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Attacks on imambargahs kill three in Gujranwala

Published Nov 09, 2013 02:49pm
According initial investigation by the police, the attackers came on motorcycles and managed to escape.—AP/FIle Photo
According initial investigation by the police, the attackers came on motorcycles and managed to escape.—AP/FIle Photo

GUJRANWALA: At least three worshipers were killed early Saturday morning when gunmen opened fire at two different Imambargahs in Gujranwala, sparking protests from mourners and enraged members of the Shia community.

According to police reports, the first incident took place close to dawn when unknown gunmen opened fire as Mohammad Yousuf, the prayer leader (pesh-imam) of the Qasr-i-Abu Talib imambargah in Mominpura area, had just finished leading Fajr prayers. Yousuf and another person present at the mosque died on the spot.

A short while later, gunmen entered the Qasr-i-Zainabiya imambargah in Shahrukh Colony located a short distance from the first mosque and opened indiscriminate firing, killing worshiper Syed Jawed on the spot.

According the initial investigation reports by the police, the attackers had come on motorcycles and managed to escape. One eyewitness told a local TV channel that the gunmen used a silencer-fitted pistol.

The killing of the three Shia men took place on the fourth day of Ashura, the first ten days of the holy Muslim month of Muharram during which Shia Muslims mourn in remembrance of the seventh century death of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), at the Battle of Karbala.

One police officer said the attacks appeared to be sectarian in nature. RPO Syed Akhtar Bharwana said they could not rule out the involvement of the same group in both incidents.

Soon after the incidents, mourners and relatives carried the bodies of the deceased to the main Alam chowk bypass in Gujranwala, blocking the road in protest.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif both strongly condemned the firing incidents in a statement.

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Farhan
Nov 09, 2013 04:47pm

This is what happens when you have leaders around who would confuse the nation by declaring terrorists as a 'martyr'.

Dr. Ashraf Khan
Nov 09, 2013 05:53pm

more muslims killing muslims and then we say other religions are bad...

Khalid
Nov 09, 2013 07:48pm

Who are these animals?. Why can't the government stop these attacks?. About time to handover the country to the Army. I am fed up of hearing about innocent Pakistanis dying every day.

jamil khan
Nov 09, 2013 09:11pm

ALL SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF ADAM ARE BROTHERS and sisters. ALL WHO BELIEVE IN ONENESS OF ALLAH AND MUHAMMAD AS PROPHET OF ALLAH ARE MUSLIM. ALL PROPHETS CAME TO THIS WORLD TO SAVE SKIN OF PEOPLES FROM FIRE OF HELL.IF ONE BELIEVE IN ANY PROPHET HE SHOULD SAVE PEOPLE FROM HELL, AND SHOULD NOT PUSH THEM IN HELL IF HE IS A TRUE BELIEVER.

rise
Nov 09, 2013 09:27pm

O you who kill a person kill all humanity. but these people don't understand Quran, a word of God. But they follow a word of illiterate preacher . who usually sale their sole for money against goodwill of God.

Manoj
Nov 09, 2013 09:55pm

@Farhan: You are spot on..

Manoj
Nov 09, 2013 09:49pm

@Dr. Ashraf Khan: Allah kare baki musalmaan bhi ki tarah umda soch rakhein..

muhammad Ali
Nov 09, 2013 10:44pm

dear do not used colour full graphics due to which News power full impact will be reduced. it seems that all the news is for children.

pathanoo
Nov 09, 2013 10:40pm

I wonder if Imran Khan and Maulan Fazlur Rehman would condemn these killings as they did the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud? Or, may be they just don't have time as they are absolutely occupied protecting and praising the Taliban Shaheeds.

Syed Haider
Nov 09, 2013 11:29pm

I wonder how many Pakistanis realize that the founder of the nation was a Shia.

Hamid Ali Tabatabai
Nov 10, 2013 02:13am

Funny what Imran Khan has to say about this. What a disappointment this guys has been

Rasa AI
Nov 10, 2013 04:16am

Jinnah, Iqbal and their companions did the right thing by snatching a separate land, but I firmly believe that they would have been thinking twice had they been planning it today.

SaeedS
Nov 10, 2013 04:17am

@Dr. Ashraf Khan: if people still following religion , and answer is yes than any comments like this make no sense.

Ajaya K Dutt
Nov 10, 2013 06:18am

@Dr. Ashraf Khan: It should not be just Muslims killing Muslims; Muslims killing Hindus is just as bad; if not worse.

jimmy dossa
Nov 10, 2013 09:40am

@Dr. Ashraf Khan:

Agree. You are absolutely right. What a shame. It is unbelievable that the culprits get away scott free.