Aga Khan shocked, saddened by attack on Ismailis in Karachi

Says attack, which left 43 people dead, represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community

Web Desk May 13, 2015
Prince Karim Aga Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

GOUVIEUX, FRANCE: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, expressed shock and sadness on Wednesday in the wake of an attack on a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community in Karachi that left 43 people dead.

“This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in the attack,” the Aga Khan said in a statement.

The Aga Khan noted that Ismailis are a peaceful global community, living in harmony with other religious and ethnic groups in many countries across the world.

Ismaili leaders in Pakistan are currently involved in an emergency operation trying to help the survivors of the attack, according to the statement.

Read: LIVE: 43 dead, 24 injured in bus attack on Karachi's Ismaili community

Initial reports said unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying more than 50 people in Karachi’s Safora Chowrangi area.

There were 16 women and 27 men among those killed.

"It was not immediately clear what the perpetrators’ motives’ were. They may have been political or sectarian in nature," the statement concluded.


Anu | 6 years ago | Reply Ismailies are a huge part of Pakistans economy. Infact if it wasnt for the Aga Khan we wouldnt have Gawadar port as he gifted it to Mr.10% after freeing it. Prospering all over the world, everyone got a huge shock after the incident. Ismaili or not those people were innocent, they were humans.
lkhan | 6 years ago | Reply Heartbroken. These mad barbarians must not be allowed to escape such ruthless senseless killing. Each one of the innocent massacred today and in the past deserve justice. Please Pakistan, get your act together. Do not differentiate between good and bad, without exception, arrest them all. From north to south, east to west, where ever they may hide, whether in urban areas or remote, be as ruthless with these monsters as they are towards women, men, children, innocent all. Pakistanis, good people deserve better. Thoughts with all the minorities who have lost their lives over the years. Just too sad for words.
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