War Against Pakistan: Lahore Attacked, Again; At Least 7 Blasts Reported; 40+ Dead

Posted on March 12, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, >Owais Mughal, Disasters, Law & Justice
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Adil Najam and Owais Mughal

Enemies of Pakistan are at it again; killing innocent Pakistanis in their murderous zeal. Murder and mayhem by terrorists has hit the city of Lahore second time in four days. This time in the form of a series of bomb blasts (at leastseven  blasts today, according to some reports, and counting) that have already left more than 40 people dead (and counting).

At least seven blasts in Lahore have been reported today, at least 5 of them in Iqbal Town, Lahore. Although some of the later blasts were of less intensity, the goal here was to create panic. And it did. Especially because the terrorists planned them right around the time of Juma prayers – these killers seem to relish the killing the killing of Pakistani Muslims. There are also reports that the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for these murders:

… The heads of both alleged bombers were recovered from the scene of the blasts while two suspects were also arrested, the Inspector General of Punjab Tariq Salim Dogar told reporters after the blasts… Meanwhile, the proscribed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the responsibility for twin Lahore bombings. The blasts took place at 12:48 pm within the space of 15 seconds at R. A. Bazar as crowds gathered for Friday prayers. The blasts were so powerful that it caused cracks in nearby buildings besides shattering window panes. “We have collected concrete technical evidence, which will help identify the attackers. Both the attackers were on foot,” the IGP said.

There is little point in laying out the details here (The News update can be read here). The details keep changing. And yet they never change. We keep writing this same post again and again and again. The heart bleeds no less. The eyes swell up as ever. But the killing goes on.

One is tempted to say that the killing is senseless. But for those who kill, it is not. They know exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it. It is planned murder. And it is planned murder for a very clear effect. It is planned to destabilize Pakistan. Why they wish to do so is irrelevant. That is the effect, and that is the planned effect. But trying to “make sense” of why this is happening is also futile. What we need to think sensibly about is our own reaction to these attacks. Finding “hidden hands” is not going to help since the “hand” is all too obvious. Debates about causes and faults and contexts and history will be important, but right now they are just being used as a device to confuse. If someone can plant a bomb, again and again and again, in the heart of our cities in the midst of our children then at least two things should be clear: one, the enemy IS within us; two, this fight IS our fight.

For those who say this war is not “our” war, we ask: how many Pakistanis have to die before it does become out war! For those who cry about wanting Pakistan to do more, we ask: How many more Pakistanis will need to die before you think we have done enough!

70 responses to “War Against Pakistan: Lahore Attacked, Again; At Least 7 Blasts Reported; 40+ Dead”

  1. Pakistani says:

    Adnan Siddiqi, do you have any humanity in your heart at all. Or all you so blinded by your loyalty to teh Taliban, even when they are proudly claiming that they killed these more than fifty Muslims and Paksitanis, that even then you celebrate the death of Paksiatnis by defending these Taliban killers!

  2. Why says:

    An adapted version ..
    “THEY CAME FIRST for the Ahmadies,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Ahmadi.

    THEN THEY CAME for the Shias,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Shia.

    THEN THEY CAME for the Christians,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Christian.

    THEN THEY CAME for the Deobandies,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Deobandi.

    THEN THEY CAME for me
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

  3. Why says:

    The peace loving silent majority is obviously irrelevant. It has moved on to the topics like motor cycle safaris etc …

    Let’s see if this comment makes it through.It will either be subjected to the ATP censor board review, or simply deleted .. Let’s see.

  4. Adnan Siddiqi says:

    Just heard the news about earthquake in Lahore. Now I am waiting which “intellectual” is going to blame Taliban for that.

  5. bee says:

    I hate WAR

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