Balochistan Shrine Attack

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Death toll of Shah Noorani shrine blast has now risen to 54. According to FC Balochistan, over hundred others people were injured in the blast. The Frontier Corps Balochistan has setup an emergency control room in Hub to facilitate the people in connection with providing information about the people martyred and injured in the tragic incident. People can get information about the victims from the landline numbers. At least 60 injured persons in suicide attack at Daragh Shah Noorani in Hub have been shifted to various hospitals in Karachi for medical treatment. Civil hospital Karachi representative told today that 28-bodies were handed over to the victim families and eight-bodies shifted to Edhi mortuary. He further said medical facilities are being provided to the injured persons and a special counter has also been established for the information to victim families. President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the bomb blast in the Shrine of Shah Noorani near Hub.They directed the concerned authorities to speed up the rescue activities and provide best medical facilities to the injured. The expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident and commiserated with the bereaved families.     Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has also condemned the incident and sought report from Inspector General Frontier Constabulary. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has also strongly condemned the Shah Noorani Shrine blast.Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack.Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have strongly condemned bomb blast at Dargah Shah Noorani.The Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the Government from its firm resolve to fight against terrorism. They expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured.Timing of the blast and selection of a shrine for the heinous act should leave no doubt in everybody’s minds that enemy harbours sordid designs to trigger sectarian chaos and anarchy in the strategically located province to undermine the CPEC. Peace is very vital to make the CPEC successful and accrue maximum benefits from it.This deplorable attack on innocent civilians is the latest in a series of terrorist attacks in Balochistan this year that have resulted in the deaths of many people. Making this state of terror worse is the chronic underdevelopment in the province, which has left the majority of the population in abject poverty, and made them susceptible to recruitment into terrorist outfits. It is capacity building of civilian institutions that should be undertaken along with long-term steps to address the underlying structural issues, which remain the cause of this lamentable state of affairs. It has been too long that the province has been ruled by rich sardars who have kept its population weak and timid. Now government must step in and to ensure peace in the province and in the country.