Bomb blasts: In Hyderi, fear looms over Bohra jamaat

Published: September 20, 2012

Local residents gather at the site of bomb explosions in Karachi on September 18, 2012. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: The Dawoodi Bohra community is shaken. Tuesday’s bomb blasts in Hyderi, North Nazaimabad have left the community elders wondering if their roots are coming back to haunt them.

The normally hustling bustling neighbourhood was deserted on Wednesday, a day after the twin blasts which left eight people dead and several more injured. With the nearby Dolmen Mall shut for the day, shopkeepers on the Syedna Burhanuddin Road, where the explosives went off, also pulled down their shutters.

“Shias across the country are being attacked these days and we were the target this time,” said Mohammad Ali standing just a few steps away from the scene of the crime.

Ali, like many of the men present there, believed that the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was behind the attack. “The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi men are killing our people in the country. Everyone knows that but nothing is being done about it,” he said, as he put up a road barrier.

The entire place was cordoned off by wrought-iron barriers, as alert community members stopped curious people from venturing into the zone. While only a handful of police officers stood guard, the volunteers took the pains of keeping a watch on any suspicious movement.

“Outsiders cannot go beyond that point,” said a man pointing towards the residential apartments, mostly occupied by Dawoodi Bohra families. “We are not allowed to speak to the media.”

Some victims were the sole breadwinners of their families. Nooruddin earned his living by driving a Suzuki pickup to transport goods from the market.

His brother Abdul Hussain is in a state of shock, as he sits with other mourners in the compound of his apartment building. “What should I do? No one can bring my brother back,” said Hussain, who learnt about his brother’s death on the phone. “I haven’t yet decided what to do about it, whether to report a case, but the Jamaat would decide that,” he added referring to the leadership of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

On August 13, a Bohra man named Ismail had spotted a suspicious package in the same locality and informed the authorities. The police arrived and found a 25kg bomb, which was later defused. The same man was, however, one of the first ones to die on Tuesday when the first bomb exploded around 7:30 pm.

Of the eight people who were killed in the blast, six belonged to the Bohra community, including Ismail and his 11-month-old nephew.  Around six of the child’s family members suffered injuries.

The bomb blast victims were laid to rest just hours after the tragedy struck. Their soyems would be held today (Thursday).

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Pr0udPakistani
    Sep 20, 2012 - 2:09PM

    My heart bleeds for the families who have lost their loved ones in this cowardly attack by some mindless fanatics in the name of religion. These fanatics should be burnt alive.

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  • Trojan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 2:47PM

    A bohri friend of mine forwarded me an anti Ahmadi msg related to shezan over which we had a tete-a-tete which ended in me being labelled a ‘pro-qadiyani’. Now perhaps he’ll understand what it’s like to be at receiving end of intolerance.

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  • Saud Usmani
    Sep 20, 2012 - 2:57PM

    It is terrifying not only for the Bohra community but for all who lives around Hyderi market.

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  • GhostRider
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Barbarians…. Malik Ishaq should know if govt. turns a blind eye towards him God wont and grave is not too far away from no one

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  • idris kelawala
    Sep 20, 2012 - 3:09PM

    What has happened to our pakistan. One of the most peace loving communities is being targetted by wahabbis. Is our government so scared of them?Recommend

  • Super Star
    Sep 20, 2012 - 4:23PM

    The animals who did this cannot be classified as humans! Innocent Little children died for no reason! Do they have no heart ??

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  • Sanity
    Sep 20, 2012 - 5:34PM

    We are with the Bhori community. Infact, we, the ordinary Pakistanis stand by each and every one of our minorities.Recommend

  • Zain kamran
    Sep 20, 2012 - 5:50PM

    I use to live a street away from where this blast happened.
    After being friends with a lot of Bohri people, i can say that these Bohris are the most ‘ seedhay and shareef ‘ people… they don’t care about politics and whatsoever.. why would someone target them ?
    and as a Sunni, i condemn this attack!
    this is bad… i feel sorry for them.

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  • Khan
    Sep 20, 2012 - 7:59PM

    The shopkeepers in every market and public places which can be target for terrorist bombings should install security cameras to catch these animals who are responsible for these heinous crimes.

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  • dr pk
    Sep 20, 2012 - 11:35PM

    i fail to understand what religion has to do with murder, be it of any kind. same god made each of us and these people are actually disrespecting the almighty by destroying his beautiful creation.

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  • Zakir
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:22AM

    All we can do is pray for them and hope that one day in the near future such events won’t happen.

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  • Mr. Ahmad
    Sep 24, 2012 - 6:56AM

    Our community leader should think twice before demanding dress codes, even during riots in India, it was easy to figure out,who is bohri, many Bohra people were killed and their businesses destroyed
    You should learn from this experience,
    Do not make them look like fools and sitting target . World is changing, do not go backward.

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  • Azam Malik
    Oct 24, 2012 - 11:17PM

    @Mr. Ahmad:
    Not sure what your point is. Give up your identity to save yourself? Wouldn’t that be playing into the terrorists plot? To scare you into giving up you identity, be it a Muslim, a Pakistani or whatever.
    I know quite a few people who are ashamed to call themselves Muslims because of such incidents, but then again I guess you’re just pushing your own agenda.

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