Blast near Lal Masjid wounds 15

A blast in a restaurant near Islamabad’s Red Mosque complex on Friday wounded at least 15 people, including police.

Earlier Pakistani police had fired tear gas to disperse protesting radical Islamists who had spoiled government plans for the resumption of religious activities at the mosque complex, which had been a battleground earlier this month.

Update: Current Death toll is 13 which includes 4 cops and 4 civilians and wounded are 50, confirmed by the hospital sources so far.

8 Comments so far

  1. IUnknown (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    is army goin to come again?

  2. Sophia (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    Just watching the news come in from my hotel room… I’m on a business trip here at the moment. My condolences to Islamabad, this is so sad. I’ve been out and about today interviewing and going to meetings with people who are still reeling from the bloody events of the past few weeks but just want to get on with their lives. Looks like it’s not going to be ‘business as usual’ in Islamabad for much longer. I see a big miliary crackdown coming up..

  3. original-faisal (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

    In this kind of a scenario, with the
    mad mullahs and extremists getting
    completely out of control, I think
    the majority of the populace would
    actually welcome martial law or something
    akin to it.

  4. mo0hamed ali (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    maybe its time to call the americans for help?
    the govt cant seem to calm things down, i am sure they knew this would happen. why did they not take that into account? dont you think it was a very foolish thing to do like calling a mulla to lead the friday namaz, who alreday has has had trouble with the fundos before? and then painting the masjid yellow just to provoke then fundos? i mean how stupid.

  5. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    This self-destruction process needs to be stopped. What picture do they have in mind in case they got one (mind, i mean)? Convert Paki cities to Kabul or Beirut or even worse? And what religion do they follow? I bet it can be anything but ISLAM. it’s really sad :(

  6. IUnknown (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    @Ali:shud they call a sissy like u to lead the prayers?

  7. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    it was an idiotic decision to open the mosque at the first place.. wasn’t there any other mosque in the city that was already open for people to pray? even your ministers are idiot. for example, the Ejaz guy who happens to be the minister for religios affairs is a complete moron and i am sure there must be many more like him in the govt.

  8. mo0hamed ali (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    Can Musharraf contain militants?
    no he cannot. so why dont we ask for help?

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