Karsaz attack still a mystery


No progress made by the PPP in the Karsaz blasts investigation
Mehdi says special monument it going be built by the PPP on the spot where the incident occurred
Tehreek-e-Taliban activist arrested as the mastermind behind the blasts
As the third anniversary of the deadly Karsaz blasts that occurred on October 18, 2007 is only a week away. The blasts took place during Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming rally and killed 145 people. No progress has been witnessed in its investigation, reflecting the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government’s lack of interest in the case.
“The investigation is still under way, but there has been no major development so far,” the investigation officer of the case, Nadir Khoso told Pakistan Today.
There was a grenade explosion followed by a huge blast just about 10-15 feet away from the armored truck in which Bhutto was sitting near Karsaz. Sindh chief minister’s special assistant Waqar Mehdi said he was unaware about any development in this high-profile case, but a monument is being constructed at the spot where the incident happened. “This monument is being constructed by the PPP and not the Sindh government,” he said.
PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider said that the October 18, 2007 and December 27, 2007 incidents are linked and both were being probed. Azmatullah, an alleged Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan activist, was arrested for masterminding the Karsaz blasts and appeared in the court of Judicial Magistrate Nadeem Zafar Hashmi.
The Anti-Extremism Cell of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) Sindh had arrested him from Saeedabad in Karachi and the Saeedabad police registered an FIR (# 167/10) under Section 13-D of the Arms Ordinance against him. The police had recovered arms and ammunition as well as important documents from his possession. Later he was released by the court over lack of evidence.