Moon Market shaken by two bomb blasts

Two bomb blasts have targeted people at the congested Moon Market in Lahore’s Allama Iqbal Town area this evening. So far more than 30 people including women and children have lost their lives with 100+ injured. A lot of shops and other buildings caught fire when the two explosions occurred in car parks of two banks with an interval of 30 seconds.

Moon Market is usually a very busy place, especially, in the evenings; the time when this unfortunate incident took place. The market is popular for ladies clothes, jewelery and was being frequented by thousands of women, children and families during the current wedding season. Police officials as well as the Lahore Commissioner had declared these as suicide attacks while forensic experts are busy carrying out further investigation. Officials now have claimed that remote controlled bombs, instead of suicide bombers, were used to create havoc.

According to witnesses and media reports, citizens have flocked to the nearby Sheikh Zayed and Jinnah Hospitals to donate blood and inquire about their loved ones.

Today was another sad day when the common man suffered consequences of a war that is not going anywhere. Our leadership seems to have no clue about how to take everyone into confidence when their own ministers travel in bomb proof vehicles while citizens become victims of terrorism right on the streets of our cities.

I remember how the PML (N) politicians including the Sharifs condemned and blamed Salman Taseer for poor security when the Sri Lankan team was attacked. Now, they are in power themselves, and have no one else to blame things on. Should we expect mass resignations at least now? Or do they have a better explanation?

BBC News Coverage: BBC News

Dawn: Dawn News

11 Comments so far

  1. faraz (unregistered) on December 8th, 2009 @ 12:58 am

    Well we are helpless against Taliban. Oneway or other we have to end this battle. either just accept all demands of Taliban and accept isolation from world. Or go after them with full force.

    Sharif brothers are shame. They just remain silent on these issues. They will say it is because of Musharaff but will offer no solution.

  2. AHR (unregistered) on December 8th, 2009 @ 1:48 am

    Yet again Pakistani’s find themselves, lined up, shoulder to shoulder offering prayers for the departed. Pakistan truly is at a cross-way right now, and it is high time we charge forward with our heads held high. We have seen enough death for anyone to tell us to do more, and we realize our shortcomings. We have heard plenty of mothers crying and observed too many fathers burying their sons for us to wait and see what happens next. Tomorrow is another day, another start; it is up to us what we make of it.

  3. S A J Shirazi (sajshirazi) on December 8th, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    But where are Sharifs in the first place? Any idea?

  4. gaurdian (unregistered) on December 8th, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

    i heard didn’t heard a single “omg” when Peshawar got blasted just hours earlier but when they cracked in my vicinity, everyone is awake :o

  5. Manny (unregistered) on December 8th, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

    This war against the Taliban is hitting closer and closer to home each day. If it’s not worrying about going to the market, It being worried about attacks at schools and universities or even MOSQUES??!!! I am concerned for the innocent people getting killed in this crossfire between the Extremists and the Government forces.

    Pakistan must resolve to eradicate these Barbarians who claim to be Muslim, yet blow other fellow Muslims who are praying in a mosque! They are not capable of dialouge and reasoning. They are an enemy to reason and logic and principles and law and of all things, ISLAM! Death to the Taliban. Dushman (Enemy) of Pakistan. Enemy of true Muslims. We do not want to see Pakistan become Afghanistan! Lets stand up and stop religious intolerance whenever we see it, whether coming from Muslims or any other religious group!

  6. Asimkh (unregistered) on December 8th, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    The Sharif Brothers and Zardari Parties busy in NRO all the month.
    while police dont have much clues and Army busy in Taliban cleanup operations. Adovcates their own problem.

    Whenever their is suicide blast, everyone condemns and Rehman Malik
    blames his problem and unefficiencies to others.

    Only few concerned people awake and fighting war in pakistan with this ground and hidden enemy.

  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on December 8th, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

    What about our so-called ‘Khadim-e-Aa’lla’ who jumps on every opportunity and dismisses officials for cheap popularity and media coverage? Why should not he volunteer himself and resign now??

  8. babu (unregistered) on December 8th, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

    @Sunay ..I think you are very naive and stupid to think that I am gloating when innocent are dying. Read my comments carefully and try to understand that what the issue is. Pakistanis need to wake up and realize that there are few very powerful people who support militants so that they can go around the world and carry their “jihad” . Now these jihadis have turned to bite them back. I did say that India has been doing ok in terms of their economic and scientific growth, but I also pointed out that we have poverty in the country and are working towards to address it through economic and democratic process. So Pakistan needs to fund their own economic engins so that they can create job and give people hope for a better tomorrow..instead of supporting terror organizations like LeT and Taliban. It was only Pakistan and Saudis that recognized the Taliban government when they were in power.
    Pakistan needs to change their attitude towards their power structure and STOP blaming the world for their own home fed, grown, and brainwashed coward militants. Why does pakistan have so many Madrasa that teach hatred and extreme views?? ever thought about that? The muslim world says one thing but when it comes down to address issues on the conduct of these madrasa they turn their back and blame Americans, Indians, and Israelis. Why??? Therefore, WAKE UP PAKISTAN otherwise you guys are getting screwed!!

  9. tperacha on December 9th, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    I couldn’t agree with ‘guardian’ more. Only when the tragedy hits home (read city) we seem to have some kind of reaction. We the people of Pakistan are basically so selfish and occupied with our lives that we don’t give a crap if our neighbor is being slaughtered in his/her house. We can blame the government as much we want, but the truth is that WE elected these morans and so we are no better than them!

  10. Kaami (unregistered) on December 9th, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    Hindsight is always 20/20

  11. fas4u (unregistered) on December 10th, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

    Sharif’s have no clue to the situation. NS saying that if parlimant repeal 17 amendments, the bomb blast will stop. How can a bomber be detered if 17 amendment is gone. I am sure these bombers hae not even heard of 17th amendment.

    I am sure if sharifs livid for another 20 years they will keep blaming musharaf for the problems of the country in 2030 as well.

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