Bomb Blasts in Rawalpindi – Pakistan at War

Posted on September 4, 2007
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Adil Najam

What follows below is a repost. I had originally written this on July 19, 2007 after bomb blasts in Hangu, Hub and Kohat, which had themselves followed at the heels of blasts in Islamabad. Today, we just had two blasts in Rawalpindi with more than 15 people already being reported dead.

The continuing story here is of a nation at war with extremists. It is Pakistanis who are being killed here. Pakistanis who are being targeted. This is vile, this is cowardly and this is inhuman. While we are all distracted by the continuing political circus, the big story here is for Pakistan’s survival and the all-out war that has been declared on Pakistan by extremists and fanatics. The American forces across the Afghan border are not helping and their incursions into Paksitani territory has only led to other innocent Paksitani deaths which adds to the argument of the extremists and has made the politics of dealing with extremism in Pakistan that much more difficult. But, whereever you stand on politics, we must stand with Pakistan in this war and against extremists who have been murdering Paksitanis all over the place.


Suicide attacks today in Hangu, in Hub, in Kohat today.

This adds to the blast in Islamabad a few days ago and many others in the NWFP over the last many days. Even for a part of the world which has gotten tragically used to needless death and murder by suicide killers, this is crossing a threshold. The headline above may seem sensational to some, but is it really.

It is too simple to blame this on the Lal Masjid episode or just on the fact that we have a military government. I must say I get literally ‘sick’ of attempts to turn these massive manifestations of a truly divided society into petty political sloganeering for whatever someon’s political preferences is. Thsi is NOT a time for propaganda; this is a time for real thought and real action. By all of us. This, as we at ATP have repeatedly argued, is a society at war with itself. And the war is now beginning to get much more bloody. The most recent attack (Kohat) was in a mosque. Most have targetted security forces; i.e., the apparatus of the state.

Let me be clear here. There is NOTHING ‘Islamic’ about any of these murderous attacks. This is not just anti-government. This is anti-state. This is anti-Pakistan. Indeed, this is anti-humanity. This in inhuman.

Here are the three breaking news items at The News: On Kohat killings (since writing this, number of dead is now up to 20):

A bomb blast in a mosque of Pathan Lines in Kohat Cantt. killed 11 and wounded several persons Thursday night. Immediately after the explosion, security personnel has cordoned the affected area and nobody is allowed to enter the area. According to the unconfirmed reports, it was a suicide bomb attack. However, the official sources did not confirm it.

On Hub killings:

The blast at RCD Highway in Balochistan’s Hub town Thursday claimed 30 lives, while 30 others were wounded in the incident, sources said. Several injured have been admitted at hospitals of Karachi in a critical condition. According to reports suicide bomber detonated the bomb when a convoy of Chinese engineers was passing through the RCD Highway in Hub. The vehicle carrying the Chinese however passed unscathed from the place, while four police mobile vans accompanying the convoy were caught in the blast. After the blast the panic-stricken security guards of Chinese engineers and policemen opened indiscriminate firing killing and wounding several nearby people. Thirty persons including policemen and passersby were killed in the blast, sources said… The huge explosion also destroyed 15 vehicles and motorbikes and damaged 25 nearby houses and shops. Thirty wounded persons were admitted at Karachi’s Civil Hospital, while three others were brought to Jinnah Hospital. Four wounded at the Civil Hospital were succumbed to their injuries, hospital sources said.

On Hangu killings:

A suicide bomber rammed explosives laden car with the gate of Police Training College, Hangu killing eight persons and wounding 26 others on Thursday morning. The bomber struck his car to the gate of the college causing eight deaths and injuring 26 others, police sources said. Civil Hospital Hangu has received 26 wounded persons, hospital sources said. Ten wounded persons were in a critical state and emergency has been declared in the hospital, sources added. Police have cordoned off the area and Peshawar-Hangu road has been closed for all traffic.

Writing earlier in The News, I had written that simply cause-and-effect will not do anymore because what we have is a society and state crumbling at its seams. Each doubtful of the other.

… there is the deepening cleavage between state and society. The difference between Lal Masjid and other similar situations — e.g., the 1993 standoff at Waco, Texas — is that in our case the state had such little credibility that each of its actions was deemed suspect by the media and the public. There was constant chatter that this was a ‘topi drama’ orchestrated by intelligence agencies. There were incessant rumours about how the operation was orchestrated. There were unending doubts about its timing. All of this was not simply a display of our inherent cynicism, these were manifestations of a society that has no trust in its state. This was not just a lack of trust in the government, it was a lack of trust in the state. And that is a truly ugly cleavage.

I truly hope I am wrong. But if I am not, then we really need to stop shouting and start thinking. Anger is never a substitute for analysis; and neither is of much use if it does not lead to real action for real change.

138 responses to “Bomb Blasts in Rawalpindi – Pakistan at War”

  1. Dewana Aik says:

    “Muslims are Muslims if they are extremists!”

    Excellent. Now let’s work to rid this world of extremists.

  2. Amjad says:

    The term FANATIC, EXTREMIST, etc,do not bother to those who believe in ALLAH, RASOOL, HISAB & Hayat Mim-Baad-ul-Maut.

    Once a soul departs from this world, there can be one of the following two outcomes:
    1) Eternal Success
    2) Eternal Failure

    There would be no third thing.

    Muslims who are focusing on attaining pleasures in Dunya should not forget that soon it will all END

    Muslims who are focusing on attaining pleasuers in Akhirah
    should be prepared for all round tough circumstances with firm believe in Allah, it’s only Allah’s support which can help us pass away successfully from this world.

    In Quran, Allah said, in more than one places which I can quote,

    Meaning: Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of God?” Ah! Verily, the help of God is (always) near!

    On Another Place Allah swt says:
    Did ye then think that We had created you in jest, and that ye would not be brought back to Us (for account)?
    So exalted is Allah, the Sovereign, the Truth; there is no deity except Him, Lord of the Noble Throne.

    If anyone invokes, besides Allah, Any other god, he has no authority therefor; and his reckoning will be only with his Lord! and verily the Unbelievers will fail to win through!

    So say: “O my Lord! grant Thou forgiveness and mercy for Thou art the Best of those who show mercy!”

    End Quote…..

    It’s Muslims who are born to die in the name of Allah!, no-one else.

    The world is and will remain decorated for Kuffar with their standard of livings.

    In the nut shell,
    Muslims are Muslims if they are extremists!
    Muslims are Muslims if they know how to die in the Islamic way

  3. Adonis says:

    “and No this is NOT musharrafs fault

  4. Afreen says:

    Thank you Mr. Adnan Siddique for answering my question. You actually have made your position very clear on who you stand with.

    You are correct, I did give less lines to condemning Musharraf (although more than one). Interestingly you do not even have one line condemning anyone at all on the extreme right.

    So, let me give it one more try. I will use your list this time.

    Yes, I condemn Musharraf for using violence against Lal Masjid, Talibans, Waziristan. I condmn Musharraf for allowing NATO to kill Pakistanis. I condemn Musharraf for kidnapping his own people. I condemn Musharraf for selling his own people. I condemn Musharraf for Banning Pakistani Muslims from offering prayers (if he did that, I do not know if he did). I also condemn the murderers who had taken over Lal Masjid especially that Ghazi guy who had his own mother killed. I also condemn the terrorism of the Talibans. I also condemn the terrorism of the fundamentalists blowing up Pakistanis. I also condemn the extremism of the Taliban and the terrorism of Al-Qaida.

    Happy now? I have more lines condemning Musharraf and I have included every point you had wanted.

    So, now. Can you now please also condemn the extremists on the right. Since you keep saying you dislike both ‘cabals’ maybe you can for one condmn them too.Maybe even just one line. Please.

    And if you think my list of who is extremist on the right is wrong then maybe you can tell us who is the extremist and fundamentalists on the right that you do condemn?

  5. Afreen you gave me a laugh. One can clearly smell baisness in your so called confession when you write one liner for Musharraf and lengthy post about whatever you believed/read/heard about your opponents. You know what? I could do same by coming up entirely different version about Lal Masjid case,Talibans,Waziristan or what not by saying Musharraf allowed NATO to kill Pakistanis, Musharraf kidnapped his own people,Musharraf SOLD his own people. Musharraf BANNED Pakistani Muslims to offer prayer in Shah Faisal Mosque and other mosques when he or foreigners visited Pakistani sites etc etc etc because you also believed in same media which I do but then my rant wouldn’t be considered so called “neutral” enough.

    Why did it irk you to come up with one liner that you condemn both secular/liberal extremism and religious extremism in Pakistan. Atleast I always believed in that and rejected the fanatics of both cabals. Unlike you, my statement is not an example of media propaganda and brainwashing and it’s applicable to any kind of extremism happen anywhere in the world regardless of who initiate that.

    Atleast I was being bandwidth friendly that I wasted less words than yours. Have fun! I don’t think I need to explain you further, however you are free to carry on. *grin*

    p.s: If you’re new on this site, kindly go thru archive of this forum by searching keyword “Adnan Siddiqi”, you would find out that whatever I _Repeated_ here was said several times by me in past.

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