Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Monday took notice of the carnage where at least 45 people died and 150 injured in a huge explosion that ripped through a Shia-majority neighborhood called Abbas Town in Karachi on Sunday.

The attention of the Chief Justice was drawn to the fact by the Registrar office that the law enforcement agencies and other government officials did not reach the venue of the blast in time for the rescue operation, due to their presence in a private function as they were busy there to provide security/protocol to higher-ups.

The note further intimated that soon in the aftermath of, and following the pattern of two consecutive bomb blasts in Quetta, Balochistan, this equally shocking carnage should serve as an eye-opener. The incidents at Quetta led to the sacking of the Provincial Government, with calls also made for replacement of civil administration by the Armed Forces, to provide security to inhabitants.

This being a major disaster, causing 45 deaths and 150 wounded with enormous loss/destruction to property, is a serious violation of fundamental rights, guaranteed under Articles 9, 14, 23 and 24 of the Constitution.

Taking notice of the incident the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered  that the issue may be put up in Court on Wednesday at Karachi.

Advocate General and PPO, Sindh have been directed to “file comprehensive report as prima facie it appears that State/Provincial Government has failed to protect life and property of citizens, therefore, appropriate order after hearing to all concerned is required to be passed”.