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Political and religious leaders condemned a bomb attack on a police bus on the National Highway near the Razzakabad Police Training Cetnre on Thursday, in which 13 policemen were killed and 57 wounded.


Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan People’s Party, condemned the attack on the police bus and expressed deep grief at the martyrdom of 13 policemen.


He asked the Sindh government to arrange the best possible medical treatment for all those injured in the incident.


Bilawal said terrorism was a cancer which could only be treated with the required surgery. He and called upon the leaders of all segments of society to rise and unite against the menace before it wiped out everyone. He said the state needed to cut the head of the monster of terror before it was too late.


Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui also slammed the attack.


Talking to journalists during her visit to the JPMC to enquire after the well- being of the injured cops, she said the attack was carried out by anti -state elements. It was to create a sense of insecurity among masses; however, it would be countered by government as well as by the masses with the optimum sense of dignity, she added.


Farooqui said the sacrifice rendered by policemen and citizens would not go in vain and the ongoing operation against criminals would be continued till the eradication of crime and terrorism. She said positive results of the operation were already fast emerging, while unscrupulous elements were unwilling to accept them.


The Women’s Action Forum, Karachi also condemned the attack.


WAF President Anis Haroon expressed her heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families and said a pragmatic approach coupled with stringent action was needed to avert such tragic incidents and for dealing with those responsible for mass murder.


She was of the opinion that no enemy of the state could be trusted given that they subscribed to attacking the state, society and its citizens and seek to enforce their writ by violence and force.—Agencies


The Jamaat-e Islami (JI) also termed the attack a ‘highly condemnable and tragic incident’, adds our correspondent.


Speaking to The News, a JI spokesman said that arresting the terrorists and awarding them stern punishment must be the government’s top priority.


Similarly, the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen stated the bomb attack is proof of the government’s failure in improving Karachi’s security situation.


“The Sindh government’s writ has been challenged across the province and particularly in Karachi. The police force has been repeatedly targeted and it seems that the city has been left at the mercy of terrorists,” said MWM spokesman Ali Ahmer.


Maulana Mukhtar Imami, provincial secretary general of MWM, also criticised the Pakistan People’s Party-led government over its abject failure in protecting the city, its cops and citizens.


“Lawlessness in Karachi has peaked during Qaim Ali Shah’s rule and there is rampant unrest and insecurity among citizens. The land of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai has been turned into a safe haven for the Taliban and other banned militant outfits,” he said.


Maulana Imami urged the government to make serious efforts for the formulation of a comprehensive anti-terrorism strategy to protect Karachi and its people from the terrorists and mafias openly operating in the city.


The Sunni Tehreek also denounced the bomb attack and urged the government to leave no stone unturned in efforts to apprehend and punish the terrorists involved.


“The operation underway against terrorists should continue with full force. At least 44 policemen have been killed over the past month and the government must make all possible efforts to protect its cops and the citizens from the clutches of terror,” said ST spokesperson Fahimuddin Sheikh.