A road gives a desert look during a strike called by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) over a bomb attack on their party camp office.—File Photo
A road gives a desert look during a strike called by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) over a bomb attack on their party camp office.—File Photo

KARACHI: A complete shutdown was observed in Karachi and other cities of Sindh on Sunday (today) following a call to observe a 'day of mourning' by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) over twin bomb blasts outside their election office in Azizabad on Saturday which killed three people and injured 40 others, DawnNews reported.

A bomb planted near a park where the MQM had set up its election office for its unit in Karachi's Azizabad (Federal B. Area Block 8) went off around 9pm on Saturday.

The blast caused panic and fear in the densely populated and highly guarded neighbourhood as a number of MQM activists, volunteers, personnel of law enforcement agencies and media crew rushed to the place.

About 20 minutes later, another explosion took place at almost the same place which was crowded by the party’s activists, volunteers and security personnel. Police said apparently the MQM election office was the target.

“Both bombs were detonated either by remote control or a timer device,” Karachi Central SSP Amir Farooqi said.“The first attack appears to have been a trap to draw people to the place before the second explosion. Tight security and surveillance prevented any major damage.”

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility of the attack. Speaking to Dawn.com via telephone from an undisclosed location, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said the target was MQM and both bombings were carried out through planted devices.

The MQM, however, has vowed to not bow down to the terrorists. Speaking to DawnNews, the party's leader, Haider Abbas Rizvi said that MQM has been targeted by forces which do not wish to see it coming into power. "We will continue with our election campaign and no one can deter us from our fundamental right of partaking in polls," he said.

“It’s sheer brutality,” MQM chief Altaf Hussain said. “Our morale is high and we will not surrender to the evil forces of extremism and terror. It’s so unfortunate that despite consistent attacks, no credible move has been witnessed against terrorists from the government, administration and security forces.”

The outlawed TTP has vowed to target the secular political parties of the country, naming Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and MQM in the run up to the coming general elections.

The historic May 11 polls will witness the first ever democratic transition of power in Pakistan.

Published May 05, 2013 09:13am

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kashif
May 05, 2013 10:30am

I was wondering why the 'tight security' happens after the incident in Pakistan....then roads are blocked, vehicle and their papers are checked, people are pushed to more elusive life on roads.....actually the bigger chaos is created after the incident....God Help Pakistan and Pakistanis...

sohail
May 05, 2013 10:43am

Why does it almost always happen CLOSE to their offices but not AT their offices unlike the others. I feel for all that were hurt but seems like MQM is killing its own to make itself look like victims. Please do not make the mistake of relating the Patriotic Urdu Speaking Pakistanis with MQM. MQM is far from ever being Patriotic. It has been capitalizing at the cost of Urdu speaking citizens just like religious parties are benefiting from exploiting religion. I lived and grew up in Karachi and sadly enough Urdu speaking Pakistanis were better off 25 years ago then they are now.

Goldberg
May 05, 2013 11:40am

It's funny how Taliban always seem to contact dawn.com reporters following the blast, yet, no one knows how to find, capture, or locate the alleged bombers. Having the best intel agency in the world, ISI, one would think finding out the culprits behind the numerous attacks wouldn't be difficult. Seems to be there is something underground network of insiders in the parties doing bombing, and trying to gain sympathy votes. Simple. Otherwise ISI would be all over the bomb blasts and arresting them. Sad for people of Karachi.

Aftab
May 05, 2013 06:55pm

These are the parties that stand against terrorism and are now paying the price for their stand. Unfortunately, people are supporting those who support terrorists and never denounce terrorists clearly.

saima waqas
May 05, 2013 11:30pm

it is strange ......how can anyone come in azizabad and plant a bomb where always MQMs workers moves with guns ,,unbelievable .........

J.B
May 06, 2013 02:41am

Can someone please explain why the bombs always explode outside or near "CLOSED" offices of MQM. C'mon MQM, try harder, you are not fooling many with this act.

Akil Akhtar
May 06, 2013 07:02am

MQM is more important than the lives of ten million people of Karachi. These Political parties seem to exist for themselves not for the masses.