Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday announced the formation of a special team to reinvestigate the 2007 Karsaz carnage. More than 125 people were killed in twin blasts in Karsaz on October 18, 2007, as the party held a rally to welcome former prime minister Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan. At least 100 people were injured in the explosions.
The chief minister announced the development at the Karsaz memorial in Karachi where he went to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the carnage nearly 10 years ago.
Shah lamented that an investigation into the attack could not take place ‘properly’.
“This delay is because of the conspiracy under which the evidence of the incident was removed instantly – but it doesn’t mean that the investigation can not be made further. Yes, I will do it again as PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has issued instructions to me for this purpose,” he said.
The investigation team consists of Additional Inspector General (AIG) Police Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Sanaullah Abbasi, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Intelligence CTD Omer Shahid, SP Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Farooq Awan, CTD Operation-I Inspector Sajjad Ali, and SIU Sub Inspector Sajjad Awan.
“The committee shall take all measures to solve the case and arrest the accused,” reads a police order.
Shah said Bilawal had launched his political struggle starting with the Oct 16 rally. The response to the rally was unprecedented, he said.
The Sindh chief minister warned the centre against developing “one province at the cost of others”, saying that only Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was invited to meetings of a cabinet committee on energy.
“This is not a fair policy. All the provinces must be treated equally,” he said.
He added, however, that he is not against the development of any other province. “I am not against the development of any city [Lahore] but some people have told me that the development share of other cities [Punjab] are spent only on one city [Lahore]. There must be equal treatment,” he reiterated.
Shah, speaking to reporters, pointed out that some politicians use ‘cricket terminology’. “This is not sports, it is a serious business and its only objective is to serve people,” he said.