Karachi blast kills three people and injures fifteen others. An explosion hit a four-story building in Pakistan’s Karachi on Wednesday, 21st October 2020. According to reports, the massive blast occurred at a building opposite the Karachi University’s Maskan gate in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The police were yet to ascertain the cause of the blast. According to reports, it seems to be a cylinder blast. The blast took place on the second floor of a building opposite the Karachi University. On Tuesday, 20th October 2020 five people had injuries in a bomb explosion. The explosion was at a bus terminal near Sheerin Jinnah Colony.
Karachi Blast Comes At A Time When Pakistan Is Facing A Civil War Like Situation
The incident took place at a time when Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has ordered an inquiry. The inquiry is into rumors that Pakistan’s army troops kidnapped the Sindh police chief. The kidnapping is in order to put pressure on Karachi police to arrest Safdar Awan. Awan is the son-in-law of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
According to reports in The International Herald, 10 police officers of Karachi died in clashes that broke out in the financial capital of Pakistan. It also claims that a civil war has broken out following the violent clashes between the police and the Army troops.
The media branch of the Pakistan army said in a statement that Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed the Karachi Corps Commander to immediately inquire into the circumstances. This inquiry is to determine the facts behind the clash and file a report as soon as possible.
Safdar Awan and Maryam Sharif Face Charges
Safdar Awan and Maryam, who is also PML-N Vice President, were in Karachi for a few days to participate in a rally of the opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM). During this visit, Safdar was arrested from his hotel room. According to reports, Safdar was held in custody by Karachi police for allegedly disrespecting the mausoleum of the country’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah. 200 other people also face the same charges including Maryam herself. Safdar later got out on bail.
The rally took place in a garden near the mausoleum. Sharif, Awan, and other PML-N party supporters first gathered at the mausoleum to offer prayers. Later, Awan began chanting slogans to honor the vote. The ruling party considered this as a disrespect to the mausoleum.
Apart from Maryam, other people who spoke at the anti-government rally are JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chairman Mehmood Achakzai among others.