Pakistan CJ takes suo motu action on Karachi blasts

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Islamabad, Oct 31 (UNI) Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has taken ''suo motu'' action on the bomb blasts targetting the homecoming procession of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Karachi, which killed 139 people.

''The court will hear the case tomorrow,'' court's spokesman Arshad Munir told UNI, adding the action has been taken to ensure that such heinous crime does not remain unpunished and perpetrators of this barbaric act are brought to book.

''Although, the country is already in the grip of suicidal bombing and other terrorist acts, yet, this is the most chilling and dreadful incident of its kind,'' Mr Munir said while citing reasons for the suo motu notice.

The attacks targeted the entire leadership of a major political party of the country, and resulted in the unprecedented number of casualties in terms of deaths and injuries, he added.

''This incident has not only shaken the confidence of the entire nation, but it has also negatively affected the business environment in the country and resulted in a very poor projection of Pakistan in the world community,'' he stated.

Mr Munir said since the general elections are just around the corner, such horrific incidents can cause scare and disinterest among the people to actively participate in the political system and freely exercise their right to vote, freedom of movement and other fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

''The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has not only shown its strongest reservations over the way investigation is being carried out, but also expressed doubts as to the capacity of the administration to do so,'' he said.

He added that reverberations of this incident are being heard in international quarters as well, as major European leaders including German Chancellor, British Prime Minister and the Governments of the Unites States and India have expressed their sorrow and grief over this incident.

United Nation's Security Council in a resolution has condemned this atrocity and directed the member countries of the United Nations to extend all possible assistance to help investigate this crime.

UNI

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