The 17th Martyrdom Anniversary of Baba Abdul Ali Mazari was observed at Bukhara Restaurant in south-west London on 11-03-2012. The event was organised by a group of dedicated Hazara youth who commemorated the martyrdom of Baba Mazari and his companions as well as the 19th anniversary of massacre of innocent Hazaras in Afshar. The function was scheduled to start at 12:00 noon but, for unknown reasons, it started two hours late which continued till 6:00 PM.
Mr. Bahaduri had diligently worked on the part of his contribution which depicted in his entire speech. His short but impressive verses included couplets of renowned poets, coined to suit the environment with poetic and purposeful blend. Abdul Ahad announced that the programmed had been divided into three segments which included speeches, a detailed academic discourse on Afshar Massacre and interactive debate.
In the beginning of his speech, Mr. Bahaduri thanked the Uzbeks who had spared time to come pay tribute to Baba Mazari. He also quoted the speeches of General Abdul Rashid Dostom who (Mr. Dostom) expresses his devotion and affection towards Baba Mazari, “Whenever I reminisce about Baba Mazari, I become too emotional to control myself and tears start rolling on my cheeks in that no other person ever stood for the rights of Uzbeks than Baba Mazari”.
Qari Haji Salehi availed the honour of reciting the verses from the Holy Quran while the audience wholly acknowledged and appreciated his melidious voice.
The first speaker of the first session was Latifa Sultani who paid great homage to Baba Mazari through poetry. She was followed by the former Head of Hizb-e-Wahdat in London Hamayun Sukhabi who asserted that the determination and uncompromised will of a nation shapes its future and those who do not adhere to what their leaders have set forth, decay and humiliation becomes their dreadful fate. He also mentioned of the cruelties and atrocities of the Pakistani spy agency towards the Hazaras which played an important role in training, financing and harbouring the Taliban. These all resulted the Hazaras to suffer huge human and material losses. He also exemplified as to how Baba Mazari preached and fought for the rights of the suppressed in Afghanistan.
Nematullah Sharyati was the next speaker who paid tribute to Baba Mazari and his companions through poetry which gathered huge round of applause from the audience.
Nasrullah Sheikhzada delivered a speech about the cruelties of Abdur Rehman and linked them with the atrocities of the Taliban as well as the incumbent malpractices in Afghanistan. He said, “Baba Mazari always wanted to sacrifice his life for the good of the people”. “Baba would repeatedly utter to shed his blood for the people and that he sacrificed his life in order that we are prosperous and happy”. In the last segment of his speech, Nasrullah urged that it is about time we had thought what we have learnt from these sacrifices. If we are free and prosperous today, we must think what we can do for our people to turn the dream of Baba Mazari true. If we fail to chalk out a viable strategy to benefit our people, then we will always face cruelties in Hazara-inhabited regions of Afghanistan such as Behsud and Diamirdad which are still under the influence and control of others. They can infiltrate these regions whenever they want.
Rahman Alami was called upon to come pay tribute to Baba Mazari through poetry.
Maryam Atai of Southampton expressed her grief and sorrows to the loss of Baba Mazari and his companions through elegy.
She was followed by a group of young Hazara girls, aged between 7-12, wearing black dresses and holding the picture of Baba Mazari and Afghanistan’s flag to describe their affliction and distress in poetic terms as well as rendering great reverence to Baba Mazari.
The second session of the programme included a self-explanatory speech of Aghai Shaheer about Afshar Massacre.
He compared Afshar Massacre with the holocaust of Rwanda and that of Kosovo. Shedding light over each in turn, he said the holocaust in Rwanda (1994), backed by the west especially Belgium and France targeted the minority Tutsi by the majority Hutu. About 2,00,000 of Hutu blocked all the passages and routes and started killing the Tutsi people in large numbers. The Holocaust virtually continued for about a week which engulfed the lives of 8,00,000 minority Tutsi who were brutally killed with axes, shovels, knives, daggers, swords etc. For one week, this mass murder of innocent Tutsi continued but the west kept mum. This fierce attack perished about 45% population of the Tutsi which was ended through successful negotiations between the parties and stakeholders.
The Kosovo Holocaust is not unknown to the audience being aware of the brutalities of Slobodan Milosevic who killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Kosovan people with 8,00,000 displaced people. You also know about the history of Milosevic and his fall.
Both the above holocausts have resemblance with Afshar Massacre.
Afshar Massacre of 10th or 11th February, 1993 targeted the innocent Hazaras in Afshar region who numbered between 4,000 – 5, 000. In those days, 800 innocent Hazaras were arrested who aged between 10-35 whilst 750 of them were brutally murdered. 4,000 houses were ransacked and burnt. He said Ahmed Shah Masood (the former Defence Minister) and Abdul Rasool Sayyaf were principally responsible to lodge an unprovoked war against the innocent Hazara denizens. Abdul Rasool Sayyad would vehemently claim those days that good Hazara does not exist anymore as he is beheaded.
He accounted how Ahmed Shah Masood had arranged a meeting on the first night of bombardment which included Sheikh Asif Mohsini, Kazimi and others to discuss their plan and strategy of further devastation to the Hazaras. The Hazara clerics and theologians were at the forefront of committing or assisting to orchestrate the Afshar massacre.
Mr. Shaheer also gave account of rape, extortion, sexual abuse and other mass human rights violations in Afshar tragedy which were fully backed and supported by the perpetrators such as Ahmed Shah Masood and Abdul Rasool Sayyaf.
Nilaab Faulad paid respect through elegy, written by Rehmat Faulaad.
Javaid Nadir delivered a speech about Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow who urged that we must learn lessons from the past, take practical steps for tomorrow while making the best use of today. He denoted the quote of Baba Mazari, “All nations in Afghanistan must have equal rights”.
The last segment of the programme included interactive debate which was hosted by Abdullah Akbari and the guests were Yaseen Rasooli, Rohullah Yaqobi, Mohib Mudassar and Javaid Nadir. The topic of the debate was, “Expectations and Concerns in Post 2014 Afghanistan”. The audience acknowledged the importance of the debate whose self-indulgence ensued cross questioning from the speakers. The debate continued about an hour before it was wrapped up due to shortage of time.