19 killed, over 45 injured in explosions, firing inside Shia mosque in Peshawar

Published: February 13, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP Express News screengrab of a vehicle that was destroyed in the blast that took place in Peshawar.

PESHAWAR: Heavily armed militants stormed a Shia mosque in Hayatabad, Peshawar on Friday, killing at least 19 people in an attack claimed by the Taliban as revenge for the execution of one of their cadres.

Three attackers with grenades, Kalashnikovs and explosive suicide vests struck at the Imamia mosque at the time of the main Friday prayers.

11:24pm

Ban-Ki moon condemns Peshawar attack

Secretary-General Ban-Ki moon has condemned the attack, saying “There is no justification for such crimes.”

According to statement issued by the secretary general’s spokesperson, Ban-Ki moon has called on the Pakistani authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, and urged them to redouble their efforts to protect religious and ethnic minorities, and to combat terrorism in all its forms.

He also extended heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan.

Naveed Abbas, a Pakistan national working with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security was among the 19 people killed.

9:09pm

9:06pm

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak claimed that the attackers came over the Hayatabad boundary wall, Express News reported.

Commenting on the security situation in the country, Khattak said that K-P was in a state of war with all security forces are engaged in a joint operation against militants.

He added that the injured and relatives of the deceased will be given compensation as per the law.

Further, Khattak has also directed that the injured get full attention on treatment.

4:18pm 

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claim responsibility for the attack on the mosque.

“It is the revenge of Dr Usman who was hanged last month for attack on the army’s headquarters,” the TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani said.

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4:08pm

The attack started at around 1:30pm and after 2.5 hours, the mosque has been cleared while search operation in the area is still underway.

4:03pm

Express News reports police have cleared the area.

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3:52pm

BDS neutralises suicide jacket left behind by the third attacker inside the mosque.

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3:46pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says  the government is determined to eliminate terrorism and extremism from the country, according to Radio Pakistan.

Durrani adds that one of the attackers was tackled by the people when he tried to detonate his explosives.

3:43pm

K-P IG Nasir Durrani, while speaking to the media, says police are collecting evidence while BDS is busy defusing explosives left behind by the terrorists.

Durrani says the entrance of the mosque is highly guarded and the attackers entered from the other side of the mosque.

“The attackers climbed a high wall and cut barbed wires in order to enter the mosque,” he explains.

The IG says he is hopeful about tracing the attackers because of ample evidence left behind the militants.

“One suicide bomber exploded himself in the verandah of the mosque while another was shot dead by police inside the main hall,” he said.

“The third was caught by people but was also killed later on.”

3:33pm

A search operation is still underway at the site of the blast.

More than 100 people were inside the mosque at the time of the attack for Friday prayers.

Additionally, the area is currently being monitored with the help of helicopters.

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3:31pm

Provincial health secretary says emergency has been declared at Hayatabad Medical Complex, Combined Military Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital where all the injured have been shifted.

“There is no shortage of blood or doctors,” he adds.

3:28pm

Political leaders have condemned the tragic attack, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, former president Asif Ali Zardari, and General (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf.

3:24pm

According to preliminary reports, the suicide bomber who blew himself up was between 25 to 30 years of age.

His body is still inside the mosque along with a suicide jacket — which has not been neutralised as yet — and hand grenades.

Hayatabad area is around three to four kilometers away from Khyber Agency’s Jamrud area.

The suicide bombers reportedly entered the mosque through a building that was under construction next to the mosque.

3:20pm

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

3:17pm

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Shaukat Yousafzai says security forces are conducting a search operation in the area to ensure the area is clear.

The minister adds that K-P is fighting a war for Pakistan’s survival and that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has destroyed the terror network to a great extent.

3:05pm

Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) condemns the attack and announces three days of mourning across the country.

3:01pm

Deputy Commissioner, while speaking to Express News, says the attack on the mosque started with firing from a building nearby after which three to four suicide bombers entered the mosque.

He says one suicide bomber blew himself up, and that there is a suicide jacket still present inside the mosque.

The commissioner says the bomb disposal squad has been called in to neutralise the explosives.

Police say the attackers arrived in a car and burnt it before entering the mosque.

Express News screen grab of security personnel at the the mosque, and a car that was blown up due to the impact of the blast. According to police, this vehicle belonged to the attackers. 

2:58pm

Pakistan army personnel take position around the mosque, according to Express News.

2:57pm

PTI chief Imran Khan says he wanted to visit the blast site, however, he was denied access due to security reasons.

2:53pm

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan condemns the attack and asks for a report on the explosion.

2:52pm

SSP Operations says it was a suicide blast and eight people were killed.

He add that three suicide bombers entered the mosque — one of whom blew himself up.

He further says one suicide jacket was neutralised, while several hand grenades were found inside the mosque.

2:48pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directs medical medical authorities to give best possible treatment to victims of the blast.

Further, police officials, while briefly speaking to the media, say they are still investigating the incident and will reveal details as soon as the situation becomes clearer.

2:47pm

Several cars caught fire due the blast, Express News reports.

2:43pm

Express News screen grab of ambulances seen at the site of the blast in Peshawar.

2:40pm

Doctors in Hayatabad Medical Complex confirm that the death toll has reached to 10, and over 60 others have been injured.

2:35pm

Our correspondent Riaz Ahmed tells us that medical personnel are currently removing dead bodies from the mosque.

Further, he confirms it was a suicide blast

2:34pm

Express News screen grab of injured people being carried to ambulances nearby.

2:32pm

Elite Force and Anti-Terrrorism Squad summoned to area of blast.

2:30pm

PTI chief Imran Khan and K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak headed to site of the blast

2:29pm

A state of emergency has been imposed in Hayatabad Medical Complex, Express News reports.

2:25pm

Express News screen grab of security personnel arriving at the site of the blast.

2:22pm

Army personnel called in to assist with security.

2:19pm

Three people reportedly killed in the blast. Firing can still be heard.

2:15pm

An eyewitness says a several grenades were thrown as worshippers performed the last sajda, adding that it was a suicide attack

The eyewitness also claims that the attackers were dressed in police uniforms.

2:06pm

At least 20 people have been reportedly injured in the blast.

2:05pm

According to SSP operations, one of the explosions took place near a mosque.

2:00pm

Express News correspondent Yasir Ali says one of the blasts took place inside Imamia Masjid, shortly after the Friday prayers came to an end.

Further, according to Express News, firing can be heard at the site of the blast.

1:55pm

The injured are being shifted to a hospital nearby, and the area has been cordoned.

The nature of the blast has not yet been ascertained.

Reader Comments (81)

  • Stranger
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:12PM

    Why bother with investigations ? Lets blame it on India. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:14PM

    Why wasn’t there a proper inquiry after APS massacre . PTI is the worst provincial government in Pakistan Recommend

  • rukhsar
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:16PM

    Bund Karo Shia Killing… plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Allah se dar nahi lagta???Recommend

  • ahsan
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:17PM

    India’s proxy war continues, it never calls these terrorists as bad , lol on lashker e taiba is bad for themRecommend

  • rukhsar
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:21PM

    ET pls publish my comments…which i sent you minutes ago..Recommend

  • Rafidi
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:32PM

    How many more dead Shias do we need till we accept the reality of Shia Genocide in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:34PM

    So just like Sindh Government being responsible for Shikarpur Imambargah attack, will Niazi now blame KPK Government for this barbarism?Recommend

  • Ahmed Wani
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:41PM

    If India Solves kashmir issue all this will be gone…This is happening due to kashmir issue…What say…

    Regards
    Ahmed Wani
    Bandipora,Kashmir,IndiaRecommend

  • rukhsar
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:41PM

    ET you are partial.. you did not public voice of victim… Recommend

  • Sami
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:45PM

    extremely condemnable incident. PTI’s failure to provide security to the people. I would say all Madrassahs of all banned outfits must be demolished.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:49PM

    Lal Masjid’s Abdul Aziz is on record claiming thousands of suicide bombers are ready to act at his command………….AND YET OUR GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING ABOUT HIS ARREST WARRANT……makes one wonder why ? Recommend

  • black_day
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:49PM

    and Now PTI will be like Hayatabad comes under Federal government . and it wasnt responsibility of KP government for this act. PLEASE PTI!!!! do some work!!!! SOME VISIBLE WORK!!! stop those lie you spread on facebook pages of yours. I am only facing problems for my everything in KP. Your work is limited to only Jamrud Road of Peshawar for the last 2 years. Rest your provincial is doing nothing at all in other cities. The whole police is corrupt, and takes money from almost every transport vehicle on key areas. Which are evident to every person. Please resign, we dont need your govt. in KP anymore. Recommend

  • Milind
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:51PM

    Everybody from the Muslim world who was anybody was waxing eloquent with #MuslimLivesMatter yesterday… It should have been #OnlySunniMuslimLivesMatter: Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2015 - 2:52PM

    Its time now that all minorities including shias move to some other safe planet. Its a never ending story. Blood of innocent people is being shed in the name of fake wahabism/hanafism. Why iran is [email protected]: Recommend

  • devindersingh
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:53PM

    @rukhsar: have passion bro and pray.dont lose hope,time will come when we will live and peace.every one doing hard work to achieve the target.gud luk Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 13, 2015 - 2:58PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    you should go for something worthwhile, just Google ET and tend to find Imran linked and kpk news for pouring in ant-Imran niazi comments is not going to do anything with terrorism, Imran is not problem, have a sigh of relief you would likely to trace the problem which is simmering inside Pakistani mindset, which likely to remain at peace at the expense of horror in lives of others.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:02PM

    The government should recruit 100,000 people in Police so that they should protect the Suuni as well as Shia mosques during all the five times prayers including Friday prayers in the entire country.

    Unless the Police force will not be increased drastically, such incidents will never stop as there are unlimited terrorists who are ready to play havoc in the country any times.

    While recruiting Police Security Force for mosques, the respective IG’s should be told not to depute this very particular force for protocol duties.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:03PM

    Is this the work of good or bad terrorists ? PTI wants to rule all Pakistan but what about Law and Order in KPK ? Recommend

  • Bleeding Pakistani
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:05PM

    We must condemn the killings of Muslims in the name of jihad, religion or whatever. Killing of a human being in not permitted in Islam. We condemn the animals who kill in the name of religion. We must not support terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba or Taliban who are nothing but terrorists.
    Islam does not teach to kill human beings.Recommend

  • MMB
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:06PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    I have no words for you Mr. Our brother are in Blood and pain. You find this as a great chnace to criticise Imran Khan, you really need to sort your head out. A typical mind set of PMLN and that has led coountry where it is, people are being murdered and instead of commenting on them you have to comment on KPK and Imran Khan. First I taught that you will learn with the time but now I know some people never learn. A perty whoich have followers like only creates more and more hate in us for that party. We are from Peshawar and we will love Imran Khan more more and more. Please just disappear from him. A typical selfish and blind Pakistani have we become. Recommend

  • matt
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:07PM

    Pakistan is at state of war.There should be army in all major cities of KPK. Police force can not be expected to counter terrorist.If somebody wants to play blame game then federal government/Army should take the responsibility of carrying out operation and not taking measures to protect citizens eventhough they knew that reaction would come from militants..Or act like a responsible citizen and let the army do its job …patwaris!!Recommend

  • i for india
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:08PM

    Man…..stop it…is life so cheap in PAK?? Forget abt non-muslims…after army school attacks and now this one…no one’s safe in pakistan??Recommend

  • Citizen
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:10PM

    What is stane of the person who was shouting at Punjab and Sindh GOVT yesterday?Recommend

  • roarwali
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:12PM

    @Blithe:
    don’t take the opportunity to blame the govt. I personally the police still have played a major role on neutralizing the two other terrorists. Recommend

  • jahangir
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:12PM

    Fellow Pakistanis and to foreigners, if you are going to add salt to the wounds by saying this is Shia genocide then firstly we do not need your acknowledgement, firstly Pakistanis are getting killed irrespective of their sect, religion and gender. Secondly I am sure there are Pakistanis involved in this not to mention we are safe guarding clerics who poise the brains of the illiterate people and promise them money and protection and finally these blasts will not stop until we win war against terrorists and clean our own background. You see they are targeting Shias to increase hate between Sunnis and Shias. Tomorrow they will attack Sunnis and put the blame on Shia, why can’t logical Pakistanis see this and understand that the enemy is trying to work real hard and create tension between Pakistanis and it won’t stop at Sunni-Shia only they will target each sect, religion and gender until some imbecile so called cleric(deflector) says that Pakistan is doing genocide as some of the pundits here talking about. Indians please keep away if you are going to preach your sentiments. Keep it to yourself for now.Recommend

  • zahid
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:18PM

    My heart is bleeding v v v shameful act by terrarests.arrest them all and kill all those involved in this shamefull actRecommend

  • Feb 13, 2015 - 3:22PM

    ET PLEASE PRINT MY COMMENTS:

    @rukhsar: 101 percent I agree with you. This killing must stop and lets live in love and harmony. Why can’t we see the light of day.

    Who are we Pakistani Muslims to decide who is to live and who is “Wajibul Qatl?” NAOZUBILLAH!

    Mr. Raheel Sharif, COAS, please take note of the MISCHIEF these mullahs and politicians have spread. This has led Pakistan up the path of death, destruction, and damnation. SalamsRecommend

  • Indian
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:26PM

    @ahsan: Keep blaming India and keep doing a LOL… U comments and the ” LOL” Is in bad taste. U need an education and a brain to understand when to use a ” LOL” Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2015 - 3:28PM

    Isnt it enough? Let move ourselves out of the USA proxy warRecommend

  • Naj
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:28PM

    @Stranger: I believe you are an Indian. There has been solid evidence of Indian involvement in Baluchistan and facilitating terror activities across afghan border. So stick your nose out of the mess that your govt is a party to. Instead if you have any concern for humanity please refrain from non-sense statements in a situation when there is a loss of innocent lives.Recommend

  • rukhsar
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:30PM

    @Rafidi:
    All ShiasRecommend

  • straightshooter
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:30PM

    Don’t know which is more lamentable: The killings or the blame-assigning people here. At the hazard of being labelled self-righteous, this news merits grieving and strong words of condemnation. Al least from the Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2015 - 3:33PM

    Complete intelligence failure in Pakistan. There is no co-ordination on intelligence sharing in our country. Moreover, provincial governments mock and blame each other over such incidents instead of support. As a Pakistani we should feel the pain of all, no matter which sect and religion they belong. These terrorists are not only behind the shias killing but behind all, where they find weak security. But i think these cowardly attacks are the last attempts of TTP, and this barbaric organisation would be soon routed. My sympathies with all victims of this coward attack. Recommend

  • Zain
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:36PM

    @Blithe:
    Keep your pathetic politics to yourself. Now is the time to stay strong with the government and armed forces.Recommend

  • raw is war
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:37PM

    Of course Pakistanis will be more bothered about the the killings in USA rather than what is happening at home.Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:37PM

    @ahsan:

    As long as we blame outside forces for all our issues, and don’t introspect, we will have a lifetime of this destruction. The fact we think there are good and bad terroists, says it all.Recommend

  • Raza
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:39PM

    MWM is just playing politics now. How many innocent Shias will it take to die for them to come out in REAL PROTEST and shake the provincial government. I’m sick of this 3 days of mourning. Go protest outside CM house don’t leave till your demands are met. Recommend

  • wasmaf
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:44PM

    it not only the killing of shia people but it is a killing of humanityRecommend

  • Stranger
    Feb 13, 2015 - 3:57PM

    I have a bright idea .. Lets blame this on India. why bother with investigations . Recommend

  • rukhsar
    Feb 13, 2015 - 4:04PM

    @jahangir:
    your views are not true… you are partial. Recommend

  • light
    Feb 13, 2015 - 4:04PM

    @Raw is war. Pakistanis are bothered about innocent killing everywhere and more about how people are harmed in Pakistan. If you hate Pakistan that much please go away and post on things you like the most . You are always here to speak ill with full non-sense and zero knowledge, consult someone who could recommend you some therapy for your brain!!!Recommend

  • kulwant singh
    Feb 13, 2015 - 4:08PM

    @ahsan: My dear friend if it serves your purpose you are most Welcome to say that the Indian proxies are at work but even than think for moment and introspect which will pay.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 13, 2015 - 4:10PM

    The people of KPK are witnesses that while Peshawar was burning, a make-belief leader was sitting in the Provisional capital as a Radio Jockey on FM92.2 and taking fake calls from people who were showering equally phony praise for KPK Government. Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 13, 2015 - 4:11PM

    @jahangir: so true.
    Its time if india is involved then evidence be revealed and taken to intl courts. Whilst india itself has its army morales shattering to shreds due to fierece insurgencies in kashmir and its northeast, it should stop playing such games around.
    Each blast makes our resolve harder to fight this menace, it teaches every common man who was naive earlier that how toxic these so called islamic orgs and mullahs supporting them and how toxic this new man made version of islam is. It has made a common man more aware. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 13, 2015 - 4:13PM

    Thank god for the security forces for kicking out RJ Imran Niazi and his entourage of no good KPK Government functionaries. These immoral beings would have only used the charred and dismembered bodies for Photo shoot and crying about election rigging.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 13, 2015 - 4:45PM

    @black_day:
    i really acknowledge your sentiments, we find same very situation you describe above, all the institution have been politicized and ruined as if their belongings, i request to Punjab and federal Govt to resign and left us alone, we have tired of you facesRecommend

  • Talking Point
    Feb 13, 2015 - 4:55PM

    @zara: and Jehangir: even during your testing times , you have the imprudence to point fingers at India or asking Indians to keep away from commenting . Have you ever considered or commented against fellow Pakis who cannot secure their holiest of prayer areas but talk all the time about the loo in India . One gets what one thinks . Anyway which way , this is exactly the pain we suffer and suffered when we are subject to attacks from your Kasab’s and LeT. Zara’s comment also shows how easy it is to programme minds in Pak .Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 13, 2015 - 5:07PM

    The morons and novices ruling KPK right now have literally succumbed to the term “Depoliticized Police Force in KPK” because the Police there now has also become inactive and not doing anything which even remotely resembles good old fashioned Police work. What happened to that Photo session KPK Police Commando unit that passed out yesterday? Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 13, 2015 - 5:09PM

    we are subject to attacks from your Kasab
    You should at least watch the confession video of the ajmal kasab, who was portrayed as Pakistani Punjabi young man, you can watch him pronouncing “sadhi” instead of “shahdi”, even tried his best feigning to be a Pakistani Punjabi, which is tune of Hindi language not PunjabiRecommend

  • Sarfraz Hussain
    Feb 13, 2015 - 5:17PM

    This war of good and bad will continue as long as good and bad people exist in this world. Let us put in our best to protect ourselves instead of blaming each other.Recommend

  • Fairaz
    Feb 13, 2015 - 5:35PM

    Funny that all these people blaming india commented that Modi is afraid and that’s why he called Nawaz on the phone, well if that is so, it seems that he has masterfully pulled off yet another strike, the 1000th success for India in the past 5 years, again making pakistan internally more weak and making it’s international image fall another notch….kudos to Doval (and Narayanan before him).Recommend

  • Taj Muhammad Khan
    Feb 13, 2015 - 5:46PM

    i don’t know why our country leader are not taking any action against these (TTP) group they are destroying our mosque,,church,school, and we are doing nothing and just arguing on the topic,we have an Army force ,Navy force Police force Ranger force and simply i can say that we are nuclear power country if we look toward the quantity of (TTP) they are maximum 4lakh and not well equipped as our defense force.. they are nothing before our country defense force after these all brutally killing of our nation why our leaders are silent ??its shame moment for us that one group of idiot people killing our children our parent and every member of our society and claim responsibility for the attackRecommend

  • Feb 13, 2015 - 5:47PM

    Religion should be state controlled like in Saudi and Iran.Recommend

  • observer
    Feb 13, 2015 - 5:53PM

    IG Nasir Durrani,……terrorist never comes through main entrance……Imran Khan should concentrate on security of K,P. instead of doing press conference every 2nd day criticizing and using filthy languages against leaders of political party Recommend

  • ModiFied
    Feb 13, 2015 - 7:05PM

    Nothing will change till word “Kuffar” is removed from Islamic vocabulary. Calling someone “kafir” should be made punishable. Muslims have to make some bold initiatives, else they are doomed with this violence for ever. Every religion has sects. However, only Muslims kill each other in the name of sect and no one else. Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 13, 2015 - 7:06PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    we can feel your pain for being in state of comatose, all and we know that imran is not man of just photo shootRecommend

  • raider
    Feb 13, 2015 - 7:10PM

    @observer:
    Beneficiaries need not to do press conferences and criticize any one, spade should be called a spade, and they are playing havoc with the futures of our children and youth, but still they are leader for dimwits Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 13, 2015 - 7:10PM

    @Talking Point:
    When did i say let and kasab are good. Omg.Kasab was such a butcher what he did then. And iwas saying if there is evidence then pak should give evidence to inlt courts, iwasnt blaming anyone. We are tired of hearing these blame games that go in media thats why we ask gov to speak with evidence or just concentrate on fighting the menace. Recommend

  • WeWillWin
    Feb 13, 2015 - 7:36PM

    To all the commentators taking a dig at PTI. They are a new party, and have taken several steps to improve the security of the province, including depoliticizing police, induction of women in police force, online FIR in past year or so. At least there is an honest effort, where promotion and postings of police force is not in control by powerful politicians any more. Can you highlight any significant steps taken by another province, where parties are ruling for more than two decades now ? It has been reported several times that most of Police force commandos are busy protecting VIPs. Recommend

  • shzi
    Feb 13, 2015 - 7:56PM

    We always blame our politicians but concept of strategic depth is taking us no where!
    I do not understand that why our media always blame our politicians for all wrongs? And what is wrong with this innocent country if I write that name my comments will be blocked by MODERATOR.
    That has always remained premier our whole of the nation but behind it’s nose happens everything in this land of pure.
    Either that is incapable or party God knows best.Recommend

  • Raza
    Feb 13, 2015 - 8:53PM

    Thanks Tribune for mentioning it as a Shia Mosque. With this you have announced that you as a media company recognize Shia people as Muslims.

    Now one might be surprised at the previous sentences. But, let me bring in your attention the simple fact that now apart from the extremists themselves even the non-shia masses of Pakistan are confused about the status of Shias as a muslim, thanks to the indoctrination of the islamic literature by the ideology which encourages hate. It is very common nowdays to hear sentences like ” Woh Shia Hai Magar Acha Banda Hai!”, as if being a shia almost guarantees that you are evil. This was never the case in our country before though sectarian violence have been there since a long time. I don’t think u need to go to training camps anymore to become a terrorist, there are easy to read books available in several mosques which can start the chain reaction leading upto fanaticism. Be aware is all I can say. Ask your self if the news above makes you happy or sad. If former is the case then………..Recommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Feb 13, 2015 - 9:02PM

    @Ahmed Wani:
    Let us not stretch things too far. Issues need to be in their own perspectives. Recommend

  • Farhan
    Feb 13, 2015 - 9:04PM

    The war against terrorist beasts must not be abandoned until they are completely eliminated from our soil. No matter how much we lose. May the souls of martyrs of Imam Bargah rest in peace.Recommend

  • Humera Mishal Khan
    Feb 13, 2015 - 9:12PM

    Stop blaming each other or the politicians. Stay United. Doesn’t Matter who’s busy with whom what matters is innocent lives are gone. If our so called politicians doing nothing than what are we doing.? just updating statuses….We should get united against them(terrorist) forgetting who is who whenever innocent lives are taken we should follow only one religion that’s humanity.Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 13, 2015 - 9:29PM

    Yes may martyrs rest in peace. People are point scoring political point scoring over dead bodies. Have some shame.Recommend

  • khalid ali
    Feb 13, 2015 - 10:07PM

    Pakistan government should ban all the sects who get funding from abroad even from Saudi and iranian government Recommend

  • Grace
    Feb 13, 2015 - 11:46PM

    @Rafidi: It’s not just Shia being targeted in parts of Pakistan but in all Muslim countries. In Saudia, Bahrain, Egypt, Syria and Iraq as well as other places Shia are being targeted by Wahabi type mentality terrorists. PTI should have focused on improving law and order in KPK instead of wasting millions on dharnas.Recommend

  • observer
    Feb 13, 2015 - 11:59PM

    Kashmir and Afghanistan Policies of Powers that Be, are bearing fruit.

    Recognise the Enemy and the Benefactor within.

    Or,

    Perish.Recommend

  • Pakistanis
    Feb 14, 2015 - 12:46AM

    Guys please don’t blame PTI or IK. IK is just the head of the ruling party and PTI and security of these mosques is the responsibility of the police.Recommend

  • Igloo
    Feb 14, 2015 - 1:33AM

    @Blithe:
    No word of condemnation of the attack but you swiftly jumped on attacking PTI. This shows your mentality as well as the mentality of the majority of PMLN supporters, you could care less about how many shias die, as long as your party of choice remains in power and keeps looting the public. As a shia I am surprised by the great deal of ignorance shown by Pmln. On one end they claim to want a better Pakistan for minorities on the other end they support parties like ASWJ that openly declare war on Shias.Recommend

  • Np
    Feb 14, 2015 - 1:54AM

    So in November the COAS mentioned that the back of terrorism has been broken. Since then there has been Wagah border incident, APS, Shikarpur and now Peshawar. What exactly has he achieved in Zarb-e-Azb by creating a million IDPs, carpet bombing his own country and completely destroying the homes, schools and hospitals in NWA?

    @singh:

    Why? They should use two nation theory to build a Shia nation.Recommend

  • Np
    Feb 14, 2015 - 2:07AM

    @raider:
    Your government does not deny Kasab was Pakistani. Geo interviewed his parents in Pakidtani Punjab. Open your eyes and stop with the conspiracy theories already.Recommend

  • Gp65
    Feb 14, 2015 - 2:11AM

    @As an Indian, I sbsolutely take no joy in such death if people who are worshipping. To imagine that Infia would support something so gruesome is unimaginable.

    I find it difficult yo believe that you are an Indian.Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Feb 14, 2015 - 3:16AM

    I am ShiaRecommend

  • Resh
    Feb 14, 2015 - 4:05AM

    @raider:
    your own govt and defense agencies have finally admitted Kasab being a Pakistani after the initial denials. How much longer do you plan to close your eyes and your ears? Recommend

  • Batool
    Feb 14, 2015 - 5:08AM

    Pakistan is crumbling from inside.Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Feb 14, 2015 - 8:23AM

    Up to this point at least 76 people have not worked out the Pakistan problems. I will not waste my time attempting to explain the solution.Recommend

  • free balochistan
    Feb 14, 2015 - 9:23AM

    @Bleeding Pakistani:
    LolRecommend

  • Atheist_Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2015 - 11:24AM

    What if I told you Indians, India is responsible. Stop being ignorant and read up India’s proxy war in Pakistan unless you are an Indian troll. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2015 - 12:20PM

    @Batool:
    Go to sleep. Recommend

  • observer
    Feb 14, 2015 - 4:58PM

    @Atheist_Pakistani:

    What if I told you Indians, India is responsible. Stop being ignorant and read up India’s proxy war in Pakistan unless you are an Indian troll.

    Since you seem to be a reading type please also read,

    (A) The Scorpion’s Tail by Zahid Hussain. Please find a review here http://foreignpolicy.com/2010/12/01/og-book-review-zahid-hussains-the-scorpions-tail/

    (B) Pakistan Between Mosque and Military by Hussain Haqqani. Please find an excerpt here, http://carnegieendowment.org/files/pakistan.ch01.FINAL.pdf

    (C) The Pakistan Garrison State: Origins, Evolutions, Consequences, 1947-2011 by Ishtiaq Ahmed. Please find a review here. http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/his/historyjournal/index.cfm?name=Review-of-The-Pakistan-Garrison-State:-Origins,-Evolutions,-Consequences,-1947-2011-by-Ishtiaq-Ahmed&cat=7&art=251

    Happy Reading.

    PS- Do tell me what I need to read. Thanks.

    Moderator ET- As you can see it is an entirely civil conversation between two persons interested in reading, please allow.Recommend

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