On Wednesday, a bus full of Muslim pilgrims was attacked in Karachi, Pakistan. Jundullah, a Taliban splinter group, claimed responsibility for the murder of some 45 Ismaili Shia — a minority within the Shia minority — who were on their way to worship. But this tragedy is more than just a story about extremists striking again.
Pakistan is a democracy whose population is far greater than Iran and the GCC’s combined. With a growing population, and a growing economy, the country has the chance to present a different model for Muslim politics. However, this week’s bus attack shows the lethality of sectarianism and the wisdom of Pakistan’s political stand.
After the attack, the entire Karachi city came to a standstill and expressed solidarity with the Ismaili community.
In a statement issued a day after the gruesome attack, Iqbal Walji, the president of Aga Khan Council for Pakistan, expressed his gratitude to the government, Pakistan Army, political leaders, civil society and the public for their sympathies and messages of condolence. He also acknowledged the assurance given by the authorities to ensure the safety and security of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims residing in Pakistan.
Massive killing of this sort is such a disgrace on the face of humanity. We all need to educate our children and the coming generations to spread awareness of the rights and virtues.
Wars and killings never lead to any good! Be open and do share your thoughts on what you feel about such man-made events of destruction. What can ‘we’ – as a society – do to curb such incidents in the future?