24 July, 2014 / Ramazan 25, 1435

In pictures: Carnage in Peshawar

A double suicide bombing killed more than 60 people at a church service in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, officials said, believed to be the deadliest attack on Christians in the troubled country.

Pakistan's small and largely impoverished Christian community suffers discrimination in overwhelmingly Muslim-majority but bombings against them are rare.

The two bombers struck at the end of a service at All Saints Church in Peshawar, the main town of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which has borne the brunt of a bloody Islamist insurgency in recent years.

A Christian woman mourns the death of her son at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Photo Reuters
A Christian woman mourns the death of her son at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Photo Reuters
Pakistani Christians and security officials gather outside the Church after two suicide bomb attacks in Peshawar on September 22, 2013.  A double suicide bombing killed more than 60 people at a church service in northwest Pakistan, officials said, the deadliest ever attack on Christians in the troubled country. — Photo AFP
Pakistani Christians and security officials gather outside the Church after two suicide bomb attacks in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. A double suicide bombing killed more than 60 people at a church service in northwest Pakistan, officials said, the deadliest ever attack on Christians in the troubled country. — Photo AFP
A woman mourns the death of her relatives at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Photo Reuters
A woman mourns the death of her relatives at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Photo Reuters
Pakistani men carry an injured policeman into a hospital after two suicide bomb attacks on a Church in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. Two suicide bombers killed at least 53 people and wounded more than 100 in an attack on a church service in the restive northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials said.  — Photo AFP
Pakistani men carry an injured policeman into a hospital after two suicide bomb attacks on a Church in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. Two suicide bombers killed at least 53 people and wounded more than 100 in an attack on a church service in the restive northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials said. — Photo AFP
A man cries at the death of his brother at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar, September 22, 2013.  At least 40 people were killed and 70 wounded on Sunday in a suicide bomb attack on a church in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, a local government official said. — Photo Reuters
A man cries at the death of his brother at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar, September 22, 2013. At least 40 people were killed and 70 wounded on Sunday in a suicide bomb attack on a church in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, a local government official said. — Photo Reuters
A body lies covered on the ground at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Reuters Photo
A body lies covered on the ground at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Reuters Photo
Pakistani Christians and security officials gather outside the Church after two suicide bomb attacks in Peshawar on September 22, 2013.  A double suicide bombing killed more than 60 people at a church service in northwest Pakistan, officials said, the deadliest ever attack on Christians in the troubled country. — Photo AFP.
Pakistani Christians and security officials gather outside the Church after two suicide bomb attacks in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. A double suicide bombing killed more than 60 people at a church service in northwest Pakistan, officials said, the deadliest ever attack on Christians in the troubled country. — Photo AFP.
Men move dead bodies into a vehicle bound for the hospital, at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Photo Reuters
Men move dead bodies into a vehicle bound for the hospital, at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Photo Reuters
Ambulances are parked outside the Church after two suicide bomb attacks in Peshawar on September 22, 2013.  A double suicide bombing killed more than 60 people at a church service in northwest Pakistan, officials said, the deadliest ever attack on Christians in the troubled country.  — Photo AFP
Ambulances are parked outside the Church after two suicide bomb attacks in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. A double suicide bombing killed more than 60 people at a church service in northwest Pakistan, officials said, the deadliest ever attack on Christians in the troubled country. — Photo AFP
A Pakistani Christian couple react as they arrive at a hospital after two suicide bomb attacks on a Church in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. — Photo AFP
A Pakistani Christian couple react as they arrive at a hospital after two suicide bomb attacks on a Church in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. — Photo AFP
A Pakistani Christian carries an injured woman on her arrival at the hospital after two suicide bomb attacks on a Church in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. — Photo AFP
A Pakistani Christian carries an injured woman on her arrival at the hospital after two suicide bomb attacks on a Church in Peshawar on September 22, 2013. — Photo AFP
Men carry an injured women on a stretcher at the site of a  suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Photo Reuters
Men carry an injured women on a stretcher at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. — Photo Reuters

Comments (26) (Closed)


Faraz
Sep 22, 2013 04:19pm

its very sad and unfortunate.i being a muslim strongly condemn this act of barbarism done by enemies of Islam.

Rogers Evans
Sep 22, 2013 05:22pm

Why is Govt helpless to take serious action against such murderous group ? Arrest the culprit leaders and hang them in publick, so that others learn lesson.

ARIF
Sep 22, 2013 05:42pm

Pakistan needs saudi like capital punishment

Agha Ata
Sep 22, 2013 06:17pm

Government doesn't want to take an action because the army doesn't want to take an action. The army is afraid of Taliban.

ivehadit
Sep 22, 2013 06:22pm

sickening. a malaise has taken over the country and there seems to be no way out.

Mohsin
Sep 22, 2013 06:29pm

What's wrong with the media of our country? Is it not painful enough for the people to have their dear ones killed/injured in such incidents that you have to upload such horrific pictures on top of it? Can you guys seriously go so low to bag some more viewership? It's shameful!

Shah
Sep 22, 2013 06:31pm

@Faraz: the irony is that the enemies are within the islam itself, who thinks by killing others they will earn Jannah. Nowhere it says in Quran or Hadith that kill an innocent and you will go to Jannah. These brainwashed morons have no idea the hell they are creating for themselves in the afterlife.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
Sep 22, 2013 06:42pm

Heartfelt condolence to my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ on this barbaric act committed by our strategic assets against a poor and peaceful minority in this land of pure. Government in center and KP wants to negotiate with them who are responsible for multiple killings not only of civilians but also people in uniform. The question is, do we love Pakistan or these barbarians. .

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
Sep 22, 2013 06:47pm

Heartfelt condolence to my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ on this barbaric act committed by our strategic assets against a poor and peaceful minority in this land of pure. Government in center and KP wants to negotiate with them who are responsible for multiple killings not only of civilians but also people in uniform. The question is, do we love Pakistan or these barbarians. .

Omar
Sep 22, 2013 09:18pm

I'm sorry but many of these pictures are disturbing and should have been published they have been. Im very disappointed in Dawn for publishing such graphic images in complete disregard to the victims and the families by ''sensationalizing'' photos of them in their time of grief.

The government needs to sent a fitting response to these terrorists who are killing our innocent Pakistani civilians. How can these barbarians kill innocent people while they are praying to God? Last time I checked, Muslims and Christian worship the same God. We really need to figure out who these terrorists are and who/from where funding is coming from! No to compromise.

YourName
Sep 23, 2013 01:56am

@ARIF: we don't need nothing from them anymore. What is going on in Pakistan is their gift and we had had enough of it.

Syed Ali
Sep 23, 2013 02:16am

I think it is time that our government and military decides that enough is enough! All those localities/communities where the Taliban/Terrorists live, should be bombarded and leveled to the ground. Maybe people should be given an ultimatum of 24/48 hrs to get out (and all leaving should be assembled and screened)..and then destroy the entire localities. There doesn't seem to be any other way to get rid of these horrible non-Muslim terrorists (who so strangely call themselves Muslims), who all will undoubtedly will be rotting in Hell forever!

Shah
Sep 23, 2013 05:41am

to the so called peaceful clerics, where is your protest now?

Silajit
Sep 23, 2013 06:46am

Does it really matter, which Islam is more correct? Does it really matter what Jinnah wanted? Isn't this killing in the name of religion, well past philosophical arguments? But clearly this makes sense to some nut jobs.

Just remove religion from the state roster and wipe out all those that kill - whether in the name of religion or not, whether within the country or outside.

Silajit
Sep 23, 2013 06:48am

As long as the state has a religion, those that kill in the name of religion can wear a patriotic mask.

Mike
Sep 23, 2013 09:38am

Extremely sad and unfortunate to read the story and see these horror pictures. The enemy within (Talibans and all fanatic religious groups) in Pakistan will destroy everything that is remaining. If nothing is done against these known groups or if the people of Pakistan just ignore to all these daily killings, bombings, kidnappings, extortion, rapings....you name it, the core existence of Pakistan is at risk due to the enemy within.

Sarwar Hakim
Sep 23, 2013 10:07am

Shame on these group of terrorist killing innocent people. Why Pak court is not giving death sentence to these killers. Being an Indian muslim I must say after saudi punishment, pak is the only country which can teach the lesson to this terrorist. In India there is communal violence but for Allah put security and Intelligence agency active in nonmuslim area of Pakistan.

Greek Tragedy
Sep 23, 2013 10:54am

Suicide bombers or remote controlled bombs? The clue to the identity of the perpetrator lies in clearly settling the answer to this question. If remote controlled then it has the fingerprints of RAW, CIA, or the military, if suicide then a misled fanatical outfit or a revenge attack.

L Ahmad
Sep 23, 2013 11:51am

The Pakistani administration is lame & limp when it comes to apprehend and eradicate barbaric murderers who keep killing innocent people. Terrorists have proved repeatedly how ineffective our law enforcement agencies are despite all the chest barrelling by our civil & military hierarchy. Shameful & pathetic.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Sep 23, 2013 12:45pm

My beloved Pakistan was like present Pakistan when I left it in 1976 for overseas employment. Who is safe in Pakistan is the most baffling question as old and young, men and women, Shia and Sunni, Christian and Hindu, masjid and church are all attacked and killed? Which place if any be it Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore is safe also needs an answer? Long live Pakistan. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / iqbalhadizaidi.formerdiplomat@hotmail.com

Asif Husain
Sep 23, 2013 11:06pm

Where are the Muslims in Pakistan demonstrating for the death of 81 Christians. Should we not step out of our homes to speak out against these hideous human beings and also because they are Muslims committing this crime? We need to take this seriously and make it our responsibility to denounce these goons. They cannot be called Muslims if this their behavior. In fact we should pronounce worst than kafirs.

del
Sep 24, 2013 12:26am

its very sad to know about all this cox my one frnd also dead in this bomb blast,..still cant imagin tht she is no more now...

Ravi Ingale from Pune
Sep 24, 2013 10:29am

Killings of Minority is not new in Pakistan, those were killing they are not of high class society people most of them are poor, toilet, street cleaners and unemployed. So Pakistan government will not affect even they killed or alive.

Joe
Sep 24, 2013 09:14pm

My condolences for the victims of the bomb blast. Mazhab nahi sikhata aapas mein vair rakhna....words of a famous muslim poet

Laeeq,NY
Sep 25, 2013 12:44am

Our memories are short lived. Soon we will forget all what we are witnessing today. Life will goes on. Politics will go on and killing will go on. There is no end visible in near or far future. May God help us to get through these difficult times.

Ravi Ingale from Pune
Sep 25, 2013 09:53am

Pakistani do not bear non-Muslims religion in their region.