Blast near ANP office in Karachi kills two, injures six

The provincial government should provide security to ANP workers and offices, says senior party leader Bashir Jan.


Faraz Khan/web Desk July 21, 2013
People gathered in front of ANP offcie after the attack. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ Mohammad Noman

KARACHI: At least two people, including an Awami National Party's (ANP) ward president, and an activist were killed, and six others were injured in a coordinated attack on their office in Gulshan-e-Buner area of Landhi late on Sunday, Express News reported.

"The explosion was caused by a cracker and was preceded by heavy firing," reported Express Tribune correspondent Faraz Khan.

The deceased were identified as ANP Ward president Afroze Khan and activist Bakht Hamil Khan.

The rescue teams shifted the dead bodies and the injured to Jinnah hospital.

Of the six people injured, two are being described to be in a serious condition, reported Express News. 

"No police officials or Bomb Disposal Squad official reached the site even an hour after the blast," said Express News correspondent Nadeem Ahmed, adding that the rescue teams reached the site after considerable difficulty due to the poor infrastructure in the area.

A spokesperson of ANP alleged that "Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan elements were behind the attack."

ANP demands government to provide security

ANP leader Bashir Jan visited the Jinnah Hospital to condole with the bereaved families of the slain and injured ANP workers.

While talking to media, Jan said that government wants to talk to the Taliban at a ti,e when the militants were while they are targeting ANP members.

"People who take pride in being made guarantor in the peace talks, they should know that they would be targeted by terrorist one day," said Jan.

"ANP believes in negotiation, but if the other party is determined on the use terror, than action has to be taken again against them," said ANP leader.

He claimed that government has taken away the FC security personnel provided to the ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed.

Jan demanded that the provincial government should provide security to their workers and offices.

COMMENTS (3)

Arzoo | 8 years ago | Reply

@sgrr: How can you say that???? ANP has opposed the Talibans for ages and have been paying the price in flesh and blood. Why and how can ANP bring them to Karachi??? Your comment does not make sense and is very insensitive. Pathans have been coming to Karachi since the inception of Pakistan. They usually took the jobs involving hard labor, drivers, or as guards (chowkidars) because of their trustworthiness, loyalty, and valor. Now they are moving into other fields, as they should. Historically, except for a brief time in mid-1960s, when they were used by Ayub's government, we Karachiites never had any issues with them. Even then, we are talking about an extremely small part of their community. Now they are part of Karachi, and it is incumbent upon us to accommodate them and help in their assimilation in Karachi. As a person born in Karachi from 'Immigrant" parents, I would urge my fellow compatriots not to succumb to divisive and exclusive thinking.

Ch. Allah Daad | 8 years ago | Reply

ANP governed KP for five years but did nothing to protect its own workers. PPP in Sindh is as useless as ANP was in KP.

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