Death toll from Quetta blast reaches 80

Published: February 17, 2013

People gather after a bomb targeting Shia Muslims exploded in busy market in Hazara town, an area dominated by Shias on the outskirts of Quetta, on February 16, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: The death toll from a bombing in Quetta has climbed to 80, a senior security official said on Sunday.

He said the figure could rise because 20 people were critically wounded in the attack on Saturday in Quetta’s main bazaar.

The powerful bomb in a water tanker ripped through a packed bazaar in Hazara town, an area dominated by Shias on the outskirts of Quetta at around 6:00 pm on Saturday.

Quetta city police chief Zubair Mehmood said the water tanker, which officials said was packed with some 800 kilograms of explosives, was placed near a pillar of a two-storey building, which collapsed in the blast.

“We fear that several people have been trapped inside. Rescue work is ongoing but I see very little chance of their survival,” Mehmood said.

Nasir said the bombing “was a sectarian attack, the Shia community was the target”.

A spokesman for the banned group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Provincial home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said the dead and injured included women and children, and confirmed reports of people trapped under rubble at the site of the collapsed building.

“We fear more casualties. We have announced an emergency in hospitals,” he told AFP.

Officials and witnesses said an angry mob initially surrounded the area following the bombing and were not allowing police, rescue workers and reporters to reach the site.

“They were angry and started a protest, some of them pelted police with stones,” Durrani said, adding that authorities and medical personnel were eventually able to gain access.

Magsi criticises security forces

Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi criticised security forces on Sunday after a bombing targeting the Shia Hazara community killed 80 people in the northwestern city of Quetta.

“The terrorist attack on the Hazara Shia community in Quetta is a failure of the intelligence and security forces,” Magsi said while touring a hospital.

“We had given a free hand to security (forces) to take action against terrorist and extremist groups, but despite that the Quetta incident took place.”

Protests

A shutter down strike in Quetta followed the tragic blast yesterday, reported Express News. Majlis-e-Wehdat-e-Muslameen and Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) called for the strike and various political and religious parties including Pashtunkhwa Map, Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) backed it.

Earlier,  Hazara Democratic Party’s vice-chairman Azizullah Hazara, while addressing a press conference, gave an ultimatum to carry out a targeted operation against the responsible people within 48 hours, or their party will protest in front of Balochistan High Court on a daily basis.

He further said that they won’t let this conspiracy against Hazara community be successful. Azizullah announced that they will protest in front of Pakistan embassies, offices of United Nation and human rights organisations across Asia.

In Quetta, Student Federation held a protest in front of press club and blamed the governor rule and said such incidents are taking place despite security forces’ presence. They also demanded a crackdown against attackers within 48 hours and said that the injured should receive best medical facilities.

People of Sindh also commiserated with the affectees of Quetta blast by observing shutterdown strikes in several cities. Shia parties held demonstrations throughout the province.

In Hyderabad, few enraged people resorted to firing to scare people into closing their shops and burnt a few tyres to protest.

Majlis-e-Wehdat-e-Muslameen, Shia Ulema Council, Imamia Student Organisation and Asgharia Student Federation protested on Shiraz Chowk in Nawabshah where all markets and petrol pumps were closed.

Businesses remained closed in Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammed Khan, Daharki, Mirpur Mathelo, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Matli as well.

In Daharki, Shia parties started a rally from Hussaini Imam Bargah and staged a sit-in on National Highway. In Mithi, Shia parties protested on Kashmir Chowk.

In Lahore, Majlis-e-Wehdat-e-Muslameen’s members protested outside the Governor House. Rangers surrounded the area while members offered Zuhr prayers. Protesters then held a sit-in on Mall Road and demanded the arrest of terrorists within 48 hours. Police also put barricades to deal with any untoward incident.

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Reader Comments (58)

  • uet
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:15PM

    I have lost track who is killing whom in Pakistan? Every violent incident is just one more.
    Am I fatigued out or all violent societies start feeling same way, total apathetic from human life.

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  • Roni
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:20PM

    Where is the huge army and the PCO SC judges? They take action on one death/suicide of Faisal, one slap, couple of bottles of wine, sugar price but not cleansing of minorities and Shia. It is about time the UN steps up and stop the genocide in Pakistan before the terrorists achieve their goals.

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  • RAW is WAR
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:27PM

    Shame on Pakistanis. They want to discuss idiotic things like Afzal Guru Hanging, rather than atrocities being carried out in their own backyard.

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  • gp65
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Rest in peace. I hope God gives strength to the bereaved families to cope with the los.

    @uet: ” total apathetic from human life.”

    Seems there is total apathy for life of Pakistani innocents. There is no dearth of empathy for an Indian terrorist convicted under due process of law – under which 3 of his co-defendants actually were acquitted.

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  • Hussain
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:37PM

    why are we killing a few hundreds every day … just ask this good for nothing governement to nuclear bomb all of us 180 million…. chapter closed…

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  • The Muslim
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:53PM

    @ uet
    Every one knows that….
    Lashkar e Jhangvi + Siphah e Sahaba + Talibans killing Pakistanis they got the support from Punjab Gov.t of Sharif brothers and judiciary. And I believe 80% of deceased belongs to Shia community.

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  • Zahid
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:58PM

    I wonder what will happen to Shias if pro-LeJ PML-N makes the next government.

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  • Haider Budini
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:01PM

    Are our pakistani security agencies too weak to stike this mad dogs or this is just government back endeavor?

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  • Real Bloch
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:10PM

    This is ridiculous. These people have no heart. How can innocent civilians had to do with anything to do with it? My heart goes for these people. It is about time Army should cordon off Quetta from these butchers. I also assume that Violence in Karachi and Quetta has some relation with each other. One is the fallout of the other.

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  • Indian
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Very sad. I will pray for the victims and their families. Hope no one is offended by Hindu prayers. After all a prayer is a prayer even if you think our religion is false.

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  • Ayesha
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:18PM

    Establishment considers Bloch militants as the enemy of state then why are these terrorists considered patriots ? plz kick them out of the cover of DIFA E PAKISTAN COUNCIL

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  • Ehsan
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:22PM

    The group responsible for this: “Lashkar-e-Jhangvi” is openly operating in Pakistan. They even have strong political connection to the country’s top political parties. Surprisingly, there is no media coverage of this group, or it’s members who roam the country openly.

    In essence, I feel sorry to say this being a Pakistani but this is “state-sponsored terrorism”.Recommend

  • Ali hazara
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:28PM

    If state has failed to protect its Citizen ,then as a ghairat mand accept responsiblity and hand over hazara enclave to UN,Baloch already asking,

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  • lala boy
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:29PM

    these things are usual case. please report Indian Kashmir curfew news

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  • Sam
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:39PM

    Shame on these security forces, they are incompetent and criminals are striking at will. Maybe common man should take up arms to protect their lives.

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  • Raza Khan
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:49PM

    Don’t have words to express my pain, sorrow, frustration & sadness! Killing innocent school going children & women.

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  • Khalil
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:54PM

    If religion has become waba-li- jan, say bye bye to this religion. If every Pakistani becomes secular, then these rabid, mad blood thristy dogs will be rendered into a minority and it will be easy to send them to hooristan.

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  • INDIAN
    Feb 17, 2013 - 2:16PM

    Malik Saab,

    Don’t bother, please bother about Sharuk Khan, Afzal Guru etc and what is going on in India.

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  • ABC
    Feb 17, 2013 - 2:17PM

    First of all this is absolutely despicable. I’ve read comments of SSP on twitter and they are just gloating.

    But can somebody tell me why are Hazara shias being attacked? Or is it just that because in Quetta there are so many hazara’s that they all live in the same area and are easy to target; because there aren’t many reports in the media of mass murder of shia’s from other communities. I mean there are definitely killings going on but not on such a large scale as with poor Hazara’s

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  • Baltee
    Feb 17, 2013 - 2:28PM

    Another blast, another massacre and the genocide continues…

    Sadly someone senseless here considers (killing of more than 80 humans) a usual case and is much worried for whats happening in kashmir. Strange

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  • Gautam
    Feb 17, 2013 - 2:35PM

    My God… this is truely inhuman to kill innocent children women and men for no cause. My heart is with families who suffered gr8 loss and no compensation can match. God help pakistan.

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  • shaheen1shaheen2
    Feb 17, 2013 - 2:49PM

    they should leave for iran, as it is they are loyal to iran

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  • raj786
    Feb 17, 2013 - 2:53PM

    Leave kashamir save baloch

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  • Babablacksheep
    Feb 17, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Hazra peoples should strike back otherwise keep counting dead bodies

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  • Naveen
    Feb 17, 2013 - 3:42PM

    Just saw some pics of the injured in hospital. Heart wrenching to say the least. My condolences to the families of the deceased.

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  • sarwaan
    Feb 17, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Fake Social media activists are trying to malign Pakistan army whilst Shia & Hazara Community in Quetta are saying they only Trust the Army.

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  • Nick
    Feb 17, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Earlier it was the Ahmedis, Before that during partition the Hindus and the Sikhs. Now the Shias. Then will probably start the big fight. The Wahabis againsts the Barelvis. Intolerance was the beginning of Pakistan. Intolerance will keep finding newer targets because the people who perpetrate these inhuman acts are devilish kind of minds who find deep pleasure in killing “the other”. Intolerance will eventually bring complete death and destruction in Pakistan.

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  • outsider
    Feb 17, 2013 - 4:23PM

    My question is why it is always happened in Quetta ..not in Lahore?Recommend

  • Naseer Baloch
    Feb 17, 2013 - 4:30PM

    This is a price we will have to pay for buying gas from Iran. Countries that dont like this project are now resorting to such inhumane tactics. Object of this bloodbath is that Pakistan and Iran shouldn’t come close to each other.

    Who these countries are ? it is not rocket science to figure out.

    On one hand these countries are obstructing solution to energy crisis while on the other they are trying to start a sectarian civil war. I just dont understand why our leaders are so blind and cannot see that these so called friends our are actually our enemies.

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  • Hasan
    Feb 17, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Time for Pakistani Shias to take arms to defend themselves from LeJ, SSP and Taliban.Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2013 - 5:46PM

    Look at the halla bolu on the hanging of Guru who conspired to attack the parliament of India, look at the hangama on drone attacks to kill the terrorists but look at the tolerance on killings of hazaras and shias. My head hangs with shame, this is the land created for the security of muslims of this subcontinent. Genocide in the name of God “society quivering under the weight of unabashed terrorism taking place in the name of God and sects.”
    I and my friends express our heart felt condolences to the families of those who are killed. May God be merciful as there seems to be no end to this mayhem.

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  • Naresh
    Feb 17, 2013 - 6:23PM

    @Nick:

    Earlier it was the Ahmedis, Before that during partition the Hindus and the Sikhs. Now the Shias. Then will probably start the big fight. The Wahabis againsts the Barelvis. Intolerance was the beginning of Pakistan. Intolerance will keep finding newer targets because the people who perpetrate these inhuman acts are devilish kind of minds who find deep pleasure in killing “the other”. Intolerance will eventually bring complete death and destruction in Pakistan.
    .
    I said nothing when they came for the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhist, Christians, Ahmedis, Shias etc.
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    Now they have come for me the Sunni, but now, only we Sunnis are left. So there is no one to speak for me!
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    Cheers

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  • Feb 17, 2013 - 6:34PM

    Shias should stop looking for a savior and start taking matters in their own hands. They should rise up against this atrocity and put political pressure and demonstrate against the people responsible for it.

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  • ex paki
    Feb 17, 2013 - 6:39PM

    @The Muslim: who wrote ” Every one knows that….Lashkar e Jhangvi + Siphah e Sahaba + Talibans killing Pakistanis they got the support from Punjab Gov.t of Sharif brothers and judiciary. And I believe 80% of deceased belongs to Shia community”

    Muslim sahib, Do not mince the words,behind all these SO CALLED ” Lashkar e Jhangvi + Siphah e Sahaba”, is a “BROTHERLY COUNTRY” Recommend

  • ex paki
    Feb 17, 2013 - 6:42PM

    @VINOD: Vindd Sahib, a big thank you for your good words. And please tell anyone who listens you in your country, that they should apply the law of land in dealing with criminals.

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  • xman
    Feb 17, 2013 - 6:52PM

    why pak army , gov not hanging captured terrorist… ? just like india doing .

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  • Sahil Nawan
    Feb 17, 2013 - 6:53PM

    It is very unfortunate to see innocent Pakistani’s being killed every day. I fail to see accountability of law enforcement agency. Where is ISI ? There is total failure of civil and police administration is Baluchistan. I do not care whether it is carried out by TTP , Indian or Afghans.What I am concerned is it is carried within Pakistan and Pakistani’s are killed.This is happening day in and day out. This should stop people who support these terrorists directly or indirectly should be apprehended and dealt severely under law.If US government can cross oceans to defends its land why can’t we Pakistani’s. Our police,army or intelligence should wake up from this pathetic flight and do some work for heavens!

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  • Feb 17, 2013 - 7:02PM

    @ex paki: read the complete case and please do not jump the gun before learning your facts. However, when you say ” should apply the law of land in dealing with criminals.” I presume your law of land is being fully applied in killing of all the shias and ahmedis and….. AND…..

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  • Eddie dex
    Feb 17, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Many more are dying from sectarian violence than from drone attacks…the enemy within Pakistan is the real source of problems for your country…

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Feb 17, 2013 - 7:29PM

    A direct result of espousing illegitimate cause of Kashmir!

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  • pnpuri
    Feb 17, 2013 - 8:21PM

    simply proves two nation theory was and is a myth.Recommend

  • Nand
    Feb 17, 2013 - 8:31PM

    @Naseer Baloch:
    Yes, I agree that it is not rocket science who they are. They are the usual CIA/RAW/MOSSAD/SANTA CLAUSE/BUGS BUNNY. Yet most of you want to have talks with them then wiping them out. Sad.

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  • Mind your business
    Feb 17, 2013 - 9:44PM

    @RAW is WAR: Shame on Indians! They are more interested in trolling Pakistani news websites rather than minding their own unending shameful problems within their country

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  • DynamicLothar
    Feb 17, 2013 - 10:30PM

    I truly sympathize with all the minorities of Pakistan. Many of the perpetrators of violence be it against christians, ahmaddiyyas, shias, sufis, hindoos are motivated by reasons other than spiritual. It could be seizing land, suppressing them so that they act as slaves, plain hatred against people unlike them, jealousy….When the state (using madrassas) teaches its children to hate other cultures, linguistics, races, religions it is very easy for a whole nation to be seduced by the language of hate. The pakistani state sponsored terrorism (and maybe still does) for “strategic depth”. LeJ against Iran, LeT, HuD, HM, HuM and all its offshoots against India for Kashmir, several Sikh militant organisations for Khalistan (Indian Punjab), Taliban and its offshoots against Afghanistan. Indians did the same for Tamil Tigers but grew wise after it turned against them.
    One must realize that these terrorists do not exist in a vacuum. There is widespread support for it among the population. I hope that the youth of Pakistan realizes where the world is going and how the nation of Pakistan has been left behind. Thousands of people from Pakistan seeking better lives escape to other countries only to realize that even others cultures are now wary of them. Sometimes they have to lie and say they are Indians…a nation they despise.
    I believe that in this information age, it will be difficult for militant ideologues to continue to brainwash the local population supported byu the state which wants to spread disinformation to pursue its “strategic depth”. But I do hope that the “normal” population wakes up before thousands more are killed on this altar of hate.

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  • ex paki
    Feb 17, 2013 - 10:49PM

    @VINOD: Vindod Sahib, every country has one most HOLIEST place and that is always PARLIAMENT. I would have had forgiven anyone, BUT NOT AND NEVER ANYONE WHO WOULD HAVE ATTACKED THE PARLIAMENT OF MY COUNTRY. India did well by hanging the convicted of crimes against your parliament and one of Mumbai. regards Vinod Sahib.

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  • quantum
    Feb 17, 2013 - 11:09PM

    Pakistan army should take action against these terrorist outfits. They should dismantle their infrastructure. All religious seminaries so called madrassas are brought under national academic curriculum. Besides teaching holy text, they should follow secular subjects like science, maths etc. I am a shia Muslim and I have only one question to ask, where in Quran or Hadiths, it says that if you kill shias, you will go to heaven. Pakistan is a failed state, it can save itself from complete annihilation if it starts to follow secularism and teach tolerance to its populace. Live and let live. I hope this comment gets published.Recommend

  • gp65
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:13AM

    @lala boy:
    Why do you feel that reporting on a non violent bands in Indian Kashmir is more relevant than the death of 80 Pakistanis in a sectarian attack? Where is you sense of priorities?

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  • gp65
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:21AM

    @Naseer Baloch:
    You imply that it is US who is supporting LeJ because they are anti-Iran. Why have you forgotten to name the actual brotherly country who supports and funds LeJ? It not only hates Iran but also Shias.

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  • gp65
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:24AM

    @Nick:
    You forgot the Bengalis.

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  • Faraz
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:46AM

    @Khalil: After saying this, you already know your end dude… period

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  • Malatesh
    Feb 18, 2013 - 2:23AM

    @gp65.. to @lala boy: Its sense of humor, there is hidden message to Army, Gvt, ET or other medias in the comment by ‘lala boy’. I believe he is requesting them to forget Kashmir at least now..

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  • Human
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:50AM

    So sad…
    you killed in Karachi….
    they take revenge in Quetta….
    Is this a Solution…?

    If the Authorities are weak, It’ll happen….

    and Killing is not the solution…..

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 11:04AM

    @ex paki: Thanks. Regards.from VINOD

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  • Gulam Rasool "Kuldeep sharma"
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:18PM

    Thanks to My lord Allah, we are not part of Pakistan. its time to think kashmiri separatists if they really wants to go with Pakistan? i guess answer will be “NO”

    Gulam Rasool “Kuldeep sharma”
    New Delhi

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  • 2Cents
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:26PM

    Sad.

    Let make it simple to understand:

    If a society or a nation is formed based on I am X and I can not live with Y because of Z. My dear Earthmates:

    X will never change as it is the “determinant”. Y and Z will will keep changing to keep the equation TRUE.

    I hope that helps.
    ..Peace

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  • 2Cents
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:33PM

    A gentle and not so gentle suggestion:
    Pakistan has to feel, what she would feel if every month few dozen Muslims were blown up in India. Let us imagine they were Shias, not that matters.

    Time is now.
    ..Peace

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  • Muhammad Usman
    Feb 19, 2013 - 10:30AM

    well after reading above comments it seems that whenever this kind of incident happened in pakistan or anywhere in the world we all stop thinking and start shouting each other to play the blame game. the only thing in that scenario is to start thinking how to remove this scum from the society and for that we have to be unit ourselves not only physically as well as mentally we have to put aside these differences. This is the only cause why we are been ruled by such people thay are taking this advantage .

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  • Feb 20, 2013 - 5:07PM

    @Muhammad Usman: dear Muhammad Saheb i totally agree with you BUT SIR if the state is protecting the terrorists and using them with an aim can your suggestion be of any help.

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