.
    It had been a long wait: 22 days. On the last day, Batool* waited all night for her husband to come home. She had cooked and kept aside change to pay the taxi driver when he arrived.
    In the living room of Dr Masood Naqvi’s* house in Quetta, women were reciting verses of the Quran and praying for his safe return. Every sound outside the house would raise hope, but each time they were disappointed.
    The night passed and in the morning a friend called and frantically asked Batool if her husband was OK. The tone of his voice told Batool the wait was over. She let everyone in her house know there was no need to pray anymore. As she now tells the The Express Tribune: “The tickers about his killing had started running on TV, but I did not know until then.”
    She heard her neighbour scream “Is it true?” and the faint hope she had until then was lost. The police gave the body to her neighbours, who informed Batool.
    At first glance, only the black shoes and shalwar on the body were visible. She told herself the clothing was not his, so the body must be someone else. But there he was, lying beneath the sheets drenched with blood.
    Dr Naqvi had been shot that day with four bullets, including two to the head. Police said Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had told them to “take their doctor home”. Without bandaging his wounds, police officers had brought the body back with his face still dripping with blood, she says.
    Dr Naqvi, a professor at a medical college in Quetta, was one of 91 Shias killed in Balochistan last year, according to police statistics. On March 28, he was abducted while on his way to college.
    Despite the frequent sectarian killings, his wife believed he would survive. “I thought he would come back because if they wanted to kill him why would they ask for ransom?” she says.
    The ransom had been paid the night before. Batool’s brother negotiated with the kidnappers for 22 days.
    “First the kidnappers asked us for Rs50 million, but it was impossible for us to pay that much. As soon as they came down to Rs2.6 million, I somehow collected the money and asked our friends to pay it,” Batool says. The kidnappers not only took the money and killed Naqvi, but also left a note on his body which said: “My wife and brother-in-law did not pay the ransom so I was killed.” The note had his signature on it.
    “I am glad we paid the ransom … If we had not made the payment I would have always felt that he was killed for money,” Batool says.
    The day the ransom was paid, Batool’s brother was threatened that he would be next. Fearing for their lives, all the relatives fled their hometown within days.
    The media’s coverage of the death increased her fears. “When Masood died, the media flashed our house on TV screens. However, later no one came to ask us what happened.”
    Batool also says there was no support from the police or government. “The police did not carry out any investigations; they only brought the body home. They didn’t even ask us where and to whom we paid the ransom to.”
    The Balochistan government has not made things easier. “It’s been nine months, but I still have not been paid his salary. There is a government rule that if a person dies in a target killing, their family is paid their salary till the day the deceased was meant to retire,” she says.
    Now Batool lives with her siblings in Karachi. Despite their love and support, her heart is in Quetta. At various points in the interview she keeps going back to how her city used to be.
    “We left the city as soon as we could. We left everything we had struggled so hard to build. I was born in Quetta, I lived there all my life and at this age I had to leave…”
    Of course, not everyone can seek refuge in another city. “When the news of Masood’s death came, the majority of people sitting in my house were those who had lost a brother, husband or son in similar incidents,” she says.
    “But it’s not easy to leave your job and house. I had the support of my siblings so I moved to Karachi and I have only come here because of the security of my daughter.”
    Her teenage daughter Zainab* does not understand why they lived in Quetta to begin with. As her mother talks about how the city was once peaceful, with a week-long education festival, debates and theatre at the boys’ college, Zainab listens in disbelief. The only question she asks is why her grandparents chose to move to the “worst province of Pakistan” after partition.
    Once again, Batool insists that it is not how it used to be. But, to Zainab, the stories sound like an old fable.
    *Names have been changed to protect privacy
    Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2012.

  8. I read these tragic accounts of sectarian violence in Pakistan and my heart reaches out to the families who have suffered such cruelties. I am a student in the US researching about the Pakistani Taliban. There is so much happening in Pakistan that we in the West do not know about. We may never see the perpetrators of these evil deeds brought to justice in our lifetime but God does not sleep and He will have a day of judgment for evil men. I pray that all those who have suffered find peace and justice in their lives.

  9. wow good work


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