KARACHI – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) took out a massive rally in the port city on Sunday to honour the martyrs of Karsaz, who were killed in a bomb attack on slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming rally nine years ago on October 18, 2007.

While addressing the rally, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari promised to free the masses from ‘Takh-i-Raiwind’ — a veiled reference to the ruling Sharif family.

“We are here to pay tribute to martyrs of the Karsaz attack,” he said and added that people had become so disappointed that the task of hunting a lion was given to a sportsman.

The rally commenced from Bilawal House at 11am and culminate at Karsaz after passing through MA Jinnah Road, Numaish Chowrangi and Shahrah-e-Qaideen.

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari led the caravan and addressed his supporters.

“The ‘Salam Shuhuda’ rally started Bilawal House and will reach Lee Market, making its way through Boat Basin, Maulvi Tameezuddin Road, Jinnah Bridge, Kharadar Jamatkhana and Kakri Ground. Bilawal would address his supporters from Lyari upon reaching the Lea Market”.

After that, the congregation will pass through the Ranchor Line to reach MA Jinnah Road near Saeed Manzil, wherefrom it will go to the Mazar-e-Quaid.

The bombing, which targeted the motorcade carrying former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. She was assassinated in Rawalpindi only after two months of the Karsaz incident.

PPP women leaders:

Women leaders of Pakistan People’s Party and daughters of Benazir Bhutto were enthusiastic to join the rally.

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari took to the Twitter and said: “Getting excited about the rally” with a picture showing senior women leaders of the party, including Shehlaz Raza, Shireen Rehman and Faryal Talpur.