CM Sindh says banned TTP behind Karachi attack, condenm innocent killings

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said it was apparent that the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was behind the deadly gun attack on the bus belonging to the Ismaili community.
At least 45 people were killed when gunmen entered the bus belongning to the Ismaili community and opened fire on Wednesday morning. The bus was used to transport members of the community to and from work on a daily basis.
Visiting Karachi’s Safoora Goth area where the fatal gun attack was carried out, the chief minister said that a banned group had claimed that they carried out the attack.
“It is apparent that the TTP is behind this attack. The IG and DSP are with me. An interim report will be released in three days, and a detailed report will be completed in one week,” said the chief minister.
Sindh government has announced tomorrow a day of mourning across the entire province tomorrow. Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah calling barbaric crime a planned conspiracy said that the criminals involved would be brought to justice.
According to details, Sindh government has also announced Rs 500,000 to the families of people killed in the carnage and Rs 200,000 compensation to each of the injured.
Talking exclusively to Abb Takk News Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon asked the transporters, shop keepers, schools, traders, industries to keep businesses closed to express solidarity with the bereaved families of victims of Safora Goth bus firing incident.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah immediate returned back to Karachi immediately after hearing the news of the barbaric terror act, from Islamabad where he had gone to attend the APC meeting.
CM Shah will go to Aga Khan Hospital immediately after arriving in Karachi to enquire about the well being of the injureds. He had called IG Sindh and expressed sorrow and anger and suspended the SHO and DSP of the area. Callin the incident a conspiracy CM Qaim also issued orders for the earliest arrest of the terrorists.
CM Shah said that 60-65 percent success has been achieved in Karachi Operation while target killings have declined and cases of kidnapping for ransom have ended altogether.
He said that such incidents also take place in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and that he would resign if his government does not perform.

“We are saddened that this extremely peaceful community has been targeted,” said Qaim Ali Shah. He vowed that the terrorists will not be spared and will be brought to justice.

Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam memon has visited the Aga Khan hospital on Wednesday to inquire the health of the injured persons of the Safora Goth firing incident and to meet with the relatives of the victims.
Taking to newsmen at hospital the Minister strongly condemned the attack on innocent Ismaili Community people and termed it as an act of terrorism. Describing the act as an attack on whole nation he declared that the forces are very much capable to eliminate such terrorists and assured that the terrorists would be apprehended very soon as the security forces have been found some evidences of the incident. He said the investigations are in progress and the evidences could not disclose.
He said that the Sindh government announced that the Thursday would be observe as mourning day and prayers would be held for the victims and for the recovery of the injured while the national flag would be half-mast.
He said the security forces successfully targeting the terrorists and criminals and operation is going on in right direction that’s why the terrorists have become panic and trying to attack on schools, worship places and security forces personals.
However Sharjeel Mamon said that the government would deal with them with iron hand.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday demanded Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah’s resignation after a terrorist attack on a bus carrying members of Ismaili community killed forty four people in Karachi.
In a statement issued by MQM chief, it was stated that today’s terrorist attack is enough to open eyes of the government and law enforcement institutions.
He said the governor rule is not solution of the problem, adding that the solution is to deploy local police personnel in Karachi.
He asked why police and law enforcement institutions weren’t patrolling at the attack site and why police’s checkpost was vacated at the site.
Strongly condemning the attack, MQM chief said that members of every religion and sect should be given right to lead lives according to their beliefs.
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Siraj ul Haq condemning the terrorism incident in Karachi, has demanded intelligence based operation on Karachi incident.
According to details, JI Ameer visited the injured in Agha Khan Hospital. On this occasion he said that Ismaili community is people are peaceful, terrorists demonstrating barbaric, has targeted innocent people.
Innocent people have been killed in today’s attack, the majority of the victims were children and women. He further demanded all institutions to try jointly to bring peace in the city.