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17 April, 2006

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Army troops have been deployed in Pakistan`s commercial capital Karachi following a bomb blast at a religious congregation to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) at Nishter Park on Tuesday last, in which at least 57 people, including six prominent religious leaders were killed.

Violence flared up in various parts of the city following the blast, as thousands of people attended the funerals for the top three leaders of Sunni Tehrik, which has been blaming its rival Muttehida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for targeting its leaders and activists in Karachi.

Sunni Tehrik, and other religious parties have blamed the provincial government for the blast, and demanded its resignation.



The police are insisting that it was a suicide attack, however, the intelligence agencies doubt the claim. According to intelligence officials, the bomb used in the attack was 10 to 15 kg, and it was unbelievable that a person carries such a huge bomb and reached near the stage without being noticed by anyone.

They think that the government and the police are terming it as a suicide attack just to hide the security lapses and their negligence.

Religious and political circles believe the attack is aimed at fanning confrontation between different sects, and those forces are involved in this heinous act, which are doing the same in Iraq. They say the government is dubbing incident as a suicide attack to tarnish the image of Mujahdin, who have been using this tactic against American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Here are some questions

1) Keeping the circumstantial evidences and statements of intelligence officials, do you think, it was a suicide attack?
2) If yes, who could be behind that?
3) If no, then who could be involved and what could be their motive?
4) Do you think the government should step down after its failure to maintain law and order?
5) Intelligence agencies see foreign hand in the blast. What do you think?
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