Molana Hasan Torabi: Shias Not Responsible for Friday's Attack on Karachi

May 21, 2001 - 0:0
TEHRAN Referring to Friday's terrorist attack in Karachi, the leader of the Jafari Movement of Pakistan's Sind State, Molana Hasan Torabi, said in an interview that the attack which resulted in the killing of the leader of Pakistan's Sunni Movement, Salim Qaderi, and five others was the work of Pakistan's serial murderers. He praised the late Qaderi for his significant role in removing the mosques there from the Wahhabi school of thought.

Hasan Torabi further said that the Sunni Movement of Pakistan counts many members among traditional youth who are working to release the mosques from the Wahhabi school. He said that Qaderi, for his role, had previously been twice targeted by criminal elements and was at times involved in clashes with certain armed groups. He finally met his fate yesterday as he was on his way to the Friday Prayers, he added.

Further in the interview, Torabi said that there are lots of armed groups operating in Pakistan under the banner of Kashmir or Afghanistan Jihad. He said the local police is powerless in controlling them, although the interior minister of Pakistan has often voiced out the need to have them controlled.

On reports alleging that the Sipah Sahaba is responsible for the terrorist attack and is trying to point an accusing finger on the Shias, Torabi said that what he knows is that members of the Sipah Sahaba killed seven Sunnis disguised as Shias, but that the widows of those murdered pointed to one of the officials of Sipah Sahaba as the murderer.

He also said that the Sipah Sahaba works for the Mossad (the Israeli intelligence service) and will carry out any kind of operation that will weaken the Pakistani government.

Hasan Torabi said he was certain no Shia group was involved in the recent terrorist attack, and that there had been no clashes between Shias and members of his movement in Pakistan.

He added that a state of insecurity currently grips the people of Karachi as murders are almost becoming a daily occurrence in Pakistan, but that the government does not take cases seriously and insists the situation is temporary.