Hazaras offended by Kabul Express
By Malik Siraj Akbar
QUETTA: Quetta is by no means a safe station for Kabir Khan, director of the recently released controversial Indian movie Kabul Express.
Starring John Abraham as Sohail, an Indian journalist who travels to war-torn Afghanistan to interview a captive member of the Taliban, Kabul Express has incensed the Hazar community of Balochistan.
The Hazara community, which has an estimated population of around 200,000 and belong to the Shia sect, say that derogatory language has been used in the movie against their community. The Hazaras have demanded an immediate ban on the movie in Quetta and elsewhere in the country.
“The Hazaras are offended and hurt by the movie,” Ibrahim Hazara, secretary general of the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), told Daily Times on Sunday. “Not only does the movie make an effort to defame the Hazara community, it also creates a negative image of Pakistan,” he said.
Ibrahim also led a protest rally against the movie, which has been dubbed in English, Hindi and Darri languages, in front of the Quetta Press Club. The Hazara Democratic Party was also joined by a large number of young Hazaras from the Hazara Students Federation (HSF). The protesters carried placards and shouted slogans against the movie director.
“We want the movie director to apologise to the Hazaras of the world and urge the government of Pakistan to ban the movie and prevent it from being marketed in the country. The movie presents a negative image of Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said Ibrahim Hazara.
Quetta is home to a large number of Hazaras who fled from the Afghan semi-autonomous province of Hazarajat in the late 19th century due to the excesses of the then Afghan king, Abdur Rahman.