Rescue worker comfort a man over the death of his brother who died in a grenade attack at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar February 11, 2014. – Reuters Photo
Rescue worker comfort a man over the death of his brother who died in a grenade attack at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar February 11, 2014. – Reuters Photo
Rescue workers remove a  body from the site of a grenade attack Shama movie theater in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014. — Photo by AP
Rescue workers remove a body from the site of a grenade attack Shama movie theater in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014. — Photo by AP
Volunteers search a cinema hall after a grenade attack in Peshawar on February 11, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Volunteers search a cinema hall after a grenade attack in Peshawar on February 11, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Security officials and volunteers gather outside the Shama cinema after a grenade attack in Peshawar on February 11, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Security officials and volunteers gather outside the Shama cinema after a grenade attack in Peshawar on February 11, 2014. — Photo by AFP
A relative comforts a man grieving over the death of his brother, killed in a grenade attack, at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar February 11, 2014. – Reuters Photo
A relative comforts a man grieving over the death of his brother, killed in a grenade attack, at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar February 11, 2014. – Reuters Photo

PESHAWAR: Three back-to-back explosions occurred inside Peshawar’s Shama Cinema on Tuesday, killing 13 people and leaving at least 19 others injured.

According to DawnNews, multiple explosions occurred when a show was ongoing in the cinema.

Subsequently, 11 people were killed whereas 19 others were injured, an official at Lady Reading Hospital, Syed Jameel Shah, said where the wounded persons were shifted by rescue sources for medical treatment. Two of the injured later succumbed to their wounds, taking the death toll to 13.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ejaz Ahmed speaking to media representatives earlier said eight people were killed and 22 others were injured.

An emergency was imposed in LRH and additional staff was urgently summoned after the incident.

Ahmed furthermore said three grenades were used and up to 80 people were in the cinema at the time of the explosions.

Meanwhile, security forces cordoned off the site of attack whereas army personnel sealed the area from Shami Road.

Shama Cinema is situated in the busy Bacha Khan Chowk area of Peshawar.

The blast at the cinema came 11 days after a similar attack at Picture House Cinema situated in Kabuli Bazaar area of Peshawar.

The attack also came as negotiators for the federal government and for Taliban militants met for a second time today as part of efforts to end the bloody seven-year insurgency.

Scraps of human flesh, blood-soaked shoes and caps littered the floor of the hall after the blasts, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Akbar Khan, 62, whose left arm and left thigh were injured, told AFP from his hospital bed that he was watching a movie when a deafening blast rocked the auditorium.

“It seemed like a hot iron rod pierced through my left arm and leg as I was hit by ball bearings,” he said. “I ran towards the gate, from where I was taken to hospital.”

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid denied involvement. “We condemn the blast, its not our activity,” he told Reuters.

Backlash against PTI

Awami National Party's (ANP) leader Zahid Khan strongly condemned the attack and termed it a failure of security. He criticised the peace process and alleged that Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was a liar, adding that people behind the bombing wanted to destroy the country.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives whereas former president Asif Ali Zardari also condemned the incident.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain immediately demanded the arrest of the people responsible for the attack.

Imran Khan said the blasts were an attempt to sabotage peace efforts.


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fasrar
Feb 11, 2014 04:56pm

I am not sure what our govt is negotiating with TTP when they are still killing innocent people.

Anees
Feb 11, 2014 06:48pm

Awami National Party's (ANP) leader Zahid Khan strongly condemned the attack and termed it a failure of security.... What about YOUR five years?

AbbasToronto
Feb 11, 2014 07:06pm

It is always the poor who die.

The rich do not go to the cinema. They watch movies in their living rooms on their DVD players.

In any case the silver screen brought no one any good, only escapism. The poor folks were trying to escape reality, but have escaped life altogether.

imtiaz Hydari
Feb 11, 2014 07:07pm

For once let us get to the truth. If it is not the Taliban then who is responsible for this barbaric attack?. This is a real test for the provincial and Federal Governments to identify arrest and punish those responsible without any delay The TTP should help in locating the criminals. No excuses and no delays please. Find the cowardly criminals and teach them and their likes a lesson for all to see. If this is an example of how shariah works, then we certainly do not wish for shariah in Pakistan

Pradeep
Feb 11, 2014 07:33pm

Under sharia law filming and picturization are mamnoo.

Shabbir
Feb 11, 2014 09:06pm

TTP is a monster of many heads. Govt is only talking to one head of the monster whereas there are many other heads who think on their own and who will continue their terrorist activities.

US CENTCOM
Feb 11, 2014 09:36pm

It is clear that certain terrorist elements do not want to see peace prevail in the country. They are trying their best to send the nation into chaos and frenzy. The seriousness of the situation requires us to stand united against the enemies of peace. We send our heartfelt condolences to the victims

zak
Feb 11, 2014 09:42pm

Some outside parties would not want Pakistan to have peace and stability as that may bring economic progress. A well known player in the region will do everything to harm Pakistan and its prosperity.

Ahmer
Feb 11, 2014 10:02pm

What is the point in negotiating with these beasts, Mr Sharif?

khan
Feb 11, 2014 10:50pm

khan saab....keep talking to them

Muhammad Daud Alam
Feb 11, 2014 10:53pm

Our country's bad-wishers are fishing in troubled waters. We need to isolate good from the bad.

Muhammad Daud Alam
Feb 11, 2014 10:54pm

INNA LILLAH WA INNA ELAIHEY RAJEON

S Chaudhury
Feb 11, 2014 11:05pm

No doubt it is TTP who is behind this murder of innocent peoples. Government is bent on talking to these murders instead of getting rid of these animals.

Yoman
Feb 11, 2014 11:53pm

Very sad incidence.

Ed
Feb 11, 2014 11:59pm

TTP is just a group of criminals, living a high life on the Ransom money that they receive from their thugs all around Pak. No negotiations, they should be treated as criminals, otherwise if any group needs their way, just start killing some innocent pakis and the government will sit down to negotiate. Come on lets have some dignity.

Ghumman
Feb 12, 2014 12:05am

@fasrar: Why you blame TTP when they denied this activity,

Salma
Feb 12, 2014 12:40am

so did the terrorists hold peace talks with these innocent people they just killed?

Iqbal Khan
Feb 12, 2014 12:46am

Mr Khan - Could you please do one dhrna to stop those who come to kill Pakistanis from North wazirstan like you are doing one against Drone attcks to save terrorists.

Lakhkar Khan, Pekhawar de gulo khar
Feb 12, 2014 01:37am

Rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences with the victims' families. Mullahs are murdering my people and destroying my country.

Agha Ata
Feb 12, 2014 02:31am

Three explosions? In whose language are they having this dialogue? It is not OURS.

Listen to me my dear politicians. You do not know but Taliban know it, that SHARIA cannot be enforced by, at least, two methods. One is to have a peace talk, and the other is through counting-head-process of democracy.

If you are buying time for something else, go ahead keep negotiating with them. But if you are really serious to talk to them into surrendering and accepting your constitution, then I am afraid you will cut a very very sorry figure.

Embarrased to be called Imran
Feb 12, 2014 03:22am

Nawaz Shareef was dying to become Prime Minister. Now he has the position, he didn't even condemn the blast. Whereas Imran Khan is so numb to people dying, he has amazed me. Why is he so afraid that the Taliban will be killed. God, I wish he would shut his mouth.

Taj
Feb 12, 2014 04:22am

If TTP killed or injured 32 innocent people then our so called govt must kill 32x10=320 .that's the only way to destroy TTP . And this process must continue untill they all gone.

prapur
Feb 12, 2014 05:09am

Is this new news? Isn't happening every day somewhere in Pakistan? GOP is negotiating with TTP wait & watch for more such things to come?

Akil Akhtar
Feb 12, 2014 06:26am

For Gods sake wipe out all Taliban and the religious parties that support them else they will wipe us out. Killing one innocent human being is like killing humanity according to our religion so how come these religious parties justify the Taliban.

Malik
Feb 12, 2014 06:52am

Only solution to Pakistan's problems is the complete and utter eradication of Taliban and Fanaticism. Really sad to see the state of this country. No freedom, no law, nor safety. Free reign is given to these crazy mullah idiots. Also how the hell can you have "mazaakrat" with a group of people tht a)want to kill you b) have massacred your innocent citizens and c) don't even consider you a country or nation-state.

Adil Jadoon
Feb 12, 2014 02:13pm

@fasrar: I thought TTP denied having anything to do with it? who does not want peace? Questions that need to be answered.