Saturday, April 04, 2009

Breaking News: Suicide Blast in Islamabad

There was a suicide blast at a Frontier Corps check post near Jinnah Supermarket in F/7. So far, one person has been killed and 15 injured. It appears that there was a group of gunmen accompanying the bomber, and they seem to have escaped.

This comes just days after the government warned that Islamabad and Lahore were going to be targeted.

I, along with a lot of our readers I suspect, had family and friends living in F/7. We pray for their safety and well-being.

I'm going to be busy for the next couple of hours so leave updates in the comments section.

15 comments:

Nabil said...

This is fucking redicioulus.

supe said...

Terrifying. Just feel dumbstruck. Hope your loved ones are ok.

AKS said...

The prominence of the location cannot be ignored.

As I write that, GEO is reporting that there has been a bomb blast at an imambargah in Chakwal. 30 people have reportedly died.

AKS said...

The death toll has been scaled down to 22 by Geo, Aaj still reports 30 dead and 150 injured.

Upto 2000 people were attending the annual majlis-e-aza when the suicide bomber struck.

Authorities in Chakwal have appealed to citizens to donate blood and life saving drugs, as they are running short of supplies. Geo reports that a thousand people have turned up at the hospital to donate blood.

It appears that the majority of the dead were security forces' personnel who were guarding the entrance of the imambargah.

Geo now states that 200 are injured, 22 are confirmed dead but reports suggest that 35 people have died.

The imambargah is in the heart of Chakwal.

Ahsan said...

Muslims can't do this to each other. No Muslim would commit violence in a place of worship. This must be a foreign conspiracy. No doubt. No doubt at all. No doubt whatsoever. I'm utterly convinced of it.

Sikander Hayat said...

Another day, another bomb, another atrocity committed in the name of Islam by those who believe that apart from them all other Muslims are "kafirs"as today"s attack was perpetrated on a religious place for Shia community.
Once again it will be agonising to listen to right wing Mullahs and their following in general public who still think that this is the reaction for America"s war in Afghanistan. Please wake up from your deep slumber and at least say that this is bad. If Pakistan needs something today very badly, that is the consensus on what we are faced with. This consensus has eluded us so far but with any luck there will come a point where the "thakedars" of Islam will take notice of the mounting piles of dead and say that what is happening to our country is wrong.
I believe that this is the main problem with the Pakistani counter terror activities that many of the own countrymen believe that this is not our war. I know that India’s RAW is paying these so called Jihadists to wreak havoc in Pakistan and to support such people who are in the payroll of our enemies is a crime in itself.
I would like to ask the readers of this site to comment on this issue today. When will the general public and some of our politician say that this is our war and we have to fight it?

http://real-politique.blogspot.com

By Sikander Hayat

Anonymous said...

@Ahsan said...

Muslims can't do this to each other. No Muslim would commit violence in a place of worship. This must be a foreign conspiracy. No doubt. No doubt at all. No doubt whatsoever. I'm utterly convinced of it.

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Who is a Muslim? you, me, suicide bomber, Taliban, Army, ISI, SWAT, NWFP, FATA, Afghan, AQ Khan, Nuclear Bomb, N-Korea, Amrica, Iran, China, Islamabad or Pakistan??

All I know there is a road and we are in middle of it.

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Rabia said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/05/pakistan-mosque-attack-taliban

it's nice to see Ayaz Amir finally blaming the Taliban for something. I guess everyone comes to their senses when their hometown is attacked.

Nabil said...

I beleive it's about time we decide who our enemies are. The US/NATOetc or the Pakistani Taliban?

Anonymous said...

"I know that India’s RAW is paying these so called Jihadists to wreak havoc in Pakistan and to support such people who are in the payroll of our enemies is a crime in itself."


Propaganda in Pakistan seems to have turned people into zombies that believe this kind of bull. This is the kind of sophistry they use to control you. Please evolve, and learn to think for yourselves.

Anonymous said...

"Muslims can't do this to each other. No Muslim would commit violence in a place of worship. This must be a foreign conspiracy. No doubt. No doubt at all. No doubt whatsoever. I'm utterly convinced of it."

Hmm, so muslims could do this to non muslims? Or they could do this to other muslims outside a mosque and that would be ok? Does being a muslim automatically qualify a person to have sound judgement? Foreign conspiracy? Really, to achieve what? None bar those that find support in pakistani fundamentalists stand to gain from this.

Coming out of the state of denial would be the first step to fix things my friend. Something seriously is wrong with rising Islamofascism in afpak, and it's only from within that the cancer can be cured.

Ahsan said...

To the people who don't understand sarcasm:

*Sigh*

foolsparadise said...

I don't think its time for self realization, that will not happen, because that takes a lot of open discussion on street including so called common man, as what he wants, and that is something that Taliban wants to ban and create confusion, disperse people and their unified views against an issue.

Look at SWAT, that's the laboratory of future Pakistan, some kind of superficial tie between Taliban and Govt. keeping Afghan in control..People will be finally tired and all the parties will say OKAY lets talk and share the power.. It has nothing to do with Islam, its all about Taliban movement asking us to payback what they deserve..

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Defence analyst Ikram Sehgal, a former army officer, raises doubts about the capability of the Pakistan army to take on the Taliban. It is unfair for the regular army, he says, to be engaged against what is an irregular militia. “Counter-terrorism is a different ballgame but we were fighting the war with regular troops,” he comments. “This is what was behind the heavy losses suffered by the army,” he notes.

There is a lot of confusion in Pakistan on how to take on the Taliban, feels Nazish Brohi, who works in the social sector. “While we are all agreed that we should fight terrorism, this is where the clarity ends. We are not sure who the enemy is and what we should be fighting against,” he says.

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naqiya said...

@ahsan:

are you really surprised you were misunderstood? please let me remind you about aks's women in the workplace post, and poor poor goc

Peace said...

How much of a great nation pakistan would be if it only had the bloggers of this blog as its citizens.
By the way though i consider this absurd , it is still worth noting that there are theories floating around saying that pakistan will fall in six months.
http://holgerawakens.blogspot.com/2009/04/us-counter-terror-expert-pakistan-could.html