Blasts target independent candidate office in Pishin, JUI-F’s leader in Killa Saifullah on eve of general elections.15 people were killed in Pishin, while 13 died in Killa Saifullah. Both blasts took place outside election offices in Balochistan.
Dual Tragedy Strikes Balochistan Ahead of General Elections:
On the eve of Pakistan’s general elections, Balochistan was rocked by two separate explosions, claiming the lives of 24 individuals and injuring 50 others.
The incidents targeted an independent candidate’s office in Pishin and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) office in Killa Saifullah district.
Details of the Tragic Events:
The initial blast occurred outside the political office of independent candidate Asfand Yar Khan Kakar in Pishin, resulting in 15 fatalities and numerous injuries.
In Killa Saifullah, the explosion targeted the JUI-F office, claiming the lives of 13 individuals and injuring several others.
The attacks, occurring just before the elections, have sent shockwaves across Balochistan, prompting a three-day mourning period announced by the Chief Minister of Balochistan.
Response and Measures Taken:
Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar has condemned the blasts, emphasizing the government’s commitment to maintaining peace and security during the elections.
The Caretaker Chief Minister of Balochistan has ordered a thorough investigation into the incidents and instructed law enforcement agencies to apprehend those responsible.
Security measures have been heightened, with emergency protocols activated in hospitals across Quetta to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured.
Condemnation and International Response:
The attacks have drawn widespread condemnation, with leaders from various political entities expressing solidarity and vowing to combat terrorism.
Governor Haji Ghulam Ali of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Interior Minister Gohar Ejaz have both condemned the attacks, affirming the government’s determination to ensure peaceful elections.
The Iranian embassy in Islamabad has also condemned the attacks, offering condolences to the government and people of Pakistan.
Ongoing Investigation and Preventive Measures:
Authorities are actively investigating the incidents to ascertain the perpetrators and prevent future acts of terrorism.
Despite the challenges posed by such attacks, the government remains steadfast in its commitment to uphold the democratic process and safeguard the lives of its citizens.
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