Quetta Blast – In Balochistan and Sindh Mourning Day is being observed today in the wake of Quetta bomb blast.
At least eighty people including men‚ women and youth were killed and one hundred seventy injured in the blast at Karani Road yesterday.
The call to observe the Mourning Day has been given by Provincial government Majlis-e-Wahadat-e-Muslimeen‚ Yakjehti Council ‚other Shia organizations and political parties.
Hazara Democratic Party leader Azizullah Hazara has said inflicting losses to Hazara community is not in Pakistan’s interest. He said sectarian violence can only be contained through targeted operation.
Elite of the tribe has announced that the bodies of he deceased will not be laid to rest until the arrest of the culprits involved in the incident.
There is a shutter down strike in the province. All the markets in the city are closed and transport is off the road.
Efforts are also underway to recover those buried under the debris of the blast.Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah condemning the bomb blast also announced a day of mourning across the province today.
Governor Magsi strongly condemned the Karani road bomb blast and expressed his deep sorrow and grief over the deaths of innocent people and injuring of other people.
He said that no religion or civilized society allow to kill innocent people. He directed FC and Police to take stern action against the terrorists.
A spokesman for the Balochistan government said “Governor Magsi has ordered to immediately release compensation of Rs one million to each family of them loved one killed in the bomb explosion. He added that Nawab Magsi has also directed the injured in critical condition should be shifted to hospital in Karachi.
He said that the provincial government has announced Rs 10 million prize for the person who would tell whereabouts of the perpetrators of the Karani road blast.
Meanwhile‚ President Asif Ali Zardari has directed Governor Balochistan to utilize all resources to provide protection to the Hazara community.
In a telephone call he also asked federal and provincial government to make concerted efforts to protect members of the Hazara community.
The President advised the Governor to ensure that best medical assistant was provided to the injured.
Due to the day of mourning declared by Balochistan Government‚ Radio Pakistan is airing special programmes and spiritual music by suspending routine programmes.
In a message‚ Punjab Governor expressed deepest sorrow and grief over the loss of innocent lives and showed solidarity with the bereaved families.
He said terrorists are the enemies of the country who wanted to dent the spirit of the people through their dastardly acts‚ adding that these elements would never succeed in their nefarious designs. Makhdum Syed Ahmad Mahmud said that the nation was aware of the real aim of the terrorists.
He prayed to the Almighty Allah to rest the martyrs of the war against terrorism in eternal peace and grant sustenance and courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has strongly condemned the bomb blast in Quetta and announced a day of mourning across the Sindh province on Sunday.
In a statement‚ he expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the terrorist incident. He said terrorists cannot demoralise the nation.
He expressed condolences with the heirs of the victims and ordered immediate steps for the treatment of the injured.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon‚ and CM’s Special Assistants Rashid Rabbani and Waqar Mehdi also condemned the Quetta blast and expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in the incident.
US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has strongly condemned the Quetta blast.
He said all US sympathies are with the affected families.