Suicide Blast in Peshawar

Highly tense situation has gripped Peshawar, capital of the North West Frontier Province, where a suicide bomb blast killed at least 5 people and injured another 20 outside an Imam Bargah this evening. Among the injured are again a couple of policemen on duty.

Rangers, Army and Police have been deployed in large contingents at Imam Bargahs all across Lahore to avoid any untoward incident in the city after crowds started protesting in Peshawar’s streets.

Muharram is one of Islam’s holiest months and is a sensitive time to spark sectarian violence between the two major sects of the religion. But this time, target of the dark forces is just not a single sect as we have seen too much bloodshed all through 2007 and the new year has not been any calmer.

We seriously pray that calm and peace prevails in the rest of the country over this weekend (Ashura) and throughout the election days.

28 Comments so far

  1. Ghazala Khan (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

    I fully share your pain and grief here:


  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    :(( inallaha wainna alaih e rajeon
    This weekend is so crucial, May god bless us with peace and harmony. ameen.

  3. HazirBaba (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

    I hope this 9 and 10 muharram pass peacfully.

    Nothing I can do but just pray.

    May Allah clean the hearts of Shias and Sunnis and make them brothers, Ameeen.

  4. mana-ji (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 12:42 am


  5. Opee (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 1:49 am

    Mana Ji, your comment is totally irrelevant to the topic under discussion!

    Hazir baba, I seriously doubt that it has anything to do with shia/sunni fights. I strongly think it is not. They are already brothers like sunnis to sunnis are.. and shias to shias are. Foremost, they are muslim and this makes their bond strongest! May Allah keep them unite, as they are. And give Hidayah to those who are trying to break our brotherhood. Ameen.

  6. SELF (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 2:44 am

    Apparently same place was hit same day last year as well.

  7. KAMI (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 3:43 am

    I agree with SELF, this is a plain Terrorist Act to incite hatred and bring misery. There are no Shia Sunni riots happenning in the country, in fact it has been years since any such riot broke out in any major city except for incidences in Gilgit and Quetta.

    The culprits are the same folks that went on target killing spree of Shia doctors and procession bombing in Karachi, but were eventually wiped out with the help of the communities, who helped identify the culprits many of them were arrested and killed. They have spawned out of a screwed up ideology which is wrapped in death and blood, and preaches hate.

  8. KAMI (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 3:45 am

    I agree with OPEE rather

  9. JAYJAY (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 4:32 am

    The blogger and many of the commentators have offered “generous” prayers to bring about peace in this forlorn country. However, if the amount of prayers offered by us during last 60 years and their proclivity to go unanswered is anything to go by, we should stop bothering the Heavans. Prayers have never worked, and will never work. Only actions are rewarded. Spirituality, if ever, works in private, not in public.

  10. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 10:03 am

    @Jayjay: Quite true. And we’ll have to speak out, openly against the spread of sectarian/provincial/ethnic/political divide and the killings that ensue.

    This is our country and we have to take the responsibility of defending it from alien ideologies.

    But how? How can we bring real change; and that too for the better??

  11. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

    @JJ: Naa naa, dua and dawa both work together. With prayers, continuous effort is needed, which we lack on the whole.

  12. Indian (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 5:21 am

    “But how? How can we bring real change; and that too for the better??”

    Simple. Leave Islam and become a humanist. Islam and peace are fundamentally incompatible. I am not saying this as a troll but as a genuine well wisher of good human beings.

  13. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 9:29 am


    Your knowledge of Islam is zero. Observe your own “Hindu” history of India since 1947 and how many pogroms have been carried out against Indian minorities.

  14. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

    kia masla hay is ko?

  15. Indian (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

    Aamir Ali,

    Why don’t you enligten me with the number of killings done in India vs pakistan.

    Do you remember how many bengalis were killed in 1971. 3 million. We have to do Gujarat 2002 riots some 5000 times to match that figure.

  16. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

    Everyone please stay to the topic. Thank you!

  17. Murtad From Lahore (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 4:03 am


    You have hit the nail right on the head. Unfortunately you will be flamed here not for the message you wrote, but for your nationality. Pakistanis can take criticism from fellow pakistanis, but can not take the same criticism from Indians. Their mindset does not allow that.

    In Islamic nations, well certainly in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, history starts with, and is almost entirely composed of, Islam. Most aren’t familiar with the great ideas that have advanced humanity and brought the Anglo world to such prominence today. Instead one finds numerous conspiracy theories for the thieving infidels and the victimized Muslims.

    A noxious result one witnesses is Muslims who love to arrive and live in the West while simultaneously loathing the foundations on which it is built.

  18. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 7:01 am


    The figure of 3 million is bogus propaganda, dont forget who sponsored the Bengali rebels: India. You sponsor rebels then accuse Pakistan of “atrocities”? This is hypocricy more than humanism.

    You may also read some Indian history to find out how many thousands of Sikhs were killed in the 1980’s and how many thousands of Muslims were killed in Ayodhya,Kashmir and lets not forget: Partition. There are many many other anti-minority killings in India as well.

    Not only is your knowledge of Islam zero, your knowledge of Indian history is poor as well.

  19. Indian (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2008 @ 6:38 am


    two of my messages have been deleted. Shows the intellectual capability of you pakistanis.

  20. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:46 am


    They were deleted probably because they were irrelevant nonsense. Pakistanis want to stop abuse of religion for nefarious purposes, they dont want to eliminate religion itself.

  21. Opee (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:55 am

    Indian Said: Owainnnnnnnnnnn.. “”” two of my messages have been deleted. “”” Owainnnnnnnnnnn..

    I pity you. Pity, pity!

  22. Indian (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:57 am

    No, they contained references to 3 million genocide of 1971. Anyhow we indians do understand why Pakistanis are too ashamed to talk about it.

  23. Indian (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 1:06 am

    watch this wonderful video to learn about the pervasive culture of hatred in Pakistan which is the sole cause of the present situation in Pakistan. A suicide bombing almost on a daily basis. You guys don’t even leave children in your hate filled existence.

    Now go ahead and delete this message. That’s what you are capable of.

  24. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 3:52 pm


    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

    Stay to the point my friend. We still welcome you here regardless of your continuous preaching of hatred :)

    Peace for all!

  25. Indian (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

    I am exposing hatred in your society. How does that tantamount to preaching hatred?

    In my long experience with debating with pakis in various foras, I learned one thing. Pakis believe in “hate the sin, but not the sinner”.

  26. Kite (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

    @Mr. Indian:

    first of all, you are conveniently using the word “pakis”, while the real word is pakistanis… Pakis, in case you are unaware, is a derogatory term used in similar context as “nigger”.

    Second, you are upset because… “Pakis believe in “hate the sin, but not the sinner”… :)… and “sinner” as defined by “you” is pakis themselves… yet you also say you aint preaching hatred… now any 4 year old can tell you that your logic here is completely twisted… and let me add, ridiculous.

    third, the video you have uploaded. I am sure you believe that you saw 160 million people in the video chanting “hate the elephant… hate the cow.. slogans”… i could only see a few dozen people chanting “freedom”. Maybe i didn’t pay attention.

    fourth, all your points above are completely childish, depicting a serious lack of mental depth, perverted mindset, and hate oriented agenda. Why are you even debating anything in this forum when you yourself seem to admit that nobody takes you seriously on this blog? oh.. maybe you enjoy the role of a “village idiot”… a fool who likes to say something stupid and then waits to be ridiculed… well then.

  27. Indian (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

    I have seen the term ‘pakis’ user in banners by pakistanis themselves in cricket matches, like ‘pakis will win this match’. Yeah sure, blacks will also say “niggers will win the match”.

    The sinner i am referring to is Quran which preaches such unadulterated hatred against everyone.


    “Indeed those who disbelieve from among the people of the Book and the idolaters, will be in the fire of Hell, abiding therein. They are the worst of
    creatures.” (Quran 98: 6)”

    No muslim ever thinks this blanket swipe at every nonmuslim is so unfair. Essentially it says that every non-muslim will end up in hell.

    No muslim ever thinks that verses like this needs to be purged from Quran.

    Why don’t you find the root cause (sinner) of such hatred in islamic society. There is a structure in place in Islam and Quran for use of violence for any cooked up reason, the least of which is that the other person is not a ‘true’ muslim. Killing of Shias and Ahmediyas in Pak is one good example/

  28. hh (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 12:17 am

    Are we discussing any religious books here? Or do you think you are able enough to preach your own through such tactics??

    This post was about people who are well aware of the situation here in Pakistan and not for ‘someone’ who doesn’t even have a bit of an idea about the state of affairs in our society.

    Plus, there are very solid evidences of external involvement in the current security events including those from your country of naming.

    So, if you think you’ll not be mimicked for a chimpanzee, just keep your silly thoughts to yourself… :P

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