SSP Terrorist Plan to Kill Shia Politician ‘Abdul Khaliq Hazara’ Foiled, 6 Killed
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – A car bomb targeting a Pakistani Shia politician has killed six and injured 37 others in the southwestern province of Balochistan, police says.
The attack, which took place in Quetta on Tuesday, aimed at Abdul Khaliq Hazara, the leader of Pakistan’s Hazara Democratic Party, who escaped unharmed, said police officer Fiyaz Sumbal, the Associated Press reported.
The victims were paramilitary soldiers, and passers-by.
The attacker had attempted to drive his vehicle into Hazara Town in Baluchistan province’s capital Quetta, where a recent surge in sectarian unrest has killed scores of Shias, city police chief Zubair Mahmood said.
“He detonated the vehicle when the soldiers at a paramilitary check post near the Shia neighbourhood stopped it,” the police officer said.
Senior provincial government official Akbar Durrani confirmed the attack and the casualties.
“We have collected details from different hospitals and the death toll is six,” he said, adding that 37 others, including two soldiers, were wounded.
“The bomber was heading to the Shia Hazara community’s area. It was a huge blast heard several kilometres away,” he said, adding that several shops were damaged in the bombing.
Pakistan will hold elections on May 11 for 272 general seats of the National Assembly and a total of 577 seats in the four provincial assemblies.
Earlier on Tuesday, the police forces diffused a bomb inside a car which managed to approach the house of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
The car was parked about 150 meters (500 feet) away from the main gate of Musharraf’s house on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital Islam Abad, said Islam Abad police chief Bani Amin.
Earlier in the day, Musharraf was escorted to the court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on amid heavy security measures.
Police arrested Musharraf on Friday and took him into custody at a guest house in police headquarters in the city.
Pakistan’s former army chief-turned-president faces a string of charges including involvement in the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the killing of a Baluch leader.
Human Rights Watch has called on the Pakistani government to hold Musharraf accountable for widespread and serious human rights abuses committed when he was president.
Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after nearly four years of self-exile in London and Dubai, despite threats by pro-Taliban militants to kill him upon his arrival.
Also on Tuesday, 12 other people were also injured in other spots in Quetta after four small bombs blew up in different commercial areas of the city.
Pakistani media say over 35,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US in the so-called war on terror.
Since late 2009, there has been a surge in militant attacks in Pakistan.
However, Balochistan has also been plagued by decades of a separatist struggle for an ethnic homeland in the impoverished but mineral-rich province, which supplies much of Pakistan’s natural gas.
Over the past few months, militants have destroyed dozens of gas pipelines and power towers in various parts of Balochistan.
PM condemns Quetta blasts, suicide attack on Abdul Khaliq Hazara
Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso Tuesday condemned a series of bomb blasts in Quetta leading to death and injuries of innocent civilians.
The Prime Minister has also strongly condemned a suicide attack on Abdul Khaliq Hazara in which innocent lives were lost.
Expressing his shock over the bomb blasts and grief over the loss of innocent lives, the Prime Minister has directed the provincial government to provide all possible assistance to the affectees and best possible medical care to the injured.
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