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Pakistan Mourns Deadly terror attack

Suicide bombing hits park Sunday evening when many families are out; 72 are killed, 280 are injured

Ayaz Gul for VOA News reports: Pakistan is mourning the death of at least 70 people in Sunday’s Taliban suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore. Hospital officials say up to 30 children were among the dead. The blast occurred in a crowded public park and also wounded more than 300 people.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the accident. As announced by a Taliban spokesperson, the attack was intentionally aimed at those Christian families who have enjoyed their holy celebration in the public park. The assault was denounced by national and international leaders.

Witnesses recounted loud blasting sounds of an explosion from the inside of the park. The bodies were lying in a pool of blood, injured men, women and children were struggling to get out of the scene. They have also noted that no proper security was arranged at the park.

Pakistani Prime Minister arrived in Lahore Monday morning to conduct a meeting of top civilian and security officials. During a meeting, he condemned terrorists who attacked innocent citizens and added that the efforts to eliminate extremism in Pakistan will be strengthened.

According to National Security Council, the U.S. sharply condemned the Lahore bombing, calling it a "cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park.” UN Secretary-General issued a statement calling for “the perpetrators of this appalling terrorist act to be brought swiftly to justice, consistent with human rights obligations.”

While the public security measures were strengthened, several hundred Islamist activists still were protesting near Parliament against hanging of the man charged with murdering a provincial governor. The suspect gunned down Punjab’s governor for initiating reforms in the country’s Islamic law against blasphemy. The protesters came into violent conflict with the police while setting fire to nearby buildings. “The clashes wounded more than two dozen security personnel, prompting the government to deploy troops to protect the so-called Red Zone in Islamabad where mostly key official buildings, including parliament and foreign diplomatic missions, are located,” concludes Gul.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

Terrorism in Pakistan has its roots in US support for the mujhadeen in the 70s against russia – which became the Taliban - and in Zia’s islamization of the country. As Brzezinski told the mujhadeen, “God is on your side” and they took his message seriously. He has no regrets and said that Islamic terrorism was a small price to pay for the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, now is the time for Pakistan to entirely disengage from Saudi Arabia. The Western financial hegemony has an interest in jihadists taking over the entire Middle East all the way to China as they profit from chaos and war and do not want any competitors. The people of the world need to wake up to this no-longer-hidden agenda, since a lot more terrorism and wars is on the cards. And it will never end. There is no reason for it to end as it is profitable. Pakistan then should cleanse the country of the fanatical scums and form a closer alliance with Russia, it already has a tight military alliance with China. But in any scenario, it should stay out of the Saudi “anti-terror Islamic coalition”. One would hope that the people of Pakistan will not allow their government to join the Saudis for a personal profit while the country turns into jihadi-land.

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