Hatemongers Attack Pakistan, Yet Again: Shia Processions Targeted in Lahore, Karachi

Posted on September 1, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Religion, Society
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Adil Najam

Shia processions in Lahore and Karachi – commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA) – were attacked. In Karachi seven people were left injured. In Lahore 18 were killed, 190 injured. The suicide attack on the Lahore procession triggered panic, mayhem, and further clashes. Sectarian tensions, already high as a result of a series of orchestrated attacks against Shia targets, have been further flared by these inhuman and murderous attacks.

Once again, my hands are trembling as I type this post. With rage. With anger. With anguish. I have no words that can console the wounds of those who have fallen. No words to explain the horror that has, yet again, transpired. No words to express the angst that tears at my heart – wanting so badly, needing so desperately, for this madness to stop.

I have chosen the two pictures above for a reason. The first is of what seems like a young boy, wounded and bleeding, in Lahore. The second is of two suspected gunmen who had allegedly opened fire in Karachi. The first is a representation of the anguish I feel. the second of the anger I seethe in.

I do not believe in vigilantism. But I do believe in justice. (How could I not with the name I have?). I do not know how the rot that has taken root can be stemmed, but this I know: law and justice will have to be a large part of what happens. The rate at which killers and would-be-killers are prosecuted and brought to justice has to exceed the rate at which they blow themselves up.

Why is it that we keep having to write these horrendous and gut-wrenching posts about attacks on Pakistanis; again, and again, and yet again. Yet, we do not write posts about the killers and murderers who are doing this and planning this being brought to justice? We would like nothing more than to be able to do so. Believe me, we have tried. We scour the newspapers to find news of these killers and their puppet-masters being brought to justice. But we do not find them.

We realize that it is not easy to prove such cases. But that should only mean that we need to try harder. Pakistan is at war, and the course of this war will change when the narrative changes from stories about helplessness at these constant attacks and killings to narratives of ‘getting’ those responsible for this. That means that law enforcement – the police and the judiciary – has to be at the heart of this battle. Not only in reducing the number of such incidents, but also in bringing culprits to justice.

And that is why I have included that second picture. I want to know who these two men behind the chadors are. I do not want them to be lynched. I do want them to get a fair hearing. But I also want to make sure that if they are indeed the culprits then they are brought to justice. I want to hear about how they are tried. I want to know how our judges judge them.

And if that does not happen, then I want to know why the police was not able to make a case against them, why the judges were not able to swiftly bring them to trial and judgment, and why our self-important media did not make all the fuss about this that that are so good at making on so many other things.

45 Comments on “Hatemongers Attack Pakistan, Yet Again: Shia Processions Targeted in Lahore, Karachi”

  1. Mike says:
    September 1st, 2010 11:04 pm

    After every terrorist attack, police claim recovery of body parts (including heads) of bombers and no news is reported about their identity or arrest of their handlers. Why Pak police are so inept?

  2. DARWEESH says:
    September 1st, 2010 11:06 pm


  3. Durrani says:
    September 1st, 2010 11:16 pm

    Another tragedy. Do these killers really think they are doing this in the name of God!!!! These are murderers and these are planned to create more divide and havoc in Pakistan. There is no ideology or religion behind these killings. These are targeted to get Pakistanis to hate and kill other Pakistanis.

  4. Naan Haleem says:
    September 1st, 2010 11:22 pm

    see this incidence in the light of wikileaks revelation about CIA’s activities in Pakistan

  5. sidhas says:
    September 1st, 2010 11:23 pm

    afsoos sad afsoos, aur kiya kahoon.

    Just Qanoon or good governance cant stop this stupid.

    This is religiously inspired hate. nothing can stop this.

  6. ASAD says:
    September 1st, 2010 11:42 pm

    Adil, you are raising the right question. Why are we not prosecuting the culprits we do know and making example of the ones that are caught. We really need to start doing that. And, yes, why does the media not raise that.

  7. Wasim says:
    September 1st, 2010 11:46 pm

    That first picture is so horrifying. This is just a child. How can people be so inhuman and cruel.

  8. Haider says:
    September 2nd, 2010 12:14 am

    Depressing …. I feel like crying. I really feel like crying at the non-stop “events”, the inept response to the floods, Sialkot murders, cricket scandals, suicide bombings. I hated it when the media started calling Pakistan a failed state, but it certainly looks like it more and more so every day.

  9. Naveed Abbas says:
    September 2nd, 2010 12:17 am

    Reminding Faiz Sb here:

    Mitt jae ge makhlooq tuo insaaf karo gaay
    Munsif ho tuo hashar uttha kyun nahe detey

    No words to express anguish and distress…..

  10. anita says:
    September 2nd, 2010 1:21 am

    Adil and other mourning people,
    I want to share a strange attitude of our society.Last evening we were having iftar at a restaurant with a friend who has come to pakistan in relation with flood relief activities,when TV screen flashed this breaking news.Surprisingly we observed that nobody was taking notice of the news and they were eating as nothing is happening,even music was not stopped or lowered!everybody was so relaxed,we could’nt believe.Then when my friend started taking pictures of the crowd eating food without a wink with the TV screen showing scenes of blast in the background, the manager of the restaurant came and stopped him taking photos and then he changed the channel to WWF!!!!U people can imagine how ashamed I felt.

  11. Umar Shah says:
    September 2nd, 2010 3:29 am

    Fair trial Adil? for these killers? I see no reason for a trial, they were caught on the crime scene committing murder. Two actions are needed; find out who is behind them and hang these two without extending them a night in jail. But let me tell you what’ll happen, these two will disappear from news and society only to resurface later to commit similar crimes. Why? because someone will help them escape or the big fish behind them will be too big to touch.

  12. Liza says:
    September 2nd, 2010 4:27 am
  13. omid A. Khan says:
    September 2nd, 2010 7:17 am

    It is ironic how whole communities are thought to be evil and heartless because of the horrendous acts pepetrated by some satan’s followers, like the ones who blasted themselves amoung peacful mourners mourning the death of our dear Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) brother’s Hazrath Ali (RA) death. Recently we were asking people to donate liberally to Pakistans flood relief and the reactions from common people, both non pakistanis and even pakistanis was unanimous. Why would we donate and waste resources to help a vilolent community who kill each other including their own muslim folks like insects? It is true that muslims do not need any enemies. They are themselves good enough to annihiliate themselves. Pakistan has become worthless in terms of human values and moral standards. Isnt it shameless that our neighboring India has reached the pinnacle of growth and development and look at Pakistan? I guess its lack of education and tremendous polarisation of the community that has led to this moral degradation. Why dont these hate mongers and the supporters of the terrorist groups go and help the flood victims rather than plot and kill innocent women and children on streets of Lahore? Do you really think that these suicide bombers will go to heaven?? These are the most downtroddens who will burn in Hell as Allah has ordained in the Holy Quran. Will someone tell them that or is there nobody in Pakistan who dares them or even cares. Pakistan Payandabad???

  14. Adeel J says:
    September 2nd, 2010 7:46 am

    The violence needs to stop, but if we approach selectively, it would not.
    We should include all pakistanis in our anguishes, emotions, calls for justice..

    These are news from the same day

    “Civilians die in Pakistani air raid targeting militants”

    “Pakistan army jets and helicopters targeted militant hideouts near the Afghan border, killing 60 people identified as insurgents or their family members, including children, security officials and a witness said Wednesday.”

    Should we also not cry for the innocent killed there as well?

  15. Qaiser says:
    September 2nd, 2010 8:28 am

    @Umar Shah

    Adil is right… we want a trial and a fair trial…. you do not become animals in dealing with animals…. but if they are animals let us determine that and then go from there…. Otherwise we too are just a lynch mob

  16. Sajjad Junaidi says:
    September 2nd, 2010 10:00 am

    Someone mentioned earlier that we need to catch big fishes. I would say give this task to News of The World, they’ll tell you how easy it is to get to the big bosses.

  17. ALI says:
    September 2nd, 2010 10:02 am

    - How come the Jamat-e-Islami/Nawaz League/Deobundi out fits never get attacked. How come its is always a Shia, Qadiani, Christian, brelvi, innocent by standers, shopping kartay huay commoners and PPP?

    - How come the Police donot take the criminals to the court or investigate these bombings that are continuing to screw our life since last two years?

    - The lal masjid’s terrorists and their top instigators gets free from the court within a month due to lack of evidence presented by government. Isnt whole Pakistan watch them on media propogating violence in Islamabad, abducting and threatening citizens and setting up courts in lal mosque courtyard? Who was charged for abduction of Police and killing of Army men at Lal masjid?

    until and unless we leave the munafiqat and come out open against the taliban fitna fully backed up by people of power in government, yuhi martay raho gay aik aik kar kay… Aj shia, kal koi aur… The who nation has their heads in sand.

  18. Fraz says:
    September 2nd, 2010 10:58 am

    Adil: Not asking you to close your eyes from reality. But please dont use terms like Shia, Sunni or something like this in these kinds of posts. It only spreads hate or misunderstanding.

    This is not an issue of sectarian violence like 80s or 90s. These terrorists acts are without any “religious” motives. And target is all Pakistan.

    Saying that these people are getting killed because of their “religious” believes is wrong. Only reason they are getting killed during last 3-4 years is because of being Pakistani nothing else. And yes this includes everyone including Qadianis, Shias and Sunnis etc.

  19. Asim says:
    September 2nd, 2010 12:08 pm

    LOL @ “News of The World can tell you how easy it is to get to the big bosses.”

  20. Asim says:
    September 2nd, 2010 12:14 pm

    not sure who said this, but I kinda believe in that, “for every one innocent person killed, 10 more will die”. or something like that.

  21. Ibne Ali says:
    September 2nd, 2010 1:43 pm

    since this is not a random act of violence, its a constant, repeating threat, like a sticky virus, so i would do what Jack Bauer would do.
    for the larger interest, torture them to reveal who is the level up from them, and then do the same and keep going up.

    although i in no way support these barbaric acts, but i have never felt any sympathy for shias…a religion based on bugz, keena, jhoot, shirk…

  22. Paki says:
    September 2nd, 2010 2:33 pm

    i have pakistan fatigue. us pakis abroad are simply tired of all the bad news and idiotic behavior coming out pakistan. maybe we’d be doing the same if we were still there. maybe not.

    what positive work are all the “good” people in pakistan doing? i see some of it in the flood relief but not much more. even on here you have people saying things like “while i don’t support this act, i hate the shia”. great. are you too stupid to realize that your hate is what leads to these acts? don’t you have the common sense to shut up and keep your hate to yourself?

    those of us outside of pakistan need to figure out ways we can contribute/help beyond sending money and used clothes and ranting on blogs.

    those of you still there have the harder job of trying to pull out of the death spiral. my limited view tells me you need to focus on challenging hate, corruption and exploitation anytime/anywhere they come up. EVERY SINGLE TIME. easy to say, hard to do. prayer and self-purification may also help.


  23. readinglord says:
    September 2nd, 2010 2:50 pm

    Justice, law, human rights, etc., for those who believe in none of these fundamental values of a civilized society? Sheer nonsense! More so expecting it from our corrupt police and judiciary!

    A policeman has teld me the other day to my utter surprize that not a single terroist has ever been punished by our courts to this day.

  24. Amjad says:
    September 2nd, 2010 4:00 pm

    تحریک طالبان کے رہنماء قاری حسین نے ایک بیان میں دعویٰ کیا کہ حضرت علی کی شہادت کی یاد میں نکلنے والے جلوس پر حملوں کا مقصد کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ کے رہنما علی شیر حیدری کی ہلاکت کا بدلہ لینا تھا۔


    Sipha-e-Sahab, Punjab Government, need anyone say more?

  25. Ibne Ali says:
    September 2nd, 2010 4:02 pm


    guess you are referring to me, but did i say ‘hate shias’?, no, i didnt..BTW my mums side of the family is shia, and i have learned that they make no sense.

    Its classic ‘..we will do what we found our ancestors doing..’
    shia, barelvi, qadiani idiots all.

    there is no hate, just frustration, that people wont come to common grounds and talk, but wil demean and slander who others respect a lot, and tahts part and parcel of their religion…thats is where HATE is coming from.

  26. Khairulbashar Siddiqui says:
    September 2nd, 2010 7:31 pm

    The only solution that I propose: All Pakistani American, who have retired and on SS should go back to Pakistan in group of 5 or more, and establish a support system for Justice and Peace. All organization are corrupt. No one has trust in either Police , Government, or even Army. We with the help of Media give Voice to Good nature Pakistani, and create a Foundation for a real revolution. Do I have some Volunteer to go with me.

  27. Rabia Bashir says:
    September 2nd, 2010 8:30 pm

    The heart keeps sinking in…

  28. Truth Seeker says:
    September 2nd, 2010 9:53 pm

    A suicide bomber who really deeply believes that he is going to heaven to get 72 beautiful girls cannot be stopped.

    Only if somebody could make him NOT believe in this obvious fraud called religion. Only if he could see our insignificance in the vastness of this universe that is 13.5 billion years old, and only if he could realize that his God was not sleeping all this time only to wake up two thousand years ago to write that so called holy book.

  29. Bangash says:
    September 2nd, 2010 11:28 pm

    @Ibne Ali
    your quote : “i have never felt any sympathy for shias…a religion based on bugz, keena, jhoot, shirk…”

    You engage in plenty of slander and demeaning of Shias, yourself, so your case in one of pot calling the kettle black.

  30. Jaffakush says:
    September 3rd, 2010 1:21 am

    I think hate-monger is not the correct word since hate has nothing to do with it, however you can call it war-mongering.

    Since Bush left the Neo-cons have left with him from US establishments. They are replaced by Obama and War-Hawks like Zbigniew Brzezinski. You shold read his book “THE GRAND CHESSBOARD – American Primacy And It’s Geostrategic Imperatives,” Zbigniew Brzezinski, Basic Books, 1997.

    Check out the video by US journalist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0HjVMSBai0&feature=youtu.be or read his article http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/zbig.html .

    I don’t know why almost all of the local media and blogs fail to see beyond the facade of some people conducting illegal warfare in the name of Islam and real enemies the US policy makers like Hillary Clniton & Zbigniew Brzezinski who endorsed Obama. As a nation we are afraid of what America might do if we expose their filthy policies. Unless we grow backbones our fellow Pakistanis will be killed in same manner and we can do all the talks shows and blog posts we like but it won’t solve this mess.

  31. ReapWhatYouSow says:
    September 3rd, 2010 9:18 am

    Why is the demagogue, the Ustaad-e-Fidayeen not arrested? Is the CJP vacationing in France? Is this ghunda above the ghunda law of the land?

    If the flood is a test, Pakistan failed it.
    If the flood is a punishment, then this nation’s hearts are sealed, eyes, are blind, and ears are deaf!

    These so-called Muslim majority just don’t get it. Indeed, they are morally dead to nurture hatred and to breed serpents among their folds and under their sponsorship!

    Taliban claim responsibility for Lahore attacks – Dawn September 3, 2010

    “It’s revenge for the killings of innocent Sunnis,” a spokesman for Qari Hussain Mehsud, mentor of the Taliban’s suicide bombers, told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

    “We also have videos of the fidayeen (bombers) and we may release them,” the spokesman Shakirullah Mehsud told Reuters.

    Hussain is a senior leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan
    Commonly known as “Ustad-e-Fidayeen” or “the mentor of suicide bombers,” Hussain began his militant career with an anti-Shia group before joining TTP, the main Taliban grouping in Pakistan ….

  32. Bangash says:
    September 3rd, 2010 10:39 am

    Ibne Ali’s ideological brethren, who consider shias, qadianis, barelvis “idiots” and who consider their “religion based on bugz, keena, jhoot, shirk…” conducted more attacks today in Quetta and Mardan on Shias and Qadianis and murdered more people.

  33. bhitai says:
    September 3rd, 2010 10:40 am

    “although i in no way support these barbaric acts, but i have never felt any sympathy for shias…a religion based on bugz, keena, jhoot, shirk…”

    If a wholesale massacre of shias can’t evoke sympathy in your heart, it simply tells me you think they somehow deserved it (hence your reference to shirk etc.).

    Only a hater will remain unmoved by the death of innocents. ..Or a sociopath.

  34. readinglord says:
    September 3rd, 2010 4:18 pm


    “Only a hater will remain unmoved by the death of innocents. ..Or a sociopath.”

    Idividually they may be, but as a class they cannot be called innocent as it were the Shias also who had supported the movement for declaration of Ahmadies as non-Muslim ‘Waajibul-Qatl’. Today they are being massacred for the same sin by LJ, TTP, etc., who hold both of them as ‘Wajibul-Qatl’. What a retribution!

  35. Maskeenel says:
    September 3rd, 2010 5:25 pm

    How long before Pakistan ends up in civil war because Pakistan is mistreating the minorities and now they have taken on or have gone after the biggest minority of Pakistan. Just imagine Shea’s, Qadiyanis, and Christians of course. If they get together to deal with the situation what will Pakistan will be like. Just think. How long can this attitude of better and you will continue.

  36. Ghazanfar says:
    September 3rd, 2010 11:23 pm

    What is also disturbing is how many hatemongers are even on this comment thread. Using their comments to spread hate against different sects and against Pakistan. I can understand that some (like the readinglord guy) are Indians who have their own reasons to hate Paksitan. But why are so many Pakistanis doing the same.

  37. Tasleem says:
    September 3rd, 2010 11:38 pm

    Lets be a little careful please. “Pakistan” is not doing this… some terrorists and extremists in Pakistan are doing this and we should do everything to root them out but some of the comments are talking as if the country is doing this. Everyone and of all parties has condemned this. Those who did this want exactly this, that people fight amongst themselves. And those who are doing this are playing right into their hands. Lets please remember who the real enemy is: fundamentalists of all types and extremists and those who use violence. No matter what their cause or what their sect, they are the enemy.

  38. Aamir Ali says:
    September 4th, 2010 5:28 am

    Sectarianism and bigotry is simply too strong in Pakistan. Even on the comments on this page one can detect a strong undercurrent of hatred of Shia, even while the same posters are opposing the actual attacks.

  39. bhitai says:
    September 4th, 2010 6:50 am

    “Idividually they may be, but as a class they cannot be called innocent as it were the Shias also who had supported the movement for declaration of Ahmadies as non-Muslim ‘Waajibul-Qatl’. Today they are being massacred for the same sin by LJ, TTP, etc., who hold both of them as ‘Wajibul-Qatl’. What a retribution!”

    Please read up on history before spewing misinformation here. Shias have been under constant attack in the middle-east ever since the rise of Wahabism in the 19th century.
    Their first ‘operation’ against shias was in 1801, when they ransacked Karbala and massacred the locals. Haven’t you seen how Shias are treated in the kingdom? The saudis have simply exported their hatred overseas, it *is NOT* some sort of divine retribution. The petro-dollars are to blame, not some mortal sin committed by a scholar or two. Majority of the shias *did not have anything* to do with the anti-qadiani movement of the 70s.

    In the wake of 80+ deaths, I find it particularly distasteful to bring up the issue of divine retribution, which is as good as blaming the victims indirectly.

  40. Naveed says:
    September 5th, 2010 12:14 am

    The hatred in some of these comments, from those deploying sectarianism or sectarian victimhood, is equally scary.

  41. ShiaOrNoShia says:
    September 5th, 2010 2:40 am

    All the problems stem from the Qur’an and the Hadith. Get rid of them and all these problems will disappear.

  42. Rasheed says:
    September 5th, 2010 8:47 pm

    No matter how attractive the monetary reward that someone offers you might be, do NOT accept it if it means that that someone can bring his/her war to your land and make it your war as well. The price you pay will never match that reward whether paid lumpsome or in installments.

  43. Maria says:
    September 6th, 2010 9:04 am

    Qayaas, an Islamabad based progressive rock band has released a teaser of its song “Mera Wana” on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzqYc5lurxs
    it gives voice to the All of the politically motivated youth on this forum are requested to check it out. Here’s what the band has to say about the song in their own words

    “This is our statement against the so called “War on Terror”. It is ironic that they kill civilians including women and young children through drone strikes yet talk about making this world a peaceful place. We as a nation are going through a tough time. There is need for motivation but that can be achieved by coming out of our state of denial and accepting the facts on ground. For once, this should not be politicized further as it has certainly not helped. We need to take int account a common man’s view and expand upon it. In the end, they can do whatever they want but we are here and we are not going anywhere.”

  44. Ben says:
    September 6th, 2010 12:37 pm

    It is time that India had stopped funding and fanning insurgency in Pakistan. It should know that its own internal security situation is far worse than Pakistan and if it continued its dirt game in Pakistan, its national security will be gone to dogs. Read more at: http://fmeducation.blogspot.com/2010/09/injustice-poverty-and-caste-system-are.html

  45. Kamal says:
    September 12th, 2010 4:15 pm

    This sectarian hatred is one of the biggest threats facing Pakistan Even bigger than Taliban.

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