Wave of terror: Anti-Shia propaganda and threats emerge in Lahore

Published: March 9, 2013

The pamphlets have been ostensibly issued by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi which claimed responsibility for the Quetta killings. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ KHAN


After terrorist attacks against Shias in Karachi and Balochistan, the Shia community in Lahore is getting threats, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Hand-written pamphlets carrying derogatory remarks against the community and its leaders and threats are being dropped in Shia homes in the city. Wall-chalking nearby declares Shias kafir (infidel). The pamphlets have been ostensibly issued by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi which claimed responsibility for the Quetta killings.

Shias have started taking the threats more seriously after a Shia doctor and his son were shot in Lahore a few weeks back.

Wall-chalking carrying messages against Shias has appeared outside the house of photo journalist Azhar Jafri. Pamphlets threatening him and his family with a deadly attack have also been dropped at his house.

Jafri has filed an FIR with the Harbanspura police.

Talking to The Express Tribune, he said a bundle of pamphlets inscribed with life threats and derogatory remarks against Shias and their leaders had been dropped at his house. He said he had approached Operations DIG Rai Tahir with his complaint, but police had only arrested and then released three labourers working at his under-construction house.

Qaisar Abbas, a resident of Imamia Colony, Shahdara Town, says that two days back, someone dropped a pamphlet carrying death threats at his home. He said he and his family were quite scared.

Tehreek-i-Nifaz-i-Fiqh-i-Jafria, Lahore, President Shahzada Ghulam Hussain terrorists had allies in the government. He said the whole Shia community was under threat. He said he had advised his community to remain vigilant and stop their children from going out of houses unnecessarily.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Insaan
    Mar 9, 2013 - 4:50AM

    History is repeating itself. First it was non-Muslims who were terrorized in 1947 and now it is Shias….Next it will be Ahmadis.

    Islam is a religion of peace.


  • 3 idiots
    Mar 9, 2013 - 5:12AM

    MASS exodus of fleeling shias is wat so called pakistan wantzz!!


  • javad
    Mar 9, 2013 - 5:42AM

    Shia genocide by Saudi backed terrorists


  • Iram
    Mar 9, 2013 - 9:28AM

    Just for few votes someone is allowing this bloodshed, we should strongly condemn it..Recommend

  • Ahmadi
    Mar 9, 2013 - 10:51AM

    Let me correct you the Ahmadis were the first one to be targeted. Don’t forget 1953, 1974 and 1984, the key years where the persecuction surpassed all bounds. Ahmadis were and are still heavily persecuted, killed and their businesses destroyed by similar extremist organisations, all anarchists, disobeying and disregarding law. It is unfrotunate that Shias are now the target.


  • Optimistic
    Mar 9, 2013 - 12:16PM

    …..Wall-chalking nearby declares Shias kafir (infidel). The pamphlets have been ostensibly issued by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi which claimed responsibility for the Quetta killings.

    Sad to know all this happening.


  • Go-Get-a-Gun-Legally
    Mar 9, 2013 - 12:47PM

    no wonder we have come to this day in Lahore. first it were just Ahmadis and now Shias as well. think about what happens in small towns and remote areas.


  • Ali
    Mar 9, 2013 - 12:52PM

    Thanks to Nawaz Sharif and his friends (i.e., election partners).


  • Zoya
    Mar 9, 2013 - 1:07PM

    Yes you’re very right on your part that they were the first ones to be targeted but like you mentioned the years you must also not forget the wave of terror that started in 1960s when 118 Shias were brutally killed in Khairpur massacre. After that, Shias have forgotten the existence of peace as well. Islam is indeed a religion of peace but unfortunately Muslims hate peace as much as Islam loves it.


  • Ahmadi Muslim
    Mar 9, 2013 - 1:25PM

    Now that they are done taking from us our right to live, preach, pray, vote and believe they turn all their energies towards the Shia Muslims. They aren’t ever going to rest. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Quoting from Batman: “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” Recommend

  • Bang
    Mar 9, 2013 - 1:32PM


    Backed by Suadi ! but executed by our own people .


  • GhostRider
    Mar 9, 2013 - 1:37PM

    What do you say on this Rana Sanaullah???? Its happening under your nose or should I say on your behest


  • ainee
    Mar 9, 2013 - 1:38PM

    @Insaan – And did you ever try thinking that who exactly is behind all this? History IS in fact repeating itself. This happened in the Middle East (and the west was involved. They like chaos) before and now its happening here. Islam is a religion of peace. These people do not represent Islam. For the last time, stop stereotyping!


  • blaisebob
    Mar 9, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Thank you PMLN….


  • Fighter
    Mar 9, 2013 - 1:56PM

    “Tehreek-i-Nifaz-i-Fiqh-i-Jafria, Lahore, President Shahzada Ghulam Hussain terrorists had allies in the government.”

    Shame on those people who support and will vote for this noora league which is playing dirty politics behind the scene and wants to continue this state of affairs for next five years while protecting their own family interests and minting money in their offshore bank accounts.

    Get sovereign government in this election who has the political wish to cleanse our society and put every terrorist….every corrupt politician…..every bank defaulter behind bars.


  • Ammar
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:25PM

    People should wake up before a “Two Sect Theory” is presented. :-/ Sadly


  • Ammar
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:27PM

    People should wake-up before a “Two Sect Theory” is presented, :-/ Sadly


  • Ali
    Mar 9, 2013 - 2:37PM

    Pressure tactics applied on PML-N to re-think hard should they change stance on LJ , ASWJ , SSP and other extremists parties


  • Aviator
    Mar 9, 2013 - 3:54PM

    Why dont the people who hate Shias and other minorities so much go and live in Saudi?


  • Dr.Biya
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:25AM

    lahore is going to be just like karachi soon.. O ALLAH HAVE SOME MERCY ON US !!


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