It is Ashura Day, remembering last year, today my heart is suspended, I am breathless, and with the Shiites today, as I pray that they and their children are safe from heartless terrorists. There will be Shia processions today marking Ashura, the 10th day of Moharram.
Ashura processions have been an opportunity for genocidal-type purging of Shias largely ignored by the mainstream press, or mischaracterized as typical Sunni/Shia disagreements, or, ethnic issues, neither of which are accurate in Balochistan and elsewhere. December 2010, during a Moharram procession in the city of Peshawar a grenade attack on Shias killed two including one being a child, leaving twenty-eight wounded. In December 2009, at a Moharram procession in Karachi a suicide bomber murdered thirty Shias. On February 5, 2010, a double-bombing occurred during a Shia procession killing twenty-five and wounding over fifty. Here we are in 2011, with no protection from the establishment. Three Shias were killed in Karachi by LeJ terrorists a few days before Muharram whereas the Ashura parades in Kohat, Hangu and Jhang too were attacked injuring many innocent Shias.
So, on ASHURA DAY- here is my portent of things to come. The systematic killing of Shiites continues, unabated by police, security apparatus of Pakistan, Rangers, and supported by the ISI. Despite what the Saudi-ISI network would like us to believer, this is not simply ethnic or religious strife between Sunnis and Shiites. There are many examples of Sunnis and Shiites conducting business commerce and family marriages and relationships to dispel the myth perpetuated by the right wing press. There should not be a surprise as this article expresses- “Blasts across Afghanistan target Shi’ites, 59 dead:”
The genocide of both Hazaras and non-Hazara Shiites by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ also known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) or Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamat (ASWJ)) is being supported by Pakistan’s military establishment in an escalation of unprovoked murders through the years in Pakistan and Afghanistan- these are the new “killing fields.” Of courser, LeJ-SSP operatives are abhorred by majority of moderate Sunnis, LeJ-SSP operatives do not represent Sunnis, in fact they represent their financiers (Saudi Salafis) and handlers (Pakistan’s military establishment).
Shia genocide was introduced into Mullah Omar’s Afghanistan by the likes of former ISI chief General Hamid Gul and ohers via LeJ operatives such as Riaz Basra and others, who along with Al Qaeda and Taliban, conducted systematic massacres of Shia Muslims in Bamiyan and Mazar-e-Sharif. After the ouster of Mullah Omar and other ISI-backed thugs from Kabul, LeJ-SSP operatives withdrew from Afghanistan focusing their attention on Shia genocide in Pakistan.
However, in the aftermath of the recent death of 24 Pakistani soldiers (in a clash with NATO), it seems that the ISI has decided to re-export Shia genocide to Afghanistan in order to exact revenge on Afghanistan by creating an artificial sectarian havoc in that country, and to cause further difficulties for the Karzai government.
Further- Bonn conference notwithstanding, a civil war in Afghanistan is a potential threat without an agreement with the Afghanistan, NATO (US) and Pakistan foreign policy leadership, i.e. the Pakistan military. Instead, based on a very questionable complex border accident, (Af/PAC border incident- Friday Times), a pouting Pakistan made a serious geopolitical mistake boycotting the Bonn Conference- Why, then, the absence of the most important border nation? In my opinion it is the tacit difference in goals and end game between the elected Zardari civil government (PPP) who desires for peace with India and Afghanistan vs. the PAK military strategic designs on Afghanistan and Kashmir abides. How could Pakistan civilian officials in Bonn state a consensus strategy that does not exist?
When will UN and the Human Rights Organizations wake up, that- ISI-supports Salafist/Deobandi/SSP/Haqqani network/Taliban enemies of Shiites in Pak and Afghanistan and are attempting to eliminate the Shiites- then, by proxy, an Afghan Taliban coup over Afghanistan’s government.
About the author: Rusty Walker is an Independent Political Analyst, educator, author, Vietnam veteran-era U.S. Air Force, from a military family, retired college professor, former Provost (Collins College, U.S.A.), artist, musician and family man. Mr. Walker is an ardent supporter of Pakistan. Here is a link to Mr. Walker’s other articles published on LUBP: http://criticalppp.com/archives/tag/rusty-walker