2 killed, 18 injured in Karachi blast

Published: August 17, 2012

Bystanders gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi on August 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

Bystanders gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi on August 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Pakistani Shia Muslims shout slogans beside a damaged bus after a bomb explosion in Karachi on August 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP A Pakistani policeman and volunteers stand in front of a damaged bus after a bomb explosion in Karachi on August 17, 2012.  PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: At least two people were killed and 18 people injured in a blast near the Safari Park in Karachi, Express News reported on Friday.

The blast had occurred when a bus was passing by the area. Passengers on board were on their way to participate in a rally on MA Jinnah Road.

“A low-intensity bomb planted near a bus stand in Gulistan-e-Jauhar neighbourhood exploded and hit a car and a bus,” senior police official Shahid Hayat told AFP.

“The bomb killed a man in the car and injured 11 others, most of whom were bus passengers,” Hayat said.

All of the injured were shifted to Jinnah hospital where doctors declared that most of them are in serious condition.

Dr Seemin Jamali, the Director of Emergency Services at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) stated that two injured who were in critical condition have been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

There is no confirmation on the nature of the blast as yet. The Express News correspondent has reported that ball bearings had pierced through the arms, legs and chests of the passengers.

Initial reports stated that the passengers were students of Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) who were headed to the rally. More than 20 people were on board.

The Youm-e-Quds rally was scheduled to begin from Numaish Chowrangi and conclude at Tibet Centre.

The bus was partially destroyed as a result of the blast. A Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) sub-station located outside Safari Park was also damaged in the blast.

Other participants of the rally at the blast site are being sent off in buses.

“We can’t say it was aimed at the bus as the bomb mainly hit the car. But we are investigating,” said a police official on the condition of anonymity.

Law enforcement agencies arrived and started conducting investigations.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah sought a report from the Inspector General (IG) of Police.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Javed Maher said that an additional contingent of police was deployed at the blast site.

Participants at the rally site staged a protest and chanted slogans against the incident.

The protesters said that proper security was not provided to the participants despite bus routes being known.

A protester said that it was a “conspiracy of the United States and Israel” and declared that the rally will be carried out as scheduled.

According to Express News, Youm-e-Quds is being observed and many rallies are being taken out in this regard. The rally is organised every year on the last Friday of Ramazan.

Reader Comments (57)

  • Just Manners
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Religious activities should be restricted to places of worship and to homes and at the most to places of work.

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  • A Pakistani
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:49PM

    Mr. Jinnah you have put your fellows
    Shias in a misery!

    Weren’t we better off with the British? At least they did not kill us because of our religion.

    PEW research says 40-50% Pakistanis think Shias are non Muslims. Sorry to say but partition only favored only some people. Bengal, Sindh, Balochistan and Pashtuns have suffered bad.

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  • Aug 17, 2012 - 3:51PM

    So this country has become a entertainment hub for those who wish to blast anywhere they want like in a video game or something?

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  • aley
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:51PM

    How ET knows that the bus was carrying ISO students?

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  • ali
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:58PM

    This action clearly suggest that they at Israel side

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  • Murtaza
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:00PM

    Another terrorist activity by animals. How can one justify bombing masjids where muslims pray to Allah. Similarly this rally is being carried out to protest against oppressed muslims in Palestine, so i am confident one who did this blast is not a muslim whether he calls him such

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  • A
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:03PM

    This is really very sad news !

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  • M
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:05PM

    As per other news sources, the cause of the blast is a cylinder explosion and not an IED as reported by ET.

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  • mkz
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:06PM

    The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing

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  • Logic europe
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:09PM

    Imran khan is hero of terrorists

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  • tubzk
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:13PM

    I live near safari park and em really scared after this blast has occurred near my home,i was passing by safari park just after the blast had happend, i was wondering that why there are so many ambulances every where, bcoz terrific sound of ambulance always make me frightened when eger i hear it, i got to know about blast as soon as i reached home and im thinking i could have been injured or killed too, em really upset about the law and order situation and now i know how it feels when u are the victim of an incident

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  • Aryabhat
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:13PM

    A Shia (Mr Jinnah) fought for Pakistan – a nation for Muslims! “Direct Action” day called by Mr Jinnah fuelled killings of Hindus and brought Birtish to agree that Hindus and Muslims can’t live together.

    However, even after creation of Pakistan, that urge for killing has not dissipated! Same sect of Mr Jinnah is now at receiving end!

    What a “religion of peace”!

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  • san
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Zia and his beloved Jahadi sons blowing everyone. Recommend

  • Indian Wisdom
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:16PM

    Seems like militants are celebrating independence day in their own pervert way!!!! Poor innocents are just numbers (how many killed and injured in a blast) for them. Only god knows what service they are doing to Islam by killing innocent people.

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  • tubzk
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:17PM

    @ A Pakistani
    I totally agree with u, we were more safe with britishers

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:20PM

    @M: “The Express News correspondent has reported that ball bearings had pierced through the arms, legs and chests of the passengers”.
    These ball bearings must be from that very cylinder????

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  • Amima Sayeed
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:21PM

    @Just Manners:
    for once read history!!! Yom e Quds is to remember what was lost, the usurpation of land and the price Palestinians are still paying!!! If it were not for Shias, we wouldnt even know what Yom-ul-Quds is! Btw you sound like Rehman Malik who was advising Hazaras to stop travelling in buses to avoid casualties! Seriously? Just by putting on blinkers, you think all the problems will go away.

    PS: I am not a Shia in case you’d dub me as suffering from persecution complex. I make the urban majority (from whichever angle you see) and I am ashamed at the non-chalant attitude of all the parha likhas in response to the genocide against religious minorities in Pakistan.

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  • Raw is War
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Blame RAW?

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  • ashok sai
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Using terrorism as a instrument of state policy can yield results like this only, its a double edged sword, think before sink.

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  • Amir
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:44PM

    I saw long time ago a TV news cast which showed relifious rallies in Indonesia being held inside a stadium.
    We should follow suit and ban all public rallies on roads/public places.
    Let’s designate a place where such gathering and rallies could be held.

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  • Ahsan Shah
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:54PM

    i blame govt for this big lossRecommend

  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:55PM

    @Just Manners:
    I totally and emphatically agree that ALL religious and semi-religious functions and engagements should be held within the compounds of places of worship. such functions and engagements should also be stripped of facility to use loudspeakers and amplifiers. Besides, political rallies and corner meetings in public pplaces should also be disallowed. Such rallies should be allowed to be held in big parks. All these religious, semi-religious and political rallies distub civic life and bring miseries including the loss of human lives. It is need of the time to mobilise public opinion to discourage religious rallies in public places.

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:25PM

    @Amima Sayeed:
    yeah because you didn’t have to suffer traffic jams and road closures near your home because of this so-called AL-QUDS rally… hate it when VIPs and this religious mafia demands treatment above the rest by crying out wolf…

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Please stop this nonsense discussion of Shia Sunny. All victims are Pakistanis and human beings. Those forces, who have divided Pakistanis into different sects, ethnicity and castes are responsible for this situation. Divisions on these grounds were the reason that Sunni passengers of Babusar Buses did not help their Shia brothers.

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  • M
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:40PM

    @ Indian Wisdom: Considering the ‘Breaking News’ phenomenon that plagues our news agencies, many unverified facts may be put up to generate the maximum viewership.

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  • jon
    Aug 17, 2012 - 6:22PM

    @a pakistani
    nindu/muslim violence sadly is pretty common in India

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  • Ali Hasan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 6:43PM

    most probably it was Israel and the US, in Gulistan-e-Johar. Recommend

  • Mohammad ali
    Aug 17, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Our security system is totally out of work! They should form special forces like FBI,SWAT etc.

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  • Indian
    Aug 17, 2012 - 7:14PM

    I think these Terrorists doesn’t have any work other than putting Bombs and firing on innocent people.. :(
    Pakistan only introduced the Terrorism to the world. Now its the time to see the taste of their own ….!!
    I feel pity on Pakistan’s Innocent people.:( Kindly ask Indian Govt. for any assistance required to make your country secured!!

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  • ginko biloba intelect
    Aug 17, 2012 - 7:33PM

    blame Israel,and let jammati squad on street thats all

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  • Fazal Rabi
    Aug 17, 2012 - 7:36PM

    @Just Manners: just as the drone attacks should be restricted to Afghanistan. Get life man.

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  • Just Manners
    Aug 17, 2012 - 7:49PM

    @Amima Sayeed:
    Youm e quds is given a sectarian twist. It should not have been the case. Restricting religious observances to places of worship, homes, and at places of work is the only way to ensure peace. If this is not done, violence will continue, and I am for stopping violence not matter what the cause. All those who sincerely believe in peace must restrict religious observance to places I have just cited or violence would continue to mar the Pakistani society. I condemn violence in the strongest terms, no matter what the cause, no matter who does it and to whom it is done to. So all please denounce violence.

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  • khalsa
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:19PM

    @aley:
    journalism

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  • Khadim Karrar
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:21PM

    History shows that fanatics and miscreants on both side of the sectarian divide are looking for bloodshed and just wait for an opportunity. Religion-based public demonstrations are an ideal opportunity for causing reactionary bloodshed. In a country with such a divide, religion should be a private matter.

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  • smj123
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:23PM

    @Just Manners: if the religious observence is restricted to places of worship, how it makes the terrorists civilized overnight and they dont attack us inside mosques?. The only solution is to get them before they get us. Thank you for your thoughts though but I dont think we are ready to surrender.

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  • drbs
    Aug 17, 2012 - 8:55PM

    @Just Manners:
    I agree that religious observence is restricted to places of worship. “With firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in… to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves. “

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  • DevilHunterX
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:23PM

    Thank you Mr. Bhutto for bringing religion into politics.

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  • kanwal
    Aug 17, 2012 - 9:33PM

    @Just Manners
    Besides, thats exactly what they want. they want to have no powerful street presence of our people on the streets in Pakistan in any form. Fortunately or unfortunately, Shia brothers get the most prominence and thats why get the most hits. But just go and calculate the ratio of blasts inside enclosed spaces versus open spaces in the last ten years and you will know where the weakness of your argument lies. We are happy when the world’ biggest demonstration against Iraq war takes place in London. But we ourselves are complete bigots and want to follow a way out which is not even a way out considering the statistics of bomb blasts.

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  • Just Manners
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:27PM

    @kanwal:
    History of blasts within compounds where religious gatherings are observed is partly a result of the use of loudspeakers that spew out religious hatred and it is not as old as riots, and killings that result from public religious demonstrations. Stop hateful speech and it would contribute to peace within compounds and outside of arenas. Stop public flaunting religious observances and it would also help peace. By all means have public political demonstrations and rallies but keep them strictly political.

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  • ashfaq sharif
    Aug 17, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Israel and Jewish agent including Wahabi are responsible for the attack on Al-Quads rally coming from Safari Park to M. A. Jinnah road, Numiash.

    they proofed that they are true and blind followers of Yazedi Pig, As in Pakistan Talban, sipa-e-sahab active and promoting their works to reach heaven but their right place to go all people who are the killers, supporters and remain silent observer ( do not take any notice )

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  • Abid Khan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 11:02PM

    Those who are against making religion a private matter and those who would continue to support conspicuous flaunting of religious observances are enemies of peace.

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  • ss
    Aug 17, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Shias protesting Zionist occupation of Jerusalem, get slaughtered by the Taliban in Quetta. Welcome to Cannibal Republic of Pakistan. — Nadeem F. Paracha (Quds rally bomb blast in quetta 2010)

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  • kanwal
    Aug 17, 2012 - 11:44PM

    @just manners
    Problem with you argument stays the same. If you stop the hate preachers, whose mosques and gatherings are almost never the ones bombed, the blasts and attacks will stop by no matter how many rallies are allowed in the name of religion. We have centuries of history of rallies in IndoPak region, especially in current India and generally in Pakistan where not only people frim all sects repsectedly took part in the proceedings but these rallies actually created interfaith harmony and interaction but also provided a huge platform from which to get inspiration for peace. Its not a coincidence that Gandhi’s ideal for non violence happens ti be Imam Hussain. Now bring in the Bhutto and Zia rules in what is currently Pakistan and you will find why dictators, feudals and their foregin friends dont want the people of this country to be united. They know if they divide, they woyld rule. And just to antagonise this effort of these rascals, we should not follow what they would gladly like. Stopping hate preachers is important, not the POTENTIAL places that hate could be converted into action. Non-violence is the religion we should adopt now to fight injustice. And we need this fight NOW. its already too late.

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 1:07AM

    @Just Manners:
    Its made up excuses for intolerant demands of twisted ideological Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni extremists. Religious hatred on loudspeakers is relatively rare by minority Shia practitioners, not even ‘partly’, compared to Sunni hate groups which advocate murder but are accepted as mainstream and face little condemnation or attack. Do loudspeakers contribute to terrorists bombing markets, bases, hotels, too? Even with supposed hate speech, again rare, it doesn’t justify bombings, massacres and murders of innocents. Its hypocrisy and insanity. You’re restricting and censoring only Shia presence simply because their controversial religious views, misconstrued as ‘hate speech’ by extremists or uncomfortable bigots, defies the hegemonic Sunni narrative. What religious hatred was spewed on a loudspeaker out by the Imamia students? Or at funerals, buses, hospitals, homes, etc? Excuses, excuses. Its not 2 equal sides. There are majority extremists indulging in sectarian cleansing and ideological terrorism and are remarkably ignored. Religious public flauntings happen in the West with freedom and security. Contrast the level of diversity and tolerance by the majority. Violence will not magically disappear by punishing the minority. The intolerance of some members of the majority who hold bigoted or prejudiced views needs to be addressed. Fantasy and justification of self-victimization due to some perceived or supposed religious hate speech to excuse every insane violent extremist crime in the present and future, will not fly.

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  • Ali
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:18AM

    @Just Manners:
    it was not a RELIGIOUS activity!it was a protest against the killings!are protests done at home mr JUST MANNERS????????????

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  • Karam Ali Khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:36AM

    Pakistan is seems to be failed state and this is what Jinnah never thought about otherwise he would never create Pakistan as muslim state where even muslims have no right to live with their beliefs and how we can justify the fact minorities like hindus migrating from Pakistan to India……this is not just failure of two nation theory even one nation cannot live together peacefully in the name of religion!!!!!!

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  • shiasaremuslims
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:52AM

    Eid will be observed as a period of mourning in karachi. All offices and shops and commercial establishments will be closed as a mark of respect for all the shias killed during this year.

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  • Aug 18, 2012 - 7:19AM

    @Abid Khan:

    But those who bomb and attack such religious observances are what? Friends of peace?

    All for secularism…but with pluralism. Is being a conspicuous visible religious minority, that is not indulging in govt matters, but simply assembling out in the public street since Jinnah’s time, really that threatening to a majority to justify to indulge in hate and violence. Such observances happen so peacefully in the West. Perhaps its those who are intolerant of such observances by the minority, who really are enemies of peace.

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  • Abid Khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:37AM

    There should be equal restriction for all for keeping religion out of streets. Use of loudspeakers is to be allowed for azan only. Try this and peace prospects would improve.

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  • Abid Khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 11:56AM

    @bigsaf:
    “Such observances happen so peacefully in the West.” This is factually a wrong statement. Religious processions are rare, if at all, they take place in the West. No Western nation allows regularly recurring religious processions, as that inconveniences the public. Creating annoyance by disturbing traffic and business activities amounts to causing “eeza” to the people in general and as such is unIslamic. Any freedom is subject to restraint as restraint is the necessary pre-requirement for freedom. Anyone should be free so long as he does not impinge on the freedom of others. Street demonstrations deny freedom of movement and freedom of carrying on the normal activities of life and as such freedom for some turns into denial of freedom for everyone. Therefore, these street activities are an unnecessary imposition and the denial of freedom. Thus, there is need to restrict them for all faiths and sects equally. Even, so I condemn any violence that threatens anyone, regardless. But do not provide a chance to fanatics to destroy peace and cause national disturbance.

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  • Aug 19, 2012 - 4:31AM

    @Abid Khan:
    A bold denial, but you are mistaken as it is not rare and quite factual. Many public processions and protests take place here, including the recent Youm-e-Ali procession here in the GTA. There is a Julus taken out for Muharram in the middle of downtowns across N.America every year.

    By this logic any pro-Palestinian rally held in the heart of downtown would be considered ‘un-Islamic’ (wonder what else is ‘un-Islamic’ and how far you’ll take it) according to some businesses or different interest groups who are inconvenienced (but not really much, the same for the religious procession, as most recognize their right and freedom to gather).

    Its right-wing Sunni talking points and excuses that resent any minority Shia activity. True, there’s need for improved organization for better movement in Pak, but it really is untruthful hyperbole to claim everyone else is denied freedom. Why would you exempt disorganized political rallies then causing the same ‘freedom’ issues in Pak? Because it really does come down to religious intolerance. This really isn’t about all religious groups or sects, because rarely is it ever suggested against other groups in such regards even when evidentially spouting inflammatory violent rhetoric, but only just the minority sect’s freedom to gather peacefully specifically targeted in mind, without ever really addressing or taking action against the growing Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni extremist fanaticism growing in the country against them.

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  • Nonviolent Pacifist
    Aug 19, 2012 - 1:51PM

    Religious exhibitionism is also a form of religious extremism.

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  • Abid Khan
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:18PM

    @bigsaf:
    “Why would you exempt disorganized political rallies then causing the same ‘freedom’ issues in Pak? Because it really does come down to religious intolerance.” There is a big difference between organized/disorganized political rallies and organized/disorganized religious rallies. More than the former, the latter often lead to violence. Sometimes these very rallies become violent they cause destruction of private property, which often is targeted. And, more importantly they give an unjustifiable excuse for the fanatics to cause bloodshed. Both cause problems for the nation and a lot of taxpayers money is spent on providing protection (sometimes, which though woefully inadequate, yet causes a heavy burden on the national exchequer.) Before one thinks of himself as a Sunni, Wahhabi, Deobandi, Baraeilvi, Shia, Ahmadi, Parsee, Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Christian or Jew, he/she should consider the best interest of the country, which is already in deep trouble because growing violence. The present situation demands, that the vicious cycle of action/reaction should stop to promote peace. Otherwise, the alternatives are too gruesome to contemplate.Recommend

  • Aug 20, 2012 - 1:02AM

    @Abid Khan:

    Political rallies and union strikes ending violent is not uncommon in Pak. These religious processions are usually peaceful and don’t spontaneously turn violent, except when attacked by Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni extremists, to justify their religious intolerant threatening demands to shut-down such processions, which some are willing to appease than rather crackdown on the terrorists, more fixated discussing the property damage than lost lives. Terrorists are not restricted and have targeted minorities at masjids, funerals, homes, etc, not to mention everyone at markets, hospitals, churches, shrines, hotels, police stations, schools, etc, but of course no one will ban them. So its not a both cause problems thing or a vicious cycle. There’s an ideological monopoly and imposed hegemony of violence.

    I’d understand a moratorium on such large visible functions, due to the massive terrorism in Pak and inability to protect, unlike in the West, but really this religious hate, fanaticism and bigoted intolerance oozing in hegemonic majority society, driving every minority underground, denying their rights to assemble peacefully, curbing their freedom, persecuting them to avoid confronting the fanatics, appeasing, if not agreeing with extremists who threaten violence, needs addressing. Its simply an easy cop out and superficial cosmetic solution that won’t end the hate and violence.

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  • Peace Seeker
    Aug 20, 2012 - 3:07PM

    @bigsaf:
    Hegemony of minority not of majority.
    Comparing such procession observances in the West is misleading. There they are rare (hardly a couple/year) and they do not paralyze entire cities. Here in Pakistan, you have a practical shut down all over the country for many days, recurring every year. This is not a right for peaceful assembly as you project as it is neither peaceful nor allows for activities of normal life. Even before terrorist targeting, which is no more than some thirty years old, if that, these procession have led to disturbance of peace many a time. It seems that the hegemony is of the minority not of the majority.

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  • Abid Khan
    Aug 20, 2012 - 3:18PM

    @bigsaf:
    Fanatics/terrorists are not identifiable, they are scattered all around and cannot be controlled. You cannot eliminate them.Recommend

  • Aug 21, 2012 - 4:12AM

    @Peace Seeker:
    Considering Pak has Wahhabized since the 80′s, rising anti-Shia bigotry and killings, with no mechanism to address discrimination & courts favouring extremists, and G-B with a non-Sunni or Shiite Muslim majority under-represented by Sunni-Deoband lawmakers federally, the anti-minority resentful claim of their hegemony is doubtful. Privileges have diminished since Shiite Jinnah’s time. It recurs every year in the West. What differs is size, scope and management. Let’s not hyperbole inconvenience with peace. Its for the most part non-violent regardless of how others dislike their presence or beliefs and most likely to raise tensions. Its claimed economic social activity does not stagnate, instead boosts, with such processions in Pak. There should be better management to avoid paralysis, because clearly it can be done right as seen elsewhere.

    @Abid Khan:

    If this unfortunate resigned fact is true, then clearly a ban is a weak excuse, as fanatics flourish. Priorities to achieve peace are confused, as what’s necessary to do is not being done. One can identify them, LeJ/TTP/ASWJ, etc, and control them if they tried, as other countries do of their own groups (like Canada identifying Sunni Islamist extremists and thwarting the Toronto 18 and others. Of course, its easier with a smaller Muslim population), but the fertile environment, bad attitudes and policies in Pak has made it pitifully plagued in terrorism. Extremist ideologues have mingled among mainstream folks who fail to root them out along with the authorities, and other social issues, such as gun control, education, religiosity, law and order, national policies etc. I like to thank you for keeping this conversation civil despite our disagreements. Eid Mubarak.

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