Posted by: Editor | May 17, 2009

Letter to Ambassador of Afghanistan, Washington

Hazara Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE)
New York, USA
HazaraHopeUSA@yahoo.com

May 7, 2009

The Honorable Said T. Jawad
Ambassador of Afghanistan
2341 Wyoming Ave., NW
Washington, DC 2008

Re:  Attack on historian Haji Kazim Yazdani

Dear Mr. Ambassador:

The Hazara Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) together with concerned members of Hazara community in the United States are writing this letter to raise an urgent concern about Haji Kazim Yazdani, who was attacked recently in Kabul.

Haji Kazim Yazdani is a gifted Afghan historian who has written several books and articles about the Hazaras.  He is a valuable scholar and a cultural treasure of the Afghan people in general and the Hazaras in particular.  Lately, Haji Yazdani has been an outspoken opponent of “The Shia Family Law.”

In view of the controversy surrounding said archaic law, we would like to voice our concern and direct your attention to a growing atmosphere of religious fervor in the Hazara community in Kabul.  We believe that attacks on Haji Yazdani and the offices of the Marefat High School bear symptoms of the aforementioned atmosphere of religious zeal and intimidation of those who oppose “The Shia Family Law.”  Reports indicate that the chants and slurs used during these attacks bore similarity to the insults directed at the brave women who recently protested in front of the Afghan parliament against the ratification of said law.  We have reasons to believe that the architects and supporters of “The Shia Family Law” are responsible for these attacks.

HOPE along with concerned members of Hazara community in the United States respectfully request and demand in the strongest manner possible:

  1. That the Government of Afghanistan act immediately to stop the attacks on Hazara intellectuals.
  2. That the Government of Afghanistan conducts a full, complete and impartial investigation, to bring to justice the perpetrators.
  3. That the Government of Afghanistan act immediately to ensure that Haji Yazdani and other Afghan intellectuals are protected to the full extent possible.  We insist that effective safety measures be undertaken to ensure their safety.
  4. That the Government of Afghanistan act immediately to place pressure on the extremist factions who are behind these attacks.

Finally, we demand that the Government of Afghanistan take effective steps to protect the Hazara intellectuals from the religious fundamentalists who continually resort to acts of intimidation and terror to silence opposition and voices of dissent.

Sincerely,

HOPE


Responses

  1. QUMAI GUL SALAM
    I HOPE AFGHAN EMBESSEDOR WILL TAKE NOT AFTER THIS LETTER AND MAKE SURE THE SECURITY OF ALL HAZARA IN AFGHANISTAN.
    LOVE TO MY NATION HAZARA

  2. about the mentioned law all i can say is that either Haji Kazim Yazdani is infidel or Sheikh sahib Qandhari has some other plans ………… as both cant be muslim at the same time if Law really is shiia islamic ……. and if Haji Kazim has really been in Makkah to offer hajj … and is shia muslim than Sheikh sahib is intended to sow his Qandhari gari … along with syeds ……

  3. Brothers of HOPE

    Once again it is an excellent step taken by the brothers of HOPE. We appreciate and support your work. HOPE will always have our support and help in these kinds of positive activities. I have a suggestion that if it is possible, do involve the UN in every activity of yours.

    Best wishes
    Tajai Khan

  4. Letter by Said Jawad – NY Times June 11

    The battle against the Taliban will be won only when the Afgan people think, feel, and see we are on THEIR SIDE. What Mr. Jawad wrote was ass backwards!!!

  5. The battle against the taliban will be won only when the Afgan people think, see, and feel we are on THEIR SIDE. Mr. Jawad stated the opposite strategy in trying to get them on our side. In real terms our side is their side. This is 1984 mentality. Give them a break.


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