Bus massacre victims laid to rest amid mourning


KARACHI: Forty-three bus attack victims belonging to Ismaili community were laid to rest at Al-Noor graveyard near Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi in the metropolis on Thursday amid mourning atmosphere.

The final rituals for the victims were performed at Al-Azhar Garden in Safoora Goth, which was attended by many political activists and citizens, along victim families. The bodies were given special security from Safoora Goth to the graveyard by volunteers of Ismaili community and law enforcement agencies until they were laid down.

According to a report, six gunmen stopped the bus carrying over 60 people of Ismaili community on Wednesday. The assailants entered the bus and started firing at the passengers.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain and leaders other many political and religious parties in the country condemned the incident.

Today, all major markets, bazaars and schools were shut while public transport remained low. Colleges and universities also postponed their examinations amid tense situation in Karachi.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the day of mourning throughout the country on Wednesday, while Sindh government had also called for province-wide day of mourning. Muttahida Qaumi Movement and several parties had also given such call to show sympathy with the victim families of those killed in the ghastly bus attack.

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