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Yesterday, two bomb blasts ripped through a snooker hall in the town of Quetta in Pakistan, killing 81 people.  We were very saddened to hear that TEDx speaker Irfan Ali, who spoke briefly at TEDxRawalLake just weeks ago, was among those killed.

The organizers of the event shared their sadness with us, through Facebook.

“Irfan Ali was a famous activist who, in his own words, was born to fight for human rights and peace. He said his religion is respect and love for all the religions,” they write. “At TEDxRawalLake, we gave our audience a chance to give their idea on the stage. People came up and gave their ideas, one by one. I saw Irfan Ali noting something, but he didn’t get up right away. We took a break and he came up to the curator and said, ‘I missed it. I would like three minutes.’ The curator said…

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Asmat Hosaini

I am Hazara carrying Mongol facial feature mostly living in Afghanistan, where mainly inhabit the Hazarajat region. It is about the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. About 350,000 Hazara living in Iran and over 121,000 Pakistani Hazaras mostly living in Pakistan’s largest province Baluchistan, small number of Hazara have migrated to Australia, Europe and North America in search of better and safe life for them and their up-coming generation to live in peace.

Hazaras have a unique place and dwelling in the history of cultures and ethnicities for they are only that held oriental and other mixed background as well as communion with the religion of Islam. It is unlike to find another such nationality with the same characteristics. Hazaras are identified by their specific characteristics; Asian like eyes, nose and may more Asian physical attributes. They are most oppressed and most mistreated ethnic in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And…

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Asmat Hosaini

Death is a fact that should be accepted, because human life is mortal and it comes to an end one day due to natural law but death through other’s hands cannot be accepted. No individual on earth accepts to die by someone else’s hands. This is what is observed in the world today. Why should a human die by someone else’s hand when the person is innocent? Some say that death is in our fate, no matter by whom but we have to accept it but I think that is not fair. Being killed innocently through cruel and brutal people without committing a single crime is injustice. The same situation is with the Hazara People in Quetta, Pakistan. People there cannot live a normal life today. They are surrounded by the fear of death. They cannot go outside with the hope of returning back their homes. Their lives are now…

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“While we divid…

“While we divide life between Good and Bad deeds, we Forget to classify Mistakes as bad ones. We won’t be forgiven for our Mistakes which we reluctantly overlook. Thus, for our own sake, It is better that Mistakes be counted in Bad Deeds.”

Saleem's Perspective

Gothenburg Conference: Hazara Genocide in Pakistan;  Challenges and Solutions

Organized by Shahmama & Salsal National Association, Sweden.

December, 01, 2012, Gothenburg,Sweden.

Speakers at the conference:

  • Ustad Kazim Yazdani (Historian, author of ‘a research in the history of Hazaras’): A Brief History of Hazara people
  • Dr.Saleem Javed (Freelance journalist, human rights activist): Hazara genocide in Quetta—Timeline and Motives
  • Prof.Dr.Ishtiaq Ahmed (Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University. He is also Honorary Senior Fellow of the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.): Religious and Sectarian Minorities in an Ideological State: The Case of Pakistan.
  • Ali Dayan Hassan (Director at Human Rights Watch, Pakistan, Asia division): Deteriorating Human Rights Situations in Pakistan
  • Prof.Nazir Hussain (Educationist and social activist, Quetta)
  • Ustad Boman Ali Qasimi (Writer, social activist): Hazara Persecution in Afghanistan
  • Aref Farman (Novelist and president of Association for Protection of Afghan Refugees in Iran’): Closing speech and…

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“The ever changing Heroes”

Hazara News Pakistan

By Haider Changezi

April 13, 2012 – Group Captain (Retd) Cecil Chaudry; a twice decorated war hero loses his battle against cancer; a sombre moment indeed. His passing away reminds me of the 1971 war – a war which Pakistanwas fighting with itself; it’s Eastern Wing. It ended on 17th Dec 1971 when the Pakistan Armed Forces surrendered and East Pakistan finally declared itself an independent country Bangladesh. This war reminds me of two war heroes;

The first hero is Wing Commander Mervyn Middlecoat. On the outbreak of war on 3rd Dec 1971 Wing Commander Middlecoat was sent on a strike mission inside enemy territory – on his way back from a successful mission he was engaged by enemy aircraft and in the ensuing dog fight shot down. He ejected but landed in Shark infested waters…his body was never found.

The other war hero is Flight Lieutenant Samad…

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Almost 1000 people have died trying to enter Australia, study finds, including 27 in detention centres