It takes more than 8 explosions in 12 hours

As if it were news, all of us shook our heads in shock after hearing about twin suicide attacks in R.A.Bazaar this morning. Although the apparent target were the military vehicles passing through that busy route, dozens of innocent civilians became casualty to the vicious intent of bloody terrorists. The total count of victims has totaled about 39 people while injuring another 95. And that was not all of it because the terrifying morning was followed by 5 explosions, one after another, in various locations of Iqbal Town. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the second wave which happened all in a span of about 1.5 hours and allegedly caused by grenades hurled by a person riding a motorbike. Police has claimed that all 5 of these explosions were of low intensity and caused by planted time devices.

10 among the dead are military personnel - Image Source: AP via BBC News

With deep sorrow, we should console and pray for those who became victims of terrorism in Lahore today. Our prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives. May their souls rest in peace… Inna lillahe wa inna ilehe rajioon!

TTP has claimed responsibility of today’s blasts according to recent media reports. All Pakistan Traders Association has announced all markets in Lahore to be closed tomorrow i.e. Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Regardless of what happened today, one thing should be made clear to those behind such cowardly acts, and that is the fact we’re alive! and they can’t kill of all of us whatsoever they may try. As long as we keep our resolve of fighting this menace and exposing the real elements behind these incidents, we can never loose the battle.

Hence, our advice to everyone would be: be careful in venturing out to crowded and sensitive places but don’t stop living life your way for it takes more than what happened today to break our spirits…

God bless the souls of the deceased… Amen!

19 Comments so far

  1. Kaami (unregistered) on March 13th, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    Great post, but where is the resolve, despite the fact that the culprits themselves admit responsibility, for our esteemed returning leaders it is still miscreants or secret hands:

    LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N)’s chief Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned Lahore blasts, saying miscreants want to create panic in people through these blasts.

    To a press conference here, he said there should be some secret hands behind Lahore bombings and urged need for unveiling such elements.

    He also ruled out PML-N’s alleged contacts with defunct outfits


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  3. Shehzad (unregistered) on March 13th, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    @kaami
    Nawaz Sharif ki gaand me lun aur bhanchod Zardari kay mun main kuttay ka lun.

    These fuckers will keep fucking up Pakistan and killing innocent people but playing politics! While the extremist cock-suckers keep blowing people up bit by bit.

    I WANT MARTIAL LAW NOW!!!!! I WANT TO HANG EACH FUCKER IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR SITTING ON THIER FAT ASSES AND SCREWING PAKISTAN.


  4. Ali (unregistered) on March 13th, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    I was at my home in Iqbal Town when the night blasts happened. We felt two of them as the windows of our house rattled. It was a nightmare for the children. And if any foreigner is reading this we strongly believe that America is trying to weaken us for a war using India and controlling Afghanistan. The government can do very little. They attack when and where they want. This has to end


  5. Jamil (unregistered) on March 13th, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    Yes of course! It has to be a foreign hand..there is no way that any of this can be done by internal elements. Everybody is just so happy in Pakistan that some one from outside had to do this.

    This all is unfortunately the result of years of religious and political brain washing of the poor destitute individuals who have been marginalized and now have no loyalties (except political) and otherwise think they are doing it for God.

    Some one has to hold the people in govt responsible! Where the f**k are the lawyers now? Why aren’t they holding marches for this? What the f**k are the Security Agencies doing?

    And for that matter what the f**k are the maulvis doing? It took them 3 years, 200 bomb blasts and thousands of dead people to put out a fatwa banning suicide bombing! They must be having some fantastic halwa during that time. 600 page fatwa..but about 10 years too late. Its like these suicide bombers give a damn about the fatwa!

    And F**K THE MEDIA!


  6. Sadiq (unregistered) on March 13th, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    I absolutely agree with Jamil, you simply can’t pointing fingers to external elements that are causing these bombings. It’s all internal, people! Pakistanis killing Pakistanis, Muslims killing Muslims.

    Our enemies don’t have to lift a finger or spend any money to destroy us, we’re so jahil and ignorant in the name of patriotism and religion that we’ll destroy ourselves.

    Bring back martial law, the civilian leadership has failed yet again.


  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on March 13th, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    @Kaami: The best thing these so-called ‘leaders’ can do is to condemn such acts while sitting in London or Dubai. And when they somehow plan a tour of Pakistan, this verbal dressing may be followed by a foolish publicity campaign of compensating victim’s families.

    @Shehzad: What gives you an impression that we can be better-off under a Martial Law at this point in time? How naive would one be to ignore that roots of all this menace can easily be traced back to successive military regimes in Pakistan. Be it Zia’s Talibanization or Musharraf’s back tracking on major issues of national interest.

    What we should ideally do is to seriously question elected representatives from our respective areas about what the hell are they doing while in Power. It’s time they should answer, or suffer wrath of the masses.

    @Ali: To a large extent you are true in saying that this war has been imposed on us and our leadership (civilian or military, both) were absolutely unprepared for taking it up in a way that would secure Pakistan’s interests.


  8. Hasan Mubarak (hasanmubarak) on March 13th, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

    @Jamil: Yes, there are internal elements involved, no doubts about that. Zia brought sectarianism, and raised Talibans from our own population. The question is, why and how did our government and military lost control of these elements who became a proxy of foreign elements. There is also no denying the fact that War on Terror has made the world no less safe and the NATO presence in Afghanistan has had deadly repercussions nowhere as serious as in Pakistan. Hence, we need to clean up our own mess but more importantly cut off the supply and support lines provided to these internal elements by foreign forces.

    @Sadiq: I would repeat the same thing again. Only because the civilian population receives censored news under military regimes is that people start to believe that martial laws are better than civilian democracy. Why do we forget what martial law did in 1971? Why do we forget hundreds of innocent civilians dying under the aegis of military operations and labelled as terrorists later on?


  9. Asim Kh (unregistered) on March 13th, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

    You are right, we should be careful in our activities and keep our spirits high in our daily lives. May Allah Bless who have passed away in these terrorism activities.The police must increase their securities and increase more CID people. The government leaders can only condemning such acts without giving practical work examples. Public have to fight daily with rising expenses and terrorism. May Allah Bless Pakistan with better leaders in future.


  10. Kaami (unregistered) on March 13th, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

    @Hasan, as I have said a thousand times this is our own doing. Totalitarian Martial Law is a thing of the past, but remember all these freedoms that we enjoy are the courtesy of a millitary General, who believed in democracy, who was not a thief and bold enough to own his mistakes. Look what we did to him at the behest of the most corrupt and un-ruly segments of our society. We were impatient and deserve no better.

    You may find it absurd but my view is that 9/11 was a blessing in disguise for Pakistan. It afforded us the opportunity to mend our ways and part with Zia’s legacy. This was not easy due to our increased dependency on Saudi Arab and the presence of jihaadi influence in our millitary.

    I’ll be bold now, the enemy that we face is no poor ordinary Moulvi but different flanks of Saudi sponsored Wahabi fundamentalism, be that in the shape of Taliban, Al-qaeda or political orgs like Jamat-e-Islami or even PTI ( whether they know it or not, but I know who is Gen. Hameed Gul) ushered on by their media allies e.g. Hamid Mir and Shahid Masood with due support from their International affiliates / bloggers and not to forget Lord Nazir of England. Their strategy is to create chaos and deflect any blame from the crack pots, never mention the Saudi connection and almost always blame United States. Is that too hard to see?

    I am glad that the NATO forces are in Afghanistan, I got mad when Bush went on a hunting expedition in Iraq. Its good that the focus is back on the troubled spot. I thank Nawaz Sharif for one thing i.e. his oppointment of Musharraf which gave the progressive officers of our army to claw their way back again and side line the Jihaadist, for now but not without a fight. Its upto the people to know their enemy otherwise the enemy will continue to take advantage of the current mind set.


  11. Kaami (unregistered) on March 14th, 2010 @ 11:47 pm
  12. aiman1 on March 15th, 2010 @ 10:51 am

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  13. Kaami (unregistered) on March 15th, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    CM Shahbaz wants Taliban to spare Punjab

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-govt-urged-to-repeal-17th-amendment-before-zardaris-parliament-address-shahbaz-wants-taliban-to-spare-punjab-530-hh-02

    Finally he speaks and what a wonderful and brave stance. Also, it inadverdently shows, whose interests were alligned with whom. Now the Punjab will obviously be spared and the wrath of the Taliban will fall on innocents, somewhere else.


  14. pakblend (unregistered) on March 15th, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    i wonder how can someone be so cruel to play with the lives and blood of common innocent man. however i am of the view that in a situation like this we must remain optimistic because thats the only way to fight against evil


  15. insaan (unregistered) on March 16th, 2010 @ 7:48 pm


    It’s time they should answer, or suffer wrath of the masses.

    …and in other news, hell freezes over and the pigs were spotted flying over Lahore.

    Pakistani public is too used to the violence and has developed some kind of fetish for it — when the blood spills, public finds opportunity to “just get on the street” and do some looting depends on time and chance. So, the Wrath that you are talking about, public don’t even know the meaning of it — Happy in their own filth.

    Pakistani government, since the beginning (except L. A. Khan and Jinnah), is under the influence (read: puppets) of USA — ignoring the advice of friends like China — and constantly avoiding any contacts in the Asian side (except an urge to control Afghanistan). We (Pakistan) have done so much damage to ourselves due to this attitude (of a whore) and let the Americans so deep inside us (no pun intended) that we have got ourselves into a parasitical relation with US, just like the US-Israel with one difference that we’re the host in this scenario.

    On related note, to the people who are in delusion that Americans are here to “help”, go read history and try to find any example where Americans went to “liberate” and achieved any purpose. It’s the classic neo-imperialistic patterns that US is showing with a façade of “help” — this is not a new phenomenon and roots of US Imperialism goes deeper than a century back in time.

    Now, unless and until the US will pull out of Afghanistan, which is not in foreseeable future, the Pakistan situation will not stabilize — what we can do is to gradually move away from the US interests and concentrate on the Asian block, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the leading economies are in our backyard and we’re fighting a war which is not even ours! Forget India (not literally) and get the trust of Big Boys in Asia. Learn the lessons from Latin America where the countries are tightly coupled, even with their strong political differences, and masses are so powerful that US just can’t infiltrate to manipulate the government.

    Courage and Respect is required, as A. Q. Khan pointed out “Ghairat” is a rare commodity, in other words, we need to grow some balls.


  16. Kaami (unregistered) on March 17th, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

    @insaan

    There are two words in English language that pretty much accurately describe the Pakistani psyche as reflected in your post – “Paranoia” and “Dellusion”. When mixed with the vintage of self serving history these words make a very intoxicating cocktail. It seems like Pakistanis cannot get enough of it.

    First thing first when you mentioned the excetions namely Jinnah and L.A. Khan you forgot to mention that it was L.A. Khan who made the first move towards US when he totally ignored Russia and visited Washington. That eventually led to our membership of SCETO and SCENTO.That said, it was the cold war era and we choose to be on the side of the west. So what? rightly or wrongly thats how things were then.

    Now returning to our mental state. Our “Paranoia” – Some how we are the centre of the universe (despite being illeterate and practically no contribution to human development except for population) and every body else, particularly powers that be are conspiring against us. This absolves us of any resposibility for failing to educate our masses or getting rid of vested feudal interests in our society or giving up our youth to screwed up ideologs and fanatic moulvi’s.

    I found this very amusing and almost funny. You practically termed US (like the zillions of Pakistani’s) as the great Evil and floated an interesting idea of looking towards Asia, towards countries like South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and China etc. Then you encourage us to learn history and see when America helped anybody.

    Well my friend, sit back and relax and open up a real history book not a pamphlet given to you by any Jamaat-e-Islami or PTI stalwart but a real one. Go back to world War II, in which US liberated the whole South East Asia from Singapore to Japan from the Japanese Imperialists / European Coloniast. The result being country’s where US armies are the leading economies of the world today. In Japan McArthur liberated the people from the clutches of the feudals and gave them the system which can exploit the true potential of the people. In South Korea – what to say, it still has US army presense plus compare it with the state of drought in North Korea, which unfortunately excaped any brutal American occupation. Ahh Malaysia, last time I went their it was the recepient of largest US foreign investment in any country and werent we trying to emulate their model and wasnt Mohatir Mohd. very close to Mush? And then there is China, obviously a US rival but also its greatest trading partner, their interests are too inter-twined, plus dindn’t occupied China benefitted from the defeat of the Japan at the hands of US? Not to mention one of the pre-conditions set by Roosvelt to Churchill, that if US were to enter the war against Germany the British will free up colonies including India after the war ends. Hence, to some degree our independence. Am I too cosy with US or what?

    Returning to the typical Pakistani / Muslim mindset as reflected in your post, how convenient it is for us to blame our own shortcomings and blunders on others. How despite access to the markets of the west and a hard working populace we failed to live upto our potential. How miserably we failed to educate ( no foreign power restrained us). How did we manage to drag ourselves into pointless confilcts, (not only with our neighbours but lately, into far off landsand) and how miserably we failed to root out the vested interests in our own society.

    I can go on and on with the rhetoric but can just hope that the message goes across. As for A.Q Khan, I would just say …..he is part of the problem and not the solution


  17. March of Morons (unregistered) on March 18th, 2010 @ 4:30 am

    Liaqat Ali Khan went to US not by choice but by the only available alternative with the pressure of delicate timings (newly created country) and week foreign policy. You need to update your primary school knowledge.

    Go back to world War II, in which US liberated the whole South East Asia from Singapore to Japan from the Japanese Imperialists / European Coloniast.
    – “Liberated”?

    The result being country’s where US armies are the leading economies of the world today.
    – You gotta be kidding us!! you also believe in superstitions, do you?

    In Japan McArthur liberated the people from the clutches of the feudals and gave them the system which can exploit the true potential of the people.
    – Note the use of “liberated” again.

    In South Korea – what to say, it still has US army presense plus compare it with the state of drought in North Korea, which unfortunately excaped any brutal American occupation.
    – Obviously you don’t know a tiny bit of what “Economics” means!?

    Ahh Malaysia, last time I went their it was the recepient of largest US foreign investment in any country and werent we trying to emulate their model and wasnt Mohatir Mohd. very close to Mush?
    – “i think it must be right” so it must be.

    And then there is China, obviously a US rival but also its greatest trading partner, their interests are too inter-twined, plus dindn’t occupied China benefitted from the defeat of the Japan at the hands of US?
    – obviously, a US “rival”. your choice of words shows your week argument.

    Not to mention one of the pre-conditions set by Roosvelt to Churchill, that if US were to enter the war against Germany the British will free up colonies including India after the war ends. Hence, to some degree our independence. Am I too cosy with US or what?
    – No, my friend you are just a US wanna be, there is no difference between a maulvi who promises 72 virgins to suicide bombers and you who beleives in the promised messiah, the USA!.

    Anyone confusing US invasion with “liberation” is a fool, heck even the american public has started to question the neo-imperialistic methods of US government, but no, you know better about USA then its own scholars.

    On a minor note, without A. Q. Khan, you were sitting in USA with asylum visa (if you are not already) writing useless comments on a country, which once existed, called Pakistan.


  18. Kaami (unregistered) on March 18th, 2010 @ 5:43 am

    @ March of Morons

    What can I say, if you presented any arguments then I would have been obliged to respond, since that’s not the case and i am not good at cursing, so what can I say?

    However, the counter argument that you could have presented would have been the use of the “Domino Theory” by the likes of Nixon and the politics of fear as practiced by Kissenger that led to the Vietnam fiasco. By the way Vietnamese endured many times more atrocities then any Muslim country but today they export from corriander to hi-tech electronics to US markets.

    As an argument you could have also mentioned the toppling of the popular socialist Irani Prime Minister Mussadeque by the CIA with the help of the Mullah’s, which eventually led to the totalitarian regime in Iran that we have today.

    Or, you could have also mentioned the illegal invasion of Iraq driven by the screwed up Neo-Con philosophy, implemented by jar heads like Bush and Cheney.

    But you did not, the countries that I mention do owe their progress to US. And the word “liberated” in the context of World War II and the Japanese cruelty is 100 percent justified. Sorry, to say you dont have an inkling of what Japanese occupution was like. Do you know how many million Chinese, Koreans, phillipinos, malay’s etc were murdered in cold blood by Japanese millitary. And how many Chinese were used as human ginae pigs in the testing of Chemical weapons. The governments of these countries still demand official apology from Japan. In that sense US whatever its intersts in the region was indeed a liberator.

    As L.A. Khan i said, he went o US, so what a big deal, it was the height of the cold war and we got suprior weaponary from the states compared to what India got from USSR. Highlight being the Saber Jets.

    As for A.Q. Khan, if I went into it and the Pakistani Nuclear fiasco, it will require another full length post. However, I will say this much, “No nation can be secured by bombs or slogans if its crumbling from inside”. Those who believe thats the case then they live in a fools paradise.

    You need not worry about my status any where, being 100% Pakistani educated professional, I served my country for a major majopr portion of my carrier and still have quite a lot invested in this country. The point that I was trying to make was that as Pakistani’s its about time we stopped blaming others for our own predicaments. Yes, others do act in their own interests (whether right or wrong) but its upto us to guard our own. The leaderships of Singapore, Malysia, South Korea, Taiwan etc are commendable in leveraging their good relations with US for the betterment of their people. We have miserably failed in this regard.


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