Imran Khan condemns Lashkar-e-Jhangvi for attack on Hazaras

Published: February 18, 2013

PTI chief demands chief justice take suo motu notice of attack on Hazara Shia community in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has strongly condemned the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) for the Quetta bombing that left over 80 members of the Hazara Shia community dead. Khan had tweeted the statement after a press conference in Islamabad.

On Saturday, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), seen as the most ruthless sectarian group, had claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Khan demanded that the culprits be brought to justice and the people be protected.

The PTI chief also said that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should take suo motu notice of the incident.

Khan also demanded that the government give compensation to the families of those who were killed as a result of the blast.

The party chief also said that members of his party will protest in all four headquarters to express solidarity with the Hazara community.

“We demand that a special court be set up and the culprits be punished,” said Khan.

Members of the Shia community and civil society took out protest rallies in different cities of Pakistan on Monday to protest against the attack. A strike was also observed in Karachi.

The Hazara community in Quetta had also once again refused to bury their dead, giving a 48-hour ultimatum to the government to arrest the killers.

Reader Comments (66)

  • ikhlaas
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:45PM

    again imran khan proves why he is our hope

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  • Adeel
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:47PM

    Yeh Cheezzzz!!! , Congrats Imran you being the first political leader openly condemn LeJ.

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  • Syed
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:48PM

    I wasn’t a big fan of Imran Khan but PPP led 5 years have seen a big rise of Shia killings. Nawaz league provide monthly stipends to Shia killing machine lashkar e jhangvi. At least Imran Khan speaks out against these monsters. I’d advise all the shias of Pakistan for vote for this guy. Most definitely he can’t be worse than PPP and Nawaz Jhangvi group.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Khan is king.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Now you are talking IMRAN. All the LEJ and Taliban and the people who don’t consider them enemy of the country should be punished. And the punishment for those who killed innocents is DEATH and nothing else, and JUSTICE DELAYED is JUSTICE DENIED. These devils are beyond repair.

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  • xyz
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:51PM

    Brave leader and currently hope for pakistan

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  • Zahid
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:53PM

    May God protect Imran Khan. He may be on the hit list of terror outfits now.

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  • Roni
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:53PM

    It is about time that IK should wake up before it is too late for him for the next elections. What was keeping him from not coming out openly against the terrorists? Recommend

  • Fahad Khan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:54PM

    Solute to Imran’s courage for condemning LeJ. God bless you.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:54PM

    Folks write to supreme court and ask them why they don’t punish the terrorists and instead keep on giving sermons to others. Write letters, faxes and emails, make phone calls.

    Supreme Court of Pakistan
    Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
    Telephone: 051-9220581-9220600
    Fax: 051-9213452
    Email : mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Imran khan you have earned my respect and now no more PMLN from now onwards . PTI will win inshallah :)

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Why we expect SC to do everything. Why not political parties force Agencies to work properly.

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  • Lets be honest
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:19PM

    @Adeel:
    The 1st one was Altaf Hussain, he supports minorities every time. This is good news that another leader is also voicing concern, I now hope Imran has learnt from his mistakes & plans to be vocal against strategic assets in the future.

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  • PhD_Norway
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:26PM

    May Allah protect you Khan
    If i give my life for you, purpose of life is fulfilled

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  • Saleem
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:27PM

    I had been very critical of IK so far for not speaking up. Time for me to shut up and give credit to Mr Khan. May God protect you (for speaking the truth is the most dangerous thing in land of pure)

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:29PM

    Good job Imran Khan in taking the name of LeJ terrorist outfit. Very bold of you.

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 7:37PM

    Good brave move!

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  • Bhatti
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:38PM

    I Voted for PML-N during the last pollings!! NOW Its Time for Change!! My vote is for PTI

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  • bilal
    Feb 18, 2013 - 7:53PM

    IK please help us

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 7:53PM

    @PhD_Norway:

    Vow! Emotional in Norway,

    Sit back, relax and think.

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  • Something Clever
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:09PM

    @Bhatti:
    He finally said something that wasn’t pathetic in regard to terrorists and you had to go and try turning the comments into a bad voting commercial.

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  • Baqar
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:22PM

    Elections are near

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  • Asad Zaidi
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:36PM

    @All those appreciating IK’s boldness.
    Just appreciation is not enough. Support him, vote for him in the coming elections. Mark my words, if PML-N comes into power, there soon won’t be any shias left ! So come out and vote for PTI !

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  • Khan Jr
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:40PM

    IK has proven that he is the only politician, so far, to risk the wrath of these untamed animals. For his act he deserves high public commendation. Let us see who follows his path – I fear there won’t be many.

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  • Saeed
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:43PM

    @Something Clever:
    He has never said anything pathetic, now all you macaques are singing from his hymn book, and falling over each other to talk with TTP. There is nothing commercial about expressing your views, its called freedom of expression. This is what democracy is all about, if you have ” “nothing clever” to say it is better to keep quiet, than confirm one’s ignorance by opening one’s mouth.

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  • Saira
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Well done, Imran. You have my vote!

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  • ahmad
    Feb 18, 2013 - 9:04PM

    Can Nawaz Sharif condemn them too?

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 18, 2013 - 9:45PM

    Hold on to your horses my dear trolls, a U-Turn is just around the corner and you folks would end up spinning things again; unsuccessfully that is. Any of you would mind enlightening as to what PTI reps were doing at DPC marches and congregation as latest as last year? Don’t we all know that LeJ is a major cog of DPC? Oh BTW, did i forget to tell all of y’all that PML-N did not support DPC in any form.

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 9:53PM

    Imran will bring real change Inshallah.

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 9:54PM

    I will be voting for the first time ever and my vote is for PTI. Same is the case with many relatives and friends. We all are looking forward to PTI’s win in upcoming elections.

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  • Fauzan Naeem
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:04PM

    Pakistan is at a critical stage. I beg to everyone. PLEASE vote wisely. Now or Never, we studied in our history books. This is the time to choose the right man man (and party) to lead the country. it;s just getting too much.

    Cast your vote, don’t vote your caste.

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  • Riaz Khan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Cheers for IK for finally taking a stand against terrorists! I will vote for you!

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  • Parvez
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Well done.

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  • Mastuj
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:13PM

    I love you IK

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  • Hussain
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:19PM

    Almost all the major achievement in Pakistan have come through people who got khan with their name:

    Nuclear Bomb: Dr. Qadir Khan
    Cricket World Cup: Imran Khan
    T20 World Cup: Younus Khan
    Squash Cup: Jahansher Khan / Jahazeb Khan

    in short Imran Khan should be given a chance as PM of Pakistan then these lohaar PML-N and PPP thief.

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  • goerge
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:29PM

    Too little too late

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 10:35PM

    We must stop hate factories like LEJ, Malik Ishaq and Co to stop shia Killings, here is my take on this whole problem, stop hate to stop shia killings. http://stopextremism.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/hate-is-the-reason/

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  • Schabboo Khan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:23PM

    @Zahid:
    This is not a very helpful comment. It will scare people from raising their voices against these kinds of atrocities.

    Lord knows there are enough people in power who can do something about it menace but are scared to act.

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  • Zain
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:30PM

    Imran does not tweet himself. Anila Khawaja does in his name. Why is twitter statement from Anila Khawaja taken as Imran’s ‘bold position’?

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  • Outraged
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:44PM

    So the incompetent government, the state machinery and the two major political are clueless and shameless…and no surprise there! Now the perpetrators of this heinous crime have come forward themselves and claimed responsibility. The state must act and Now! each and everyone of them should be swiftly arrested and bought to justice. More importantly, those who, conspired and aided and abetted must be apprehended immediately…do it now!
    Where are you CJ Chaudhry and Mr. Kayani? If you both fail to act, then you both are responsible too!!! And I am not a Shia!
    Our common humanity and decency demands action and leadership!
    To the uneducated in the failing state, for the love of god, please redouble Imran Khan’s security NOW!

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  • FJ
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:45PM

    IK, you got my vote- finally!

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 11:51PM

    @Zain:
    I think you are missing the point. Anila Khwaja manages IK’s account on his behalf. She doesn’t pull these things out of thin air.

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  • hassan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:53PM

    Mr. Zain

    You should see his press conference i am afraid anila khawaja was not wearing IK’s Mask..

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  • Babloo
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:57PM

    Should I now propound the 2-sect theory ?

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  • Spoiled Brat
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:57PM

    what a hypocrite this Man is… he should use the same hard words against TTP, Khan is unreliable….

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  • Ilyad
    Feb 19, 2013 - 12:25AM

    Why not go and talk some sense into them?

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  • Ali Hussain
    Feb 19, 2013 - 12:36AM

    Boldness and Courage, thats what I have to say !!

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  • MSS
    Feb 19, 2013 - 1:39AM

    @Hussain,
    May be Khan is the most common second name. A statistical research will …….

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  • Sultan
    Feb 19, 2013 - 2:27AM

    Save Pakistan. Vote PTI!

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  • saima siddiqui
    Feb 19, 2013 - 2:29AM

    Luv u ik :)

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  • Khalil
    Feb 19, 2013 - 3:17AM

    Tit for tat is the answer. Offence is the best form of defence. Become mega ruthless than your tormentors and so ruthless that they and their sympathisers will beg for mercy.

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  • GIndian
    Feb 19, 2013 - 3:20AM

    Good job Imran Khan. This shows his leadership quality. Let more political and religious autorities condemn this attack.

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  • Rex Minor
    Feb 19, 2013 - 3:40AM

    There is no logic in violence, but there is always a reason why an individual or a group commits violence. Why this violence against shias in Pakistan a so called sunni majority country and Iraq a shia majority country. First the diagnosis and ony then a treatment.

    The cavalier statements of condemnation by the populist political leaders such as IK is not the treatment but a mean trick to win the support of the populace in the coming election if it oes at all takes place.

    People of Pakistan need to excercise ”Vernunft’ and not act out of ‘Angst’.

    Rex Minor

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  • Angel
    Feb 19, 2013 - 5:33AM

    Shame on those who support LEJ. Long live IK. the only proud possession of Pakistan.

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  • ahmad shahzad
    Feb 19, 2013 - 5:48AM

    Now he wakes up. Perhaps he should start negotiating with them first

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  • a&a
    Feb 19, 2013 - 6:52AM

    Atlast he condems. ……………….

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  • Umer
    Feb 19, 2013 - 7:49AM

    ET = PTI Tribune

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  • GhostRider
    Feb 19, 2013 - 8:45AM

    I hope these arent just hollow words to win Shia votes

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  • Feb 19, 2013 - 9:03AM

    @Iftikhar Khan: Thanx a million. Salams

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  • Usman Ashfaq
    Feb 19, 2013 - 9:22AM

    Guys why don’t you look in another aspect that these killings are getting increased since we are finalizing gas pipeline with IRAN and also handed over gawadar port to CHINA. Just think who has problem with these projects.

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  • syed
    Feb 19, 2013 - 2:25PM

    Well done Imran Khan My vote of Imran Khan

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  • Zaffar Saleem
    Feb 19, 2013 - 3:46PM

    Vote for pakistan vote for ik

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  • Amanzeb Khan
    Feb 24, 2013 - 3:34PM

    All the writers who uselessly criticised him for not naming the Taliban (which actually he did) should now have the courage to write the opposite as well. Some of them acually went to the extent of calling him a coward. Time to eat their words.

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  • Jehangir Mari
    Mar 4, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Imran Should pressurize the COAS to go after LeJ; only then he is votable! Telling CJ of SC to take Sue-moto is a just safe politics.

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