People visit a local hospital following an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. — AP
People visit a local hospital following an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. — AP
Ismailis mourn following an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Ismailis outside a hospital in Karachi on May 13, 2015. —AFP
Ismailis mourn following an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Ismailis outside a hospital in Karachi on May 13, 2015. —AFP
Pakistani residents gather at the scene of an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Ismailis in Karachi on May 13, 2015. — AFP
Pakistani residents gather at the scene of an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Ismailis in Karachi on May 13, 2015. — AFP
Police cordon off the site of an attack by gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. — AP
Police cordon off the site of an attack by gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. — AP
Paramilitary troops stand guard outside a local hospital following an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.— AP
Paramilitary troops stand guard outside a local hospital following an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.— AP
A plain-clothes police official collects evidence at the scene of the attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Ismailis in Karachi on May 13, 2015. —AFP
A plain-clothes police official collects evidence at the scene of the attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Ismailis in Karachi on May 13, 2015. —AFP
Ambulances and people gather gather outside a hospital after an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, May 13, 2015. — Reuters
Ambulances and people gather gather outside a hospital after an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, May 13, 2015. — Reuters
A paramilitary solder stands guard on a van outside a hospital after an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, May 13, 2015. — Reuters
A paramilitary solder stands guard on a van outside a hospital after an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, May 13, 2015. — Reuters
Security officials cordon off the area at the scene of an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, May 13, 2015. — Reuters
Security officials cordon off the area at the scene of an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, May 13, 2015. — Reuters

KARACHI: At least 43 people were killed and 13 others wounded on Wednesday when armed men opened fire inside a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community near Safoora Chowk in Karachi.

Sindh Police Inspector General Ghulam Haider Jamali said that 60 people were on board the bus when six gunmen entered and executed 43 passengers.

He added that the armed men used 9mm pistols in the massacre. The attackers managed to flee after the attack.

Hospital sources have so far confirmed that the dead include 25 men and 16 women. Police officials said that there were no children among the casualties.

All victims were shot from a close-range.

Rana M Razzaq, a security coordinator at the Memon Medical Center, told Dawn that, "One young girl hid and survived. Three or four others who were brought to the hospital have survived...the rest are all dead."

Map showing the site of the attack. ─ Dawn GIS
Map showing the site of the attack. ─ Dawn GIS

Jundullah claims attack

Ahmed Marwat, a spokesman for Jundullah which is a splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), talking to Reuters claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Al Qaeda affiliated group that started off from South Waziristan has targetted Shia minorities and foreign tourists in the past as well. In November last year, the group had pledged support to Islamic State (IS).

A view of a pamphlet left by the attackers at the scene of attack.
A view of a pamphlet left by the attackers at the scene of attack.

In the past, the proscribed group has claimed several attacks including a blast near the Wagah border in November 2014 and the July 2013 attack on the compound of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in Sukkur. It has also claimed the several attacks on polio workers across the country.

Attackers entered bus and fired

A survivor of the attack recorded her statement before the police and said that the attackers entered the bus from the rear portion a few minutes after its departure.

She added that the occupants of the bus thought that robbers had embarked on the vehicle.

The assailants subdued the driver and separated (two) children from the others, the victims said and added that, “They told the passengers to keep their head low. One of the attackers situated in the rear side of the bus then ordered his associates to ‘shoot every one’ after which they indiscriminately targeted all passengers of the bus.”

All attackers were speaking fluent Urdu according to the survivor.

Secretary Al Azhar Garden said that the bus leaves daily at 9am and has been operating for the past 10 years. Today it was attacked around 9:30 am, he said.

A rescue official quoted a victim as saying that the attackers were dressed in police uniforms.

A rescue official displays casings collected from the scene of an attack on a bus, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. — AP
A rescue official displays casings collected from the scene of an attack on a bus, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. — AP

Investigation Officer Tariq Jadoon told Dawn that some blue caps, which are used by security guards, have also been recovered from the crime scene along with 9mm casings.

A plain-clothes police official holds up evidence collected from the scene of an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Ismailis in Karachi on May 13, 2015.— AFP
A plain-clothes police official holds up evidence collected from the scene of an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Ismailis in Karachi on May 13, 2015.— AFP

A senior police official, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media, told Dawn that the attackers entered the bus and shot the passengers in the head.

“The gunmen stopped the bus and first fired at it from outside,” a policeman told AFP. “Then they entered inside the bus and open fire indiscriminately. After that they checked to see if anyone was left uninjured."

“The bus had a capacity of 52 passengers but it was overloaded and dozens of people were boarding it. Most of them were from (the) Ismaili community,” he added.

Names of Safoora massacre victims

The Sindh government has released the list comprising names of those killed in the bus firing incident, within the jurisdiction of Sachal Police Station.

The unfortunate victims included Shireen, wife of Faqdar; Zahida, wife Syed; Arifa, daughter of Ameer Ali; Aneela, wife of Zulfiqar; Yasmim, wife of Nazar Ali; Shamim, wife of Shaukat; Saiedh, daughter of Peer Mohammad; Wali, wife of Qasim; Zubaida, wife of Akbar; Shamim, wife of Ameer Ali; Zubaida, wife of Nazar Ali; Ameena, wife of Nazar; Neelam, wife of Rizwan; Asmeera, wife of Saleem; Sonia, wife of Ranish; Areesha, wife of Zulfiqar and Laila, wife of Sultan.

All these ladies were stated to be aged between 20 to 50 years.

While the men who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident included Nazar Ali: Noor Mohammad Kadiwal; Sayed Nazar Manpura; Jawaid Dilawa Manpura; Liaquat Noorji Ladjipura; Nazar Miyaji Sunesra; Rajab Ali Kuwara; Rizwan Raheem Badarpura; Raheem Mianji Sherwa; NoorAli Bhai; Abdul Wale; Ramzan Wali; Sultan Qasim Varsilla and others.

Ismaili community attacked: police

Pakistan has seen a rising tide of sectarian violence in recent years, particularly against Shias — of which the Ismaili community is a sub-sect — who make up around 20 per cent of the country's predominantly Muslim population.

“The dead and injured have been shifted to the private Memon Medical Center nearby,” an official of the Ismaili National Council, a group which represents the community said.

The bus belongs to the Al-Azhar Garden Colony, which is an Ismaili community housing project in Karachi. It was on its regular route headed towards Federal B Area of Karachi.

CM Sindh, CCPO take notice

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah strongly condemned the firing incident and condoled with the victims.

He ordered immediate suspension of the area’s Station House Officer (SHO) and District Superintendent of Police (DSP).

“The SHO, DSP have been suspended, we will find out whether the bus had security, whether they had asked for it or not,” the provincial chief minister said. “If there is a security lapse, it will be investigated.”

He announced a compensation of Rs500,000 for the heirs of those killed in the massacre and a Rs200,000 compensation for those wounded in the attack.

Shah also announced that the government will bear all expenses incurred for the treatment of the victims.

Taking notice of the firing incident, Sindh IG Ghulam Haider Jamali directed Additional IG Ghulam Qadir Thebo to immediately submit a preliminary report in this regard, according to a press release.

He also directed security forces to facilitate emergency rescue services in shifting of injured to hospitals for treatment. He ordered the early arrest of criminals involved.

Sindh Inspector General Ghulam Haider Jamali speaking to media representatives after the deadly attack on a bus carrying Ismaili passengers. — DawnNews screengrab
Sindh Inspector General Ghulam Haider Jamali speaking to media representatives after the deadly attack on a bus carrying Ismaili passengers. — DawnNews screengrab

COAS cancels Sri Lanka visit

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka and departed for Karachi following the attack on Ismaili community members in the city.

In a tweet posted on Twitter, Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa said that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday cancelled his pre-scheduled three-day visit to Sri Lanka in light of the attack in Karachi.

Condemnations pour in

Condemnations poured in soon after today's deadly attack on the bus. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the incident. He sought a report into the incident and extended condolences over the loss of lives.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also strongly condemned the attack, according to a statement. Bilawal sympathised with the victims and urged for stern action against the terrorists.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan also strongly condemned the attack and expressed grief over the murder of citizens.

He added that this incident raises questions over the provincial government's performance pertaining to peace in the province. The government must provide complete medical facilities to the injured and take strict action against those responsible for this attack, he said.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Wednesday's terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi and called on Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of this “despicable act”.

He urged the Government of Pakistan to take swift measures aimed at effective protection of minorities in the country, a statement by Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

The secretary-general extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan.

He wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain expressed deep grief and sorrow over the attack. He said this attack is the worst form of terrorism and those behind the attack are savages.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the attack.

Others also took to Twitter to express their grief and condemn the brutal attack.

A community under threat

The Ismailis in Pakistan are a peaceful, progressive and largely apolitical community predominantly working in the health and education sectors.

Read: Pakistani Taliban threaten Kalash tribe, Ismailis in Chitral

In the past there has been anti-Ismaili violence in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan, mostly in the form of communal flare-ups.

In 2013, a bomb attack at Karachi's Aisha Manzil killed four and injured 42 others. The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the earlier attacks.

Today’s massacre was the worst anti-Shia attack since January 30, when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in the southern Shikarpur district, killing 61.

Anti-Shia attacks have been increasing in recent years in Karachi and also in Quetta, the northwestern area of Parachinar and the far northeastern town of Gilgit.

Around 1,000 Shias have been killed in the past two years in Pakistan, with many of the attacks claimed by the hardline Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) who view them as heretics.

Ismailis are known for their progressive Islamic views. Their spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan is a globally renowned philanthropist and business magnate.

— Mateen Haider contributed to the reporting of this story

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Dilawar Khan
May 13, 2015 10:20am

Why Karachi over and over again?????????????

javed Hasrat
May 13, 2015 10:23am

so Sad in early Morning

WarIsRaw
May 13, 2015 10:27am

This was expected for a while, due to the failure of law enforcement agencies, business as usual continues in Karachi.

Shaan
May 13, 2015 10:28am

Rangers and Army who is trying to restore peace and order in the city needs to understand and eliminate all the mafias and violent ethnic groups operating in Karachi. Patch fix is obviously not working. Need to get to the root cause without any fear about who is behind. Indiscriminate killing is a daily event. How many innocent lives will the city loose assuming situation will improve by itself.

Hope someone from PM's staff reads Dawn's comments.

American
May 13, 2015 10:31am

Clearly an effort to spread terror by anarchists or foreign agents. Karachi administration really has to ban pillion riding on motorcycle. It seems like 90% terrorist use motorbike in Karachi. What is more important..security or convenience? Obviously safety should be first priority.

Talha Bin Masood
May 13, 2015 10:32am

I just passed from that area around an hour before the incident.....i feel goosebumps!

Shabbir Kazmi
May 13, 2015 10:35am

This clearly shows apathy of law enforcing agencies which are fully aware of the hide outs of culprits, they openly take bribe from ordinary citizens and also receive millions for keeping their eyes closed when it comes to criminals.

Shahid srinagar
May 13, 2015 10:38am

Who are responsible for this carnage. They should be immediately brought to book. Massive rewards should be given to people who give information about the suspects in any area of the city and their identity should be kept hidden. Rangers should be given more powers to strictly deal with these terrorists, without any color of language or sect discrimination. Govt should also constitute a special task force for of Sindh police who can be more precise for these operations. May peace prevail in Karachi and Pakistan.

m m amin.
May 13, 2015 10:39am

Is this the restoration of peace for which Mr Abdur Rehman Malik (ex intrior minister ) was awarded Ph.D ? Those who gave this Honorary degree owe the Nation an answer.

KHALID SOHAIL
May 13, 2015 10:41am

Tolerance will be suicide of nation and system. Masses are suffering from all kinds of problems and believe that it is failure of system, which is not fair.

Samad Chaudhry
May 13, 2015 10:42am

Very sad and painful episode Who are these people that want to kill innocent travellers. They must be apprehended and punished. Sincere prayers for the departed souls. Amen

Ahmed
May 13, 2015 10:44am

heart-breaking!

Irfan Cheema
May 13, 2015 10:46am

Horrible...

m.aslam
May 13, 2015 10:46am

OMG!

farrah
May 13, 2015 10:49am

Its time to take hard action against criminals who ever they are.

farrah
May 13, 2015 10:50am

Failure of Judicial system.

raj
May 13, 2015 10:51am

Why would someone be so callous and heartless to do something like this. And article does not say if gunmen were caught? What was the motive and why did they do this. And whoever did this, should be brought to justice immediately and swiftly. Feel sorry for the families

David
May 13, 2015 10:51am

This is barbaric! No one deserves to die like that...

M. Baluch
May 13, 2015 10:52am
            All motorbikes have to be banned in Karachi to stop this carnage of innocent minorities - this act is simply intolerable.  
syed wasim haider
May 13, 2015 10:52am

Unaccepted crime.

opera
May 13, 2015 10:53am

So Sad.

Zaki
May 13, 2015 10:54am

Pakistan bleeds again... Heartbreaking :(

MOEEN
May 13, 2015 10:54am

OMG brutal

N K Ali
May 13, 2015 10:56am
            Unspeakable and a horrific incident of terrorism. 
FarooqJarwar
May 13, 2015 10:56am

Is it reaction of yesterday's action?

mustafa
May 13, 2015 10:56am

How they got away

Agha Faizan
May 13, 2015 10:56am

(R.I.P) ____ Extremely condemn the attack on innocent people.

NK
May 13, 2015 10:57am

Eight attackers managed to escape from the area on three motorbikes. Is this a Joke?? I have witnessed Rangers mobile at safoorah chowk every time. Heart breaking news. May God bless khi.

The Economist
May 13, 2015 10:58am

Please god have some Mersey on all humankind around the globe.Save all from terrorist, natural calamities and accidents.

Bushra Anjum
May 13, 2015 10:59am

oh God :( :(

Salman
May 13, 2015 11:00am

Another attack on minority to show the world that Pakistan is not safe . This agenda will not work longer .. condolence to the victim's families .

BB
May 13, 2015 11:01am

Extremely sad and painful. Is this where we want to take our country to! And where is Sindh Govt?

Israr
May 13, 2015 11:02am

Extremely sad. Minorities being targeted so ruthlessly. Where is government, police and rangers? In short, where is government?

Shah Hussain
May 13, 2015 11:04am

So sad news.

Ubaid Ali
May 13, 2015 11:04am

A city without security...indiscriminate innocent dies everyday...who cares??

Dr Sharooz Bashir
May 13, 2015 11:05am

DISGUSTING!

Salman
May 13, 2015 11:07am

Terrible simply terrible act of terror the Ismaili community is harmless .. Lost for words

Mukesh
May 13, 2015 11:08am

So Sad..

shehzad
May 13, 2015 11:09am

What happened to NAP?

Mazdoor
May 13, 2015 11:09am

Which such heavy presence of rangers and police, how 8 men on 4 bikes manage to roam around with so much weapons?????

Ali
May 13, 2015 11:10am

Targeted operation against all militant wings of political organizations is required. Most of the times, the blame is laid on the taliban where as the deed is done by other miscreants.

So very sad to read about this incident. "May the deceased rest in peace. Innah lilla he wa innah alayhe rajeoon"

Lovepak
May 13, 2015 11:11am

@Dr Sharooz Bashir

Nasir-ud-din Soomro
May 13, 2015 11:14am

Oh, this secretarian bigotry in Pakistan is killing us within, as rational members of society want to portray bright picture of Pakistan, but these inhumans have created hell out of Pakistan.

khanm
May 13, 2015 11:18am
            where are our highly acclaimed rangers, police , and agencies....Is there going to be any end to this.Is there any light at the end of the tunnel..utterly disgusted
niju
May 13, 2015 11:19am

This shows the security situation in pakistan...please take care of the minorities otherwise sectarian violence will destroy the country.....

apoorva
May 13, 2015 11:19am

@Salman minorities are suffering in Pakistan....there are 100s of reports of torture in world media

Farhan
May 13, 2015 11:23am

@Israr@Salman We should stop using the term 'minority' and start referring to everyone as 'Pakistani'. These were Pakistanis killed on the streets of their own country which has failed to protect them. Period.

VJ
May 13, 2015 11:24am

Height of brutality.... Shame that we have no respect for humanity.

Ramesh Nakhwa
May 13, 2015 11:25am

The Ismaili community under Prince Agakhan are not fanatic Muslims but businessmen who live progressively in more than 100 countries where they have large business interest. They are traders manufacturers and believe in modern eductaion. No Ismaili in the world sleeps hungry at night and no student if inclined to has ever not got educational grants. No wonder they are attacked in Pakistan where all the above factors go against the character of the nation itself. Where will you end up Pakistan ???

Pragmatic
May 13, 2015 11:25am

despicable act again

outspoken
May 13, 2015 11:28am

What about the loud claims of peace having been restored in Karachi

Nadeem
May 13, 2015 11:29am

This act reiterates our commitment towards secularism.

Ehtisham Hussain
May 13, 2015 11:29am

Government has failed to provide security to it's citizens. Disgusting incident

TANVEER
May 13, 2015 11:30am
            An attack on Pakistanis not minorities. We should not divide ourselves in order to weaken ourselves against these terrorists. these are cheap tactics of DIVIDE AND RULE.. we must stand together and fight this bunch and clean our beloved country form all kind of terrorists.

GOD BLESS PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Sudarshan
May 13, 2015 11:32am

RIP the poor souls..... my condolences with the grieving families

Raj
May 13, 2015 11:32am

Its heart breaking to hear...

Farrukh Munir
May 13, 2015 11:32am

I hope that the media don't show any coverage of the CM, IG or others telling us what happened. The media should only show their recorded messages as they will just repeat the same thing "we have ordered an inquiry and asked for a report to be submitted within 24 hours". Useless!!

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
May 13, 2015 11:33am

Today again condolence message will be issued by many but the question which I asked each time is as to why and how the killers are not caught and when peace will be ensured in Pakistan in general? In very remote cases the killer is arrested but then it takes many long years, sometimes even decades, to punish the killer whereas the killer had killed in just few minutes at the most but then the said killer is punished after inordinate delays which is most annoying to be honest. Secondly why and how our own minorities are targeted whereby Shias, Christians, Ahmadis etc have been killed despite the fact that they all were Pakistani citizens and as per our constitution all Pakistanis are equal and government is bound to ensure that their lives are as protected as others. It is more barbaric and then tragic incident killing innocent people who never created any problem but yet they are killed. Is next condolence already penned? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com

Hina
May 13, 2015 11:33am

@mustafa people should help themselves as there is no one to protect them.

sanjeev
May 13, 2015 11:33am

They seem to be doing good work in Education and Medical field.What could be the provocation for killing them?

ALAMSHAH
May 13, 2015 11:36am

Extremely sad.condolence to the victim's families .

Junaid Khan(True Pakistani)
May 13, 2015 11:36am

When we are going to become tolerant against minority community?Its a shame that these things happen in Pakistan at regular intervals and these people have to suffer.

KMI
May 13, 2015 11:37am

So, sad incident.

It seems as if Sleeper cells are active and LEA are inactive.

Awake LEA. It's time take action against real culprits.

Sameer
May 13, 2015 11:38am

OMG so sad .. cant believe what type of people we are .. are we part of the same world ?

ALAM SHAH HUNZA
May 13, 2015 11:40am

Extremely sad.condolence to the victim's families .

Fawad Aziz
May 13, 2015 11:42am

Why Ismailies? They are the innocent ones. Security forces shoul'd take a serious action against them.

Lakhan
May 13, 2015 11:45am

@Israr : Minorities has been targeting badly since 1947. In 1947 % of Minorities was around 14% and now it is around 1%. So there is more than something wrong. Pak need to take strongest decision to provide safe and secure life of all citizens, whether they belong any communities, being a democratic country.

Tamil
May 13, 2015 11:45am

Very sad for Pakistan and people of karachi.

Raj
May 13, 2015 11:46am

In the name of caste,creed ,religion we are witnessing same mistakes

vinie
May 13, 2015 11:47am

There is no peace in pakistan..everytime bomb explosion, firing, drawn attacs...pakistani awam still sleeping..please wakeup and rise your voice against terrorism.

Aziz
May 13, 2015 11:50am

Thank you Sindh Government for showing us this day! It is your inadequacy and deficiency in governance that is responsible for this attack and countless other injustices, that the citizens of this once beautiful city, endure. Thank you for turning a blind eye to the plight of the common people. May shame befall you!

Old Ravian
May 13, 2015 11:51am

Ismailis are the most peaceful community of Pakistan. Attack against them is shocking.

Imdad Ali
May 13, 2015 11:51am

Clealy a failure of current govt to curb terrorism. Govt must eliminate TTP and similiar groups. Army must do more to combat this kind of violence.

Factual
May 13, 2015 11:52am

I feel ashamed to be human!

I request people of Karachi and rest of Pakistan to approach Ismaili community and show solidarity to our brothers in time of their grief.

Rao
May 13, 2015 11:53am

I am ashamed.

Zafar Rasool
May 13, 2015 11:53am

God bless the departed souls. Do not know what has happened to our country?

Azhar
May 13, 2015 11:54am

We have enemies within. It is time to punish the criminals openly in a public. A big question mark is that how can the killers escaped so easily. Any clue to apprehend them. If leaders will remain busy in leg pulling, discussing polls on talk shows all the time, security and economic situation will detriorate. Leaders must do their jobs, especially those at secretary level, who are paid tons of money to make policies to improve livelihood.

Hussain
May 13, 2015 11:54am

@Israr not minorities to be targeted innocent and peaceful peoples are targeted

Aks
May 13, 2015 11:55am

Just terrible. Killing of innocents has no justification, no matter how you look at it. Condolences from India. Prayers are with the Victims families.

Lakhani Amin
May 13, 2015 11:56am

To the Singh Government: Yes, keep 'taking notice' and 'condemning' these crimes. That is all you are capable of doing. Your indifference towards the well being of Karachi in all regards is criminal!

Ahsan Ali Syed
May 13, 2015 11:56am

Horrible carnage. What is the Government waiting for. The Police force needs to be depolitised and be under the command of the Army just as the Rangers are. This is the need of the hour in Sind. Prime Minister please take action in this regard before more lives are lost.

Rohit950723
May 13, 2015 11:56am

@farrah .. Failure of all the systems...It is high time to make Pakistan a secular state.. More delay more pain...

yaali madad
May 13, 2015 11:57am

who gains what out of this?

Saqlain
May 13, 2015 11:59am

This reminds of a historical event almost 1350 years ago when men, women and children were attacked in the middle of a desert by so called Muslims.

Concerned Pakistani
May 13, 2015 12:02pm

The attacks in Karachi are continuing unabated as LEAs are busy in political activities. Focus is not on religeous target killers and jehadies.

Azhar
May 13, 2015 12:05pm

The law enforcement agencies know who are behind these attacks but they have closed their eyes. There are flags of banned organization in the various parts of city even a common citizen know the locations and hideouts of these criminals.

Syed Ali Anwer
May 13, 2015 12:06pm

The Army must take over Karachi or Governor's rule imposed. No further dilly dallying . Nawaz Sharif must show strong leadership. Lives are being lost. Enough is enough.

Sideqe
May 13, 2015 12:07pm

Sympathy with grieve families and Question Marks on the performance of Police and Rangers

Last Word
May 13, 2015 12:07pm

This is the most tragic incident which requires same type of response as Peshawar school massacre. The ongoing operation is against Taliban but no concrete action has so far been taken against sectarian killers targeting Shias, Christians and now Ismailis.

Grafello
May 13, 2015 12:08pm

Vulnerable people of the society on the target. Minorities, women, old people and children on target. Terrorists armed with ssg, raptor, rifles killing unarmed people. What a brave people these terrorists are! Shame on them . We are with our minorities, let the message go loud & clear.

Juergen Metz
May 13, 2015 12:10pm

As a European guest in Karachi for two longer visits in the last couple of years I am deeply shocked and send my condolences to the families of the victims. I follow the news right here on dawn.com on a regular basis and I can't help to think that violence seems to have taken over in the city. When and how will peace be restored?

Salman Tarik Kureshi
May 13, 2015 12:11pm

Another gruesome mass-murder attack in Karachi. It's not hard to work out what kind of group is responsible...but the authorities and media both waste their breath and efforts on the MQM!!!

ROHIT PANDEY
May 13, 2015 12:12pm

Sad!L:(

Gulanna Qadri
May 13, 2015 12:13pm

I want to see who all is going to resign this time. Not suspended. RESIGN. The most peace loving, benign and harmless community is under sever attack. There is NO sense of protection in any of the communities in the city; minority majority all suffering the same fate. This is is just not tolerable. I want to see some senior establishment heads rolling this time or the Awam will not forgive, It will not forget.

Albakistani
May 13, 2015 12:13pm

Hence the payback begins for not participating in Yemen Conflict. Please send all Tahafuz e Harmain chanters to this war and thus once for all good riddance from agents of chaos

Fatima Bibi
May 13, 2015 12:13pm

Killing innocent Ismailies are so bad. Ismailies are the people never say to anyone anything. They are the most innocent Muslim... OMG. I never thought that anyone can attack on Ismailies

Sarfaraz Abbasi
May 13, 2015 12:13pm

Instead of suspending the police officers, the Chief Minister must resign himself for failing to devise a plan to protect the minority.

nadeem tahir
May 13, 2015 12:14pm

there were eight killers so it is an organized large group. If the eight and their leaders cannot be caught then it can only lead to the conclusion that it is the land of lawless savagery.

shekhar
May 13, 2015 12:15pm

The question is how they have turned in beast, a person simply cant, there are ppl behind them and those ppl are in power. Only thing these officers and politicians might have done it for another purpose. Such situations are very hard to stop, if just go on pulling trigger and keep killing these terrorist, need to cut the very root . Right now they are sleeping in cozy beds , shedding crocodile tears on such events and first one to show there condolence.

AK
May 13, 2015 12:15pm

So So sad!! I urge pakistanis to stand in unity with the Ismaili community. The attackers should be brought to justice asap and people/groups who foment hatred against the minorities should be marginalised.

ather@
May 13, 2015 12:15pm

Very painful and shameful news for all Pakistan. My all sympathies are with the families of injured or deceased. Nothing will come out with the investigation.

M Akram
May 13, 2015 12:16pm

I come down every morning to say my morning prayers. Before that I always without fail turn the TV on to see the headlines and pray that nothing sad has befallen my beloved Pakistan and the good people of Pakistan. Today is another sad day for Pakistan and the families who lost their loved ones. How anyone, who calls himself a human being, can commit such a horrid act of violence. It is mind numbing. You feel completely helpless. Let us hope and pray that these animals and there supporters are caught very soon and brought to justice.

B.K.Mathur
May 13, 2015 12:17pm

OMG ,Very sad and painful, Result of policies followed over a period of time. Urgent need to walk the talk regarding terrorism

tochibaea
May 13, 2015 12:18pm

May Almighty bring peace to this land. RIP departed ones. People of Pak should unite & defeat these crazies.

smazr
May 13, 2015 12:19pm

We r ashamed of our corrupt and inept leaders. If they cant stop these henious crimes,they should resign.

riaz
May 13, 2015 12:21pm

Where is law and order?

Muneeb
May 13, 2015 12:22pm

This is the result of criminal negligence on the part of the Sindh government. Condolences to the families of the departed. May they be granted patience to deal with this loss.

JUSTICE
May 13, 2015 12:26pm

It is very said news, Sind government , Police and Rangers failed to provide security in Karachi. To safe innocent lives, federal government must declare emergency in Karachi and give control to Army immediately. Please don't play politics and do something.

M.Malik
May 13, 2015 12:30pm

Once again the security agencies and Karachi Police have failed to do their job.

Nothing seems to change after each and every attack on innocent civilians of Pakistan! And I suspect, no one will be caught for this massacre either. Sad but true.

Ahsan Ali Syed
May 13, 2015 12:33pm

President Sahib and PM Sahib condolence of Karachi carnage of Ismailis is not enough. It is pointless to ask for reports from authorities. You need to depolitise the Sind Police and change the Sind Administration. Karachi issue is more important to us than the all party conference on the China investment. Please please act and take a decision with COAS to bring peace in Karachi.

ala
May 13, 2015 12:33pm

Sad, you can't buther people like this. Condolences

khan
May 13, 2015 12:34pm

whenever religion is promoted by the state and the armed religious groups are used by the state for its national objectives the result could be worse than this........ the first step to prevent such like activities is to declare the country as a secular state.

hassan
May 13, 2015 12:34pm

@shehzad It has fizzled out. Unless establishments like the Lal Masjid and its clerics are eliminated, they will keep on producing more of these monsters .

ShehzadA
May 13, 2015 12:37pm

Really sad and disappointing and for what? Complete failure of govt msy be its time to arm civilians so they can do some demage to other party during such attacks which might deter them or atleast make them think twice and reduce the number of attacks n casualties. Any one has any solutions?

A Khan
May 13, 2015 12:37pm

So sad. What can one say? Incompetent, corrupt to the core rulers who totally disregard the people of this country. People must rise to the occasion. All security at state expense and bullet proof cars must immediately be withdrawn. These VIPs and there famillies must be made to live like the rest of the people of this country. All resources including security personnel be employed to protect the people.

ab_munif@hotmail.com
May 13, 2015 12:37pm

Very sad no doubt to hear about this tragic news ... Just ONE point to highlight ... I have been reading and hearing about how the term "Minorities" is being increasingly applied to even those who are categorized as "Muslims" by our constitution (even by members of those communities themselves). Our Consititution treat "Muslims" as Majority and does not distinguish between sects. We should never apply the term "Minority" to Shias, Ismailis, Bohras etc as they are part of Majority community i.e. Muslims. Minorities include Hindus, Sikhs, Ahmedis etc. If we begin to divide the majority into slices of minority-within-majority then it will be an endless story (e.g. Deobandis are a minority amongst Sunnis, Tableeghis are a minority among Deobandis and so on). Very sad to read articles from even these community members (mostly Shias) referring themselves as "Minority" just to get more sympathy. Please dont let this "dividing" strategy succeed. And YES, I am not condoning this brutal act.

mariancolaco
May 13, 2015 12:39pm

What a sad sad happening. Police cannot do a thing an ordinary traffic police can detect weapons just by frisking the motorcyclist /any vehicle but the choose to let them off for paltry bribes in broad daylight. Threatening with big challans if they do not comply. Loss to the government Exchequer.

I live in the frere thana jurisdiction where I and my family have been held up at gun point thrice since 1999 and several other residents of our area and our homes too have been burgled. the motorcyclists just roam with their guns and stop passer byes and the like not even leaving the "maasies" who work in the area.I have complained to them personally but they cannot and do not do a thing.The robberies escalate and these thieves are moving about with guns openly and easily catch their prey or victims one day I fear that there will be a worse happening but there again police are helpless.

Miserable,anxious and ill after hearing about several slaughters of precious human beings.

Joe
May 13, 2015 12:39pm

India is the only country in the world, i repeat only country in the world which is home to all the sects of islam and they all have their places of worship. Its not like saudi arabia, iran etc.

Abdulla Hussain
May 13, 2015 12:41pm

TOTAL FAILURE of the local government government. The police force needs a revamp. Politically motivated posting & transfer, VIP duty engagement & non related duties are all responsible for worst law & order situation in Karachi.

Amin jay
May 13, 2015 12:41pm

@Lakhan I saw some calling Ismaili Muslims minority. They are better Muslims than the Arabs- the Arabs and mostly rich so called MUSLIMS in Pakistan spend their money and resources for their own luxuries - whereas Ismaili Muslims and the Aga Khan spend their resources in establishing excellent hospitals, schools and institutions that helps the humanity all over the world. Huqooq ul ibaad is the true spirit of Islam.

Atul
May 13, 2015 12:41pm

I wonder what exactly these guys want? They do not want Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Shias.. If they eliminate these 20 - 25% population from Pakistan what will be there next target? Find further sub sections within their own communities and destroy everyone and everything at the end? Isn't that insane?

AB
May 13, 2015 12:41pm

Sindh Government has now become a liability to the residents of Karachi.

dr salman
May 13, 2015 12:42pm

Sindh government at its height of incapablity !!!

aamir
May 13, 2015 12:43pm

"Nero fiddled while Rome burned"

Waseem Sarwar
May 13, 2015 12:46pm
            Why there wasn't any police or ranger security with that bus?  
Harish
May 13, 2015 12:50pm

By looking at this and past events, some external organization is trying to De-stabilize Karachi that was bit recovered in targeted operation. It is really horrific and deadliest act. Our prayers are with the Ismaili community. What were the law enforcement agencies doing After COAS clearly told these acts have some pattern.

Ahmed
May 13, 2015 12:51pm

The country is at war and our army chief busy flying around in VIP trips around the world. He needs to get his priorities right.

Tariq
May 13, 2015 12:52pm

This is failure of provincial government in general and security outfit in particular.

Raveesh Sharma
May 13, 2015 12:54pm

This is very sad. A time for all Pakistanis to introspect and ask what is wrong? This senseless violence makes everyone sad, even people from across the border. My heartfelt sympathies to my Pakistani Brothers and Sisters. May God give you all the strength to overcome this moment of great tragedy.

Gulab
May 13, 2015 12:55pm

Biggest Question is that, Why terrorist killing this peaceful community. What their aim behind killing these innocent people. Generally no one do anything without reason behind.

exxo rebel
May 13, 2015 12:55pm

@Dilawar Khan why Pakistan over and over again..

citizen
May 13, 2015 12:55pm

Nobody is safe..country becoming unlivable...High time to pack...

Usman Hasan
May 13, 2015 12:58pm

The issue is, that these people (terrorists) CAN Strike at Will, anytime, anywhere, anyhow. The only time something Isn't happening (it seems like), is when THEY CHOOSE Not to do it.....

Vikram
May 13, 2015 12:58pm

@Fawad Aziz - "Why Ismailis ?" - For the same reason as Hindus, Christians, Ahmedis, Shias, Hazaras, Bohris ..... because when you create a state based on religion, the argument on who is the true follower never dies down. The argument goes on - just getting a bit bloodier.

Mukhtar
May 13, 2015 01:00pm

I am sure its happening to divert the attention of security agencies from the ongoing operation in Karachi....! My dear General! Please don't hold back. Pakistan needs your help and if you will not do it, no body else will do it.

SMI
May 13, 2015 01:01pm

Common people should be trained with armed license to fight this menace.

Anwar
May 13, 2015 01:06pm

Killers and the criminals have made the entire country as hostage. They commit and flee easily and successfully.

Iqbal
May 13, 2015 01:07pm

Death penalty moratorium lifted and a small minority of religious extremists were punished. Establishment had scores to settle in Karachi with MQM and rein it. In that sense the operation was very successful.

Hence the operation in Karachi is, in Ch. Nisar's words, "reaching its logical conclusion". This is the conclusion: Anybody and everybody can still kill in Karachi and literally get away with it as long as they are not associated with MQM.

Zibbi
May 13, 2015 01:07pm

Provincial and federal govt are failing in their duties to provide security to karachi.

Satheesh
May 13, 2015 01:07pm

RIP for good souls..!!!!

hina
May 13, 2015 01:07pm

don't understand why they are killing the best among us ???

ghayyas
May 13, 2015 01:08pm

Dismiss all officials of Karachi police and Rangers.

Dr. Amjad Pervez
May 13, 2015 01:09pm

Very sad and painful incident.No one should take license of killing innocent people .Pray for departed .God safe all pakistanis and PAKISTAN.

Nasir-ud-din Soomro
May 13, 2015 01:09pm

How can they kill people with hands? This is work of barbarian not a human.

srhzaidi
May 13, 2015 01:10pm

Well what is the solution to this problem? Who are the people doing these things?

Rashid
May 13, 2015 01:11pm

I am an Ismaili! and people who are calling us minority please take note; Ismailies are not minorities, we are Muslims and as there are different schools of thoughts / sects in Christianity/hindusim etc. Islam has different interpretations and school of thoughts. And it is not for one to call other non-muslim. These mindless hypocrites have done that for 1400 yrs and will continue to do that unless they are educated in the right direction (but even then evil cant be stopped completely).

My heart bleeds but it bled even when schools kids were massacred in Peshawar or when common Paksitani is killed. Stop killing in the name of religion!

AYK
May 13, 2015 01:16pm

OMG-----This incident totally defies DG Rangers claim. Karachi is still not safe......Massacre takes place in the midst of Karachi and militants vanish in thin air..........

Ali
May 13, 2015 01:17pm

Everywhere religious pundits are glorified irrespective of their sectarian affiliations in our society. They are all biased against reason, plurality and progressiveness. we as society should awaken to their hypocrisy and hate.

Dr. Amjad Pervez
May 13, 2015 01:18pm

very sad incident .

Vivek
May 13, 2015 01:21pm

high time for Operation clean up in Karachi

Arsalan U Siddiqui
May 13, 2015 01:23pm

Very sad. There is nothing the State cannot do to end this madness; but only if it wishes to.

Muhammad Aleem
May 13, 2015 01:23pm

Every buddy will be take stand against of government because we see before time many attack in public and no conclusion from government. Government has just look no any action..................Where PPP and MQM ?

imran
May 13, 2015 01:23pm

With so much increased security, I would like to know how come assailants roam free in the city with weapons? If i ride a bike in the city i get stopped at least once!

Kalyan
May 13, 2015 01:27pm

Is there any gun control at all in Pakistan?

Mustafa
May 13, 2015 01:29pm

Strongly condemn the attacks on innocent travellers. We all condemn those who did it but to catch them we must first find people in our ranks who support them for whatever reasons. The future of Pakistan depends on its citizens which includes all of us.. Without any of us there is no Pakistan and hence no future.

K
May 13, 2015 01:34pm

There is a Rangers checkpost in near vicinity of where this incident happened. I don't understand how come no one from the LEAs heard or responded to the 43+ shots that were fired by those animals?????????

Surely, it must have taken at least 5 min to murder all those innocent people....but unfortunately like always our LEAs arrive at the crime scene when its safe and the thugs have long gone!!!!!

Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
May 13, 2015 01:37pm

It is sad to know what has happened. The Chief Minister has sacked the SHO, how about Prime Minister sacking the Chief Minister of Sind. Sind CM thinks sacking the SHO will bear fruit than how come he thinks he deserve to be incharge?

giab
May 13, 2015 01:38pm

Who will benefits from such incidents, our law enforcement agencies have to look at every angle

omprakash
May 13, 2015 01:39pm

Rip

lafanga
May 13, 2015 01:41pm

These latest targeted killings in Karachi specially on foreigners started since the Chinese pres visit and CPEC announcement. Looks like someone is not happy with the visit and wants to show Pakistan as unsafe for minorities and foreigners. No points for guessing who this someone is.

Denny
May 13, 2015 01:42pm

@Salman - Again throwing the blame on someone and washing ur hands-off? Come on try and protect Minority right. Even as per ur argument; it is the responsibility of Majority to protect the Minority rights

Azhar Hussain
May 13, 2015 01:44pm

@farrah

Nastradama
May 13, 2015 01:45pm

You make one step forward and this type of incidents put you two steps backward. when will pakistan get out of it? very sad

Nidhin
May 13, 2015 01:46pm

Condolences from India.

Akhtar
May 13, 2015 01:47pm

@Kalyan

Abbas Ali
May 13, 2015 01:52pm

Utter failure of local intelligence, and law enforcement agencies. We are not capable of winning this war.

We should get help from FBI(US), or MI6.

Nadeem Cheema
May 13, 2015 01:53pm

Crime rate is high, electricity and water is low. Unfortunately, the current inefficient govt. is outcome of rigged elections. To solve the problem of Pakistan, we need a leadership that represent people of Pakistan.

asif
May 13, 2015 01:56pm

We the citizens of Karachi demand from law enforcement particularly rangers to clean themselves first from roge and extremist elements then take stern actions against banned sectarian organisations instead of focusing political organization we are also wondering how and why banned organizations allowed freely and have there gatherings under protection of law enforcement agencies where they abuse other com unites and spread hatred

Nadeem Cheema
May 13, 2015 01:56pm

@Mazdoor Rather the spending money on rangers with no output, better to use this money to solve water problem in Karachi. By the way ranges is the biggest defaulter of water board in Karachi.

Clairvoyant
May 13, 2015 01:57pm

we should do away with the term 'banned groups' and let people know the identity of the killers and the ideology they espouse.

Daniel
May 13, 2015 01:57pm

As a fellow human I'm saddened by this heartless tragedy. No reason, Religious or others can justify this inhuman act. We stand firmly behind Pakistanis during this challenging hour. Across the border from India.

imran
May 13, 2015 01:59pm

@M. Baluch ....they will start using cars. then you will also ban it.

look
May 13, 2015 02:00pm

One and only one question where are hundreds of persons of secret agencies. A country where a constable is not recruited without party affiliation , i think in our secret agencies have been recruited just for ...

Khalid
May 13, 2015 02:01pm

So sad to see Karachi go to waste. PPP has no competence and no commitment to do anything about bringing peace to Karachi. They (and MQM) have failed in every way and continue to feel proud that they are in the government again for another 3 years. Zulfiqar Mirza has brought so many allegations against Zardari but no one has taken any notice of him. Who would know Zardari better than Mirza?. Police in Karachi is absolutely corrupt and incompetent. Give the city to the Army to run. Appoint an army officer as in-charge of each police station in Karachi. Police needs to go into every single house in kati pahari and I bet they will find 10s of 1000s of guns and TTP sympathisers.

Musclemaan
May 13, 2015 02:05pm

@Ali Ummah is one. There are no minorities.

syed abdul majeed shah
May 13, 2015 02:06pm

Look this incident in connection, with situation developing in Karachi. Belt tightening in Dr. Imran Farooq case also money laundering case close to decision. Matter is big & serious but cancellation of army chief SL visit indicate that case is more serious and complex. Please come ahead and crush all enemy agents .

Norozkhan
May 13, 2015 02:06pm

Sindh Government and security agencies have failed to do their task in Karachi, they are being used for political agenda.

ilyas
May 13, 2015 02:06pm

Karachi is a city of 20 million people and contribute major share in economic growth and govt. budget. yet it receives very little attention when it comes to issues like safety and security. Every country protects its bread winner places. Here terrorists seems to do what they feel like and at will. Please take steps to protect the city, its people, its businesses. Else soon you would be facing poor and poorer economic growth and huge budget deficit. My heart goes for those killed and injured. Lets hope this time the killers would be caught and importantly face the justice.

Asad
May 13, 2015 02:07pm

My GOD. They killed 43 people by firing. Wonder what the rangers were doing who are always stationed at Safora chowrangi and why didn't army react who are installed just next to it.

ayub
May 13, 2015 02:07pm

It is an alarming incident where scores of peoples are dying day and night and no security found of them

Musclemaan
May 13, 2015 02:08pm

@sanjeev You said it.

Acp Rathod
May 13, 2015 02:08pm

Seeing complete failure to track down this terrorists here I would like to submit that strategies like holistic strategy, which includes military, political and institutional solutions should be recommended In the end, the people of the tribal regions need to be reintegrated into Pakistani society And to round up my comment I would like to conclude that if there is a solution to be found, it is unlikely to be purely military one As The TTP can survive massive military efforts and keep bouncing back.

Rehmat
May 13, 2015 02:10pm

This is really sad and my condolence to the families ,Another news says that the outlawed Jindallah claim the responsibility ,how security forces can not traced them down ,it should not be difficult if there is a will to do so .I have no shame admitting that my country is a failed state .

M.Malik
May 13, 2015 02:11pm

We are all Muslims, first and foremost, regardless of the sect, or who we consider our imam or leader. Senseless killings in the name of Islam, in itself is a sin!

umair
May 13, 2015 02:11pm

very sad

Aqil Siddiqi
May 13, 2015 02:12pm

This is Karachi now. Used to be city of hope and lights. When it is obvious that TTP is always behind these tragedies, why this group is not banned in Pakistan ? Who to be blamed. So many elements.

ishrat salim
May 13, 2015 02:14pm

Unless action against proscribed terrorist organization is not taken as per NAP, such killings will continue. Implementation of NAP is the responsibility of the Provinces & they have not done a thing about it till today.

Umer Ali
May 13, 2015 02:16pm

My request to all Pakistani is to condemn these heinous acts in the most vociferous and vehement manner. This is the time to stand out united against these terrorist. There is no shia, Bohra or Ismaili. We must behave like ONE nation stand against the depraved, evil and cruel mindset.

Asad
May 13, 2015 02:17pm

In a normal country, interior minister would resign and security chiefs of the city would be sacked

Sara
May 13, 2015 02:17pm

Sindh government should be blamed for never taking sectarian violence seriously. Minorities have been targeted regularly in the past 5 years, but the Sindh government has never taken any security measures to guard them. PTI leader should consider his support for the Taliban, who are killing Pakistani citizens from minorities in all provinces, not just Karachi.

Krishan Gopal
May 13, 2015 02:18pm

May god give them peace...

hamid
May 13, 2015 02:19pm

army chief and prime minister should take hard decision for this sad incident. short time period will be given to interior and defense minister,provincial interior minister,city police chief and other security agencies officer to arrest terrorists other wise they all will be arrested.in my opinion

Agrippa - The Skeptic
May 13, 2015 02:19pm

@Israr : "Extremely sad. Minorities being targeted so ruthlessly. Where is government, police and rangers? In short, where is government?"

Which minorities? How can Muslims be minorities in an Islamic Republic? The Governments hands are tied by the Constitution. As long as you have a national religion, there will always be some on who will be more Islamic (Muslim) than the others. Re-think, become secular as a Nation and Populace. It will take you a human generation or two to settle down. If all religions have equal rights in a nation, nobody can claim the righteousness for themselves.

Of course, people are people - they will find other reasons to fight but, you would have rid yourselves of this scourge at least.

SHAILESH MISHRA
May 13, 2015 02:20pm

Horrendous incident, extremely painful.

IMRAN ALI
May 13, 2015 02:21pm

failure of Karachi operation,Rangers and Ch.Niasar responsible for making the operation political.....head should roll..

Cmvt
May 13, 2015 02:21pm

Striking deep at the heart of Pakistan time and again with impunity, show the strength and support these terrorist groups have in Pakistan. None of them were caught after killing over 50 people is a heavily guarded city-is that possible without support from some one inside the security establishment

SHAILESH MISHRA
May 13, 2015 02:22pm

Horrendous incident, dastardly attack on innocent people. Shocked and heartbroken.

blunt
May 13, 2015 02:27pm

@Dilawar Khan : This is not only Karachi, this menace is spread across Pakistan, especially in KPK and Punjab.

KHALID SOHAIL
May 13, 2015 02:27pm

Agents of enemy are strong and brave that is why easily targeting KARACHI again and again. Who is responsible?

Jaya kumar
May 13, 2015 02:28pm

Very disgusting when innocents & children are killed.The incident once again explains the state has to become more serious in its resolve to kick out these beasts in human form.The only hope is probably the COAS..Heartly condolences to the near & dear ones of the deceased.

waseem haider
May 13, 2015 02:29pm

If people have made mistakes, forgive them their mistakes. If people have harmed you, forget and forgive. Do not hold grudges, do not turn around and say, "he hurt me yesterday, so I will hurt him today". This is not the spirit of Islam. - His Highness The Aga Khan

Patariot Pakistani
May 13, 2015 02:31pm

The entire sindh administrative body, including IG, AIG, DG-Rangers Karachi, Sindh Interior Ministor, and CM Sindh should resign after this incident. If they don't resign, the Central Government should intervine and terminate them from their position on account of 'incompentancy of performing their duties'. If they don't do it, the Citizens of Karachi should move a pretition against them in the Supreme Court of Law.

Enough is Enough! it is high time for response and Shake-Up in these bodies...

The new appointies should come very.hard on the elements responsible for this act.

B.Ally
May 13, 2015 02:34pm

We are on the path of self destruction.

SAM
May 13, 2015 02:45pm

This is because of the negligence of our police security agencies and the provincial govt. It is responsibility of sindh govt to provide safety and insure peace in the city.This is also a question mark on the prime minister's National action plan.

shahid
May 13, 2015 02:50pm

Very sad and unfortunate event in Karachi. The Army General's cancellation of Sri Lanka tour and coming to Karachi will set new course of actions for these militants.

Jatt
May 13, 2015 02:53pm

We need to follow the money trail and who is funding these terrorists. Sad for Pakistan that such innocents were killed.

Sami
May 13, 2015 02:54pm

chief minister sindh talking about ppl bathing at seaview is utterly gross in context of such carnage. federal govt busy in working lunches. no leadership apart from army chief rushing to karachi and cancelling his srilankan trip!

Tahir M Kahlid
May 13, 2015 02:55pm

Its is saddest moment in our life. We stand by the people of Karachi and stand behind forces fighting our war. Pray and hope for complete peace sooner in Pakistan especially Karachi.

Jatt
May 13, 2015 02:55pm

@yaali madad Only winners are enemies of Pakistan and we have a few in this neighbourhood.

Jatt
May 13, 2015 02:56pm

@Old Ravian Yes I agree Ismailis in Pakistan are nice and peaceful community. These attacks are aided by some other countries.

Amin Beg
May 13, 2015 02:58pm

Brutal ,cowardly and insane!

The Pakistani law enforcing agencies need to act with full force and in collaboration with other regional countries and with clarity of mind and spirit to root out terrorism from the country and in the region. Karachi badly and urgently needs a new metropolitan governance and security apparatus to deal with this menace.

Abdul Malik
May 13, 2015 02:58pm

Provincial security force has failed completely . It is nice of MQM to announce assay of mourning. Very thoughtful of MQM.

Abbas
May 13, 2015 03:00pm

What can we public do besides codemnation and asking government to take strong actions. The killers live among us and you see there are who openly support them. Lets kill those first!

CYRUS
May 13, 2015 03:01pm

@David

    Barbaric is the correct word.  The Nazis are at the gates of Stalingrad.  The Goths and Visagoths are at the gates of Rome.
karr
May 13, 2015 03:05pm

If people are killed just because your religious beliefs are different from theirs, then no one can live in this world.

nasir siddique
May 13, 2015 03:08pm

What a waste of human life. The killings go on unabated. No dismissals, no resignations. Just bloodshed and then we pretend as a nation that we are actually progressing.

Usman
May 13, 2015 03:15pm

Very sad. :(

Kashif Khan
May 13, 2015 03:16pm

Everyone knows the answer to why this is happening. This is what happens when you don't give a Megacity like Karachi its due authority and rights. The police of Karachi need to be from Karachi. The Rangers need to be from Karachi. The authority to govern Karachi needs to be given to Karachiites and not some CM sitting in interior Sindh. Give Karachiites their rights! Otherwise expect the same.

saddd!!!
May 13, 2015 03:16pm

they murdered not only these innocent ppl but also murdered whole pakistani soveregnity n hurt hearts.if they unfortunately proceed like this attack,and we are sleeping in the dreams,its time to come we have see the same pics of our loves one. jaaaghooo!!!

PHILOSOPHER
May 13, 2015 03:17pm

Very sad indeed....RIP

affa
May 13, 2015 03:17pm

@Talha Bin Masood sameee just half hour agoo frm same placee :((

affa
May 13, 2015 03:17pm

sameee passed same area just 30 mins beforee :((

AM
May 13, 2015 03:19pm

this is just a glimpse of how the "civilized" world is going to continue.

no hope for mankind - the most selfish being...

Syed Shah Amyin Ullah
May 13, 2015 03:20pm

Very sad and painful episode Who are these people that want to kill innocent travellers. They must be apprehended and punished. Sincere prayers for the departed souls. Amen

Syed Shah Amyin Ullah
May 13, 2015 03:23pm

there is some reason behind the attack i strongly condemn

Muhammad Khan
May 13, 2015 03:26pm

barbaric act...

DialMedico.com
May 13, 2015 03:29pm

Very sad act.. why they are killing innocent and peaceful people ..?

Where is Governance

Indian
May 13, 2015 03:32pm

Very sad and disturbing news...May god provide strength and courage to the people whose loved ones have been killed.

Fareed
May 13, 2015 03:33pm

What's the point of providing security to the VIPs when the man in the street gets killed in cold blood?

Dial Medico
May 13, 2015 03:37pm

Time to restructure of the behave with attackers

hari
May 13, 2015 03:38pm

Cowards! Killing innocent, peace loving people. Very sad. R.I.P. Ameen.

Psycho
May 13, 2015 03:41pm

A shocked new. Great shock to the people of Karachi. A large number of law and order agencies roam around but they failed to spot such heinous criminals. A big question on their performance. They target easy and soft targets in the city but tend to avoid suburbs and vicinity of the city. The agencies must raid the hideouts of terrorists.

Servant
May 13, 2015 03:42pm

The Chief Minister and the entire Sindh government must be sacked. The government is toal failure.

Mushtaq
May 13, 2015 04:03pm

Please, this was not an attack on a minority, but an attack on Pakistan. However, it was perpetrated by a barbaric minority who has got some God damned twisted ideology. We all need to realize that we all were attacked collectively, it is only matter of time when my real brother, son, father or sister becomes a physical victim; unless we do not fight and root out these attitudes of intolerance in our homes, streets, schools, social chat rooms and media.

saba
May 13, 2015 04:09pm

Very sad and painful moment!

ailly
May 13, 2015 04:26pm

I felt so sad and gutted at my helplessness, we could not stop this attack. sheer carnage and destruction of our security wall. I am shocked to read, first they were called Ismailis and now Shias....

osho
May 13, 2015 04:27pm

Deplorably act. My prayers with people of Pakistan.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
May 13, 2015 05:01pm

Well done Gen Shareef to cancel trip to Sri Lanka and instead reach Karachi where Ismaili community is brutally attacked. Other Sharif must also be in Karachi on same account. Both Shareef have proved Shareef. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait

Blue Saffron
May 13, 2015 05:11pm

This is not the Pakistan I grew up in and want. What have we done to Pakistan? What a shame.

Rahat Ullah
May 13, 2015 05:12pm

This terrorist attack was on the community whose spiritual leader (Sir Aga Khan -3, The first president of All India Muslim League) brought the Muslims of India under one flag and established All India Muslim League in 1906.

Suleman
May 13, 2015 05:16pm

Shame on all the leadership of Pakistan - if this can happen to the Ismaili Community - look arround & see what this community has done for all citizens regardless of their beliefs & religious affiliation - fix the root cause here our the leadership step down & let the young educated take control of taking Pakistan in the right direction.

Ajay
May 13, 2015 05:18pm

As one who grew up in India, I had many Ismaili friends growing. These are the nicest people I know. Condolences to the families of the innocents so senselessly killed.

KM
May 13, 2015 05:20pm

It's 5.20 in the evening now, and not a word about the incident from the government. Says it all, doesn't it?

timetostopthis
May 13, 2015 05:21pm

My heart goes out to the members of the minority communicated who are being targeted and killed like this. Its sad that a country that prides itself on its nuclear weapons programme cannot provide basic security to its minority citizens. However, when terrorists targeting other countries in pursuit of the country's hidden agenda are openly allowed to roam free, this act comes as no surprise at all. The environment in the entire country is one of hatred and intolerance. In such a situation, this is the only outcome one can expect.

Omar
May 13, 2015 05:21pm

Please start a complete operation in Karachi and wipe these militants and terrorists out.

Pervez Saeed
May 13, 2015 05:21pm

Don't just condemn. Do something! Otherwise quit whatever big office/ chair you are occupying.

Omer
May 13, 2015 05:30pm

All the resources of sind police are utilized to provide the so called VIPs. Govt is not interested in providing security to common men

Rawna
May 13, 2015 05:33pm

They are Muslims like all of us! It is deplorable to call them minority.

Sher Wali
May 13, 2015 05:36pm

So sad...The victim community is the backbone of country's economy. from hotels to business, and service sector...what the perpetrators want by doing so. they can not discourage us by their heinous and coward actions either its a political or sectarian act..we strongly condemn this cowardliness and brutal action..

VIJAY KUMAR
May 13, 2015 05:45pm

No religion allowing to kill innocent human ...

Aurangzeb
May 13, 2015 05:52pm

This is the time for crook politicians to wake up and get rid of this menace sincerely!

Ray
May 13, 2015 05:52pm

I think such senseless murders brought all around the world by a small number of low-morals individuals who claim to kill in the name of a faith only they have and interpret as they want, shall be ended with the killing of all these individuals. We all want to live in peace and understanding with each other and we don't want violence and killings like the present case and many others lately in a number of countries. Pace shall come once this small number of criminals will be erased from the face of our planet.

Brar
May 13, 2015 05:55pm

When will this madness stop,may those who departed rest in peace.

Pyarali Hussain Rehmatullah
May 13, 2015 05:57pm

So sad what happen in Karachi this morning action should be taken and criminal should be bring up for justice.

Naeem Abbas Gilgit
May 13, 2015 05:59pm

:( . Government is responsible for this brutal act . RIP

Sridhar
May 13, 2015 06:00pm

sad day for humanity.

Naeem Abbas Gilgit
May 13, 2015 06:02pm

:( . Government is responsible for this brutal act . RIP

Khalid
May 13, 2015 06:05pm

What are we allowing our Karachi to become. Christians are gone, Parsis are gone, Sikhs are going, Ahmedis are in trouble, Shias are being killed, sunnis are having bomb attacks. It is unbelievable. Having grown up in Karachi, I find these incidents so painful. My parents brought me up in an environment where we were told to respect everyone irrespective of their cast, creed, sect or religion. I also believe these values are in everybody who has lived in this city for any length of time. There are kachi abadis in and around Karachi that have been allowed to grow, on mostly illegally occupied lands, to create their ghettos and have no respect for anyone, who doesn't look like them or follow "their" culture, or wears a different colour turban!. Who are these people?. What is the PPP government doing about these illegally occupied lands?. My Karachi has become a free for all. It is about time we did something before it is too late.

aZ
May 13, 2015 06:10pm

So depressing!

najam
May 13, 2015 06:13pm

We will win this war against barbarians.

Brar
May 13, 2015 06:13pm

Today morning I was talking to my friend in Hasilpur Pakistan and he told me that now there is absolute peace in Pakistan and he said previously we feared visiting Karachi but now Karachi is peaceful and situation under control but exactly at the same time this incident took place. Sorry for loss of innocent lives, may their souls rest in peace.

Ajamal
May 13, 2015 06:25pm

I didn't take my lunch today due to sadness engulfing me. Yet PM didn't utter a single word to express sorrow.

amjad
May 13, 2015 06:25pm

The whole nation is in grief due to this irreversible demise of peaceful people. we condemn this brutality of humanity unanimously. We need to revise our security protocols to avoid further losses of human lives. The government should start cleaning all groups irrespectively by deploying army with the sole motto " bring peace in our beloved country". we can only if ensure sincerity through patriotism with Pakistan. although, the security is working; then how it happened????????

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
May 13, 2015 06:25pm

What a shame! CM terminates the services of IG Police though in fact CM must be sacked instead. Had CM's moral conscious alive then he would have resigned himself rather than waiting to be sacked. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com

Abdul Rasheed
May 13, 2015 06:39pm

its terrible

Arshad
May 13, 2015 06:43pm

A statement issued by somewhere near or Far, in the name of Taliban or whatever, but Responsibility is over for Police Forces.

Hammad Rauf
May 13, 2015 06:47pm

This is a sad event. Every Pakistani needs to be respected and protected. The terrorists deserve severe punishment.

Aqeel Ahmed
May 13, 2015 07:05pm

Very Said Do we have any government in Sindh?

Shafique
May 13, 2015 07:09pm

Protect the poor public, not the elites, for God Sake.

jitu
May 13, 2015 07:10pm

Why Muslims are killing each other? Why? God bless the deceased soul. RIP

Dr.Sanjeev Chhiber
May 13, 2015 07:12pm

i feel for my Pakistani brothers

May God give strength to the bereaved

Nastradama
May 13, 2015 07:13pm

Pakistan got freedom by dividing the sub continent on the basis of religion.The freedom fighters and founding fathers would have been in tears.Because, this is not the purpose for which the country was founded..It's frustrating..

Mehdi Patel
May 13, 2015 07:27pm

as an ismaili in Toronto who has mostly sunni Pakistani friends...I see the shock and love of Pakistanis on this paper and it gives me great hope..a lot of ismailis still believe Pakistan will one day become a paradise..Ismailis wont stop making that a reality..i don't know if I lost relatives yet..Pakistan must work with India and Iran to fight the extremists..we cant trust the us and Saudis...

Arun
May 13, 2015 07:34pm

Lets Pray for the victims. It's senseless.

usman777
May 13, 2015 07:39pm

I demand action by govt. to bring perpetrators to swift justice. Provincial, Federal, Miltiary, Police... get it done. - Pak Citizen

Joe FL
May 13, 2015 07:41pm

@Last Word: "This is the most tragic incident which requires same type of response as Peshawar school massacre."

We are already getting the same type of response. Taking notice. Issuing statements. Then nothing.

TANVEER
May 13, 2015 07:43pm

Shocked to see all this happening to my peaceful and innocent country men. I'm ashamed.

Fawad
May 13, 2015 07:49pm

Why are people so upset? This is the status quo for Karachi. The blood of these victims is on everyone who voted for status quo.

Manzy
May 13, 2015 07:58pm

So shocking to hear this news early in the morning, there is simply no word to describe this barbaric act committed by these animals.

Samad
May 13, 2015 07:59pm

Why were these people attacked ?

salman
May 13, 2015 08:13pm

There is a two story building constructed by the rangers at safoora rundabout for security purpose.what was there response? There must have been hundreds of rounds fired by the terrorists hardly a km away from that checkpost.

Aroon
May 13, 2015 08:13pm

Dear silent liberals of all sects, Please step up your protest and show your solidarity towards mankind irrespective of religion or sects. This is your time to stand up and voice your opinion so that your government may take fearless and just action against such sectarian elements proactively for a safer tomorrow. If you miss this train then you may not find another train for ever. Your near future is at the risk of being dictated by such merciless cowards who takes the life of innocents based on their skewed belief system. Step up before it is too late.

Black Sabbath
May 13, 2015 08:15pm

Very sad & tragic news. I hope the Pakistani establishment apprehends & punishes the monsters who did this ghastly act instead of deflecting the blame for this also on RAW without an ounce of proof whatsoever.

NASR
May 13, 2015 08:22pm

What can we say? It has happened in the past and it is happening now. As we thought of some peace returning they have targeted the most peaceful community for this most horrific, deplorable bus massacre to happen. Condemnation will not be enough eradication of these society eating termite is neccessary

Sayyar Khan
May 13, 2015 08:24pm

All attackers speak fluent Urdu. I really doubt these guys were TTP.

Siva D
May 13, 2015 08:24pm

I have literally become sick after reading this.

reality bites
May 13, 2015 08:27pm

Jundullah seems to have a free hand in sectarian killings. We need to see some real action by the military and government.

The known leaders and sympathizers need to be killed, without going to civilian courts. Fundraising and propoganda by all religious outfits needs to be banned for at least 10 years.

No news coverage or media coverage for these outfits.

Hyder
May 13, 2015 08:28pm

Its very very Sad. Entire Pakistan is with Ismaili community. i don't have words. condolences with grieved families.

Syed Ali Raza
May 13, 2015 08:29pm

nothing is safe in pakistan. almost 24 intelligent agency are working in pakistan. what they doing they are just wasting nation's money.we always proved that our army is the best ten army of the world, COAS is arrived in karachi, i dont think he can arrest the culprit.army should investigate the incident and also trail the sectarian terrorist in army court. in 2015 more then 500 Shia killed by the TTP and their allied terrorist group like LJP. why not taking any action against them.

Roussou
May 13, 2015 08:31pm

A few days ago religious parties took out procession in favor of Saudi Arabia. I marked the faces of all those religious leaders who were professing to die for SA. These are the people who are being funded from this specific country for an agenda. Today was a trailor of that but now I know who stands where and doing what.

Nazir Ahmed
May 13, 2015 08:33pm

I am weeping. It is brutality. They are insane people. The only hope in the lot is Altaf Bhai. I request him to save lives of innocent people and Karachi please.

sami
May 13, 2015 08:33pm

This cancer of intolerance and hatred, if not rooted out, would take down the umma in a manner no external enemy could ever do.

We have met the enemy and it is us!

Truth will always Prevail
May 13, 2015 08:34pm

PPP, and MQM government and leadership have failed over and over again. They are their to protect only their interest. Army should take over Karachi and dissolve PPP government and ban all political parties in Karachi. Put ban on all weapon in Karachi and those who are caught with weapon in Karachi should be tried in Army court and hang. You implement these suggestion and you will see peace in Karachi with in few days

imabid2@yahoo.ca
May 13, 2015 08:44pm

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi; Agree, if CM cannot be dismissed, I strongly feel PM should resign immediately; not capable of administrating the country affairs in any ways.

AHA
May 13, 2015 08:45pm

So sad, so shocking.

Rehan
May 13, 2015 08:45pm

@Dilawar Khan ....Exactly , why only in karachi?? You know why .. because Karachi is the only city in the country with non-local Law enforcement agencies .... Its a pity, that the biggest city in the country, which produces huge revenue, which engulfs people from all over the country is left at the mercy of people who don't even belong to the city. How can we expect these alien forces to work for peace in the city. Mr. PM, tell all the provinces to hold local bodies election and hand over the police force under local govt. Provincial govt. has no interest in the development and peace in cities who do not vote for them.

Asim
May 13, 2015 08:48pm

Only Solution to this is to get rid of this issue from the root - GUNS - Whoever has a gun, should surrendrs the guns to polic,, NO Guns allowed for civilians. BAN Guns - an if found on someone, shoot on site order. Sure some of the innocent would get killed, but if we killl 1 lakh of those bad appple, and 1000 innocent die in the process, they are mrtyr, but in doing so we would save 10 crore people.

tara
May 13, 2015 08:48pm

Ban motor cycles in Karachi and instead provide immediate bus service to various sensitive areas of Karachi which have the most motor cycles. Are these motor bikes registered with police?

la shamsh
May 13, 2015 08:48pm

Ban all the guns as Australia did after 1996 massacre. R.I.P my momin brothers and sisters.

Rehan
May 13, 2015 08:51pm

Get rid of all 'katchi abadis' and so-called 'goths' ( Saphora Goth, Pehelwan Goth, Sohrab Goth to name a few). These are criminal hubs, where even armed forces are reluctant to take any action against. Create a parallel police force, strictly from local population and gradually downsize the existing police force with local police force. Rangers are not the answer. They have no interest in restoring peace in the city. For them Karachi is a money making machine. They are part of the problem.

MAK
May 13, 2015 08:54pm

The most peaceful community in Pakistan is being targeted now. Everyone knows that the Ismailis have contributed immensely in the development of Pakistan. It appears no one is safe in Pakistan.

sami
May 13, 2015 08:54pm

I believe we need to step up surveillance and observation to a very high degree with CCTV cameras, airborne drones with extended linger capabilities, extensive phone intercepts analyzed by computers and also human observation on the ground to keep an eye on things. Start tracking the perpetuators of these crimes against God's laws and trace them backwards to wherever they lead and eliminate everyone involved. This is not a problem one can solve by military might alone, it has to be solved by intelligence gathering. I have no doubt that this can be solved, but it needs leadership, intelligence and patience. Set up the mouse traps and let the mice come and get squished.

HbA
May 13, 2015 09:01pm

Innocent lives ask for more to be done. Time to bring Sindh under Governor's rule. More aggressive actions should be taken against all terrorists and militant wings of al Political Parties.

Merchant
May 13, 2015 09:11pm

It is simply not possible that someone in the government or intelligence does not know about the culprits. We have one of the world's top ten intelligence agencies, why can't they find out for the sake of the country's security.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
May 13, 2015 09:20pm

4 versus 43. Just last week 2 ambassadors and 2 wives of other ambassadors were killed when their helicopter was destroyed at the time of cash landing and our PM Mian Nawaz Sharif declared 1 day national mourning whereby our national flag flew at half mast which I also commended and my comments were flashed here. Today as many as 43 and that too out own Pakistanis have been killed but PM did not announce even local mourning is at least not understood me. Which constitution clause empowered PM to declare one day national mourning or for that matter which constitution clause stops PM to declare local mourning if not national mourning? I did MA in 1966 from Pol Sc Dept, PU, Lahore where Pakistan constitution was taught and I doubt if constitution has been empowered alike. May be it is PM inborn prerogative, if so then had sky fallen apart if PM has shown same gesture towards Ismailis who were out own? Who opposes or supports me? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com

Akbar
May 13, 2015 09:23pm

Prediction: All these so called leaders will "strongly condemn" this senseless killing; it will, however, gradually fade away from the media and the memory. Yet another terrorist will strike some other community at another location. The cycle of condemnation will repeat again, and unfortunately, will fade again. God knows how many cycles of massacre we need before the collective consciousness of this impotent nation will rise and say "enough is enough".

Azaad
May 13, 2015 09:25pm

@yaali madad - Nobody gains, brother. Everyone loses, whenever and innocent suffers.

Chao
May 13, 2015 09:38pm

This massacre of innocent unarmed citizens was timed exactly with the all parties conference concerning Chinese economic corridor being held under PM's leadership points clearly to the doings of secret agencies of the country or countries who do not want to let go of their control over Pakistan.

Razi Khan
May 13, 2015 09:38pm

These types of incidence shows inefficiencies of our law enforcement agencies, they always rush and surround the area after the incidents, they never catch the culprits before hand

Razi

Khwaja
May 13, 2015 09:39pm

Karachi Operation Clean Sweep.

Khwaja
May 13, 2015 09:44pm

A Prince needed. Revolution needed. No less.

Chao
May 13, 2015 09:48pm

This massacre of innocent unarmed citizens was timed with the all parties conference concerning Chinese economic corridor being held under PM's leadership points clearly to the doings of secret agencies of the powers who do not want to let go of their control over Pakistan.

Dr Rehman (Dow)
May 13, 2015 09:58pm

Many TTP extremists lives in Saphora Goth, Pehelwan Goth, Sohrab Goth , Qaida Abad, Defense Punjab Colony, Banaras, Old sabzi Mandi, Bus Junctions etc Amazingly no operation on these areas so far

Khan
May 13, 2015 09:59pm

Stop maligning MQM and arrest the real criminals. Impose Governor's Rule. PPP government has failed by any standards.

Ahsan Ali Syed
May 13, 2015 10:11pm

PM Nawaz Sharif please put the reconciliation policy in the back burner and do something concrete for the poor people of Pakistan. Please involve COAS to rid the country of corrupt people. Enough damage has been done. The Sind Administration has proved to be a failure and nothing is being done to replace it. Nothing will change with incompetent people incharge at the helm of affairs. You are damaging your image by being indecisive. Please act and save Pakistan. The Police force must be depolitised and be under the command of the Army just as the Rangers are. It is upto you now to take the correct decisions or continue with your reconciliation policies which have done much damage to the country. There should be merit and only merit if this country is to survive. COAS we hope you are hearing to the voice of ordinary Pakistanis. God save Pakistan.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan
May 13, 2015 10:16pm

This is what happens when LEAs work on a single agenda. If the operation would have happened across the board in Karachi this may well have been avoided.

May God have mercy on Pakistan

ShahrukhKhan
May 13, 2015 10:23pm

Sad news...Minorities have been targeted in Pakistan and government has failed to provide any protection.

M.Malik
May 13, 2015 10:24pm

@Razi Khan. Because the Police and other security agencies in Pakistan, seem to operate in a 'reactive mode' , and respond armed to the teeth, AFTER the carnage is over, as if by securing the crime scene, will somehow ease the anguish of those affected by it. Rather than working 'proactively' to prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place. I never understood the logic behind this behavior.

How many cases how we come across where someone was arrested with concealed weapons, bombs or explosive on the person or vehicle, before they could commit such crimes? It has always been Police reacting with force after it is all over. In the meantime, they seem to be sitting or napping somewhere, until called to a scene.

zia
May 13, 2015 10:24pm

I dont even want to imagine the day when all well educated and intellectual have left Pakistan and all is left is mad religious minded...but thats where we are heading!

kp
May 13, 2015 10:35pm

Very sad RIP

Khan
May 13, 2015 11:00pm

Army Rule or New elections!

Iqbal
May 13, 2015 11:02pm
  1. we must go for weapon free state.
  2. Beside external Army should be given internal security as well, may be for few years.
  3. General security should be improved rather than wasting efforts on few VIPs.
Anwar Amjad
May 13, 2015 11:11pm

How in a city of 20 million people a few militants carry out brutal attacks and get away uncaught? Neither the terrorists are transparent nor do they vanish in thin air after the attack. They flee back to their hideouts watched by numerous onlookers. However, the FIR is always lodged against unknown people after such incidents. Is there no surveillance system in the city to track or capture the culprits immediately?

sal
May 13, 2015 11:18pm

This must stop. Pak Army should take over all major cities. Killing of innocent people is getting out of hand. Please stop this.....

Maratha
May 13, 2015 11:32pm

Pakistani's should realize that these attack wont stop if the radicalization which happened over the years to harm others is not stopped and reversed. Stop differentiating and will see the real enemy.

rizwan ali
May 13, 2015 11:39pm

The Pakistan army plz take over Karachi

zain
May 13, 2015 11:47pm

Its all about mind set and ideology,the only hope for pakistan is make it secular and take the religion out of constitution and courts,and that will not happen when these leaders are in ruling so this will just continue on and will not change,you cannot police every corner and every street the mind set and ideology needs to be changed.

M. Siddique
May 13, 2015 11:54pm

Ismaili community is very peaceful and were especially instrumental in getting Pakistan on sound economic footing at the time of independence. Steps must be taken to crush the criminals and their handlers once and for all.

saleem
May 13, 2015 11:57pm

@Junaid Khan(True Pakistani) you should stop calling creators of Pakistanis as "minority"

seemi
May 13, 2015 11:58pm

God bless our Pakistan!

M.Malik
May 14, 2015 12:29am

A government which cannot provide basic security to its citizens does not deserve to remain in power.

Enough already. Bring back Martial Law in Pakistan. Democracy has failed to deliver.

M. Siddique
May 14, 2015 12:29am

A typical knee jerk reaction for a politician to score browny points with people, suspend SHO and DSP. The CM needs their help to investigate. Their suspension is not necessary. What is the point in this action?

Yasir
May 14, 2015 12:33am

Governer Raj in Karachi to be announced in next 48 hours.

sofia
May 14, 2015 12:44am

RIP

Asma
May 14, 2015 12:49am

Perpetual failure of Sind Government for not protecting the citizens.

Fajita
May 14, 2015 12:55am

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi The PM has announced mourning and the flag will fly at half mast. I think you posted your comment in a haste.

rahim
May 14, 2015 01:01am

Every time there's an attack, either innocent people dies or army or law enforcement personnel and all these politician has to say is 'we condemned', nobody is ready to bear the responsibility or even ready to resign from their post, instead these shameless people come on media and says we are giving 5 lacs and 2 lacs. This is utter shame, even these politician are not human.

AA
May 14, 2015 01:14am

this incident could have been avoided if several similar incidents where hundreds of Shias have been mascaraed were taken seriously by our intelligence services...remember the hazara shias had to protest with bodies of loved ones on the street for several days before anyone took notice...

Raja
May 14, 2015 01:30am

Sindh CM Qaim and Governor must resign or they should be fired.

mike USA
May 14, 2015 02:00am

I think Administration should focus on terrorist activities in Karachi instead of going after one political party....

Manish
May 14, 2015 02:21am

Pakistan, India and Afghanistan should work together to eliminate all terrorist. There is no good or bad terrororist. We all can live with love and peace together and prosperous. Its very simple - build trust between each country, people to people, stop using proxy terrorist against each other.

Devar
May 14, 2015 02:46am

@Dilawar Khan its a largest city and with millions of people easy target

Abdul
May 14, 2015 02:53am

So, Jundullah group had accepted this killing. So, what we are waiting for. Ask public to take the photos of all members of this savage group post on the Internet and one by one eliminate them. That how you can provide justice to those who killed in this brutal act. We need the whole society to stand up and find these criminal where ever they are hiding. Not a difficult job.

Kalim
May 14, 2015 02:53am

Stupid politician in Pakistan will forget about it tomorrow and will continue their as usual politics against MQM, They are as much responsible as these terrorists. If they want change they need to go after real culprits instead of throwing some one else under bus. Musharraf's rule was best in controlling these fanatics. It was only in 2007 when these fanatics increased their powers with the support of corrupt political parties, Imran Khan was one to support them.

As for propaganda statement by @Lakhan Mr Lakhan , why do you think there are so many Muhajirs in Pakistan ? Can you show us a single city in India which is full of refugees from Pakistan ? Your stats are lies and propaganda from Hindu right wing fascists. I know them because I have lived in India.

By the way its not just minorities who are suffering in Pakistan, Even military schools are not spared by this indiscriminate violence.

Riaz Hussain Mann
May 14, 2015 03:03am

The authorities should impose bans on weapon manufacturing, smuggling and sales throughout Pakistan and anyone caught even with a bullet should be convicted of serious crime and given severe punishment such as the death penalty as a strict deterrent. Period of amnesty and then strict imposition of laws will slowly but surely be the only way protect its citizens. Hope the perpetrators of these barbaric and in humane acts are brought to justice and guardians of the law given full access all over the country to smoke them out. RIP to the innocent victims.

Reality
May 14, 2015 03:03am

In just few days Pakistani government will forget every thing about this incident and start their campaign against minorities political parties like MQM to make them self more popular. Because fighting against Islamic extremists doesn't give them any power so they allow it to go unpunished while fighting against MQM will make them popular amongst all Pakistanis. So its not about what is right, its about what is beneficial to power holders.

A Singh
May 14, 2015 03:20am

@M. Baluch - I share your angst/frustration and hope things get better there but seriously...ban motorcycles?? You realize that can't be the solution...right!! If tomorrow some other vehicle is involved, are you going to ban that too!! Are you gonna ban people from walking the streets??! Better law enforcement and getting to the root cause is more important. This includes govt policy changes (for real) and changing perspective towards these terrorist acts. They need to get serious and do something meaningful for a change!! It'll only make the world more peaceful!!

Xand
May 14, 2015 03:48am

A simpler solution for karachi, to the govt no more taxes from karachi until situation improves. Unite Karachiites.

sri1
May 14, 2015 03:59am

@Shaan "eliminate all the mafias and violent ethnic groups operating in Karachi" Hmmm. Do all the mafia and violent ethnic groups actually kill certain sects indiscriminately for doctrinal differences in faith? Obviously not. They of course need to be dealt with an iron hand. On the other hand, there are violent extremists who subscribe to a fanatical version of the faith and kill just for faith. The latter need to be mowed down like rats to ensure survival of the nation.

Erum
May 14, 2015 04:21am

And The attackers managed to flee after the attack...As Usual

Akil Akhtar
May 14, 2015 04:47am

No security agency in the world can stop terrorism if they are not fully supported by the public, media and the politicians....The army and FC are on their own in Pakistan where the politicians and public try to protect the culprits. If we cannot stop this menace we need to look at ourselves as blaming the security agencies is very easy.

Akil Akhtar
May 14, 2015 04:51am

All the terrorist attacks and the targets chosen seem to be well coordinated with the aim to divide the Pakistani society....It is not random and thus a well organised campaign against Pakistan. Part of a bigger agenda which has seen Iraq, Libya and Syria destroyed while nothing happens to all those Gulf states which has soft corner for Israel.

Security plan
May 14, 2015 04:55am

If there is Police patrol on every Main Street and institutions then they can launch counter attack and rescue in such instances. There should be a sophisticated network system where even if one police convoy is attacked then a backup is close by. This will need significant increase in police presence.

Amir Khan
May 14, 2015 05:05am

@Rashid Well said. But there are people in this world, who have guns and a heart full of hatred. God, Religion, Humanity are incidental for these monsters. Remove the guns, bombs from these monsters and control it, then there is a chance. It is the same problem in the USA too. As long as there is an argument to justify the possession of a gun , the rest of the peace loving humanity does not stand a chance. Unfortunately the powerful need these equipment and they do not want to get their hands dirty, so these equipment gets passed on lower down the chain and the result is for all to see.

Whistle
May 14, 2015 05:48am

@Iqbal True high time to confiscate weapons from the public, if at all possible. Stop all the open weapon markets spread across Pakistan.

Anwer Siddiqui
May 14, 2015 05:53am

I condemned and I appeal to leaders of Pakistan to take prompt actions against those who were involved in Karachi massacre. Justice must be served and perpetrators must be sentenced to death without any delays to stop these types of activities in future. Authorities MUST execute promptly and firmly. Every ones life is precious and NO one has an authority to take any ones life irrespective of belief and faith. "LIVE AND LET LIVE". Sincere and caring, Anwer Siddiqui California, USA

rana1
May 14, 2015 05:54am

Pakistan is at war within, so its the duty of every citizen to help government and army to fight the enemy.People must report to trusted authorities any suspicious character whether from public,police etc.

Rahim Lakhani
May 14, 2015 06:31am

As an Ismaili who previously grew up in Karachi and has lived last 2 decades in America, I'm very grateful for the sympathies expressed by Pakistanis all over as well as foreigners wishing our community well. INSHALLAH all of us Pakistanis, living within and abroad, will get through these tough times as one and by seeing all the comments I'm very hopeful for a more peaceful Karachi, sooner rather than later.

Jk
May 14, 2015 07:03am

Why is that they ALWAYS manage to escape ? WHY ? WHY? WHY?

SRK
May 14, 2015 07:04am

instead of suspend the top police officers govt must ensure that the law and enforcement agency got world class training in crime control like fbi and Scotland yard. should be train in Morden technic intelligence gathering forensic expertise and so on. use cutting-edge technology like surveillance by cctv special training . identify and dismantle originations those sympathise with killer ideology. it's like a cancer effecting Pakistan, need strong chemotherapy.

SRK
May 14, 2015 07:09am

separate the religion and state. think which ideology gave what type of fruit to society. first citizion of Pakistan no matter who are who religion wise.

Amar Moosa
May 14, 2015 08:40am

I seriously condemn this attack. here's a question....... why was the bus going to Aisha Manzil?

UN
May 14, 2015 08:41am

why is everyone calling this an attack on the minority? When I left Pakistan 20 years ago Ismailis were not minority. What happened?

Suman Ijaz
May 14, 2015 09:30am

I seriously condemn this attack;-(

javed Hasrat
May 14, 2015 10:05am

Really Sorry,outlawed organizations are free wandering in Pakistan.

IMM
May 14, 2015 10:46am

Should I.G sindh still deserve to be adhered to his post? he visited the venue of the poor/unfortunate bus community in a million Rs. vehicle :(

Aman Maad
May 14, 2015 11:17am

Oh God! Guide people, no one is there to guide such people, help them in understanding human life.

changezi
May 14, 2015 01:15pm

@changezi, please remember one thing, and that is the terrorism in karachi cannot be ended untill the terrorists Head Quarters, the planners and donors and the supporters are eliminated, merely by killing the street crimers would never end up the terror game, so the Pak Army need yo change the plan and look for their hideouts, bases and find out those who support them,

Mir kareem jan
May 14, 2015 01:28pm

I want to say for all, who lost there life R.I.P and want to know from our champions in uniform where is your intelligence services who can't protect his own peace loving citizens and claim on electronic media that we are number 1 intelligence agency in this world, please don't make us or outside world to laugh on you and take bold steps to protect each and every ordinary person of Pakistan and our chief minister say's why security was not provided to the bus my dear CM for your kind infomation from karachi university 40 buses leave and almost 20 from NED, 10 from DOW, and same size from SMC and a lot other for different communities have bus services for there people, so are you capable to provide security to all of them no not at all. We request you once again please make your intelligence more effected in every corner of your province that no one can dare to do this kind of barbaric act in future.

Farrukh
May 14, 2015 01:58pm

Heinous

aslam shaikh
May 14, 2015 09:35pm

These people and the planners should all be given the strictest of punishment. The details should be brought to International media and to UN. Military should revise the current process where no one gets punished and where the big fishes are still out of reach. Please solve this for the sake of your country.