ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers in the upper house of parliament on Monday viewed the recent Karachi bombing as a part of a conspiracy being hatched by international powers against Pakistan.
A powerful blast ripped though Abbas Town in Karachi on Sunday evening, leaving 50 people dead and over 150 injured. The explosion took place on the busy Abul Isphahani road which is packed with residential apartments and a myriad of small shops on both sides.
Senators on Monday remarked in the house that the Karachi bombings had foreign involvement and were directly connected to the recent handing of the Gawadar port to China and the government’s decision to proceed ahead with the Iranian gas pipeline deal.
The lawmakers also took the authorities to task not only for their failure to prevent yet another lethal bomb explosion, but also their delayed response in rescuing the victims, which resulted in heavy causalities and damages.
They noted that the delay was due to deployment of police and rangers as part of the security protocol that was patrolling the Mohatta palace that was hosting the engagement of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Sharmila Farooqi’s engagement at the same time.
The issue of the blast consumed nearly the entire session of the Senate as lawmakers widely condemned the terrorist act and asked the government to take action to prevent the unending sectarian violence against the Shia community.