Ottawa, Ontario – 13 May 2015 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the terrorist attack on Ismailis in Karachi, Pakistan, that killed many people and injured several more:
“Canada condemns the cowardly terrorist attack on a bus carrying Shi’a Ismaili Muslims in Karachi.
“It is particularly chilling that gunmen opened fire indiscriminately, murdering many Ismailis regardless of their gender or age. It is an affront to everyone who cherishes religious freedom. We urge the Government of Pakistan to bring the perpetrators to justice and to ensure that all religious minorities in the country are protected and their religious freedom guaranteed.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who perished in this murderous attack. We also offer our heartfelt prayers that those injured may have a speedy recovery.
“I have worked closely with His Highness the Aga Khan over the years and know first-hand of the peaceful nature of the Shi’a Ismaili community here in Canada and around the world. We mourn with His Highness and the entire Shi’a Ismaili Imamat who have consistently stood for peace, pluralism and religious freedom.”
News courtesy: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/05/13/statement-prime-minister-canada-terrorist-attack-ismailis-pakistan#sthash.SA9slwmZ.dpuf
We condemned the terrorist attack on Peaceful, Humble, Down to earth, cooperative, enterprising members of Aga Khani-Ismalili community of innocent citizens of Sindh and stand with the grieving families. We salute the driver (who was injured himself ) of the bus who drove the bus to nearby hospital to save numerous lives.
PPP administration completely failed to protect its citizens. It is absolute failure of Rangers and Sindh Police. Rangers should held accountable along with Police. Sindh spent sizable amount of budget on Rangers and all they are doing is running water tanker business in Karachi.
We demand de-weaponization of Karachi and stoppage of the mass exodus of illegal immigrants in Sindh.
News courtesy: Via facebook wall of WSC
The spiritual leader of the Ismaili community His Highness Aga Khan expressed shock and sorrow over the attack on a bus carrying Ismailis near Safoora Chowk in Karachi which left 43 dead and 13 wounded.
“This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those killed and wounded in the attack,” said a statement posted on the Aga Khan Development Network website.
The statement said that Ismailis are a peaceful global community that live in harmony with various other ethnic and religious groups across the world.
The statement added that other Ismaili leaders in Pakistan are currently involved in an emergency operation to help the survivors of the attack.
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By AGENCIES | IMTIAZ ALI
KARACHI: At least 43 people were killed and 13 others wounded on Wednesday when armed men opened fire inside a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community near Safoora Chowk in Karachi.
Sindh Police Inspector General Ghulam Haider Jamali said that 60 people were on board the bus when six gunmen entered and executed 43 passengers.
He added that the armed men used 9mm pistols in the massacre. The attackers managed to flee after the attack.
Hospital sources have so far confirmed that the dead include 25 men and 16 women. Police officials said that there were no children among the casualties.
All victims were shot from a close-range.
Rana M Razzaq, a security coordinator at the Memon Medical Center, told Dawn that, “One young girl hid and survived. Three or four others who were brought to the hospital have survived…the rest are all dead.”
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