One of the Karachi bombers hailed from Pak tribal belt: Malik

One of the two Taliban suicide bombers, who struck the shrine of Sufi saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi killing 10 people, hailed from Pakistan`s volatile tribal belt.

Islamabad: One of the two Taliban suicide
bombers, who struck the shrine of Sufi saint Abdullah Shah
Ghazi in Karachi killing 10 people, hailed from Pakistan`s
volatile tribal belt where "hostile elements" are operating,
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday.

"(The bomber named) Masood is a resident of South
Waziristan. Investigations of the Karachi suicide attack also
lead to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. There are
hostile elements operating (in the area) and we have the
evidence," Malik told the National Assembly or lower house of
parliament.

He made the remarks while winding up a debate on
incursions by NATO helicopters into Pakistani territory.

Ten people were killed and over 70 injured when two
suicide bombers blew themselves up in the shrine in Karachi
yesterday.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the
attack.

"No religion of the world permits suicide attacks.
Hostile elements, after suffering defeat in Swat and Malakand,
are targeting our economic hub of Karachi," Malik said.

These elements are trying to "instigate religious sects
in a conspiracy to destabilise the country," he said.

In this context, he referred to attacks on the Sunni and
Shia sects in Karachi and Quetta and the bombing of the
shrines of Syed Ali Hajweri in Lahore and Abdullah Shah Ghazi
in Karachi.

"They are now engaged in targeted action after failing to
cultivate an uprising in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. It is a hard
time. We are facing internal and external challenges and need
national cohesion," Malik said.

PTI

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