Karachi blasts: Pakistan flag flies at half mast

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Published in Pakistan
Monday, 04 March 2013

pakistan flag fliesBlast in Karachi's shia neighborhood Abbas Town brought most areas of the country to a standstill on Monday with strikes being observed while the national flag flew at half mast. Powerful blasts ripped though Abbas Town in Karachi on Sunday evening, leaving 54 people dead and over 150 injured. The explosion took place in a street lined with apartment buildings and myriad small

shops on both sides. Around 200 flats were badly affected, while 50 of them were completely destroyed by the fire which followed the blasts. The residents were compelled to move to their relatives’ houses. The strike in Karachi to mourn the deadliest blast was given by Majls-e-Wehdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) and Jafaria Alliance and was supported by several political parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F), PML-Quaid, and Sunni Tehreek. Lawyers of Sindh Bar Council and Punjab Bar Council also announced a strike and boycotted activities in several courts. The Lahore High Court will only hear important cases. Three-day mourning was also announced by Shia parties including Jafaria Alliance, Majlis-e-Wehdat Muslimeen, Shia Ulema Council, Imamia Studnents Organization, and Quetta Yakjheti Council. Meanwhile, The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) continued with their operation Monday morning to find more evidence from the blast site. Transport, businesses, educational institutes and petrol pump remained closed in Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Sukkur and Jacobabad. The Punjab government also called for a one-day mourning to be observed today. Moreover, leaders of Shia organizations in Karachi and Shia clerics in a mid night press conference at Karachi demanded that the Pakistani army carry out a targeted operation against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) in Karachi. The Shia clerics also demanded that Karachi be deweaponised. They termed that the blast was not a result of sectarian violence. Jaffaria Alliance Chief Allama Abbas Kumaili, Maulana Sadiq Taqvi of Majlis-e-Wehdat Muslimeen, Maulana Nazir Taqvi of Shia Ulema Council, Maulana Aqeel Moosa of Imamia Students Organization and others leaders and clerics were present on the press conference.

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