Scenes of death and destruction at Lower Mall

Scene of the Suicide Bomb Blast at Recue 15 Station - Photo by Saad Sarfraz Sheikh at Demotix

Scene of the Suicide Bomb Blast at Rescue 15 Station - Photo by Saad Sarfraz Sheikh at Demotix

It was not unexpected after the Government launched an all-out military action against the militants in SWAT that they will hit back harder this time. Again, the phenomenon of suicide bombings is not new; we have now been going through this for the last two years while losing thousands of innocent people and a former Prime Minister. What’s new is the scale and sophistication of these blasts.

Policemen posted at Rescue 15 station in front of the CCPO Office on Fatima Jinnah Road became victims to this reality when a Toyota Hiace screeched past security barriers and unleashed destruction on their glistening new office building. Six masked men are reported to have opened fire indiscriminately followed by a horrific explosion believed to be a suicide one. So far 30 people including 10 policemen have died with about 200 more reported injured. The police authorities have arrested some four suspects out of which two did not even look like one on TV (I mean which terrorist is civilized enough to carry an handkerchief and smile at the cameras).

There is no doubt about the fact that terrorism is Pakistan’s own problem but equally true is the fact that local elements are getting strong support from external forces. We were facing the challenge which was already unbearable and then our Government started a military campaign in populated areas of SWAT. Why was it difficult for our Government to understand the scale of humanitarian crisis resulting from such a major offensive? Today we have forced 2.7 million civilians to flee their homes, abandon their crops, cattle and belongings only to face rejection and nonacceptance by political and societal forces in their own country.

Today’s incident on Lower Mall should be attributed to the mistakes of our past. But the way we are dealing with the crisis in Swat and resulting displacement in millions, we are only brewing ground for a darker and more insecure future.

More Photos of the incident by Saad Sarfraz Sheikh

6 Comments so far

  1. Scenes of death and destruction at Lower Mall | Lahore Metblogs « euraktiva (pingback) on May 27th, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

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  2. tperacha on May 27th, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

    may Allah help THIS nation in times like these and UNITE us in tackling this menace. Please pray for the victims and help them in whatever way you can.


  3. xentric2005 on May 28th, 2009 @ 5:09 am

    I want to tell Lahories to rise from this, we are very resilient people and we wont let these cowards to pin us down. Lahore will rise and rise higher and stronger than ever before Insha Allah. My prayers for the dead and their familes.


  4. alikami on May 29th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

    its not lower mall .. :)


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