Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

ANP leader among 12 martyred in Peshawar blast

ANP leader among 12 martyred in Peshawar blast

The Bomb Disposal Squad confirmed that it was a suicide bomb.

Emergency has been imposed at the Lady Reading Hospital, while large number of ANP workers also reached the hospital. Bilour's father, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, was killed by a suicide bomber during a meeting in 2012 ahead of the election.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Muhammad Raza strongly condemned attack on ANP leader Haroon Bilour. Mr Bilour was taken to hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

"Tomorrow, if they attack me too, every party worker will come out as Haroon Bilour".

While the PTI leader Shireen Mizari said that "Heart wrenching to learn Haroon's young 16-year-old son also died - Bashir Bilour, Haroon Bilour and Danyal Bilour: three generations lost to terrorists who seem to act with impunity".

Terming it the "peak of terrorism", ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the attack is aimed at derailing democratic system in the country and a conspiracy to delay upcoming general elections.

Earlier this month, seven people including a candidate of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal were injured in an explosion during an election rally near Takhtikhel canal.

The attack targeted a campaign event organised in the city of Peshawar by the Awami National Party, which has been targeted by Islamist militants in the past over its vocal opposition to extremist groups like the Taliban.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Expressing grief over the incident, Imran Khan demanded from the authorities to bring the culprits to justice. "Moreover, there are threats to senior leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz", Nacta director Obaid Farooq said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior.

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