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A woman mourns the death of a family member who was killed from a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. — AP
A woman mourns the death of a family member who was killed from a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. — AP
A man mourns the death of his relative who was killed in a suicide attack on a church in Lahore March 15, 2015. — Reuters
A man mourns the death of his relative who was killed in a suicide attack on a church in Lahore March 15, 2015. — Reuters
Twin suicide attacks on churches in Lahore claim 14 lives, injure over 68  ─ AFP
Twin suicide attacks on churches in Lahore claim 14 lives, injure over 68 ─ AFP
Girls mourn over a family member who was killed by a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. — AP
Girls mourn over a family member who was killed by a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. — AP
Citizens gather in front of a church following suicide bombing attacks on churches in Lahore on March 15, 2015.— AFP
Citizens gather in front of a church following suicide bombing attacks on churches in Lahore on March 15, 2015.— AFP
Citizens and rescue workers gather outside a church damaged from a suicide bombing attack in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015.— AP
Citizens and rescue workers gather outside a church damaged from a suicide bombing attack in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015.— AP
Injured reach the hospital  - DawnNews screengrab
Injured reach the hospital - DawnNews screengrab
Crowds gather at a nearby hospital - DawnNews screengrab
Crowds gather at a nearby hospital - DawnNews screengrab

LAHORE: At least 15 people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.

The bombings occurred during prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city's Youhanabad neighbourhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said.

Broken window panes, blood and shoes were scattered across the blast sites.

Police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar said two policemen guarding the churches were among those killed in the attacks, while two people were beaten to death by protesters who took to the streets after the blasts.

“Policemen on duty at both the entrances tried to stop them but the bombers blew themselves up,” she told AFP.

The angry mob protesting after the blast beat to death two people whom they suspected of being associates of the attackers. An AFP photographer saw the bodies of the two suspected militants on fire after the beatings. It was not clear whether they were still alive at the time.

Up to 4,000 Christians later spread across the city’s streets; many were armed with clubs as they smashed vehicles and attacked a Metro bus station in a rare show of anger by the beleaguered minority.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack.

Rising anger

The thousands of Christian protesters who clashed with police on Sunday attacked their cars with stones and sticks, as women wept and beat their heads and chests.

The protesters, some wearing crosses round their necks, later turned on the city's bus rapid transit system -- a signature project of the ruling PML-N party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Christians make up around two percent of Pakistan's mainly Muslim population of 180 million. They have been targeted in attacks and riots in recent years, often over allegations of blasphemy.

Sunday's attacks were the worst on the community since a devastating 2013 double suicide-bombing in Peshawar that killed 82 people. That attack came months after more than 3,000 protesters torched some 100 houses as they rampaged through Joseph Colony, another Christian neighbourhood of Lahore, following blasphemy allegations against a Christian man.

Sharif in a statement condemned the church bombings and “directed provincial governments to ensure the security of (the) public and their properties”.

Zaeem Qadri, a spokesman for the provincial government, said efforts were being made to talk to the protesters to stop the rioting but “emotions are very high because their churches have been attacked”.

Christians also took to the streets in other cities, including Karachi, where around 200 protesters blocked a main road and burnt tyres. There were also demonstrations in Peshawar in the northwest, in the central city of Multan and in Quetta in the southwest.

Sunday's attack was the first by the Taliban since three of their major factions said on Thursday they had reunited.

The military has stepped up its fight against militants since Taliban gunmen massacred more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in Peshawar in December.

A moratorium on executions in terror cases was lifted and the constitution amended to set up military courts for the speedy trial of terrorism cases. Later, the death penalty was reinstated for all capital cases.

End of live updates

6:35pm - Sindh government announces day of mourning

The Sindh provincial government has announced a day of mourning on Monday as a response to the horrific attacks.

4:46pm - Compensation announced

Government announces Rs500,000 for those killed in the attack, and Rs75,000 for those injured.

3:30pm - Death toll climbs to 15

Another wounded man died while receiving treatment at the Lahore General Hospital, taking the death toll of the Taliban-claimed attack to 15.

The condition of 30 wounded people is reported as critical. They have been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of LGH.

Girls mourn over a family member who was killed by a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. — AP
Girls mourn over a family member who was killed by a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. — AP

2:50pm – ‘Terrorists will be brought to justice’

PML-N leader Rana Mashood, says that the government resolve to tackle the issue of militancy is strong and added, “Terrorists will be brought to justice."

Talking about the victims of today's blasts he said "We have not looked at religion, they are our brothers and we have to deliver for them.”

“We are not separated by religion, this is an attack on Pakistan, and we feel their pain. Their pain is felt by everyone,” the Punjab education minister told media personnel.

He added, “We are making arrangements for the casualties, they will be taken care of. We will follow procedure in this regard.”

The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader said policemen had sacrificed their lives while performing their duties and had not allowed the attackers to enter the church premises.

“Police reports cannot confirm any details because they don’t have proper access to the site. People shouldn’t take law into their own hands,” he added.

2:15pm - Missionary schools closed tomorrow

Missionary schools in Karachi and across Punjab will remain closed tomorrow in protest of the attack on churches in Lahore.

Citizens and rescue workers gather outside a church damaged from a suicide bombing attack in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015.— AP
Citizens and rescue workers gather outside a church damaged from a suicide bombing attack in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015.— AP

1:55pm - Death toll of Lahore blasts reaches 14: LGH officials

Officials of the Lahore General Hospital confirmed that the number of people killed in the blasts in Youhanabad area has reached 14 while the number of wounded is 68, including several who are critically wounded.

Doctors at the provincial capital city's hospitals have also made appeals for blood donations.

Punjab Health Director General Dr Zahid Pervez also confirmed that 14 people have died and 78 others have been wounded in the Lahore attack.

A Punjab police spokesperson confirmed that two policemen are among those killed in the attack.

1:45pm - Christian community members stage protests in Karachi

Members of the Christian community took to the streets and staged protests in Karachi's Esa Nagri area against the bomb attacks on churches in Lahore.

The protesters blocked the route from Hasan Square to Liaqatabad area of the city.

Similar protests staged in Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot cities.

1:40pm - Former Punjab law minister confirms death toll

Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed that 10 people have been killed so far in the blasts near two churches in Lahore.

He added that the dead included six members of the Christian community, two policemen and two other men, who were beaten to death by the enraged mob on suspicion of involvement in the blast.

The former law minister said that five policemen were also wounded in the incident.

1:30pm - Christian community leader blames Punjab govt

A local leader of the Christian community told mediapersons that both the blasts took place at the entrance of the churches.

He added, “Had the attackers managed to enter the churches, the casualty figure would have soared as there were more than a thousand persons present at the place of worship at the time of attack.”

The community leader also accused the Punjab government of incompetence and blamed it for the attack.

Pastor David, a local cleric at the site, told AFP: “One blast took place at the entrance of one church where a congregation was going on. Another blast took place in the second church,” and added that the two buildings were 500 metres (1,600 feet) apart.

1:20pm - Protesters block metro bus route

Several protesters carrying sticks blocked either side of Lahore's Ferozepur Road and blocked the metro bus route disrupting the bus operation.

Television footage showed dozens of stick-wielding men, mostly belonging to the Christian community, ransacking the metro bus terminal.

1:10pm - Four policemen were held hostage

Enraged protesters held four injured policemen captive at a shop after the blast, for allegedly watching a cricket match instead of performing their duties at the time of attack.

The mob apparently held the injured policemen in the shop for nearly two hours before they were shifted to hospital.

One of the policemen succumbed to his injuries.

Meanwhile, protests continue against the government.

1:03pm - Eyewitness account

“I was sitting at a shop near the church when a blast jolted the area. I rushed towards the spot and saw the security guard scuffle with a man who was trying to enter the church, after failing, he blew himself up,” said witness Amir Masih.

“I saw his body parts flying through the air...the guard died as well", he said.

It was not clear if the first blast was also a suicide bomber, Masih said.

1:00pm - Protest against PM, CM

Protesters have launched a demonstration outside General Hospital against the Punjab government. Sloganeering continues against the PM and CM.

The enraged protesters demand accountability, and say proper security was not provided to the churches.

Images from inside the churches are coming in:

Damage inside one of the churches
Damage inside one of the churches
A weapon found at the site of the attack
A weapon found at the site of the attack

12:50pm - Death toll reaches 10

At least ten people have died and more than 50 wounded in the bomb attacks near two churches in Lahore's Youhanabad area.

12:37pm - 6 dead

The death toll has now climbed to six, while at least 50 are injured.

A young child and a policeman are among those killed. Four bodies received at the Lahore General Hospital while two bodies received at Jinnah Hospital.

Police have resorted to aerial firing to disperse the enraged mob.

12:35pm - Enraged mob in Youhanabad

Police is attempting to control the large, enraged mob in the Youhanabad area.

Members of the crowd have reportedly told the police not to approach, or face consequences. A massive protest is underway. People gathered in the area claim no adequate security was provided to them.

12:30pm - 5 dead

At least five people have died in the attack so far, while another 40 are wounded – some critically.

Family members of the victims crowd hospitals
Family members of the victims crowd hospitals

12:22pm - TTP-JA claim responsibility

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamatul Ahrar group spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan says the militant outfit takes responsibility for the attack.

12:13pm - Cop among victims

Policeman among those killed in the blasts. The number of wounded rises to 40 and includes women and children.

The body of the man who was lynched by the enraged mob, after being snatched from policemen, has been set on fire.

12:09pm - Two arrested

Two suspects have been arrested from near the blast sites.

One young man, alleged to be involved in the attack, was earlier beaten to death by the enraged mob.

12:06pm - Young child killed

A young child, estimated to be 12 years of age is among those killed. At least 37 other wounded have been counted at one hospital so far.

A stream of wounded are still being brought into nearby hospitals.

12:03pm - Suicide bombers

Initial reports suggest two suicide bombers reached the gates of two churches and blew themselves up. The attackers attempted to enter the churches, but were successfully stopped at the gates.

Eyewitnesses said that the Sunday church ceremony was underway when two suspects approached the main gate and opened fire, before blowing themselves up.

12:00pm - 3 dead

At least three people have died in the blasts. Many wounded are being brought into the hospital.

11:57am - Young man killed

According to initial reports, the mob has beaten the young man to death.

Eye witnesses claim the individual was involved in the attack.

11:55am - Mob beats up individual

The enraged crowd has beaten up an unknown person at the site of the blasts. The young man is estimated to be 20-22 years old.

11:50am - Critically wounded

The condition of several wounded is reported as critical. A large number of people have gathered at the hospital.

11:45am - 20 injured

Initial reports suggest at least 20 people were injured in the blasts who were shifted to Lahore General Hospital where an emergency has been imposed.

11:30am - Emergency teams dispatched

Emergency and security teams were dispatched to the site of explosion. The nature and intensity of the blasts are yet to be ascertained.

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Comments (307) Closed

Ahmed Shaikh Mar 15, 2015 11:39am

May ALLAH protect us all.

aziz Mar 15, 2015 11:46am

Good grief...people, please grow up. Live and let live.

muhammad Mar 15, 2015 11:49am

very sad...

Shamain Mar 15, 2015 11:49am

God no deaths no deaths.

Majid Khan Mar 15, 2015 11:51am

Shows the failure of the govt in protecting minorities...

kausar Mar 15, 2015 11:56am

Terrible. .... cowardly act. Why to attack our minorities, Islam is the religion of peace n love not terrorism. Rights of minorities are protected in Islam ....who are these .....heartless n barbarians. They are not one of us. We condemn this act. As a Muslim state we should be ashamed of such incidents.

Najam Mar 15, 2015 12:00pm

Dekh aur afsoos ki bhi inteha hoti hai. What makes them do such heinous acts. When will we get rid of them.

indian Mar 15, 2015 12:11pm

@Najam poison is in the mind dear.

Up wala Mar 15, 2015 12:16pm

This is your real problem,You consider religion first then Human...You are using word minority rather than people even in comments...

Desi Dimag Mar 15, 2015 12:18pm

God please bless peace to religion of peace.

Rahman Mar 15, 2015 12:21pm

Very sad to hear these relentless attacks on minorities. It's almost becoming impossible for them to live in peace in Pakistan. I think we should all implore in the name of humanity for the leaders of the minorities to think of the safety of themselves and their future generations. Drastic times may call for drastic measures, maybe even contemplate reverting to save their own lives.

Agnos Mar 15, 2015 12:22pm

@Najam It's a fusion of belief, fear of identity and anger. It cant be eliminated from the roots without secular, liberal education and/or humanism oriented non religious universal values.

arun Mar 15, 2015 12:23pm

omg now LAHORE ...... this is not good at all....i guess the heart of PAKISTAN dented today....:-(

Ahmed USA Mar 15, 2015 12:23pm

OMG... seems to be a work of non-state actors... To create rift between communities living peacefully...

HAARP Mar 15, 2015 12:23pm

A never ending battle....radicalism has roots deeper then the depth of faith there is in this land of freakin pure.

Abu.Ashhad Mar 15, 2015 12:27pm

coward terrorist!

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Mar 15, 2015 12:27pm

This is terrible. Everyone should condemn this act of insanity.

I think this calls for a LEAs operation in Lahore. Firing was also done after the blast. This shows the amount of weapons present in Lahore. LEAs should deweaponize Lahore.

Truth will Always Prevail Mar 15, 2015 12:30pm

Act of low life filthy minded cowards attacking religious places

Malik sb Mar 15, 2015 12:31pm

That's really sad. May the deceased RIP. Government should take immediate actions to hunt down and punish the terrorists involved.

Proust Mar 15, 2015 12:31pm

Wake up call for Shahbaz Sharif.

Roussou Mar 15, 2015 12:32pm

Killing of 2 suspects by people shows the anger of the nation against terrorists.

Vijay Singh Mar 15, 2015 12:35pm

Very sad to hear this news...cant hold my tears...realy very sad....:-(

BigBadWolf Mar 15, 2015 12:37pm

@Vijay Singh Indeed my friend.

BigBadWolf Mar 15, 2015 12:39pm

Why Why Why?

sandip jha Mar 15, 2015 12:41pm

@kausar Talking like a politician.

Syed Mar 15, 2015 12:41pm

@Roussou Not the anger of nation but the frustation of Christians ,if nation was angry they could have protested before too !

When Mar 15, 2015 12:41pm

When will the pakistani politicians and military will understand the value of common people's life?? Really sad. RIP. Hearty condolence from India.

wasim Mar 15, 2015 12:44pm

Please dont worry ..nawaz will do everything to protect his countrymen and there is no reason to get afraid ......

Ahmad Ali Mar 15, 2015 12:44pm

It is very sad to say that govt is failed to protect any one of us. they have done nothing after Peshawar attacks. let us live who ever they are please!!!!

BigBadWolf Mar 15, 2015 12:45pm

General Raheel pls do something quickly. I demand action. Please.

TooTrue Mar 15, 2015 12:45pm

I am no longer surprised to see so many Pakistani Christians living as refugees in Thailand. Their condition is pretty desperate: very little money and constantly in fear of Thai immigration. But anything would be better than living in fear of being murdered. I do what I can for them.

Duggu Mar 15, 2015 12:46pm

TTP has claimed the responsibility of this attack. Can someone tell these misguided people that when a delegation of Christians ,once came to visit Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), he allowed them to pray in Majid-e-Nabwi. When he can tolerate them praying in the mosque how can these misguided lot can kill Christians when they are praying in their church. They are certainly not following the Islam brought by our Prophet.

amin Mar 15, 2015 12:47pm

There would have been much greater loss if the terrorist would have managed to get into the church. Thank God for that. People concerns are genuine about security but it is extremely difficult to identify and stop suicide bombers.

BigBadWolf Mar 15, 2015 12:47pm

I would like to know what was their fault. This is savagery.

SS Mar 15, 2015 12:47pm

There is good and the bad....we all stand against the strong people...condolences from across the border...

Ashwin Mar 15, 2015 12:52pm

Its just good vs bad...we all stand united against the bad of the world...condolences...

weAreOne Mar 15, 2015 01:00pm

nothing will change in pakistan

Kohli Mar 15, 2015 01:01pm

worlds worst place for minorities: pakistan

BigBadWolf Mar 15, 2015 01:02pm

@SS this is bad. loss of human lives. so bad.and for what?

Roussou Mar 15, 2015 01:03pm

@Syed are you saying that Christians are not part of this nation? I purposely avoided writing Christians as it would have shown a divided nation much to the glee of our enemies.

Manoj Mar 15, 2015 01:03pm

Sad to see innocent people getting killed in the name of religion .........

Safdar Mar 15, 2015 01:04pm

A sad day for Pakistan...shows that the army operation needs to spread beyond FATA/Karachi to other areas of the country...testing times for the nation

Round the Clock Vigil Mar 15, 2015 01:06pm

'Daaish' in action. It's a very sad incident. This reflects the failure of intelligence agencies. The slums of Lahore need to be scanned thoroughly.

Khan Mar 15, 2015 01:14pm

Terrorists have no religion whether in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Yaman & Pakistan. All these terrorists are one and the axis of evil which should be divulged to the people.............. who is supporting them.

shafiq Mar 15, 2015 01:29pm

These people are creating hate to destroy Pakistan.My condolences for the bereaved families.

Fi Mar 15, 2015 01:30pm

@Manoj believe me this is not religion. We have a shinning example when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) opened Masji-e-Nabwi for Christians to pray when their delegation was visiting him. These people are only using the name of Islam otherwise their acts are contrary to this religion.

Ramesh Krishnan Mar 15, 2015 01:50pm

This is not a random act of violence...It is a systematic campaign to wipe out the minorities from the country...I have no fear of terrorists who kills people but I am scared of moderates who are silent...

Robin- New Delhi Mar 15, 2015 01:54pm

Condolences from India to the families affected and prayers for those killed in this shameful attack.Lets unite to fight this menace...

Ghulam Nabi malik Mar 15, 2015 01:55pm

Where is security agencies, knew today is Sunday, something might happen in christian churches in Lahore, where larger number of Christian community is residing. Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church in Lahore's Youhanabad area are remained packed on Sundays'. CM Punjab is responsible for this terrible happening because he always talks tall, to curb the terrorism, since Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif declared a ferious war against terrorists. Jamutul Aharar may be splinter group of TTP, Jamatul Dawa Jed, Let and Punjabi Talibans are the same kind of terrorists whose leaders are Hafiz Saeed, Mualana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhanvi. They are let loose even Lakhavi was let off on IHC verdict, the terrorism would not be controlled unless & until, when flushing out all extremist group and religious seminaries (Madaras) funded by foreign based Gulf countries are not carried out. Intelligent agencies are not working according to their standard of jobs, in the agencies, element sympathetic, to this ideology of extremism are not checked. This menace of destruction to humanity and Pakistan would continue.

no_hanky_panky Mar 15, 2015 01:57pm

I express my heartfelt gratitude and tremendous respect to the Security Guard who gave away his life to save that of many others inside the Church. If there is any value left in the award named "Shaheed" after many misplaced conferrations, that is Him. Whole humanity will forever be indebted for his selfless sacrifice. May he find peace in his soul hereafter.

Mpuri Mar 15, 2015 02:01pm

@Duggu think of present and future rather than quoting of past all the time..this seems to be the real problem in in past.

Mrs. Khan Mar 15, 2015 02:02pm

oh my God.... this is so so sad :( - they need to get these terrorists asap.

Rafiq Mar 15, 2015 02:05pm

@Kohli I have to agree with you.

Sayan Dasgupta Mar 15, 2015 02:09pm

Poor souls. RIP. Moderate Pakistanis who cares will have to do more other than just sitting on a computer in their cozy room and typing "condolences". Time is still there otherwise nobody will be there to help you when you will face this situation.

Amir Bangash Mar 15, 2015 02:13pm

A very sad incident and my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who suffered deaths due to terrorists attack on the Church.

L.Ahmad Mar 15, 2015 02:15pm

After every attack, there is talk of increased security but reality is exactly different. Attacks on innocent people regardless of their faith are the result of religious bigotry and work of mullahs who incite violence. Our security agencies have abysmally failed to protect ordinary citizens but they beef up to protect ministers, PM and others who think their lives are precious than the life of an ordinary person. Shameful and despicable behaviour. We are a nation of gutless and morally bankrupt leaders.

Moiz Nadeem Mar 15, 2015 02:27pm

@Syed: Its not Christians alone that have been targeted. Shias, Ahmedis and all the factions of Sunnis as well !!! what are you talking about ?

Duggu Mar 15, 2015 02:27pm

@Mpuri you don't understand the mindset we are dealing with, so leave us to deal with them in the way they understand. If you have a problem with religion, that's your problem, don't interfere in ours.

a common person Mar 15, 2015 02:30pm

Where is now the HRCP, AI, HRW and so called other champions of human rights who always stress to abolish the death panelty for these terrorists. Perhaps they are more worried of human rights of these terrorists rather than the innocent citizens who are being killed everyday in front of them.

Farrukh Munir Mar 15, 2015 02:38pm

Stop these butchers, please.

omar Mar 15, 2015 02:42pm

R.I.P my Pakistani Brethren. Today and always we Muslims will stand with our Christian Brethren in Unity and share in your moment of grief. This Sham Democracy is destroying Pakistan!!! We need strict Martial Law!!! Pak Fauj Zindabad!!! COAS General Raheel Sharif, please take over the country!!!

safeer Mar 15, 2015 02:50pm

We Christians were target and some of us had to leave today but I am sorry for Muslims who lost their life. My condolences to families of these PAKISTANIS.

Imran Mar 15, 2015 02:50pm

I don't think Taliban make any distinction between religions at all. How many Friday prayers have been targeted over the last 10 years. Cant even count. The vast majority of people killed in Pakistan have been Sunni Muslims. So this is not a war on any religious group, it is a war on Pakistan. We must stand united.

Ali Vazir Mar 15, 2015 02:51pm

Though all the innocent civilians are direct victims of these terrorists, but an attack against minorities brings shame to the whole of the nation. The real culprits are none but those involved in hate speeches. This anger, this lack of tolerance, this disrespect has been instilled in the hearts of common men by these mullahs who promote hate from the pulpit. We should all be united to demand action against all of them including AA of Lal Masjid and the land grabbers mafia of madressahs, as indicated in last week's Dawn Magazine.

Abdul Basit Mar 15, 2015 02:58pm

Shame on The Government of Punjab. The first duty of a Government is to provide protection. The whole government of Punjab should resign.

Pashtunyar Mar 15, 2015 03:00pm

The violence against the christian community perpetrated by mindless zealouts should be condemned but the reaction of some of the christians i.e, holding the injured policemen hostages is deplorable! Whither humanity...

Mrs. Khan Mar 15, 2015 03:01pm

@L.Ahmad Actually there was security and that's the reason the terrorist could not cross the gate. If they had crossed the gate, the causalities would be too many.

Mrs. Khan Mar 15, 2015 03:02pm

@Sayan Dasgupta I am sure it is not work of hardcore even. This is plain terrorism, causing disturbance in country.

Kamran Mar 15, 2015 03:10pm

God bless the deceased souls :( InshaAllah Pakistan will win this war against these enemies of Pakistan..

adnan Mar 15, 2015 03:19pm

@Duggu this has nothing to do with religion. snap out of the mental block please.

Kalandar Mar 15, 2015 03:27pm

Now it is time to ask help from other nations to adopt out minorities and take them in your shelters. Pakistan has failed completely to protect minorities!

Moona Mar 15, 2015 03:51pm

Very, very sad. My heart goes out to all those who have been killed and injured as well as their families. But I am horrified to know that the crowd kept the injured policemen hostage for allegedly neglecting their duties. One of the policemen died later. Didn't the policemen deserve common human decency? They were injured too.

Siraj Ahmed Mar 15, 2015 03:52pm

So sad. Hey Allah, give the establishment sense of truth to capture the culprits and stop these attacks instead of shifting the blame to external forces.

khanm Mar 15, 2015 03:57pm

@aziz ....The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.

imran Mar 15, 2015 04:03pm

This way Islam cannot be spread in the world

Imran Mar 15, 2015 04:08pm

May God rest the departed souls in peace and tranquility. A terrible and sorrowful act of terrorism right at the same time when Pakistani team is winning the important match of worldcup. These people are not only anti-state but anti-Pakistanis too. To contain them is a big task.

Ahmed Jaipur Mar 15, 2015 04:09pm

Whenever I visit, everytime it blasts in Pakistan, somewhere or the other. I feel ashamed even to recognize that these demons blow everyone up in the name of religion that is meant to spread only peace.. I'm an Indian Muslim and many times I feel my ancestors made a right decision not to move to Pakistan at the time of partition.

ajay Mar 15, 2015 04:09pm

just watch the news and they are celebration a cricket win it should not be the case feel the pain of your brothers who lost there life today in terror attack.

Anon Mar 15, 2015 04:09pm

Keep spending money on roads and underpasses instead of fixing law enforcement and legal system and see these inevitable results!

Imran Mar 15, 2015 04:17pm

@Ramesh Krishnan "This is not a random act of violence...It is a systematic campaign to wipe out the minorities from the country". Easy tiger, easy.......Sunni Muslims have been butchered in their thousands over the last 5 years in similar random acts of violence. They constitute the highest casualties incurred. This is a campaign to wipe out Pakistanis, regardless of religion. The more our army squeezes the Taliban, the more desperate they get. Inshallah we will prevail. We stand united with ALL Pakistanis.

Imran Mar 15, 2015 04:18pm

@Majid Khan "Shows the failure of the govt in protecting minorities". Sir jee, who has the government successfully protected? Even army is not safe as we saw in Peshawer.

lafanga Mar 15, 2015 04:21pm

Whenever Pakistan army goes after the terrorists, this kind of thing happens. Terrorists can only hit soft targets and it's impossible to defend every soft target. I am curious why this comes just after Rangers publish a damning report of their Karachi operations.

May the victims soul rest in peace.

Arif Mar 15, 2015 04:22pm

Gosh!!!, when will this get over? when will we get rid off these criminals? You know what, this is nothing against christianity….. these killers are killing everyone! Why can't the govt hunt these men down once and for all!

Sunny Max Mar 15, 2015 04:31pm

God Forgive them because they don't know what they do.

Abdul Mar 15, 2015 04:36pm

Shameful act by shameful people. The army needs to go after the radical organisation reponsible. It is a cancer which is hard to eradicate.

N C Mishra Mar 15, 2015 04:36pm

Unfortunate incident at a place of worship. Shows that administration is collapsing. The security apparatus appears to be working only for the VVVVVIP's in the sub-continent !

pakip Mar 15, 2015 04:38pm

I as a Christian condemn these attacks but we should not forget that these terrorists don't differentiate between religion. They attack muslims the same as they have attacked our churches. They think we're all the same and they couldn't be more accurate. We ARE the same. We are PAKISTAN.

bystander Mar 15, 2015 04:40pm

a very sad incident...may the dead rest in peace

Haider Rehman Mar 15, 2015 04:41pm

May there be PEACE for all humans, of any religion, cast or creed.

Syed Mar 15, 2015 04:42pm

Declare Pakistan a secular state. Make religion a personal matter or continue seeing unending push back from religious moderates and extremists. Their political agenda is an intolerant theocratic state with no end. Repeal all Zia era laws, disband sharia court, Idealogical Council and other similar institutions while saving money, Pakistan's reputation, and setting progressive, sustainable direction for the future.

sanjeev yadav Mar 15, 2015 04:43pm

@kausar brother this is atleast not religion of peace, you got enough proofs

bitter truth Mar 15, 2015 04:43pm

@Kohli : Now it the duty of the world to make it worse for this beggar nation.

Arshad Mar 15, 2015 04:43pm

All blasts are same pattern , even the finger prints of suicide bomber are identified.what a shame,

Tranquil Mar 15, 2015 04:44pm

Stay strong nation. Stay Strong. We cant celebrate right now as we have to mourn our people too. :(

sanjeev yadav Mar 15, 2015 04:45pm

@Ahmed Shaikh why not only minorities

sunil Mar 15, 2015 04:47pm

Pak land of terrorism

Saleem Aziz Mar 15, 2015 04:48pm

another proof of incompetence of pakistans intellegence services, and law enforement agencies

Quaghan Mar 15, 2015 04:48pm

@kausar Its the opposite . Read the book.

Nasir Mar 15, 2015 04:49pm

@Ahmed USA - yeah blame everyone else except Pakistan - you are living in self denial and a fools paradise

Nasir Mar 15, 2015 04:51pm

@Roussou - No it shows that lack of belief that people have in the judiciary and govt to take action

Santram Mar 15, 2015 04:51pm

Wake up minorities.move out of Pakistan before it's too late.

Usman Mar 15, 2015 04:51pm

@Najam How they will justify their actions in front of God. Simple question I couldn't find the answer each time incident like this occurs.

Pakistan Mar 15, 2015 04:52pm

These terrorist groups have nothing to do with religion. They are blood hounds, no matter what the religious book they hold to prove their identity and belief. No religion tolerates killing of innocent people, and that too indiscriminatly. However, extremism facilitates terrorism and facilitators should be deprived of their lives alongside terrorists.

khanm Mar 15, 2015 04:53pm

@Majid Khan.... Does our Government really care.... It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.

Parvez Mar 15, 2015 04:54pm

The politicians WILL DO NOTHING......General Raheel, its time you DID something.

Parvez Mar 15, 2015 04:54pm

This is confirmation that the National Action Plan is.....dead.

Merchant Mar 15, 2015 04:56pm

@Majid Khan true, government is more interested in horse trading in senate elections to protect their political careers but has never been interested in protecting the ordinary people whether majority or minority.

khanm Mar 15, 2015 04:56pm

@kausar Wonder why every thing is associated with is a crime against humanity and should be treated as such...Barbarism does not care about religion for they are barbaric... nothing less than animals probably even worst....worst...

AA Mar 15, 2015 04:57pm

Religion of peace

Sam Mar 15, 2015 04:58pm

I feel sorry for the victims, but not for your country.... As long as you are breeding snakes in the backyard, they will come to bite you more often than not.....

aam aadmiA Mar 15, 2015 04:59pm

non muslim have no future in pakistan,

Merchant Mar 15, 2015 04:59pm

@Desi Dimag like yourself, the whole Pakistani nation believes more in prayers than in the powers God has bestowed upon them. This is not the time to pray alone, it is time to take a decisive action too.

Nand Mar 15, 2015 04:59pm

Pakistan has long passed the line of no return. This will continue for a very long time.

Javeed Mar 15, 2015 05:00pm

One day they kill Muslims, the other day they kill Christians, Hindus etc. These terrorists have no religion. Strongly condemnable, may the departed souls rest in peace. May Harmony prevail.

Merchant Mar 15, 2015 05:00pm

@Proust it should be a good by for ever call for Shahbaz Sharif.

khanm Mar 15, 2015 05:02pm

@Najam what makes them do that, if you find out you will get a noble prize. There are so many variables and so many computation and permutation..the follies of the past have now multiplied so may time over, to rearrange it will take half of the century...

V K Das Mar 15, 2015 05:02pm

As you sow so you reap- is a famous saying. It is the cobra that Pakistan nurtured to attack India but has turned inwards.Pakistan is losing respect in the world with these kind of happenings inside the country on a regular basis.What is required is to give up India phobia and concentrate on putting things right at home, economically, politically and socially.

rohit950723 Mar 15, 2015 05:03pm

Sad part is that justice will be never done... RIP.... Shameful day for humanity..

Rishi Rai Mar 15, 2015 05:04pm

This is only show off of new organisation by founder person . and collection of aid form Arab Counties becuse pak person is not able to give him to and money show , How to run new organisation , that way they have to sing of attendant in terror society

Asad Mar 15, 2015 05:04pm

Lets raid 90 again May be you find the perpetrators hiding there?

Desi Dimag Mar 15, 2015 05:05pm

What a deadly snakes Pakistan has created.

Merchant Mar 15, 2015 05:08pm

@Syed I am 100% sure that all sensible Pakistanis including sensible religious leaders will agree with everything you have written. Human life is above any religion.

Ammar Gill Bwp Mar 15, 2015 05:09pm

Why all people are using word minority? Are they not human beings? For god sake give up this relegious divisions and please considar humanity above all not relegion.

Manjeet kocchar Mar 15, 2015 05:09pm

Starting with lakhvi release all the terrorists from the jails to control the terrorism

Ammar Gill Bwp Mar 15, 2015 05:10pm

Religion is for humanity! Humanity is not for relegion.

khanm Mar 15, 2015 05:10pm

@Najam get rid of them.... HOW?????? The only true wisdom is in knowing we know nothing.... The government has failed, every single institution in Pakistan has failed, time to introspect... where we went wrong... shake up your morals, shake up your senses and feelings,and bring a moral re armament...

rohit950723 Mar 15, 2015 05:10pm

@Syed ... You are the only person talking of solution.... Alas... nobody is listening you in Pakistan...

khanm Mar 15, 2015 05:12pm

@indian for every poison there is an antidote.who to blame if we sincerely don't search

Genesis Mar 15, 2015 05:13pm

@Rahman And Kashmiris want to join this bunch....they should think twice

Rizwan Mar 15, 2015 05:18pm

This incident deserve a protest organized by all sects of Muslims in Pakistan against Taliban. I wish we can openly come out and call thrm terrorist and stand by our minorities.

Rashid Sultan Mar 15, 2015 05:28pm

@Duggu Doesn't really matter who did what to someone in the past. What matters is what we do today & why? We are a bunch of religious zealots - we don't like anyone who disagrees with us, period.

ZAK Mar 15, 2015 05:30pm

that is how we take care of minorities here, but are quick to criticize others, aren't we great.

ZAK Mar 15, 2015 05:31pm

@Ahmed USA OMG non state actors are taking over every time something like this happens.

muhammad asim Mar 15, 2015 05:32pm

This is not Islam at all!

mitul Mar 15, 2015 05:35pm

pakistan is no better than an african nation on the verge of civil war. it makes me wonder if instability and violence is imbibed in pak dna.

kulwant singh Mar 15, 2015 05:38pm

@Duggu I think they have never studied the Holy Quran they only listen to their masters and believe what they say.

Sandeep Singh Mar 15, 2015 05:47pm

@kausar Rights of minorities are protected in islam....but in which Islamic country. Let me know.

Sandeep Singh Mar 15, 2015 05:48pm

@Fi Are you living 1400 years ago or NOW?

Nand Mar 15, 2015 05:48pm

Pakistan has long passed the line of no return. This will continue for a very long time.

Sandeep Singh Mar 15, 2015 05:49pm

@Moiz Nadeem When Sunnis were targeted...Show me a single stance of this.

Sandeep Singh Mar 15, 2015 05:50pm

@Duggu Do you have any other examples of 21st century besides going back to 1400 years ago again n again...!

Sandeep Singh Mar 15, 2015 05:51pm

@Duggu What mindset...This mindset you think set in 21st century

kulwant singh Mar 15, 2015 05:54pm

@Fi You are right the two brave guards who sacrificed their lives were also Muslims they saved the lives of many they grappled with the attackers knowing that they will be killed by the attackers, I salute the bravery of these guards and pray for them and all others who lost their lives may their souls rest in peace.

PakCanuck Mar 15, 2015 05:55pm

Yet again, the barbaric Talibans arekilling defenseless civilians.

Karachiite. Mar 15, 2015 05:56pm

What we proved today were 2 things: 1. We still have terrorism as a very big problem. 2. We are an illiterate nation who can prove to be more inhumane than those terrorists we are fighting. Illiteracy is what we need to fight against.

ROHIT PANDEY Mar 15, 2015 05:58pm

Sad.Very,very sad!:(:(

waqas Mar 15, 2015 06:00pm

very sad

Peace Mar 15, 2015 06:02pm

the world suffers a lot not because of the violence of bad people but because of the silence of good people

Riz Mar 15, 2015 06:02pm

Sad. Very Sad. No action, only words again. The brave soul who martyr himself while stopping 2nd terrorist on gate has save many lives.

Our Politicians will again be shinning their boots with words and compensation. We are becoming like shameful nation where anyone can challenge and we can't do anything. And moreover announce the worth of the lost live of the citizen with Rs 500,000. How can we protect our country from neighbours if internally we can’t protect citizens? We are frustrated, sad, intolerant and loss our hopes in so call democratic politician who themselves plays politics over deaths of Pakistani.

MHamza Mar 15, 2015 06:05pm

I hav no words seriously... I'm fully burst in tears :(

Ostrich Mar 15, 2015 06:05pm

@ZAK Yes,especially you talk more about minority's status in India.Look at your own house first.

rolland Mar 15, 2015 06:05pm

Sir: Terrible, inhuman, uncivilized and inexcusable. Hurriyat of Kashmir: Welcome to Pakistan!

devil Mar 15, 2015 06:06pm

Is zimbabwe coming to play cricket?...i feel really sorry for the people of pakistan. This all is the result of governwment policies towards good and bad terror.

KHALID SOHAIL SHAIKH Mar 15, 2015 06:08pm

This is the time to prevent this kind of things in future. This is amazing that millions of people have ammunition in all parts of Pakistan. Who is responsible to prevent and catch black sheep corrupt traitors. news conference or tv interview is no more solution. Learn to catch black sheep or stop rubber stamp type-----.

Ikram Mar 15, 2015 06:08pm

Christians or Muslims they were Pakistanis. These terrorists deserve no mercy. May the deceased rest in peace

A Khan Mar 15, 2015 06:10pm

Sadly this is all because of the ill defined Ideology of Pakistan and the inability of the government to protect the minorities

KHALID SOHAIL SHAIKH Mar 15, 2015 06:10pm

Make one nationality, one nation, one country but enemy of Pakistan will prevent you with the help of corrupt traitors. How to offset this problem. Please ask kids they may know the tricks.

Human Mar 15, 2015 06:11pm

and they want kashmir..BTW above pic was very disturbing.

Sandeep Singh Mar 15, 2015 06:18pm

Christians, Hindus, Shias, Balochis should demand a new separate nation out of Pakistan to continue the belief in Jinnah's two nation theory.

Kalim Mar 15, 2015 06:19pm

@kausar Those Taliban didn't spare small kids in military school why would they spare any one else ? These barbarians are continuously killing thousands of people and Pakistan government is doing nothing. They only have problem with MQM.

dolphin Mar 15, 2015 06:21pm

This is d test for d Rangers and all law enforcing agencies to go after all d culprits without looking their names and party affiliation in d punjab province

Kalim Mar 15, 2015 06:21pm

These TTP savages have been killing thousands of innocent people, Pakistan government is doing nothing, They only have problem with MQM.

Rehan Mar 15, 2015 06:22pm

While law enforcement agencies busy in arresting MQM terrorists in Karachi.

SMJ Mar 15, 2015 06:22pm

What a shameful and tragic incident! The animals Taliban, the most barbaric and most ferocious. God will annihilate them.

in your face Mar 15, 2015 06:27pm

Believing without really knowing is the real problem. Secular education is thessolution. How many people have to die before Pakistan would learn that?

Indian Mar 15, 2015 06:28pm

Minorities plz leave thiscountry .

Sridhar Mar 15, 2015 06:29pm

When you play with fire, that fire will consume you. That is what is happening to Pakistan.

Owais Mangal Mar 15, 2015 06:35pm

heaven for neighbor commentators

KeyPoints Mar 15, 2015 06:35pm

Its a shame when government cannot protect its citizens. Many corrupt politicians busy counting their money and heavily involved in their private business, no time to do the job they were elected for. Similarly, most of the corrupt policemen finding ways to make money any which way they can, no time for fullfilling their police responsibilities. Need a big broom to clean up all the incompatency from diferrent departments in Pakistan. May be a strong man to put all greedy, corrupt politicians in the jail for ten years?

BlueEarth Mar 15, 2015 06:41pm

@Pakistan :Disagree with you.They have everything to do with religion.Till the time u do not acknowledge the fact people in Pakistan will continue to suffer and people like you will continue to spout inane words like "These people are not Muslims"

Syed Mar 15, 2015 06:44pm

Protesting and damaging property is playing in the hands of the terrorists. Communities across Pakistan shall remained united in their resolve to wipe out the fundamentalists and come forward to provide relief to all affected citizens of Pakistan.

Imran Mar 15, 2015 06:45pm

To all Indian friends who are so fearful about the fate of minorities in Pakistan, let me remind you that we are in a state of war with terrorists who recognize no religion. They are only after Pakistani blood. 3 months ago they butchered 140 of our innocent school children. Incidentally, none of those kids were of Christian faith.

dr vimal Mar 15, 2015 06:45pm

Disgusting. Tragic....Dawn can you please keep my comment and paste it when the next blast happens. I might be watching cricket.

sanevoice Mar 15, 2015 06:48pm

Pakistan should transfer about 10% geographical territories and resources to UN governed administration allow emigration of all minorities and sensible Muslims to this land.

devraj Mar 15, 2015 06:48pm

Public lost their trust in the administration, whether it is India, Pakistan or USA. The governments will have to wake up and stop serving pizza and biryani to the criminals. Quick judgement or street judgement - It's their choice.

sak Mar 15, 2015 06:53pm

Where are Rangers?

Navin Mar 15, 2015 06:57pm

Such attacks will create a bad image and brand name for Pakistan world over. All the countries and people across the world will think negatively about Pakistan. Pakistani passport will be seen with suspicion. No new investments will come to Pakistan. Only Chinese investments may come, but since there is not bidding or competition it will be very high cost operation.

Muhammad Mar 15, 2015 06:58pm

May they rest in peace. Barbarians. If only our government could ensure more security for people of other faiths. @Up Wala apparently you want more hate; that isn't going to help brother. Why don't you condemn this act?

surendra sukhtankar Mar 15, 2015 07:05pm

Shame of Pakistan.

shami Mar 15, 2015 07:06pm

Very sad.

suman Mar 15, 2015 07:15pm

Very sad incident. Now Pakistani politicians and many people like ziad hamid will start blaming India for this in spite of talibani group claimed this activity rather then fixing

An Indian Mar 15, 2015 07:16pm

Good or bad ,all terrorists have to be eliminated. Or else, these kind of tragic incidences will surface after periodic intervals.

mitul Mar 15, 2015 07:21pm

india has the most complex religious, social and belief structure and yet indians have a much much better living environment. muslims are in all the 3 countries india pak and bgldsh. what went wrong with pak?

Lyra Mar 15, 2015 07:25pm

@Ahmed Shaikh : Use common sense and Protect Yourself!!!

Lyra Mar 15, 2015 07:26pm

@Kamran : When? After Pakistan is destroyed completely?

joe Mar 15, 2015 07:27pm

I do NOT read in comments "Religion of peace, ensure protection minorities."

Jim walker Mar 15, 2015 07:30pm

Pathetic country this land of the pure..

You guys always point to India And riots in which Muslims were killed in Gujarat 10 years ago.

But every week hundreds of Pakistanis are killed by your own.

In most cases, it is Muslims killing Muslims (like everywhere in the world). Then the Muslims turn on minorities.

Sad country. Sorry for the latest atrocity but you know in your intolerant nation there will be many more every week.

Was this done by good or bad Taliban?

fix your own house before you give India the "we are better than you at treating minorities" attitude.

Sorry for the latest wave of victims. My condolences.

joe Mar 15, 2015 07:31pm

@Imran "I don't think Taliban make any distinction between religions at all. How many Friday prayers have been targeted over the last 10 years." buddy have guts to say they are Muslims following 5 times prayers rest I agree..

joe Mar 15, 2015 07:33pm

@Fi what a joke.. just check you have maximum religious freedom wherever you are in majority... But see what you do to minority where you are in minority.

Muhammad Hussain Mar 15, 2015 07:34pm

Another tragic incident has struck Pakistan and this is the most gruesome face of intolerance posed by some fanatic groups which must be curbed with iron hand i

Manjeet kocchar Mar 15, 2015 07:37pm

PAKISTAN is riding on a tiger and doesnt know how to get down

Naveed Lotia Mar 15, 2015 07:37pm

Another heartless, cruel attack on innocent people by Taliban Barbarians. I hope Pakistanis continue to open their eyes to the enemy within and show zero tolerance for the actions of these barbarians.

Time to stand together with our fellow Christian citizens, our brothers and sisters in citizenship and in humanity, in support and solidarity and show the fanatic barbarians that we unconditionally oppose not just their murderous tactics but also their murderous ideology.

B R chawla Mar 15, 2015 07:38pm

If you wish to avert the repeat of such dastardly acts of bloodsheds please first of all teach your population the literal meaning of 'salam' and 'islam' that means peace and surrender. Even after 66 years of independence the country of the pure does not know the meaning of their religion. Why are pakistanis concerned about happenings elsewhere when they cannot stop massacres at home.

Manjeet kocchar Mar 15, 2015 07:38pm

Show us first that you can manage your country well before talking about Kashmir

u Mar 15, 2015 07:39pm

innocent civilian cannot afford to pay a huge price for the other sins

Manjeet kocchar Mar 15, 2015 07:41pm

If you start the process of reversing the extremist ideology now the result will be visible after atleast five yrs from now begin as early as possible

Harris M Mar 15, 2015 07:42pm

@Ahmed Shaikh yes Allah will protect us, but what action are you going to take? This laissez faire attitude is one reason things are going from bad to worse

Atif Khan Mar 15, 2015 07:44pm

A sad day for Pakistan. As Hassan Nisar put it, the militants are like the "last flickering moments of a dying flame". The militants have no quarter left and been shunned by Pakistani society.

The families of the Policeman who confronted the sucide-bomber and lost his life should be very generioisly compensated. If the sucide-bomber had made it onto the Church, the death toll would have been far higher...

zak Mar 15, 2015 07:45pm

@Ahmed Shaikh And definitely he will , those who believe in him will be protected.

Manjeet kocchar Mar 15, 2015 07:47pm

For all bros who were questioning the refusal of Chinese premiere to attend parade this is the answer

IntellectualProcrastinator Mar 15, 2015 07:50pm

@Up wala Who are you addressing when you say YOU and YOUR. Are you addressing to talibans or general Pakistani public?

IntellectualProcrastinator Mar 15, 2015 07:51pm

@Kohli Certainly not worst than Iraq or Syria

Manjeet kocchar Mar 15, 2015 07:56pm

One salient feature this time is peoples anger and their attempt to take on police force signs of civil war if terrorism is not controlled

seshagiri Mar 15, 2015 07:59pm

My dear misguided pakistanis. always remember human first. Religion next.

in your face Mar 15, 2015 08:04pm

@Kalim government only wants to disarm civilized citizens of karachi and cannot deal with the thugs of Taliban who live in the shadows or right under their nose.

Ahmed Mar 15, 2015 08:07pm

@ indian..only Pakistan or endia as well???

alien Mar 15, 2015 08:07pm

So what if whole world was Muslim. What's got doing except making false promises. These terrorists are mad dogs. Minorities should leave country if they could. Minorities are like cannon fodder today or tomorrow they will kill their bodies too. Love you my poor brothers and sisters

dawood Mar 15, 2015 08:08pm

@Ahmed Shaikh i also pray for this thing

Gilzai Mar 15, 2015 08:10pm

The best solution to protect minorities in Pakistan, they should all get together, Shias, Ahmedies, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ismalies, Boharies and others and form the government, since main stream Muslims have miserably failed to maintain law and order in the last 30 years. Its time for all the minorities to join together to fight the menace.

ganesh Mar 15, 2015 08:13pm

@Santram where should they go to?? They should fight for their rights peacefully..... Else they will be nowhere people...

Ahmed Mar 15, 2015 08:14pm

@Kohli In Pakistan minorities and majorities are equally effected by the terrorist..but what about indian muslims? why always muslims suffer in your country? could you tell me how many temples have been destroyed in previous 100 years? endian are just narrow minded people, no one can change them...

Anil Mar 15, 2015 08:24pm

@Imran When you try exporting terrorism, you will face the same eventually. Because you are teaching them not to respect society, culture and government.

woody Mar 15, 2015 08:28pm

The World grows weary of your xenoph0bia - makes South Africa apartheid look pretty tame. Perhaps it's time for the World to sanction Pakistan just like they sanctioned South Africa - send a message that your xenophobic slaughter will no longer be tolerated.

Wandering Around Mar 15, 2015 08:29pm

The army general made a statement today that "Taliban will not be allowed to re-emerge. Their hide outs have been destroyed" and he goes on with his claim. Dis any one question his ability to make a statement like that?

Man From Uncle Mar 15, 2015 08:29pm

@Malik sb "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."

Freeman Mar 15, 2015 08:29pm

"We are not separated by religion, this is an attack on Pakistan, and we feel their pain". We not only need to say it but believe in it whole heartedly

Man From Uncle Mar 15, 2015 08:30pm

@BigBadWolf "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."

ghanshyam Mar 15, 2015 08:30pm

The average muslim is more busy celebrating victory in cricket match. In fact he don't care for these attacks.

cornered tigers Mar 15, 2015 08:31pm

Political victimization is happening in Karachi at hands of LEA. But these LEAs are nowhere to be found to counter real terrorists !!

Yankee Cricket Fan Mar 15, 2015 08:31pm

I just hope that the two that were killed by the mob were indeed terrorists or associated with them. It would be just as big a tragedy as the bombing itself if they were not.

Baloch Mar 15, 2015 08:34pm

A moment of grief for Pakistan. Indian neighbours have found a spot for sarcasm. Avoid politics on coffins of innocents. Death in a bomb attack or a gang rape is similarly painful which is being experienced in abundance by the people of both countries ( though nothing peculiar to the either).

Ahmed Mar 15, 2015 08:34pm

@Kohli In Pakistan minorities and majorities are equally effected by the terrorist..but what about indian muslims? why always muslims suffer in your country? could you tell me how many temples have been destroyed in previous 100 years? and most important thing your RAW is giving support to these terrorists...obsessed people!!!!!!

Javed USA Mar 15, 2015 08:37pm

The "good assets" have reached Lahore. Let the Army maintain faith in them.

abhilash yadav Mar 15, 2015 08:38pm

Pain.....deep and endless....

Raja Mar 15, 2015 08:40pm

Find those coward killers and execute them immediately.

Altruist Mar 15, 2015 08:40pm

@Mrs. Khan So when these groups atttack within Pakistan - it's Terrorism, and when they attack other countries and in Kashmir - it's Jihad and struggle of Liberation. This mentality is exactly the reason of the current state of Pakistan. Hillary said rightly, you can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours

Zak Mar 15, 2015 08:42pm

Blame india

Shyam Mar 15, 2015 08:48pm

@Ahmed USA Which community? is their any left

S. A. Hyder, Ph.D. Mar 15, 2015 08:50pm

@wasim You mean Nawaz will do every thing to protect himself and his cronies.

Nadman Texas Mar 15, 2015 08:53pm

@ghanshyam you are wrong my friend. We are dealing with opportunities for chaos created by your Intelligece agencies.

Shyam Mar 15, 2015 08:53pm

@Kalandar Yes please and in exchange take muslims from India. From Kashmir till every part, where muslims are in majority, they create a country of their own. No one can live there. They do community based voting and think only of their community benefits.

Abid Rahman Mar 15, 2015 08:56pm

@TooTrue This is not a christian problem..When these barbarians attack mosques killing hundreds of muslims, then will it be a muslim problem? NO IT IS A PAKISTANI PROBLEM and we have to deal with it

Naeem Sajjad Mar 15, 2015 08:57pm

The assaults occur mostly in churches on sundays.These can be averted by deploying red alert security around the churches.There are not too many big churches in pakistan,so their security can be ensured.

Dr. Sadaf Mar 15, 2015 08:57pm

@wasim . really, it is very hard to believe, he is busy making money, people safety and security is not a priority for them.

matt Mar 15, 2015 08:59pm

Pakistanis are becoming victim of the war on terror.terrorist have been inflicting damages on muslims (shia ,sunni,imambargah , mosques), christians etc.We stand behind our army in eradicating terrorism from this country.

Vandalism should not be done and people should not take law into their on hands as 2 people were burnt alive and public property was damage.People should refrain from giving it a political colour.In other countries states are involve in persecution of minorities but here we are in state of war.So unite to defeat terrorist.May God protect us all.

Bill Mar 15, 2015 09:04pm

These were Pakistani who spilled their blood. Tell me any Pakistani of any religion or belief who is safe from these terrorists? They bomb us in mosques, Imam bargahs and churches. They don't separate us based on what we believe in but who we are, that is Pakistani. So, we need to get together and support the government and the security forces to curb this menace through education, force and re-defining some of our laws.

joe Mar 15, 2015 09:05pm

@Duggu please do NOT tell us what BOOK says . Show us on ground what it preaches.

i2t Mar 15, 2015 09:19pm

Top criminals are not sparing any one either Muslim or Christian. operation should continue with full force. No time to give any break.

zahidali219 Mar 15, 2015 09:21pm

Allah hum sab par reham kare aur hum main bardasht peda kare

Ahsan Ali Syed Mar 15, 2015 09:27pm

A very sad day for all Pakistanis especially for our Christian brothers and sisters. Our heart felt condolences to the bereaved families. Punjab Government should give exemplary punishment to those responsible for this carnage. This is not the Pakistan that the Quaid had promised us.

rkn Mar 15, 2015 09:28pm

Pakistan's enemy is inside, not outside. What's the use is boasting 200 Nukes and missiles when you can't use any of them to safeguard your citizens? India is not the problem #1 , terrorism is, wake-up Pakistan.

Manjeet kocchar Mar 15, 2015 09:30pm

My commiserations for the departed souls sorry bros but your important policy making institutions are responsible for this. Civil society pl stand up and counter the Govt hold dharnas demos to shake the powers that be simple condemnation will not help

shiva Mar 15, 2015 09:36pm

@zak and those who don't? Will they continue to be targeted and used as fodder to terrorize them into submission?

Akash Mar 15, 2015 09:47pm

Congratulations Pakistan for taking very good care of minorities.

John Mar 15, 2015 09:51pm

@Robin- New Delhi thank you very much for your encouraging words in this trouble time. Please continue prayers for us. god bless you.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Mar 15, 2015 09:53pm

I, a Canadian Muslim of Pakistani origin, vehemently condemns, this atrocity against the Christian minority of Lahore.

We all, Pakistanis both inside and overseas, must condemn this act of sheer cruelty and inhumanity.

Qutub Mar 15, 2015 09:57pm

@Imran don't forget, Christian's and other religious minorities make up a tiny fraction of Pakistan's 185 million population. What danger do these defenseless, voiceless citizens pose to our religion or ideology? Simply because they are soft targets?

Faraz Mar 15, 2015 09:58pm

First get your own house in order before starting an operation in karachi

Raju Mar 15, 2015 09:58pm

@Majid Khan .. Right! Always blame the government for people's failures.

PRG Mar 15, 2015 09:58pm

@kausar Tell that to the extremists in your religion of "peace and love" because they clearly haven't found that message in your religious texts anywhere.

imran siddiqi Mar 15, 2015 10:00pm

Lo and behold, soon...... all the attention will be diverted to the greatest pakistani cricket game......hahaha!

Black Sabbath Mar 15, 2015 10:05pm

I would appeal to US, India & other countries to please open their doors for the minorities of Pakistan & grant them immediate amnesty, before they are completely wiped out from Pakistan.

Ajay vikram Singh Mar 15, 2015 10:09pm

I am wondering about that security personnel posted at the Church. He knew that any of them could be a suicide bomber or their could be an attack and he will be the first one to die. Still...doing his duty with dignity, bravery and ..finally saving many lives by not allowing that bomber to enter the church.

Kudos to all security personnel in Pakistan, who risk their own lives to do their duty. that's some good men. Respect!!!

Shafique Mar 15, 2015 10:15pm

Another security failure! when all elite forces are put to protect the VIPs and their families and where PMs/CMs move with a contingent of dozens of security vehicles... public is left at the mercy of couple of poor policemen with no resources. Wake up guys and demand a justice for all. No to VIP culture

kohli Mar 15, 2015 10:18pm

@Ahmed Dont ask me how many temples were demolished in last 100 years in pak. You should actually be answering it instead of Questioning me. Also please answer what happened to the 20% pakistani hindu population of 1947. And plz dont say that those 20% lived in bangladesh. I hope you really spend some time doing research before answering these questions. :)

Vish Mar 15, 2015 10:24pm

Condolences to the bereaved families. The public must be commended for acting on the terrorists. Otherwise some judge would set them free like what happened to Lakhvi.

Vish Mar 15, 2015 10:28pm

@zak 'those who belive in Him will be protected'. For once, you are right. Because clearly the Government cannot protect anyone.

rana1 Mar 15, 2015 10:37pm

We all know that TTP claimed responsibility.The government is doing its best,besides those security personnel who neglect their duties,we cannot blame the ruling party.Lets not forget that children too were not spared in any case of terrorism involved in Pakistan.The christian community has lived along peacefully with muslims and they hopefully must chaff out the good from the evil that belies Pakistan.We must stand together against this enemy under the guise of Islam.

BigBadWolf Mar 15, 2015 10:37pm

@Syed Very well said. Seconded.

a simple citizen Mar 15, 2015 10:38pm

@sanjeev yadav : Before making such an offensive and irresponsible comment, you should look under your nose - what's happening to youg ladies and elderly nuns in India. And, can tell me which religion they follow and how peaceful they are when they committ such a horrible crime against innocent human beings. Shame on you.

mohammadali Mar 15, 2015 10:38pm

The root of all this hatred is directed toward Gen Zia ul Haq who at the behest of Saudi Arabia tried to implement the Sharia law and provided greater empowerment to the extremest.

bkt Mar 15, 2015 10:42pm

A new low for the Punjab government. Besides slogans people need some action except that Shahbaz Sharif is still getting too much beauty sleep. He should either wake up or move out.

Alizeh Mar 15, 2015 10:43pm

I have no words for this. I am embarrassed as a Pakistani over this incident. We can't even protect two percent of Pakistanis that make up the entire Christian community in Pakistan. What's even more shocking is how after every incident of brutality the Taliban have the courage and audacity to bear responsibility for their actions. In hindsight there is no courage to that.If one knows there will be no consequence/ punishment then why not openly claim the attacks?!

ZAK Mar 15, 2015 10:43pm

@Zak blame US Israel, everybody but pak

adam Mar 15, 2015 10:50pm

@Genesis I am from muzzafarabd. I am really beginning to think joining pakistan might not be a good idea. Sad day today.

Babu Mar 15, 2015 10:58pm

NO!!! No, no, no.........

Forgive them lord, they know not what they do.....

denaili Mar 15, 2015 11:03pm

Where are the Rangers now ? Where were there then ? misguided priorities.

yasmin Mar 15, 2015 11:13pm

Words cannot express how strongly I condemn this......truly horrific :-((

Disgruntled Mar 15, 2015 11:14pm

No one is safe from these brainwashed, foreign funded and hating zealots. Today they are targeting the weak minority, tomorrow the it will be everyone else's turn. Sad, sad for humanity.

Waqar Mar 15, 2015 11:19pm

Most of these TTP factions are Bharti funded. Even our PM has a ton of proofs but he is silent, no idea why.

Vasant Mar 15, 2015 11:20pm

@Ahmed Shaikh He will but you guys will make sure His will is not enforced.

truth speaker Mar 15, 2015 11:22pm

good to see lots of Pakistanis express grief

but why these Pakistanis are silent when hindus are attacked in Pakistan or when hindu temples destroyed

Razi Mar 15, 2015 11:22pm

Retaliating by murdering the innocent people proves that the attackers are not humans but mad dogs and must be hunted down and exterminated by all humans irrespective of their caste and creed...

Sunil USA Mar 15, 2015 11:23pm

Internal Human right should investigate this issue Bring Justice to the genocide of Christian and Boluchistan in Pakistan

basva Mar 15, 2015 11:51pm

@Ahmed when partition happened there r only 6 cr Muslims india now 25 cr, is this happened same in pak for minorities?

CYRUS Mar 15, 2015 11:54pm

They can't strike at the West so they strike at the helpless. Disgusting and cowardly. They may have been paid killers.

Rashid Sultan Mar 16, 2015 12:02am

@muhammad asim What do you think it is then?

in your face Mar 16, 2015 12:02am

Reap, what you sow.

lkhan Mar 16, 2015 12:13am

@ghanshyam speak for yourself. I am Pakistani and devastated for each of the lives lost senselessly today in Lahore. Indeed it has spoilt my initial pleasure thanks to the great cricket displayed today. I am sure there are many many like myself. We are not a heartless nation.

Arun Sasi Mar 16, 2015 12:16am

@arun Pakistan doesnt have a heart or soul..they lost one when they partitioned the country on religious grounds

Kautiliya Mar 16, 2015 12:51am

Pakistani Christians,Buddhists,Hindus,Sikhs,the Baloch people and Muslims who are not regarded as Muslims in Pakistan should read works of Gandhi,President Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. for principles laid down by them to deal collectively as people with such injustices. Remember the slogan "People United Will Never Be Defeated"

raj Mar 16, 2015 01:03am

What and who is safe in pakistan???????

chacha Mar 16, 2015 01:27am

why can't we have an operation against these "muulah's"? Everyone stands up when one of these fake muslims are detained or about to be executed. Everyone should stand up against these so called mullahs who use their ILM to mislead and gain power. These people who commit these crimes are not humans, killing innocent people. They done it at the school and they did it again here...

K.Shah Mar 16, 2015 01:35am

@Mrs. Khan Killing of so many innocent people is an irrefutable proof of failed security. What kind of security is this where security personnel and innocent people get killed? It is laughable when security providers can't protect themselves let alone protecting others. L.Ahmad has correctly referred to abysmal security failure.

Sarah Mar 16, 2015 03:18am

@Ahmed When you say RAW is supporting these acts (Taliban) - it automatically becomes a joke!!!

Adeel Mar 16, 2015 03:37am

@Up wala Our religion teaches humanity and preaches the most peaceful way of life. The word 'minorty' has nothing to do with religion, it just means that Christians make up 2% of the pop in Pakistan. Just like how Muslims are a minority in USA.

Prayers and condolences to my Christian brothers n sisters.

sad paki Mar 16, 2015 04:17am

we must get rid of the government who cannot protect us.

Pragmatist Mar 16, 2015 05:16am

Killing of the minorities will not stop until the leaders of Pakistan change their attitudes. The blasphemy and other religious oriented laws have to be removed. The so called sharia courts must go and the Pakistan should stop kissing the ring of the Saudis. Until then the minorities are a fair target and the regular guys will also pay a steep price themselves.

truth Mar 16, 2015 05:18am

It is so shameful. It is the responsibility of the government of Pakistan to protect all. These savages who kill others must be dealt appropriately.

Abdul Malik Mar 16, 2015 06:26am

@a simple citizen Rotherham

MG Mar 16, 2015 06:33am

Proper educated Pakistanis must come and openly support Pakistani Christians,Buddhists,Hindus,Sikhs,the Baloch people and Muslims who are not regarded as Muslims in Pakistan. You may face music from Taliban but its worth.

Aftab Alam Khan Mar 16, 2015 07:39am

Security was inadequate as Church being guarded by only two simple police men.

nazarashmedashrafi Mar 16, 2015 08:12am

i condemned the attack on minority,s prayer place it is failier of the federal and provincial govt. churches should provide more security. govts also should provide all losses of victoms. nazar ashrafi

Datta Mar 16, 2015 09:19am

@lkhan that is obvious from the serious concern shown by every Pakistani contributor here.

Mrs. Khan Mar 16, 2015 09:46am

@Alizeh Do not you read the news when the same attacks happens on Muslims? Is it so hard for you to understand that minorities are not the only targets?

Shankar Mar 16, 2015 10:19am

It is inappropriate to blame the government for such terrorist attacks. It can't keep tabs on every warped person in Pakistan because there are too many of them. And the people of Pakistan do not have the courage to face the root cause of such religious hatred and handle it. Only when the people of Pakistan want to change their society, will it ever have a chance of changing. Unfortunately the hatred that emanates from Pakistan is breeding hatred all over the world! May God save us all!

Nicson Micheal Mar 16, 2015 10:27am

It is very sorrowful incident, which is happened due to the failure of Law & Law enforcement agencies those are unable to prevent such incidents, and provide due security to protect minority settlements. It also depicts weak government in the country.

Azmeen Mar 16, 2015 02:03pm

I am with the affectees in these difficult moments but please don't take law into your own hands as the TTP is doing. Let us fight together to eliminate these terrorists.

HAIDER Mar 17, 2015 06:10am

this is not fair NS and SS have only taken notice of this incident they should have formed a committee

helooooo- where are your priorities?

Ab Mar 17, 2015 02:58pm

What the world has come to? First children, now women and minorities. What religion are these people following? Because no religion and no god would permit this despicable act. Sadly, we are living in such a pathetic society where human life has no value, no respect and no dignity.

Saeed Malik Mar 17, 2015 08:35pm

Sorry.Let us investigate.This is wrong but there lot of groups locally and foreigners who wants to destroy Pakistan. Let us be honest.These are coward people and do any thing to achieve their goals.We must unite together and defeat them.

Fazeela Mar 17, 2015 10:18pm

Why are there no go areas in Lahore (Youhanabad)? We had only thought NINE ZERO in Karachi was a no go area.

Charles Wilson Mar 18, 2015 12:26am

The killing of innocent Christians at a Lahore church is shocking and what is the Government doing to safeguard the lives of minorities in Pakistan. More security should be undertaken at all churches, especially in Karachi, where the majority of the main churches are situated. Extra precaution should be undertaken to ensure that these incidents do not happen again. A Pakistani Canadian.

Charles Wilson Mar 18, 2015 12:51am

@Duggu I disagree with you comments. It's the moral obligation of all peace-loving people of Pakistan to safeguard the lives and properties of their fellow citizens - no matter what religion they are!

Aisha Mar 18, 2015 03:25am

Arrest the perpetrators.

Anjum Mar 18, 2015 05:15am

I strongly condemn this barbaric act on unarmed human and worship places. UK and USA governments the should stop supporting Nawaz Sharif,Zardari and MQM and help to build a strong state of Pakistan that many Pakistani can return to their country and start living peacefully.

Pramod USA Mar 21, 2015 02:41am

@Ahmed USA Communities staying in harmony ?????? when this happened .