Tuesday October 18, 2022

Karsaz Tragedy Anniversary Being Marked Today

Karachi: The 15th anniversary of the Karsaz attack is being observed today.

At least 150 people were killed and 450 others were wounded in twin explosions at Karsaz area of Karachi during a rally of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on 18th October 2007.The rally was organized upon the return of former PPP chief Benazir Bhutto after her return to Pakistan after her eight years in exile.The former prime minister had accused ex-president and army chief Pervez Musharraf of not providing her security upon her return. She had stated that Musharraf would be responsible if anything happened to her.Musharraf’s government, on the other hand, said that there were threats to her life and advised her to avoid public exposure.

The road of Karachi, from Jinnah Airport till the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam, was filled with supporters and well-wishers of the former prime minister.A special truck was made for Benazir Bhutto.

As the convoy reached Karsaz, two successive blasts took place in which 150 people lost their lives and over 400 people were injured.Benazir Bhutto’s truck was also damaged in the blasts but she remained unscathed. Undettered, she continued her struggle for democracy and managed to draw huge crowds in political gatherings.

However, she lost her life in another public meeting at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007.

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