KARACHI: Maj Gen (Retd) Athar Abbas, the former head of the military’s media wing, Thursday dropped an incendiary on Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led government of Sindh for its failure to maintain law & order in the province, Samaa reported.
“The chief minister of Sindh is the manservant of his political party’s head,” the erstwhile Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) told Samaa TV’s Agahi Award recipient anchorperson Nadeem Malik during his titular talk show.
Athar was referring to PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.
Wednesday turned out to be one of the blackest days in the history of Karachi as terrorists got away with another deadly job when they picked off scores of innocent citizens one by one on a community service bus.
Coming down hard on Syed Qaim Ali Shah for his arrant incompetence as the captain of the province’s law enforcement agencies, the retired army man said it was hard for him to understand as to why the CM was so ineffectual.
“A lion can lead an army of jackals but a jackal cannot be handed over the command of an army of lions,” said he likening the octogenarian chief minister to the proverbially cowardly animal.
Athar said, technically, the CM was the commander of Sindh police force.
Gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on commuters in Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least 45, police said, in the latest attack directed against religious minorities this year.
In the aftermath of a bloodbath in which at least 45 people were shot dead from a point-blank range, the dotty Wadda Saeen (Qaim Ali Shah) insists Karachi is a safe city where people can go anywhere without any fear.
Karachi At Standstill after Massacre
Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi was brought to a standstill Thursday following the massacre of of more than 45 Ismaili Muslims in the first attack officially claimed by the Islamic State group in the country.
Hundreds of distraught relatives lined the streets around a cemetery in the city's eastern Safoora Goth area passing the coffins of the men and women who were killed on Wednesday when up to six gunmen stormed a bus and shot them in the head and upper body.
The provincial chief minister had announced a day of mourning as all markets, shops and schools were shut and public transport was suspended.
Schools, colleges and universities also postponed examinations.
The toll from the attack rose from 43 to 44 after a wounded woman died at the city's Aga Khan hospital, a spokesman told AFP.
Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo told AFP the police had rounded up several suspects and most of them were the members of banned militant outfits.
Thebo said: “According to initial investigations, there were six attackers. Three went inside the bus and three remained outside. They fired with 9 mm and Kalashnikov rifles.”
Wednesday's attack was the first in the country officially claimed by the Islamic State group, which controls swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.
It was also claimed by local militant faction Jundullah, which reportedly pledged its allegiance to the group last year.
Thebo, the police chief, was cautious about the claims and said the attackers seemed to be locals.
“The attacker seemed to be local and knew the area well. Maybe their handlers were from outside Pakistan,” he said.
“In a previous attack on Bohri community mosque the attackers also left a pamphlet, investigators are looking into whether it is the same group which struck yesterday,” he added, referring to another Shiite sect.
Wednesday's attack was the second-deadliest in Pakistan this year after 62 Shiite Muslims were killed in a suicide bombing in late January.–SAMAA/Agencies