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Blast outside Karachi railway station kills three

KARACHI: At least three people were killed when a loud explosion ripped apart a bus parked outside the gates of Karachi Cantonment Station, the main railway station in the city.

According to reports, the large blast completely ripped opened the roof of the bus, which caught fire following the explosion.

Rescue teams and security officials had reached the site of the blast. At least 25 people injured in the blast were reported to have been taken to the hospital.

Five of the wounded were said to be in critical condition.

The nature of the explosion could not be ascertained.

Karachi’s Cantt Station is one of the busiest areas of the city, used by the common man for inter-city travel, with several buses and coaches also parked outside.

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Bilawal launches political career on Benazir’s fifth death anniversary

GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH: Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the son of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and President Zardari, made his first major public speech on Thursday to vast crowds gathered in Garhi Khuda Baksh to mark the fifth anniversary of his mother’s the assassination.

Hundreds of thousands of people, including Pakistan Peoples’ Party’s (PPP) workers, supporters and the party’s top leadership, had congregated at the Bhutto family mausoleum near Larkana to pay their respects to the slain leader and witness what many have termed as the launch of her son’s own political career.

“Today, I am with the martyrs at Garhi Khuda Baksh. I am with my mother and my grandmother. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto are still alive in our hearts even today,” said Bilawal.

Security was tight around the huge stage, adorned with the red, black and green tricolour of the ruling PPP, where Oxford-educated Bilawal spoke.

“There are two kinds of powers in this country: that which prefers the path of dictatorship, and then there is the power of the people…On one side we stand up as a wall against the terrorists, and then there are those who are even afraid to take their names,” said Bilawal in a passionate speech.

“We have chosen a very difficult path. Our path is the path of democracy, which Benazir taught us to walk on. We will go to the place where a bright and progressive Pakistan awaits us.”

Police said more than 15,000 officers had been deployed at the venue, as well as some 500 government paramilitary forces.

Benazir Bhutto, twice elected prime minister, was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. No one has yet been convicted of her murder.

Emergence of a new Bhutto?

Bilawal was just 19 when his mother was killed, and his spokesman Aijaz Durrani said Thursday’s anniversary would mark the start of a new chapter in Pakistan’s political history.

“This is his political career’s first public meeting. A new Bhutto is emerging

today in the shape of Bilawal who has vision of his mother and grandfather and people are excited on his launching,” he said.

“Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, following in the tradition of generations, will prove to be an important turning point for democracy and politics,” Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had said in a statement. “This journey will continue forward.”

Secretary ECP biased, should be removed: Farooq Sattar

LAHORE: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar on Thursday levelled allegations of bias against Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan and demanded that he be removed from his position, DailySitara Sindh reported.

Speaking to media representatives at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, the federal minister said that the commission’s secretary wanted to alter the MQM’s mandate in Karachi.

Sattar demanded of the ECP to conduct an inquiry into what he called the bias on part of Khan and remove him from the position of the commission’s secretary.

The minister moreover said that the ideologies of the MQM and of Dr Tahirul Qadri were similar, adding that, both wanted to abolish the “outdated feudal system”.

He said Qadri and the MQM may form an alliance in the future due to their shared opposition to the feudal system, however, it was still to be discussed as to how and on what points would the two sides come together.

Sattar added that the MQM had filed a review petition over the issue of delimitation in Karachi, adding that, the party had requested the ECP to not go through with the delimitation until the court decided on the review plea.

The leader further said that all stakeholders would be taken into confidence over the formation of a caretaker set-up.

Enemies trying to derail country from democratic path: Rehman Malik

 

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday said locals were involved in acts of terrorism, adding that, no one was coming from abroad, Daily Sitara Sindh reported.

Speaking to media representatives in Sukkur, Malik said police and other security agencies were improving their performance in order to control the country’s law and order situation.

The minister added that certain forces were trying to meddle in the country’s political scene, adding that, enemies were trying to derail the country from its democratic path.

He further said allies during the formation of a next possible government would be chosen by the party leaders.

Malik added that those working against the state would soon be captured, adding that, the government was working tirelessly to improve the country’s security situation.

Balochistan MPAs were “asked to show votes” during secret ballot

 

QUETTA: To prove their loyalty, members of Balochistan Assembly were asked to openly violate the parliamentary code of ethics by showing their votes during secret balloting on a no-confidence motion against Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, an MPA said on Thursday. Daily sitara Sindh Repoted

The provincial assembly had adopted a no-trust motion against the Speaker on Wednesday. Except JUI (F) members, the members from PPP and PML (Q) showed their marked ballots to two senior officers of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

“I was assured release of frozen funds after voting against Speaker (Bhootani),” one of the female members told this scribe on condition of anonymity.

The MPA claimed she was asked to show the ballot after casting her vote.

“I did what they had demanded,” she said.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had spent a week in Quetta to get the support of coalition partners and independent candidates to oust Bhootani.

Newly appointed opposition leader Nawabzada Tariq Magsi objected over the assembly proceedings thus walking out of the house.

PPP Balochistan President Mir Sadiq Umrani and Jan Ali Changezi also walked out of the house to record their protest.

Differences surfaced in the Balochistan cabinet as around 19 members abstained from voting.

“The absent 19 members were my supporters”, Bhootani told a press conference on Wednesday. He has already announced that he will challenge the no-confidence motion in the Court.

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ایک بار کسی نے قاید اعظم سے پوچھا کہ اپ شیعہ ہیں یا سنی قاید اعظم نےعرض کیا نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم سنی تھے یا شیعہ؟ سوال پوچھنے والا اپنے سوال پر شرمندہ ہوا.
ایک دوسرے موقعے پر کسی صحافی نےسوال کیا حضرت عمر رضی اللہ کے بارے میں اپ کے کیا خیالات ہیں تو قاید اعظم نے فرمایا اگر تاریخ سے حضرت عمر رضی اللہ کو نکال دیا جائے تو کیا بچتا ہے.

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