Archive for December, 2009

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claim Karachi bombing. This is nothing but the Peace Bombing of Islam.

December 30, 2009

Vehicles are on fire after a bombing struck a Shia procession in Karachi, December 28, 2009. — AP Photo

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claim Karachi bombing

Wed, 30 Dec, 2009 | Muharram 12, 1431

KARACHI: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, the most active Taliban militant group in Pakistan on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 43 people in Karachi, and threatened more attacks.

“My group claims responsibility for the Karachi attack and we will carry out more such attacks, within 10 days,” Asmatullah Shaheen, one of the commanders of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, who spoke by telephone to a Reuters reporter in Peshawar.

The prospect of more violence comes at a tough time for embattled President Asif Ali Zardari. He already faces political pressure because corruption charges against some of his aides may be revived.

And Zardari has yet to formulate a more effective strategy against the Pakistani Taliban, despite relentless pressure from Washington, which wants his government to root out militants who cross over to attack US and Nato-led forces in Afghanistan and then return to their Pakistan strongholds.

The scale of his challenges was clear on Monday, when a suicide bomber defied heavy security around a Shia procession, killing 43 people and triggering riots.

In a sign of mounting frustrations, Pakistani religious and political leaders called for a strike for Friday to condemn that attack, one of the worst in Karachi since 2007.

The bloodshed illustrated how the Taliban, whose strongholds are in the lawless northwest, have extended their reach to major cities in their drive to topple the government.

“The bombing itself was bad enough, but the violence that immediately erupted was also very well planned,” said Sunni scholar Mufti Muneebur Rehman, who blamed Pakistani authorities for the chaos.

“We want the government not only to compensate those killed in the attacks, but also those who lost their livelihoods, and so we are calling for a complete strike on Friday,” he said.

The Taliban campaign and their hardline brand of Islam — which involves public hangings and whippings of anyone who disobeys them — angered many Pakistanis.
But the Karachi bomb suggested growing violence has raised suspicions of Pakistan’s government.

“The government is using the Taliban as an excuse for everything that is happening anywhere in the country,” said Noman Ahmed, who works for a Karachi clearing agency.

“The organised way that all this is being done clearly shows that the terrorists are being sponsored either by the government itself or some other state that wants to destabilise Pakistan.”

Security policy

Pakistan’s all-powerful military sets security policy. So the key gauge of public confidence may be how the army’s performance is viewed. In the 1980s, Pakistan’s army nurtured militant groups who fought Soviet occupation troops in Afghanistan. The Taliban emerged in the 1990’s after a civil war in Afghanistan.

Now Pakistan’s army faces home-grown militants.

“I don’t buy that foreign hands are involved (in the Karachi attack). They’re domestic elements. They’re those who were nurtured, trained and protected in late 1990s,” said Sajid Ali Naqvi, head of the influential Shias’ Islami Tehrik movement.

The bombing was one of the bloodiest in Karachi since an October 2007 attack on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her return to the country that killed at least 139 people.

Shia leaders, as well as Karachi’s dominant Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political party, backed the strike call, which could bring the teeming city of 18 million to a standstill.

The high-profile bloodshed had all the hallmarks of the Taliban, who often bomb crowded areas to inflict maximum casualties. The blast led some Pakistanis to conclude that several hands must have been involved.

“The Taliban, or whoever is behind this, cannot do it without the support of a government,” said Shahid Mahmood, whose perfume and watch shops were torched in the riots.

“They know that Karachi is the heart of Pakistan and if it goes down, the country will go down.”

It is reported that 07 minors participating in the Shia procession in Karachi were killed in the blast on 28.12.2009. A Human Right Watch source said the number of juvenile victims crossed 230 marks in 2009 Pakistan, killing 100 minors and disabling more than 130 others with permanent injuries as a mark of peace in Pakistan.

Courtesy : Dawn, Pakistan Human Rights Chapter for Peace (PHRCP).

Laid down to Fundamentalism is the tradition of Pakistan. Several laid to rest as Karachi blast toll rises to 40

December 29, 2009

Several laid to rest as Karachi blast toll rises to 40

Tuesday, 29 Dec, 2009

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A security official arrives at the scene after a suicide bomb attack on a procession of Shias commemorating Ashura in Karachi, December 28, 2009. — Reuters

Several laid to rest as Karachi blast toll rises to 40

KARACHI: Many of the victims from yesterday’s suicide attack in Karachi were laid to rest after highly emotional scenes were witnessed at their funeral prayers in Karachi.

Thousands of mourners gathered at the Shah-i-Khurasan where prayers were offered for six among the victims on Tuesday, a day after a suicide bomber killed 40 people and triggered a city-centre riot.

Prominent scholars on the occasion called on the people to remain united and not allow what they called a handful of trouble-makers to divide their ranks. The scholars said there was an American and Jewish conspiracy to trigger a confrontation between Shia and Sunni Muslims and both communities must stand united.

After the funeral prayers, the bodies were taken away to various graveyards for burial.

Meanwhile, the provincial Home Department said security was beefed-up across Sindh to avert any incidents of violence.

Shop owners were surveying gutted premises and security forces were patrolling the nearly empty streets in Karachi.

The bombing of the Shia procession underscored multiple security challenges facing Pakistan at a volatile time for embattled President Asif Ali Zardari.

The government launched a security crackdown last October against al-Qaeda-linked Taliban militants in their tribal strongholds in northwest Pakistan and retaliatory bombings since have killed hundreds of people across Pakistan.

Karachi Mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal told Reuters the death toll had risen to at least 32, with dozens of injured still in hospitals.

“We have arrested some people and are investigating,” Karachi police chief Waseem Ahmed told Reuters.

“According to our initial investigation, the suicide bomber was aged between 18 and 20, and he used 8-9 kilograms of explosives.”

He said at least 500 shops and nine buildings had been set ablaze in the aftermath of the attack.

The attack may have just been part of a series of bombings designed to spread panic or an attempt to ignite sectarian violence to pile more pressure on security forces.

“It is clear that the terrorists are very well organised. They want to destabilise the country,” said Anjum Naqvi, who was part of the bombed procession.

Transport idle, shops closed

The provincial government of Sindh, of which Karachi is the capital, declared a public holiday, though banks and the stock market remained open. Public transport was out of service and most shops and petrol pumps were shut after religious and political parties called for a day of mourning.

“Our office and the whole building is completely burnt. Everything has been destroyed,” said Saleem Khan, who runs a car rental business along what is normally a busy road.

A spokesman for the paramilitary rangers, Major Aurangzeb, said his forces were “on 100 per cent deployment and will take every possible step to maintain peace”.

Some grieved before attending funerals, which can be risky — militants have bombed funerals for their victims, usually in the northwest. Others said their lives had been shattered.

“I know it’s a huge loss for the families of those who were killed. But what about our families? We are alive and have lost everything,” said Muhammad Shams, owner a shop which makes plastic.

A teeming city of 18 million, Karachi has a long history of ethnic and factional violence, although it has been spared the brunt of Taliban attacks over the past couple of years.

Investors have factored in the violence. But sustained troubles could hurt financial markets in an economy in virtual recession. The stock market opened over one per cent lower.

In Monday’s bloodshed, the assailant blew himself up at a march by thousands of people marking the climax of Ashura, the Shia calendar’s biggest event, despite heavy security.

The attack was the third in as many days in Karachi.

“Karachi is the heart of the country and any incident here does have a negative impact on investor sentiment,” said Mohammed Sohail, chief executive of brokerage Topline Securities.

Aside from al-Qaeda linked militants bent on toppling his government, the president is also under political pressure.

Some of Zardari’s closest aides and thousands of members of his party could face renewed corruption charges which could weaken him further at a time when the United States is pushing his government for tougher action against militants. — ReutersDawnNews

Courtesy : Dawn & Reuters.

DEFEATING JIHADI TERRORISM

December 25, 2009

DEFEATING JIHADI TERRORISM

Dr. Babu Suseelan

Recent media reports indicate imminent Mumbai type Jihadi attack in major cities of the world. Nowhere is the tension and fear from Jihadi attack more evident than in major cities of New York, London, Zurich, Madrid, Rome, Mumbai and New Delhi.

Since Jihadis have an exclusive patent for terrorism, citizens are worried, fearful and scared. Jihadi terrorists could strike at any moment at any city at any time at their choice. No democratic country is safe from Islamists who are dead against democracy, modernism, coexistence, religious tolerance, and secularism. Islamists who fight against infidels and the modern civilization in the name of Islamic past fight with modern weapons of every kind against innocent people without fear, guilt, or shame.

In this context, citizens are traumatized and they are changing their behavior, life style and their hopes for a peaceful life are shattered. What can one do to feel safe again in our own country? Secular political leaders and security officials warn us against terrorist attacks. They are only dimly aware of who the people behind terrorism are, and why they are terrorizing us and the motivating ideology of these terrorists. The lack of their clarity and deliberate failure to inform the public about terrorists and their deadly ideology make us more anxious and cautious.

It is time for citizens to study the ideology behind those who terrorize us. What makes these terrorists make us tremble and unable to make us live for our dreams and on our faith? The greatest shame is that why our liberal politicians and leftist intellectuals and pro-Islamist media are silent on Jihadi terrorism. Their silence or open support for Jihadi terrorists with phony root cause theories is deceptive. Why these deceptive politicians and liberal intellectuals fail to stand up and fight for our constitution, liberty, life and values? Why are they colluding with our tormenters? Why are they not demanding that hatred from the Koran be expunged? By colluding with Jihadis and keeping silence on their deadly ideology, they put our life at risk.

It is difficult for citizens who want to live in peace to swallow Jihadi hatred and their death defying criminal acts. Our values, freedom, life as well as our civilization hang in the balance. We cannot depend on phony secularists and leftist intellectuals to save us. Their views are quite pathetic. They are not going to guide us or ready to provide us any solution. Marxist intellectuals and bogus secularists have become a tool in the hands of Islamic terrorists in advancing their political agenda and Islamo fascism in which the terrorism is perpetuated.

What One Should Do?

What one should do? Citizens are part of the solution. Despite the fact that Jihadi terrorist assault on our country, individuals are reluctant to take realistic responses. It is a paradox. People have acquired “banner blindness”, “denial”, apathy and indifference. After many jihadi terrorist attacks, people are habituated to terrorism. Jihadis kill innocent people; destroy our property and spread hatred and fear. But citizens have become inoculated against the terrorists. And these habituated citizens who are inoculated and who are hiding behind a thick wall of denial no longer react.

It is time for us to get out of the sand and fight the great fight. The crooks, the degenerates and bogus secularists who run away from freedom and responsibility are ripping our value system, our freedom and our future.

Commonsense suggests that citizens have the right to identify people trying to ferment violence, spread hatred and terror in our country. With unlimited petro dollars, Jihadi terrorists are gathered to oppress us, terrorize us, scare us, and impose the tyranny of Islam.

Time has come that the public should take appropriate action. Jihadis are trying to instill fear in us. If we are united and stand up, we will become more powerful and Jihadis cannot put us in psychological trauma. We can fight back with determination. A strong determines assault on Islamists will preclude them to undermine the sense of our security and disrupt our everyday life.

We cannot prevail tomorrow; live in peace and tranquility without courageous action today. If we don’t meet the challenges today with strength, will power and determination, our future will be at stake. By acting today against our enemies who are willing to die for their past, we are choosing our future and the future of children and our grand children yet to be born. Let us stand together and make our country great, preserve our freedom and
security.

Four die in suicide attack on Peshawar Mall :: Suicide attack on Imambargah in Rawalpindi

December 25, 2009

Soldiers stand guard at a suicide blast site in Peshawar near a Shopping Mall on December 24, 2009. –  Pic. by AFP

Suicide bombers in Pak prefer shopping Malls. Before going to Behast, they find good perfume there !!

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the heavily-guarded cantonment area of the city on Thursday(24-12-2009), killing at least four people and causing injuries to 24 others.

The bomber was on foot and he ran away when security personnel manning a checkpost asked him to stop.

He detonated the explosives strapped to his body near a missionary school, opposite the offices of the Pakistan International Airlines, on the Mall Road.

Windows of some offices in the nearby State Life building were smashed. The school was closed for Christmas and winter vacations. Police were not sure about the bomber’s real target.

The injured were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital and the Combined Military Hospital. An official of the LRH said five of the injured were in serious condition.

According to police, constable Gul Nawaz from Ormar village near Peshawar and three civilians were killed.

According to bomb disposal personnel, the explosives used by the bomber weighed eight to 10kgs. They said the legs of the bomber had been found.

SSP (Investigation) Ghulam Hussain told Dawn that the bomber had also tied explosives to his legs and appeared to have carried three triggers. He said ball bearings were also found at the site.

“The explosives show that the bombers who have blown themselves up in the city so far belonged to the same militant group,” he said.

People who had gathered at the place said police had fired in the air after the blast. Heavy contingents of police and other security personnel cordoned off the area and stopped traffic on the Arbab Road and Mall Road for some time. All shopping centres and banks in the area and the PIA offices were closed.

Superintendent of Police for Coordination Alam Shinwari said: “Intelligence agencies have told us that there could be more bombings and the number of intending bombers is high.”

The cantonment area, commonly known as Saddar, attracts shoppers from all over the city and is always congested and busy.

This was the second bombing in Peshawar in three days. A suicide bomber had hit the Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday, killing three people, including police constable Riazuddin.

“The threat is now coming from three different regions. It is virtually coming from all directions. These people have dispersed and have formed small cells to attack civilians and law-enforcement personnel,” a security official said.

NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Husain said frequent bomb blasts had forced people to stay indoors and badly affected the business.

He told journalists that bombers were coming from the Khyber and Kurram agencies and Darra Adamkhel. More from The International News …read here.

Suicide attack on Imambargah in Rawalpindi

Policemen gather around the dead body of the suicide attacker at the blast site in Rawalpindi. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to an imambargah here on Thursday(24-12-2009) night, leaving a little girl dead and two other people injured, including a policeman.

Private security guard Masood Hussain Shah and head constable Ittefaq averted a major disaster when they forcibly stopped the teenaged bomber from entering the Qasr-i-Sakina Imambargah in Shakrial along the Islamabad Expressway. Almost 500 people, including women and children, were present at the imambargah.

The security guard remained unhurt, but the policeman was injured. Six-year-old Urooj was hit by shrapnel and died, while her father was injured. The explosion took place a few minutes before a procession was due to reach the place.

A police official said the attacker appeared to be 17 years old.

Courtesy : Dawn & AFP.

Only Press under attack by Islamofascists in Pakistan. 3 died, 17 wounded. But our Islamic prestige remains intact.

December 22, 2009

Journalists assist a man who was injured in a suicide bomb attack at the site at the gate of the Press club in Peshawar, located in NWFP on December 22, 2009. – Reuters

Islamic Suicide bomber targets Peshawar Press Club

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber on Tuesday attacked a Pakistan journalists’ club, killing three people in the first assault on media offices.

Strapped with explosives, the man walked up to the gate of the press club in the northwestern city of Peshawar, where he blew himself up as police stopped him from entering the building, officials said.

‘I was coming out of the canteen when I suddenly heard a huge blast. Smoke engulfed the building immediately and when I reached the spot, I saw human organs littered on the ground,’ said television journalist Nisar Mohammad Khan.

The force of the explosion blew out the windows at the press club, damaged the guard hut and ripped through nearby vehicles, said witnesses.

‘He was stopped by police deployed outside. When the police official started searching him, the attacker blew himself up,’ Peshawar police chief Liaquat Ali told reporters at the scene.

Taliban militants, who are powerful in northwest Pakistan, threatened media in Peshawar, said the president of the press club, Shamim Shahid.

‘We beefed up security after the threats and people coming to the club were properly checked,’ he said.

Doctors at Peshawar’s main Lady Reading Hospital said three people were killed – a policeman, a press club employee and a woman.

Doctor Zafar Iqbal said 17 people were wounded and later clarified that an original death toll of four included the bomber.

Police said four journalists were among the wounded.

Bomb disposal squad chief Tanveer Ahmed said most of the casualties were caused by steel pellets and nails stuffed in the suicide bomber’s explosives vest.

North West Frontier Province information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who visited the wreckage, acknowledged that extra security measures in place for the holy Muslim month of Muharram could not totally eliminate attacks.

‘We have already taken special measures in view of Muharram but suicide attacks cannot be totally eliminated such incidents cannot be ruled out in future. But we will continue our struggle against terrorists,’ he said.

Closure of mosques at night ordered in Pakistan. Days are ahead to close these permanently to save humanity.

December 21, 2009

After Swiss ban on Mosque Minarets, Pakistan  ordered closure of Mosque at night.

by Mijanur Rahaman.

For the Swiss Ban on Mosque Minarets, Pakistani religious groups condemned vehemently the referendum in Switzerland in the last month while the Swiss voters approved a ban on the construction of mosque minarets, labeling it ‘ as symbols of rising Muslim political power that could one day transform Switzerland into an Islamic nation.  Now on the thrust of  uncontrollable Islamic Terrorism, the Pakistan government on Sunday compelled to direct all local Ulemas to close mosques after Isha prayers to ensure no suspect Islamic terrorist stayed in them at night.

“The decision was conveyed to the Ulema by Interior Minister Rehman Malik after he took part in a rally in the federal capital on Sunday to promote religious harmony during Muharram.

Sources in security departments said the orders would specifically be implemented in Islamabad but it may be followed in other parts of the country by provincial governments.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Amir Ali Ahmed said Ulema had assured the government that they would keep mosques locked after Isha prayers and reopen them for Fajar prayers.

‘It is feared that suspects can hide in mosques at night and carry out their nefarious designs (terrorism activities) in the day time,’ the official said.

The possibility of any suspect staying in mosques at night has increased especially after the local administration decided to keep a close watch on the clients of hotels, inns and guest houses.

However, it is believed that the orders will not be followed in letter and spirit as such orders had also been issued in the past in the federal capital and some provinces but mosques remained opened at night.

The rally led by the interior minister was taken out at Constitution Avenue.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister called upon the Ulema to forge unity and promote religious harmony to foil any attempt of terrorists in the sensitive month.

Talking about the aftermath of the annulment of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) by the Supreme Court, the minister claimed that only 10 out of the over 8,000 cases withdrawn under the ordinance were against PPP leaders.

‘A total of 8,442 cases were withdrawn under the NRO and there were only 10 cases in which the accused belonged to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP),’ Mr Malik said.

He said the government respected the superior judiciary and would implement its verdict in letter and spirit.

To a question, he said Pakistan was taking part in the war on terrorism for its own sake and would achieve success in its efforts to root out militancy from its soil.”

In this dreadful year in Pakistan at least 380 innocent Pakistanis have been killed and 941 injured  in eight bloody incidents of terrorism across Pakistan, targeting mosques with the help of suicide bombers as well as explosive-laden vehicles.

After  the restriction imposed upon Mosque activities in Pakistan, the earlier Swiss ban is now considered justified in many quarters. Now it is proved that the terrorism is being nurtured and matured from the Mosques and Islamic seminaries in many places and these religious places are being used as an accessible hub of dangerous terrorist of Islamic faith. This inevitable restrictions upon Mosques may turn as an trend to check the Islamofascists operating from the Islamic institutions. Allah knows the future better !! Inshallah !!!

Courtesy : AFP, Dawn, APP, Rediffmail &  Agencies.

12 dead, 30 hurt in Dir mosque attack on praying Muslims in Pakistan.

December 18, 2009

Available  Photos  of  Dir Mosque Attack on  Friday 18th Dec 2009

A huge explosion ripped through a mosque frequented by police as people gathered for Friday prayers, officials said. Above: Residents assist in clearing rubble from a mosque which was hit by a suicide bomb blast in Peshawar November 16, 2009. —File photo by Reuters

Twelve killed, Thirty hurt in Dir mosque blast at Friday Prayer.

PESHAWAR: At least 12 people were killed and 30 injured when a bomb ripped through a mosque in northwest Pakistan as people gathered for Friday prayers, as the sources said. But the Pakistani police and government officials tried their level best to lower down the numbers of victims as “four people killed and 28 injured” bashfully to save the truncated face of its failure administration against barbaric Islamisation or Talibnisation of Pakistan through a series of Friday Prayer Hits. Other sources reported that a suicide bomber rammed a car into a mosque during Friday prayer.

At least 12 people were killed and 30 other wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque situated in Khurshid Police Line, Temar Garah.

According to sources, the blast took place outside the Police Line mosque.

Idrees Khan, Deputy Inspector General of Malakand, confirmed it was a suicide blast. He, however, added that the bomber failed to hit his target due to tight security.

DPO Lower Dir, police officers and other security men were among the people, who were offering prayers in the targeted mosque. The blast has devastated the mosque also.

DPO Mumtaz said that 12 people were killed and 28 others injured in the blast. Two children are also among the dead.

The Medical Superintendent of District Headquarter Hospital, Dr Wakil, said that out of 28 patients brought to the hospital, eight are in critical state.

Following the blast, security forces cordoned off the site of blast and collected the evidence. The Press and Electronic Media were put in a restriction to cover the news.

Condemning the blast, NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Hyder Khan said that no Muslim could even think of killing his innocent fellow Muslims inside the mosque. He said the terrorists, bewildered by their possible defeat, were carrying out vengeful acts of terrorism.

District commissioner Fazal Kareem Khatok also reiterated : ‘The people were gathered for Friday prayers when this bomb blast took place.’

Hospital officials put the injured toll at 28 in the latest bombing in Pakistan’s northwest, where the military is this year pressing multiple offensives against Islamist militants behind a deadly insurgency.

More than 2,700 people have been killed in attacks in Pakistan since July 2007, with the past three months seeing a surge in suicide bombings targeting civilian and security targets by militants avenging the army onslaught.

At the fag end of 2009 the Muslims of Pakistan saw at least seven times Friday Hit on Mosques and several blasts on Friday ( the most holiday in the week as per Islamic belief ) in a single year, which took thousand Muslim lives to strengthen the profound Islamic foundation in Pakistan. Is this not a time in the very start of a new Islamic year (first day of the new Islamic year will fall on Saturday 19th instant, i.e. 1st Muharram) to raise the voice of Muslims against Islam of this kind ??

Courtesy : The News Agencies, Dawn, APP, Geo Tv, The News International, Others.

Blast kills at least 27 & 90 hurt in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan.

December 15, 2009

The blast in Dera Ghazi Khan was the latest in a series of suicide and other explosions that have killed more than 500 people in Pakistan since October. — Photo by AP

Suicidal car bomb Blast kills at least 27 in Dera Ghazi Khan

MULTAN: A suicide car bombing in a busy market in central Pakistan on Tuesday killed at least 27 people, the latest in a stream of deadly attacks to hit the country, a senior official said.

The bombing in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan came as Pakistan battles militants and follows on the heels of a visit by top US military commander General David Petraeus.

‘The latest toll is 27 dead and 90 injured,’ as the town’s commissioner Hassan Iqbal’s statement so far available.  ‘It was a suicide attack,’ he said.

He said 81 people were in the local hospital while nine critically wounded had been shifted to the hospital in the nearby city of Multan.

‘It was an explosive-laden vehicle which the bomber used in the attack,’Iqbal said.

‘We have recovered body parts of the bomber including a hand and a foot from the car,’ he said. ‘The rescue work is over now, debris has been removed,’ he said.

Iqbal earlier told AFP there were many people trapped in the rubble after the powerful blast demolished around 10 shops.

‘It was a terrorist activity, similar to those being carried out in other parts of the country.’

The state-run hospital in the small town was ill-equipped to cope with heavy casualties and Iqbal said special arrangements had been made for the supply of medicines.

A helicopter was used to ferry the seriously wounded to Multan hospital.

Local police chief Mubarak Ali earlier told reporters ‘it was a powerful car bomb blast, it ripped through the Khosa Market, which is the busiest shopping centre in the town.

‘Several shops were destroyed and a mosque was also badly damaged.’

Witnesses said the roofs of several shops caved in and dust and smoke engulfed the site after the blast, which left a big crater in the ground. Local people rushed to join the rescue work while cranes removed the debris to retrieve any casualties.

The blast also damaged nearby buildings and glass shards littered the ground.

The attack damaged the house of an adviser to the Punjab provincial government, Zulfikar Khosa. ‘There was no family member in the house,’ Khosa told reporters. -AFP & News Agencies.

‘Acid Terrorism’ Against Women in Pakistan

December 14, 2009

Equality to Women!
Oh, Where are the Human Rights activists?

May we consider it as another Peace Mission of Islam?

This is really horrible. Faces of these women were mutilated by acid, and this is the work of bastards who call themselves men. This is such a strange way of solving problems (or revenge) in Pakistan.
After the jump, you can look at these poor women and learn why the acid was thrown into their faces.

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1.Irum Saeed, 30, poses for a photograph at her office at the Urdu University of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 24, 2008. Irum was burned on her face, back and shoulders twelve years ago when a boy whom she rejected for marriage threw acid on her in the middle of the street. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars.

2.Shameem Akhter, 18, poses for a photograph at her home in Jhang, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 10, 2008. Shameem was raped by three boys who then threw acid on her three years ago. Shameem has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars.

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3.Najaf Sultana, 16, poses for a photograph at her home in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. At the age of five Najaf was burned by her father while she was sleeping, apparently because he didn’t want to have another girl in the family. As a result of the burning Najaf became blind and after being abandoned by both her parents she now lives with relatives. She has undergone plastic surgery around 15 times to try to recover from her scars.

4.Shehnaz Usman, 36, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Shehnaz was burned with acid by a relative due to a familial dispute five years ago. Shehnaz has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars.


5.Shahnaz Bibi, 35, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Ten years ago Shahnaz was burned with acid by a relative due to a familial dispute. She has never undergone plastic surgery.

6.Kanwal Kayum, 26, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Kanwal was burned with acid one year ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has never undergone plastic surgery.


7.Munira Asef, 23, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Munira was burned with acid five years ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has undergone plastic surgery 7 times to try to recover from her scars.

8.Memuna Khan, 21, poses for a photograph in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Menuna was burned by a group of boys who threw acid on her to settle a dispute between their family and Menuna’s. She has undergone plastic surgery 21 times to try to recover from her scars.


9.Zainab Bibi, 17, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Zainab was burned on her face with acid thrown by a boy whom she rejected for marriage five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery several times to try to recover from her scars.

10.Naila Farhat, 19, poses for a photograph in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Naila was burned on her face with acid thrown by a boy whom she rejected for marriage five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery several times to try to recover from her scars.
Courtesy : www.funzug.com

Is Pak media responsible for Talibanization Of Pakistan? How and Why?

December 11, 2009

The myths, the madness, and the media

by Nadeem F. Paracha || Courtesy :

….”…it seems this episode, which, I believe, finally brought the private electronic media into the forefront, had a rather disastrous impact on the nascent egos of various talk show hosts and TV reporters.

Suddenly, they took the noble idea of missionary journalism, and instead of continuing to tread on the ‘objective middle ground,’ began moving way towards the populist right. And what’s more, once their bosses decided that this new trajectory was actually generating better monetary results (à la FOX News), the channels never looked back, sloganeering all the way to the bank!

Personalities such as Shahid Masood, Hamid Mir, Talat Hussain, Kashif Abbasi, Ansar Abbasi, Zaid Hamid, Shireen Mazari have all emerged from the abovementioned scenario. As part of this largely reactionary and at the same time monetarily cynical phenomenon is the transformation of non-media personalities into regular TV feasts.”

“Since the Taliban and the inhuman havoc they’ve been perpetrating is the single most critical issue impacting the country at this very moment, let’s evaluate the popular news channels’ handling of this ordeal.

Recently, many TV talk show hosts and their favourite sounding boards (‘guests’), have come under fire from certain ‘liberal’ sections belonging to the print media, academia, and in the blogsphere.

The more sensationalist and unsubstantiated accusations against some talk show hosts of being ‘ISI agents’ and ‘extremists’ can be put aside as subjective groaning. But then so can what usually comes out of the mouths of many hosts and their guests.

In the last three years at least, TV talk shows have openly thrived on building whole ‘debates’ and arguments on what almost entirely belongs in the floozy and demagogic conspiracy theory sphere.”

“Till 2003, when, comparatively speaking, suicide bombings were a rare occurrence in Pakistan, they were reported by the newly inaugurated private TV channels as part of a simple narrative: the bombings were being undertaken by indigenous sectarian organisations in cahoots with Al Qaeda in reaction to the United States’ post-9/11 action in Afghanistan.

The narrative was simple, but there was a lot of truth in it as well. Even till this day, sectarian organisations such as the (supposedly banned) Sipah-Sehaba  and Lashkar-e-Taiba are believed to be doing the ground work for the Taliban and shady Al Qaeda elements.

In the wake of Pakistan’s more aggressive involvement in the US-run ‘war on terror,’ the above narrative began being tempered by talk show ‘guests’ – mainly from the Jamat-i-Islami, and certain retired generals who still seemed nostalgically stuck in the 1980s’ ‘Afghan Jihad.’’

“The entirely lopsided and irresponsible coverage of the Lal Masjid is clearly the local electronic media’s darkest hour, one that was only partially rectified by the same media’s following fetish: The Lawyers’ Movement.

With the rise in terrorist attacks on Pakistani civilians, the narrative that put the action of Muslims seeking ‘justified revenge’ against fellow Muslims began weakening, until the sudden appearance of the likes of Zaid Hamid (on a struggling news channel and a music channel!) and Shireen Mazari.

Conspiracy theories about Mossad/RAW/CIA involvement in the matter that were once restricted to obscure crackpot websites suddenly exploded onto the Pakistani mainstream media scene. Some suggest this was done to justify the Pakistan Army’s operation in the north-west, making it look like a fight against infidels (as opposed to it being a civil war against monsters created and ignorantly tolerated by us alone).”

“Much psychosomatic gibberish emerges from this unsubstantiated and delusional narrative peddled every single day on talk shows. And if this is the only answer that these ‘experts’ have for the besieged people of Pakistan, then, I’m afraid, we truly have become a wretched nation which has decided to hold on to half-truths, myths, and fantastical stories as a means to safeguard our ‘honour,’ instead of depending more on reason and a positive exhibition of self-criticism. There is no bigger honour than saying and respecting the truth, no matter how disturbing it might be.”  Click here to read the full article.

Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com.

A reader’s response to above : A lot we have done for Islam. Let us do something for Humanity. The Talibans have made Islam as a tool aganist Muslims. The praying Muslims in the Mosques; common men in the market are becoming the victims of Talibans. And our Televans (read as media)gave them the heights as Saviour of Islam and the Protector of downtrodden Muslim people. We are just seeing the cruel and fascist faces of Talibans in the name of Islam.

The endeavor and analysis of the critical situation under the caption “The myths, the madness, and the media” by Nadeem F. Paracha is a magnificent art of work without any doubt. I thank both the writer and the editor of DAWN for their power to say & publish the TRUTH. Obviously, they touched the persecuted heart of the minorities of Pakistan. Please write something about the plight of 1.86% Hindus in Pak, who were at least 16% here at the time of fatal partition of United India. If the Hindus & Muslims are united; Pakistan & India are united, the US and Chinese conspirators cannot be able to exploit us anymore.

The animosity between Islam and Infidels, India and Pakistan should be marginalized at any cost. The media should take the gross responsibility to save us to save them.