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At least 60 killed in blast at Shikarpur imambargah

Updated Jan 31, 2015 04:40am


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Police and volunteers gather evidence following a bomb attack at an imambargah in Shikarpur. — AFP
Police and volunteers gather evidence following a bomb attack at an imambargah in Shikarpur. — AFP
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Pakistani security officials gather at the scene following a bomb attack at an imambargah in Shikarpur.— AFP
Pakistani security officials gather at the scene following a bomb attack at an imambargah in Shikarpur.— AFP
Security officials and police examine the scene following a bomb attack at an imambargah in Shikarpur. — AFP
Security officials and police examine the scene following a bomb attack at an imambargah in Shikarpur. — AFP
Security officials and police examine the scene following a bomb attack at an imambargah in Shikarpur. — AFP
Security officials and police examine the scene following a bomb attack at an imambargah in Shikarpur. — AFP

SHIKARPUR: At least 60 people were killed and 60 others injured in an explosion inside a central imambargah (mosque affiliated with Shia Muslims) in Sindh province's Shikarpur district on Friday.

Civil Hospital Shikarpur had issued a list of 49 victims out of whom 46 bodies had been identified whereas the identity of 3 others was yet to be confirmed.

The cause of the blast has not been ascertained, but suspicions are that it may have been the result of a suicide attack.

Reuters reported that Jundullah, a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which last year pledged support for the Islamic State group based in Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility.

“Our target was the Shia mosque ... They are our enemies,” said Jundullah spokesman Fahad Marwat.

The Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) announced to observe a 'peaceful strike' across Sindh in the wake of the terrorist attack.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have also given their support to the MWM's call for a day of mourning.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also announced a day of mourning for the victims of the blast.

The imambargah is located in Shikarpur's Lakhi Dar area and the explosion occurred just after Friday prayers.

A number of victims were trapped under debris after the roof of the imambargah collapsed due to the intensity of the blast. Many of the casualties were shifted to hospitals in Sukkur and Larkana districts of Sindh.

MWM central leader Allama Mohammed Amin Shaheedi announced three days mourning, describing the incident a failure of the government.

He told Dawn that the party's further course of action would be announced in a press conference later in the evening.

The Jafria Disaster Cell (JDC) demanded that the critically wounded victims be immediately shifted to Karachi for treatment.

A huge contingent of police, rangers and ambulances arrived at the scene from the nearby towns in the aftermath of the explosion.

Local resident Mohammad Jehangir told AFP he had “felt the earth move beneath my feet” as he prayed at another mosque around 1.5 kilometres away.

An official with a national Shia organisation, Rahat Kazmi, told AFP that up to 400 people were worshiping in the mosque when the blast struck.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon told Dawn that an emergency had been imposed at all hospitals in Shikarpur and surrounding talukas and cities.

He added that provincial Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar have taken strong notice of the incident.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and MQM chief Altaf Hussain issued condemnation messages against the incident.

Later Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited the site of the explosion and announced Rs2 million compensation for the families of those killed.

Shah also announced Rs200,000 for each person wounded in the attack. He said the Sindh government would bear all medical expenses for the treatment of the injured.

Meanwhile 14 severely injured were shifted to a private hospital in Karachi for medical treatment.

MWM also staged sit-ins at several spots, including MA Jinnah road, in Karachi to protest against the Shikarpur tragedy.

A large number of people, including children, women and senior citizens participated in the sit-ins at Five Star chawrangi, Shahrah-e-Pakistan, Abbas Town, Star Gate Shahrah-e-Faisal and Malir 15.

Molana Hassan Zafar of MWM has announced that protests would continue till the deceased are buried after funeral prayers.

PTI, PPP, MQM and ANP have also endorsed the peaceful strike, called by the MWM.

Read: After Peshawar, Rawalpindi mourns

The incident comes as Pakistan is attempting to implement the National Action Plan to combat and root out terrorism from the country, an initiative that was set in motion after the Dec 16 attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December 2014.

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It was the second major attack on an imambargah in the country since the beginning of 2015; the first being an attack on Rawalpindi’s Imambargah Aun Mohammad Rizvi in the garrison city’s Chatian Hatian area.

At the same time, Pakistani security forces are engaged in the North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions — with the operation in Waziristan starting soon after a terrorist attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport and the theater of war expanding into Khyber.


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Haider Rehman Jan 30, 2015 02:10pm

They only have courage to fight innocent helpless children.

Syeda Ali Jan 30, 2015 02:14pm

Inna lillah wa inna elaihay rajaoon. Again & again & yet Country bleeds :-( Words fail to express our sorrow & grief. Wish I could do something!

shamain Jan 30, 2015 02:23pm

So sad. So sad.

Sauban Jan 30, 2015 02:29pm

Bada Dushman bada banta hai.... Jo sirf nihatton se larta hai....

Factual Jan 30, 2015 02:37pm

@Syeda Ali You can. We all can. And if we don't, we will lose everything.

Action Man Jan 30, 2015 02:46pm

What every happened to the NATIONAL ACTION PLAN a.k.a. NAP?

Radhakrishna Jan 30, 2015 02:48pm

until and unless you punish the hate preachers nothing can be changed

Siraj Ahmed Jan 30, 2015 02:57pm

This is tragic. Nothing is going to change. Terrorists are getting more powerful now. Our Establishment and other security forces are ineffective in front of terrorists. National action Plan has no effect. Its only for our consumption.

usman Jan 30, 2015 02:59pm

The enemies of humanity has killed the innocent Muslims.

Parvez Jan 30, 2015 03:00pm

@Action Man ....... Great question.

mahrndra pratap singh Jan 30, 2015 03:00pm

plzzz..............some body stop this nonsense ...enough is enough....huh

Jawad Khan Jan 30, 2015 03:03pm

Pakistan is in a state of civil war. It is high time all civilian and military institutions wake up to this fact. I'm not advocating Martial Law but something close to it, in terms of efficacy, seriousness of dealing with terrorists, law enforcement, traffic enforcement needs to be in place. I welcome the Military courts but individuals found guilty need to be brought to justice immediately.

Taimur Jan 30, 2015 03:04pm

Government is too slow to react. They arrange meetings, issue statements and then go to Murree

Peace Jan 30, 2015 03:05pm

Where is Pakistan heading? Its really sad. Take the root of hate and extremism out of the land. That's the only solution. May peace prevail there soon!!

Mehtab Jan 30, 2015 03:09pm

Government has failed to counter terrorism. Shame on you

Karthik Jan 30, 2015 03:10pm

Muslims are safe in India than in Pakistan.

Rashid Jan 30, 2015 03:14pm

Same old story, business as usual....the Security Agencies and Government are NAPping as usual, under the National Action Plan (NAP). Normal routine state of affairs continues.

pagrri Sanbhaal Jan 30, 2015 03:18pm

While writing these lines I am listening the sirens of ambulances rushing toward shikarpur and bringing the wounded back here to sukkur for better treatment.With every scream of siren i am cursing this spineless government who has failed miserably to protect the lives of innocent citizens.

Datta Jan 30, 2015 03:20pm

The legacy of Zia-Ul-Haque will continue to haunt Pakistanis till the presiding govts stop appeasing the Mullahs, the army goes back to the barracks where they belong, the middile class rises up with one voice, the socially privileged are willing to sacrifice and come out of the their coccons and make a meaningful contribution and lastly but most important the education system in Pakistan is completely overhauled and truly liberal and secular teaching is introduced. Nobody in Paksitan it seems is willing to take the plunge - fear of violence is everywhere. what a sad state of affairs.

GT Jan 30, 2015 03:21pm

Very tragic. Hope shias in India are noticing all this.

Sick Jan 30, 2015 03:26pm

Now Hafeez Saeed will say "Isme India ka haath hai. Hum badla zaroor lenge !!".

Where is Hafeez now, the so called charity worker?? Let him save innocent humans being targetted by Terrorists first !!

the dodo Jan 30, 2015 03:29pm

Here we go again.....another explosion!.....after killing innocent children in school, this time its persons praying in a mosque!.....where will citizens of pakistan be safe?

citizen Jan 30, 2015 03:29pm

Dont know when PM takes notice of minorities plight in the country..

hadeed Jan 30, 2015 03:30pm

So how effective has zarbe azb op been? The answer is in MINUS. Not even ZERO.....only for those who understand.

WorriedPk Jan 30, 2015 03:31pm

@Karthik Sadly ...Yes No arguments there..

Amir Mahmood Jan 30, 2015 03:34pm

NS is buying convoy of bullet proof very expensive cars to protect himself and has failed miserably to protect citizens of Pakistan who are paying to save NS life.

Abdul Kadir Jan 30, 2015 03:40pm

How can we question other countries ? Even we are unable to protect our minorities.

Sukumar Jan 30, 2015 03:43pm

The minimum we can do as a human being is to pray for bringing relief to the grieving families and to rescue Pakistan from this menace!

Pravin Jan 30, 2015 03:44pm

I am surprised, why there is no million march in Pakistan against terrorism. A Charlie Hebdo incidence can gather furious mob of million within hours but terrorism which is existential threat for Pakistan can't gather even 100 people. Strange country.

Tranquil Jan 30, 2015 03:48pm

Only one sentence to Indian Trolls who are here to make numbers

We were not like this in Past We wont remain or face this in future.

These terrorists will be rooted out soon.

Dinesh Singh Jan 30, 2015 03:50pm

In Pakistan as on today no body is left with courage to handle these murderers, not even army. The tumor has spread to whole body. When they went for Ahmadis you did not stand, when they went for Hindus and Christians you did not stand and today they have come for you and no one is left to stand. Tragic really very tragic.

Shamsher Singh Bajwa Jan 30, 2015 03:50pm

Yesterday, a suicide attack killed 16 in Afghanistan, and now a suicide blast in Pakistan? India is the safest country for Muslims, in the entire region.

Indian Shia Jan 30, 2015 03:53pm

@GT Ya very noticing very closely and our hearts its bleeding seeing shia's getting killed everyday in so call Islamic countries.

Kaloo Jan 30, 2015 03:56pm

Business As usual in Pakistan, authorities are not embarrased becasue the toll is much lesser than recent attacks

Syeda Ali Jan 30, 2015 03:58pm

@Factual : What can we do? Just condemn it or protest after each attack? What can we do more than that? Wish they are hanged in public & taught a lesson that no one dare do anything of the sort again

Oz Jan 30, 2015 03:59pm

Considering what is happening in Sindh, the timing of this incident is highly suspicious. Perhaps even an act of sabotage, which will no doubt be covered up under the age old pretext of sectarian violence.

indian Jan 30, 2015 04:04pm

RIP TO THEIR SOULS....!!! from india who done this should be answered in the court of god

RatFace Jan 30, 2015 04:04pm

Indian muslims love india and never dream of going to Pakistan. No future in Pakistan.

syed Jan 30, 2015 04:07pm

This is ineficiency of local gov.this is not partisan fight. Anti pakistan eliments r trying to destablise country.

Imtiaz Hydari Jan 30, 2015 04:09pm

This is a huge tragedy. A senseless and barbaric act by cowards - what does taking strong notice mean? What actions will the Government take to prevent these kind of incidents?

ali Jan 30, 2015 04:12pm

We need a Kamal Ataturk in Pakistan....and declare a secular state.

PEACE Jan 30, 2015 04:13pm

These Deaths have been caused by hatred Bomb.Pakistanis should give up hatred and consider everyone has humans and branches of same majestic tree.Than there will not be need for separate stans.All stans will become automatically pak and pious.

Pankaj Kumar Jan 30, 2015 04:15pm

Go for secularism pakistan.

devil Jan 30, 2015 04:22pm

Good that v dvided india in 1947

sunil Jan 30, 2015 04:24pm

so sad... pak must kill all the snakes... no good or bad snakes

Yodi Jan 30, 2015 04:26pm

We need to "de-mullahnize" Pakistan

Abbas Jan 30, 2015 04:36pm

Rest in peace dear friends. May God Bless your families

Naseem Jan 30, 2015 04:36pm

@devil It is unfortunate that we have not kept our promise to the nation. Shameful and tragic

Key Points Jan 30, 2015 04:37pm

incompetent police force.

anjum zia Jan 30, 2015 04:37pm

The only way out of this is to educate the people live and let others live ,please spread tolerance and acceptance not religion . Very sad news.

Mobeen Jan 30, 2015 04:38pm

"Prime Minister and XYZ issued a condemnation statement..." Your responsibility is to provide protection to the people and not to condemn such incidents. Go home if you cannot

Zubair Jan 30, 2015 04:40pm

we strongly condemn and we still fight with terrorist and enemies of our beloved country pakistan till last drop of blood ...we proud be a Muslim and be Pakistani.

Shaun Jan 30, 2015 04:40pm

It's very sad to hear normal civilian life is very cheap in Pakistan. I blame the Pakistan Government but equally people are also responsible because it's people of Pakistan who choose this government.

Dhanku Jan 30, 2015 04:40pm

And the systematic elimination of minorities and other "unacceptables" continue... twisted mindset based on twisted doctrines.

Taimoor Jan 30, 2015 04:40pm

This is a open war against Pakistan now. There is only one solution left now, go after with full force against the enemy states who are behind these terrorist activities. No more diplomatic and behind the scenes talks anymore. And if Pakistani leaders cant act due to their personal interests with these enemy states, remove them and bring those in who can. Enough is enough.

Syeda Ali Jan 30, 2015 04:42pm

Too much! This is indeed too much!

Shrikant Kumbhar Jan 30, 2015 04:43pm

In the world, daily on an average 5 terrorist attack happen

amnagi Jan 30, 2015 04:43pm

Government is inept, corrupt to the core. Since elected representatives rode on the shoulders of the same fundamentalists to win their elections they don't care what they do as long as their seat is safe. Everybody poses more faithful than the faithful.

Desi Dimag Jan 30, 2015 04:43pm

COAS told sometimes before that Pakistan Army has broken backbone of terror groups.

Zawwar Hussain Jan 30, 2015 04:50pm

Once Again in the Pakistani Mosque blood loss of innocent Muslims… Words fail to express feelings…..So sad….. Nothing is going to change… Terrorists are getting more powerful day by day….. Government has totally failed to counter terrorism….

Nasir-ud-din Soomro Jan 30, 2015 04:53pm

It has to be condemned in all means..

jamil Jan 30, 2015 04:53pm

The peoples party government is responsible for these many deaths in Shikarpur today due to two reasons. First they failed to take the threats of terrorism in interior sindh very seriously and could not take measures to apprehend the terrorists living or getting support in Shikarpur, secondly; the civil rescue and emergency medical treatment were comparable to any third class village level health facility. The response was delayed and inadequate. Patients were shifted in poor transport as there were not enough ambulances (only 4), there were not enough doctors, there was no prior adequate blood transfusion arrangement. All this tells the sorry state of governance in sindh.

Toingpoing Jan 30, 2015 05:00pm

May the soul of the innocents killed in the blast,rest in peace. Let us all pray for good sense to prevail . Government cannot do anything. Only people should unite against these inhuman acts.

Tarannum S. Jan 30, 2015 05:09pm

It is equally sad for us here in India when we see our neighbours going through this. High time we say enough to this religious fanaticism. Living with stone age judgments and apprehensions about other communities do not do any good to anyone. For starters, the Mullahs who spread hatred, be it for any religion, sect or nation need to be de-radicalized.

Hanif Samoon Jan 30, 2015 05:17pm

According to the latest media reports the death toll has risen to 50. More causilties are feared. Hanif Samoon

Naveed Jan 30, 2015 05:20pm

And these people have audacity to comment on India!!! More Muslims get killed in Pak than any other country in the world...

Naveed Jan 30, 2015 05:21pm

@usman .,..may I say muslims!!!

Naveed Jan 30, 2015 05:21pm

@Karthik are correct!!

Jatt Jan 30, 2015 05:28pm

All hatred started after the 1979 Iranian revolution and Irans attempt to export their facist policies, which resulted in what we see today.

Ramesh Nakhwa Jan 30, 2015 05:29pm

Yet another sad day for Pakistan. We in India feel your pain, when innocents are killed defenceless persons are bombed in name of religion. The terrorist have started differentiating within the Muslims also to play their game. Wake up Pakistan, you need to fight for your independence. Independence from Terrorism, independence from good for nothing politicians. We in India did that, fought for our independence from lethargic inefficient unaccountable party called Congress. Please do the same for Pakistan

Fakhir Jan 30, 2015 05:32pm

Sind is a land of peace and love. A very tragic incidence. May Allah rest their souls in peace. May Allah take revenge from all murderers, their well wishers and supporters any where in the world.

Manoj Jan 30, 2015 05:33pm

Repeated failures. Any PM would resign

Rose Jan 30, 2015 05:34pm

@Karthik Gujarat and Muzzafar Nagar is the clear example

Narendra Jan 30, 2015 05:35pm

And still they will talk about good Taliban and bad Taliban. Rule is simple any civilian with weapon in hand and roaming in street cannot be called good. Stop differentiating and take action. 2 more things, ban gun market in Quetta and implement so called NAP on the Mullah

Raj Jan 30, 2015 05:39pm

Shame you terrorists. However , shame on you Govt. And law enforcing agencies. Again... From an Indian, there is no good and bad terrorist but killers and cowards.

Hand over all of them to Army Courts and see them hanging and now please no body claim that JuD is a charity organization.

Aravind Jan 30, 2015 05:40pm

Ironically Mr Jinnah who was a shia created pakistan thinking shias will be safe in Pakistan than India.

jon sieve Jan 30, 2015 05:40pm

Very tragic. These attackers have no religion or country

amnagi Jan 30, 2015 05:42pm

State is responsible for these murders in the name of religion, State is lenient and soft with these hate mongers and does not want to punish the real culprits behind this evil doing.

Sunil Jan 30, 2015 05:44pm

Security situation in Pakistan is spiraling out of control now, from the hands of Nawaz Sharif government. Hope there is proper investigation, without blaming some foreign country. Jhundallah the anti-Shiites must be definitely behind it.

Logical Indian Jan 30, 2015 05:45pm

what do you guys mean by "innocent muslims", why not "innocent people"?

Sunil Jan 30, 2015 05:46pm

Nawaz Sharif must resign, and let there be Presidents rule.

Dr.Vangeepuram Satakopan Jan 30, 2015 05:47pm

There is only one escape route for Pakistan. Destroy ALL terrorists.

Pady Jan 30, 2015 05:47pm

Fighting terrorism with weapons is not solution...The government must work on root cause. This Starts from School where hatred been taught. Keep religion away for while. I wonder that in Pakistan religion is everywhere in banking too...!

M. Siddique Jan 30, 2015 05:48pm

This is Un-Islamic and culprits should be apprehended and punished to the fullest extent of the law. It is UNACCEPTABLE.

Shawn Jan 30, 2015 05:48pm

RIP poor innocent lives !!!!

malik Jan 30, 2015 05:51pm

Where is General Raheel?

malik Jan 30, 2015 05:51pm

Where is General Raheel?.

M. Siddique Jan 30, 2015 05:51pm

@Karthik, Sure, under Modi Muslims in India are being forced to become Hindus and RSS calls it,"They reverting back".

sandeep Jan 30, 2015 05:54pm


prakash Jan 30, 2015 05:54pm

@usman - I hope you counted non moslems also as victims at times. They are ailso killed by enimies of humanity.

zafar bugti Jan 30, 2015 05:56pm

may Allah rest the soul of the martyred of this blast in peace.....this is failure of governance.....worst too worst....these attempts r increasing day by day and innocents people r suffering....

Ashraf Mirza (USA) Jan 30, 2015 05:58pm

My Heart goes out to victims and their family members, Very sad After all ISLAM is "PEACE LOVE AND HUMANITY".... We all must follow basic Islam, and prove our self to be a good Muslim. Even we dont have any right to hate. May Allah give PEACE to victims and their family members,,, Aameen, Sincerely, Ashraf Mirza (USA)

Hurst Jan 30, 2015 06:01pm

But let's worry more about muslims in India

Swadesh Jan 30, 2015 06:08pm

I am very very sorry & sad 2 hear this tragic incident. Weather U r Indian or Pakistani...terrorist are same for all.

Senthil Jan 30, 2015 06:08pm

RIP.. Anything against humanity in any forms like Terrorism, speeches e.t.c, even if they seem to be supporting/counteract in favour of some set of people will certainly grow to madness killing their own people. Its true to any country/religion/any sect of people. Stop supporting Terrorism, keep away from brain washing peoples, atleast to let the next generation to dream colorful and live well their god gifted lives.

Sher Khan Jan 30, 2015 06:13pm

Enough is Enough, the nation has had enough. Time for both the Sharifs, Prime Minister and General, to resign and take some responsibility for the national mess.

Salim Khan Jan 30, 2015 06:13pm

Govt has no control and must resign.

Feroz Jan 30, 2015 06:15pm

This is utter nonsense -- we condemn this attack, we condemn that attack. What will condemning achieve ? Can it end terrorism ? All these big proclamations from ISPR saying we have broken the back of terrorists, they are on the run. What is the nation doing about all these charitable Institutions that are indoctrinating, recruiting and training the killers ? An end to duplicity has to come and the Assets that have become liabilities laid to rest. The citizen has to lead, not be led, else they will sink deeper into the hole. There is no option other than canceling all Arms licenses and disarming the population. Anyone caught with Guns and explosives should be sentenced to jail for at least 10 years.

TARIQ ALI KHOSO Jan 30, 2015 06:19pm

Very sad. May Allah pak blessed our country our innocnt/fightless people

Manoj Kumar Jan 30, 2015 06:20pm

Pakistan's security is only in paper. Pathetic condition.

Bharat Kumar Jaiswal Jan 30, 2015 06:20pm

@GT in india Sunni and shias are living friendly. Don't worry.

Ravi Dallas TX Jan 30, 2015 06:22pm

Now FO will say India behind it and India supporting terrorism.

Ahmed Soomar Jan 30, 2015 06:24pm

It is a tragic incident, carried by coward group of terrorist, working very hard to divide and destroy nation, at the same time government must initiate enquiry with competent officers of security, and all Mosque/Imambargah must start awareness programme for their NAMZI as per civil defense requirement to combat terrorist/terrorism.

Dr Sarkar Jan 30, 2015 06:25pm

We feel sad when terrorists kill innocent civilians. Hope the government will be serious this time. We are extremely confused who is ruling Pakistan? Is it elected government (that should be ruling) or military or terrorists? The current Prime Minister should be fully supported by people of Pakistan so that government use its machinery to eliminate terrorism completely.

Feroz Jan 30, 2015 06:26pm

Every death suffered by the Afghans carried out by the good Taliban and Haqqani network will be avenged with double retribution. This cycle cannot go on and the Establishment must answer citizens why as promised to Afghanistan the Quetta Shura and Haqqani leaders have not been arrested and handed over. However if citizens feel that civilian lives lost is a small price to pay for strategic depth, it is another matter.

Nazir Ahmed Jan 30, 2015 06:26pm

Very condemnable act. It saddened me. Hope law will apprehend the terrorists. May God rests the souls in peace and gave strength to their near an dears to bear this great loss.

Rao Jan 30, 2015 06:27pm

This is utter madness to kill innocent human beings. At this rate, one wonders if the very state of Pakistan itself will not fall apart.

DeshPremi Jan 30, 2015 06:28pm

Where is Ishaq Malik now? Does the government know his whereabouts? The government should also explain in unambiguous terms what it means to ban an organization. Ultimately, is is the hate mongering ideologies that need to be banned.

Sabnam Lone Jan 30, 2015 06:28pm

Today there is no difference between Pakistan and Somalia. Feel bad for the people of Pakistan.

Aslam Jan 30, 2015 06:29pm

@malik He must be hiding in some safe country.

kdp Jan 30, 2015 06:31pm

@malik In China

Pradeep Bhatia Jan 30, 2015 06:31pm

Someone has to take on these beasts by the horn. Enough of this madness. Let Imran and his team of apologists take out a march against terrorism, which is the need of the hour. RIP ye departed souls.

Datta Jan 30, 2015 06:34pm

@Pravin this is exactly what millions non-muslims around the world think - why there is so much hatred only for the likes of Charle Hebdo who have hurt only sentiments but all is forgiven for the murderers of innocent people and those who destroy lives of hundreds of families.

narvinnie Jan 30, 2015 06:37pm

@Syeda Ali What you can do is teach your children, your neighbors and any one who will listen to you is that we need to stop innocent killings with in Pakistan and on the borders. It does not matter who gets killed a family is ruined, a nation is ruined . I wish there were more people like you who understand the gravity of the situation ,

annna Jan 30, 2015 06:38pm

@usman what about non muslim inncoents in other counteris.

This is Last Chance Jan 30, 2015 06:38pm

Pakistan GO and FINISH all terrorists with in 10 days including Hafiz Sayed and Lakhvi. No need to refer courts.

annna Jan 30, 2015 06:39pm

@Tranquil future of course i agree with you. becaz there would be no Pakistan to face all this.

Manjeet kocchar Jan 30, 2015 06:44pm

@Jawad Khan. Remedy will prove worst than the disease

Iftikhar Khan Jan 30, 2015 06:45pm

Lets make this a case study for military courts and punish the entire chain of terrorists and their recruiters swiftly....

Truth seeker Jan 30, 2015 06:46pm

RIP Pakistani security forces.

Salman Rizvi Jan 30, 2015 06:46pm

Inna lillah wa inna elaihay rajaoon.

How many more people will have to be murdered?

Manjeet kocchar Jan 30, 2015 06:47pm

@Tranquil thank you sir this shows silver lining

malik Jan 30, 2015 06:52pm

any condemnation from religiuous leaders?

suren Jan 30, 2015 06:53pm

Very unfortunate incidence. Do not have words to describe. But I have a feeling that Pakistanis are brave people, will come out soon from this mess.

lal top Jan 30, 2015 06:53pm

Need to find how they get explosive n ammunition ... who provide funds ... close that route ... pls dont blame anyone . . Close it for once what ever it takes

Manjeet kocchar Jan 30, 2015 06:55pm

This is the time to pray for departed souls May God give them peace and strength to the surviving members of their families. Wounds of terrorism are festering rotting please do something

Sharma Jan 30, 2015 06:59pm

So strange, when charlie hebdo incident happened, millions came out to stand against it, but when such innocent lives are taken, nobody seems to stand up..although it shud be the other way..for sure, there is some serious problem in the root of preaching.

haris Jan 30, 2015 07:01pm

a result of the proxy war we're trapped in

Dastak Jan 30, 2015 07:02pm

Military rule may be the immediate but temporary need of the hour. Majority of population under 25 is unemployed. So terrorism isn't just misguided ideology, but is an alternate economy for the underbelly. What Pakistan needs is a transparent, well-intended democratic civilian government developing trade and commerce, modernizing education and infrastructure. Pakistan needs to step into the 21st century.

Sunil Jan 30, 2015 07:03pm

@Logical Indian Good observation.

Shahid Jan 30, 2015 07:04pm

WITHIN 48 hours a response is needed. Send 50 LJ activists to military courts. You must do it now to send a message.

Ankur Jan 30, 2015 07:05pm

@Syeda Ali : We Indians are also with you in the hours of sorrow..the bloodshed must stop at any cost..or else it is going to swallow both the countries...Ankur Jain, Delhi.

Manjeet kocchar Jan 30, 2015 07:06pm

@Sunil. Will it stop terrorists from killing

MSAlvi Jan 30, 2015 07:08pm

Another disaster. Where is the action pan?

It seems, it's not going to be easy. The problem has developed over a long period of time, and nobody paid attention to the real causes. Even at this time, they don't seem to be working with sincerity and diligence. The people who are trying to solve the problem are the same who created the problem.

Fire this team and bring in a new team. Musharraf, Imran, and now Sarwar, come to mind.

RIP Jan 30, 2015 07:09pm

RIP, tragic. Tell me one thing all Pakistani people why there are no protest against terrorism in Pakistan not even after Peshawar attack. Why? no march against terrorism. But millions of people gather in whole Pakistan after "Charlie Hebdo case". but against terrorism? no one, not even single. Strange people, surprised.

Ali Issa Obaid Jan 30, 2015 07:11pm

RIP. Security agencies failed totally. It is the responsibility of the state to protect its citizens.

bala Jan 30, 2015 07:13pm

Allah save pakistan.

dev Jan 30, 2015 07:21pm

I have read many comments in the comment section that you take this action --that action against terrorists; but what about the ideology that is creating these terrorists. Till you do something about changing the ideology terrorism will remain in Pakistan it won't go.

Muhsmmad Faroow Jan 30, 2015 07:24pm

In all fairness NS govt should resign as it has failed to do the job.

saeeds Jan 30, 2015 07:29pm

@Tranquil But these sect fighting each other for very beginning for last fourteen years. They are fighting in Iraq Syria Lebanon. Do you think India involved every where?

Raj Jan 30, 2015 07:30pm

Pakistan should not hesitate to take help from other countries to root out terrorist from its soil if required so.

kp Jan 30, 2015 07:35pm

They were not "muslim" enough. That's what you get for creating a state on religious lines. There is a competition for being the "purest", and the loser of the competition pays with their lives.

david Jan 30, 2015 07:35pm

Hope kashmiris r watching this.

Mohammad Akhtar Jan 30, 2015 07:36pm

Inna Lilla he wa Inna Aleihe Rajayoon. May Allah destroy the killers. Where is security? It is sad for innocent lives are being killed. Those who spread the hate should be eliminated.

sudhakar Jan 30, 2015 07:36pm

@M. Siddique : Sure Mr. Siddique. "Reverting back" is much better than "Reverting back to God" in this fashion.

Just Me Jan 30, 2015 07:37pm

@Karthik Can you stop making political statements. Respect human life don't use this tragic incident to make political statements. Just an FYI I am an Indian

nasir siddique Jan 30, 2015 07:43pm

So how many will take to the streets to protest this killing?

Ali Jan 30, 2015 07:45pm

everyone who is commenting , where is raheel sharif or National action plan , come on guys its a gorilla war , we cannot stop them completely

Eddied Jan 30, 2015 07:51pm

Where does this insanity come from? can a group of Muslims kill another group of Muslims while they are praying? ...and they say they are doing it in the name of God?...

Akhthar Jan 30, 2015 07:57pm

Jundullah is the same group that used attacked Iran Soldiers and Shia`s and beheading them. And Iran has been warning Pakistan and also incursed into Pakistan to attack Jundullah and Pakistan condemning the Iranian attack on Militants within Pakistan.

Am I right? Dawn, Can you please provide more details in your report?

Syed Ahmed, Canada. Jan 30, 2015 08:07pm

Sad state of affairs in deed. Had the Military Courts been established in military manner this unbearable incident may not have happened.

Raja Farhat Abbas Jan 30, 2015 08:13pm

@Raj I agree with you 100%

KRana Jan 30, 2015 08:17pm

@Taimoor Not enemy state, it is state within state and your army chief and PM already said we need house in order

Gopal Jan 30, 2015 08:19pm

So Sad..

N USA Jan 30, 2015 08:27pm

Reading all the comments here make me think that it is very easy to convince Pak people of anything and their smart politicians are taking advantage of it. Who can blame them.

Bernama Jan 30, 2015 08:29pm

@Zawwar Hussain

It was not a MOSQUE, it was an IMAMBARGAH. Please use the right term.

Riaz Jan 30, 2015 08:29pm

Who benefits from this. Not Muslims, not Pakistan. Whosoever is doing it is enemy of Islam and Pakistan.

AHA Jan 30, 2015 08:30pm

@Karthik "Muslims are safe in India than in Pakistan."

Correction: "Minority Muslims are safe in India than in Pakistan."

Hasan Jan 30, 2015 08:30pm

Government is incapable

Ammar Jan 30, 2015 08:30pm

Inna Lillah e Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. We have lost all hope in the government and even in the nation at large So many lives lost but we are still divided. We are a cursed nation no doubt.

Ikbal Buland Jan 30, 2015 08:33pm

Ban on madarsas would be the first step

jammu wala Jan 30, 2015 08:35pm

Now im expectng big marches and protests from ur religious leaders against this incident....aftrall they protested for many days against Charlie Hebdo

Masood Haider Jan 30, 2015 08:35pm

Even the army has focused only on TTP in its campaign against terrorism. As long as the sectarian outfits like Sipah-e-Sahaba, Jaish-e-Muhammed, LEJ and other Jihadists roam freely, the scourge of terrorism will continue unabated.

Nishant Jan 30, 2015 08:36pm

@Syeda Ali - 'The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people.' - Napoleon

Proud Hindu Jan 30, 2015 08:43pm

South Asia is not Developed not bcoz Birtish Ruled Us but bcoz we never believed each other. If Pak or India can Live together then forget but we Can live alone peacefully. Can we have a deal that for next 20 years we will not bother each other n let focus on our own problems then try to resolve the So called Kashmir issue? Why should innocent people pay the price for Our forefathers Mistakes. Why millions of Indian n Pakistanis have to live poor life! Is Kashmir issue is bigger then billions of lives? Think about it. And again Rip the Innocent Soul!

Clement Jan 30, 2015 08:45pm

@Syeda Ali Yes you can definitely do something like organizing a million march just like Charlie Hebdo and London marches.Lets see if you can back up your sympathy with some action.

Qureshi Jan 30, 2015 08:47pm

I born in Pakistan but the true is that it is going out of control now. From top to low level people are corrupt and dishonest. All political parties have there own different interests no one of them wants to work with on counter terrorism seriously.

Manjeet kocchar Jan 30, 2015 08:48pm

@Bernama How does the name matter the were praying before their God.

Haider Rehman Jan 30, 2015 08:48pm

The terrorists want to divide the nation on sectarian grounds. Let me tell you Taliban, you will NEVER SUCCEED. You will be brought to justice. And to all those pointing fingers at NAP, it is a time to be united not divided. Instead of being pessimistic, why not being a party to power that has the willpower to fight terrorists to the end? Action will bring change, sitting in front of monitors and screens won't.

Khwaja Tariq Jan 30, 2015 08:49pm

If police and armed forces can not proved security to the public, whats the use to spend millions on their maintenance.

Manjeet kocchar Jan 30, 2015 08:54pm

@Nishant. Wow Quoting Napoleon Bonaparte?

Need_Humanity Jan 30, 2015 08:56pm

RIP all innocent condolences to their famili.and few guys here comparing India and pak....plz stop that...talking badly about others is not gonna help ur country...instead of arguing here it is better to use this tym doing things which will actually help ur country to be a better place to live for....

Thoroughthinker Jan 30, 2015 08:57pm

An innocent killed is equal to killing of the entire humanity. Who says it is not a war against Islam? A new-age crusade ! Forget about Shea and Sunni divide. They are humans first before anything and in any case they are believers. Even non-believers are not to be killed. If so, who will live to be shown the virtuous-ways ?

Shashi Reddy Jan 30, 2015 09:04pm

Preach peace to kids @ school and home, teach them to accept everyone. Pakistan will see positive results in future. Wish Pakistan good luck.

Sk Jan 30, 2015 09:10pm

So Sartaj Aziz was saying ........

Justwsf Jan 30, 2015 09:15pm

PM taken notice, committee formed, going abroad on official tour... its enough....

Abdul Kadir Jan 30, 2015 09:15pm

Numbers are increasing and government still sleeping.

Vijay (Toronto) Jan 30, 2015 09:16pm

One week after the Army School carnage I had written to Dawn that wait a month and the carnage will continue.

Rasheed Jan 30, 2015 09:16pm

As an Indian Muslim, I seriously feel lucky to be born in a country that swears by secularism even if some fringe elements want to challenge that. Despite a few riots here and there, the nation has largely remained peaceful, the secular fabric is intact, and yes Muslims here are much safer!

Telveer Jan 30, 2015 09:23pm

What do these terrorists achieve by killing innocent people? And how do they get access to bombs and other weapons - there appear to be a lot of sympathizers in the administration because without that kind of tacit support, there is no way these terrorists can survive. What a tragic shame!

Kashor Jan 30, 2015 09:29pm

Shocking when is this all going to stop. Innocent being killed in name of Allah that too in Imambhara when they were bowling before Allah. This sectarian voilance needs to end

JUSTICE Jan 30, 2015 09:29pm

Again and again PML-N government failed to protect its citizens. It will be wise to give entire country under army protection. Army should step in and declare martial law immediately.

Gabriel Jan 30, 2015 09:34pm

This is so sad. My heart sinks when I hear such incidents taking place with the attackers quite clearly stating Shias are their enemies.

Time and again I have read in these columns people commenting Shia and Sunni have no animosity.

Sahni Jan 30, 2015 09:36pm

Very sorry to hear the deaths of so many innocent people. Our heartfelt condolences to the families and to the people of Pakistan.. We are very happy that the Pakistan Government is now doing everything to confront to root out terrorists from their soil which would allow both Pakistan and India to live peacefully and resolve all their outstanding issues including Kashmir. Since neither India nor Pakistan will budge, I think both countries should agree to status quo, otherwise there is a great possibility of war and this will be a great human tragedy for both counties and the world. My grandparents were from Pakistan and they had nothing but full of praise of both communities until partition and that was a great tragedy for both countries. I pray for an end to all conflicts. Insha Allaha(God willing) peace will prevail in the sub-continent for the prosperity of citizens for both countries.

Gp65 Jan 30, 2015 09:40pm

Sad. Hope the bereaved ge t the courage to deal with the loss, the injured get a speedy recovery and hope the souls of those that passed away rest in eternal peace.

Shafique Jan 30, 2015 09:40pm

Catch all involved in funding or supporting this attack. Bring them to justice if you want to stop this nonsense... If you cannot do that then you are part of the problem.

bilal Jan 30, 2015 09:40pm

54 people have died and an incompetent political leadership announces a "day of mourning" - is that enough? What does that even mean?

Iqbal Jan 30, 2015 09:43pm

Sad. The action against these terrorists has to be very stern.

LahoreSeAmerica Jan 30, 2015 09:45pm

Condolences to family members of the dead.

RDG Jan 30, 2015 09:46pm

@Tranquil We hope you do. And to those people from my country, who leave no opportunity to ridicule Pakistan, get a cup of humility.

Purush Jan 30, 2015 09:48pm

Terrorism is terrorism. Please, please, please, go after it with heavy hand and stamp it out. It is just about a month and a half to the Peshawar tragedy where approx 150 children were killed. The country has already forgotten that after making tall promises. And even this will be forgotten. Nothing short of people getting on streets is going to help.

M. Saeed Awan Jan 30, 2015 09:49pm

Really bad and we are blaming India and America for whole fuss. Our own sects are grappled to each other.

Batool Jan 30, 2015 09:53pm

Jundullah killed Muslims who were praying, this blast was at a Friday prayer! Jundullah members should be declared infidels!! I as a Muslim and follower of the last Prophet of God refuse to accept these murderers as Muslims.

Indian Jan 30, 2015 09:54pm

@Tranquil Good luck then.

sreejesh Jan 30, 2015 09:55pm

Red salute to the victims.Some thing wrong with governance in pakisthan.To avoid this type of incidents,the system of strong local self government has to be adopted in Pakistan.Then the participation of local people can be ensured in fighting against terrorism and it also helps in development.There are many women civil servants in Pakistan.So their participation in local self government has to be explored.This will help to root out terrorism from Pak soil.The strong local self government can identify and mend terrorist to lead a normal family life.Let Pakistan be a heaven on earth.

Pavan Devatha Jan 30, 2015 10:06pm

@Syeda Ali pray my friend , my sincere condolences

ali Jan 30, 2015 10:07pm

These are ruthless animals and are non believers, they are Muslims by name only. The bombing of their areas be increased and the people associated with this organization be arrested forthwith and be tried in military courts.It is of utmost importance that the governments should provide extra security round the clock to all religious places.NS should take note of this and keep his promise of getting rid of terrorism from all corners of the country.

vinay Jan 30, 2015 10:07pm

Is this Jinnah's Pakistan where Innocent Muslims are killed by Muslims only? Or the killed were never treated as Muslims in a country founded on two nations doctrine?..May the deceased R.I.P.

Kanwarch Jan 30, 2015 10:12pm

Political and military leaders need to declare emergency in the country and form a national government for five years. Forget about democracy and save the country. Stop foreign funding of so called Madrissahs and stop this proxy war which is being layed on by so called muslim friends of ours. Stop accepting foreign aid and stand on your own feet. Unfortunately it is going to be tough and all ayashians will finish for our elite. Otherwise country will disintegrate slowly.

Indian Jan 30, 2015 10:13pm

Bangladesh is also a Muslim majority country but anyone know why it is so safe?

SK Jan 30, 2015 10:17pm

@Tranquil good even in this situation you are worriedly about Indians. Keep it up this is right way to eliminate terrorism from Pakistan

P Setra Jan 30, 2015 10:20pm

@Karthik Much safer than anywhere else in the world, where there is a sizable Muslim population.

Umar Jan 30, 2015 10:20pm

May Allah grant peace to the families of. I am a Sunni Muslim (although I hate this concept of sects) and I feel for my Shia brothers who became a target of these brutal savages. During Holy Prophet's reign, religious minorities were allowed to live a peaceful life side by side with Muslims. I don't understand what kind of Islam these jandullah retards want to implement. No one gives you the right to take an innocent life specially not Islam that you so staunchly follow. You are just a bunch of cowards who deserve to die a very painful and miserable death.

I wish our leaders and ex leaders for eg NS and A Zardari(although they are an embarrassment to the nation) do more than just sit in their rooms and tell their secretaries to let the media know that they have condemned the attacks or if tHey cannnot do so, should resign from their posts. They are themselves eating up Pakistan from the inside.

I hope Gen Raheel Sharif considers these innocent lives as valuable as those of army children.

Lastly, I thank my Indian counterparts who share their condolences and thoughts with us. As for hate promoters on both sides, this is not a fight against sects. This is a fight for humanity against these worthless illiterates who pick up guns, bombs and. Go around killing innocents.

May Allah rest the victims' souls in peace. ameen

Fifi Jan 30, 2015 10:21pm

Innocent people still waiting the implementation of NAP but the courage deficit our rulers is very pathetic

true version Jan 30, 2015 10:21pm

Okay.u will protest by all means against charlie hebdo for hurting sentiments but will never ever protest against the murderers of your own people...????

Raj Jan 30, 2015 10:21pm

This is what happens when Pakistan support giving arms to common man. You would need to control morale of people. If not these things will happen over and over. Please start giving very high punishment to people keeping arms or involving in such activities.

P Setra Jan 30, 2015 10:22pm

@Siraj Ahmed Can anybody un-radicalize?

Humanity Jan 30, 2015 10:22pm

Deep condolence from India!

ali akhtar Jan 30, 2015 10:32pm

shame on you..

muhammad Jan 30, 2015 10:32pm

non serious they think they can make peace with extremists but its matter of time they will start killing these politician also those think they can make peace. And those support them they want only power like Libya iraq afghanistan and wants to have fun and we people of pakistan die with no education no school no place to hide except dying or follow their orders.. So we as a nation need to decide who we are. Are we animal or human being who care about other human and care about our country.

DeshPremi Jan 30, 2015 10:37pm

@Eddied I just don't get this narrow-mindedness. So is it ok for a muslim to kill a muslim when he is not praying? Or for a muslim to kill a non-muslim? How about condemning any act of killing humans regardless of the victims' religion, ethnicity etc?

T.M. Reddy Jan 30, 2015 10:37pm

These things we don't learn in Universities. They are learned from attractive hatred speeches. Do we need to know reasons? Better find out religious outfits by analyzing their talk - innocents or uneducated or sometimes educated cannot analyzed hatred speech of our opportunistic parasitic leaders of all varieties.

Neha Jan 30, 2015 10:46pm

@Pravin That is a million dollar question. But sadly we won't get any rational reply. Jan 30, 2015 10:47pm

Government must resign if it can protect its citizen. Where JI - where million Man March - where are the MUllahs - Is this their ISLAM???????

kahn Jan 30, 2015 10:52pm

You know what is truly baffling ? where do they get the explosive material from ? who is supplying it and why has there not been any emphasis in tracking the whole supply route.

KM Jan 30, 2015 10:52pm

@syed Still in the state of denial? Still thinking that other countries are destabilizing Pakistan? Grow up.

rocke85 Jan 30, 2015 10:54pm

i hope this time pakistanis will not blame indians...

Fakhir Jan 30, 2015 10:55pm

Who should resign, interior minister sind, chief minister sind, federal interior minister, prime minister, COAS Answer, all of the above.

Fakhir Jan 30, 2015 10:56pm

IGP sind as well should resign

Vasudhaiba kutumbakam Jan 30, 2015 11:02pm

So sad ....and the reason is religion !! For what men follow a religion? Pls stop this barbarism for god's sake. Entire humanity must collaborate to eliminate these cowards.Request to the people of Pakistan to raise ONE VOICE against such sinners.

Alan Jan 30, 2015 11:08pm

@Tranquil Soon ? How soon ? 20 years ?

sam shafi Jan 30, 2015 11:15pm

I see these comments are infested by bigots who are having a hard time hiding their glee at the tragedy in Pakistan.

Neha Jan 30, 2015 11:17pm

One of my Shiite Muslim friend once quoted "You have so many Gods & Goddesses still you love and respect each other, We all pray to just one God yet we kill each other." Really true.

Rafiq Ali Jan 30, 2015 11:18pm

Shias in India are safe. Shias in Pakistan are not safe. What a shame.

Cyrus Ho Jan 30, 2015 11:19pm

Who kills more innocent people, terrorists or American drones?

AbdulJabbar - Doha (Indian) Jan 30, 2015 11:23pm

Pakistan must install CCTV in all mosques and madrasas in all including shia or sunni and make sure it is monitored. If the CCTV not working it should be closed.

ss Jan 30, 2015 11:25pm

@ali your mullahs won't allow.

Naziya Jan 30, 2015 11:27pm

What is taking strong notice? (Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar have taken strong notice of the incident). Just notice thats it? WHat will happen to their family and loved ones? %5 people died and it was just strong notice?

A Shah Jan 30, 2015 11:28pm

This is the tip of the iceberg for pakistan. This is going to be a regular occurance from now on

A Khan Jan 30, 2015 11:30pm

@kahn All weapons found with terrorists are chinese always... Maybe because they are cheap...

Deepak Nepal Jan 30, 2015 11:34pm

Seriously, why are they killing shia Muslims? Man this is crazy!

sidh Jan 30, 2015 11:37pm

@Indian ,Bangladesh is no longer safe.Hundreds of innocent passengers have been burnt by petrol bombs.Minorities and adivashis(tribes) are being tortured.

Hussain from Delhi Jan 30, 2015 11:45pm

It feels sad that while I enjoying all comforts of my life in Delhi our Muslim brothers are suffering in the land specifically created to protect Muslims.

Aslam Jan 30, 2015 11:48pm

@usman Moslems are killing moslems whats happening.

S M Jan 30, 2015 11:49pm

Need fundamental change in the country. . Can start with people electing people who wants to develop the country. Start with all party govt. rein in agencies that interfears , reduce defence budget ,use that for development , increase tread with all countries including India to increase revenue & jobs. give hope to the young that there will be work for them, most important , do away with religious teachings ,let it be a family matter .

MT Jan 30, 2015 11:54pm

Why are you not screening all those who come to a public gathering. It should be made mandatory, many precious life's are lost each and every day in Pakistan due to terrorism. Who will take care of the families of those who lost their lives?

Zoab Khan Jan 30, 2015 11:56pm

This is all on PPP and PMLN. How long does it take to track where these guys are getting funding? Never seen more incompetent people running a country then i have seen in last 8years.

SAH Jan 30, 2015 11:59pm

Where is the National Action Plan of the Government. It is genocide that all the distinct communities are attacked and killed indiscriminately. Where it will end lets ask ourselves otherwise the Doomsday is waiting at the door and can knock at our doors

rocke85 Jan 31, 2015 12:00am

@sidh its an law and order problem not a terrorist problem...

Global Citizen Jan 31, 2015 12:02am

Sad state of affairs in Pakistan. This is what happens when terrorists of any kind are encouraged. The chicken have now come home to roost.

Terrorists of all kind need to be eliminated and focus should be on the economy and jobs. Forget Kashmir and Focus on Pakistan

GuestReader Jan 31, 2015 12:03am


How do you punish someone who is prepared to die?

Nasir Jan 31, 2015 12:07am

Love for all hatred for none is the only way Pakistan will survive. Nobody has the right to determine who is a Muslim and who is not - only Allah knows what is in a mans heart

junaid Jan 31, 2015 12:18am

What happened to operation zarb e azb?

KM Jan 31, 2015 12:21am

@Taimoor Buddy I can understand your frustrations but pause and give a thought, that who is behind all this ? Enemies? Other countries? Noooooooooooo its we who are responsible for all this mess. We need to come out of our overt zealous religious tendencies. Think about it

KM Jan 31, 2015 12:23am

@Gabriel Heard the saying...... Elephant's teeth to eat different to show different

Indian Jan 31, 2015 12:26am

@sidh what about Nepal and Bhutan?

Bilal Jan 31, 2015 12:27am

@Karthik Past seven to eight years have been disastrous for all Pakistanis, whether Muslims or non Muslims.

malik Jan 31, 2015 12:37am

Prime Minister ko MQM ka worker to nazr aata hai,,,,kia unhe Shikarpur ke zakhmi aur sheheed nazr aysinge ke nhi

Sammy Jan 31, 2015 01:02am

Very true Karthik... so true

Sammy Jan 31, 2015 01:05am

@Pravin... your question doesn't make sense.

Sammy Jan 31, 2015 01:09am

@Shamsher Singh Bajwa mass conversion to Hinduism from Muslim, sorry, India is not safe either

Sammy Jan 31, 2015 01:09am

@Logical Indian agreed

AJ Jan 31, 2015 01:11am

Does some one care, life goes on, politics goes on and every thing alike. Why not hang at least 10 terrorists of this faction within 24 hours so these terrorists get a message that when ever they kill innocent people, they do kill a number of their fellow terrorists too through hanging. And then it will give some cosolation to the familes of those who got matyred.

ram Jan 31, 2015 01:20am

frm india...i see daily evryday affairs of ind & pak... and anything bad happens in pak i really becomes vry much concerned tht y all this happening there. why people cant leave in peace with loving to each other irrespective of any religion. I daily travel in mumbai local...I never seen any hindu,muslim,sikh or anyother person having hatred with each other. Yes smtimes it happens here also but here people much concerned about education, job & their D2D life needs not much about religion. do love & help to each other.... God bless you!!!

khalid Jan 31, 2015 02:02am

The armed forces must capture these murderous animals and serve instant justice upon them. Deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

Fahd Ali Azhar Jan 31, 2015 02:05am

Love your country like it's worth dying for because it is!

L.Ahmad Jan 31, 2015 02:25am

Extremely sad. It is said death occurs once but sadly death in Pakistan occurs daily.

Shujaat Khan Jan 31, 2015 02:45am

What do they do besides calling for a day of mourning

chintu Jan 31, 2015 02:55am

@Shamsher Singh Bajwa India is safest country for humans in the region.

Huda Jan 31, 2015 03:25am

It seems PMLN is too close to the Saudis to pick a fight

Huda Jan 31, 2015 03:30am

@Zoab Khan Agreed! Who is funding them? How can we not know?!

Truth Jan 31, 2015 03:44am

@Datta We Shias in India Kashmir want to fulfil our dream,come to live in Pakistan. But of course India News Channel only talk of Babri Masjid never about Imambaras in Iraq and Pakistan.

Truth Jan 31, 2015 03:45am

@Syeda Ali If it was your Country, you will not have to Bleed.

shan Jan 31, 2015 03:48am

Shabash jandullah shabash, bohat bara teer mara hay na masoom logon ko maar kar...

Amluddin Eraqi Jan 31, 2015 05:09am

@Karthik you got that right.

Amluddin Eraqi Jan 31, 2015 05:11am

Pakistan is on the path to self-destruction. This was not the Qaid's vision.

saheb_nagori Jan 31, 2015 05:25am

There will be retaliation and it will cut across the society. Anybody, just anybody preaching hatred against anyone will be neutralized. Enough of violence. Pakistan needs peace, progress and respect. The army action will not be limited to FATA and NWFP but will escalate to Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Muzaffarabad.

Ajay Jan 31, 2015 05:31am

Sad. Condolences to the families. We humans are certainly the most in human of all creatures on our planet.

S. A. Hyder, Ph.D. Jan 31, 2015 05:31am

@Datta You are talking of results to be seen in the next century. Suggest what can be done to get results now.

S. A. Hyder, Ph.D. Jan 31, 2015 05:34am

@Tranquil Not in your lifetime, Sir. Even if you live for a hundred years !!

ROHIT PANDEY Jan 31, 2015 05:35am

This Shia-Sunni clashes used to happen in Lucknow.Uttar Pradesh.

Till a tough police officer arrived. He promised punitive taxation to recover the cost of destroyed property in the madness.

I think it cooled off a lot after that officer's tenure!

Ghani K Jan 31, 2015 05:42am

@Zawwar Hussain - You are asking world to express feeling. Let us see how many Muslims especially mullahs, religious parties, JI, JUI are out in the streets to protest against this barbaric act. You can bet no one will come out.

white noise Jan 31, 2015 05:53am

I bet quite of mullahs today will be hailing those who committed these murders. I keep saying, you irk the minorities over and over but when minorities rise up, they bring fall on nations, history has proven this over and over again. if you still don't want to learn from it, then don't complain if you are the receiving end sometime in future.

Najam Jan 31, 2015 05:59am

We are bleeding. Where is government?

UTPAL Jan 31, 2015 06:02am

Sad, sad, very sad. It is not Pakistan bleeding, it is humanity bleeding.

S. A. Hyder, Ph.D. Jan 31, 2015 06:39am

@GuestReader Very simple and practical. Parade them in the streets. Those who are prepared to die and those mastermind behind them. But then, there is a problem---some of the politicians, some of the judiciary and especially a big convoy of lawyers would be paraded !! Is it not a retired judge and convoy of lawyers who have hailed the killer of a provincial governor as their hero?

sushil Jan 31, 2015 06:53am

Mosque and schools are in their target then they are not from any religion and has no ideology. They must be treated as enemy of society.

Amit Jan 31, 2015 07:02am

@Fakhir remove the word revenge from all dialogues. Because everyone claims to be taking just that - revenge. Pray to God for spreading love

hu Jan 31, 2015 07:03am

@Zubai- here is where your problem is, your country should always be your priority, religion comes next

GuestReader Jan 31, 2015 07:06am

Muslims are far safer and freer in India than anywhere else in the world (except USA and the Europe).

ziavrep labqi Jan 31, 2015 07:28am

@Haider Rehman

This type of attack is no fight. It is a fanatic, cowardly and inhuman act against unarmed and harmless men, women and children. No religion or sect or system will condone such savagery.

milkel Jan 31, 2015 07:28am

This is a sad moment for humanity, my condolences to all those affected. I hope at least NOW Pakistan must be realizing that terrorists can never be friends to anyone except themselves. What we are seeing now, is the poisonous fruit of the poisonous seed of terrorism sown by Pakistan in India years back just for territorial gains. You cannot win by fomenting terrorism in other countries, it is sort of a boomerang which can and will most certainly hit you back sooner than later. If the Paki Govt has come to it's senses after seeing the horrible results of their past actions, they should ask for and I am almost sure that they will get it, help from India to counter terrorism in their land,.......after all, India has been fighting terrorism coming from across the border and has overcome that demon with great success in the past. Another point, when will the Paki Government stop pretending that they have never harboured the terrorists and that their agencies have nothing to do with the terrorist organisations. It is a time to deal with the terrorists with a heavy hand. Unfortunately, those heavy hands themselves, are in a hand-shake with the terrorists.

V K Das Jan 31, 2015 07:28am

For God's sake stop killing innocent people. Allah will not spare you. Now you know why Pakistan is suffering. Its God's punishment for misdeeds. Forget India and concentrate on Pakistan and look within.

Ahmer Jan 31, 2015 07:39am

This terrorist attack is a carry over from the sectarian war going on in the other three provinces and has very little to do with Sindh.

ziavrep labqi Jan 31, 2015 07:56am

@V K Das

The police would know about the terrorists if they care to know. It is having a nice time and is mostly busy in extortion of money from public or in running or patronizing illegal activities. If the police of the area is punished after any incident of terror happens in its jurisdiction, it would definitely become vigilant and focused and proactive.

It is really strange that every time a terror incident happens, the ministers unashamedly pronounce that it is impossible to stop such acts of terror. The police would never be pushed to do its duty in such an indifferent set up.

Nitin Chauhan Jan 31, 2015 08:01am

Cant imagine how many lives have been wasted, in order to prove their religions superiority.If u r really sensitive to ur religion then consider it like ur parents. No body says that my parents are better than urs and no body fights over it. and we respect each others parents. Because we know there is no comparison......why not in case of religions ?? if u r not doing it in this way than there is some thing wrong with u ... religion is not fault........thats why bieng secular is always better... though some times glitches in that too...but every one is considered equal before law and should be treated in the same manner...

Irfan M Jan 31, 2015 08:07am

absolutely shameful and barbaric act. May those that lost their lives rest in peace

Ak Jan 31, 2015 08:08am

Ina-lillah-wa-Ina-ellahay-rajaon. We have to work in order to rehabilitate the people committing these attacks , this is jahalat not islam. I am not sure if it is other Muslims doing it or some external forces, but we are all human in the end, but then they are not

Proud Indian Jan 31, 2015 08:12am

@M. Siddique and Still they are alive. N giving Them a good life opportunity with House, job and money. But I know you gonna talk about Modi and Gujrat incident 2002 but my friend don't forget those are Hindus who's fighting Case against Modi n n all charged removed on Modi by court. Don't make Bla bla facts by ur own. At least RSS give chance to live they don't blasts bomb in Masque! Don't compare India with Pakistan. We have Huge population and huge society in here n like any other incident happens here too but still we are together as a nation

Muhammad Farooq Jan 31, 2015 08:23am

I consider the government equally responsible for it due to its incompetence to nab the terrorists.

Rohit N Jan 31, 2015 08:24am

Such tragic incident. All our hearts go out for the families of the suffered.

Pragmatic Jan 31, 2015 08:33am

Another act of sheer barbarism. RIP

Jack Jan 31, 2015 08:39am

How in the world can they call themselves Muslims when they kill others during prayers.

milkel Jan 31, 2015 08:54am

Of course you cannot punish enough someone who is prepared to die anyway.....but then u can fulfill his wish (i.e. kill him) in such a manner that will terrify the would-be terrorists. That is to say, the only way to deal with terrorists is "terrorise the terrorists" becoz that is the only language they understand.

Janzeb Jan 31, 2015 09:04am

When 17 people were murdered in France, three million came out to protect. How many came out on any of our mass killings? We are so immune to death, that it does not matter to us anymore. It's always someone else dying. Unless of course it is one of US! While we type our comments here, the terrorists must be planning their next carnage.

vNu Jan 31, 2015 09:06am

Non-violence is the only answer.

Prakash Jan 31, 2015 09:11am

Shia muslims are not the minorities, since they are also very much majority muslim people.

Anand Jan 31, 2015 09:13am

This shows how badly Pakistan has failed. Very Sad.

Pakistan must understand, by supporting extremism elsewhere, you can not keep condemning extremism at home.

Extremism is same everywhere. Root out such elements completely.

Mike Jan 31, 2015 09:17am

@the dodo Europe, Australia, USA, India, and other non-Islamic countries.

Mike Jan 31, 2015 09:18am

@Tranquil By that time everyone here will be gone....

Sachin Jan 31, 2015 09:19am

@Tarannum S. Tarannum.... i couldnt agree more... Yes there are times when I have blasted some comments here... but somewhere deep inside my feelings for a Pakistani are more than say for an Iraqi or Syrian...

I hate some Pakistanis but I feel for most Pakistanis...

Sadly they in Pakistan do not understand this and are looking at the world from a different angle... Hate has consumed Pakistani society

exasperated Jan 31, 2015 09:22am

@Rose ;Yes! But how many Muzaffarnagars and Gujarat are happening in Pakistan on near daily basis?

G O Gujjar Gujjar Jan 31, 2015 09:25am

Follow up of Indo-US deal not to condemn Taliban,who are GOOD for them Being GOOD against Pakistan.

Kolsat Jan 31, 2015 09:27am

First get rid of blasphemy law and then issue a fatwa against these killers who are driven to carry out such acts by the religious leaders. Unless all sects within Islam reconcile their differences and learn to live together happily such tragedies will continue to occur.

Vakrachakra Jan 31, 2015 09:29am

@citizen Why are Shia Muslims being counted as MINOTIRY. Is Pakistan now rechristened as the 'Sunni Sunni Republic of Pakistan'.

Anand Jan 31, 2015 09:30am

@GuestReader Who is preparing that someone to die? Why your establishments turn blind towards them?

Dovid Jan 31, 2015 09:31am

These terrorists MUST be stopped. Pakistan was once one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Everyone must do his bit to ensure that Pakistan can once more enjoy peace.

raj Jan 31, 2015 09:33am

At least leave ur sacred place out of nonsense...!!

Rajesh Jan 31, 2015 09:37am

@Tranquil : We were not like this in Past???? this is happening from first day of pakistan creation. save some time to look into history, and no one can claim future is different than this

Raj Jan 31, 2015 09:41am

Bomb in mosque ????...What kind of people are this ???

cave man Osama Jan 31, 2015 09:55am

What is RAW's role in this attack. Can govt provide some evidence. They have said even this attack was planned with India's help.

Jehadi Jan 31, 2015 10:04am

Hatered had no limit, no end. But our police / Govt. is scared even to search / question them.

Dipak Singh Jan 31, 2015 10:08am

What is Shia & Sunni???? both are pray for allah so why enemies of each other...!

Dipak Singh Jan 31, 2015 10:11am

I think In india..... No Shia Sunni riots or hate each other... even 99% people don't hate to others religion..! Muslim are more safe than Pakistan.

ubermeow Jan 31, 2015 10:16am

I sincerely hope that ISIS does not get a foothold in Pakistan. The consequences are going to be disastrous beyond imagination.

RAKESH RAZDAN Jan 31, 2015 10:24am

"Taken strong notice of the incident:. What does this means. Can anybody explain.

Khan Jan 31, 2015 10:30am

So much for the billions spent for APCs Committees meetings and traveling to Murree Rauwind and you name it. When an incompetent man heads and "personally"supervises chaos this is what you get.

awinash Jan 31, 2015 10:39am

Pakistan is forever looking to its Eastern border for non-existent threats when they should be looking inside for enemies within their own country who are far more deadly.

vsh Jan 31, 2015 10:55am

Pakistan musk wake up . A martial law can be remotely seen now. A powerful military rule for atleast 10 years can only save the country from current situation . That rule should take all actions and allow the country to build proper secular democracy in 10 years of time.

Friends please no more crying after the incidents. Please open up voices against the fractured system to prevent them in future. Everyone has a RIGHT to LIVE.

Observer Jan 31, 2015 10:57am

QAS needs to be fired ASAP!

DEEPAK Jan 31, 2015 11:02am

peon in our office is a muslim and he live's with family in a village where 99.99% are hindus and they are living from last 10 yrs. his family lives like a mullaha family , but they are happy here. learn something from us.

lkhan Jan 31, 2015 11:09am

Words fail to express the anger, sadness, frustration,loss, much more that this dastardly horrific crime awakens in one. Meanwhile, Pakistan's useless lot of politicians continue life in normality, totally unaffected by the human tragedy Pakistan faces on such a regular basis. Far too many dead bodies, tortured families across the map of Pakistan - not one more should be allowed.

suma Jan 31, 2015 11:15am

@Tranquil I am Indian. but I am human first. These trolls do not represent India. Brother we are also very sad for your nation's loss. We want peace and prosperity in pakistan. I wish strong government For Pakistan.

Himanshu Jan 31, 2015 11:25am

My condolence to the families of victims. God knows when these type of war mongers will understand the humanity and cost of human life.

indian Jan 31, 2015 11:28am

How people in your country develop so much of hatred and anger. Have you ever thought what is wrong within??

Yousuf Jan 31, 2015 11:45am

Very sad to read this news. First is to stop official aid coming from Saudi Arabia and Qatar entering Pakistan. secondly close border with Afghanistan and have more checks on border on Afghanistan. Third is to implement de- weaponisation of country. And fourth is to shame terrorists by saying that they are being used by Americans and their gulf allies for their own means like in Syria . But all this requires sincere and understanding leader.

Servent of the servent Jan 31, 2015 12:08pm

Dear Brothers The Cause of All Hostilities the world over is lack of spiritual insight; whether A Sunni Shia Hindu jew sikh christian we are under the same laws . birth death old age childhood pains & pleasures of a shia a sunni or hindu are same that proves we are under the laws of one God or Allah, And he is treated us equally by exercising these laws on all of us. Similarly The Air Fire Water & All the elements of nature treat us equally. So this hostilities are the outcome of denying the diversity among us. But Allah or God has made diversity in nature !! Just see Land is different from water; Fire different from wind different seasons; moon is different from sun, even in our body eye is different from ear, two children of same parents have diverse natures. So we must know that when any single person is killed it gives Pain to Loving Allah or god, how can they hate any one because everyone is their Creation, can a mother do bias between two children. So we must know our Anatomy or Hardware is same but the SOFTWARE or philosophy or thoughts are the cause of problems; So please give this bodily distinctions of cast creed religion and rise above to spiritual plane where we are same. Live n Let Live, Serve humanity & thus make God or Allah Happy.

LS Jan 31, 2015 05:06pm

@Taimoor Yeah blame others, good luck

Bahadur Jan 31, 2015 10:58pm

@Rose : Gujrat happened 12 yrs ago and Muzzaffarnagar 2 months ago. How many Muslims have been killed in Pakistan by Muslims in the Interveaning period?

Bahadur Jan 31, 2015 11:13pm

@M. Siddique: so, what's your problem if they are reverting back on their own? India as as secular, is a free country for practice, preach and profess of any religion.

Rational Feb 01, 2015 05:29am

@Syeda Ali How can you deter suicide bombers with threat of public hanging? You need to, I think, start by feeling empathy with the other. Every leader wants the other dead , Musharaff against NS, IK against SC Judge, etc.. The religious come next. Getting rid off blasphemy laws and treating all beliefs equally under law (even aspirationally) is a good start. That start will happen when the educated, like the commentators on this blog really accept separation of state and faith. This may not happen before a civil war and loss of the state.

Whistle Feb 01, 2015 08:00am

@Rose Do you have anything more than that? But you are adding more and more on daily basis. Learn to accept reality.

SANJEEV KUMAR YADAV Feb 01, 2015 10:45am

How long you will kill your own brothers and mourn about Indian Muslims and Kashmir.

Me Feb 01, 2015 12:44pm

@Karthik 60 people died and thats all you could think of?? Have some compassion.

Me Feb 01, 2015 12:46pm

@Indian because fortunately they are not bordered with Afghanistan.

Haroon Room Feb 02, 2015 07:20am

And more are to come. you realise it. know it and expect it.The responcibility is on the shoulders of Editors of Pakistani papers.Those who refuse to call a debate, fearless discussion on,Islam itself Those,who donot practice their profession but are muslims 1st and last. Thus condone these islamic acts.

Haroon Room Feb 02, 2015 07:25am

@Radhakrishna That means 90% muslims

Haroon Room Feb 02, 2015 07:36am

@Peace Dishonest Leaders, Frieghtend Editors, Biased professors, scared judges,.Who cares if the common innocent people die , childern women suffer, vulenerable lives in shambles.As long as powerfull ,well placed are to affected.

rahul Feb 02, 2015 12:10pm

@Tranquil ya we indian's also hope what you say is true.

abhi Feb 02, 2015 02:11pm

Pakistan Tourism tagline

" Have a blast,it may be your last"

Sohan Feb 02, 2015 03:55pm

@GuestReader by killing their mentality. If they can unite for destruction why can't good people can unite for peace and humanity.

Mission4Peace Feb 02, 2015 04:25pm

still i m feeling, pak can goes to peace path. For this simple things need to be done.

  1. change the school books ( fales history & hate teaches)
  2. stop hate speeches in public.
  3. Compulsory strong schooling program ( in school free education, food & cloths)
  4. Stop Madarsa education.
  5. Forget 1947.
  6. No military interference in public affair.
  7. Government follow good governance.

whole one generation will suffer but after new generation will change thinking capability.

Ali ahmad Feb 03, 2015 03:55pm

very sad