Nine dead in Karachi bomb attack on ANP

Published: April 26, 2013
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The target of the blast was ANP candidate Bashir Jan, but he remained safe in the incident. PHOTO: AFP

The target of the blast was ANP candidate Bashir Jan, but he remained safe in the incident. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: At least nine people were killed and more than 40 injured — including six children — in an explosion near an Awami National Party (ANP) office in the Mominabad area of Orangi Town on Friday, reported Express News.

According to the bomb disposal squad explosives were planted in a rickshaw. The explosives were attached to a remote-controlled device.

The explosion, targeting a corner meeting of the party, was heard in several areas of the city including North Nazimabad, Gurumandir and Soldier Bazaar.

DIG West Zafar Bukhari said that the blast targeted ANP candidate Bashir Jan, but he remained safe in the incident.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on two ANP candidates in Karachi, which killed and injured dozens of people. TTP spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed responsibility in a telephonic call late Friday.

The caretaker chief minister of Sindh condemned the attack and ordered the IG Sindh to submit a report of the incident.

It was an improvised explosive device planted in a Suzuki car, police spokesman Imran Shaukat said.

ANP has announced a peaceful day of mourning tomorrow.

Friday’s blast was the second in the country’s commercial hub of Karachi in less than 24 hours. Five people were killed on Thursday when a bomb exploded outside the office of secular Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party, police said.

The ANP and MQM were coalition partners in the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party-led government and have been threatened by the Taliban.

All three parties are perceived as secular.

ANP, one of the largest political forces in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, is being targeted with increased frequency. The party has come under attack in K-P at least seven times over the past few weeks.

Deadly attacks targeting politicians or political parties have killed 34 people since April 11, according to an AFP tally.

May 11 national polls should see power pass from a civilian government that has served a full term to another through the ballot box for the first time in the country’s turbulent history.

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  • Salman
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:52PM

    I heard the blast yesterday and now same horrifying blast today. Allah, please have mercy on us. :(

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  • annonymous
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:53PM

    honestly, when will this end.Recommend

  • wake up nation
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:57PM

    @annonymous:

    It will end when the elite classes, the middle classes, and the poor classes work together to find solutions to Pakistan’s problems.

    It will end when we become an empthatic nation instead of an apathetic.

    It will end when we prevent and don’t react to situations.

    It will end when we stop valuing our own lives more than others and get out on the streets and do something about it.

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  • ASQ
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:57PM

    @annonymous:
    when we take religion out of state affairs!!!

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  • Snoop Dog
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:58PM

    Na Maloom Afraad are at it again.

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  • ashar
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:58PM

    The elections should be postponed for the next three years and a full fledged crackdown should be undertaken by the Army to clear the menace once and for all.

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  • Mohammad Ali Sidduqui
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:02PM

    TTP does not want that election on May 11, 2013 should be held.

    In fact TTP wants that the charge of the government should be handed over to TTP, without participating in the election and after the tenure of the care-taker government is over.

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  • Modi
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:03PM

    sounds like the same group which was targeting shias and sunnis one the eve of 9th and 10th Moharram is now targeting rival party officials and offices. Get the point!
    These non-state agents (TTP) are very Fashion conscious.

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  • umar
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:05PM

    Karachi as the financial hub of the country should have additional safeguards and border controls. All the entry points should be heavily guarded and people coming from tribal areas should be monitored very closely. I know this seems like racial profiling…but its better to compromise on international definition of fair treatment to save precious lives. Karachi is the economic hub and should deserve special treatment. Areas like sohrab goth and other areas populated by north westerners should be cleansed of these miscreants

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  • Yasir Khan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:05PM

    Ya Allah help us to get rid of these culprits both elected and un-elected, who is playing with innocents life for so many years. We need to think who will get sympathy vote after this, and i know our people knows them very much after suffering from these Namalooms.

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  • Baffled
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:06PM

    Nawaz Sharif , Maulana Fazlur Rehman , JI and Imran Khan nobody so far condemned any of these blasts !!!!!

    What does this mean ????

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  • Insane
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:09PM

    @Salman:
    Why doesn’t anyone ask mercy when the same terrorist kill non-muslims in other countries ?

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  • Concerned Citizen
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:23PM

    So many pointless nakaas all over defence/clifton. The police are just into taking rishwat from every young guy they see driving. No police officer at a nakaa will stop a ‘mushkook afraad’…

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  • Ali Zaid
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:26PM

    Highly condemned! This should not be tolerable anymore? Whats army waiting for?

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  • Salik karachiwalla.
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:36PM

    GOD Please help us ….

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  • Salik karachiwalla.
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:39PM

    God Please help us.

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  • Agha
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:56PM

    40 injured, 11 killed in Karachi blast …

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  • sensible
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:02PM

    Only army can save karachi now. Hand over karachi, Quetta and Peshawar to army, atleast till elections to provide peaceful environment.

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  • Shah
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:03PM

    Somebody wake up the caretaker PM to condemn this act by the terrorists. Only Altaf Hussain has condemned this attack.

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  • chacha
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:16PM

    Say no to Taliban! Vote PPP, ANP and MQM!

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  • mystreeman
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:18PM

    Those who claim the greatest Love for Pakistan (PTI, PML (N) why are they quiet on the loss of lives of Pakistanis?

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  • Anti-Democracy
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:25PM

    Get this fact straight into your thick heads. Democracy doesn’t work in nations like Pakistan. Bring in army, and let it clean the filth. Ban hateful speeches in friday sermons. Force molvis to give no-violence fatwas and preach peace.

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  • Syed
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:41PM

    Please stop saying Army can save Karachi or Pakistan for that matter. Our army is incapable of doing anything useful. They know the gang is operating from Waziristan yet they can’t go and clean out the area. Recommend

  • Umer
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:52PM

    This will not end till we keep using religion as a tool in every context. Muslims need to be less emotional about their religion. However, they continue to be. Some muslims, whether legit or not would agree with the carnage and say it is justified. how could it be?. Rational view says it is not. Can a muslim stand in front of God and admit to killing a fellow human in his name? You don’t do His job. Again some pious muslims would get offended by the choice of words here. Thats exactly the point. Leave it between me and God. I have to face him, not you.Recommend

  • peacelover
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:58PM

    Still waiting for a single word of condemnation from IK, NS, and any other mullah

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  • Rafi Ka Deewan
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:12AM

    @wake up nation: Great points. Let me add one more.

    It will end when we accept that not everyone is like us and that they have the same rights that we would like to have.

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  • vaibhav
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:26AM

    for god sake what pakistan is waiting for.innocent citizens r killed on regular basis.

    when pakistan will separate religion from politics… the jihadis and fundamentalists r killing their own citizens..

    here in india we have shivsena , rss. they also try to incite people but we never take them seriously .
    we always prefer our constitution over these groups..this is the basic reason why they r not as wild as in pakistan

    pak must take tough stance to flourish fullfledged democracy otherwise these mad people will distroy it.

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  • Wizarat
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:39AM

    Why can’t the security agency take Ehsanullah Ehsan out specially when he keeps calling on phone. We must know where he is Mr. Kayani, Are you not concerned about the mayhem it is creating in Pakistan, We know the Justices are busy getting even instead of really caring about law and order in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:56AM

    @Insane:
    The value of human life doesn’t depend upon the religion one practices, I believe every religion has value to it. Let it be muslims or non-muslims. So stop making baised comments.

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  • Tao
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:58AM

    The Taliban are the biggest low-life cowards in the world. They kill innocent men, women and children all in the name of some delusional and distorted view of their religion and the world. They should be hunted down and eradicated like the vermin they are….wiped off the face of this earth. They will be nothing more then a despised and reviled footnote in history. I pray that whoever gets into power after the coming election will make the destruction of the Taliban and their cohorts the number one priority. I wake up every day with a knot in my stomach and fear in my heart for my family that lives in Karachi as I rush to read the latest news. Every single day.

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  • Zohaib (Karachi ki awaz)
    Apr 27, 2013 - 1:06AM

    Again they are out but nothing from PTI. INSHALLAH ANP + MQM will prevaile but its sad that imran khan hasnt said anything against TTP of these radicals. it is not a war against terrorism any more infact it is seculars (Pakistan of Jinnah) vs Radicals (Pakistan of moulana mududi and zia) but sadly its just MQM and ANP on secular side while PTI, PMLN and there is no need to state JI are taking sides with right wing radicals. people of karachi at least vote wisely to these secular forces otherwise its strikes now days which prohibit us to go to school and colleges but than if right wing parties will come in power than there will be no schools just Madrsas of one school of thought depicting ISLAM from one eye.
    And to PTI and imran sir it might be not your war but it is Pakistans war for survival. Now those who say that they will pull back army from north and will stop wa against these leeches must think that what will happen than, wont they get more space to grow stronger? o people of pakistan and especially people of karachi dont vote to any right wing party unless you desire for a state of Zia’s era

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  • asim
    Apr 27, 2013 - 1:18AM

    A state who can not protect its citizens ?

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  • Apr 27, 2013 - 1:21AM

    @Ali Zaid:
    Army’s waiting for the civilian leadership including interior ministry to fix things up because it’s Civilians and Interior Ministry’s job. Recommend

  • bandgi
    Apr 27, 2013 - 1:22AM

    Where is lyari gangs war groups…………May be
    They have joined the TTP…………..Stop killing…….
    First step should be taken by Political parts…..
    We must support peace………No point scoring for
    Vote…….

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  • qzj00
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:21AM

    @ashar:

    That is indeed the plan!

    In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  • Fact
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:28AM

    This happens because people are not taking the responsibility. God cannot help those who cannot help themselves. Few hundred terrorists vs 176 million people of Pakistan! It’s time we help ourselves instead of waiting for PPP, MQM, PTI to fix our issues. We have trusted and waited for our government long enough (65 yrs) with no progression. It’s time pick an educated government to decide our fate.

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  • Mustafa Nazir
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:32AM

    Why do you forget that terrorism and sectarianism reared their ugly heads during martial law regimes? The cause of the problem is being asked to solve it. Couldn’t get funnier! Pity Pakistani nation

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  • Gulam Rasool "Kuldeep sharma"
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:26AM

    May be “US+UK+INDIA+ISRAEL” is behind this?

    Gulam Rasool”Kuldeep sharma”
    New Delhi

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