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Pakistan mourns after 128 killed in Mastung carnage

This was the third major incident of pre-election violence

SAMAA | and - Posted: Jul 15, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
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Posted: Jul 15, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

This was the third major incident of pre-election violence

Relatives of Siraj Raisani, a candidate of a provincial seat who was killed in the Mastung bomb blast, bury him in his family graveyard at Kanak on July 14, 2018. Photo: AFP

Caretaker PM Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk announced a national day of mourning on Sunday to honour the victims of the recent tragedy in Balochistan.

An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated at an election rally in Mastung on Friday. The attack has claimed 128 lives so far. Around 150 people injured in the attack are under treatment, with many in a critical condition. The death toll continues to rise as there is a shortage of blood at the hospitals. The provincial government imposed an emergency in the hospitals and cancelled the vacations of the doctor and paramedics.

This was the third major incident of pre-election violence. Earlier in the week, ANP leader Haroon Bilour had been killed along with 21 others, followed by the killings of five others in Bannu in a bomb blast.

“I could hear voices screaming. I tried to get up and I saw people trying to run towards the gate. They were trampling over dead bodies,” survivor Rustam Raisani told AFP from his hospital bed.

After the Mastung carnage, the caretaker PM announced a national day of mourning on Sunday. Balochistan’s provincial government is observing two days of mourning. Three days have been announced by Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) – the party lost its candidate Nawabzada Siraj Raisani in the attack. He was laid to rest in his hometown, Kanak. Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and other civilian and military officials attended his funeral at Quetta’s Moosa Stadium.

“We have yet to reach the destination of peace,” said the army chief. “Together, we have to defeat the forces of the enemy.” He honoured Raisani, calling him Pakistan’s brave soldier.

On the other hand, Balochistan’s interim CM announced Rs1.5 million each for the heirs of the deceased victims and Rs500,000 each for the injured. Another Rs200,000 each has been announced for those who suffered fewer injuries in the attack.

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