Attack on Shia pilgrim’s bus near Mastung: at least 23 killed and 30 injured

Quetta – Last updated: April 16, 2014 |

Quick Facts:

  • Attack Date: Jan 21, 2014
  • Attack Location: Koshak/Dringhar, district Mastung
  • Time of attack: Tuesday Evening
  • Attack: Suicide / Improvised blast containing : 80-100Kg explosives (as per Bomb Squad) + Indiscriminate firing following the blast
  • Convoy: 2 buses, 4 vehicles for security
  • Total passengers: 51 (from news sources; not confirmed from Hazara sources)
  • Lashkar-e Jhangvi, Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists, claimed responsibility

 

“What Mastung blast survivors need now” by Bina Sarwar – April 7, 2014

Below are only some of those injured in the MastungBlast. Pictures and info (below), courtesy of @Beenasarwar and @Anasmallick.

 

Mr. Jawad Hazara lost his wife, two daughters (RIP. R-Rida), and mother-in-law, while his two sons were injured (L-Ibtehaj, 11, recovered from physical injuries)

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Saadat Hussain, 37, is now disabled from waist down. He is former Mr. Pakistan (2003 – bodybuilding).

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Mehrin Kauser, 20, is still treated for glasses in her eyes (among other injuries). Her father is among injured, and she lost both her mother and sister in the blast.

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Zakir, 23, lost both legs.

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Quetta – Jan 21, 2014:

A blast targeting a convoy of two Shia pilgrim buses and four security vehicles -almost all Hazaras- near Dringhar/Koshak area of Mastung district has killed at least 28 and injured 37, including many women and children.

Following the blast, terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on the buses that were carrying many women and children.

The bus was on its way from Taftan to Quetta when it was targeted.

The Saudi-supported Al-Qaeda affiliated Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LEJ) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Bus targeted in the attack (courtesy: AFP)

 

Aftermath of the Attack:

 

This is the second such attack in 20 days in the same area. The Al-Qaeda affiliated Jaish-ul-Islam terrorists accepted responsibility of the attack on Jan 1, 2014.

 

Story of Mohd Jawad – a helpless father – that lost everything:

Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) has strongly condemned the attack and called for a shutter down strike on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2014. MWM has announced three days of mourning.

 

Indifference or simply clueless?

While all those killed and injured are 100% Hazaras, a statement from UN Sec General, as well as some of the main news sources have absolutely not a single mention of “Hazara.”

Shameless Balochistan Government MPs argue about getting “Blue Passports” for themselves while the dead bodies are still laying on the road.

 

Deaths:

(reported by Naweed-e-Saher Welfare Organization/Ambulance Service)

  1. Qurban Ali s/o Shaukat Ali Khawari
  2. Nasima bibi w/o Kausar Ali
  3. Kaniz Zahra d/o Kausar Ali (succumbed to injuries on  1/29/2014)
  4. Zahra bibi w/o Mohammad Jawad
  5. Rida Fatima d/o Mohammad Jawad
  6. Um-e Farwa d/o Mohammad Jawad
  7. Bibi Fatima d/o Mohammad Jawad (?Same as Rida Fatima?)
  8. Hamayun s/o Khudaidad
  9. Syed Akbar Shah s/o Syed Sarwar Shah
  10. Mohammad Hussain s/o Qurban Ali
  11. Kausar bibi
  12. Hanifa d/o Sajjad Hussain
  13. Mazhar Hussain s/o Ishaq Ali
  14. Abbas s/o Zakir
  15. Yazdan s/o Haji Mohammad Essa
  16. Zulfiqar Ali s/o Haji Abdul Baqi
  17. Jan bibi w/o Mohammad Raza
  18. Faizullah Hazara s/o Ali Ahmed
  19. Ali Ahmed s/o Naad Ali
  20. Hayat Begum w/o Ramzan Ali
  21. Mohammad Hadi s/o Haji Mohammad Ibrahim
  22. Basit s/o  Mohammad Ibrahim
  23. Muntazir Mehdi s/o Ali Mohammad
  24. Syed Abbas s/o Syed Safdar Ali
  25. Mohammad Raza s/o Qurban Ali
  26. Sadaf w/o Mohammad Ali
  27. Shabbir Hussain s/o Qurban Ali
  28. Badly damaged – Body could not be identified
  29. Badly damaged – Body could not be identified

 

Injured List:

(reported by Naweed-e-Saher Welfare Organization/Ambulance Service)

  1. Syed Ruhullah s/o Syed Ibrahim
  2. Mohd Murtaza s/o Chaman Ali
  3. Salman Ali s/o Ghulam Sakhi
  4. Ali Jan s/o Qadir Ali
  5. Zakir Hussain s/o Nasir Ali – lost leg
  6. Amjad s/o Qayum
  7. Syed Mushtaba s/o Syed Hussain
  8. Gul Shah
  9. Imtiaz
  10. Karrar Ali
  11. Syed Mohammad Asif
  12. Lateef Agha s/o Shabbir Hussain
  13. Adnan Ali s/o Zaman
  14. Mohammad Mehdi s/o Ashiq
  15. Manzoor Hussain s/o Iqbal Ali
  16. Asif Shah s/o Deedar Ali
  17. Syed Mujtaba s/o Ashiq
  18. Mohammad Meraj s/o Mohammad Jawad
  19. Ali Zaheer s/o Ali Mohammad
  20. Mushtaq s/o Iqbal
  21. Mohammad Agha s/o Syed Ali
  22. Abdul Qayum
  23. Shabbir Ali
  24. Asghar Ali
  25. Saadat Hussain s/o Abbasi  – disabled from waist down
  26. Kaniz bibi (d/o Qadir ali ?)
  27. Nasima bibi w/o Kausar Ali
  28. Hakima bibi (d/o Hussain ?)
  29. Mehreen d/o Kausar Ali
  30. Gul Begum (d/o Nasir)
  31. Suraya bibi
  32. Gul Bakht (w/o Ishaq ?)
  33. Fatima bibi
  34. Asma bibi
  35. Nasreen w/o Mohib Ali
  36. Janat Gul
  37. Gul Andam w/o Mohammad Zaman

 

The convoy was on its way from Taftan, border crossing between Iran and Pakistan, to Quetta. The bus was carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Iran and Arbaeen commemoration from Karbala, Iraq.

Iran and Iraq (roughly 90% of all holy sites) contains majority of Shia religious sites. The journey from Pakistan to Iraq passes through Iran. During Saddam Hussain’s regime, Shias were not allowed to travel for pilgrimage to holy sites in Iraq. The new Shia-based government has now provided open access for people to visit the holy sites. Visitors to holy cities of Karbala and Najaf gets the honorary titles of “Karbalai” and “Najafi”, which they can use with their names.

Several attacks have been carried in this area over the years targeting Shia pilgrim’s buses by the Saudi-financed terrorists, Lashkar-e Jhangvi – formerly known as SipahSahaba Pakistan (SSP), an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

According to Hazara Organization for Peace and Equality (HOPE), Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist outfits have thus far claimed responsibility for 157 separate attacks on Hazaras to date, killing over 1400 and injuring over 3500 [ See Google Map of all attack locations ].

The two Hazara enclaves —Alamdar Road and Hazara Town— are under constant barrage of attacks where armed killers patrol city streets executing Hazaras wherever they find them. Other groups find Hazaras easy target, frequently abducting for ransom and forcing them to sell their valuable businesses for pennies. Currently the 600,000 peaceful Hazara community are confined in an open-air jail – the 4 to 5 mile radius of two enclaves.

 

SIT-IN PROTEST

The Hazara community has agreed to end their Sit-in protest after assurances by government for an operation against Saudi-funded militants in Quetta region. The government negotiating team included: Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Abdul Malik; Federal Interior Minister, Chaudary Nisar, and Federal Information Minister, Pervez Rashid.

Burial of Shuhadas will take place on Friday around 10:00 local time.

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Sit-In Protests:

  • Quetta
    • Shuhada chowk, Alamdar Road
    • HDP, MWM, Quetta-Yek-Jehti-Council and Tanzeem, voiced support for the Sit-in proteest
    • Hazara Democratic Party Khaliq Shaheed Unit is protesting at Mezan chowk and Manan Chowk…! While HDP’s Hazara Town council will conduct a demonstration in front of Quetta Press club at 12…! (via HDP)
  • Rawalpindi/Islamabad
    • Venue: Islamabad Press Club; Time: 4pm today (via Sajjad Changezi )
    • Faiz Abad (MWM)
  • Karachi
    • Tata Khan, 3-Talwar, 5-Start Chowrangi, Namaish Chowrangi, Malir, Ancholi, Abbas Town, traffic stopped on M.A. Jinnah Road and Shahrah-e Faisal
  • HyderAbad – Jamshoro Bypass
  • Dadu – Indus highway
  • Larkhana – Jinnah Chowk
  • Jamshoro
  • Multan
  • Lahore
    • Mall Road (MWM) ; Outside Governor House
    • Press Club – charged crowd chanting Anti-Government slogans
  • UK (London) – Tonight 22/01/2014 08:00 PM. Pakistan Embassy, 34-36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 9JN. (via Asif Khan)
  • USA
    • New York: Fatiha at Masjid Imam Ali, Queens Blvd, Queens. Sunday, Jan 26, 10:00am and 2:00pm.
    • Chicago:  At Consulate General of Pakistan, 333 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601; Thursday 01/23/2014; Starts:5:00pm
      Organizers: Rehan Rizvi & Ali Hasan
  • Australia (Melbourne)
    • Sit-in protest – Jan 22 at 11:27pm (more info)
    • Australia (Melbourne): Sit-in protest/candle light vigil – Jan 23 (pic gallery)
    • Candle-light vigil by from “The Welcome Group” in conjunction with the Australian Hazara Women’s Friendship Network (AHWFN) – Monday, January 27, 2014 – (more info)
  • Australia (Adelaide): Candle light vigil – Jan 24 (pic gallery)

Other Updates:

FAREWELL

Families saying final farewell to their loved ones – Friday, Jan 24.

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