Army Chief deplores Haroon Bilour’s killing, shares grief with ANP

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has condemned the killing of Awami National Party’s (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour in a suicide attack, and also reiterated the resolve to eradicate the menace of terrorism for the Country.

Last night, 21 people including Haroon Bilour were martyred when a suicide bomber entered a corner meeting of the ANP in Yakatoot area of Peshawar and blew himself up. 75 people were also injured in the attack.

“COAS shares grief of Bilour family & ANP on condemnable targeting of Haroon Bilour & victims of heinous terrorist attack,” the Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a twitter message on Wednesday.

“We are fighting against nexus of inimical forces which aren’t willing to absorb a peaceful & stable Pakistan. We remain undeterred & shall IA defeat them,” the COAS said according to the director general ISPR.

Haroon Bilour was among the ANP Candidate vying for upcoming general elections 2018 from PK-78 Peshawar-XIII.

His Namaz-e-Janaza (funeral prayer) will be offered at Wazir Bagh in Peshawar at 5 pm on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Corps Commander Peshawar visited the Bilour house and expressed grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of Haroon Bilour.

Meanwhile, Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk, Acting President Sadiq Sanjrani, political leaders including Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shahbaz Sharif, Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto, Co-Chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari, Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Siraj-ul-Haq, and Convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui also strongly condemned the Peshawar blast which caused loss of precious human lives including ANP’s Haroon Bilour and injuries to many others.

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