Karachi explosion kills 13 policemen, injures 57

Published: February 13, 2014
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Police officials march past coffins of their fallen comrades during their funeral in Karachi on Thursday evening. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

Police officials march past coffins of their fallen comrades during their funeral in Karachi on Thursday evening. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

Police officials march past coffins of their fallen comrades during their funeral in Karachi on Thursday evening. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS A security official prevents members of the media from approaching a damaged police bus at the site of an explosion in Karachi February 13, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS Police officials cordon off the wreckage of a police bus at the site of a bomb attack in Karachi on February 13, 2014. PHOTO: AFP Express News screengrab. Express News screengrab. Express News screengrab. Express News screengrab. Express News screengrab. Express News screengrab. Express News screengrab.

KARACHI: A bomb blast near a police bus in Karachi killed 13 police officials, and injured at least 57 others, Express News reported on Thursday.

Their funeral prayers were offered later on Thursday at the police centre near Hassan Square.

The explosion took place near the exit of the Razzaqabad Police Training Centre in Shah Latif Town area just as a police bus was leaving the premises. The bus was carrying police commandoes on their way to provide security at Bilawal House.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan accepted responsibility for the attack Thursday evening, calling it an act of revenge.

Suicide car bomb

There were conflicting reports as to whether the explosion was caused by a suicide attack or a remote-controlled bomb blast. “Apparently, it was a suicide car attack as an explosive-laden car hit the police bus transporting officials,” Munir Sheikh, a senior police official had stated earlier today.

Another official, Farooq Awan, who heads a special investigative unit, said the bus was making a U-turn after leaving a training centre when a small van struck it.

On the other hand, Superintendent of Police (SP) Crime Investigation Department (CID) Raja Omar Khattab, while talking to the media, stated that the explosive material was detonated using a remote.

He added that most of the casualties took place because of the ball bearings and the explosive material carried by the van.

Shahid Nadeem Baloch, police chief for Sindh also said that the bomb was remotely detonated.

“We cannot say anything concrete about who was involved in the attack until we get all the evidence collected,” Additional Inspector General (AIG) of Sindh Police Shahid Hayat told the media.

There were more than 50 police officers in the police bus when the incident occurred and it was reported that a few civilians also sustained injuries. The vehicle was completely destroyed in the explosion.

According to initial investigation, a vehicle laden with 15 to 20 kilogrammes of explosives hit the police bus.

Rangers and police have reached the blast site, cordoned off the area and started a search operation.

As a result of the blast there was a traffic jam on National Highway.

Police remain determined

Speaking to the media in Karachi, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that the targeted operation in Karachi would continue no matter what happens. He added that the families of the deceased will be compensated with Rs2 million each and the injured will be given Rs0.2 million each.

“Medical treatment of the injured will be done free of cost,” the chief minister told the reporters.

He added that the willpower and the enthusiasm of the police have not diminished and they will continue to work with full determination.

The chief minister also remarked that in the past four months terrorism has decreased.

The attack will not hinder the operation, Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon told the media.

“We are investigating this attack from all angles and who had the most to lose by the forces’ actions and want harm upon them. But the forces will not be demoralised and will work more aggressively,” Memon added.

TTP responds

The TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said the attack was aimed at taking revenge of Taliban members who had been killed in Karachi, Peshawar and Swabi recently by the police and Rangers.

“Twenty of our members have been killed in fake encounters in a month,” Shahid said in a statement.

Since there is no formal ceasefire, the Taliban will carry out attacks to defend themselves, he added. “We have the right to take such steps.”

He called for immediately taking steps to stop such acts as it is necessary for the success of dialogue process.

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Reader Comments (69)

  • Saleem
    Feb 13, 2014 - 8:27AM

    Who are these people trying to kill police? Is it a retaliation by MQM?

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  • sabi
    Feb 13, 2014 - 8:34AM

    IK you said talk is the only way to peace Who is doing this.Don’t say liberals are sabotaging the talk.Shame on cowards.

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  • a&a
    Feb 13, 2014 - 8:36AM

    MQM sister org of TTP………

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  • An American
    Feb 13, 2014 - 8:52AM

    is this a big surprise? When u lift the status of terrorists to stakeholders then you have pretty much reinforced these terrorists.

    I feel sorry for the Pakistani people who have these kind of leaders and media people who are so primitive and lack mental sophistication..

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 13, 2014 - 8:59AM

    The spin doctors shall spin a story that it was not TTP but others who are involved in this bombing.

    Irrespective of the number of army men, police and ordinary Pakistanis they may kill, everyone will keep calling for talks with TTP.

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  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:08AM

    We will still say to peace talks… Huh
    ET please publish what TTP said in an interview regarding “Khalifa” and “Ameer-ul-Momineen”….

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  • Zaid
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:21AM

    And we want to negotiate with the people that are still waging a war against us.Recommend

  • lalai
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:26AM

    Thats the height of diplomacy. Killing spree is accelerated but the culprits go clean as milk. So much for the peace talks and its saboteurs.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:32AM

    Taliban can have it both ways, continuing to terrorize the country while pretending that they are not involved in these recent attacks!

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  • ahmer
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:37AM

    Pathetic country and government. They are talking peace with terrorists while they are killing us.

    This is an appeal to the world, please help us from the religious fanatics in Pakistan and their supporters in government. This appeal is there because the government will not help as it is in partnership with the terrorists.

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  • incognito
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:48AM

    And the killing continues un abated. May Allah bless the departed souls. Aameen. What a sad day.Recommend

  • very sad indeed
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:48AM

    R.I.P.

    Heard the 50+ contingent was going for its duty at King Joffrey’s?

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  • Xnain
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:58AM

    Inna Lillah he wa Inna Elihe Rajeeon. RIP to the departed souls…

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  • Hmm
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:13AM

    Why don’t gov apply Saharia rules to stop these bomb blasts ?

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  • Kaleem
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:14AM

    NS, Please order to destroy Taliban from face of earth. The military budget exceeds 800 billion, and it is not for dialogues. Where is IK, anyone?

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  • Ahmad
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:18AM

    Truly sad news, indeed..
    Tragic loss..
    My thoughts and prayers are for the deceased and their families..
    I am equally sad to read that 50+ policemen were going in the tragic bus to provide security to Bilawal House, where some of our “great” leaders reside…

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  • M
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:23AM

    I believe we can blame all of this, including the massacre in Peshawar yesterday on a third force. TTP is a peace loving group which has announced ceasefire. They cannot be involved in this.

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  • Muhammad Faraz
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:28AM

    No one’s safe here..

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  • Ricky
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:41AM

    There is a constant war going on between the police and political Mafia of Karachi. Well over hundred police officials are brutally bombed, shot and murdered. Yet nobody demands the arrest of their killers. The same way there is no demand, let alone ultimatum to arrest the two killers of Dr. Imran. However some ordinary workers are much more imp than the founding leaders like Imran Farooqi.

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  • Zaida P
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:42AM

    Looks like anarchy is setting in Pakistan. The agencies have stopped following the rule of law with their extra-judicial killings and now the terrorists are going after them. Where will all this end?

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  • True Karachiwala
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:25AM

    Where is Mr.Shahid Hayat, Add.I.G. ? He will soon “inform” us that a political party is involved in all killings and terror acts and police does not take bribe.

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  • Qamber
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:26AM

    It is Gift for Muzakarat …!

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  • Usman Aziz
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:33AM

    Imran khan and all others who still glorify worst killers (talban) and defend them openly are responsible for all that is happening to innocent people of Pakistan, kill the killers and it is Islam 100% no need to talk to them

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  • Nana
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:35AM

    Here is the start of MQM protest against Karachi Police.Recommend

  • Ignorant Man
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:40AM

    The savages who claim to be defender of religion are in action as ever.
    They have no shame nor inhibition.

    Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
    -Steven Weinberg

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  • AF
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:47AM

    So this is the outcome of the statement by the PM
    ” NS says that for the dialogue with the TTP he has the support of the nation as well as from the forces.” WHAT A JOKE !!!
    NS is taking it in a typical businessman mode
    Profit = Nil
    Loss = neumrous loss of innocent livesRecommend

  • Shahid
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:48AM

    Very Sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • AF
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:50AM

    So this is the outcome of the statement by the PM
    ” NS says that for the dialogue with the TTP he has the support of the nation as well as from the forces.” WHAT A JOKE !!!
    NS is taking it in a typical businessman mode
    Profit = Nil
    Loss = neumrous loss of innocent lives

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  • truth hurts
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:56AM

    can some one tell us why we are paying salary of the ISI chief? Isnt homeland security the main reason we have ISI?

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  • AF
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:13PM

    @ a&a
    @ Saleem
    One can make all sorts of assumptions in the current scenairo, however, I am of the opinion that the rulers, both in sindh and at the federal level belong to the political groups.
    Basically a politician always has a tendancy to float or create some rifts for using it as a tool to keep the nation busy and pass their term of tenure.
    Now, looking back into the history of our current rulers, they had never completed their term on account of their odd practices resulting in both ecnomical & financial loss to the country with barely any relief to the poor and innocent citizens upon whose votes they got elected (transparency of the elections still remains doubtful).

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  • Feb 13, 2014 - 12:21PM

    God bless my city.

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  • ria
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:22PM

    boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ali S
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:35PM

    @Tabish Bilgrami:

    ET’s staff has been attacked several times before for their views (the most recent attack on an ET van killed 3 staff members), so perhaps it’s hard to blame them when they choose to self-censor themselves when it comes to speaking openly about ‘certain’ organizations.

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  • Major Iqbal
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:39PM

    Pakistan’s military elite will sacrifice its citizens to save itself.

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  • MJ
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:40PM

    So terribly terribly sad. For how long will the so-called leaders like Ik, NS etc. keep making excuses and hiding behind conspiracy theories? When will their cowardice and madness end?

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  • hisham
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:52PM

    They are the people who don’t want table talk with talibans, who don’t want sustainability in Pakistan they may be the politicians and foreign agencies.

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  • AF
    Feb 13, 2014 - 12:56PM

    ” The bus was on its way to Bilawal House to provide security. ”
    ” There were more than 50 police officers in the police bus when the incident occurred “

    MASHALLAH Deployment of police security at Bilawal House besides a much greater number of staff at the residences and providing escort services for every sindh ministers, assembly members and other vips’ MEANS that the Police is purely meant for serving them. The innocent citizens are left to be sliced in between the Terrorists and Criminals.

    Let us see how many of them blessed with the police security have their moral courage to participate in their last rights.

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  • stranger
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:07PM

    Legalizing bomb blast an option ?

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  • Atif I. Malik
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:14PM

    Demoralising for our law maintaining agencies. First they are politicised, and used then attacked. May Allah give them strength to protect us

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  • rahim jan
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:24PM

    Ok let’s assume that this all is being done by the third force(s), then that means our security apparatus is sleeping or has no clue how to handle them. My suggestion, let’s start “muzakarat” with the third force(s) as well. Since apparently we are very good at appeasing those who harm us.

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  • Parvez
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:37PM

    Everyone is playing hard-ball………except the government.

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  • Hairaan
    Feb 13, 2014 - 1:50PM

    Ultimatum now translating into actions. Who owns the 22 crores worth of bhatta? Should be decided among claimants amicably. Probably thru dialogues.

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  • vikram
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:00PM

    In the interest of the people of Paksitan,the nation should be Re structured or broken into small units just as Gulf states so that better control and peace can prevail.international community should take notice of this anarchy and do the needful.It was a black day for paksitanis when a resolution to form paksitan was passed.Since than any pakistani has not lived with peace.

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  • salim
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:19PM

    @saleem
    Nice try!

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  • Arslan
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:22PM

    IK thank you for standing up and for being a Man by supporting the Peace Talk and forcing Federal Govt. to give peace a chance.

    For All I.K and peace Bashers!!

    War ends either like Hiroshima/ Nagasaki (Extinction) or either like Afghanistan (Peace Negotiations)

    Peace is defiantly the better way out!

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  • bala
    Feb 13, 2014 - 2:30PM

    Pakistanis often claims they are the worst victims of terror. Also proud of these terrorists as their stategic asset. What a shame!
    Today pak govt trying to make these hardcore criminals as stake holders & in future will they legalize terror ?Recommend

  • WAR
    Feb 13, 2014 - 3:05PM

    @ria: Very true

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  • WAR
    Feb 13, 2014 - 3:06PM

    Thanks Musharraf

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  • bala
    Feb 13, 2014 - 3:55PM

    Save pakRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 13, 2014 - 5:13PM

    The war of terror goes on! Those who use violence as the means for security will face violence as well. It is about time that those who run around like headless chickens in police uniforms be placed under the authority of the city Mayor!! Neither the Central nor the Provincial authorities can bring about law and order in Karachi without the support of its residents.

    Rex Minor

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  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Feb 13, 2014 - 5:34PM

    This is so sad.
    These incidence should never happen.

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  • usman786
    Feb 13, 2014 - 5:53PM

    IK is leading the federal govt and he has weak govt in a province which require army and FC for law and order. At federal level his seats are even less than 10% of whole parliament. Still NS has to follow him??? scared? indecisiveness? or what

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  • seema
    Feb 13, 2014 - 5:57PM

    Fruit of talks coming now, every day a member of both committee tells the nation that negotiation is moving in right direction and every day we witnessed blast in all three provinces except Punjab, so PM should not be worry about it, atleast Punjab is safe and his vote bank is Punjab only.

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  • Khan
    Feb 13, 2014 - 6:17PM

    This incident shows the poor state of PAKISTANI leaderships and their servants (i mean bureaucrats)………If they were interested in securing police, rangers and civilians they would be working on strategies to protect them rather than making huge claims after each happening.

    Since Law enforcement is under target and killer is acting independently, than the need of hour suggest that law enforcers should be separated and made to work independently too……..The terrorist strap a belt and kills 10’s of law enforcers where as law enforcers barely kills one……..To reduce casualties and make it difficult on terrorist to strike the law enforcers should not walk closer neither in groups……………….

    But who will teach it to these brain dead / corrupt / money chaser thieves in parliament and bureaucracy???

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  • unbelievable
    Feb 13, 2014 - 6:26PM

    @Hmm:

    Why don’t gov apply Saharia rules to
    stop these bomb blasts ?

    Ask the Afghans what happens when the Taliban control – no newspapers, no TV, no internet – but lots of public executions in a football stadium that doesn’t get used for sports because they don’t like soccer either. Adopting Sharia doesn’t eliminate the violence.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Feb 13, 2014 - 6:28PM

    This is what happens and will continue to happen if we don’t apply the writ of the state and punish criminals and their recruiters promptly and firmly. Eventually people will have to take responsibility themselves for their protection and dignity.

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  • Feroz
    Feb 13, 2014 - 6:39PM

    Every nation spends between 4-6 % of its Revenue on security(Army + Police) and are fairly successful in maintaining Law and Order. Pakistan is spending close to 50% of its revenue but those supposed to protect the people are busy buying land and running bakeries. Military is incapable of fighting anybody and has outsourced its job to non State actors, so what if a few citizens disappear or are blown apart. Except a few upright officers, Police are busy collecting Hafta for Politicians.
    Thousands of people being killed in the name of religion is fine as long as killers are Muslim, without a single demonstration. However one Muslim killed by non Muslim anywhere and hundreds will hit the street in the Land of the Pure. By end of this year those who came to help have been duped and will leave Afghanistan. Having rejected help when the world offered it and having elevated terrorists to stake holders and brothers, Diwali or Guy Fawkes day is going to be celebrated everyday with loud explosions. No one in the world has any idea as to how a country like Pakistan can be rescued from its suicidal inclinations and actions. Religion is suffering Torture at the hands of the Faithful every single day — is there anybody volunteering to save it in Pakistan ?

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  • SilverT
    Feb 13, 2014 - 7:00PM

    In 2001, Pk made a mistake by helping US in destruction of Pashtuns.

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  • Singh
    Feb 13, 2014 - 7:05PM

    Stake holder took responsibility. Welcome to Khilafet.
    Can some body provide address of NS & Army chief so I can send some bangels & burka to them so they can hide.
    Any time these thing happen it pain me being son of Indus civilization.
    Singh

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  • ajeet
    Feb 13, 2014 - 7:25PM

    Daily Diwali in Pakistan?

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  • Patriot
    Feb 13, 2014 - 7:27PM

    The character and composition of Karachi has been usurped over the last 65 years. What was once a civilized and cultured city has been taken over aliens. To them Sindh is a foreign land. They care nothing for the sons of the soil. They want to squeeze out every drop of wealth. Corruption and thieving is normal for them, Now they want to kill everyone.

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  • Salman Hussain
    Feb 13, 2014 - 8:22PM

    I can’t believe this all happened in the presence of Interior Minister???

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  • true version
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:29PM

    Thats just a regular day in Pakistan ……

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  • Action
    Feb 13, 2014 - 9:38PM

    Our weak, spineless, coward leaders cannot even protect the basic right of their people, the right TO LIVE!!!

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  • Last Word
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:10PM

    The fourth largest army of the world holding deadly nuclear arsenal, but not able to fight these bunch of thugs is a matter of great concern to the whole world especially neighbouring India. Should these toys fall into the wrong hands, India as well as Israel would be targeted in no time. Either the Pak military shows its resolve to fight the terrorists and win the war against them or rest of the world should necessarily take joint action to take control of the nukes.

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  • gp65
    Feb 13, 2014 - 10:56PM

    @Feroz: “Every nation spends between 4-6 % of its Revenue on security(Army + Police) and are fairly successful in maintaining Law and Order. Pakistan is spending close to 50% of its revenue but those supposed to protect the people are busy buying land and running bakeries. Military is incapable of fighting anybody and has outsourced its job to non State actors, so what if a few citizens disappear or are blown apart. Except a few upright officers, Police are busy collecting Hafta for Politicians.”

    While I agree directionally with you that the Pakistani army should be made accountable for the resources they consume without really securing the country – your numbers are wrong. Most nations spend 4-6% of their GDP on security. As a percent of revenues the number is closer to 30% for India.

    Seocndly, the police in Pakistan are underresourced (both in terms of manpower and tools) poorly paid, poorly trained, assigned to VIP security and not allowed to function independently y their poloitical masters. It seems wrong to blame them. The timing is particularly bad on a day that so many were killed.Recommend

  • gp65
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:09PM

    @Patriot: “The character and composition of Karachi has been usurped over the last 65 years. What was once a civilized and cultured city has been taken over aliens”

    Yes. In 1941 census 51% of Karachi population was Hindu and 8% was SIkh. How many Hindus and SIkhs are in Karachi right now? Of course the character of the city has changed in the last 65 years. It was not a pasive change. It was deliberate act of aggression and ethnic cleansing.Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:15PM

    And Mr. PM is enjoying trip to TURKEY for more personal investment, which will help in near future when he runs away.

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  • Urban Legend
    Feb 13, 2014 - 11:22PM

    @usman786: How innocent of you to say that with the provincial govt, you cry for lack of support of Islamabad. And when it comes to Karachi situation – With not even a provincial govt, you expect MQM to fix everything in Karachi. Is it being naive or silly or utter hatred?

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