Huge public gatherings in favour of Hazara province

The Nation: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ABBOTTABAD – The journalist community in Abbottabad has passed a resolution to condemn a statement of District Coordination Officer, Zaheer-ul-Islam in which he slammed the media for ‘reckless’ reporting on the eve of April 12 protests that took over a dozen previous lives on account of highhandedness of police.
The joint resolution endorsed by Hazara Union of Journalists (HUJ), Abbottabad Press Club and related journalists’ unions and the draft of which was readout at the huge public gathering arranged by Tehreek-e-Hazara in Abbottabad and Haripur to voice support for Hazara province. It strongly condemned the DCO’s statement that he recorded before the Senate on Saturday reportedly to save his skin.
The DCO had said that media had ‘played up’ the April 12 protests in Abbottabad and only four people had died in these protests. Naively enough, Zaheer-ul-Islam believed that out of these 4 ‘causalities’ two died falling from the signboards installed at roadsides.
The joint resolution condemned the role of administrative and law enforcement machinery of Abbottabad during protests and strongly opposed the bureaucratic role of Zaheer-ul-Islam to oblige the ANP Government. “The ignorant DCO overlooked the fact that in a small city like Abbottabad signboards are not as high as to cause instant deaths if anybody falls from them,” Quaid-i-Tehreek Sardar Haider Zaman informed TheNation during a meeting on Monday morning.
He said, till date, the death toll has risen to 15, including a policeman hailing from Abbottabad who was killed by Peshawar Police. “Today, an innocent protestor who was injured in police firing lost his life, yesterday another innocent youth died, we have sent over a dozen dead bodies to nearby villages and they say only four people died! Such an efficient government servant this man is!” he deplored referring to DCO Zaheer-ul-Islam’s role.

Leader Trader Union Abbottabad, Ehsan Ali Shah said that the successful public gatherings held in Karachi, Lahore Islamabad, Balakot, Kohistan and Hazara Division in favour of the formation of Hazara province clearly reflect the wishes of people of Hazara.
President Havelian Trade Union and senior leader Tehreek-i-Hazara Sardar Shafqat said that Peshawar Police killed their colleague only because he belonged to Abbottabad and supported Tehreek-i-Hazara. Replying to the question regarding the allegations of local police that protestors killed the policeman, he questioned, “How can protestors shoot anybody when they were totally disarmed? That was a planted murder to put blame on us” he alleged.
Meanwhile, the findings of the post-mortem report of the slain police official exclusively available with TheNation indicated that deceased received four bullet injuries, all from point blank, that supports the suspicion that the official was shot dead by the people standing next to him that could be none other than his colleagues.
Over 100,000 people attended the public gatherings in Abbottabad and Haripur, led by Sardar Haider Zaman, Sardar Yaqub, Gohar Ayub Khan, Umer Ayub Khan, Mushtaq Ghani, Azhar Khan Jadoon, Sardar Shafqat, Maqsood-ur-Rehman Tanoli, Ehsan Ali Shah and other eminent personalities.


Campaign leader vows to carve out Hazara province

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ABBOTTABAD: The leader of the movement for the creation of Hazara province, Sardar Haider Zaman, resolved to continue peaceful efforts to win the rights of the people of the division as more rallies were staged on Monday to press demand for a separate province. Haider Zaman, head of Action Committee for Hazara province, addressed two separate rallies at Nowsherwan and Mandian.

Former foreign minister Gohar Ayub Khan, ex-ministers Omar Ayub Khan, Amanullah Khan Jadoon, MPA Qalandar Lodhi, Shahzada Gustasap Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani and others were also present. Referring to the move for seeking status of a province for Hazara division, Haider Zaman said: “We will continue striving till the achievement of our goal.”

Other leaders in their speeches criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Awami National Party (ANP) and held their leaders responsible for the April 12 tragedy in Abbottabad that led to killing of 10 people and injuries to scores others when police had to open fire to break up violent protests against renaming of the province. They said Hazara was a revenue generating division of the province and its people should be given due rights accordingly.

Earlier, a large number of people took out a procession from Nowsherwan to Abbottabad city. The rally was led by Junaid Khan Tanoli, Pir Khan, Dr Adnan Bashir, Qalandar Lodhi and others.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan also visited Abbottabad. He laid floral wreath on the memorial of the martyrs at Fowara Chowk. The PTI chief later visited Abbottabad Medical Complex and District Headquarters Hospital and inquired after the health of the injured persons.

Our correspondent adds from Mansehra: Hundreds of students held a protest rally against renaming of the province and for creation of Hazara province. The protesting students after marching through various roads gathered outside the press club. They were raising slogans in favour of a separate province and against the federal and provincial governments. Student leaders said that name of province was changed on ethnic basis and they would never accept it at any cost. They said a movement for a separate province had been launched which would meet its logical end.

Hazara will become another Bronai, Sardar Yousuf


KARACHI- Hazara Province Movement (HPM) central leader and former MNA and Nazim Mahsehra Sardar Muhammad Yousuf said that the entire population of Hazara including those big political personalities belonging either PML (N), PML (Q), PPP or any other party have united under one umbrella to get their own province and there is no difference of opinion in this regard.

Sardar Yousuf, on Sunday was addressing a big gathering at Quaidabad, said that parliament did not show its due role describing the serious concern of Hazarawall population on the disputed new name of defunct NWFP as they approved the new name for the province through 18th amendment.

He said that Hazara’s people have the democratic, constitutional and political right to establish its own Hazara province. Activists of HPM are the heirs of those who had rendered their lives in the struggle for Pakistan, made successful the referendum before the partition and punctured the movement of anti Pakistan elements.

He strongly contradicted the notion emerging these days what happened in Hazara is the fight and tussle in between PML (N) and PML (Q).

He loudly announced that it is the movement of rights and identification launched by Hazarawalls to the platform of HPM, under the leadership of Baba Haider Zaman.    

He said that the establishment of the province is the voice of Hazarawalls and due to which each and every politician of this region belonging to any party compelled to raise the voice in the support of their nation because they know that if they tow their party lines they can not do politics in future in this region.

Sardar Yousuf said that it is our fight and from youth to elders and women to children each and every Hazarawall is involved in this fighting to get their own province.

He said that Hazarawalls can not forget the sacrifices of people who rendered their lives in the struggle of their goal at Abbottabad.
He observed that Hazara region can become another Brunei, if provincial status given it keeping in views its natural resources, he said.

Sardar Yousuf also informed the gathering he had met to the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leaders and discussed the issue of the province. Without going in the details of the meeting Sardar Yousuf paid thank to MQM and PML (Q) for their support to Hazara Province Movement.

Leader of Hazara Province Movement Karachi chapter Sardar Iqbal, Spokesman Hazara Youth League Karachi Naeem Ashraf, Sarwar Khan Tanoli, Liaquat Butt, Joint Secretary PML (Q) Sindh S. Anwar Shah Kashmiri and others were also present on the occasion.

Hazarawall made up mind province is only solution of their miseries, Naeem Ashraf

KARACHI: The member of Hazara Province Movement (HPM) Naeem Ashraf said that all Hazarawalls have made up their mind that the their identification and protections of rights can be made possible only when they get their own province and for this cause they are united under the leadership of Baba Haider Zaman to striving their goal on one point agenda.

Naeem Ashraf expressed these views, while talking to The Nation on Saturday.

He is also the spokesman of Hazara Youth League (HYL) Pakistan, which is struggling for the rights of Hazarawalls past twenty two years.

He said that when ANP successful to achieve their target making nincompoop to all big political parties of the country now the entire Hazara nation has realized that despite suffering and facing huge financial losses since the day of the independence 14 August 1947 at the name of the solidarity of the country, neither government nor opposition is sincere to understand the gravity of resentment and  frustration and dissatisfaction prevailing among the Hazara’s population since the new name of Khyber -Pukhtoonkhawa.  

He said that neither arrest, torture, state terrorism nor any other tyrant act can stop our way to reach the destination of Haraza province.

 He made it clear that youth of Hazara has waken up to get their rights and identity which is lying only in the achievement of Hazara province.

Pakistan Muslim League or any its faction have made too much fool to the entire nation of Hazarawalls now the chapter of any type of PML politics has been closed in the Hazara region.

Now all politics in the region will rotate around the goal of Hazara province, those parties would support on our demand we are grateful to them but there is no room for those did not support on our demand of province. Naeem Ashraf categorically said.

He said that PML (N) chief Nawaz Sharif betrayed the confidence of Hazara people and his politics has buried in our region.

There is no need of tear of is working under the guidance of their elders who has given their verdict that only Hazara province is the only solution of the safety and protection of their rights.
He said that movement is continue and we would adopt all democratic ways to get our goal including long march, hunger strike, sit- in, Jail Bharo tehreak etc.
Naeem Ashraf who is also the spokesman of HYL Pakistan said that now our all preparation would be only for getting our own province for Hazarawalls.
He said that people of the country are innocence and unaware some ground realties about the Hazara and its population who always rendered its interest and benefits at the name of Pakistan and put always their weight in favor of PML to counter politics of those parties who did not digest the creation of Pakistan since day one and working for Pukhtoonkhawa.

He said that it was the resources of Hazara region which runs all the affairs of this province as royalty of three dams including Tarbela Dam, Khanpur Dam is play major role in the earnings of the province, mentioning that Tarbela Dam producing 3200 MW power. 
He further said that 19 percent Forest of the country is situated in Hazara Division. Ninety percent Tobacco, 70 percent tea of the country are being cultivated in Hazara region.

Tourism, Hattar Industrial State, Minerals, Furniture  wood, hotel industry and several other resources are provided by Hazara division to defunct NWFP but at the end of the day the population of this region left empty handed and now their identity has been snatched, Naeem Ashraf said, added that there was no other option to Hazarawalls to launch the movement for the protection of the rights and identity.

Sipassnama for Hazara Province

People of Hazara demanded to the Government

Nawaz out on damage control endeavour

HARIPUR: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has blamed Q-League for Hazara unrest and said they are doing politics of dead bodies.

He, with other leaders of his party reached in the restive region to take the people into confidence.

Talking to media, on Wednesday, he said that since day one PML-N was of the view that the 17th amendment should not be attached with any other issue.

He blamed PML-Q for taking political benefits out of the current volatile situation and added that nobody would be allowed to become ‘chaudhry’ of Hazara.

I was blamed for changing stance over a phone call but the time has proved that I was right for insisting on to take all stakeholders on board.

He maintained that he has close relations with the people of Hazara, adding that PML-N has not deceived anyone.

He rubbished the allegations that his party took a u-turn over the NWFP renaming issue. He called for the accountability of those who stoked the situation, and urged the Federal government to take immediate notice of the issue.

PML-Q supports new provinces: Shujaat

ISLAMABAD: President Pakistan Muslim League-Q Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has called for making new provinces wherever needed.He was addressing a party meeting here today.Backing Southern Punjab’s demand for separate province, he was of the view that Hazara Division must be given provincial status.‘Punjab should not grab others’ rights,’ he added.