Benazir terms Karachi blasts as an attack on democracy

November 14th, 2007 - 2:32 am ICT by admin  
Addressing reporters for the first time after the explosions, Benazir vowed to continue struggle for democracy to save Pakistan despite the heavy loss of lives in the blasts.

She also thanked the God Almighty for protecting her and top PPP leaders, and said, “The assassination attempt was not on me as an individual, but all other top PPP leaders were also targeted.”

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief expressed shock and deep grief over the loss of party workers, security guards and police officers in the incident, The News reported.

Calling the explosions an attack on democracy, integrity of Pakistan and humanity, she said, ” The unity and integrity of Pakistan depends on restoration of democratic order in Pakistan.”

At least 139 people were killed, including three police officers, and over 550 were injured late on Thursday night as suspected suicide bombers tried to attack Benazir’s convoy on her return to the country after eight-year self-imposed exile.

Two explosions went off a minute apart shortly after midnight near Karsaz close to the vehicle Bhutto was travelling in, at the head of a procession of hundreds of thousands of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supporters who had flooded the streets of Karachi to welcome her.

The attack reportedly bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda and resembled assassination attempts by militants linked to the terrorist network on President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in recent years.

A state of high alert has been declared in Karachi.

Schools and colleges will remain closed in the city. A medical emergency has been declared at the Jinnah and the Civil Hospitals here.

Traffic was thin on the roads of Karachi on Friday, as a majority of the people decided to remain indoors. (ANI)

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