The country was devastated on Friday as a deadly blast ripped through Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine at Sehwan killing at least 72, including 20 children.
The shrine of Pakistan's most venerated saints which echoed with dhamaal was marred by blood and cries for help. The deadliest attack in Pakistan in more than two years, which came after a series of bloody assaults this week, undermined the growing sense of optimism in the country.
Several took to Twitter to vent their anger at the failure of the national government to keep people safe. Sindh’s ruling party, PPP, was also slammed for not being adequately equipped to deal with a disaster of this magnitude.
Bloodbath at Sehwan shrine
#sehwan My heart is bleeding for victims and anger is high for Govt.'s inability. Mere condemnation statements don't work any more. 2/2— Mushtaq Ali (@Mushtaq_989) February 17, 2017
Some questioned why there were no hospitals in the area:
Injured of Sehwan Sharif taken to Nawabshah 94KM & Hyderabad 149KM away. MashAllah flight from Dubai to Khi would arrive sooner— DrJaveria Suharwardy (@DrJavariaPHTF) February 16, 2017
Yeah, NAP stopping Sindh govt. from providing security... and building hospitals... and deploying rescue services. https://t.co/nUOA1gKZAl— Niha Dagia (@nhd00) February 16, 2017
No beds, no medicines, no paramedics. The operation theatre is not functional.— Annie (@AnnieKhan_29) February 16, 2017
But don't worry, Bhutto zinda hai. #Sehwan
While some offered words of encouragement and resilience:
Heartbroken over attack in Sehwan. These attacks test the resilience of our nation but we will never be deterred from fighting back.#Sehwan— بنتِ کشمیر! (@NKOfficial__) February 16, 2017
The recent tragedy once again testing the resilience of the nation. We need to stay strong. We will prevail. #Sehwan— Awais Fahim (@AwaisFahim) February 16, 2017
The PPP government and party supporters responded to critics as they blamed security agencies and civilian government for not eradicating terrorism in the country:
We wouldn't have had to lose people everyday to ths fresh wave of terrorism if NAP was used agnst terrorists instead of political opponents!— Maleeha Manzoor (@MaleehaManzoor) February 16, 2017
Where Is National Action Plan?????#SewhanSharif— Jeetu Jamali (@JeetuJamali) February 16, 2017
The Islamic State group (IS) claimed the attack.