Shia Muslims shout slogans beside a damaged bus after a bomb explosion in Karachi on Friday. – AFP Photo

KARACHI: A bomb struck a bus taking Shia Muslims to a protest rally near Karachi’s Safari Park on University Road on Friday, killing one man and wounding 11 others, police said.

The attack came one day after 20 Shias were hauled out of vehicles in the northwest and shot dead by gunmen dressed in military fatigues.

“A low-intensity bomb planted near a bus stand in Gulistan-e-Jauhar neighbourhood exploded and hit a car and a bus,” senior police official Shahid Hayat told AFP.

“The bomb killed a man in the car and injured 11 others, most of whom were bus passengers,” Hayat said.

The bus was carrying around 40 Shias to a rally marking solidarity with the Palestinians and to demonstrate against Thursday's sectarian killings.

Police said it was unclear if the Shias were targeted in Karachi.

“We can't say it was aimed at the bus as the bomb mainly hit the car. But we are investigating,” said a police official on the condition of anonymity.

Karachi is Pakistan's financial capital. Ethnic, sectarian and politically-linked violence has killed at least 1,100 people so far this year in the city, according to Pakistan's leading human rights organisation.

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August 17, 2012 11:04 am
Of all the people targeting participants of Al Quds rally. Those people marching for the cause of Palestinians. These extremists only consider if someone adheres to their brand of Islam. Otherwise he should be killed.
August 17, 2012 4:20 pm
Tighter Gun and explosive laws can help little bit more it's important to curb elements who support these to achieve their objectives whether it's by politicians , Intelligence , military or religious leaders.
August 17, 2012 4:23 pm
If these kind of Violence continues then Pakistan will disintegrate and nuclear weapon gets in hand of terrorist who may run the show one day
August 17, 2012 4:27 pm
They are doing for Allah and You asking Allah to stop this . I am confused and I think Allah too
August 17, 2012 4:53 pm
Around 75 per cent of irregular immigrants in Pakistan are living in Karachi, according to the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) that quoted the National Alien Registration Authority (Nara) in its annual report. These include half million Afghan and and half million Bangalis. Government should deport these illegals back to where they came from because these people are one the main reason for violence and crime. They are also snatching the jobs off of the Pakistani citizens.
S. Imam
August 17, 2012 5:00 pm
These people have been groomed and nurtured by the mosque going public be their sympathies or donations and not the government of Pakistan. Stop blaming others. Though government is also responsible for providing security to general populus.
August 17, 2012 5:10 pm
How can so much killing go on the month of Ramadan; is it not a Holy month for fasting and introspection.
August 17, 2012 5:04 pm
Government should take a step on root cause that they should improve the blasphemy law in Pakistan and limitation, nobody allow to use bad words and false self made literature's which hits any personality in Islamic History. I am sure this step will work!!!
August 17, 2012 10:49 am
May Allah help Pakistan eradicate these miscreants and safe each and every of its citizens no matter what they belief. Ameen... May Allah help us discern the truth out of these confusions and disillusionments. Ameen ya Rabbal Alameen.
August 17, 2012 10:42 am
How much more bloodshed?? Please do everything to stop this in God's name. Stop it NOW.
August 17, 2012 3:56 pm
Which government ? PPP's or CJP's ? They both are wrestling to grab the power and people of pakistan are suffering.
August 17, 2012 11:20 am
Talibans were created by USA and now Pakistan have to suffer. It was Pakistan's fault to accept to help USA to fight against USSR. Pakistan should have accepted friendship of Russia and anyway its always wiser to be friendly with neighbour then some other country which is thousands of miles away.
August 17, 2012 3:56 pm
Educate them? about what? they are already 'educated'. They just need to be punished.. There is not solution left except for catching them and bring them to justice.
August 17, 2012 11:20 am
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August 17, 2012 4:35 pm
These guys are neither human beings
Muhammad Farooq
August 17, 2012 3:48 pm
It doesn't matter who is Muslim who is not; it is the responsibility of the State to ensure safety and protection of the citizens' lives and properties.
August 17, 2012 3:17 pm
they are muslims
August 17, 2012 3:05 pm
This war will continue untill your a allie of America in so called war on Terror
August 17, 2012 3:02 pm
Untill you fight Americas war this will not stop the war will continue
August 17, 2012 2:55 pm
i loved Karachi it made me a better human i became a doctor and now my beautiful city is being destryoed by relegious zealous the so called patriots the buthha mafia Where is God or Allah or Buddah any diety please step in and save my city save my country
August 17, 2012 2:49 pm
Not sure if there is any relation but ever since the NATO supplies were halted and Raymond Davis' types were sent packing these suicide attacks have gone down. Infact, a lot of the recent blasts have been planted devices...just like in the good old days.
Aizaz Moin
August 17, 2012 2:46 pm
The Americans took back their country from the bad men by banding together. Is it too much for Pakistanis to unite against this? After all locals know better who these criminals are. The security agencies only reach there after they have fled?????
August 17, 2012 2:46 pm
Another day, another attack on Shia Muslims. Nothing new though, happening for the past 1400 years.
Muhammad Farooq
August 17, 2012 3:46 pm
poor intelligence may be one reason why such attacks go unnoticed unreported in advance in the first place. Who is accountable for this bloodshed??
August 19, 2012 7:57 am
They r criminals of the worst kind and deserve no space.they should be hanged no matter who .what the ulemas are doing?why can't they come out openly against these beasts.
August 17, 2012 2:20 pm
WHo ever are doing it are enemies of Pakistan. Enemy can be both internal or external. Even Pakistani can be hired by external enemy to carry out such incidents. During last 11 years, Both Foreigner and Pakistanis have been implicated for such terrorist activities. Many international countries are also involved. Why Pakistanis have not understood that they are in a war against multiple enemies?
Cyrus Howell
August 17, 2012 2:11 pm
You are right. These men are very naughty.
Cyrus Howell
August 17, 2012 2:09 pm
They are the result of organized crime and drugs in Karachi. They don't get caught because the police are not trying to catch them. Extortion is a gang crime.
August 17, 2012 2:02 pm
This will continue until we start punishing them firmly and quickly
August 17, 2012 2:01 pm
blasts, kidnaping, destruction and slaughtering of minorities have become a norm in pakistan, and the world does not care nor pay any attension anymore, coz people are sick and tired of these stone aged maniacs! and it will only get worse everyday, that is the plain truth!
August 17, 2012 12:30 pm
Aamir, they are not enemies of Pakistan. They are Pakistanis.
Fahad Siddiqui
August 17, 2012 11:27 am
Wailing sirens, sadistic chaos and complete mayhem ! They have ruined my city, My KARACHI !
aamir noorudi
August 17, 2012 11:27 am
please stop this bloodshed
August 17, 2012 3:48 pm
TTP should be termed as a non-Muslim organization, their actions shows it , as they are nonbelievers and have no respect of Humanity and Holy month of Ramadan.
Jag Jai
August 17, 2012 10:41 am
Is this the way to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and Eid in Pakistan?
August 17, 2012 10:39 am
WOW, we are Muslims, killing each other. Not sure which Quran they are reading. Beyond sad!!
August 18, 2012 7:15 pm
id cards....also, shias have marks on their bodies because of, just take the shirt out, and you will know who is who.
August 17, 2012 12:01 pm
They are the results of our Beautiful Government. Sad !
Muhammad Aamir
August 17, 2012 12:00 pm
These people are the enemies of the Pakistan and if they are not the enemies then they must have been indoctrinated by the group of enemies.
August 17, 2012 12:21 pm
August 17, 2012 12:21 pm
sad........ these guys arnt MUSLIMS at-least !
August 17, 2012 12:18 pm
More people get killed in Pakistan demonstrating against Israel in Pakistan than in Palestine!
August 17, 2012 12:17 pm
when there are thousands of Police, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies working in the country and in Karachi How is it possible to carry out these blast and target Killings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who is responsible?
August 17, 2012 12:48 pm
and Chief Justice will never take notice on this ruthless bloodshed - never
August 17, 2012 12:45 pm
There is no place left for Shia's in this country..
August 17, 2012 1:23 pm
There are no shops on that part of the road. correct ur Article Dawn
Faheem Mohamedi
August 17, 2012 1:15 pm
These are mis-guided people of Pakistan. Sad we need to educate them. Each one should do good what they can. If we all feel we can make a difference it will happen.
Gerry D'Cunha
August 17, 2012 1:45 pm
These guys must be aliens then. stop dreaming!!!! they are your own people, open your eyes - false accusations won't help solving problems in your community.
August 17, 2012 1:35 pm
We need SOUND LEADERSHIP that is willing to PROMOTE RELIGIOUS HARMONY among other NOTABLE things it could do.
August 17, 2012 1:45 pm
They are the byproduct of our culture of intolerance, inapt govt officials and head of departments. Everyone is busy minting money. As for the awam we continue to relect them and stay silent when we see wrong. We need to speak up against all forms of evils, prevent wrong and promote right. We need to speak about zulm (denied justice) against women, poor, minorities such as Hindus, Christians and Shiaas Otherwise the ugliness of our doing will continue to eke out and strike us anywhere (including places of worship).
August 17, 2012 1:44 pm
Shia's are not safe in any part of Pakistan - Taliban are killing them up and down in Pakistan and armed forces are useless.
August 17, 2012 1:42 pm
Chief Justice is busy taking suo moto actions against slapping and carrying a bottle of wine
August 17, 2012 1:37 pm
when it happend? according to pakistan time.. plz let me know.
nazir ali
August 17, 2012 3:53 pm
I say it again. Most Pakistanis are cowards. Rise and fight these terrorists instead of providing comments and whining in the safety of your homes. You have the ultimate solution. You voted for this corrupt government and now you suffer. You nurtured the talibans and cheered them on, now you suffer. Dont blame anyone please.
August 17, 2012 3:51 pm
Correct. Ek musalmaan per doosre musalmaan ka khoon haraam hai. They are preparing hell fire for them. Extremism will kill the country. Its image has already been tarnished by religious goons.
amir khurshid
August 17, 2012 5:39 pm
right saddddd
atta khoso
August 17, 2012 5:56 pm
dear kamran we are responsible for this mayhem, few weeks ago two bombs were planted against law enforcement agencies, which were diffused prior to its detonation, it was so done because of responsibility of the citizens who reported for the parcel , in which bomb was placed , one of them was a shepherd who was an uneducated boy who reported the matter to govt functionaries .That is the point on which i want to concentrate your attention, we are responsible for the scenario created by either means for us , we all are one nation but still we do not fulfill the criteria of such ideology because we have left our religion and came to our ethic values , some call them self as balochi some call them self as punjabi, vice versa , there is good saying of wise man " A nation calls a sin as sin, it is usual but a nation calls a good as good is not usual". we should not blame any other for our sins we should observe our sins and try to vacant our personality from such sin to blame other, as they are threats aware to all the nation by the media. so be responsible and think positive to the scenario.
August 17, 2012 7:15 pm
PPP and corrupt political leaders destroyed our flasing like star city. We used to enjoy God's given peace place till PPP and PML-N did not take over now it has become hell, no safe life, no families respect, no religion, no education, no jobs, no medical facilities, no food, no clean water, no electric, no business and much more NO NO NO NO. Oh God listen our prayers and destroy all dirty filthy and criminals. AAMEEN.
Gerry D'Cunha
August 17, 2012 7:21 pm
For God sake, when will this madness of killing each other end - are there any solution or are there any senseable person who could make these person understand through TV;radio;newspapers;mosques or corner meetings.
August 17, 2012 7:37 pm
Totally Agree.
August 17, 2012 7:45 pm
21 Pakistani Muslims have been killed in two days. I would like to see which routes are closed for 6 months or even for few days so that terrorists can not come back freely? I would like to see who demands apology from these killers? I would like to see if this gets to be even discussed in the parliament. I would like to see if anyone takes suo moto. I would like to see if anyone goes after these terrorists and bring anyone to justice. All you see is blowing hot air for few days and then another massacre in few months. When US killed 27 solders at Sahala base, at least they say it was an accident. In this case, the killers made sure that these innocent victims were Pakistanis. Who will now take stand against this tyranny? any firebrand TV evangelist? Any patriotic politician? Any chief justice, Any army chief? Anyone?? This is a simple fact that all institutions in Pakistan are in collusion with the terrorists. If not then prove it.
August 17, 2012 8:04 pm
very sad and depressing to see pakistan burning like this . there is anarchy right that no one has control over it, we need change and change of government and policies can bring some good.. stop this blood bath we all want to see Pakistan prosperous it is only enemies that wants this.
August 17, 2012 8:07 pm
Lotta handwringing here. Why don't Pakistanis just take to the streets to show your disapproval?
August 17, 2012 8:11 pm
'police said it was unclear if shias were targeted'! WOW....wonder what will it take for them to make it CLEAR..get some AIR.
August 17, 2012 8:17 pm
Yea open NATO supply..:(
August 17, 2012 8:27 pm
Sectarianism is a curse. All the resources of the state must be used to bring these criminals to justice immediately.
August 17, 2012 8:27 pm
So the Shias are being targeted because Pakistan is fighting America's war? Stop giving yourself excuses for everything these savages are doing to Pakistan. The only way of survival for Pakistan now is to get rid of TTP and every smug who labels people as kafir and then targets them.
Dr. Malek Tauqee
August 17, 2012 8:34 pm
There will be no religious harmony in a country created in the name of religion.
August 17, 2012 8:38 pm
Why are Pakistanis so consumed with Palestine when they have plenty of their own issues. Lets solve our problems first.
August 17, 2012 8:40 pm
This is what happens when a country is based on a particular religious phylosophy.
August 17, 2012 8:59 pm
what war are you talking about.. with whom you are fighting.. Little knowledge is really very devastating..
August 17, 2012 9:02 pm
This is exactly what the TTP wants. What irks them is that Shias have been an integral and essential part of Pakistan all the way from our Quaid to Bibi Shaheed and Inshallah will remain as such in future. It is time for moderate Shias and Sunnis to sincerely look for ways of increasing unity and solidarity.
Mohammad Khan
August 17, 2012 9:10 pm
Until Pakistan Army keep fighting for the good old US of A, this mayham will continue because CIA is working on the old theory, divide and rule. They dont care if Pakistan stays or dismantled. US has no friends, only interests. Pakistan is in cohoot with the wrong country. get this elephant out of your country. God willing, Pakistan will be strong again united under one flag..
August 17, 2012 9:12 pm
It is NOT poor intelligence but FEAR of becoming targets that keeps Pakistanis (ordinary citizens, police, judges, etc.) from playing our role in contributing towards the eradication of the menace of terrorism
August 17, 2012 9:21 pm
Psychiatrists can be called in to treat an individual's mental disorders or disorientation. Now, a new professional must be trained from the scratch to treat COLLECTIVE mental disorders or disorientation. Pakistan sure needs a new professional to treat a society descending into chaos and anarchy.
August 17, 2012 9:24 pm
yes MY Karachi is crying !!!! :'(
August 17, 2012 9:33 pm
its not about America's War. its about going after Terrorist group like laskar janghvi and Sippa Sahaba. We need to go after them and clean that mess. We need to support our army and let them clean this mess no matter where it is.
August 17, 2012 9:36 pm
This country is created by Qaid-e-Azam who was Shia, this is our country and we will save it. We cannot handover this to terrorist group. they are killing our Shia and Sunni brothers. They call them self sippa sahaba but they are the worse enemy of Sahaba and Islam.
August 17, 2012 9:38 pm
Chief Justice has his own agenda, He does not care about justice.
August 17, 2012 9:41 pm
Govt, Judiciary,Army and we all. why do we provide support to these terrorist groups.
August 17, 2012 9:43 pm
Mighty India was divided and Pakistan was created. Now Pakistan is divided based on something else. There is no end to division because each of us are different. If each of us kill another person for not being the same as us, there will be no human on this planet. Pakistan, please leave the religious madness.
August 17, 2012 9:48 pm
Very simplistic view. How is Shia killing related to American war. The culprits are using this as an excuse once American are gone they will have a free hand to subdue the whole population to their narrow interpretation of Islam.
sparky singh
August 17, 2012 9:58 pm
How exactly do they identify who is a shia and who is not? Do the surnames give anything away?
August 17, 2012 10:02 pm
Smaller devil is better than the elder one. The situation is so alarmed that army's intervention is badly needed now. How long we will be victimised by this sham democratic governments. These janta who is ruling us even not capable to run a small town and people have given them verdict for whole the country.
August 17, 2012 10:12 pm
This is not question either they are muslims or not. They are cold blooded beasts and should be punished by the special courts. Those courts should be supervised and conducted by army which is the only reliable institution now otherwise the present judicial system will release them again on bail. Thousands of criminals who have been caught earlier by army and handed over to judiciary are now back on the road and killing the innocent pakistanis.
August 17, 2012 10:19 pm
Excellent comment. We (Pakistani Muslims) will never get to where we want to go because we simply do not know we currently are.
August 17, 2012 10:20 pm
There are lot of madrassahs running by illeterate molvis who are already educating them. There should be clean up of all Zia ul Haq's jehad grown hypocrites and their brainchildren.
August 17, 2012 10:30 pm
This is a spillover of Punjabi chauvinism. Now it is being expressed in religious terms, before this it was provincial terms. It is militants from that one province indulging in this. It is no surprise then that they are also the ones being shot down by the BLA in Baluchistan as they cause trouble all over the country. Wake up now before it is too late.
August 17, 2012 10:31 pm
I think its a wrong thought that we'll overcome these henious and barbaric actions if we leave Americas war. In my personal opinion, these people have turned against Pakistan. US was sucessful in making this OUR war. Its a vicious cycle.
August 17, 2012 10:32 pm
No if they are not muslim then who are they christians or aliens.. Accept it if a muslim does something wrong expect it that he is a muslim. If a christian or hindu would have done it you'll would be fast to say oh he's a christain... Double standards u people play. u'll will never except that it is ur own muslims that are responsible for the crap in pakistan.
August 17, 2012 10:34 pm
And do you think the people that are doing this are Muslims? They're not even following the basic principles of Islam.
Sad pakistani
August 17, 2012 10:54 pm
Sad but true---------- This is the way for some Groups in Pakistan.
Qaiser Bakhtairi
August 17, 2012 11:03 pm
Yes please keep blaming America, Israel etc etc but when the culprits are caught they always tend to be religious fanatics. Sorry but this blame America first tactic is kinda getting old and lame.
August 17, 2012 11:12 pm
I think ppl took this comment the wrong way..fahad meant the killers are not true muslims..
Irfan Baloch
August 18, 2012 12:22 am
killing each other? you make it sound as if Shias are also going around stopping buses and killing and blowing up bombs in the mosques
Shahzad L
August 18, 2012 12:38 am
Isnt this ironic that whenever Pakistan and Iran sit on the same table to discuss trade and other stuff, unfortunate incidents like this start happening right away!
sunny leone
August 18, 2012 12:42 am
As if all muslim organization have great deal of respect for humanity !! Most glareig example of double standards of an avarage paki.
Rizwanul Huda
August 18, 2012 1:35 am
Shias were taken off from the bus in Gilgit and killed. Taliban proudly claimed responsibility for this.Now bomb exploded to kill more Shias. This is the month of Ramzan and soon it will be EID. How far our society has rotten. Unbelievable and that in the name of Islam. Yes we need to realize the fact that these are the fanatics from among us.
August 18, 2012 1:48 am
a country born of the inability to live with others, has no hope it will live with its own,
August 18, 2012 2:19 am
far too behind on the evolution ladder
dr ghulam
August 18, 2012 2:24 am
these killers should be hanged in public. we are all one. shias and sunnis all are one.
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