After a relatively peaceful Ramazan that actually gave Pakistanis a reason to celebrate after the team’s win in the ICC Champions Trophy final, it seems like Pakistan has once more been engulfed by a cloud of darkness. Be it the tanker explosion in Bahawalpur that has claimed about 148 lives, or the terror attacks in Parachinar and Quetta, that have claimed close to 80 lives, the country is in a state of mourning right before the auspicious occasion of Eid.
People are taking to social media to let their anger be known
— Hidayat Roghani (@Hidayatroghanii) June 25, 2017
Some people are pointing out how numerous people will be left mourning on Eid
Hundreds of people are mourning on the eve of Eid.
— Gumshuda (@Rabeel_Tariq) June 25, 2017
People have been left shaken after finding out about the news
— Usman Mani (@UsmanahmadMani) June 25, 2017
And some highlighted how a lot of damage had been inflicted within the course of three days
— SaeenClops (@Hussnain_Arshad) June 25, 2017
Some are praying for the families of the deceased
— Haroon (@Haroonayy) June 25, 2017
While a few political figures condemned the attack
I Strongly condemn the blasts in Quetta & Parachinar during the holy month of Ramadan.Thoughts and prayers for the bereaved families.
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) June 23, 2017
And declared these attacks to be attacks against the nation
Strongly condemn twin blasts in Parachinar today targeting innocent people.These attacks in Quetta & Parachinar are attacks against nation.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 23, 2017
Some people couldn’t help but notice certain discrepancies
— Tan (@Freedom7866) June 25, 2017
The silence seemed deafening to many
— Kashif Afzal (@kashif_afzalkpk) June 25, 2017
And people were quick to call out anyone who they believed was contributing to the silence
— Amirkhan (@Amirkhan101) June 25, 2017
Some said it like it is
— M. Farhan Janjua (@FarhanJanjua) June 25, 2017
And this individual perhaps best summed up everyone’s sentiments
— Amber Zulfiqar (@Cheese_Pakora) June 25, 2017
It is at times like these when we are left questioning whether or not all lives matter equally within our country. Our own silence over such matters is mind-boggling. Perhaps we have still not come to realize that the death tolls are more than just figures – they are actual human beings who have been cruelly taken away from their lives – from their families – who have nothing more to remember them by except memories. While our country bleeds once more, we hope that the families of all the victims find the strength to carry on after this immense tragedy.