On Monday, an explosion occurred near a police vehicle in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan, Pakistan. The blast resulted in the martyrdom of four people, including two police officers and two civilians. Additionally, 15 people were injured in the explosion, which caused damage to several vehicles and motorcycles in the vicinity. The bodies of the deceased were shifted to the Civil Hospital, where the hospital administration confirmed the deaths. The blast also killed a minor girl. Civil Defence Director Rafu Mandokhail stated that three to four kilos of explosives were used in the blast, and the explosive material was installed in a motorcycle.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack and offered condolences to the families of the martyrs. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the explosion and directed relevant authorities to ensure all possible medical aid for them. The prime minister sought a report from the concerned authorities on the terrorist attack and expressed the state’s resolve to crush the ill intentions of terrorists.
Pakistan has been experiencing a series of terrorist attacks for the past few months, with even larger urban centers such as Karachi and Peshawar under the radar of militants. The National Security Committee (NSC) recently decided to launch an all-out comprehensive operation against militant outfits to root out terrorism from the country. Security forces have been conducting operations against terrorists with the determination to eliminate terrorism from the country and strengthen the sacrifices of its soldiers.
According to the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS), a think tank in Islamabad, the number of terrorist attacks in the country increased by 27% last year compared to 2021. At least 419 people were killed, while 734 were injured in 262 terrorist attacks last year.
On Monday, an explosion in the Kandahari Bazaar area of Quetta claimed the lives of at least four people, including two police personnel. Nine others were injured in the blast, which occurred as a police vehicle was passing through a lane in the busy market area. Security forces have routinely been targeted in Balochistan province, and last month, nine policemen were martyred, and 13 others were injured in a powerful blast in Bolan district.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo strongly condemned the Quetta blast and prayed for the martyrs’ elevation and speedy recovery of the injured. The prime minister directed officials to provide all possible medical facilities to the injured and sought a report on the terrorist attack from authorities, vowing to foil the terrorists’ nefarious designs. The Balochistan chief minister expressed his grief over the loss of lives and sought a report from the Inspector General (IG) of Police on the terrorist attack and security measures in the city. He directed the concerned department to take action against terrorist elements and their patrons, making the city’s security measures more effective to ensure public safety.
In conclusion, the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan demonstrate the need for comprehensive and coordinated efforts to address terrorism in the country. The government must take all necessary measures to protect its citizens and ensure public safety. The sacrifices of the martyrs and injured victims must not be in vain, and the state must continue to work tirelessly to root out terrorism from the country.