Religious Terror in Lahore


Lahore massacre

Lahore witnessed another bloody day on Friday, when at least 80 people were killed in two terrorist activities carried out in broad daylight. As per news reports 8 to10 terrorists, equipped with the latest weaponry, attacked two places of worship in Ghari Shahu and Model Town in Lahore where scores of people were saying their Friday prayers.

This time, however, the capture of two terrorists may provide the proof to those who still deny the presence of Taleban or their like-minded groups in the province, especially in the southern Punjab. As usual the chief minister for Punjab has asked for an inquiry report within 24 hours.

According to media reports, one of the captured terrorists hails from southern Punjab, got his education in a Karachi madrasa and later trained in northern Waziristan. This is a very well-known trail of events but where is the will and action to break this chain?

There are several media anchors who openly spread hatred against other religions but no one can ever touch them. Just a few months ago, Christians were targeted in Gojra in the same manner but no one has learned any lesson from these repeated incidents of religious and sectarian violence. Unfortunately, this Lahore incident will also be forgotten in next few days and terrorists will have a field day with another attack on a day of their choice.

There is a complete lack of intentional, or maybe unintentional, understanding and coherence to tackle the religious and sectarian violence in the country. Unless there is firm action against those institutions who are churning out armies of brainwashed zombies, peace in Pakistan will remain an illusion.

The GCP event was set for 6 hours, beginning 1 hour before the attack at 13:15 on 28th May. (07:15 to 13:15 UTC). The result is 21699 on 21600 df for p = 0.317 and Z = 0.476.

Religious Terror
in Lahore

It is important to keep in mind that we have only a tiny statistical effect, so that it is always hard to distinguish signal from noise. This means that every "success" might be largely driven by chance, and every "null" might include a real signal overwhelmed by noise. In the long run, a real effect can be identified only by patiently accumulating replications of similar analyses.

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