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Mehzar – Pakistan's Youngest Victim of Violence Against Shias
Written by Kumail Ahmed On 11 December 2012 @ 10:30 am | No Comments
In Citizen Media, English, Human Rights, Pakistan, Photos, Religion, South Asia, Weblog, Women & Gender
Syeda Mehzar Zahra is one of the youngest victims of the ongoing assault on Shia Muslims by terrorists and extremists organizations in Pakistan. The 12 year-old girl – who has been called Pakistan's Anna Frank  – was shot while her father, Syed Nazar Abbas, was taking her to school.
It was the morning of November  30, 2012 when bullets were fired at their car reportedly by the radical-sectarian militant  organization Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan.  Her father died on the spot and Mehzar survived with severe bullet wounds.
Mehzar Zahra was rushed to the doctors, and now she is battling for her life at a local hospital in Karachi.
Ali Mehdi tweets:
@dosra_janum : #Mehzar: Spinal cord damaged, stomach ruptured, one kidney failed. She is completely paralyzed and cannot move her legs. Please pray for her!
Syeda Afrin Abbas tweets:
It was unfortunate that Pakistan's broadcast media did not make this a trending story. This important issue was not even discussed in the days following the horrendous attack. Many twitter users were upset and shocked by the silence from the broadcast media (as well as print media) about the incident:
Yusra Askari tweets:
Also, social activism for Mehzar was close to zero when compared with the world-wide support Malala's shooting managed to gain. (See this Global Voices Report  ) from October.
A Shia Hazara girl tweets:
Mahwish Raza complains:
It was mostly prayers and sighs that were registered at twitter. That's simply what can be done if terrorists are running free without being punished. Pakistan's Ambassador for the United States Sherry Rehman, tweets:
Mehr Tarar tweets:
Recently, President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, traveled to visit Malala, who is currently under treatment in an UK hospital. A similar presidential visit was demanded for Mehzar Zahra in Karachi.
Abdul Nishapuri tweets:
Ali Natiq and Ali Abbas Taj started a new hashtag [ur] called #iammehzer . Unfortunately, it could not become a “buzz word” in the community. Only 113 people  shared it across the community this month.
Shia muslims make up about 10% to 15%  [pdf] of Pakistan's total population. While sectarian violence is a longstanding problem in Pakistan, attacks against Shia muslims have increased in recent years. According to the Human Rights Watch, in 2012, at least 320 members  of the Shia population in Pakistan were killed in targeted attacks.
Brad Adams , the Asia director at Human Rights Watch recently said:
Deadly attacks on Shia communities across Pakistan are escalating. The government’s persistent failure to apprehend attackers or prosecute the extremist groups organizing the attacks suggests that it is indifferent to this carnage.
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URLs in this post:
 who has been called Pakistan's Anna Frank: http://criticalppp.com/archives/231901
 It was the morning of November: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C12%5C09%5Cstory_9-12-2012_pg3_5
 reportedly by the radical-sectarian militant: http://en.shiapost.com/2012/11/30/2-more-killed-2-injured-in-karachi/
 Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan.: http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/terroristoutfits/Ssp.htm
 ShiaKillng.com: http://criticalppp.com/archives/231901/comment-page-1#comment-309121
 @dosra_janum: https://twitter.com/dosra_janum/status/275818381024845824
 @Afrin_Abbas: https://twitter.com/Afrin_Abbas/status/276931290538864640
 #PrayForMehzar: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PrayForMehzar&src=hash
 @>Darveshh: https://twitter.com/Darveshh
 < @AbdulNishapuri: https://twitter.com/AbdulNishapuri
 @TahirImran: https://twitter.com/TahirImran
 @YusraSAskari: https://twitter.com/YusraSAskari/status/277863760880869376
 http://bit.ly/VsIDCE : http://t.co/nRo54jtJ
 #Mehzar: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Mehzar&src=hash
 #ShiaGenocide: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ShiaGenocide&src=hash
 Global Voices Report: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/10/11/pakistan-religious-extremists-attack-malala-yousufzai/
 @ShiaHazara1: https://twitter.com/ShiaHazara1/status/277780358097936385
 #Malala: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Malala&src=hash
 @jkitsmawish: https://twitter.com/jkitsmawish/status/277276323611807744
 #media: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23media&src=hash
 #humanrights: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23humanrights&src=hash
 #activists: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23activists&src=hash
 @sherryrehman: https://twitter.com/sherryrehman/status/277856627787448320
 @faisalsubzwari: https://twitter.com/faisalsubzwari
 (Link): http://t.co/4Masd5Uv
 @MehrTarar: https://twitter.com/MehrTarar/status/276304309040324608
 #Pakistan: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Pakistan&src=hash
 #PrayforMehzar: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PrayforMehzar&src=hash
 @AbdulNishapuri: https://twitter.com/AbdulNishapuri/status/277138869810524160
 Ali Natiq and Ali Abbas Taj started a new hashtag: http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/12/121203_social_media_minority_.shtml
 #iammehzer: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23IAmMehzar&src=hash
 113 people: http://hashtagbattle.com/#battle/m/%23iammehzar/%23mehzar
 10% to 15%: http://www.pewforum.org/uploadedfiles/Orphan_Migrated_Content/Muslimpopulation.pdf
 320 members: http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/09/05/pakistan-shia-killings-escalate
 Brad Adams: http://www.hrw.org/bios/brad-adams
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