After the massacre of 20,000 Shias, Nasim Zehra denies existence of Shia genocide in Pakistan – by Ali Aqeel


Related post: Name and Remind: Nasim Zehra’s silence on Shia massacres in Pakistan – by Mustafa – See more at: https://lubpak.com/archives/72597

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As I write these lines, dozens of Shia families in Lahore, Jhang, Multan and other parts of Pakistan are mourning the martyrdom of their loved ones in Mastung  (30 December 2012)  by Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban (SST): https://lubpak.com/archives/236129.

The attack on the buses of Shia pilgrims going from Punjab to Iran burnt dozens of Shias including women and children to death. At least 40 have died while over 100 others are wounded and permanently maimed. More than 100 Shias have been killed in the same area alone over a number of attacks by Takfiri Deobandi militants in the last few years. Last year, Shias were taken out of the buses, identified and then shot to death in Mastung. http://tribune.com.pk/story/256419/gunmen-attack-bus-in-balochistan-20-killed/

This is apart from the attacks in Chilas and Kohistan where Shia pilgrims and passengers were first separated, lined up and killed by dozens of armed men. https://lubpak.com/archives/224113

Videos were later uploaded on YouTube by the same Takfiri Deobandi militants to display the brazenness and ruthlessness as Pakistanis continue to look the other way.

On the same day when at least 40 Shias were killed in Mastung (30 December 2012), BBC Urdu published a report wherein Nasim Zehra, renowned Pakistani anchor and analyst, herself a Shia Muslims, denied there was any Shia genocide in Pakistan. She completely dismissed any such notion, and said there are only occasional target killing of Shias which cannot be termed genocide.

نجی ٹی وی چینل کی ڈائریکٹر کرنٹ افیئرز اور صحافی نسیم زہرہ ان ہلاکتوں کو نسل کشی ماننے پر تیار نہیں۔ ’جب میں یہ لفظ (نسل کشی) سنتی ہوں تو مجھے پریشانی ہوتی ہے کیونکہ درحقیقت پاکستان میں ایسا نہیں ہو رہا ہے۔ اگر پاکستان میں میرے نزدیک کسی کی نسل کشی ہو رہی ہے تو وہ ہزارہ ہیں کیونکہ انہیں ایک علاقے سے نکالنے یا ان کے خاتمے کی باقاعدہ منظم کوشش کی جا رہی ہے۔شیعہ افراد کی ٹارگٹ کلنگ ہو رہی ہے اور یہ ایک حقیقت ہے مگر نسل کشی کے لفظ کا استعمال بےمحل ہے۔‘

اس بارے میں نسیم زہرہ کا کہنا ہے کہ ’شیعہ افراد کا قتل بالکل ہو رہا ہے لیکن اسے صرف فرقہ وارانہ رنگ دینا درست نہیں ہے۔ شیعہ افراد کی شکایات درست ہیں مگر یہ بات درست نہیں ہے کہ میڈیا یا ریاست ان کے خلاف کارروائی کر رہی ہے۔ اگر دیکھا جائے تو ریاست نے بہت آگے جا کر جیسا کہ اس بار محرم کے دوران شیعہ افراد کی حفاظت کے لیے انتظامات کیے تو یہ بات عمومی طور پر چسپاں کر دینا درست نہیں ہے۔‘

Source: BBC Urdu

Nasim Zehra is not alone. In recent past, Pakistan’s Oscar award winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy too has denied Shia genocide in Pakistan. https://lubpak.com/archives/235017

Both Nasim and Sharmeen have of course either not seen or disregarded over 20,000 Shias killed in Pakistan since 1963. Here is list of over 20,000 killed since 1963 https://lubpak.com/archives/132675

http://www.shafaqna.com/english/general/item/9780-shia-genocide-database-a-detailed-account-of-shia-killings-in-pakistan-from-1963-to-1-dec-2012.html

Only recently, a network like Al-Jazeera called it Shia genocide http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/11/201211269131968565.html,

Other leading newspapers e.g., Dawn, Express Tribune, Daily Times, The Hind etc have described it as Shia genocide.

Anita Joshua http://worldshiaforum.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/relentless-killing-of-shia-muslims-in-pakistan-by-anita-joshua-the-hindu/,

Zofeen Ibrahim, http://dawn.com/2012/08/27/if-this-isnt-shia-genocide-what-is/ ,

Khuldun Shahid https://lubpak.com/archives/232697 ,

Dr Mohammd Taqi https://lubpak.com/archives/226929 https://lubpak.com/archives/76194 ,

Saroop Ejazhttps://lubpak.com/archives/231563

Pakistan is also being placed in Shia genocide watch list now http://www.genocidewatch.org/pakistan.html

All such aforementioned writers are few of the most respected names in media. Never have they shied away to use the term Shia genocide because they are aware of the magnitude of the problem and plight Shias are faced with. The term Shia genocide has been used by key political leaders and scholars, e.g., Imran Khan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Husain Haqqani, Dr. A.Q. Khan etc.

In such tough times, Nasim Zehra’s denial of Shia genocide is deeply hurting. Coming from a respected analyst who commands wide following, this amounts to insult to the victims of Shia genocide and their families. This also gives anti-Shia elements active on social media to spread their propaganda with more force now as a ‘credible’ analyst has denied Shia genocide. Only a week ago, she condemned attack on notorious Sipah Sahaba terrorists Aurangzeb Farooqi while remaining completely oblivious to his crimes against Sunni Barelvis and Shias.

Shouldn’t Nasim Zehra revisit her statement as a compassionate human being and responsible journalist given the incontrovertible evidence that is contrary to what she said to BBC in the interview? Also her appreciation of the State for its role in the protection of Shias is either naive or blatantly dishonest. Every single Shia man and woman in Pakistan knows that the State, army in particular, is directly complicit in Shia genocide by nurturing and protecting Deoobandi Jihadist assets.

Last but not least, Nasim Zehra also needs to update herself on the plight and statistics of Shia genocide. Out of total 20,3000 Shia killed so far, almost 700 are Shia Hazaras of Quetta. However, within Quetta, a much higher percentage (not absolute number) of non-Hazara Shias has been killed. In Quetta, out of a population of 500,000 Shia Hazaras, 700 have been killed. In contrast, out of a population of 20,000 non-Hazara Shias in the same city, at least 250 have been killed.

It’s a matter of simple mathematics and wider analysis to understand that Shia genocide in Pakistan does exist and it is neither area specific nor ethnicity specific.


8 responses to “After the massacre of 20,000 Shias, Nasim Zehra denies existence of Shia genocide in Pakistan – by Ali Aqeel”

  1. Thanks GOD secular anchors and modern muslim atheists came to know that this is not Shia Genocide at all . . .

  2. When I read rightists/non shias they often argue that mostly on higher posts and govt officials are shias and they support each other against us and govt is also on their side and when i read their opponents argument they too mention the same……..

  3. Kazan Khan
    She is a old graduate of Taliban-Alqaid institute for regional , domestic and international terrorism, North Waziristan ! Get well soon, Maam!
    Comment History

    Sabah Hasan
    JazaakAllah.With such stalwarts among Pakistani Shias, services of ASS are not required.

    Hasnain Akhtar
    she is no more normal, excessive frustration may be the cause.

    Kazan Khan
    She and Shireen Mazari belong to same school of thought which is hell bent on bleeding Indians in Kashmir and installing proxy govt in Afghanistan using private jihadi groups and Taliban and no matter if in the process we set our own house on fire.

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  4. Aray bechari k pass dictionary lejao aur osko batao k “genocide” koi “ftv show” ka naam nahi. itna khod ko ghair janibdar dekha kar es ne to aurat hone ki b tauheen ki hai.waise es k baal keench kr to dekho kahi es ko ISI ne koi fake sajawat nahi diya….bari ajeeb baat hai es ne clean shave b kiya hai! Shayad american forces k afghanistan se inkhala k baad clean shaved taliban aane wale hain…

  5. Samsam Bukhari of PPP said to BBC Urdu that a specific sub-sect (Deobandis) is killing both Shias and Sunni Barelvis:

    پاکستان کے وزیرِ مملکت برائے اطلاعات صمصام بخاری اس خیال سے اتفاق نہیں کرتے ہیں کہ پاکستان میں شیعہ افراد کی ہلاکت کو نسل کشی کہا جا سکتا ہے۔ بی بی سی اردو سے بات کرتے ہوئے ان کا کہنا تھا کہ ’میں قطعاً اس بات سے اتفاق نہیں کرتا کہ پاکستان میں شیعہ افراد کی نسل کشی ہو رہی ہے۔ یہ ایک ذہنیت ہے جنہوں نے اپنی طرز کا اسلام کر دیا ہے۔ نہ وہ اہل تشیع کو مانتے ہیں، نہ وہ بریلویوں کو مانتے ہیں۔ عید میلاد النبی کے جلسے ہوں، محرم الحرام کے جلوس ہوں وہ اتنے کوئی نامراد لوگ ہیں وہ وہاں آ کر ان پر حملہ کرنا اسلام کا حصہ سمجھتے ہیں حالانکہ اس کا اسلام سے کوئی تعلق نہیں ہے۔ یہ ایک خاص فقہ ہے جو اس طرح کی کارروائیاں کرنے پر لگی ہوئی ہے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/12/121230_shia_killings_piece_zs.shtml

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/236329

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/235653

  6. Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @TahirImran Nasim Zehra claimed it is Hazara genocide, the data show a different picture i.e. #ShiaGenocide: http://criticalppp.com/archives/236909

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani Have you read the of Genocide? If not then read it please, also where & how it could be applicable & the results.

    Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @TahirImran A couple of lawyers at BZU University agree it is #ShiaGenocide: http://criticalppp.com/archives/132492

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani Ansar sahab as I said you have to read proper text & then it will be clear, it is not a lawyer’s call, not mine its a system

    Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @TahirImran Sir: It seems only you have read the proper text. Please enlighten me about your understanding.

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani again it is her view but you have to read the text of what Raphael Lemkin’s definition & how it is judged by UNO.

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani I am not supposed to enlighten anyone here, its not my call & judgment its what the international law says.

    Ansar Khakwani ‏@AnsarKhakwani
    @TahirImran You suggest to say that you understand this definition and system better than Saroop Ijaz, Taqi, Joshua and others?

    Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
    @AnsarKhakwani I think you are trying to put words in my mouth, I no where said that, the piece I wrote is clear. End of discussion. Thanks

  7. i THINK THE KILLINGS OF hAZARAS SHOULD BE ENOUGH FOR THE EMINENT ANALYST AND ANCHOR mS. nASIM zEHRA TO CHANGE HER STATEMENT , IF NOT THE VIEWS. iT HURTS TO SEE THESE MASS KILLINGS CALL THEM BY WHAT EVER NAME, THESE ARE INDICATIVE OF THE TREND OF KILLING SHIAS IN LARRGE NUMBERS.
    iT IS GENOCIDE AIMED AT D ELIMINATING sHIAS AS A SECT IN palistan AND LEASHING OUT SECTARIAN HATRED OF THE WORST KIND. tHE INDIVIDUAL W VIEWS DO NOT MATTER. iT IS THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM THST MATTERS . tHE sYATE SHOULD PROVIDE SECURITY. AND NOT ANGER AGAINST THE COMMUNITY.

    We must remind all readers not to congemn one individual for her views. The real thing is Shias are being killed.

    Javaid Badshir

    Attorney at law
    Kahire