Victims of Terrorism: Our Heroes!

It was the most grieving news for the people of this city; a suicide bomb attack; killing none but on-duty policemen and innocent civilians; at least 22 of them while injured more than 70.

Tragedy struck when a heavy police presence was guarding surroundings of the Lahore High Court building on Mall Road for an anti-government Lawyers’ Protest Rally scheduled to be held in the court premises this afternoon.

Just ten minutes before the black-coated men could reach the General Post Office building, right next to the courthouse; a young man arrived at the scene on a motorbike, approached the guards and blew himself up. The result, as all saw in shock, was a mind-wreaking scene of blood and dead bodies scattered on the road.

Twenty-two people, 20 of them policemen, a tonga and a rickshaw driver as well as two passengers included.

Eye-witnesses claim to have heard the blast from at least a kilometer away and that it shook office blocks, shops, GPO and the Lahore High Court building in the vicinity.

City’s emergency service, Rescue 1122, claims to have picked up 22 dead bodies while at least 70 of the critically injured have been shifted to the Mayo, Services and Ganga Ram Hospitals.

It seems like after similar incidents of terrorism in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi last year, Lahore could not have avoided such an imminent threat.

It was truly a very sad day after such a horrific occurrence right in the heart of city’s commercial district.

We request our readers to please pray for these brave men, who either died or are lying injured and helpless on hospital beds, and sacrificed themselves while protecting us from the terror these inhuman creeds of fanatics pose to our lives.

We salute and pray for martyrs who became victims of this horrendous act of terrorism.

We salute our Heroes; the Policemen!

35 Comments so far

  1. Opee (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

    Devestated, cruel and a cold attempt. Whoever died, May Allah rest their sould in peace, I salute them!

    And make harmony among those who are injured and survived.

  2. ahan! (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

    I feel sorry for the dead policmen, but sorry they were never our heros.

    Yes if among them were some who never took bribe and always performed their duty honestly, then I do really feel sorry.

    Instead of public service they are the root of the distress common people face.

    I’m sure MUSH can sell the dead bodies for more $$$$.

  3. Opee (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

    AHAN: Not all the fingers are equal. Good and bad people are part of every race, society, religion, culture and era. They act, react and indulge themself into good and bad depending on circumstances and fate.

    All those policemen had their families behind them. How much you’re referring them to ‘take’ bribe, equally, the awaam who ‘give’ bribe are culprit of making this system worse. Don’t just count policemen responsible of bribery and bad system. Its you and me equally responsible and mud^pies as they could’ve been.

    Yes, I won’t give lame remarks calling them shaheed just because our BB can be one as well! :)

    But surely, at least, I would like to, Salute them, with all my heart!

  4. Kamran (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

    They did a lot of lives today and gave up their own. May Allah Bless them and give their families patience to deal with their loss.

    Although, I have neve been a supporter of Mush, but now I feel that now is not the time to hold elections. Lawyers should be completely banned from holding rallies until the curse is neutralized.

    May Allah protect our country, Ameen

  5. Opee (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

    ^: Ameen. I agree bro, I agree totally!

  6. KAMI (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 11:17 pm

    OPEE and AHAN those who died are not begging for your recognition, so please don’t indulge in shaheed / non-shaheed categorization, it doesn’t make any difference to those who have gone. They were a part of a disciplined force and are bound to follow orders, they don’t hold any animosities against any group, they just do their job, as told.

    In the past year so thousands of policemen / security personnel have been the victim of terrorist violence, yet our civil society has failed to recognize that fact and have indulged in senseless movement mongering, demanding more civil liberties when we had more than we ever had in the past, thus unknowingly making the job of the fanatics that much easier, distracting the police and putting every body more at risk. We should set our priorities right once and for all, fight this fanatic daemon first and deal with other issues later.

    In 2006 we were talking about Gwadar, Balochistan development, scrapping of Hudood ordinance, debating about Kalabagh dam, new investment opportunities and new industrial zones. Just look what we have done in 2007.

  7. hmmm (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    Please don’t call them heroes. what heroic thing our police has ever done? 99.99999% of them are sheers animals and criminals. have you forgot their brutalities, what they did in islamabad not very long ago? no one can say anything to them so atleast this way they will have fear in their heart next time they torture an innocent that something bad can happen to them.

  8. Opee (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 1:03 am

    Kami, true. Jo kuch nahi kartay, kamal kartay hain. Aap ki tarha.. :)

    We are quite good at it, ain’t we. Yea yea, we’re talking about CriticisM!

    Huq ha.

  9. KAMI (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 1:45 am

    OPEE there are quite a lot who are working. They are trying to bring new ideas to this country, bring investment and setup something, that will provide employment and hope. 2007 was supposed to be the year when we would have sorted out provincial autonomy, wardee, hold elections, sort out Kashmir with India and move onto to higher ground, this would have benifitted everybody, instead we choose to become Tamasha in front of the whole world, and washed our dirty laundry every where from London to Washington. This has resulted in a great set back to those who were working to build but on the other hand those working to destroy are having a ball.

  10. Opee (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 2:37 am

    Kami, suddenly I agree with you. I think there has been some miscommunication at both our ends. I agree. Pakistan was doing way good in pre-redMosque state. I agree this shouldn’t have happened. And I agree that we should commend people who have done a lot to bring investment to our country in many ways. Pakistan is indeed very well than how it was in the musical^chair days of BB/NS.

    P.S. If you please read my comment again. I never wanted them to be called Martyr. In fact my comment was rather sarcastic and against calling BB a shaheed as well. But again, thats another (unrelated) discussion. Apologies!

    But again, for the sake of betterment, recognition of good (in any amount that is left in us), I would still salute our policemen, and would continue like to do so….!

  11. HazirBaba (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 2:40 am


    did you just say….
    ….sort out Kashmir with India and move onto to higher ground, this would have benifitted everybody…

    wow, the only way MUSH would have settled Kashmir issue is by giving it all to India. Yes in a way you could have said that Kashmir is not our problem any more…

    so why not MUSH hand over the NUKES and say that we have solved this problem too….

    What a genius way to solve the problems….

  12. JayJay (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 3:29 am

    HAZIRBABA – So what is the solution for the Kashmir problem? Continuation of terrorism?

    Last 60 years have proven that Pakistan can’t wrest Kashmir from India by war or insurgency or infiltration. India will never give the valley to us on a plater during any peace setlement. We need to get over it. Idealism never works. Anyway, when we can’t control present day Pakistan, what do we have to offer to Kashmirs if somehow the disputed State becomes part of Pakistan. Only a stupid Kashmir will decide to become a Pakistani when s/he has more economic opportunities and peace and security in India.

    Forget Kashmir, worry about Pakistan, or what is left of it in the hands of the government — I am not counting here the areas almost permanently lost to Talibanization and militant Islam. We need to worry how to stop the Islmic zombies from blowing themselves up in our cities right now. Any solutions?

  13. Solution (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 10:48 am


    1. Musharraf should forgive this country and pakistan nation from his freak experiments.

    2. Judiciary should have restored under Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, so people have confidence that Pakistan has some Law and Merits.

    3. Fabricated/Q-Leaque (Opportunist/Thagu ka Tolla of establishment) support should be withdrawn from Agencies/establishment so that Political Situation neuteralizes in naturall way.

    4. Profiteers/Hoarders supported from (Shaukat Aziz Mafia/Bankers/Stock Brokers) should severly punished in front of Pakistani People.

    5. Fare and Free Election without role of Agencies/District Management Authorities.

    Immediate measures above will stablize the country and we will be on right track

    Above steps are only hard for thoes who are slaves of their own luxuries/wishes where PAKISTAN COMES LAST.

  14. Aamir (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 10:49 am

    The policemen who died are certainly heroes and may Allah(SWT) punish the planner of such attacks.

  15. JayJay (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 11:16 am

    I am not sure which side Allah will be on. One side is “sacrificing” themselves through suicide-bombings in Allah’s name to killing His creations, while the other side is seeking Allah’s support in bringing the suicide-bombers to justice for killing Allah’s creations. Quite quandary for Allah. A dilemma all around. All in His name.

  16. KAMI (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

    OPEE glad that we are in agreement, sometime you don’t get the jest from the written word and it is prone to mis-interpretation.

    HAZIRBABA the Kashmir issue would have been sorted quite a while back, if Vajpai was in power, unfortunately the subsequent Congress govt dragged its feet and when they were ready, our domestic situation was destabilized and right now they are just waiting. The solution would have been gradual with opening of borders and giving laxing travel restrictions to Kashmiri’s, it would not have been a simple handover to India or joining with Pakistan but a middle road was on the cards and some say agreed upon. But now what I see is smoke.

    Now coming to the Agencies role, its now an open secret that Osama provided 10 million dollars to bring down first BB govt (1989). that money was channelled through a federal agency and quite a lot of it found its way to Nawaz Sharif and his tola of lotaas. ISI at that time was freshly out of fighting Afghan War, it was full of religious zealots, led by Hameed Gul who wanted to export their pan-islamic product to central asia and the rest of the world, they lost some ground when BB came to power but regained it when NS ascended to the throne. But then Nawaz Sharif’s blunder brought Mush to power and after 9/11 the about turn in policy viz a viz Afghanistan began. Since then there has been a major clean up of intelligence agencies and the military establishment, but there are a lot of retired majors, captains and colonels out there, who ran training camps and fought side by side with Afghans & Arabs, the jihaadist flame still burning inside them. Those who planned and executed bombing of a commando base, masterminded attempts on Mush’s life and assassinated BB are not simple Moulvi’s. They are motivated, well trained and well funded, plus they have a network of internet hogs, who spread their message to the un-suspecting muslim youth, inciting hate and promoting chaos. If Osama can dish out 10 million dollars to over throw BB, just imagine how much he already would have spent to see Mush underground.

  17. HazirBaba (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 1:55 am


    Woww!!, “YOU-KNOW-IT-ALL”. Where do you buy these theories?

    MUSH solution for Nukes,
    – Initially humiliate hero of Pakistan, DR. AQ Khan.
    – Later based on threat from foreign coutnries, roll back the Nuclear Program and pacify the people that we don’t need nukes, we need food.
    – and then retards like you, would embrace that theory too just like his ‘englightened moderation’

  18. Zaheer (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 7:12 am

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  19. KAMI (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 11:45 am

    Yes Dr. AQ Khan was a hero, but he was also a part of proliferation network. It was not Mush who put him in the corner, but it was our pan-islamic friends namely libya and Iran who pointed the finger towards him. Libya, not only rolled back its programme but also handed over all the evidence and so did Iran. It was only tactful manouvering by mush that saved his skin.

    HAZIRBABA be under no illusion, Pakistan will be attacked by consensus if there is a slightest doubt that our nuclear assetts are not secure, even China will be in on it.

    As for me I dont need to be convinced by any body that we dont need nukes. If the millitary / civil leaders of the past had worked for the betterment of the people, their education and health instead of attacking our neighbours, we would have been a developed country by now. Those who think that Nukes or other weapons can save a nation are themselves retards, when a society starts to collapse within, and suicidal acts are justified, then no technology can save a nation.

  20. nice (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:47 pm


    Its on BBC that in AFGHAN and IRAQ, NATO forces are under attack but in Pakistan its own security people are under attack.

    Why it is so.. its because of You People. Muslims and Pakistani Nation always attacked from inside by your/Mush type of people. You people think that Pakistani Nation so easily withdraw from NUKES and its assets on the name of poverty and food. NO MAN … its not true.

    Bhutto said. “We can eat grass but will make atomic power at any cost… Pakistan has already sacrifice a lot to achieve this strength and your type of jokers cannot succeed whether in Establishment or in so called ThinkTanks..

  21. terrorvictims (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

    Terrorism does not make a difference among people. All groups and tribes should be united in the fighting terrorism and uprooted this bad omen phenomenon by cooperation of the government.

  22. mansur (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

    It’s certainly a sad moment for something like to this happen in a city like Lahore, but what’s even sadder is that, if we look at the bigger scheme of things, it’s basically a Pakistani Muslim killing a Pakistani Muslim!! That’s something to be really ashamed of! How can one ever justify that? It’ s been bugging me a lot that these so called jihadis are trained to go create unrest and havoc, but don’t they ever think they will have innocent blood on their hands?

  23. KAMI (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    NICE its the same screwed up logic to justify wrong that has landed us in this situation. Remember if you send an elephant to war, there is a strong chance that it will turn against you and mow you down and that’s, what is happenning in Pakistan. The wrong started the day some among us justified suicide bombings of even civilians, if the targets were not Muslims, whereas, the religion clearly says that its haraam and now we are ourselves the targets, even a lowly constable or a polio vaccinator is also a Kafir and his/her killing justified .

    Who is saying that Pakistani nation withdraw from its nukes, what I am saying that nukes or other weapons dont build a nation its the people to work and sacrifice for their country that makes a nation prosper. Yes, sometimes you do need to form a fist and in the recent past we did it successfully when India amassed troops across our borders, guess who was at the helm at that time?

    As I have said before if the struggle being waged in Afghanistan was a genuine independence struggle, I would be all for that, but sadly its not. The current war being waged is for a screwed up ideology which says kill gora, kill kala, kill shia, kill barelvi, kill tableeghee, kill sufi, kill panjsheree, kill hazaraas, kill barbers, kill aid workers hence kill everybody that does not agree with you. Just kill kill kill

  24. Fasahat (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 9:56 pm


    no one is trying to justify the suicide bombing(PERIOD).

    This thing came as a result of MUSH policies (PERIOD).

    I totally think MUSH is behind the bombings, just to convince the people that HE IS NEEDED to root out this problem. Because this is the way he can have more AID.

    If he gets rid of this problem, who would give aid to beggars???

  25. RE (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 1:35 am

    Yes they are herro and Pakistani in California are with the families of all the victims.
    We need to unite like we did for earthquake. We need to unite Pakistan and establish funds for all the innocents deaths in these bombings in Pakistan.
    Where are our hero’s like Tariq Aziz and all other singers need to come on TV and calm down Pakistan. For Allah Sake do it now. Many in overseas want to help the families of innocent deaths.
    Since the death of BB everything from burning to looting is well organized. Its like a war. In war enemy goes after infrastructure. Same thing they went for railway stations to Power Plants. Then even Aataa shortage is well planned to hurt Musharraf. This is all sad but real. Hate for Musharraf has blinded some in Pakistan OR to enemy. They are destroying Pakistan just to make Musharraf look bad. Very well planned and well organized.

  26. KAMI (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 3:58 am

    FASAHAT you can think whatever you like, its your prerogative combined with your PERIOD logic, you have got a very healthy mix, but try as you might, you cant put periods on someone elses thoughts.

    As for the aid for the beggars argument, I hate to take you back to the late nineties when our bank vaults were empty, our IMF instalments were being paid by China on personal requests (ask Mr. Burki he is a relative of Imran Khan) and Saudi Arabia was graciously giving us free oil, now that is what I call begging. Today, if the US and the rest of the world wants us to fight this Osama menace, which has become a Golaith largely due to their actions, then they better share the costs, its not begging, we now pay our bills and buy what we consume and get nothing for free.

    NICE quoted Bhutto’s famous comment that, “We will eat grass but will make nuclear bombs.” Well my friend what Bhutto’s policies did was bring in an economic depression through Nationalization, followed by the mass exodus of educated professionals and hardworking man power from the country and then Zia-ul-Haque with the support of Jamaat-e-Islami hanged Bhutto. After that we had a decade of war and civil unrest, it was only recently that the capital and the overseas Pakistani talent found situation conducive enough to come back and help in massive re-building process, but the forces of darkness want chaos. Can you guess which groups are the most desparate to see the back of Musharraf, to name a few Osama, Hameed Gul, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Fazlullah of Swat, Baitullah Mahsood and the insignificant ones are Imran Khan & Nawaz Sharif.

  27. Ashraf (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 8:26 am


    Its not Jamat-e-Islami, Hameed Gul and others who want to neutralize Pakistan. ITS MUSH’s own MASTERs WHO PROMISED TO TAKE PAKISTAN TO STONE AGE and are now threatening to *SECURE* the nukes.

    Its not friendship, its called renting a b!tch. Thats what they keep reminding you, from time to time.

    Well if Pakistan can’t get Kashmir by force then what the F@#K was MUSH doing at KARGIL TIME?

    Forces of darkness are ones who don’t want justice to prevail and would sack the honest judges.

    Forces of darkness are the ones whose accomplices run havoc in the country and the world, and pretend to be saints.

    Forces of darkness kill opposition leaders like Benazir Bhutto and then blame it on others

    Forces of darkness secure the rapists of Dr Shazia

    MQM, the partner of MUSH had been responsible for the carnage of 12 May, 2007. While MUSH was dancing on stage in ISB, his partners were killing citizens in Karachi.

  28. Realism (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 3:40 pm


    You are an ideal example of the paranoia and hullucination that many Pakis are suffereing from. You find problems with anyone outside Paksitan but are not ready to confront the culprits within this damned country.

    Forces are darkness are no other than your mullahs and their madrassa produced fanatics. They are bringing a bad name to Muslims and Islam due to their darkness and backwardness.

  29. KAMI (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

    ASHRAF The title of being a Nuclear Nation comes with a lot of responsibility, If Pakistan wants to be accepted as such then it will need to convivnce country. No country in the world will tolerate nuclear assetts in control of suicidals.

    As for Kargil, it was a millitary operation not a war. Siachin has been an active sector since India sneaked in during Zia’s time, in Kargil they got the taste of their own medicine and were thoroughly out foxed, however, they managed to make it a international media event, and our govt was incapable of handling that, or shall we say not ready to take on the media blitz, and subsequent pressure from Clinton.

  30. KAMI (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

    As for the Lawyers movement, if someone says that the way it was carried out was in the best interest of the country, then I will beg to disagree, yes Mush was at fault, but the judge and the the lawyers went way out of their sphere too. The govt did accept its mistake, the CJ did get restored, but then the lawyers didnt relent, they continued cursing and manhandling. The judges went Suo motto crazy, In the end they contributed to the destabilization of the country rather than anything else.

  31. KAMI (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

    To add, if we do not work with political consensus & will to disarm our society and get rid of street weapons then we are bound to see many more of such carnages, the last one commited by some over zealous PPP and ANP supporters. Sadly, I dont see this point in the manifesto of any political party or alliance.

  32. nice (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 11:39 am

    I’m not biased paid writers or any political background … what my analysis is, MQM and MUSH have no idialog.. they are like barking dogs, strips in the hands of U.S/Britan. The MQM DON is controlling this mafia from abroad.

    Karachi has abundance of Intellectuals, Engg., Literate people but MQM does not accept those.

    People of Pakistan are more intelligent and analytical now. They don’t like such rubbish philosiphy as you suggest. Most of our uniform guys have U.S/British VISA’s on and are ready to fly away after dipping this country into disastar.
    Only people will stay and fight the aggressors..

  33. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

    Let’s all pray for betterment and peace!

  34. KAMI (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

    NICE I can judge from your utterances that you are a impassionate person, you have your opinions and obviously are concerned about what is happening around you. I see that yours and my views are poles apart, but the key is you should be flexible because nothing is absolute, since my days in college my perceptions and views about my country and the world have changed a lot, heroes have became villains and villains have earned my respect, so based on our experiences, our study and the actions of the others our views change. The key to progressive thinking is not being rigid and respecting the view point of others.

    You have said that Mush and others don’t have any ideology, by saying that you have touched upon a very interesting debate. As far as I am concerned being tied to any ideology makes your thought process a prisoner of that ideology and you are immediately handicapped. Remember only change is everlasting, rigidity is doomed. Currently there are two ideologically created states in the world namely Israel and Pakistan, both have yet to achieve stability. In case of Pakistan the situation is much worse because we are still not clear about what our ideology is? Is it what Jinnah / Iqbal said? Is it what the Moulvi’s say? Is it what the military rulers say? Is it what the secular parties say? Is it what the religious parties say? Is it what the intellectuals of the right say? Is it what the intellectuals of the left say? Is it what the Jaagirdaar’s / Wadera’s say? Is it what the shia’s say or is it what the Sunni’s say? etc..etc.. You see my friend how much confusion ideology can cause.

  35. KAMI (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

    NICE you also mentioned about visa ready passports. Let me remind you when the country gets destabilized and the opportunities for its people to exercise their talents dwindle, it’s the middle classes that wind up and leave, they are the ones who are forced to look for new abodes. While the poor rarely has this option, the ruling elite tries hard to stay put and even if they are forced to leave, they will be the first to come back. The reason being that even if they have comfy homes in Swiss Alps, London or Dubai they miss people lining up to greet them, they missed flagged cars and protocol, they miss ordering people, they miss servants, they cant survive / can’t work and are forced to come back. So what do we loose? Yes, hardworking / talented professionals, (which is the worst thing that could happen to a developing nation) and what do we gain? Yes, the same old useless elitist rulers and their progeny.

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