Blast In Karachi

The city of Karachi, unfortunately, fell victim to another incident of violence on Thursday. The incident, where an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a motorbike went off, may have been smaller in scope as compared to the devastating suicide bombing that occurred on the Karachi University Campus less than a month ago, but it is by no means less alarming.

While officials are still investigating the incident and have been hesitant to attribute a source behind the attack, on the surface, it has all the identifiers of a terrorist attack, aimed to cause death and destruction. The blast took place in the commercial locality of Saddar, which remains crowded at night because of the presence of restaurants and eateries on Daud Pota Road, including the historical United Bakery.

Despite the IED appearing to be smaller, the blast has so far taken the life of one young man, injured nine persons, including three teenagers, and has caused considerable damage to the many shops and establishments in the area.

The government should not take this attack lightly. It should be viewed in line with the series of terrorist incidents, particularly so in Karachi, Pakistan’s metropolis and most populated city. It took considerable diplomatic and media efforts to restore Pakistan’s image and reputation, especially with China after the disastrous Karachi University attack.

China and Pakistan’s foreign ministers held several meetings and released statements saying that China and Pakistan were committed to thwarting any attempts, including terrorism instigated by external actors, to undermine bilateral ties, and with regards to the attack on Chinese nationals, both countries would take firm and effective measures to deal with it. Those promises and resolve appear unreliable when such horrific incidents, like the one that took place in Saddar, continue to happen.

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