KARACHI - President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minster Raja Pervaiz Ashraf strongly condemned the bomb blast occurred on Sunday evening between the Rabia Flower and Iqra City, Abbas Town on Abul Hasan Isphahani Road.

President Asif Ali Zardari phoned Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and directed him to get the details of the blasts on immediate basis.

Qaim announced compensation money for the blast victims as Rs1.5 million for the dead person’s families while Rs1 million for the injured.

Meanwhile, leaders of different political and religious parties including MQM’s chief Altaf Hussain, ANP’s Asfand Yar Wali Khan, PTI’s Imran Khan, PML-N’s Nawaz Sharif, JI’s Munawar Hassan, PML-F Peer Sahib Pagara, PST Sarwar Ijaz Qadri and PML-N’s Sindh Haleem Adil, strongly condemned the bomb blast in Karachi in Shia-dominated area of Abbas Town on Abul Isphani Road in Karachi.

They said that culprits involved in the killing of innocent people are against the humanity. They extended sympathies to the bereaved families of the blast victims and demanded the government to take major and immediate steps to better security measures.

However, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Governor Ahmed Mehmood and Governor Balochistan Zulfiqar Maqsi also condemned the blast tragedy in Karachi.

SA visitors passes cancelled, security tightened: Following the devastative bomb blast which claimed 24 lives, Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has cancelled all the passes of the visitors for today’s (Monday) session of Sindh Assembly, besides he has directed to tighten the security in and around the Sindh Assembly.

After the directives of the Speaker, the assembly secretariat has cancelled the passes of the all visitors’ galleries as only MPAs, assembly staff and media would be allowed to get in the assembly secretariat.

Keeping the prevailing situation of law and order in the City, the Speaker has also directed the LEAs to tighten the security in and around the Assembly secretariat.

Meanwhile, discussion and condemnation against the deadly bomb blast in Abbas town in city which left 24 people dead on Sunday evening will dominant the routine proceedings of the Sindh Assembly on Monday (today).

It is expected that the irrespective of their political divide, the Sindh Assembly members during prayers for deceased souls will talk against the deadly blast and will demand the government to enhance action against the banned sectarian outfits like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and others.

According to the order of the day, the question-hour for social welfare department, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto City University in Karachi and other items are on the agenda of the today’s Sindh Assembly session.

Besides, the presentation and adaptation report of Local Government on water scarcity and approval of additional water of 1200 cusecs from Keenjhar in phases is part of today’s session of the Assembly.

Chairman of Privileges Committee Mujadid Isran will present the report on the privileges motion which sent by the assembly to the committee for its recommendations.