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20 killed, 62 injured in suicide bomb blast in Bhakkar

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

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  • The people of Bhakkar district have elected you to the Punjab assembly in recent elections. Although a goup of local leaders sponcer the occassion but basically the people of Bhakkar elected you and dream of a better Bhakkar. Please consider to upgrade Bhakkar as a divisional head quarter by appointing a divisional commissioner to provide better governance and facilities in the area. An other incident when many dozen travelers were killed by fire in a bus at nearby Darya Khan town and there was no fir brigade available in the area.

  • Unregistered mobile sims are being used in criminal and terrorist activities in Bhakkar.

    The criminal activities murders, robberies and animal theft are being done with the help of unregistered mobile sims.

    It was disclosed by district police sources that few months back when a Uphone sim belonged to a franchise was found involved in a murder of a young guy in Bhakkar city.
    When the matter was investigated, police found that a Uphone sim which had no identification /issuing record with company was used in this murder incident.

    By tracking the calls history it was came in to knowledge that the same sim had been used by a person named Imran Bhidwaal, who is one of the owners/partners of a franchise (mobile company branch)
    The story is started in late 2009 when a young guy belonged to a well off family of Vehari district Punjab and a girl set up mobile phone friendship. The girl belonged to an influential political family of Bhakkar city.

    Later on the story uncovered in front of the other family members. In retaliation and grudge a fake friendship plan was planted by the relatives of this girl. They used another girl who trapped this guy in friend ship relations. For communication purpose the unregistered Uphone sim was taken from Bismillah mobiles and used.
    The fake girlfriend invited this guy in her city (Bhakkar). On reaching in the city the unfortunate guy was shot dead by anonymous murderer. After this incident happened the fake girlfriend returned the mobile sim to the franchise owner and Imran Bhidwaal started using it for his own. The Uphone communication record disclosed several other secrets belonged to the same kind of activities in Bhakkar. The police registered an FIR in Thana Sadar Bhakkar against anonymous murderers and their helpers. The procedural investigations to the suspects are in progress.

    Although The Punjab government declared Bhakkar district a ‘Red Zone’, in 2009 following apprehensions that the Taliban, under attack in South Waziristan, could enter Punjab from abandon banks of River Indus but in spite of that no formal activity was seen here. Bhakkar is situated in Punjab on the Indus River bank which is a natural boundary between Bhakkar and D.I. Khan,( Khyber Pakhtoonkhawah) and there are several crossing points on the Indus River, where folks cross the river through ferryboat service and easily enter into the both provinces within 30 minuts.

    These corridors are also used by terrorists who cross the river and can easily hit the other parts of Punjab. There is not even a single check point of police at these entry points or the surrounding areas of Indus River (called Kuchay ka area) especially on Punjab border side. To avoid and eliminate the terrorist activities the Pakistan Telecommunication Authorities (PTA) have already suspended the mobile phone services in D.I. Khan city but at River banks and its surroundings areas the mobile signals works strongly and terrorists at both sides of the river can freely communicate and warn their friends on the other side before any unexpected activity of law enforcement agencies. This easy approach between Punjab and Khyber Pakhtoonkhawah for terrorist element is an eye opening threat to Bhakkar city and south western Punjab where there is already a Punjabi Taliban threat has become a big issue. The Indus River corridors in Bhakkar and Layah districts are big source of trafficking terrorists. To help and meet each other. Its eradication must be the first priority of law enforcement agencies in Punjab.