“Outside the mosque, blood was splattered over the gate and walls while shoes and other possessions were strewn on the ground. Three mangled motorcycles lay outside the gate. Over 30 splintered and piecemealed dead bodies were scattered here and there in the majlish venue. Some broken parts of the dead bodies were collected out of gate and boundaries of the Masjid Complex. The pain, suffering and anguish of the injured people as numbered over 200 made the situation heart rendering. All these happened in a prayer convocation cum discourses of Shiaite people assembled at a Shia Mosque in the town Chakwal in Punjub Province of Pakistan. The attack was made again by the fanatic Talibans , who have no religion and they made their Islam as a fake religion and indeed a Satanic Verses.”
Pak mosque blast kills 30
Press Trust of India
ISLAMABAD, April 5: Close on the heels of two suicide attacks yesterday killing 25 people, a teenage suicide bomber today struck a religious gathering of the Shia community killing at least 30 people and injuring nearly 200 others in the town of Chakwal in Punjab province.
The suicide attacker detonated his explosives near the gate of an Imambargah or prayer hall in Chakwal, some 90 km south of Islamabad, when he was barred from entering the complex by persons guarding the entrance.
About 2,000 worshippers had gathered for majlis at the Imambargah when the attack occurred a little after 12.30 p.m. local time.
Thirty people were killed by the blast, state-run APP news agency reported. There was no official word on the incident though witnesses and reporters said nearly 200 people were injured in the blast.
Witnesses said the suicide bomber was aged about 16 or 17 years and was dressed in black. TV channels beamed footage of blood and body parts spattered on the wall near the gate of the Imambargah. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Earlier reports had said the bomber had managed to enter the Imambargah. Witnesses said the death toll would have been much higher if the attacker had not been stopped at the gate.
A massive rescue operation was launched with dozens of ambulances being used to ferry the injured to hospitals in nearby cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Officials in a hospital in Chakwal said about 20 of the injured were in a serious condition. Interior Ministry chief Mr Rehman Malik said President Asif Ali Zardari had ordered the deployment of two helicopters to shift the injured to hospitals in Islamabad.
The terrorist assault came a day after a suicide bomber struck a paramilitary camp in the heart of Islamabad, killing eight security personnel and injuring five others. The Pakistani Taliban today claimed responsibility for the attack, and warned it would carry out two attacks a week to avenge US drone strikes in the tribal areas.
In the wake of the series of blasts in Pakistan, India said it was in Islamabad’s own interest to dismantle terror infrastructure.
“Talibani Tea in the morning break-fast for Pakistanis is made as new prescription by Dr.Baitullah Mehsud. This tea is prepared from the blood of innocent Pakistani People killed in blasts and gun-fire by the Taibani Medical Team. The blasting or the firing equipments are made in their ITRF (Islamic Terrorism Research Factories) in different locations in and outside Pakistan. Sources said that these factories were financed earlier by US. The Talibani doctors are overconfident to give a relief to the ailing patient named Pakistan through a major operation, separating brain and heart, legs and hands or like that. Experts apprehend that the separation will be in five parts i.e. Pakhtunistan, Punjabistan, Jinnhaastan, Sindhustan and Kashmirstan.
However, in the morning (5th April) one Pakistani Terrorists group attacked the security force near UNO Head Quarters in Islamabad. 8 died and 12 injured in that attack. Yesterday (4th April) the Islamic terrorists got a success by a human bomb explosion tolling 17 civilians in North Waziristan and critically injured 21 persons. The next production of International Talibani Film Corporation(ITFC) is just to arrive in the market to cut the sensation with a new Talibani slogan : We Talibanis Love Teen Cheek , We will blast twice in every week.”
These past three days in Pakistan were a microcosm of the many conflicts tearing the country apart. The bomb blast against Frontier Corps soldiers in Islamabad is a reminder of the most pressing danger facing India’s neighbour: the Taliban’s inroads into the Punjabi heartland. The suicide bomber who attacked a Shia mosque in Chakwal the day after was a continuation of a decades-long campaign by Sunni extremist groups against religious minorities. A girls’ school was bombed in a small town. The Pakistani military used troops and airstrikes to kill militants in Mohmand agency in the on-and-off struggle in the tribal areas. Taliban chieftain Baitullah Mehsud’s supposed claim of responsibility for an unrelated shootout in New York added spice to an already overflowing cauldron.
Why Pakistan is tormented with Terrorism ??
Pakistan will suffer if it has no change in vission !!
India, not Taliban, is Pak’s main enemy
Islamabad, April 6: President Obama’s strategy of offering Pakistan a partnership to defeat the insurgency here calls for a virtual remaking of this nation’s institutions and even of the national psyche, an ambitious agenda that Pakistan’s politicians and people appear unprepared to take up.
Officially, Pakistan’s government welcomed Obama’s strategy, with its hefty infusions of American money, hailing it as a “positive change”.
But as the Obama administration tries to bring Pakistanis to its side, large parts of the public, the political class and the military have brushed off the plan, rebuffing the idea that the threat from al Qaida and the Taliban, which Washington calls a common enemy, is so urgent.
Some, including the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and the President, Asif Ali Zardari, may be coming around. But for the military, at least, India remains priority number one, as it has for the 61 years of Pakistan’s existence.
How to shift that focus in time for Pakistan to defeat a fast-expanding Islamic insurgency that threatens to devour the country is the challenge facing Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Richard C. Holbrooke, the special envoy to the region, as they arrive in Pakistan for talks.
Strengthening Pakistan’s weak civilian institutions, updating political parties rooted in feudal loyalties and recasting a military fixated on yesterday’s enemy, and stuck in the traditions of conventional warfare, are generational challenges. But Pakistan may not have the luxury of the long term to meet them.
Some analysts here and in Washington are already putting forward apocalyptic timetables for the country. “We are running out of time to help Pakistan change its present course towards increasing economic and political instability, and even ultimate failure,” said a recent report by a task force of the Atlantic Council that was led by former Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.
The report, released in February, gave the Pakistani government 6 to 12 months before things went from bad to dangerous.
A specialist in guerrilla warfare, David Kilcullen, who advised General David H. Petraeus when General Petraeus was the American commander in Iraq, offered a more dire assessment. Pakistan could be facing internal collapse within six months, he said.
General Petraeus, in Congressional testimony last week, called the insurgency one that could “take down” the country, which is home to Qaida militants and has nuclear arms.
Even before the insurgency has been fully engaged, however, many Pakistanis have concluded that reaching an accommodation with the militants is preferable to fighting them. Some, including mid-ranking soldiers, choose to see the militants not as the enemy, but as fellow Muslims who are deserve greater sympathy than are the American aims.
It is problematic whether the backing of Zardari, and the Obama’s administration’s promise of $1.5 billion in aid for each of the next five years, can change the mood in the country, said a former interior minister, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, who visited Washington last autumn.
There are questions, too, of whether the Obama offer of nearly $3 billion in counterinsurgency aid can quickly convert the Pakistani military from a force trained to fight India on the plains of Punjab into an outfit that can conquer the mountains of the tribal areas, where the militants operate.
NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE