Pakistani media hide the real motive of DI Khan Jailbreak – by Abid Sulehri


There is a silence on what happened on 29 July 2013 as the Taliban carried out brazen jail break. The silence is understandable considering the stakes involved in it. Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI) cannot say much or protest for it rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and it was their administrative responsibility to protect the prison that held some of the violent and most wanted terrorists. PML-N government can easily evade responsibility for it insists that intelligence (prior information) was shared with provincial government about the imminent attack. Secret agencies can conveniently furnish evidence that both federal and provincial governments were given specific intelligence information about the Taliban attack. There is an unspoken agreement between all three to hush up the matter because accepting the responsibility will require their apology and obligatory resignation.

Media has stakes too. What else can explain their obsession with Presidential elections and drama in Supreme Court over contempt notice proceeding against Imran Khan. It serves well to talk about inconsequential political matters to hide the more ominous developments such as Parachinar massacre of Shias, and DIKhan jailbreak.


Silences such as stated above are a cover-up for the far worse and dangerous that happened in the prison. No media outlet has so far been willing to transmit the news concerning the Taliban’s bigger motive in launching the attack. According to news, coming in coaches and bikes, and breaking into the prison, the Deobandi Taliban militants kept chanting ‘Kaffir Kaffir Shia Kaffir’ (Shias are infidels) as they searched frenetically for Shia inmates. As they freed their fellow terrorists, each cell was searched with care to find a Shia, bring him out in the open and slaughter in front of more than 500 cheering Taliban militants.

Media is also silent about the ’30 most dangerous’ terrorists that the Taliban freed along with 243 others. All of them belonged to banned Deobandi sectarian group, Sipah-e Sahaba and Lashkar-e Jhangvi which currently operate as Ahl-e Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ). Among them were masterminds of Karachi Ashura massacre, and D.I. Khan Ashura attack that killed dozens of Shia mourners. Bannu jail break last year (2012) had set off debates about the efficiency of the law enforcement agencies and the government because all those who escaped were the Taliban. But D.I.Khan jail break has not sparked the same debate as such. It is quite understandable. All those released this time are sectarian militants of Lashkar-e Jhangvi Sipah-e Sahaba (LeJ-SSP, working as ASWJ now, under the leadership of Ahmed Ludhyanvi Deobandi, Malik Ishaq Deobandi and Aurangzeb Farooqi Deobandi) from whom Pakistanis in general do not feel much fear.

Simply put, the Deobandi Taliban are thought to be working against the state, while the Deobandi sectarian monsters (ASWJ, LeJ, SSP) specifically targets Shia community, in addition to a few attacks on Sunni Barelvis, Ahmadis and Christians, in Pakistan. Taliban target the citizens indiscriminately while Takfiri Deobandi terrorists of ASWJ-LeJ focus on dealing heavier blows to Shias, executing the Shia genocide with more ferocity and effectiveness. Thus the media can afford silence as long as the Sipah-e Sahaba Taliban’s focus is on Shia Muslims. Pakistani society as a whole is bending more and more towards Talibanization, while the ordinary Sunnis, Ahmadis, Chrisitans, Hindus and other minorities are desperately looking for safety along with the Shias who are facing genocide.

All this calls for Shias and other minorities to work for their self-defence. Pakistan is imploding, and the only way for state to delay this implosion is to turn the focus on Shia genocide alone. Thus in the days to come, we may see an increase in the attacks on Shias throughout Pakistan. And this genocide is unlikely to prompt the administration’s action.



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