Terrorist Attacks on Sufi Shrines

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Since Pakistan joined the war on terror with the United States and its allies, a wave of terrorist attacks entered in the country. Sufi Shrines, religious places, and sectarian killings started.  These attacks brought massive killings and collateral damage to the country. Suicide killings or bombing Sufi shrines nullifies the peace quality of Islam. Daesh, Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and other Islam enmity forces had accepted the responsibility of these attacks.

Looking into history, a chain of Bomb attacks and suicide attacks started in 2005. The terror attacks started with the attack on Shrine of Rakhel Shah, in the remote village of Fateh pur in District Jhal Magsi. On 27 may, 2005 Bari Imam Shrine Islamabad was attacked while a Majlis was going on there. The terrorist attack was to flare up emotions of Shia community. This was a huge attack to bring in sectarian riots in the country. “Ulema” saved the country by acting right on time.

The day of March 05, 2009 brought tears and bloodshed when the Shrine of Sufi Poet Rehman Baba was bombed in Peshawar. A year later, on 17th June 2010, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Golra Shareef Shrine was attacked. A police constable and 3 others were injured in that attack. In the same year, on July 07, Suicide bombers attacked Data Darbar in Lahore killing 37. On Oct 07, the shrine of Abdullah Shah Gazi, Karachi was attacked killing eight and leaving 60 injured. On Oct 25, Shrine Baba Farid Pakpatan was attacked in which 6 people were killed. On 7th March 2011, around 11 people were killed in Akhund Panju Baba at Akbarpur Jaba in Nowshera. In the same year, Shrine of Sufi Saint Ahmad Sultan, popularly known as Sakhi Sarwar at Dera Ghazi Khan was attacked killing 6 and leaving 100 injured. In Khuzdar Dera Balochistan, the suicide attack at the shrine of Shah Noorani resulted in 60 deaths and more than 100 people were killed.

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On 16th Feb 2017, the suicide attack on Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, snatched lives of 70 devotees including women and children. On 1st July 2010, one of the worst attacks was on Sufi Mosques and Shrines, two suicide bombers targeted the shrine of Daata Darbar in Lahore. At least 42 people killed and more than 172 were injured in this attack. The people of KPK confronted the major brunt of terrorist attacks as more than 50 Sufi Shrines were targeted by the militants.

Writing more! The terrorists prepared many attacks in Pakistan against the shrines of Sufi Saints and grand scholars of Islam. These scholars played a vital role in preaching Islam in the Subcontinent. These attacks are backed by Daesh, and TTP, and other Islam and Pakistan enmity forces. They have conducted more than 70 attacks on shrines of revered Sufi Saints in Pakistan. These attacks show their hatred for Muslims.

Discussing more! Terrorists’ utter disrespect to the Shrines of Muslim Saints depicts their extreme level of ignorance. They neither respect the teachings of Islam nor honor the traditions. Daesh, and TTP show themselves as Muslims but actually, they do not have any knowledge of Islam. They are spoiling the image of Islam internationally by killing innocent Muslims. Islam is a religion of peace. The Sufi Saints played a vital role in spreading Islam in the region. Not a single Muslim can think of disrespecting Shrines of those who spread Islam. On the other hand, People respect and honor these Sufi Saints.

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Concluding more! Sufi shrines are considered as most sacred places and people come here off and on. These places remain packed with the public. These are the most crowded places. A single blast on Shrines put effect 100% more than blasts at the other places. The main reason behind bomb blasts and terror attacks on these places is to create anarchy, and a wish to start sectarian riots. People and Ulema should face this dilemma with bravery and saved the country from sectarian riots.

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