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Peshawar blast and target killing: welcome to criminal negotiation of Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif

Peshawar BlastA blast killing nine Shias and injuring many as well as the target killing of Haji Sardar Ali in Peshawar today has raised serious questions about the peace initiatives so fervently underway. This serves as a timely reminder that Shia killings are not one of the bargaining chips for either the Government or the Taliban and are set to go on unabated. 

In a yet another suicide attack a powerful bomb blast ripped through Pak Hotel near Imambargah Alamdar in Kucha Risaldar, a Shia dominated neighbourhood of Peshawar. Even if the TTP’s denial of its involvement in the attack is believed it still throws up the pitfalls of suing for partial peace with the terrorists in the country. There is no point in wooing one band of terrorists while others remain free to sow grief, panic, and chaos and trigger religious mayhem. The terrorism in the country can only be stalled through a wholesale approach and not through piecemeal efforts. 

It is time for the Shias of the country to ask the government that while it sues for peace with the TTP, why the TTP’s sectarian franchises remain totally free to inflict death on the country’s hapless Shias. 

Any answers? 

Making a spirited attempt to appraise the social and political conditions Pakistani Shias in the country find themselves enmeshed in today, the extreme threats to the security of lives and property and the attendant constant fear in which Shias and and many others in the country live almost by compulsion, it is easy to conclude that in this enormously endowed country, now struggling to contain its security challenges, sanity has staged a coup. Sanity has staged a coup against Pakistanis and has flown through the window to the winds.

Such madness!


PESHAWAR: Nine people were killed and 50 others injured when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a local hotel frequented mostly by Shias in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday night, said officials.

The incident took place at Pak Hotel near Imambargah Alamdar in Kucha Risaldar, a Shia dominated neighbourhood of Peshawar.

Police officer Rizwan Khan said that the hotel is frequented mostly by Shias who visit Imambargah Alamdar next door. Most of the dead and wounded were Shias, he added.

The blast came as talks between government negotiators and representatives from the Pakistani Taliban designed to end years of fighting in the northwest were delayed.

Confirming the death toll, Superintendent Police (SP) City Muhammad Faisal Mukhtar said it was a suicide attack.


PESHAWAR: A prominent Shia leader was shot dead in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday, officials said, sparking a protest outside a hospital where his body was taken.

The killing comes just weeks after a Shia scholar was gunned down in the same city.

“Haji Sardar Ali was shot dead in the morning in Kissa Khwani bazaar,” senior police official Faisal Mukhtar told AFP.

Ali headed the local branch of the Tehrik Nafaz-i-Fiqah-i-Jafaria, a Shia rights movement proscribed by the government for its alleged involvement in sectarian violence.

Zaheerul Islam, the deputy commissioner of Peshawar, confirmed the incident.

“Haji Sardar Ali owned a general store in (the) bazaar. He was going to his shop when unknown gunmen shot him dead,” he said.



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  • Whilst the arrangement for so called peace talks are being made and all and sundry are pleading with US (as if they will take any notice)to stop the drones, the terrorists are having a field day killing innocent men women and children and than denying any responsibility, inspite of their footprints all over the scene of crime.Now what has that loony imran got to say ?put a microphone infront of him and he will sing and dance in defense of his brothers the talibans-such is the intelligence level of the head of PTI and his supporters.Stop the drones and we carry on killing!Those elected who are responsible for the protection, law and order should, if they had any sense and feeling of shame , resign,. but they have none and will never have any,They are as guilty as the cursed terrorists.

  • Shias , Brailvi sunnis, and other minorities are not point of concern for the state establishment and present political dispensation. These communities will remain under persecution . USA is also playing its role …USA syria policy should be taken into account. In syria , Americans are supporting Al-Qaida for capturing southern Syria. In 1996, Americans persuaded Ahmed shah Masood in Afghanistan to surrender to Taliban onslaught. Ahmed shah Masood’s refusal to surrender to Taliban led to his assassination just 2 days earlier to 9/11 incident.
    Persecution and killings of shias in Pakistan is a part of Global agenda for which Pakistani establishment is training, nurturing and protecting many militant outfits under the umbrella of Taliban…..Syria, bahrain & Pakistan are under same plan.
    The world today is neither bi-polar nor uni polar …..infact it is multipolar. Now the time has come for re-alignment and new alliance formation….this is how the fit will survive…..

    • Kyoon ke Sunni Musalmaan Nahin hote hain un ka Poora Dien hi Mansookh kardiya gaya hai!!!…

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