Karachi blasts will not affect election schedule, Pak assures US

November 14th, 2007 - 2:33 am ICT by admin  
The State Department’s Deputy Spokesman, Tom Casey, said that US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson, received this assurance from Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in Islamabad.

“All in Pakistan agree, and we also support it, that we have to go ahead with the elections, no matter how much the violence,” Casey said.

The White House, which expressed outrage at Thursday’s blasts, also has stressed the need to hold the elections on time.

Meanwhile, Aziz has said that the bombings at Benazir Bhutto’s reception rally would not affect the general elections schedule and the interim set up would be in place by November 15.

He said that detailed investigations had been ordered concerning the Karachi blasts, adding that the culprits would be identified soon.

Aziz said the government is holding a meeting to announce financial relief for the victims, and added that Islamic extremists should not be blamed for the attacks until the investigations were completed.

He also ruled out allegations that intelligence agencies or governments elements were behind the blasts.

Commenting on the return of former premier Nawaz Sharif, Aziz said that Sharif had left the country through an agreement with the government.

“The Supreme Court is hearing a new petition on the matter and the government will decide on the issue following the verdict,” he added.

Addressing the people, Aziz urged the country not to vote for corrupt politicians in the general elections. (ANI)

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