CM Sindh offers Rs20mn bounty put on Shikarpur blast plotters

SHIKARPUR: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah Saturday offered a Rs20 million reward for the information leading to the arrest, conviction of the masterminds of a deadly terrorist attack that killed more than 61 people at a Shikarpur Imambargah.
“Apart from the reward, the government of Sindh has decided to launch emergent security measures for all the places of worship including mosques and Imambargahs,” the CM Shah told reporters here.
The CM said that the enemy the country was dealing with was amorphous, which required from the law enforcers as well as the public at large to keep their eyes peeled. “Unflagging vigilance was the need of the hour and it demands seamless cooperation between the sentinels and the citizens,” said he.
Thousands of Shiite Muslims rallied Saturday to protest against the killing of 61 people in a suicide bombing at a mosque, as southern ‘Pakistan’ shut down to mourn the nation’s worst sectarian attack in nearly two years.
The blast hit the mosque in the Shikarpur district of southern Sindh province, around 470 kilometres (300 miles) north of Pakistan’s the biggest city Karachi, as hundreds of worshippers attended Friday prayers.
Police on Saturday said the devastating explosion was a suicide attack and the bomber detonated the explosives strapped to his body “in the middle of the mosque”.
“The bomber selected a place in the mosque that would cause huge destruction,” Raja Umar Khitab, a police official in Sindh’s counter-terror department, told on Saturday.