Sunday, September 2, 2012

Imran Khan and Shia Killings in Pakistan - Only leader to visit victims of Quetta and Gilgit Baltistan killings

Imran Khan, Shia Killings and so-called Liberals

By @PTI_FATA (2 Sep 2012)

Chairman PTI Imran Khan is the only political leader of Pakistan's mainstream parties who has visited the families of victims of Shia killings; 1st in Quetta (on 20th April 2012) and now in Gilgit Baltistan. All this while the ruling political parties (or mafias) just sit back and relax while hundreds of innocent Shias have been killed more and more mercilessly.
This fact should be an eye-opener for all those cynics (especially so-called liberals) who question Imran Khan's commitment on issues of militancy and sectarian killings. 
These liberals should now question the so-called liberal parties like PPP / ANP / MQM / PMLN over the criminal silence rather complacence (since all are in Govt and doing nothing) on these killings. Mr. Faisal Raza Abidi (who would love to accuse Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry for Karbala incident too someday) should especially be scrutinized to know what his govt has done to curb all this mess.

Imran Khan meets families of Shia victims of Babusar killings (2-3 Sep 2012)

speaking to the congregation at the Astore Mosque after prayers for the victims of Babusar terrorism. 

Visited Astore; met with families of slain Shias. Visited Mosque & prayed for these terrorism victims alongside their families & Shia Imam.

3hImran Khan ‏@ImranKhanPTI
Khaplu: Taking off. Will meet with families of Babusar terror victims today.

Imran Khan reaction to some incidents of Shia Killings
Killing of all innocent ppl is against the spirit of Islam. The loss of this essence of r Faith is visible in the brutal killing of Shias.

Horrifying targeted killings of Shias at Babusar Pass, Mansehra. We condemn this act of terrorism as we do any killings of innocent ppl.

Condemn the continuing targeted killings in Gilgit Baltistan & elsewhere. The state and govt have duty to protect ALL r citizens equally.

We condemn the terrorist attack on pilgrims' bus in Quetta. Our prayers go out to all the families of the victims & for recovery of injured.

Imran Khan explains his position on talks to fundamentalist groups
Absurd how my call for dialogue & pol solution to problems of extremism, terrorism & militancy can be construed as support for Taliban! 1/2

2/2 All unconventional wars involving ext powers have needed dialogue to end in peace & also provide exit strategy for these powers.

Geneva Talks provided Soviets with face-saving exit strategy; Vietnam conflict & Paris talks; Good Friday Agreement &N Ireland solution. 1/2

UK entered into dialogue with earlier "terrorist" IRA plus other gps. Good Friday Ag provided sol & exit strategy for Br mly from N Ireland!

Pak needs dialogue, peace & reconciliation to resolve its multiple variants of violence, killings & extremism from FATA to Balochistan.

Excerpts from a recent article published on the WWW.CRITICALPPP.COM website (that is otherwise critical of PTI and its policies) follows below. Please read this to have a grasp of issue.

Comparing Imran Khan’s and President Zardari’s statements on Shia massacre at Babusar Pass

Have President Zardari and Chairman Bilawal ever visited Shia Muslims to offer condolences and sympathies?
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has on Thursday (16 August 2012) strongly condemned the tragic killing of Shia Muslims at Babusar Pass. PTI Chairman Imran Khan said this is a matter of great concern and the people of this region (Gilgit Baltistan) have been attacked and killed systematically on sectarian pretext.
“This brutal and callous act of terrorism targeted the Shia community, killing numerous people and injuring many. This is not the first time such an attack has taken place. It reflects the total deterioration of law and order in the region,” he added. He expressed deep sorrow to the bereaved families, offered his condolences and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. He urged all affected communities to remain calm and peaceful. “We strongly condemn all acts of sectarian violence and will take progressive steps to eliminate it,” he added.
The PTI chairman warned the government of its inefficient governance, which is resulting in these sectarian killings. He said the PTI will ensure that law and order is restored in the country and special attention is paid to creating ethnic and sectarian harmony. (Source: Business Recorder)

Have you ever seen PML-N or PPP workers protesting against Shia genocide?
We note that in the past Imran Khan has issued clear condemnation of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists (currently operating as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) holding them responsible for target killing of Shia Muslims.
On 20 April 2012, Imran Khan visited Shia Muslims of Quetta to offer his condolences and sympathies to the target killed community.
On 20 August 2012, Imran Khan condemned Shia genocide at Babusar Pass in his interview with Mubasher Lucman (ARY News):
On the same day (16 Aug 2012), 3 Shia Muslims were massacred in Quetta. From Pakistan’s North to South, Shia genocide is taking place. The government, army and judiciary seem to be either complicit or ineffective.
We appreciate Imran Khan’s relatively clear condemnation of the massacre of Shia Muslims in Naran which is much better than obfuscations and meaningless remarks by President Zardari, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and others responsible for the security of innocent Shias, Sunni Barelvis and other persecuted communities.
According to Pakistan Today:
President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday took strict notice of attack on passengers in Babusar and demanded inquiry report from the concerned authorities.
As per the presidential spokesperson¸ President Zardari expressed his grave concern over killing of 25 innocents who were traveling to their hometowns to celebrate Eid with their loved ones.
The president condemned the cowardly attack by the terrorists on the passengers and added that the nation will stand together to eradicate the menace of terrorism.
Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari also condemned terrorist attack on Kamra Air Base and he will return this week after concluding his visit of Saudi Arabia.
Kamra Air Base attack occurred on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
The president, who was on his visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OCI), shortened his visit after the attack on Kamra Air Base.
Did you notice how President Zardari wiped out the identity of Shia Muslims, Pakistan’s most target killed faith group? More than 19,000 Shia Muslims have been killed by ASWJ-LeJ-Taliban terrorists in the last few decades which may be easily described as a slow motion genocide. Here we haver a President who writes letters to a foreign country expressing his concern over Rohingya Muslims but refuses to acknowledge identity and suffering of Shia Muslims!
There are some people who say that we should mourn all humans and not mention anyone’s faith or sect. Many of such hypocrites who refuse to condemn Shia genocide in clear terms then go on to condemn murder and persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma etc. Clear identification of faith identity of a persecuted group, particularly when faith identity is the single major or only reason of their murder, is not only preferable but also a moral and political duty. We cannot hide Jewish Holocaust by saying all humans are equal. It is important to clearly acknowledge and condemn the fact that Jews were killed due to their faith. Case of Shia genocide (19,000 have been killed so far) in Pakistan is not much different.
Contrast Imran Khan’s statement with Rehman Malik’s only comment on Twitter so far in the aftermath of the massacre of 25 Shias in Naran and 3 in Quetta yesterday:
Rehman Malik ‏@SenRehmanMalik
I briefed the press lastweek that nation/innocent ppl may experience many terrorists attacks to destabilize Pakistan/Govt inthe nearfuture..
With this, Senator Malik absolved himself of any responsibility to protect Shia Muslims and other persecuted communities. Does anyone remember Malik’s callous statement on Sindhi Hindu community’s migration to India?
Despite great effort we could not locate any statement by Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Shia massacres in Naran and Quetta. Is he really a Chairman of the party of the peoples? Is he not accountable to his own voters and party workers, many of whom happen to be Shia Muslims?

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With Regards,
"Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA Volunteers" Team.

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