KARACHI, (SANA): At least nine persons were killed and 15 others including a senior judge of Sindh High Courtand three policemen injured in a bomb blast at Burns Road area in the vicinity of Sindh secretariat, the provincial government headquarters on Wednesday morning.
According to police officials, the bomb was planted in a motorbike and it was detonated by remote control. The blast took place near the intersection of Urdu Bazaar Road and Court Road leading to Sindh High Court.
The police officials said that terrorists targeted the vehicle of senior Judge of Sindh High Court Justice Maqbool Baqar with a remote controlled bomb. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital for treatment.
A car, police van and a bike were destroyed in explosion. The blast also caused damage to nearby buildings.
Earlier, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon confirmed seven deaths. Talking to media, he said that one officer from the Rangers, five policemen and driver of the SHC justice were among the dead.
Maqbool Baqar was being treated at a private hospital and his condition was stable, said Sharjeel Memon.
“We had provided maximum security to Maqbool Baqar and he was wounded in Wednesday’s bomb attack at his convoy,” Sharjeel Memon said.
Maqbool Baqar was on his way to court when the bomb exploded, said senior police official. The bomb, which was attached to a motorcycle, was so powerful that it damaged some nearby shops.
Bomb disposal squad told that approximately eight kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.
Maqbool Baqar has a reputation for honesty and has also served as a judge in special anti-terrorism courts set up in the country to hand down quick judgments in terror cases.
Meanwhile, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed the responsibility of the attack, saying that they detonated the bomb using a remote control device.
“We attacked the judge in Karachi as he was taking decisions against Shariah and he was harmful for mujahideen,” he told.
Meanwhile, Sindh High Court Chief Justice Mushir Alam called on the government not to give undue favour to death row prisoners as criminals were on the loose due to non-implementation of court orders, which the learned judges announce by putting their lives at stake.
After presiding over a high-level meeting, which condemned the “cowardly attack” on Justice Maqbool Baqir, one of the senior judges of the SHC, the chief justice demanded of the government to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.
He also demanded of the government to provide the judges with bulletproof vehicles, Rangers security and mobile phone jammers in the court premises.
Chief Justice Sindh High Court has convened a high-level meeting on Thursday and sought a detailed report over the attack on senior judge Justice Maqbool Baqar.
The member SHC visiting team of the site, Fahim Ahmed Siddiqui informed the media that IG Sindh, DG Rangers, Home Secretary, senior judges and other high officials will participate in the meeting, convened at 10:00 AM on Thursday.
Justice Mushir Alam also sought a detailed report from the authorities concerned over the attack on Justice Maqbool Baqar, he added.