Instant Karma: Man falls victim to his own terror plot

Published: November 6, 2011
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Policemen standing at the blast site. PHOTO: INP

Policemen standing at the blast site. PHOTO: INP

QUETTA: A man fell victim to his own terror plot on Saturday when the explosives he was planting prematurely went off near Hazara Town on Saturday. Hazara Town is a suburb in Quetta with a high density of Hazara residence.

“The man wanted to place the explosives somewhere in Hazara Town, however, it detonated near the drain line, killing the man instantly,” Saddar police Superintendent Malik Arshad said.

The explosion left a three-foot-deep ditch, and limbs and pieces of human flesh could be found 35 to 40 yards from the crime scene.

The victim’s legs and arms were separated from the body, while his head and abdomen remained intact. “Around three kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast. The nature of the explosion and condition of the body indicate that the man was not a suicide bomber,” an official of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) said.

A heavy contingent of police and paramilitary troops of the Frontier Corps (FC) reached the site soon after the blast and cordoned off the area.

“I rushed to the spot soon after hearing a loud explosion. The area was covered in thick smoke,” Inayathullah, a resident of Hazara Town, said.

The police recovered a wallet from the crime scene and found a copy of the victim’s identity card which states his name as Pervez Elahi, a resident of Dera Allahyar.

The Shia community, a minority in Quetta, is often subjected to targeted killings and suicide attacks.

As many as 26 Shia pilgrims were killed when a Taftan-bound bus was ambushed by a group of assailants near Mastung district, about 45-kilometres south of Quetta, on September 19. Over 60 people from the Shia community have been killed in incidents of firing and suicide attacks in the past two months.

Banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) often claims responsibility for such attacks.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2011.

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  • Nov 5, 2011 - 5:31PM

    A lucky break…could have been tragic. Don’t see how sectarianism is going to end any time soon if not seriously addressed.

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  • abbas
    Nov 5, 2011 - 5:56PM

    Good wish it happpens to all the animals who call themselves Jihadis and do nothing beyond killing innocent on sectraian basis.

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  • mohammad
    Nov 5, 2011 - 6:24PM

    I dont know why they blow their self up. once u you die you are finished and that is it. islam itself is a religion of peace, whoever does it he is not muslim. he is a devil, satan and so onRecommend

  • PM Punjabi
    Nov 5, 2011 - 6:45PM

    what Imran Khan ‘s Inqalab says about it?
    It got nothing to do with US presence in his beloved Afghanistan.
    may be terrorists was going to kill Shias because shias were corrupt???
    come on educated lovers with big minds …bring up some logic/ reason of his silence on terrorism in Pakistan.
    Or he is brave for only shraifs and Zaradaris?

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  • Komal
    Nov 5, 2011 - 6:49PM

    I don’t think this is about any of religion, sectarianism or jihad. This is not done my Muslims. This is not done by Pakistanis. This is an action against our country, to make our naive Pakistanis believe that these must be Sunnis attacking Shia while in reality they’re just non-pakistanis attacking Pakistanis. This is exactly what happened Iraq and that foreign agent/suicide bomber was caught before blowing off the Shia mosque.

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  • SMI
    Nov 5, 2011 - 8:18PM

    @Komal:

    You are living in a fools paradise. These are muslims attacking muslims. Or you must believe sipah sahaba and laskhar e jhangvi are from mars?

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  • Komal
    Nov 5, 2011 - 9:29PM

    People believe what they want to believe. Fair enough.

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  • Nov 5, 2011 - 9:50PM

    @Komal:

    This is an action against our country, to make our naive Pakistanis believe that these must be Sunnis attacking Shia while in reality they’re just non-pakistanis attacking Pakistanis. This is exactly what happened Iraq and that foreign agent/suicide bomber was caught before blowing off the Shia mosque.

    Honestly, Komal, that’s insulting, and there will never be a solution with such denialism, especially when we know this sectarian prejudice and violence is ages old, if we don’t seriously take responsibility and be accountable in the 21st century. You might as well just continue giving comfort and refuge to the criminals and white-wash the plight of minorities.

    I was fed this ‘foreign conspiracy’ lie, that it was RAW, back in the 90’s. No one ever seems to rationally show hard evidence or proof and hand it to international agencies, yet there’s plenty of local militant evidence to show in Pakistan but conveniently ignored.

    Unfortunately it took a serious personal case of religious intolerance, hatred, bigotry and discrimination by fellow Pakistanis to finally realize that it was inherent in Pakistani society amongst some Sunni Muslims…yes, to the point of condoning and committing violence.

    Why is this so hard to believe or accept that such bigoted views and state of intolerance, with the documented violent crimes, exists in today’s Pakistan which is not in any great shape or form in terms of security, education or law and order?

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  • Kaliq
    Nov 5, 2011 - 10:02PM

    Hazara people who originally migrated from Afghanistan to Quetta in 1800s because they were killed in millions by an Afghan king Abdur Rahman Khan. Today even Pakistan has turned a hell for these peace loving people. Although Hazaras are specifically targated because most of them are assumed Shia Muslims by other ethnic groups in Pakistan, there are some Sunnis as well. There is no Shia-Sunni difference to the extend that we must hate each other. There are differences in all people even within a family. We must celebrate our differences rather than hate and kill each other. I hope Pakistan and many other muslim countries will not turn out having sectarian civil wars. Those behind these must be found and punished to death. Yaa Allah Ya Mohammad..

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  • csmann
    Nov 5, 2011 - 10:50PM

    per chance,he was helping move the nukes , under taliban security

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  • khan
    Nov 5, 2011 - 10:55PM

    i belive komal is right bcoz no muslims do lik tht ..islam say oneperson when u murdered its mean u murderd or kill hole humanity i dint think this jahidi tanzeem do so it involve foregh hands..

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  • Nov 6, 2011 - 2:17AM

    i belive komal is right bcoz no muslims do lik tht ..islam say oneperson when u murdered its mean u murderd or kill hole humanity i dint think this jahidi tanzeem do so it involve foregh hands..

    How does this logic work? Are you even applying any evidence or facts to back this up, or is this merely your biased emotion of trying to enforce a comfortable fantasy over harsh reality, which you may incorrectly relate to your own self-esteem of a collective?

    So no Muslim can be a criminal? No Muslim can be a hypocrite? No Muslim can be a ‘bad Muslim’, reject parts of their religion, twist the meaning of their religion, or judge other sects in the false belief that they’re ‘good or true Muslims’, all else are ‘apostates’?

    Salman Butt can’t be Muslim because he got convicted of corruption, therefore he’s a US agent?! Muslim Pakistani who robs someone, can’t be Muslim therefore a foreign agent?! Think, please!

    I’m sorry, but that is just a ludicrous excuse. Believe it…there are such a thing called hypocrites, criminals and Kharjites….religious extremists, who can all have Muslim backgrounds.

    This, un-Islamic ‘no Muslim can do this therefore foreign hands’ is a pathetic mental cop-out to avoid thinking, creating scapegoats, to deflect and never uncomfortably question the root causes which may have consequences pointing to one’s own culpable ideology or community.

    http://pkpolitics.com/discuss/topic/pakistani-jihadi-tanzeemain-bbc-urdu

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  • 20rommel
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:39AM

    Komal, read a story in this paper by By Asad Kharal, “Security breach: Terrorists in jail still able to make call”. What do you think? Can you think? Is thinking allowed for Pakistanis?

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  • Jadugar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:06AM

    I guess he wont make to the heavens? He failed to qualify for the 72 Hoors..Poor guy

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 8:40AM

    Yeah let’s keep fooling ourselves that there is a foreign hand behind every mishap in our country. Let’s ignore the facts, as always. If we Pakistanis don’t change our way of thinking then we are in for something really really bad. Not saying that it is good at the moment.

    I have this guy’s picture, the upper part of his body and he doesn’t look anything like a Hindu, Jew or any non-Muslim for that matter. He is our own Pakistani determined to kill other Pakistanis in the name of religion.

    Neither Baloch nor Pashtun are up for killing Hazaras. These three tribes have been living in Quetta for decades. We Hazaras are being attacked.Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:08PM

    And yeah its a RAW, Mossad and CIA conspiracy to defame Pakistan..

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:51PM

    @Indian:

    Enough of your sarcasm. Please don’t make us laughy by equating RAW with the likes of Mossad and CIA.

    Better stay away since this is our internal problem and we will sort it out. We are Pakistanis, we might fight eachother (which is not an exception, look around you it’s happening everywhere) but we are united at the end of the day. I admit that we have bad apples among us but believe me they can’t out number/out gun us.

    We will sort it out sooner or later.

    Peace to you Indians too.

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  • Indian
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:18PM

    @M. A. Changezi:

    Best of luck then mate. I just hope it stays united because if it is not, there is only one country in the world which will be as much affected and that is India!!!

    And for you might like to reconsider your RAW comment;-)

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  • Nov 6, 2011 - 10:48PM

    No Muslim will kill another Muslim in Pakistan. There are no Muslims at all in Pakistan. All are converted Muslims.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:57PM

    Islam does not beleive in Karma. It applies only to Hindus.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Nov 7, 2011 - 8:22AM

    (BDS) said.

    (BDS) said.> The nature of the explosion and

    condition of the body indicate that
    the man was not a suicide bomber,” an
    official of the Bomb Disposal Squad
    (BDS) said.(BDS) said.

    (BDS) said.

    Bomb Disposal Squad’s work is to dispose off bombs not to give opinion on things they hardly have any clue about.

    It should be left at the team of forensic experts to decide. By the way, do we have forensic experts in Quetta (or Pakistan for that matter)?

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Nov 7, 2011 - 8:27AM

    @Indian:

    I honestly understand your concern. But at this dismal hour that our country is going through we need your support not sarcasm. I am a Hazara myself. If we don’t control our emotions things can go very ugly. We need to have patience and try to figure things out and for that we need support from Pakistanis as well as Indians. Moral support and all that mate.

    I hope you didn’t mind me comment with regards to RAW.

    Peace to all.

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  • Indian
    Nov 7, 2011 - 5:30PM

    @Babloo:

    And hence the state of Pakistan…

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  • Babloo
    Nov 8, 2011 - 6:53AM

    @India,
    Pakistan is immune from the laws of Karma, which apply to only Hindus. Thats why if you commit crime in Pakistan there is no prosecution. There are fake-degrees, lottery exam results all examples of the fact that Pakistan has been granted immunity from the laws of Karma. In fact the opposite is true in Pakistan. If you do bad things, good things may happen to you.

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  • HereComesTreble
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:55PM

    A pawn in a game of chess played by the agencies

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  • Raja Islam
    Nov 9, 2011 - 12:27AM

    As a son of the soil Muslim, I am now starting to feel like an oppressed minority. Whether it is the fundamentalist mullahs who try and make me feel like a kafir or the MQM who wants to throw me out of my own home Karachi.

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  • Amjad
    Nov 9, 2011 - 2:05PM

    It is astonishing to hear from aal of you and the media that they Shia community a minority. Shia is not a minority community, it is just a Muslim sect.

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  • Nov 10, 2011 - 10:21PM

    @Amjad:

    Shia is not a minority community, it is just a Muslim sect.

    ?!

    And water-boarding is not torture, just an enhanced interrogation technique! lol.

    What’s with the white-washing?

    With that thinking you might as well conclude, that there are no Sunni minority community in Iran, just a Muslim sect. Or that there is no Muslim minority community in India, just another Indian religion? Or that Arab Israelis are not a minority community, just another Israeli ethnic group. Or that there are no black or African American minority in the US, just another group of mostly non-white Christians or other denomination?!

    Or perhaps you misunderstand the concept and definition of minority community completely?

    As per every factual statistical agency and rational academia, Pakistani Shia Muslims are a Muslim sect that happens to be a minority community in Pakistan. The majority religious adherent communities of Pakistanis are from Sunni Muslims sect, and their subsequent sub-sects. It’s just so obvious and self-explanatory, how can anyone be oblivious to it?

    Honestly, who or how does this ridiculous faux semantics re-writing of facts and denialism serve any purpose? Is it trying to avoid the uncomfortable real reality of sectarian discrimination by trying to create a false equivalency and avoiding to break religious taboo? Get over it.

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