At least nine people were killed and 15 others injured on Wednesday when an explosion occurred near Karachiâ€™s Burns Road area, targeting the convoy of Senior Sindh High Court judge Justice Maqbool Baqar.
Police sources said that Senior Justice of Sindh High Court Maqbool Baqir was on the hit-list of the proscribed militant organizations Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba (Yazeed) and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ). The prime security agencies of the country have already warned about the threats of the abovementioned terrorist outfits to senior Shia Judge of the Sindh High Court.
Police said Sindh High Court Justice Baqar Maqboolâ€™s convoy was the target of the terrorists of banned terrorist outfits Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba (Yazeed). They added that explosive material was planted on a motorbike. The motorbike was parked near a mosque and exploded as soon as the convoy passed by it.
Police and rescue personnel soon reached the area and the injured â€“ including Justice Maqbool â€“ were shifted to nearby hospitals. The affected area was sealed for initial investigation.
The injured include four police personnel and a Rangers officer. The police officials are said to be in critical condition.
Justice Maqbool was declared out of danger after he was given medical aid at the Civil hospital. He was then shifted to a private hospital near the Stadium Road.
Due to the intensity of the blast, three police mobile vans and two motorbikes were badly damaged. The dead include the SHC judgeâ€™s driver, guard, a police and a Rangers officer.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh and senior police officials also visited the area. People were requested to stay away from the crime scene.
Justice Maqbool is a senior judge of SHC and is currently working as acting chief justice. The justice had refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order in 2007 and took active part in the Lawyersâ€™ Movement.
Later SSP Nasir Aftab put the death toll at nine after two more policemen succumbed to their injuries during treatment at a hospital..
Justice Baqir was later shifted to a private hospital where he will undergo surgery, according to doctors, who added that the the High Court judge was in stable condition.
The doctors, not wanting to be named told Dawn.com that Baqir had sustained injuries on his head as he was hit by ball bearings and glass shards in the explosion.
Meanwhile, lawyers have announced boycott of court proceedings across Sindh in the wake of the incident.
SHC judge Baqir has a reputation for honesty and also served as a judge in special anti-terrorism courts set up in the country to pass down quick punishments to convicted terrorists.