Undettered, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar devotees vow to hold dhamaal tonight
Amidst a nationwide security crackdown launched after a suicide bomber killed at least 80 on Thursday at the crowded shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, Dr Syed Mehdi Raza Shah, the custodian of the shrine, announced Friday that the evening dhamaal would continue as usual after evening prayers. Police had cordoned off the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine early Friday, as forensic investigators arrived.
But at 3.30am, the shrine’s caretaker had stood among the carnage and defiantly rang its bell, a daily ritual that he vowed to continue, saying he will “not bow down to terrorists”, AFP had reported.
Later, devotees had tried to break the police cordon to enter the shrine, saying they would not be deterred by the attack.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa have reached Sehwan and visited the injured at the hospital. He also visited the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has been at Sehwan, his political constituency, since last night.