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23 January 2020

Ismaili Community Bus Attacked in Karachi, 45 Dead

Karachi: Unknown motorcyclists opened fire on a community bus in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city. The bus was carrying at least 60 people --  belonging to the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims community.

According to media detail and police statements the incident occurred on Wednesday morning around 9:30 AM near Safora Chowrangi. 6 assailants, carrying 9 MM Pistols,  stopped a bus, barged into it and opened indiscriminate firing, killing 45 people including 16 women. Eye witnesses claimed that the terrorists were in police uniform and were fully armed with sophisticated weapons.

Police and Rangers personnel rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area. However, the miscreants were able to escape the scene.

The wounded driver continued driving the bus to nearby Memon Hospital, in a desperate attempt to save any lives he could possibly save.

The country's state media reported that Interior Minister Ch. Nisar took notice of the incident and had sought immediate report. The spiritual leader of Ismail community His Highness Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the Aga Khan, the direct descendent of Hazrat Ali, cousin of Muhammad (PBUH) was shocked over the heinous bus attack. 

Through a press note  released by the Department of Communications, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), The Aga Khan expressed his grief over the loss of precious lives.  

“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,” the Aga Khan said.

Ismailis of Pakistan and their leader, the Aga Khan III were the first to contribute in the creation of the country. Since then Pakistani Ismailis and their leader, Prince Karim Aga Khan, have persistently contributed to the economic and social development of the country. They are now the latest victim of the burgeoning religious intolerance in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. (DT)