Prominent local politician among Pakistan's bomb blast victims

Prominent local politician among Pakistan's bomb blast victims

According to official sources, presently, 62 people injured in suicide attack are seeking treatment at Lady Reading Hospital. Bilour was set to contest the July 25 elections from the Peshawar's PK-78 constituency.

Haroon Bilour's father Bashir Ahmed Bilour was killed by a Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber in Peshawar in 2012. The ANP, which campaigns against the Taliban, has been a regular target of militants operating in Pakistan's northwest.

Later, the party even announced to postpone its rally in Peshawar scheduled for July 14 (Saturday).

Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address some 200 supporters.

Officials said at least 54 people were wounded.

Wali said Haroon was like a brother to him.

Bomb disposal squad chief Shafqat Malik said an eight-kg TNT explosive was used in the blast.

The ANP, which governed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from 2008 to 2013, has been targeted by the TTP for carrying out operations against militant outfits in the northwestern region of Pakistan and being secular in its ideology.

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During that time the military waged a major offensive against militants in the Swat Valley.

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombing.

His body was later taken to Bilour House where party workers paid tributes to him. Capital City police officer Qazi Jamil told reporters that at least 54 people were wounded in the blast. The toll was initially reported to be 13, but it rose to 20 overnight. Emergency was declared in all the hospitals of the city.

Pakistani terror organisations have claimed responsibility for attacks on several prominent political figures, including the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

A senior party leader confirmed to The Express Tribune, that the party believes that the suicide attack was an attempt to give clear ground to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Bilour's family called on his supporters to remain calm.

"This shows the weakness of our security institutions and a conspiracy against transparent elections", he said in a statement.

Pakistan has been fighting a homegrown insurgency since 2004, when terrorists displaced by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan came to its border tribal areas.

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