Kabul: Hazaras in Kabul held a memorial ceremony for a murdered Pakistani Hazara political leader, Hussain Ali Yousufi, Chairman Hazara Democratic Party.
His assassination followed voilent riots in Pakistan and peaceful protest demonstrations across the world. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani condemned Yousufi’s murder. Hazaras in Pakistan in recent years have been under target ethnic and sectarian attacks killing hundreds.
Chairman of Hazara Democratic Party – Pakistan, Hussain Ali Yousufi, was a prominent politician and leader with deep influence on Hazaras across the world. His assassination was followed by protest demonstrations in Pakistan, Australia, UK and Afghanistan. A peaceful demonstration will soon be held in New York.
Hazaras in Afghanistan arranged two separate memorial events regarding the murder of Yousufi. These events were attended by Vice President Khalili, opposition leader Muhammad Muhaqiq, Hazara MPs, intellectuals and others. The speakers said even though Pakistani Hazaras are geographically distant, they share a common history of suppression and subjugation with Hazaras in Afghanistan. They said Shaheed Yousufi was not only the leader of Pakistani Hazaras but his efforts for Hazaras around the globe will be unforgettable.
The memorial ceremony’s resolution demanded of the Government of Pakistan to immediately bring culprits to justice and form a neutral judicial committee to probe Yousufi’s murder.
Ex-Prime Minister Sultan Ali Kishtmand in his message expressed grief over the assassination of a Hazara leader of international caliber. Secretary General of Hazara Democratic Party – Pakistan, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, made a telephonic speech to the memorial event last Friday. He said Shaheed Yousufi’s vision was Hazara unity across the globe.
Hazara diaspora in Australia staged a protest demonstration in front of Pakistani Embassy in Canberra. The protestors were holding banners and placards reading, “Stop Genocide of Hazaras in Pakistan.”
Protestors also presented a charter of demands to Pakistani High Commission. Representatives from the protesters called on MPs to ask Australian government to pressurize Pakistan to probe Yuosufi’s murder.
Hazara diaspora in UK also held a protest demonstration in front of Pakistani High Commission in London on February 8. They demanded from the Government of Pakistan to take serious notice of the target killing of Hazaras in Quetta. The protesters handed over a charter of demand to the Pak Embassy.