Lahore blast: When will the barbarity end?

Published: February 17, 2015
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Today, at 1pm, a suicide bomber blew himself up right outside the Police Lines in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP

Today, at 1pm, a suicide bomber blew himself up right outside the Police Lines in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP Today, at 1pm, a suicide bomber blew himself up right outside the Police Lines in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP Today, at 1pm, a suicide bomber blew himself up right outside the Police Lines in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP

February 17, 2015. Two months and one day after the unimaginable tragedy of the Peshawar Attack, Lahore has been targeted today.

Today, at 1pm, a suicide bomber blew himself up right outside the Police Lines in Lahore. So far, as reports have suggested, there have been about eight causalities but the number is expected to rise. Emergency has been declared in hospitals and other prominent buildings. The city has been struck by terror by once again.

Only yesterday, I came across the video of the attack in the mosque in Hayatabad, Peshawar. The video sent shivers up my spine. Every gunshot made me skip a heartbeat, and when the bombs flew inside the mosque, my jaw simply dropped. The video was just not digestible.

We as a nation have grown so immune to these tragic events that it is almost baffling to see that no one really reacts to it anymore. When the news of this blast went up on social media and TV channels, it was shocking to read comments from people saying that the news wasn’t newsworthy and that news agencies were thriving on ‘sensationalism’ rather than ‘journalism’.

How was this not newsworthy and when will this madness come to an end?

I have searched for answers that have only led me to conspiracies as to why this all is happening to my country. Who are these people who want to hurt us and bomb us back to the stone ages? It is certainly not any religious fundamentalist. It just cannot be. You know why? Because if you see that video, where they are mercilessly killing people in a mosque, I can’t be led to believe that anyone who is touched by my religion in the slightest of all manners can do this. These people are barbarians. They aren’t fit to be called humans. I don’t care who these hooligans are and for today I do not want to know.

Let me tell you why so – because it doesn’t matter. You and I can’t do anything but protest, hold vigils, and be keyboard jihadists. We all don’t have it in us to be someone like Jibran Nasir. For if we did, I can assure you of one thing, we would be seeing a lot of things changing around us, there will be no hate speech, there will be no merciless killings and it also might just be a saner place to live in. But alas, there is only one Jibran, and not many of us have it in us to be like him.

Lahore, The City of Gardens, is in flames today. The same city which is soon going to be hosting the much awaited Lahore Literary Festival this coming weekend, featuring some high profile guests on its program schedule. It is the same city that has been known for peace and its historical beauty. As if it doesn’t hurt enough to see the terror in Peshawar and Karachi that now Lahore is being targeted.

At 2pm, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) Faction, Jamaatul Ahrar, claimed the responsibility for the attack. This is the same faction whose spokesperson threatened the civil society in a call that was made viral online to take back its FIR against Abdul Aziz who has been involved in hate speech.

As always, today I am left with a heavy heart. With all the security measures that are being taken, yet there seems to be no end to this prevailing insanity. I end this by sending out my heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and pray of the injured. I also achingly hope to know that someday Fazlullah and the likes of him will have met with an end that leaves as a lesson for all mankind.

Zara Hafeez

Zara Hafeez

A digital marketer, writer, a history buff, volunteer for humanitarian causes for The James Caan Foundation, UNICEF Promise for Children, among others and a tea-aholic. She tweets as @zara_hafeez (twitter.com/zara_hafeez)

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

  • Anwar Kamal

    ISI should stop funding to the terrorist organization of Bangladesh.Recommend

  • Nida

    And again someone called and claimed responsibility for the bombing? And again someone will call again and will claimed responsibility for the next bombing……… And we still will not be able to pin point from where the call has been made//\……Recommend

  • Parvez

    When our army is busy pruning the branches of the terrorist tree….our political government is making ‘ noise ‘ but protecting its roots…….in such a situation it is difficult to get results and well will see more such attacks.Recommend

  • bigsaf

    While it was said rhetorically, they are our religious fundamentalists or religo-political ideologues and must be acknowledged as thus. This is important, otherwise Jibran Nasir wouldn’t be specific about what and whom he’s protesting. To ignore it would be ignoring the root of the problem, failing to identify the culprits (which many Pakistanis choose to do with self-deceiving denials and gives room to deflect with ludicrous theories) and the solution for deradicalization to halt the militancy.Recommend

  • Trollslayer

    The barbarity will stop when your intelligence agencies stop cultivating terrorists to use as a foreign policy tool in neighboring countries. Recommend

  • Sid

    @Zara Hafeez
    Try cutting the roots of this evil. Every nation in this world cannot be wrong if they say that ISI and Pakistani army has by indoctrination poisoned the Pakistani society by encouraging chronic intolerance towards anything non muslim which includes muslims whom they think are not muslim enough. Fix your text books and education system. Stop supporting any form of violent Jihad no matter how noble the cause is. Try doing this and maybe your next generation won’t have to keep asking these questions again.Recommend

  • Gulchand Mehta

    Gordon Brown could be hired to run the country.
    5 year contract. $15 million [US] per year.
    He will fix the country. There is no one else.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    As soon as the extremist madrassas(which the PMLN government is protecting with all their might) are closed down for good. When the extremist mullahs preaching in the streets are hauled off to courts and then the gallows. When the extremist preachers are taken to task and then executed.
    All in all it will not end until all extremist sympathizers and the so called “educated” extremists are dealt with.Recommend

  • ab1990

    I was sad before because we couldnt take revenge for mumbai attacks.

    But now I am happy to see how pakistanis are doing great in killing each other almost everyday.

    This is called karma.Recommend

  • Pookie Shy

    It was indeed a soul piercing act of violence but it requires close consideration why this happens repeatedly. It is because people have forgotten Allah and they want someone to save them and protect them, May that be the police, the army or the government. There again they forget that the only One who has the power to protect all and provide for all, he is Allah the Almighty. Remember , Is Allah not sufficient for us servants?Recommend

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8559594100366660134#allposts Supriya Arcot

    Death of any kind is nothing to be ‘happy’ about. The ones dying are mostly innocents. I am sure that those guilty of Mumbai or any other attacks are safely enclosed in their big mansions .Recommend

  • malaysian

    You are right. If every literate Pakistani fully understand the real meaning and implication of ” karma” perhaps it would be a major step forward.Recommend

  • US CENTCOM

    The need of the hour is to stand united against anyone who poses a threat to the safety of our land and people. It is disheartening to see innocent people getting killed on a regular basis. At the same time, we must not give up and continue to counter the common threat of terrorism throughout shared cooperation and assistance. I am hopeful of seeing peace prevail throughout the region.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • T chaudhry

    Yes Zara, you are right, these cruel people are using the name of religion to justify their heinous crimes. They are not worthy of being called even humans. Any person who has a single grain of humanity could not even think of such acts. Religions promote humanity and compassion. Islam came to instill human values in people and it is a double grief for us to know that Islam’s name is being tarnished.Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    sad, recall reading exact same headline 5 years ago:(

    keep hopingRecommend

  • Iftekhar Khokhar

    Proxy wars have destroyed us!!! Further to this, ineptitude at all levels is fatal. Save my country, Pakistan. Please, for God’s sake do the needful. The earliest the better.Recommend

  • BlackHat

    The Army “pruning the branch of the terrorist tree” is the problem. The Army should be chopping down the trunk and digging out the roots( which the political government is protecting). Pruning will result in luxurious growth in the near future.Recommend