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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Balochistan Customs seizes 496 non-custom paid vehicles
ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Custom’s department has seized 496 non-custom paid vehicles worth Rs. 790.61millions in a crack down launched at Quetta city from July 2018 to date.
Deputy Collector Balochistan Custom Maqbool Ahmad told APP that the vehicles were seized through snap checking at various parts of the city, check posts and surroundings by mobile squads of Customs Collectorate. He said that the vehicles have been confined in Customs Office, saying that the owner could collect their vehicles within seven days after showing their original registration.
He said the operation would continue for unlimited time in order to get rid of the non custom paid vehicles as such vehicles were contributing to budget deficit. Raids were being led by DC Customs Preventive Maqbool Ahmad in collaboration with different security institutions including Frontier Corps and Traffic Police, he told. Maqbool said that during the operation, Non-duty paid vehicles were spotted, chased and eventually confiscated in different areas of the city. He said that due to non registered vehicles, the government was losing revenues of billions of rupees per annum.
He said the Customs had issued notices to showrooms in Quetta where non customs vehicles were parked and started an operation against the defaulting showrooms. In light of the directives Federal Tax Ombudsman and the court, he told operations against showrooms dealing in Non-duty Paid vehicles shall continue in future as well. He said that the customs department formed special anti smuggling teams to confiscate smuggled vehicles. Replying to a question, he said more than a dozen stolen vehicles were also recovered in the crackdown.
Balochistan: 3 miners killed due to poisonous gas!
DUKI (Loralai, Balochistan): At least three persons were killed here today due to suffocation developed after poisonous gas in Duki coalmine.
According to the Police, the ill-fated miners were working in coal-mine when they fell unconscious due to excessive poisonous gas.
The Rescue teams and locals rushed to the site. They shifted the bodies to nearby hospital for the necessary procedure. Dead miners hailed from Zob.
Balochistan to take loan from ADB
QUETTA:Provincial Minister for Information Zahoor Ahmed Buledi Saturday said loans of Rs 15 billion would be taken from Asian Development Bank (ADB) in order to address issues of water which was the main problem of public and province.
He said this while addressing a press conference here at Quetta Press Club. Provincial ministers including Science & Information Technology Minister Abdul Rehman Khetran, Home Minister Saleem Khosa, Finance Minister Muhammad Arif Hassani and Public Health Engineering Haji Noor Muhammad Dummar were also present on the occasion.
The information minister said the provincial cabinet had decided about taking the loan. The cabinet had also decided to make autonomous the Fatima Jinnah Chest Hospital, besides approving Turbat Balaida Highway to be completed in one and a half year, adding the transfers and postings of 17 to 18 grade officers had been assigned to provincial secretary health.
The minister said the cabinet had also approved establishment of Mines Welfare fund. Provincial Minister for Information Technology (IT) Abdul Rehman Khetran said the provincial government was swiftly resolving all issues of the province, adding the government was serious in addressing problems including health, education and peace.
He said the cabinet had agreed to reform the education department for enhancing quality of education. Important decisions were made to eliminate unemployment in Balochistan and vacant posts would be fulfilled for provision of jobs to youth on merit bases, he added.