Mastung attack belies tall claims of terror having been eradicated: Bilawal

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday questioned “tall claims” of terror having been eradicated after the country was shaken by the carnage in Mastung.


Addressing a press conference in Quetta, the PPP leader stressed on adequate security for political parties ahead of general polls. “The reservations shown by political parties in Balochistan in terms of security need to be addressed,” he said. “We were told that terrorists have been vanquished. Incidents such as the massacre in Mastung belies those claims.”

With 149 martyred, Mastung is one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Pakistan’s history

Bilawal noted that the candidates were holding election campaigns in an environment of stress and fear but asserted that “attempts to sabotage electoral process will be made unsuccessful”.

The PPP chairperson also expressed his grief and condoled with the victims’ families.

The death toll of Friday suicide bombing in Mastung rose to 149 including nine minors, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the history of Pakistan. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack at a Baluchistan Awami Party (BAP) rally which injured over 300. Among the 149 martyred was the party’s provincial assembly candidate Siraj Raisani.

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