Skip the meeting: Martyred ANP hopeful Haroon Bilours son

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2018

At least 12 people, including Awami National Party candidate Haroon Bilour, were killed in a suicide blast at the party's political gathering in Peshawar, SAMAA TV reported Tuesday.

More than 30 people injured in the explosion.

The rescue teams and law enforcement agencies reached the site of the blast.

11 others were martyred and 35 injured in the suicide bomb attack targeting his rally in a congested neighbourhood of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa capital shortly before the midnight.

Haroon, who was ANP's candidate for the PK-78 constituency of Peshawar, was the son of Bashir Ahmed Bilour, a senior ANP figure who was martyred in a suicide blast in Peshawar in 2012.

While the PTI leader Shireen Mizari said that "Heart wrenching to learn Haroon's young 16-year-old son also died - Bashir Bilour, Haroon Bilour and Danyal Bilour: three generations lost to terrorists who seem to act with impunity".

The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of national elections scheduled for July 25. The TTP spokesperson at the time, Ehsanullah Ehsan, had told journalists that Haroon was the target, but "unfortunately Ghulam Ahmed Bilour got injured".

The Pakistani Taliban, a loosely aligned umbrella group of several militant and sectarian bands, has been waging a war against the Pakistani state for over a decade, killing tens of thousands of people. The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the attack. "Moreover, there are threats to senior leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz", Nacta director Obaid Farooq said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior.

Expressing grief over the incident, Imran Khan demanded from the authorities to bring the culprits to justice.

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