Extravagant musical concerts amid tears of Shia Hazara nation: Who to blame for the apathy? – by Kulsoom Hazara

Distraught Father who was driving the vehicle. His son, one of the cadets, was also martyred.

The first attack on Shia Hazara community was in 2003, when 12 young Police cadets were shot dead on Sariab Road while they were on their way back home. This news broke down the streets of the major Shia Hazara populace areas rampantly like the fire in the jungle. Shocked and aggrieved, the community’s women, man and infants all blood pouring down their eyes took their wounded hearts scattered in groups wondering to find those words that could somehow reimburse the unbearable loss of all the young cadets (20-27 years of age). Shops closed, business men returned, office workers rushed back to their homes and nothing but a sway of rustling leaves were all that could be heard,  equally aggrieved with those families who had lost their pearls. Since then, this long gap from 2003 to 2012, a wave of murderous years welcomed Shia Hazara community.

Recently, I happened to visit the graveyard, Ganj-e-Shuhada. Fridays present poignant anxiety. Ignoring the clamor of the crowd, I made my way out to a Lady sitting at the corner in front of a Martyr’s grave, it was her husband, her loud cries pierced my bones and I sat with her trying to comfort her at my best. I could hardly understand the hidden words behind her cries. She was complaining of her diversified problems that had aroused after the departure of her husband. I could only pick one of the sentences she repeated again and again. It was, “You had promised your youngest child to buy him a play-toy; He demands that every day, where from may I arrange to buy one for him…”
I said as softly as I could, I will buy him the toy, please stop crying, your husband is lucky to have been martyred. She looked at me, took my face in her hands and said, “Can you bring my husband back too?” I was all mute and could barely walk back.

This is the picture of the Shia Hazara community who is drenched in pain and grief. The more the lives lost, the more indifference observed.

Now, allow me to flip the coin and present another picture of the same community. In the name of collecting funds for martyrs, musical events are organized in the same area where we can hear cries of the mothers.

Observe the difference between then (2003) sensitivity towards the families of Martyrs and today when we have 500+ of the community members engraved. Musical events, dances, live performances are arranged on the name of families of martyrs. Which sane person would accept the money earned by such events? It is one of the indifference to the suffering of the community shown by liberals.

Let’s now fly beyond seas. Australia is another place where Shia Hazaras fled in

They are done with their concert at Sydney. Next will be in Melbourne,Brisbane and Perth. My fellow brethren, your $50 can make up 3 times meal of a starving Martyr’s family.

large numbers to seek asylum after Pakistan government failed to provide protection to the community. (It’s a shame for the Pakistani State).  A Musical concert was arranged by the Nationalist/liberal (Hazara Voice-  a wing of HDP- Hazara Democratic Party) Australian based where Shia Hazaras were sent invitation in bulk to attend, be amused, enjoy, dance and disgrace all the families of martyrs who starve of hunger and are malnourished back home.

How much of money may have been spent on these concerts? Some Thousand dollars?
How good it was if this amount of money was sent to those families who do not have their 3 times meal.
Aren’t these concerts building a solid wall of fog by ignoring the plight of the community?

It’s a war of indifference that the organizers of such events are a part of. You’re either fighting it by taking action, or you’re slowly letting chaos creep closer to your home and those you love by being indifferent. The only way we’re getting back to be the community we can be, is if everyone shoulders some of the load. It takes a community to save itself, and unfortunately we’re not living in a time we get to sit idly by.

Mayhem, chaos and death are all distant realities until they’re at your door. Apathy, coldness, lack of sympathy, lack of concern is all what is being observed in such people whose distance with their brothers at Quetta makes them arrange events of no use. It requires a proactive and sincere commitment, feeling the pain of those families who have lost their loved ones.

Healing the wounded hearts is a collective responsibility of all the members of the community. No man is an island, entire of it; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, every single continent feels the pain of separation. We, as a community shall behave as a collective pace. If not anything else, conviviality is healing.

Why don’t these respected figures who are engaged in arranging musical concerts alike activities concerned of those orphans who have lost their guardian? If each of us took our responsibility, it would be far off our imaginations to hear any mother complaining of the unmet needs of her children before her dead husband. We are not flowing with the ecstasy and exuberance of our existence in the current era; such coldness will help dragging our community as a whole towards downfall.

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to be indifferent of the sufferings of their brothers in pain.

While being in grave jeopardy, it’s long enough to have spent our money on such useless concerts when more families fear their father back home in the evening.
It’s long enough to understand that more appalling than bigotry and hatred are those who either sit still or earn money by eluding the youth, dramatizing the fact that such events do not represent the lack of sympathy with the aggrieved families.

It’s too long that the Shia Hazara community is living under the sweltering heat of continuous pressure. People who share a common suffering and sense of community shall be more than responsible in helping each other to overcome the pains because after all we are all traveling on the thrust of one another.

16 responses to “Extravagant musical concerts amid tears of Shia Hazara nation: Who to blame for the apathy? – by Kulsoom Hazara”

  1. May Allah help my Hazara Brothers and Sisters in Quetta. Surely, they are living in Gaza of Pakistan. Hopefully we would successed in helping them in the long run.

  2. Ms. Batool – Although I appreciate your thoughts and concerns on this matter, but I strongly believe that maybe you should get your facts right before pointing fingers. First and the most vital piece of misinformation is you connecting HDP with Hazara Voice, where in truth they are two entirely different organizations. Second, you did not acknowledge Hazara Voice’s tireless efforts to raise awareness about the situation of Hazara’s in Quetta. Protest after protest, they have managed to convince the Australian Govt. about the Hazara situation in Quetta, which has ultimately led to Hazaras from Quetta being accepted as refugees in Australia; where before only Hazaras from Afghanistan were seen as genuine refugees. I am sure you wrote this article with good intentions, but there is an eerie sense of negativity surrounding it. Good effort none the less. Write on.

  3. i think these all are not quite enough to be resist against HDP and show down the HDP or other naionalist…

  4. Please Please Please all of you here in Australia should consider these seriously. Why to spend our money on these stupid shows? Aqal darannnn

  5. Even though I do agree with some of the points are made. But ‘not to the point’ to survive is, a matter, to live at any cast is a matter. It does not matter how you should do it, to help people to survive and live. Either doing concert or doing chanda but the intention is great!!!!!!!!

  6. Good article. Our assistance to the families of Shohada must not be conditional. Sentiments that khanwadaye shohada have must be respected.

    Instead of spending up to 60 dollars on the tickets, if half the amount was sent to them in Pakistan could help the families. Orphans go to school, families need ration at home. Each penny should be wisely spent.


  7. Kulsoom,

    As a Hazara every single men and women appreciate your thoughts…., we never forget the persecution, mistreatment, beheading, and genocide of Hazaras in Quetta and Afghanistan. We as a nation struggled to survive,and we still struggle on a daily bases.

    we as a nation felt ashamed to be a Singer, Artist, and etc…. but easy for us to be extremist like yourself, propagandist like yourself and judgmental like yourself.

    I believe in this tough time we don’t need to give up everything and cry everyday, instead we have to be strong, we have to fight, we have to support HDP and other Hazara parties to achieve Hazara’s goal and objectives.

    We also have to appreciate our musical legends, who worked tirelessly and worked for Hazara music and Culture.

  8. Salam to all.
    With all due respect to different opinions. I appreciate the time and effort you (Kulsoom) have put in this article. however, I can see some negativity in your opinion therefore I would like you to go back a little more than 2003 because Hazara persecution had started long before that.
    Let’s have a look at Afshar massacre 11 Feb 1993 where more than 1000 Hazara men women and children were massacred in a single day, we (Hazara) didn’t stop our socialisation, including sports, music, concerts and other cultural activities in Afghanistan neither did Hazara in Pakistan. During that difficult period many hazaragi concerts took place and I remember listening to those songs

  9. Apologies.
    Listening to those songs was a great way to get over the aftermath. People still stood for their right. All Hazara may not forget about what happened to us or what’s happening now. We all are together in this. There’s no harm in organising concerts or listening to our hazaragi songs. Our people have been through so much difficulties and we still moving on.
    About HDP we have to support them even if they’re not so active because at the end of the day they’re our own Hazara. MOSHT TU POR BASHA, POR AZ ZAMBOR BASHA

  10. Sallam S Batool,
    I have read your article and I totally agree with your opinion. I have been living in Australai for about 2 years now and I have seeing many people who actually forgote their identity. They even don’t consider themselves as sylumseekers. In addition, they think they born in here but the reality is that we our brothers are being killed in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I pray for your article that it may touch everyone’s heart and become aware of our community in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  11. Nice article but one thing which i don’t like is you have blame on Hazara Democratice Party & Hazara Voice of Australia they both are different organization & have different perspective they are only by one feature common that is the word Hazara.
    the second point which you mentioned the story of a widow that you told her that i will buy for your boy a toy,
    Everytime do good work but the work should be in such a way that if you are doing good work if you do it with your right hand than your left hand should not be aware of that.
    The owner of this web site is publishing and giving courage to all those who are against Hazara or we can say they all are enemy of Hazara.
    Proud to be Hazara

  12. At Taltamore,
    We, as a nation shall also know that propgandist is the one who behind you sells your nation and you do not even know of that. Iam surprise that how you ignore what propagandist means. I know that Hazara culture should remain but is it the time? We should not mourn and cry all the day but it is also the time not to sing and dance as they are doing.

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  14. It is state of shame for the writter who has written this long phrases on the grounds of untruthful and biased while she didn’t even bother herself to find the real story I also wonder she is immature before knowing the full facts and she made up the story of her own.
    So shame to disgrace the families of shohadas by her false and missleading article
    so shame for her to widen the gap between Hazaras oversease and Hazaras in Quetta.
    So shame for her that she doesn’t even know the ground realities, cultural changes, geographical challenges and diverse community in Australia compare to the isolated living compound of Quetta.

    She should be emberessed by her misleading article