Extremist Deobandis of the Sipah-e-Sahaba have once again attacked the Data Di Nagri (Data’s city), Lahore. This time their target was the sacred shrine of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hajveri, a Persian Sufi and scholar during the 11th century who significantly contributed to the spreading of Islam in South Asia.
According to puritanical beliefs of extremist Deobandis and Wahhabis of the Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban, ordinary Sunni Muslims of the Barelvi belief are considered as polytheists (mushrik) because of their devotion to a peace loving Sufi (mystic) tradition of Islam. Therefore, narrow minded supporters of the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba consider Barelvi / Sufi Muslims as grave worshippers and inferior Muslims.
In the past, the Taliban / Sipah-e-Sahaba alliance have attacked a number of shrines in various parts of Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.
In March 2009, the Taliban / Sipah-e-Sahaba militants detonated the shrine of Rehman Baba, a 17th Century Sufi poet of the Pashtun language.
In March 2010, terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked Eid Milad-un-Nabi processions in Faisalabad and D.I. Khan killing at least seven people.
Only last week, in June 2010, the Deobandi terrorists of the Taliban / Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked and blew up the shrine of Mian Umar Baba in the jurisdiction of Chamkani police station.
Here is a news report on the recent attack on Lahore’s Data Darbar, by Samaa TV:
At least 37 people have been killed while dozens of others injured in three explosions near Data Darbar late Thursday night, SAMAA reported. Rescue teams have reached the scene, initiating the rescue work. The explosions have been occurred just outside the walls of Data Darbar, which have damaged the walls of the shrine. Meanwhile, the security of Bibi Pak Daman has been tightened. A large number of visitors were present at Data Darbar due to Thursday. Public have started chanting anti-government slogans for poor security arrangements.
While talking to SAMAA, DCO Lahore Sajjad Bhutta termed the attacks as ‘suicidal’. Head of a suicide bomber has been recovered near the site of the blasts. SAMAA