ANP leader Haroon Bilour laid to rest in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The slain leader of Awami National Party Haroon Bilour was laid to rest today, as the latter fell prey to latest terror onslaught, last night in Peshawar.

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His funeral prayer was offered at Wazir Bagh, where a huge crowed assembled to pay last farewell to Haroon Bilour, who embraced martyrdom in an apparent suicide attack while attending a corner meeting of ANP for electoral contest of KP-67, on Tuesday night.

According to Newsone, the death toll in the Peshawar suicide attack, which took  the life of Awami National Party leader Barrister Haroon Bilour, has increased to 20.

Political activist from different parties attended the funeral ceremony, whereas Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf(PTI) today called off  its election campaign in a bid to express solidarity with ANP.

Moreover, the Election Commission of Pakistan notified today the temporary stoppage over provincial assembly seat KP-67 elections, as the new date will be announced later.

Currently, 62 people injured in the suicide attack are seeking treatment at Lady Reading Hospital, authorities confirmed.

The explosion occurred late Tuesday night in the Yakatoot neighbourhood moments after Bilour arrived to address a corner meeting.

Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour among 12 others, including police officials were martyred in a suicide blast during election campaign at Yaka Toot area of Peshawar, Newsone reported on Tuesday.

According to details, more than 30 people were injured in the result of blast. The blast occurred when corner meeting was underway.

Rescue teams reached the site immediately and shifted the injured to lady reading hospital. The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have cordoned off the area.

Haroon Bilour is contesting election from Peshawar’s provincial constituency PK-78. Haroon was taken to hospital after he was critically injured in the blast, however, the injured candidate succumbed to his wounds shortly afterwards.

His father Bashir Bilour was also martyred in 2012 suicide blast.

It is pertinent to mention here that this is the first political causality of 2018 election campaign.

ANP leader Zahid Khan talking with Newsone has condemned the attack and warned to boycott 2018 election if such attacks against party was not stopped.

“This is the repetition of 2013 election targets against ANP,” he added.

Election commission of Pakistan has condemned the attack, adding that ECP had already advised all provincial governments to provide proper security to election candidates.

“Such types of attacks are being made to sabotage election 2018,” said ECP.

Caretaker prime minister, president and political leaders have condemned the attack and expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

PTI chief Imran has demanded the caretaker government to provide proper security to all election candidates during the campaign.

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