Bloodbath at Qalandar's shrine: when pain and prayer collided
Shrine's white floor was smeared with blood, with scattered debris including shoes, shawls, and baby bottles.
The current wave of terrorism sweeping the country took a turn for the worse on Thursday when a suspected woman suicide attacker set off explosives at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, leaving at least 80 devotees dead, including children, and over 250 injured.
Images of the shrine showed blood smeared on the white floor, with debris and shoes scattered around.
At 3:30am the shrine's caretaker stood among the carnage and defiantly rang its bell, a daily ritual that he vowed to continue, telling AFP he will "not bow down to terrorists".
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Feb 17, 2017 03:05pm
Feb 17, 2017 03:12pm
No words to describe the horror, the suffering for the ones left behind, the lifetime of pain for those injured.
Feb 17, 2017 03:32pm
Hearty condolences to the people who lost their dears and nears :( people should urge govt to curb the so called extremist with an iron hand. please dont show any partiality , terrorism is not a solution for anything. what they have achieved with these brutality .Find and hunt the ppl who are responsible for this .!!
JAMIL SOOMRO, NEW YORK CITY
Feb 17, 2017 04:46pm
Sad painful pictures to watch. In what year will terrorism end in Pakistan?
Feb 17, 2017 04:46pm
Sorry and RIP
Feb 17, 2017 05:23pm
Its high time the youth of pakistan starts entering into politics to give their country an able leadership. With the recent sanctions imposed by US and the ongoing turmoil within its own country they wont have a place to work.
IMTIAZ ALI KHAN
Feb 17, 2017 05:45pm
R.I.P innocent souls, those who are behind it will meet their Karma sooner or later.
Feb 17, 2017 07:31pm
I can not hold my tears on seeing toys of children and can feel the immense pain caused by terrorists to the innocent people. What will they get if they kill people who are gathered for the worship of God ? It has to be stopped by People, Government and all, because it hurts humanity.
Feb 17, 2017 08:45pm
Heart bleeds to see baby feeding bottle on the blood bathed floor. What kind of world we are living in? Innicents are being killed and their families suffer throughout their lifetime. Governments world over can't even comprehend the consequences on future generation if such killings continue. Brothers we are with you in this times of grief and always.
Feb 17, 2017 09:15pm
@mohan sngh : I agree, ony education is out of this mess or we will continue to suffer.
Feb 17, 2017 10:57pm
This indeed is a black day for humanity as presented by Dawn in dark black background. May the departed souls rest in peace and unite with almighty. The people would just become saturated with current endless chain of terror attacks that people would hopelessly adopt an attitude of accepting such events as being part of normal way of living. Based on past experience, the reactionary military actions has not made a dent in the terror incidences. It may be hard to swallow, but the real solution is in fighting against the ideology that fuels the terrorism.
Feb 18, 2017 12:38am
I am in tears. I am Indian and I am brought up to believe never tolerate any injustice to humanity. Anyone killing other person is a criminal in eyes of law, humanity and even god. There is no excuse for such horrific incidents. It makes me so tearful to see bottles of babies lying... of God please save us everyone. I pray for families.
Feb 18, 2017 03:42am
@sathya You should be careful with the words you choose. Heartfelt condolences is the appropriate term. Hearty means loudly vigorous and cheerful.
Feb 18, 2017 04:12am
Take good care of them in heaven oh dear god.
Feb 18, 2017 05:15am
This is not the first time that a tragedy like this has happened and unfortunately it is likely to repeat in Pakistan, Iraq or any other country with substantial or majority Muslim population. Some people have always looked for bida (innovation) and in the name of fighting bida they have done something despicable like shedding the blood of innocents. We need to go to the source where minds are poisoned and remove it.
Feb 18, 2017 05:57am
Despicable crime on humanity. Ashamed to be a human being.
Ijaz khan baloch
Feb 18, 2017 09:46am
Very sad to see the destruction. Investigation authorities are still adapting an old concepts to new challenges. Did all investigation complete? Is this all we concluded for this tragedy? People are walking and taking pictures of deceases’ belongings and publishing on social media. Wouldn’t that be painful for families who have lost their love ones? These pictures only can increase the pain and sorrows. When the scientific ways of investigation will be learned and adopted?
Feb 18, 2017 12:47pm
At times I feel like we are playing a hunger game..Blood bath everywhere ..My sincere advice to those killers out there..There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for.
Feb 18, 2017 03:27pm
It is a crime against humanity. Pray for better sense prevail.
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