Afghanistan, Sept 29, 2014 |
According to The Guardian, an Australian man of Hazara ethnicity has been captured and killed by Taliban in Afghanistan.
Picutre courtesy: The Guardian
Sayed Habib, 56, resident of Sydney Australia, was reportedly captured while travelling between Kabul and district Jaghori in Ghazni province (Hazarajat). According to locals in Jaghori, his body had marks of torture and was shot three times, one in neck and twice in the chest.
My Habib is believed to be killed just for being a Hazara. This is the third reported incident in which Hazaras have been singled out and executed by Taliban. On Aug 8, 2014, Taliban singled out 14 Hazaras passengers (11 men, 3 women) from others on the bus and executed them in cold blood. On July 7, 2014, within a period of two days, Taliban beheaded 17 Hazara passengers on the road inside Hazarajat area (between Gizab, Uruzgan and Daikundi).
Prior to 911 and during the campaign to capture Afghanistan, the Hazaras were especially singled out for an ‘extermination campaign’ by Taliban. The policy was announced by senior Taliban leaders such as Maulawi Mohammad Hanif and Mullah Manon Niazi – then Taliban Governor of Mazar-Sharif. During this ISIS style campaign, Taliban ‘exterminated’ an estimated 20,000 Hazaras in Afghanistan, burned down Hazara towns and villages, and destroyed the 2000-year old ancient Buddha statues in Bamiyan. While Hazaras were singled out and killed in every city under Taliban, the main genocide happened in Mazar-e Sharif, Bamiyan, Robatak Pass, and Yakaolang.
In May, 2014, the United States released 5 high valued Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay (aka Gitmo5) in return for ‘captured’ Army soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Two of the Taliban commanders – Mullah Fazl and Mullah Norullah Noori – directly supervised the mass killings of Hazaras in Mazar-e Sharif.
Taliban belong to orthodox Deobandi movement – a close ally of the Wahabis (aka Salafis) – practiced in Saudi Arabia and Gulf Nations. Among the notable supporters and allies of Taliban are Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar – allies of the United States.
The Taliban high command, dubbed as ‘Quetta Shura’ is believed to be living in safe havens provided by Pakistani Government in and around Quetta where ‘government friendly’ militants are carrying another campaign of Hazara Genocide for the last 15 years.
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