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Parachinar and the Muslim Conscience

Parachinar Violence VictimWe can’t afford to sit idly and wait for the Pakistani government to attend to its responsibilities. Thousands of people are literally on the verge of death. We as Muslims must act now!

Parachinar Violence VictimMore than 200 people have been killed and another 2500 badly wounded in the last fifteen months in Parachinar, in northwestern Pakistan. The main road that connects this remote area to Peshawar and the rest of Pakistan has been effectively blocked by criminal elements for the last ten months. Those who tried to travel through this road have been literally slaughtered.

To get their daily supplies of food and medicine, the people of Parachinar are forced to take the longer route to Peshawar which requires crossing the Afghan border. The cost of daily supplies and travel to other parts of Pakistan has therefore multiplied five to six times. The Afghan route is not very safe either. At least twice, the passengers from Parachinar have been abducted by the same criminal elements who move freely across the Pakistan-Afghan border. The Afghan forces were able to rescue the passengers in the first case. There is no sign yet of passengers in the second. Many fear that they have been killed already. The Pakistani government has to a large extent turned a deaf ear to various appeals requesting security and emergency supplies to Parachinar. Rogue elements within the state institutions are actively backing the criminals in their protracted, low-scale ethnic cleansing of the Parachinar people.

The humanitarian crisis in Parachinar demands urgent action. We can’t afford to sit idly and wait for the Pakistani government to attend to its responsibilities. Thousands of people are literally on the verge of death. The objective of the protracted, low-scale ethnic cleansing is to drive them out of their ancestral lands. The brave people of Parachinar have been able to defend themselves for many years now. But their capacities are nothing compared to the organized terror machinery of their opponents. Their plight is indeed desperate. In the name of God and in the name of humanity, we must come forward and help our brothers and sisters in need.

What You Can Do

  • Educate yourselves and people around you about the situation.
  • Organize prayers, vigils, and workshops in your localities (school campus, public libraries, Friday prayers, mosques and community centers, embassies and press clubs). Prepare large posters with images and concise information.
  • Write op-ed columns and letters to your local and national newspapers with an informed perspective. Also write to your governments and local and international human rights groups. Hold poster and letter writing sessions in your communities.
  • Demand that the Pakistani government ensure the protection of all of its citizens. It should immediately end the blockade of the Peshawar-Parachinar route. The government should set up an independent commission to investigate the complicity of state officials and intelligence agencies. They should also estimate the level of damage and compensate the victims duly.
  • Generate emergency funds in your localities through donation and public service. Establish these funds as part of a regular project (with a target amount to be generated each year) to help victims of oppression in various parts of Pakistan and elsewhere.
  • As you help these victims with basic humanitarian aid (food, medicine, shelter), also empower them for the longer term by establishing and supporting sustainable development projects, relating to education, health, media/communication s, micro-financing, and community building.
  • Keep up with the latest developments in Parachinar and other affected areas in Pakistan.

For a perspective on the origins of the crisis and the factors responsible, please visit Support Parachinar.

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  • ISHTIAQ

    THE MOST INHUMAN CREATURE ON THE GODS ERATH NOW A DAYS ARE THE TALIBAN. THERE NAME HAS BECOME THE CURESE FOR HUMANITY. THERE ISLAM IS LOOTING ,KILLING OF INOCENTES, ROBBERY, UNEDUCATION, DEVASTATION TO HUMANITY, AND MANY MORE SUCH LIKE SINS. THERE SYPAMPTHAIZERS IN PAKISTAN ARE EVEN WOREST THEN TALIBAN WHO INSPITE OF KNOWING THERE ATROCITIES SUPPORT THEM.GOVT OF PAKISTAN IS FULL OF HYPROCRATES WHO HAS CLOSED THERE EYES ON WHAT IS HAPPENNING IN PARACHINAR.IT IS REQUESTED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT THE PARACHINARS INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW A DAYS ARE THE VICTUM OF IN HUMMAN TALIBAN . WE DONOT EXPECT ANY THING FROM GOVT OF PAKISTAN AS THEY TERE THE BEST FRIENDS OF TALIBAN.

  • Shoukat Ali

    I think every one known very better about the activities of talibans common & particulary according to vision of individual. Personally I would like to define taliban, the terrible shape of human that humiliating the whole humanity brutally. we have no right to comapare them with the human being. They have crossed the limits of humanity.Scientists have already classified all the animals in their own groups & phyllums according to their similarities, but now adays it is very difficult for him to identify these wild animals (Talibans) in classifications.

  • Mehran Ali Turi

    The Taliban have been killing and plundering the villages around Parachinar and pose a grave threat to the existence of its indigenous people. It’s only people of Parachinar who have been guarding their “Taliban-free” character, and that’s the main reason that the Taliban are bent upon destroying these local people. It’s Parachinar which has got the highest literacy rate in the tribal areas where girls also go to schools, something the Taliban do not tolerate!

    These indigenous people of Parachinar had been subjected to many attacks since the 1960s, but now, since 2007, not only the people of Parachinar have been attacked by the Taliban several times, roads coming to this town have also been blockaded by Taliban and their supporters. The Pakistan Government has been complacent or actively complicit in the whole affair on the side of one party, the Taliban, who through violent means are trying to increase their control over the Kurram Agency.

    In April 2007, 60 people were killed when Taliban attacked the Parachinar city. Later, the authorities imposed a curfew and no one was allowed to move in or out of the Parachinar town for over two months. This was the first indication of the Taliban infiltration in the Kurram Agency. The Taliban want to use the Kurram Agency like other bordering towns and areas to carry out their insurgency along with Afghan Taliban across the border against the Kabul Administration and NATO forces.

    However, the peace loving people of Parachinar opposed the Taliban who had become infuriated and had started taking revenge for their failure by attacking, blockading, kidnapping and beheading innocent people to terrorize their opponents. Since then, there has not been a single day when violence has not struck the Parachinar valley. In November 2007, the Taliban and their supporters, again, attacked the people of Parachinar. This attack left 75 people dead and over 300 wounded. Since then, there has been no reprieve for the people of Parachinar.

    Due to the complicity of the minion officials of the local security agencies, and ineffective policies at the higher level, the Taliban were so much emboldened that they started attacking in front of security forces. On 16 April 2008, a convoy of 20-25 vehicles accompanied by the security forces, including the Pakistani Army, was attacked by the Taliban at a town known as Sadda, which falls on the main road between Parachinar and Peshawar. Four people were killed of the convoy, but the security forces remained silent, perhaps they were not ordered to take any action against the Taliban.

    Organized ambushes and attacks aside, the Taliban also carried out two suicide bomber attacks on the people of Parachinar, one on 14 August 2007 and the other on 16 February, 2008, killing 15 and 58 people respectively. It has also been ascertained by the local people of Parachinar that as much as 40 people were slaughtered on different occasions from the only main road link between Parachinar and Peshawar. The Taliban last year took over a contingent of Pakistan security forces spared all of them but beheaded one of them. His only crime was that he belonged to Parachinar.

    Recently secondary school examinations were postponed by the Pakistan government because the authorities were not able to maintain law and order situation in Kurram agency. But students in a very unusual way came out on the road and demanded for the holding of exams because they did not want to waste their academic year. Pakistan authorities later restored the examination schedule. But during the examination, two students of village Alizai of the Kurram Agency, were kidnapped by the Taliban. One of them was shot dead straight away, while the other was slaughtered by them at a grave of one of their dead collaborators near village Bagzai.

    Moreover, during the same period, the Pakistan Army also killed two local people who were returning to their home. An ambulance carrying patients to a Peshawar from Parachinar was attacked with a rocket-propelled gun by Taliban on a main road. This resulted in the death of seven people including several women. Nowadays Taliban have started target killing of the people of Parachinar who are living, studying and working in Peshawar and other cities of the country. The Pakistani government, as well as its army failed to take any action against Taliban to stop the killings of innocent people. Locals say that the Taliban are being supported by Pakistani government which has given them a free hand for some other gains best known to the authorities.

  • MUHAMMAD RAZA

    I DOn,t KNOW what IS ISLAM in PAKISTAN?