PARACHINAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reached Parachinar on Friday morning to offer condolences to the bereaved families of victims of terrorist attack some days back in the run up to Eid-ul-Fitr.
On the occasion, he was briefed about the security situation in the area, according to a statement issued by Pakistan Army’s public affairs department. The Army chief also held a meeting tribal elders and the heirs of those killed in Parachinar blasts.
The locals and tribal leaders expressed full confidence and trust in Pakistan Army and its leadership, saying, “We, the people of Parachinar stand behind Pakistan Army.”
“We are Pakistanis and Muslims only. Our blood is for Pakistan,” they added.
Furthermore, the tribal elders remarked that we understand challenges and contributions of our brave forces.Meantime, the Army Chief will also meet local veterans and the affected families of the Parachinar blast victims.
It should be mentioned here that Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was due to visit the area two days ago, but he had to postpone his visit to Kurram Agency due to inclement weather.
According to an earlier press release of ISPR, the army chief had started his journey towards Parachinar, Kurram Agency, on Tuesday, but the helicopter did not land due to bad weather and had to return.
Pakistan Army’s public affairs department said in its previous statement, General Bajwa will visit Parachinar after improvement in weather.
Thousands of people staged a sit-in at Shaheed Park, Parachinar, soon after the two suicide bombing took place in the last week of the holy month of Ramazan on Friday evening. A lot of shoppers were out in the market preparing for the breaking of the fast when the bomb went off.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced compensation for victims of Parachinar blast that killed more than 80 people last week.
The PM has announced the payment of Rs.1 million for each family of martyrs and Rs.0.5 million for each injured of the blast.
The Prime Minister has also issued directions in this regard to Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
More than 80 people were killed and 200 wounded in the rush-hour attacks on Parachinar’s Toori Bazar in Pakistan’s Shia-dominated area.
Since the blast, members of the Shia community in Parachinar have been staging their sit-in protest. The relatives of the victims have been demanding end to violence in the area.
Business centers across Parachinar have been closed down since the attacks. –SAMAA