Blast incident widely condemned -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Blast incident widely condemned

KARACHI- People from all walks of life have condemned the blast incident.

Minister for religious affairs Wali Mohammad Razi has expressed his apprehensions over the incident of bomb blast and loss of three precious lives at the city office of Nawa-i-Waqt. He said terrorists have no faith who wanted to frustrate the serenity of the community and inflicted innocent people with miseries. He appealed people to keep eye on the elements who wanted to frustrate the tranquility prevailing in the society.

PPP leader, Nawab yousuf Talpur, and Secretary General Muzafar Shujrah have strongly condemned the bomb attack on Nawa-i-Waqt office. They said this was a powerful attack on the press freedom in the history of country. While secretary General PPP, Muzafar Shujrah, Raheel lqbal, Ghulam Habib Jadoon, Shaikh Majeed, Amir Shah, Latif Mughal, Manzoor Mughal Badayounee, Saeed-ul-Chanda, Yousuf Naz and other party members visited the Nawa-i-Waqt office.

Former federal minister Javed Jabbar has strongly condemn the bomb attack on the sub-offices in Karachi of two leading newspapers of Pakistan, the daily Nawa-i-Waqt and The Nation.

He said loss of lives in this terrible tragedy has shattered the families. While it hoped that an investigation will identify the actual facts and individuals responsible for this reported suicide-bombing and destruction of human lives and property, it is a welcome action on the part of the Interior Minister to offer police protection to newspaper offices that perceive threats or danger. Though the turn motives of this action have not yet been identified, the bomb explosion does adversely affect the environment in which free and independent Press of Pakistan functions. Alongwith all possible efforts that need to be made by the federal and the provincial governments. To punish those responsible for this tragedy and to prevent the recurrence of such events, all citizens and or-ganisations need to cooperate in order to improve the conditions for the functioning of the free Press. May Allah bless all those who have been injured with swift recovery to normal health, he concluded.

Zafar vice chairman of LSE in his tax message said “On behalf of Lahore Stock Exchange and myself, I am deeply shocked to learn of the bomb blast (suicide bombing) at city office of your esteemed newspaper. I strongly condemn this criminal and outrageous assault on the premises of one of the most respected newspapers of Pakistan. There is no justification to use such shocking means to kill innocent people. My heartiest sympathies are with you and the families of the victims, at this great shock and loss of lives and property. May your paper The Nawa-i-Waqt flourish and continue to serve the reading public for all times to come.

Act to gag Press Acting Chairman Urban Democratic Front, Naheed Hussain has condemned the brutal act of terrorists by blasting the city office of Nawa-i-Waqt and termed it a serious incident for the nation and a concern for the fourth pillar of the country.

Chairman of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Professor Tahir-ul-Qadri denounced the bomb blast and termed the attack on Nawa-i-Waqt as a brutal act to gag the press freedom. He urged the government to take concrete steps to crackdown the criminals so that the law and order situation in the country could be set up on the right track again. He also demanded of the government to compensate family members of the dead and injured as well.

The religious leaders Maulana Hassan Zafar Naqvi, Maulana Hussain Masoodi, Mirza Hussain and Syed Ayaz Imam Rizvi in a joint statement condemning the bomb blast termed it an inhuman act against the innocent citizens. They demanded foolproof security arrangements for the newspapers offices and immediate arrests of the culprits involved in this serious crime.

Chairman National, Peoples Party and former caretaker Prime Minister, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, has strongly condemned the wanton bomb attack at Urdu daily Nawa-i-Waqt in Karachi in which three people were killed and four others injured.

In a statement he said that the blast was another manifestation of the evil designs of those who wish to restrict Press freedom. It was a heinous act and should be condemned in the strongest words, he added. Jatoi demanded immediate action by the government to ensure safety of pressmen and newspapers and their offices.
Source: The Nation
Date:11/8/2000