Southampton Itchen MP John Denham calls for action over violence in Pakistan

Daily Echo: Denham calls for action over violencein Pakistan Denham calls for action over violencein Pakistan

Southampton Itchen MP John Denham has called for global action to be taken to prevent violence in Pakistan.

The former Cabinet Minister called for the UN, UK Government and the Pakistan Government to stop the Hazara minority in the Quetta region of Pakistan being targeted by violent attacks.

The Hazara minority have originally fled Afghanistan to live in Pakistan, and up until 1999 they had lived peaceful lives. Since then they have been the target of Al Qauda linked terrorist group Lashkar-e-Janghvi (LEJ) who have killed 1000 Hazaras in the last 14 years.

This includes a bombing in January which killed more than a 100 Hazaras. Now the LEJ have threatened that the 600,000 Hazaras living in Quetta will not be allowed to leave Pakistan alive.

Speaking in a commons debate, John Denham said that the Hazara community are 33 times to suffer death through political violence than Pakistan’s Shia population as a whole, and their distinctive appearances makes them subject to religious and ethnic discrimination, and that they should be protected by the state.

He said: “The plight of the Hazaras – those in Quetta and those who remain in Afghanistan – must not be overlooked in the sweeping regional discussions currently taking place and which will take place over the coming year.”

“At UN level, the Government [should] ask the Conflict Prevention Union with the Bureau of Crisis Prevention of the United Nations Development Programme to assess whether the situation in Quetta, is, or is tending towards, genocide.”

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2:31pm Thu 7 Feb 13

acid drop says...

Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias
Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias acid drop
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2:55pm Thu 7 Feb 13

HillsidePaul says...

acid drop wrote:
Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias
Err... Pakistan is not in India You ignorant half-wit.
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias[/p][/quote]Err... Pakistan is not in India You ignorant half-wit. HillsidePaul
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5:03pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Tenderhearts wife says...

I like John Denham but we really need to stop getting involved in other peoples disputes. We need to take a good look at ourselves in this country and sort out the mess that we over the generations have allowed it to sink into before taking sides or trying to sort out situations in other countries which have absolutely nothing to do with us and in which we have no right to intervene
I like John Denham but we really need to stop getting involved in other peoples disputes. We need to take a good look at ourselves in this country and sort out the mess that we over the generations have allowed it to sink into before taking sides or trying to sort out situations in other countries which have absolutely nothing to do with us and in which we have no right to intervene Tenderhearts wife
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7:28pm Thu 7 Feb 13

acid drop says...

HillsidePaul wrote:
acid drop wrote:
Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias
Err... Pakistan is not in India You ignorant half-wit.
It's only next door, thats near enough
[quote][p][bold]HillsidePaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias[/p][/quote]Err... Pakistan is not in India You ignorant half-wit.[/p][/quote]It's only next door, thats near enough acid drop
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7:31pm Thu 7 Feb 13

mickey01 says...

acid drop wrote:
HillsidePaul wrote:
acid drop wrote:
Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias
Err... Pakistan is not in India You ignorant half-wit.
It's only next door, thats near enough
we could do with stopping all this money being sent over to these countries as well
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HillsidePaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias[/p][/quote]Err... Pakistan is not in India You ignorant half-wit.[/p][/quote]It's only next door, thats near enough[/p][/quote]we could do with stopping all this money being sent over to these countries as well mickey01
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7:41pm Thu 7 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

Can we just stop interfering! Mr Denham, you should spend your time concentrating on the UK or even Southampton.

Pakistan have a Government who are responsible for their own people, our Government are responsible for our people.
Can we just stop interfering! Mr Denham, you should spend your time concentrating on the UK or even Southampton. Pakistan have a Government who are responsible for their own people, our Government are responsible for our people. IronLady2010
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12:54pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

1,000 lives in 14 years?

The US& co. has killed 100's of thousands of civilians directly and indirectly over the last 10 years in afghan and Iraq.

All western direct involvement does, is escalate the delicate situation the Middle Eastern demographic faces.

This man should be sent to Pakistan to fight by himself if he's so keen!!
Absolutely disgusting, another cu next Tuesday politician who has no regard for peoples lives.

I think Europe and the UK has enough problems to deal with trying to get the economy sorted.

How about we concentrate on implementing long term social policies to improve our society?

Of course not.... That would involve the parasites in the government to stop lobbing feces at each other and try to improve the lives of the tax payer.
1,000 lives in 14 years? The US& co. has killed 100's of thousands of civilians directly and indirectly over the last 10 years in afghan and Iraq. All western direct involvement does, is escalate the delicate situation the Middle Eastern demographic faces. This man should be sent to Pakistan to fight by himself if he's so keen!! Absolutely disgusting, another cu next Tuesday politician who has no regard for peoples lives. I think Europe and the UK has enough problems to deal with trying to get the economy sorted. How about we concentrate on implementing long term social policies to improve our society? Of course not.... That would involve the parasites in the government to stop lobbing feces at each other and try to improve the lives of the tax payer. Subject48
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2:30pm Fri 8 Feb 13

acid drop says...

mickey01 wrote:
acid drop wrote:
HillsidePaul wrote:
acid drop wrote:
Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias
Err... Pakistan is not in India You ignorant half-wit.
It's only next door, thats near enough
we could do with stopping all this money being sent over to these countries as well
yeh send all the money to me
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HillsidePaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: Denham would be better speaking about our problems, never mind Indias[/p][/quote]Err... Pakistan is not in India You ignorant half-wit.[/p][/quote]It's only next door, thats near enough[/p][/quote]we could do with stopping all this money being sent over to these countries as well[/p][/quote]yeh send all the money to me acid drop
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