Election 2018: Pakistan bleeds again as politicians under terror attacks in Bannu KPK and Mastung Balochistan

Monitoring Desk: Nawab Siraj Riasani, candidate from Provincial Assembly of Balochistan (PB35) was killed when a suicide bomber attacked his election corner meeting at Darainghar area of Mastung District on Friday just after four hours of attack on former Federal Minister Akram Duranni in Bannu. 100 plus political activists including two candidates have been killed in suicde bombing in last three days in Pakistan.

According to reports received from Mastung, Nawab Siraj Riasani was seriously injured in the attack and was shifted to Quetta and he was received as dead in Quetta hospital. Mastung is a district located in the northwest of Balochistan province. At least 70 people were killed while 53 were in critical condition. Eyewitness via telephone informed Dispatch News Desk (DND) News Agency said that Nawab Siraj Riasani and his family members were conducting a corner meeting when suicide bomber entered the meeting and detonated himself. However, credibility of news about suicide bombing is yet to be establishment by the local administration. 68 dead bodies were shifted to Nawab Ghous Bux memorial hospital Mastung from Daringarh, said local journalists.

It may be mention that the former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal’s (MMA) Candidate from NA-35 Bannu Akram Khan Durrani survived a suicide attack in Bannu on Friday, triggering another series of condemnation as Tuesday’s blast in Peshawar had already claimed multiple lives including of Awami National Party’s (ANP) Haroon Bilour.

It may be mentioned that former two-times former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed in terror attack in Rawalpindi just before Election 2008 and over 500 workers and leaders of of PPP and ANP were killed during Elections 2013.

It is reported that electioneering for Elections 2018 in Pakistan is already going under imposition of section 144, highways closure, telephone service closure and arrests of political workers and this situation has become more alarming as attacks on politicians have increased instantly since Tuesday.

In all three incidents, candidates of elections 2018 were targeted and over 40 political workers were killed including ANP candidate Haroon Bilour was killed on Tuesday in Yakatoot area of Peshawar. Father of Haroon –Bashir Bilour was killed by terrorists in December 2012– six months before General Elections 2013.

 


Chairman of PTI Imran Khan through his twitter message claimed that terrorism started in Pakistan whenever former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in critical political situation.