#Genocide #Fascism

Genocide Having received the nth invite to sign a Facebook petition to call for an end to the Genocide of Shias in Pakistan I ask myself; what will it take to put an end to this. Surely a Facebook petition is not the silver bullet!  

This is not a knee-jerk reaction to Abbass Town! there is Quetta before it, Gilgit before that, the daily targeted slaughter of Shia doctors, teachers, civil servants, lawyers, businessmen, the bombing of Shia processions and places of worship in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi,  the 5 year long siege of Para Chinar in the tribal belt, the list goes on. Extremists bleed this community on a daily basis across Pakistan and have been for the last 30+ years.

Successive governments in Pakistan have been cosying up to, harbouring and promoting the very extremists that the majority of the populous wants them to reign in,rehabilitate! or exterminate!

It is common knowledge there are many within the Pakistani army and political parties (those in power and those sitting on the opposition benches vying for it) that are in cahoots with the extremist outfits, some for ideological reasons and others for vote banks and protection.

The judiciary is responsible for acquitting people like Malik Ishaq and other monsters amongst men. The intelligence agencies for providing such monsters protective custody; to rain terror and continue to brainwash, coerce and recruit radicals to swell the ranks of their extremist organisations and of course to continue the genocide and the mass murder of those who stand against it from within other sects (as is now the case with the Barelvi muslim community in Pakistan).

The enforcement agencies are complicit by their inability to protect civilians or witnesses that can enable the judiciary to take the monsters to task.  The politicians increasingly depend on the extremist outfits for votes and propping up their power base (particularly in Punjab).

International pressure would certainly help; determined international will with follow through is the only type that could yield results. The kind of determination and will that has been levied on Iran, will bear fruit.

In Pakistan’s case the only sanctions that will work will be the ones put on its military industrial complex. From embargoes on military hardware to doing business with the commercial concerns of the military industrial complex.

Do international governments by which I mean the EU, Britain, USA and BRIC  have the will to impose sanctions on the Pakistani military that Cameron so rightly said looks both ways! Do Obama and Cameron have the will to raise this as a centre stage issue and lead on it? Right next to Assad’s war on his populous in Syria and Iran’s determination to acquire nuclear technology?

Specially at a time when their troops are pulling out of Afghanistan and need the safe passage through Pakistan, I think not.

Unfortunately the lobby in Washington, London and Brussels simply does not care for the genocide taking place in Pakistan. Nor London, Brussels or Washington will bear down on the Pakistani government or the military to put an end to the continued slaughter of Shias in Pakistan, nor speak a word of their continued oppression in Bahrain or elsewhere. Our governments are indifferent to the plight of communities on the rock, unless they have oil or other natural resources to offer.

In the grand game it seems the Shia community is expendable, and unless they butcher 6 million; as another extremist monster did another community 70 odd years ago no one will take note, or perhaps even then the condemnation will not go beyond words, perhaps 60 million might do it!

This would not be the first genocide that people of the rock choose to ignore whilst it happens, only to lament later.

The Genocide of Shias in Pakistan will only stop when the 99% realise that we; who occupy the rock are ‘a’ community and what affects one affects all, regardless of your creed, who your god is and which part of the rock you occupy.

The Shia community is sh!t out of luck, lets hope the extremists run out of bombs and bullets before this community runs out of innocents for them to kill. I wonder when there are none left will you remember the ones you knew as friends, neighbours, peers and colleagues once.

May your god be with you. I await my legion.

#ShiaGenocide #Genocide #Fascism #Anonymous #Hope #ICRtoP #GenocideWatch

 

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Against Genocide

We can play ostrich or we can blog, tweet, re-tweet, like, post, re-post, share, protest, sit-in or occupy.. whatever it takes to get our governments to recognise and react, to pressurise, persuade, coerce or simply take out tyrants that commit, condone, turn a blind eye to crimes against humanity in any crack, crevice or corner of the third rock. That is what it should mean to be a global community… collectively we don’t take shit being thrown at others like us… at home, in the next town or any other time zone.  Be it the Chagossians fighting for their right to return to their homeland in the courts of Britain, the Bahrainis protesting for representation in government, Syrians taking up arms against a tyrant, the shias of Pakistan clinging on to peaceful protests in the face of genocide being carried out against them. 

In Pakistan the educated shias are being systematically killed day in day out, the shia masses are being bombed, dragged off buses and shot, the only thing remaining is gassing them or putting them in giant ovens – the Pakistani government is undeniably inept at best or implicitly involved at worst, but the civil society in Pakistan is not far behind. Life is cheap, a minority’s life is cheaper still.

Those who know me know my views on organised religion will find it curious as to why have I started beating this drum.. it is simple… I protested against the Serbs in 1990s not for the Bosnian muslims or the Christian croats but for the people being butchered and our governments reluctance to jump into it (eventually the governments across Europe had to relent), I started Peace Through Prosperity for I do not see hard-war as the solution to increasing radicalisation on the third rock and likewise it is not the shia that I was born as but the human that I try to be that will not be a silent witness to what is happening with minorities in Pakistan, systematic culling to drive them out of the lands they were born in, live in and belong to. It was no different for the Jews in Nazi Germany, had I been around then I would have protested for them too till my government woke up, manned up, grew a pair and did something about it.

Regardless of our beliefs, religious badges that we were born with or wear of our own choosing If we stay silent we will witness bloodshed the likes of which have not been seen since the second world war. Three days after 100+ shias are killed in Quetta, a dozen odd gunned down in various parts of Pakistan, the government of Pakistan saw it fit to allow Malik Ishaq, a  preacher of hate to take to a stage and address a gathering of thousands in Karachi stoking flames of sectarian divide and hatred against the shia minority. 

Today it is shias, killing whom is fair game – road to heaven they say! tomorrow it will be Barelvis, Ahmedis, Ismailis, Hindus, Christians, Zorastrians… you and yours.

The most I can do is protest  and write to my MP Michael Fallon, engage other MPs I know or know of, and ask my family, friends and acquaintances to blog, tweet, re-tweet, like, post, re-post, share, protest, sit-in or occupy.. do whatever you can but do not play ostrich for this demon is not going away and none of us are invisible to its evil designs.

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