At least 85 people, including Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed while over 70 were injured in a blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district Friday (13 July 2018) afternoon, the Quetta Civil Hospital said.
Levies sources say the blast targeted a corner meeting for the election campaign of Nawabzada Siraj, a Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate from PB-35 (Mastung) against his own brother Nawab Aslam Raisani, who is contesting as an independent candidate.
The injured have been shifted to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Mastung and Quetta Civil Hospital for medical treatment. The critically injured were further shifted to CMH Quetta.
Nawabzada Siraj Raisani was younger brother of former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, Nawabzada Siraj was the chief of Balochistan Muttahida Mahaz (BMM). Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Aman Balochistan is said to be the armed wing of BMM which has confessed to the killings of many Baloch activists.
In June, however, he had merged his BMM, formed by Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Raisani in the 1970s, with the newly-formed BAP.
It is wort to mention here Siraj’s teenage son, Hakmal Raisani, had been killed in a grenade attack at his vehicle in the same district in 2011, its responsibilities was accepted by Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), till going to the press so far nobody has accepted responsibility of today’s attack.