23 August, 2014 / Shawwal 26, 1435

A man looks at his burned belongings in a room after a bomb blast in a residential area, in Karachi. –Reuters Photo
A man looks at his burned belongings in a room after a bomb blast in Karachi’s Abbas Town. –Reuters Photo

Karachi’s Abbas Town has been struck again and Sunday’s attack has caused the most casualties and damage. As while it is far easier to speak of and listen to death tolls, it is extremely difficult to imagine the plight of those who have lost their loved ones sitting right beside them in their homes. In the blink of an eye, dozens of families have been destroyed, emotionally as well as financially. Innocents are under the debris and their family members are looking for them. In the midst of the turmoil, MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s statement has brought a bitter truth to light – that establishment-backed banned organisations are playing havoc with the lives of the people and state agencies have been keeping mum over the surreptitious mass slaughter of Pakistan’s Shia community. Finally, this grain of truth that had been held back for the longest time has being publicly uttered by a politician.

Although no specific banned organisation has claimed responsibility of the attack so far, historically the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi accepts having engineered such bombings in its quest to accomplish its anti-Shia agenda. In fact, the conflict between the Sunni and Shia militant factions in its recent form can be traced back to the Iranian revolution of 1979 and General (retd) Ziaul Haq's collusion with the United States and Saudi Arabia in its war against communism in Afghanistan. Iran, a predominantly Shia country, has an ideological clash with Saudi Arabia, a state with an overwhelming majority of Sunnis, and has also been in America’s bad books over the revolution, as well as the subsequent nuclear program. Pakistan factors in the equation in the sense that the country, it seems, has become a land where proxy wars can easily be funded and fought – gradually losing its options to come out of declared and undeclared alliances.

In the 1990s, the Shia and Sunni clashes in Pakistan damaged thousands of families. Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi was murdered and the LJ announced to take revenge from Shias living all over the country. With the ban on militant organisations in 2003, LJ split and regrouped in the form of different groups which attached themselves to organisations like al Qaeda and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Although it does not have a global agenda, the LJ is contributing to it by partaking in the mass killings of Hazaras and perhaps of other non-Hazara Shias as well. There are those that argue that the so-called Iranian-backed Hazaras pose a threat to ‘religious laws’ that the Afghan Taliban want to introduce after capturing Nato-dominated areas. And further on, state agencies that are likely to have invested in the future of Taliban in Afghanistan seem to be keeping quiet over these killings.

Along with Pakistan and Afghanistan, the renewed Shia-Sunni debate is also evident in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain have predominantly Sunni ruling elites who are known for persecuting the minority Shia community; whereas, the ruling elites of Syria and Iran are accused of persecuting the Sunni minority communities in those countries. While the contentions between the two groups is not new to our societies, the apparent inaction of state agencies, which usually claim having informed law enforcement agencies of possible threats of attacks is a reason to worry.

In the wake of Sunday’s bombing, a man was arrested and it was reported that he had confessed being involved in the attack, adding that his two other companions had fled from the scene. We often come across these references but never do we hear of the detained suspects once they are handed over to investigative agencies. Of late, Usman Saif Ullah Kurd and Badini were found involved in the Alamdar Road blast in Quetta and the truth is both these terrorists had escaped from a jail situated in a highly secure zone.

Rehman Malik says the LJ has its roots in Punjab and that the Punjab government should arrest the 534 people whose list has been provided to the government, however, Asif Zardari yesterday said some political parties had interests attached with these banned outfits. The president’s statement can be viewed in the light of Ludhianvi’s claims that he had no ties to the LJ and its activities, as well as the fact that both Ludhianvi and Malik Ishaq have close links with the Punjab government.

It is astounding that in such circumstances political parties have been mulling over, nay, actually working to initiate a dialogue with the TTP. The very premise that we’ll achieve peace by negotiating with the Taliban is wrong as for that we would need complete cooperation from the state agencies. People in Swat, Waziristan, Quetta and now in Karachi have been crying that attacks are launched when security officials are stationed only a few yards away from the scene but the media is diverting the attention from the real issue by implicating analysts in the question as to whether we should start a dialogue with the Taliban or not. When the valid question to be asking is, whether the state will take action or will it compel members of the country’s Shia community to take up arms?

 


The author is a TV producer, with a special interest in politics, literature and philosophy.

 


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Comments (91) (Closed)


Gerry D'Cunha
Mar 04, 2013 07:43pm
Why are sunni muslims killing their minority shia Muslims in Pakistan ? one need to study the islamic history, down the line, through the centuary – to get the answer.
salman
Mar 05, 2013 12:09am
give some proofs for your statements as far as syria is concerned,sunnis are with assad. listen to the speeches recently made by the grand mufti of syria. only the salafi/wahabi muslim brotherhood is against the government(with support of usa and their saudi puppets)
sanman
Mar 05, 2013 12:32am
--Mahatma Gandhi
MMS (USA)
Mar 05, 2013 06:52pm
It is not a question of conversion but the question of living together as human beings. Let the almighty judge but let us live as human beings. If the prophet could tolerate different religions in his life why cannot we do the same? Is that not what the sunnah of the prophet teaches us.
NoSuch
Mar 05, 2013 04:18pm
He is not naive. He is stirring the pot, as if it needs stirring.
hussain mian
Mar 04, 2013 11:19pm
Hussain mian, you do not have any choice; your mullah has already decided your destiny - whether you like it or not is not within your control.
Shah
Mar 05, 2013 06:50pm
i blame on our religious leader, who insult other sect/faith to gain popularity and money.So it is our fault as well that why we listen to those Ulma who speak nasty.
hussain mian
Mar 04, 2013 11:21pm
That is too complicated for this mullah dominated society to comprehend.
Abdul Qadir
Mar 04, 2013 10:43pm
Another correction required is that Bahrain have a shia majority being persecuted by the minority sunni ruling elite while Syria has a sunni majority who are being persecuted by the minority shia ruling elite.
M Asif Khan
Mar 04, 2013 10:31pm
Extremely sad incident and the loss of loved ones cannot be discribed; but the religion or sect is not to be blamed because the blasts in sunni mosques have the same planners. Society need to stand up. The rulers/planners have completey faild. Either we stand collectively now or we all will surely fall.
Qureshi
Mar 04, 2013 10:33pm
The Shias should convert
Qureshi
Mar 04, 2013 10:35pm
Pick up a gun
MMS (USA)
Mar 04, 2013 10:01pm
I think it is time for the shia's along with other minorities to create their own organization to retaliate against the LJ or any other outfit that is creating havoc against them. The primary problem is the government of panjab run by Nawaz Sharif. He is personnaly involved in giving the LJ a safe passage as he himself is a fanatical muslim. Remember he wanted to be a khalif. How come he has not arrested and incarcerated even one member of the LJ. Also, in all his history he has never made a satement against them. I think he should be tried as an accomplice of the LJ and hung. (There is saying that says, If you run around wih murderers then you are an acomplice to a murder). Let his honourable CJ go home and sleep. He has a tendency to make many suo moto decisions, but only to keep his legacy of 'perception of greatness' to the public intact. He is more interested in what history would write about him, then the results. He is full of smoke and mirrors. How many has he incarcerated All I have heard is the lack of evidence in each case. If I remember correctly, Bughti was arrested with arms and ammunation, without having pemits for them but he was let go for lack of evidence!!! I make this very simple statement to the police force. If the whole country was corrupt to ts core (including the army), and the police force was not. No one in the country would have dared to break the law. (Not even the army). A police officer could arrest a general for corruption but a general could not arrest even a civilian for any small felony. The corruption of the police force must first change.
Naeem
Mar 04, 2013 06:27pm
The day is not far when people will take up arms and drag these so called leaders (political and relegious) out of their homes and hang them in streets....I wish that day come soon.
Akash
Mar 04, 2013 09:25pm
Loving these Articles....
Kashif Khan
Mar 04, 2013 03:59pm
The conflict and animosity has been around for years, but why the sudden increase in violence now? Has anyone noticed that maybe certain powers are trying to play the Shias and Sunnis of Pakistan against each other and keep Pakistan unstable. Their eyes are on Pakistan's resources and the best way to obtain it is to use the same old divide and conquer method. Who says Saudi Arabia or Iran care for our interests? PS: Fact check: Syria is majority Sunni.
RxPrrP
Mar 04, 2013 08:39pm
So far only one side was being made blind.
RSS
Mar 04, 2013 08:25pm
Did not happen before 9-11.
asad
Mar 04, 2013 11:13am
Not agree with you, Authors Lack of knowledge.
Shahpur
Mar 04, 2013 06:58pm
Pakistan is getting close to resembling Syria. Same forces, as in Syria, are working in Pakistan.
Punit Gupta
Mar 05, 2013 01:23pm
Why they are doing so, what is the matter?
Tahir
Mar 04, 2013 05:13pm
Saleem Sahib, I agree with you wholeheartedly and I hear what you are saying. It is still never to late to make amends on past mistakes.
Syed
Mar 04, 2013 05:10pm
Shia muslims have never attacked the qadianis, christians and hindus. This is not what our religion teaches. After Prophet (pbuh) won Makkah, He let everyone there practice their religion peacefully. There is a shia genocide taking place in Pakistan so all the minorities should be standing up for the Shias of Pakistan.
Humanity
Mar 05, 2013 01:32pm
Try to understand the philosophy of LeJ/TTP. Clear statement is " We are true Muslims who ever is not accepting our idelogy and version of Islam is not among us infact against us and we have full right to eliminate them by any mean". Now where is Sunni & Shia lies in the statement, No where !! So If you and me are not accepting their version of islam we both are killable no matter what religion/sect/community we are following. Hence, I donot have any doubt that people who attack on Data Darbar are the same who have attacked Muharram Processions. The people who attacked Molana Hasan Jan(KPK), Molana Hasan Turabi(Khi) and Mufti Sarfaraz Naeemi (Lhr) are the same. Plz don't be confused with their affiliation to Sunni Maktab-e-fikr as they are just using it for shelter and to confused people like you else they have nothing to do with any sect or even Islam. Peace.
Aslam Khan
Mar 04, 2013 04:59pm
Terrorists want to see Sunni Shia fight. Agreed. What does the government want? Are they not too conspicious with their inaction.T
silent
Mar 04, 2013 04:32pm
It takes two to tango, both groups have terrorist wings, each killing the other....
Jawwad
Mar 04, 2013 04:18pm
I am sorry but the Politicians are busy negotiating peace with the Terrorists for themselves and not for the Public as they have you believe.
Kajamohieen
Mar 04, 2013 04:56pm
Hello Saleem, please wake and smell the coffee. Violence has always happened in the name of Islam (from the seventh century onwards) is happening in the Islam and will continue to happen in its name unless you open your eyes an see the elephant in the room which all Muslims are studiously refusing to do. regards Kajamohideen
Shah
Mar 04, 2013 04:30pm
We should strongly condemn this act, full sympathy with the families whose love one died.This is the act of Satan.To avoid this devil act in future we should bring harmony and understanding between different sect . Ulma/Aalim are also responsible for this violence who talk hate. we should condemn all sermon and majlis where Ulma insult and humiliate other sect. We should not talk nasty about those personality who are respected in other sect/faith, and if we continue doing this then at least i don't see any light at the end of the tunnel.Why not we can talk peace and love all the time.Why we like those Aalim who talk hate.
AHA
Mar 05, 2013 01:54am
So true.
Old man
Mar 04, 2013 01:29pm
An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind
Prof L. H. Zaidi
Mar 05, 2013 12:49pm
Pakistan a big fully resourced modern nuclear powered 1st failed state. A so called Islamic republic where minorities big or small are slaughtered fearlessly for decades. A country for which 2 million people from ordinary man to powerful and elite gave their life, countless left their century’s ancestral homes and belongings under the leadership of Quiad-A-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in hope to go to promised land, like the followers of Moses nearly 5 millions ago. On arrival in Pakistan lived for years in tents and filthy conditions beyond belief, yet they stand resolute to change Pakistan, an exemplary in the world. It were these people those converted Karachi, a small place at the edge of desert into industrial, commercial and social centre of the country, a land mark for the country. A place that resembled heaven for the weak and helpless, young and old, able bodied or handicapped regardless of race, religion, colour and creed, a town that embraced millions from trauma countries of the world e.g. Burma,, Afghanistan, India, Somalia, SiriLanka, China, Vietnam and India just to mention are my sweet memories from young age. Inapt and selfish funerals and politicians for the sake of power and greed have completely crushed my dreams about my beloved land. It was the speedy slide towards injustice that forced me and millions like me to leave my fatherland in search of life. We have spent our lives day by day in pains with feelings of emotionally dispossessed (financially most of us are well off). It has always been dreams of millions to return to their roots. Now by the mercy of my Allah, I am in a position to go home to spend my remaining time in my country and die in the presence of my loved ones and secure a place for rest till eternity. To help the youth of my nation to reach to their deserving place in the world and so an honourable place for Pakistan in the league of civilised nations. My dreams are all traumatized, I can only weep and cry. Mass murder of hundreds of innocent, babies, young girls and boys, men and women, young and old, week after week across the land for what they are Shea, Christians, Hindues a minority. Is this Islam. Unfortunately all political parties except MQM have the courage to stand up and show effective support towards the helpless of my nation. Perhaps I have to die and buried in a foreign and my spirit keep crying till Quyamut (day of judgement). Curse on Pakistan is being showered by political parties, paing a lip service to such heinous crimes is like commuting the crime. Quid-e-Azam, the founding father of the country in his grave must be turning with pains to see what is happening to his minorities, Muslims and non Muslims; the people he gave assurances and solemn promise of equality, justice and peace, during his struggle to win a homeland for Muslims of India and promised so in his 1st inaugural speech as the Governor General of Pakistan. I can’t continue to write any more as my thoughts are failing to comply with my heart. AS a last sentence, I can only say God help my country and save it from further extremist’s destruction.
yousaf ali
Mar 04, 2013 01:54pm
who are disagree in pakistan?we attack each other because of we are muslim?may some one tell us the truth.
Naimat
Mar 04, 2013 11:02am
The writer of this apparently balanced peace has played with words. See the following words; "Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain have predominantly Sunni ruling elites who are known for persecuting the minority Shia community; whereas, the ruling elites of Syria and Iran are accused of persecuting the Sunni minority communities in those countries." The last part should be read as "whereas, the ruling elites of Syria and Iran are persecuting the Sunni minority communities in those countries". Pls condemn every form of wrong deed, no matter it is perpetrated by Iran or Saudi Arabia.
PFS
Mar 04, 2013 12:55pm
It's never been observed that there is no sign of sectarian issues for years. However, the problem that is arrising now a days is beyond the comprehension of common man. Each common needs peace and harmony in the country. it is some external hands that are making conspiracy against Pakistan to destroy the peace within.
BRR
Mar 04, 2013 03:59pm
Jinnah a Shia did not want muslims to live with hindus in united India. Then he wanted hindus as minorities to live with muslims in Pakistan. Such nonsense continues.
Furqan
Mar 04, 2013 10:46am
This is what has been happening for the last two decades, Shia and Sunni community has taking up arms.
sultan
Mar 04, 2013 03:57pm
very true
TalkIsCheap
Mar 05, 2013 01:09pm
As far as I understand the Shia-Sunni divide exists because some extremist Sunnis hate some extremist Shias that curse some personalities. I don't want to get into why they curse them and whether Shia or Sunni claims are right or wrong regarding these personalities. The bottom line is hate speech should be banned and anyone committing hate speech should be taken to task in accordance with strict laws. In the U.S. and other Western countries there exist strict hate speech laws. People can get arrested, fined and even sent to prison! For example in the UK hate speech is defined as "Expressions of hatred toward someone on account of that person's colour, race, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origin, religion, or sexual orientation". If you really want to do something for your people and your country, force your government to introduce such strict hate speech laws. If they don't agree force them to agree!
Aamir
Mar 04, 2013 10:36am
agreed
SP Bansal
Mar 04, 2013 10:28am
Mr. Zeeshan What your name says and what you want is not so very important. Important is what Pakistan and People say and want. My question is to you where were you and what you were doing all these years when rest of community in Pakistan was using Terrorism as state policy to get money and fulfill their demands.
zeeshan
Mar 04, 2013 11:36am
i wonder whether zeeshan is really naive or just pretending to be...ever heard of Lashkare Muhammad and Pakistani Hizbullah,are they taliban? and just before this new wave of violence,whole world witnessed attacks on Sunni Moulanas and 8 madressah student killed at chai ka dhaba in gulshan e iqbal .A number of bombing in mosques,markets even funerals. The terrorist are doing it blatantly in day light on camera..would u alse blame Lashkare jhangvi for that...Fact is evil reside every where. Same Punjab government u r blaming of hands in hands with LeJ conducted a massive operation against LeJ in 1999 after the Nawaz sharif narrowly escaped the bombing of his motor cade.The operation was stopped after mushi came in power.
sri1ram
Mar 04, 2013 12:53pm
Hmmm. The more the non-violence, sacrifices and humanity of the minorities, the more the vicious violence of the self-anointed caretakers of faith. Just take up arms and protect your own. When the establishment does not have the will to protect you against fanatics, why even depend on them? The only language that those monsters understand is that of absolute cruelty, so why not speak to them in their own tongue?
Beenysh S Rajput
Mar 04, 2013 10:12am
Whatever ...Karachi is taking last breath, hence the rest of the talk seems irrelevant.
Syed
Mar 04, 2013 03:51pm
and what about you? you are full of knowledge
ZOHAIB SHAFQAT
Mar 04, 2013 11:43am
The state has left no option but to take up arms in self defence!!
Abdullah Hussain
Mar 04, 2013 12:18pm
Very unfortunate & very sad at what happened in Abbas Town. The govt has totally failed to protect the lives & properties of the common people. If one can't control the acts of the terrorists then what is the use in remaining in power. They congratulate the govt for completing 5 years in power, to me it is 5 years sheer helplessness of the govt in doing anything worth considering. I am sure as like before no one will be punished for the cowardly act of killing innocent peoples.
Zain Raza
Mar 04, 2013 11:54am
they have not taken up arms, it is a planned and systematic genocide and is one way. Can you share statistics of bomb blasts and the targetted sect in the past 2 decades?
AHA
Mar 04, 2013 11:47am
Altaf Hussain is absolute right. The establishment-backed banned organisations are playing havoc with the lives of the people - and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan does not seem to care at all.
Zeeshan
Mar 05, 2013 12:35pm
Among 45 dead 18 were Sunnis this is not the dispute of sacts the western forces does not wants the people gahter religiously America planned to unite PPP, ANP and MQM in Sindh all liberals MQM has the biggest loss in case of losing Shia votes the differnce of opinion b/w Shia Ulema and Altaf Hussain is not a hidden fact including PPP which can also lose the shia voting
Goga Nalaik
Mar 04, 2013 02:40pm
But they will
Saleem
Mar 04, 2013 12:46pm
I am sorry to say that leadership and the individuals need to look deep inside why this is happening. Who is causing these atrocities in the name of ISLAM? When the other minorities where victimized unfortunately Shias and sunnies were in bed to kill other in the name of who came to protect all humanity. Now they are turning on each other, I am deeply deeply sorry, and let me be very clear this should not have happened, especially in the name of ISLAM, but I respectfully say to my shia friends, we told you so, but you never listened. My Allah bless us with wisdom to serve HIS creation without prejudice, serve HIM with humility, and let HIM alone decide who is right and who is wrong. May Allah guide us all.
Ihtisham
Mar 04, 2013 11:57am
It is time to rise against these hidden enemies among us,
Hussaini
Mar 04, 2013 11:57am
MQM should not do Alliance with Siph Sahaba(Ahel Sunnat Wal Jamaat)..!
salman
Mar 04, 2013 12:29pm
Let the Shia community also stand up for Qadiani's, Christian, hindus and other minorities. We need go back to believing religion is a personal matter and should not involve the state - yes at one time a lot of people did believe this.
Arsalan
Mar 04, 2013 12:02pm
Establishment is leaving no choice for SHIA community. Now we should pickup the up and strike back and hit them hard who ever hits us. Enough is enough now.
Saleem
Mar 04, 2013 03:39pm
PFS, Respectfully external hand cannot do anything until the internal hand is in agreement with that filth. We need to self examine that is the real Jihad to purify yourself. Today those so called self righteous, are the main problem. They need to remember that Allah made each soul responsible for herself, not for tom dick and harry. We forget how many faults we have, rather keep on looking the faults of others. Once we realize this truth, that each us have to look inside and correct own shortcomings, then we will turn the page. Until then May Allah help us
AA
Mar 05, 2013 03:34am
We Christian truly sincerely pray for peace between Shia and Sunnies as Christian being a man of faith i always hope peace in Muslims world we really do not want Shia or Sunnies stand for our rights we just want Sunnies to give rights to Shias and Shias should give rights to Sunnies. We Christians throughout entire world do not want either one stand for Christians right god bless Sunnies and Shias
Hamiz
Mar 05, 2013 03:45am
Government is a TOTAL FAILURE. I am sad to see the people of Abbas town being hurt and the citizens of Pakistan in this manner by the gov. There should be a uprising from all the gropus in Pakistan and people should come out on streets. Government security personnel are responsible for all this and we cannot let this massacre happen on a daily basis. WAKE UP PEOPLE BEOFORE ONE OF YOUR OWN IS KILLED THIS WAY....WAKE UP PAKISTAN PLEASE WAKE UP TO THIS DEAD COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE WHO STILL LAUGH AND BE HAPPY I HOPE AND PRAY THAT ONE OF YOURS IS KILLED THIS WAY THEN YOU WILL REALISE HOW IT FEELS TO LOOSE SOMEONE DEAR
Syed
Mar 05, 2013 03:47am
To our Shia brothers, this is new for you but for Ahamadis in Pakistan, this suffering has been in place since the 70s.
Raj
Mar 05, 2013 03:54am
Thank god ..Nobody is blaming India for this..
Rani
Mar 05, 2013 04:23pm
The elephants in the room is CIA and RAW calling out their proxies. Time for you to smell the coffee.
Pushpinder Singh
Mar 05, 2013 04:18am
I am from Indian Punjab, where we watch your TV channel and soaps, along with our own channels. But what I want to say is this:- If I could cross the border and hug some 'normal' Pak civilians, I would love to do it. I feel your pain and helplessness with a bad set of politicians. Ours are no better. But that is no consolation to you. The root of the problem is the politicians medlling with the education system. Let the system remain pure, and full of good values. Then the children will not grow like somebody's crops. They will grow to be independent minded, rational people, full of empathy and manners. Also, All muslims should stop exposing children to animal slaughter, no matter what is given in the Friday sermons. Watchiing animal slaughter is worse than a violent video game, and has a long term impact in destroying their sensitivity and feelings towards others. Long live the people, May the politicians and religious leaders die today with God's curse.
raja hindustani
Mar 05, 2013 04:15pm
It seems Religion is killing humanity.....!!!
DumAir
Mar 05, 2013 04:11pm
Sure, your armies are attacking every single Muslim country in the world. Please allow them to live in peace. Remove your armadas from there.
SOS
Mar 05, 2013 04:05pm
Are you saying that the State did this?
fika77
Mar 05, 2013 05:02am
If an eye for an eye is truly implemented, no one would even dare to take one's eye in the first place. It is just like balance of power. One has to be strong to live peacefully.
Shah Rukh Khan
Mar 05, 2013 05:56am
I liked it, especially title. If we really are true believers then we should not forget that evil will lose in the end, no matter how strong or powerful it aparently seems today. On the loss of lives I would say the whole nation has become so patient that the number of deaths doesn't bother many in this country anymore; whether these animals kill people by dozens in Sunni mosques in frontier or Shias in Quetta or karachi. Luckily inter communal harmony is not affected yet and we should be really worried if that starts as the title reads. Until we remove the DOG from the well, we can't expect the water to be cleaned just by removing few buckets, incidentally in our well there are so many dogs of all kind and nature to be removed (mostly bravely mentioned by the author). Well done and keep writing!
CommonMan
Mar 05, 2013 05:56am
"beyond the comprehension of common man" Common Man: "9-11"
Peter Paul
Mar 05, 2013 06:08am
Well it looks like : 1. When the family members, friends and colleagues disappear in thin air the exasperation anger and agony urge the affected to expect and force government to take some action against perpetrators. 2. Sadly, govt is least interested in punishing the culprits even if caught - forget stopping the attacks - this is evident with the release or jail break by two of the convicts immediately after arrest. 3. With such evidently callous approach of government - the only other option is - to protect oneself and his/er community by leaving the place and settling in some other safe haven where one can find asylum. 4. Not everyone is fortunate and rich enough to find asylum - or even move to some other state or province, after all livelihood and employment is also important. Not to mention the deeply entrenched emotional attachment. 5. Then there are some - who have no option but to take to onus of protecting their community upon themselves. They have to lead from front, they have to motivate their group and ask them to fight for survival. This is the beginning of confrontation. 6. These people will then find ways and means to harm the opposing faction - their community members, the prominent people in the opposing group, their settlements. Then begins the attacks similar to what we are witnessing now, but the victims will now become perpetrators. 7. This is the beginning and birth of a rival faction - with a solid cause. The group which later the government will ban and term as terrorist. The group the government and its agencies will hunt for, arrest and then release....the group that will represent the other side of the vote bank politics... 8. and ultimately the country will suffer, the people will keep loosing their near and dear ones. the civil war like situation will continue..the politicians and divisive leaders will give statements. country will run through elections...these things will become normal...people will become used to violence - all incidents will be followed by oath of retaliation, the feeling of sadness, agony and misery will be displaced by wrath anger and self destruction motives...and the script continues...till the last man standing.
Ratio
Mar 05, 2013 06:28am
My Question to "Dawn" What is your take on following in below sentence. "whereas, the ruling elites of Syria and Iran are accused of persecuting the Sunni minority communities in those countries." You have posted it without verifying facts Syria is Sunni Majority Country not as claimed as "Sunni Minority". History is distorted in books of Pakistan , I wonder if Demographics is also distorted . Even data w.r.t Muslim Countries is not clearly understood.
Abdullah Hussain Sunni
Mar 05, 2013 05:55pm
I simply fail to understand why are they killing the shia community. What ever their belief, who are we to punish them. Shame, disgraceful & inhuman act to kill some community on the basis of their faith. Not at all acceptable, the govt has 200% failed in all department of governance. Thanks God 5 terrible years have passed. The people should not repeat the grave mistake of re electing the corrupt, useless & tall talkers to power again. Even imagining Abbas Town cruelty sends a freezing sensation to the spine. May ALLAH punish the killers severely.
Ravi
Mar 05, 2013 06:37am
You are right Allah shall decide who is riight or wrong. But Allah has given us common sense and given birth to us as humans, humans have divided themselves as shia, sunni, christian, jews etc. Whatever you do don't leave humanity and destroy Allah's creation only allah shall decide who is right or who is wrong and give reward or punishment, any human being does not have that right, so killing innocent persons just because thier belief is different than our belief is morally and religiously wrong.
Ram Krishan Sharma
Mar 05, 2013 05:13pm
Convert to What? to Islam as practiced by Taliban or to Budhism their original religion?
Hussein
Mar 06, 2013 12:24am
To what?
ASN
Mar 05, 2013 09:15am
The author's grief is understandable, but this hyperbolic, superficial analysis cannot be excused particularly at such a sensitive time.This is exactly the kind of amateurish analysis that may exacerbate the problem. I am not one to absolve the State of its shameful oblivion to the plight of its minorities. But this latest trend of Shia targeting does remind one of what was externally influenced in Iraq. Also one wonders, if this latest trend is even partially related to what is transpiring with Iran? If there was ever a time of unity, this is it.
A Common Man
Mar 05, 2013 10:03am
It is a pity - beyond comprehension. The founding father of Pakistan was a Shia. And yet there is violence against the Shias. We pray that religious intolerance be overcome. Beyond that - the situation is so meaningless.
Tariq
Mar 05, 2013 10:37am
go and read some statistics, and then come back
Ahmed
Mar 05, 2013 10:56am
Abbas Town saw 18 Sunnis dead as well. But no one is talking of them? Why you want to insist that this is Sunni created Shia Genocide?
Adnan
Mar 05, 2013 11:25am
It a proxy war of two countries unfortunately the battle ground is Pakistan and the irony is that we as a nation are so pathetic we don't realize that we are being played all along.
Mrs aamir
Mar 05, 2013 11:42am
Writer needs to study more about Iran where u can't find any suni mosque and should know about people of Iranian Baluchistan who are living pathetic life. In Quetta many Sunnis were killed and compiled to leave there place as I'm one of them.
Pramod
Mar 05, 2013 11:53am
Dear PFS LeJ feel proud when claiming responsibility.They roam around freely in Pakistan. They give interviews openly and vows to kill Shia's. They sit besides top religious leader of Pakistan and addresses huge rallies, But still some external hand is there.
Murthy
Mar 05, 2013 11:58am
So long as the state remains Islamic and obviously hesitates to take action those who indulge in violence in the name of protecting the religion, there seems to be no way to end violence. Let there be a secular constitution with civil laws to base it on and make religion a private/individual affair. In these modern times nothing better can be envisaged!
Zimbo_Indian
Mar 05, 2013 02:07pm
I searched for the enemy. And found that it was us.
Shahid
Mar 05, 2013 02:11pm
Every country has its army. Our Army has its own country for ...
Javed
Mar 05, 2013 02:33pm
What are you talking about. The establishment created MQM and the same MQM was with establishment during Musharraf years.
ammariftikhar
Mar 05, 2013 02:41pm
"The media is diverting the attention from the real issue by implicating analysts in the question as to whether we should start a dialogue with the Taliban or not. When the valid question to be asking is, whether the state will take action or will it compel members of the country’s Shia community to take up arms?" The media has portrayed that the bomb blast attack was on Shia community and victims were only shia - out of 45 more than 1/3 were sunnis also so why is Dawn reporting it as pure sectarian violence. To summaries the article: LJ is contributing in the mass killings of Hazaras and ""perhaps""" of other non-Hazara Shias as well?
Adnan
Mar 05, 2013 03:28pm
Dear Gerry, I would like to correct you that Sunnis are not killing Shias. In-fact terrorist are killing us (Shias and Sunnis) and trying to create havoc among us. So there is no need to study any history to get the answer.
Shah
Mar 05, 2013 08:14pm
i agreed with regarding what u said about CJ. what happened to his son's trial, why media is silent
Darshan
Mar 06, 2013 07:09am
So, what else can he do.
Raj
Mar 06, 2013 08:11am
May God save Shiya from sunni