People are asking Fawad Chaudhry Hazara community ke liye khamoshi kyun?
The news of the iconic Notre Dame building in Paris being on fire dominated the airwaves the world over. Tweets declaring solidarity with the people of Paris came pouring in from the world over. A lot of prominent personalities had expressed their dismay at the situation as well and talked about how sad the entire incident was.
— objetivo (@objetivopar) April 16, 2019
The Information Minister for Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhry also tweeted about the incident extending solidarity on behalf of the people of Pakistan.
Our thoughts and Prayers are with people of France, Norte Dame Cathedral belongs to human heritage, pain of this tragic incident is felt by everyone .. Pakistan Stands with People of France in this hour of grief…. https://t.co/vWWpcpvSCp
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 16, 2019
And while the tweet was a gesture of goodwill, it didn’t exactly sit well with a lot of people because of recent developments
The reason for that being the Minister being otherwise silent on the tragedies happening at home. The recent attack on the Hazara community has been largely ignored by the media as well as the government.
— Hassan Bugti (@hassanbugti9) April 16, 2019
bhai jaan , an old building caught fire and every one in GOVT is trying to comfort people of France. why dont you comfort Hazara people who die every other day. why don't you go and gaurd them . ..
— Muhammd Usman 💎 (@m_usman) April 16, 2019
Puri duniya k sath afsos ker layer gay ye per apnay mulk k logon k pas janay ki takleef nae Karen gay #HazaraGenocide
— shahid (@shahidbabar50) April 16, 2019
People have been very upset at the fact that the Government hasn’tt shown any concrete support or Prime Minister Imran Khan hasn’t personally visited the affected families
A lot of people have compared the incident to the Christchurch terrorist attack and how the situation was subsequently handled by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Please stand with ppl of Hazara first. Ask mr Prime minister to leave everything and visit them
— Ahsan Rashid (@AhsaAhsanra) April 16, 2019
— Dr Roomi Aziz (@RoomiAziz) April 16, 2019
Imagine if PM New Zealand reacts on Mosque Incident by just tweeting on the issue similarly like you PM IK. 🤔
— Ali Zain (@Ali_Sc05) April 15, 2019
Some have been sharing Imran Khan’s old tweets criticizing Nawaz Sharif for not expressing concerns over incidents in Balochistan but doing the same now as Prime Minister himself
Hope the PM would read his own tweets from the time he was not PM. https://t.co/CWekZXfoe5
— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) April 14, 2019
And the lack of attention the attack on the Hazara community has garnered is very concerning
A lot of activists have tried to bring the issue to light on social media. But other than that, the entire issue has largely remained ignored.
Tomorrow morning a few friends and I will be joining the #Hazara sit-in in #Quetta. As activists not only should we show solidarity but we must also dedicate our social media platforms to project the voices and concerns of the protestors whom mainstream media has chosen to ignore
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 15, 2019
Attacks on the community are very targeted and commonplace at this point, so much so that it has been labeled as genocide at this point. The response from the government has always been lackluster. According to Dawn.com, the Hazara community protested about the latest bombing on Friday which claimed 20 lives and ended their sit-in after Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani and State Minister for Interior Sheharyar Afridi made promises of assurance to the community.
Let’s see what becomes of these promises.
Cover Image Source: dailytimes.com.pk