By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
Terrorists in Pakistan which practice their murderous profession with impunity – and, of course, immunity from arrest by the authorities – carried out yet another cowardly attack near Quetta to kill and injure men, women, and children, at a busy vegetable and fruit market, and then brazenly announced their identity.
Friday’s blasts at the Sabzi Mandi of Hazratganj that claimed the life of at least 22 persons and left some 60 others injured, were triggered, as usual, through remote-control by the dastardly terrorists, who afraid of losing their own life, either plant the explosives in advance or find some unsuspecting person to carry the bagful of incendiary material for a paltry sum (and definite death), to give the impression of suicide.
The target was the Persian-speaking Hazara Shi’a Muslim community whose members have become sitting ducks by Takfiri terrorists, who shamelessly brag of being ‘Qaris’ or reciters and memorizers of the holy Qur’an.
Two of the terrorist spokesmen who contacted the press to take responsibility for this latest crime against humanity, identified themselves as Qari Saifullah of the notorious Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and Qari Hussain of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Both of them waxed proud on having shed the blood of Hazara Muslims, which betrays their hypocrisy and un-Islamic nature in the light of God Almighty’s explicit revelation to Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) in the holy Qur’an:
"We decreed for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul, without [its being guilty of] manslaughter or corruption on the earth, is as though he had killed all mankind, and whoever saves a life is as though he had saved all mankind… (5:32)
It is obvious that neither the Hazaras have killed fellow Muslims nor as followers of the School of the Prophet’s Immaculate Household, the Ahl al-Bayt, do they cause corruption in society or for that matter regard adherents of other Islamic sects as infidels.
This means the Takfiris are not only unfamiliar with the letter and spirit of the holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah, but like the genocidal Zionists and the murderous white racists, they are devoid of any basic humanitarian values and simply relish bloodletting – whether of Shi’as or Orthodox Sunnis opposed to the Wahhabi cult.
Like the Satan, which quickly infiltrates the hearts and minds of the soulless, the US, the godfather of all terrorism, by directing the seditious Saudis to open up their coffers to all such terrorist outfits, sows seeds of discord to splinter Muslim ranks as part of its elaborate plot to weaken the Ummah worldwide.
But what is deplorable is the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities of Pakistan who lack the guts to confront and punish the various terrorist outfits destabilizing the country – whether internally or by carrying out acts of terrorism in the neighbouring countries of Iran, Afghanistan, and India.
Several Iranian border guards are still being held hostage in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province by terrorists who kidnapped them in a cross-border raid last February. Unfortunately, the government in Islamabad, not to lose the tempting carrot of billions of dollars of investment by the Riyadh regime, is dragging its feet despite repeated pleas by Tehran to procure their release.
In such a situation, it will be naïve to think that and terrorism will ever end in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan Niyazi’s toothless tweet did not console the aggrieved Hazara community whose members are staging a sit-in on the Northern Bypass to demand immediate arrest of the killers, while the vague assurances of Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langau, who reached the area, have failed to persuade them to end the blockade.
"Deeply saddened & have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Hazarganji market area of Quetta targeting our innocent people. I have asked for an immediate inquiry & increased security for the people. Prayers go to the families of the victims & for early recovery of the injured.”
Beautiful words indeed from the Oxford-educated former captain of the Pakistani cricket team who brought many laurels for the country, but is finding it difficult to play on the political pitch, as is evident by his calling for "immediate inquiry”, which seems to be a stone-walling tactics, when the identity of the killers is crystal clear, and they can be caught without delay.
In the same vein was President Dr Arif Alvi’s condemnation of the blast and terming it a "heinous act of terrorism which was a reminder for us as nation that few remnants of this menace are still left to be eliminated totally.”
Hopefully, as expressed by Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, the brotherly Pakistani government and people would foil the conspiracy of the region’s enemies by maintaining unity and vigilance.
And this requires real action to nab the terrorists, and mete out the punishment they deserve in order to nip in the bud all potential acts of terrorism.