At least 128 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were killed in the blast that occurred during an election rally in Balochistan’s Mastung in Pakistan amid tensions over former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter’s arrival in the country. Raisani is the second election candidate to be killed in terrorist attack in last 3 days in the run up to the general elections in Pakistan. The general elections will take place on July 25. Authorities have confirmed that blast wounded more than 150 people.
It is one the deadliest blast that has took place less than two weeks before general elections in Pakistan. Reports say that around 1000 people were in attendance at the political meeting.
Pakistan Army Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemmed the attack that took place in Mastung and on Twitter said, “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.”
In another attack that took place eailier in the day, the convoy of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Akram Khan Durrani was attacked in Bannu, resulting in the death of four people and injuries to around a dozen others.
PTI leader Imran Khan on Twitter said, “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.”