Published On: Sat, May 25th, 2019
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Three martyred, 19 injured in Quetta mosque blast

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QUETTA: At least three people were killed and 19 were wounded in a blast inside Rehmania mosque in Quetta’s Pashtoonabad area during Friday prayers, according to Civil Hospital medical superintendent (MS) Dr Saleem Abro.

The injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta. Security forces immediately reached the spot and started rescue activities.

Speaking to a private TV channel, the mosque administration said the blast occurred at 1:15 PM and that there were approximately 30 to 40 people gathered in the mosque for Friday prayers. According to reports, the explosion shattered windowpanes of the houses nearby.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the casualties and said that the attack was carried out through an improvised explosive device (IED). According to Cheema, the blast occurred before Friday prayers started. There has been no claim of responsibility as yet.

The DIG said that out of 618 mosques, 100 have been provided with security. He added that 1,500 police officials have been posted across the city.

President Dr Arif Alvi has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Quetta. He expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives during the blast and prayed for early recuperation of those injured in the incident. The President said the entire nation is united against war on terror.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the Quetta blast. He prayed for early recovery of the injured and directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment facilities to them.

Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has strongly condemned the Quetta’s Pashtoonabad blast. She said foes of Pakistan’s peace and development will not succeed in their nefarious designs.

Firdous Ashiq Awan also prayed for higher ranks of the martyrs and early recovery of those injured in the blast.

Interior Minister Brigadier (retd) Ijaz Ahmed Shah and Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan have strongly condemned the bomb explosion inside a Mosque in Quetta city amide Juma prayers.

The Interior Minister said the elements inimical to peace are attempting to deteriorate the peace and security situation in the country under an abhorrent conspiracy. He said those who are creating instability will be combated with full power.

In a condemnation message, Balochistan Chief Minister expressed heart felt grief and sorrow over martyrdom of two persons and those wounded in the blast. He said those who target innocent people in the Holy month of Ramadan deserve strict punishment for it.

The chief minister directed concerned authorities to further beef up security arrangements across the city during the month of Ramadan. He also expressed sympathies with the bereaved families of those martyred in the incident and prayed for early recover of wounded people.

In a post shared on Twitter, State Minister for States and Frontier Regions Shehryar Khan Afridi condemned the attack, saying: “Another nefarious act by evil forces in Quetta.”

Even in Ramazan they choose to target civilians praying in a masjid, Afridi wrote, adding: “It is so painful [and] astonishing to see that evil forces are targeting innocent civilians.”

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri also strongly condemned the attack and said that those who attack mosques and other places of worship are enemies of humanity and have no relation to any religion.

They ordered law enforcement agencies to bring those who were involved in the incident to justice while expressing grief over the deaths caused by the blast and praying for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif also condemned the attack. “The person who attacks the house of God on a Friday in the month of Ramazan cannot be a Muslim,” he said, adding that the continuous rise in terrorist incidents was extremely worrisome.

PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari also issued a condemnation and stressed the need for “eliminating the nurseries that nurture extremist ideologies”. “Those who spill the blood of humans are unforgivable,” he said and urged the government to provide protection to the people. He extended his sympathies to the families of the victims.

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