Sectarian atrocity: 29 killed in Mastung, Quetta ambushes

Published: September 20, 2011

An ethnic Hazara Shia is comforted by his relative after he arrived at the local hospital in Quetta, to find a family member shot dead, September 20, 2011.PHOTO: REUTERS

Relatives of Mastung bus attack victims wait outside the BMC. PHOTO: INP An ethnic Hazara Shia is comforted by his relative after he arrived at the local hospital in Quetta, to find a family member shot dead, September 20, 2011.PHOTO: REUTERS
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The Shia community in Balochistan came under intense attack on Tuesday when 29 people were killed in two separate, targeted incidents claimed by banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

At least 26 people were killed and six others injured in Ganjidori area of Mastung, about 30 kilometres southeast of Quetta, when a group of armed men attacked a passenger bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Quetta to Iran.

Hours later, three more people, hailing from the Hazara community, were gunned down near Akhtarabad area of Quetta as their rescue team made its way to the site of the bus attack. Two others were also shot.

Balochistan Home Secretary Naseebullah Bazai called the bus attack an incident of sectarian violence but said that there had been no security lapse. “We usually provide security cover to pilgrims as they are vulnerable to target killings but we had no prior information on this journey,” he said.

Passenger bus attack

Forty-five passengers were on board the bus, most of them Shia, which was on its way to the town of Taftan that borders Iran, according to Mastung Assistant Commissioner Shahnawaz Nosherwani. He also confirmed the casualties and injuries.

“The bus was intercepted and attacked using sophisticated weapons and rocket launchers,” said driver Khushal Khan, who escaped the attack unhurt. “The attackers asked passengers to step out of the bus and shot them after identifying them as Shias. They continued firing for about 10 minutes and managed to escape in their two vehicles.”

Five others who managed to escape the attack were taken to hospital in Mastung and provided security. “As firing began, people started running like headless chickens,” Rajab Ali, a survivor, told The Express Tribune, at the District Headquarters Hospital in Quetta. “One of the assailants was filming the incident.”

Bodies and the injured lay on the crime scene for over an hour, after which people started a rescue operation on their own.

Balochistan Levies, police and rescue workers reached the spot an hour later and cordoned off the highway where the bus was attacked. The bodies and injured were taken to Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) and DHQ Hospital, Quetta. Those critically injured were sent to Combined Military Hospital (CMH).

Bodies were handed over to heirs after autopsies. Victims were shot in the head, chest and abdomen, doctors said.

Rescue team attack

A senior police official said that the victims were travelling in a private car when the attackers, riding a motorcycle, opened fire at them. The bodies and injured were taken to BMC.

People from the Shia community gathered outside the BMC and staged a protest. A three-day mourning has also been announced.

(Read: Death and joy)

This is the second major attack this month targeting the Shia community in Balochistan. At least 12 people, including women and children, were killed in a suicide attack at an Eid congregation on the first day of Eidul Fitr.

According to official sources, as many as 230 people from the Shia community have been killed since 2007 in sectarian targeted killings in Balochistan. Even police officials who have chased sectarian militants have been targeted.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (140)

  • Fareedi
    Sep 20, 2011 - 6:34PM

    The Killer doesn’t know what awaits him….. The cold hand of God shall seize him and drain the lights out. Obviously there is no soul to be drained!

    A sorrowful, pitiful tale of a country, nation, people torn up with prejudices.

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  • M M Malik
    Sep 20, 2011 - 6:38PM

    A cowardly act.

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  • faraz
    Sep 20, 2011 - 6:49PM

    The leader of the notorious LeJ was release recently; terrorist attacks by this sectarian group were bound to escalate.

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  • Jiwani
    Sep 20, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Editor – Why is there no mention of the fact that those killed were Shia Muslims and that they have been systematically targeted for the last several years in Quetta?

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  • faizan
    Sep 20, 2011 - 6:54PM

    Speechless!!! :@

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:00PM

    Is the writ of the Govenment absent or the Government itself ?

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  • Cautious
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:01PM

    Enough! — when is your govt going to eliminate these terrorist? The time for complaining that this is a complex issue is over – it’s time for you to pull together as a country, bit the bullet, and get rid of this scum once and for all.

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  • Pro Pakistani
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:02PM

    USA is now building pressure on Pakistan, by using its agent who are doing this type of acts

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  • Sep 20, 2011 - 7:07PM

    Indian editor and celebrated author Mr.M.J.Akbar had very rightly predicted that Pakistan will neither stabilize nor it will collapse; it would remain in a “Jelly Like” state. It’s absolutely numbing to see innocents getting slaughtered almost daily in Pakistan. The helplessness of both the civilian and the military establishment in curbing violence is palpable. The educated middle class of Pakistan has to get together and somehow try to bring concerted pressure on the establishment so that Pakistan can have a semblance of normalcy at least in the non tribal areas. This bloody mayhem has to stop. Recommend

  • Hamza
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:08PM

    Religion of peace stuck again to pieces. Islamic republic :(

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  • M. Shafi
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:11PM

    If this is islam, i am not muslim

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  • Sengathir Selvan
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:15PM

    BNA or some punjab sunni outfit?

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  • Hatim
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:15PM

    The perpetrators of this attack must be bought to justice as soon as possible. Enough is enough.

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  • zahra
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:16PM

    please also investigate the cities these martyrs belong to…

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  • sunny
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:23PM

    Baluchistan has been most sensitive province for last 4-5 years. There may be different reasons for it but one, as has been mentioned, is the involvement of foreign hands who want to weaken Pakistan.
    The concerned authorities should put more efforts to curb all such extremism in Baluchistan before its too late.

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  • unknown armed men
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:25PM

    make scetch of the guy

    who was this guy.

    put barriers checking everywhere caught him.

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  • zahra
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:26PM

    i dont see a single person from security forces ..its been more than 2 hours. Was this actually backed by the authorities??

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  • umair
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:40PM

    as a Sunni i condemn this heartless act on our Shia brothers. The direction our country is taking is towards self destruction.

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  • Rashid
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:41PM

    clearly BLA tactics, they always chose soft targets. Cowards.

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  • Ashamed
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Very sad news for Shias and secular citizens.

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  • Dat
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Rip innocent peopleRecommend

  • Hassan Khan
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:57PM

    We dont want to fight over Shia & Sunni topic i dont know who is doing this..... such a cowardly act killing innocent people. We are living at peace.... i definitely sense an Indian intrusion and i think this act is linked directly or indirectly to the Indian agency. Our sides fault is that we have quite a security inside the country but our borders are unsafe and open to any one.

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  • Straight Fire
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:57PM

    All those who ridicule violence will die tired …
    and there is not to reason why, there is but do or die

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  • M M Malik
    Sep 20, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Barbarians have committed an inhuman cowardly act.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:11PM

    This is beyond cruelty.

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  • Nate Gupta
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:12PM

    :( A terrible tragedy, to say the least. Sectarian killing is going to rot the society as a whole if not checked.

    Do these killers not know that the very God they use to justify their heinous actions does not approve of killing of a man.. any man following any faith?

    My heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones :(

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  • d2412412
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:15PM

    All we can do is say what the heart says every time , insane, inhumane , this must stop , bla bla . But now i feel just so helpless , just have nothing to say you know .

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  • bhai
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:21PM

    when will this butchering end…

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  • Raza
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:24PM

    Shahdat Mubarak to all !!! as they all were going for Ziarat..

    These things are not new for Shias.. Believe me these ppl cannot stop a single SHIA to go for Ziarat..

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  • Sep 20, 2011 - 8:27PM

    History recorded just an other bloody day for the Hazaras of Quetta. The people killed are mostly from Hazara community traveling to Taftan. a group of terrorists carying Kalashingov, rockets etc comes and kills! how come they pass security check posts?

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  • Babloo
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Thats exactly how Khalistanis used to kill Hindu Punjabis in Indian Punjab in 1980-ties. They were armed , financed and sheltered from accross the border. History now repeats itself.

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  • Doctor
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:48PM

    More “Strategic assets” backfiring. When will Pakistan give up hatred?

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  • Gautam
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:56PM

    They ( vicitims ) had it comming. It was their mistake. Being a Shia is a crime.

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  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Sep 20, 2011 - 8:58PM

    Yet another deadly attack on hazara shia community living in Quetta. and i have no doubts in my mind that taliban ally group behind this iam very sure that there is no American,Indian or Israeli hand is behind this massacre. i wonder why the flamboyant truth teller like zulfiqar mirza is still silent on this issue. like always the revolutionist Imran Khan has no plan to stage sitting strike against this gruesome act of his beloved taliban ? when would the Jamat-e Islami set out rallies to condemn the brutality of their so called heros of faith.? May Allah Crush These Talibans along with every one who supports them. dont worry hazara community these guys often become the victim of u.s led drone attacks so some how Allah is taking your revenge from these beasts.

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  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:01PM

    @Pro Pakistani:
    we are hundred percent sure that the bloody talibans are behind this men slaughter.Recommend

  • M
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:03PM

    Yet again fake Muslims kill the real ones… Another sad day in Pakistan.

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  • SaudiRules
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:05PM

    It is clear that sectarian outfits like LeJ are behind this religiously motivated killing of peace loving, god fearing shias.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:05PM

    Those who are arming these attackers are well know “double gaming”,these days it is “art of war”

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  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:08PM

    @Hassan Khan:
    To destroy pakistan we dont need any one from across the border because our own man are good enough to do the job and iam sure like my name that there are no indian hands are behind this massacre, only LEJ is behind this attack , every body cry havoc for ajmal pahari and no body gives a damn to malik ishaq who was bailed out despite the fact of his confession. wow what a justice, what a brave and independent free judiciary.shame on them

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  • Sep 20, 2011 - 9:10PM

    Now where’s Lashkari Raisani ?

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  • Rehan Khan
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:14PM

    Horrendous, Cowardly Barbarianism…!!

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  • Baloch
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:16PM

    UN and US should take action against state-back forces in Balochistan to safeguard the rights of secular Baloch and Shi’ite minority in the region.

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  • Mohammad naeem
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:31PM

    We all are are muslims whether shia or sunni.acording to our constitution every one has freedom to practice his faith. And more over in islam kiler of one person is killer of all humanity.

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  • Sep 20, 2011 - 9:45PM

    Cool job guys, ban facebook, google, etc and release malik ishaq (lashkar e jhangvi
    ) and then complain about islamic extremism. WAH pakistan wah.

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  • Maryam
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:49PM

    Is this in any way connected to IPI project? Surely deserves scrutiny since this multi-billion dollar project is so important for Pakistan.

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  • Ayesha Ilyas
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:06PM

    @Babloo:
    yes financed by those who financed Sikhs at the time of partition to kill Muslims

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  • Was A Pakistani
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:07PM

    This the price of living in the frankenstein created by Mr. Jinnah. It is land of the morally bankrupt what do you expect.

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  • Faheem
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:24PM

    Where are these drama baaz Lashkari Raisani, Zulfiqar Mirza and their supporter Imran Khan and why they do not say any words about this incident as they portray themselves as so called patriotic Pakistani they have lots of pain in their heart for nothing!…puppets of establishment and it is a shamful act of muslims against the muslims I DO NOT SEE ISLAMIC JAMHURIA PAKISTAN as an islamic country anymore after such incidents.

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  • adam
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:29PM

    You did another mistake by killing some people and the shias in Pakistan won sympathies of millions of sunis, you are failed groupd LeJ, you were not able eliminate shias 1465 years ago when they were handful, how you can do it now.

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  • Observer
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:31PM

    How do people distinguish between Shia and others. How do the attackers know this from looking at the physical features of a person.? I would think everybody in Balochistan looks like they are from the same stock of people.

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  • HYD
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:37PM

    Iran helped Pakistan with 100millions $ and in response pakistan offered a unique gesture of thanking them. Actually its Jundullah backed by Saudi’s (Laskher e Taiba) and USA, to stop Iran influencing Pakistani nation. I could not understand why my forefathers migrated from India after so many hardships for this country.

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  • M.Akthar
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:43PM

    Why dont the minorities understand that they are not supposed to congregate in our country? They become easy targets to Sunni`s! Am not a Sunni & understand how dangerous it is to congregate! The law of the land offers no protection to the minorities & the authorities connive in such incidents.
    By congregating, we are inviting deaths. This is the harsh truth & minorities have to accept this.

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  • Kallu Mama
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:53PM

    @sunny:
    Mr Sunny ,

    arent you and your ilk sick of repeating yourself that there is “involvement of foreign hands who want to weaken Pakistan”

    What the hell your govt is doing, what is you so called “fighting fit army is doing ?

    If you are so sure foriegn hands are ruining your happiness , why your army is keeping quite wha are your core commandards doing ? with their 7 series BMW’s ?

    If your hint is towards India, why dont you give evidence to international community and blast india for ever ?

    You want the answer ?? the bitter truth is that there is no foriegn hand , there is no RAW/CIA/MOSSAD ; it is all wrong policies adopted by you over last 60 years, what you expect if you use teror as a state policy ?

    wake up brother

    Khuda Hafiz

    Kallu Mama

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  • khan
    Sep 20, 2011 - 11:09PM

    The chaos created by intransigence on Rawalpindi’s part has now apparently allowed the religious nutters to run riot in Balochistan.

    In the last decade or so the political path had been ‘forcefully arranged’ to get the religious party men into the provincial assembly at the expense of the secular local nationalist politicians. I hope this new type of armed violence is not someone’s idea of weakening the ongoing insurgency (as our agency boys have a long history of using extremists to further their short term goals without giving much thought to the disastrous long term consequences).Recommend

  • Sep 20, 2011 - 11:10PM

    they will face their this brutality inshallah our shaheed’s shahadat has accepted to GodRecommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 20, 2011 - 11:17PM

    The leader of LeJ group named as being responsible was recently released by the superior court for lack of a proper prosecution. Do the judges who carry a heavy burden of responsibility sleep soundly on receiving news such as this ?

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  • Jafer
    Sep 20, 2011 - 11:25PM

    “If somebody isn’t your brother in faith, remember he is your equal in humanity” – Hazrat Ali ibn Abu Talib

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  • Birbal
    Sep 20, 2011 - 11:32PM

    Good to see that a lot of people have condemed the act of terror. However , i wonder why no one is asking the government for answers ? Can any one explain army’s silence ?

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  • Zaidi
    Sep 20, 2011 - 11:52PM

    Labaik Ya Hussain (a.s.)

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  • Sep 21, 2011 - 12:04AM

    @Fareedi: These people are driven by motivation that they are doing it for good cause of religion and their way is right way to Islamization. They firmly believe their act is guided by hands of Allah and hence they do such barbaric act. They are brain washed enough to believe killing innocents will help them drive their point. They have been well oiled to believe that force is the only way to solution. These people whom we selectively call terrorists or freedom fighters are not less than feudal age barbarians who have zero tolerance and no value for human life. For them everything else including religion holds higher value than human life. How do you reason with them ? How do you scare them ? How do you bend them ? Its an idea which is deep in their brain, idea is always immortal. Anyways, my heart reaches out to the victims family, and I pray that god give them strength to overcome this great loss. This loss is irreplaceable by any material thing, but time and communal support helps a lot. Peace to the souls. Amen.

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  • Ali T.
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:12AM

    Wonder if the people who killed were ‘apnay’ log or those who got martyred were ‘apne’ log. Really hope that Taliban Khans and the likes will wake up from their slumber and recognize the enemy within.

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:33AM

    I pray for the families of the martyrs of Akhtarabad, Quetta. There are more dangerous and full of murderers city than Karachi and Lahore, why dont the Media draw government’s attention there. They just moan on to clean Karachi. These hapless people were no enemy to any one there. they were innocent and were on pilgrimage,what the murderers would get killing them and what ” sawab ” will they be earning from that ruthless act there mentors and showing the right path,clerics know better. In fact these ulmas are responsible as they haven’t been able yet to preach them true Islam. This act will sow a seed of hatred in the already contaminated of prejudices soil of different sections of Islam .

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  • saba
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:44AM

    as someone mentioned earlier.. i agree its not shia-sunni..but it is clearly anti-shia… and lets not fool ourselves by blaming our neighbours..we know we have intolerant extremists under our own belly…. dont we know that the killers of the Baltis slaughtered in areas of chillas and kohistan or those innocent travelling to parachinar or those making attacks after attacks on hazaras of balochistan live in our own terrotories?? it is surprising to note that all these BANNED outfits our more active than our ALERT forces and Govt..

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  • Sa
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:44AM

    OK – so far – we got Indian, IPI, obviously USA….. what a cuckoo land you live in.

    Understand the problem to be ignorance…. these guys believe what they are doing is correct because of corrupted mullas …. no whitehouse involvement…..

    Educate so that you may prosper.

    Its Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Aalemeen, Not Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Muslimeen… think.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:50AM

    Muslims killing Muslims! We have become worse than animals! We are our own worst enemies. How sad is that.

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:02AM

    It did not take long for Malik Ishaq to deliver on his promise to continue his killing spree after being released scott-free for the previous 70+ proudly confessed murders. Where is our active Supreme Court – no suo moto on this?

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:06AM

    @Mumtaz.Rizvi:
    Yes the head and mentor of all murderous religious parties,playing killing games in Pakistan is only one notorious, cunning and greedy of dollar, Evil mother Party who always gloat on associating itself with their “MAI BAAP”, AMERICA.Unles and untill this satanic and shrewd in politics, right after the birth of Pakistan,is permanently banned the prejudices among people will not be eradicated from the core.This party is not only fooling the naive and illiterate people of the subcontinent but also it has roots in south east Asian Islamic countries.( AQALMAND RA ISHARA KAFI EST) It would be better Pakistan get rid of this satanic party, as soon as possible.this party is bringing only bad names to the people of Pakistan.You got to believe me.

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  • ilyas rana
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:09AM

    WWe need to be alert as now Shias have been instigated.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:09AM

    In simple words it is a retaliation of what is happening in Iran daily. Since it is not reported in the main press, majority is unaware. Investigate, get to the bottom of this and then this won’t look as bad as it seems to be. May be like the flame of a match stick compared to the flames of an acid boiler.

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:11AM

    To my Shia brothers and sisters. I will fight side by side with you and will defend you even if it costs me my life. Enough is enough. We cannot sit here while ordinary citizens of our homeland are cut to pieces. Either we stand up to tyranny now or become slaves forever.

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  • Seyyid
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:17AM

    India will be doing all these because they want problems in pakistan

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  • Seyyid
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:20AM

    @Cautious:
    You created them against ur neighbor now u eat the fruits

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  • Ali
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:23AM

    @Mumtaz.Rizvi:
    Very well said Mumtaz bhai …my heart is crying on this incident…the pain is not going away…we shia (peaceful people) had been facing this shia massacre for years now…yes we say that its not the US, its not the jews, its not India…its extermists wahabi who are responsible for this…

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  • Goran
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:33AM

    @rashid, how is this BLA when they have never carried out sectarian attacks?? clearly it is the work of banned sectarian and pro-Taliban outfits like LeJ or SSP or even TTP themselves. Remember the leader of LeJ was recently released by the Punjab Govt.

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  • Nidsam
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:48AM

    @ abdullah… How naiive… If this is a reaction to iran’s persecution than what about the marginalized shias of saudi arabia who i believe only have the right to breathe in saudi arabia, badly marginalized with no political representation or economic opportunities.. This is ur country..stop looking at india, iran, saudi plz…. Be humane…cuz thats what islam teaches us…. It is ironic where we talk about animal rights we dont have sympathy for our own countrymen…

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:55AM

    @ Nidsam, absolutely. My point was the happenings are a reaction or a response and not an initiation. These should end wherever they are taking place, be it Saudia, Iran, Syria, Bahrain, wherever. Simple ignorance rule “Might is right” is being followed. Wherever the one who has might is crushing the weaker ones and this is producing reaction from around the world.

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 21, 2011 - 2:14AM

    Very nice ( duur ki cawree ) .I was afraid it might have been associated to a strong political party of Karachi, but thank God!. ( we are tired of hearing Hunood,yahud o nasara ki sazish) when we try to distract others attention we had a home remedy always ready, to apply anywhere whether needed or not,actually we need just some appreciations.In fact munafiqeen are within us and until genuinely all the religious greed of dollar and cent party in the name of jehad are banned this game of evil will continue in Pakistan. We have a habit of kicking ourselves and saying “look what “they” did to us” We have a lot of character flaws in us and we need to rectify them as soon as possible. that will make a difference and we will be able to say “look we stand head high among respectable nations” Some times i regret if only we had good and brotherly ( muslims in India more than Pakistan) relationship with India most of our home problems could have been resolved and we would have been more united within us than ever before.What did we earn so far showing enmity with neighbors.

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  • Tahir
    Sep 21, 2011 - 2:48AM

    @M.Shafi This is not islam, If you were educated you would know that islam is against these killings. These terrorists are phycopaths. STOP BLAMING ISLAM!

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  • Hadi Ali Khan
    Sep 21, 2011 - 3:20AM

    @Pro Pakistani:
    Oooh pro-pakistani, stop your idiocy here. The killers are Muslims-so called Muslims. They are the LJ terrorists and they killed innocent people. There is no need to theorize here; people get hurt when stupidity of your kind entails such barbaric acts. Face the realities and solve rather than finding excuses. Stop being in this denial state. Pakistan ya Musalman nai koi buhath bare teer nahi chalae abhi keh saare dunya in ki jalan mai conspire kare…

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  • Hell no
    Sep 21, 2011 - 3:35AM

    Wake up cowards ! Don’t these cowards realize that God will punish them severely for their brutal acts !

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  • Spud
    Sep 21, 2011 - 4:17AM

    @Hassan Khan: How many years will you remain stupid and blind to not see the enmity between Shia and Sunni. This rivalry has been going on for years and will go on for years until Islam the religion of peace sees that it is killing its own. May Lord have mercy and may those killed rest in peace.

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  • Ali Mardan
    Sep 21, 2011 - 4:27AM

    Hundreds of Hazara Shia community has been systematically targeted, in fact I would prefer to call it systematic genocide. Balochistan has become a lawless region and there is no writ of the government in any part of the province. Keeping silence and to be passive over recurring cowardly act of terror against law abiding and innocent Hazara Shia community is raising big question mark on the working of Intelligence and law enforcing agencies. Provincial Police with its massive strength appears be a silence spectator of these tragic incidents. These coward elements are taking full advantage of flaccid administration. The Federal and Provincial Governments should accept their failure for not being able to provide security to its citizens and let them protect themselves; it seems to be the only solution to combat these animals.
    It is rather disturbing fact that despite of being declared proscribed organization, the leader of LeJ was set free and gave him opportunity to take more lives of innocent people. This credit goes to PML(N) especially Rana Sanaullah who is step ahead to patronize this banned outfit. It clearly imitates the state sponsored terrorism against its own citizen for political gain. I denounce all those claiming involvement of foreign hands in these barbaric acts of sectarian killings. We don’t need foreign involvement while the people like Rana Sanaullah exist within our ranks. I don’t belong to any political party but the “fact is fact” and always bitter to narrate.
    I extend my heartfelt sympathy and sorrow to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones and only bread-earner in this tragic incident. As promised in the Holy Quran, for sure the Allah almighty places all the departed souls in Jannah. Allah almighty is the best (Aadil)Judge/ Justice and no one guilty of such a crime against humanity would get bail or released from his court of justice, this is our faith and being a Muslim we all have firm believe on it.

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  • Punjabi
    Sep 21, 2011 - 4:45AM

    @Ayesha Ilyas: And who financed the brutal killings of hundreds of thousands of sikhs by muslims during the same partition.

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  • Nate Gupta
    Sep 21, 2011 - 6:10AM

    @Kallu Mama

    Dear Mama, please don’t greet Pakistani people with “Khuda Hafiz”. How dare you? That is completely incorrect. I don’t know why… nobody knows why but it is.

    Please use “Allah Hafiz”. That’s the new trend in Pakistan. And Pakistanis love to use Arabian words.. more than worrying about the state of their country.

    Sincerely!

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  • akhan
    Sep 21, 2011 - 6:27AM

    I am a muslim and am shocked to to see the extent these islamists will
    Go to. It is a shame that our high court wants to
    Ban facebook for so called blasphemy, but they are
    Blind to this. It shows their mental capabilities. I
    Would urge the west to clean pakistan of these bigots as
    They are being helped by very powerful elements within the
    Govt and army. That is why they are so brazenRecommend

  • M. A. Changezi
    Sep 21, 2011 - 7:14AM

    God knows when this madness will end. When will Pakistanis stop killing their own country men in the name of sects.

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  • Mirza
    Sep 21, 2011 - 7:56AM

    The Wahabi/Salafi terrorists strike again with ruthless abundance. Looks like our strategic assets are going to isolate Pakistan and label it as a terrorist nation. Unfortunately it is going to happen sooner rather than later. If Pakistani establishment cannot protect minorities and smaller sects of Islam then the UNO should take action and take out these terrorists from Pakistani soil.

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  • sunny
    Sep 21, 2011 - 8:00AM

    @Kallu Mama
    You r mostly right. We r reaping what we seeded in the last 64 years.
    However, this is also a fact that being strategically located and having vast deposits of
    minerals some foreign forces are also interested in this peice of land.
    It is the responsibility of our govt whoever is involved whether jehadis, terrorists, foreign hands etc must be checked now.

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  • Justice and Humanity have died in Pakistan!
    Sep 21, 2011 - 8:53AM

    Another Black Day for Hazaras and Shias in Balochistan Pakistan. Another page, red with blood, in the history has been added. HUMANITY LOOKS LIKE TAKING ITS LAST BREATHS. Justice has lost, whereas religious Barbarism, backed by State, Politics, Power and So-Called Judiciary has won. The Worst Part of all these bloodshed is that neither Provincial/Federal Governments, nor Judiciary/Militray/Inteligence Agencies/Law Enforcement Agencies have ever been serious in combating this menace. I am afriad of the day when the Peaceful, Civilized and Law abiding Hazaras and Shias take weapon, come out and retaliate. Has anybody or institution ever considered this aspect of the issue? And God forbid, if this happens, can anybody imagine the intensity and gravity of the issue then? I thank and appreciate the Wisdom and Patience of Hazara Elders who have always been advising the Younger ones to show Patience and stay Calm. But I don’t exactly know how far this patience will survive. But one thing is for sure that Balochistan is more like a Jungle today. And for survival in Jungle, one has to follow the Jungle Rules.

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  • Naqi
    Sep 21, 2011 - 8:55AM

    Such acts have been carried out consistently.

    What can an ordinary man especially belonging to Shia community or any other minority community do? At some point in time weapons would be raised and than there would be tit for tat.

    If people belonging to LJ, TTP etc are so brave why not coming face to face and have an equal duel why running aways after each incident?Recommend

  • Lalai
    Sep 21, 2011 - 9:11AM

    My dear Chief Justice, what is stopping you from taking Suo moto notice on this acts of terrorism? You belong to Quetta and no one else other than you know how patriotic and innocent Hazara people are. Get up before it is too late.
    Mr heart felt condolence to the families of the victims. I am speechless on this. Recommend

  • Thoughtful
    Sep 21, 2011 - 9:42AM

    The killing pattern is very typical. It is quite possible that there is a totally foreign hand that commits these horrific atrocities under different religous names and later annouces itself as some party or another to create an ethnic war leading to destruction of a country without facing a traditional war. It is also known as a proxy gorilla warfare. And this is happening very actively against the people and the entire country of Pakistan. Most sympathies are with the innocent public who do not even carry arms for their protection and are being targetted and killed in cold blood. Recommend

  • Reasoner
    Sep 21, 2011 - 9:44AM

    @Rashid:
    BLA is not a sectarian orgnaisation !
    It’s notorious sectarian terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi which has claimed responsibility and there’s no reason for not believing their claim !

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  • zuchini smalls
    Sep 21, 2011 - 10:28AM

    I am not a muslim and am not involved in the shia-sunni debate.
    But, I do find Ali to be the most admirable, upright and honest man in the history of Islam.

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  • Changezi Khan
    Sep 21, 2011 - 10:36AM

    Where is the Humam rights organzation, Governmnet of Pakistan. Whether Hazaras are not Human. If Hazaras rise then every thing will bee………………………………………

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  • Ahem
    Sep 21, 2011 - 10:44AM

    No doubt, there appears to be a foreign funded spy net work in Pakistan busy doing its killings under different ethnic names to cause chaos and fool the population. Pathetic!Recommend

  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 21, 2011 - 10:54AM

    @Punjabi:
    Sorry,and why thousands of Sikhs were murdered in a single day in Delhi and other areas by Hindus the day Indira Gandhi was assassinated.? Due to technical error ?

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  • Asad
    Sep 21, 2011 - 11:34AM

    I don’t know when we’ll get out of the practice of taking things on face. You have to see if this was really a religious issue or a part of a big game. Have you noticed that that when ethinic tension arises in Karachi, sectarian violence and number of suicide bombs gets reduced across the country and vice versa. Also, how come different incidents happened recently in Pakistan and Afghanistan have suddenly surfaced. It isn’t an isolated incident perhaps.

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  • Javad
    Sep 21, 2011 - 11:40AM

    @Faheem:

    Imran Khan is a true patriot, thats why he also has strongly condemned this attack. See link:

    http://insaf.pk/News/tabid/60/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/7755/Imran-Khan-condemns-the-attack-on-the-pilgrims-bus.aspx

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  • Saddique
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Where is the Government of Pakistan

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  • muhammad essa
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:14PM

    I want say about terrorist that they dont have any religion and they are like back 1000 years back from the animals that, they dont know about the event they are going to.. May God make these people vegetarian animals. They are not able to human.. I condemn i condemn i condemn i condemn alote…… N May Allah give the remaining people saved from these animals….

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  • Saqib Abbas
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:23PM

    @umair: I totally agree with you brother umair…

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  • Javad
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:26PM

    This attack is clearly done to destabilize the peace in our country. Whatever their main goal is the terrorists has partly achieved their goal to promote sectarianism. Look at the comments how it has turned into a heated discussion about sunnis and shias. Don´t fall into the trap set up by the enemies. We all condemn this attack on the 26 pakistanis.

    Forget the front organizations(LeJ, BLA and others). The big question is who are the individuals/groups/countries that are supporting these organizations. We have to work together to identify them and eliminate them.

    May the victims of this attack rest in peace..Amen

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  • Saqib Abbas
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:26PM

    @sunny: i agree with you but you know why they dont want Pakistan to grow..Because by the Grace of Allah (SWT), Pakistan has Alot of Potential…Thats Why…

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  • Sanjay Sharma
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:35PM

    If these killings were on religious lines, its shameful and dastardly enacted on poor and simple people. If not, it must have been done by those who are anti-nationals. Please try to understand that coexistence of faith is the biggest gift of God to humanity. Joint family has always been the best option. Nations become stronger if they allow different ethnicity and cultures flourish and spread new ideas of living together. Pakistan should not fail the idea of coexistence.

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  • Daniel Azad
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:35PM

    there were other people on the bus but they killed the hazaras only!

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  • Aamir
    Sep 21, 2011 - 12:57PM

    Pakistan is being rapidly disintegrated with such series of incidents. Recommend

  • Bigboy
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:19PM

    @Ikramuddin Akbar & Ayesha Illyas

    Agreed Sikhs & Hindus have killed Muslims and Muslims have killed Hindus & Sikhs during partition. Also in India, Hindus have killed Muslims & Sikhs, and Sikhs & Muslims have killed Hindus, in riots and other acts of terror. But only in Pakistan, a Muslim majority country,
    At least in other countries, the governments take some action however delayed or inadequate it may be. But in Pakistan only wild conspiracy theories are thrown. If a foreign hand is doing this why are authorities not tackling it?Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:25PM

    @faraz: I totally agree with you but would further add that the Judge and Prosecutors who are responsible for the release of LeJ leader and also his supporters, specially in Punjab legislative assembly should now stand on trial. This is total nonsense. Killings should and must stop on religion or beliefs basis. Their financiers who are interestingly not other than three known brotherly countries should be called in the FO for strict explanation.

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  • Farhan
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Army should do a cleansing operation in Balochistan to clear it from Lashkar e Jhangvi and other banned outfits.

    Police and Courts have no choice but to hangs the leaders of these barbarians otherwise we will continue to see such incidents.

    Where are you Chief Justice who know Quetta better than you?

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  • Was A Pakistani
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:44PM

    @Javad:
    I agree… just that he conveniently forgets to condemn the atrocities of TTP and Islamists.

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  • AKMAL
    Sep 21, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Really no word to express our sorrows towards this incident

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  • ALI
    Sep 21, 2011 - 2:38PM

    A petition to President, CJ & Army cheif:

    Please handle the banned group “LASHKAR JANGVI” with iron hand & a robust action should be taken against and they all should bring to justice by giving them DEATH SCENTENCE

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  • Javad
    Sep 21, 2011 - 4:02PM

    @Was A Pakistani:

    Ups… It was me who mistakenly pressed recommend.

    Please see this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEAFh2e5aKM&feature=youtu.be

    Should answer your question.

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  • Farhat
    Sep 21, 2011 - 4:03PM

    Ok, my sympathies are there for the victims and their families. Any such act is impossible without an inside job. Someone from the same bus or may be the driver or dispatch unit or from same community of the martyrs might have informed the terrorists about the activity. Come on guys, the incident shows a solid homework and a perfect pre-planned activity. Look how they did their job and escaped the same route they came from and no one even noticed. Just think about it.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Sep 21, 2011 - 5:13PM

    It was the biggest mistake to declare Pakistan as an Islamic State and also the Zia’s blunders for which the country is paying a huge price. Look whats happening now, its Muslim vs Muslim whether these conflicts are amongst the Sunnis themselves or against Shias and plight of other minorities is also well known to be mentioned here. Those who criticise the secular concept which India adopted quoting one odd incident happened a decade back, must realise that secularism is the key for harmony and peace amongst many religions, caste and creeds in this country and which is the key factor for India’s economic growth. The Indian Muslims of all sects along with other minorities feel much more secure here and are provided equal opportunities with the majority community without any discrimination. Though it may be too late to adopt secularism now but the estalishments in Pakistan must provide protection to its minorities and take drastic action against the organisations responsible for the killings, which are taking place so frequently.

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  • Questionable
    Sep 21, 2011 - 8:34PM

    @Farhat – It appears, that the foreign spy network has taken over the internal workings of Pakistan. Any local internal gangster and new wanna be terrorist may just be an offshoot of the foreign spy network that may be, unfortunately, providing them with arms and funding in a depressed and battered inhuman economy for further exploitation. All this destruction needs heavy funding and cannot happen out of thin air!!

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  • noor ul wahab
    Sep 21, 2011 - 9:22PM

    MAY ALLAH BLESS THEM ALL. shia or sunni,,,,,,,muslims are being killed brothers. May Allah enable us all to understand that v need unity. those who killed these innocent human beings are not humans , trhey are just blind animals and enemies of islam as well as pakistan and humanity.

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  • e-samosa
    Sep 21, 2011 - 11:44PM

    Once again, a minority is targeted and once again I’m ashamed at being a majority.
    And its not like any religious, ethnic or cultural majority is safer either. This open hunting season for all has been going on for far too long.

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  • waheed
    Sep 22, 2011 - 12:53AM

    @Gautam:
    Being a total blockhead is a crime gautam and you win the prize for that last
    commentRecommend

  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 22, 2011 - 2:29AM

    @Bigboy:
    Sorry i didn’t say anything in any of my comments about “foreign hands doing this”, so you shouldn’t have addressed me in that context.And please don’t entangle me with others comments.If you think something answerable to my comments you can address me individually.That remarks could have been of others,i just commented on someone’s comments blaming Muslims for the killing of Sikhs, and my appropriate answer was for the information of others too.You agreed with the killing v killing history, is something. History of the subcontinent is full of grueling hatred based killings in the name of religions.Everyone knows that.I don’t want to comment on your last para, your knowledge about your and other countries is “enough” and why the government doesn’t take action ,for that you can submit a petition to the government.
    Thanks.

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  • Naveen Khan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 3:41AM

    Speechless at this. No words are coming to my mind. Where is the state? Busy in freeing Lashkar e Jhangvi leaders so that the massacre continues???

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:19AM

    History is taking its course. Pakistan and Pakistanis are going through rough times but, believe me, history is a witness whenever countries nose dived like Pakistan today, things always got better. Those nations woke up, they rose against tyrants and tyranny up in arms and put things back on the right track. It will take time though. Patience is needed. The crippled government of Pakistan has always failed to provide security to its citizens. It’s about time that we, Pakistanis, pick get rid of the government and get up in arms to defend ourselves.

    Like Newton’s third law of motion, “every action has equal and opposite reaction.” We Hazaras are pushed to the wall and we will bounce back with full force if the federal and provisional governments don’t fix this screw up. Peace to all Pakistanis.

    One of the reasons for this mess that we see today in our country is that we consider ourselves Muslim first then Baloch, Pathan, Hazara etc and in the end Pakistanis. The day we think of ourselves as Pakistani first and Muslim second, that day we have 50% of our problems solved. We must give up the attitude of identifying ourselves as Shia, Sunni or Baloch, Pathan and Hazara for that matter.

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  • lehumanist
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:36AM

    LeJ is a organization of animals and butchers. Out of utter ignorance they follow a reading of Islam which hardly pass a human test let alone Islam itself. These are literally psychotic cold blooded killers who have 72 virgins in their minds and the common bond among them is hatred for everyone who doesn’t follow their version of religion. I won’t call it Islam its something else. These are sick and Jahil creatures who through out the history of theworld have emerged and reemerged. Muslims have to find a way to create a humanistic society where people can live with differences . The basic rule of a society. Even After 1400 years, we are unable to achieve that. Its a shameful situation. Recommend

  • Farhat
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:46AM

    @Questionable: My friend, don’t talk about foreign spy network here. You know the foreign spy network will gain nothing but waste of time by targeting innocent ethnic group who harmed no one. If the network you are talking about wants no peace then they would have done such act against the bigger powers like Pashtuns and Baloch. Come on, open your eyes and ears and look around you, in the act of terror they only picked and killed Hazara pilgrims and no one else, the rest of the passengers were left all alone but not HAZARAS. What do you make of this??????????????

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  • Sana
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:08AM

    Its nothing but to demoralize the victimized community BECAUZE i have seen them closely, they are cool, talented, energatic and always motivated to go forward, they have served this country and they don’t deserve such brutal act.

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  • Q
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:22AM

    Note to the enemies of Pakistan that operates under a cover: Please note in Pakistan Shia and Sunni coexist side by side and there is no descrimination what so ever. They inter-marry and they have blood relationship too! The foreign spy agencies and their paid handlers are desperately trying to create an atmosphere of ethnic rivalry by mass killing from all directions. Let that foreign enemy know that they have failed . . . Pakistanis are brave and resilient people and they will survive and come out even stronger and the true loser face of their enemy will be exposed, punished and held accountable! God Bless Pakistan!

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  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:31PM

    @Ikramuddin Akbar:
    Stop blaiming America for every thing. this sectarian mess is grown in pakistan not anywhere else in the worldRecommend

  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Sep 22, 2011 - 5:42PM

    @Abdullah:
    The most biased comments i’ve read .in other words you are justifying this act of barbarism .for your kind information the killing spree of shia community is continue since the tenure of General Zia-Ul Haq. ok how do you see the problem in bahrain where majority is suppressed and oppressed.Recommend

  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:35PM

    @Farhat: Brilliant very well said.

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  • Najma Noureen
    Sep 22, 2011 - 6:36PM

    Ever since LeJ’s leader Malik Ishaq was released this July after 14 years behind bars, the attacks against Shias have become even more deadly. It is interesting to note that the LeJ has become active in Balochistan, even distributing threatening letters against the Shia community. Is it because they want to leave their home base, Punjab, relatively untouched and ‘safe’ for themselves? The Punjab government already treats the LeJ and SSP with kid gloves and its law minister is known to be close to banned terror outfits. Hazara Shias are peace loving and law-abiding citizens. They are soft targets for a bloodthirsty sectarian outfit like the LeJ. The less than energetic response from the government and the law enforcement agencies in Balochistan, Kurram Agency and FATA to sectarian attacks has only emboldened outfits like the LeJ. What is stopping the authorities from arresting the leaders of the LeJ when they do not hesitate to ‘claim’ responsibility for brutal attacks so openly? The authorities must not turn a blind eye to this emerging pattern of targeting the Shia community. Shias in Pakistan have been victims of systematic target killings for decades now. Punjab is their stronghold and safe sanctuary. PML-N should take stringent action against this group to secure the Pakistan.

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  • Questionable
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:04PM

    @Farhat – Stop looking at things with face value only. The proxy spy net work is not dumb to just target one group – they are too advanced and heavily funded and their goal is to cause bloodshed and chaos in Pakistan all around. They have been practicing this mayhem for quite some time until naive people like you actually get brain washed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Pakistan is being eaten up bit by bit!! Wake up brother and look deeply not superficially!!!Recommend

  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 23, 2011 - 4:28AM

    @Mumtaz.Rizvi:
    “stop blaming America”,
    What’s new in your comments in response of my comments? every one knows this shrewd party germinated in the subcontinent And what entices you to advocate America? I think you haven’t read my comments with concentration.I DID NOT blame AMERICA, it was all about a party which is the mother party( being patronized by a Super power) of all so called Jehadi parties, and their beyond understanding activities, have put the nation and country on peril.

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 23, 2011 - 5:25AM

    @Sonam Shyam:
    So every one in India is a fortune teller! predicting about the imminent downfall ( God forbid) of Pakistan.There is a Bengali proverb” HOKUNAIR DUYAYE GORU MOREY NA”, means,a grazing cow will not die due to the curse of the flying vulture up in the sky. ( i’m not a Bengali, a Bangladeshi friend of mine helped me saying). Pakistan is a small country comparing India so even a minor incident looks like a bigger one, particularly to a neighbor with a large binocular in hand, watching everything what’s going around here.Every incident here causes a fitful night’s sleep for them.
    sign of a good neighbor!

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  • Mian Mithu
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:50AM

    Only smart leadership can save Pakistan. Only smart leadership can provide security to its citizens. Only smart and intelligent leadership will not allow so much death and destruction in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Pro Paki
    Sep 25, 2011 - 3:31AM

    Humanity is taking last breaths in in the “land of pure”. My heartfelt sorrows & sympathies with the innocent victim and fellow citizens who lost their loved ones. Let me quote here the words of wisdom by Hazrat Ali (A.S): “A society can survive in the condition of kufr (faithlessness) but not in zulm (oppression)”.
    Barbarism, cruelty and injustice is at his limit. Government and his law enforcement agencies have failed to extend the very basic right i.e. Security to its citizens. It is the time to eliminate these monsters from our country and society before its too late.

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  • Khaterah
    Sep 27, 2011 - 2:45AM

    Fr.o.m. Khatera
    from today I am not Muslim. if a Muslim is like this. it is better to be a Christian or something other than being Muslim. it’s really awful, a true Muslim does not make this stuff. God help this nation. Poor, why it should happen?

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  • Counter Terrorists lost
    Sep 27, 2011 - 11:56AM

    This incident definitely has political blend in this as you can see yourself that the target killing happening (talking about Quetta only, right now) has only been carried out against one group. Everyday you switch on the channel they say Hazara got killed by target killer. We lost a sports champ, Abrar Hussain, who represented Pakistan in Olympic games. War between extremists of both sides have been there in Mother Pakistan but, the question is why this intensity is too much on Shias in Quetta for the last ten years. Why the target killers are targeting Hazaras only ???????????????????????????????????Recommend

  • Oct 4, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Durind last 5-6 years countless numbers of innoscent Hazaras, shias have brutally been killed and no one has yet been caughy! Strange!! shame on agencies.Recommend

  • Agha Nadeem
    Oct 10, 2011 - 4:36PM

    what has happen and now where we are standing I can only say that it is safe in Pakistan to go and watch movies than to go to mosque of any sects

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