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Shia genocide: 60 killed, 50 injured in Shikarpur imambargah blast





Karachi (30 January 2015): At least sixty Shia Muslims were killed and 50 others were injured in an explosion in Shikarpur (Sindh) on Friday. As per initial reports, the blast occurred during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque (imambargah) in Lakhi Dar area.

The reports suggest that a suicide bomber entered the mosque during the Friday prayers. In the past, banned Deobandi terrorist outfit (Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan aka ASWJ) has been involved in suicide attacks on Shia, Sunni Sufi and Barelvi Muslims. ASWJ works as a front for the Taliban (TTP), Ahrar, Jundallah and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and provides resources and intelligence to Deoabndi takfiri khawarij.

Only a few weeks ago, Deobandi clerics Ahmed Ludhyanvi and Aurangzeb Farooqi had visited various parts of Sindh province to radicalize Deobandi madrassa students against peaceful Sunni Sufi and Shia Muslims and Hindus. Aurangzeb Farooqi, head of ASWJ, made a hateful, violence inciting speech against Shia Muslims in a Deobandi madrassa in Khaipur, i.e., CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah’s very constituency.



The Shikarpur massacre is the second major attack on a Shia mosque and imambargah in the country since the beginning of 2015; the first being an attack on Rawalpindi’s Imambargah Aun Mohammad Rizvi in the garrison city’s Chatian Hatian area in which 10 Shia Muslims were massacred by Deobandi terrorists.

It is not the first time that Shia Muslims have been target killed by Deobandi ASWJ terrorists in Shikarpur. In November 2014, a Shia scholar Allama Shafqat Abbas Mutahhari was target killed at Indus Highway near Khanpur city of Shikarpur district. Previosuly ASWJ terrorists had made an abortive attempt by sending suicide bombers to hit well-known influential Shia politician Dr Ibrahim Jatoi of Shikarpur district. He survived the attack but his political workers were martyred. Before that, a noted Shia scholar of the district Mr. Maikho was also target killed in the same district. In January 2013, Deobandi ASWJ terrorists had attacked a Sunni Sufi shrine Dargah Ghazi Shah killing 4 Sunni Sufis and Barelvis.

One may ask Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: What is stopping Sindh govt to arrest Aurangzeb Farooqi, head of ASWJ terrorists who killed 13 Shias in Shikarpur today?

One may also ask Pakistan army and its various agencies: While you are busy in hounding MQM, takfiri ASWJ terrorists continue to massacre Shias and Sunni Sufis/Barelvis. Why can’t you arrest or target kill Aurangzeb Farooqi, the mastermind of Shia genocide and Sunni Sufi genocide in Sindh?


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  • کستان کے صوبہ سندھ کے حکام کے مطابق ضلع شکار پور میں دھماکے سے کم از کم 17 افراد ہلاک اور متعدد زخمی ہوگئے ہیں۔
    یہ دھماکہ جمعے کو شکار پور کے علاقے لکھی در کی امام بارگاہ مولا علی میں ہوا ہے۔
    بی بی سی اردو کے نامہ نگار ریاض سہیل کا کہنا ہے کہ جس وقت دھماکہ ہوا تو شہر کے مرکزی علاقے میں واقع امام بارگاہ اور مسجد کی دو منزلہ عمارت میں لوگوں کی بڑی تعداد موجود تھی اور نمازِ جمعہ کا خطبہ جاری تھا۔
    سندھ کی وزیر برائے صحت جام ڈہر نے مقامی ذرائع ابلاغ سے بات کرتے ہوئے اب تک 17 افراد کی ہلاکت اور 40 کے زخمی ہونے کی تصدیق کی ہے۔
    ان کا کہنا تھا کہ شدید زخمیوں کو لاڑکانہ اور سکھر کے ہسپتالوں میں منتقل کیا جا رہا ہے۔

    شکار پور میں ماضی میں بھی فرقہ وارانہ دہشت گردی کے واقعات پیش آتے رہے ہیں اور مئی 2013 میں یہاں شیعہ رہنما کے ایک انتخابی قافلے پر خودکش حملہ ہوا تھا۔
    اس سے قبل جنوری 2013 میں ہی شکارپور شہر سے دس کلومیٹر دور واقع درگاہ غازی شاہ میں بم دھماکے میں گدی نشین سمیت چار افراد ہلاک ہوئے تھے۔
    2010 میں بھی شکار پور میں عاشورۂ محرم کے موقع پر ایک مجلس پر حملے کی کوشش کے دوران مشتبہ بمبار ہلاک ہوا تھا۔


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    کالعدم تکفیری دیوبندی دہشتگرد گروہ کا شکار پور میں مرکزی شیعہ مسجد و امام بارگاہ پر نماز جمعہ کے دوران دہشتگرد حملہ۔ 20 افراد شہید جبکہ سینکڑوں زخمی۔ سندھ کا نالائق، نا اہل، بیغیرت اور بے شرم وزیر اعلی اور بلاول بھٹو زرداری کہاں عیاشی کر رہے ہیں ؟ پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی اعلان کر دے کہ اس نے سندھ ان تکفیری دیوبندی دہشتگردوں کے حوالے کر دیا ہے

  • 11 Nov 2014

    A regional leader of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmen (MWM) and Provincial leader of Tahfuz-e-Azadar-e-Council (TAC), Shia cleric Allama Shafqat Abbas Mutahiri has been shot martyred by pro-ISIS takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba aka Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jammaat at Indus Higway in Khanpur, The Shia Post reports.

    Allama Shafqat Ababs Mutahri was also political candidate of MWM during National Elections 2013.

    Khanpur is the taluka of Shikarpur district, situated about 29 km west of the right bank of the Indus


  • Extremists Make Inroads in Pakistan’s Diverse South
    15, 2014

    MIRPURKHAS, Pakistan — In a country roiled by violent strife, the southern province of Sindh, celebrated as the “land of Sufis,” has long prized its reputation as a Pakistani bastion of tolerance and diversity.

    Glittering Sufi shrines dot the banks of the river Indus as it wends through the province. The faithful sing and dance at exuberant religious festivals. Hindu traders, members of a sizable minority, thrive in the major towns.

    But as Islamist groups have expanded across Pakistan in tandem with the growing strength of the Taliban insurgency, so, too, are they making deep inroads into Sindh. Although banned by the state, such groups are systematically exploiting weaknesses in Pakistan’s education system and legal code as part of a campaign to persecute minorities and spread their radical brand of Sunni Deobandi Islam.

    The growth of the fundamentalist groups, many with links to armed factions, has been alarmingly rapid in Sindh and has brought violence in its wake, according to police officials, politicians and activists. In recent months, Hindu temples have been defaced, Shiite Muslims have been assaulted and Christians have been charged with blasphemy.


    A family praying last week in Karachi at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, a Sufi saint. Credit Max Becherer for The New York Times
    A central factor in the expansion of such groups is a network of religious seminaries, often with funding from opaque sources, that provides them with a toehold in poor communities. “If there were three seminaries in a city before, now there are tens of seminaries in just one neighborhood,” said Asad Chandio, news editor of the Sindhi-language newspaper Awami Awaz.

    In May, a threatening crowd in Mirpurkhas, a small city in central Sindh, surrounded four members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who had set up a stall near the railway station. The mob accused the four of blasphemy because they were selling books that contained images of God and Moses. The crowd’s leader was a member of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, a sectarian group that is ostensibly banned by the government, but that is now openly operating, and growing, across Sindh.

    Fearing crowd violence, police officers led the four to a nearby police station where they were charged with blasphemy — potentially a capital offense. They were taken away in an armored vehicle, and are now in hiding as they await trial.

    Locals said they were struggling to understand how, or why, the incident had taken place. “There are so many communities here, and we have all lived peacefully,” said Francis Khokhar, the lawyer for the four accused.

    The Sunni Deobandi supremacist ideology propagated by Pakistani sectarian groups is similar to the one that is proving so potent in the Middle East, where the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is flourishing. In Pakistan, such groups do not pose a direct threat to the state yet. But their growth in Sindh is a sobering reminder that a future threat to Pakistani stability could stem from the provincial towns as much as the distant tribal belt, where the Pakistani military is trying to disrupt havens for the Taliban and other militants.

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    The provincial government in Sindh, concerned about what one government official called the “mushroom growth” of extremist seminaries, is trying to decide what to do.

    “Our seminaries have become a source of trouble,” Niaz Abbasi, the home secretary of Sindh, said in an interview.

    Despite its open-minded image, Sindhi society has always had a fringe of Islamist extremists, particularly within Karachi, the provincial capital, which has seen an increase in violent attacks in recent years. What has alarmed experts, however, is the spread of fundamentalist groups deep inside the province.

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    Map: Pakistan’s Hot Spots at a Glance
    Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, the group behind the blasphemy charges in Mirpurkhas, sprang from a small town in Punjab Province about 30 years ago, capitalizing on local sectarian and political divides. Once known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, it has grown into Pakistan’s dominant vehicle for Sunni Deobandi sectarianism, trafficking in hatred against Shiites to win popular and political support.

    It has been banned several times — first, in its incarnation as Sipah-e-Sahaba, and in 2012 in its present guise. Still, that did not stop its leader, Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, from running for Parliament last year. This year, an election tribunal disqualified the winner and gave the seat to Mr. Ludhianvi. The case is in litigation now.

    The group also has longstanding ties to the ruthless militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, whose militants have killed hundreds of Shiites in Baluchistan and Karachi in the past two years. Malik Ishaq, the leader of Lashkar, is also a vice president of Ahle Sunnat.

    Now Ahle Sunnat is on a recruitment drive in Sindh. While it was traditionally centered in Karachi and Khairpur district, about 200 miles to the north, it now has signed up 50,000 members across Sindh, about half of them outside Karachi, said a spokesman, Umar Muavia. A key to its success is an expanding network of 4,000 religious seminaries that offer free classes and food to students from impoverished families.

    “We give them a religious education,” said Hammad Muavia, a spokesman for the group in the Khairpur district. “We feed and house them, and provide them a bursary that goes to their families. We even pay for their medical expenses. We take better care of the students than even their own parents.”

    In part, Ahle Sunnat is exploiting the chronic weakness of Pakistan’s education system: Over 3,000 state-run schools in Sindh are not functioning, and those in operation frequently offer a dismal quality of schooling. Less clear are its sources of income. The group says it raises funds from local businessmen and the community, but critics say it is principally funded by Saudi Arabia.

    “Yes, sometimes if there are clerics from Saudi Arabia visiting Pakistan, they contribute to us,” said Mr. Muavia, the Khairpur spokesman. “But there is no relationship with the Saudi government.”

    The link between madrasas and militancy is often debated by experts; some point out that Pakistan’s most famous jihadi commanders have been educated not at madrasas but at state-run schools. What is clear, though, is that the madrasas offer groups like Ahle Sunnat a toehold from which to project themselves into the community and expose more Pakistanis to sermons that sometimes veer explicitly into incitement of violence against Shiites and other minorities.


    Community leaders gathered last week in the Essa Nagri neighborhood, Karachi’s largest Christian community, where a fence was recently built on the border of a mixed Pashtun neighborhood after two members of the Christian community were murdered. Credit Max Becherer for The New York Times
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    The group is also using the contentious blasphemy law to cow its enemies. Mr. Chandio, the newspaper editor, said his newspaper received threats from Ahle Sunnat after he published photos of the group’s activists attacking a police van during a blasphemy case.

    Mr. Muavia, the Ahle Sunnat spokesman in Khairpur, said he had filed several blasphemy cases, but, to his disappointment, the police had rejected them. “The Pakistani government is outraged when blasphemous acts against Prophet Muhammad take place abroad, but does nothing when they happen at home,” he complained.

    Other Sunni groups are also expanding in Sindh. Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a Salafi Wahhabi charity that the United States recently designated as a front for the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, has a network of seminaries and carries out relief work during natural disasters. Its leader, Hafiz Saeed, regularly tours Karachi and other major cities in Sindh, evidently unbothered by a $10 million American bounty for his arrest.

    Also expanding is Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a conservative politician from northwestern Pakistan. The group held two of the largest political rallies in the province in recent years.

    Since March, the police have recorded 12 attacks on Hindu and Sikh temples across the province, said Iqbal Mehmood, who until recently served as the provincial police chief. Separately, Hindu leaders have accused Muslim groups of trying to forcibly convert Hindu girls to Islam.

    Across Pakistan, Shiites have been subjected to “an alarming and unprecedented escalation in sectarian violence,” Human Rights Watch recently noted in a report on attacks on ethnic Hazara Shiites in western Baluchistan Province, which adjoins Sindh.

    Some officials say the groups have flourished in part thanks to the turning of a blind eye by provincial politicians — mostly from the Pakistan Peoples Party that has dominated Sindh’s politics for decades — and the tacit support of the military and its powerful spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence.

    During the 1990s, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi “enjoyed a close relationship” with the military and ISI because it was assisting with the fight in Indian-controlled Kashmir, said the recent Human Rights Watch report. For its part, the military denies that it is supporting militant groups.

    “These groups don’t come up naturally; they are provided backing by the state,” said Mr. Chandio, the newspaper editor. “They can protest anywhere, and close down a city if they want. But when they hold rallies in support of the army and the ISI, they’ve proven who supports them.”

    Saba Imtiaz reported from Mirpurkhas, and Declan Walsh from London.


  • At least to an extent, @BBCUrdu acknowledges the role of Deobandi Pashtuns and other Deobandi takfiris in attacsk on Shias, Sunni Sufis, and Hindus in Sindh.

    کار پور میں ماضی میں بھی فرقہ وارانہ دہشت گردی کے واقعات پیش آتے رہے ہیں اور مئی 2013 میں یہاں ایک شیعہ رہنما کے ایک انتخابی قافلے پر خودکش حملہ ہوا تھا۔
    اس سے قبل جنوری 2013 میں ہی شکارپور شہر سے دس کلومیٹر دور واقع درگاہ غازی شاہ میں بم دھماکے میں گدی نشین سمیت چار افراد ہلاک ہوئے تھے۔
    2010 میں بھی شکار پور میں عاشورۂ محرم کے موقع پر ایک مجلس پر حملے کی کوشش کے دوران مشتبہ بمبار ہلاک ہوا تھا۔
    شکار پور میں مذہبی انتہا پسندی
    جیکب آباد، سکھر اور لاڑکانہ اضلاع کے وسط میں موجود شکارپور ضلعے میں مذہبی انتہا پسندی میں اضافہ ہوا ہے۔ یہاں چار مرتبہ نیٹو ٹینکرز پر بھی حملے کیے گئے، اس کے علاوہ تین سال قبل یہاں تین ہندو نوجوانوں کو قتل کیا گیا تھا۔
    شدت پسندی کے باعث شہر میں اب کہیں میوزیکل پروگرام اور مینا بازار منعقد نہیں ہوتے، بظاہر ایسا لگتا ہے کہ یہاں شدت پسند مذہبی گروہوں کا تسلط قائم ہو چکا ہے۔
    شکارپور کے علاوہ کشمور، جیکب آباد ، سکھر اور خیرپور کی دیواریں اور بجلی کے پول بھی کالعدم تنظیموں کی جھنڈوں اور چاکنگ سے سجی ہیں۔ یہ تنظیمیں اس سے پہلے اس قدر فعال نہ تھی
    کشمور سے لےکر کراچی تک قومی شاہراہ، انڈس ہائی وے اور سپر ہائی وے کی دونوں جانب بڑی تعداد میں مدارس قائم ہیں ہیں، جن میں جنوبی پنجاب اور خیبر پختونخوا کے طلبا کی تعداد نمایاں ہے۔
    ان مدارس کی رجسٹریشن اور یہاں کا نصاب کیا ہے۔ حکومتی سطح پر اس حوالے سے کوئی چیک نہیں ہے۔ 12 ہزار پانچ سو کے قریب مدارس ہیں جن میں اکثریت دیوبند مکتب فکر کی ہے، محکمہ داخلہ کی دو سال قبل کی سروے کے مطابق ان مدارس کے سربراہ اکثر غیر مقامی ہیں۔
    سماجی رابطے کی ویب سائٹ ٹوئٹر پر افغان طالبان کے ترجمان کا ذبیح اللہ مجاہد کے ایک پیغام پر ان کی لوکیشن سندھ سامنے آئی تھی، یہ خبر سامنے آنے کے بعد طالبان نے اس کی تردید کی تھی۔


  • Banned Deobandi terrorist outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ) uses one of its numerous aliases (LeJ, Ahrar, TTP, Jundallah) to claim responsibility for the Shikapur ‪#‎ShiaGenocide‬:
    The banned militant organization Jundallah claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued to media. “Jundallah (Ahmed Marwat Group) claims responsibility for the attack on the imambargah,” it said, without offering any more details.



    File Photo. Rizwan Tabassum—AFP
    File Photo. Rizwan Tabassum—AFP

    A suicide attack on an imambargah (mosque) in the Shikarpur district of Sindh province on Friday killed at least 43 Shia Muslims, including four children, and injured over 50, according to local authorities.

    Dr. Rasheed Abrroo of the Civil Hospital Shikarpur said the death toll had now reached 43. “Thirteen more people have succumbed to their injuries and the death toll is now 43,” he said, referring to an earlier toll of 30. “These are not the final figures. There are still many people in critical condition and the death toll is expected to rise,” he added.

    A senior police official from the region, Allah Baksh, confirmed the attack and casualties. “Initial evidence suggests it was a suicide blast targeting Shia Muslims in the Lakhi Dar area of Shikarpur,” he said. “People were offering Friday prayers inside the imambargah when the attacker detonated his explosives,” he added.

    According to the police official, some of the casualties occurred as a result of a subsequent stampede. “Many people tried to rush the main gate and leave the mosque when the attack happened,” he said.

    Baksh said police had cordoned off the area and the bomb disposal squad had been deployed to determine the quantity of explosives used in the attack. “It appears the terrorist entered the imambargah shortly after Friday prayers began and detonated his suicide jacket when everyone was praying,” he added.

    “We have received 10 bodies so far, including two children, and 30 injured,” said Iqbal Kazmi, a rescue official with the non-profit Edhi Rescue Services. “We are facing a shortage of staff to respond to the crisis, as we don’t have many workers in Shikarpur,” he added. “The imambargah is also located in a congested area making it difficult to conduct rescue operations. Locals have been helping us recover the dead and wounded.”

    The banned militant organization Jundallah claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued to media. “Jundallah (Ahmed Marwat Group) claims responsibility for the attack on the imambargah,” it said, without offering any more details.

    Eyewitnesses said the imambargah had become an abattoir. “There were bodies everywhere,” said Aal-e-Hussain, one of the survivors of the blast. “I saw at least 14 dead myself and could not even count the injured,” he added. Another eyewitness, Ashiq Ali, said his son had been injured in the blast but was now being treated in hospital.

    “I was offering the Friday prayers when a powerful explosion occurred,” he said. “I saw dust all around me and when I looked up, I found my son lying injured beside me,” he added. “Thanks to a friend, I was able to quickly bring my son to the Civil Hospital Shikarpur.”

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack through a statement issued to media. “The nation is united against terrorism and we will root out it from this region,” he said. He also directed the Sindh government to ensure the injured had access to the best medical facilities.

    Sharjeel Memon, the information minister of Sindh province, confirmed the blast had been a suicide attack. “I can confirm that at least 12 people are dead and over 50 injured, but the count is likely to rise,” he added.

    Jam Mehtab, the health minister, said the Civil Hospital Shikarpur could not handle all the injured and the critically wounded had been transferred to the Larkana Hospital. “I urge people of the region to donate blood for the wounded,” he added.