Flags flying at half-mast as nation observes mourning day following terror attacks

The nation is observing a day of mourning on Sunday to express solidarity with the families of victims of recent terrorist attacks in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Balochistan.

The national flag is flying at half-mast on the occasion, according to reports.

The move comes on the directive of caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk who is in Quetta to meet victims’ families. He will also chair a high-ranking huddle with security personnel.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is also visiting the Balochistan’s capital city.

Balochistan mourns Mastung carnage

In Balochistan, people are observing a three-day mourning in the province in wake of tragic Mastung incident in which at least 130 people, including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were martyred on Friday. Over 200 people also sustained injuries in the deadly attack.

On Saturday, the funeral prayer of Siraj Raisani was offered in Moosa Stadium in Quetta Cantonment which was attended, among others, by the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan, provincial ministers and senior civil and military officials.

Later, his coffin was taken to his native town Kanak by helicopter where he was laid to rest in the Martyrs’ Graveyard.

Balochistan boosts LEAs role in terror fight

The Balochistan Bar Association and the High Court Bar Association went on a strike against the Mastung massacre. Lawyers’ didn’t appear before the courts to mark their protest against the martyrdom of 130 people.

On July 10, Awami National Party (ANP) leader and candidate for the forthcoming elections Haroon Bilour and 12 others were martyred and nearly three dozens injured in a suicide bomb attack targeting an ANP rally in a congested neighbourhood of Peshawar.

The much-loved and charismatic Bilour’s late father Bashir Ahmad Bilour was killed in a similar attack in December 2012.

Haroon was only 48 and was very close to his young party activists and supporters as he used to spend most of his time amongst them. He lived amongst the party workers like an activist and died with them in the blast.

With additional input from Radio Pakistan

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