Sectarian violence: Jundallah claims responsibility for Kohistan bus attack

Published: February 28, 2012

18 victims, most of them Shia pilgrims, were returning home when attack took place. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

PESHAWAR / DI KHAN: Outlawed terrorist group Jundallah has claimed responsibility for an attack a bus on Karakoram Highway in the Kohistan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which killed 18 people on Tuesday.

Jundallah’s commander Ahmed Marwat, who contacted media persons soon after the attack, claimed responsibility for the assault.

The attack took place when gunmen opened fire on the bus which was en route to Gilgit from Rawalpindi with 39 passengers on board. The bus was owned by Mashaburum private bus service.

Seven armed men stopped two buses and a coaster. The armed men were reported to be in Army uniform. They asked the passengers to get off the bus and shot them after checking their CNICs.

Most of the victims were pilgrims who were going back to their native areas after visiting holy shrines in Iran.

A source in the district administration in Dassu told The Express Tribune that residents of Tangir’s Darkai valley, Commander Abdul Qayyum, Saddar Shariat and Burhan Shariat, sons of Gul Shahzada: Abdul Karim and Abdul Qadeem, sons of Abdul Ghafoor are suspected to be involved in the massacre.

Driver Muhammad Younus of Nagar valley, Najibullah, Suhail Ahmed are among the deceased.

“All the people on board were Shia, and at the moment it looks like they were targeted by armed men from the local Sunni community,” a senior police official had earlier told Reuters.

“Armed men hiding on both sides of the road attacked the bus,” local police chief Mohammad Ilyas said.

“Initial reports said 18 people have died and eight wounded,” he added.

Police officials said the bus came under attack in an area inhabited by two Sunni tribes about 430 km (267 miles) north of Islamabad.

The ambush happened near the town of Harban Nullah. DCO Chilas confirmed the incident.

The bodies of the deceased have been kept at Shatial hospital.

Local MP Abdul Sattar Khan linked the ambush to the murder of two Sunni Muslims a few days ago in Gilgit.

“The people of the area had vowed they would take revenge,” Khan told AFP by telephone.

Rehman Malik constitutes three-member investigation team

Interior Minister Rehman Malik constituted a three-member investigation team which will be supervised by the Deputy Inspector General of Hazara Division.

The team will comprise members from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and police officials.

The team will produce an investigation report within three days.

President Zardari takes notice of the attack

President Asif Ali Zardari, while taking notice of the attack said that the injured admitted in the hospital should be facilitated with the best treatment.

President Zardari also sought an investigative report of the attack.

Schools in Gilgit to remain closed for three days: CM G-B

While speaking to Express News, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah said that he was in contact with the chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and that investigations were underway.

“We [G-B government] have alerted the army, Frontier Corps and police so that no other incident could take place,” said Shah.

He said that section 144 has been imposed in Gilgit, while schools will remain closed for three days.

Shia-Sunnis remain brothers: KP Information Minister

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, the KPK information Minister said that the incident took place near Harband Nala, some 65 km from Dasu. He said that the bus was on its way from Rawalpindi to Gilgit when it was attacked at around 8:30 am “16 dead bodies have been handed over to the authorities in the area so far” said Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

“People of a particular sect were targeted to create chaos in the area,” the information minister said, reiterating that Shia and Sunni’s were brothers.

Reader Comments (129)

  • Bataan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:25AM

    start of another sectarian violence bout.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Gilgit Baltistan Liberation Army ?

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  • faraz
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:28AM

    Strategic assets have struck again

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  • shahid rizvi
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:28AM

    For how long will the sectarian war go on? our people are killing each other just to prove whose sect is better,how many more lives have to be lost due to our obsession with religion and our public’s taking it too seriously.How many more people have to die on both sides for us to be satisfied.

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  • Umar
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Geay CJ, Missing persons, agencies—– put blame on India, US and Israel. v r real innocent.

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  • Pakistan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:31AM

    Stop self-congratulations on Oscar award and deal with the real problems of Pakistan: terrorism, lawlessness, over population. Pakistan is fast becoming like Somalia. The only news coming out of Pakistan everyday is negative.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:36AM

    I knew we were in for serious trouble after allowing the Difa-e-Pakistan types to hold rallies in Pakistan with impunity. They may declare jihad against the US, India, Qadianis etc. for populist reasons but in reality, they were just raising the jihadist tempo against Pakistan.

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  • MUNIB
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:49AM

    Establishment’s “children” killing people with complete freedom.

    Part of the “strategic depth” plan ?

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  • Human
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Very sad ….why people in Pakistan do not realize that people are human first and then the religion comes ….very sad

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  • Basit
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Shia pilgrims traveling in buses should carry weapons with them always. The state can never be relied upon to protect you at all times, especially not with a government run by a crook.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:21PM

    All culprits should be brought to justice immediately!.

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  • Sindhu
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:28PM

    O, Muslims.
    For God’s Sake.
    Stop fighting amongst yourselves. Because we are already facing multiple enemies from all sides of our borders.
    All true muslims would probably agree with me that no muslim (Shia or Sunni) can kill a fellow muslim (Shia or Sunni) on trivial differences. These incidents are perhaps being planned by those non-muslims who never like to see Islam prosper and expand. But unfortunate part of the story is that our few fellow-muslims become tools in their hands and start supporting such activities.
    Dear Muslims (All Sects),
    Please understand the precarious situation for our religion and try to find out those who are masterminds of all this.

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  • Absar Shah
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:30PM

    3 children and 3 women included in martyrs .. akin to mastung incident, only shia passengers were lined up and shot at point blank ..

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  • Mehboob
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Its not secterian. its an international game to isolate Pakistan and to weaken Pak-China relationship by attacking Karakuram Highway

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  • wasim
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:44PM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    in your dreams, i wonder, you indians have any morality, always looking at the dark side of every incident.

    instead of wishing condolses to the family, you look to get some cheap points by raising invalid and false arguments,

    get a life and grow up kid

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  • Salman Nisar
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:59PM

    Makes me feel ashamed of being Pakistani!

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  • Absar Shah
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:00PM

    @Adnan:
    had the justice been served after mastung’s incident .. this would not have happened .. but CJ has eyes only for missing terrorists and corrupt politicians !!! y would he care for filthy bunch of “kafirs” being slaughtered !!!

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  • Zalim singh
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:02PM

    so much for tolerence and religion of peace.

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  • Karim
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:08PM

    These culprits must be dealt with force and thus Crush them completely.

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  • Irfee
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:18PM

    A DCO, belonging to sunni community, was killed in broad daylight in Gilgit by alleged Shia militants few weeks ago .. latest attack on bus might be carried out as retaliation ,,,,,

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  • Haytt
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Here we go ,we claim Islam means peace and they have been killed only because they belong the SHii school of Islam . ZIa and his radicalization , talibanization has ruined our society , we say we are muslims, i wonder even if we Humans first …. I belong to Gilgit, and this problem has roots from General Zia times, before that sunni , shia unity was exemplary , during his regime kohistani people killed hundreds of shia community in Jalalabad it was infect ethic cleansing, we have lost hope with country for our security and justice

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 1:27PM

    And Pakistan was created as a land where …………….ALL MUSLIMS OF THIS SUBCONTINENT WILL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER………..???

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  • zahid
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:29PM

    The culprits are surely banned outfits from Chilas linked with same outfits from Giglit city.
    The impact such act of barbarism engulf entire population of Gilgit Pakistan. There is possibility of tit for tat in any part of Gilgit Baltistan in encounter of this barbarism.

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  • Bharat R
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:30PM

    I am unable to understand why in Pakistan, a country that claims to have been formed as a safe haven for the Mohammaddens of the Indian Sub-Continent and one that goes to extreme and discriminatory lengths to emphasise its Mohammadden identity , killing fellow Mohammaddens simply for following a different variant of Mohammaddenism happens so frequently?

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  • Acorn Guts
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:41PM

    … and yet, we’ll all rally against foreign governments and agencies in large numbers but wouldn’t bat an eyelid when it comes to internal sectarian divides and home-grown murderers roaming around freely.

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  • Concerned_Indian
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:44PM

    How can you people ask for Kashmir with a straight face? If you monitor Indian news, no Kashmiri muslim has been killed for the past 6 months but there seems to be atleast 15-20 violent deaths caused by terrorists in Pakistan every day.

    Can you guarantee Kashmiris will be safer with Pakistan than with India?

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  • Martx
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Malik Ishaq and his fundos at it again.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Stern action should be taken against the so-called religious groups involved. Unfortunately the government doesnt have the backbone for it; too busy in concealing their loot.

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  • Tawakal UAE
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Very Sad Newz,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Oh my God,,,

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  • well-wisher
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:55PM

    Very sad. All culprits should be brought to justice but thats too much to ask for in Pakistan.

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  • Indian Atheist
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Time has come for secularism.. Religion will never solve problem.. Time is ripe now bcoz after 5 years it would be too late..

    (pls don’t start giving me examples from india bcoz they are abbe-rations not the regular event like pakistan)

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  • Ahsan Iftikhar
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:56PM

    I extend my condolences to the shia community. This is an event of immense shock, these things are bound to happen when you allow the banned outfits to hold rallies and spread hatred.

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  • Raks
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:03PM

    You guyz are so slow in posting comments

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  • agnostic
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:13PM

    I cannot understand how killing people of other sects prove your sects superiority. It proves only one thing ie how barbaric, intolerant and violent you are. Nothing to be really proud of. Recommend

  • dv sikka
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Could it happen during the British Raj.

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  • Noor Muhammad
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:17PM

    This is a very sad day in the history of Gilgit – Baltistan.

    The enemies of peace and harmony are enemies of Gilgit – Baltistan, enemies of Pakistan and enemies of Islam.

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  • Ali Anchan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:25PM

    Shia massacre in Mastung, in September 2011, is repeated in Gilgit today where Shias were offloaded, identified & then martyred.. 03 children & 03 women are amongst the 18 Shia muslims killed today by Taliban terrorists in Pakistan.

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  • Raja Nowshewan Kiani
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:31PM

    The continuity in the sectarian incidents all around show how determined the miscreants are to trigger the violence..

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  • FJ
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Time to defend ourselves! Be armed! Learn from your mistakes!!

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  • Atif
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:40PM

    @Arijit Sharma: Sectarian killing.

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  • obscursntist
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:40PM

    i’m from gilgit and i’m quite aware of the ground realities that exist there.Nowhere in history you are gonna find a single incident of such magnitude and type happened on karakoram highway from the shiite side.Why is it always from the sunni side?
    i’m startled at the response taken by ISlamabad.would it be this much careless and lazy if such incident took place in the heart of islamabad or lhr or somewhere other than GB? i dont know when the center is gonna start taking the nascent province seriously.I have my sister on way to Gilgit today and only i can understand whats the level of fear that we have in traveling byroad to gilgit.Please islamabad wake up now before its too late.

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  • Ehsan karim
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:40PM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    Outlawed terrorist group Jundallah is a Kyber pakhtun khwa based, We Gilgities are peace loving people. You got it ??

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  • The Sacred Flower
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:43PM

    please leave us alone, the peace loving community of north, all of us shia, sunni and Ismailis, we had lived here for centuries without questionining each others belief till Zia’s curse infected us back in 1988.

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  • another human
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:45PM

    @Sindhu:
    what a pathetic comment!! first, be a human, and read above article about the holder of responsibility.

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  • jamal
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Saudi Arabia strikes again

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  • Atif
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:55PM

    For more than five years such type of killings are happening in normal conditions in Gilgit-Baltistan. We use to hear such news everyday, though this is worse attack since 2005.
    One may ask who is responsible for this?
    Obviously! the non-serious behavior of G-B Government is responsible for these everyday killings.
    The Government need to be serious to refrain such attacks from happening in future.

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  • MarkH
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:56PM

    “They asked the passengers to get off the bus and shot them after checking their CNICs.”

    I know there’s no humane way to shoot someone but doing it like that (e.g. TTP executions) is just cold blooded.

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  • Hashim
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:56PM

    It is clear that one particular community is suffering the overwhelming majority of sectarian and terror attacks.

    What is the solution?

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  • azmat
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Attackers just living up to their ancestors standards!

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  • adam
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:01PM

    The militants proved one more time that international community has rightly targeted them through drone and by waging war. Drone are welcome further deep.

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  • Travian
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:05PM

    @Salman Nisar:
    Ok. SHAME SHAME once again.

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  • Kazmis
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:06PM

    It is not a simple sectarian clash, it is not for creation of violence, It is just to establish that Sunnies can not live with Shias. 65 years back Pakistan was made on TWO NATION THEORY, now new divisions on TWO SECTS Basis.

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  • sabreena
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:12PM

    painful moment for gilgit baltistan…. plz god!!!!!! give us strength.

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  • well-wisher
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:12PM

    Unfortunately, sectarian violence against Shia and Ahmediya communities go un-noticed and guilty are rarely brought to book which makes these killers bolder each passing day. Are they not part of Pakistan??

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  • anoni
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:15PM

    Remember , Divide and conquer. These act of killing innocent civilian are really disgusting but who actually gain from them? Who created jundullah? Next thing we would know would be some sunni being killed and blamed on shia.

    The solution: We need to stand united and get rid of all these killers organizations

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  • Annoyed
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:18PM

    Shame on Us and all those who are related to this country that we are still living in this Hell!

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  • Mir
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:26PM

    There should be congressional hearings on shia killings in US, then government will pay some heed to sectarian violence.

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  • Kaz
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:31PM

    @VINOD: Yes we are still one and will be, if our neighbours leaves us alone…why India have 10 embassy with Afghan border? but not in UK?????

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  • Kaz
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:35PM

    @Irfee: Shame, u r justifying the killing here Mr!!! isn’t it showing ur support to such acts in future(Did ur religion allow this? maybe if you have already deviated), if thats the case then 1 against one should be the result…and this is not the first ever attack on this minority sect. One of ur sect member died and u took the life of hundreds wat a STUPIDITY.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:38PM

    I thought Jundallah is a Sunni militant organization based in Iran, as they regularly target Iranian soldiers and Shia mosques. Does this mean that our JuD, HuT and Difa-e-Pakistan mullahs are working for the Americans as well in a grand conspiracy to contain Iran and the Shias? After all, grand conspiracies is a central talking theme of these mullahs anyway….

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  • Hopeless
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:45PM

    There is nothing so despicable as a secret society that is based upon religious prejudice and that will attempt to defeat a man because of his religion. -William Howard Taft, 27th US president (1857-1930)
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    Unfortunately, in Pakistan, these savages are not a secret society but part of open plan living.

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  • Naqi
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:49PM

    And yet parties like PTI, JI, JUP and DPC call for talks with such murderers.

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  • Rajendra Rana
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:53PM

    @Pakistan:
    but somalia is better than pakistan

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  • Indian
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:24PM

    My deep condolences to the family of grieved… Innocent people are getting killed due to irrational religious interpretations..

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  • Sherghazi
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Very Shocking and deadly attacked on people of Gilgit-Baltistan. Just shame and must be hanged the culprits.

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  • jabbar
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Saudi Arabia strikes again!

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  • Indian
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:27PM

    People from Gilgit are peace loving people. But panjab based sunni groups are creating havoc for other section of society

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  • Asad Jan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:48PM

    possibility to create divide for relations with Iran, please see the timing.

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  • Ali Nasir
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:52PM

    18 in response of 2, thats cheating

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  • Gilgit-Baltistan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 6:08PM

    When sunni,shias and ismailis are unite to eradicate the menace of terrorism in Gilgit-killing of innocent travelers is a question mark….. People of GB do not be intimidate because terror and traitor is already in fear…lets unite for peace of the motherland and root out terrorism…Recommend

  • Gilgiti
    Feb 28, 2012 - 6:11PM

    Hi , there is no Labration or so called army, we gilgiti love Pakistan without any conditions, we love to Pakistan is just like our love to our mother…. we are not bloch or Pathans…we are G8 Maglos…. But……according to ground reality after 50 years of Independence form Dogras we still have long way to get recognized ourselves form Pakistani establishment, we belong to no mans land why??? why we have no equal rites like other provinces??? i think there is lobay in this country to make people hat Pakistan slowly…

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  • Mustafa Kamal
    Feb 28, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Its highly disgusting to see the sectarian violence erupting again in Gilgit Baltistan. Hope and pray that the there is no retaliation in Gilgit. Peace to the land of Gilgit Baltistan.

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  • Jat
    Feb 28, 2012 - 6:49PM

    What is the easiest job on earth ? Pakistan’s Interior Minister – you just have to learn to speak these two sentences – 1. We have taken notice 2. Everything is under control

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  • zahid
    Feb 28, 2012 - 7:20PM

    This brutal and inhuman practice is not new for GBs after 88 war waged by estabilishmnet of our own country in the face of Taliban who made adventure to purge the shia community from the area and spreed their own version of faith from Afganistan to Pakistan. Gilgit-Baltistan is a Shia dominated area and all such incidents takes place when the people rise their voices for their polotical and financial right.This incident also happened after series of events has taken place for demanding their rights like to solve their territorial issue with K-P befor the starting of Daimir Dam ,financial rights with the federal who earns billions of rupees utilizing the G-B resources like minerals, forests, tourism, wildlife and many other royalities & natural resources and the constitutional right confered by SC many years ago.

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  • antony
    Feb 28, 2012 - 7:28PM

    @Jat , Just one more addition if you notice today’s news in TV. 3) Perpetrators of this crime will be punished. 4) There is a foreign hand behind this.

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  • let there be peace
    Feb 28, 2012 - 7:29PM

    May their souls rest in peace. I hope their families are taken care of.
    Please don’t kill out innocent citizens of Gilgit Baltistan,Recommend

  • SaudiRules
    Feb 28, 2012 - 7:49PM

    @Basit wrote:

    Shia pilgrims traveling in buses should carry weapons with them always. The state can never be relied upon to protect you at all times, especially not with a government run by a crook.”

    Shia pilgrims traveling in buses should carry weapons with them always
    Blaming the victims for not carrying gun, eh? You do know they were travelling/returning from an another country Iran, right? Do think Iranians wont throw them in jail if they found weapons on the pilgrims?

    state can never be relied upon to protect you especially not with a government run by a crook
    So according to you zardari should be escorting the bus that was attacked while army and FC are busy building DHA and brutally killing our own citizens, i.e. baloch? The reason we have lawlessness is because self-proclaimed protectors are doing everything but their job!

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  • Kamran shigri
    Feb 28, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Here we live in the 21st century… The world is crossing every barrier of developement and we are still fighting with each othe for being a sunni or a shia… We have become puppets in the hands of those who exploit our emtions for their benefits… Its not just ignorance rather ignorance of the ignorance prevalent in our society… The culprits should be caught and punished severely and radical steps should be taken to avoid such incidants…. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace

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  • Sane Voice
    Feb 28, 2012 - 8:42PM

    For Allah’s sake…Please top killing each other…

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  • Vishal
    Feb 28, 2012 - 8:43PM

    First they came on for Parsis,after that Came on for Budhists,then they Came on for Hindus,Then they came for Sikh.
    When there is not so called “Infidel” left,they started within themselves.
    First Ahmadis,now Shia.
    Next what???
    Carry on and one day U all may vanish in this process of “Infiedel Hunting”.

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  • Tariq Khattak
    Feb 28, 2012 - 8:44PM

    The corrupt government of GB is also responsible which has been ignoring the tensions and killings in the area since three years. Presently army has control of most of the Gilgit city, some areas controlled by Shias while Sunnis are fortifying positions in the remote area. Kohistan was selected for the crime as the murderers would get logestic support there as the local population was used by State for sectrian crimes in past.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 9:13PM

    People who target and kill innocents are terrorists. The terrorists can call themselves by any name they wish, but they will always be identified by their actions. Pakistanis have been under attack by the terrorists for quite some time, and these terror attacks have increased in the last few days. Our sympathies and condolences go out to the Pakistani nation and the families of the innocent people killed in today’s attack. It is ridiculous to blame any of these attacks on the United States. There is no evidence whatsoever to support this accusation against the U.S. The terrorists are as much our enemy as Pakistan’s. We need to step-up up our cooperation and go full force against these killers. Their attacks without remorse on innocent women and children show how desperate they have become. Isn’t this the time to stop indulging in conspiracy theories and focus on the menace of terrorism? Peace can only prevail if this menace is eliminated once and for all.

    Maj David Nevers
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • raheela
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:30PM

    this country is going no where.what a sad sad incident

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  • let there be peace
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:31PM

    read it as– please don’t kill ‘*our*’ citizens.
    Rest is censored.Recommend

  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:34PM

    Where are Difa e Pakistan goons. Why don’t they visit this part of our country???? Our faces are blackened in the world through these acts of those whom we fail to touch, but why?? Government knows who and where they are so why not Operation Cleanse Up taken against these elements who so bravely claim to be behind these inhuman acts??? Their ID cards were checked and then killed. Shame on all those who give protection to these barbarians.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 9:37PM

    This really is OUR, Pakistan’s, war…at least for minorities, moderates and liberals who don’t want further Talibanization. The claim that fundamentalists will simply leave or disappear after the US goes is ridiculous. The militants and the terrorists will remain along with their prejudiced religious twisted munafiq sympathizers, which sadly seem to be a huge chunk of Pak society who’ll lie and deflect with xenophobic excuses on why the violence is happening to ease their own bias and culpability, while cheering on notorious extremists and terrorists at the Difa-e-Pakistan rallies. The sectarian and twisted religious hegemonic agenda in creating regional oppression through murderous violence and aggression will continue unless Pakistanis themselves choose not to let it be so. Sadly, unlikely.Recommend

  • mind control
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:37PM

    A. We have a Difa-e-Pakistan threatening to protect Pakistan. Can we now have a Difa-e-Pakistanis promising to safeguard all Pakistanis.

    B. Any statements from DPC and IK?

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  • smj
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:50PM

    Open up your eyes, chief justice of Pakistan and Media. The shias are being slaughted every day and you are looking at the other way.
    Shame on you!Recommend

  • smj
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:53PM

    @mind control:
    Diffa-e-Pakistan councile has people like Malik Ishaq who openly admits the slaughters like this and get bailed out because of “lack of evidence”.

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  • smj
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:56PM

    @Mir:
    so true Mir.

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  • Karim Khan
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:12PM

    It seems like the country is at the mercy of Terrorists, who are imported from all around the world to our country, under the names of Taliban, Al Qaeeda or Jandallah etc, in order to sabotage its peace and progress. Who is behind the conspiracy and massacre? While the fact is that Pakistan has nothing to do with all these terrorist groups…
    What are our government organizations doing? What are our intelligence organizations doing? Who will try to change this negative image of Pakistan? Today everywhere Pakistan is considered the most dangerous country. The international media defuses only negative news about our country, what is our Ministry of Information and Media doing?
    How these weapons and bombs are coming into the country? Is there any way to control or not? The military needs to have a massive operation through the country to clean up the weapons. All the weapon production should immediately be banned. All the weapons shops from Karachi to Khyber should be banned.
    If we like to save the country then the government must take an immediate action before it gets too late! For God sake, think about the future of this country… save the country…

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  • JS
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:20PM

    If killing is the only solution! Kill each other once and for all and settle this! Illiteracy is to blame, Saudi-Arabia is supposedly the center of our religion are they doing something to educate the Muslim Umma! I don’t think so they are too busy racing cars, jets skis, are they researching in science and technology! Aren’t there indications in the Holy book of “Buraq” has anyone from Saudia been to outer space…. But the Jews and Christians and Hindus have! Religion is supposed to be a personal matter! I am disgusted to hear such news… lets us save GB from this disease of sectarian killing lets us be tolerant!

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:23PM

    Biggest enemy of Islam are not India, Israel or west, but Muslims themselves. Leave aside wars, Ha any Muslims been targeted anywhere in terrorism? There have been social riots in India, but not cold blooded killings like this. Why can’t Pakistan unite to stop all this. If Pakistan can observe Kashmir day each year, why not a anti-sectarian day ? When there were hindu-Muslim riots in Kolkata in 1947, Gandhi is went there. Riots stopped? Try Gandhian methods, it will help.

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  • Akbar Hussain
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:33PM

    Most heinous act of brutality in the history of GB. Only condemnation is not enough,we should get united to foil the intentions of enemies who create sectarianism.

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  • Parvez
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:14PM

    ……and still we do nothing about the madrassas and their sponsors.

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  • shiasishia
    Feb 29, 2012 - 12:13AM

    if a strike like this had happened against sunnis a complete shutter down strike would have been called all over Pakistan. Thats the difference between sunnis and shias.Recommend

  • hyder Shah
    Feb 29, 2012 - 12:37AM

    All shias need to unite against wahabism trying to create problems for whole of pakistan.Recommend

  • saqib
    Feb 29, 2012 - 12:47AM

    come on ppl, understand the bigger game…its more than sectarian based violence…its the USA and other powers exerting their pressure on Pak to provide bases for invading Iran. Shia’s are being targeted to sever ties building b/w Pak and Iran (whose aim is to contain American presence in the region.)…Ever thought why Anti Iran Jundullah Group claimed the responsibility? jundullah has had a history with CIA in the past. High time for Pakistan.

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  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Feb 29, 2012 - 1:35AM

    I just cannot comprehend such massacres of innocent people. How can some one point a gun and shoot at an unarmed human being? It doesn’t matter whether the victims are Pakistanis or Shiyas or Mumbaikars – they are ordinary folks who love their families and try to earn a living. This is just so unsettling.

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  • hyder Shah
    Feb 29, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Allah give the courage and strength to all shias in this moment of sadness and deeper. We pray for justice and revenge for these wahabists who are actually infidels in the guise of islam.Recommend

  • Feb 29, 2012 - 1:38AM

    This is very unfortunate and tragic, indeed.

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  • Spud
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:09AM

    @Sindhu: have you ever thought how could outsiders come into Pakistan to kill Shias? Is your administration so bad that anyone can come kill people and walk away without getting captured? If Muslims do not back off such outdated and inhuman mentality you will end up killing eachother into extinction. I hope that does not happen ever. Recommend

  • Nitin
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:47AM

    @Human: Do you Realized the same when you supported the Mumbai attacks , Delhi bomb Blasts, Mumbai train Carnage …

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  • Nitin
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:49AM

    @Mehboob:
    your ancestors died blaming other countries , they never thought of issues with in Pakistan … same you will die like this … if you really concerned first look for problems within Pakistan…. others have nothing to do with this..

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  • Nitin
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:55AM

    @Mard-e-Haq:

    Do not spend a minute in looking in to your own acts. start blaming others …. these countries arr far far ahead of Pakistan….

    Nothing would happen with blaming them You have change your self , leave extremism … follow religion only for wellness of human beings not for killing them

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  • aceleaf
    Feb 29, 2012 - 4:58AM

    Home grown, state proxy terror outfits are doing this.
    State should reconsider its act.

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  • Syed Kashmiri
    Feb 29, 2012 - 6:15AM

    Such terrorist organisations must be decimated. As for as the Indian trolls posting here they should confine their nefarious comments to Indian rag sheets.

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  • Syed Kashmiri
    Feb 29, 2012 - 6:25AM

    Such unchecked terrorism shows the complete spinelessness,cowardice and apathy of the Pakistani Government. The basic function of any government is to protect its people. if Zardari and Gilani cannot do this basic job,they out to resign.

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  • Irfan
    Feb 29, 2012 - 6:34AM

    Sectarian violence has been one of the biggest problems of the region. It’s not just a matter of one single incident taking place in an area, and resulting in a specific number of casualties; it’s about the extent to which such atrocities affect the social fabric of the region in the long term. Every such incident comes with a number of inevitable consequences, which, more than anybody else, affect the lives of innocent masses. Three people have already been killed in Gilgit city since the massacre took place exacerbating the already existing sense of insecurity. It is very much possible that things go back to normal in a few days; whether or not they will stay normal is hard to answer.

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  • Naila Khan
    Feb 29, 2012 - 7:30AM

    @Basit @ obscursntist @ Atif

    I do not think it is fair to blame the government for this incident. The hatred in the hearts of these people is intense. If you go to GB and see the KKH one would realize that it is impossible to have security everywhere on KKH. The highway is so long and narrow that there is not much the government can do. But the people have to realize it themselves that such hatred over centuries is doing no good. Investment by the government in policies to bring shia and sunni together are need. Interfaith dailogue and education can only change this. There is no short term solution to this. Federal government has to invest in the children’s education so that they are not brainwashed by their parents and learn to live in peace with shias and sunnis.

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  • Pragmatist
    Feb 29, 2012 - 7:30AM

    This is what happens when you place religion on a higher pedestal than what it deserves. You don’t owe your life to anybody for the simple reason that you did not beg to be born. Your life is yours and yours alone. Religion had nothing to do with your existence.

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  • Feb 29, 2012 - 8:26AM

    Pakistan was formed by someone who said Muslims are different from HIndus.

    One fine day someone stood up and said Bengalis are different from the rest of Pakistanis, Bangladesh for formed.

    Now, several others are standing up pointing how different they are, rather, how different the other person is. The divisive mindset has taken over.

    Compare this with India, where unity is promoted over everything else. A Sikh is the PM today.

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  • Lord
    Feb 29, 2012 - 8:56AM

    I request CJ to take notice of this continuous cleansing of shias in Pakistan. One of the reason of this country’s suffering is thousands of innocents are killed here and no one is there to provide them justice.

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  • Juvenile
    Feb 29, 2012 - 11:18AM

    The factions are enemys of muslim

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  • Sajida
    Feb 29, 2012 - 12:13PM

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8537567.stm
    Iran Jundullah leader claims US military support

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  • Siddiq
    Feb 29, 2012 - 1:06PM

    What a shame, Pakistani law enforcement agencies have been repeatedly failed to protect security to the passengers specially shias of gilgit baltistan. Its a sad news and the attacks are strongly condemned.

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  • Sane
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Simple reaction to what is happening in Syria. This was once in long time (in that area), while Homs is witnessing this every day !!!

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  • NH
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:45PM

    What a pathetic silence from all humanity. This has been going on from many years and we are just following veena malik and oscars and all.
    US is so very right to drone them. These terrorists should be killed in the most painful ways imaginable. Curse these savvages. Curse them.

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  • qambar
    Feb 29, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Do you know that Quaid I Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was Shia Muslim? All religious parties objected creation of a Pakistan, Yes Shia s are being punished for creating Pakistan. If you want to have peace in Pakistan? Say no to sectarianism. Peace and tranquility for all religious entities.

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  • Nazir
    Feb 29, 2012 - 4:53PM

    Where is Chief Justice’s “Suo Moto Notice” now?

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  • Observer
    Feb 29, 2012 - 9:30PM

    Interesting…

    Partition took place because some muslims felt they couldn’t live with the Hindus
    Bangladesh took shape because some Pakistanis felt Bengalis were not equals and they couldn’t live with them
    Now some muslims in Pakistan feel Shias are not muslim enough and they cannot live amidst them.
    Wonder what narrow distinction will manifest in the next cause of divisiveness

    I guess when a nation was built on the premise of divisiveness (when there was so much of a shared past one could have put ones faith on), the seeds were sown for the pattern to continue into the nation’s future. I have often felt the only difference between Pakistan and India was the leadership that set the vision for each of these countries. It is not the way we dress,what we eat, the music we hold close to our hearts, our family values etc.

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  • KDP
    Feb 29, 2012 - 9:46PM

    Just curious to know how Shia can be identified from Sunni Muslims? By their names?

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  • Junaid
    Mar 1, 2012 - 5:22AM

    And Pakistanis say people like Hafiz Saeed are peace loving people, I know this incident is not linked with his brand of terrorist outfit but as long as the sympathies are there, these incidents will continue, as long as these terrorists keep holding “dafa-e-Pakistan” rallies and people religiously keep flogging to these rallies held in the name of anything against America, people will keep on being killed in the name of religion. Time to end our religious obsession and get rid of these terrorists who have brain-washed our entire nation.

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  • Juvenile
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:09AM

    And they claim that they are only muslim and wish others to not to breathRecommend

  • itp
    Mar 1, 2012 - 11:29AM

    interesting… not even a passing comment by IK condemning this act! sometimes i wonder whether i am supporting the right person to steer us out of this mess!

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  • Juvenile
    Mar 1, 2012 - 3:23PM

    This is Difa e islamRecommend

  • raza
    Mar 1, 2012 - 4:55PM

    lose of gilgity lifes are very large.they are nice people.may allah give saber to shaheeds family.wasalam

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  • Noran danish
    Mar 3, 2012 - 12:20PM

    How come media is covering those who are against islam and claims they are only…

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  • Apr 1, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Well, is this correct that Jindullah accept the killings, this might be a false call like after every blast Taliban claims resposibility through a.Rehman Malilk, but the fact that there is no ay prove of it. I think that this type of news of showing the name of Jindullah will only cause to start sectarian fight, media should know its responsility and hide such newsRecommend

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