Shia Muslims continue to pay the price for Pakistan army’s policy of Strategic Depth
While Pakistan’s pro-military establishment media initially tried to misrepresent (by attributing it to an electric transformer blast) the latest terrorist attack on the Shia Muslims in Khanpur (Punjab) commemorating the Chehlum of Imam Hussain (the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) grandson), it has now emerged that the latest atrocity was yet another terrorist attack.
While Pakistan’s “liberal” media went into overdrive over a fraud, few of them are moved about the latest mass murder of Shia Muslims. Aside from an odd token comment, they will quickly move on to the next topic.
Processions of Shia Muslims, who make up about 20% of Pakistan’s population, have often been attacked by militant Deobandi / Wahhabi groups who consider Shias as apostates of Islam. The Jihadi (Deobandi/Wahhabi) militants have deep ties with al-Qaida and Pakistani Taliban insurgents, and are known to have tacit support of Pakistan army and judiciary.
There was no claim of responsibility for Sunday’s attack but early suspicions focused on Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (also known as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jmaat group led by Ahmed Ludhianvi), a militant group with deep roots in the area. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed several of the worst attacks in Baluchistan, and last December took responsibility for an attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, that killed at least 63 Shiite worshippers. The group’s main recruiting ground, however, has been in southern Punjab, and its leader, Malik Ishaq, is from Khanpur town. Mr. Ishaq was released from jail in July 2011 and spent several months under house arrest in the area, but is currently in a Lahore jail, Mr. Chatta, the police chief, said. (Source)
Video footage of bomb attack
Name of some of the martyrs are:
1- Ghulam Abbas 2- Faiz Hussain 3- Abad Hussain 4- Zahid Abba 5- Asad Abbas 6- Mureed Hussain 7- Akhter Hussain 8- Mohammed Ashaq 9- Khezhar Hayat 10- Amjad Hussain 11- Sadam Hussain 12- Abad Hussain 13- Aatif 14- Adnan 15- Faisal Hayat 16- Tahir Abbas 17- Syed Hussain 18- Qurban Hussian etc
Names of some of the injured persons are as follows:
1- Majjad 2- Ghulam Sarwar 3- Arasha 4- Mubeen 5- Muzzamil 6- Umear din 7- Nadar 8- Farhan 9- Fedha 10- Asad ali 11- Ejaz 12- Jameel 13- Wahaid bux 14- Nadir hussain 15- Sabar hussain 16- Arshad ali 17- Mehboob Alem 18- Sarkar hussain 19- Mehboob ali 20- Ali hussain 21- Riaz ahmed 22- Zeeshan 23- Sarfaraz 24- Abad parvaiz etc
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