EDITORIAL – “We absolutely and categorically reject any, and all attempts to sow division in between religious communities”

SHAFAQNA – We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of the victims of today’s attack in Pakistan.

A suicide bomber turned a spiritual dance celebration at a revered religious shrine into a slaughterhouse on Thursday, killing at least 70 people and wounding more than 250 in the worst act of terrorism to hit Pakistan in months.

At least 50 of the wounded were critically hurt in the explosion at the Sufi shrine in a remote part of southern Pakistan, officials said. Many of the victims were women.

The bombing Thursday evening targeted the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a popular Sufi saint, in Sehwan, a city in Jamshoro district of the southern Sindh Province. A large number of people had been performing a spiritual, devotional dance when the bomber struck in the courtyard, officials said, turning a place of spiritual reverie into a spectacle of blood and body parts.

Daesh, which ideology is rooted in Wahhabism, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

We absolutely and categorically reject any, and all attempts to sow division in between religious communities – whether Muslim or not, on the basis that freedom of religion is an inherent human right.

A wave of militant strikes has shaken Pakistan this week, underscoring the challenges faced by the civil and military leadership to counter extremist violence. At least eight attacks across the country were reported, most claimed by the Taliban.

On Wednesday, seven people were killed in northwestern Pakistan in two suicide bombings, one targeting judges in Peshawar, the provincial capital of the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. On Monday, at least 13 people were killed in Lahore, in the east, when militants targeted a protest.




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