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TTP claims attack on Rawalpindi imambargah, three killed

Updated Feb 19, 2015 12:17pm

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The injured are reported to be in critical condition -DawnNews Screengrab
The injured are reported to be in critical condition -DawnNews Screengrab

RAWALPINDI: Three people were killed and several injured in an explosion on Kurri Road, Rawalpindi within the precincts of an imambargah, hospital sources confirmed Wednesday. The injured are reported to be in critical condition.

Jundullah, a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack. Speaking from an unknown location, spokesman of the group Fagad told Dawn that the blast was a reaction to operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan.

Spokesperson of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Dr Ayesha Esani told reporters that two bodies were "brought dead" to the hospital, while five critically injured people are under intensive treatment. Dr Esani identified the deceased as Ghulam Hussain and Abdul Shakoor.

An initial investigation suggests the blast occurred when a suicide bomber blew himself up after security officials stopped him from entering the Qasar-e-Sakina Imambargah. The imambargah is located in the vicinity of expressway, the main highway which links the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

SHO Sadiqabad said the body of the attacker is still inside the imambargah and Islamabad police is investigating the blast site to confirm whether it was a suicide attack.

He added that the worshippers inside the imambargah remained safe, as the casualties include the people who were at the entrance and deployed for the security of the imambargah.

Eyewitness Mohammad Yousaf told Geo News, "When I heard the first shot, I locked the door and told worshippers to hide in the hall. People rushed inside to the mosque and saved themselves."

He added that Maghreb prayers had started when the attacker struck, and that security guard Ghulam Hussain was killed.

Another eyewitness told DawnNews said the suicide bomber was about 20-25 years old and was speaking in Seraieki.

Security personnel gather outside the Rawalpindi imambargah. - DawnNews screengrab
Security personnel gather outside the Rawalpindi imambargah. - DawnNews screengrab

Initial reports say that the alleged bomber was unable to detonate his suicide vest completely, thus preventing a major disaster.

Police was deployed at the imambargah which was packed to capacity at the time of the explosion.

Medical teams and police authorities have rushed to the site to begin rescue operations.The injured have been rushed to PIMS and Poly Clinic Hospital. An emergency has been declared at the hospitals in the twin cities and doctors have been asked to report for duty.

A crowd gathers outside the hospital emergency ward as news about the attack spreads
A crowd gathers outside the hospital emergency ward as news about the attack spreads

There were also reports of firing following the attack, however, the identity of the gunmen has not been determined. The area has been cordoned off by security forces.

PML-N leader Marvi Memon at the site of the blast issued a strong condemnation of the attack on the imambargah. "These are the last splinter affects of the operation Zarb-i-Azb. These are desperate attacks by cornered terrorists," said Memon.

"We have to be united in this fight against terror," she added. "It is unfortunate that our people have to pay the price for this but we will not forget the sacrifices our countrymen have made."

Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) Leader Asghar Askari criticised the government and alleged that it was colluding with militants.

"This is the fourth attack [on the Shia community]; this government is a murderous and terrorist government. We have been lifting bodies due to them."

He alleged that the Punjab government has given support to these terrorists.

"Zarb-i-Azb should be spread to the whole of Punjab," he said in an appeal to army chief General Raheel Sharif.

“Hundreds of thousands of Shias and Sunnis will be united in a march to the capital."

Meanwhile, Director General ISPR Asim Bajwa strongly condemned the recent spate of terrorist attacks and called them an attempt to create divisiveness between the nation, which, he stressed, only serves the interest of detractors of the country.


He further said that such acts are attacks on our most cherished religious values of peace and harmony. “Nation's resolve to deal terrorism and extremism can't be undermined.”



Shia community under attack


This is the fourth in a series of major attacks targeting the Shia community this year.

On February 14, at least 21 people were killed and 50 others injured during a gun and bomb attack at an imambargah in Peshawar's Hayatabad area when suicide attackers and gunmen — dressed in police uniforms — attacked worshippers offering Friday prayers.

Read: 21 killed as Taliban storm Peshawar imambargah

Two weeks prior, a suicide bombing at an Imambargah in Shikarpur killed 61 people — the deadliest sectarian incident to hit the country in nearly two years.

Also read: At least 60 killed in blast at Shikarpur imambargah

Jundullah, a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which last year pledged support for the Islamic State took responsibility for the Shikarpur attack as well as the Peshawar imambargah attack.

The Jamatul Ahrar faction of banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed a January attack on a Rawalpindi imambargah which killed eight people and wounded 16 others.

More: TTP Jamatul Ahrar claims attack on Rawalpindi imambargah

The attacks on Shias come amid the ongoing National Action Plan (NAP) aimed at ridding the country of terrorism following the Taliban massacre at Peshawar’s Army Public School in December 2014, which claimed over 140 lives — with most of the victims being children.

The formulation of the plan – a massive operation against militants and extremists – saw a parliamentary consensus on the formation of military courts in the country as well as renewed resolve to counter religious extremism by cracking down on terror financing and regulating madrassahs.

The government also rolled back the moratorium on capital punishment following which a number of convicted terrorists have been hanged in jails across the country.

Since the government set the NAP rolling, the country has seen a number of terrorist attacks — the major ones being attacks on imambargahs.

The recent spate of terror attacks, including the major terror bid at the school in Peshawar, are seen as the blowback of military operation currently underway in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

The army launched operation Zarb-e-Azb following a deadly attack on Karachi airport in June last year, after which security in the country has been on high alert.

Prior to the launch of the operation, the government had feared an intense backlash from militants and their sympathisers. This fear had delayed the operation for years.

The military has been carrying out counter-terrorism actions across the country to prevent retaliatory action by the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants groups after the launching of the Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan.

Editorial: Sectarian attack


Another week, another sectarian attack, yet another attack in Peshawar. While no one expected the state to shut down the militancy complex and suppress terrorism in a matter of weeks, what yesterday’s attack in Peshawar seems to have underlined is that the state strategy in the fight against militancy is inadequate and not wide-ranging enough.

There are at least two points to be made here.

First, the sectarian equation. From Shikarpur to Peshawar, militants have struck against Shias and their places of worship seemingly at will, indicating that yet another front in the militancy wars is once again being aggressively pursued.

While not all militant groups are avowedly and determinedly sectarian, it is nevertheless true that practically all operating here have a sectarian strain.

The failure of the state was in not giving priority to stemming the growth of avowedly sectarian militant groups — the longer those particular groups have been allowed to operate with near impunity, the more it seems to have encouraged other militant outfits to focus on their sectarian agendas.

It is still not too late. The country, despite grievous blows to the Shia community in recent years, is not on the verge of a full-blown sectarian civil war. But if fighting sectarianism is not made a priority now, the implosion in parts of the Middle East is a haunting reminder of how quickly and irreversibly matters can get out of control.

The other aspect is Peshawar. Sitting pressed up against the tribal areas and a regional hub for so many trouble spots, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a front-line city in the fight against militancy.

As such, it will always be a city militants look to stage attacks in. But it cannot be forgotten that Peshawar is also the administrative and military hub from which the state projects its power in the immediate region. The troops fighting in Fata are commanded from Peshawar.

The writ over KP and Fata is administratively handled from Peshawar. As such, it is a city that has vast resources and from where both the civil and military arms of the state have over the years learned how to work in cooperation with each other to help secure it.

In essence, then, why are such large groups of militants, as in the case of the Army Public School attack and now the Shia mosque, still able to so easily penetrate high-security sites in Peshawar?

Surely, that is not too much to ask for — that droves of militants not arrive at their targets undetected from where they proceed to deliver yet another blow to the national psyche?

Something is wrong here and neither the military nor the civilian, provincial and federal, leadership is willing to admit it.

The enemy is proving to be more resilient and smarter than the state that is purporting to fight it.

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salma Feb 18, 2015 06:42pm

Allah reham kur.

Eddie Feb 18, 2015 06:44pm

Since the state has failed to provide security and curb terrorism, I think people should stop going to mosques and imambargahs, that seems to be the only solution at the moment.

neighbour Feb 18, 2015 06:45pm

God bless Pakistan! :/

adil Feb 18, 2015 06:45pm

this should be stopped innocent people are being killed like nothing we take this an another story breaking news or whatever and wait for the next dis has became a culture or trend

Pakistani Feb 18, 2015 06:48pm

National Action Plan, Apex Committees ......

M. Emad Feb 18, 2015 06:48pm

Seems the TTP declared war against Imambara !

Radhakrishna Feb 18, 2015 06:51pm

Are shias are minorities in Pakistan ?

ahmed Feb 18, 2015 06:53pm

The chief of army staff and the PM should resign. This is shameless. They clearly have lost their authority. People are killed every day and they are busy creating their own empires while the common man dies every day. They have clearly failed to protect the life of the people. Every time such incident happens, a part of e dies. How can we as a nation accept all this?

Cyrus Ho Feb 18, 2015 06:55pm

Drums along the Mohawk. The savages are coming closer to Fort Apache. We can definitely see the smoke signals.

turbo Feb 18, 2015 06:55pm

cowards!!!

Salina Feb 18, 2015 06:56pm

Shia leadership needs to step down!!! Shias in other countries are protecting their whole countries and Shias in Pakistan can't even protect their worshippers? Leaders needed with ideas beyond dharnas!

Zak-i-Chan Feb 18, 2015 06:57pm

Everybody should stop going to all imambargah's until peace returns.

Clement Feb 18, 2015 06:59pm

Sadly another routine day in Pakistan.

Radhakrishna Feb 18, 2015 06:59pm

Nawaz Sharif take drastic action who are responsible for these cowardly act ,otherwise you are only the person responsible for not acting against these crime ,please

hope Feb 18, 2015 07:00pm

Lashkare jhangvi, ASWJ, both organization want to destroy peace of Pakistan,,, useless govt of Nawaz must took action against munafiq molvis,supports of ttp,sympathizer's, and all banned organization

sreejesh Feb 18, 2015 07:00pm

When will exhaust the armory of militants.

Abdul Kadir Feb 18, 2015 07:02pm

OMG!! whats going on ? Another bomb blast. pepole are dying and Government still sleeping.

UD Feb 18, 2015 07:04pm

Here we go again. The killing machine at work again. Be careful my Pakistani friends.The government and army is not going to help you. The Shias, Hazaras, Hindus and Christians are not wanted in Pakistan. Only Sunni Muslims.

Tick Tick Feb 18, 2015 07:08pm

Time to declare that Pakistan is a failed country.

rational guy Feb 18, 2015 07:09pm

pak need to eliminate this monster once and for all, both through development and military action

Dwaraka nath Feb 18, 2015 07:11pm

Any country's leader should assure the lives of the people ,please concentrate the action on it , please

Farrukh Feb 18, 2015 07:11pm

@Eddie It means people should stop sending there children to school, people should stop going to markets, people should stop going to worship places, people should stop travelling in public transport.

No dear Eddie... its not the solution.

Nasir Feb 18, 2015 07:17pm

Killings must stop on both sides

Dwaraka nath Feb 18, 2015 07:18pm

Yesterday I wrongly said ,Pakistan is Muslim country but it proved wrong , it is purely Sunni's country

frozen Feb 18, 2015 07:19pm

@ UD perhaps you're right. At least the stats prove you right.

Manjeet kocchar Feb 18, 2015 07:23pm

Please tell me the diff between mosque and Imambargagh aren't both are places of worship

Manjeet kocchar Feb 18, 2015 07:24pm

@sreejesh. It is being replenished regularly

citizen Feb 18, 2015 07:24pm

As the snakes cudnot cross the borders they are biting the masters.

anon Feb 18, 2015 07:25pm

The enemy is dying and these are its final kicks. The taliban wants us to be afraid and it wants us to stop going to school and stop going to prayers. They want to destroy we live our lives but they should know that we will not stop and we wont give up. We will carry on and we will live our normal lives whatever the odds. may Allah grant jannah to those martyred in this attack. ameen

lafanga Feb 18, 2015 07:25pm

TTP (or more likely their handlers) are desperate to spread sectarian violence in Pakistan between Sunni and Shia. If they are angry with Pakistan army and the US then why are they targeting Shia community? Doesn't make sense unless they are working on an agenda.

In any case, Pak army needs to completely destroy the TTP but the task may be impossible.

Virumandi Feb 18, 2015 07:27pm

@rational guy - you must be really kidding

salman Feb 18, 2015 07:33pm

@Zak-i-Chan what about schools,markets and our security forces.we can't just seize to exist.

Hussain or Inqalaab! Feb 18, 2015 07:34pm

Marnay ki tamanna ab hamaray dil main hay Daikhnay ae zor kitna bazoo-e-qatil main hain....

We wont turn back and we wont turn around!

TKHAN Feb 18, 2015 07:36pm

General Raheel Sharif and his team will prevail. "These are desperate attempts by desperate terrorists" to undermine their resolve, but it is not going to happen.

May Allah accept the sacrifice of the innocent people.

rational guy Feb 18, 2015 07:38pm

Pakistan needs a FRENCH REVOLUTION

Abdul Kadir Feb 18, 2015 07:38pm

Terror Terror Terror!! all around pakistan.

HAIDER Feb 18, 2015 07:45pm

Foreign funding , drug smuggling are the major source of funding terrorism in Pakistan. But these cowards always attack from behind.

Vijay Singh Feb 18, 2015 07:49pm

Sad to hear this news..humanity is on the verge of extinction in pakistan.

Junaid Feb 18, 2015 07:51pm

@Salina what does Shia leadership has to do with this. They are the victims here and they have been a victims for many years. Do not forget what has been happening in Hazara. It is the state's responsibility to provide security and eliminate terrorism. basically what you are suggesting is for the victim to simply walk away and stand down because the guilty and culprit is too powerful to handle.

Ali Zaidi Feb 18, 2015 07:53pm

What is happening to this country?

Lack of education, crazy mullahs, unemployment, sectarianism, corruption, and incapable leadership has led this country to the verge of insanity.

What a sad state of affairs, & it won't make a difference because nobody really cares.

smazr Feb 18, 2015 07:58pm

@Eddie No Sir, This is what these cowards aim for. And I assure u, We will go to our mosques and imambargahs in double the number now.

Babay Feb 18, 2015 08:13pm

Continuous attacks on Imambargahs and mosques killing the innocent participants is open challenge to the state security apparatus by the barbarians. The question is what the strategy of the Government to protect the life of the devotees attending majales in Imambargahs and offering prayers in the mosque. Where stands your NAP and it's functions.why are you so ignorant to forego all these drastic incidents Mr.PM?

Nazir Ahmed Feb 18, 2015 08:14pm

Country in the hands of terrorists. Corrupt politicians and establishment are afraid of to take real, meaningful, action, against them (terrorists). They both are destroying country.

Hassan Feb 18, 2015 08:21pm

@Manjeet kocchar Imambargah are akin to community centers. It would consist of the mosque plus a few other rooms/buildings that would be used for religious gathering (religious reading, discussions, children/family religious events etc.) Only Shias call these places Imambargah, whereas the Sunnis for example in US would call them Muslim Community centers.

SAH Feb 18, 2015 08:24pm

Atleast Ch. Nisar should resign as he has failed to prove an effective Interior Minister. We need valiant leadership.

Bye Bye Feb 18, 2015 08:25pm

@Eddie

Why not boycott the government?

JUSTICE Feb 18, 2015 08:35pm

Current government failed to protect its citizens again. Pakistan Army should declare emergency and take over security. we don't want this kind of democracy where peoples are not safe and political parties providing protection to criminals.

Whatisinname Feb 18, 2015 08:40pm

Highly perturbing ! This is the time when all heads must join leaving everything aside and employing all resources and energies to tackle one and only issue--that is, to capture and exterminate this monster of terror now bedeviling the nation's places of worship. Everything can wait but not this monstrous madness.

pathanoo Feb 18, 2015 08:50pm

It is gut wrenching. But, is it news any more? It is like the normal facet of life in Pakistan. A new normal. How sad.

Malik Sb Feb 18, 2015 08:52pm

Shame on Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, police and intelligence. They have relations with sectarian terrorists Lashkare Jhangvi and do not care about the lives of common people. This wave of terror has to end quickly. Feel sorry for the poor people who are killed because they are Muslims and belong to a Muslim country.

Zehra Feb 18, 2015 08:57pm

Why us?

Hussain Feb 18, 2015 09:00pm

Shias are being hunted by extremist terrorists like hapless innocents in Pakistan.The Pakistani people just don't care. They were only bothered when Peshawar happened. There is no value for a Shia life in Pakistan. Why don't people protest or all of you agree with this genocide.

Inqelab Zindabad Feb 18, 2015 09:04pm

@Malik Sb I didn't get the last sentence of you comment??? Really bro? Are you serious?

Inqelab Zindabad Feb 18, 2015 09:05pm

@Zehra The million dollar question uh

Hafeez Feb 18, 2015 09:07pm

Its PM Nawaz's responsibility - he too busy doing nothing about security

Nazir Ahmed Feb 18, 2015 09:11pm

@rational guy You are right, right, right.

Jawad U Rahman Feb 18, 2015 09:37pm

Hoping for the day when the whole of Pakistani nation says enough is enough, when Sunni Tehreek or Jamaat Islami or JUI takes out an 'I am Shia' million man march in all major cities of Pakistan. Until that time, each sect will keep burying and mourning its own.

Agha Asad Raza Feb 18, 2015 09:57pm

The Government is finished!

lone Ajaz Kashmiri Feb 18, 2015 10:08pm

It is pakistani politicians who r responsible for it

Samiullah Feb 18, 2015 10:16pm

Its a tragic incident. It should be condemned at every level and government should come forward to save Pakistanis. Media shouldn't spread hate as they are mentioning shias are being killed. It should be written that Pakistanis got killed. sectarianism exits in our country but I think media is portraying it more dangerously.

Mahmood Feb 18, 2015 10:18pm

As long as shias are only being killed, nobody cares. This appears very well. But people must not forget that the same fire which they are ignoring will reach their houses too. Must not forget that these same terrorists attacked APS in Peshawar.

abrar Feb 18, 2015 10:27pm

@rational guy

emi Feb 18, 2015 10:28pm

Wait for another NAP meeting, one more attack and one more NAP meeting and it goes on...

emi Feb 18, 2015 10:33pm

all at the helm of power are sticking to their seats, no one take it as their responsibility to protect people and resign at their failure to deliver. what a shame what a pity!

Javeed hyder Feb 18, 2015 11:02pm

@Tick Tick That should have been a long ago

Nasser Feb 18, 2015 11:11pm

Nice to know that the Zardaris and Sharifs are safe.

Parvez Feb 18, 2015 11:15pm

ANOTHER SUICIDE BOMBER.....and Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid openly claims to have over 1000 suicide bombers at his commend......but the government does nothing to arrest him.....WHY ???

Imran Feb 18, 2015 11:17pm

Billions of rupees spent on intelligence agencies... and for this

Hugh Slaman Feb 18, 2015 11:20pm

@ahmed And who exactly do you want to be the Chief of Army Staff if General Raheel takes your absurd suggestion and resigns? Do you have any idea what it takes to fight this war? Who is going to do a better job than General Raheel in this situation? The problems caused by these terrorist groups are not going to disappear so quickly when they have been building up for so long. This is a war and people will be killed by our enemies in retaliation for the Army's efforts to root them out; this will continue till we win, since this is the nature of fighting in a war against a determined, well-funded, and ruthless enemy. Please try to understand the situation we are in; the tTP has had since 2007 to establish itself and its networks, whereas Zarb-e-Azb only started (against the PM's wishes) seven months ago.

S. A. Hyder, Ph.D. Feb 18, 2015 11:32pm

@ UD Not Sunni Muslims. Only the TTP and its cronies. They are NOT Sunnis, they are beasts and worse than hunting dogs. They should be thrown in lions' dens, alive !

Ahmer Feb 18, 2015 11:35pm

Why is DG ISPR so active in commneting on law and order happenings? Law and order is police responsibility and not Army's.

MMM Feb 18, 2015 11:41pm

What started in 1973 by ZAB to appease few Mullahs has become a monster and haunting us big time now. It is about time that we realize our mistakes and correct the wrong doings. Basic curriculum for children needs to be revised. They need to be taught that we DO NOT need to protect the "creator'. It is OK to have different faiths. People will NOT change the faith they are born in by force or suicide bombing. If you want others to respect your religion, then learn to respect their religion.

Oz Feb 18, 2015 11:42pm

Isn't it a coincidence that Indian media recently started publishing news of Chinese President not attending the Pakistan Day parade ? The timing and placement of this and 23rd March preparation smells of RAW behind this. There is published evidence on public domain to suggest Indian government is destabilizing internal security of Pakistan by supporting and training these militants in Afghanistan.

Muhammad Feb 18, 2015 11:52pm

Wake Up !! Oh, the people of Pakistan.... Wake Up !!

Kabul Tak Feb 18, 2015 11:53pm

If organistaions can be created to spread terrorism..... then why not create similar organisations to eliminate terrorism.... Tit for Tat

Indiawaale Feb 18, 2015 11:55pm

We don't see Hafeez Saeed's "Ambulances" anywhere near the bombed site !!

Nadeem Feb 19, 2015 12:14am

What more evidence do we need to eradicate this cancer ???? Pakistan Keep on sleeping !!!

SYED Feb 19, 2015 12:21am

So many attacks on Shias yet it says the Imambargah was packed to capacity. We are not scared you cowards.

Mansoor Feb 19, 2015 12:22am

All sunnis should start praying in Shia Masjids so that this division and misconception about Shia Sunni should be buried once and for all. and send a message to these cowards that we are united against there evil mission. Pakistan Zindabad ..... Taliban Murdabad....

Tahseen Hyder Abbasi Feb 19, 2015 12:35am

attacks on Shia community across Pakistan and lack of security for them have spread fears among local people. It's time for action, not excuses.

Zak Feb 19, 2015 12:37am

Sad loss of life. But the nation is more alert, the foreign funded terrorists, are diminishing, and their casualty victims are diminishing. They are losing badly. Yes, they will strike every now and then, but it will be few and far between. Well done security to have stopped the criminal. The Shias should stand firm, loss is always unbearable, but we are winning till no more of this.

BigBoss Feb 19, 2015 12:38am

After shias it will be non practicing sunnis who will be the target. So wake up and voice your moderate islam Concerns. It is now or never. These beasts will not stop till they have everyone practicing islam their way.

Zak Feb 19, 2015 12:38am

@sreejesh when RAW and Ajit Doval, by his own admission, stops supplying arms.

Ali Feb 19, 2015 12:39am

@Radhakrishna Yes they are

Rashid Feb 19, 2015 12:45am

Nawaz Sharif, take another 'NAP'...

Rashid Feb 19, 2015 12:55am

Every Action Takes Birth First In the Mind & then it is menifasted physically as bodily Action, this Heinous & Poisonous Mentality of hate mongering & religious extremism is the outcome of innocent children getting brainwashed in madarsaas where the crazy mullahs instead of teaching true religion to them, are befooling them by teaching the doctrine of hate & violence, this ugly reality can't be denied, time to wakeup otherwise we would never be able to stop the massacres of innocent persons.p

Kashif Shah Feb 19, 2015 01:44am

This is so sad...

Ravi Feb 19, 2015 01:48am

@Ali Zaidi Too much emphasis on religion and some people believing that their interpretation of Islam is only correct and they consider rest even Muslims who don't follow them are all non-Muslim, all should be eliminated. This is most extreme fundamentalism catching ground in Pakistan. Who is true follower of Islam only Allah can decide. When humans start deciding that Allah will penalize them, you can see that in Muslim world yourself.

Mpuri Feb 19, 2015 02:21am

@Oz You have decided not to accept responsibility for any wrong doings and instead blame on others. Others have been crying for years not to help/support these so called army of terrorists but you won't listen....

Mpuri Feb 19, 2015 02:22am

@MMM Salute you....well said

kumail Feb 19, 2015 03:05am

@Mahmood wow what a idea but as Imam Ali said, ignorance is your enemy. Religious party don't want people to mingle and understand each other.

Abbas Syed Feb 19, 2015 03:12am

@Hussain or Inqalaab! According to Josh Malihabadi: sub pukarayianga Humaray hain Hussain.

Patriotic Indians Feb 19, 2015 03:25am

@Jawad U Rahman

I love what you said. I want Sunnis to love Shias so both can love Ahamadiya so all three love Hindu,s Sikhs and Christians.

Masood Mukhtar Feb 19, 2015 03:34am

Does Govt. (or military) not know who is TTP supports in Islamabad?? if they don't know let me tell them Lal masjid's gang told several times they are with TTP and got support from TTP during Lal Masjid operation clean up. Please clean that den and related ones if establishment really serious to remove infestation of TTP.

Zubaida Khan Feb 19, 2015 03:51am

@M. Emad When you are desperate you find the weakest link with the most clout. TTP has been trying to drive a wedge between Shias and Sunnis for years. They want to start a civil war or create chaos so that the army withdraws from attacking them.

This is a well thought out strategy. If we fall for it and call of the operation against them they will declare victory and have more people gather under their banner.

Shamain Mamoon Feb 19, 2015 05:38am

I thought zarb e azb eliminated all these Jundullah. Now where they are coming from every day and killing in cities? What is army doing?

Duresameen Feb 19, 2015 05:39am

Nothing's changed. Time the populace takes charge as during war time. People watch over each other. A group prays, a group watches. Sunnis watch Shias. Shias watch Christians. So on. It's us versus them, not state, not army.

Yaqoot Feb 19, 2015 06:21am

@Radhakrishna no they r not

S. A. M. Feb 19, 2015 06:50am

but the govt won't act against the lal masjid cleric for some deep fear. don't forget first they were killing only Shias now they kill almost anyone that is different from them so no one should have any doubts about the fact that consider entire Pakistan as their enemy

msm Feb 19, 2015 06:52am

@Eddie What a practical solution you have given. They attacked schools, so people stop sending their children to school. They attack polio workers, so that service should also be abandoned. They attack on Police stations, so police stations should also be shut down. They attack Media person and stations, so ........................

I could never understand the criteria of moderators of these comments.

msm Feb 19, 2015 06:55am

@Nasir both sides?

illawarrior Feb 19, 2015 07:04am

@Eddie Definitely not. Do that, and the terrorists have won!

Surinder Saini Feb 19, 2015 07:25am

Pakistani were always giving example of Gujarat massacre that happened in 2002 when modi was ruling the state. Now who is responsible for killings of shia Muslims? Thousands may have died in attacks in all these years on this community. Can people from Pakistan comment who is responsible for these massacre?

Chaigram Feb 19, 2015 07:58am

It is high time that Shia's are armed to defend themselves. Automatic weapons training with latest weapons should be provided. This will deter the terrorist from Atleast think twice before attempting these killing.

Mohammad Farooq Feb 19, 2015 08:04am

Please eliminate these monsters who are killing innocent people.

citizen Feb 19, 2015 08:07am

As per Asim, "Clearly an attempt to create divisiveness amongst nation,which only serves the interest of detractors of Islamic Republic of Pakistan" agreed, but want to know what action taken by government for the killing of hundreds of shias recently..Lip sympathy will not stop this shia killing spree. Government normally remains silent during shias massacre..Even for Army, they react only when their kids are killed, otherwise they also remail silent or pass the buck as usual rhetoric " indian conspiracy"

Rehan Feb 19, 2015 08:10am

@Patriotic Indians you are asking for too much

Zak-i-Chan Feb 19, 2015 08:50am

Shias and Sunnis should pray together and there should be no separate religious spaces for different sects which will help prevent these type of attacks also help in national integration.

Mercy Feb 19, 2015 08:52am

The Sheia community should ask the UN and other to ensure their protection.

Pramod US Feb 19, 2015 08:56am

@lafanga I saw one of the prominent journalist saying that Pakistan is a country of conspiracy theory. people live in conspiracy theory . conspiracy of world against Islam, Pakistan and endless list of yours. The groups who did that are there in your country for more than 25 years . Taliban were your strategic assets until few years back. Mushraff himself have confessed that Pakistan nurtured Taliban for strategic use. Why to blame others

raj Feb 19, 2015 09:05am

Beautiful pakistani !!!! Good and bad terrorist....

Death to all Evils Feb 19, 2015 09:10am

@Mahmood very rightly said ..i 100% agree with you

Jainy Feb 19, 2015 09:15am

I stand beside you General........ Please take this solid step. God Bless You and all Our Country-mates who are Sincere.

Taimur Feb 19, 2015 09:22am

@Nasir Thisis a manufacturing fault with some of us that we do not have the courage to call spade a spade. For some of us, taking action against criminals and terrorists and killing of innocent people by terrorists is the same. As long as we think so, we cannot fight terrorism. But as I said this is a manufacturing fault else it would have been rectified after going through so many tragic incidents. So, may be, nothing can stop from turning Pakistan into a failed state

rkh Feb 19, 2015 09:44am

@Hussain or Inqalaab! great bro!!!

sir Feb 19, 2015 09:46am

Amazed that people are suggesting stop going to imambargah and for them this is a solution.And I assume they are naive and think they will be allow to do worship as per their belief by this barbaric regime. Surely they don't know what's coming! If this ever happen in Pakistan there will be full blooded civil war with lots of loss of precious lives.

KHALID SOHAIL SHAIKH Feb 19, 2015 11:14am

For God sake catch corrupt black sheep who is helping to spread terror in our country.

This is not time for lip service, lip service and lip service do or die. Do for What? Take sever actions against corruption and bribery practice in all departments or please stop lip service. Most of the time masses knows what will be the statement after a new attack. Do you like Pakistan or money, new carpet, new sofa and new mobile for family????????????????????

Che ben Feb 19, 2015 11:17am

@ahmed , Brother that will be biggest folly and playing in the hands of terrorists. Running away or starting a blame game is to be avoided at all cost.

M.Shah Feb 19, 2015 12:52pm

Wishful thinking if you expect military operation alone is the solution. What we need is to do is differentiate between real Islamic values and the the ideology emerging from Saudi clerics. These extremist are one way or the other, being funded by the few mid east countries to spread their ideology. Their acts are part of their understanding of their religion. People like Fazal ul Rehman and parties like ASWJ should be monitored closely, their funding should be dried and eventually they will seize to exist. Strict Laws regarding incitement of hatred should be brought in and exemplary punishments should be awarded to those found guilty. Judiciary has to act and act bravely. This can be done but it needs the will. I seriously doubt this will happen but as a Pakistani my heart bleeds seeing my country burn. These are all the puppies brought in Zia ul Haq's era and now they are all strong and biting. In my opinion if all the above steps are taken, this menace will be eradicated in the next 20 years but up till then a lot of blood will flow. Common people need to be vigilant and need to support Law enforcement Agencies where they see extremist ideology being spread. GOD HELP THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES. Pakistan Zindabad.

M.Shah Feb 19, 2015 12:58pm

To all my Indian friends... Guys its not a time to be sarcastic... please if you cannot condole us... at least don't make a mockery of it... It is very disappointing. This is coming from a Shia muslim of Pakistan.

Waseemoscow Feb 19, 2015 02:46pm

Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks: Pakistani officials

Azn wen Feb 19, 2015 03:22pm

May God guide you.

Babay Feb 19, 2015 05:47pm

Asim Bajwa Sb step forward to protect the oppressed Shia community and save their precious lives instead of hollow statements. We still await the action initiated by our Bravos. The civilian rulers have miserably been failed to provide security to the community.

Roussou Feb 19, 2015 05:50pm

@Zehra because somebody is feeding them rubbish.

Goga Nalaik Feb 19, 2015 06:43pm

@Salina I'm surprised by your comments. How can you demand Shia leadership to step down when you know well that they are not part of actual ruling government

Ash Feb 19, 2015 08:15pm

Power struggle. Everything else is smoke and mirror. Don't only treat symptoms. Save your nation before it is too late.

Ash Feb 19, 2015 08:18pm

Harsh realty is that soft targets cannot be secured. Even British PM said something similar and they have far better police and monitoring capabilities.

War will be difficult is enemy is part of yourself. Still not able to see action plan against those.

soham Feb 20, 2015 10:09am

Who this time ?? Good or Bad Taliban ?