Baluchistan: The Baluchistan government has announced two-day mourning in a province after a deadly suicide attack carried out in Mastung’s Darengarh area during a political gathering, claiming 127 lives including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) Leader Nawabzada Mir Siraj Raisani and injuring 130 on Friday.
Siraj Raisani , who was contesting the election from PB-35 consituency, was the younger brother of Nawab Aslam Raisani, a former chief minister of Balochistan. In the past, 14-year old son of Siraj Duraani also slain as a result of the terrorist attack in Mustung.
Raisani along with other victims were taken to the hospital after the attack, but he was pronounced dead on reaching to the hospital.
According to survived victim, “the suicide bomber detonated himself near the stage where the political leaders including Siraj Raisani, who was contesting election from PB-35, were sitting.”
After the attack, emergency was declared in Quetta hospitals, and additional medical staff was also sent to the hospitals to look after the injured.
Deputy Commissioner of Mastung Qaim Lashari verified that it was a suicide attack.
A senior police officer shared his suspicion with regard to the attack and said ” it seems like the target suicide attack was Siraj Raisani”, Dawn reported.
The banned Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan’s ‘Ghazi force Lal Masjid’ wing has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
Caretaker Chief Minister of Balochistan Allauddin Marri has strongly condemned the suicide bombing and called it a barbarian act. He shared his condolences to the families of the victims and assured them that the master-mind behind this attack would be brought to justice.
Major General condemns terrorist attack
Major General Asif Ghafoor sent out his condolences to the afflicted families and condemned the terror attack.
COAS condemns heinous terrorist attk in Mashtung. Grieved on loss of precious lives. Pak lost a highly devoted & capable politician Siraj Raisani. Attempts of inimical forces to derail important democratic activity shall not succeed. United we all Pakistanis shall IA defeat them.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 13, 2018
Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaaf Imran raises his concerns over the increasing terrorist attacks ahead of election.
Another condemnable terrorist attack on a political gathering – this time in Mastung. Saddened to learn of Nawabzada Siraj Raisini’s shahadat in this targeted attack as well as the shahadat of 15 other innocent citizens.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 13, 2018
China affirms his support to Pakistan in their valorous fight against terrorism
Deputy Chief of Mission Chinese Embassy at Pakistan, Lijian Zhao has strongly condemned the Mastung attack
Condemning the Mastung massacre, in his tweet, Lijian Zhao said that they are deeply shocked and saddened, adding that the attack is as brutal as APS.
Deeply shocked and saddened by Mustang attack & we condemn it in strongest terms. This is as brutal as APS. China will stand firmly with Pakistan in its unremitting efforts to fight against terrorism & safeguard stability of Pakistan & security of the people.
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) July 13, 2018
US state of department condemns the attacks on political candidates.
The United States has strongly condemned the attacks on political candidates and their supporters in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan. “These attacks are cowardly attempts to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert .
German Ambassador Martin Kobler sends out his prayers to afflicted families.
While the German ambassador Martin Kobler said that he was profoundly shocked and saddened about the news.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones,” he added.
Profoundly shocked and deeply saddened about the news of the #MastungBlast #Mastung. Media speak of 80 victims. My thoughts are with the families who lost their beloved ones! What a tragedy! Terror must not prevail. pic.twitter.com/sOTh0jfXo0
— Martin Kobler (@KoblerinPAK) July 13, 2018
Social Rights activist Jibran Nasir, who are also contesting independently in this election, said that if we are honest with our sympathy for the lives lost then we must take action against those who spread the extremist ideology.
If we are honest with our sympathy for precious lives lost in #Mastung then we should take action against those who spread Daesh’s ideology of extremism rather than make way for them to enter Parliament. Our hypocrisy is our biggest hindrance towards peace https://t.co/Oty9zri44W
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) July 13, 2018
In the wake of the incident, the BAP has delayed its political rally which was supposed to be held on Saturday.
PM Mulk announces a day of mourning
Prime minister justice retired Nasir-ul-Mulk Saturday directed for observance of national mourning on Sunday (tomorrow) to pay tribute to the martyrs of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa terrorist attacks and express solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved families.
The Ministry of Interior has been directed by the Prime Minister office to issue official notification in this regard, PM office media wing in a press release said.