Sunday, December 30, 2012


PILGRIMS IN SOUTHWEST PAKISTAN - At least 20 Shiite Muslim pilgrims were killed when a car bomb destroyed three buses in southwest Pakistan. The attack comes as security forces searched for the killers of 21 kidnapped troops in the troubled northwest. The remotely-triggered bomb hit a convoy of three buses carrying about 180 pilgrims to Iran and set one of the buses ablaze in Mastung district, they said. “At least 20 people have been killed and 25 injured,” said Tufail Baluch, a senior district government official. “All of them were Shiite pilgrims.” Most of those killed were burnt to death, he said. 
“The bomb was planted in a car. The condition of some of the injured is critical.” The injured included four women and some children but medics were having trouble identifying the dead bodies, many of which were burnt beyond recognition, said Akbar Harifal, a top official in the area. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing at Mastung, some 30 kilometres south of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. Investigators recovered broken parts of a car and were investigating the possible involvement of a suicide bomber. The province has become an increasing flashpoint for sectarian violence between Pakistan's majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shiites - a fifth of the country's 180 million people. Baluchistan is also rife with Islamist militancy and home to a regional insurgency which began in 2004. 
The insurgents demand political autonomy and a greater share of profits from oil and gas resources. It was the country's second mass killing to be reported in less than a day while security forces were hunting the killers of 21 security personnel whose bodies were discovered not far from outside Peshawar where they had been kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban

A car bomb exploded on Sunday near a convoy of buses taking Shia pilgrims to Iran, killing 20 people and wounding 25, officials said. Witnesses said the blast occurred as the three buses were overtaking a car about 60 kilometres west of Quetta, site of many sectarian attacks, near the Iranian border. The injured included women and some children but medics were having trouble identifying the bodies, many of which were burnt beyond recognition, said authorities. New York-based Human Rights Watch has noted more than 320 Shias killed this year in Pakistan and said attacks due sectarian violence are on the rise. Religious intolerance should always be avoided, it is the source of hatred and sectarian violence against other manifestations of faith toward God.

Two factors that keep the world from being united is the presumption of racial superiority, and the desire to conquer and convert. ... Thus, they create hell on earth rather than being able to bring in the Kingdom of God, as some of them say they can. ... Dharmists (those who follow Sanatana-dharma, the Vedic path) often welcome other religions, as in the way we have seen so many that have settled in India and made it their home, such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, the Parsis, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Baha’i, etc. ... Intolerance kills.  So, we can see the liberality, kindness and openness of Dharmists, yet in any Muslim country, they allow but one religion to flourish, and any other religion must practice undercover, or they are persecuted and driven out or even thrown into prison, just as we are seeing many Hindus and Christians being driven out of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, etc..

Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
“Why All Religions Are Not the Same”  -

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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