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Anniversary of the Karsaz bomb blasts

Karsaz bomb blastsKARACHI: The third anniversary of bomb explosions Karsaz a procession back to the house of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto has been observed at a ceremony in Karachi and other parts of Sindh Monday lamps.

The main program was held at Karsaz, where thousands of PPP activists after Maghrib prayers and placed wreaths in memory of the event.

Provincial ministers and leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party, including Dr Safdar Abbasi and Naheed Khans wife, wreath and offered Fateha for the militants who have lost their lives while protecting their leader.

The twin bombings took place just after midnight on October 18, 2007, when Ms. Bhutto led the parade on his return from eight years of exile. Over 150 PPP activists and supporters have been killed.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who visited the area after sunset, left without talking to journalists. Workers of People’s Party raised slogans against him for his failure to arrest the killers of their colleagues and Benazir Bhutto.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited the place late in the night, along with other ministers and party leaders, offered Fateha and paid respect to the martyrs. Sharae Faisal was closed after 5pm to traffic, which was diverted to other arteries to facilitate people who were coming to pay homage. People continued to visit the site till late in the night.

Talking to reporters, Safdar Abbasi and Naheed Khan denied reports that they were trying to form a group within the PPP.

Ms Naheed said the PPP was a party of the Bhuttos and it had to be retrieved from ‘Qabza mafia’. She said that even after over two years in power, the PPP government had failed to carry out investigations into the Karsaz and Rawalpindi tragedies. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi on Dec 27, 2007.

In reply to a question, Ms Naheed said if sacrifice was necessary of some ministers for the sake of good governance, the government should not hesitate. “The PPP is a party of people and it is obligatory on it to solve their problems. Otherwise the future of the party would be dark.”

Dr Safdar said the Karsaz and Rawalpindi tragedies should be investigated in consultation with the party leadership and issues being faced by people should also be resolved.

He appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice and order a judicial investigation into the two tragedies.

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