43 killed in Karachi bus attack
PM announces observance of national day of mourning on Thursday over Karachi tragedy.
The incident occurred when unidentified armed persons opened indiscriminate fire at a community Bus in Safoora Goth area.
Soon after the incident, Police and Rangers cordoned off the area.
Our Karachi representative says about 65 persons were on-board the bus.
Countrywide Mourning Day
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced observance of national day of mourning on Thursday (May 14) over the killing of forty-three people in terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi .
The national flag would fly at half mast.
Condemnation of Preisdent, PM
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the firing incident in Karachi .
In their separate statements they expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in this act of terrorism .
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has sought complete report of the incident from the concerned authorities.
Army Chief arrives in Karachi
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif is in Karachi to review the situation emerged from terror attack on bus.
He has already cancelled his three-day scheduled visit to Sri Lanka due to the incident of terrorism.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif also telephoned Prince Karim Agha Khan and offered his heartfelt condolences on the killing of innocent people in Karachi terrorist attack.
He said our hearts go out for the bereaved families.
General Raheel assured that no efforts will be spared to apprehend and punish perpetrators of this terrorist act, their abettors, and backers.
Sindh Chief Minister
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has taken strict notice of the incident and suspended the SSP and SHO of the area.
Talking to media, the Chief Minister expressed profound grief and sorrow over the incident and said that he has sought an immediate report from IG Sindh in this regard.
He said that responsible of this heinous crime will be brought to justice.
He announced financial assistance of five hundred thousand rupees for each killed and two hundred thousand for each seriously injured of the incident.
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The IG Sindh Ghulam Haider also visited the site of incident.
Talking to media, he said about 6 terrorists on 3 motorcycles opened indiscriminate firing on the Bus .
Governor, CM Punjab, Interior Minister and Information Minister condemn the incident
Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad, Governor Punjab Rafiq Rajwana, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, the Interior Minister Chudhary Nisar Khan and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid have also strongly condemned the incident.
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He said that Zarb-e-Azb and Karachi operations would continue till complete elimination of the terrorists from our soil.
Later talking to PTV, the Information Minister urged politicians, Ulema, Intellectuals and civil society members to demonstrate unity in their ranks to defeat terrorists.
Spiritual leader of Ismaili community Prince Karim Agha Khan has also expressed grief and sorrow over killing of 43 people in the firing incident.
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Interior Minister phones DG Rangers Sindh
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan telephoned Director General Rangers Sindh and sought details about the tragic firing incident in Karachi .
DG Rangers informed the Interior Minister that they were trying to track the culprits involved in the heinous crime.
Rangers arrest 18 suspects in Karachi
In the wake of the bus attack, Pakistan Rangers arrested eighteen suspected persons during search operation in Karachi today.
The search operation was conducted in Safoora Goth, Sohrab Goth and their adjoining areas.
The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack carried out in Karachi .
In a statement, Resident UN Coordinator in Pakistan Dr. Jacqui Badcock said they were horrified by this act of brutality.
In a statement, United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson condemned the heinous bus attack and said the United States supports Pakistan's efforts to bring all those involved to justice.
He said the United States is ready to provide any appropriate assistance to authorities investigating the tragic attack.
Richard Olson said his country remains steadfast in its commitment to the people of Pakistan in their efforts to counter terrorism.
Sindh Government has announced to observe mourning day on Thursday all over the province.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement has also announced to observe the mourning day asking the traders and transporters to keep their business close.