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Dhamaal resumes at shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar

Updated Feb 18, 2017 12:07am

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The Sufi ritual of dhamaal resumed at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar on Friday, a day after a suicide attack ripped through devotees at the shrine while the ritual was being performed after evening prayers.

More than 80 people were killed and over 200 injured in the suicide attack on Thursday evening, the worst attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's history.

At 3.30am on Friday morning, the shrine's caretaker had stood among the carnage and defiantly rang its bell, a daily ritual that he vowed to continue, saying he will “not bow down to terrorists".

Mystics whirl during the dhamaal —DawnNews.
Mystics whirl during the dhamaal —DawnNews.

Later, devotees had tried to break a police cordon to enter the shrine, saying they would not be deterred by the attack.

The custodian of the shrine, Dr Syed Mehdi Raza Shah, had also announced in the afternoon that the evening dhamaal would continue as usual.

Hundreds of devotees, undeterred and seemingly fearless, attended the evening ritual on Friday.

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Nb Feb 17, 2017 07:25pm

Amazing spirit. Perfect punch to the ideology of hate and extremism. Salute from India.

desi dimag Feb 17, 2017 07:38pm

Salute to brave people.

Desi bhai Feb 17, 2017 07:42pm

Salute to the brave Sufi community for not giving up to shameless terrorist causing terror in the name of religion.

TZaman Feb 17, 2017 07:56pm

No we will not bow down. Great Dr. Mehdi. Show our strength together.

desi dimag Feb 17, 2017 08:09pm

Sacterian violence must be stopped.

The end is near Feb 17, 2017 08:46pm

Keep it up with Dhamaal. Great spirit. Terrorists can not defeat us. We are united.

Waseem Sarwar Feb 17, 2017 08:49pm

This is unique thing about Pakistanis. Whatever hit us, only makes us stronger.

N.S Feb 17, 2017 08:58pm

Dama dam mast Qalandar...ideology of hate and extremism has no place in the land of Sufis, Saints and Darveash's.

RAja hindustani Feb 17, 2017 09:17pm

Kudos !!!

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Feb 17, 2017 09:32pm

@N.S Amen

Insaafian Feb 17, 2017 09:38pm

Dama Dam Mast Qalandar - This is the beauty of my land. If there is any measure of resilience, Pakistanis will undoubtedly be the most resilient of all.

SaeEds Feb 17, 2017 09:53pm

That's great but we also found out after this tragedy we lack hospital in this area. Can people transfer some fund from shrine to built decent hospital. If people and government can make and run this beautiful shrine than they also built nice hospital and school here.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Feb 17, 2017 09:54pm

Dam mast Qaladar. Love to the followers of this great Sufi Saint, I follow Ajmeri Sarkar, no foreign agency or hate of any kind will break us from Qaladari Sarkar.

These foreign agencies kill children and innocent how coward, karma will hunt them down. We will never be dividend, because that is the hate wants. Love all the faiths of this world, this is the message of Sufism.

Pakistan Zindabad. Sindh Zindabad our sacred Sindh and sacred soil is to which we belong. No one can break us.

imtiaz ali khan Feb 17, 2017 10:18pm

To followers of Qaladari Sarkar. Khan ka Salam! Dair Khushal! Inshallah!

TV Sinha Feb 17, 2017 10:36pm

My heart goes out to the devotees. I feel their pain and fully empathise to them. My salute to their devotion to their belief which is unshaken by these fear tactics.

Muhammad Noor Ul huda Khan Feb 17, 2017 11:14pm

Rise from the ashes like a Phoenix... Ever so strong , ever so beautiful..... Such resilience

Bhai Feb 17, 2017 11:39pm

Salute to life.

Imran Feb 18, 2017 12:35am

Keep it up. The forces of darkness shall never prevail.

OneHumanity Feb 18, 2017 01:08am

Best wishes from across the globe. May peace and happiness prevail !!

JAMIL SOOMRO, NEW YORK CITY Feb 18, 2017 02:39am

CM Mr.Murad Ali Shah what happened to the three days mourning for the dead in the Sindh Province? Don't the relatives deserve some respect for their loved ones?

Princess_of_DHUMP Feb 18, 2017 02:52am

I wish I was in Pakistan :( I would have flown to Karachi and then travel by road to attend this Dhamal.

Khalistan Feb 18, 2017 03:10am

Pakistanis are a brave and resilient people. Not cowards who hide in fear.

Khalistan Feb 18, 2017 03:10am

@Desi bhai it's not just Sufi community All Muslim sects come to this place. It's important for all.

Zadi Feb 18, 2017 04:44am

That's the way

AHA Feb 18, 2017 05:06am

Sufi's are soft targets and must exercise caution. There is no point in simply resuming things and becoming target again and again.....

Sher Feb 18, 2017 06:34am

I wish teachings of soofism dominate narrow minds in Pakistan

Indibhai Feb 18, 2017 06:33am

Good guys .. keep up the spirit .. keep the bad guys and their hopeless touts under check.

Syed Rafiq Feb 18, 2017 06:54am

Sufism is LOVE for humanity!

Usman Feb 18, 2017 08:36pm

Great decision. Love you Syed Mehdi Raza.

Baldev chandpuri Feb 18, 2017 09:41pm

Sufism is a great way of life for all .