Saudi Shias to honour bombing victims in mass funeral

Sarfraz Ali 05:17 PM | 25 May, 2015
Saudi Shias to honour bombing victims in mass funeral
QATIF (Web Desk) - Saudi Arabia’s Shias prepared a mass funeral Monday for the victims of Friday’s mosque bombing that authorities described as an attempt by Sunni extremists to fan sectarian strife.

Organisers said they expected huge crowds to turn out in the mainly Shia Qatif district of eastern province to show their respects for the 21 dead, including two children.

Everybody “is very much anxious to participate... to express their support,” one organiser said, conditioning anonymity.

Friday’s suicide bombing, during the weekly Muslim prayers in Kudeih village, was the second mass killing of Shias in the kingdom since last year.


In November, gunmen killed seven Shias in the town of Al-Dalwa.

Asked whether he feared a new attack during the funeral, the organiser said: “Nobody can predict anything. We have taken all precautions in coordination with local authorities.”

He added that tens of thousands of people had volunteered to act as crowd marshals for the three-hour ceremony.

He said safety concerns had prompted organisers to ask women to stay away from the funeral but that a separate area had been set up for them to offer condolences after the burials.

The Islamic State group said it carried out the bombing, the first time the militants, who control swathes of neighbouring Iraq and Syria, had claimed an attack in the kingdom.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that the bomber, a Saudi national, had links with IS, which considers Shias infidels.

It was the deadliest attack in years in Saudi Arabia and King Salman vowed on Sunday that anyone with the slightest involvement in the “heinous crime” would be punished.

The custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said he was heartbroken over the Qatif suicide bombing. He warned that the perpetrators, supporters and sympathizers of Friday’s massacre would be brought to justice.

However, Saudi bloggers are calling for a new law that would prosecute those who promote racial and sectarian discrimination. They also urged the government to ban websites and channels that promote extremism and deviant ideology.

Most of the kingdom's Shias live in the east, where the vast majority of the kingdom's oil reserves lie but where Shias have long complained of marginalisation.

Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Gulf neighbours joined a US-led air campaign against IS in Syria last year, raising concerns about possible retaliation in the kingdom.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 26, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.4 255.15
Euro EUR 274 276.6
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs190,900 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs163,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100


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