Apr 26

Blast near MQM election office kills 6 in Karachi

Karachi pakistan blast nazimabad north killed injuredKARACHI: At least six people were killed and 12 others suffered wounds after a powerful blast ripped through Nusrat Bhutto Colony, North Nazimabad here on Thursday night.

According to police, the bomb, which was planted in a motorcycle, went off outside one of the election offices of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the apparent target.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility of today’s attack on MQM.

The TTP had earlier declared democracy ‘un-Isalmic’ and issued threats of attack on MQM, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP).

According to sources, in the beginning it was suspected to be car-bomb, but later it turned out to be a motorcycle blast, however the experts were yet not sure about it.

Initial reports say at least 1-1.5 kilograms of explosives and ball bearings were used in the improvised explosive device.

The bang of the powerful blast, which broke the windowpanes of buildings in the neighborhood, was heard miles from spot. It also damaged a number of cars parked nearby.

The police and emergency response teams have reached the blast site and started shifting the casualties to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

The deceased include three blood brothers, said Abbasi Shaheed Hospital’s administration.

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the incident in strongest terms.

Moreover, the MQM Coordination Committee has announced a day of mourning tomorrow (Friday).

In a statement issued here, the MQM has urged all the trade and transport bodies keep the businesses closed and public transport off the roads respectively.

The fresh blast pushes the tally of attacks on MQM to three in the run-up to May 11 general elections.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Ulema Council issued a Fatwa (decree) declaring the casting of vote a ‘religious obligation’.

The decree from the competent Ulema Council came at a time when Pakistan is heading towards May 11 polls amid a wave of terrorists attacks in its three of four provinces and threats to political parties from militants outfits.

Mar 04

Bomb kills at least 45 in Shiite area of Karachi

Blast in KarachiKarachi: A huge car bomb blast in a mainly Shiite Muslim area of Karachi on Sunday killed at least 45 people, officials said, amid a spate of sectarian violence that has come as Pakistan prepares for elections.

The blast badly damaged two five-storey residential buildings in the Abbas town area, which is dominated by minority Shiites, setting one on fire, but police said the target of the attack was not yet clear.

Karachi is plagued by sectarian, ethnic and political violence, with more than 2,200 people killed in shootings and bombings last year, but major bomb blasts are relatively rare.

“At least 30 people were killed in this bomb blast, three of them were policemen,” Fayaz Lughari, police chief of Sindh province told AFP, warning that the death toll could rise. More than 50 were injured.

Ijaz Ali was on the third floor of one of the blocks of flats with his wife and two sons when the bomb went off.

“All of a sudden I heard a huge blast and we thought the building was going to collapse — it was like an earthquake,” he told AFP from hospital.

“The windows of my flat exploded towards me, something hit my head and knocked me unconscious. I opened my eyes in hospital and I am just relieved that my family survived.”

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Violence against Shiites, who make up around 20 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million population, has reached record levels, raising serious questions about security as the nuclear-armed country prepares for elections due by mid-May.

More than 400 Shiites were killed in sectarian attacks in 2012, according to rights groups, and two deadly bombings targeting the minority in the southwestern city of Quetta have already killed nearly 200 this year.

On Monday a bomb at a Sufi shrine regularly visited by Shiites in southern Shikarpur district, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) northeast of Karachi, killed two people and wounded 10 others.

A day later the Supreme Court ordered the authorities to come up with a strategy to protect Shiites after a wave of bloody attacks in the southwest.

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Two major bombings in the space of five weeks targeting Shiite Hazaras in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, which has been a focus of sectarian violence, killed nearly 200 people.

Both attacks, the most recent on February 16, were claimed by the banned extremist Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and have highlighted the government’s inability to stem sectarian violence.

The Pakistani Taliban have also increased their campaign of violence in recent months, leading to fears that violence could mar a general election scheduled to take place by mid-May.

Last month the group proposed talks with Islamabad but the government insists the militants must declare a ceasefire before coming to the negotiating table — a condition militants have rejected.

(source thenewstribe)