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Some critical reflections on the Karachi Ashura attack

By Abdul Nishapuri

Pakistani officials say a suicide bomber has struck a Muslim religious procession in the port of Karachi, killing at least 45 people. Officials say the bomber blew himself up Monday in a procession of minority Shi’ites observing the holy festival of Ashura in Pakistan’s commercial capital.

Who is responsible for the Karachi attack? Some reflections:

It is not a sectarian attack. It is not a Sunni versus Shia incident. The Sunni and Shia of Pakistan have traditionally lived in peace and harmony.

It is a terrorist attack by Taliban on the nation of Pakistan. It is an attack by the followers of Yazid on the followers of Imam Hussain.

Attackers are Taliban terrorists and their affiliate organisations including but not limited to Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jamaat-e-Islami and others.

Victims today happen to be Shia, but Taliban do not spare any one, be they Shia, Sunni, Muslim, Christian or Ahmadi, from their terrorist activities.

The attack on the Ashura procession today is yet another evidence of the failure of intelligence agencies (including ISI, MI, IB etc) which are only too busy in defaming politicians, derailing democracy and protecting their assets (good Taliban) in Afghanistan and FATA.

Instead of arresting foot-soldiers, i.e., the greedy Mullahs and the brainwashed youths, the State of Pakistan and the nation must take urgent legal and military action against all Taliban apologists and Taliban supporters, who we consider responsible for all terrorist activities in Pakistan including today’s tragic attack.

Thus, instead of tracing the address of the brainwashed suicide bomber (who will be most probably a teenager brainwashed by Taliban supporters and propagandists), we are interested in the arrest and punishment of all Taliban apologists including but not limited to Mullah Munawar Hassan, Qazi Hussain Ahemd, Imran Khan, Ansar Abbasi, Dr Shahid Masood, Irfan Siddiqui and Hamid Mir as well as ex- and serving-intelligence officers (e.g. General Hameed Gul, General Aslam Beg, General Asad Durrani etc) who created jihadi and sectarian organisations in Pakistan and are still protecting them.

Here is the news item

Injured boy in Karachi bombing

An injured boy is escorted to an ambulance following a bomb blast in Shiite Muslim procession in Karachi, Pakistan, 28 Dec 2009

Various soruces: Reuters, BBC, Samaa TV, Aaj TV

KARACHI: At least 40 people have been killed in the bomb blast during the major Muharram procession near Light House traffic signal on M.A. Jinnah road in the city on Monday.

About 100 people have been injured in the bomb blast.

The bomb blast hit the major Muharram procession near Light House traffic signal on M.A. Jinnah road when thousands of Muslims were paying tribute to the sacrifes of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and his family in the city on Monday The major Muharram procession was coming from Nistar Park and was on its way to Hussainia Irania Kharadar.

The police said that the suicide bomber was in his teens and he was about 18 years old. The suicide bomber hit the fourth lane in the Ashura procession.

Police and Rangers officials have cordoned off the area. The rescue workers are busy in relief workers. ambulances have reached the place of the bomb blast. The bomb disposal squad has also reached the place of the incident. The injured are taken to the hospital. The emergency has been imposed in the hospitals of the Karachi.

Ealier, the two bomb blasts in Karachi in last 48 hours caused 43 people injured.

The Karachi bombing is the second major attack on Pakistani Shi’ites in as many days. A suicide bomber struck a Shi’ite mosque in Muzaffarabad, Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, Sunday as Shi’ites were taking part in Ashura rituals, killing at least 10 people. The bomber detonated his explosives as police searched him at an entrance to the mosque in the regional capital Muzaffarabad. Three policemen were among those killed by the blast, which also wounded more than 80 people.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in bomb attacks in recent months as Pakistan’s army pursues an offensive against Taliban militants in South Waziristan and surrounding areas.

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  • how preposterous to suggest the crowd just “hapened” to be shia
    stop trying to hide facts
    shia have always been a target
    doesnt mean everyday sunnis are behind the attack
    but extremist forces like the taliban are particularly anti-shia

  • Conspiracies being hatched against Pakistan not me: Zardari
    Updated at: 2127 PST, Thursday, December 31, 2009
    ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday said ‘political actors’ are at work against the government.

    In an interview, President Zardari said there is complete harmony between the Army and civilian leadership on the military operation and that the opinion of the military establishment was always paid attention and heed.

    He said he identified the ‘non-state actors’ in his speech to which they (non-state actors) responded by carrying out an explosion in the middle of the Ashura procession.

    “The political forces want that ISI be brought under civilian control, but for the time being this matter has been put to a halt,” President Asif Ali Zardari said.

    He said establishment is a name of perception which works in different ways. “It (establishment) sometimes appears in the shape of Leghari and on others as Roidad Khan,” he described.

    To a question if his life is under threat, President Zardari said: “A number of heads of states were killed in past and such a threat cannot be ruled out.”

    He said his security is being undertaken as a head of the federation.

    The President said, “I don’t think the opposition is friendly with me.”

    He said conspiracies are not being hatched against him but Pakistan. He said he considered Baitullah Mehsud responsible for plotting the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

    President Asif Ali Zardari termed the handing down of local bodies organizations’ control to the provinces as a gift of new year.

    He expressed the hope that the local bodies elections will be held in the 90 days.

    He said the government will wait for the detailed verdict to come on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) before taking any course of action in this regard.

    The President said he had his political cards which he will use at a time of need.


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