PPP set for ‘historic rally’ in Karachi


The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is all set for what it says will be a historic rally in Karachi today to honour the martyrs of Karsaz, who were killed in a bomb attack on slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming rally nine years ago.

The PPP would be flexing its muscle with the ‘Salam Shuhuda’ rally, which will be led by party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Party activists have set up reception camps at all major thoroughfares across the megapolis, with party songs echoing.

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and PPP’s Agha Siraj Durrani arrived at Bilawal House on Sunday morning ahead of the scheduled rally.

The rally will start from Bilawal House roundabaout near Clifton, where Bilawal Bhutto will address the party workers and supporters. He will lead the rally on a special bomb-proof truck and will be guarded by ‘Jaanisaran-e-Benazir Bhutto (Benazir Bhutto’s loyalists)’.

The ‘Salam Shuhuda’ rally will reach Lee Market, making its way through Boat Basin, Maulvi Tameezuddin Road, Jinnah Bridge, Kharadar Jamatkhana and Kakri Ground. Bilawal would address his supporters from Lyari upon reaching Lea Market.

After that, the congregation will pass through the Ranchor Line to reach MA Jinnah Road near Saeed Manzil, from where it will go to the Mazar-e-Quaid.

From Mazar-e-Quaid, the PPP caravan will head forth to Karsaz all the way through Khudad Colony, Shahrah-e-Quaideen and Shahrah-e-Faisal. The PPP chairman will deliver his final speech there to pay homage to the victims of the Karsaz tragedy.

The bombing, which targeted the motorcade carrying former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, had left at least 180 people dead and another 500 wounded on October 18, 2007.

She was assassinated in Rawalpindi only two months following the Karsaz incident.