BHAKKAR, Oct 6 (APP): Twenty persons were killed and 62 others including MNA Rashid Akbar Niwani injured in a suicide bomb blast at Niwani House on Monday afternoon. According to DPO Muhammad Ahmad Kamal, the blast occurred at Niwani House at about 4.45 p.m where an Eid Milan party was underway. As a result, 20 people were killed, while 62 others including MNA Rashid Akbar Niwani sustained injuries.
Those killed include Haji Habibullah, Madah Hussain, Abdur Rashid, Haji Ashiq, Ali Raza, Ashiq Hussain, Allah Nawaz, Ijaz Hussain, Abdur Rehman, Manzoor Hussain, Malik Haider, Zafar Nazim, Manzoor Rathi, Muzamil, Azmat Abbas and Mulazim Hussain. Bodies of other vicitms could not be identified yet. MS District Headquarters Hospital, Dr. Ehsan said that some 62 injured were brought to the hospital and all of them are being provided proper medical treatment.
President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday strongly condemned the suicide bomb blast at the residence of Member National Assembly Rasheed Akbar Khan Nawani in Bhakkar, injuring the MNA and killing many others. President Zardari in a message expressed deep grief over the loss of precious lives and condoled with the families of victims. He prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls in peace and grant recovery to the injured ones. He said such heinous incidents cannot deter the government’s resolve to fight against terrorism.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has strongly condemned the suicide blast, that caused loss of lives and injuries. The PM expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who lost their dear ones in this unfortunate incident. He sympathized with the scores of people who suffered injuries including Rashid Akbar Khan Nawani. The Prime Minister announced Rs. 300,000 each as compensation for the families of those who lost their lives and Rs. 100,000 for each injured in the sad incident.
Prime Minister Gilani said that such heinous crimes are against humanity which cannot weaken the government’s resolve to fight this menace. He asked the Punjab government to initiate immediate inquiry into this cowardly act and bring the perpetrators to book. The Prime Minister directed the local hospital authorities to provide all possible medical facilities to the injured till their full recovery.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms Sherry Rehman strongly condemned bomb blast in Bhakkar. In a statement the minister said that the government was fully committed to root out terrorism from the country. Sherry Rehman extended heartfelt condolences to the relatives of those who lost lives in Bhakkar blast. -APP