Nishtar Park bomb incident: Four martyrs laid to rest

KARACHI: The central leaders of the Sunni Tehreek, Abbas Qadri, Dr Abdul Qadeer, Iftikhar Bhatti and Akram Qadri were laid to rest

Abbas Qadri, Iftikhar Bhatti and Dr Abdul Qadeer and were laid to rest in the courtyard of the Masjid-e-Qasaban adjacent to shrine of Alam Shah Bukhari here. Akram Qadri was buried lately in New Karachi at the courtyard of the Raza Academy located at G-11 area as per his father’s wish.

Earlier, the funeral prayer of central leaders of the Sunni Tehreek Abbas Qadri, Akram Qadri, Dr Abdul Qadeer and Iftikhar Bhatti was performed at the Jaama Cloth market.

Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Pakistan, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, led the funeral prayer.

Prominent religious and political leaders of different religious and political parties, PML-N's Saleem Zia, Peoples Party's Nisar Khoro, Allama Shah Turab-ul-Haq, a huge number of activists of Sunni Tehreek and local people attended the funeral prayer.

Security measures were beefed up and heavy contingency of the police and Rangers troops have been deployed at different sensitive places.

Troops of Army were observed patrolling in different parts of the city to avoid any untoward mishap. 


Funeral prayer of martyrs performed in Karachi


KARACHI: The Funeral prayer of central leaders of the Sunni Tehreek Abbas Qadri, Akram Qadri, Dr Abdul Qadeer and Iftikhar Bhatti was performed here at the Jaama Cloth market.

Noted religious scholar and Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Pakistan, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, performed the funeral prayer.

Prominent religious and political leaders of different religious and political parties, PML-N's Saleem Zia, Peoples Party's Nisar Khoro, Allama Shah Turab-ul-Haq, a huge number of activists of Sunni Tehreek and local people attended the funeral prayer.

Dead bodies of Abbas Qadri, Iftikhar Bhatti and Dr Abdul Qadeer will be laid to rest in the courtyard of the Masjid-e-Qasaban adjacent to shrine of Alam Shah Bukhari here, while body of Akram Qadri was taken to New Karachi where he will be laid to rest at the courtyard of the Raza Academy located at G-11 area as per his father’s wish.

Security measures have been beefed up and heavy contingency of the police and Rangers troops have been deployed at different sensitive places.

Troops of Army are patrolling in different parts of the city to avoid any untoward mishap. 

Nishtar Park bomb incident: Four martyred laid to rest

KARACHI: The central leaders of the Sunni Tehreek, Abbas Qadri, Dr Abdul Qadeer, Iftikhar Bhatti and Akram Qadri were laid to rest

Abbas Qadri, Iftikhar Bhatti and Dr Abdul Qadeer and were laid to rest in the courtyard of the Masjid-e-Qasaban adjacent to shrine of Alam Shah Bukhari here, Akram Qadri was buried lately in New Karachi at the courtyard of the Raza Academy located at G-11 area as per his father’s wish.

Mufti Muneeb says case of Karachi tragedy lodged in divine court 

Karachi: Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman has said that Almighty Allah is always on the side of those who act with patience and tolerance. 

While addressing a large gathering before the funeral prayer of Nishtar Park incident’s martyrs he said that the nation should act patiently. He said that the case has been lodged in the divine court and hope for justice is attached to only Almighty Allah.

Bodies of martyred Sunni Tehreek’s leaders at main office 

KARACHI: Corpses of central leaders of the Sunni Tehreek Iftikhar Bhatti and Dr. Abdul Qadeer have been brought at the Sunni Tehreek Center here, while the corpses of Maullana Abbas Qadri and Akram Qadri would be brought a while later as they are en route to the Center.

A big number of people have gathered at the Sunni Tehreek Center and are hurling slogans.

Funeral prayer of the Martyred souls would be performed here at the M.A. Jinnah road near Jaamah Cloth market.

Dead bodies of Abbas Qadri, Iftikhar Bhatti and Dr Abdul Qadeer would be laid to rest in the courtyard of the Masjid-e-Qasaban adjacent to shrine of Alam Shah Bukhari here, while martyred Akram Qadri would be laid to rest in the courtyard of the Raza Academy located at G-11 in New Karachi as per his father’s wish.

Security measures have been beefed up and heavy contingency of police and Rangers troops have been deployed at all the routes going to the Sunni Tehreek Center and everyone is being searched going there.

J
apan condemns Karachi blast, condoles over deaths

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan has strongly condemned the bomb attack that occurred at Serat-un-Nabi conference at Nishter Park, Karachi on April 11, 2006.

In a statement issued here by Embassy of Japan on Thursday, Government expressed deepest condolences to the victims of the attacks and their bereaved families and heartfelt sympathy for those injured in the incident.

Japanese Government reaffirmed its position that terrorism cannot be justified by any reason and reiterated its condemnation for any type of terrorism. Japan assured that it would continue to
strengthen its cooperation with Pakistan in the international efforts for tackling terrorism.

More troops being deployed as tensions mounts in bomb-hit Karachi

KARACHI: Troops were being deployed in Karachi on Thursday as trouble broke out before funerals for Sunni Muslim leaders who were among 57 people killed in a suicide blast two days ago.

Angry youths wielding sticks torched at least four buses and one car, police said. They burnt tyres in the street and forced shops in the city to close.

Most petrol stations and markets were shut and the government has closed educational institutions for three days.

"The army has been deployed at sensitive places in the city to assist the civil administration in case of any eventuality," a military spokesman told. 

"It is a preventative deployment." Organisers said they expect thousands of people to attend funeral prayers for Sunni leaders later Thursday in the volatile port city.

Ten top leaders of the Sunni Tehreek religious party, including its chief Abbas Qadri, were among those killed in the blast on Tuesday at Karachi's Nishtar Park during a ceremony to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but there were fears it could start a fresh cycle of sectarian violence between militants from Pakistan's majority Sunni and minority Shiite communities.

Police and paramilitary soldiers have been deployed in strength in the area around Qadri's home. Regular troops paraded along major roads before taking up positions at intersections.

Sunni groups said the protest over the bombing would continue until Sunday. A six-party religious alliance known as Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal decided to observe Friday as a "black day" of protest.

The moderate Sunni Tehreek religious party said it had received threats before Tuesday's attack. It has given the government a 48-hour ultimatum to catch the culprits.

"Karachi is mourning the death of so many religious leaders and scholars," said Shahid Ghori, head of a three-member supervisory committee which will run the party's affairs after the bombing wiped out its top leadership.

"We have presented our demands to the government, it is up to them to arrest the culprits," Ghori told reporters.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who flew to Karachi and met religious leaders, said investigators were looking into all aspects. "I assure you we will unearth the culprits," he said.

Police detained a man belonging to the Shiite sect who was injured in the blast.

Mohammad Hussain Balti "is being questioned for his presence in a Sunni congregation," a senior police officer told on condition of anonymity.Police investigators have also released the photograph of the face of a suspected suicide bomber.

"We may still wait for one or two days if someone comes to identify the suspect, a bearded man who looked like an ethnic Pashtun or an Afghan," chief investigator Manzoor Mughal said.

Tuesday's attack was the deadliest in Pakistan since a double bombing in Karachi in 1987 killed more than 70 people. Islamabad blamed that attack on Afghan intelligence agents. 

Musharraf, Aziz directs for probe into Karachi bombing on modern lines 

ISLAMABAD: President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have directed all the intelligence agencies to immediately trace out the elements responsible for the Nishtar Park tragedy by conducting investigation into the deadliest mishap on modern lines.

The prime minister called on the president in Rawalpindi immediately he landed here after touring Karachi and briefed him about overall situation of law and order, reports of the intelligence agencies and other probes with regard to the Tuesday’s bomb explosion in Karachi. 

Mr. Aziz told the president: “As per latest investigation reports, the Tusday’s bombing in Karahi was a suicide bomb explosion; however, investigations are afoot to trace out the culprits responsible for the deadliest assault.” 

According to sources of the House of President, President Musharraf has issued directives all the intelligence agencies to instantly find out that involved in the suicide attack. 

The president and prime minister the government would not allow terrorists to play with people’s lives and those behind the Nishtar Park suicide attack would be brought to book.

The religious events from now onward would completely watched in Karachi, they told adding that more directives for beefing up the security measures have also been issued to maintain law and order in the city. 

Sherpao, Ijazul Haq visit Sunni Tehrik office

KARACHI: Federal Minister of Interior Aftab Ahmed Sherpao and Minister of Religious Affairs Ijazul Haq and other top government officials visited central office of Sunni Tehrik and expressed sympathies with caretaker leaders of the party over losses of life in Nishtar Park incident. 

Aftab Ahmed Sherpao and Ijazul Haq accompanied by CCPO Karachi and other high officials reached to the central office of Sunni Tehrik on the night between Wednesday and Thursday. They condoled deaths of Ulema with Sunni Tehrik leaders and expressed their sympathies with bereaved families. 

Caretaker leader of Sunni Tehrik Nadeem Ghouri expressed his party’s reservations to the ministers. He also demanded of the federal government for end of no go areas in Karachi. 

Federal Minister of Interior Aftab Ahmed Sherpao assured the Sunni Tehrik leaders that investigation of the incident being carried out by the federal and provincial governments in a proper way. 

Nishtar Park tragedy case yet to be registered

KARACHI: The Soldier Bazaar police have not yet registered any case even after passing 36 hours of Tuesday’s blast. 

According to police, daily dairy (Roznamcha) of the police station had been stopped and police is waiting for complainant to lodge FIR. 

The police sources added that permission of the public meeting was issued on the name of Shah Turabul Haq and legally he should be the complainant of the case.

So far nobody has contacted the police, therefore, police gathering information themselves. Police have recorded statements of over dozen of witnesses including some injured. CID Police, Investigation and other agencies are investigating the incident.

Ministers, Sindh governor condole with Shah Turab-ul-Haq

KARACHI: Federal Ministers Aftab Sherpao, Ijaz-ul-Haq, Dr. Amir Liaquat and Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad called on Ahle Sunnat leader Shah Turab-ul-Haq and condoled over death of several Ulema and other people in Nishtar Park tragedy. 

Governor of Sindh and the ministers called on Shah Turab-ul-Haq at his residence and expressed sorrow and their heartfelt sympathies with families of deceased. 

Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad talking with the newsmen has said that the government would soon reach to the culprits of the Nishtar Park tragedy. It was an act of enemies of Pakistan and Islam, he said and called for unity among Muslims. 

Life stands still in Karachi on second day of Nishtar Park tragedy

KARACHI: The life remained stand still in Karachi on second day following Nishtar Park tragedy and public transport was also closed in the metropolis. 

The city amid fear and fright mourning victims of the Tuesday’s bombing incident. Meanwhile, Ulema-e-Ahle-Sunnat has given strike call for Friday (tomorrow). 

In various incidents of lawlessness and violence several vehicles were set ablaze including a bus and a car. According to police sources a contract bus parked on roadside near Shell petrol pump in Khokharapar No:1 was set on fire by some unidentified miscreants. Motorcycle riders also set ablaze a Suzuki FX car, which was parked in a garage at Bohra Pir locality of the city near Civil Hospital. Police and fire brigade reached to the scene and extinguished the fire. 

Angry persons burnt tyres at Manzoor Colony, Baloch Colony, Expressway and adjacent areas and University Road this morning. 

Tension prevailed this morning at Sohrab Goth Chowrangi at Shahrah-e-Pakistan after yesterday’s violence and arson incidents. Traffic has however partially returned to roads. 

The authorities have already declared high alert in the city and Police, Rangers and other forces were patrolling in the metropolis. 

Stringent security measures have been taken for funeral prayers of Sunni Tehrik leaders and workers martyred in Nishtar Park tragedy. 

12-04-2006

11-04-2006