Bomb Blast in F-8

Nearly twenty minutes ago, a bomb blast ripped through the F-8 Markaz where preparations were underway for the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary to address the Bar Council leaving at least four people dead. The number of casualties is still unconfirmed but expected to increase. The Chief Justice had just left his residence and his entourage is now stopped near the Balochistan House.

Details are still coming in but one is forced to wonder whether this is another in a long chain of violent reactions that people suspected may come to fore in the aftermath of the Lal Masjid incidents last week. As is the usual these days, local television channel crews are descending on the sight of the blast, various hospitals etc to get more information.

47 Comments so far

  1. original-faisal (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

    May God have mercy on us all.
    Islamabad was the one supposedly
    safe haven. One just cannot help
    but feel that an order of emergency
    rule is about to be declared.


  2. Sajjad (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    This happened painfully close to our head office. I was out in F-9 park at the time and even there, the blast was very large.

    Hard to believe that this is the same city that I thought was the most peaceful I’ve lived in. And by the look of it, things can only get worse.


  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

    Tragedies have seen their way to Pakistan & its capital.

    10-12 Dead, 40+ Injured with 10+ serious. CJP in Jalsa Gah now.

    May Allah bless the souls lost in this incident and recovery to the ones injured.

    Hoping & Praying for PEACE as before in Islamabad and Pakistan.


  4. sheepoo (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

    @A for [pine]apple
    Ameen!


  5. sean (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 11:26 pm

    I hope all who post here are ok. Now is not the time to make comments or apportion blame. Only to offer my sympathy and condolonces to all who have lost family and friends and to wish those injured a speedy recovery.


  6. sean (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

    I hope all who post here are ok. Now is not the time to make comments or apportion blame. Only to offer my sympathy and condolonces to all who have lost family and friends and to wish those injured a speedy recovery.


  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    Terrifying!

    May Allah bless the departed souls, and protect all of us from this evil… Amen!


  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    Intelligence Agencies saying that the two five-stars in Islamabad are prone to attacks as well.


  9. BitterTruth (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    The ugly strategy to confront Chief Justice popularity will not work inshaAllah. This struggle for a noble cause will come to a logical end inshaAllah.


  10. Babar (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 12:07 am

    @bittertruth get a life, and let us live. Even a blind can see who did it


  11. faisal (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    @Bittertruth

    I honestly can’t believe u guys can capitalize on a tragedy. Go join the MMA or something man…

    It’s a tragedy…don’t give it a political tinge by throwing in conspiracy theories.


  12. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 12:53 am

    I don’t care who it was targetted to; PPP leaders, CJP…… What I know is that whoever did it he is a MURDERER and will be tried in God’s court. Inshallah.


  13. checkmate (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:28 am

    Musharraf has now become a security risk for this country. He should step down immediately, before Islamabad becomes another Baghdad and army is pitched against the people in a civil war on the streets of Islamabad. Ambushes on the armed forces have now become a daily routine, and the war is now moving into the capital. Another crises is just looming around the corner as the supreme court announces it’s decision around 20th of July. Despite all the vain blaberring of the security forces about the impeccable security measures in the country, the truth is that the agencies have failed to protect the citizens. And we are seeing this because the head of state is trying to impose policies that are not what people want, but those which are important for his own survival only. It has now become imperative that for once the dictator pays head to what Pakistan is crying for. How many dead and crippled bodies is it gonna take…


  14. SELF (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 2:04 am

    I don’t understand. Are you saying suicide bombing of totally innocent lawyers and political workers (most against Musharaf anyway) is justified just because Musharaf is in power? Exactly which shariat do you and these jihadis subscribe to that allows that? If anything, this justifies Musharaf’s efforts of get rid our society of deobandi backed jihadis like lal masjid and talibans.


  15. JWH (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    May Allah bless the souls lost in this incident and recovery to the ones injured… Ameen

    @CHECKMATE: I agree, mush should leave in the greater interest of PAKISTAN.

    MAY ALLAH HELP US ALL.. AMEEN


  16. SELF (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 2:31 am

    How does committing cold blooded suicide bombing murders makes these jihadis better than Musharaf and worthy of people’s vote? If anything it bring the true self out for everyone to see. Musharraf seems almost an angel in comparison.


  17. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 2:41 am

    In honor of the innocent victims:

    To die, for what reason.


  18. sanity, please (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 3:02 am

    @Checkmate and JWH: Do you really believe that suicide bombings are going to stop with Musharraf stepping down? Or will these so-called jihadis just going to continue to try and kill anyone who doesn’t agree with them? These “jihadis” are just members of a death cult.


  19. king_faisal (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    thats right. musharraf should leave. and if we dont like the next leader, couple of more suicide bombings should get rid of him or her as well. life is cheap in pak and finding more recruits should be easy.


  20. king_faisal (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    thats right. musharraf should leave. and if we dont like the next leader, couple of more suicide bombings should get rid of him or her as well. life is cheap in pak and finding more recruits should be easy.


  21. Phil (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 4:18 am

    This is extremely saddening, and at the same time extremely infuriating. I pray for the ones who died that may they Rest in Peace. For those affected, I pray that they keep faith and hope that justice will be served. For the suicide bombers all over I hope they rot in pieces in hell.

    We need to develop technology that can counter suicide bombers. For a starter, we need sniffing dogs all over the city!


  22. sean (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 4:23 am

    Ah, so I see, the recrimination and blaming has already started, even before the blood has dried. In that case, let me say who is guilty here….on second thoughts, I can’t be bothered.

    Again best wishes to the injured. If I were religious, which I’m not, I’d pray for you.


  23. Tamed~. (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 4:27 am

    what will be the end of these suicidal bombings?

    Is there any cause behind it?

    If it is there, then they should tell us what they want?

    What is going to be the future of this country?

    May Allah be with the ordinaryy ppl of this country.


  24. JayJay (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 5:38 am

    We need to see where these “suicide bombers” are coming from — who is breeding these bombs of hate?

    Which relious interpretation allows the indoctrinating of young men of impressionable age so that they blow themselves up, along with dozens of innocent civilians, only to make a point, a very bloody one at that?

    What type of institutions or education prepares such robots? Don’t the heads of these institutions feel any duty of care (any compunction) for their charges who often come from poor families?

    Is it not a perverted interpretation of religion that turns these young men into cannon fodder for political aims?


  25. jahnanara (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    I am in shock! I dont even know what to say or think. God help us all.


  26. jahnanara (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 8:23 am

    We need to have a massive peace rally….. we need to heal. All this is too much. I feel that the Pakistan of my childhood is being taken away from me….I am heartbroken. I was always an optimist, and felt that we Pakistanis are a resilient lot, but I am not sure anymore….. I feel hopeless and heartbroken…..


  27. checkmate (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 9:29 am

    @Self and @Sanity. The reason why Musharraf should step down to stop this massacre from going on further is because he has led the country into a war which was never hers. Where were these suicide bombers earlier? The way in which Mushraf’s regime is trying to handle the extreemists is alienating the people of Paksitan from the army. Curbing terrorist is a not a short term “shoot em” down case. It would require a long term process and for that Musharaf should ask himself what does my country actually need. And not what those who are fighting the war in our neighbourhood need.

    If you talk about level of support amongst the general population for conservative shariah law compared to a move towards pluralism and genuine democracy, it is not very vast but no one believes in towing the West sponsored thinking either. Musharraf is considered by most of ordinary people of Pakistan to be mere puppet of interests of foreign powers and his propaganda bout “moderation” is not believed by any seriously. I have little doubt that right n the Pakistani gaining General is the most hated man in the country.

    If democracy is given a chance, there could be move to a pluralistic society but on & under guidelines what people of Pakistan really need and want. No one has the right to “enforce” their ideology on a soverign state.

    The General has shown that he considers his personal rule more important than the country’s integrity. Already he has proved to be the worst dictator of the country than previous military dictators that preceded him. He has already wreaked havoc with the Judiciary and the Constitution.

    Two provinces are particularly hit.. Baluchistan and the NWFP; and in Sindh he has installed the government of MQM control which many believed to be a group of saboteurs in the past.

    Musharraf is only loyal to HIMSELF…he mistakenly feels that the proponents of war in Iraq and Afghanistan can help him stay in power, and that’s why he is doing everything possible to keep his policies aligned with theirs and not with what people of Pakistan actually want. In people’s rule, such decisions are made in the parliment after being thoroughly debated and in the best of interests of people, considering all odds. Right now they are being made in the army house under the explicit consent of the dictator. How can you expect a single man to make decisions about a destiny of 160 million people?

    And you talk about the extreemists, well for you information these were harboured, bred, and nurture by another military dictator, who was immediately eliminated once his need was no more felt and he had become “useless”. The Lal Masjid, according to credible evidence, was a creation of Pakistan’s intelligence services, which as reported in the press used it for past three decades to recruit armed jihadis. It was another “Islamist dictator”, General Zia, who had allowed the Lal Masjid jihadis a free hand in spreading their extreme doctrines under the name of Islam. Back then we were playing at the hands of others to fullfill their agendas, and our beloved army was at the center of it all. Now we are repeating the same mistake once again.

    As long as our country has role of army and its dictators in the government we will continue playing at the hands of others, and fight wars at the cost of blood of our own citizens.


  28. Gulzar (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    The explosion is most dasterly act of some religio-crazies who want to transform pakistan into Afghanistan cum Iraq. About two million madrassa students being fed and housed by faithfuls are working against those who have taken it upon themselves to house and feed thse hapless fundos. How come thse people are waging war against a majority who want to live in peace and tranquility. Unless funding to these maniacs is stopped these gory killings will continue unabated.


  29. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 10:42 am

    Sad to hear about the incident. It’s confusing to me that either this was targeted to disrupt the CJ speach or was it backlash from Lal Masjid?

    Maybe the governement wanted this to happen just so people would think its a Lal Masjid backlash? Its just fucked up thats all. Good luck.


  30. Sameer (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    Sad to hear about the incident.

    But i think its a time kah common people apnay rights kah leye struggle kareen everyone is making fun of us…jab dekho aik hi baat..look at these pics….aik aam aadmi ko kab apnay tights kah ahsaas hoga kab tak woh tamasha banta rahe ga….loog kahan se kahan jaarahe hain and yahan capital city tak mahfooz nahin hai…. strange… i dunno what to say and i do believe kah its not a time to pass comments its not a solution…


  31. Sameer (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    tights = rights


  32. KAMI (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

    This makes no sense, after the Lal Masjid incident, Justice Sahib had a convention in Lahore with all the fanfar, which looked out of place and contrary to the mood of the whole nation. Now this….

    Regardless, who is responsible for this terrorist attack, I must say to the Honourable Justice and his entourage, “You have won the battle. You have humiliated the government. It is now almost certain that you will be re-instated and I salute you for that. But please, dont become a toy in the hands of manipulators, you are the Cheif Justice, it seems beneath your status that you should feel compelled to address one public gatherring after other, espeacially now in these volatile circumstances, slow down take a deep breath, many precious lives are at stake.

    To whosoever is responsible for these acts of terror, there is a simple message, “You will not succeed.”


  33. Majid (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    From the BBC. As many people are already suggesting this bombing is not what the Govt claim it is…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6903921.stm

    Ousted chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was due to attend the rally. It is not clear who carried out the attack or who the intended target might have been.

    It is not clear if the blast was caused by a suicide bomber, as the authorities maintain.

    Many witnesses say the motorbike used in the attack contained a remote-controlled bomb.


  34. KAMI (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    A thought provoking article by Zafar Abbas on the current situation in the country;

    http://dawn.com/2007/07/18/top9.htm


  35. sean (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 3:59 am

    It does seem fishy doesn’t it? The target appears to be inappropriate. Crucially, he was nowhere near the place at the time. Don’t be fooled. This is classic fitnah.


  36. dp (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 5:30 am

    When the Lal Masjid was attacked, there were complaints about muslims killing muslims. Are people complaining that the attacks on soldiers and the bombings are muslims killing muslims?

    If not, those who complained earlier are using Islam as an excuse, not believing it.


  37. Silver (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    Welcome to the life of an average Karachi Citizen


  38. sean (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

    Wow, where is everybody? Is the internet down in Pakistan? Hopefully it’s a result of the storms and not a more sinister developement.


  39. Claude Almansi (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 1:15 am
  40. riaz (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 1:35 am

    the problem of suicide bombing can only be tackled thru political means and better intelligence work. in our country the agencies are spending thier enrgies on spying on CJ and political leaders.. i live in southern districts of NWFP. i know who are would-be suicide bombers in my village..they were caught by police once..but were released after few days without any charge..
    the point is..if i know so much abt them..y dont our agencies??
    one more thing that troubles me… these so called militants are hitting eveywhere except punjab..any answers??


  41. Claude (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 6:03 am

    Riaz,

    Your comment made me discover that Islamabad is a separate territory – I thought it was part of Punjab. I don’t have an answer to your question then.


  42. joe (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 8:43 am
  43. JayJay (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

    RIAZ: It is also the responsibility of the community help the government by dobbing in suspect characters if we have reasonable suspicions. The battle against militancy and terrorism can only be won if the civil society unites against the scourge of Jihadis.

    You are right that the two eastern provinces are comparatively less affected by militancy. But then there are fewer madrassas per capita in these two provinces.


  44. Ameer (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 1:47 am

    Ref to suiside bombers, I would like to suggest to Ulama from all thoughts to please come forward and use media and please preach the right thing of Islam our religion “Peace”. Killing of innocent muslim brothers is not Jihad. It is the time to preach islam by words of mouth and by acting upon on the sunnah of our beloved PROPHET HAZARAT MUHAMMAD PEACE BE UPON HIM. I reuest Ulama from Wafaqulmadaris to please help the country for GOD sake. Come forward on widely spread media to tell all the innocent people again and again and again that it is not Jihad.


  45. JAY (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    Please follow the link. Recently published in Time magazine.

    A talk with a Suicide bomber
    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1645461,00.html?xid=rss-world


  46. Riaz (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    @ CLAUDE!
    Islamabad is indeed a separate country.. ever heard abt the joke of isb being 6 miles from pakistan. :)
    Islamabad is the capital teritory.its not part of any province.
    Let me clarify one more thing. Ppl in NWFP dont like Talibans..coz they r overstepping their independance and pushtoon culture…its just that they are not sure abt the role of govt in this situation.. like i mentioned earlier abt the release of suicide bombers by police..its not an isolated case.. there have been many( as told by a reporter of local daily to me)..
    PPl here believe that talibans are being patronized by the govt n thats y they are not confronting them directly..if the govt ever gives a clear indication abt which side its playing..i m sure the locals here are capable enuf to kick out all militants.


  47. Riaz (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    @JAYJAY
    Militancy has nothing to do with madressah per capita..
    how many madressahs are left in afghanistan?
    u dont need to have 100 madressahs in a population of 1000 ppl for bombs to go off.



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