The Awami National Party has nominated the election commission, Sindh caretaker chief minister and the police chief in the case for the Friday night bomb blast at a public meeting of the nationalist party in Mominabad.
The party leadership has filed an application in the area police station to register a criminal case against the authorities for their poor performance and the security situation, said ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed at a press conference held in Mardan House on Saturday.
The party wrote a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) a couple of days ago, warning that the election authorities would be held responsible if any activists or workers of the party were targeted, he said, appealing that the Supreme Court chief justice, Rangers director general and Sindh corps commander take serious notice of the bomb attack.
“We demand the immediate arrest and strict punishment of the perpetrators,” Syed said. “Concrete strategies should be implemented to help stop such incidents in the future.”
The ANP leader said the caretaker government, chief minister and election commission were responsible of providing foolproof security to the candidates but they had failed to do so. “We have even handed over several contact numbers of the terrorists to the law enforcement agencies but no action has been taken against them,” he alleged. He termed the bomb attacks on the offices of certain political parties “part of a serious conspiracy”.
At least 11 people died and around 40 were hurt as bomb ripped through the public meeting of Bashir Jan in the PS-93 constituency. “But the party did not take law into its hands and did not damage any public or private property,” the senator claimed
The ANP Sindh observed a “black-day” on Saturday to mourn the death of its activists. “Not a single shop was forcibly shut down while public transport also remained on the roads,” Syed said. “The public did not face any kind of problems during the day.”
He said the party believed in the policy of non-violence given by its founders and this was why the party workers and activists observed a peaceful mourning day. While the caretaker government took back the security, it was now condemning such attacks on the media, Syed alleged, claiming that free and fair elections would be “a sheer joke” keeping in view the recurring terrorist attacks in three provinces. “This is a conspiracy to deter the progressive and liberal forces to compel their leadership and candidates to refrain from elections.”
“Under a conspiracy, the number of elected representatives of moderate, enlightened and progressive political forces will be reduced in the upcoming parliament to alter the national political scene in connection with the withdrawal of US-led international troops from Afghanistan,” the ANP Sindh president alleged.
Meetings as per agenda
Earlier, the ANP Sindh leadership decided that all election-related meetings would be held as per the schedule and the party would not surrender to the terrorists under any conditions.