North Western Pakistani city of Peshawar has been hit by a bomb blast killing a minimum of 11 people. The suicide attack occured in Peshawar’s crowded Qissa Khawani Bazaar just before a Muharram procession was to pass through the route.
The dead include CCPO (Additional IG Police) Peshawar, Malik Saad, DSP City Peshawar, Town Mayor (Nazim) and Naib Nazim while more than 30 senior Police officials including SP City Peshawar were injured. The sad incident has been declared as that of a sectarian nature, however, most of the victims were senior police and municipal offcials.
An Injured man being treated at a Peshawar Hospital while Police inspect the blast area
Image Source: BBC News / APP
A policeman, Aziz Khan who was near the scene told AP, “I was shocked by a big explosion. I thought my eardrums had burst. Then there were flames and the people were in panic. I remembered that there was a police contingent, so I went to see what had happened to my colleagues. Many were wounded in a bad way”
This one becomes third in a series of bomb blasts that hit the cities of Islamabad and Quetta earlier yesterday. As rest of the country, especially major cities including Lahore and Karachi, has been put on red-alert, we pray that everyone remains safe and secure during these few important and volatile days.
There are only two days left for the mainly Shia religious event of Ashura. Pakistan has had a history of such incidents during the initial days of Muharram followed by the day of Ashura, the blame for what has been put on many, including terrorists and extemists from other sects and foreign agencies.
Who is responsible for this bloodbath; the Taliban? the Tribals? Sunni Extremists? RAW? the Afghan agencies? our very own Government? Who?