Who is responsible for the al-Quds attack?

Published: September 4, 2010
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A woman in Karachi marks al-Quds day

A suicide attacker targeted the al-Quds rally this Friday in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Fifty Pakistanis are dead and with over 100 injured the figure could rise further.

It was highly irresponsible of the organizers of the rally – and the government officials who gave it the green signal – to endanger the lives of Pakistani citizens only two days after attacks that targeted public events. In pure security terms, this is a serious lack of judgment on the part of the organizers. The Pakistani government must proceed with criminal charges against the organizers who, in their callousness, put politics before the lives of our citizens at a time when we face foreign-backed terror. The relevant government officials who licensed the procession should be questioned about the sources of their assessment that it was safe to hold huge rallies in these times.

Getting the facts straight

This al-Quds Day rally was organized by shia groups that support Iran’s call for al-Quds Day to be held on the last Friday of Ramazan. But it is by no means a Shia religious event. A majority of Pakistanis support al-Quds Day, regardless of religious affiliations. Personally, I fully support Tehran’s courageous stance on al-Quds, the holy city under Israeli occupation. It’s also important to remember that the al-Quds Day is a political event launched by the government of Iran. It is not a religious event.

In Pakistan, the organizers of the rally should have put the safety and security of Pakistani citizens ahead of everything else. A smaller, symbolic public event could have been arranged instead of a large one. The crime of the organizers is compounded by the knowledge of what happened in Karachi and Lahore two days earlier.

Unfortunately,  proxy sectarian groups allegedly backed by Saudi and Iranian have endangered the lives of Pakistanis for years and put foreign interests before Pakistan’s national interests. These groups must and should be banned. It is also important to avoid playing into the hands of the terrorists who did this. Everyone knows we have sectarian groups in the country. But is every attack on one group the work of the opposite group? Not necessarily.

In other words, Pakistan’s indigenous sectarian groups have weakened over the years and their foreign support, from Saudi Arabia, Iran or elsewhere, has been considerably curtailed. The remnants of the groups are being reorganized on the Afghan border – with another group arming them and financing them and providing them a new safe haven.

There are higher chances of the attacks being the work of the terror-export enterprise that hides in Afghanistan and has been targeting Pakistan since 2005. The first evidence of this is the fact that responsibility for the attacks has been claimed by a terror group based on the Afghan border.

With an attack on a minority worship place earlier in the day in Mardan preceding the Quetta attack by a few hours, it is clear that this is not just a sectarian issue but an organized campaign by Pakistan’s enemies. And surely they will find supporters inside Pakistan. Apart from existing sectarian groups, it is easy to recruit and brainwash young Pakistani teenagers, convince them to wear explosive belts and blow themselves up anywhere.

It’s not just Pakistan. Iran has seen attacks on Shia mosques by elements claiming to be Sunnis. But there are no Sunni sectarian groups in Iran. The terrorists who have been attacking Iranian targets are based in US-controlled Afghanistan claiming to represent Sunnis. The attacks in Quetta on Friday and in Karachi and Lahore on Wednesday share the same origin as the attacks in Iran: they are masterminded by terrorists who hide on the border with Afghanistan and have links to foreign intelligence agencies based there. Reportedly India has shown a lot of interest in these groups and established contacts with elements linked to them.

Let us also remember there are external powers in our neighborhood that could have an interest in perpetuating chaos in the region. United States officials and commentators became uneasy when the focus in Pakistan turned to the floods and the humanitarian disaster and no one was talking about Washington’s war on terror. That’s when at least one US media outlet spun into action and contacted terror ‘spokespersons’ on the Afghan border and solicited statements that can best be described as spreading panic during a national emergency.

A time to protect ourselves

It is important that non-religious and non-essential public events in Pakistan – political and religious – be curtailed under these circumstances, regardless of sect and politics. If the government and the army can call off parades on days of national significance, including Independence Day, then unnecessary public congregations can be curtailed as well.

Patriotic Pakistanis, Shias and Sunnis, must step forward and show courage by telling our emotional religious figures that saving the lives of Pakistanis is more important for the time being. Pakistani religious figures that refuse to do this and hide behind weak religious pretexts must be charged with endangering the lives of Pakistani citizens.

ahmed.quraishi

Ahmed Quraishi

The author is a journalist and a public policy professional, with government & private sector experience across Pakistan and the Middle East. He tweets @Office_AQPk (twitter.com/Office_AQPk)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Zaid

    Yes we should stop all religious gatherings including Friday prayers,regulars collective prayers in Jammat in mosques and do all religious services inside our homes and let the terrorising elements celeberating their triumphet and impose all what they want,But believe me then they will not stop they will entering our houses and monitor how we pray,no problem then,we should stop prayings as necessity for life,wil they forgive no,then they will kill us or be like them— joining the killing squads to kill those who believe different from them-Perhaps it can be the point where we might be safe.Recommend

  • faraz

    Sectarian groups were our strategic assets; we allowed them to spread hatred for over 3 decades. In Orakzai and Kurram agency, the taliban asked non-muslims to pay Jizya but slaughtered shias. For extremists, those muslims who have a different interpretation of religion are to be killed. You dont need sophisticated technology to carry out suicide blasts, TNT is available everywhere, all you need is a sick extremist mindset. Recommend

  • abid

    I don’t usually agree with what you say AQ but I am in agreement with most of this article Recommend

  • Mani

    Great write up – excellent analysis. Please keep it up – we shouldnt be duped by those who want Muslims to kill each other.Recommend

  • adil

    I’m amazed how he asserts within hours of the blast that he knows that it’s foreign agencies based in Afghanistan
    For the sake of being journalistic-ally honest, Tribune should ban this guy. Please. He leaves in a state of denial, and want the rest of us to become like him.Recommend

  • Hassaan Zia

    I disagree with the author on point when he says that there aren’t any sectarian groups in Iran. I think the author doesn’t know about Jundullah group in Iranian Baluchistan.Recommend

  • aaa

    A rambling and incoherent piece full of paranoid theories but disturbing in its call for the prosecution of the demonstration’s organisors. The question you should ask yourself Mr. Qureishi and all those who think banning processions and demonstrations is the answer: Why was Karachi spared most of this violence? What measures did the Interior Ministry and Police take to prevent such atrocities? Merely blaming the victims and their customs (which belies your majoritarian bigotry, no matter how much you try to disavow it) will not doRecommend

  • Junaid Akram

    Its the sheer arrogance on account of the organizers of such events that only provoke the innocent killing because the organizing VIPs are never to be found in the first rows of procession, so its easy to boil the blood of an ignorant but not easy to lose a limb or worse your own life. And then the loved ones of the deceased, in heat of vengeance, gets in the hand of the perpetrators, probably same who were responsible for the former tragedy, or someone of the same sort, use them and cause more damage and the cycle goes on and on and then we wonder why we have failed to completely eliminate it. Forget the government, they’re not even safe themselves. They have no clue what necessary measures should be taken to tackle it, they’re not spirited, they’re merely business class and doing a good job there. So knowing there’s no one to help, what does your own wisdom speak to you?Recommend

  • F. Alam

    Who is responsible? Me, You and everyone. We give bribe to the police and other departements without much protest! They take bribes. When we have this culture: terrorists get trained, they get funding by abducting people for ransom money, robbery etc and they don’t get arrested because of injustice and prevalent bribery in our structure!

    It’s not Indian minister blowing himself in our bazaars. We are not accepting the reality of whatever is going on right under our own noses. Mr. Ahmed Querishi, do you need addresses of their training places? Ask Rana Sana Ullah as he is in touch with Jihadis!Recommend

  • F. Alam

    People are running rackets of criminal activites and they don’t get arrested for years(unless they abduct a British citizen). Recommend

  • Dia

    THIS was not a religious procession. At least such rallies should be curtailed!!!Recommend

  • z z

    Truly, the “chickens are coming home to roost” – I hope the irony is not lost on you – Islamic states have supported terrorism and brutality against others for so long, it has finally caught up with them. Foreign intelligence agencies ? Pakistan’s domestic intelligence service has been a major supporter of terrorism against Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis. The Islamic world’s intolerance and paranoia is the issue, not “outside forces” – When Muslims start respecting the rights of others maybe they will be safe themselves. To see this as simply a public safety issue is missing the point. Recommend

  • Aristo

    How about preemptive strikes by Pak army on these camps on the Afghan border, its a matter of survival after all, more than 100 most precious Pakistani innocent lives lost in three days. Is the preemptive strike or the hot pursuit doctrine patented by US or does Pak army have the resources and courage to nip in the bud, ah may be this option is only meant to be implemented on the people of Pakistan.
    At the end of the day, its the Pakistani taxpayer who is paying for the Pak army, hence, each and ever soldier has a prime responsibility to do what ever it takes (overt or a covert operation on these camps) to ensure security against all threats from external forces.Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    Why do we always blame external forces for whatever happens in this “Mad house” called Pakistan?

    I reiterate that processions on Al Quds day have nothing to do with religion, those people could have avoided being a part of something which was not necessary. In Pakistan’s suicide bombing environment only brainwashed religious fanatics would go and risk their lives on something that has nothing to do with us.

    Nowhere in the world a religion has been as much abused, twisted and distorted as we have in Pakistan.

    Unfortunately other Muslims neglect their “religious duty” of solidarity when it comes to Pakistan’s problems. Even in palestinian case, many Palestinians are still kept in refugee camps for years and not given nationality of those Arab countries.

    Which makes me wonder, is it a solidarity of supporting Palestinians or a solidarity of bashing Israel?

    When Palestinians/ Iranis don’t take out rallies on ‘Kashmir Day’ why Pakistanis observe Yaumul Quds ?

    Although Quetta suicide bombing is not justified yet lots of lives could have been saved if people had used some “brain” and refrained themselves attending that insignificant “Non Religious” rally. Recommend

  • http://tribune.com.pk shunt

    oh, if the organizers of the rally are responsible for the attacks, then government/private business entities are responsible for the targeted killings! they are the reason people come out of their homes and die!

    are we living in iraq? or somalia? or what? can,t we protest for a right reason in our own country?Recommend

  • Eeman

    I see…out of 100s of suicide blasts hit by strategic partners of Pakistan, the one hit on al-Quds day was funded and orchestrated by Zionists forces. Recommend

  • Ghausia

    I’ve been arguing about the same thing on another article here. I specially agree with this part;

    “If the government and the army can call off parades on days of national significance, including Independence Day, then unnecessary public congregations can be curtailed as well.

    Patriotic Pakistanis, Shias and Sunnis, must step forward and show courage by telling our emotional religious figures that saving the lives of Pakistanis is more important for the time being. Pakistani religious figures that refuse to do this and hide behind weak religious pretexts must be charged with endangering the lives of Pakistani citizens.”

    Truer words never spoken. I’d also like to point out that the government always says after suicide attacks that they were aware that such an attack might take place, but if they knew there was a chance of innocent Pakistanis losing their lives, why didn’t they bother with any extra security measures?Recommend

  • Umair

    Ahmed Quraishi, your reputation aside this is an excellent blog sir! I wholly agree with you that there is more than what meets the eye here but we cannot say for sure who is funding this attack against Pakistan but that is definitely an angle.

    We are also our own worst enemies for being so susceptible to influences, but this is who we are. I also endorse in the name of pragmatic short term solution please DO NOT hold huge public protests for no good reason.Recommend

  • Umair

    @eeman who said zionist forces?Recommend

  • Uzair

    attack comes just after opening US consulate opened in Quetta…..those are commenting that this is not religious activity they don’t understand Islam for your kind information Only Palestine is fighting against actual enemy of Islam, and what we r facing is our own created things….Recommend

  • Patriotic

    i entirely agree with you.Recommend

  • F. Alam

    While RAW, Mossad, Khad, KGB, CIA etc migh have been behind attack on Sri Lankan team, who was behind not providing them correct security (thank God they were safe due to desperate attempt of driver)?? Atleast enemies of Pakistan were doing their jobs. Were we doing our job? If no, then why blame them?Recommend

  • Mohammad

    THE ONLY REASON THAT WE ARE HAVING ALL THESE PROBLEMS IS BECAUSE WE HAVE FORGOTTEN TRUE ISLAM.. THE SOLUTION IS PURE ISLAM AND STRICT SHARIA LAW IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY..FROM KARACHI TO PESHAWAR AND LAHORE TO QUETTA.Recommend

  • Pakhtun

    ISI’s press statement!Recommend

  • M Mustafa

    Calls of wajib-ul-qatal for decades have been ignored. Slowly they are having effect.Recommend

  • Mawali

    “Patriotic Pakistanis, Shias and Sunnis, must step forward and show courage by telling our emotional religious figures that saving the lives of Pakistanis is more important for the time being. Pakistani religious figures that refuse to do this and hide behind weak religious pretexts must be charged with endangering the lives of Pakistani citizens.”
    Does that then imply that everyone else subscribing to other ideologies (religious) is not patriotic? Then as we further dissect this masterpiece; I thought the religious figures (ominous) were plain old off the rack zealots, so then they are capable of emotion; Hmmm! Now are you suggesting that these “emotional religious figures” hold off killing you and I for the time being and after this moratorium is lifted then go to town and blow everyone to kingdom come.
    So anyone who is able to prove that his/her “religious pretext” was not weak continues the mayhem and murder unabated?
    You sir are a funny man!
    @Mohammad
    take a break!Recommend

  • kk

    how can you say organizers are responsible for the attacks??? is there is any responsibility/duty of government to safe the life of pakistanis any where in the country???

    my friend, i think every citizen of pakistan have right to protest for a right cause.Recommend

  • Raza

    MR.AQ, it seems that you documented your observations in very urgency. You blamed organizers and stated them ‘criminal’, if this assumption may be assumed as valid, where do you find the role of government? If some one may write for ongoing situation of our state, one must go for silent attitude of our government and its failure of keeping pace of law n order all over the country first. This is very amazing that instead of pointing out main culprits and role of law enforcement agencies and beneficiaries even once you are targetting the Suffered souls. It reflects lack of your deep sight into issues. You perceive the demonstrations in country as just NEWS while it is more than that, which won’t be realized till you take this issue in more pious manner. It is responsibility of every muslim to come out on a single day to show SUNNI-SHIA ITTEHAAD & Demand of relieving control of Zionists from Quds. It is very easy to blame foreign elements for execution of these attacks, but who are becoming their hands in this genocide?. Agreed that, it was bit unpredictable decision of organizers but what agencies were doing when they knew that ATTACKER WOULD COME @ MEEZAN CHOWK and go 4 it, they intercepted calls but did not located culprit..Amazing. I bet you, even if they rally had nor breached the barriers this blast had surely happened in the procession where it was. This is not emtional statement, go back and see how many times Police/Agencies informed of any mishap and they prevented or avoided that, you will find their success factor of 0.0001%. Please be realistice rather than being emotional.Recommend

  • Raza

    Protest is an active tool and sign of LIFE showing the nation still breathes… If you QUIT doing it, so international benfeciaries, ISLAM/PAKISTAN enemies are ready to ruin you bcoz they will have no RED LIGHTS / BARRIERS on their way. Writers are flag bearers and Asset of this country. Own your UMMA, your country and its issues you will have very justified answer of every single story happening around you and reflect the justified image rather than projecting Questionable image of your country to rest of world.Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed

    Terrorists are always looking for opportunities to kill innocents and it doesn’t matter to them whether those killed are shias or sunnis. Now my point, already being criticized, on so many blogs, is while terrorists look for opportunities such gatherings provide them with sufficient opportunity to fulfill their purpose.

    Secondly there are so many damn issues to be addressed within our own country so is it really necessary to hold such rallies?? Mahmood Abbas the president of Palestine paid his first official visit to India in the region and not to Pakistan. So we are nothing but duffers and stupids to hold such rallies for a thankless nation. Plus it is not necessary for Pakistani shia community to do every thing Iran or the Iranians do and they must realize that Pakistan’s security and its conditions are much more important and superior then their sectarian interests and they wont be earning extra good deeds for holding such rallies.

    What happened in Quetta was very tragic and in response to the topic I will say that terrorists plus the foresight-less leader was responsible for the damage.

    PeaceRecommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed

    And we don’t need any external powers to ruin our country, we are really good at it.Recommend

  • malik

    Either the blog writer is an ignorant person or he’s trying to change people’s mind deliberately by fabricating the facts. And Hats off to you sir; Instead of condemning real culprits, criminals (Taliban + Lashkar-e-Jhangvi), you have criticized oppressed side. It should not be termed as Sunni-Shia conflict since the bombers do not fall any category; they are neither Sunni nor Shia; they are Khawarij (those who went out of the boundaries of Islam).
    Ahle-Sunnat has also declared Taliban and their supporting groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as Khawarijites; On 3rd of September; 50 Top clerics of Sunni Itehad council have issued a joint decree which states as follow:

    “Suicide bombers and their handlers both deserve hell because suicide attacks in Islam are illegitimate and unlawful. Islam does not permit killing of any innocent person rather it declares murder of one person the murder of the whole human race,” quotes the decree issued to the media on Friday evening.
    It says: “Jihad against the terrorists has now become an obligation for ensuring integrity of the homeland, protection of lives of innocent people, establishing durable peace, eliminating lawlessness and to foil nefarious conspiracies of the forces against Islam and the country”.

    And you have declared Al-Quds day as political call of Iran; you are also wrong at this point; I hope you have never tried to ponder that if Iran supports a sunni Jehadi group “Hammas” in Palestine why should it fuel sectarianism in Pakistan? Jundullah is an extremist group claims to be sunni but Iranian’s Sunnis never supported them, and after the death of the chief of Jandullah Abdul’Malik Rigi, Imam-e-Juma of Ahle-Sunnat of Jamia Masjid Zahidan-Iran issued a decree(Fatwa) that the Funeral prayer of Rigi should not be offered because he was trying to create tensions between Sunnis and Shias of Iran;

    Al-Quds Day, was declared a religious duty for every Muslim as stated by Imam Khomeni;

    AL-Quds Day
    The annual anti-Zionist day of protest was conceived originally by the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In August 1979, the year of the Revolution, he stated:
    I invite Muslims all over the globe to consecrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Al-Quds Day and to proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslim people of Palestine.
    For many years, I have been notifying the Muslims of the danger posed by the usurper Israel which today has intensified its savage attacks against the Palestinian brothers and sisters, and which, in the south of Lebanon in particular, is continually bombing Palestinian homes in the hope of crushing the Palestinian struggle. I ask all the Muslims of the world and the Muslim governments to join together to sever the hand of this usurper and its supporters. I call on all the Muslims of the world to select as Al-Quds Day the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan – which is itself a determining period and can also be the determiner of the Palestinian people’s fate – and through a ceremony demonstrating the solidarity of Muslims world-wide, announce their support for the legitimate rights of the Muslim people. I ask God Almighty for the victory of the Muslims over the infidels.
    —Ayatollah Khomeini

    In solidarity with the Palestinians, Khomeini declared the liberation of Jerusalem a religious duty to all Muslims.
    Imam Khomeni also termed Al-Quds Day as “Yom-Allah, Yom-e-Rasool and Yom-e-Islam” Hence it was made a religious event.

    For your kind information; many of the Sunni Muslims participate in these rallies in all over the world; this day is observed in all over the world including UK and USA;
    Pakistan’s Jamat-e-Islami is the big supporter of this day.

    Hence it’s the dire need of the time to form a grand Shia-Sunni Unity Platform to fight against the terrorists.Recommend

  • Murtaza

    An epic example of over stretched intellectualism!!!

    If you had stuck to the part of foreign hands being involved in these kinds of acts, it might have been sufficient, but to say that the organizers of the rally are responsible is a classic example of ummvi propaganda which stated “It was ALI (as) who killed Ammar Yasir (ra) because it was ALI who brought him to the battle of Siffin”.

    From the rallies of Al-Quds to the processions of Muharram, each and every sensible Muslim has and will always stand up to aggression and oppression and it is most required in these times when you government is trying to create back-door communication with the Zionist state of Israel. Israel has NO RIGHT to exist whatsoever unless oppression is acceptable and this should be known to each and every person in this world. The people participating in the rally are the ones putting their part in proclaiming the right of all Muslims on the Holy Land. Indeed, this is a religious rally and it is unfortunate and shameful act of Shia-hatred to call this event as “Iran’s call for al-Quds Day” , this is an ISLAMIC religious rally for a cause which is not a Shia issue but rather an issue with Muslim Ummah. If you support Islam, then support any voice rising in favor of Islam, unless, as apparent from your BLOG, you consider this to be only and Arab Palestinian Issue for which Pakistani Muslims shouldn’t be bothering.

    The best response to your “hiding head in sand” suggestion towards this aggression is give in an earlier comment by Mr. Zaid “Yes we should stop all religious gatherings including Friday prayers,regulars collective prayers …”

    May Allah give you baserat to know and write about what is write and what is wrong, Amen… but until you can start differentiating between the two, don’t expect any police man to protect you or any army person to save your country, indeed if he has clothes on this body and food in his stomach, why should anyone give a __ if you are the one being oppressed and put his life in danger for you, are you really that important!! If you respond that this would be their job, then let me tell you, the people standing up and raising their voices against atrocities are carrying out their divine duty..

    وسلام على من اتبع الهدىRecommend

  • Yusaf Khan

    I didn’t learn anything from this blog. I am just thinking out aloud; why doesn’t Pakistan completely ban the production and import of TNT/C4 explosives. I mean it is these explosives that are used in these suicide attacks and we need to completely eradicate them from Pakistan. I know they are used in mining and construction but basically we should ask all that they need to employ the Army if they need to deploy such explosives. Secondly, we need to completely control our border with Afghanistan which will further choke the supply of explosives and arms into Pakistan. I think we need to take concrete steps to protect our citizens rather than relying to “patriotic Pakistanis”. Finally, there is a Sunni terrorist group that operates in Iran and its called Jundullah.Recommend

  • Khadim Husain

    Shia communnity apparently shows it is against U.S. but during invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and role of Shia clergy in making money was different. Those have two problems to bash U.S., first fear of attack on Iran by U.S. and safety and security of Iranian made Hizbollah. Otherwise according to records all major Pakistan scholars having Shia Faith are in support of neo-Cons made Shia crescent.
    Howevr Youm al Quds we always viewed as good job of Khomeini and no one oppose to spirite of that day.
    Dilemma of Shia sect in Pakistan and Iran is that it is run by low IQ’d and sectarian mullahs. All of the religious Shia events are politically motivated shows and run by sectarian Mullahs. Even top shia scholars are motivated by politically pushed scenarios. If you may read comments of Shia friends above so those did not seem interested in entirely finishing terrorism but their target is opponent sect. Killings of poor and innocent Shia’s are politically motivated sectarianism that brought them on streets by taking a few sacred names. In current circumstances when flood has ruined millions, the days could be postponed. After 1400 years such kinds of politically motivated processions if may have any impact on Muslim society than population of Shia must be 100%, such kind of processions are creating hate and Shia population never exceeded to 10% in entire world.
    Litterate Shia’s must think about changing Mullah tactics for the safety and security of their own children. Moreover after every act of terrorism with in processions Shia take out guns and start firing and organized persons with in processions started to burn and damage properties, it is 3rd attempt, at Karachi than at Lahore and now at Quetta. Recommend

  • Parvez

    TTP only attacks Pakistan for some excuse. What is their logic and who supports them.Recommend

  • Sarah B. Haider

    @ Mohammad, Strict Shariah law in the context of one sect would give the licence to kill all the so-called wajb ul qatl to another.Recommend

  • http://www.thetrueperspective.com Hamza Malik

    Just my two cents on this whole scenario:

    http://www.thetrueperspective.com/2010/09/reality-check-anyone.html

    And yes, for the sake of maintaining journalistic integrity, Tribune should ban this guy.Recommend

  • malik

    By attacking on Al-Quds Rally (Anti Israel Rally)Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have proved that they are getting aid from Israel; They are not Jehadiz they are American/Israel agents; they threat America and Europe of suicidal attacks but they never targeted them; they always target Pakistan Army, Security agencies, Police and innocent People;

    But Our writers have soft corner for Taliban. Many of the columnists/writers bring an excuse for Taliban’s wrong-doings after every attack; In my opinion these writers are equally responsible. Recommend

  • malik

    @Khadim Hussain sab
    If you may read comments of Shia friends above so those did not seem interested in entirely finishing terrorism but their target is opponent sect.

    It’s not the matter of targeting opponent sect; since Majority of Shia think that Sunnis are not involved in this killing; in fact Sunniz are also target of these beasts; Sad event of DATA Darbar is the best example of this. The point is Shiaz and Sunnis have common enemy and i.e American backed Taliban and Lashkare Jhangvi; Both of the mentioned terrorist organizations are killing both Shia and Sunni; Shia consider these banned orgs as Kharijites and Sunnis have the same view of LJ and TTP. We Pakistaniz should bring Sunni and Shia population closer instead of creating more distance. This is the solution to the problems of Pakistan.Recommend

  • RAW

    For those of you who think RAW is some Pakistani soul-loving fairy, my message to you would basically be “please go get a life.” Talibans, LAJ etc. are all proxies which get aid from Afghanistan and elsewhere. And conveniently, Indian influence has no limits when it comes to Afghanistan. I’m sorry if this offends you, but out of Pakistan’s disintegration, I will say, without having to bang my head on the wall, that our immediate neighbours are the ones who enjoy the plight of these events the most. And who knows?Maybe they cary out some of the handiwork, if not all.Recommend

  • sibtain

    Ahmed Quraishi should be banned as he is condeming our religious gatherings he has no right to say such words to our gatherings.Recommend

  • vikas ranjan

    The Pakistani government must proceed with criminal charges against the organizers who, in their callousness, put politics before the lives of our citizens at a time when we face foreign-backed terror

    Yes, and hang them to finish the unfinished business.

    It’s also important to remember that the al-Quds Day is a political event launched by the government of Iran.

    Ipso facto all participants in the rally must be Iranian proxies.

    Everyone knows we have sectarian groups in the country. But is every attack on one group the work of the opposite group? Not necessarily.

    Pray, why then are they so eager to claim responsibility for the attacks.

    Apart from existing sectarian groups, it is easy to recruit and brainwash young Pakistani teenagers, convince them to wear explosive belts and blow themselves up anywhere.

    And why is that so. Are Pakistani teenagers a little soft in the head or what. And how do you reconcile this with your earlier post saying the US citizens al Shahzad and the five musketeers were products of some country other than Pakistan.

    Reportedly India has shown a lot of interest in these groups and established contacts with elements linked to them.

    Apart from your own blog where else have you seen such reports, Time , Newsweek, The Economist, Wall Street Journal , Khaleej Times.?

    Iran has seen attacks on Shia mosques by elements claiming to be Sunnis. But there are no Sunni sectarian groups in Iran

    And the Jundullah chief recently captured by Iran is an entirely innocent man , AQ is willing to vouchsafe his innocence.Recommend

  • munna bhai

    lage raho munna bhaiRecommend

  • Zaid

    Seems all going to be finished NA BANS RAHEGI NA BANSERI BAGEGI-if mentalities are not tolerant enough…Recommend

  • Raza

    @ khadim hussain, Brother! It seems u AS WELL oversighting the main dimension of current bad law n order situation in the country but rather pointed rally orgnanizers 100% accountable for that. where is the governemnt/agencoes role. My condolence to u on being the victim of this ZIONIST CONSPIRACY followed by some government culprits (specially from ministry of interior) who are always on a will to END all these processions like AASHOORA, CHEHLUM IMAM HUSSAIN a.s, 12 RABI-UL-AWWAL, 21 Ramzan, Al-Quds, etc against all Muslims to divide them and a very big danger for ISLAM enemies., ur words reflect presence of vacuum inside ur own for some particular school of thought, Like author (AQ) u too said “Howevr Youm al Quds we always viewed as good job of Khomeini and no one oppose to spirite of that day” but later you yourself negated your words in denying the spriit of that day. Read my lines, u still have not realized the importance of Quds, if rally is meaning less, and arranged on a wink of iranian instructions, OK, what the best you did in favor of Quds, any seminar ??? conference ??? (No security issues there) This is not political issue or issue raised up by Iran, it is the question of Muslim’s Qibla-e-Awwal. Before writing up trillion lines comments, go through the history and Zionist long-term strategies against muslims. By taking Mahmood abbas’s name u again just tried to get edge of your point on others, we r not protesting for Mehmood Abbas’s right, we are protesting for our Qibla-e-Awwal’s independence. “Shia Mullah”, 10% Shia in the world , heh what can i say on this. see the things in gentle manner rather abusive or unethical manner, it is very easy to demolish the norms of each other’s sects but very difficult to see things nutrally by taking off the glasses of sectarianism.Recommend

  • Khadim Husain

    I wrote a few lines for the safety and security of shia pakistani’s. but what to do when “Kuch Sheher dey log bhi Zalim san Kugh sanhoon maran da shouq bhee see”, instead of polluting environment and calling to ban AQ learn lessons from the history that since 1400 years what paid political processions on the name of religion paid back, except representing poor shia’s to sacrifice their lives under some sectarian slogans.
    I don’t know who is aiding to which terrorist group but Sunni-Shia are parallel branches and are fighting with each other since 1400 years. In only two countries Shia’s have power in Iran and Syria, and those have either killed or put on side lines Sunnies, whereas in Syria Sunnis are in majority. Two days back Israeli abmassador of India visited and said that Sunnis (Brelvi) are true Muslims and further said that Shia and Sunni are not true, he also said that Iranian proxies are terrorists etc., published in Indian press.
    I don’t believe that Sunni and Shia are friends as a follower of religion, as a Pakistani those could be friend but not based on religion. Shia’s must get rid of sectarians mullahs first, same Mullahs agitated against Khaminai when he said that Pakistani Shia’s are using extremist form of Shia.
    Taking out processions on the name of religion is most political motivated form and any where in the world it is basic cause of confrontation such as Catholic Vs protestants Vs Orthodox etc.
    In a year one procession is ok but whole year occupying streets and keeping security forces is madness. Security agencis that were required in flood relief were deputed to please Shia’s, above 30,000 force was made busy by one day procession through out Pakistan.
    If anybody thinks that Taliban are against them then that must join army Lashkars and instead of writing comments go and fight with NATO, ISAF and allied forces. Recommend

  • Tanveer Ahmed

    Dear Sir,

    If you justified all text, it looking beatiful and easy to read.

    Thanks,

    Tanveer Ahmed.Recommend

  • Raza

    @ KHADIM HUSSAIN, AT LAST ” CAT COMES OUT OF BAG ” SO NO MORE COMMENTS, AND KEEP SPRAYING. ONE WHO ASSUMES AND PERCEIVE THE ISLAM ENEMY’S (ISRAEL) LEADERS STATEMENT AS WITNESS TO JUSTIFY HIS WORDS, THEREFORE, THERE IS NO NEED AND USELESS TO DING THE BELLS INFRONT OF HIM. ALLAH HUMMA LA’AAN DUSHMANAN-E-AHLEBAIT a.s.Recommend

  • mustafa

    i really beleive that its really america spreading hate and violece towards muslims by giving money to create hateful atmosphere between shia and sunni. Scolars live on top of the world and playing with lifes of yound muslims..america knows that if we all muslims get together and united, surely its not going to be in the intrest them.Recommend

  • Khadim Husain

    @ Mr. Raza you could not understand my point, I did not quote Israeli ambassador as his good intentions, it was just to mention what anti-Islam and Muslim bashing circles have plan to divide us and put us keep fighting with each other.Recommend