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Pakistani Shia Muslims march against the killing of Shia pilgrims during a protest in Quetta on June 9, 2014. – AFP Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslims march against the killing of Shia pilgrims during a protest in Quetta on June 9, 2014. – AFP Photo
Pakistan Army soldiers and a relative move a man who was injured in a suicide attack at a hotel in Taftan, located near Iranian border, after he was brought to Combined Military Hospital for treatment, in Quetta June 9, 2014. — Photo by Reuters
Pakistan Army soldiers and a relative move a man who was injured in a suicide attack at a hotel in Taftan, located near Iranian border, after he was brought to Combined Military Hospital for treatment, in Quetta June 9, 2014. — Photo by Reuters

QUETTA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered action against perpetrators behind the twin suicide attack which killed 24 Shia pilgrims in Taftan near the Pakistan-Iran border, officials said.

Sharif directed the Inspector General of the Frontier Corps to personally lead the operation against terrorists.

The bodies and injured were shifted in six army helicopters from Pak-Iran border Taftan to Quetta on Monday morning.

Akbar Hussain Durrani, the Home Secretary in Balochistan, said a C-130 plane arrived in Quetta to shift the bodies of the Shia pilgrims to Kohat from Quetta. “Around 40 heirs of the victims would also be shifted through the C-130,” he said.

Qambar Dashti, the Commissioner Quetta Division, said 14 of the total 18 injured persons were in critical condition.

The attack late Sunday night came when a bus carrying Shia pilgrims returning from a visit to holy Muslim sites in Iran stopped at a restaurant in Taftan, around 700 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital Quetta.

Durrani said ten buses carrying Shia pilgrims had entered Pakistan from Iran Sunday night. “When the buses were parked at two hotels, there were explosions,” Durrani said.

He said the blasts were followed by intense firing near the hotels. “We fear rise in casualties,” he added.

Frontier Corps and Levies personnel were called to bring the situation under control.

However, the spokesman for Frontier Corps, Khan Wasey, told that the forces killed the remaining two terrorists during the operation averting another terror act close to the hotel.

He said the forces were deployed in and around the hotel and sweeping was conducted in the area to avoid another attack.

A Sunni-militant group Jaishul Islam has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militants have been attacking Shia pilgrims in Mastung and other parts of Balochistan for more than eight years.

Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch have strongly condemned the incidents and termed it a pre-planned conspiracy to destroy the peace of the province.

In their separate statements, they have directed law enforcement agencies to double their efforts to arrest the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks.

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Faruq Jun 09, 2014 01:17am

This should also get some coverage, not just the airport. How can us Pakistanis attack and kill so senselessly? Why is there such little regard for human life?

AJamal Jun 09, 2014 01:22am

Heart breaking. May Allah have mercy on us.

Nomi Jun 09, 2014 01:30am

Why we have become killing machines. It seems we have only one solution for everything kill. Kill in the name of Honor, in the name of religion to settle disputes even to kill for nothing. I feel so much ashamed and broken heart to see all this in news. Every day I open this page in fear when it will end. Shame is that politicians are busy in rigging, arrest sagas agencies are focused in media and country is burning. When it is going to stop ......

Nomi Jun 09, 2014 01:32am

Our Muslim Brothers our Pakistani Brothers we are sorry may Allah give you strength to bear such a loss and have mercy on us and save us from the curse which is always there when innocent people are killed. Almighty have mercy on us

imran Jun 09, 2014 01:36am

Killings killings and more killings

Sazo Jun 09, 2014 01:36am

In what a cannibal country we living in? Every one is blood thirsty of the other.

amina shah Jun 09, 2014 01:52am

Best way to prevent such incidents is, pilgrims should use airlines than to travel on land where they are sitting ducks.

Bilal Jun 09, 2014 01:59am

Question asked in GHQ: Was it done by good taliban or bad taliban?

mansoor Jun 09, 2014 02:02am

Pakistanis have to sort Pakistan. Do not leave it to Allah.

prince Jun 09, 2014 02:13am

@amina shah And from the airport to Hotel they should use bullet proof cars? PM BMW. No wonder Pakistan is going backward not forward. The land of OUTLAW.

prince Jun 09, 2014 02:17am

@Nomi It will come to end when the rulers will not cheat, No rig election, Justice on equal bases regardless of your religion and color of our skin. JUSTICE RULE. End corruption and save Pakistan.

Sajjad Jun 09, 2014 02:22am

@amina shah Government should give them 50% discount on airline fares.

Ali Jun 09, 2014 02:30am

Can someone please stop this blood shed. Can we all live in peace?

Allaisa Jun 09, 2014 02:41am

Did Modi kill all these Muslims?

DJ Jun 09, 2014 02:43am

@mansoor Yes, very well said. "We get what we sow". Now if we sow peace for others we will get peace in return.

I pray for the peace for the departed souls, may god give strength to bear this loss to their loved once.

Patriotic Indian

DK Jun 09, 2014 02:48am

@ Taimoor Khan, Zak: Where are you hiding?

Bilal Jun 09, 2014 03:02am

@Faruq brother who said and how do you know that the attackers are pakistani our country is infiltrated by people from all over the planet

Shahpur Jun 09, 2014 03:02am

No one pays attention to the causes of these problems. Sad just sad.

arif Jun 09, 2014 04:34am

@prince Nothing will stop this bloodshed. The country will be torn apart with violence. And then the killings will stop.

H Jun 09, 2014 07:17am

Dear Friends, India is not your enemy. Keep India on your side and you will wise. Right now you have your own home grown terrorists and the Al Queda group.

Feroz@Delhi Jun 09, 2014 07:24am

No Government entity in Pakistan cares for these poor Shia victims, who are being butchered like cockroaches on a daily basis. Even for media, the attack on Karachi is more important than large-scale massacre of Shia pilgrims. In Pakistan, lives of only Sunni Punjabis have some value and all others are dispensable.

shah Jun 09, 2014 07:35am

@amina shah will you buy them the very expensive air tickets ?

Hozur Jun 09, 2014 07:40am

Even Muslims are not safe not to say of others. Of course they maybe of a different persuasion but that does not mean that they should be killed.

SM Jun 09, 2014 08:11am

When will this death cult end its violent ways?

A Pakistani Jun 09, 2014 08:50am

There is need to flush out all sort of miscreants in Pakistan. Murderers don't deserve any sympathy.

Abbas Jun 09, 2014 09:09am

Rest in peace.

God is seeing the actions of these ......... May God bless the departed souls whatever they are shia or Sunnis where ever they are getting killed Karachi, Balouchistan, KpK or Punjab.

Abdal Jun 09, 2014 09:47am

one can realize that how much life worth in this country.

Husain Jan Jun 09, 2014 10:13am

@Faruq Yes, it is sad rather unacceptable that most of the channels are devoting their full time in live coverage of Karachi airport while the news of killings of pilgrims at the Pak / Iran border is not being shown.

Kashif Shahzad Jun 09, 2014 10:14am

LeJ will be take responsibility as usual. As usual there would be the same protest, as usual people will have sit ins and the cycle continues. Being Hazara Shia myself, I feel insecure, hopeless and above all worthless, as my nation has become nothing but source of Finance for the militants and the clerics.

N K Ali Jun 09, 2014 10:26am

Inna Lillahe WA Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. Ameen. This is a dastardly attack on pilgrims be they of any religion, caste, complexion, race, or nationality. Where did this extreme instruction to kill in the name of religion and honor originate?

mortal Jun 09, 2014 10:58am

The killings set bad precedent to Islam in general..these guys are as bad as the counterfeit notes...worthless but harmful. Its time to contain these elements to prevent more damage the reputation of the religion. ..Cos these guys same use the same name that we use , to promote peace...

stranger Jun 09, 2014 11:30am

@mortal It's not a question of reputation of a religion, it's about human lives.

saif Jun 09, 2014 11:32am

Islam is religion of peace. These extremists are bringing a bad name to Islam.

Anushe Noor Faheem Jun 09, 2014 01:35pm

@Faruq Work is on, on international levels!

muhammad Jun 09, 2014 02:47pm

@amina shah would you bear the cost of air travel as it is bit costly compare to road travel and further on the same day we have attack on our International airport too now what mean of travel we should use or we should remain in our homes forever or our Government should do something to eradicate this menace once and for all

asif Jun 09, 2014 04:43pm

24 innocent men women children martyred body bother neither the people nor government this massacare of innocent shia Muslims are going on for years now and society media government all accepted it as norm its high time that sane elements must standup against this heinous crime and Justice should be provided to victims

Ali Jun 09, 2014 04:55pm

@amina shah And then the airports get attacked...

NM Sheikh Jun 09, 2014 05:23pm

How could injustice and Islam go together. Silence on these issues is criminal. The government should show its vision to make Pakistan a nation.

NORI Jun 09, 2014 06:22pm

Sad day for humanity. Double terror strikes in Karachi and Taftan. How many should die before the authorities responsible think about some action plan to end this terrorism menace ?

Raza Jun 09, 2014 07:08pm

@Faruq - It is not us Pakistani who do the killing. Remember what the news have stated several times that these are foreign elements who wants to destroy Pakistan. Please avoid naming Pakistani as we are not the killers, but a peace loving nation created for a special purpose,

AJamal Jun 09, 2014 07:14pm

Don't worry Mr Sharif, they did their job and gone with the wind, as usual.

Saleem Jun 09, 2014 07:20pm

the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is being fought out in pakistan

@H__3 Jun 09, 2014 08:07pm

@amina shah Yes. And peasants suffering from shortage of wheat should eat cake

Jehangir Jun 09, 2014 08:09pm

Now we should stop blaming foreign hands. If there are any, why not cut them. If we have the best army and intelligence services, when shall it react and get the perpetrators to task.

Venkat Jun 09, 2014 08:11pm

I really feel sorry for my Pakistani neighbours. What is the Government doing to stop such inhuman attacks on innocent people? It is very sad to see innocent people getting killed every single day here in the hands of ruthless militants and still, Government is not taking serious action to contacin them, if not, stop them? I pray the Almighty to come to the rescue of Pakistan.

Goga Nalaik Jun 09, 2014 08:34pm

@Bilal You should rather ask this question to PTI or PMLN (and not the army)

AJamal Jun 09, 2014 09:28pm

What action Mr PM? The matter is done and dusted.

NASAH (USA) Jun 09, 2014 09:36pm

Now that the prime minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered 'action' -- the dead will come back to life -- and the injured healed. Everybody will go home in peace.

pathanoo Jun 09, 2014 09:36pm

@mansoor Thank You. Allah has become a byword to hide from problems.

pathanoo Jun 09, 2014 09:46pm

Pakistan has become a mad beast which has turned on itself.

NASAH (USA) Jun 09, 2014 09:46pm

@amina shah You sound like Marie Antoinette the Queen of France.

pathanoo Jun 09, 2014 09:49pm

Nawaz Sharif and his statements. Action will be taken. Terrorists will be found, indicted and convicted. Every thing will be all right now. Doesn't that make the people of Pakistan feel secure so they can go to bed happy. Oh! I forgot to add....till it happens again.

Altaf bhai Jun 09, 2014 10:16pm

So sad. It is too risky to take a bus to Iran. They should have flown by a plane from Karachi airport to Iran.

Saeed Jun 09, 2014 10:16pm

@amina shah And what do you suggest we do about the criminals who killed innocent unarmed non combatants. Would you still want to negotiate peace with them or buy them more arms? I would suggest take them out one by one and in droves so that these barbarians never threaten the existence of our beautiful country.

Maqsood Ahmad Jun 09, 2014 11:22pm

I am appealing to the respected prime minister to perform the duty assigned by the constitution; PROTECT ITS CITIZENS.....


Asif Jun 10, 2014 12:07am

@amina shah . I hope you come out of your Lala land !! ? In a country where middle class is hardly able to afford public buss. You want them to use Airplane !!! ?

AW Jun 10, 2014 12:11am

All organizations including ethnic and religious organizations which spread hate, terror and division among people need to be banned. The office holders, founders and members of these organizations to be arrested and awarded minimum of 15 years jail term

Sarah1 Jun 10, 2014 01:00am

Taliban is very innocent. Don't blame them.

ilyas Jun 10, 2014 01:04am

Please stop at first hand this craziness killing between Shia and Sunni, how far shell we go with this religious madness, be good human, first good muslim and than better Pakistani ( No Sunni No Shia or any other firqa)

Ravi Jun 10, 2014 04:10am

@Allaisa You are also believer of conspiracy theories always put forward in case of deadly attacks like this. Unless we own responsibility for our failures to contain religious intolerance even among muslim sects. All religous misguided extremists will have their bad deeds covered under so called conspiracy theories. Please wake up and accept the short comings of our people, then only steps may be taken to improve the security situation in Pakistan.

annonomus Jun 10, 2014 06:34am

@ilyas Its not sunni / shia issue its the issue of the grand rulers of this world who want to devide n conquer and our leaders are all their slaves...

dr aslam ali khan paracha Jun 10, 2014 07:28am

and Islam is the religion of peace

amina shah Jun 10, 2014 11:19am

@Husain Jan ... Yes everybody wants to put under carpet , real news of target killings, every newspapers, TV etc are covering. Not long ago over 200 hazaras were attacked and killed, it is just statistics. Can any body explain why Western civilized word is not disturbed ?

amina shah Jun 10, 2014 11:37am

@Maqsood Ahmad Do not be mean and sarcastic, you want poor to get killed ?

mian zakir shah Jun 10, 2014 12:53pm

Who are using the Afghans and others to start Bad relation between Iran & Pakistan their is no common seance that Pakistan side will attack with in their county Iran is Pakistan good friend and they have no sense that any one from Pakistan side will do such act .

Valiya Jun 10, 2014 05:40pm

@ilyas Kindly classified good Muslims and bad Muslims and tell Pakistanis are in which group.

talal Jun 10, 2014 07:11pm

This seems to be the work of Malik Ishaq of laskar-e-jhangvi. A week after being released from the prison he will continue with his agenda of hate and killings.

Dr.S.A. Hyder Jun 10, 2014 09:03pm

@Sarah1 I humbly suggest to you to look up a dictionary for the meaning of the word 'innocent' before writing another such letter. Talibans are simply animals of the worst kind.