When I returned home this evening, I saw the gruesome pictures showing yet more innocent people killed while preparing to worship in Lahore, Pakistan. The Data Ganj Baksh is one of the most prominent mosques in Pakistan’s second largest city. As a human rights activist, these attacks on innocent civilians provoke the most outrage. Given that it comes just days after the last despicable terrorist attack in Lahore, I’m left asking, when will the horror end? Raza Rumi, a prominent writer on Sufism says it better than I can:
This is a barbaric attack and should serve as a wake up call. Data Saheb’s shrine is not just another crowded place – it represents a millenia of tolerant Sufi Islam which is directly under attack by the puritans.Last year, there were threats and the government had closed the place for a day or two. This time the worst of nightmares has come true.
And when I hear, as was the case in this terrorist attack “the bombers used devices packed with ball-bearings to maximise the impact of their attack” you cannot help but be angry about this attack and to grieve for the families whose lives were snuffed out for no reason. Let’s not spend justify it by blaming “outside forces”, let’s find the perpetrators. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with the victims and their families in seeking justice for this heinous act.