Suicide attacks at Data Darbar

Three suicide bomb blasts have killed at least 30 people at the shrine of Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh in Lahore. More than 40 (some sources even quoting 80) people have been injured, some of them seriously, and taken to various hospitals in the city. Two of the blasts happened inside the compound while another one blew in the adjoining bazaar. Geo TV reports that even a hand grenade was found in the ablution area of the shrine. Thursdays are very busy days at Sufi shrines, especially Data Darbar, where thousands of Lahorities and people from across the country come to pay respects to the great Saint.

One of the blasts took place just outside the Shrine - Source: Dawn News

Lahore derives it’s Sufi heritage from dozens of saints and holy men out of which Data Sahib shines out the most. The city itself is lovingly known as ‘Data di Nagri’ (Data’s Town). An attack on this very symbol of harmony, humanity and peace, as well as at something more like our city’s identity, strikes at the very heart of every Lahori.

The news comes as a very sad and shocking reminder of the fact that these terrorists have no religion, faith or humanity left  in their hearts. These people are bloody killers who do not target minorities, Shias or Ahmedis only, rather, they would go to any extent in order to spread what they call ‘terror’. But they are badly mistaken for with every such incident, resolve of the people of this city against their twisted ideology becomes stronger and firmer.

We pray for the souls of the deceased – may all of them rest in peace. Amen!

(There is another rumor of an attack near Mizar of Bibi Pak Daman – the news has not been confirmed so far)

7 Comments so far

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  2. daud munawar (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2010 @ 4:42 am

    We have to get rid of exterimists.It is a cancer which is destroying Pakistan.We need surgical procedure and pretty detailed one.Ruthlessness would be kidness.We need General Azam of 1953.This is Jahad e Akbar and we
    must do it. This is the only way Pakistan can be saved.We never serve milk
    to snake but alway crush his head.

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  4. Sageattar (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    The man who blown himself up was in dawateislami’s (one of the most popular jammat whose purpose is to spread the sunnah) getup and trying to show the world that this is a terrorist organization but sorry to say in this way they will get more popularity. As its easy to buy the green turban from the market and white suit so if someone will attack having that type off getup does not mean that he is from dawateislami. Terrorist can change there getup to fullfil there aims as by wearing the Fauji uniform they did in GHQ. I LOVE DAWATEISLAMI

  5. Don Cox (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

    “We have to get rid of extremists.It is a cancer which is destroying Pakistan.”

    Not only Pakistan. Iraq and Algeria are among the other countries where jihadi terror is active.

    I would suggest that the security forces of various countries should cooperate, but unfortunately there are often jihadis embedded in the security forces themselves. So cooperation might do more harm than good.

    Mosques and madrassas sponsored by Saudi Arabia can be a major source of extremism. Some very intolerant teachings come out of Saudi Arabia.

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  7. Yasir Imran Mirza (unregistered) on July 4th, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    It has been a sad day and worst day. We must condemn politicians sleep. There could be only one case

    They are sleeping
    They allow this to happen themselves.

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