Monday, December 28, 2009

Karachi Burns

Image Credit: Faysal Mujeeb/WhiteStar

Gut-wrenching eye witness accounts show the sheer brutality of a suicide attack on a Muharram procession in Karachi on Ashura.

Karachi metblogs has uploaded a series of pictures from the blast site.

Dawn slideshow shows extent of damage.

 NYT reports the death of at least 30 people. This is the third attack against Shiites this week.

Bomb Blast caught on camera-Associated Press

Attack caught on GeoTV

Political leaders condemn blast.

President Asif Ali Zardari (AAZ) appeals for calm

MQM leader Altaf Hussein reacts:

Abdul Sattar Edhi, whose Edhi ambulances were instrumental in delivering the injured to hospitals and collecting the dead describes the scene:

 Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah offers compensation to the families of those killed and injured.

We cannot afford to be ambiguous on Taliban ideology any longer- Nadeem F Parachi

Scenes from the attack-GeoTV

This attack hit me on a personal level. My family attends the Ashura procession every year and thankfully no one was seriously injured. One family friend was at the blast epicenter. He was thrown 25 feet away from the blast and somehow managed to survive. He was lucky, everyone around him died. His 10 year old son was found uninjured under 4 bodies.

I mourn with the families of those who died in today's attacks. It could as just have been my family, my friends. While I know it is improbable, I hope and pray that this will be the last attack of this kind. Enough blood has been spilled. There have been enough deaths.