At least five people were injured in an explosion at a Kashmir Solidarity Rally organised by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area on Wednesday.
According to police, a motorcycle parked on the track of University Road opposite to the rally went off. The nature of the blast remains unclear.
Eyewitnesses said the blast caused a stampede and severely injured five people on the site. The number was corroborated by the JI spokesperson.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) East Sajid Amir Saduzai, three to four people were reported injured.
SSP Saduzai said a bomb disposal squad has been called on the site to sweep the area clear of any additional explosives.
In a statement, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman strongly condemned the blast and said that the party will announce an “action plan” at a press conference.
Rehman, while addressing the participants of the rally said that it is a failure of the government that such an incident took place.
“We do not want strife, we believe in peace. These are Indian agents who carried out the blast,” he said.
The JI leader added that the injured were taken to hospital for treatment.