Posted by: Editor | June 24, 2008

Kuchi Card—History, Politics and rulers

 

Behsud Hazaristan

Kuchi, a term referring to a lifestyle, ethnicity, cultural identity and political, humanitarian confusions, existing since last century but has been the pursuit of hot crossfire in Afghanistan since last couple of years.

Foreign and national media sources have been reporting about loss of 13 lives and over 30 seriously injured along with some abductions and detentions in Behsood District of Maidan Wardak Province last week. Member of Parliament Maidan Wardak Ismail Sadfari told newsmen the other day that armed-Kuchis have gunned down over 13 villagers of Hazara ethnicity. He added “over 7,000 Hazara villagers have been dislodged by force” the deaths included old men and school-children. He further added that 175 villages of draught-stricken Behsood ware attacked with heavy weaponry by Kuchis, whom are not bound to the law not to possess any kind of arm. There had been a tribal confrontation of Hazaras and Kuchis causing loss of several lives last month in Nahoor District of Ghazni Province also.

Haji Muhammad Mohqiq leader of the People’s Unity Party of Afghanistan and Chairman Parliamentary Committee for Education, Cultural and Religious Affairs in a press briefing regretted about urging the people of the area and his ethnicity laying down their arms to support the democratic process collaborating with DDR and DIAG, which Kuchis are unbound to act upon. He, Mustafa Zahir, grandson of late King Zahir Shah and UNAMA representative visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Behsood District living as refugees in Barchi District of Kabul kicked out of their own motherland Central Hazaristan. They termed the “incident” as human catastrophe and strongly condemned the Government keeping mum on such brutality repeatedly occurring every year with the beginning of summer.

Last year on 21st June 23, 2007 there was a giant peaceful public demonstration in Kabul against the Government to resolve the “Kuchi Headache” for ever on which a so-called typical formalization committee was formed which did nothing more than sitting, eating and leaving. Same is going to be experienced this time as The Ministry of Interior has sent a delegation to investigate the killings of innocent tribesmen of Hazaras in Behsood but it is quite predictable that nothing is going to be fair and just as it happened last year with the so-called committee.

Kuchi

Historically and geo-politically Kuchis are nomads of Pashtun ethnicity. In 1892, the late bloody dictator Abdul Rahman who massacred about 60 percent of Hazaras, granted Pashtun Kuchis grazing rights in the Hazaristan, which was almost with an independent status by then.

It is as clear as broad day light that how the biased and dictatorial rulers of Afghanistan belonging to Pushtoon ethnicity had been playing Kochis Card in the geo-political scenario of Afghanistan for power sharing benefits. Kochis population shown as 9.5 % of the total population in 1960-61 was raised out of the blue to 18.10 % within seven years which was nothing rather than a fruitful attempt to marginalize other ethnicities shrinking their already nil role in The Government. Kochis’ population was estimated at 2 – 2.5 million in the 60s, 70s and early 80s, but has shrunk to 1.3 – 1.5 million today according to a recent study by the UN’s World Food Program. They have been moving across Afghanistan and Pakistan since long ago but were disallowed to do so in Pakistani territory when India was partitioned and Pakistan came into being, border conflicts emerged between two neighboring countries and the Kochis were disallowed entering Pakistan. Seeing the sensitivity of the situation late King Zahir Shah planned for permanent settlement of Kochis and their large number was settled down in fertile lands of Northern and Western Afghanistan on permanent basis through government support.

According to the UN, none of their children attend school and literacy rate is almost nil. Kuchis were strong supporters of the Taliban, both ideologically and pragmatically providing a big portion of the human resource of Taliban Jihadists and Al-Qaeda terrorists across Afghanistan. They enjoyed much beneficiaries during the brutal Taliban era who allowed them to enter anywhere in Hazaristan using the pastures and living belongings of local people against their will under the paper “Farman” of the Amir-ul-Momaneen, who perceived Islam with ONE EYE.

Kochis are not bound under DDR and DIAG to submit their weaponry to Government. They move across the country and border during the year playing a major mean of hereon and poppy supply across the country and its transportation benefiting from their social and legal indulgence to move around freely anytime possessing arms.

The question here rises if Kochis move across the country why tensions echo annually in Hazaristan causing many deaths? The fact is that Kochis never move towards Northern lands residing by Tajiks and Uzbuks due to the reason that they have been disallowing Kochis to raid on their lands and loot masses’ living belongings and fertile lands, which the local people cultivate and harvest after and hardship of the entire year bearing the climatic conditions. Hazaristan is a mountainous belt situated in Central Afghanistan where the only mean of the livelihood for the centuries’ suppressed, ethnically prejudiced and massacred peace loving local people of Hazarajat—termed as the future of Afghanistan by National Geographic—is agriculture and natural pastures. Hazaristan is a mountainous rocky land hard to cultivate but the suppressed, discriminated and deprived down trodden people of the belt have been making infertile lands harvestable at the cost of deadly hardships. If pasture, the only mean of livelihood of the rocky hill dwellers is being sacrificed for some livestock, as UNAMA says favoring Kochis entrance in Hazaristan, then the far-flung villagers of Hazaristan totally cut form the rest of the world would have to die of hunger. Why should Kochis be allowed to only enter Hazaristan? It is question for the stakeholders to explain why only the downtrodden people are sacrificed for the Al-Qaeda backed terrorists.

Dear readers as you all are well aware that the mass genocide of 60 percent Hazaras by Amir Abdul Rehman Khan was result of the geographical shrinkage of the Hazara motherland during the ethnically prejudiced rulers of Afghanistan during the past century. In such a human catastrophic situation if again the downtrodden war-ravaged religious minority is deprived of their ancestral lands’ pastures by some handful groups of terrorists of Taliban and Al-Qaeda under the veil of nomads than it would be a slap on the face of democracy, human rights and western ideology of social justice.

The international community, NATO led coalition forces, United Nations and Human Rights’ organizations are needed to look into the matter and get rid of the “headache” meeting the human rights of the downtrodden people of Hazaristan, who have been discriminated for centuries on their own motherland. If such social unjust continued in today’s globalization and rebuilding of Afghanistan under the US forces then it would be a great failure for them to harmonize the country. The US led forces in Afghanistan are immediately needed to come up to the expectations of downtrodden people of Hazarajat who have been victimized long for just their being. The NATO led coalition forces are needed to implement DDR and DIAG on Kuchis disarming them and bringing them in the national mainstream observing social justice. The only permanent resolution to this headache is to disarm the Kuchis and allocate special funds by International Community for bringing them in national mainstream.

Mr. Karzai articulates to pursuit Taliban militants across Pakistani border. He calls upon to save the Pushtoons of Pakistani side. Mr. Karzai good on you for such fearless statements but to your dismay you have to extend your control outside your presidential palace and hit the Taliban and Al-Qaeda backed militants veiled by the name of nomads in Behsud rather than chasing them in Pakistan.

Government is also needed to send National Army in the invaded areas of Hazaristan by Kuchis in order to avoid any ethnic confrontation. Today there are independence movements across the neighboring countries for the self-respect of the ethnics. PKK and PJAK are fighting for freedom of Kurdistan in order to get rid of the prejudices and suppression of the alien rulers. Baloch Liberation Army is fighting in neighboring Balochistan. “Our” power sharers are needed to consider such complicities across Hazaristan which is already burning in the flame of alienation, discrimination and deprivation.

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Responses

  1. Slam to all brother n sisters of great hazara .Today the people of behsood are much in need of our help where ever we are .most of them lost their homes n crust . today the community of hazara in sydney gathered once again n donated good amount of money to help the hazara in behsood n we will in future God bless all hazara

  2. Salam Abbas jan! I hope you are doing well… I just want to thank you for making of a new blog for us. I will also tell to all other friends about this site. And specialy the logo of your site is very fantastic. Once again thanks for serving of our nation.
    With best regards,
    Manji

  3. Abbas is an immensely talented Hazara observer of all aspects of the ancient Hazara nation. His article on the Kuchi Pashtun raiding in Hazarajat most interestingly cites the empathetic visit of HRH Prince Mustafa Zahir of the Afghan family to Hazara refugees from Kuchi violence! Perhaps, rather than the US and NATO ultimately tiring of the cost in money and lives and exiting Afghanistan, the Hazara nation and modern elements of the Pashtun nation such as Prince Mustafa Zahir could through their self-reliance upon themselves ally themselves around a concept of a United Kingdom of Afghanistan and Hazarajat under democratic parliamentary governance and with co-equality for each of the constituent natural nations of that United Kingdom! Just food for thought! Abbas brought to the attention of the world:
    Abey Mirza:Mother of Hazaragi Folk Music is truly an historic Queen of Hazara Song, very similar to our American Queen of Song Lena Horne, who like Abbey Mirza in Afghanistan, was a victim of ethnic discrimination in the US before our American Civil Rights struggle that helped gain equality in America for Lena’s very important African-American ethnic heritage group.
    As an English-American American researchist, blessedly honored as a Biographee in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA, I strongly support the ancient Hazara nation, with Hazarajat self-rule, and for the Hazaras becoming a full partner with the Pashtun and other nationalities within the unity in diversity of Afghanistan in democratic parliamentary governance.
    Towards that end I am very sad that Abey Mirza was imprisoned by the late His Majesty King Zahir Shah’s government, probably without His Majesty’s personal knowledge of approval, although probably with the machinations of His Majesty’s Pashtun relative and later President of Aghanistan Daud. It seems to me that it would be most appropriate if noted global enironmentalist HRH Prince Mustafa Zahir, grandson of King Zahir Shah, could meet with now elderly Lady Abey Mirza and apologize to her for the past, and honor her for her notable contribution to Hazaragi folk music, for Abey Mirza is truly a Great Lady of Song deserving a place in global musical culture! The father of HRH Prince Mustapha Zahir during his exile in Canada had to survive at times by playing music in the subway system of Toronto, Canada, so the Prince can certainly have personal empathy for Abey Mirza’s great musical talent.
    As an American dedicated to furthering support by US, NATO, and other countries to defeat the Taliban -mostly Pashtun- violent extremists in Afghanistan, I believe that Hazarajat is the fulcrum most necessary above all for that purpose and duty of the world.
    God bless the Hazara nation and its deservedly world cultural icon Lady Abey Mirza.

    Kathleen Shedaker, New York, NY, USA

  4. Dear editor,

    I appercite your effort to highlight the most complicated racist implication of the policy of the Afghan leaders in the mirror of history in Afghanistan. The article which is very closely revoke the historical suppress and discrimination of Hazaras in his own land Hazaristan, invites human rights activist, the united nation, peace loving people in the world to pay attention on the root causes of violence or unrest Afghanistan. It is and has been Pustoon lobby and Pustoon Nomaids. And supporters of brutal taliban and al qauida.
    NATO and its allies purticularly America and United Kingdom would diffinately not paying attention on the root causes of the unrest in Afghanistan. Eventhough they know the root causes. Because they have their own agenda, they would never detrack their agenda that why should be presence in the region. Whenever, wherever they needed to promote their moto they would take the advantage of human rights issue or the historically suppressed Hazaras of Afghanistan. But in Afghanistan’s case the political scenario is quiet different. The NATO and its allies want a permanent pace in Afghanistan and its neighbouring country Pakistan in order to maintain the new world order policy and also to get a grip on submerging two new supper powers in the world, China and India.
    The Americans and its allies, western countries aslo keen to maintain their grip on political scenario of the middle east, especially Iran’s dominancy in the region. Thats why they make their presence legaly approved by world’s nations by saying that Afghanistan is unstable and we are there only to make peace.
    And see Afghanistan progressing but fact is otherwise.
    We as a Hazaras of Afghanistan and around the world never should adopt wait and see policy that other nations of the world, especially the western nations to fight our rights in the region, but we should as a Hazara nation actively start making a political strategy in the region, in order to fight the supperession of the Pushtoon dominant in the region. And that’s only can be happened if we satnd united as a Hazara nation.

    Thanks

    Sadiq Noyan

  5. salam beratharan haqe ma mardome hazara da afghanistan paymal hasta va hamisha be sare ma zolm shoda man amade hastam ba har moshkele moqhabel shawam va mardome khoda nejat diham faqat be komake khoda va dostane ki dar kharij az kishwar hastan


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