Militants attack Shia students with guns, acid in Kurram

Published: October 12, 2012
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At least two of the students suffered acid burns after militants attacked them.

At least two of the students suffered acid burns after militants attacked them.

PESHAWAR: Shias in Kurram Agency, suffered a second attack in three days after unidentified suspected militants targeted a group of students with guns and acid on Friday.

A vehicle carrying students from Kohat to Parachinar was targeted by militants. The attack injured three students including a girl Nabila, a student of Masters.

Nabila told a doctor at Agency Headquarters Hospital (AHQ) in Parachinar that they were returning from Kohat University to their native areas after appearing in viva exams for their Masters class. As they neared Durrani area in Lower Kurram, militants intercepted their vehicle and opened fire at them. They then threw acid on the students.

As a result, at least three of the students were injured.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Dr Mashad Ali at AHQ said that a total of three students were injured and two of them, Nabila and Shahid Hussain, suffered acid burns. He said that one of the injured students, Muhammad Ali, had suffered a bullet wound and has been admitted into the hospital and is in a precarious condition.

None of the political administration officials from Lower Kurram Agency were available for comment.

On October 9, three Shias were injured, when militants opened fire at a passenger vehicle in Lower Kurram Agency.

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  • Oct 12, 2012 - 8:26PM

    Shocking! Who uses Acid for attacking people now. Yesterday I read they used bombs strapped on to a donkey (Improvised explosive device/donkey) for killing innocent people. Clearly the terrorists are getting more bold day by day as the state is not willing to take any action against them

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  • Jibran
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:28PM

    This is what Faisal Abidi was crying against, and our CJ continue to fiddle the flute. All of them are accomplices, and must be ashamed of being humans for ignoring such disgusting incidents.Recommend

  • Mustafa Kamal
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Shameful and inhumane act.

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  • Najam Shabaan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:38PM

    And all this in the name of ISLAM, the religion of peace and love, the religion which protects followers of any other religion and athiests also.

    I live in the West and I belong to Sunni muslim sect and I am ashamed that these criminals are claming them Muslims and Sunnis.

    My son is 14 now and he is having very hard time understanding as he face questions from his class mates. strong textPLEASE raise voice against these criminals who are defaming ISLAM.

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  • Syed
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:40PM

    I swear I hate these fanatics so much. This really won’t become a huge news story because the students were Shia and people have become immune to shia sufferings in Pakistan. Why did talibans attack these students? They weren’t blogging against talibans. Will people of pakistan wake up when these guys start attacking all the students in major cities?

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  • SHADI
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Everything that has been happening for some time, really makes me wonder if it was even a good decision to form pakistan.

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  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Indians would simply say, “Godess Malala is here to take care of all the ills that Pakistan is facing.”

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  • Mirza
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:55PM

    The fanatic extremist jihad continues against innocent minorities, Shia, women, children and now students. I Khan and MFR should justify this cowardly and despicable attack on innocent Pakistani children because of the drone attacks. With all the fear of drones (they have no fear of God) the terrorists are so bold and shameless one wonders if they had no fear what would they do? Recommend

  • Babablacksheep
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:59PM

    they are not against the shia or sunni.Any one who holds the books in his/her hand is against the basic beliefs of thier “Religion” and “wajibul Qatul”

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  • Oct 12, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Good point Syed – but you know the Taliban apologists will not condemn this unconditionally – they will say, but “oh, so many Punjabis have been killed in Balcohistan who will codemn that”…of course everyone condemns that but these people come up with excuses….frankly they are the root cause of all problems facing Pakistan today

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  • Ghalib
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:05PM

    @SHADI: honestly speaking no it wasn’t a good idea to run after a dream of separate muslim land. It costs millions of life at the time and hundreds are lossing life every other day because of dividing India. However as a Pakistani, I will always stood by it…no looking back.

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  • Sohail Khurshid
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:11PM

    They fiddle while Rome burns :(

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  • Najam Shabaan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Saudi Petro Dollars working to save thier regime. They can only survive if there is a conflict b/w Muslims and nobody can pay attention to the Saudi thieves.

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  • BRUISED INDIAN
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:19PM

    @Rafi Ka Deewana: Your doctor called, left a message that the Prozac prescribed to you shouldnt be discontinued!

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  • Syed
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:21PM

    I must say I admire the job Express Tribune is doing to report these shia sufferings in Pakistan. I doubt you will see this news becoming the headline news on Geo and other sites/media outlets. ET has consistently been publishing these stories and they have the guts to tell the truth and the entire truth. May Allah bless everyone that has been doing this noble job as God would love you for speaking out for the mazloom.

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  • anwar
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Saudi oil money in action. Why did God give them so much Oil??

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  • Pro Truth
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:31PM

    daily we wonder why Taliban and same named outfits carry out such inhumane things? to me it looks like they just want to create anarchy by targeting shia and other minorities, so that may kick start hate and make people to avenge and revenge. Other than that I dont think there is any other reason for such attacks, this also brings a bad name to all Pakistani society and huge negetive perception worldwide. Now and then they also attack mega strategic targets which in no way benefit to them or against them, attacking those targets also beyond normal terrorist mind thinking or goals.

    End objectives, destablise Pakistan, negetive image of Pakistan, creating hate among citizens, backed up by media warfare to hit minds against their own country!

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:32PM

    This is just retaliation of drone attacks. The attackers are also our brothers. We should negotiate with them.

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  • Disgusted
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:39PM

    Pakistanis are so civilized!

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  • Imran
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:44PM

    Those who blame everything on drones know that Shias were being slaughtered even before the war in Afghanistan. Its their ideology which is the root cause of the problem not the drones.

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  • Oct 12, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Of all the tribal folks, apparently its the ones in Kurram that are ignored and betrayed by the civil and military state and settled societies of Pak.

    Unfortunately there are a lot of denialists, apologists, sympathizers and supporters for such backward regressive Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni Islamist extremist militants, Taliban, religious sectarian or otherwise, in Pak who are like the modern day neo-Kharijites.

    You’ll constantly hear hypocritical/munafiq or ignorant/jahil statements claiming like ‘when the US leaves, everything will be fine again’ as if to defend their un-Islamic inhumane barbarity even though this criminal insanity has been happening pre-2001 and will not stop here.

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  • Pakistani Punjabi
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Now This is clearly bcs of drones attacks on ‘innocent’ terrorists and ofcourse presence of USA in muslim country of Afghanistan. Right?.

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  • AJ
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:18PM

    “Drone are responsible for these senseless act” this is a typical defense by the defender of these barbarians….. this never use to happen before amreka invaded Afghanistan….. people who still believe this is a reaction must wake up and instead of finding excuses and justifying these barbarians look around you, there bodies, bombs and distraction around you and yes they are all locals who are doing it, our State seems totally helpless or may be this is a policy issue as these Psychopaths were created and nurtured by them, and there are elements even today justify and support these crazy psychopaths. They are a threat to our civilized way of life, we must raise our voice against them and demand that our state institutions such as Army and intelligence must deal with quick. We need to establish the Writ of our state and must not allow anyone to take the nation hostage of there agenda of hate, violence, and extremism.

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  • Joy Goswami
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:20PM

    @Rafi Ka Deewana ” Indians would simply say, “Godess Malala is here to take care of all the ills that Pakistan is facing.

    What is it that you are blabbering about.Did you jailbreak an asylum or what ?

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  • Jon Stevens
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:52PM

    And yet when CIA drones take out the perpetrators of such crimes Pakistanis complain about infringement of sovereignty. Go figure.

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  • Voice of Parachinar
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:54PM

    Could anyone will condemn the genocide of Shia’s Muslims except Altaf Hussain. His party is thousand miles away from Kurram Agency but they always condemn such barbaric act of terrorism. When it comes to our religious goons and Taliban Khan they will justify barbaric Talibans because they are being droned.
    These apes came from Waziristan and regularly attack innocent Shia’s of Parachinar. Recommend

  • PakPunjabi
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Everybody ought to carry his gun now. And fully loaded with the safety off. The only way you can survive.

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  • Mobeen
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:48PM

    It is shameful. Such culprits should be brought to justice.

    And to my dear Shia friends, Bhutto was a Shia and he introduced Taliban. I think he did no fair to Shais.

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  • Syed
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:23AM

    Mobeen. Bhutto was not a shia. his wife was a shia but not bhutto.

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  • Parvez
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:27AM

    The silence from our army is more distressing that these attacks.

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  • Oct 13, 2012 - 12:27AM

    How can people do this to each other. No wonder Islam has such a bad reputation throughout the world for violence and a lack of freedom. Islam is certainly not a religion of peace and love, where ever it spreads there are problems. Please wakeup your religious leaders they are destroying a great religion.

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  • ghattiman
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:49AM

    Taleban will do anything to suppress women and destroy education all over Pakistan.

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  • Rahul
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:02AM

    Jihad is not possible in this case. Even so when Saddam’s war with Iran killed 1 million muslims. No muslim even wants to remember it. But if one infidel kills 1 Muslim, whole Muslim world starts to fight against the infidel.

    What inequality!

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  • Oct 13, 2012 - 1:05AM

    If you want to live in Pakistan…… Buy a gun :)

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  • Sajid
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:05AM

    Bhutto didn’t introduce Taliban it was general zia and hameed Gul who started the show with the help of their master at that time amreka bahadur.

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  • Khan
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:08AM

    I had decided long ago not to watch TV news, read newspapers and browse news website anymore. But, I just can’t help myself typing tribune.com.pk and all I come across are these news of pathetic acts of my fellow brothers. Fed up with these nonsense! :( Condemnation doesn’t work or pacify our feelings anymore.

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  • Ghalib
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:24AM

    If you are a shia, a women, or even have education with a sane mind then you are the target of Talibans in Pakistan. Drone is so justified because they are the only threat to the Talibans.. Army cant have heart to protect Pakistanis, they can only build DHAs.

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  • Aviator
    Oct 13, 2012 - 4:29AM

    @Pro Truth:

    Talibans goal is the complete destruction of Pakistan

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  • omer
    Oct 13, 2012 - 5:05AM

    How come there are so suo motos when it comes to Taliban. What a coward CJ!

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  • Lost for words
    Oct 13, 2012 - 5:29AM

    @Ahmed: and the drone attacks are a retaliation of your Jihad. You mean to say that you have a right to go and wage a holy war against others but you should not be attacked when you come back and hide in your caves and compounds.

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  • kanwal
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:42AM

    The land of the pure….

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  • jugnoo
    Oct 13, 2012 - 7:30AM

    You are 100% on spot.@Jibran:

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  • Ajaya K Dutt
    Oct 13, 2012 - 8:13AM

    First it was Hindus and Sikhs, then it was Ahmedia and Bohra, then it is shia, then it is girls who want education.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 13, 2012 - 9:57AM

    If the state is unable to provide any protection to Shias, the least it can do is to supply arms to them for their defence against such attacks.

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  • Jalabies
    Oct 13, 2012 - 10:18AM

    God have mercy on this country

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  • Disgusted
    Oct 13, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Is there a word for shame un your language?

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  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:08PM

    Hello Imran Khan,Ansar Abbasi and all those advocating talibans would you mind telling that what role these victims played in any drone attack carried out at the hide-outs of terrrorists Recommend

  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:26PM

    @Ghalib:
    absolutely right ghalib bhai

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  • Zaki
    Oct 13, 2012 - 11:17PM

    Dartay hain bandooqon walay ek nehatti larki say
    Phailay hain himmat kay ujalay ek nehatti larki say
    Daray hooway hain maray hooway hain larzeeda larzeeda hain
    Mulla, tajir, general jiyalay, ek nehatti larki say
    “Aazadi ki baat naa kar, logon say na mil”, yeh kehtay hain
    Bayhiss, zalim, dil kay kaalay, ek nehatti larki say

    (Habib Jalib)

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  • Oct 14, 2012 - 2:30PM

    Acid Survivors Foundation is constantly trying to document and understand the phenomenon of acid burn violence in Pakistan to better tackle it, but now spreading the usage of acid violence as a tool for terrorism is alarming: there were instances but it should not become a new savage trend! Again, passing the comprehensive legislation so that we can urgently work on implementing it is a must!!!

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