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22 killed in explosion outside imambargah in Parachinar market

Updated Mar 31, 2017 10:02pm

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The blast took place in the crowded Noor market.—DawnNews
The blast took place in the crowded Noor market.—DawnNews

A blast outside an imambargah at a market in Parachinar killed at least 22 people and wounded 50 others, hospital sources told DawnNews on Friday.

“We have 22 dead bodies here at the hospital and 57 injured, including women and children,” said Moeen Begum, a surgeon at the hospital.

Ikramullah Khan, the local political agent, confirmed the death toll of the blast that took place this morning in the crowded Noor market.


What we know so far

  • 22 people killed, 50 injured in explosion

  • Parliamentarian says the blast could be a suicide attack: official

  • An imambargah appears to be the target

  • Jamat-ul-Ahrar claims responsibility for the attack


Who was the target?

A parliamentarian from Parachinar, Sajid Hussain, told Reuters it was a suicide attack and was preceded by gunfire. “The attack took place in a busy area and a women's mosque appears to be the target,” he said.

A banned outfit Jamat-ul-Ahrar through a video message claimed responsibility for the attack.

The marketplace is a busy area and has several shops. It is also near one of the main imambargahs. Firing was also reported in the area before the blast occurred.

A man holds what appears to be the remains of a mortar shell at the site of the blast.—DawnNews
A man holds what appears to be the remains of a mortar shell at the site of the blast.—DawnNews

Government administrator Zahid Hussain says authorities are transporting the dead and wounded to nearby hospitals.

Hussain said Shias are apparently the target of the attack.

The image shows a gutted car at the blast site.—DawnNews
The image shows a gutted car at the blast site.—DawnNews

Security forces have cordoned off the area. The political administration has declared emergency at all hospitals in the area. An Army medical evacuation helicopter has also been flown to Parachinar for evacuation of the injured, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

Mumtaz Hussain, a doctor at the local Agency Headquarters Hospital, told Reuters five bodies, including a woman and two children, and more than three dozen wounded had been brought to the hospital and an appeal had been issued for blood donors.

“Patients are being brought to us in private cars and ambulances and we have received over three dozen patients so far,” Hussain told Reuters.

The attack is reminiscent of a bombing at a market place early this year, which resulted in the death over at least 25 people.

The January attack was claimed by Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami along with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter Shehryar Mehsud.

The army had launched Operation Raddul Fasaad last month following a spate of terror attacks in the country, which claimed more than a hundred lives and left hundreds others injured. The operation seeks to eliminate the "residual/latent threat of terrorism", consolidating the gains made in other military operations, and further ensuring the security of Pakistan's borders.

Hundreds of suspected terrorists have reportedly either been killed or arrested in raids carried out by security personnel since the start of the operation.

Parachinar is 250 kilometres west of Peshawar and has a population of 50,000. In the wake of sectarian clashes in 2007 army and paramilitary forces set up several checkpoints on roads leading to the town.

Kurram, the tribal region of which Parachinar is the main town, the only part of Pakistan's border region that has a significant Shia population, has been racked by sectarian violence.

Condemnations pour in

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and said the government would keep up efforts to “eliminate the menace of terrorism”.

"The network of terrorists has already been broken and it is our national duty to continue this war until the complete annihilation of the scourge of terrorism from our soil," he said in a statement.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan took to twitter to condemn the blast. "(I) strongly condemn (the) blast in Parachinar, targeting innocent people," he said on twitter.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister must ensure availability of all medical facilities on emergency basis, he added.

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khem Mar 31, 2017 11:48am

No, not again, it is getting out of hand in Pakistan.

amad Mar 31, 2017 11:49am

Seal the border completely and only those should be allowed to travel with valid visa, and then we can think of peace otherwise big NO.

Ahmed Mar 31, 2017 11:53am

Hpe they now stop playing good taliban and bad taliban ! RIP victims

The end is near Mar 31, 2017 11:53am

Close the border with Afghanistan again.

mandy Mar 31, 2017 11:57am

Act of a bad terrorism---Pakistani government...

VIVAAN SINGH Mar 31, 2017 11:59am

Rip victims

Ahmed bin Babar Mar 31, 2017 12:01pm

One coward barbaric act against the innocent civilians...

no commments Mar 31, 2017 12:05pm

not again

PAkistAn ZindAbAd Mar 31, 2017 12:09pm

Still there is need of more operations to restore peace in this land

Sympathiser Mar 31, 2017 12:14pm

What is this madness??? When will it stop?? The perpetrators should be hunted and brought to justice

optimist rajput Mar 31, 2017 12:20pm

Cowards do not have guts to face Pak army rather attack innocent civilians. RIP those who died.

PADOSI Mar 31, 2017 12:32pm

My condolences to the injured and to the families of the deceased.

irfan shamim farooqui Mar 31, 2017 12:35pm

RIP

mike Mar 31, 2017 12:35pm

RIP

mike Mar 31, 2017 12:36pm

Rip

mike Mar 31, 2017 12:36pm

RIP

Rajeev Mar 31, 2017 12:39pm

Feels sorry guys... I'm from India and every time I see such incidents anywhere around the world, my heart bleeds.

Instead of repetitive talks and drama quotes, Pakistan must concentrate on eradicating Terrorism soon...There are no such thing as good terrorists or bad terrorists..

®®®®® Mar 31, 2017 12:41pm

Oh my GOD. Isn't there an end to this violence ??? RIP

Muhammad Taha Tariq Mar 31, 2017 12:44pm

again a very tragic incident.

Srini Mar 31, 2017 12:45pm

Why this Blasts happen mostly on Fridays?

aslum shaikh Mar 31, 2017 12:47pm

Loss of life is always sad thing. RIP. Please promote education and reduce glorification of religion in public places

Neighbour Mar 31, 2017 12:48pm

One more. When will this end? May god give strength to the relatives of the ones who lost their lives. Condolences from across the border.

for God's sake Mar 31, 2017 12:54pm

God save Pakistan

MULLA Mar 31, 2017 12:55pm

Innocent lives lost.. Sheer madness. May the departed soul rest in peace.

Dr. MALARIA, AARYU mad Mar 31, 2017 12:57pm

Should have kept the Afghan border closed. Opening it was a mistake.

JIGAr Mar 31, 2017 01:03pm

What a sad state of pakistan.

Saulat Abbas Mar 31, 2017 01:03pm

Parachinar bleeds ... yet again

Human2017 Mar 31, 2017 01:04pm

Prayers for innocent victims

Anil danane Mar 31, 2017 01:09pm

once again no yaar

Adnan aziz Mar 31, 2017 01:10pm

Most condemnable !

Syed F. Hussaini Mar 31, 2017 01:11pm

The rulers are responsible.

Harish Mar 31, 2017 01:14pm

sad

M.Saeed Mar 31, 2017 01:14pm

This is an inter-sect war like the one, that is ravaging Iraq and Syria. We must tackle the bull from its horns much earlier than its horrors assume catastrophic proportions. It needs actions on highest levels and high level clerics of the faiths need to be taken onboard the corrective measures.

The end is near Mar 31, 2017 01:20pm

Please close the border with Afghanistan for the foolproof security and safety of Pakistani nation.

Arshad Mar 31, 2017 01:25pm

We will "Never" surrender ! Pakistan Zindabad !

Prahladz Mar 31, 2017 01:25pm

Please stop this Non Sense, Killing innocent ppl is not right

Hassan Mar 31, 2017 01:31pm

Not again.

The_Truth Mar 31, 2017 01:31pm

There you go again. I don't know why Nawaz Sharif ordered the opening of pak-afghan gate. That should be closed and closed forever.

Ashish Behal Mar 31, 2017 01:36pm

Openly condemn this. India and pakistan should come together to eradicate terrorism

Lim Mar 31, 2017 01:40pm

The politicians are not serious about killing the terrorist scourge in Pakistan.

Shaikh Mar 31, 2017 01:43pm

But politicians have bigger issues to resolve such as releasing Dr. Asim...

Expert Mar 31, 2017 01:47pm

Condolences from India.

M. Zaki Mar 31, 2017 01:49pm

Another day ... Another Blast ... What a pathetic performance governing bodies.

aouchitya Mar 31, 2017 01:51pm

@khem sad very sad.RIP

krishnan Mar 31, 2017 01:53pm

so sad.when will this madness stop.and also the stupid call for closing borders .

sohail Mar 31, 2017 01:55pm

Closing the border with afghanistan alone will not do it. We have a radicalised population in which jihadis are produced from madrassahs, first fix the internal matters. Fighting alone will not do anything unless these social problems are fixed.

shehzada Mar 31, 2017 01:57pm

Why u sealed the border if u had to open it again and again.

ASIF MEMON Mar 31, 2017 02:01pm

A few more statements of condemnation from the stack holders and life will go on. That is how we have been living God knows for how long. For God's sake this is not the way to deal with these monsters. Cut ties with AFGHANISTAN by sealing the border and then go and kill these monsters hiding there to target our mother land.

shehzada Mar 31, 2017 02:02pm

Government of pakistan is responsible for this blast. They orderd to open the border with Afghanistan again. These kind of attacks were already written.

Irfan Mar 31, 2017 02:03pm

RIP

Feroz Mar 31, 2017 02:06pm

Parachinar has been suffering from sectarian terrorism for years. Pakistan joining some Military alliance in the Middle-East is only going to aggravate such attacks which is going to destroy the social harmony among the people.

Rafiq Lone Mar 31, 2017 02:12pm

Now there is sharp clarity between close and open borders with Afghanistan, no incident took place when border was closed now only few days of opening this happened.

Waqas anwar Mar 31, 2017 02:12pm

For Lord's sake, close the border with Afghanistan. We may lose some trade money but will save a lot of Pakistani lives. Start fencing of border too and deploy drones and jets on Afghan border and kill anyone who tries to enter illegally.

Dr Javed Ahahed Mar 31, 2017 02:12pm

What is new? All tall security claims are thrown in gutter again, again, and again. We feel sad and then forget.

Sohail Khan Wazir Mar 31, 2017 02:13pm

Seal the border with Afghanistan. And send back all Afghans refugees ASAP. RIP

Amit Sharma Mar 31, 2017 02:13pm

Such sad loss of lives...

Pavan Mar 31, 2017 02:14pm

Its heartening to hear innocent women. Children are targets of terrorist .whats the vigilance is doing?

Dr. MALARIA, AARYU mad Mar 31, 2017 02:14pm

Sad, very sad, innocent people being killed..

Li-En-Ja Mar 31, 2017 02:15pm

It will continue till we keep dividing people in the name of race, religion & ethnicity. It will continue till we use violence as means to overcome issues than love and affection.

SD Khan UAE Mar 31, 2017 02:16pm

Hold on friends. This is what we, our officers and politicians have given to our country. No point in discussing now. We are paying for all our mistakes.

Humans of Srinagar Mar 31, 2017 02:16pm

Nawaz sheriff and Imran Khan fought for open borders,now face the consequences.All you can do is Nonsense Condemnation because the people who lost their life are not from your family,So u can't feel the pain. U r just doing the formality of Condemnation because u keep on this menace going,So that people will be terrified ever and can be kept away from their rights.Nobody will talk about corruption and accountability because people are running for their life....

Zulfiqar ahmed Mar 31, 2017 02:17pm

'Close the border' is the solution most of the people proposing. But the enemy is within. It is a complicated war that will not be won by crushing the terrorists and their bases but by changing the mindset. You kill x number of terrorists and then there are x number of terrorists produced by the certain schools of thoughts.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 31, 2017 02:20pm

What a great tragedy?

Rafiq Lone Mar 31, 2017 02:21pm

Itz true that militants may not be using the formal route of border but sympathesizers, planners, financiers do cross the formal route of border and they are the backbone of these terror attacks.

SIMBA Mar 31, 2017 02:23pm

very unfortunate. My heart goes out to those affected by the blast and their families. I hope the defence military establishment realize the pain and agony among hapless people and takes action against extremists and militants of all sorts, regardless of their origin and political affiliation.

AKKS Mar 31, 2017 02:23pm

Good and bad terrorists policy ! What a shame !

Jaffery Mar 31, 2017 02:32pm

Good Terrirom and Bad Terrirom Concept must be stopped

alien Mar 31, 2017 02:38pm

Very Sad incident,

Asif A Shah Mar 31, 2017 02:41pm

Just a brief respite of peace and then there is an explosion which killed innocent people. When this kind of violence will end in Pakistan? My condolences to the families of the deceased.

Black Indian Mar 31, 2017 02:41pm

RIP to victims. Feels that some one lost from the family.

Very bad. Can't figure out words to explain the grieve.

Ali_khan Mar 31, 2017 02:47pm

So sad...... we should accelerate our efforts to root out this menace from our country.

kuNAL MAJUMDAR Mar 31, 2017 02:48pm

One more attack. One more case of innumerable innocent lives lost. One more round of condemnation. One more 'we'll-eliminate-terrorism' rhetoric. And the story goes on...and on. Pakistan should immediately declare emergency and destroy the very foundation of terrorism (good, bad & ugly). And let this emergency continue for six months. It's time the people of Pakistan say, "this far and no further".

Asim Mar 31, 2017 02:49pm

Inna lillAhe wa inna ileihi rajeoon

Dove Mar 31, 2017 02:50pm

Not again please. RIP the dead and prayers for the injured

Memon Mar 31, 2017 02:51pm

Its really bad news to hear. My sympaty is with the families of those who lost their lives and sustained injuries. Hope our security forces would be successful to completely eliminate the residual of the terrorists...

rishi Mar 31, 2017 02:51pm

remain consistent with the crackdown guys. these terrorists are gasping and can now only target the innocents, as the government institutions seem to be getting difficult to aim.

rajendra Mar 31, 2017 02:56pm

when boys will understand that good and bad terrorists game will not work. Pakistani people should put pressure on govt to punish all terrorists; be it taliban or LeT.

Khan USA Mar 31, 2017 02:58pm

Everytine the government and army says that we have control and there goes another attack ! Can you guys stop your lies !

shiva Mar 31, 2017 03:04pm

Very sad...RIP

For all the citizens Advanced RIP if you don't raise voice against terrorism...Sorry to say but people has to woke up & get a real freedom from such things.

Dolphie Mar 31, 2017 03:13pm

Feel so sorry for the victims.

KHAN SAHEB Mar 31, 2017 03:13pm

Kill all the rogues Please don't spare the good Taliban Look this what happens

IRFAN CHISHTI Mar 31, 2017 03:14pm

Please seal all the borders with Afghanistan, they are people not to be trusted, only authentic visa holders shall be allowed to visit Pakistan. Pakistan is not a free ride country. Pakistan's suffering is firstly because of Afghanistan Policies and secondly due to Hindu extremism

seeker Mar 31, 2017 03:17pm

One attack in UK a few days ago wherein 5 people died had the world shaken. Now 22 lives are lost and the world takes this more or less in the stride. Whats happening? Have we taken for granted that lives are cheap in the sub-continent? Time to have cooperation among India-Pakistan-Afghanistan to weed out and terminate terrorists. We say RIP to the victims but they cant really rest till the menace of terrorism and hatred for other religions are eliminated.

Bhai Mar 31, 2017 03:23pm

RIP, all forms of terrorism must be defeated.

A friend from India Mar 31, 2017 03:25pm

May their Souls rest in peace. This should stop. We have seen enough of it now. Be it India or Pakistan, every life lost to terrorism is a slap on our faces. One crazy terrorist kills many and so much of people like us cant do anything. We should stand by our Govt if it takes strictest of action in order to curb terrorism.

Dolphie Mar 31, 2017 03:26pm

@IRFAN CHISHTI stop blaming others for your problems. Fix the house first where minorities are suffering

Ali Mar 31, 2017 03:27pm

Whats the roll of allied forces leads by Raheel shreed, will fight ISIS in Pak as well

insaan Mar 31, 2017 03:30pm

innocents being killed for no mistake of theirs....when will this bloodshed end...what is making us kill our own brothers...concerned indian

abubakar Mar 31, 2017 03:30pm

So sad! Our Security forces have work truly to eradicate the menace of terrorism.We all(Political parties, religious parties, secular parties and others) have to amalgamate against terrorists. And also, we all muslims should Act like parts of one body. Inshallah We will be herculean against terrorism.

SAT Mar 31, 2017 03:33pm

RIP for innocent lives.

Ths Mar 31, 2017 03:40pm

The very coalition that Pakistan has joined in Saudi Arabia is responsible for terrorism in Pakistan.

Baloch Mar 31, 2017 03:45pm

And people talking about allowing terrorist organisations to come into politics

Bilal Mar 31, 2017 03:47pm

@khem No not really. We are close enough to finish this menace. Thanks for you support.

kk Mar 31, 2017 03:48pm

@ Ths

The very coalition that Pakistan has joined in Saudi Arabia is responsible for terrorism in Pakistan.

TM Mar 31, 2017 03:49pm

What is wrong with people!!!! and why is the government/intelligence/Army/Police acting impotent and not arresting the leaders of these terror outfits. Such killings do nothing but create a sense of insecurity and instability, I guess that is what the people responsible want. General Bajwa, please do something, do not let these killings go in vain

RAVEENDRA NATH Mar 31, 2017 03:50pm

Terrorism anywhere, by anybody and in any form is condemn-able.

kk Mar 31, 2017 03:50pm

The lal masjid so called morlana walks among us the head of JUI walks among us the head of banned orgainisation sipah e shahba walks among us what does that tell us

point of view Mar 31, 2017 03:52pm

Hope the government of Pakistan will wakeup and eliminate all terrorists without differentiating good and bad.

alok sharma Mar 31, 2017 03:54pm

Condolences from India :(

Taimoor khan Mar 31, 2017 03:55pm

Nawaz Shareef must take the responsibility of this and resign. He is the one who allowed the border to open despite strong security concerns originating from Afghan soil.

xtra Mar 31, 2017 04:06pm

@Sympathiser It is like chopping few branches of a tree. Until you completely destroy the root (cause) you will not succeed. No matter how many thousands of terrorists you manage to kill.

Syed zafar kazmi u.s.a Mar 31, 2017 04:10pm

Congratulations Choudhry Nisar & Rana Sanaullah for not implementing NAP & for not activating NECTA & for patronizing Lal Masjid and terrorists of South Punjab.

Khwarizmi Mar 31, 2017 04:12pm

So opening up border to Afghanistan was whose idea? PM?

raja abid Mar 31, 2017 04:13pm

Sealing borders would only work when we have put our house in order first. The extremist groups are conveniently messing around right under our nose and getting support & protection from within.

Alam Mar 31, 2017 04:13pm

@Rajeev ....this is not matter of good or bad terrorist. This act of mukti bahni. it is CPEC centric, and perpetrators will be paid back soon.

HaRi-INDIAN Mar 31, 2017 04:14pm

Ohh god, what do they want!!!!! Please stop this. For how long this killing will continue. God please have mercy on us.

Unacceptable Mar 31, 2017 04:16pm

And the hatred continues...

Mullistan Mar 31, 2017 04:17pm

RIP!!

Alam Mar 31, 2017 04:20pm

now N.S will order stopping of border management.

Sachin Mar 31, 2017 04:29pm

RIP. Its sad. So many families quietly living their daily lives got shattered completelt unknowlingly by act of a bomb.

Nick Mar 31, 2017 04:31pm

Sad.

umer abbas Mar 31, 2017 04:31pm

@abubakar agree

CHANDRAJEET MANE Mar 31, 2017 04:31pm

its very difficult to stop suicide attack. if someone has decided to die harming innocent unarmed dont know how you reason with him.

i dont know how and where it all started to eradicate terrorism you need to attack this ideology of suicide attack.

religious preachers should educate that its a cowardly act.

INDIAN Mar 31, 2017 04:33pm

Sad news !!! How terrorist can cross border Just statements not enough This is not a professional attitude

saddu Mar 31, 2017 04:33pm

@abubakar unity against terror

ANAND Mar 31, 2017 04:35pm

Stop Madrasa education for a decade and you will have fine young men from then on , no point beating around the bush , try to confront the enemy inside.

abiha Mar 31, 2017 04:37pm

@ABUBAKAR WELL SAID

SID Mar 31, 2017 04:39pm

This madness will continue until we stop the distinguish between good terrorist & bad terrorist .

They are terrorist & this cost human life. Life of Pakistani is equal precious like that of Afgan or Indian .

Sandip Mar 31, 2017 04:44pm

Pakistan, pls act against all terrorists without distinction. Even 1 terrorist left, whether good or bad, will foil all efforts to eradicate this menace. Our hearts cry when we wake up in the morning and read about so many families destroyed by these monsters. -A Bharatiya.

M.Saeed Mar 31, 2017 04:49pm

@A friend from India, you are a good exception. if all Indians join you and ask the government to see what the majority wants, all problems would soon become history. See where India and Pakistan had reached in Agra Summit and start from that point onwards.

asif Mar 31, 2017 04:49pm

Chaudry nisar should be removed and charged with negligence complacent with banned terrorists organizations

MR Mar 31, 2017 05:00pm

Barbarism at its best!

MOth Mar 31, 2017 05:02pm

Use high tech video sand audio technology to find and eliminate these terrorists. They live among you. Change your war technique. Come up with more sophisticated methods in tracing these cancer cells in the country.

Zulfiqar Mar 31, 2017 05:04pm

RIP. Yesterday PCB chairman has said that all matches of PSL 2017 will be played in Pakistan and today we have bomb blast in Parachanar.

ROHIT KUMAR MEENA Mar 31, 2017 05:06pm

Rip..

muhammad zeeshan Mar 31, 2017 05:16pm

I hope it is last attack. pak army will clean all terrorists anywhere they are.

Leo Mar 31, 2017 05:24pm

Condolences for the innocent people who lost their lives .

Balakrishnan Mar 31, 2017 05:41pm

My condolences to the bereaved family. There is no good militants, all killers are bad. Denounce and isolate them.

Riz Mar 31, 2017 05:41pm

Thank you nawaz shariff for Reopening borders!!!

Human first Mar 31, 2017 05:57pm

why cant you have cctv s in all sensative areas

KUL DEEP KUSHWAH Mar 31, 2017 06:02pm

@M.Saeed

I agree

even we people in india had high hopes from agra summit

however , all we got was stab in the back in form of kargil war .

Candy Mar 31, 2017 06:13pm

Its high time to contain the fanatic forces weather they are good or bad terrorists. Take stern action against all groups weather they are anti pak, anti India or anti afgan. Selective approach is just not working. No more blood plz ...

GENGHIS khan Mar 31, 2017 06:14pm

Change the Interior Minister immediately, who has soft corner towards extremists.

The end is near Mar 31, 2017 06:15pm

No military operations be zarba-e-azb, zarb-e-qabz or any other fancy name will ever work unless and until we develop a proper and efficient border control management system and change the strategy of fighting against terrorism. Already we have spent billions of dollars on fights against terrorism and lost our many brave soldiers in this war on terror but nothing seem to work and terrorists still attack and kill innocent Pakistani people each and every month without any break. It's high time Pakistani Government must think about a new and long term working strategy and control borders properly plus send Afghan refugees immediately back and make new madrassa reforms, keep an eye on madrassas, install CCTV cameras there to monitor them regularly. All these steps are very important to provide foolproof security to innocent Pakistani people. Thanks

Raj KUMAR Mar 31, 2017 06:19pm

My Heartfelt condolence for the Families.

RIZ Mar 31, 2017 06:19pm

Nawaz Sharif should resign immediately as he is the one who ordered to open Afghan borders.

Asim A Mar 31, 2017 06:30pm

Thank you so much our brother Islami mumaliks. When are we going to accept the fact that none of the so-called "Brotheer Islami Mumaliks" are Pakistan's friend. They are friends of corrupt elites of Pakistan and the kind of mess Pakistan is in, credit directly goes to these so-called brothers and the corrupt elites of Pakistan.

Mohammad Ali bajwa Mar 31, 2017 06:38pm

What is the solution to stop terrorism and killing of women and children?

Raj KUMAR Mar 31, 2017 06:43pm

@seeker oh yes we all people of India-pakistan-Afghanistan are all cannon fodders.If you see all incidents more than 90 % incidents involves common man.There is no value for human lives in our part of the world.If our so called leaders/Army do not get together or atleast have a broad based understanding to control this situation,sooner rather than later our region we will become next Syria/Iraq.

DIL Mar 31, 2017 06:47pm

There have been few days since the border opened with Afghanistan and there is another attack . fencing and regulating border should be the first priority . RIP innocent victims .

From USA S.A.Hyder, PH.d. Mar 31, 2017 06:52pm

When these outfits are banned, then how can they be active? And what kind of God has given them the right to kill those who do not prescribe to their philosophy? Which, to say mildly, is itself a deviant one.

MaRk Mar 31, 2017 06:53pm

Rest In Peace for all victims , courage to injured and all people effected with the nasty Blast .

MaRk Mar 31, 2017 06:53pm

@Ahmed your are absolutely right

GENGHIS khan Mar 31, 2017 06:56pm

What do they get by killing people; After all, all are children of God.

AKB Mar 31, 2017 07:06pm

It is so sad that for the past one and half decade innocent people die on the streets and Bazzars. It shows we have miserably failed to stop terrorism.

Masood Rizvi Mar 31, 2017 07:07pm

@The end is near

Don't blame others. Mindset needs to change within Pakistan.

Abida Subhan Mar 31, 2017 07:08pm

This sort of mentality and violence will continue for years and years until and unless all the thousands of madrassas teaching a radical version are shut down.

Ali Mar 31, 2017 07:09pm

I am sorry and saddened at the same time to say that this is just glimpse of what is coming to my homeland if she joins military alliance with KSA.We should stay away from both Iran and KSA;they are top financers of extremism in the world.They both utilise popular dissent in their sects against others to belittle them.

rahul Mar 31, 2017 07:14pm

Sorry for the victims.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Mar 31, 2017 07:15pm

R.I.P innocent souls.

@Rajeev We both are hurting each other. Next time you will other bad things will happen in Afghanistan or India. This violence needs to end as only innocent are targeted for mass causalities and spread fear.

mad russer Mar 31, 2017 07:15pm

Deepest condolences to all the families of the victims; a number of commentators have called for closing the border with Afghanistan; what actually is needed is to close all madrassahs...

Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Mar 31, 2017 07:17pm

Heartly condolence to the bereaved families of deceased. In fact no word will be sufficient to express our inability to eradicate this problem. When will we wake up. May God help us in facing this trauma. Human life has become cheaper than cattle. Devils are committing these type of atrocities at their whims and fancies.

ASH Mar 31, 2017 07:25pm

very sad incident...RIP victims....This is a much bigger challenge for Pakistan- How to get rid of terrorism? There is not short cut and has to be a long process. Along with launching military operation, they also need to target the root cause- How these young minds get radicalized? Who target them? Stop that, and in next 10 years, you will see better security situation.

Gurpreet singh Mar 31, 2017 07:31pm

Very sorry to hear about this heinous act by cowards.

Zealot Mar 31, 2017 07:40pm

This is Second attack,This year in the same place...LAW AND ENFORCEMEMT AGENCIES SHOULD MONITOR "HIGHLY CROWDED AREAS"By installing police checkposts

DONT HAND EVERYTHING TO ARMY,WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF POLICE THEN????

Justin Mar 31, 2017 07:41pm

Pakistan have to start acting on this anti social elements without differentiating it as good and bad.

J. Gamble Mar 31, 2017 08:06pm

I am sorry to hear about this innocent loss of lives. RIP.

Down to earth Mar 31, 2017 08:13pm

Border is open again by Govt..

hAK Mar 31, 2017 08:24pm

my regards n prayers for the affected... its ssad!! from chennai

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Mar 31, 2017 08:34pm

@Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Devils for this one are in India dost, and soon when bad things happens in India or Afghanistan the devils for that will be in Pakistan.

Thank you for prayers, I feel hurt also when I see something bad happening in India yaar. We are strong together a force the extremist in both nations don't want us to become. Message of peace, this is the only way out. Love is the greatest healing energy baba said long time ago, we don't listen to the our fakirs because they look to poor in their appearance, if we only see how rich their soul is.

Love from Pakistan or shall I say the true lover of India from Pakistan :)

GENGHIS khan Mar 31, 2017 08:45pm

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN , Your words are always very wise; You must be following Sufism. May God bless you.

Imtiaz husSain Mar 31, 2017 08:53pm

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN bro I wish we get more people like u on both the sides of border. No son of a nother will die then :) Peace

Kamran Mar 31, 2017 09:01pm

I hope the authorities catch the criminals and bring them to justice.

Pakistani Mar 31, 2017 09:02pm

I don't understand how can we become so helpless, our innocent people are dying everyday and our government is still unwilling to control the situation. This is a kind of sectarian attack its perpetrators and accomplices are present among us and now we cannot bear these miscreants anymore. The government should now take stern action against any such person who are doing us this trouble and against the people who are inciting and encouraging for such heinous crimes . We should not sympathies with these people any more as these are not human and they do not respect human life. RIP to victims.

Piyush Mar 31, 2017 09:08pm

RIP

saudagar Mar 31, 2017 09:09pm

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN WHAT A NOBLE SOUL YOU ARE !

Ramd Mar 31, 2017 09:54pm

Feel sorry for the innocent people who died...

Suppi Mar 31, 2017 09:58pm

@sohail you are absolutely right

pathanoo Mar 31, 2017 10:38pm

@Ahmed NOT LIKELY.

Defective detective Apr 01, 2017 12:17am

@M.Saeed Clerix must not be taken on board. They must be taken out first, then humanity will survive.

Meesaq Apr 01, 2017 12:55am

Mosque and Imam Bargah, close to each other, since a century should be shifted from market place after consulting stake holders.

M Mirza Apr 01, 2017 01:40am

Seal the Border like India is closing your border.

Sana Apr 01, 2017 01:47am

@Abida Subhan well said its time for Pakistan to join many of the world's countries with a secular education focusing on science and mathematics

NEER NAYAN Apr 01, 2017 02:03am

Prayers for the innocent bereaved families! Irrespective of our geographical/political/ideological status, we all must stand together to oppose, fight, and eradicate all forms of hatred.

Cool Koshur Apr 01, 2017 02:23am

@KUL DEEP KUSHWAH

Kargil war happened before Agra summmit. I think you meant Lahore Summit.

For the record, Ind vs Pak had more than 150 rounds of talks in last 70 years to resolve Kashmir. What has been the result? Zilch, Nada, Shuniye, Sifr....

Bluecollar Apr 01, 2017 02:41am

Get their handlers , get those who finance them. They can't operate without some one giving them financial support.

Bluecollar Apr 01, 2017 02:45am

Only solution complete cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan , no third country involved.

Nasir Apr 01, 2017 03:15am

Love for all hatred for none

Ayub Apr 01, 2017 03:25am

Very sad. The military operation has proved unsuccessful in the elimination of terrorism in Pakistan.

Iqbal Apr 01, 2017 03:28am

@IRFAN CHISHTI pakistans problem is pakistanis. Can we run away from them

victor sagar Apr 01, 2017 03:33am

My heart feels the pain of the dead and injured. Hopefully one day Pakistan will wake up and deal with this menace. Until then people will have to deal with this brutality of these of these savages.Pakistan should abandon this ideology, which they fostered so long. Be patient dear citizens of Pakistan your government will wake up one day. Hopefully that wont be too late.

Amir khan Apr 01, 2017 04:27am

Lament the lost souls. Leaders please don't tell us it is all under control.

Ash patel Apr 01, 2017 05:21am

What's wrong with these people's psyche so that killing has become second nature? Who nurtured thes heartless savage killers to become who they are?

A society can look through the window or a mirror to look for an answer. Country and society has two choices, regress to Stone Age or travel in the future to uplift the country and her people.

Ahmed Apr 01, 2017 05:31am

Here we go again! These incidents are reminders of the fact that the fight against terrorism is not over and government should not start taking credit if there is no incident for a few weeks or months or even years.

Musa Apr 01, 2017 05:43am

@KUL DEEP KUSHWAH well said

CRICKET LOVER Apr 01, 2017 07:10am

Terrorists should be eliminated once and for all.

Prakash Apr 01, 2017 07:55am

The problem is Pakistani people won't force the government to act. They just sit in their houses and send condolence messages.

agha Apr 01, 2017 08:59am

@amad Brother it is the mind set within us sealing the border and others things will not do anything

Sanjeev Apr 01, 2017 09:18am

why peace loving Pakistanis are not pressuring there Government to take strict measures.I never seen any nation wide protest and make government to bend it's knee to hear people voice.RIP

Tahir Baloch Apr 01, 2017 11:50am

Why not seal the Borders, where all the threats are coming. Its time to give a reply to the aggression. Now who is behind this should be punished.

Suren Singh Sahni Apr 01, 2017 11:52am

Satanic intent

aman Apr 01, 2017 01:51pm

We never eliminated root cause...and i hope we will never do same and keep suffering...What an agony we know and do something,human life no value here..

ZAIDI / Iqbal HADI Apr 01, 2017 03:34pm

Shame utter shame on the killer but also on those who patronized him to kill innocent in Parachinar for none of their fault. Shias were targeted but why is my question which needs an answer and not be ignored? Kuwait where I am living since 1978 has almost 30% Kuwaiti shias but never ever I have witnessed that they have been attacked except Ramazan of 2015 when someone came from Saudia and blasted himself on a Fri in a shia mosque. But then just after a few hours later Amir of Kuwait himself visited the site and condoled in person with those who died. He went to hospital to meet the injured. Remember special prayers were held where Amir, Dy Amir, ministers and other high ranking officials queued up along with shias and offered prayers. There is absolutely no hate between shias and sunnis. Last year on 1st death anniversary Amir and shias prayed together. Will Pakistan learn any lesson from Kuwait to love each other and not hate? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi/Kuwait/ zaidi.formerdiplomat@hotmail.com

L.Ahmad Apr 01, 2017 03:40pm

@The end is near We can barely keep our head above the water, no amount of security can stop this menace of terrorism because it is home grown.

Sana Apr 01, 2017 04:29pm

@Prakash I agree with you Prakash

Sana Apr 01, 2017 04:33pm

@Pakistani I feel the pain, that you feel for your country - and sad about innocent people deaths

your govt. is busy filling its own pockets it's busy keeping you away from real education so that you cannot think it's busy keeping you uninformed it keeps you focused on Kashmir instead of your own lack of jobs, lack of education and lack of sanitation Pakistanis need to focus on own development and start asking the govt. some tough questions Also ideology of supporting ANY type of terrorism should be discarded - there are no "good" or "bad" terrorists they are all terrorists and need to be destroyed

Mohsin Apr 01, 2017 07:06pm

Expel all Afghans to India whose orders they follow

abe Apr 03, 2017 05:28am

@rishi who are the terrorists and who are the innocents?

abe Apr 03, 2017 05:29am

it's always 22...which is impossible

Punnikutti Apr 03, 2017 08:45am

@abe : 20 OR 22! Nation needs mental health services urgently.