Qissa-hai-Natamam: A tale of Hazara Genocide in Pakistan

The book is a collection of Hasan Riza Changezi’s articles most of which were published in the Dawn newspaper as Urdu language blogs. The book contains thirty-one of his selected articles written during the horrific period of 2012-2015 when Pakistan in general and Quetta in particular, was ablaze with sectarian terrorism. The writer has highlighted the socio-economic and political situation of Pakistan which rendered the country to become a hell for minority communities.  The writer has expressed his disdain for human rights abuses of all ethnic and religious communities. He condemns extrajudicial killings and dumping of the mutilated bodies of Baloch activists in Balochistan, killings and forced conversion of young Hindu girls by fanatics, merciless massacres of Shia, Ahmadi and Christian communities in Pakistan. However, the writer seems to be...

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Faustian Pact with the Devil

The peace deal that the US signed with the Taliban on February 29, 2020, in Doha, Qatar had two main tenets: the first one stated that in 135 days, the “United States, its allies, and the Coalition…will reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to eight thousand six hundred (8,600) and proportionally bring reduction in the number of its allies and Coalition forces.”  In another nine- and one-half months the rest of the forces will withdraw from the country. The other tenet was that “the Taliban will not allow any of its members, other individuals or groups including Al-Qaeda, to use the soil of Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States and its allies. The Taliban will send a clear message that those who pose a threat...

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The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement Dilemma

The emergence of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), as an organized voice of educated and progressive Pakistani Pashtuns, was like a fresh breeze in the suffocating environment of Pakistani Politics back in 2018. PTM has been successful to disseminate awareness on the plight of the Pashtun community suffering from the scourge of war in Tribal Areas of Pakistan, which have historically been an epicenter of Jihad and terrorism both during the cold war and after the 9/11. The perpetual militancy coupled with military operation by Pakistan against the Taliban and other Jihadist networks have destroyed the social fabric of Pashtun society in tribal areas of Pakistan. Hundreds of lives were lost in the fight against the communist regime in Afghanistan; the bulk of the population was killed and tortured by...

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US Peace Deal with the Taliban: An Ethnic Dimension

The US deal with the Taliban has had several dimensions but one dimension that is overlooked is the ethnic or tribal one. All sides involved in promoting the deal, have had an element of the ethnic contribution that facilitated or coalesced into a deal or in effect triumph of the Taliban and Pakistan. Firstly Pakistan, as the kingmaker and power broker to Afghanistan for at least the last three decades, played the ethnic card in brokering the deal. As the US negotiation with the Taliban proceeded, the Trump administration requested Pakistan’s help in brokering a deal by encouraging its proxies, the Taliban.  Pakistan obliged and released a Taliban leader which gave Mr. Trump a fig leaf reason to leave Afghanistan. Pakistan’s move helped to strengthen the Pashtuns in Afghanistan and...

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