KARACHI - Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have demanded an independent judicial inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the bomb blast incident in Karachi Aushura procession on December 28, 2009. In a resolution, passed at a meeting of various CSOs, held to form Karachi Chapter of Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC) at PMA House last evening, the participants resolved that all the responsible officials including Interior Minister Rahman Malik, Karachi Nazim Mustafa Kamal, Karachi CCPO, IG of Sindh Police and Director General of Rangers should be removed to hold independent inquiry. They also condemned the assassination of activists Nisar Baloch and Nadir Baloch, who were struggling to save Gutter Baghicha in Trans Lyari area. They demanded to save the public property from encroachment by powerful land grabbers. The meeting elected Dr. Tipu Sultan of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) as President of PPC Karachi Chapter and Adam Malik of ActionAid Pakistan as General Secretary. The other office bearers include Mohammad Ali Shah Vice President, Shamsuddin Joint Secretary and Riaz Nawab Treasurer. A ten-member executive committee was also formed comprising Iqbal Alawi, Latif Mughal, Rehana Yasmin, Janat Hussain, Sohail Raza, Karamat Ali, Farid Awan, B. M. Kutti, Shumaila Khan and Fauzia Aziz. The meeting criticised the role of government in neglecting the plight of workers, who are hit hard economically due to fire in wholesale shops in Bolton Market. They regretted that everyone including the government and US Embassy were providing funds and support to the affected shop owners, but no one is taking care of thousands of workers, who were rendered jobless due to fire in the shops on the same day. Moreover, the affected families of deceased persons are also not supported despite the governments announcement to provide the compensations. The meeting decided to set up a camp at the Bolton Market to register the names of affected labourers so that they can be provided assistance through philanthropists and CSOs. The meeting also decided to form a delegation of civil society organisations activists to visit Peshawar by train to express solidarity with the terrorism-hit people of NWFP. It was proposed that the adelegation of about 100 people would leave Karachi by train on February 5 by Khyber Mail and may be joined by activists from other cities like Hyderabad, Sukkur, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi. The delegation would visit the terrorism-hit areas and also hold meetings with families of the deceased.