LAHORE, PAKISTAN – In a nation almost constantly reeling under years of repeated bombings by militants, the one on Aug. 8 is still a shock. A massive blast in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province and home to the leadership of the Afghan Taliban, killed more than 70 people, including at least 55 lawyers. In a flash, almost one-third of the members of the Quetta Bar Association were dead.
This was a particularly callous attack. The lawyers had congregated at the emergency ward of the main government hospital after hearing that their colleague, Bilal Anwar Kasi, had been shot dead. The attackers waited until the lawyers gathered before they set off the bomb, which also killed hospital workers and journalists.
The systematic hard hitting policy of the Pak government against the Baloch nationalist groups has resulted in the targeting of not only genuine political activists, but also the ordinary Baloch.
The suicide bombing on August 8 at the gates of the Emergency Ward of the Civil Hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, was another wakeup call for the international community to take notice of a situation created due to years of concerted government use of extremist groups as proxies against political activists, journalists and intellectuals. The bomb blast killed over 70 persons, including a large number of lawyers and journalists, who had gathered there following a shooting earlier in the day that killed the President of the Baluchistan Bar Association.
کوئٹہ شہر میں سیکیورٹی کے نام پر ہزاروں اہلکار تعینات ہیں، کم و بیش شہر کے بیشتر علاقوں میں کئی کئی چوکیاں لوگوں پر نظر رکھنے کے لئے قائم ہیں۔ یہاں پر کھڑے اہلکار کسی کو بھی روک کر اس کی تلاشی لیتے ہیں، اس سے سوالات پوچھتے ہیں۔ اگر کسی سرپھرے اہلکار کی وطن پرستی جاگ گئی تو یہ اہلکار کسی بھی شخص کو اغواء کرسکتے ہیں۔
کوئٹہ واقعہ سے قبل ظاہر ہے بلال کاسی صاحب نے فورسز کی چیک پوائنٹس پر رک کر اپنی پہچان بتائی ہوگی۔ اپنے کیسز کی فائلز بھی دکھائی ہوں گی ۔ قتل ہونے کے بعد بلال کاسی کی لاش کو شعبہ حادثات اور جائے وقوعہ کے درمیان آنے والے چیک پوسٹوں میں حفاظتی انتظامات کے پیش نظر ’’ را‘‘ کا سراغ لگانے والے اہلکاروں نے روک کر چیکنگ کے بعد شعبہ حادثات تک پہنچانے کی اجازت دی ہوگی۔
The reported nexus between the Pakistan army and the Islamic radicals has come full circle. The tail is now wagging the dog.
By Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun
Nearly 100 people died Monday in an attack by Islamic State (ISIS) on a hospital in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
Balochistan, the size of France, is a strategic territory at the mouth of the Straits of Hormuz that can effectively choke off all oil traffic to and from the Persian Gulf.
QUETTA: A suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital Monday, killing at least 63 people and leaving scores injured.
The bomber struck soon after dozens of lawyers gathered at the hospital following the killing of the Balochistan Bar Association President, who was shot dead this morning.
Updated at: 1236 PST, Sunday, June 20, 2010
QUETTA: An official of Frontier Corps (FC) was killed while another eight including 3 more FC personnel were injured when a bomb, planted in a car, went off on Sariab Road here in Quetta on Sunday morning, Geo news reported.
Police sources said the blast took place when an FC vehicle was passing by near Poly Technique College and a bomb planted in a nearby-parked Alto Car exploded.