Published On: Sun, Jan 12th, 2020
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FIR registered in Quetta blast case as city remains in grip of grief

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QUETTA: A first information report (FIR) by the Counter Terrorism Department has been registered in the Quetta blast case in which at least 15 persons including Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ammanullah and the Imam of the mosque were martyred on Saturday.

The case was registered against unknown attackers under charges of murder, attempted murder, and other relevant provisions read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Meanwhile funeral prayers of martyred DSP Amanullah were offered on Saturday in Quetta’s Satellite Town. He was martyred in a blast that took place in a Quetta’s Satelite Town mosque on Friday.

The funeral prayers were attended by a large number of people belonging to the various walks of the life. Strict security measures were put in place to deter any untoward incident. The martyred DSP, after performing the funeral prayers, was laid to rest at QDA graveyard.

The tragic incident had occurred on Friday in a Satellite Town’s mosque during Maghrib prayers. More than 20 people sustained injuries who are undergoing medical treatment at civil hospital.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Langove and Quetta Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema visited the incident place today. Zia Langove termed the occurrence as a cowardly terrorist attack. The police officials maintained that investigations into the matter are ongoing and the militants will soon be traced.

DSP Ammanullah’s funeral prayers were offered at Police Lines. President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar javed Bajwa strongly condemned the attack and expressed grief over the casualties.

“I have demanded an immediate report on the condemnable cowardly terrorist attack in Quetta targeting a mosque and people at prayers. I have asked provincial government to ensure all medical facilities are provided to the injured. Martyred DSP Haji Amanullah was a brave and exemplary officer,” PM Imran said.

“Every possible assistance will be given to police and civil administration. Those who targeted innocents in a mosque can never be true Muslim,” COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa said.

Provincial home minister Zia Ullah Langu talked to media after the blast and said that investigations by bomb disposal officers indicated that a suicide bomber carried out the attack.

Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan and Governor Abdul Quddus Bizenjo condemned the blast and expressed grief over loss of lives. Jam Kamal directed security agencies to take stringent measures across the province to ensure citizens remained safe and secure.