The Taliban and their jihadi and sectarian associates attack mosques, imambargahs, funerals, schools, army, police, political leaders alike.
Sometimes they openly claim the responsibility of their heinous crimes. On other occasions, they remain silent for their own strategic gains.
While they remain silent, we have their supporters abound in Pakistan and abroad who keep justifying Taliban’s atrocities on one pretext or the other.
One thing is for sure, Taliban are the enemies of Islam and Pakistan. They are being used by our enemies to ruin both Islam and Pakistan.
Their forefather Zionist agent General Zia-ul-Haq Yazid killed 25,000 Palestinians. These bastard children of General Zia are killing whatever iota of nobility is left behind in the “Islamic Republic”.
Deadly blast hits Pakistan mosque
A bomb has exploded at a mosque near the town of Jamrud in the Khyber agency in north-west Pakistan, killing at least 50 people, officials say.
The top administrator in the Khyber region, Tariq Hayat, said he feared the death toll could rise to 70.
Officials say the attack was a suicide bombing and the mosque has collapsed.
North-west Pakistan has witnessed a number of suicide attacks linked to the Taleban insurgency and also to the Shia-Sunni sectarian divide.
The attack in the village of Baghiani, about 30km (20 miles) from the Afghan border, took place as Friday prayers were beginning.
More than 70 people have been hurt.
Rescuers were at the scene digging through the rubble, pulling out bodies and injured survivors who were rushed to hospital.
The mosque was next to a tribal police checkpoint, says the BBC’s Barbara Plett in Islamabad, and was crowded with about 250 worshippers, including many police.
Television pictures showed that the mosque had been blown to pieces.
Noor Mohammad, a policeman in the tribal region, told the BBC: “The blast took place just before the prayer leader announced the start of prayers.
“I was standing on the verandah outside the mosque because I was late and could not find space inside. After the explosion, the doors into the mosque caught fire. Moments later, the mosque collapsed.”
The attack came just hours before US President Barack Obama was due to unveil details of a new strategy to fight militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Pakistan’s security officials have recently concentrated forces in the Khyber region, and especially the Jamrud area, to fight militants attacking convoys carrying supplies for the Nato forces in Afghanistan.
Some reports say the operations have been co-ordinated by US intelligence officials, and security forces say they have captured or killed several al-Qaeda members in the operations.
The Khyber administrator, Tariq Hayat, said people in the area had been co-operating with security forces.
No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which could also be linked to disputes between local tribal militias, says our correspondent.
On Thursday, at least 10 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Jandola in South Waziristan.
That attack, at a restaurant, was blamed on rivalry between militant factions.
Officials said a group of militants opposed to Pakistan’s top Taleban commander had been in the restaurant.
At least 25 people were killed last month in a suicide bomb attack on a funeral procession in Dera Ismail Khan, a town in North-West Frontier Province, close to the semi-autonomous tribal area.
The bomber targeted the funeral of a Shia Muslim cleric who had been gunned down the day before.
The town has a history of sectarian violence between its Sunni and Shia Muslim communities.
Pictures: BBC Urdu dot com
‘Enemies of Pakistan’
Tariq Hayat Khan, the most senior administrator in the Khyber region, told reporters the death toll could rise, perhaps to 70.
About 70 wounded had been taken to hospitals, he said.
“It was a suicide attack. The bomber was standing in the mosque. It’s a two-storey building and it has collapsed,” he said.
Khan accused pro-Taliban fighters of carrying out the bombing after a recent offensive aimed in part at protecting a supply route for Nato and US troops operating in Afghanistan.
“Residents of this area had co-operated and helped us a lot. These infidels had warned that they will take revenge,” Khan said.
“They are the enemy of Pakistan. They are the enemy of Islam.”
Zeina Khodr, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Islamabad, said many of those killed were members of the security forces.
The mosque is near a police checkpoint and “people in that checkpoint usually pray in this mosque”, she said.
“But the political agents are saying that, and I quote, ‘no Muslim could carry out such a crime suggesting that foreign hands were responsible’.”
Some relevant comments: Debate between some critical thinkers and the Taliban apologists who are in a state of denial
I’m glad you put up these pictures and the video even though they are very painful to see. People should see what kind of brutality they are apologizing for and rationalizing.
28 MARCH 2009 08:36
indian agents who are doing these bombings will be rooted out of pakistan and the skin will be peeled off their faces
28 MARCH 2009 11:46
You seem to be quite convinced that suicide bombings are carried out by indian agents, please advise us your source of this very important piece of information !
28 MARCH 2009 13:09