MASTUNG: Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing (carried out by means of 10kgs of explosives & ball bearings) during an election-campaign-related corner meeting of Nawabzada Siraj Raisani in Dareengarh area here today killing 111 and wounding 200 people.
This attack, carried out today (on 13th July), is reckoned as the deadliest attack after Peshawar’s Army Public School carnage on 16th of December 2014.
Caretaker home minister of the province while confirming the death of Siraj Raisani told that Siraj died while being taken to a Quetta hospital. 150 people who got injured as the result of the explosion are being treated at District Headquarters Hospital.
Siraj Raisani, a candidate running for PB-35 Mastung from the platform of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), was younger brother of former CM Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani. Tragically Siraj Raisani’s 14-year-old son too died in the 2011 Mastung Stadium blast. Nawab Siraj Raisani’s bother Aslam Raisani is also a candidate for the PB-35 Mastung seat.
Caretaker Balochistan Chief Minister Alauddin Marri condemned the suicide attack at an election meeting in Dringrah area of Mastung district in which at least 20 persons, Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, brother of former chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, were martyred and many injured.
The chief minister, in a statement, expressed grief over the martyrdom of Nawabzada Raisani and others and prayed for the early recovery of the injured. He said the nation and the state institutions would have to unitedly face the terror acts being carried out during the election campaign.
Those who were targeting innocent citizens were enemies of humanity, he added. Chief Minister Marri directed the authorities concerned to ensure the best possible treatment to the injured admitted to hospitals. He also instructed the provincial home department and other authorities concerned to ensure foolproof security of the candidates and public across the province.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra Friday strongly condemned bomb blast on the convoy of former federal minister Akram Khan Durrani in Bannu and Mastung blast in which Siraj Raisani embraced martyrdom among other martyrs. He expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the two blasts and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured persons.
Meanwhile, interim provincial Minister for Information Khurram Shehzad, in a statement, also condemned the suicide attack and expressed over the martyrdom of Siraj Raisani and others. He prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
Pakistan Peoples Party leader Qamar Zaman Kaira Friday strongly condemned the Bannu blast and expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of innocent people in it. In his condolence message, he expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.
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Youm-e-Ashur observed across Balochistan
QUETTA: Youm-e-Ashur was observed with religious fervor and solemnity across Balochistan under extraordinary security arrangements.
The cellphone and internet services remained suspended in the city as part of foolproof security measures. Aerial monitoring of Muharram processions was also carried out in the provincial capital.
The main procession of Ashura was taken out from Kala Imambargha at Prince Road by Balochistan Shia Conference President Sayed Dawood Agha and others.
Early morning at 8 am procession was taken out from Nasir Alazha Imambargah and Punjabi Imambargha at Alamdar Road.
The procession marched on its traditional route including Alamdar Road, Bacha Khan Chowk, Liaquat Bazaar, Junction Chowk, Prince Road, Meckangi Road and ended on reaching Alamar Road Punjabi Imambargha.
The scholars delivered speeches on the unmatched sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions for the dignity of Islam. They said the sacred month of Muharram preached the lesson of patience, fraternity and brotherhood and those intriguing to split people won’t succeed in their nefarious designs.
CCPO Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema, talking to media on Ashura day, said maintenance of law and order during Muharram was a proof of excellent security measures taken by law enforcement agencies.
He further informed media that in Quetta 7000 of police, Frontier Constabulary and Balochistan Constabulary personnel had been deployed. Several check posts had also been set up in the city to check vehicles entering the city. The main procession in Quetta culminates at Alamdar road after passing through its traditional route.
The CCPO and other key civil-military high ups monitored the main procession through 30 CCTV cameras at the central police office, DIG Police office and Commissioner Office established control rooms. Security forces were deployed and CCTV cameras were installed to ensure foolproof security for the processions.
According to the CCPO, there were 53 Imambarghas’s in the city of which 10 were considered to be highly sensitive.
The entry of vehicles and pedestrians to all roads and lanes connecting the route of the procession was blocked by the placing of containers, besides all shops and markets along the route were sealed.
Around 168 roads and streets were sealed, while on 198 buildings FC personnel and policemen were deployed for security.
Ways to boost Balochistan’s mining sector discussed!
QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal hailed China Metallurgical Group Corporation Tongsin Resources Limited (MCCT) proposal for procurement of mineral database, the establishment of Mineral Park in Balochistan and extension of Saindak project.
Wang Jicheng President MCCT presented these suggestions to the Chief Minister Balochistan in a meeting held here on Wednesday. Managing Director Saindak Metals Limited Raziq Sanjrani and other officials of the company were also present in this meeting.
Balochistan is a very important region regarding minerals said Mr. Wang Jicheng and offered provincial government full support for the preparation of comprehensive databases, containing information for the survey and exploration of mineral deposits in Balochistan.
Wang Jicheng while stressing the establishment of Mineral Park in Balochistan said that MCCT would also recommend Chinese government to make the construction of the mineral park, part of Chinese Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) project.
He told the Chief Minister that MCCT and another Chinese company working on Saindak project
are now merged and they want to extend this project further, which requires the provincial government’s acquiescence and support.
He further said that MCCT is investing heavily in the mining sector in other countries and possess assets of about $50 billion. Company’s President said that extension of Saindak project would play an important role in providing employment opportunities to local people and uplift economy.
The CM hailed the company’s proposal and said, “Despite unrivaled mineral resources, unfortunately, no steps had been taken ever for advancing mining sector and non-professional methodology adopted.”
Jam Kamal said that China and Pakistan have strong bilateral ties and CPEC project is a pure manifestation of Pak-China friendship. Chinese government and companies have always lifted expansion of resources in Pakistan, for its development and prosperity.
He urged relevant authorities to adopt fully technical ways for exploration of these mineral resources. He said that by procuring data, we would be able to assess how much capacity is in Balochistan’s mineral sector and which minerals are available in specific areas. Chinese investment in this regard would be appreciated.
The Chief Minister said that the federal government will also be contacted for the establishment of the mineral zones in the province under the CPEC project.
The meeting also discussed the issues related to the security of the Chinese company personnel and investors. The Chief Minister said that a comprehensive plan is being implemented to provide effective security to the foreign investors and companies. Pak Army, FC, Levies Force, and other security agencies are executing this security plan.
Balochistan: Bazai inspects ongoing projects!
QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Inspection Team Chairman Naseebullah Bazai today said provincial government is ensuring completion of several ongoing development schemes for public welfare.
He said this while visiting Killa Saifullah district where he inspected ongoing development schemes under Chief Minister Package, said a press release issued here.
Commissioner Zhob Division Basheer Khan Bazai, GMBDA Bacha Khan, member Riaz Ahmed, Engineer Nazeer Asghar, and other relevant officers accompanied Nasebullah Bazai during visits.
CM Inspection Team Chairman said no corruption would be tolerated in ongoing projects under CM Package and action could be taken against those officials after getting a report of embezzlement about them, so that standard of constant schemes would be ensured.
He said in this regard, teams would be visited at respective districts of the province in order to check continuing projects of the standard under CM Package in a proper way so that funds of development could not be misused.
Commissioner Zhod Division Basheer Khan Bazai briefed Naseebullah Bazai regarding various ongoing development plans. “Works of several ongoing development processes are swiftly being continued in the areas”, he said and adding that most of the projects under CM package has been completed for the provision of facilities to masses in the district.
Basheer Bazai said some of the ongoing advancement schemes of CM Package would be completed soon in other districts which are being monitored by Assistant Commissioner Ghulam Hussain, Xian B, and R Abdul Manaf.