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Gunmen attack bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. 26 killed shoot out in two rows.

September 20, 2011

Pakistan bus attack: victims' families gather outside a hospital in Quetta after gunmen attacked a bus carrying Shia Muslim pilgrims. Suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants behind the attack. Photograph: Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty

At least 26 Pakistani Shia pilgrims killed in gun attack after forcing them out, kept in row & shoot at sight. This is the definition of Islam by Islamists.

The pain and tears of Siahs do not reach to Allah and Mohammad as well. The Shia community has in recent years been subjected to numerous attacks by Taliban - Deobandi Islamists.

ISLAMABAD | Tuesday 20th September 2011 | Shawwal 22, 1432: Bike-borne unidentified gunmen today shot dead at least 26 Shia Muslim pilgrims in cold-blood in southwest Pakistan’s Balochistan province after forcing them out of a bus.

A bus carrying Shia pilgrims, which was going from provincial capital Quetta to the border town of Taftan, was stopped by the gunmen in Mastung district of Balochistan, an area considered to be the hub of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

The gunmen ordered the passengers out of the bus and lined them up before firing at them indiscriminately.

At least 26 people were killed and six others were seriously injured, Deputy Commissioner Shah Nawaz Nosharwani told the media.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Quetta, located about 40 km from Mastung.

The four gunmen who carried out the attack escaped on motorcycles. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mastung is considered a hub of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a notorious sectarian group that has carried out many attacks on Shias across Pakistan.

There was confusion about the total number of passengers in the bus, with reports putting the figure between 38 and 50.

The Shias were travelling to Taftan, a border town from where they intended to cross over to Iran for a pilgrimage.

Members of the minority Shia community have been repeatedly attacked in Balochistan, including in the provincial capital Quetta.

Courtesy : AP | AFP | Reuters | TOI.

No matter, this is happened in the Religious Land Of Peace. So What !!

November 28, 2010

Nearly 1,200 women killed, 321 were raped and 194 gang raped in Pakistan in 2010: Report

…………IANS, Nov 26, 2010, 11.01am IST|| TOI

ISLAMABAD: Of the 1,195 women murdered in Pakistan this year, 98 were killed after being raped, says a report by the country’s first helpline for women and children.

The Madadgaar helpline released a report in Karachi Thursday on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Geo News reported Friday.

The report was compiled from news reports published in the mainstream Pakistani media.

The increasing number of incidents of violence against women is a “blemish on the face of our society and seriously hamper the efforts for empowerment of women and gender equality in Pakistan”, said Madadgaar’s project coordinator and president of the Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA), Zia Ahmed Awan.

He said it was “sad” that reports of violence against women have come from all parts of the country. This should be a wake-up call for the government.

The report further said that 321 were raped and 194 gang raped in Pakistan in 2010. a total of 1,091 were tortured, 126 were burnt, 383 were kidnapped, 316 were tortured by police and 491 committed suicide.

A total of 4,870 cases of violence against women were registered by police, while the total number of cases reported since the year 2000 came up to 79,909.

Awan said over 2,400 cases were reported from Punjab, 1,070 from Sindh, 998 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa and 313 from Balochistan. The number of cases were less in Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa and Balochistan provinces because of a strong tribal culture and lack of access to the media.

The UN General Assembly has designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Curtesy : TOI

Suicide bomb attack on Friday prayer kills at least 50, hurt 100 in Darra Adam Khel Mosque

November 5, 2010

  • A local official said 11 children were among the dead
  • The roof of the mosque collapsed with the force of the explosion

At least 50 killed in blast in Darra Adam Khel

Friday 5th November 2010 | Ziqa’ad 27, 1431|| Source : Dawn News, AFP.

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomb tore through a Pakistani mosque during weekly prayers on Friday, killing 50 people and bringing down the roof, trapping victims under pulverised rubble.

The attack in the volatile northwest was the deadliest in two months. Dozens of people were critically wounded and officials feared the toll could rise.

The carnage wrought havoc in Akhurwall village, part of the semi-tribal northwest area of Darra Adam Khel about 140 kilometres west of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

A local official said 11 children were among the dead and television footage showed villagers digging graves within hours of the attack, determined to bury the dead in keeping with Muslim custom before nightfall.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, a local elder blamed the Taliban and suggested that the bombers could have been targeting members of a pro-government militia set up to thwart the extremists.

“The number of dead is 50 now. There is a possibility it might rise further,” local administration official Gul Jamal Khan told AFP.

“The number of wounded is more than 100. The dead include 11 children. Some of the bodies are beyond recognition.”

Shahid Ullah, district administration chief of the northwestern garrison town of Kohat, said earlier that more than 40 people had been killed, but warned that the death toll was likely to rise.

“More than 70 are wounded and most of them are in a critical condition and have been taken to hospital.”

Ambulances and private volunteers rushed to take the victims to hospital in Peshawar, the main city in the northwest.

Television footage showed an elderly bearded man wearing a traditional white shalwar khamis drenched in blood limping into casualty while a woman shrieking in grief beat her hands against her head.

A private car sped up to the main Lady Reading Hospital with a volunteer sitting next to a body in the boot.

Khalid Umarzai, a regional administrator, said the bomber entered the mosque from the back during the main prayers.

“The roof of the mosque collapsed,” he told Geo television. “It was a suicide attack.”

Local tribal elder Sohbat Khan Afridi blamed the Taliban, saying Akhurwall is the home of Wali Mohammad, who formed a tribal militia in 2007 to rise up against the militants.

The Taliban and the militia, which is known locally as a lashkar, clashed repeatedly in the area but this year reached some kind of compromise in which blood money was paid to the Taliban, Afridi said.

“Taliban are believed to be involved in this attack,” he said, declining to go into further details on the alleged deal.

Umarzai suggested the attack could have been retaliation for military operations in the Darra Adam Khel area targeting militants.

“An operation is going on by the army and Frontier Corps (paramilitary) in the Darra Adam Khel area. We had been expecting such attacks.”

Around 3,800 people have been killed in suicide attacks and bombings, blamed on homegrown Taliban and other extremist networks, since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad three years ago. – AFP

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Important reading : Attacking shrines and the culture of peace.

by  Husham Ahmed

Blast kills eight at Baba Farid’s shrine in Pakpattan during Fajr prayers

October 25, 2010

Baba Farid’s shrine in Pakpattan blast toll rises to eight

LAHORE : 25th Oct. 2010 : A bomb exploded outside the Dargah Hazrat Baba Farid Ganjshakar (shrine of Baba Farid, the holy sufi saint of 12th Century) in Pakpattan early Monday morning, killing at least eight people, including two women and injuring thirty others. The explosion occurred during Fajr prayers near the eastern gate of the shrine in Pakpattan, 190 kilometres from Lahore, our sources reported. The bomb was planted in a milk container on a motorcycle, city police chief Mohammad Kashif told Reuters by telephone. “According to initial reports, two unidentified men dressed in shalwar kameez came on the motorcycle and parked it near the gate minutes before the blast,” he said. The explosive device was remote-controlled.

At least a 100 people have been reported to be present at the time of the blast. The injured were taken to the District Headquarters hospital in Pakpattan. At least eight injured people were said to be in critical condition. According to the Regional Police Officer, the shrine was shut down following the blast and security forces had cordoned off the area. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack but Taliban militants have in the past attacked Sufi shrines.

The chairman of the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneebur Rehman said the government had failed to provide adequate security to shrines in Pakistan.

In one of the deadliest strikes, a bomb blast in July at the Data Darbar in Lahore killed more than 40 people. Eight people, including two children, were killed in an attack at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Karachi on October 8.

Source : Reuters and Agencies.

Islam endorsing terror? Pakistani Ulema and Alem’s Islam is not detached from Terrorism.

May 10, 2010

Some ulema suggest the government’s ‘pro-America’ foreign policy justifies the militants’ war against it. — Photo by AFP

Ulema and terrorism

By Muhammad Ali Siddiqi ||Jumadi-ul-Awwal 25, 1431, Monday, 10 May, 2010

Ulema and Alem’s Islam not detached from Terrorism. The proceedings at the Deobandi ulema’s recent conference in Lahore must be studied less for its expected refusal to condemn suicide bombings and more for the insight it gives into the psyche of a large section of our powerful ulema community.Of equal significance are the fissures that came to the fore between hardliners and harder-liners. Evidently, the latter carried the day.

It was gratifying that at least some ulema — among them Maulana Samiul Haq — were cognisant of the negative impact which acts of terrorism were having not on the nation but on the Deobandi image.

While the delegates did indeed plead with the militants to adopt peaceful and democratic means for the establishment of Sharia in Pakistan, a majority of the ulema, according to Nasir Jamal’s reportage (Dawn, May 2), said terrorism would continue to haunt Pakistan as long as “factors and causes” responsible for it continued. What was mind-boggling, however, was the principle some ulema propounded to establish a link between terrorism and government policies.

Briefly, the ulema at the Lahore moot said that the government’s foreign policy was pro-America, and this obedience to commands from Washington in their opinion was the reason behind the militants’ war against the government. That this war against the government and the army translates itself into a war on the state of Pakistan itself was an issue into which the ulema chose not go.

If one were to accept resort to terrorism as a justifiable means for registering dissent against government policies, then every country in this world must be ravaged by terrorism, because there is no government on the surface of the earth whose policies do not have critics. Let us, for instance, see the situation in two of Pakistan’s neighbours — Iran and India — where government policies have diehard foes.

The nuclear deal between America and India was first agreed upon in principle when Manmohan Singh met George Bush in July 2005. It took more than three years for the treaty to go through the various phases of America’s complex constitutional process and approval from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the nuclear suppliers’ group.

The treaty evoked opposition from key members of the Senate and House foreign relations committees, but to my knowledge no senators or congressmen or lobby groups resorted to terrorism or to threats of terrorism to express disapproval of this aspect of the Bush government’s foreign policy.

In India the treaty aroused intense opposition, not only from the traditionally anti-American parties of the Left but also from the extreme rightwing Hindu parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party. The press was equally divided, and influential sections of the print and electronic media came out with highly technical opinions from nuclear scientists who argued that the treaty undermined India’s nuclear programme.

The opposition finally called for the Manmohan government to obtain a vote of confidence, and it goes without saying that the vote saw a phenomenon we in Pakistan are quite familiar with — MPs were bought and convicts brought from prison to cast their votes. All along the intensely emotional debate, no party or group started killing India’s own citizens and blowing up markets and schools and temples and mosques because they thought the Manmohan government had sold India to Washington or to its corporate sector.

To our west, we have a theocracy in Iran, almost as obscurantist and ruthless as Ziaul Haq’s tyranny. The clerics have imposed an ideological dictatorship on Iran, the Internet is censored, foreign channels are banned or shown selectively, there is no opposition press and even government newspapers are often banned when they deviate from the official line.

The economy is in a mess, and crude-producing Iran imports half its oil because of lack of refining capacity. The parliamentary opposition does manage to put its views across, but the real opposition has gone underground. But no opposition group has started killing Iran’s men, women and children and blowing up shopping plazas in Tehran and bombing schools in Isfahan or mosques in Mashhad because President Ahmadinejad is pursuing wrong policies.

It is, however, in Pakistan that some sections of the ulema think that killing our own people is a justified way of expressing dissent against the government’s policies.

Mind you, the government’s perceived pro-American policies do not have opponents merely in the religious right. Even liberal sections of opinion — the recently formed Workers Party Pakistan, for instance — are sharply critical of a continuation of Pervez Musharraf’s war on terror by the PPP-led government. But none of these political parties and elements has justified blasts in Moon market or the blowing up of mosques or a girls’ university to register their protest against the government’s foreign policy.

The religious touch to the ulema’s anti-Americanism is laughable. Just the other day, they were head over heels in love with America, and any opposition to the CIA’s overt and covert operations in Afghanistan was considered heresy because there existed an “indissoluble unity” among the People of the Books.

The ulema know the hurmat Islam attaches to human life. In case some of them have forgotten, the blast in the Rawalpindi Askari mosque on Dec 4 last killed, among others, 16 children.

P.S: For some mysterious reason, ideologically motivated governments, movements and individuals, whether religious or secular — Nazi, Zionist, Taliban — are singularly devoid of the milk of human kindness. The attitude of a large number of Pakistani clerics today reminds us of the Christian church’s cold-bloodedness in burning purported heretics at the stake in medieval Europe.

Courtesy : DawnNews.

The Rule of Islam in Pakistan. The Greatness of Sharia to cut off hands. Talibani punishment of theft. Allah ho Akbar ! Allah ho Akbar !!

May 5, 2010

A Taliban court ordered the cutting off of the hands of the men after having found them guilty of theft, a police official said. -File Photo

Taliban cut off hands of three tribesmen

Wed, 05 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 20, 1431

PESHAWAR: Taliban militants Wednesday cut off the hands of three alleged thieves in a troubled Pakistani tribal region, police and hospital officials said.

The incident took place in the remote Ghaljo village of Orakzai, which is controlled by the Taliban. “A Taliban court ordered the cutting off of the right hands of three local tribesmen in Orakzai tribal region after finding them guilty of theft,” a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He said that the three men were later taken to the northwestern town of Kohat for medical treatment.

Hospital official Musa Khan confirmed the incident and said that doctors were trying to save the three men’s lives.

Orakzai is the latest district in northwest Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal area to have witnessed an anti-Taliban operation by the military, following US pressure to eradicate extremism.

Washington calls Pakistan’s tribal belt the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda and the most dangerous region in the world. Militants in the area are believed to be fuelling the nearly nine-year insurgency in Afghanistan. -AFP

Courtsey : DawnNews and Agencies.

Another Two signs of Islamic Peace in Pakistan. Muslims fighting each others. Women & Children in dead bodies.

February 18, 2010

An official suggested the bombing could be a revival of a feud between Lashkar-i-Islam and Ansarul Islam. — File photo

Over 25 killed in Khyber bomb blast

Thursday, 18 Feb, 2010||Rabi-ul-Awwal 3, 1431

PESHAWAR: A bomb attack near a mosque and a militant base in northwest Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region killed over 25 people on Thursday in what security officials said could be a feud between rival militant factions.

The blast struck in the district that straddles the Nato supply line into Afghanistan and is a hotbed of both Taliban fighters and other smaller home-grown militant groups.

An insurgent commander was among those killed outside the mosque in the Dars village of Upper Tirah valley. The attack also hit near a base of Lashkar-i-Islam, a militant outfit with some ideological ties to the Taliban.

Rahat Khan, a local administrative official, confirmed to AFP that a militant commander was among the dead, but there was no immediate information on whether the bomb was planted or caused by a suicide attacker.

Lashkar-i-Islam — which means Army of Islam — have staged bombings in the past and are the target of a Pakistani military operation to oust them from Khyber, but intelligence officials blamed warring extremist factions.

“There are two militant groups fighting with each other in Tirah valley. Both of them are attacking each other. There is a possibility that the rival group attacked the Lashkar-i-Islam base,” an intelligence official said.

“There is no communication system in the area. This is an inaccessible area for us,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Another official suggested the bombing could be a revival of a feud between Lashkar-i-Islam and rivals Ansarul Islam, which means Companions of Islam.

On January 8, a suicide bomber targeting Ansarul Islam killed five militants and wounded 12 others in Tirah Valley, about 120 kilometres southwest of Peshawar.

Lashkar-i-Islam is the most active militant group in Khyber and is led by feared warlord Mangal Bagh. It has loose ideological ties to the Taliban, but operates independently.

Khyber is part of Pakistan’s tribal belt on the Afghan border where Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants have carved out strongholds. — DawnNews/AFP

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Bomb blast kills at least 11 in Orakzai

Pakistan has suffered numerous bombings over the last few months. — File photo

Thursday, 18 Feb, 2010||Rabi-ul-Awwal 3, 1431

PESHAWAR: A bomb blast killed at least 11 people and wounded another 50 Wednesday in Pakistan’s Orakzai tribal region where many Taliban militants are believed to have gathered after fleeing an army offensive, officials said.

The explosion occurred at a cattle market in the tribal region.

Local government official Liaquat Khan said at least 50 people also were wounded in the Darmela area of Orakzai. Officials were still investigating whether the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber or a planted device.

Pakistan has suffered numerous bombings over the last few months, many of them apparently in retaliation for the army operation in the South Waziristan tribal region.

Though militants tend to target security forces, many of the recent attacks have been at civilian-heavy sites, including markets catering to women and children.

Courtesy : DawnNews/AFP/AP/ Others.

Video of Taliban flogging men and boy found in Pakistan

February 8, 2010

Pakistan: New Video of Taliban Supremacist Whipping Boy, Man in Street

ISLAMABAD, Feb 5: Taliban flog two men and a teenage boy in a video that has emerged from the Orakzai Agency, showing the hold of militants in the area despite army offensives and intensified US missile strikes.

The video was shot on a mobile phone on Feb 3 and passed to a local journalist.

A tribal elder who provided the clip said it was taken in Mamozai area and requested anonymity out of fear for his life.

Using a piece of rope or leather, a militant repeatedly strikes a man who wears trousers but no shirt, and who looks to be covered in dirt or soot.

The man at times has to be restrained. He falls to the ground repeatedly, but is hauled back up during the beating.

The tribal elder said the man was being punished for allegedly “working against the Taliban” by speaking out against them.

More reports of the supremacist hate and violence from the Taliban in Pakistan reported from Associated Press today.

AP reports: “The tribal elder who provided the footage said the man was being punished for allegedly “working against the Taliban” by speaking out against the militants. The second victim appears to be a teenage boy, who the tribal elder said was being blamed for not growing a beard. The third victim was said to be punished for not praying.”
– “A crowd of men and boys watched the beatings, mostly in silence.”

Pakistan: Clip from Video of Islamic Supremacist Taliban Beating Child (Photo: MSNBC)
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AP also reports: “The video was shot on a mobile phone on Feb. 3 and passed to a local journalist who occasionally provides video to Associated Press Television News. The man who provided the clip said it was taken in the Mamozai area of the Orakzai tribal region, though there was no way of verifying that because travel there is dangerous for outsiders. The tribal elder requested anonymity out of fear for his life.”
– “The Taliban are known to beat people in areas they control if they are suspected of criminal acts, spying or violating the militants’ ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law. People accused of serious crimes are often reportedly killed.”

The second victim appears to be a teenage boy who the elder said was being blamed for not growing a beard. The third victim was said to be punished for not praying.A crowd of men and boys watched the beatings, mostly in silence.

As the audience rise to leave, a man announces that an “old man with white beard” is to be detained for five days and “if he improves” during his detention the militants would take another look at his case. His crime was not announced.

The tribal elder identified the militant doing the beating as Mullah Toofan, believed to be a local Taliban commander.—AP

Children, Women, Aged killed in twin blast in Karachi. Shia mourners under attack of Sunni militants. Hospital under Attack, 25 killed 100 injured.

February 6, 2010

Pakistani volunteers search a damaged bus after a motorcycle bomb attack in Karachi on February 5, 2010. – AFP

Ashura carnage revisits Karachi :: Karachi bleeds after twin bomb blasts

by  M Rahaman||Saturday, 06 Feb, 2010||Safar 21, 1431

KARACHI –  A tragic twin blasts powerfully wreaked Karachi on Friday, targeting a bus first and then a hospital where casualties were rushed for treatment, killing 25 people, including women and children, and injuring scores of others in the second assault on Shia mourners in this mega City in weeks. It is a very clear fact the Sunni militants attacked the Shiite mourners to quench their thirst for Islamic blood. The Islamic militants are not satisfied with the Kaffir blood any more.

On Friday – the very pious prayer day for both the Shia and Sunni Muslims, an explosion in Karachi targeted Shia mourners on their way to a Chehlum procession. A second blast hit the main public hospital where causalities from the first blast were being taken. According to agencies, the latest death toll is 25, while nearly 100 people were wounded in the twin blasts. These attacks come just a month after a blast killed more than 30 people during an Ashura procession in the city on December 28,2009.

There were conflicting reports about the nature of the blasts as bomb disposal squad officials claiming these were suicide attacks while Interior Minister Rehman Malik said it did not appear so. He said investigation was under way to establish the nature of the blasts, reported a private TV channel.
The first blast occurred on Nursery Bridge near FTC building at 3 pm where a bomber, as per the bomb disposal squad officials, rammed his motorcycle into a bus carrying 40 mourners who were going to join Chehlum procession on MA Jinnah Road.

As a result, 13 people including women and children were killed and dozens injured. Parts of the destroyed motorcycle were found near the partially damaged bus. The blast was so intense that windowpanes of nearby buildings were broken.  Phase …….. (1) of current Islamic Peace process.
The victims of the bus blast were taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where the second blast occurred at 4:55 pm in the parking area of the hospital emergency, killing 12 people. Phase …….. (2) of current Islamic Peace process.

Police high-ups remained tight-lipped and they have not officially spoken a word about the nature of the blasts. Sources in the bomb disposal squad said that a man riding a motorbike was wearing a suicide jacket that contained 15kg to 20kg explosives.
About the preliminary investigation, SP Mazhar Mashwani of Crime Investigation Department (CID), when contacted, said that the engine and chassis numbers of the motorcycles used in the blasts were tempered with while parts of the motorcycles have been taken from the crime scenes for the chemical examination. BDS official Munir Sheikh said that the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers on motorcycles. Body parts of the alleged bombers were found from the spots, he said and added that 15kg to 20 kg explosives were used in the first blast while around 10kg explosives were used in the second blast.

There was utter chaos at the scene of explosion on the Mohtarma Laig Begum Road which leads to the Justice Nizam Flyover just off Shahrae Faisal. The blast occurred at around 3:00 pm when an explosives-laden motorcycle reportedly hit a passenger bus carrying participants of the Anjumane Azaraan (Shia participants marking the Chehlum of Imam Hussain, a significant religious occasion). As police and Rangers took up positions to secure the area in the aftermath, a large number of Shia mourners reached the spot from M.A. Jinnah road where the main procession was taking place and started raising slogans against the authorities. The mourners, however, remained peaceful and there were no reports of rioting or looting.

Although eyewitnesses were unanimous in their view that explosives were mounted on a motorcycle which struck the bus as it passed by, some said they saw a bike rider chasing the bus which exploded on striking it. It was evident that the bus bore the brunt of the first attack and most casualties were the passengers sitting inside. However, the bus did not go up in flames. The steel structure was bent from many places outside and the glass windows were shattered. All that was left inside were bloodied slippers, shirt pieces and symbols of the Shia religious procession like small knives, the panja (hand palm sign) and cloth inscribed with verses.

About 100 meters away from the bus, a shop was partially damaged. It was there that Abbas was sitting by the roadside crying hysterically. “I was in the second bus coming right behind the one which was hit by the blast. My elder brother was on that bus…I think he’s dead,” he said.

The dead and injured were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), which is only a few minutes away from the site of the first blast. Head of Emergency Unit, Dr. Seemi Jamali, confirmed that 12 people arrived dead, while over 50 persons were being treated for injuries.

At the hospital, in a repeat of the Ashura tragedy, enraged mourners marched into the emergency room chanting ‘Labaik Ya Hussain’ (I am here, Imam Hussain). They surrounded the dead bodies and beat their chests angrily.

A doctor on duty at the resuscitation unit informed that most of the injured had suffered bomb pellet wounds on the head, chest and limbs. There were no gunshot wounds.

Many of the injured were not in a position to talk. Most had just a name tag slip pasted on their sheets as doctors pierced drips into their arms and people thronged their beds hoping they were not their dear ones.

Middle-aged Zahoor was one such victim who was calling out in pain the names of his family members. Blood was still dripping out of Qaiser Abbas’s head and fingers. “I was in the bus,” was all he could utter when asked about the incident. Kazim, a young child of about six years, was crying for his mother. His face was bruised by shrapnel.

Thirty-year-old Ali Abbas was inconsolable. “I can’t find two of my brothers, Ahmed Abbas (23) and Nayyar Abbas (20). Both of them were on the bus.” Only a few minutes later, he was told that Ahmed was dead.

Asghar Ali, a man in his late twenties, was devastated. He was screaming in tears in a corner of the room where the dead bodies were kept. “My whole family has died today,” he said. “My paternal uncle, nephew and cousin are all among the dead,” he said, adding that their names were Anjum, Ali Raza and Qadir.

As tempers flared inside the unit, some doctors were scolded by the enraged people for not treating their injured quickly or adequately. “The people inside should understand that they are hampering our rescue efforts by barging in like this,” said one visibly harassed female doctor.

The philanthropist, Abdus Sattar Edhi, also reached JPMC to oversee the rescue efforts of his team of paramedics and ambulance drivers. He too tried to pacify the mourners, but in vain. “Why don’t our people understand that by coming in an emergency room like this, it becomes all the more difficult for doctors to save the lives of their loved ones. It is also not safe,” Edhi said.

Minutes later the second blast took place outside the main entrance of the emergency room. Paramedics were shifting the injured inside the hospital when the explosion took place just across the gate near an Edhi booth and ladies toilet. Ambulances and some motorcycles were places outside at the time of the incident. At least five people died on the spot, while at least a dozen others, including paramedics suffered injuries.

Mehmood, a paramedic for the CHIPPA service, had an emotional breakdown after the second blast. “My friend (and paramedic) had just crossed over to the ambulance parked on the other side when the blast took place. I wish it was me and not him. Why did they target us? We were just helping out others,” he cried.

Shahnawaz, a paramedic, said he carried the dead body of a teen-aged boy from the second blast site towards Civil Hospital (CH).

Paramedics lamented the fact that the route to the CH was blocked by the police for security reasons for the Chehlum procession and they were not let in despite the second blast that took place at Jinnah. “The police should have opened up at least one route so that the ambulances could reach Civil in the shortest time possible. But they didn’t listen to us. We instead had to go all the way up to Tower and go through narrow streets to reach the hospital. I think some of the injured from the second would have succumbed to their injuries because of this reason alone.

Three dead bodies were brought to the CH till the filing of this report. Security was significantly beefed up at the hospital this time around and no one, including media persons were allowed inside the emergency unit. A bomb found in Jinnah Hospital defused later.

Dr Shafiq-ur-Rahman informed on the phone that he was treating three critically injured patients in his operation theatre. He said most of the victims had wounds on their chest and that his team was trying their best to save them.

The Muslims cannot settle their dispute among the Shia and Sunni, but they claim the International brotherhood between the humanity. All these are bogus claims so far, as the Islamist of Pakistan and other places show their ugly nature of  brutality to kill the opposition so cruelly that made the Doctrine of Islam as enshrined in Koran is nothing but  a “SATANIC VERSES” again and again. These are the present stories of Karachi, Pakistan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Yemen and other parts of the world infected with acute Islamities.

Three-day mourning: A spokesman for the Sindh education minister announced that schools and colleges in the province would remain open on Saturday. Separately, the president and the prime minister also condemned the blast as the ANP and the MQM announced three days of mourning.

Shia strike: According to a private TV channel, the Jaafria Alliance would go on complete strike in Karachi today (Saturday) to protest against the blasts. The alliance has also given the government a 48-hour deadline to take action against those responsible.

In addition, the media reported that transporters and businessmen in Karachi would suspend their activities today in protest at the attacks. The US embassy in Islamabad also condemned the terrorist attacks.

Courtesy : Dawn, The International News, Daily Times, APP, Reuters, AFP & Others.

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.