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Four killed, five injured in bomb blast at PTI rally in Sibi

By News Desk

January 30, 2024 06:40 PM


At least four people were killed while five were wounded in a bomb blast at a PTI rally in Balochistan’s Sibi on Tuesday, police and health officials said.

According to a 24NewsHD TV channel report, the explosion occurred at a PTI election rally organised by party-backed candidate Saddam Tareen, who is contesting the upcoming polls from the NA-253 (Ziarat) constituency.

The medical superintendent of the District Headquarters Hospital in Sibi, Dr Babar, and District Health Officer Dr Imran Baloch confirmed the injuries and casualties. Those who died were identified as Hamad Khan s/o Sarwar Khan,  Abdul Wasay s/o Abdul Basit,  Muhammad Rafiq s/o Hussain Bakhsh and one unidentified person,
Those who got injured include Sohrab Khan s/o Akbar Khan, Ronaq Kumar s/of Naresh Kumar, Nader Hussain s/o Muhammad Waris, Mir Muhammad s/o Noor Muhammad
and Abdul Haseeb s/o Muhammad Khan.

The injured persons were shifted to Civil Hospital Sibi by Saiban Ambulance service, where some of them are in critical condition.

The security forces cordoned off the area and launched an investigation into the incident.

Bomb disposal experts were also called to the scene to collect evidence and determine the nature of the blast.

PTI condemns attack on election rally

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf strongly condemned the bomb blast and expressed great grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of the workers.

In a statement posted on social media platform X, the party said the attack on the peaceful election rally was a criminal failure of the provincial and federal governments.

The party alleged that the state machinery is busy getting the PTI leaders and workers, including founder chairman Imran Khan and vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, punished in fake and false cases.

https://twitter.com/PTIofficial/status/1752334265608441933

It said the institutions responsible for public order are engaged in the worst political engineering through bare lawlessness while miscreants are freely playing with the lives of citizens.

“This kind of attack on the peaceful election activity of Tehreek-e-Insaf before the elections is equivalent to scaring the people and Tehreek-e-Insaf and creating an atmosphere of fraud in the elections. The illegal, unconstitutional, non-political and overdue caretaker prime minister, interior minister and the provincial government should answer why security was not provided to the Tehreek-e-Insaf rally despite the high alert,” the statement added.

https://twitter.com/PTIBaluchistan/status/1752331536551297264

The party demanded a full investigation as well as the criminal negligence of the government to bring those responsible to justice.

The party also expressed heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families of the martyred workers.

ECP takes notice

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken notice of the incident that has happened just eight days before the general elections to be held on February 8.

In a post on X, the Election Commission of Pakistan said it had taken notice of the incident and summoned a report from Balochistan’s chief secretary and police chief.

 https://twitter.com/SpokespersonECP/status/1752327639132516843

 

 


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