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Friday, 18 September 2009

Terrorists of Taliban / Sipah-e-Sahaba kill 30 Shia Muslims in Kohat

کوہاٹ میں خودکش حملہ
Huge blast kills 30 Shia Muslims in Pakistan
Fri, 18 Sep 2009

A suicide bomber has blown up an explosives-laden car at a market in a Shia dominated town in the northwest Pakistan, killing at least 30 people and injuring 70 others.

The deadly incident happened on Friday morning at Hangu road near the city of Kohat, 150 km southwest of Islamabad, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Sources said dozens injured people had been moved to the medial facilities in Ustazai and others nearby towns.

Some local reports put the death toll much higher, saying People were still believed to be trapped inside the buildings which collapsed
in the blast. Several nearby shops were reportedly damaged in the lethal blast.

The death toll is expected to rise as local residents were pulling bodies from debris and several injured were said to be in critical condition.

The incident comes after a string of sectarian attacks on Shia Muslims in recent months undermined the already deteriorating security of the insurgency-hit country.

Countless incidents of massacres took place in Dera Ismail Khan and Kurram Agency over the past few months.

This is while the Taliban-linked Wahhabi groups in Parachinar, Hangu district and much of the Kurram tribal agency have embarked on a series of fatal attacks on Shia Muslims.

Some sources say thousands more Shia community members have been killed in the region over the past few years.

The Pakistani media has warned against religious violence, which has defamed the conflict-torn country.

Some local sources say more than 2,000 Shia community members have been killed in the region since 2007.

The Pakistani media has warned against religious violence which has defamed the conflict-torn country.

"Taliban have gone about slaughtering their fellow-Muslims, especially in targeting the Shias of Kurram and Dera Ismail Khan. Also, it has to be said - and rather unfortunately - that this kind of Talibanization has been happening in the rest of the country..., albeit in a slightly different manner," The News said in a report in early May.

Shias say they make up one-third of Pakistan's 160 million-strong population. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have been killed in violence-related incidents in Pakistan by extremist groups.


Analysis: Shia settlement a militant target

By M Ilyas Khan
BBC News, Islamabad

Pakistani local residents gather at the wreckage of a market and vechiles after a suicide car bomb blast near the garrison city of Kohat on September 18, 2009
Astarzai village is a major commercial hub in the region

On the cusp of the volatile tribal areas, the Shia-dominated Astarzai village was in many ways an obvious target for an attack by Sunni militant groups.

On Friday, the village was thronging with shoppers when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the Hikmat Ali hotel, owned by a local Shia businessman.

This is a busy commercial hub, located in the middle of a hotbed of sectarian conflict.

It is the first of a series of Shia settlements stretching up to the town of Hangu. West of Hangu, Sunnis dominate.

The broader Kohat-Hangu region is a patchwork of rival sects and loyalties.

Astarzai has more the look of a town than a village now - home to more than 10,000 people.

On the main road between Kohat and Hangu it serves as the main shopping point for all the Shia and Sunni villages dotted in the wilderness of the Orakzai tribal region.

Witnesses told the BBC the blast that hit the market around the Katcha Pakha roundabout demolished many buildings.

The head of the village council told the BBC how local residents were desperately digging in hope of finding survivors.

"People are doing it with their bare hands," Mehtabul Hasan said.

"They pulled out one dead body from the debris of a shop just half an hour ago."

History of violence

The people of the Orakzai tribal region have traditionally been drawn into sectarian conflict.


A hold-up by Sunnis in one area causes a hold-up by Shias in another and so on.

Astarzai's population used to be quite mixed. Shias lived among Sunnis and vice versa.

But as the years have gone by the population has shifted and Astarzai has become mostly Shia.

Sectarian conflict in this area dates from the early 1980s, when Sunni groups received arms and training in the Afghan war.

During the past two years, the area has been the scene of repeated militant attacks in which hundreds of soldiers, policemen and civilians have been killed.

Frequent Taliban attacks along the road leading from Kohat to Kurram led to a virtual blockade of upper Kurram region that still continues.

A major reason for the Taliban attacks has been to force the Shias on the defensive and get a toehold in Kurram, which has strategic value for Taliban forays into Afghan areas close to capital, Kabul.

Shias have so far denied them this advantage, and last year a Shia tribal force pushed Taliban fighters from their major command and control centre in lower Kurram.


کوہاٹ میں خودکش دھماکہ، تینتیس ہلاک

کوہاٹ میں دھماکہ

دھماکے سے قریبی دکانوں کو بھی شدید نقصان پہنچا

صوبہ سرحد کے ضلع کوہاٹ میں ایک خودکش کار بم دھماکے میں کم از کم تینتیس افراد ہلاک اور چھتیس زخمی ہوگئے ہیں۔

زخمیوں کو کوہاٹ سول ہسپتال اور استررزئی کے ہسپتالوں میں منتقل کیا گیا ہے جن میں زیادہ تر کی حالت تشویش ناک بتائی جا رہی ہے۔


جائے وقوعہ پر موجود ایک مقامی پولیس افسر علی حسن نے بی بی سی کو بتایا کہ ہے خودکش دھماکہ جمعہ کو گیارہ بجے کوہاٹ سے قریباً سترہ کلومیٹر دور استررزئی کے کچہ پخہ چوک میں ہوا۔ ان کا کہنا تھا کہ دھماکے سے خودکش حملہ آور کی گاڑی بھی مکمل طور پر تباہ ہوگئی اور قریبی گاڑیوں کو بھی نقصان پہنچا جبکہ دھماکے کی جگہ پر ایک گہرا گڑھا بن گیا۔

پولیس حکام کے مطابق جس وقت دھماکہ ہوا تو کچہ پخہ چوک میں لوگوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد موجود تھی۔ حکام کا یہ بھی کہا ہے کہ دھماکہ اتنا شدید تھا کہ آس پاس کی زیادہ تر عمارتیں مکمل طور پر تباہ ہو گئیں۔

حکام کے مطابق اس علاقے میں زیادہ تر دوکانیں اہل تشیع مسلک سے تعلق رکھنے والوں کی ہیں اور ہلاک ہونے والوں میں سے بھی زیادہ کا تعلق اہل تشیع سے ہی ہے۔ پولیس حکام کا کہنا ہے کہ انہیں مقامی آبادی نے بتایا ہے کہ انہیں کچھ عرصے سے طالبان سے دھمکیاں بھی مل رہی تھیں۔

بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے ایک عینی شاہد محرم علی شاہ نے بتایا ’لوگ اپنی مدد آپ کے تحت امدادی کاموں میں مصروف ہیں اور حکومت کی جانب سے کسی قسم کی مدد نہیں پہنچی۔ آرمی کے کچھ اہلکار پہنچ گئے ہیں اور وہ لوگوں کے ساتھ امدادی کارروائیوں میں مصروف ہیں۔ دھماکے سے اردگرد کی دوکانیں مکمل طورپر زمین بوس ہوگئی ہیں اور ملبے کے نیچے لاشیں موجود ہیں لیکن یہ معلوم نہیں کہ ملبے کے نتچے کتنے لوگ دبے ہوئے ہیں۔‘

لشکرِ جھنگوی العالمی نامی ایک تنظیم نے پاکستانی ذرائع ابلاغ کے دفاتر میں فون کر کے اس حملے کی ذمہ داری قبول کی ہے۔ خود کو تنظیم کا ترجمان ظاہر کرنے والے عثمان حیدر نامی شخص نے ذرائع ابلاغ کو بتایا کہ یہ حملہ ان کی تنظیم کے اہم رہنما مولانا امین کی ہلاکت کا بدلہ ہے۔

یاد رہے کہ اسررزئی کا علاقہ ضلع ہنگو کے سرحد پر واقع ہے جہاں پہلے بھی قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں پر حملوں کے واقعات پیش آ چکے ہیں جن میں سکیورٹی اہلکاروں کے علاوہ بڑی تعداد میں عام شہری بھی ہلاک ہوئے ہیں

1 comment:

Aamir said...

Two Breakthroughs!!!

How an ex-Army commando became a terrorist Sunday, September 20, 2009 By Hamid Mir

His honeymoon with the Pakistan Army generals was over after the creation of Jaish-e-Muhammad. Gen Mehmood wanted Ilyas Kashmiri to join JeM and accept Maulana Masood Azhar as his leader but the one eyed militant refused to do so. The militants of JeM once attacked the training camp of Ilyas Kashmiri in Kotli but he survived that attack. His outfit was banned by Musharraf after 9/11. He was arrested after an attack on the life of Pervez Musharraf in December 2003. He was tortured during the interrogation. It is alleged that he organised many terrorist attacks in different areas of Pakistan, including the assassination of Major General (retd) Faisal Alvi in Rawalpindi. Alvi was also from the SSG and he led the first-ever Army operation in North Waziristan in 2004.

Huge cache of arms recovered in capital Sunday, September 20, 2009 By our correspondent
ISLAMABAD: The capital police raided the house of the owner of a private security agency that provides security to the US embassy in Islamabad and its diplomats, and seized a large cache of arms and ammunition in the wee hours of Saturday. Captain (retd) Syed Ali Jaffer Zaidi, who owns and runs the security agency in the name of Inter-Risk Security (Private) Limited, escaped and could not be caught during the raid on his F-6/1 residence.

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