School in Karachi targeted on result day, principal killed

Published: March 30, 2013
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The school was targeted on result day. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The school was targeted on result day. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: A principal of a school in Baldia Ittehad Town of Karachi was killed and five children injured in a hand grenade attack on Saturday morning, reported Express News.

It was result day in the school and a large number of children were present when two men on a motorcycle came and hurled a hand grenade at the building, reported Express News correspondent Nadeem Ahmed.

The men barged into the school and hurled another hand grenade. They also opened fire inside the school.

The principal, Abdur Rasheed, was injured and was being shifted to a hospital when he succumbed to his injuries. He was a leader of Awami National Party (ANP) and was reportedly receiving threats over not paying extortion.

The injured children were shifted to the Civil hospital.

The law enforcement officials arrived at the site and vacated the school.

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  • bilal
    Mar 30, 2013 - 12:15PM

    sad

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  • yajsingh
    Mar 30, 2013 - 12:26PM

    When you shelter folks like dawood ibrahim & co in this city, do crime rate surprise you?

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  • blaizebob
    Mar 30, 2013 - 12:37PM

    May the perpetrators never be able to reproduce and face the same fate as their victims, but more painful, slow and horrendous, by a factor of about 10…

    Amen

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  • A
    Mar 30, 2013 - 12:58PM

    when karachi will be safe for everyone?

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  • Ghazanfar Raza
    Mar 30, 2013 - 1:06PM

    This is Taliban’s Pakistan. Shahi Syed always denying of Taliban in Karachi, when they were coming, he was considering that these are his voters and supporters, but now he has to feel to heat. The only party at that time who raised its voice was MQM but none listened to. But it is not too late, the LEAs and all political parties should take a serious stand on these attacks on schools otherwise we may see a lot of Malalas in Karachi too specially in Pushto speaking areas first and thereafter in all parts of Karachi.

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  • Zalim singh
    Mar 30, 2013 - 1:36PM

    I guess education business is more dangerous than working for Pak army. Chances of getting killed are more.

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  • fz
    Mar 30, 2013 - 1:38PM

    No hope currently for karachi

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  • Usama Bin Ahmed
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:16PM

    @yajsingh:

    Dawood Ibrahim is currently residing in Dubai and he is even safer here from Pakistan. He has invested heavily over here and own several buildings. Is your so called RAW so incompetent that they cant arrest him via inter pool??
    The school building incident btw has nothing to do with YOUR Dawood Ibrahim..

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  • yen
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:19PM

    teaching- most respect worthy job
    teachers, polio workers, secularists – most dangerous job in pakistan.

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  • Zeeshan
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:26PM

    Talibans are doing their job very well. They seek extortion money to finance their terror activities accross the country. I don’t know when our LEAs will crackdown against these criminals. Everyday they are shooting teachers, social workers, doctors etc and nobody is there to stop them. What a country Pakistan has become now.

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  • Asif
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:29PM

    Before everyone get making comments first establish what the principal was teaching in his school. Like many teachers these day maybe is was going against our Deen and that is why he got killed.

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  • osho
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:40PM

    welcome to Pakistan ;)

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  • Mar 30, 2013 - 2:42PM

    easy money is a big attraction to unemployed and frustrated youth to indulge in criminal activities. Bulging young populations of Pakistan must be constructively engaged else it will be unstoppable. Treatment of root cause only will help.

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  • Dilip
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:45PM

    Yes, there is hope for Karachi. One major gangster and his brother have already been sent to heaven. Others must follow….

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  • Obaid
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:47PM

    How can a nation that sits by while the innocent school goers are killed, hope for better days. Today we stand divided, oblivious to our responsibilities to this country, to our morality yet we so casually plant all our faith and hopes in our futures leaders to fix everything that is wrong with this country. A dangerous premise indeed

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  • Khurram The Muhajir
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:47PM

    This is TTP attavk for sure

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Mar 30, 2013 - 3:02PM

    Who is behind all the killings and violence. Either the rulers are totally incompetent or they cannot care less or they don’t want to name the entities who are behind the violence.

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  • ZZQ
    Mar 30, 2013 - 3:02PM

    Really sad and terrible…!

    Wonder when will the conscience of ppl at helm awake (if ever)… When will ever they feel responsibility for these innocent killings…! Every passing day, Karachi and Pakistan is plunging fast into the abyss of lawlessness and destruction.

    What are our Agencies doing??? No hope from politicians (be it PPP, ANP or MQM)… they all have their hands meddled up in this extortion business.

    By sheltering the gangs, extontionists, terrorist, the Political parties and the Agencies have proven their complicity time and again. The gangsters can roam around so fearlessly only because those responsible of stopping them have shut their eyes.

    These politician might get away from their responsibilities in this world (by hiding in ethnic or sectarian garbs), but can never deceit The One who will inshaAllah make them all accountable dearly for all this.

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  • Mar 30, 2013 - 3:30PM

    There are Dawood Ibrahim and Saeed Hafiz behind these incidents. We are sleeping with snakes. Remove this cancer from Pakistan, then only our people live in peace. Whether the army have guts?

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  • karrar ali
    Mar 30, 2013 - 3:47PM

    the unknown assliants came from mars and fled to jupiter after the incident. but wait a minute, our media did identified the bike as a bike and not a spaceship. it deserves applause for it. thumbs up

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 30, 2013 - 4:04PM

    The extortion of money from schools has also started.

    One never knows that in near future how many schools will become victims of similar incidents.

    Shall we stop sending our children to schools in Karachi?

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  • Feroz
    Mar 30, 2013 - 4:04PM

    Why all this drama about Taliban in Karachi ? Pakistan has been for years wanting to shove the Taliban down the throat of Afghan people. Both the Mullah and the Military have jointly created this loving baby and introduced this cancer into South Asia. Now,the rewards of this far sighted policy are flowing freely, while the creators continue to give shelter to these murderers and instead point fingers both East and West. Time to wake up if there still is anything left to save.

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  • Zeeshan
    Mar 30, 2013 - 4:55PM

    I must say that Imran is the only hope for a better Pakistan now. The people who support PPP and PML-N are doing without learning from the history at all. They can’t remember that PPP and PML-N gave nothing to our country-men. They made good money out of us and from every corner. How can anyone expect a change in Pakistan through PPP and PML-N? Pakistan is full of idts (i mean PPP and PML-N supporters). Actually these idts do this for their personal and financial gains. Our youth has to come out of their beds on election day and vote for PTI else they must not forget that Taliban/LeJ will throw bombs on their colleges/universities and their businesses.
    I used to be a supporter of MQM(i regret) but realized that they are same as PPP and PML-N who are equally responsible for the 5 most destructive/worst years of Pakistan’s histroy. I would need 100 more pages to write about corruption of PPP-PML(N)-PML(Q)-MQM-ANP governments.
    The people of Punjab are being fooled on ‘Bus’ and ‘Laptops’. They are told that PML-N did nuclear testing whereas the reality is that Army did that. In our country civilian government can not even remove or place a checkpost without Army’s permission,forget the nuclear testing. We Pakistanis are short sighted and emotional. When we travel in new buses we start believing that PML-N is the savior and on the other hand we forget that how these shareefs are living a ‘Kings’ life in raiwand palaces.
    When we receive 1000 rupees in benazir income support program, we feek glad and forget that zardari spent billions to buit a bilawal house in lahore. Our memory is very short we easily forget what these status quo parties have done to us. Now is the time to get rid of these corrupt politicians.
    Long Live Pakistan. Long Live PTI

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  • Zeeshan
    Mar 30, 2013 - 4:57PM

    “The Nation” is the “Secondary” thing according to the “School” of thought of government/politicians/LAEs

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  • Hassan
    Mar 30, 2013 - 5:50PM

    @Ghazanfar Raza:
    Absurd comment. Shahi sayed and his party are the only and real anti Taliban force in Pakistan. COunt their sacrifices and u will see how they have dealt with them.

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  • Mar 30, 2013 - 6:20PM

    My sincere condolences for the Principal. May God bless his soul. I feel sad when some one has said on the board “first establish what the principal was teaching in his school. Like many teachers these day maybe he was going against our Deen and that is why he got killed.” Such utterances only encourage the killers. It is also depressing to see some people pointing finger to conspiracy theories and dragging America. For God sake please wake up now and stop perpetrating terror as state policy.

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  • Ali
    Mar 30, 2013 - 6:23PM

    @A:
    Never. What you sow is what you reap.,

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  • TTP
    Mar 30, 2013 - 7:20PM

    Today, sewerage line in my street was blocked and TTP behind this. Wat a shame, how we reached to a conclusion before any investigation. some unknown person calls media and accept the responsibility for the incident and claims himself as a TTP spokesperson. When this drama will be ended in our country.

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  • ZZQ
    Mar 30, 2013 - 7:20PM

    @ Asif,

    Mindset like yours is irrepairable!

    Wake up and see the mess your self righteousness has created! What a sick mind.

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  • Ghazanfar Raza
    Mar 30, 2013 - 7:43PM

    @Hassan:
    If you have concentrate while going through the comments, you would have find that I used the word Shahi Syed and not the ANP. I remember that during the earlier days of Pakistan Baacha Khan himself (Khan Abdul Ghafaar) once hiding in our neighbouring house in interior Sindh. May be Isfandyar might know this fact. So Shahi Syed and ANP are two different things. I do have a great respect for Khudai Khidmatgar/NAP/ANP who was against the British Raaj and always against the dictators like Ayub & Zia and even Bhutto. The current ANP leadership is a bunch of landgrabers in Karachi and not the political workers. Further, in recent past when these Talibaan is coming to Sindh who were supporting them in Karachi. Kindly look a view on the news items of those days specially the daily ummat.

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  • Enlightened
    Mar 30, 2013 - 8:06PM

    Taliban are showing their might in Karachi by targeting Shias and now ANP. The military has to act decisively if Pakistan is to be saved from these barbarians.

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  • Rajan
    Mar 30, 2013 - 10:58PM

    @Usama Bin Ahmed:
    America has already identified Dawood Ibrahim as a terrorist and if he was staying in Dubai then Americans would have easily arrested him. There is ample proof that Dawood is still staying in the very heart of Pakistan. Let Pakistan not hide facts.

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  • Khurram The Muhajir
    Mar 31, 2013 - 2:12AM

    @yajsingh

    ///When you shelter folks like dawood ibrahim & co in this city, do crime rate surprise you?///

    Like always Indians just HAVE to come around on news items like these selling their “manjan” about how lowly Pakistan is and how their’s is “Bhaarat mahaan”.

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  • here it is
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:37AM

    All of this is simply a reflection of the deep seeded “Pakistani Insecurity Complex.” You like that term? I just coined it. Pakistani’s think they need to rely on the Taliban because it’s the enemy they know. They are unwilling to even give regional stability and economic development a chance. They are afraid of the future, insecure about their ability to evolve into a more vibrant society at peace with it’s neighbors. So instead revert to the decades old Zia Ul Haq default policy of supporting extremism, militancy and other destabilizing forces. Like I said, I think this stems from a deep seeded cultural insecurity complex about Pakistan’s history, it’s present and it’s potential future. The funny thing is, the Taliban are not the answer to Pakistan’s problems. They only multiply all of them and weaken the states on every single front. Yeah maybe you’ll trick a nation here or there into military aid but that’s no where the costs associated.

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  • Tahira Iman
    Mar 31, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Where are the young men of Pakistan? and why are THEY not in force in outrage to protect the women and children. If this happened in any part of the world the young men would not allow this to happen.
    If any young men out there can you please explain to me why do you allow this in your district, your city and your country. Why are you depending on your police, your military and how can you sleep at night knowing that you lack the courage to make this terror STOP!

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