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Suicide Attack At A Pakistan Rally Claims Lives Of At Least 54 People

A suicide attack at a Pakistan rally claims lives of at least 54 people, wounding nearly 200. According to the police, the attack resulted in the loss of at least 54 lives, with 12 of the deceased being children under the age of 12.

Hilda Workman
Jul 31, 202314193 Shares272950 Views
A suicide attack at a Pakistan rally claims lives of at least 54 people, wounding nearly 200. According to the police, the attack resulted in the loss of at least 54 lives, with 12 of the deceased being children under the age of 12.
The toll of injured individuals surpassed 100, with 17 in critical condition. The targeted group was the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party members, who had assembled in Khar, Bajaur district, near the Afghanistan border. The event left the nation in mourning and raised concerns about security in the region.
According to local authorities, the assailant triggered explosives in close proximity to the convention stage. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by ISIS, as reported by their media affiliate Amaaq News.
The group stated that the act was in line with their ongoing struggle against democracy, which they perceive as incompatible with the tenets of "true Islam" and contrary to their interpretation of "divine law." It's worth noting that the regional faction of ISIS has previously directed its attacks towards JUI-F party leaders, viewing them as apostates.
The blast received strong condemnation from Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, as stated in an official statement released by his office. Currently, an investigation is underway, and the prime minister's office has called for a report from Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, according to the same statement.
In a statement issued by his press office, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the JUI-F party, expressed profound sorrow and regret in the wake of the blast.
Peace be upon JUI workers. The federal and provincial government should provide the best treatment to the injured.- Maulana Fazlur Rehman

Dozens killed in suicide bombing at Pakistan political rally

Sunday's bombing marked one of the four deadliest attacks in northwestern Pakistan since 2014. The region suffered a devastating blow back then, with 147 lives lost, mostly comprising schoolchildren, in a Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar.
Subsequently, in January, 74 individuals were killed in a bombing at a mosque in Peshawar, followed by another tragic incident in February, where over 100 people, predominantly policemen, lost their lives in a bombing at a mosque situated within a high-security compound housing Peshawar police headquarters.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistan Taliban and linked to the Taliban in Afghanistan, distanced itself from the recent attack on Sunday. The TTP's spokesman condemned the act, underscoring that the group was not involved.
For more than a decade, the TTP has been engaged in an insurgency against the Pakistani state, demanding the implementation of Islamic law, the release of key members arrested by the government, and a reversal of the merger between Pakistan's tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Zabiullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Afghan Taliban, expressed strong condemnation for the recent bombing, stating unequivocally, "Such heinous acts cannot be justified under any circumstances." This message was conveyed through X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.
According to Nizam Salarzai, a journalist working for the independent news outlet The Khorasan Diary, the JUI-F has faced relentless assaults from the ISIL (ISIS) group over the last two years.
They have a problem with the Afghan Taliban as well and anyone who approves of Taliban sentiments.- Nizam Salarzai
Should ISIL (ISIS) be identified as the perpetrator behind the attack, he emphasized that the Pakistani state might be compelled to engage on multiple fronts to avert the recurrence of such assaults.
Abdul Rasheed, the regional chief of the party, asserted that the attack aimed at eliminating JUI-F from the political landscape ahead of the parliamentary elections in November. Nonetheless, he remained resolute, stating that such tactics would not deter their commitment and determination.

Conclusion

"Many of our fellows lost their lives and many more wounded in this incident. I will ask the federal and provincial administrations to fully investigate this incident and provide due compensation and medical facilities to the affected ones," Rasheed said.
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