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Attack on a peace-loving community

Published Sep 20, 2012 12:03am


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SEPTEMBER 18 rocked the Dawoodi Bohra community when the after-dusk hours brought with it three blasts in Karachi’s crowded area of Haidry, one of the hubs of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

The evening hours bring with it children who love to play and buy snacks from the umpteen shops which line the roads.

It brings the elderly who wish to take a breath of fresh air and catch up on gossip.

It brings people returning from work to mingle and buy wares and grocery to take home.

It brings people in groups of twos and threes, returning from the mosque after offering Maghrib prayers.

And this pleasant picture was rocked as a trio of bombs took innocent lives and injured and crippled countless others on that ill- fated eve.

A large number of the Dawoodi Bohra community live in various areas of Pakistan, their density being in the metropolis of Karachi.

It’s easy to spot them — most community members wear a white and gold ‘topi’ and the women wear colourful flowing hijabs called a Rida.

Renowned for their business ethics, unique cuisine and penchant for peace, they follow the example of their spiritual leader, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who is acclaimed internationally as an Ambassador of Peace and Goodwill.

The community spearheads a multitude of health, educational and welfare programmes in the form of a network of hospitals, schools and trusts.

These community members were left aghast at why and who would want to do such malicious harm to them as they have only wished to contribute to the economy with their businesses and trade and are conscientious citizens.

Several phone calls came from friends from outside the community, inquiring anxiously after their safety and expressing condolence.

As for the matter of finding out who these heartless terrorists are, one thing is for sure: they have no faith, they believe in no religion and harbour no respect for humanity.



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Raoul Ciao Sep 20, 2012 06:06pm
I have known Bohris as the most traditional and yet the most forward thinking community apart from the Parsis, in India. I have close friends and neighbours from this community. I cannot eeven begin to think why anyone, even if completely engulfed with the hate virus that Pakistan is nowdays infected with against sects, and anything the majority perceives sacrilegous to their narrower Taliban type of minds, would attack this community. Abhorrent. Maybe there is an economic angle and some savages from the Talibani thought process just hate someone else having more in this life, albeit with their own hardwork, than themselves.
H. Being Sep 20, 2012 02:35pm
First Hindus and Sikhs, then Ahmadis, Christians, then Hazara Shias, now Bohris. Which community is next? It's time we started to value the essentially pluralistic nature of our country and respect each other. Only a secular political system holds any hope for us.
Ajaya K Dutt Sep 20, 2012 11:31pm
Last years a large group of Bohra did go to India and refused to come back to Pakistan.
urawal Sep 20, 2012 11:05am
Indeed they are a peace loving community and keep religion confined to their homes and hearts . Lot of them in Mumbai. They maintain a low profile and never meddle into other people affairs. Their families are a pleasure to watch. The gentlemen wear traditional clothes with a Gold embriodered topi and the ladies wear the colourful burkas-two parts with floral designs. The younger ones also look their best in theor traditional attire. Please save them.
human Sep 20, 2012 11:00am
To all the Bohra people, you are rich and educated, please emigrate to India, and live happily ever after.
Murtuza rassiwala Sep 20, 2012 12:01pm
dear Marya, i m murtuza from bombay india,i always think about my bohra community in pakistan,we always hear about bloodshed and voilence in pakistan and i get very tensed about you india we never see any type of voilence or such things,i hope one day there will be peace and saftey of every one in pakistan.dmy murtuza rassiwala india
Xeemarmar Sep 20, 2012 09:54am
Thank you Suresh for your heart-warming words! Maryam
suresh Sep 20, 2012 09:21am
most pious and devout people - almost always willing to help others, I love these people and we have a lot of them in India too. Hope God will give strength to those who are hurt, and punish those who inflict this miseries on innocent, hard working and devout people.
Xeemarmar Sep 20, 2012 08:24am
Huzefa, I thinks Chris's reply should make you feel better. Also, i think as a member of the community we do not say what we want to that would be a bigger tragedy. Chris, I cannot say how much your support and concern means to me and all Dawoodi Bohras. Like I said in the letter, the phone calls i received from all my non-bohra friends--in Pakistan and abroad--have been a source of solace and strength. Maryam Murtaza Sadriwala
Rauf Sep 20, 2012 08:23am
This was really a gruesome act...! Such unfortunate incidents are usual here in Pakistan, especially in Karachi. People are afraid to step out of their homes due to extreme fear of mishaps. No body is left with an option to live in Pakistan. Peace has gone; people really don't feel relaxed here.
Naseer Sep 20, 2012 05:42pm
Unfortunately in Pakistan, it is not enough to live peacefully without hurting or harming others. You need to be follower of a certain extremist ideology that was imported from a certain Arab country.
Salim Sep 20, 2012 06:24pm
Very tragic. It is time for all peace loving individuals and communities to join hands and cleanse our society. I am not promoting violence, but suggesting that we should voice and communicate our disgust at acts like this. Lets change the tide of hatred based on religious differences to harmony among humans. If each one of us talks and convinces 5 households (neighbors) we can make a change.
farmerdr Sep 20, 2012 04:22pm
I alongwith all men of reason in Pakistan and overseas wish to express my sorrow and outrage at the loss experienced by Karachi's Bohra community.
Huzefa Sep 20, 2012 06:41am
I wish we would see non-bohra's writing these articles. Even in the Tribune the piece was written by a Bohra. It does not mean anything if we are praising our own virtues, even if the whole world would agree.
Slma H badruddin Sep 20, 2012 04:34pm
i think the Bohras should how peace loving and organized they are in their reactions inthe aftermath of the bomb blasts. No violent protests, no looting- just community memebrs helping each other as best the could
Christopher Sep 20, 2012 05:39am
Dear Maryam Bhen, I have grown up with practically with and among all the Bohra's in Rawalpindi , and this act done by who ever is responsible is an act of that has lft me speechless. Why would some one target the same people that are responsible for their bread n butter. We as Pakistani's stand with you and your community and demand an immediate explaination from the government instead of them staying mum. And yes your right these people have no faith or religion infact they arent even legible to be called humans aswell. Regards Chris
Vaibhav Sep 20, 2012 02:50pm
Hi, Lots of Bohras are in India, Mumbai has many Bohri colonies, they are all very good people and mostly in business, as a community they are very well respected in Mumbai Regards, Vaibhav
Salim Sep 20, 2012 07:28pm
I know you are trying to be compassionate but if they were not rich and or not educated, you would rescind the offer?
sunil sood Sep 20, 2012 02:16pm
in india we have lot of bhora muslims and they are contributing in India's progress.Today I came to know that this attack was towards bhoras.May departed souls rest in peace.