More violence from Pakistan in the aftermath of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. According to the The International News, PIA has cancelled all flights and railway officials have suspended the trains.
After Benazir Bhutto was killed in bomb explosion and firing in Rawalpindi, various, this, incidents of violence were seen in Karachi while shops, markets and petrol pumps were closed.
The protesters set a four-storey building on fire in Boat Basin, Clifton whereas a 30-year-old person, Abdul Qadir died in firing in Nazimabad-Orangabad.
Another person, named Ghulam Akbar was killed in firing by unknown persons in Hussain D’silva Town, Shara-e-Noorjehan.
A 32-year-old pedestrian was shot dead by unknown persons in the area of Baghdadi while more than 18 persons were injured in various areas.
Protesters came out in streets and burnt tyres to block roads in various areas including Lyari, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, Patel Para, Quaidabad, Gizri, Punjab Chowrangi, Shirin Jinnah Colony, Boat Basin, Memon Goth, Gadap Town, Bin Qasim Town, Bakrapiri, Jehangir Road, Mehmoodabad, Dalmia, Pehlwan Goth, Surjani Town, MA Jinnah Road, Lea Market, Malir Halt, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, National Highway, Sohrab Goth and Abul Hasan Isphahani Road.
Over hundred vehicles were burnt in various areas whereas 16 banks were set on fire. These included five in Ghas Mandi, three each in Gul Bahar and Malir, two each in Gulshan-e-Hadeed and SITE and one in Korangi.
Thirteen petrol pumps were set on fire in various areas and the protesters attacked police stations in Zaman Town, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Memon Goth and burnt the office of the DSP-Sukhan.
President Musharraf made a statement to the people of Pakistan:
Speaking on state media after a suicide attacker killed the country’s charismatic opposition leader in Rawalpindi, Musharraf said “this brutality is the handiwork of those terrorists against whom we are fighting.”
“This is a big tragedy for the nation, which cannot be explained in words,” he said. “I am deeply grieved and condemn it strongly.”
“I have always been saying that the Pakistani nation faces the biggest threat from these terrorists,” said Musharraf, who announced three days of national mourning.
“Today on this tragic incident, I express a resolve, and I also want the nation to get united and to cooperate, that we will not sit idle unless the terrorists are eliminated,” he said.
Musharraf also prayed “may Allah Almighty protect us all and the country.”
“On this occasion, I would appeal to the nation to remain peaceful and demonstrate patience and tolerance,” he said.
By Little Baby Ginn
Source – The International News
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