DG Khan shrine bombing: Death toll reaches 50

Published: April 4, 2011
Policemen remove explosives from a suicide bomber as he lies severely injured at the site of the attack in Dera Ghazi Khan on Sunday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Policemen remove explosives from a suicide bomber as he lies severely injured at the site of the attack in Dera Ghazi Khan on Sunday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Policemen remove explosives from a suicide bomber as he lies severely injured at the site of the attack in Dera Ghazi Khan on Sunday. PHOTO: REUTERS Screen capture of the crowd around the shrine. 3 people killed and at least 20 injured in a blast at the shrine of sufi saint Sakhi Sarwar in Dera Ghazi Khan.

The death toll in the blast that took place at the Sakhi Sarwar shrine in Dera Ghazi Khan on Sunday evening reached 50 on Monday.

Police investigations have revealed that the attack was planned in Bajaur Agency. The police have arrested three terrorists in this connection.

The shrine which was cordoned off following the terror attack was reopened to the public amid tight security. However, shops in the region remain shut.

Bombers stayed in Al Madina hotel

The terrorists involved in the Dera Ghazi Khan attack stayed in Al Madina Hotel on March 29.

Initial police investigation revealed that the terrorists stayed in room number 21 of the hotel in city’s popluated area of Fareedi Bazar.

Police have seized check-in and check-out records of the hotel and also arrested four hotel workers on suspicion.

Updated from print edition (below)

Bombers target Sakhi Sarwar shrine

At least 44 people have been killed and 120 wounded in a double suicide bomb attack at a shrine in this central Punjab district on Sunday.

The bombers struck outside the shrine of the 13th century Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan, popularly known as Sakhi Sarwar.

Thousands of devotees had gathered for the annual urs celebrations at the shrine, sited some 40 kilometres away from Dera Ghazi Khan city, when the attacks took place.

“We have recovered 44 bodies so far,” said local police officer Zahid Hussain Shah, adding that more than 100 were wounded. “Both were suicide attackers, they came on foot and blew themselves up when police on duty stopped them.”

Many of those wounded in the attacks were in a serious condition, he said.

“It was around 5pm. Devotees were performing devotional dance at the main entrance to the shrine when  a teenager detonated the explosives strapped to his body,” an eyewitness told the Daily Express. “Around 15 minutes later another suicide bomber struck at the staircase of the shrine,” he said. “Bodies were scattered all over and the injured people were crying for help,” added another witness.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Ahmed Mubarak confirmed that two suicide bombers tried to enter the shrine but failed and blew themselves up.

Police officer Shah claimed that they have arrested a third suspected suicide bomber, identified as Fida Hussain, a 15- to 16-year-old Afghan refugee from the tribal belt.

According to eyewitnesses, after the bombings, devotees were running in panic. The bomber ran into an elderly woman devotee and a hand grenade dropped from his hand. The woman raised alarm and some policeman standing nearby opened fire on him.

Police said the bomber was injured and could not detonate his suicide vest. Later, police arrested him and defused his suicide jacket.

Police also recovered the severed head of one of the numbers and also found a school card nearby. The card identifies the bomber as Abdullah, son of Noorullah, resident of Mirali in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The injured were ferried to different hospitals in Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan where a state of emergency was declared.

Dera Ghazi Khan’s commissioner confirmed the casualties saying that the death toll could rise as some of the injured are in a critical condition.

A police official, requesting anonymity, said the shrine had received threats from unidentified militants.

Shrines of Sufi saints, who follow the mystical dimension of Islam, have increasingly been the target of bloody attacks by militants in the country.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but extremists, including the Taliban, are vehemently opposed to the Sufi strand of Islam and consider their shrines to be idolatrous.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani condemned the blasts, saying that “such cowardly acts of terror clearly demonstrate that the culprits involved neither have any faith nor any belief in human values”.

“Such violent acts only seem to be conspiracy to divide the society and create fear,” said a statement issued by the prime minister’s office.

He directed the law-enforcement agencies to investigate the incident and apprehend the terrorists.

With additional input from wires

Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (114)

  • muhammad babar
    Apr 3, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Another attempt by the religious barbarians to prove to each other that my god is better than your god.

    separate mosque & state,as long as religion is allowed to poke its nose into the matters of the government & the legal system,the cancer of religious terrorism will continue.Recommend

  • azeem shahid
    Apr 3, 2011 - 6:37PM

    watch the “god delusion” by richard dawkins on youtube or read it in book form.

    As long as people keep on murdering in the name of god our society will continue to suffer.it’s time we started to think with our minds rather than follow like braindead zombies the religious dogma which we have been fed from birth.

    We have to start questioning what the mullah in the mosque & madrassa spews out & challange the barbaric,horrific laws made by men in the name of god.Recommend

  • adeel amjad
    Apr 3, 2011 - 6:42PM

    We have lost thousands of our fellow countrymen to the menace of islamci terrorism yet we continue to keep closed off minds & not question the hatefilled,misogynistic,homophobic,bigoted & intolerant religious beliefs,rituals & practices which have ruined our country.

    we take pride in making our children rattafy religious texts in a foreign language of which they don’t understand a word & which is of no good to them when they can’t even understand what they are rattafying.yet we delude ourselves into thinking that this will do good for the next 7 generations.

    A lot of our religious terrorists believe that they will get 72 virgins for blowing themselves up & killing women & children.It’s time we challange the brutalities being promoted & glorified in our country in the name of religion.Recommend

  • Zavahir bin Hameem
    Apr 3, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Worshiping of graves has no place in Islam,these are innovations ‘bida’aat’, nowhere in the Noble Koran or of the sayings (sunnah) of the Prophets has said of this unislamic act. Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 3, 2011 - 6:56PM

    this is what 30 years of promoting armed Jihad, intolerance of different religions, and Saudi-funded madrassahs do if fighting our own self-made Taliban Jihadi nightmares is not bad enough!

    but hey…lets just ignore that bit and simply blame India, USA, Israel, Hindus, Freemasons etc for these bomb blasts eh?Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 3, 2011 - 7:06PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    who is talking about the supposedly deadly dangerous act of ‘worshipping graves’ when 20 people lost their lives at the hands of murdering thugs and criminals yelling the name of Allah??!!

    I guess KILLING someone just because he does not agree with your religious point of view is acceptable, right?Recommend

  • faraz
    Apr 3, 2011 - 7:14PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem

    So you mean blowing up 30 people is according to islam? Why dont you leave it to God to decide who goes into heaven or hell. This kind of apologetic behaviour towards Saudi sponsored militant islam has lead us to this disaster. Saudi sponsored islam is the biggest calamity of islamic history. Nothing has brought more shame to our religion than these fanatics.Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 3, 2011 - 7:28PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    I am christen but let me tell you, in india even hindus and sikhs visit shrines of sufi saints. We even cherish sufism which we consider as a part of India religion. It’s shocking to hear from you that it’s not islamic. You too have been brainwashed. The fact is sufi saints brought islam this subcontinent and we are proud of them. Now you started insulting sufism along with other religion. What’s wrong with pakistanis? This is insane. No more words. Thanks Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2011 - 7:38PM

    Saint ,or any noble person,
    who has expired since centuries,
    is not deserve to such behave.

    And on the other side,
    any one follow his noble teachings,
    is also not liable to death by bomb blast.

    Every one, living on this earth has to dye
    and all holy books tell us that we are all accountable to Allah Almighty
    regarding their deeds.

    There are many shrines on the earth,it mean……………………….????????????????????Recommend

  • joy
    Apr 3, 2011 - 8:11PM

    respected Zavahir bin Hameem:

    pray ..pls let me know which religion allows kilings

    hope u can educate me on thatRecommend

  • Spy BOy
    Apr 3, 2011 - 8:31PM

    .oh stupid taliban..there r not enough virgins for all terrorists (in jannat),,so stop blowing ur self in the name of religion..Recommend

  • Cautious
    Apr 3, 2011 - 8:43PM

    Maybe Muslims should spend less time praying and pay some attention to the basic concepts of right and wrong. What do you people talk about when you go to your Mosque’s – doesn’t anyone ever stand up and say “ENOUGH”!Recommend

  • John
    Apr 3, 2011 - 8:49PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    And worshiping and circumambulating Kabha where Manat was once idolized is okay?

    Sufi shrines are part of islamic history of the sub continent. Those who do not like it do not have to go there. Why kill people?

    It is my way or highway attitude the world hates. Recommend

  • Zain
    Apr 3, 2011 - 8:49PM

    How are you sure you aren’t a murtad (apostate)? What gives you the right to label any one? Have you spent all your life reading, understanding the text of the Koran and Hadith? Are you a Mufti? or any sort of authority on religion?

    With a name like ROFLcopter, I doubt it.

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:

    So, suicide bombing and murder are justified in this case? Tell me have these people rejected Allah, have these people rejected the Prophet (P.B.U.H)? Is their Kalma different? Everyone has the right to live. Only Allah, in his infinite wisdom, will judge who is right and who is wrong. Not you and me. Religion is subjective to ones own interpretation.

    Let me ask you, are you a Hanafi, Maliki, Salafi? Does the Noble Koran say you should follow any one these schools? What makes these schools the ultimate jury on anything Islamic. I could argue my school of though is better. Please don’t justify this barbaric act with Koranic or Hadith referrals, because murder will always lose.

    You two are pathetic excuse for muslims let alone people. Making up self satisfying theories, oh but the Taliban are good, The Saudi Monarchy pays them off just so that they don’t attack in Saudi Arabia and the day America decides to stop buying Saudi oil, its doom for Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Somdet
    Apr 3, 2011 - 8:58PM

    @ Zavahir bin Hameem

    “Worshiping of graves has no place in Islam,these are innovations ‘bida’aat’”

    So what is Mecca / Medina and Mosques in general? Keep deluding yourself. better you keep the killing to within yourselves and not touch others who do not subscribe to your viewsRecommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Apr 3, 2011 - 8:58PM

    Shame on those people who give excuses to justify and encourage terrorist actions. During last few days, many people were dying, but their numbers were not satisfactory to provide any excuse. Now more than forty have been killed. These numbers will satisfy these blood thirsty vultures. Recommend

  • gghggfhf
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:08PM

    talking is no solution

    kill the real terrorist arrest suicider and do his narco test know reality and kill reeal teroristRecommend

  • sandy
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:24PM

    another bad day for Pak.. high time they learn that certain groups (mullah and military/ISI) have been using these assets for last 60 years for their own advantage to spew venom against India that basically keeps them in business. High time common paki must understand that NO ONE wants to attack Pak from across the border (forget Pak Study propaganda) and then deal with these violent troubles, but the real snakes are within their own border who become violent if you try to restrict them. If Paki people cannot learn how to tolerate, respect and exist peacefully, the country is moving towards implosion –> socially, economically, religiously, ideologically, militarily…. Pak is slowly but surely moving towards dark bloody doom. Recommend

  • 64years_hate
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:25PM

    Don’t blame this on Zia. Before him it was the genocide of the “lungi wearing” Bengali before that it was “1 Muslim soldier is equal to 3 Hindu solider” Operation Gibraltar before that it was “Direct Action” action. The Hate has had a long history, after the Hindus were gone, the Bengalis were gone , it is now the turn Sufis, Shias…etc The slippery slope of hate will never stop. Keep it upRecommend

  • Sudhir
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:25PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    so u get the reason to killRecommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:26PM

    @ Zavahir bin Hamee, sir, you are no different than those people, who are siding with doctors inspite of their high treason with their profession. Every killer has some kind of excuse, for some its money and for some its religion. Anyway, congrats. Your friends are ahead in this game than doctors.Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Those who’ve made a career out of denouncing drone attacks, hide when mosques, shrines & markets are blown by those that the drones usually kill.

    Dont forget. These terrorists deliberately hide in civilian areas to somehow subdue the hunt for their heads, but because of sometimes faulty intelligence and bad timing, innocent people (i.e. the ones protecting these terrorists out of hospitality and foolishness) get caught and the Taliban cry foul.

    They dont cry fall on attacking innocent people in bazars, mosques, shrines, etc do they?Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:29PM

    and your bigotry doesn’t impress me either.Recommend

  • Adam
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:37PM

    @ Bin Hameem,,,
    Preaching is not prohibited in Pakistan, go and educate people, but u believe on bombing and killing people,, which is not religion of Allah and his prophet Muhammad (PBUH).. However, u will never understand what u doing, as this your brain been filled with the money u got to kill people. let me tell you, search in islamic history if Holly prophet ordered appreciated and supported suicides…
    Let me tell u the very truth “Suicide” is “”””harm””” and person committing it will go to hell.. no doubt about it.. Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2011 - 9:37PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    The biggest Sin is Shirk and all such Biddatees at Shrines will be dealt by Allah directly at the time of judgement. Allah has said that all sins can be excused except Shirk.

    The motives of Taliban looks like to discourage Shirk and Biddat from spreading in Pakistan. While I do not agree to take life o any person who are engaged in Shirk. But the best way forward is to educate them and explain Allah’s angriness for such a big sin they are busy committing.

    May Allah save us from Fitna and Azaabe Qabar – Aaamin.Recommend

  • Afridi
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:41PM

    I wonder if we have more enemies than just TTP ? Or is our army and intelligence lazy enough to try and figure that out ? Recommend

  • Bahrain Islamic Revolution...
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:03PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem: if this is bia’dat then why we go Madina at garve of Prophet S.A.W.W….and read Ahadees books…only one sect. says this biadaat , islam is not only wahabi version.Recommend

  • Atheist
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:13PM

    World cup or no world cup, cricket or no cricket, win or loss, stability in Pakistan or no stability ….. what ever happens only one thing seems to be certain which is fanatic Deobandis killing innocent Barelvi muslims. I wonder when this carnage stops…
    Very very sad indeed :-(Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:22PM

    Kufaars of TTP strike Pakistani Muslims again.Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:36PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    Doctor sahib, with all due respect, who are YOU to impose YOUR brand of Islam on others? If you want to avoid ‘Allah ka azaab’ then kindly allow Allah’s creation to live and let live. We have seen how much chaos destruction pain suffering and heartbreak such a self-righteous ‘biddah-busting’ mentality has.

    Yet you somehow have the guts to assume Taliban are doing the right thing?? Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2011 - 10:47PM

    @Dr Saleem Sidiqui

    The motives of Taliban looks like to discourage Shirk and Biddat from spreading in Pakistan.

    @Zavahir bin Hameem

    Worshiping of graves has no place in Islam,these are innovations ‘bida’aat’, nowhere in the Noble Koran or of the sayings (sunnah) of the Prophets has said of this unislamic act

    So, should one congratulate you on succesful elimination of at least 40 people indulging in an ‘unislamic act’. But then all non-muslims indulge in ‘unislamic acts’, do you propose to eliminate them all?
    In fact looking at people like you one wonders, who is the real enemy of Islam and muslims.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Apr 3, 2011 - 11:04PM

    If there is any justice in the after life those suicide bombers aren’t going to meet up with virgin girls – just big muscled bull queers with an insatiable appetite.Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2011 - 11:21PM

    @Bahrain Islamic Revolution…:
    Prophet (SAW) was Sunni – there were no Shia or Wahabee, or any other Sects at that time. Now more than 72 sects prevailing to divide our beloved Muslims and Islam for which moulvis are to be blamed more than poor masses.

    According to Prophet (SAW) out of these Sects, only ONLY ONE SECT will go to Jannat.

    Keeping in view of Sunni sect as followed by our beloved Propet [SAW] can you guess [based on their taqwa and deeds] which Sect of people will be in Jannat inshallah

    Aqalmand ko bus it Isharaa hee kaafi hay – – – – Recommend

  • Bad_Pak_Policy
    Apr 3, 2011 - 11:30PM

    Pakistan has still not learnt its lessons that is why the the madrassah business, producing these suiciders, continue to flourish under the auspicies of Fazal ur Rehman and his Saudi masters. Recommend

  • Punjabi Munda
    Apr 3, 2011 - 11:32PM

    Someone needs to inform them that there are no more virgins left in paradise. The “72 virgins” are long taken, now they are offering “72 mullahs” for each true believer! Long live Islam in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 3, 2011 - 11:37PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    Take your disfigured mentality back to Saudi Arab… You don’t belong here…. Stop bleeding Pakistani Muslims.Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    Apr 3, 2011 - 11:42PM

    @Noor Lodi
    Can you clarify how tactical nukes can fight religious extremism and bombings? Who is the enemy you are alluding to?Recommend

  • Abrar
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:02AM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:

    is killing noble. Unislamic ………. Recommend

  • kashmiri
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:06AM

    sufism will ultimately win over everyone sufis have been attacked before but we will not be scared
    ssomeday people will realise sufism better than wahabismRecommend

  • Nurmomad
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:21AM

    another attempt to destabilize the country by pitting the Barelvis and Deobandis against each other Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Some religion !!! what’s happened to this religion of peace!! I grew up as a child with muslim neighbours, in east africa, and believe me, we never even thought about religion or issues in that fashion!!!
    Even to this day, 40 yrs later in UK, as we all left uganda thru forced exodus in seventies with very little, and rebuilt our lives in UK. We still keep in touch and attend weddings, funerals and other occasions of each others families !
    That is religion and humanity to me !! I recall good times on eid and am sure they also enjoyed diwali with us.
    What is going on at present in pakistan has been created by saudi influence and money, when the leaders of the nation were too busy accepting financial rewards to realise the long term impact on society !!!
    My sincere condolences for all the victims and to the relations of those who lost their loved ones.
    Time the people in power really wake up and army too!! As these two institutions have lot to answer for in these sort carnage taking place on regular basis on their watch!!!
    One day the aam aadmi’s patience will snap, and all hell will break loose.!!Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:44AM

    Innocent people are dying due to lack of gathering of intelligence before the suicide bombers blow themselves.

    The success of Police in apprehending culprits before the occurrence of suicide attacks is quite low.

    The one who was arrested alive should be grilled thoroughly and Police should reach to the masterminds of suicide attacks by all means.

    Unless our security agencies will not reach out all those mastermind killers there will be no peace in the country.

    Speedy trail courts should be set up for hearing of such cases and justice should be served at all costs.

    I am very grieved that today again so many innocent people died and God knows better how would the injured people will have to suffer the pain and agony of suicide attacks. Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 1:05AM

    @ Zahavir Hameem,

    This is your brand of Islam, Where killing of Muslims is ok but to pray at someones grave is Bia”daat, (Whatever funny term you use) I dont know where you get these terms from but it dosent impress anyone except guys like you Just keep your believe to yourself. Recommend

  • Humair
    Apr 4, 2011 - 1:06AM

    It’s either with the involvement of ISI, or the super-epic failure of ISI. Both aspects to it hurt me like anything!Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 1:58AM

    Its all an Afghan/Indian/American/Israeli conspiracy. Stop whining and start making more bombs. We have many enemies to fight. Who has the time to mourn. We will fire in all directions. Be it Afghans/Indians/Americans/Israelis. Our bombs are heading your countries.Recommend

  • Kabootar
    Apr 4, 2011 - 2:08AM

    Saudi sponsored islam is the biggest enemy of Islam, Shun Saudi brand of islam if you want the world to accept you. Religion of peace ? Recommend

  • Marina Mengal
    Apr 4, 2011 - 2:19AM

    He will burn in hell whoever did this, insha’Allah! Allah is the mightiest. We think this world is forever and keep on committing sin and think ourselves to be the owner in this world, we are just temporal guest, Allah is the only Owner, we have forgotten Him, whoever is hurting Allah’s Saints’ souls is going to see torment right after going from here.Recommend

  • Hasan Abidi
    Apr 4, 2011 - 2:28AM

    Dear Sandy , Joy , Faraz , Ron & Ali Khan

    Its useless trying to make sense to bigots like Bin Hameem & “Dr” Saleem Siddiqui.

    Representatives of the stone age can only exhibit an ignorant mindset.

    Wat are all of u expecting from the Bin Hameems and Saleem Siddiquis of our times….Enlightenment? Tolerance ? Dialogue ?

    Gimme a break buddies.

    These agents of Dark Ages hv no place in a civil and decent social set up.

    These Saudi funded,fundos hv an identified agenda………… the Agenda of Hate & False Superiority.

    But instead of wasting time on these brain deads, I guess its incumbent on the Silent n Subdued Majority, to finally come out of the closet n the drawing rooms and send the MESSAGE across in clear terms………….WE wont tolerate this murderous , barbaric and talibanistic mindset in our midst.

    These fundos and extremist lunies every now n then, come down from their caves to our cities and civilizations, preaching their hardcore , fundo , extremist mantra…………….welll here is the bad news…………………………………………….WE r not gonna to take ur crap ANYMORE, and wd root u out and all like u , from our midst by force, who have been the greatest source of defamation and negative propaganda for Islam all around the world.

    These Bin Hameems have done irrepairable and irreversable damage to the basic interpretation of Islam…………

    Its none of their business, how one follows his religious obligations……………………….. If someone takes solace n peace in going to shrines, its his/her right…. who r they to poke their unwanted n uninvited nose in anybody’s affair?.

    We go to shrines and will continue to go, because our forefathers and ancestors were Imams and Walis…………………

    Well if u dont like it then Tough Luck dudes, bcoz ur extremist n fundo puppets, , brainwashed, illiterate suicide bombers and their masters wd neva b able to attain their nefarious aspirations of spreading chaos, division, hatred, insecurity and unrest amongst us.

    The Yazeedy mindset n dogma…….TO KILL, wd always b countered by the gallantry and valor of Hussainiat.

    The skewed , distorted , blurred , beastial , wild , uncontrollable and screwed up preachings, are in fact a reflection of a history of intolerance n bigotry, with a historical n well documented background.

    But this psychotic , depressive n highly misguided mindset is too repulsive for any and every ordinary, decent, educated and even a remotely civilized soul.

    So take a hike my friends Bin Hameem & “Dr” Saleem Siddiqui. and dont waste time of civilized , educated n normal 21st century everyday decent ppl…

    Your suicide boming friends r waiting for u guys in some dungeon, trying to figure out why on earth, the entire planet thinks of u guys as gone and incurable terrorists, who only hv one solution………….DRONE and if u survive that, God Forbid……………….GITMO….( Bush Zindabad 4 that)……throwing u in a slammmer n then throwing the key in the Arabian Sea………….oh i m sorry…GITMO is in Cuba……..as long as they throw the damn key my friend…..

    Hasan AbidiRecommend

  • Amaar
    Apr 4, 2011 - 3:07AM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    Fine. But are you going to kill those who do?Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 4, 2011 - 3:30AM

    India’s upto its bloody proxy games again!Recommend

  • Tahir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 4:23AM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    Who told you that those visitors were worshipping the graves. As long as hard liners like you exist on the earth this planet is not going to be a safe place to live. In a sense you are saying that explosion on shrine is justified. And whoever has different views than you must be killed. I am sorry to say but being a human I am really disappointed on your comment. Recommend

  • General kayani
    Apr 4, 2011 - 5:29AM

    Our strategic assets have outperformed against us, while underperforming against the world. Oh, but then they are earning lots of $$$ & arms.!Recommend

  • Bangash
    Apr 4, 2011 - 6:23AM

    ISI/GHQ continue their confusion and incompetence in the face of savage terrorists.Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 6:43AM

    Whereas the lost of lives are highly deplorable, i’m in no favor of these devotees visiting the Shrines and Graves especially within Pakistan. Maybe few sects may find it hard to digest but once within these shrines a sane person would easily find people adhering believes that are not only contrary to Islam but are ridiculous such as one saying that marks most of the inner walls of these shrines reading “zinda hai (put any baba here) zinda hai” .

    A Suicide attack is a highly complicated act and to initiate it on shrines requires thorough thinking. I highly doubt ttp who is indulge in their own fight against Pakistan security forces and Nato forces even has time or resources to deploy such tactics. This is certainly related to religious zealots who in Punjab and other areas of Pakistan instigate sectarian violence despite the mythical proclamation of the act by the hypothetical TTP. Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 7:15AM

    dont you know who is behind, i thing every one knows about them. they are wahabhis exporting from saudi arab who are supporting TTP. look eye opeing story

  • Naeem
    Apr 4, 2011 - 7:40AM

    Though I myself was against going to shrine but after all those brutal killing of innocent Muslims in shrines by these criminal terrorist TTP I now have decided start going to shrines.

    I will request all commentators to start going shrines to ideologically defeat these coward criminal terrorists who sent young boys to kill innocent people.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 4, 2011 - 7:50AM

    This is not a war but religious cleansing by the Wahabis of Pakistan. After “taking care” of non Muslims by using allegations and oppressive blasphemy laws, now they are turning toward main stream Muslims.

    In the eyes of Wahabis/Taliban main stream Muslims are pagans and liable to be murdered. These mausoleums are against Islam and going there is Shirk and Biddat. That is why these fanatics are annihilating these “dens” of Kafirs. For them it is the war between their kind of Islam and these un-Islamic practices. That is why there is never any strong condemnation against these attacks.

    The Wahibism is deep inside Pakistani army, ISI and all the right wing parties. That is why despite all their corruption no PML-N or PML-Q leader or gathering is attacked. In fact Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif said on record that Taliban do not need to attack “Punjab”.

    Pakistan army with the US may be busy fighting Taliban in the North, but Taliban ideology has already taken the country over. If the whole nation irrespective of their religious belief do not stand up against these fanatic animals, Pakistan would become Wahibistan!

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • pakshia
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:40AM

    today we shias stand united with our jui brothersRecommend

  • Irshad
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:24AM

    This all is game of intellegence agencies of our enemies. It is in their intreset that this nation remains demoralised and uncertain about their future.On the other hand, most of us are also ready to do any thing for small personal gains/lust of money. Recommend

  • Syed Farrukh Hussain Shah
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:45AM

    Another act of cowardness by CIA America,,,,behind taliban its indeed CIA, otherwise these pathans have not such an intelligent mind….CIA is now again creating grounds for starting drone attacks…..Recommend

  • Suresh
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:48AM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    “An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind”…Mahatma GandhiRecommend

  • Khaliullah Bloch
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:57AM

    so pakistan is full of kuafaars– shia ,sunni,ahmedis,deobandis,barelvi,talibani to name a fewRecommend

  • Zain
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:02AM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:

    Have you ever been to one of these shrines? How can you be so sure that they are committing shirk? People go to these shrines to pay respects to the saints, who brought Islam to this region. If you are a proud Muslim today, then it is because it was these saints who brought Islam to the subcontinent, it was their effort that helped spread Islam here, and going to visit their graves is shirk? By that Logic, going to visit the grave of a loved one is also shirk, where as Allah and the Prophet (P.B.U.H) have clearly deemed visiting the grave of a loved one not only permissible but also recommended.

    You might not agree with taking someone’s life, but you clearly don’t disagree with the Taliban’s methods, I am sure you are one of those people who have made up the self satisfying theory that the Taliban are good, and they can’t do these attacks it is the US and India. Wake up and smell the coffee, even if it is them, they are using our own people. So, please spare us your self satisfying logic, the Taliban weren’t a religious group, we all know they were a political group with wahabi tendencies, they used religion as a scape goat for their cause. They want their brand of Islam employed here, by the way their mentality is if your not one of us your against us, no matter what you are.

    So, please spare us with your apologetic intellect because in the grand scheme of things, you don’t have knowledge about religion either. By the way go do your research on Bi’dat, there are two types one is permissible and other is not, anything which brings people closer to Allah is permissible and anything which drives the people away is bad, this is not my saying it is agreed upon by varios Muftis and scholars. If visiting these saints, makes people go closer to Allah, explain to me how that is shirk and condemnable? Recommend

  • Bunny
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:06AM

    So sad incident……where the hell is james bond (Rehman Malik)….where is your security and all…where the hell is all the other governmental authorities…..shame on all of you…take some more money for such killingsRecommend

  • Khaliullah
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:23AM

    Crime done by Muslims r not crime, it is their religious duty.Recommend

  • sudhir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:25AM

    My heart goes out for the Indians-pakis who have converted to 1slam. See what this religion has made out of these Indian-paki Mus1ims who are searching their identity with Arabs who treat them just like slaves and called them mohajirs,Maskeens etc.These converts are similar to other Indians in relation to color, language and genes but their loyalties are to their Arabian master who never treat them as equal Mus1ims must understand that they have come in conflict with fellow Indians just because of their religion and must convert to other religion may be Buddhist, Xian or othersRecommend

  • Ravee
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:35AM

    Reading comments from Pakistani frens gives us the impression of the extent of religious thoughts and beliefs has crept in the minds of both uneducated and educated alike.

    There is some thing called reasoning and ability to differentiate between Right and wrong. The interpretation of Islam is very extreme in your country and anything extreme is bad.

    Let people worship the diety or mazaars they trust in. Why try to force anyone against doing it.


  • Aami
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:53AM

    If government cannot provide security, they should ban such gathering immediately to save precious lives. The poor people are being fooled by these shrine businesses which has nothing to do with our religion. Quran is clearly against such activities but even then the act of terrorism is not justified. Catch those who brainwashed these youths to do terrorist activities. I once again urge government to stop giving permission for such mass gatherings unless they are 100 percent sure about security arrangements.Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:53AM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem: Shame on you. Ok it not Islamic according to you (that’s your view), but what & who gives right to anyone to kill for this?

    Should you be bombed because of your view, does it give someone the right to kill you because of your beliefs? Does Islam say kill a person because he does not agree to your version of Islam or offer prayers to the same GOD in a different manner?

    Shame on you & shame on all who think this way. Shame on these animals who kill in the name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) & Almighty & Merciful Allah & his religion.Recommend

  • Usman
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Get rid of Khyber-pakhtunkhwa. Cut it off like an arm with gangrene.

    On a realistic note, let us just admit to ourselves that it is clear that its too late. The virus has spread too far. Pakistan will not survive. Pack up your liberal values and flee. The larger population will never know what its like to live in a totalitarian Islamic regime until it plagues them for decades, until they see that the massive class divide (which is what this violence is really about) will not be effected with the implementation of Shariah, the humiliating treatment of women, people’s hands and heads being cut off in public.

    I’m afraid this country is lost to Dr. Salim Siddiqi types. Let them live among themselves and have a taste of their own kind. Recommend

  • Aslambeig
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:03AM

    @pakshia we mohajis too stand with our sufi brother and will fight talebaan together. Let all the minorities of Pakistan Unite as Majority is helpless.Recommend

  • sudhir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Root cause of terrorism is that these pakis are trying to be more Islamic than Islam itself to prove get an approval from none other than the Arabs. The point is everyone is trying to prove who is “more Islamic” than the other.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:29AM

    Let us find true version of Islam, untampered and clean. Whoever is pressing their version, whether Taliban or otherwise, if we go to basics which stopped inter tribal wars of Arabs is the true religion. Shrines and Bombs don’t belong to the true spirit of Islam. If we want to insist on our own versions, we will fight like this forever. Quran and Hadith cannot be changed so revert to the true teachings. We will all be stronger and happier again.

    We all should realize that all these groups are doing business in the name of Islam and want more members to fund them through charity. This is a multi million rupee business and they cannot afford to stop it. Taliban, Sunni Tehrik and Shia militants are all for money and that is absolutely TRUE. They don’t care about Islam so stop following them and become true Muslim and Pakistani.Recommend

  • chandran
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:41AM


  • sudhir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:51AM


    if u know to how read and understand arabic read the original arabic kooran, then u will know that these talibans r following true islam the one pratcised by poopet Md and how he and his followers spread islam.The first holocaust of the Jews did not happen in Germany in 1940s. It happened in Arabia in 620s and its perpetator was no other than poopet MD.Islam has destoried many civilizations like egyptian,persian,jews and offcourse Indian.So true Islam cannot unite,it can only divide.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:53AM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:
    And what do you do at Mecca?Recommend

  • Anbreen Yasin Khan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:58AM

    What you are trying to show this by displaying this picture on you ront page. please try to consider ethics of journalism. and avoid to display these type of pictures. its horrible to seeRecommend

  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Live and let live is the true version of Islam. No one has the right to interfere in other people’s matters. Musalman wo hai jis ki Zuban aur hath say dosra Musalman mehfoz rahay. Its simple I guess, no need of logic or anything.Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:14PM

    @sudhir: ” Islam has destoried many civilizations like egyptian,persian,jews and offcourse Indian … ”

    And we are determined to avenge Hindu Kush. In 100 years there will be no trace of the fact that Muhammad-bin-Qasin EVER visited this part of the world.Recommend

  • sudhir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:24PM

    @Vicram Singh:

    Muhammad-bin-Qasin was a criminal who sentenced to death by his Master so followers of criminal will always be criminalsRecommend

  • Hmmm
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Who funds Waziristan? We will never know that again as Raymond has been released!! Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Recently there was bye-elections held in D G Khan, And a very prominent party lost with a considerable number of votes. Was this to show their gratitude to the people who refused to
    vote for them or their anger ? Allah does not reside in the mosques or shrines and it is a fatal mistake to seek Him there. If we cannot find Allah in the core of our Heart and Soul
    how can you find Him in the mullah’s political domain.Recommend

  • joy
    Apr 4, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Respected Hasan Abidi ji,

    I am writing this more in pain.....one of the suicide bombers, according to the report, was a school kid.
    Sir, my request to u and like minded Pakistanis is...pls go and reclaim ur country before its too late.....
    how many households would be in mourning today,,,,i shudder to think

    I want a strong, stable and a prosperous Pakistan as a neighbour, because India has embarked on a journey to make the country a better place to live in, and for this, a stable neighbour is a pre-requisite

    my condolences to the grieving families

    hope and pray that peace prevailsRecommend

  • Amer
    Apr 4, 2011 - 1:37PM

    I don’t claim to be an expert in these matters either but the comments here are a classic case of blaming the victim! People here are blaming Islam and Muslims etc while they are ignorant of the games going on in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Its high time that everyone in Pakistan starts asking the government for action against the people who are behind these attacks. It’s good that they caught some of the bombers alive, at least that would give a clearer picture of their networks and planning. Recommend

  • ABDV
    Apr 4, 2011 - 1:40PM

    The solution is simple: SEAL THE PAK-AFGHAN BORDER. Send all refugees back to the countries they came from and tell them to take their suicide bombing culture away with them. Its high time that Pakistanis act against foreign elements who have nothing to do with Pak societyRecommend

  • Saddique
    Apr 4, 2011 - 1:52PM

    Bin Hameem & “Dr” Saleem Siddiqui are Abu Jahale and Abu Lahab of this time. Recommend

  • Saddique
    Apr 4, 2011 - 1:58PM


    Keep your mouth shut, we paki Muslim are better off than our brother in India. Recommend

  • sudhir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Muslims are too victims are islam

    They are helplessly caught in deadlock thinking sequence. If they start questioning and reasoning, they can surely have success. This world every thing runs according to logic. Questioning alone can free Muslims from dangerous Islam. Unfortunately Muslims are mind controlled by mullahs with mental slavery

  • Anonymous
    Apr 4, 2011 - 3:08PM

    The Islamic Paradise is really tempting as it provides 72 virgins to those who blow themselves.Unfortunately the Allah is cruel to muslim woman and has not allowed any special previleges to them over there.Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain
    Apr 4, 2011 - 3:11PM

    As optimistic i think it is fine that people are now getting aware about “real enemies” which acts like muslims but munafiq inside. In Qurran 1400 years ago Allah has given the identification that they kill the people in name of well being of religion.
    Bidah/inventions is their basic tool to divert the people from religion.They are spending billions of dollars in name of preaching all over the world,and killing the rest who don’t accept their sect.
    They have no answer the worship of Kaaba(Allah ka Ghar) where Allah has never come to live.Thousand of Prophets are buried under the Ruknae Yamani beside Kaaba.Millions of people use to twaf around Foot print of One Prophet Hazrat Ibraheim(A.S) and offer prayer behind.
    Millions of people kiss the Hajr e Aswad(stone) which they think worthless and shirk.
    Do hammeem ,Dr and any their cleric have answer of above questions???.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Apr 4, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Hanbali could not understand the Shafi order of jurisprudence and he decided to produce one of his own. But most perturbing for him was the intellectual power of the Sufi of his time
    and being unable to understand the depth of their spiritual understanding he began critcising.
    How can the mullahs who have politicized Islam for the vested interested of their mentor in
    the West understand this simple quotation from Shabistari;
    What are ‘I and You’?
    Just lattices in the niche of a lamp
    through which the One light radiates.
    ‘I and You’ are the veil, between heaven and earth,
    lift this veil and you will ask—
    When ‘I and You’ do not exist, What is mosque.
    What is synagogue, what is fire temple.
    Do not worry the King of Saudi Arabia will certify our entry to Heaven?Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Apr 4, 2011 - 4:29PM

    The only people who can stop this mass murder are the mullah, madrassah, government, courts and security establishment. If Pakistanis continue to remain passive, we will lose.Recommend

  • Jagdish Chawla
    Apr 4, 2011 - 5:08PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:

    My ancestors migrated from Dera Ghazi Khan after partition. As a child I still remember my grand father making reference of the Shrine with reverence. Had he been alive, he would have certainly shed some tears over the killing of these innocent people. And perhaps wished to know whose grandsons they were, Recommend

  • Chilli
    Apr 4, 2011 - 5:44PM

    There are only two types of Taliban 1- Afghan Taliban 2- CIA Taliban. Both have no connections with each other. Recommend

  • Tribal
    Apr 4, 2011 - 5:56PM

    Didn’t they say they have cleaned up Bajaur? Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 6:25PM

    “Police investigation have reveled that attack was plaaned in Bajur agency” … bravo to the Punjab police for so quickly findign the source !!! My good lord, they were even informed by the FIA about the attack in advance yet they were unable to avert it, now claiming that they have identified the source! come now catch the person responsible and show him on media, you just great Punjab police.Recommend

  • Indian USA
    Apr 4, 2011 - 7:09PM

    And Kayani wants soft strategic depth in Afghanistan!!! long live Kayani…Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 8:49PM

    @M Ali Khan:
    I talk with reference to Quran. If you are Muslim and all true Muslims should belief in Quran which is a clear guidance for all of us. If we deviate from it than WE ASKED FOR IT.Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:11AM

    The reign of Islam is coming to an end – we will take back every inch of Hindu/Buddhist/Sikh territory lost to the agents of Islam. Recommend

  • Hasan Abidi
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:52AM

    Dear Joy,

    I appreciate ur kind reply.

    I m a graduate from elite Californian schools.

    I come from a privilieged background.

    But I hv always worked hard, completely independently & never relied upon any support.Though I m relatively young, but my experience has been bit diversed now, in the realms of social welfare work, stretching fom education, health, anti prostitution, drug free society initiatives, natural disasters etc etc,.

    Wat bothers me is the sheer waste n abuse of potential and talent in Pakistan, at the hands of these bigoted n misguided ignorant mullahs, who manupilate uneducated n poor youth , that come from the very bottom of the social strata.

    Unless these radicals n extremists r not dealt w iron hand, and surgically removed from our midst, this cancer wd eat up the whole body of the Pakistani society.

    Wd u believe that the average age of a suicide bomber is around 17 years. Thats dispecable n revolting.

    The thought sends shivers down the spine.

    But its happening, and its happening not just in some remote wilderness of medieval Tribal belt, but its an organized massacre of civility being carried out in our back alleys, on the streets of our urban towns…….within the confines of the suffocation of hate preaching and brainwashing seminaries, indoctrinating impressionable minds, beyond repair n tragically to the point of no return.

    The 15 year old boy caught alive in the recent attack, sent a clear message to his captors,
    ” Let me go. I want to be a martyr. I want to kill all of you and send you to hell”.

    Now wat sane mind can think n rationalize like that?

    The guy is like a walking corpse. Nothin more than a psychotic robot, hell bent upon destruction. In his skewed mind, killing 50 odd innocent humans in a flash, is his ticket to heaven. I mean how on earth can u reason w such a mindset?

    The answer is EDUCATION.

    I m doing a lot of social work here, specially in the poverty stricken areas. My focus is education , with prime emphasis on the women. I also have been fortunate enough to hv worked extensively during the 2005 earthquake and the 2010 devastating follds here.

    I wd luv to get to know ur occupation n passions n aspirations in life……and also how u can develop a support structure for my initiatives there, in your social circle.

    Its obvious, after reading ur posts, that u hv a sensitive soul n a caring personna.

    Lets c if we can join hands to bring about some more positivity.

    Kindly send me ur e mail and/or postal address, so that I could communicate and send u a detailed profile of my humble activities.

    Best Rgds

    Hasan AbidiRecommend

  • Akhtar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:47AM

    killers of poor and vulnerable by animals supported by mullas just start public interest litigation against imran JA AND JI LEADERSRecommend

  • Zavahir bin Hameem
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:04AM

    I steadfastly stand by my views,and at the same time I respect all the differing views expressed by all.Recommend

  • Mahmood Hussain
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:30AM

    Dr. sahab! Read also Surrah Maaydah ayat 55, Allah says about his Wilayat and RASOOL(SAWW) and WALI. WALI is only Designation which Allah says about Self and RASOOL(SAWW) and WALI who pay zakat in Raku.. Allah has never call self prophet,Rasool or else but only WALI. Why salfi are deviate from WILAYAT which is clearly mentioned in Qurran?? do u have answer??Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:06PM

    is heaven for sex????????????????????????????????
    saying the Fidain that u will receive 72 virgins … is he going for sex only… and destroying thousands of life’s (connected to the victims) ……. the common sense is eating grass…… Recommend

  • Bilal Raza Qadri
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:29PM

    A particular extremist sect is targeting Barelvi Muslims and Punjab Government is least interested in protecting them. The supporters and patrons of Deobandi sect should fear the day when they are also targeted in retaliation in same way.Recommend

  • Aslam Niaz
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:41PM

    The ugly face of religious intolerance showed its true colours once again in a small town near Dera Ghazi Khan. The shrine of the 13th century Sufi Saint Syed Ahmad Sakhi Sarwar was hosting its 942nd Urs-cum-spring festivities when two suicide bombers detonated themselves outside the shrine. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility, which comes as no surprise as almost all the terror attacks carried out in Pakistan can be attributed to them. Once again, our society has suffered a terror so deadly it does not recognise humanity nor does it refrain from targeting innocent men, women and children to spread mayhem and tragedy. It has become even more pertinent now to nip this warped religious mindset in the bud. Our government had done a lot but still the public support needed to fight this war. We must stand alongside government to unearth the ugly face of extremism.Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 9:31PM


    There are only two types of Taliban 1- Afghan Taliban 2- CIA Taliban. Both have no connections with each other.

    In case you did not notice, Drones have attacked Hakeemullah and Baitullah Mehsud, and TTP blew up the CIA field station in Afghanistan. So there is no ‘CIA Taliban’. Those who own Haqqani Taliban also own TTP. And you can see all three acting in tandem in Kurram agency. The owner brokers a peace deal favouring Haqqani taliban which is guaranteed by TTP, and the connection is visible even to the blind.
    The name of the owner my friend is ‘blowing in the wind’.Recommend

  • Tamoor Azhar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:41PM

    Always discussions is start after the incident but there is no counter strategy ….. Why always killed poor & innocent peoples ???
    Counter force is always confused why???Recommend

  • Zavahir bin Hameem
    Apr 6, 2011 - 7:42AM


  • Zavahir bin Hameem
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Noble Koran clearly gives the punishment to be meted out to those who blaspheme.
    * Execution. * Crucification * Amptutation of the right hand and the left leg or left hand
    and the right leg. * Exile.Recommend

  • Zain
    Apr 7, 2011 - 4:45PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem:

    Mate not only do I recommend that you watch this video I recommend that all the people commenting watch this video.


  • Ali
    Apr 8, 2011 - 4:42PM

    @Zavahir bin Hameem – Sick manRecommend

  • Apr 9, 2011 - 8:45AM

    A Crying Shame !Recommend

  • Apr 11, 2011 - 12:06AM

    @Hasan Abidi:
    I don’t know why you implicate my name as I did not support such killings. I was only stating the facts which are in Quran and only a sane muslim who believes in Quran will understand and follow. Rest who do not follow, the Jahannam is ready for such murtids.Recommend

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