Saturday, 23 November 2013

Pakistan: In the aftermath of Rawalpindi carnage

Most of the cities in Pakistan witnessed fear and commotion on Friday as Sunni and Shia groups were adamant at taking out rallies. Ironically, it looked that certain elements were keen in showing ‘street power’ rather registering their protest or condemning the perpetrators

However, there was a consensus that local administration failed in controlling the situation in Rawalpindi which led to calling army and imposing curfew.  Some observers even went to the extent of saying that whatever happened was part of the grand agenda to fan Sunni Shia clashes.

Most regrettably this policy has paid off in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and the same is being followed in Pakistan. After facing a humiliating defeat in Syria the perpetrators want an action replay in Pakistan. It is being alleged that the perpetrators and their funders are the same.

On Friday late evening twin blasts were caused in Karachi’s Incholi area, with majority Shia population, killing at least seven and injuring 28 people. On Saturday Pakistan’s leading English newspaper Dawn posted a story of AFP that he Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks in Karach.

Reportedly, Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for umbrella group TTP told AFP that the attacks in Karachi were carried out in revenge for violence in Rawalpindi on November 15. He said the attacks were aimed at Shias in Karachi and vowed further violence.

On may recall that clashed took place between Sunni and Shia groups in the garrison-city of Rawalpindi, which neighbors the capital Islamabad on Ashura (November 15) when a procession of Shia to mark the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain, was passing by a Sunni mosque. Officials said 11 people were killed and more than 60 injured.

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