Karachi mourns attack on Sufi shrine

Last Updated: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 16:19

Karachi: Pakistan`s commercial hub Karachi
Friday descended into mourning, a day after Taliban suicide
attacks targeted venerated Sufi shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi
killing ten people, as vehicles remained off roads and shops
downed shutters fearing violent protests.

The city wore a deserted look in many parts as people
appeared to have responded to the call by religious parties
and the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement to observe a three day
mourning period for the victims of the bomb blasts.

Police officials said that one of the suicide bombers
has been identified as Nasibullah from the tribal area of Dir.

Incidents of firing and burning of vehicles and petrol
pumps in some parts of the city late last night created
tension and also compelled people to keep their businesses
shut and remain at home in many areas.

"We can`t risk taking out our buses and coaches in
these conditions there is a strike call basically so we have
decided to also observe it," a senior member of the Karachi
transport ittehad body said.

Ten people were killed in the blasts of low
intensity while some 60 devotees were wounded at the shrine
which sees a rush of people on Thursdays` who come to pay
their homage and pray for the Sufi saint.

The shrine is located in the upmarket area of
Clifton. The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban has accepted
responsibility for the blasts which were said to have been
carried out by two youngmen aged between 17 and 18 years.
The blasts occurred last evening in quick succession
at the entrance of the packed shrine considered to be patron
saint of Karachi and is revered by millions of people.

The shrine is located in the upmarket area of Clifton
in this Pakistan`s financial capital was packed with thousands
of devotees, who had gathered on Thursday, considered an
auspicious day, to offer prayers and distribute langar (food).
Karachi which is Pakistan`s financial capital and
biggest city has been hit by a series of strike calls and
mourning days in recent months given by different political
and religious parties because of loss of lives as a result of
terror attacks, sectarian clashes and target killings said to
be the result of sectarian, ethnic and political differences
among the parties.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 16:19

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