Supporters of Pakistan People's Party gather at the site where a bomb exploded during an election campaign meeting in Karachi on April 27, 2013. – AFP Photo

KARACHI: The anti-democratic forces seem to have geared up against secular political parties of the country in a bid to destablise the first democratic transition of power as two major parties came under attack in three different bombings in Karachi on Saturday, killing at least five people and leaving more than 40 injured.

A corner meeting of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), held in the wake of coming May 11 polls, came under attack when at least three people, including a woman, were killed and around 20 others were injured in Karachi’s Lyari neighbourhood.

The PPP candidate for PS-111, Adnan Baloch was among the injured.

Earlier, at least two people were killed and more than 25 were injured in two separate blasts near the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) election office in the city’s Orangi Town area.

According to police, the bombings were carried out through planted devices in Qasba Colony locality.

Speaking to Dawn.com, DIG district West Zafar Abbas Bukhar said the first bomb was exploded outside the MQM election office while the second one followed it outside a nearby Shia Imambargah in the area. Bukhari also confirmed the number of casualties.

The twin explosions were so loud that they were heard from far away and damaged the nearby buildings and vehicles.

A complete power blackout was reported in the area after the explosions and injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Qatar Hospital

Saturday’s blast made a tally of five terrorist attacks in as many days in the metropolis, which is the financial hub of the country. At least 26 people have died in these attacks.

Although no group has so far claimed responsibility of both the blasts but the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) vowed to target secular political forces of the country – PPP, ANP and MQM. The banned outfit had claimed responsibilities of the Thursday and Friday attacks, targeting MQM and ANP respectively.

The MQM announced to observe a day of mourning throughout the Sindh province on Sunday. The party appealed to the masses to keep all businesses and transport shut today.

A high level security meeting was also called at the Karachi’s Rangers headquarters to review the overall law and order and formulate a fresh counter-terrorism strategy.

Around 11 people were killed and over 50 others injured when a bomb blast hit the election meeting of ANP candidate Bashir Jan in Karachi on Friday.

Whereas, at least five people died and more than ten others injured when a blast ripped through an election office of the MQM in Karachi’s Nusart Bhutto Colony on Thursday night.

On Tuesday, the blast near People’s Chowrangi in North Nazimabad had left at least five people dead and 15 others injured.

The spike in violence targeting the said political parties has raised concerns for law and order as the May 11 general elections draw closer.

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imran
April 28, 2013 2:11 pm
dear Muhibullah its your right to reflect your views but please instead of using words like couple of blast (just), you should also condemn these terrorist activities that only victimized innocents.Atleast we should not patronize any sort of terrorism.
MMS (USA)
April 27, 2013 9:34 pm
Could someone please explain why Punjab is removed from all this while Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber are constantly attacked by terrorist. My daughter tells me that Nawaz Sharif has made a pact with the Taliban. He is supporting them etc. Could someone plese confirm this. Mr CJ, why are you allowing him to get away with this. Is it because he bought you when he supported you for your remarkable comeback. Is he not the same person who attacked the SC, is he not the same person who has not paid his taxes, is he not the same person who robbed the coffers of Pakistan?.
Faisal
April 27, 2013 10:17 pm
Thanks to ANP, MQM and PPP..!!!! For Giving not only Goli, Kafan and Qabar but also Bhook, Aflas & Dahshat to the people of Karachi..!!
Moazzam Husain
April 27, 2013 10:25 pm
All the more reason to vote for one of the 3 secular parties.
Ali
April 27, 2013 11:18 pm
Where the hell are agencies? Why no accountability of intelligence agencies? ?y their only job is to protect General's personal friends like Musharraf and Aslam Beg while the whole country bleeds. Why CJ is not taking action against agencies? Why Kayani is not answerable to anyone? Eat a pathetic performance
Asif
April 28, 2013 12:01 am
Well as usual our security establishment are doing nothing to protect anyone. The terrorists have a free reign. But wonder why no attacks on PTI or PML rallies. Is it because they support taliban? We all know that MQM, PPP and ANP hate the taliban and hence thats why they are the targets.
Yawar
April 28, 2013 12:37 am
It is amazing how the Supreme Court and right wing politicians are quick to condemn no-go areas in Karachi but fail to say even one sentence condeming the terrorist organization TTP.
Shair Khan
April 28, 2013 12:58 am
If the government cannot stop Taliban to have fair elections for PPP, MQM and ANP then all ALL should be stopped from having political rallies. You can selectively punish people of secular parties.
such bo'lo
April 28, 2013 1:01 am
Need all parties including Nawaz, Imran and Ulema to declare those who are planning and attacking people of Pakistan as NON BELIEVER. All TV anchors needs to ask each Alim, and political leader to make a statement what they think about the planner and attackers of such barbaric acts killing children and adults. Are they with Pakistanis who are being attacked, if so then make hardest statements to make such attacker as NON BELIEVER?
John
April 28, 2013 1:54 am
Add to his accomplishments, he was the one who hijacked the plane that was bringing Chief of Army back to Pakistan thereby putting lives of hundreds of Pakistanis travelling in the same plane. What happened to those charges? Despite all this, he has no chance of winning the elections. Inshallah Imran Khan will be the winner. Amen.
Such Bolo
April 28, 2013 3:14 am
Well if you keep voting for those who divide you into Mahajir, Pathan , Punjabi sindhi and Bloch this will continue Make a choice be a Pakistan and treat every one same or live like this
Azhar Hussain
April 28, 2013 4:13 am
No one is supporting the Taliban for sure, but MMS as you might know the parties in power that is PPP, MQM, ANP & PML (N) have almost destroyed Pakistan. Have you seen Nawaz hiding while giving speeches. Vote for Change that is what is going to happen.
Muhibullah
April 28, 2013 6:40 am
In what universe are the MQM, PPP and ANP democratic forces? These parties have been sharing power looting the country, while at the same time engaged in bloody ethnic warfare with one another for the past five years. Now a couple of bomb blasts and we're supposed to forget all that.
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