DATE=10/7/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN - RELIGIOUS KILLINGS (L) NUMBER=2-254773 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A bomb has exploded on a passenger bus in the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing at least one person and injuring many others. At least 38 people have died across Pakistan in terrorist attacks and religious violence during the past 10 days. There are no claims of responsibility. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says those involved in the sectarian violence have been trained in camps in neighboring Afghanistan. TEXT: Pakistani authorities say a powerful bomb ripped through the passenger bus during Karachi's evening rush hour. They say some of the people injured in the attack are in critical condition. Police are calling the blast a terrorist attack, but it is not clear if the explosion is linked to the latest round of sectarian violence across Pakistan. The violence between Sunni and Shiite groups has left dozens of people dead in less than two weeks. There have been no claims of responsibility for any of the religious killings, but extremist Shiites and those from the Sunni sect, the majority in Pakistan, are blaming one another for the killings. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told reporters those who were arrested for the sectarian killings have admitted they were trained at terrorist camps in Afghanistan. /// SHARIF ACT IN URDU, FADE UNDER /// Mr. Sharif says Pakistan has asked the dominant Taleban Islamic movement to immediately shut down the camps. The Prime Minister says his country has made it clear to Taleban authorities that the presence of such camps on Afghan territory is not acceptable to Pakistan. Mr. Sharif did not say who is running the camps. Afghanistan's Taleban group says there are no terrorist camps in the territory it controls. Mr. Sharif's allegations have taken observers by surprise, because Pakistan has been a strong supporter of the Taleban movement, and one of the three countries to recognize the group's government in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister's statement follows repeated accusations by the United States that the Taleban has allowed Islamic terrorists led by Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden to operate camps in Afghanistan. Washington accuses Mr. Bin Laden of planning last year's bomb attacks on two U-S embassies in east Africa, which left more than 200 people dead. The Taleban has rejected several U-S requests for Mr. Bin Laden to be turned over for trial. Washington has imposed sanctions on the Taleban, which controls 90 percent of the war-ravaged country. The United States is urging other countries to take similar action unless the Islamic Taleban hands over Osama bin Laden. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/WTW 07-Oct-1999 14:39 PM EDT (07-Oct-1999 1839 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .