Three minor explosions at Qaddafi Stadium

Panic has spread among people of the city after three consecutive explosions rocked the Punjab Institute of Languages and Alhamra Cultural Complex located within the Qaddafi Stadium Complex. Fortunately, there were no casualties and only about three people are reported to have received minor injuries.

This time, target of terrorism is Lahore’s premier cultural event, the World Performing Arts Festival which was taking place at Alhamra and was to conclude tomorrow. The iconic festival is one major attraction of the city’s arts & culture scene and brings hundreds of international artistes, singers, musicians and performers to the delight of entertainment-starved Lahoris

Although cafeteria of the Punjab Institute of Languages showed some signs of shattering, the damage done by the miscreants is far more iconic and psychological than physical or material. But, we are neither moved nor afraid of these cowardly acts. We will surely fight back and continue doing so till each one of these elements is eliminated from our society.

27 Comments so far

  1. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on November 23rd, 2008 @ 12:11 am

    ab ager yeh karachi main hua hota to yaqinan Taliban ka naam aa gaya hota ab tak. per mere sath betha banda keh rah ahai k Zardari nay karwaye hon gay :D


  2. kaami on November 23rd, 2008 @ 1:22 am

    I don’t subscribe to pointing fingers and naming names, when such events occur. It was a cultural event and every body knows who are the usual suspects when such events are sabotaged. But lets not get into that argument, its too early for that.

    @Duffer as for the various bomb explosions in Karachi there is no dearth of evidence about the fundamentalist groups involved in those, please don’t draw any conclusions / comparisons, as I said its too early to put blame on any body in the pot purri that is Pakistan.

    I agree with Hasan the best way to fight this is to keep on doing what you were doing with renewed vigor and not coy down and submit to black mail.


  3. sceptic on November 23rd, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    Duffer – Can you please make it clear if you subscribe to what "mere saath betha banda" stated. Do you seriously believe that anyone but a Jihadi/Talibanic organisation can indulge in an attempt to terrorise the participants of a social/cultural event? Rather than beating about the bush, we should have the moral courage of naming and identifying the culprits. By not blaming Takfiris (who are not afraid to kill non-literalist fellow co-religionists) and Talibanic elements, we are tacitly supporting their terrorists acts.


  4. kaami on November 23rd, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

    @sceptic you said it man!


  5. wkhang on November 23rd, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

    Hey people can you explain me what is the meaning of "World Performing Arts Festival", is it the same thing which we have in Dimond Market Lahore ? or we can say that we have twist it and made it more civilized so we can give a name "World Performing Arts Festival".

    Look Peer Zada Brothers what they are upto, they are trying to make whole Lahore Dimond Lahore >>>

    Be Pak


  6. uknowme2002rd on November 24th, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

    After Sunday’s Meeting of Lahore Bloggers at LUMS I had a chance to get past that area. And the police people really screwed every passer by at Liberty Roundabout. Opened the boot of cars checked from inside.

    All I don’t know is that why we people can’t be proactive. Whats the problem in taking appropriate measure before hand. May it be Lahore or any other city we need to proactive instead of being postoperative after crying over the spilt milk.


  7. tperacha on November 24th, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

    yeah blame this on jehadis/taliban/or anyone who has a long ‘darih.’ it beats me that no one is talking abt or even considering how some external forces could be behind incidents like these. but i guess since that would take too much effort on our law agencies part, y not just blame it on ‘usual’ suspects. pathetic.


  8. kaami on November 25th, 2008 @ 12:31 am

    @tperacha, like I said earlier I will not point fingers on any groups (despite the fact that we all know who are the ones most distressed by any cultural activity) because it could be any one trying to exploit the situation. However, I will not also second the external hand theory, because we have done that for quite a while, ultimately its our own people that perpetrate such acts, regardless, the group they belong to is backed by Saudia, Iran , US, India, Afghanistan or Al-Q.

    @wkhang, I know where are you coming from and it’s not your fault, the wadera- religio society in which you have grown up labels those that work with their hands as “Kammi” , singers / musicians as “Meerasee” and all other arts as “Faltoo”. That was the case during the dark ages of Europe and sadly it’s the case in Pakistan of the Modern Era. The Pirzada family is part of the cultural heritage of this city that includes the late Rafi Pir, his sons and daughter in law. So are Faiz, Sufi Tabassum, Noor Jahan, Mehdi Hasan, Agha Hashar, Isfaq Ahmed, Bano Qudsia, Munir Niazi, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Maharaj Kathak, Ustaad Amanat Ali Khan, Barey Ghulam Ali, Chotay Ghulam Ali, Muanwar Zareef, Kamal ahmed Rizvi and countless other actors, writers, musicians and singers who called Lahore their home and made it rich and beautiful with their talents. Do you know of any Lahore Molvi who will be revered and remembered like them.

    My friend music is life and when the music stops (i.e. your heart stops beating), you are no more.


  9. Hasan Mubarak (hasanmubarak) on November 25th, 2008 @ 2:17 am

    Besides, personal accounts of people who were actually there suggest these were no more than mere gas cylinder blasts in the kitchen. Media made all the hype around it and sensationalized them into bomb blasts…


  10. wkhang on November 25th, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

    @ Kami,

    I knew you will stamp me : ), hey you are not the first one who did this there were lots of other people who stamped me even my room mates :), but guess what you keep fallowing those singers and I try to fallow Quran & Mohammad (PBUH) Path. : )

    Hey as per you:

    " So are Faiz, Sufi Tabassum, Noor Jahan, Mehdi Hasan, Agha Hashar, Isfaq Ahmed, Bano Qudsia, Munir Niazi, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Maharaj Kathak, Ustaad Amanat Ali Khan, Barey Ghulam Ali, Chotay Ghulam Ali, Muanwar Zareef, Kamal ahmed Rizvi and countless other actors, writers, musicians and singers who called Lahore their home and made it rich and beautiful with their talents ".

    Baray Nam Yad han yarrr I dont blame you Friend, but also dont forget " WHO WE ARE !!!

    My duty was to show you what you are upto.


  11. sufisahib on November 25th, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

    @wkhang

    please do let me know "who we are". i think i missed out on that one.


  12. sceptic on November 25th, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    wkhang – Somehow you post gives an impression that you believe yourself as the righteous one who has to shoulder the heavy responsibility of showing the way to (the deviated) others. The use of words like "who we are", "my duty", "I fallow (sic) …" smack of your self-righeousness. When logic failed, you did not feel any compunction in employing the tool of religion "Quran and Muhammad (PBUH)" to give some weight to your argument. Please come down from your high horse of the "correct" way, and engage in a debate with logic, reason and an open mind, if you must.

    Nobody can force anyone into Heera Mundi or a kotha or a cultural programme. Nobody is holding a gun against anyone’s head to participate in a performing art festival. If such activities do not fit into your values, ignore them. However, one should refrain from employing ones personal values to judge others. Others may have different set of values. Live, and let live. There is no right or wrong way.


  13. kaami on November 25th, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    @HASAN thanks for the update, it didn’t look like the work of a fanatic group, because they are more professional, methodical and brutal. The most I suspected was a University student group, but thanks for clearing it up. Sadly, this is the story of our times, where a cylinder or transformer blowing up becomes the “Breaking News” and all hell is let lose.

    @wkhang, when sceptic speaks, there is nothing more for me to add. However, I sympathize with your stamping ordeals and will not hesitate to admit that I love your style reminds me of Naheed Akhtar’s song:

    Allah hee Allah kya karo
    Dukh na kisi ko dya karo

    So the point is, whatever your belief system, as sceptic has said above, “Live and let Live”.

    Bulleh Shah said:

    Masjid dhaa de, Mandir Dhaa de
    Dhaa de jo dhaa sakdaa hey
    Par kisi da dil na dhavein
    Jey Rab dil witch vasdaa


  14. wkhang on November 25th, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    @ Kaami,
    lolzzzz
    Nice said I do read Bulleh Shah also, " Par kisi da dil na dhavein
    Jey Rab dil witch vasdaa ", It did touched me again.

    But for some reasons sceptic looks like he is upset from my description or comments. I have no more argument with you because your expression shows that you and me are on the same page.

    @ sceptic,

    We do not required a " LOGIC " to worship Allah or fallow the path of Mohammad (PBUH) and for FYI I do not requird any weight for my comment we are not fighting here or I am not here to win a gold madel :).

    Dude I am not even using Islam to come up in this Blog, my friend RELAX,
    I am not judging any one values here aswell.

    Dude, you can live your life however you want to live, Enjoy Man, I will keep trying to walk on right path, Hey I am not what you think or made a picture of me in your mind : ), dude I also do mistakes and keep doing it, but I also try to stop myself of doing such things.

    One of my friend infect he is my room mate, he have the same TONE that you have, as per you:

    " Nobody can force anyone into Heera Mundi or a kotha or a cultural programme. Nobody is holding a gun against anyone’s head to participate in a performing art festival. If such activities do not fit into your values, ignore them. However, one should refrain from employing ones personal values to judge others. Others may have different set of values. Live, and let live. There is no right or wrong way ".

    There is RIGHT AND WRONG.

    RIGHT IS ALLAH AND WRONG IS OUR NEW CULTURE.

    PEACE


  15. kaami on November 25th, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    @wkhang
    So it’s your belief, not mine or “sceptics”, let it be that way.
    Let me share with you a prayer that I hope would be my saviour, it goes like this:

    “Oh God if there is a God. Save my soul if I have a soul”

    See this way you get maximum coverage :-)

    As for CULTURE, it’s the way people live, it is not stagnant and in these technology driven times, keeps on changing every instance. So don’t worry about it too much, as Bulleh Shah said, "Just don’t hurt anybody".


  16. wkhang on November 25th, 2008 @ 11:57 pm

    Kaami,

    I am confused, lets get this straight, let me ask this question.

    Are you Muslim ?


  17. Hasan Mubarak (hasanmubarak) on November 26th, 2008 @ 12:04 am

    Culture should not be mixed with vulgar exploitation of artistic expression and as far as certain limits are defined to be adhered to by everyone, I see no harm in promoting such a culture.

    World Performing Arts Festival generally has nothing to do with ‘Mandi’ culture and these guys are promoting the softer side of the majority population of Pakistan. There is nothing wrong in that.

    Besides, we need not get into a religious debate on what is allowed or not; one thing is for sure, Islam does not promote any kind of agression against the common people. So there is no point in justifying any such act under the cover of religion.


  18. sufisahib on November 26th, 2008 @ 12:05 am

    since when would that matter?? by your muslim definition their is only one god. now that god in your eyes is there for and created all beings. thus all your ongoings about allah being right, that should count for all people, whether they believe in him or not. or do you honestly believe that the christians’ (jews’ … whatever monotheist religion) god is a guy sitting on a cloud next to allah?? – sorry for that cheap metaphor


  19. kaami on November 26th, 2008 @ 12:57 am

    Agreed with HASAN, lets not make blowing up of couple of cylinders into a religious debate.

    Nobody seriously hurt, that’s good enough for me.

    @wkhang, No! I am an athiest.


  20. wkhang on November 26th, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

    For Sure no one is hurting here anyone : ), nor trying to justifiying anything, have you sean any agression into our comments ? well ya all can enjoy the so called the soft corner : ). I know whats going on into those soft corners.

    @ Kaami,

    My brother no nead to worry or stressed, you have resolved the conflict by answering the last question. I think you were trying to say atheist meaning disbelief in or denial of the existence of Allah or gods. With this End of conversation and wish you good luck.

    Whenver you think you required some help just call me, I will be more than happy to do it.

    Peace


  21. sceptic on November 26th, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

    Wkhang – May I know what help can you offer to an atheist and what made you think that Kaami may need assistance from someone? Is this offer available to others too?


  22. kaami on November 26th, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

    @sceptic you are wrong, I do need @wkhng’s help, unlike IUNKNOWN and his clan, once wkhang realized where I was coming from and what I believed in, he accepted it. If we have more like him in our country, those with respect for others beliefs, preaching but not imposing, this would be a much better place. Wkhang reads Bulleh Shah and his poetry has that calming effect on the reader / listener.


  23. kaami on November 26th, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

    @wkhang don’t worry about me, I am stress free and happy, I enjoy life to the hilt. In fact, the only things that makes me upset are the stupid choices that my country men make by following certified thief’s and ideological fools, wasting their energies on idealistic nonsense / stupid causes instead of building, progressing and utilizing the enormous human resources of this god forsaken land.


  24. wkhang on November 26th, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

    100% AGREED WITH KAAMI !!


  25. wkhang on November 26th, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

    @ sceptic,

    I just tried it, I am not a Mullah or Molvi who can give the whole lecture but a simple guy, who knows the basics. So if you required some help regarding any issue which you may have.

    I will try my best to do so. : )


  26. kaami on November 27th, 2008 @ 12:34 am

    @wkhang on second thought, I hope you are not the one whose ad campaigns are painted all over the walls of this country. "Har kism kee Jismani, Roohani Uljhan aur kamzooree key Ilaaj ke liyea rujoo kee jiyea – Amil Wkhan-g-Baba. Parde kaa intizaam moujood hey"

    Please tell me that this is not your attempt to tap into the lucrative cyber market.
    Just kidding have fun always.


  27. wkhang on November 27th, 2008 @ 2:43 am

    Hey atlast you smile : ),



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