Reactions on Oct 18 Bomb Blasts

PPP workers pay teary-eyed tribute to their dead colleagues

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

MANY Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers, who were traveling through a fairly deserted Shahrah-e-Faisal on Friday, stopped near the Karsaz Flyover to pay tribute to the colleagues they lost in the two bomb blasts that rocked the reception procession of former premier Benazir Bhutto late Thursday night, killing 139 people and injuring over 500.
They expressed their anger at what they felt was the administration’s failure at providing complete security to the procession by chanting anti-government slogans. They demanded a fair inquiry into the blasts and held police officials responsible for them.
“It was a pre-planned conspiracy to disturb our peaceful rally that was attended by an enormous number of people who had especially come to Karachi from all over the country. The blasts killed many workers and innocent people and are a part of the struggle started by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,” said Syed Jabbar Hussain, a worker from Malir.
Workers who were present were seen teary-eyed as they viewed the human body parts that were stuck to the branches of six- to seven-feet-high trees. These parts had been withered due to the heat caused by burnt vehicles. Even though security personnel had removed all damaged police mobiles, motorcycles and cars etc shortly after the blasts to make way for ambulances, sanitary workers of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) were allowed to remove debris and leftover material only after 10 a.m. A number of officials of the CDGK’s health department also cleared off the garbage and left over material like pairs of shoes, torn and burnt PPP flags and caps, and piled them onto the service road near the blast site.
-Published in Daily Times | Oct 20, 2007

~ by jamilkhan on June 17, 2008.

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