Karachi carnage: India stands firmly with Pakistan, says Modi

Published: May 14, 2015
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Indian prime minister says attack was deeply saddening [and] utterly condemnable. PHOTO: AFP

Indian prime minister says attack was deeply saddening [and] utterly condemnable. PHOTO: AFP

As statements poured in from all quarters to condemn the Karachi attack that left 43 people belonging to the Ismaili community dead, India assured Pakistan that “we stand firmly with the people of Pakistan in this hour of grief”.

Through his official Twitter account, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the attack was “deeply saddening [and] utterly condemnable”.

Twenty-seven men and 16 women were killed in the attack.

The members of the Ismaili community were on their way to work when the bus carrying them was stopped.

“Three men boarded the bus, and two of them opened fire after the third accomplice told them to kill everyone,” said one of the injured women.

A police officer, who was later suspended, said the perpetrators had shot every victim at point-blank range.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2015. 

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  • Anoni
    May 14, 2015 - 9:29AM

    The surprising thing is if something goes wrong in India. The media blames Pakistan.

    But when something goes wrong in Pakistan . The media blames Pakistan.

    WeirdRecommend

  • amartya Indian
    May 14, 2015 - 9:34AM

    will large-hearted Pakistanis really appreciate his gesture or only mock him?Recommend

  • May 14, 2015 - 9:34AM

    His tweets and statements are ready made. Recommend

  • Haider
    May 14, 2015 - 9:53AM

    Stand with Pakistan from front and behind both…..Recommend

  • ahmed wani
    May 14, 2015 - 10:31AM

    modi is shrewd….pakistanis are foolishRecommend

  • Ali
    May 14, 2015 - 10:34AM

    This is done by Indians as they want to strengthen their relations with China. China is planning to invest in Pakistan & if it happens India would not be able to bear this. So by causing instability in Pakistan they are trying to show China its useless to invest in Pakistan.Recommend

  • harsh
    May 14, 2015 - 10:51AM

    I dont know why there is a need for condemnation. This is the result of plantation of pak decades agoRecommend

  • saads
    May 14, 2015 - 11:00AM

    thanx very much. u ppl already have supported a lot in tarnishing the image of Pakistan.Recommend

  • saad
    May 14, 2015 - 11:03AM

    your agencies are behind this, dont you know? now mocking at us and condemn as if your sympathizer.Recommend

  • Pity
    May 14, 2015 - 11:08AM

    This message has been given because of the warning issued to Indian agency by Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khattak
    May 14, 2015 - 11:14AM

    Thank you Mr. Modi & India for the good gesture. He behaves & act like a leader. Self made people & nations produce self made leaders.Recommend

  • ask
    May 14, 2015 - 11:16AM

    @Asad: Narendra Modi is an ethnic Gujarati. Almost all Ismailies & Dawoodi Bohras of India are Gujarati or Kutcchi-speaking and have their roots in Gujarat. Prince Karim Aga Khan & Syedna Burhanuddin the 52nd Da’i al-Mutlaq of Dawoodi Bohras are highly respected in Gujarat & Bombay. Modi’s commiseration is therefore natural since he is expressing grief for domestic audience too. These two business oriented communities in Gujarat are supporters of his pro-business policies.Recommend

  • Shoaib
    May 14, 2015 - 12:05PM

    @Ali:
    Instead of blaming India for everything ..we should look at our own issues …these are own people who regularly attack our schools and hospitals .
    .it was proved in recent school attack again it will be seen that these are own people …we should start addressing these issues in our education system ..we should teach our kids first that we are a country which can have pride in having people of different sects not the other way around !Recommend

  • Liberal
    May 14, 2015 - 1:24PM

    @Shoaib:
    Bro, the terrorists, who are carrying out such attack in Pakistan, are mercenaries trained and funded by India in Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Ibrar
    May 14, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Thank you Mr Modi for your concern.
    Good gestures ought to be responded with good gestures at least for diplomatic reasons. Merely telling your enemies that they are destabilising your country would not work. Proof has to be found otherwise the world will make its own conclusion.Recommend

  • observer
    May 15, 2015 - 8:42AM

    @Ali:

    “This is done by Indians as they want to strengthen their relations with China. China is planning to invest in Pakistan & if it happens India would not be able to bear this”

    Let’s assume that India’s intention as stated by you is true. Wouldn’t then India gain a lot more by killing some Chinese working in Pakistan instead?Recommend

  • Milind
    May 15, 2015 - 9:03AM

    @Pity – “This message has been given because of the warning issued to Indian agency by Pakistan.”

    Oh yes… we’re scared of your warning…Recommend

  • May 15, 2015 - 10:04AM

    @Ali: Are you a sane person. You need your head checked by neuron surgeon. Pakistan’s only solution to this problem is kill all the sunni mullahs ,Break relations with Saudi Arabia Deport all Afghanis to detention centres in Australia and Guantanamo Bay or convert them all to Jehovas Witness Christian sect. You see how peaceful Pakistan becomes. By the way I am also an AfghaniRecommend

  • Bewildered
    May 15, 2015 - 10:21AM

    “India stands firmly with Pakistan, says Modi”

    The person who did not stand for his own people (Muslims of Gujarat) would stand for people of Pakistan. He thinks he can do a similar eye-wash with Pakistani people as he did with Indian courts.Recommend

  • Ibrar
    May 15, 2015 - 12:45PM

    @observer:

    Pakistan army has been assigned the responsibility to raise a special task force to protect Chinese before they start their work on the recently signed mega-projects in Pakistan. But if RAW still continues with its agenda Pakistan will have to respond in the language that RAW will understand given country’s stake in its economic up lift.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    May 15, 2015 - 2:04PM

    @Bewildered:

    Not surprised !
    Chinese media has described Modi as playing tricks even before commencing his visit. Hahaha.Recommend

  • Anon
    May 16, 2015 - 9:14AM

    Pakistani people can keep blaming India for anything they want… More and more such attacks will take place in Pakistan in the coming days so blame India for all the coming attacks too… no one in India cares… If pak wants it can take actions against India by attacking or by any other means if it dares… Recommend

  • jagmohan
    May 16, 2015 - 1:15PM

    @Shoaib…….your comments on spot.However comments of so many friends from Pak,
    are blaming India,instead of showing sorrow on the great atrocity.Such a mind set is basic
    cause to embolden perpeterators of heinous crime.This is pure and simple growth from
    sectarian mindset,unknown to vast majority of Indians.Please introspect it rationally.Recommend

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