Quetta tragedy: Pakistan protests against Shia killings

Published: January 12, 2013

Shia Muslims demonstrate and sit amongst the coffins and portraits of bomb blast victims in Quetta on January 12, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Shia  Muslims demonstrate and sit amongst the coffins and portraits of bomb blast victims in Quetta on January 12, 2013. PHOTO: AFP Protest held at Karachi Press Club against the Shia killings. PHOTO: @FAIZANLAKHANI Shia leaders want Army to take over Quetta to handle law and order situation. PHOTO: PPI Mourners grieve over the death of victims of the twin blasts in Quetta. PHOTO: INP
This television grab shows protesters chanting and raising slogans as they protest against the attacks on their community in Quetta on Friday. PHOTO: EXPRESS Pakistani Shia Muslim mourners sit beside the coffins of blast victims at a mosque following overnight twin suicide bombings in Quetta on January 11, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: People from across the country staged protests in their respective cities on Saturday against the targeted killings of Shias in several attacks, including two blasts in Quetta on Thursday that left over a 100 dead.

The protest in Karachi was staged at Karachi Press Club, while the protest in Islamabad was held at F-6 Supermarket. A demonstration was also held at Lahore’s Liberty Chowk.

Meanwhile protesters gathered in Quetta under the Unity council continued their sit-in at Alamdar road for a second successive night, vowing to remain there till the situation improves.

Political parties support protesters

Political parties also came out to express support for Quetta’s under attack community.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement said on Saturday that it supported the Hazara community’s plea for giving Quetta under army control. “If army control is not legally possible, then give Quetta under governor rule,” MQM’s Raza Haroon said in a press conference in Karachi.

They also called for the chief justice to take notice of the situation.

Haroon added that a delegation of the MQM’s Rabita Committee will visit Quetta tomorrow and meet with members of the Hazara community.

In Lahore, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan joined protesters gathered outside Punjab Governor house.

Imran voiced solidarity with the Hazara community and announced that he will also be visiting Quetta on Sunday.

Meanwhile Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif urged the government to evolve a viable strategy for elimination of terrorism.

In a statement he said that incidents in Quetta and Swat are very tragic.

Pakistani twitter users also generated trends #ShiaGenocide and #WeAreAllHazara to express solidarity with the minority community.

Top tweets:

Bakhtawar Bhutto Z

Speechless. Sick of merely condoling + condemning. Individual lives turned 2 statistics. No words will suffice. #Quetta #ShiaGenocide.

Arzak Khan

Those who make #peaceful #revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable #Quetta #ShiaGenocide

Ali Salman Alvi 

For the very first time seeing over 500 people at Liberty Roundabout#Lahore. Encouraging scenes. #ShiaGenocide #Quetta

Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi

Request leaders at Alamdar road sit-in not to give up till concrete steps taken. Hollow promises, too many! #WeareAllHazara#ShiaGenocide

 

Picture by twitter user @mightyobvious shows the protest held in Islamabad against the Shia killings

Quetta sit-in continues, bodies decomposing

The Shia community’s sit-in entered the second day as members braved cold and rain as they sat on Quetta streets with coffins of those killed in Thursday’s deadly bombings, demanding that the military seize control of the provincial capital and protect the Muslim minority community.

Shia leaders also told Reuters they would not allow the victims of two bomb attacks in Quetta on Thursday to be buried until their demands were met. After the passage of two days with lack of response from the government, the bodies started decomposing.

Express News correspondent Arif Mahmood reported even as the protest continued into the early hours of Saturday, the protesters had been in negotiations with the deputy commissioner and FC personnel.

Husnain Baloch, a local at the protests told The Express Tribune that people were staging a sit-in on Alamdar road, near Thursday’s blast, braving heavy rain and cold.

MNA Syed Nasir Shah, talking to Express News lashed out at the government for being incapable of hindering the terrorists. “Either the government has failed or it is supporting them [terrorists],” he said.

Calling in the army

“The government machinery has failed, there is no protection for people in Quetta,” local Shia party official Hashim Mausawi told AFP.

“We will not end our protest until we get an assurance that the Pakistan army will take over security and administrative control in Quetta.”

Senior administration official Hashim Ghilzai told AFP, “We had discussions with them until late last night and I am now going there to resume negotiations with them today. We are trying to convince them to end the protest.”

It was up to the government to decide if it wants to call in troops, he added.

A Shia Muslim leader publicly criticised Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani over the security in the country.

“I ask the army chief: what have you done with these extra three years you got (in office)? What did you give us except more death?” Maulana Amin Shaheedi, who heads a national council of Shia organisations, told a news conference. His statements highlighted Shia community’s frustrations with Pakistan’s failure to contain militant groups who have vowed to wipe out Shias.

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Reader Comments (127)

  • Concerned
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:12PM

    When will this now notoriously spineless government take these multifaceted threats of terrorism seriously? How do these terrorists gain access to bomb-making materials so easily? Why can’t the police or our grovelling lawmakers protect potential explosive chemicals and materials, or perhaps prosecute these mass-murderers – the list of complaints is too long to produce here.

    I honestly wish that the next administration plays closer attention to our problems than this incompetent, pathetic lot.

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  • Z.Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Such reaction was expected. There is limit to belief based atrocities. Earlier it was pointed out do not consider Shia as other minorities but no one paid heed to it. Now face the music as Shia leaders have all the rights to ask for accountablility and justice.

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  • Lalai
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Respected CJ, Yesterday more than 85 SHAZEBs were massacred in Quetta. Please take notice of this incident and ask IGP Baluchistan to arrest the SIKANDER JATOI and TALPURs within 24 hours. You will get the countless prayers of more than 500,000 Hazaras who at this time doesn’t seem to have any well wisher except GOD.

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  • abid
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:20PM

    Their demand is valid ..not only army should come ..but this corrupt incompetent balochi government should be kicked out. Emergency in Balochistan must be imposed right now.

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  • A Hazara
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:23PM

    Let me be the first one to remind my Shia Hazara community in Pakistan: your leaders and your military stopped caring about this sort of thing a long time ago. Like the Shoebill (an African bird specie), they can only raise one child at a time and that child is your enemy not you. The other child fends for itself or dies.Recommend

  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:24PM

    Lashkar-e-Jhangvi should apologise for this deadly attack.

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  • Saad
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:27PM

    Time for CJ to take action and delist security officials whose responsibility was to protect the area. Suspend the IG etc….. we need some massive changes in the system.

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  • Ali Mardan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:40PM

    Genocide of a peaceful but minority community continues in the land of pure. This was not the first and will not be the last cowardly attack against Hazaras in Quetta. Unlike others, I do not blame Government or her other LEA’s for their failure to protect citizens because no such thing that is called a “Government” exists in the land of pure. Extremism has now deeply roots in Paki society there is no room for a moderate Muslim in the country. I can see a dark future for nuke country due to increasing extremism ideology in society.

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  • 2Cents
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:02PM

    @Aijaz Haider
    “Lashkar-e-Jhangvi should apologise for this deadly attack.”

    What? I am shocked. Just an apology? Think better and long term my brother. Elimination should be the word.

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  • Omer
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:11PM

    @Lalai:
    God!!! really?

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  • Akshay, India
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:16PM

    Pak should control the terrorist both within and without her borders. This kind of terrorism has no place in any civilised country. My prayers for the innocents (shias) killed.

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  • Asad
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:19PM

    @2cents i m with you on that bravo..

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:20PM

    @2Cents: I agree with you.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:20PM

    @Lalai:

    The SC has already taken up the case and declared Baluchistan govt has failed in maintainance of law and order etc, and has also failed as Per. Constitution,hence should not be almoneda to run, on this the govt and all supporters critised SC order…..implementation of SC is the responsibility of the govt, though SC can get its order implemented through intervention of Army as per constitución, but then it will be críticised…..so.tell me what should SC do ?

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  • Milestogo
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:02PM

    Those who spread violence can not be Muslims.

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  • Ali Zaid
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:04PM

    @Lalai

    Not only Hazaras my brother, every Hussaini will pray for CJP if he take a suo-moto against Shiite Genocide in Pakistan.

    I wonder what hinders CJ from taking a suo-moto when it comes to Shia genocide? When UN, IHRC, HRCP, EU and even Russia can take notice of brutal Shia killings in Pakistan, what is stopping CJP from taking a suo-moto?

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  • Khan Gul
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:07PM

    Across the board operation !!!!!!!! All the way from Chitral to Karachi, and especially stopping in Jhang and Mansoora on the way !!!!!!!!

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  • Syed
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:19PM

    Can someone explain to me what is the % of these fanatics like lashkar e jhangvi, sipah e sahaba and ASWJ in Pakistan. Do we thinks 20% Pakistanis belong to these groups? We have at least 20% Shias in Pakistan even after all the killings. Can’t 20% shias get together and try to eliminate these monsters themselves as government and agencies won’t do it. I know Shia leaders don’t believe in violence and would never attack a Sunni mosque or a sunni gathering. But can they at least find out who the leaders are for these groups and just go after them. They at least owe that to the innocent Shias of Pakistan.

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  • From USA
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Are you nuts Aijaz Haider or out of your mind claiming for an apology…
    This party should be banned and Govt should take an immediate action to destroy these evil roots from our country…
    I feel so bad for victims may God give abilty to bear this evil act for those who lost their love ones..

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  • Salman
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:43PM

    lashkar e jhangvi is the militant wing of ahle sunnat wal jamaat aka sipah e sahaba, with whom PML-N has deep contacts with for handful of seats in Punjab. At the very least PML-N should be boycotted until they sever ties with them, the army should also realize that it is not only the tribal belt which is infested with militants but also the south punjab area,

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:02PM

    The ostrich strategy by our agencies and courts will not serve them for too long, and if they don’t do anything to stop and destroy the coward monsters of LEJ and Sipah-e-Sahaba, then pretty soon all of us will be targets, it would be any of us including those who are in power who will be like the lamenting old man in the picture.

    People (including me), do something, do little more than what you think your capacity is, do it with resolve.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:19PM

    @From USA: I agree with you. Ignore my first comment.

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  • Jan 11, 2013 - 7:41PM

    @ Abid
    Plese do not endorse the demand for calling army in aid of civil administration to restore order and protect the vulnerable minority communities as the Zardari-Nawaz clique will ring alarm bells that their style of democracy is in danger.

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  • saleem
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:41PM

    We should all contribute to eliminate these terrorists groups

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  • G.A.
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:58PM

    This is no more tolerable or to be neglected. How long we will ignore our brothers' cries?...it does not matter whether we are shia or sunni...the only thing which matter is that first we are Muslims and others are our enemy only because of this fact of being Muslim.
    Now if we are being attacked by all the enemies from different sides and further more there is no one in the world who speak the word of truth and stand by us, then why not to call a spade a spade....let this pain and torment, from which we are going through, also be felt by those disguised aggressors who are not left with a bit of humanity and are worse than animals.
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  • ishtiaer hussain
    Jan 11, 2013 - 8:16PM

    Are Shias not humans? Are they not Pakistanis? Why is their blood so cheap? Why are they being pushed against the wall, while our civilian government, army and the judiciary are mere spectators? Meanwhile our media raise a storm of hue and cry at the murder of a Karachite (which is also unfortunate), they are silent at the merciless killings of Shias.

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  • kaalchakra
    Jan 11, 2013 - 8:21PM

    What a sad incident. The enemies of Pakistan and Islam are out to weaken Pakistan. All Pakistanis must join hands to defeat these dastardly designs. Let people live in brotherhood.

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  • Azi
    Jan 11, 2013 - 8:38PM

    @Aijaz Haider:

    Apologize? I have a better Idea? How about it should be dismantled, members tried and no one should ever be allowed to attack a person just because he has different beliefs?

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  • Veekay
    Jan 11, 2013 - 8:38PM

    God is watching , time will come for these evils , they will suffer worst than this … My heart is exploding I can’t explain in words … Blow out these evil people from my land

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 11, 2013 - 8:53PM

    @Azi: I agree with you. I apologise for my first comment.

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  • arr
    Jan 11, 2013 - 9:32PM

    somebody, please stop this!!! If it does not stop tomorrow it might be me.

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  • sana abdul
    Jan 11, 2013 - 9:34PM

    If the government cant protect shias then they should be given a seperate land within pakistan to manage themselves entirely there. An autonomous region like gilgit baltistan or azad kashmir. That is the only solution.Recommend

  • Pakistan Lover
    Jan 11, 2013 - 9:39PM

    Don’t forget that the situation in Balochistan worsened during the Military Dictatorship of runaway dictator General Pervez Musharraf when hundreds of Baloch men went “missing”. Don’t forget the daylight massacre of Akbar Bugti…
    The current rulers of Balochistan are either the protégés of General Musharraf (PMLQ Ministers and Governor Zulfiqar Magsi) and NRO-beneficiaries (PPP CM and his Army of Ministers).
    The only solution is a democratically elected and competent government in Balochistan!!!

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 9:46PM

    I read many Articles today and most of the Media Called us(SHIA) MINORITY in Pakistan. I thought MUSLIMS are Majority in Pak… Am I wrong ????????

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  • Enlightened
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:46PM

    I just happen to see the visual on Geo TV of men, women and children sitting in cold holding candles along with their dead relatives for military intervention which really made me feel very sad. Has the Pak govt and military no moral responsibility to give protection to these hapless people who are citizens of this country ? The only alternative left with these people is to arm themselves and fight the sectarian killers and Taliban rather than resign to their fate and the Almighty Allah would also help them to defeat the shaitans/kufrs.

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  • Abbas
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:49PM

    Do you know any country of world where such type of deaths are taking place except Pakistan. What is our response on these deaths. We are hard hearted and insensitive Pakistanis.

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  • Hasan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:57PM

    This is 100 percent genocide of shia Hazaras.

    what Pakistan army is waiting for, when it will come to stop these killing ??

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  • Worried
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:58PM

    shame on pakistan shame on pak govt shame on pak people, if you dont raise your voice now, soon you will be the target just for being clean shaved !!!

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  • Mirza
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:02PM

    “Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the blast and said their target was the Hazara community.”
    When would Pakistan brand them a terrorist group and order army to take them out without prior relationship considerations. Nothing can happen and this ethnic cleansing would continue unless all our political parties give up supporting these terrorist groups and come out in support of an army action to wipe them clean.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:06PM

    The question is ‘ why has the army allowed it to go this far ? ‘……..not acceptable.

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  • Fareeha
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:11PM

    It is a genocide in the name of religion indeed. Hazaras are most vulnerable community in Pakistan after Ahmadis. Army should impose Martial Law as PPP led government has failed miserably to restore peace in the country at all levels. An Army backed caretaker setup should immediately be installed to save Pakistan.

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  • shahid
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:25PM

    Watch the condemnatory messages from the Neros of the land. None of them has dared to come to Quetta so far.

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  • Reddy
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:32PM

    why is it not a single channel reporting let alone the discussion….not even civil society…pakistan seems to be a nation of living dead …i first saw this on an indian channel..shame on you guys

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  • Noor Lodi
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:39PM

    @Aijaz Haider:
    “LJ should apologize’???? excuse me. What planet are you on? They need be eliminated from the face of the earth. This is War and this is mass murder. Do what it takes kill each one of them. No apology needed. and no negotiations here. This is the cancer of the worst kind and is not curable. Pakistan needs to use every resource at her disposal to get rid of these animals. People of Pakistan should rise against this and take arm into their own hands if need be, but GET RID of them asap.

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  • Amir
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:40PM

    Sickening is all I can say. We preach hate in our madressas, and we know who these people are…yet our politicians, military, all are in-cohots for their own end-game.

    When certain provincial government openly supports perpratators of these crimes, one can not see any end to it.

    Media is coward to openly point out in the direction of who is doing what. They have pictures, videos.

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  • Shahid
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:57PM

    @ A Hazara
    Im totally agree with you.
    Secular polititicans dont care about it.
    Most of the Religious leaders are in connivance with these leaders.
    CJ has nothing to do with it.
    And all know that these militants are being patronized by our own agencies.Recommend

  • flower
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:12AM

    Why can’t we get together and make love and not war!? Why can’t we sit together and sing kumabaye? Why can’t we kiss and make up? Why why whyyyy?

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  • janaan
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:12AM

    LJ and its supporters should be eliminated for ever. it is a murderous, terror organisation.@Aijaz Haider:

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  • Jat
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:17AM

    @Enlightened: The Pak Army is busy protecting its plots, housing agencies and bakeries. They can request Iranian Army for help.

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  • Ahmadi Muslim
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:31AM

    Surely to Allah we belong and and to him shall we return….may Allah give strength to the families of the departed and may our government and CJ finally take some action to stop these evil murderers who pretend to represent IslamRecommend

  • SHADI
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:34AM

    @ naseer ahmad its not nawaz and zardari who would scream…time and again parties like anp and mqm have called for operation against these extremist elements all over pakistan! the only party that is sheltering them is PTI and their trolls!

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  • Kickass
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:00AM

    Where is our Chief Justice now??? how come he takes suo moto notice of whiskey bottles found in certain political people’s luggage but is blind to cold blooded murder of over 100 people?? Mr. CJ if you can move the police force to find murderers of Shahzeb then why are you so quiet on murder of so many other Shahzebs? Are they not somebody’s sons, brothers or fathers?? Move against these barbaric killers now or one day they will show up at your door step.

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  • Siyab
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:22AM

    Photos like these just break my heart every time I see them. Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters… taken away just like that, leaving behind loved ones to whom they meant the world.

    This madness needs to stop :(

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  • Abdullah
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:33AM

    UN peace force should be deployed in Quetta, Kurram Agency & Gilgit to stop execution of human in Pakistan…..

    Wake up UN & OIC….we need you in Pakistan….

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  • umer
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:37AM

    Look at the misery of people sitting besides dead bodies,CJ is silent,army insist with dialogue with killers of 100 s of people without any reason and scared of getting out of Cantt, CM in Dubai ,Zardari and cabinet fixed with Qadri,I think if they call for army and they are emphasising dialogue with criminals then is not there is a very legal demand that UN troops should come??

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  • Realist Tanoli
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:42AM

    Army, What army? the one which cannot spot OBL? or the one which uses hafiz Saeed & co. as assets? The one which believes in good taliban and bad taliban? Or the one which has always been busy in toppling/destabilizing the Democratic process in this country?

    Theres No one to help you here my brothers, NO ONE!

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  • saleem
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:48AM

    @Syed:
    Yes you r right they may be less then 1%,rest there school of thought 25%,rest of Sunnis,55%,shia 20%, Sunni are also being targeted soon they will come to know that they r in minority

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  • SABK
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:48AM

    WHERE IS CJ OF PAKISTAN…..WHAT A BIASED COUNTRY WHAT A BIASED JUDICIARY………..THE JUSTICE OF ALLAH WILL PREVAIL SOON INSHALLAH…

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  • Iqbal Khan
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:06AM

    I suggest persecuted communities unite and fight back, I call upon Ahmedis, Shias (hazara and non hazara), christians, hindus, moderate sunnis.

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  • Shameema
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:33AM

    If only Maulana Tahirul Qadri were to do a Long March against the Lashkar e Jhangvi, we would all support him.

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  • Arifq
    Jan 12, 2013 - 3:03AM

    I salute these brave men and women for staging this honorable protest!

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 3:09AM

    The armed forces have enough time, money and resources for joint excersizes with Royal Saudi Navy, US and Bahrain forces but it cant control its own sons of soil.Recommend

  • Huma
    Jan 12, 2013 - 3:18AM

    “If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him”.
    Al Quran 4:93

    Why do they call themselves muslims if they cannot understand this??

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  • Danial AZAD UK
    Jan 12, 2013 - 3:32AM

    I used to live in Quetta and these things were not even dreamed of.. I am confused… there is no one there to help the Hazaras.

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  • Adil
    Jan 12, 2013 - 4:45AM

    Alamdar Road is Tahrir square

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  • syam
    Jan 12, 2013 - 4:55AM

    I am an indian..my heart is pounding please stop this for God/Allah’s sake. Please go and console who lost thier family member

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  • Syed
    Jan 12, 2013 - 5:35AM

    Please pray for our fellow countrymen/women who are outside in the extreme conditions with the dead bodies of their loved ones. Ya mere Allah apna reham ker. aged parents don’t want to see their children in pieces.

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  • Nael
    Jan 12, 2013 - 5:53AM

    No one is going to save Pakistan except Pakistanis, no CJ, no Army Chief no PM no President when there is no consensus in the country about how to deal with these groups. Don’t forget that for every person on this forum lamenting this tragedy there is another Pakistani dancing for joy because “infidels” have been killed. These people are in your parliament, in your judiciary, in your police, you schools, your mosques and in your Armed Forces. Without the consensus of at least the vast majority of society no meaningful action will be taken against the groups that spread terror.

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  • Ghani
    Jan 12, 2013 - 7:50AM

    @Fareeha:
    No one is asking Army to back any caretaker setup. Everyone is asking them to do what they are supposed to do, i.e., fight the militants who roam openly and unchecked.

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  • Raj Kafir
    Jan 12, 2013 - 8:00AM

    From the core of my heart I thank our Sikh forefathers who decided to move to India and left their properties behind in a country where their first Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born.

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 8:04AM

    @Milestogo:
    “Those who spread violence can not be Muslims “

    Those who support or sympathize the ideology to hate Shias / Ahmedis too are a part to spread the violence. By this count have you ever thought how many will stand as non Muslims?

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  • NADEEM ABBAS
    Jan 12, 2013 - 8:26AM

    it is not a big deal for pak army to control things in the country and in balochistan so now this the time to come forward and correct the whole sitchuation.
    I am with all QUETTA Protesters.

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  • John B
    Jan 12, 2013 - 9:03AM

    @Nael:
    Well said-Every person grieving here, there is another one jumping in joy.

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  • dr shoaib khan
    Jan 12, 2013 - 9:09AM

    Liberal tribune will fail miserably in its mission to stop shia genocide.With time this sectarian violence will increase unless shia brothers listen my advice. Do not be biased. I was strong liberal and strong pro shia but now strong pro sunni and a biased sunni like mostly biased shia. Reason is that in syria i saw that so brutally sunni were killed/raped/destroyed in spite of the fact that they are majority. Iran and shia supported that genocide. Now i feel shia on wrong side. They biased. Even if liberal tribune do not publish i have million online newsapers and face book twitter where million can see my comments. I want some facts corrected.Pakistan army has lost 7000 sunni soldiers. Our 4000 sunni police officials died. And in fata and kpk about 9000 sunni died and 2 million displaced. In bomb blasts majority sunni died. In muharam our sunni police ranger protect shia procession.Still shia complain. In iran i see hundreds of sunni hanged monthly. State is involved in sunni massacre in iran iraq syria.In syria 70 thousands sunni martyrd but every shia around the world support them but in bahrain tear gas is condemned. I have one shia friend who support bahrain free page on face book. My that shia friend is so simple but his mind is biased.He does not know syria massacre and cities after cities destruction.Dear Here our state rulers are mostly shia. How can our forces stop them when they themselves are being killed in this war in thousands numbers. Shia should accept that majority sunni do not fight them.Recommend

  • Aviator
    Jan 12, 2013 - 9:22AM

    These people need our help, lets send them blankets, food, even messages of support for their struggle.

    And beyond that, writing letters to MNA’s, CJ, and Parliamentarians pressuring them to take immediate action to dismantle every violent terrorist organisation.

    Its now time to take IMMEDIATE corrective action.

    The time for sitting in silent apathy is over!

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  • fazal
    Jan 12, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Mr. Cheap Justice,, No Suo Moto by Supreme Court..!!??
    Is Justice one eyed…Are they not humans?, or are you afraid of the extremist Banned outfits?!!!

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 10:27AM

    I have an earnest request from the Web Admins of Tribune. Guys, please keep this story the frontline story on your webpage and your TV news material. Please stand with these helpless souls. You guys can surely do that… cant you? Please?

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  • Ristan Fancti
    Jan 12, 2013 - 10:30AM

    100 of my Pakistani brothers and sister have died in this massacre. There is not a peep from the Pakistani President or Prime Minister of steps they can take. It is a shame. I hope the Interim Government will be better.

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  • Mango X
    Jan 12, 2013 - 10:36AM

    The government claims its got their nukes protected!! How can these incompetent people have them protected they can’t even protect their innocent citizens.

    It’s time for the people of Pakistan to wake up and take a stand against terrorism. First take back your country from these terrorist and then from the incompetent fools running the country!!!

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  • Mukesh
    Jan 12, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Shame on all of us. Nobody is protesting kililngs of Hazars.

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  • John B
    Jan 12, 2013 - 11:21AM

    @Huma:
    Give it a rest, where were you when they were killing non Muslims ?

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  • jiyala
    Jan 12, 2013 - 11:26AM

    I hope that makes our coward and spineless government do something. Although I guess they’re more worried about Tahirul-Qadri’s march at the moment than over a 100 innocent civilians losing their life. God forbid if they lose their month in the office.

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  • huma
    Jan 12, 2013 - 11:55AM

    I was raised Muslim. I salute these individuals for taking stand. At -15 C with empty stomach, this is Jehad against tyranny. Does anyone remember Ghazwaye Khundaq. Even then muslim took stand against Tyranny.

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  • Zab
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:02PM

    The height callousness is that this LeJ, already a banned outfit, is the fighting arm of Sipahe-Sahaba (banned too), they have now renamed themselves as ASWJ (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat).

    Our ruling elite have their politics and elections to save, why bother at the killings of the innocent common Pakistanis whether Shia or non shia.. All of them will continue doing the lip service and nothing else.,

    Our brothers are all out there with those dead bodies along with women and children waiting for their demands to be met…. where is that ‘Rehman Malik’….oh, he was needed in Karachi by Zardari to thank MQM for not taking part in the Long March…. Why not Zardari or the PM fly to Quetta and atleast show some solidarity and ask for some forgiveness on being a failure on not being able to protect those innocent lives…?

    The Federal information minister is worried that these things are being done to get the elections delayed…

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  • nomi
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:03PM

    We have the world’s 7th largest army for what?

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  • Ammar
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:06PM

    @ Jat

    Plz keep your sick and demotivating thoughts to yourself. Army is working and sacrificing on both eastern and western borders. It is also helping the govt in many domestic issues even election commission stuff. In no country, it is job of Army to manage interior affairs but police and intelligence. Army is less in number, busy on many other fronts and sincere to nation thats why people keep hopes with them.

    Anyways, dont worry, most ET users know who comments here in a SPECIFIC way and whats the agenda. May Allah bless our country with peace specially Shia brothers and even minorities.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:10PM

    Only Taliban can never be the responsible for these killings and also Taliban can never be accused of every killing’s event in Pakistan because between the disunity and enmity of two people or groups the third party or person or group takes the full advantage of the disunity and enmity between the two people or groups and completes its negative and harmful designs,motives and objectives.Because sometimes if the government is failed to trace and arrest the real culprits/miscreants then the government announces that Taliban has accepted this killing’s responsibility to camouflage its demerits,failure and weaknesses so that the government could calm down the nation’s anger but my these words never mean that Taliban are innocent and sinless and are not involved in any killings’ events in Pakistan……

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  • Ayesha
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:11PM

    @ Aijaz Haider:
    “Lashkar-e-Jhangvi should apologise for this deadly attack.”
    and then why don’t we invite them for a cup of tea at your place, to discuss matters further.

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 12:24PM

    Shias need security and justice. god Bless them

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  • Salman
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:29PM

    @Aijaz Haider: What do you mean apologize? You mean to say they should say “oops! sorry we killed 100 hazaras”. Only way to eliminate these parasites is to identify them and eliminate them even if it means using drone.

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  • Najam
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Well shias have been executed throughout history Ummayads did it, Abbasids did it, Usmanis did it and now we have SSP and lashkar e jhangvi
    They will never realize that they cannot end us while so many powerful caliphs failed.
    As a shia I am saying this to the families of victims that sunni majority will never hear your demands nor do they have any soft spot for us infact no matter how much they condemn shia killings in reality they dont care,
    We are literally at a point where we must bury our dead and prepare coffins for ourselves while keeping zikar of Ahle bayt (a.s) alive like our ancestors did.

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  • Fahad
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:38PM

    In an utter disappointment I have to say that I am ashed of such an army, my passport, my identity, my nationality and my heritage. Because I belong to a country where such genocides are palatable. Where people have the courage to see their innocent people cry and yet not to do anything. I really feel like going to all these lashkaris, talibans and try and take revenge for all the innocent lives lost.

    If Pakistani army doesnt do anything. It wont be long until Pakistan becomes Somalia. And, like Somaliland, there will be smaller states wanting to make their own countries to break away from such a country where discrimination on the basis of religion is so well institutionalized.

    If Pakistan doesnt become secular there will be more problems like these. God, make me the president for one day and I will “wipe” out such haters and make humanism the religion of this country!

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  • mahakaalchakra
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:42PM

    I wish all Shias of Pakistan enter Pak-administred Kashmir (including Gilgit-Baltistan) and merge with Secular Republic of India in which almost 200 million Mulsims, living in peace and harmony with the rest of 1 billion human beings, are busy making their lives better.

    Millions of Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus have sacrificed their lives and properties in the name of Pakistan since August 1946, call for Direct Action. Will it ever stop?

    My heart bleeds for the innocents, whether Shia, Hazara, Baloch or Ahmadiyas, who are made victims of senseless voilence.

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  • goose
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:56PM

    @Ammar:
    Your writing ‘..even minorities’ in the end indicates your real feelings that minorities are somehow second grade as compared to Muslims in Pakistan. I know posters will now go ballistic defending your words and blasting mine, but your words don’t lie. It’s like writing the mother gave food to her two sons and even to her daughter. You could simply have written Shias and minorities without the word ‘eve’ but feelings come tumbling out.

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  • Zzzz
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:16PM

    @mahakaalchakra: only to get our daughters raped like the one in Delhi. No way sir thank you. You go and mind ur own business.

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  • Yousaf Kazmi
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:21PM

    How about we find the pricks who are behind these attacks and put them in front of a firing squad!

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  • M Zafar Khan Safdar
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:45PM

    I strongly condemn this senseless and inhumane act. But Where is the Government?????????

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  • Zeeshan Khaliq
    Jan 12, 2013 - 3:34PM

    Surely to Allah we belong and and to him shall we return ….
    Its a saddest moment … Those responsible for such an inhuman act must be treated likewise …
    My condolences to all the aggrieved. Its is a fact that the Hazara community is being targeted here. IMHO this could only end when we as a nation start thinking as a nation and mourn and condemn this brutality not only from a Hazara or a shia perspective but from a perspective of a human being. IMO if a human being is killed, be it shia or sunni or ahmadi or hindu or sikh or whoever, we should raise our voice against it and say “I dont want any HUMAN BEING treated this way in our country”. Regardless of our religious beliefs we should be united against such acts of brutality.

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  • Siddh
    Jan 12, 2013 - 3:40PM

    Sad…….But I love the way you all are protesting to push the Government. Your CM needs to stop joking and take some action.

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  • Jat
    Jan 12, 2013 - 5:27PM

    @Najam: We are literally at a point where we must bury our dead and prepare coffins for ourselves

    Negative and defeatists thinking ! Why should Shias prepare coffins for themselves ? Why not for the genocidal killers of Shia ?

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  • Umair Ahmad
    Jan 12, 2013 - 6:03PM

    Pakistan should be a secular country. We can put this on Pakistan Army all we want but unless and until we change our ways; nothing will change. Militant groups thrive on the mentality of an average uneducated Muslim on the street. We have kept quite for a long time now its time to fight back. People should understand that Shia/Ahmadis/Hindu/Christian/Sikhs living in Pakistan are not foreigners. They are our Pakistani brothers and sisters. Jinnah didn’t create Pakistan just for Sunni Muslim. Matter of fact Jamiat e Ulema Hind was against the creation of Pakistan. Stop fooling the world. Terrorist hubs are not in tribal agencies. They are in
    1. Mansoora
    2. Muridke
    3. Raiwind
    4. Chiniot
    5. Jhang
    6. Mianwali
    7. Dera Ismail Khan etc.
    We have to clean up all the banned organisations if we want to exist any further as a country. We need political will for that not the military might or CJ taking suo moto notices. Those are my 2 cents.

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  • Zohaib
    Jan 12, 2013 - 7:04PM

    Its sad that i find more people here asking the SC for help OR crticizing it?
    What about the Provincial/Federal Government? Why not asking them these questions? y not holding them accountable ?

    AND SC previously has taken Suo Motu of Balochistan Voilence but it is helpless as the Gov. has ti implement its decisions

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  • Rafidi
    Jan 12, 2013 - 7:09PM

    As the Army is busy protecting its housing societies and lording it over civilians, perhaps the time has come for us Shias to ask those who would truly stand besides us – the Hizbullah or perhaps the Pasdaran. Perhaps that will wake up the idiots at GHQ.

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  • Fundar
    Jan 12, 2013 - 8:38PM

    I am Shia
    I’m Christian
    I’m ahmedi
    I’m Jewish
    Only need to answer to Allah.. Not to any laskar shashkar

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  • Jan 12, 2013 - 10:09PM

    What a shame for the entire 180 million population of Pakistan that their brothers and sisters with their kids, are protesting in Quetta since 2 PM of last Friday under minus 4 degrees C, with more than 7 dozen unburied corpses. And we are sleeping under our cozy houses. This is callousness at its worst.
    Mr. Chief Justice BHC and Mr. Chief Justice SC of Pakistan, hope you are aware of these miseries of the suffering community of Hazara tribe in Quetta.
    Wake up Pakistan, before its too late.

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  • G.A.
    Jan 12, 2013 - 11:08PM

    @mahakaalchakra:
    There is a limit of cutting jokes and those also at such a serious moment. One should at least keep in mind its recent and past records of brutality before making such suggestions. And everyone knows which foreign hands are behind all these acts of sabotage in Pakistan, and especially these recent ones.

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  • Neutrino
    Jan 12, 2013 - 11:13PM

    I’m sunni and i believe that this is the worst. I believe government is involved in shia killing. I absolutely second the sit-in protest. Over 100 people killed and i feel terrible… I pray that hazara people get justice and the perpetrators should be publically hanged!

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  • salman
    Jan 12, 2013 - 11:33PM

    Hazaran brothers and sisters , We are ashamed and sorry for your losses nothing can bring back those people ,Allah knows how miserable and frustrated you feel … i hope and wish the people who killed your innocents pay the heaviest price

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  • OneManArmy
    Jan 13, 2013 - 12:43AM

    Even the reaper laughs at this nation ! Allah Please save my Pakistan, I beg you !

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  • bilal
    Jan 13, 2013 - 12:53AM

    please stand for a change. they have given us nothing except for the pain and surprisingly they are not leaving their palaces. it’s now or never

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  • hassan shah
    Jan 13, 2013 - 1:01AM

    Pakistani Government using ARMY, ISI , FIA, MI, IB, Police for making political aims and goals for each other parties. All above security agencies are not for protecting citizen´s of Pakistan. Which is the biggest shame for them. In this case these security agencies should not exist any more.

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  • Silent Mujahid
    Jan 13, 2013 - 1:21AM

    Shia or Sunni Islam doesnt allow anyone to kill. Kaafir or not will be decided by Allah on the Day of Judgement not by Lashakare Jhangvi or ASWJ. This is a horrible incident of killing innocent Hazara people and the Balochistan government has lost it’s constitutional right to rule and the shameless leaders and rulers in Islamabad and at Bilawal House just dont care because hey guess what it’s DEMOCRACY and we the people of Pakistan whether Shia, Sunni or Hazara or liberals;whatever caste or ethnic status we belong to are we all are responsible for bringing these democrats to the parliament and doing this to ourselves as of today.
    Even Tahir ul Qadri wont bring any change until and unless we dont stand up for our rights by ourselves just like these our fellow countrymen from Hazara are doing because they are just sick of this and no matter what happens they should stick to this because if anything is going to change things around in this country it would be this WILL TO FIGHT AGAINST THE CORRUPT ELITE AND KILLERS AND MANIACS AND WE MUST STAND UP WITH THESE PEOPLE TO GET RID OF THESE HOOLIGNAS.

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  • Kit-En
    Jan 13, 2013 - 1:43AM

    I literally have lost all hope now.. The country is no more than a sinking ship.. I fear, because people are fast losing their patience at the lack of justice to cruelties like these and soon people will be out on the streets taking matters in their own hands and then.. there would be total mindless anarchy everywhere, since the mentality of our qaum is to constantly hit axes on their own ankles the way they did on the so-called ‘peaceful’ protest against the blasphemous video. If revolution ever comes in Pakistan GOD FORBID, we’d all end up destroyed in a matter of days, the entire country from top till bottom will probably wipe itself out from the face of the map within a week.

    Disgusted beyond anything by this horrific event. Heart goes out to the Shias..

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  • Khadija Ambreen
    Jan 13, 2013 - 1:47AM

    Its an open fact that Lashkare Jhangvi, Sipahe Sahaba are involved in the mass murders of innocent Shias in Pakistan. What more proof does the shameless Government of Pakistan, Police and the CJ of SC of Pakistan need. This silence and lack of action is a crime itself.
    These two terrorist organisations are openly engaged in carrying out shia killings and their leaders are proudly claiming the responsibility of these murders and still no action being taken.
    The shameless CJ takes suo motto actions in individual cases to gain cheap popularity but he is mum on this serious issue of Shia target killings that is going on since over a decade. The leaders of LJ and SSP and the Talibans be arrested and executed. Otherwise the Shias should wake up now as enough is enough and create their own Jehadi task force and make their own army for the safety of Shias and their future generations.

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  • Khadija Ambreen
    Jan 13, 2013 - 2:09AM

    @Realist Tanoli: When there is no one to help then people have to help themselves. Its time for Shias to wake up and instead of being treated like nobodies take matters in their own hands. Obviously there is no rule of law in Pakistan..anyone can get away with any heinous crime, so get up and take action!! Tit for Tat start target killing of LJ and SSP and Talibans.
    When oppression crosses the limit then destruction should start. Don’t expect any goodness from This government, judiciary, police or army..they are all kings of corruption and shamelessness.

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  • ex pak
    Jan 13, 2013 - 4:11AM

    ages ago a criminal gang made me to leave my birth place, I had hope to see her again.
    but Yaro, after this slaughter of innocents Shias in Quetta,
    Lo Aaj Hum Todr Dia Risha e Umid.

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  • Arzoo Khan
    Jan 13, 2013 - 7:30AM

    @Voice of D.I.Khan:

    Its the ‘real’ Muslims that are in minority in Pakistan!

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  • Shahid Pirzada
    Jan 13, 2013 - 7:31AM

    Such a huge tragedy. Government seems to be totally incompetent. A strict military action needs to be taken and these terrorists need to be wiped out completely. If the present government does not have guts to take this decision, they need to just leave and put an interim government in place. This madness cannot continue. If a decisive action is not taken, repercussions would be even worse.

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  • Shehyar Hazara
    Jan 13, 2013 - 8:10AM

    @mahakaalchakra:
    On a Serious Note you are definately right !brother most of my hazara shia tribe has migrated to Iran and India…

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  • Jan 13, 2013 - 8:18AM

    @Zzzz:
    “You go and mind ur own business.”

    Mr. Zzzz : Sorry to say that hate , and killing based on intolerance of religious faith can not be a internal matter or business of a country. It affects every body including neighboring Indians. The height of intolerance is at its peak when a comment( which may be likable or unlikable) becomes intolerable.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jan 13, 2013 - 9:47AM

    These types of genocide will continue till the merciless attitude imported from KSA/UAE/USA in last 35 years exists in the minds of armed forces,its agencies,civil administration and forces is there.Planers are happy Muslim slaughtering Muslims by labeling each others Kafir what a religion/believes we are practicing.

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  • Prashant Singh
    Jan 13, 2013 - 10:10AM

    @G.A.: We are Muslim first!!! This is the root cause of all your problems. Be HUMAN first… you will see that all your problems, of this kind, will disappear..

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  • sadaf
    Jan 13, 2013 - 2:31PM

    what do u expect attacks were carried out by laskar e jangvi that has very close ties with PML N rana sana ullah has seen with leaders of lashker many times, do u think pml n supported govt will do anything against its illigitimate child?

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  • SurelySure!!
    Jan 13, 2013 - 3:44PM

    yes!!! this is “just Sad”"

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  • bilal
    Jan 13, 2013 - 5:38PM

    Guys we deserve this we elected this government who are responsible for every worst thingy happening. Now wait till you lose everything I mean everything.

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  • Final Solution
    Jan 14, 2013 - 7:57AM

    Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudry should be removed from his postion for failing to take suo moto action against killing of shias in quetta.
    Occupy Supreme Court Movement to be initiated.

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  • ishrat salim
    Jan 14, 2013 - 7:03PM

    @Naseer Ahmad:

    Why to be afraid of when constitution clause 234 has allowed for calling Army in aid of civilian govt ?

    This is the only institution which will stand to save the country as all these politicians will packup & runaway…no, no NOT this time..insha Allah. Peoples court will hang them & their supporters….

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