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Houses of PPP Sindh lawmakers targeted

10 October, 2012

SHIKARPUR/LARKANA/HYDERABAD: Unidentified men on Tuesday attacked the residences of three Pakistan People's Party lawmakers Sindh Minister for Local Governments Agha Siraj Durrani, Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro and MPA Imdad Pitafi.

Durrani's house was targeted when miscreants hurled a hand grenade at the residence, however no causalities were reported. Police told the media the minister was not present in the house in Shikarpur's Garhi Yasin area, adding his family was safe, however, the main gate was partially damaged. They said the grenade was hurled by two men riding a motorbike. Police and Rangers arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area.

Durrani said such acts could not prevent the PPP from serving the masses. He said the attack was part of a conspiracy to prevent a rally in support of the new local government system that was to be held in Garhi Yasin.

Also on Tuesday, unidentified miscreants hurled explosives at the residence of Ayaz Soomro in Shaikh Zaid Colony. However, it did not detonate. On receiving information, police and Bomb Disposal Squad reached the spot and defused the explosives. Investigation is underway, the police said.

Separately, no one was reported injured when an IED was hurled at Imdad Pitafi's house in Hyderabad. The MPA told reporters his two cousins were inside the house when the bomb went off. The explosion shattered windowpanes. "They can't frighten us by attacking our family and children," said Pitafi. He, however, believed the attack was not carried out by Sindhi nationalist parties. He said a case would be lodged at Qasimabad Police Station against the assailants.

The Bomb Disposal Squad's Saleem Vistro said the IED weighed around three pounds and was made locally. Hyderabad SSP Pir Farid Jan said the police were conducting raids to arrest the culprits.

Meanwhile, police claimed to have recovered a suspicious bag outside the residence of PPP MPA Mir Haji Hayat Talpur in Mirpurkhas. The Bomb Disposal Squad was called to check the bag.

Security has been beefed up at residences of PPP MPAs and ministers across the province following strikes and violent protests in Sindh against the new local government ordinance.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice of the attacks on residences of the PPP leaders. He has directed the Sindh IG and Home Department to take effective security steps for the protection of party leaders.

Meanwhile, Sindh Bachayo Committee (SBC) has strongly deplored incidents of cracker blasts at the houses of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, including ministers and its leaders across the province.

Convener SBC Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah said that the cracker blasts outside houses of PPP MNAs, MPAs, ministers and leaders are conspiracy to create uncertainty and a situation of civil war in Sindh. He was addressing an emergency press conference at his residence Haider Manzil, Karachi, here on Tuesday.

Shah said: "We are political and democratic people and we believe in democratic political struggle for the rights of Sindh and its people." He said SBC strongly opposed Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) purely on political and democratic grounds. He said that they never supported any method of terror to show off their political power like few other parties who had achieved their goals this way in the province for a long time. "It maybe a conspiracy against SBC and its member parties to mar their image among masses", Shah added.

Replying to a query, Shah said rallies had been announced by SBC against SPLGO, the participants would come from across Sindh and gather outside Karachi Press Club on Wednesday (today). On other hand, leader of all the member parties of SBC, including Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STP), Pakistan People's Party-Shaheed Bhutto (PPP-SB), Sindh National Movement (SNM) and Awami Tahreek (AT) held corner meetings and awareness rallies in several localities of the metropolis.

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