Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Oh, Why? Oh, Why?

As if Pakistan didn't have enough problems already, but what has happened is as heartbreaking as any of our previous carnage-ridden tragedies.

It may sound extremely naive but I can't help asking why do we Pakistanis indulge in killing other Pakistanis (or any humans as a matter of fact) when in Islam - and in every other religion on God's earth - the taking of life is considered a mortal sin.

And so once again we end up with dozens of innocents dead, many wives widowed, a host of orphaned children, and many grieving parents.

Bomb carnage at Karachi prayers

A bomb blast at a huge gathering to mark the anniversary of the Prophet Mohammad's birth has killed at least 40 people in southern Pakistan.

Many others were injured and it is feared the death toll will rise after the powerful blast ripped apart a stage where religious leaders were sitting.

Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims had been taking part in evening prayers in Karachi's Nishtar Park at the time.

Angry people turned on the security forces following the attack.

Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said 40 people had been confirmed dead and the number was likely to rise.

Hospital sources said the death toll had risen to at least 45.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the explosion at what was believed to be the biggest of such events being held in Pakistan.

Karachi has a history of sectarian and ethnic violence, but this is the first time in decades that a religious gathering celebrating the Prophet's birthday has been targeted..


PS: By Wednesday morning the death toll is reported to be 'at least 57'.

Sadly the fatality numbers are expected to rise. At present there appears to be no count of those maimed and injured - 'many dozens' is all that is currently being suggested.

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