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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.

This is why Swiss ban on Mosque Minarets. World doesn’t want to have Friday blasts and genocides under any Minaret. Friday Blast in Rawalpindi Mosque.

December 4, 2009

At least 35 dead as militants strike Rawalpindi under Mosque Minaret. Again Islam ghastly took lives of  Muslims in prayer on Friday. Oh! what a religion of Allah and his Prophet (Peace be upon Him) !!!!!!! And come to destroy all our Peace !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Traffic police remove a vehicle (L) as soldiers take up position outside a besieged mosque in Rawalpindi on December 4, 2009. — AFP

RAWALPINDI,Friday, 04 Dec, 2009 : At least 35 people were killed Friday when suicide bombers stormed a packed mosque in Rawalpindi, firing on worshippers and detonating explosives, officials said.

The brazen raid by at least three attackers came as people gathered for Friday prayers in the city adjoining the capital Islamabad. Rawalpindi is also home to the military headquarters and is a frequent target of Taliban attacks.

Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told AFP that between three and five gunmen launched a strike on the mosque frequented by military officers.

The area was cordoned off as soldiers searched for more attackers.

‘ They exploded bombs inside the mosque,’ he told News Agencies. ‘They opened fire on the worshippers. Thirty-five people were killed and 50 were injured. There is no hostage situation. Two terrorists have been killed.’

Witnesses reported at least five blasts, while Interior Minister Rehman Malik told a private television channel that the bombers disguised themselves as worshippers before launching their attack.


‘There were two suicide bombers and the roof of the mosque collapsed…they are taking revenge for the Pakistan army’s successful operations in Swat and Waziristan regions,’ Malik said.

Pakistan is in the grip of a fierce insurgency, with more than 2,570 people killed in attacks in the last two-and-a-half years.

Suicide bombs and attacks have intensified this year as the military pursues offensives against Taliban strongholds across the lawless northwest.

An AFP reporter at the scene said that security forces had set up a secure perimeter around the site, with helicopters circling overhead and security forces preparing to enter the area to flush out any remaining militants.

Abdul Waheed, an official at a nearby traffic police office, said their building was shaken by a huge blast at around noon.

‘We rushed out and saw that the blast was inside the mosque. A few moments later five more blasts were heard,’ Waheed told AFP.

‘According to our estimate, some people had attacked the mosque and a few of them were hiding in a different area of Parade Lane,’ Waheed said, referring to the area where the mosque is located.

Another eye witness, Ishtiaq, told a private television station that he was inside the mosque when he heard several blasts.

‘There were about 200 or 300 worshippers in the hall. Army officials mostly offer their Friday prayers in this mosque,’ he said.

In October, militants stormed the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, sparking a day-long siege which left 22 people dead.

A suspected Taliban suicide attack on a mosque near Pakistan’s army headquarters killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens of others today.

It was the latest in a wave by Islamist insurgents that has left more than 400 dead in Pakistan since October, and a bloody reminder of the resilience of militant networks despite army offensives in the regions bordering Afghanistan.

At least four attackers took part in the assault inside a heavily fortified area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi just a few miles from the capital Islamabad.

Two of the militants entered the mosque, which had up to 200 worshippers inside, while others ran into buildings nearby. Security forces exchanged fire with the assailants for an hour before they blew themselves up.

Nasir Ali Sheikh saw the attackers as he walked to the mosque to pray. He said they were dressed in traditional Pakistani clothing of loose pants and a long tunic and carried hand grenades, automatic weapons and ammunition belts slung around their shoulders.

“They were killing people like animals,” he said. “I couldn’t understand what was happening.”

The mosque’s walls and prayer mats were covered in blood and shattered glass littered the floor.

The attack was the third in Rawalpindi in the last two months. In the most high-profile incident, a team attacked the army headquarters on October 10 and held dozens hostage in a 22-hour stand-off that left nine militants and 14 other people dead.

Today’s attack began when several gunmen staged an explosion to break through a checkpoint close to the mosque.

Two of them were able to enter the mosque and sprayed the congregation with gunfire and grenades.

Violence in Pakistan has escalated since the army launched an offensive in mid-October against Taliban in the north-western tribal area of South Waziristan near the Afghan border.

Soldiers have pushed deep into what was a militant stronghold, but many insurgents appear to have fled.

16 children among 40 martyred in Pindi mosque attack

RAWALPINDI: At least 40 people have been martyred, including 16 children, and over 80 others injured in a terrorist attack at Parade Lane mosque in Rawalpindi.

DG ISPR has put the death toll to 35 including six officers, three policemen and 16 children. While four terrorists were also killed in the retaliatory attacks.

The fire and hand grenade attack in Rawalpindi mosque left 40 people martyred and 83 others injured, RPO Rawalpindi Aslam Tarin confirmed.

According to police sources, terrorists riding on a silver-colored car entered Parade Line area at 1pm on Friday. They entered the colony by using a ladder with the boundary wall. As soon as the Friday prayers began, they barged into the mosque and hurled hand grenades at the people followed by indiscriminate firing. Immediately after this, they blew themselves up with explosives, killing 40 people, including 16 children, and injuring 8others.

The injured were rushed to Military Hospital, CMH Hospital and GHQ Hospital.

Security forces, after receiving reports about the attack, cordoned off the area and killed the four attackers. During this, military helicopters hovered over the area.

Security forces also seized a car from the site of attack, which is suspected to have been used by the terrorists.

A portion of the mosque caved in as a result of the attack.

A former vice army chief General (retd.) Muhammad Yousuf is also among the dead. He sustained injuries in his arm. While a serving Major General was among the martyrs.

Courtesy : Dawn. AFP. AP, The International News,  Aworldnews.

Pak terrorists are not changed, even in detention.

November 26, 2009

Jailed militant’s hoax calls drove India, Pakistan to brink of war

By Azaz Syed
Thursday, 26 Nov, 2009|| http://www.dawn.com

ISLAMABAD: Omar Saeed Sheikh, a detained Pakistani militant, had made hoax calls to President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, in a bid to heighten Pakistan-India tensions after last year’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai, investigators have told Dawn.

‘Omar Saeed Sheikh was the hoax caller. It was he who threatened the civilian and military leaderships of Pakistan over telephone. And he did so from inside Hyderabad jail,’ investigators said.

The controversy came to light after Dawn broke the story, exactly one year ago, that a hoax caller claiming to be then Indian foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee was making threatening calls to President Zardari.

Omar Saeed Sheikh, a detained Pakistani militant, had made hoax calls to President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, in a bid to heighten Pak-India tensions after last year’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai.

It was on the night of Nov 26 last year that Saadia Omar, Omar Sheikh’s wife, informed him about the carnage in Mumbai. The sources said that the information was passed on to Omar in Hyderabad jail through his mobile phone, which he was secretly using without the knowledge of the administration.

All but one of the attackers who India alleged were Lashkar-i-Taiba terrorists were shot dead by security personnel.

Saadia kept updating Omar about the massacre through the night and small hours of the morning. On the night of Nov 28, when the authorities had regained control over the better part of the city, Omar Saeed, using a UK-registered mobile SIM, made a phone call to Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

He told an operator handling Mr Mukherjee’s calls that he was the President of Pakistan.
Indian officials started verification as part of security precautions and, after some time, the operator informed Omar Saeed (who was posing to be Pakistan’s president) that the foreign minister would get in touch with him soon. Omar now made a call to President Asif Ali Zardari and then the Chief of Army Staff.

He also made an attempt to talk to the US secretary of state, but security checks barred his way.

The presidency swung into action soon after Mr Zardari’s conversation with the adventurous militant.

President Zardari first spoke to Prime Minister Gilani and informed him about the happenings. He also took Interior Minister Rehman Malik into the loop.

In Rawalpindi, Gen Kayani immediately spoke to the chief of the Inter Services Intelligence, Lt- Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

According to sources, not only President Asif Zardari was taken in by Omar’s audacity but the COAS was also baffled by his cheekiness.

Gen Kayani, sharing his thoughts with close associates, said he had been bewildered by the caller’s threatening tone.

But Maj Gen Athar Abbas, the military spokesman, finds the report unbelievable. ‘I am not his (Army chief’s) operator. I don’t know who puts calls through to him, but I think this can’t be true,’ said an incredulous Athar Abbas.

Interestingly, when Omar Saeed Sheikh was making these hoax calls, the Lashkar-i-Taiba (LET) chief was also in Karachi, but it is not known whether Omar Saeed was acting under the guidance of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi or on his own.

INVESTIGATIONS: On the other hand, investigators got into the act without wasting time, coming up with their findings within hours.

Their conclusion was that the phone call which came from the Indian external affairs ministry was actually their (Indians’) check.

They said the calls to President Zardari and the army chief were made from a Britain-registered SIM.

Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf, in his autobiography, had alleged that Omar Saeed was an agent of MI6, the British intelligence agency.

The very next morning, Nov 29, Hyderabad jail was raided by intelligence agencies and over a dozen SIMs were recovered along with two mobile sets. Majid Siddiqui, the jail superintendent, was suspended.

‘I don’t know much but it is true that some mobile SIMs and mobile sets were recovered from Omar Saeed Sheikh when he was in Hyderabad jail.

I got him transferred to Karachi jail because that is a far better place for such high-profile terrorists,’ Allauddin Abbasi, DIG Prisons, Hyderabad, told Dawn over phone.

The authorities had a word with Saadia Omar too. She was advised to ‘control’ herself. The matter was then placed in the files of secret agencies marked as ‘secret’.

The Federal Investigation Agency never interrogated Omar Saeed about the Mumbai attacks. Dawn’s efforts for getting the viewpoint of Tariq Khosa , the FIA chief, drew a blank.

HIGH PROFILE: Omar, currently confined in a high security cell of Karachi Jail, has a long record of militancy, from kidnapping foreigners in Mumbai in 1994 to kidnapping Daniel Pearl in Jan 2002.

Omar Saeed Sheikh was freed by India in Dec 1999 as part of a deal that saw New Delhi agreeing to release a number of militant leaders in exchange for the freedom of hostages on board an India plane hijacked to Kabul.

Soon after his release from Indian captivity, Omar Saeed developed close relations with the LET leadership, including Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi.

He was invited to a training camp in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, where he spent a couple of days delivering lectures to recruits.

Sources said Lakhwi wanted Omar to join LET and give the organisation an international face.

In Feb 2002, Omar was arrested for the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl.

Peace Mission of Pak Talibans. 49 killed in bomb blast in Peshawar.

October 9, 2009

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At least 49 killed in Peshawar suicide car blast. The Friday is most preferable day to fry human bodies as per Talibani Islam.

PESHAWAR,Friday, 09 Oct, 2009: At least 49 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a massive suicide bomb blast in a crowded area of the northwestern Pakistan City of Peshawar as government vowed to launch ground offensive against Taliban militants in South Waziristan—the hub of militancy in Pakistan. ( Watch Video )

The Friday’s bombing at Peshawar’s Khyber Bazaar was the latest in a series of recent bombings across north-western Pakistan. According to officials a suicide bomber travelling in a vehicle full of explosives had carried out the attack.p1

The bomber used about 50 kilograms (110 lbs) of explosives in the attack laced with bearings and shells to cause maximum damage in a crowded civilian location, senior police officer Shafqat Malik said.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up as the car was next to a passenger bus passing through the market,” Shafqat Malik added.

All of the victims were civilians and a number of them were women and children.

The attack was the deadliest one in Pakistan since last March when a suicide bomber destroyed a crowded mosque in Jamrud area of the Khyber tribal agency.

p3Doctors at the nearby Lady Reading hospital, where the wounded victims were shifted, have warned that the death toll could rise as many of the injured were in a critical condition.

“My happiness suddenly turned into grief”, said an injured Zarin Bibi in the Lady Reading hospital who lost her husband, two sons and a daughter in the blast. Zarin Bibi was going for a wedding ceremony along with her family. Witnesses also described how bystanders desperately tried to free survivors trapped in vehicles overturned by the force of the explosion.

The government blamed Waziristan-based Taliban insurgents for the attack. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the nation has no option but to attack militant strongholds in South Waziristan.p5

“All roads are leading to South Waziristan. We will have to proceed. We have no other option but to carry out an operation in South Waziristan”, Rehman Malik told media.

Malik also said a suspect had been arrested in Monday’s suicide attack at the office of the UN’s World Food Program in Islamabad. He said the man was alleged to have given the attacker shelter.

“The attackers are the enemies of humanity. We will not rest until these enemies of humanity are completely eliminated,” said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the NWFP information minister.

Hours earlier, suspected gunmen in Peshawar had attacked vehicles being used to take supplies to Nato forces in Afghanistan, setting them on fire and destroying them.

p4Peshawar has been a frequent target of militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, who are waging a violent insurgency against the Pakistani state. Taliban militants vowed to avenge the killing of Baitullah Mehsud.

On September 26 a car bomb killed six people on a road leading to the main army cantonment in Peshawar.

Over the past two years, more than 2,500 people have been killed in suicide bomb blasts across the country. Last April, Pakistani troops launched a military assault designed to dislodge Pakistani Taliban from the northwestern Swat valley which forced around to million people to flee the region.

There has been an increase in US drone attacks on Pakistan’s tribal belt recently, as the United States tries to stem the flow of militants waging an insurgency against about 100,000 foreign troops stationed across the border.peshawarblast2_reut608

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Monday on a UN compound in Islamabad that killed five aid workers and closed UN offices nationwide in the worst attack in the capital in months.

Courtsey : Indian Express, Dwan, AFP, AP, Reuters & You Tube.

First Big Offerings of Talibans dedicated to Martyr Baitullah :: Pre-Iftar suicide blast kills 22 border guards in Ramadan

August 28, 2009

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Attack Kills at least 18 Pakistani Triabal Gaurd Officers

Suicide Bomber Struck at Main Crossing Point Into Afghanistan in Iftar preparation

8-27-2009_48335_l ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 27 — A suicide bombing at the main border crossing for NATO convoys traveling between Pakistan and Afghanistan killed at least 18 Pakistani Tribal security officers (Khasadar employees) Thursday, according to witnesses and officials.

The bomber detonated his explosives amid the government offices and barracks of the Torkham checkpoint in northern Pakistan as guards were preparing to break their daily fast (Iftar ) for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with an evening meal. Dozens of officers were injured, officials said. 

The suicide bombing came just two days after the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan announced a new successor to Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone missile attack early this month.

 The top political official in the area, Tariq Hayat, said the bomber was a young boy who had walked among the tribal police carrying water while they were preparing the meal. Hayat said he suspected that the Taliban had carried out the attack in retaliation for Pakistani military operations against the militant group in recent months.

Pakistani Taliban fighters are trying to regroup after the apparent death of their leader, Baitullah Mehsud, who officials and Taliban members said was killed this month in a U.S. missile strike in the South Waziristan tribal region where he operated.

Pakistani intelligence officials reported a similar strike Thursday afternoon in the same border district. Officials said three missiles were fired at a Taliban member’s house, killing about eight people.

“Local Taliban volunteers were seen engaged in relief activities, pulling out bodies and the injured from the debris,” said a tribesman from the area who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was afraid. “The house was completely destroyed in the drone attack.”

The Torkham checkpoint is on a busy road through the Khyber Pass and is frequently used by U.S. military and NATO supply convoys traveling between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Previous attacks have targeted the convoys, but officials did not say whether any of the vehicles were hit in the bombing Thursday.terrorism-in-trible-area

A political appointee in the Khyber district administration said by telephone that the bombing killed 18 tribal policemen and injured more than 10. A doctor at a nearby hospital put the death toll at 21.

Saeed Khan Afridi, who lives near the checkpoint, said the attack leveled a single-story building that tribal security forces were using for residential purposes.

Partlow reported from Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan. Courtesy : www.washingtonpost.com

Talibans are not human being, they are beasts. They can do anything worst. But what made us once supporters of them ?

May 18, 2009

Taliban shaving off beards to escape: Athar Abbas

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We ask the people of Swat to identify militants and inform security personnel at the nearest checkpost: DG ISPR Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas.—Reuters

By Iftikhar A. Khan
Friday, 15 May, 2009 | 05:16 PM PST |
www.dawn.com

ISLAMABAD: The army has appealed to the people of Swat to help it to identify terrorists who are trying to flee in disguise because they are being encircled.

‘We have confirmed reports that these Taliban terrorists are shaving off their beard, trimming their hair and fleeing the area,’ military spokesman Maj-Gen Athar Abbas told Dawn on Friday.

‘We ask the people of Swat to identify militants and inform security personnel at the nearest checkpost.’

He said the youths forcibly recruited by terrorists had started deserting them because troops were inflicting heavy casualties and the operation was gaining momentum.

He said that security forces were now closing in on Mingora and Matta from three directions. Militants’ bases in Peochar valley have been attacked and efforts are being made to target their leadership.

‘We expect to receive an overwhelming support from the people when the army will start liberating the area and provide them the desired level of comfort and security.’

Maj-Gen Abbas expressed the hope that the people would not only support security forces but also act against terrorists after having suffered immensely at the hands of the militants.

‘This is how we are going to take the operation ahead. Brutalities of the terrorists have now started coming out.’

Referring to ruthlessness of Matta Taliban Commander Ibne Amin, the military spokesman said that militants had beheaded prayer leader Zahid Khan and killed three women for providing water to troops. 

55 MILITANTS KILLED

According to an ISPR press release on the operation, 55 militants and three security personnel were killed and 11 others injured on Thursday and Friday in Swat and adjoining areas.

Militant commander Dawa Noor who was a member of the TNSM shura and was involved in terrorist activities in Sultanwas and Daggar has been arrested.

Before the operation was launched in Buner, Noor was reported to be inciting people against security forces on FM radio and loudspeaker.

He had helped the Taliban to take over Buner. According to the ISPR, 13 militants were killed and one of their vehicles was destroyed when they attacked a security checkpost in Peochar.

Forty-two militants were killed and 15 vehicles destroyed in Kalpanai and Sultanwas. One soldier was killed and three others were injured in the clashes.

Troops have set up checkposts between Matta and Bar Bamkhe. Security forces reached the northwest of Matta after clearing  Giga and Jura areas of militants. Two compounds of the Taliban were destroyed in the village of Adai, south of Ramotai.

Shaving for survival?

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Talibans have no religion. Is Islam is a religion at all ? Why Allah is reluctant to protect Pakistan from these Talibans and to save the men at prayer ?

April 7, 2009

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“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

JANE PERLEZ
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