30 killed in Pakistan hospital blast

30 killed in Pakistan hospital blast 

Islamabad, Aug 8 (IANS) At least 30 people were killed on Monday in a blast that hit a hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta city following the murder of an advocate earlier in the day, police said.

“The blast occurred when a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of president of the Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Anwar Kasi in a separate shooting incident earlier in the morning,” said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Harifal.

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Earlier reports identified Kasi as former president of the Balochistan Bar Association.

It is suspected that the bomb attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti told Dawn online.

The explosion took place soon after lawyers arrived at the Civil Hospital when Kasi’s body was brought in.

Several lawyers, including the former president of Balochistan Bar Association Baz Mohammad Kakar, were reported injured in the explosion along with over 30 others and aerial firing could still be heard at the premises.

TV reports said people exited the hospital in a state of chaos.

Journalists present at the premises also came in the line of fire and the cameraman for DawnNews was severely injured in the explosion. Shahzad Khan, a cameraman associated with Aaj TV, was reportedly killed in the blast.

“This was a security lapse and I am having this personally investigated,” Dawn online quoted Bugti as saying.

He added that the hospital had not received any threats in the past.

Lawyers have been targeted several times in the past few months in Balochistan.

A lawyer, Jahanzeb Alvi, was shot dead by unidentified armed men in the Brewery Road area last week on August 3.

10 killed as blast hits Pakistan hospital 

Islamabad, Aug 8 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and over 30 others injured on Monday in a blast that hit a hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta city following the killing of an advocate earlier in the day, police said.

Former Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Anwar Kasi was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the provincial capital earlier on Monday, Dawn online reported.

The explosion took place soon after lawyers arrived at the hospital when Kasi’s body was brought in, police said.

TV reports showed people trying to exit the hospital.

Journalists present at the premises also came in the line of fire, Dawn online added.

An emergency has been declared in hospitals across Quetta.

“This was a security lapse and I am having this personally investigated,” Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said.

He said it was too early to determine the nature of the blast, and added that the hospital had not received any threats in the past, Dawn online added.

2 Comments

  1. Any country dealing with the scourge of terrorism, has to act efficiently, swiftly and dramatically with the sole objective of eliminating it or nipping it in the bud.

    Sadly, Pakistan has its own illogical thinking of spawning and breeding terrorists not only to create problems in their country, but also export it. It is like breeding snakes that are poisonous,with no guarantee that they will just bite others or your enemies, but not you. When they bite you, you have had it.

    Pakistan has sown the seeds and reaping rich harvests. World imports automobiles from Japan, television from South Korea, wines from France, IIT professionals from India, olive oil from Spain, meat from Australia, daily products from New Zealand. What does Pakistan export to the world? Terrorists and terrorism. That is what Pakistan is specialized in.

  2. Your comments are sound, and I concur on this one and many in the past. Let me explain:

    Pakistan and several countries in the world that are governed by various shades of Sharia. Peace is not available on the shelf of a Supermarket, it begins with fair and just Laws that intentionally and willfully do not discriminate against anyone. When democratic governments enact laws that all fair-minded people do not like, they end up getting replaced. Unlike Sharia which is forced down the throats of everyone whether they like it or not. Sharia laws have interpretations and they defer from Deobandi, Barellevi which has the roots in Sunni Islam, to Shia Islam which are laws are based on Twelve Shia (Ithnā’ashariyyah) school of thought. But with all humility and pride, India is the ONLY country in the world with a very high number of all sects of Islam and each and everyone is accommodated.

    The law of the land should be fair and protect all of its citizens, but when the law of the land discriminates against its very own citizens, this eventually leads to civil unrest. All civil unrests are then put down in military style by dictators, and in the course of history we have seen several will arise from the ashes and several will fall as they all confronted by their very own people as they rule with an iron hand. Since there is no concept of democracy these tyrants and bigots rule till they are violently overthrown, at times by their own friends, family, other army generals or by popular uprisings. Don’t forget the early Caliph’s were all the ranks of Military Generals.

    The first part in solving any problem is to first accept there is a problem, but the Pakistanis do not accept there is a problem with them, and in their opinion the problem is India. Kashmir or other issue are all created and will never ever be solved and even if India gave them Kashmir (which will never happen), but even if they do get Kashmir, then they will look for other problems. A man who has jaundice sees the whole world as yellow, that’s why he is so convinced that the world is yellow that nothing and I repeat nothing will make him change his mind. For that, he needs medical help, but when a doctor advises him of the problem and writes him a prescription, he thinks that the doctor is crazy and so there is no way he will take his meds and so he keeps banging his head to the ground.

    Over the years severe banging has led to serious head injuries, and a normal person would stop. But here he uses every part of his head to continue the banging and when he see there is no desired change any normal person would stop but here the banging increases till he drops. Then next jihadi comes in as if he has learnt nothing from years of banging his head, and he starts banging his head again and again to the ground. The part for me that breaks my heart is why don’t his community members and leaders put an end to banging….

    Here’s how Hilary Clinton the then secretary of state put it some years ago in a press conference in Karachi that you’ll (Pak) has raised so many snakes in your backyard with the hope that these snakes will go and bite only your neighbours then you’ll are strongly mistaken. The problems they are seeing today began when Bhutto began in the 70’s to state sponsor “jihadis’ and the job of training was given to the military controlled ISI.

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