Pakistan has been hit by the Tsunami of crisis these days, a chain that seems to have no end unfortunately. Yesterday evening just after iftar three blasts ripped through the Yaum-e-Ali (RA) procession in Lahore, a city of eight million near Pakistan’s border with India. The procession was to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Hazarat Ali (RA), the fourth caliph of Islam and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (saw). Around 30 people lost their lives (although various news reports claim the toll to be between 27 or 35) while more than 200 wounded, including women and children.
The first blast occurred in the middle of the procession at Karbala Gaame Shah Imambargah and was followed by two high intensity suicide blasts at Bhaati Chowk within 20 minutes span when The procession was about to end under strict security. The incidents site is near the famous Data Darbar which too was targeted by suicide bombers in July, leaving 42 people dead.
Many Vehicles and public property including a police station had been set ablaze by infuriated memebers of procession along with pelting policemen with sticks. The security provided to the procession was easily breached by the suicide bombers and once again Lahore bleeds. It has been first major blast since devastating floods engulfed a fifth of the country over the past month.
According to Geo TV, a banned organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi claimed responsibility of the deadly blasts. The attacks have come on the day when The United States formally added Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to its blacklist of foreign terrorist organizations subject to travel and economic sanctions. The TTP is suspected of being behind most bomb and suicide attacks across Pakistan.
President, Prime minister and every political party has condemned the act. Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had announced a compensation of Rs500, 000 for the heirs of each of those killed and Rs75, 000 for each injured person, which are obviously not enough along with words to condemn such attacks and express sympathies with the bereaved families. An injection of serious and factual efforts towards stability of the country by the government and people of Pakistan is the urgent need. We will not let all of our spirits and hope die for the sake of those who are within us to destabilize Pakistan.
اٹھو پھر سے زمین کھودیں ، اور اس میں اپنے دل بو دیں
کہ اس بے رنگ جینے سے ، نہ تم خوش ہو نہ ہم خوش ہیں
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