Militants have bombed the Shrine of Sufi Sheikh Taqi Baba, Mastung, Balochistan, Pakistan

This is just a note. Dawn journalist Syed Ali Shah has relayed police official Nazeer Ahmed’s information: unidentified militants have ‘planted explosives inside’ and ‘completely destroyed’ the Sufi Shrine of Sheikh Taqi Baba.

So far, the guilty party is unknown

Civil activist Sarim Anwer suspected that it was an act of Takfiri (Islamic State-style, law unto themselves, extremist) terrorism. Journalist Ali Salma Alvi specified ASWJ/LeJ (though, for an ignorant outsider, that is somewhat confusing, as the Sufi-influenced Barelvi Sunni extremists of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat have clashed with Deobandi/Salafi extremists, whereas Lashkar-e-Jhangvi are Deobandi extremists).

Speculation

Human rights activist Sayyid Mehdi blamed ISIS (affiliates/adherents of the Islamic State) and a Regional Coordinator at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Kamal Ayoub, blamed ISIS too. The Islamic State has started to globalise its violence – recently, its local activists have threatened to destroy the Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Magelang, Java, Indonesia.

Further speculation

Journalist Ammara Ahmad raised the possibility that the bombing could relate to the anniversary of the assassination of Baloch autonomist leader (and alleged militant warlord) Akbar Bugti, though there does not seem to be much immediate evidence of attacks on religious property by the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).

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