Dhamaal at Shrine of Shahbaz Qalander in Sehwan

The brutal terrorist attack on the shrine of the Sufi Saint Lal Shehbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif took the lives of 88 people leaving more than 200 people injured.

According to media reports, Islamic State, the extremist group involved in terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq has accepted the responsibility of this attack.

Even such horrific incident failed to shackle the trust of devotees who vowed to continue and observe their dhamaal (spiritual dance a tradition at the shrine of Lal Shehbaz Qalandar) as they find their peace of mind in it.

Horrible suicide bomb blast that attempted to engulf such serene environment couldn’t make devotees give up their dhamaal that is capable of taking a dancer in a soothing trance.

After the blast, shrine presented very bleak look with blood spilled all over, heaps of slippers and broken glasses. It was a scenario quite contrary to the traditional atmosphere that always remains enchanted with the beats of the drum, dance of the devotees and crowd of people looking forward to getting rid of their tensions and worries by getting engrossed in a scene that has nothing to offer but peace.

Devotees mourning on the Sehwan tragedy
Devotees mourning the Sehwan tragedy, Photo; Reuters

Shrine of the Lal Shehbaz Qalandar in Sehwan that serves as a spiritual healer is a very sacred place for many people who find the refuge from their personal troubles in love and compassion that vast world of Sufism has to offer.

The Place is famous for dhamaal by visitors on the beat of the drum that makes the listeners whirl in excitement experiencing a unique world of ecstasy.

Returning to the same routine soon after the deadliest event is a clear message that peace always wins over the gruesome acts of barbarianism.

Sehwan attack is not first of its kind, last year in November terrorists had hit the Shah Noorani shrine in Khuzdar district of Balochistan killing at least 62 people. Given that government should have considered for the high security of such places to avoid any unpleasant incident.


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