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Karachi residents call for action after deadly blast

Monday, March 04, 2013 - 01:21

Mar. 4 - Residents in Pakistan's Karachi call for the government to take action a day after a bomb blast kills at least 45 people. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Karachi residents sift through the debris of their burned-out neighbourhood, the morning after a bomb killed at least 45 people in Pakistan's commercial capital. A suspected suicide bomber attacked Shi'ite Muslims as they were leaving a mosque on Sunday. Pakistan has seen fewer suicide attacks on government and military targets over the past year. But killing on the streets of Karachi points to a new type of threat. A campaign led by the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and allied Pakistani anti-Shi'ite groups to rip open sectarian fault lines in the city of 18 million. Residents of the city say they are under siege by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi death squads who seem to act with impunity. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) LOCAL RESIDENT GHULAM ABBAS SAYING: "We do not know what is to become of this country. The government is quiet. It is standing around like a spectator. You are seeing what is happening to Muslims. A person can not leave his house without wondering whether he will return home or not." Pakistani intelligence agents say the group has become a major security threat in Pakistan, which is also struggling with a fragile economy, dilapidated infrastructure and widespread poverty.

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Karachi residents call for action after deadly blast

Monday, March 04, 2013 - 01:21