Source: World Shia Forum
In 2012 alone, more than 600 Shia Muslims of diverse ethnic backgrounds have been killed in Pakistan at the hands of Deobandi militants using varioius aliases and labels including Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ aka LeJ), Taliban (TTP), Jundallah etc.
In total, more than 21,000 Shias have been killed in the last few decades by the same Deobandi Takfiri militants who are also killing Sunni Sufis or Barelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus and other communities. However, according to Oscar awarding winning film maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, not enough Shia Muslims have been killed so far to classify it as genocide.
Increasingly, writers and activists in Pakistan and international media are describing the phenomenon as genocide. For example, refer to these resources:
Is Shia genocide an adequate term to describe the plight of Pakistan’s Shia Muslims?
Shia Genocide: Shia genocide: nameless crime, faceless victims - Dr Mohammad Taqi
Discourse of Shia genocide: https://lubpak.com/archives/tag/discourse-of-shia-genocide
While we understand why certain countries and organizations (e.g., USA, UK, Iran, EU, UN, Amnesty, HRW, HRCP etc) may be hesitating from using the word Shia genocide due to legal and political reasons, we also know that international community does not have a great past record when it comes to warning or classification of genocide for tragedgies in Germany, Rwanda, Bosnia and now in Pakistan and Iraq.
Sharmeen Chinoy is not alone. Her friend, pro-establishment Pakistani journalist Nasim Zehra too has publicly denied the existence of Shia genocide in Pakistan. Here is an extract from her intrview with BBC Urdu:
Previously Sharmeen has offered problematic and very shallow analysis of the roots and reasons of terrorism in Pakistan completely wiping out the hate ideologies inherent in Salafi and Deobandi cults and the existence of global Salafi Wahabi and Deobandi terrorism. https://lubpak.com/archives/327167
We ask Sharmeen Chinoy and others to break their silence on the systematic Shia genocide in Pakistan in which Deobandi Jihadists and sectarian extremits seem to have been given free hand by certain rogue elements in the State / security establishment to kill Shias, Sunni Sufis and Barelvis, Ahmadis, Christians etc and such killings are accepted as collateral damage by the Jihadist assets of the State.
We also ask rights activists to refrain from misrepresenting Shia genocide in Hazara ethnic, Mohajir ethnic etc terms and also refrain from using false Saudi-Iran or Sunni-Shia binaries which do not explain why Sunni Sufis, Barelvis, Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus are being killed by Deobandi terrorists.
In particular, we request Pakistani directors of the Amnesty International and HRW to mobilize the much needed international support and attention to the largely ignored and misrepresented Shia genocide taking place in Pakistan.
We request all thought leaders and activists to:
1. Cleary identify the victim communities being target killed due to their faith, i.e., Shia Muslims (including Twelvers, Ismailis, Bohris – more than 22,000 killed), Sunni Sufis and Barelvis (thousands killed), Christians (1,000 killed), Ahmadis (300 killed), Hindus (100 killed) etc.
2. Cleary identify the perpetrators of violence, hate speech and Takfiri fatwas, i.e., Deobandi clerics, terror outfits and madrassas. The Deobandi terror outfits use various aliases and labels such as ASWJ, LeJ, TTP, Jundallah etc to enact their violent agenda. They have the support of Deobandi clerics and madrassas including Fazl-ur-Rehman, Mufti Naeem, Sami-ul-Haq, Rafi Usmani, Hanif Jalandhri etc.
3. Write columns, articles, novels, poems and research reports on Shia genocide in Pakistan at the hands of Deobandi terrorists. Make documentaries on this topic to develop awareness in Pakistani and international media.
4. Work with rights groups and welfare agencies to provide relief to victims and their families.
5. Work with the UN, US State Department, EU etc to implement strict sanctions and penalties on Deobandi terrorist outfits and their leaders, enablers and sponsors in Deobandi madrassas, clerics, Pakistani establishment and Saudi Arabia.