January 11th, 2012 marks the 24th anniversary of the Mominpura massacre of Lahore. It was this sad day that the terrorists belonging to Lashkar e Jhangvi martyred at least 27 momineen and injured more than 50 momineen as they were gathered at the Mominpura graveyard for a majlis. Among those martyred were two young boys and a woman.
Witnesses said the gunmen arrived at the scene in a red Suzuki jeep. They confirmed that the killers first shot dead the a flower-stall owner outside the graveyard before making their way inside on foot. One assailant remained at the gate while two others entered the graveyard where they massacred the hapless members of the gathering, who had absolutely no security cover. The assailants sprayed bullets in all directions as evidenced by the holes found on pillars, graves, and walls, while moving towards the veranda where the Majlis was being held.
The assailants kept on firiing indiscriminately for almost five minutes, and Mominpura graveyard was left drenched with the blood of the innocent. Almost 250 people, including women and children, scrambled over the bodies that soon littered the scene, trying to hide from the sustained firing. Witnesses said the men fired around 400 bullets before managing to escape in their Suzuki jeep, which travelled in the direction of the Lahore Hotel.
Despite the presence of a police van nearby, the assailants were not discouraged and acted with impunity. This incident, like many others, shows the ease with which sectarian terrorists operate in Pakistan while the law-enforcement agencies remain impotent. Incidents like these continue to occur to this day, and we continue to implore the government to provide justice to its citizens and apprehend the masterminds behind such organizations.
May God curse the enemies of Ahl e Bait (A.S) and their followers. Ameen.