Pakistan on Sunday observed a day of national mourning over recent terrorist attacks at the different political rallies in which at least 155 people were killed and over 200 others injured.
“In view of tragic incidents of terrorist attacks on July 10 and on July 13, 2018, the federal government has announced to observe one day official mourning throughout the country on Sunday,” said an official announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
The national flag of Pakistan was hoisted at half-mast to mourn the deaths.
Pakistan is heading toward its general elections scheduled to be held on July 25.
The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) of Pakistan had on July 9 named six politicians, including Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Awami National Party (ANP) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chiefs who are under threat of terrorist attacks.
On July 10, ANP candidate, Haroon Bilour, and 19 others were killed in a suicide attack targeting the party’s election meeting.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the attack.
On July 13, the convoy of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) candidate came under attack, in which four political workers lost their lives and 37 others injured.
Later in the afternoon, a powerful bomb blast targeted a meeting of Balochistan Awami Party and killed 131 people and left over 150 others wounded.
Meanwhile, political parties have demanded better security to ensure they can freely conduct their election campaigns. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)