BijuShet wrote:I assume this was a Muharram procession. Dont they usually have some form of Shia-Sunni clashes during this procession? Is this incident any different or Is Pakiban using this event for spreading general mayhem?
SSP (Sipah-Saheba-e-Pakistan) is rightly called the Mother of all terrorist tanzeems in the Punjab. Sectarianism and terrorism are inseparably entwined in Pakistan. That's why the Punjabi Taliban who are Sunni Deobandi and the LeT (Ahl-e-Hadees) are completely aligned with the Al Qaeda (Wahhabi/Salafi). The Shi'a are not the ones to take things lying down either in Pakistan. They have their own outfits (Tariq-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jaafaaria or TNFJ, Sipah-e-Mohammad or SM etc.)
On Aug. 17, 2009, SSP's chief Allama Ali Sher Hyderi was assassinated in a gruesome manner, obviously by Shi'a, at Khairpur, Sind. There was widespread violence in Karachi, the SSP stronghold. He was the fourth chief of SSP to be assassinated since SSP was formed in the 80s. IMHO, this suicide attack in Karachi yesterday is retaliation for his death. We can expect a Shi'a backlash sometime later.
I no longer make distinction among Al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban, Pakistani Pashtun Taliban, the Punjabi Taliban and the LeT. They are all one and the same today. I prefer the AQAM (Al Qaeda and Allied Movements) terminology. They all have the same worldview
- Spreading a violently puritanical takfiri brand of Islam
- Liquidation of murtad Ahmeddiya and munafiq Shi'a
- Defeating the Axis of Evil which is Yahud-Hunud-Nasara
- Establishing the Caliphate
So, each such attack will reinforce one or the other of the above.
On another note, this attack was quite similar to the LTTE suicide attack sometime back where also the suicide bomber was walking along with the processionists. That was also graphically captured.