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Blast shock

Bahrain News
Tue, 29 Mar 2016
By Raji Unnikrishnan


Bahrain: Members of the Pakistani community in Bahrain were in a state of shock yesterday following Easter Sunday’s blast in Lahore which left at least 70 people dead and 300 wounded.

Scores of Pakistanis visited the embassy in Manama to offer their condolences and express solidarity with their brethren back home in fighting terrorism.

A fifth of the community’s population in Bahrain hails from Lahore which was rocked by a powerful blast near the children’s rides in the city’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal park.

A breakaway faction of the militant Taliban group claimed responsibility.

“Around 20,000 Pakistanis in Bahrain (out of approximately 100,000) are from Lahore and have their families in and around the city,” embassy
community welfare attaché Maqsood Shah told the GDN

Solidarity

“So far, we haven’t heard of any incidents from any residents about their families being affected in the blast. 

“A couple of people said that their distant relatives in the city were safe. 

“However, the entire community in Bahrain has been left in a state of shock.”

Mr Shah said scores of Pakistanis had visited the embassy yesterday to register their
condolences.

“Many others called us to express solidarity with the government and the people of Pakistan in fighting such acts of terror.” 

Community leader and Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) board member Mohammed Sajid was among those who visited the embassy. 

“This is not Islam and anyone behind it is not a Muslim,” he said.

“We are in a state of shock. We condemn this act of cowardice, which I feel is unfair to humanity.” 

The incident was Pakistan’s deadliest attack since the December 2014 massacre of 134 school children at a military-run academy in the city of Peshawar.

raji@gdn.com.bh

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