Skip to main content

Symptom of a canker

While the Prime Minister has ordered an enquiry, it devolves on the Balochistan government and the federal administration to contain the periodic violence in Quetta and the rest of Balochistan, where the chronic tension and disaffection have scarcely been addressed since 1947.

Editorial | New Delhi | April 15, 2019 12:03 am


Pakistani mourners of the Shia Hazara ethnic minority offer funeral prayers for blast victims following a suicide attack at a crowded fruit market, in Quetta on April 12, 2019. At least 20 people were killed and 48 wounded on April 12 by a powerful suicide blast apparently targeting the Shia Hazara ethnic minority at a crowded fruit market in Pakistan's Quetta city, officials said. (BANARAS KHAN / AFP)

Restive Balochistan has been convulsed yet again with Friday’s outrage perpetrated by a suicide bomber that has killed no fewer than 20 people in Quetta’s wholesale vegetable market.

More accurately, it was a brutal offensive against the minority Hazara community ~ a segment of the Shias. This is the first major incident of intra-faith strife in the nine months since Imran Khan has been at the helm. It reinforces the dominant impression in the subcontinent that successive dispensations in Pakistan have consistently failed to protect the minorities.

This is the cardinal issue in the wider canvas, aside from the economic implications of the barbarity that has targeted a vibrant centre of wholesale trade. Fears that the bloodletting against the minorities might recur in the province, bordering Afghanistan, are dangerously real. All too frequently have Hazaras been the victims of sectarian violence, even targeted killings or surgical strikes, if you will.

It bears recall that in January and February 2013, more than 200 members of the community were massacred in two massive blasts in Quetta. Though the frequency of such attacks has declined over the past few months, especially since the change of guard last July, Friday’s offensive reaffirms that the Shias are ever so vulnerable in volatile Quetta, where tension rages below the tenor of normal life and mayhem a further inch beneath tension.

And it is a measure of the volatility that Hazara traders have to be accompanied to the wholesale market by the Frontier Corps to guard aganst possible attacks. Indeed, a Frontier Force trooper was killed in the latest outrage. The bedlam and butchery on Friday ~ the holy day of the week ~ underlines the overwhelming anxiety and tension.

It would be no exaggeration to suggest that the Hazaras constitute an endangered community in today’s Pakistan. No group, Sunni or militant, has as yet claimed responsibility. Though the previous attacks had been attributed to the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, there have of late been indicators that other militia groups, with equally sinister intent, are active in the region.

While the Prime Minister has ordered an enquiry, it devolves on the Balochistan government and the federal administration to contain the periodic violence in Quetta and the rest of Balochistan, where the chronic tension and disaffection have scarcely been addressed since 1947. Most particularly, it is the militant and sectarian segments that have posed a forbidding challenge to whichever party has been in power in Islamabad, not to forget the GHQ in Rawalpindi.

The tragedy at Hazarganj market is emblematic of a deep-seated malaise. Sectarian violence is a fundamental feature and the canker must of necessity be addressed if Imran’s pledge to put in place what he calls “Naya Pakistan” is to attain fruition. Otherwise, the saccharine assurance could be as shambolic as Acchhe Din to the east of the Radcliffe Line.


Popular posts from this blog

SSG Commando Muddassir Iqbal of Pakistan Army

“ Commando Muddassir Iqbal was part of the team who conducted Army Public School operation on 16 December 2014. In this video he reveals that he along with other commandos was ordered to kill the innocent children inside school, when asked why should they kill children after killing all the terrorist he was told that it would be a chance to defame Taliban and get nation on the side. He and all other commandos killed children and later Taliban was blamed. Muddassir Iqbal has deserted the military and now he is  with mujahedeen somewhere in AF PAK border area” For authenticity of  this tape journalists can easy reach to his home town to interview his family members or   ISPR as he reveals his army service number” Asalam o Alaikum: My name is Muddassir Iqbal. My father’s name is Naimat Ali. I belong to Sialkot divison (Punjab province), my village is Shamsher Poor and district, tehsil and post office  Narowal. Unfortunately I was working in Pakistan army. I feel embarrassed to tell yo

CPEC Jobs in Pakistan, salary details

JOBS...نوکریاں چائنہ کمپنی میں Please help the deserving persons... Salary: Salary package in China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in these 300,000 jobs shall be on daily wages. The details of the daily wages are as follows; Welder: Rs. 1,700 daily Heavy Duty Driver: Rs. 1,700 daily Mason: Rs. 1,500 daily Helper: Rs. 850 daily Electrician: Rs. 1,700 daily Surveyor: Rs. 2,500 daily Security Guard: Rs. 1,600 daily Bulldozer operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Concrete mixer machine operator: Rs. 2,000 daily Roller operator: Rs. 2,000 daily Steel fixer: Rs. 2,200 daily Iron Shuttering fixer: Rs. 1,800 daily Account clerk: Rs. 2,200 daily Carpenter: Rs. 1,700 daily Light duty driver: Rs. 1,700 daily Labour: Rs. 900 daily Para Engine mechanic: Rs. 1,700 daily Pipe fitter: Rs. 1,700 daily Storekeeper: Rs. 1,700 daily Office boy: Rs. 1,200 daily Excavator operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Shovel operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Computer operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Security Supervisor: Rs.

A ‘European Silk Road’

publication_icon Philipp Heimberger ,  Mario Holzner and Artem Kochnev wiiw Research Report No. 430, August 2018  43 pages including 10 Tables and 17 Figures FREE DOWNLOAD The German version can be found  here . In this study we argue for a ‘Big Push’ in infrastructure investments in greater Europe. We propose the building of a European Silk Road, which connects the industrial centres in the west with the populous, but less developed regions in the east of the continent and thereby is meant to generate more growth and employment in the short term as well as in the medium and long term. After its completion, the European Silk Road would extend overland around 11,000 kilometres on a northern route from Lisbon to Uralsk on the Russian-Kazakh border and on a southern route from Milan to Volgograd and Baku. Central parts are the route from Lyon to Moscow in the north and from Milan to Constanţa in the south. The southern route would link Central Europe with the Black Sea area and