Published On: Mon, Jul 31st, 2023

Pakistani Political Rally hit by Suicide Blast, Killing Dozens

Suicide Bomb at Political Party in Pakistan

According to local sources, an attack in the northern Bajaur district has resulted in the deaths of a minimum of 44 people and the injuries of approximately 200 others.

A total of 44 people were killed and almost 200 were injured when explosives detonated at a political gathering in the northwest of Pakistan, according to the officials. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

An explosion occurred on Sunday at an event of the fundamentalist Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) organization in the northwestern Bajaur province of Pakistan, which neighbors Afghanistan. The location of the gathering was on the outside of Khar.

There was not a prompt admission of responsibility made.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in close proximity to the platform where numerous top party officials were sitting, according to a statement released by the provincial police. It was reported that preliminary inquiries indicated that members of the ISIL (ISIS) organization might have been responsible for the incident, and authorities were continuing their inquiries.

After the overthrow of President Ashraf Ghani’s administration, the terrorist organization has been extremely active in the neighboring country of Afghanistan. It is opposed to the government of Afghanistan by the Taliban, and it is reported to have members who pass through the easily passable Himalayan border and conceal in the Peshawar region.

The communications minister for the province, Feroz Jamal, informed the newspaper’s news organization that as of right now, 44 people have been “martyred” and almost 200 people have been injured as a result of the incident.

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According to the district police chief Nazir Khan, an emergency situation was officially declared at the clinics of Bajaur and the nearby villages, which is where the majority of the injured have been transported. Military helicopters were used to carry patients in critical condition from Bajaur to clinics in Peshawar, which is the capital of the province government.

45 years odd Adam Khan, who fell to the floor by the explosion and was wounded by fragments in his leg as well as both hands, said, “There was smoke and dust all around, and I was underneath some wounded individuals from where I was barely able to get up, only to observe the chaos and a few scattered limbs.” Khan was injured when he was hit by fragments in his leg as well as both hands.

According to the police IG for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Akhtar Hayat Gandapur, top leader of the party Maulana Fazlur Rehman wasn’t present at the gathering when the detonation took place.

Suicide Bomb

Rehman is a key member of the PDM a political party with ties to the government that includes JUI-F.

‘Deep sorrow’

After the attack was revealed to have killed JUI-F member Ziaullah Jan, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif issued a strong condemnation and offered his sympathies to the relatives of the victims, according to Radio Pakistan.

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The Pakistan Peoples Party released a statement saying that Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was “deeply saddened” by the tragedy.

In addition, it stated that peace in the country could not be restored until the terrorists, as well as those who aid and abet them, were destroyed.

Minister of the Interior Marriyum Aurangzeb claimed on Twitter that terrorists have no religion other than terrorism.

She argued that the life and dignity of Pakistan depended on putting an end to terrorism.

In 2014, the Taliban attacked a school run by the army in Peshawar, killing 147 people, most of them students. Sunday’s blast was one of four major strikes in northwest Pakistan since then. An explosion at a religious institution in Peshawar in January claimed the lives of seventy-four persons.

A mosque within a high-security complex containing Peshawar police headquarters was the target of a bombing in February, killing more than a hundred people, the vast majority of whom were police officers.

An official for the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is affiliated with its Afghan counterpart, strongly condemned the attack that took place on Sunday.

For almost a decade, the TTP has been fighting the government of Pakistan in an armed revolt for the installation of Islamic law, the unconditional release of important members incarcerated by the government, and the unification of Pakistan’s tribal regions with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.