Two buildings devastated by Sunday’s blast to be re-built

KARACHI:  The survey of Iqra Complex and Rabia Flowers in Abbas Town, both the buildings destroyed by last Sunday’s bomb blast, has been completed and that these will be reconstructed under the supervision of the committee having representation of the affecters.

Government functionaries, PPP leaders and the City administration had immediately reached  Abbas Town bomb blast site and all possible efforts were made for rescue and relief of the victims. This was informed by Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Ms Syeda Shehla Raza, Commissioner Karachi Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi and PPP MNA and President PPP Karachi Abdul Qadir Patel during a joint press conference at the Chief Minister House here on Wednesday.

They rejected the news reports by some Tv channels suggesting the failure of the government and the administration in dealing with the situation emerging from the bomb blast.

Deputy Speaker Syeda Shehla Raza said that she had a long association with Abbas Town. She had lived there for more than ten years and was still in contact with many residents and shopkeepers there. It was she who got first telephone calls from the residents just after the blast occurred at 1910 hours.

She said PPP-MNA and City President, Pakistan People’s Party, Abdul Qadir Patel had also reached there within 25 minutes. However, she said, Patel was not allowed to visit the site by a group of people.

“The people who stopped him were not the relatives of the victims but some others,” she remarked adding that certain hostile elements were provoking people and creating hatred against the Government.

She said Commissioner Karachi Syed Hashim Raza had reached the site within next one hour and ordered rescue and relief operations including shifting of the injured to different hospitals and setting up camps for the affected.

Commissioner Hashim Raza said that he was there at 08-05 p.m and Tv channels showed his live interviews on the situation and the government efforts in this regard.

He said Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was constantly in contact with him and kept himself abreast about the progress and developments.

The Chief Minister had visited all the injured in different hospitals of the city and ordered best medical treatment for them.

He said that besides other required facilities/ support the Government started providing cooked food to the affected families which would continue till their rehabilitation. Those affectees who were staying with their relatives on temporary basis have also been contacted and offered all basic facilities.

Commissioner Zaidi said that initial survey showed the loss of 50 lives and injuries to 140 other persons.  While 7 persons were still missing, Seventy five flats and 65 shops were destroyed.

Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Ms Syeda Shehla Raza said that PPP never believed in politics on dead bodies and that it did not claim every deceased as its worker.

She said 19 deceased of the blast belonged to Khairpur Mirs, one was from Gilgit-Baltistan and some Siraiki speaking was among the deceased.

PPP-MNA and City President PPP Abdul Qadir Patel said it has been observed that some organised groups did hijack sites of such incidents and did not allow any one but a particular group. Such people, he maintained, are ‘B’ team of terrorists. Member of Sindh Assembly Miss Shama Arif Mithani, former MPA Miss Nasreen Chandio, a PPP leader Najmi Aalam, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Rashid Hussain Rabbani and Special Assistant to the CM, Syed Waqar Mehdi were also present.