Karachi Shuts Down, Bombing Toll Rises to 52

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Residents of the Pakistani city of Karachi were Monday mourning the victims of a bombing in a Shiite neighbourhood which police said killed 52 and wounded 127.

The explosion ripped through the Abbas Town area of the southern port city Sunday when a car packed with 150 kilograms of explosives was detonated with a timer, said police official Khalid Hussain by telephone.

"According to initial police reports about the incident, 52 people, including women and children, are dead while 127 were injured," Hussain said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The News International newspaper quoted the police chief of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, as saying that the banned Sunni extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Taliban, also Sunnis, carried out the attack.

The Sindh government declared Monday as a day of mourning and the national flag was flying at half mast atop all official buildings.

The city of more than 18 million people came to a standstill Monday after various Shiite organizations announced a three-day period of mourning and political groups joined a strike call.

Local media reported that businesses were closed, public transport was off the roads and educational institutions were shut.

Karachi, the most populated city in the country, has seen an uptick in violence in recent years.

Attacks on Shiites, who represent 20 per cent of Pakistan's more than 180 million people, are rising. At least 228 people have died so far this year after two attacks in Quetta killed 176 people.Author: Sajjad Malik


Source : Sapa-dpa /pk
Date : 04 Mar 2013 11:18
 

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Just wondered why people throw hissy fits whenever Apartheid or settlers is brought up but at the same time suggest everyone in a religious group is like that. people are ready to go to war and get all emotional when farmers are found dead in their homes but don't give the same respect when women and kids are blown up from sickos.

you don't need to respect their beliefs and or religion, but using dead people once again as a banner for something you dislike is in my eyes pathetic. every dead farmer becomes a statistic on some racist agenda and every MUSLIM victim becomes another chance to jab "oh look how savage they are".

how about we have sympathy for the dead?
 

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Just wondered why people throw hissy fits whenever Apartheid or settlers is brought up but at the same time suggest everyone in a religious group is like that. people are ready to go to war and get all emotional when farmers are found dead in their homes but don't give the same respect when women and kids are blown up from sickos.

you don't need to respect their beliefs and or religion, but using dead people once again as a banner for something you dislike is in my eyes pathetic. every dead farmer becomes a statistic on some racist agenda and every MUSLIM victim becomes another chance to jab "oh look how savage they are".

how about we have sympathy for the dead?

So you use the victims of this bombing to make YOUR point??? :wtf:
 

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So you use the victims of this bombing to make YOUR point??? :wtf:

my point is that women and children died and now it's becoming another "Islam is bad mkay" thread, nevermind that majority of the victims were most likely muslim themselves. i just don't get some people's mentality
 

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my point is that women and children died and now it's becoming another "Islam is bad mkay" thread, nevermind that majority of the victims were most likely muslim themselves. i just don't get some people's mentality

Nobody is saying that every member of the entire Islam religion is bad... that's your assumption.
What I have seen people say is that for a religion that claims to be a religion of peace, there certainly is a lot of violence associated with it.
The above news story is just one more such example.
if you feel angry about this perhaps you should channel some of that anger into a constructive endeavour to address the violence that is endemic?

When people use the word "Islam" or "Muslims" they are often using it as a collective term referring to terrorists like these.
But it does not mean that they are referencing every single Muslim in the world.
I highly doubt that any South African Muslims were involved in this incident, and to assume so would be silly.

Just take it at face value, and resolve to do something about it.
As we all should do when we read about Christians who abuse kids, men who rape women, cops who kill innocents, etc. etc.

There are a lot of collective groups right now that are taking damage to their reputation because of the actions of only part of their group.
But the reformation of the group and the protection of their reputation is the responsibility of EVERY member of that group.
 

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Nobody is saying that every member of the entire Islam religion is bad... that's your assumption.
What I have seen people say is that for a religion that claims to be a religion of peace, there certainly is a lot of violence associated with it.
The above news story is just one more such example.
if you feel angry about this perhaps you should channel some of that anger into a constructive endeavour to address the violence that is endemic?

When people use the word "Islam" or "Muslims" they are often using it as a collective term referring to terrorists like these.
But it does not mean that they are referencing every single Muslim in the world.
I highly doubt that any South African Muslims were involved in this incident, and to assume so would be silly.

Just take it at face value, and resolve to do something about it.
As we all should do when we read about Christians who abuse kids, men who rape women, cops who kill innocents, etc. etc.

There are a lot of collective groups right now that are taking damage to their reputation because of the actions of only part of their group.
But the reformation of the group and the protection of their reputation is the responsibility of EVERY member of that group.

it's all kinds of groups, i see the police do incredible work every day and then somebody comes on here and rolls their eyes and call them pigs. i know incredible christians and i got to PD and listen to people roll their eyes and call them delusional and dishonest. i come into CA and deal with the muslim hate too.

a few may be damaging the reputation of the many but it's not that hard from others side to also think a bit deeper and look a bit harder past their whiny posts to see that the people who we are judging and condemning are people too. i'll be the first to kick somebody in the panty if they tell me apartheid was my fault, but i'll also defend others who are innocent. i just get that vibe whenever i see a poster roll their eyes
 

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Thousands Bury Karachi Bomb Victims

Thousands of Pakistanis attended funerals Monday for victims of a bombing that killed 45 people in a Shiite Muslim area of Karachi, the latest in a series of devastating attacks ahead of elections.

The bomb exploded in Abbas Town as worshippers came out of mosques, ripping through two apartment blocks, setting one of them on fire and trapping people beneath piles of rubble. Survivors are being housed temporarily in schools.

There has been no claim of responsibility, but suspicion will likely fall on banned Sunni extremist organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has claimed major attacks on Shiites in the city of Quetta, and on the Pakistani Taliban.

Thousands of mourners, including women and children, many of them wearing black bands around their heads, beat their chests and heads and sobbed as eight coffins passed by at the start of the first funeral, an AFP reporter said.

Traffic was thin as educational institutions, businesses and markets closed after the local government announced one day of mourning and Shiite groups three days of mourning for those killed in Sunday's bombing.

At least 4,000 people turned out for the funerals, police officers estimated.

Karachi is Pakistan's largest city and business hub, contributing 42 percent of GDP, 70 percent of income tax revenue and 62 percent of sales tax revenue.

But the city is plagued by sectarian, ethnic and political violence, which last year killed more than 2,200 people and which routinely forces closures.

Rights groups have strongly criticised the government for failing to stop sectarian murders and bombings and bring to justice those responsible.

"Terrorists are killing us but the government is not taking any action to eliminate them," said Mohsin Ali, 29, a Shiite whose elder brother was killed.

"How long will we keep losing our children, our relatives?"

Survivors could be seen searching for personal items and belongings such as jewellery from the rubble of their apartments.

"The government should provide us with arms to deal with terrorists if their agencies are unable to bring them to book," said Azam Khan, a Sunni Muslim, who said he had taken several of the dead to hospital.

"We will vote for those who eliminate these terrorists. We are not ready to be hoodwinked by empty slogans any more."

Officials said around 150 people were also wounded. Although Abbas Town is a mainly Shiite neighbourhood, officials said some Sunnis were among the dead.

So far hospitals have released only 13 bodies for burial with the rest yet to be formally identified, officials said.

Pakistan's parliament is due to dissolve in two weeks in preparation for elections. But rising violence against Shiites, who make up around 20 percent of the 180 million population, has raised serious questions about security.

"The unfortunate reality is that things could take a turn for the worse as tensions increase ahead of the approaching general elections," newspaper The News wrote in an editorial on Monday.

Last year was the deadliest on record for Shiites in Pakistan with more than 400 killed, according to Human Rights Watch.

The Supreme Court ordered the authorities to come up with a strategy to protect Shiites after bomb attacks in the southwest on January 10 and February 16 killed nearly 200 people.

Police on February 22 detained Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader Malik Ishaq for 30 days under a law intended to maintain public order.

He was detained briefly in 2012 for inciting sectarian hatred, having been released on bail in 2011 despite being implicated in dozens of murders.

The Pakistani Taliban have also increased attacks in recent months, leading to fears they could disrupt the election scheduled to take place by mid-May.

Last month the group proposed talks with Islamabad. But the government insists the militants must declare a ceasefire before coming to the negotiating table -- a condition they have rejected.


Source : Sapa-AFP /sdv
Date : 04 Mar 2013 13:06
 

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it's all kinds of groups, i see the police do incredible work every day and then somebody comes on here and rolls their eyes and call them pigs. i know incredible christians and i got to PD and listen to people roll their eyes and call them delusional and dishonest. i come into CA and deal with the muslim hate too.

a few may be damaging the reputation of the many but it's not that hard from others side to also think a bit deeper and look a bit harder past their whiny posts to see that the people who we are judging and condemning are people too. i'll be the first to kick somebody in the panty if they tell me apartheid was my fault, but i'll also defend others who are innocent. i just get that vibe whenever i see a poster roll their eyes

Until people start owning the damage that is caused to their group's reputation... not much is likely to change.

Me? I'm hoping that men in South Africa get so fed up with reports about rape, that a social upheaval results and the root causes are systemically changed.
 

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Why dont you post links to the articles?

Because the articles come directly from the SAPA website.
If you want to read them there, then you need to become a feed subscriber.
 
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