Asia-Pacific, Pakistan, Human Rights

Bomb Blast at Park in Lahore Leaves Dozens Dead, Hundreds Injured

This weekend in a park in Lahore, Pakistan, a bomb went off in the middle of a crowd of people. The exact location was Gulshan-e-Iqbal park, the largest public park in Lahore. At this time, many families were together, celebrating the Easter weekend or just having a great time together.

A confirmed 30 people are dead, mostly women and children, but the numbers may be as high as 52 casualties or more. At least 150 people were injured to various degrees in the blast. Right now, the story is still developing, so the only solid details are the police reports and the official statements that we have regarding the incident.

And… Silence.

Oddly enough, many major news outlets have not touched on this story at all. The details of WHY that is remains unconfirmed. Most major media outlets have not said anything about the incident one way or another, so as of now many people do not even know that this attack has occurred.

But Why?

No organization has claimed responsibility for this attack yet. Pakistan in 2014 launched an effort to remove Taliban insurgents from the country, and deny them asylum in the country. Last year radicals attacked the provincial minister, killing him and eight others in his home. Needless to say, Pakistan is not a popular place for those with Taliban leanings, and some simply want revenge on Pakistan for not providing a place of asylum.

Is It Religious?

The timing of this incident is suspect, to say the very least. Easter weekend is a very popular time for Christian families to gather together, and many speculate that Christians were targeted by “Islamic radicals”. However, all of this is only circumstantial evidence; educated speculation is the only thing that we have right now.

It is likely that the primary reason that most media outlets have not spoken much about this incident is that so little is certain right now. All that we know for sure right now is the following: 1) About 52 people were killed and about 150 were injured; 2) The incident happened in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, and 3) most of the casualties were women and children.

What Now?

We cannot say for sure if the attack was religious or not, or if it was undertaken by the Taliban insurgents or a different set of radicals. However, we can all agree that this attack must be firmly denounced by all civilized people of the world. Civilians are NEVER, EVER to be used as targets for making a point against a government that refuses asylum to terrorists. This attack should be more widely covered by the media; not to foster pro or anti-religious sentiment among anyone, but to make known the consequences of unchecked wartime mentality among nations. No one deserves to die that way, least of all the innocent children that were killed in the attack. We need to speak out, and decry evil acts like this if we are to move forward together as a real and caring civilization.

About Caleb Smith

Caleb is a freelance writer and music student from the United States, with a passion for comic books, reading, and punk rock. He loves writing about often overlooked and under-reported stories to help raise awareness.

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