Shezan factory attacked in Lahore

Published: June 14, 2010
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Unidentified terrorists attacked Shezan factory on Saturday night with high-explosive blasts.

Unidentified terrorists attacked Shezan factory on Saturday night with high-explosive blasts.

LAHORE: Unidentified terrorists attacked Shezan factory on Saturday night with high-explosive blasts, leaving at least four people injured and causing damage to the building.

The assault on the Ahmadi-owned food factory took place at 10pm on Saturday. Glasses of various offices in the factory were broken and corrugated ceilings of sheds inside the factory were also blown. A big portion of the outer wall of the plant was also razed.

Investigators are pursuing the probe by keeping in view the May 28 twin blasts on Ahmadi places of worship – Darul Zikr at Garhi Shahu and Darul Noor at Model Town – in the city.

Police officials told The Express Tribune on Sunday that the factory management also suspected that they were being targeted because of their association with the Ahmadis.

Shera Kot police on complaint of Murad Ali, a manager of the factory, registered First Information Report (FIR) # 415/10 under sections 4/4 of Explosive Substance Act, section 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code and section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act against unidentified terrorists. According to the FIR, they targeted to destroy the factory.

Waseem Ahmed, an official in the marketing department of Shezan factory, told The Express Tribune that obviously the terrorists who planted the bomb by the factory wall were accomplices of the attackers of their places of worship.

He said that at the time of the blasts there were around 100 workers inside the factory.

He said the plant runs round-the-clock and seven days a week and after the Saturday blasts, attendance in the factory was much less than usual. He said although the local police were cooperating with them but so far no accused had been arrested.

Muhammad Qamar, a worker at the factory, said a sense of fear has gripped the plant workers after the blast. Although it was being suspected the factory was targeted for its Ahmadi connection, but more than 80 per cent of its workers are non-Ahmadis.

He added that the explosion spread panic through the factory as everyone rushed to safe places after the blasts’ deafening sounds rent the air.

Allah Yar, an official of Bomb Disposal Squad, told The Express Tribune that it was a timed device but not a ‘cracker’ as claimed by the police. The device contained high explosive material no less than one kilogramme.

He said although the device was home-made, it left a 9-inch crater on a carpeted road. “How could it then be a cracker?” he wondered aloud.

Iqbal Town Superintendent of Police Capt (retired) Sohail said they have started a crackdown against the suspects in the area. “Some arrests have been made and soon the culprits will be unearthed.”

Published in the Express Tribune, June 14th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Sadia Ali
    Jun 14, 2010 - 10:24AM

    Sad. Intollerance.Recommend

  • Anwar Ahmad
    Jun 14, 2010 - 2:54PM

    This is not going to stop until Punjab Government clears countless banners, posters, stickers from its streets inciting to kill Ahmadis and punish those responsible for publishing/distribution and promotion of this hate material. Due to continuous support from state bigots were free to sow poisonous seeds of hate and intolerance. Bigotry and intolerance now runs in our blood. Strict measures are required on the part of Government as well as civil society to clear this poison which may take decades but at least someone should take one step in right direction.Recommend

  • Ain
    Jun 14, 2010 - 3:52PM

    very sad indeed.Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2010 - 6:23PM

    cant beleive it Recommend

  • Imran Faris
    Jun 14, 2010 - 7:41PM

    Punjab government is not taken ant serious action against terrorism. Their Law minister has closed association with Terrorist. We can see after a huge killing of humankind in Lahore, still terrorism structure is very strong and they can do terrorism when and where the want. Its very shameful for those who claiming a good governance in Punjab.Recommend

  • Madeeha Shaikh
    Jun 15, 2010 - 11:23PM

    This religiously motivated terrorism against the peace loving members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will not stop unless the government of Pakistan abolishes the laws which sanction such hate crimes against Ahmadis.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 16, 2010 - 12:47AM

    so sad for these NON-MUSLIMS…Recommend

  • Munawar Bajwa
    Jun 16, 2010 - 1:21AM

    i will not call that the Govt failed but it is Govt backed attacks and history tells us when Sharif Brothers are in power tenssion increases it does not mean central govt has clean hand no not at all Recommend

  • Ahmad Khan
    Jun 16, 2010 - 6:56AM

    First We must realize that Ahmadis are Muslims, because they offer prayers and speak Kalma e Tayyaba, but due to the amendments in Pakistan law, they declared as Non-Muslims. Second, We must know that now a days terrorism grew up day by day, especially for Ahmadis. I am ashamed of myself that i am unable to do something to protect Ahmadi Muslims. Dear Politicians, Please think positive about this.Recommend

  • Mubasher Ahmad
    Jun 16, 2010 - 9:13AM

    Very sad news,This is the high time now,when Federal and Provencial govt will be having differences and they are not on the same path,how they can solve the public problems,I know one thing all Pakistanis are Peace loving and true Muslims,but there are some bad elements who are on the pay role of others———-.and they are doing all these things,
    We just pray for these people,
    Allah Sub ka hamio nasir ho,
    Trust us we love you,and we do remember you in our prayers,Recommend

  • Amna
    Jun 16, 2010 - 2:35PM

    They burned down many Factories and Shops owned by ahmadis in 1974 and continue to do so..
    Pakistan: A country that rewards Employment opportunities by bombing them! Thank you? Meta Imaan Pakistan?Recommend

  • rafia ahmad
    Jun 17, 2010 - 2:59PM

    Anybody who recites kalima is a muslim.Nobody can see inside another persons heart.Its only GOD who knows what is inside a persons heart.So who r the people to suggest who’s muslim and whose not.MOHAMMAD(PBUH)has not taught us to kill anybody.Do u know what is jehad????jehad means to have battle when both the parties r ready for a fight(armed) .This is not jehad to kill someone who is unarmed.Recommend

  • Shugfta
    Jun 27, 2010 - 3:52AM

    Hmmm the authorities say a cracker but five people died.
    These Pakistani crackers are super powerful of blowing away walls and killing people.

    Islam requires that non muslims be protected.Recommend

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