43 dead, eight injured in bus attack on Karachi's Ismaili community

Published: May 13, 2015
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KARACHI: Gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on commuters belonging to the Ismaili community in Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least 43, police said, in the latest attack directed against religious minorities this year.

The pink bus was pockmarked with bullet holes and blood saturated the seats and dripped out of the doors on to the concrete.

Police Superintendent Najib Khan told Reuters there were six gunmen and that all the passengers were Ismailis.

Militant group Jundullah, which has attacked minorities before, claimed responsibility. The group has links with the Taliban and pledged allegiance to Islamic State in November.

At least 43 people had been killed and 13 wounded, provincial police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali told media.

Outside the hospital where the wounded were taken, and where the bus was parked, scores of grim-faced young men formed a human chain to block everyone but families and doctors.

Uzma Alkarim, a member of the Ismaili community, said the bus took commuters to work every day. The Ismailis had faced threats before, she said.

“Around six months ago, our community elders had alerted us to be careful because of security threats but things had calmed down recently,” she said.

English leaflets left in the bus were headlined “Advent of the Islamic State!” and used derogatory Arabic words, blaming the community for “barbaric atrocities … in the Levant, Iraq and Yemen”.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif telephoned Prince Karim Aga Khan and expressed his condolences.

“No efforts will be spared to apprehend and punish perpetrators of this terrorist act. Their abettors and backers will not be spared,” he said.

Candle light vigil in Karachi

Young activists from civil society group “We The People-Pakistani” arranged a candle-light vigil to show solidarity with the Ismaili community at Numaish chowrangi on Wednesday evening.

“We are here to show our solidarity with our Ismaili brothers and sisters” said Mohammad Fahad, a Sunni Muslim who works as a cable/internet operator.

Candles lit near Numaish Chowrangi. PHOTO: Mohammad Danish

“I am a sunni and we live in this neighbourhood with our ismaili friends in harmony,” added Mohammad Danish, a student.

When The Express Tribune asked whether they were scared to hold a vigil in such a controversial neighbourhood, Danish said,“Dar dar ke yeh haal ho gaya hay (we have come to this point because of being scared)”.

“People were encouraged after seeing us light the candles, and they came to join us”, said Ali Sinan.

Numaish is home to Muhajirs, Sunnis, Christians, Ismailis, Bohras and Khoja Shia community.

A boy lights a candle at a vigil for victims of Safoora Chowrangi attack. PHOTO: ONLINE

EU condemns Wednesday attack

The European Union expressed its condolences to the families and friends of the victims of Wednesday attack.

“The deadly attack on a bus in Karachi today that has killed at least 43 people and wounded more civilians is a further instance of the scourge of sectarian violence. The Pakistani government must do its utmost to tackle sectarian violence and bring to justice the perpetrators of these violent and criminal acts. There must also be no impunity for these crimes. The rights of all citizens need to be protected, regardless of religion or belief.”

UN Sec Gen condemns attack on Ismaili community

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the passenger bus carrying members of the Ismail community.

The secretary general called on the Pakistani government to take all necessary measures to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

Taking notice of the recent attacks on minorities in the country, Ban urged Pakistan to take measures to protect religious minorities in the country.

Pointing to how Pakistan was a responsible member of the international community, it must fulfill its obligations towards protecting its citizens, including all minorities.

Extending his condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan, Ban wished speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.

High level security meeting

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is chairing a high level meeting at Governor House in Karachi to assess the security situation following the grisly attack on Ismaili community earlier in the day, Radio Pakistan reported.

Read more here.

Imran Khan condemns attack

While condemning the brutal attack, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said: “The ones who’ve been attacked are the most peaceful people of Pakistan.”

He said it is the government’s responsibility to find the attackers and bring them to the book, adding that terrorists should be caught no matter where they are.

Army chief telephones Aga Khan

Army chief General Raheel Sharif telephoned Prince Karim Aga Khan and expressed his heartfelt condolences on the brutal attack, a statement released by the ISPR said.

“Our hearts go out to the bereaved families,” the army chief told Aga Khan.

“No efforts will be spared to apprehend and punish perpetrators of this terrorist act. Their abettors and backers will not be spared,” he added.

Exams postponed

Express News reports that Intermediate exams have been postponed to May 21 in wake of the attack.

No decision taken on IG Sindh’s transfer

Refuting media reports regarding the removal of IG Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali from his post, Sindh chief minister’s spokesperson in a statement said that no decision has been taken in this regard.  “No decision has been made to transfer the IG police. He has done tremendous job in controlling the crime and terrorism in Karachi, therefore he will continue as police chief,” read the statement.

Earlier, it was reported in the media that chief minister had removed IG Sindh from his post following the attack on Ismaili community bus and later restored him.

Security beefed up at AKUH

As the chief minister arrived at the hospital, security was beefed up and army personnel were seen securing the area.

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Chief minister arrives in Karachi

Chief minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has arrived at Aga Khan University Hospital. Security forces have cordoned off the area where the injured have been admitted.

“A shameful and cowardly attack”

Former president and Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, Asif Ali Zardari also condemned the attack in Karachi, terming it a shameful and cowardly attack on one of the most peaceful communities in the country.

He said the Sindh government would provide every assistance to the victims’ families and bring the attackers to justice.

“Heart wrenching and saddening”

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan strongly condemns the attack and expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of innocent lives.

“It is heart wrenching and saddening to know innocent civilians have been killed in Karachi”, he said in a statement adding that, “I am stunned at the attack in Karachi on citizens belonging to the most peaceful community.”

CM Sindh strongly condemns attack

Addressing the media, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah confirms the suspension of SHO and DSP of the area.

“This is an unprecedented incident and we will find those responsible,” he says.

He adds that “The pamphlet shows that terrorists have carried out the attack and they will not be left at any costs.”

An inquiry into the incident is under way and he has sought a report within a week

Scuffle outside Memon Hospital Institute 

A scuffle broke out outside the Memon Hospital Institute where media personnel were reportedly attacked.

Rangers have been deployed outside the medical institute.

Army chief likely to visit AKU

General Raheel Sharif along with corps commander and DG Rangers will reportedly visit injured persons at Aga Khan University Hospital.

Security has been beefed up by the Army and Rangers at the hospital premises, our correspondent Faraz Khan reports.

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Aga Khan shocked and saddened by attack

In a press release by leader of the Ismaili community, Aga Khan, he expresses shock and sadness in wake of today’s attack.

“This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in the attack,” the statement says.

The Aga Khan noted that the Ismailis are a peaceful global community living in harmony with other religious and ethnic groups in many countries across the world, including in the Muslim world.

The Ismaili leaders in Pakistan are currently involved in an emergency operation trying to help the survivors of the attack, the statement further stated.

PM to travel to Karachi

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is said to travel to Karachi this evening where he will be visiting the victims of the attack.

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Sharjeel Memon condemns attack

Addressing the media, Information Minister Sharjeel Memon condemned the attack and said that no matter how many people condemn the incident, it is not enough.

“It wasn’t a particular community that was attacked, but the whole nation,” he said.

Furthermore, he said that the intelligence agencies and the army will “detect this case” and punish the terrorists responsible for the attack.

“The army will enter their homes and bring them out,” he concluded.

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CM announces Rs0.5m for victims’ families

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced compensation for victims of the bus attack in Karachi.

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Addressing the media, Shah announced Rs0.5 million to the family of each deceased person and Rs0.2 million to each injured victim.

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At the Memon Hospital Institute 

At Karachi’s Memon Hospital Institute, where most of the wounded were rushed, crying relatives formed a human chain outside the main building to keep onlookers away.

A sobbing middle-aged man told AFP, “I have come to collect the body of my young son. He was a student preparing for his first year exams at college.”

The bus itself, which had been driven after the attack to the hospital, was blood-drenched and riddled with bullet holes.

COAS arrives in Karachi

General Raheel Sharif has arrived in Karachi.

A security official later shows AFP a copy of a torn and blood-stained pamphlet claiming responsibility on behalf of the Islamic State group — the second time in as many months that such material has been discovered at the scene of an attack in Karachi.

Police handed over similar leaflets to reporters after the killing of US national Debra Lobo, a member of faculty at the city’s Jinnah Medical and Dental College, on April 16, but analysts remain doubtful over their authenticity.

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The leaflets, seen by AFP, are plain printed text documents with no IS emblems or insignia and there has been no confirmation from the group’s leadership in the Middle East that it has carried out any attacks inside Pakistan.

COAS en route to Karachi

According to the ISPR, General Raheel Sharif is on his way to review the situation after today’s bus attack on the Ismaili community.

TTP splinter group claims responsibility

A splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani, Jundullah,
claim responsibility for the attack in Karachi.

In Police custody

Following the incident, Police have been conducting search operations in which 15 persons have been taken into custody, according to Express News.

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It has not yet been revealed whether they have any connection with the bus attack.

Eye witnesses say that firing continued for at least 20 minutes.

Assailants disguised as security personnel

According to Express News, the assailants were disguised as security officials who may have stopped the bus and opened fire.

IG Sindh addresses media

Day of mourning

Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain announces a day of mourning on May 14.

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Assistant bus driver arrives at hospital

The assistant bus driver of the bus, despite being shot in the shoulder, was rescued by people who rushed to the site of the attack and driven to Memon Foundation Hospital.

The assistant driver, Sultan Ali, was shot in his shoulder after the main driver, Rahim Ali, was shot and died on the spot.

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COAS postpones Sri Lanka visit

As per a tweet shared by DG ISPR Asim Bajwa, General Raheel Sharif’s pre-scheduled official visit to Sri Lanka has been cancelled.

“Bus attacked from all sides”

Sources confirm that the bus was attacked from all sides and many are critically injured.

Women and children

Many women and children were aboard the bus during the attack. According to Express News, at least 16 women were killed in the attack.

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Ismaili community under attack

Our correspondent Faraz Khan confirms that the bus belonged to members of the Ismaili community.

Minorities have often come under attack in the city.

“The bus had a capacity of 52 passengers but it was overloaded and dozens of people were boarding it. Most of them were from (the) Ismaili community,” a policeman at the scene told AFP.

Passengers also attacked inside bus

Eyewitnesses said that the assailants also got on board the bus and attacked passengers inside the bus.

The bus belonged to Al Azhar Colony Garden, block of residential apartments in Federal B area, our correspondent Faraz Khan reports.

The bus, travelling on its regular route was reportedly brought to a stop by gunmen, after which they opened fire.

According to forensic experts, gunmen intended to kill all passengers on board the bus.

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“The gunmen stopped the bus and first fired at it from outside,” a policeman told AFP.

“Then they entered inside the bus and open fire indiscriminately. After that they checked to see if anyone was left uninjured,” he added.

Rescue efforts

As news of the incident was received, rescue teams, police and Rangers arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area. Rescue efforts were underway to shift the injured to a local hospital.

Many are also said to be in critical condition.

Habib Shaukat, Noman Ali, Zeeshan Roshan Badruddin, Pinky Anis, Zohra Amir were among those shifted to Aga Khan University Hospital for medical assistance, our correspondent Munira Abbas reports.

No group has taken responsibility

Further, reports revealed that leaflets containing militant content were found at the scene.

Although no one has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, Taliban splinter groups have bombed several mosques
belonging to religious minorities this year.

PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

Bullets and Kalashnikovs

Over 150 empty bullet shells of pistols and Kalashnikovs were found at the scene.

Interior Ministry takes notice

Following the incident, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has sought a report from the IG Sindh Police, according to Radio Pakistan.

SHO, DSP suspended

Further, upon the orders of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, area’s SHO and DSP have been suspended.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemns attack

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Karachi and expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of innocent lives.

Twitter reacts

Many prominent figures took to Twitter to share their condolences with the families of the deceased.

Reader Comments (111)

  • Econ
    May 13, 2015 - 10:19AM

    MQM response in advance before arrest of Altaf in LondonRecommend

  • Seriously?
    May 13, 2015 - 10:26AM

    ^Stop making fuzz about MQM every now and then! Recommend

  • Troubled
    May 13, 2015 - 10:30AM

    What does community mean? Who were the victims? How about some actual news?Recommend

  • TJ
    May 13, 2015 - 10:47AM

    MQM must be eliminated. This is their response to destabilize the city. MQM must be dealt with force once and for all. This chapter must close now.Recommend

  • MUNIB
    May 13, 2015 - 10:48AM

    Looks like Taliban act. They want to target soft sections of society. This was the most peaceful community in pakistan. What a disgrace to the state.Recommend

  • Blunt
    May 13, 2015 - 10:52AM

    Inna lillah-e-wa inna lillah rajoon. Terrorists choosing soft targets in their last attempts before their final clean up.Recommend

  • Neo
    May 13, 2015 - 10:54AM

    Its 40 not 10Recommend

  • May 13, 2015 - 10:58AM

    Unspeakable and a horrific incident of terrorism. SalamsRecommend

  • Saad
    May 13, 2015 - 10:58AM

    Karachi operation was started 2 years back but still this is the situation. No operation will work unless you close down the source of mischief which is American embassies and consulates. Without substantive action, only pointing fingers at RAW will not work. The most important duty of any working state is to provide internal and external security.Recommend

  • Madiha R.
    May 13, 2015 - 11:08AM

    inna lillahi wa inallah-e-raji’oon

    May the departed souls rest in peace. I wonder when this brutality will come to an end. What a sad news!Recommend

  • Ismaili
    May 13, 2015 - 11:11AM

    We are not Pakistani anymore.Recommend

  • shayan
    May 13, 2015 - 11:13AM

    lets make it mini saudi arabia and kill all the others as they dont follow ur religion in a particular wayRecommend

  • Ahmed
    May 13, 2015 - 11:21AM

    The people killed were:

    Human Beings,Pakistani, Male and Feemale, Men, Women and Children, from Karachi, from Sindh and also Ismaili(provided what ET has said is true) .

    But somehow these secular only make it about religion. What happened was an act of atrocity. Concentrate on this. There shouldve been no mention of their religion.Recommend

  • observer
    May 13, 2015 - 11:22AM

    This is no country to live in. Recommend

  • Rizwan
    May 13, 2015 - 11:24AM

    crush the Taliban. I used to think drone strikes were wrong, but now I can see that america understands that these murderers need to all be killed wherever they are.Recommend

  • Jawed Saleem
    May 13, 2015 - 11:26AM

    Agha Khan community members residing in rather secluded/far flung area were receiving threats for last 1 year. Taliban/Salafists/Tekfiri elements carried out the brutal attack. Shia-Sunni divide bleeds Pakistan, again!Recommend

  • Timorlane
    May 13, 2015 - 11:27AM

    This is a sorrow beyond grief. RIP the innocent victims of this brutality.

    There was already fears that RAW would initiate new rounds of

    terrorist attacks in Pakistan particularly in Karachi to sabotage

    Pakistan China Economic Corridor and those fears appear

    turning into a ghastly reality. Nawaz Government meanwhile

    continue flattering their Indian bosses at the cost of

    Pakistanis’ lives and economyRecommend

  • wb
    May 13, 2015 - 11:31AM

    Mohammed Ali Jinnah himself was an Ismaili.

    Ismailis are now paying the price for Jinnah’s egotism.

    But I must add that along with DAwoodi Bohra, Ismaili (both Shia by the way) are the most progressive Muslims of India. Pretty much all major businesses run by Muslims of India are owned by these two groups of people.

    Unlike Deobandhi or Salafi or Ahle-Hadees, these people are predominantly peaceful and contribute to the society.Recommend

  • Maqbool Bhat
    May 13, 2015 - 11:31AM

    Promoting terrorism was bound to backfire and now innocent people are paying the price.Recommend

  • Jay1980
    May 13, 2015 - 11:37AM

    Pakistan and its eternal cycle of death ! Sad . all non Sunni’s should leave Pakistan ASAP…. Recommend

  • Saad Ali
    May 13, 2015 - 11:42AM

    @Saad:
    @Seriously?:
    Exactly, and we sell our national security for 200 rps at Pak-Afghan border. We allow criminals to enter KPK for 200 rps.Recommend

  • Pakistani reader
    May 13, 2015 - 11:44AM

    It seems that foreign agencies have started their agenda of sabotaging peace in Karachi. Recommend

  • salim
    May 13, 2015 - 11:44AM

    @TJ:
    Obsessive compulsive thinking.Recommend

  • May 13, 2015 - 11:45AM

    Pakistan rocks … lets have one more investigation on this as well ..just investigation no results .. we haven’t still got that culprits behind the law for the previous attack on military school and now we have one more attack ..Simply Pakistan ROCKS !!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Basim Ali
    May 13, 2015 - 11:46AM

    There’s so much missing in this article.
    The medical college near Safora Chowrangi is Dow International Medical College (DIMC).
    There are Aga Khan Apt. right across the road which is a huge residential place for Ismailis. Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    May 13, 2015 - 11:46AM

    Today again one condolence message from the lot already done in advance will be issued by so many from out power corridor but the question which I have asked each time is as to why and how the killers are not caught? When peace will be ensured in Karachi in particular and Pakistan in general? In very remote cases the killer is arrested but then it takes many long years, sometimes even decades, to punish the killer whereas the killer had killed in just few minutes at the most but then the said killer is punished after inordinate delays which is most annoying to be honest. Secondly why and how our own minorities are targeted whereby Shias, Christians, Ahmadis etc have been killed despite the fact that they all were Pakistani citizens and as per our constitution all Pakistanis are equal and government is bound to ensure that their lives are as protected as others. It is more barbaric and then tragic incident killing innocent people who to the best of my knowledge and belief (I am out of Pakistan since 1976) belong to a very peaceful community which has have never created any problem but yet they are killed for no reason and rhyme. Is next condolence already penned, I dare pose burning question? BTW, Kuwait Parliament delegation headed by Speaker who is 3rd on the ladder is very much in Islamabad on a good will trip but had they been in Karachi today then they must have flown back to Kuwait rather than risking their lives. Let me remind and realize that none is killed alike in Kuwait if you do not know. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / [email protected]Recommend

  • In the name of love (what more)
    May 13, 2015 - 11:46AM

    In a country where people, in the 21st century, are still debating whether humanity is bigger than any religion, future looks pessimist. Recommend

  • rohit950723
    May 13, 2015 - 11:55AM

    It is high time to make Pakistan a secular state.. More delay more pain…Recommend

  • Grief
    May 13, 2015 - 12:00PM

    Very sad. Rest in peace poor victims.

    Hopefully the extremist perpetrators of the attack will be caught and get the punishment they deserve.

    @Saad

    What nonsense. Stop blaming other countries for the misfortunes of Pakistan. In fact, people like you increase hatred in society by pointing fingers at others rather than condemning extremists.Recommend

  • Warisraw
    May 13, 2015 - 12:03PM

    This was expected and more are expected as business of killing continues as usual in Karachi and Pakistan due to the ABJECT FAILURE of law enforcement agencies and other agencies (i.e. those ones, criticizing who is considered sacrilege in Pakistan). The culture of incompetence of the elite is costing the common man on the street with his life.Recommend

  • Asif
    May 13, 2015 - 12:13PM

    The worst ever attacked-one of the most educated communities with services in Health, Education & Culture.Bleed Pakistan !!!Recommend

  • bilal
    May 13, 2015 - 12:14PM

    Wake up rangers Recommend

  • khan420
    May 13, 2015 - 12:14PM

    Ismailis never take sides. They are peaceful. The terrorists are now targeting soft targets. This is a sign of their weakness. Recommend

  • Rakesh
    May 13, 2015 - 12:16PM

    @Timorlane ! Are you from Taliban ? This attitude of people to ignore the elephant in the room will ensure that you get to see more such sordid events in future. Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    May 13, 2015 - 12:16PM

    Ismailie casted thier votes in favor of PTI in last by Election in Karachi.Recommend

  • Ismaili
    May 13, 2015 - 12:19PM

    We didn’t vote for them in NA 246 and they responded by what they are best at! Everyone knows them, they aren’t ‘Na-Maloom’ now. Please pray for my fellows.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 13, 2015 - 12:19PM

    @Ismaili:
    We are with you bro. Setting aside few handful of terrorists, the entire Pakistani nation is with you and will remain with you always.Recommend

  • Sana
    May 13, 2015 - 12:22PM

    Extremely sad. Sounds like the job of one of many RAW sleeper cells in Karachi to help promote the image of sectarian violence and destabilization, to affect any possible foreign direct investment in Pakistan. Extremely sad news indeed! Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    May 13, 2015 - 12:23PM

    These almost daily indiscriminate target killings prove that the hanging of Mirza was
    an utter insanity……because we promote the very evil what we all wish to eliminate and that is THE ANIMAL AND BEASTLY DRIVE OF KILLING!

    If we think that we are justified to kill a human by hanging him on the gallows, then the criminals have their justification as well!Recommend

  • May 13, 2015 - 12:25PM

    @Ahmed:
    Unfortunately, YOU are the sick one commenting.Recommend

  • Asad
    May 13, 2015 - 12:28PM

    @Ismaili:
    Well you are not even Ismaili!Recommend

  • naseem
    May 13, 2015 - 12:34PM

    How terible this isRecommend

  • Yasir
    May 13, 2015 - 12:38PM

    Our law and forcement agencies have been busying in suppresing the single political party on the basis of of their personal / political intersets and neglaecting the real culprets who are being involved in the destablization of the country.
    Apparently, some inner members of law and forcements agencies have been sell out to the hand of external forces (RAW).Recommend

  • Yasir
    May 13, 2015 - 12:44PM

    Ismailies never casted votes in favor of PTI, as PTI is Right wing party and supprt to extremest gorups.Recommend

  • aamir
    May 13, 2015 - 12:58PM

    @Ahmed:
    strangley enough that such acts of atrocities never happen against Deobandis?Recommend

  • noor ahmed shams
    May 13, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Innalillahewinnaeleherajeuoon. everyone must condemn this act. We are all sad & sorrow by depth of our hearts. Recommend

  • Indian
    May 13, 2015 - 1:10PM

    @sana dear sana first do any inquiry then blame raw or india. india is always against terrorism. your Pakistan observe terrorist as bad or good. think again.Recommend

  • Mritunjay Kumar
    May 13, 2015 - 1:13PM

    Very Sad. Pakistan government must protect innocent people and take strong step. Recommend

  • Gemini
    May 13, 2015 - 1:14PM

    @Basim Ali: Memon Hospital is also at the back side of DOW University Hospital and The Appartments on the right-hand side are the not one who were targeted. There is another society behind DOW University Hospital their bus was targeted.Recommend

  • ZRK
    May 13, 2015 - 1:15PM

    A day of sorrow. However please unite as division is what these groups/ forces want.Recommend

  • Down but not out
    May 13, 2015 - 1:24PM

    A very sad event indeed.
    Yes votes were casted against MQM by Ismailis, but then again who didn’t in the last elections?
    Being an Ismaili, it makes my heart bleed to see such news but I still believe in my nation and it is my vow that I will still NOT live in fear. They can hurt us but can’t scare us; we cannot let these people win!Recommend

  • moazzam sultan
    May 13, 2015 - 1:33PM

    Innalillahewinnalehrajeuoon. very sad to have such news. Strongly condem such thing. Allah Bless all.Recommend

  • msh
    May 13, 2015 - 1:42PM

    The corrupt ,criminals PPP Sind Government has no right to stay in power
    Shameful Zardari,QaimAliShah and his IG should be taken to task..Recommend

  • mustafa
    May 13, 2015 - 1:55PM

    very big tragedy in the history of Ismail Muslim. Govt has failed protect the people….. Recommend

  • Arsalan
    May 13, 2015 - 1:59PM

    The mutation is complete: Pakistanis are killing the very community that helped to establish Pakistan.Recommend

  • arsalan
    May 13, 2015 - 2:03PM

    Just after a day when Ch.Nisar announced that there is negotiation going on between Pak Govt. & British Govt. to pursue the killers of Imran Farooq!!
    Such barbaric act took place in Karachi interestingly Area chosen for Attack is not a strong hold for MQM mind games are being played i hope when a common man like me can understand this our Govt and relevant authorities also understand this issue!!! Recommend

  • Rashid Raina
    May 13, 2015 - 2:09PM

    PPP has failed in governing Sindh. We need a change of regime starting with governor rule or then Martial law in Karachi.Recommend

  • YST
    May 13, 2015 - 2:11PM

    Its a very sad news. People sound this thing stupid but i am a point here. Whenever there is hype against election rigging some incidence take place and cool down the fire. Peshawar Attack & Minorities Attack. I know this sounds stupid but i feel something in it. Recommend

  • SHR
    May 13, 2015 - 2:15PM

    Stop blaming MQM all the time. This is a psychological disorder in the prople of Punjab that whenever such incidents happen in Karachi, they start blaming MQM. It means Wagah Border was done by PMLN as punjab is ruled by Noon. Stupid Pakistanis wake up please…. It can never be done by any national political party, its the game of RAW. The reason behind such sudeen incidents is the latest development in Pak China friendship and Pakistan welcoming International Cricket. RAW just want to throw us back, they know only one game….. “If We Cannot win it, Lets ruin it”. Its simple.Recommend

  • Kokab
    May 13, 2015 - 2:18PM

    @Saad Ali:
    That’s very true.Recommend

  • Haytt
    May 13, 2015 - 2:19PM

    @ET what does this mean “Ismaili Community” , the word community is specifically used for non muslims like christian, sikh etc. Shame one you for this caption.
    Why do not you say Ismaili Muslims , Jinnah was born in Ismaili family the founder of nation. Recommend

  • Anjum Arshi
    May 13, 2015 - 2:30PM

    @Ahmed:
    True. But this is also a fact that they were Ismailis, a peaceful and talented Pakistani community. The bus runs every two hours between city and the Ismaili colony at the outskirts and is exclusively for the residents of that colony. This is just like attacking the Hazara community in Quetta. Those “responsible” for our security will say this: Terrorists are weakening, that is why they are targeting soft targets! Truth is, everyone in Pakistan, particularly in Karachi, is at risk. Sunni, Shia, any ethnic group. Any community. In Lyari, where a majority of Karachi’s Baloch live, innocent citizens, men, women and children, are killed daily. Target killing of shopkeepers who cannot pay extortion money has become so usual, nobody ever notices. This country has gone to the dogs. Time for the Rulers, and for those “responsible” for our security, to pack up and leave. This is THE END. Recommend

  • Hari Om
    May 13, 2015 - 2:35PM

    For a country claimed to have been founded to provide a safe haven for the Muslims of the Indian Sub-Continent, the frequency with which Muslim kills Muslim over nothing more than petty differences in interpretation of the Muslim religion, is simply staggering. Indeed I can think of no other parallel case of similar magnitude where Buddhist kills Buddhist or Christian kills Christian or Hindu kills Hindu or Jews kill Jews over petty differences in interpretation of their respective Religions anywhere in the world over the past decade.

    What is particularly ironic is that Pakistan’s founder Mr. M.A. Jinnah would have risked life and limb for following the practices of his original minority Shia sect of Islam in today’s Pakistan just as the Muslim Shia Ismaili victims of today’s attack have found out..

    Next I wait to hear the oft repeated statement that there is no such thing as intra Muslim sectarian killings in Pakistan as it is inconceivable that a Muslim can kill another Muslim as Islam is the Religion of Peace where even killing one person is considered as killing all humanity making instances like these killings, in Pakistani minds, a RAW / Mossad / CIA perpetrated act by India / Israel / USA to malign Islam and Pakistan.Recommend

  • OBSERVER
    May 13, 2015 - 2:37PM

    failure of Karachi operation.ch Nisar should resign…assets of all those involved in karachi operation should be investigated Recommend

  • Basit
    May 13, 2015 - 2:52PM

    If so called pm nawaz zardari nro criminals takes responsibility of a nation and rangers after 90 has gone to sleep than what you may expect from such lazzinessRecommend

  • Haider
    May 13, 2015 - 2:53PM

    @Ismaili
    You are Pakistani and we are with u
    @Indian
    This is called Game of Thrones.Friend from front enemy from behind..Recommend

  • Muhammad waqas
    May 13, 2015 - 3:08PM

    Only one solution a secular PakistanRecommend

  • Tooba
    May 13, 2015 - 3:08PM

    @Ismaili:
    Thanks God that you are no more Pakistani! By the way, what nationality would you like to have? Indian, American, or Russian? As long as you live in Pakistan, you are Pakistani. No other country is interested in you except those who want to undermine the foundations of this country, and that too on a condition that they would like to use you against this country and then throw you away.
    You are not the only one dying in this country. Majority has also paid at an epic scale. Instead of fault finding with this country, you can come ahead and become an essential part in the progress and prosperity of this country. Do not live under frustration and depression. You have all the rights available to you. Think positively and take this country ahead. Do not be the one weeping, complaining, and whimpering all the time. Recommend

  • Alif
    May 13, 2015 - 3:13PM

    Stop making allegations against people without evidence and try to supplicate for the deceased. May their souls rest in peaceRecommend

  • Oyster
    May 13, 2015 - 3:15PM

    Goes on to show the efficacy of this so-called operation cleanup in Karachi. #Purana PakistanRecommend

  • Karachi 3
    May 13, 2015 - 3:23PM

    Please bring peace to Karachi. The Chief Minister should resign and so should the Governor.
    Let there be a Governor Rule for 6 months and let the armed forces clean up Karachi of all terrorist and anti state elements.Please let there be peace in KarachiRecommend

  • Ali
    May 13, 2015 - 3:31PM

    Whose turn is it next after Ahmedies…Shias…Chirstians…Ismailies….???
    Its about time we stand up against the govt for not being able to protect its citizens otherwise secular sunnis will also regret for being quite at this point. WAKE UP PAKISTAN!Recommend

  • shabbir
    May 13, 2015 - 3:39PM

    Pls get lesson from iraq lebia yeman and others the arms supplied by superpowet used to kill muslims by local getting money from them.I support karachi operation . Pls think can every get nationality no do not behave like mir jaffar and other remember what happed with them. Sad day for pakistanRecommend

  • AYZ
    May 13, 2015 - 3:43PM

    Army should take over. Martial law ought to be imposed. No point of running this country by crooks. Army has to step in now!Recommend

  • Harun
    May 13, 2015 - 3:52PM

    Pl remeber the words”You can not keep snakes in your backyard & expect it will only bite your neighbour”.It is time for Pak establishment to come clean. Ismailis are one of the most prosperous & peaceful community in India.Recommend

  • Ali Baba
    May 13, 2015 - 3:55PM

    @MUNIB: Mr. Munib i totally agree with you they only community which was safe by now …..looks like now people wont that stay peaceful.Recommend

  • anjum
    May 13, 2015 - 3:59PM

    Where is Sindh Goverment???Recommend

  • Human of Nature
    May 13, 2015 - 4:00PM

    It is time to accept the reality that, there is only one enemy of us, we know him very well, everyone know that it is no one but Taliban and they prevailed in every street of our country, our security agencies can do nothing because our locals are their supporters. If you really want to crush them then start from your own street . . . Recommend

  • FAIZAN
    May 13, 2015 - 4:03PM

    I am a resident of another society next to the incident took place. It is a worst attack. It shall be noted that where the incident took place is a highly secured area after Airport attacks. Rangers check posts are made at all sides of these roads. Commandos are there to secure Suparco. But unfortunately Rangers/Police are busy in their personal interest and we are left as is. The operation against criminals is politicized and turned towards political party due to personal interests. Whereas the religious militants are free to move around Safora, Sohrab Goth, Kati Pahari, Maskan etc etc. I am ashamed of claiming that i am a Pakistani. Shame on our security agencies. Where is the top most powerful agency of Pakistan ? Shame on you…..Recommend

  • Asif
    May 13, 2015 - 4:07PM

    We need to make Pakistan a Secular State Immediately. If the state cannot protect all its citizens then its legitimacy is in question.Recommend

  • ilyas
    May 13, 2015 - 4:07PM

    @Ismaili:
    Dear brother the killers are friend on no one. They are killing minorities because its an easy start. They will come against majority once they have eliminated minorities. Its just old tactics followed by fascist, terrorists, etc. Their target is Pakistan, but since they cannot wage war against all at once they are taking us one by one. We all need to stand up against them together and all at once. Else tomorrow when will come after the majority and ultimately the country Pakistan, there will be no one to raise voice against them.Recommend

  • lkhan
    May 13, 2015 - 4:15PM

    I am no longer sunni. I am Ismaili, Shia, Ahmedi, Christian, Sufi…. These barbarians must be all of them arrested and hanged from lamp posts. All of them. My most sincere sympathies for those who have lost their innocent loved ones to such an unspeakable crime. Enough, no more of this madness. Recommend

  • oBserver
    May 13, 2015 - 4:20PM

    Has any one resigned? I am sure Asif Zardari and Qaim Shah will.step.down for failure and so.much loss of life. I believe Nawaz Sharif has alreay submitted his resignation to.the President. Ch Nisar too has decidrd to.step.down. This is indeed the true democracy. But then I woke up.Recommend

  • ilyas
    May 13, 2015 - 4:20PM

    @Indian:
    The inquiry reports and proofs were given to Manmohan Singh in Sharmul Sheikh Egypt by Pakistani Prime Minister. But understandably it was of no use as MS already knew what RAW had been doing in Pakistan. Our weak an govt need to take action. However, to the dismay of RAW and its supporters, the current army chief means business which means death for the terrorists.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 13, 2015 - 4:48PM

    We are blaming the people and parties we hate most. I would like to blame PTI for this but I am waiting statement from our bravest leader. If he says its RAW or MQM, then without doubt its RAW and MQM, if he doesn’t mention anyone then its anybody’s guess.Recommend

  • Orator
    May 13, 2015 - 4:50PM

    @Yasir:

    You rightly hit the nail. This is total failure of the law enforcement agencies who always target soft and easy targets in order to justify their presence in the city. Recommend

  • SIlver
    May 13, 2015 - 4:55PM

    Entire Sindh government must be sacked and Governor’s rule imposed.Recommend

  • Prashant
    May 13, 2015 - 5:06PM

    These acts are act of cowardice by barbarian ideologists. May people of Pakistan stand strong and unite in their grief. I am from India and here we are always afraid of terrorist attacks.I can feel what Karachi people are suffering from.Recommend

  • Ismaili2
    May 13, 2015 - 5:10PM

    @Ismaili:
    Hello bhai, are you okay? Am also an Ismaili. We were Pakistani, we are Pakistani and we will be, no matter what.

    Having said that, I find no words for the the brutal killers, the beasts.

    Our prayers and sympathies are with the bereaved families, who lost their loved ones.

    May the departed souls rest in peace. For us and for Pakistan, a sad day indeed.Recommend

  • May 13, 2015 - 5:16PM

    This is barbaric act of the cruel group who must the son/s of their mother/father and I think how they acted, never thought that the mother who born these cruels who acted like that are shameful for ever in the history and now this is too much, the Goivernment must act and not gives their short lecture of sorrows and grief.It s responsibilty of the entire machinery of the Government to bring culprits to their ends within days, otherwise they shall cotinue act on other front, they must be punished. Tell me is there any incident like that occur in other parts of the world, if not, then, imagine, how these governments protect the lives of their citizens with much care and responsibility. Ours may do this and take responsibility sincerely, I assure you no such incident occurs again. Those families died, their homes finished, their children shall remembers their parent as far as they alive. Who support them and how. Why these culprit could not be catched tilldate, after they had attacked on mosques, churches and other areas, where they have gone. I request the Government and the responsible Police Institutions to manage to change their workings into sincereity and agressively catching such culprits.Morever our worthy Army chief shall reach today at Karachi and shall also visit AKU to meet the injured persons and their families. I would request him to kindly linstruct the concerned departments to catch and bring the culprits to severe punishment. May Allah rest the souls of lthe deseaced in eternal peace.Recommend

  • qalandar
    May 13, 2015 - 5:22PM

    This is in retaliation to Saulat Mirza’s hanging.Recommend

  • Sam
    May 13, 2015 - 5:22PM

    If police and political govt can’t provide any protection and army is the ultimate answer every single time then please let it be martial law and eliminate all terrorists once and for all Including the political groups who are supporting these elements. Recommend

  • Karzi
    May 13, 2015 - 6:44PM

    My advice to all the minority sects in Pakistan is that your first and foremost your allegiance is to your family and the family’s safety. If the majority sect does not recognize this, you should have no reason to remain in Pakistan and subject to such brutality or the day-to-day indignities. Move to another country that will respect your religion and beliefs, and welcome an educated, peaceful community like yours. Perhaps it is too late for the older folks, but the first chance your sons and daughters get, you should get them out of the country.Recommend

  • Z
    May 13, 2015 - 6:57PM

    Army we need you this time if nawaz zardari altaf remains then terrorism will grow more finish the root cause dont depend on corrupt police corrupt leaders only you can do the justice even if martial law is the option it will clear out all the mess forever do Army doRecommend

  • Gemini
    May 13, 2015 - 7:17PM

    @Karzi: But we made this country and there is no reason that we will going to leave, If there are 100 reasons to leave then there are 1000 reasons for not to leave. Leaving a country means you have accepted the defeat.Recommend

  • musa ali khan
    May 13, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Lets give a clear massage to those who want to advance their agenda by killing Ismailis. They should remember that Pakistan is our blood and soul. We will continue our efforts in Education, Health, Culture and other development sector of Pakistan. Recommend

  • hnr
    May 13, 2015 - 10:00PM

    If Muslims cannot be safe in Pakistan what hope is there for Hindus and Christians.They should be allowed to leave in dignityRecommend

  • Ahmad
    May 13, 2015 - 11:16PM

    Words of condolence and sorrow cannot replace the precious innocent souls that are lost today. When these barbarian are tolerated and allowed in a society under the label of religion,
    this is to be expected. A few tweets and statements from people in power and slick opportunist politicians is not going to stop this slaughter.
    Had these same voices expressed their rage and anger in 1974, 1980 and ever since then, we would not have become a nation being on the brink of anarchy. The citizen thought it was someone else and not us. You wait brother, tomorrow you will next. That is the price you pay for being silent and not condemning evil. It is too late now and the genie is out of the bottle.
    Tomorrow will be another sect, another minority group that will get butchered and we will see the same replay again and again. And the show will continue.Recommend

  • sayeda sabiha
    May 14, 2015 - 2:03AM

    The attack by the terrorist on the peace loving person In the bus is condemoble, ,Rip for those killed and condences to their familes ,Those responsible for the hinious crime should be booked and given severe punishment
    Recommend

  • syed & syed
    May 14, 2015 - 2:36AM

    @Econ: Please do not put the horrible and disgusting act on a wrong track. The Establishment to look for Afghans and other foreigners and send them back to their countries. Second step is to search in polluted areas like Sohrab Goth, Kati Pahari, Azizabad, Lyari. Improve intelligence service to work without fear of Political third genders. Recommend

  • Atif
    May 14, 2015 - 3:00AM

    Quaid Azam was Ismaili
    Muslim League was founded by aga khan 3 in 1906
    Pakistan would be nation without Ismailis
    And this what Pakistani and Wahabis Saudis given back to Ismail for being peace loving people ..
    Pakistan must fight against Saudis ideology ..shameful is this Islam Recommend

  • Kolsat
    May 14, 2015 - 4:07AM

    @Jawed Saleem: Like you I am greatly saddened by this attack on innocents. The Shia-Sunni rivalry is not only bleeding Pakistan but also Islam. Time for sanity in the Muslim world.Recommend

  • Rafique Khan
    May 14, 2015 - 6:10AM

    We highly condemn this barbaric attack on Ismaili Community. The Prime Minister of Pakistan is unnecessary in confusion state about the law and order situation at Karachi. This is the lapse of law and order agencies at Karachi. How six motor cyclists came to the deadly incident spot with high profile guns. The PPP led Government in Sindh is totally failure to save lives and properties of the people in Karachi.Recommend

  • amar
    May 14, 2015 - 6:37AM

    Why can’t Pakistani government stop this killers permanently? After the school attack I thought there will be change in the thinking of government and the anger against terrorist will never settle down. There are very few attacks in India after Mumbai attacks because the anger of country against terrorism has not reduce even a bit.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    May 14, 2015 - 7:07AM

    A gift from a country which has fanned the sectarian violence in different Muslim countries and now they wanted Pakistan to get involved but our parliament put a cold water on their wishes. This is their answer to our refusal to get involve in Yemens sectarian violence. Recommend

  • Andaleeb
    May 14, 2015 - 8:30AM

    Pakistan is a ship with too many holes.Recommend

  • isaac akhter
    May 14, 2015 - 8:56AM

    we condemn cowardlly attackRecommend

  • May 14, 2015 - 10:16AM

    who are killing the shia muslims in pakistan. don’t blam to india. that is the result of terrorism in pakistan.killer may be linked with jamate islami or taliban or Hafis sayeed were involve in this. Recommend

  • jylo
    May 14, 2015 - 7:19PM

    previous threat was a warning. where was our volunteer security?Recommend

  • Pramod
    May 15, 2015 - 10:18AM

    @Saad:
    why americans this gorup is operating in Pakisatn from early 90s . Only name has changedRecommend

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