QUETTA: According to AFP, a bomb outside a political party office in the Pishin district of Balochistan on Wednesday resulted in at least 12 fatalities and 25 injuries. Separately, a blast near the JUI-F election headquarters in Qila Saifullah, Balochistan, resulted in at least 12 fatalities and multiple injuries. In the days leading up to February 8, Pakistan’s national elections, there has been an increase in violent occurrences.
An Election Commission spokeswoman said in a statement, “The Election Commission has directed the chief secretary and inspector general of Balochistan for quick reports and ordered them to take action against those involved in the events.”
Explosion in Pishin:
Pishin Deputy Commissioner Jumma Dad Khan told Reuters that the explosion happened in the candidate’s office in the Nokandi neighborhood of the district. Asfandyar Kakar is running as an independent in PB-47, using the word “bowl” as his campaign emblem. Blast at PTI rally in Sibi, Balochistan, leaves at least 4 dead and 5 wounded. According to an anonymous police officer cited by AFP, the incident in the Pishin region claimed the lives of twelve individuals and injured twenty-five others.
Jan Achakzai, the interim minister of information for Balochistan, stated, “Allow me to reiterate our unwavering commitment to pursue terrorists relentlessly until every last one of them is eliminated.” We guarantee you that terrorists will not be permitted to subvert or disrupt this important democratic process, the statement continued. Gohar Ejaz, the interim interior minister, has harshly denounced the Pishin explosion. Leader of the PPP Asif Ali Zardari also mourned the number of lives lost and denounced the explosion in Pishin. “Arrested and punished according to law” was his statement on the blast’s culprits.
Blast in Qila Saifullah:
According to police, 13 further persons were hurt and sent to the hospital. The explosion happened inside the office, and many employees were inside, according to Aaj News. Some of the victims were very ill, according to the authorities.
Anti-election violence; A terrorist attack on a police station in the Draban region late on February 5 resulted in at least ten police officials being slain and six others being injured. Last week, there were three incidents in Pakistan: a blast at a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rally in Sibi, Balochistan, injured five others, and killed one person in a blast on the CPEC road in Quetta; a candidate for the national assembly was shot and killed in a tribal district near the Afghan border.
Elections will go forward as planned after the army and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) examined the state of law and order last week. In a press conference following an emergency meeting earlier this week, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja warned that individuals attempting to disrupt the peace to impede the votes will face harsh consequences. “The general elections of 2024 will take place on schedule, so there shouldn’t be any confusion or misunderstanding,” the CEC declared.