Karachi Ashura Blast Aftermath

Shops after Karachi Ashura Blast

As I write this, 4 days have passed since the fateful day of Muharram 10, the Ashura, when an allegedly suicidal blast ripped through MA Jinnah Road, Karachi. The blast left around 45 dead and 80 wounded but what happened afterwards, and was initially termed as show of anger by protesters and later as work of arsonists, damaged the business community of Karachi beyond repair. With more than 3,000 shops, godowns and offices burned along with banks and vehicles, accumulated losses may reach to billions of rupees, making thousands unemployed for so many days to come.

The question, for now, is not who did it. And in any case the question is futile to ask, because the government can pick a name from random, from a list of select adversaries, ranging from the Taliban, India, Blackwater, Foreign-hands and Non-state actors. The question that everybody should ask the government and its extensions is how successful they are in preserving the safety and sanctity of the land and its people. While the drones pound the tribal territory, killing more innocent civilians than alleged terrorists in each raid, blasts and terror attacks have created havoc and terror from Khyber to Karachi. The government is yet unable to declare the real culprit and has miserably failed to counter the menace of terrorism.

There were terrorist activities in Karachi on two consecutive days before the Ashura, first a car bomb blast in Paposh and then a gutter bomb blast in Qasba Colony. So, what extra security precautions the LEAs had for the Ashura procession? And, even if they were unable to provide security, where were the police, rangers, the Anti Riot Force and other security personnel when terrorists started to torch buildings and burn vehicles? What happened to the Sniper Squads installed on roof tops of buildings surrounding the procession’s route?

According to initial reports and observations chemicals, probably RDX, were used in the fires. Surely the mourners of Ashura Procession were not carrying that. From the looks of it, the burning and looting activities post Ashura Blast are very much similar to what happened on December 27, 2007, the day Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. Or, the attack on Tahir Plaza which left many, including lawyers, burned alive in the building.

Bolton Market after Karachi Ashura Blast

Building burned at Bolton Market after Karachi Ashura Blast

Building burns after Karachi Ashura Blast

Salis bin Perwaiz of the News has raised some very pertinent questions which should be taken seriously and echoed across the country. People of Pakistan need answers. NOW!

However, People of Pakistan should not expect much from their “elected” leaders, government and the Law Enforcement Agencies, because they are even unable to protect themselves. On one hand the high profile Army officials get killed like sitting ducks, police training camps are attacked every now and then, and on the other the ministers and officials travel with dozens of escort vehicles and security on the streets of Pakistan, as if they are passing through enemy territory.

The investigations of Karachi Ashura Blast will go to trash like so many incidents before it. We are not going to learn who really did this and what were the reasons behind that.

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10 Responses to Karachi Ashura Blast Aftermath

  1. Shakir Lakhani January 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    @ Ka Raz: you mean Muslims were perfectly healthy before the West introduced medicines to make them sick? In 1946, half the babies used to die before attaining the age of 5. Go to the 150-year old cemeteries in Karachi, you’ll find hundreds of graves of women who died in their twenties. Antibiotics have done a lot to make people healthy and live long lives. At the time of partition, most Pakistanis used to die before the age of 40. Now they live upto 65. And one thing more: apparently it makes you feel good to abuse non-Muslims. But just remember, most scientific progress has been achieved by the very Jews and Christians you hate so much. The reason, of course, is that people in the West are not bothered by what churches or synagogues their neighbours pray in. They may have many faults, but most of them do their work honestly and spend constructive lives instead of trying to convert people of other faiths to their religions. Here, of course, it’s the other way around. No two Pakistani Muslims can agree on what is true or false Just read some of the writers on this blog and you’ll know what I mean.

  2. Ka Raz January 8, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    @ Shakir Lakhani Bhai: In a way you are abs right. Had not machanized vehicles invented by the West it would NOT have made strange noises, nor would you have gotten hit by a bus. Yes diarrohea would not have made you so miserable if the West had not created medicines and urea to make us sicker than we already were.. And again yes, if we have NOT been following the infidels and MAGDUBE (cursed by Allah JEWS) and DHA’ALEEN (mislead Christians) rapes,unwanted pregnancies, other EVILS (brought up by the WEST) would have NEVER OCCURED in a MOSLEM SOCIETY. India is another VICTIM of the INFIDELS AND SO CALLED “PEOPLE OF THE BOOK” Have you NOT read HISTORY of INDO-PAKISTAN? Well you may NOT have read it because you may be one of them!!!
    I am NOT spreading the truth and logical thinking for a prize. The prize of a human being is given by ALLAH SWT NOT you and the West. The world gave a very good prize to IMAM HUSSAIN AS, right? Well, he has gotten the prize NO ONE ever got from ADAM till the last person in the world because the prize has been given to him by the Most High ALLAH SWT.

    My suggestion as a brother to you is, please read and increase your POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE (The Quran and Sunnah) NOT THE EVIL WEST and their AGENTS.

  3. Shakir Lakhani January 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    @ Ka Raz: now I know why my car has been making strange noises (the U.S. and Israel are responsible). Yesterday a bus dented my car (the U.S. and Israel are responsible). Last week I had diarrohea and guess what? The U.S. and Israel were responsible. In fact, for everything that goes wrong in Pakistan (including rapes, unwanted pregnancies, car-snatching, etc., the U.S. and Israel are responsible. And all these years people were telling me India was doing it. I think you should get a prize for finding the real criminals!

  4. Ka Raz January 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    We all know USA is a criminal country consisting of good people and bad people, but owned and controlled by very sophisticated robbers and con-artists, I don’t have to name anybody you can simply guess. USA and Israel the GLOBAL TERRORISTS are planning to finish the innocent world of NON-ZIONIST WORLD. They have plans to loot and kill innocent world. Top of their list are IRAN, MUSLIM COUNTRIES (NOT SAUDI), NORTH KOREA, and indirectly INDIA. THE CIA is the real terrorists and dangerous as well because of their well established network that includes TALIBANS, AL-QAEDA, and BLACK WATER. According to GOD these CRIMINALS, namely USA and ISRAEL SHALL BE ELIMINATED BY JESUS CHRIST – SOONER THAN WE THINK!
    At my work place (USA) a few mad right wing terrorists once said, “What are we waiting for, let’s convert Pakistan and Iran into parking lots.” That was indeed a terrorist threat. The terror (NUKES) is already there in the world way before Pakistan got it. So, why it was NOT a threat to the EXISTENCE of MUSLIMS in particular and CHINA and RUSSIA in general??? SO WHO IS THE TERRORIST??? USA who actually HAVE nukes and actually USED nukes.
    Well, MY SUGGESTION TO PAKISTAN IS TO USE NUKE PRE-EMPTIVELY TO TEACH THE WORLD A LESSON BEFORE USA KILLS THEM ALL SLOWLY. So death is death, whether it comes using Nukes, or using DRONES, or under the PRETEXT of Shia-Sunni rift??? A POINT TO PONDER
    …And yes Israel’s Nukes are threat to the USA, right? Or perhaps her MOTHER, Great Britain? I do believe USA is the biggest threat to the existence of human kind as they have become a puppet or a robot who’s remote control is in the hands of those who owns Corporations, Medical Outlets, Weapons (Carlyle Group), and the Jewish lobby, then Corporate America, and then, right wing immoral terrorists. Well not to mention the CIA. Since, your ancestors killed prophets of God, And they helped Romans to kill Jesus Christ, your nukes are their to kill the last awaited saviors Jesus and Mahdi – that is why you are not using them yet. IRAN is simply trying her best to spread love, peace, and justice. Obviously criminals and war-mongers will NOT like it.

  5. Hammad Khan January 5, 2010 at 2:12 am #

    I am shocked to see some cctv footages i did’nt find earlier than today…

    one video http://karachifootage.blip.tv/file/3044109/

    other videos http://karachifootage.blip.tv/

    it tells clearly who is behind the aftermath

  6. Hira Mir January 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    Why blame the state? Why not counter extremism in the parts of our country. We as a nation have extremism in our blood I say. If someone says something offensive we will get hyper so fast!! We are not tolerant. Tolerance is what needs to be injected in the nation to reduce incidents such as this.

  7. Murtaza Hassan January 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    I like this post. It is not just about the extremism but also a lot has to be taken under notice about the aftermatch. I blame the militants but I also blame the state. Why did the police and rangers did not act and punish the people who were doing all this damagage?? SOME ONE ANSWER PLEASE!!

  8. Shakir Lakhani January 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    @ professor Iqbal Hussain: i don’t understand how you passed Class Ten. I know English is compulsory up to matric, so I would like to know how you were able to get passing marks in this subject.

  9. professor iqbal hussain January 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    hellow
    KKS wants to disolve democratic government. They are not sincier to our country,They see martiala government where they will will enter from hidden door. Actually pakistan were demonded by Sindh assembly with one vote of late G.M SAYED. Pakistan establisment did not see any sindhi speaking as prime minister of pakistan specially from Sindh. we are the ist builder of pakistan. WE SINDHI speaking told all evil of our country that. leave this country at once because one day we will threwn to you; this is not boasting but true——–

  10. faky345 January 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    Anyone watched those footage on KKS [Kamram khan show] in which they showed policemen watching people burning stuff like if they are watching a Sci-fi movie. Absolutely lame.

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