The first Hazara asylum seekers to go to Australia was in middle 80’s or early 90’s (Correct me If I am wrong with this Info). The reason for asylum seeking : “Afghanistan is not a safe place for the Hazara’s”. Back then It was “really” not a safe place, not only for the Hazara’s but for the whole Mankind. Because back then Afghanistan was in midst of a civil war which caused lots of its citizens flee for their life. One of those asylum seekers was Doctor Waheed. My father’s cousin and a notable Hazara living in Sydney.
P.S. (I Would be adding “LALA” after his name as a sign of respect and it is what we actually call him)
The reason for introducing Doctor Waheed Lala is, a situation which he had handled very cleverly in his office back then in 198? or 199? .
When Doctor Waheed Lala gets a job in an office he has lots of Afghani colleagues belonging to Tajik and Pashtun ethnic groups. So the colleagues of him cannot bear a “Hazara” working with them due to their enmity in Afghanistan.
So, his co-workers start picking on him and behaving with him in such a way to make him resign from the office and position given to him.One day after everything they had tried fails, all his colleagues gather in a break time to taunt him collectively. The start like this.
– Mr. Whaeed, we have heard really very shameful things. How can some stupid people accuse our beloved “Hazara Brothers”.
(Doctor Waheed Lala is fully aware of the game)
= What is the matter, what have you heard?
– No it’s really a shameful accusation on our Hazara brothers. How can i tell you.
= Don’t hesitate. Tell me.
– I am really very sorry to say but people have accused our “Hazara brothers” that they nail Nails in the head of Pashtuns?
– I am really sorry. I am against this accusation. These are big lies against our Hazara brothers.
= No, it is not a lie. It’s absolutely true!
– Doctor “Sahab” ! How can you agree with such a shameful act? How can you accept this?
= As i said, its 100 % correct. Look! We Hazaras have been persecuted and marginalized for 2 centuries and it is still continuing. We have been yelling for 2 centuries that we don’t have food to eat. The response comes ” Sar Pa Na Khalasezhee” . We were shouting that we don’t have schools, hospitals and our children are bare footed. What response do we get? The same “Sar Pa Na Khalasezhee”. We were shouting that our homes are being burnt and our land are being looted. The response has always been “Sar Pa Na Khalasezhee”.
= So, you tell me. The people who still live in caves and have never seen school let alone attending Biology classes. How come they know how this ” Sar” gets “Khalas”. Those poor people who had never attended Biology classes thought a lot about how to make these “Sars Khalas”. They came up with the idea of nailing them. This, they thought will make their “Sars Khalas”. It’s simple as that.
After having this discussion with his colleagues, Doctor Waheed Lala never ever had to face any of their mis-behaviour.
The reason for describing the incident is that in recent years, the same is things is being repeated. We are being driven out of our lands, our provinces get the most limited attention, we get discriminated in offices, our ministers don’t get access to parliment for being Hazara and many more issue and the funniest part is that we have got our vice president but still we are getting the same ” Sar Pa Na Khalasezhee” response. What should we do now? In what way should we make them ” Sar Khalas” ? It’s a question still unanswered !