A thoughtless comment by a random person did. "Why isn't it called #Sunni Genocide when people die in Parachinar?”.
Firstly, let me explain that Genocide isn't claimed by the Shias because it's the fab trend these days, just in case someone was confused between gadget hype & reality. Second, Genocide isn't an award or laureate we'd all like to place in a glass showcase. It is the epitome of inhumanity which rages on caused by the efficient inaction by governments (both past & present) fueled by the desire to not intervene because it is 'somebody else’s war', or because it is exactly what they secretly sanctioned. The United Nations defined genocide in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part [...]".
Shia Genocide isn't just a term. It means that for decades you watch friends and family watch those they love be sprayed with bullets, butchered, set fire to and be slain. It means that a singer's death will get an immediate response from the president, his son, to the prime minister and their family will be offered condolences. It means that your dead are unworthy of even that gesture unless you refuse to bury your dead for over four days. It means that a little girl gets to sit in the sleet with her father. It means that a mother will die at the grave of her son, when he is finally buried and she is consumed whole by grief. It means that when whatever shreds of family is left gathers to commemorate their martyrs 40th day, they too must die. Sometimes, it is because of marks on their backs, sometimes because of their features, mostly though it is because of their faith. It means orphans further orphaning their children. It means there will be screams, crying, nightmares and hugging. It means having the sagacity to reign the youth that wants to take some action, wants permission to reply to the enemy in the same manner and reasoning with them. It means there will be at times, little distinction between hope and despair like oxygen to the fire and fire eating up the oxygen. It will mean that not just one life has been taken; it has left a few hundred near death.
But despite all this explanation, you might just be a numbers man. So I've compiled in concise form the data from 2012 -2013 of Shia deaths, from target killings to horrific acts like Chilas, deleting names, ages and relationships which may be inconvenient and cumbersome for your scornful eyes to read through.
I hope you have the stamina to read the answer to why it is a #ShiaGenocide. And if you do have the courage, try to remember every date you just casually glanced over is a death anniversary for a family -many whom who may not have even reached that first anniversary mark yet.
January in Pakistan:
Punjab: 5th,15th & 16th January
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 7th & 31 January.
Sindh: 12th,13th, 19th,23rd ,25th 30th & 31st January
Balochistan: 17th,18th & 25 January
February In Pakistan:
Sindh: 9th,15th & 16th February .
Punjab: 11th & 19th February .
Gilgit Baltistan: 28th & February 29th.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 13th & 17 February
March in Pakistan:
Sindh: 5th, 12th,14th, 16th, 24th,26th & 28th March.
Khyber PakhtunKhwa 10th ,12th (Parachinar),12th (Kohat),18th & 23rd March.
Gilgit and Baltistan: 4th,7th March & 27th March.
Balochistan: 18th,26th,28th &29th March.
Punjab: 3rd & 17th March.
April In Pakistan:
Gilgit Baltistan: 3rd April
August Gilgit Baltistan: 17th August.
September In Pakistan:
Balochistan: 20th September.
November in Pakistan:
Sindh: 6th ,7th,8th,9th,11th,12th,13th,18th,21st,25th,26th,27th,28th & 30th November.
Balochistan 10th,12th,17th,18th & 28th November.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 7th & 29th November
Punjab: 21st,22nd &24th November
Islamabad: 12th November.
December in Pakistan:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 3rd December
Sindh: 1st,3rd,5th,11th,12th,13th &15th ,16th,17th,21st,24th,25th,29th & 30th December.
Balochistan: 4th,13th, 14th,17th,20th ,26th & 30th December.
Punjab: 8th &22nd, 30th &31st December.
January 2013 in Pakistan .
Balochistan: 7th,9th,10th,15th &18th January,
Sindh 7th,8th,9th,15th,16th,17th,22nd,23rd,25th,26th,30th& 31st January
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 19th, 22nd & 29th January.
Punjab: 5th January
February In Pakistan:
Balochistan: 16th February.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 1,4,8,9,13
March In Pakistan:
Sindh: 1,2,3rd,4th,6th,7th, 12th ,13th ,14th ,18th,19th ,23rd,25th,29th March
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 11th, 18th, 27th march
Punjab: 3rd March
April In Pakistan:
Sindh: 2nd,6th,12th,,13th,15th,18th ,25th,27th,28th
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 6th,9th, 25th,28th,
May In Pakistan:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 8th, 28th
Sindh: 1st, 3rd,9th,10th,20th, 22nd,26th,27th,28th,31st May
Punjab: 26th May
July In Pakistan:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 27th July.