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Security officials search the damaged bus after a bomb blast in Peshawar. ─ Reuters
Security officials search the damaged bus after a bomb blast in Peshawar. ─ Reuters

PESHAWAR: A powerful bomb, detonated by a timing mechanism, ripped through a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and causing injuries to 25.

The blast that took place near Peshawar's Sunehri Masjid targeted a Civil Secretariat bus which was carrying government employees from Mardan to the provincial capital.

Fear and panic spread among residents in the wake of the explosion and the area was cordoned off with the injured being shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital, where an emergency has been declared.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Cantonment Muhammad Kashif said the bomb was planted in the rear portion of the bus.

"Fifteen people were killed and 25 others were severely injured," added the police officer.

Also Read: KP implemented anti-terror plan in letter and spirit: Durrani

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Peshawar Mubarak Zeb said the bus left for Peshawar from Malakand, picking up government employees on its route. The bus, which is parked at a petrol pump during the night, leaves for duty after morning prayers. Levis personnel provide security in the area, the CCPO said.

Malakand is closely linked to Bajaur Agency and Mohmand Agency, which are sensitive areas, he said.

Bomb Disposal Unit personnel claimed that high-grade explosives weighing eight kilograms was used in the attack.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Information Adviser Mushtaq Ghani told DawnNews Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak condemned the blast and issued directives to provide proper medical care to the wounded.

He said the employees were travelling in a privately-operated bus and that the government cannot ensure security of private vehicles. It was the responsibility of the contractor, Ghani said, adding that usually checks are carried out before the bus leaves its station.

An eye witness talks to DawnNews

This is not the first time that a civil secretariat bus has been targeted in Peshawar. Similar attacks in 2012 and 2013 killed at least 38 people.

Peshawar has seen scores of attacks on civilians as well as law enforcement personnel in the past. The city is also the home to the XI Corps, an administrative corp of the Pakistan Army which manages all military activity in KP and is currently engaged in a full-blown operation in North Waziristan.

Related: No reply from centre to KP’s security package request

PM, PTI Chairman condemn blast

Expressing his grief over loss of lives in the attack, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan also condemned the explosion and ordered the KP government to provide excellent medical care to the injured victims.

NAP and recent attacks

The explosion comes a day after the military top brass suggested publicly that the army was about to conclude the military offensive in North Waziristan's Shawal valley.

Related: Army voices concern over NAP’s poor enforcement

Despite implementation of the 20-point National Action Plan (NAP) combating terrorism, there have been multiple attacks in the country since the beginning of the year.

Volunteers move an injured blast victim to hospital. ─ AFP Volunteers move an injured blast victim to hospital. ─ AFP

In January, the insurgency-ravaged province of KP witnessed another APS-style attack on Charsadda's Bacha Khan University, engineered by the mastermind of the horrific Dec 2014 massacre.

Since then, there have been numerous attacks targeting security forces' convoys and checkposts.

The most recent attack comes just days after a blast hit Charsadda's Shabqadar area, an attack claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jamatul Ahrar. The group claimed the attack had been carried out to avenge the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

On the other hand, official reports claim there have been thousands of intelligence-based operations, and scores of militants have been arrested and eliminated as per the implementation of NAP.

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Comments (115) Closed



Kryptonite
Mar 16, 2016 08:51am

RIP victims.

Ahmed USA
Mar 16, 2016 08:57am

This act of cowardice will not deter Pakistani nation’s resolve to take the fight to its logical conclusion…

Sarah Usman
Mar 16, 2016 09:04am

Imran must end campaigns in Punjab for his own benefit and focus on strengthening the security of KPK. APS, Baccha Khan, badabair,this one and many more, enough is enough. Lets start by opposing Taliban actions and then by reviewing the security situations and how to overcome barriers. But must start opposing Taliban Mr Imran. You are saying in campaigns that leader stands with people, now please come to KPK and stand with your people of KPK they need you more than ever before. Stand with them and fight against Taliban.

Pathetic
Mar 16, 2016 09:05am

This is pure negligence on the part of all security systems. Just no excuse. I think Khattak is incompetent.

S?
Mar 16, 2016 09:07am

How can you kill innocent people .. Really sad situation

sheraz
Mar 16, 2016 09:07am

RIP

Amit Kumar
Mar 16, 2016 09:10am

RIP...

Chacha
Mar 16, 2016 09:10am

Imran Khan in parliament was uttering, my criticism against Taliban will entail noting. Khan sb at-least aggrieved people will know that you are with with them. Atleaset taliban will know that you are against them. Start criticizing talibans

Arif119
Mar 16, 2016 09:13am

KPK and Peshawar has been continuous target of terrorism in our national war against terror. All pakistani nation should stand behind people of KPK and support them in this time.

Awais
Mar 16, 2016 09:14am

Disturbing and sad to know that terrorists now hitting soft targets. After students its gov't employees.

Iqbal
Mar 16, 2016 09:15am

Here we go again.

Alia
Mar 16, 2016 09:18am

OMG thats so sad, sad beyond words :( May the departed souls be given highest place in jannah..... My condolences to the victims of the family!!! What has happened to us. Why can't we be provided with happy and safe environment. Why do we have to go through this trauma :( why!! Will someone answer my questions..

Kryptonite
Mar 16, 2016 09:19am

I remember reading an article long back about late Karachi top cop tough guy Aslam Chaudhary. I think Peshawar needs one like him

Rustom E Hind
Mar 16, 2016 09:21am

kpk police was doing a good job, and the rulers wanted rangers in kpk

see the result when u play politics with security issues kpk police will not work hard as they would otherwise bec they would feel unappreciated , and made to feel incapable pls leave security issue to professionals

Islamabad morning
Mar 16, 2016 09:23am

PTI and its leadership all pushing for Punjab. Had they focused over KPK and its security situations many incidents would have stopped. So many attacks on KPK and still IK and his party lawmakers are brave enough to be quiet and campaign in Punjab. PTI's fate is fast deteriorating in KPK and now is the time they must stand with their people and raise voice against Taliban and also focus on KPK and its security.

Hassan
Mar 16, 2016 09:24am

So many attacks on KPK. what is happening. even in a month, 2 major attacks. where is KPK leadership?

PN
Mar 16, 2016 09:24am

No wonder so many of the country men are moving to Europe. People are scared.

satyameva jayate
Mar 16, 2016 09:26am

RIP

Sunil
Mar 16, 2016 09:29am

Shocked, and cowardly act, who ever (terrorists) have targeted innocent people.

kanwarch
Mar 16, 2016 09:34am

@Islamabad morning Please don't bring politics into this. No CM or IK alone can stop these brain washed idiots. Somebody needs to eradicate the breeding grounds for such individuals and the legislation needs to come from the federal government.

nazar main rakho
Mar 16, 2016 09:35am

Innocent people being targeted. If KPK leadership is scared from Taliban. we people of Pakistan say that Talibans are doing wrong and they must stop. Imran Khan when is your plan to visit KPK and chair meeting over security situation ?

Ravee
Mar 16, 2016 09:38am

Oh God, when this evils ends.

Vikas Shukla
Mar 16, 2016 09:40am

Oh God! Please end these killings for the sake of humanity...

Khalil Anwer Hassan
Mar 16, 2016 09:40am

Where is NACTA? The KPK Government, on its own, can not control the recurring terrorists' attacks on unarmed civilians in the Province.

Karthik
Mar 16, 2016 09:40am

Condolences from India....

Muhammad Arshad
Mar 16, 2016 09:45am

Such a Sad News......

ysk
Mar 16, 2016 09:46am

Obviously, PTI has no responsibility. Please ignore all IK tweets when blast happens in other provinces.

Imran
Mar 16, 2016 09:47am

How easily the KPK government refuses to take responsibility. They have obviously not read the constitution. Shameful for PTI.

Nadeem Haripur
Mar 16, 2016 09:48am

Security lapse in KPK. So aggrieved and shocked.

Hitesh
Mar 16, 2016 09:50am

Peshwar seems to be an easy target for terrorists...

Nooruddin Bedil
Mar 16, 2016 09:53am

Some powers don't want to see Pakistan progressing.

nice Man
Mar 16, 2016 09:55am

IK will soon be among his people. just wait. people who are saying that he never focuses on KPK will soon be disappointed. he will be with us and will condemn Taliban.

Philosopher (from Japan)
Mar 16, 2016 09:56am

Rip martyred. Now the blame game will be started soon.

oregata
Mar 16, 2016 09:57am

@Pathetic - All this menace is originating from FATA which is under the control ( is it? ) of the Federal Government.

Faheem ahmad khan
Mar 16, 2016 10:00am

@Pathetic

Stop blaming khattak dude its not his fault.he cant fix every thing.it takes time.show some mercy for the victims and pray for them

Philosopher (from Japan)
Mar 16, 2016 10:02am

The fat of poor Peshawari people is in the hands of highly incompetent people. Where is IK and company?? Casualties are happening everyday by catastropihic and by terrorism but no concrete plan is developed yet.

Leith Abu Faraj
Mar 16, 2016 10:03am

RIP. Heartiest condolences from Syria.

ABC from India
Mar 16, 2016 10:05am

How come Peshawar is such an easy target? It is only the common people who are the receiving end of terror attack everywhere. Do pray casualties and the injured are limited!

Islamabad morning
Mar 16, 2016 10:07am

@kanwarch Alone IK and Khattak cannot stop, agreed. But alone IK and Khattak can also not issue statements against Talibans? Alone IK and khattak can also not chair meeting in KPK over security situation?

Ahluwalia (A proud Punjabi from village AHLU near Lahore)
Mar 16, 2016 10:08am

RIP my friends. Our heartfelt condolences with the grieving families. May god bless you.

Arif119
Mar 16, 2016 10:10am

@Islamabad morning .. Its reality that Punjab is biggest provincial unit and whoever takes over punjab has the chance to make federal Govt. We should have smaller provincial units to overcome this issue.

Faisal
Mar 16, 2016 10:13am

Incompetency at his best.

Pedro Sam
Mar 16, 2016 10:15am

Common people of Pakistan need to be alert. In the past politicians have supported terror in the name of religion. This should stop.

Arif119
Mar 16, 2016 10:17am

This war on terror will continue for long term and we cannot expect security agencies to stop 100% attacks; especially when there is clear ideological divide within our society. Punjab has many areas where where we have elements openly supporting this mind set. We can NOT win this war unless we change the mindset. If we need to win this war then we need to take action against elements in Punjab who preach this mindset.

Islamabad morning
Mar 16, 2016 10:22am

@Arif119 This means that IK has no interest for people of KPK. we always thought IK is not after Power and now you are saying that he is after Punjab to reach to power? That is very reaosn he don't perform and has no interest in KPK whether their people die or not he has no concern at all. He has only concern for people of Punjab and that to because they can enable IK to reach to power. Shameful for PTI. These kind of acts will never ever allow him to grab power position. Ok, he wants power he must speak for Pakistani people against Taliban. Ir he cannot do it as well?

Zak
Mar 16, 2016 10:22am

Every vehicle should be checked by bus owners themselves. How did such explosives get placed and no one noticed it.

RS Tirkie
Mar 16, 2016 10:25am

Very very sorry for the victim.

billu
Mar 16, 2016 10:25am

KPK leadership incompetence. Instead of focusing over security in KPK, Mr IK is out campaigning in Punjab. Had this incident occurred in Punjab IK would have qucikly tweeted several times. Why Khan sb people of Punjab are more beloved for you or it is that KPK people are not?

Indian -I
Mar 16, 2016 10:25am

Shocked .... RIP.. How Peshawr became target every time ??

Dr. Farooq Khan
Mar 16, 2016 10:26am

This will keep happening in our country for another 10 years. No body can stop them.

Philosopher (from Japan)
Mar 16, 2016 10:27am

@Faheem ahmad khan dude if PTI can blame cm Sindh for not fixing gutter holes. If fixing manholes is responsibility of cm Sindh than how fixing security is not the responsibility of cm KPK????

M. Naeem Paracha-UAE
Mar 16, 2016 10:32am

PTI must resign from KPK if tehy cannot stop attacks or cannot issue statement against Taliban. we have suffered enough grievance in the hands of Taliban and now is the time that enough is enough for PTI and its unique silence.

M Jamal
Mar 16, 2016 10:39am

It is simply incompetence and an approach where we think it could not happen to us.Simple vigilance and checking of all the stuff on the unfortunate bus and passengers must have avoided this gruesome incidence. Lesson to learn is to be very vigilant for all the unattended or benami stuff.

Simba
Mar 16, 2016 10:39am

devastating news. Prayers to the departed souls. And whatever that happened to Zarb-e-Azb ? Or are we living in an age of propaganda and fake promises

Prkaash
Mar 16, 2016 10:41am

why and till when innocent lives will be claimed? Terrorist organisation must be uprooted. Also government policies responsible for the same. may all RIP.

umesh
Mar 16, 2016 10:45am

When will this madness end? RIP.

Faisal
Mar 16, 2016 10:46am

Still no statement of condemnation by IK and PTI against Taliban.

yamtahira
Mar 16, 2016 10:47am

@Leith Abu Faraj .thanks brother.I hope the situation get well in Syria soon.

Zahid Zia
Mar 16, 2016 10:47am

we are seeing condolences form even India. where is KPK leadership?

Amused Audience
Mar 16, 2016 10:49am

Where is much touted and well organized police of KPK?

Ary
Mar 16, 2016 10:49am

At least now understand, There is nothing like Bad or Good, Freedom Fighter or Terrorist. RIP Victims.

Truth
Mar 16, 2016 10:49am

Unless mindset is changed, for which there is no effort on the part of Federal or Provincial Govt, militancy cannot be defeated. Only military efforts cannot eliminate militancy. Govt has miserably failed to provide & sell a counter-narrative to militancy-mindset.

pashtunyar
Mar 16, 2016 10:52am

@kanwarch Its disturbing how the govt does not accept responsibility and blames bus conductors and head masters for not provoding security. Where is the state?

puneet
Mar 16, 2016 10:57am

sad... RIP

Gp65
Mar 16, 2016 11:06am

prayers for the souls of the departed. May God give strngth and courage to those left behind to cope with the loss.

Khan
Mar 16, 2016 11:07am

Very sad! The graph of terrorism in ascending order..

TM
Mar 16, 2016 11:07am

Extremely sad to hear that and my heart goes out to the families of these innocent people who were on their way to earn a respectable living. So many widows again , so many children without their fathers again. What was the fault of those who died? and what will the fault of all those who will suffer this ordeal for the rest of their lives?? Unfortunate, i simply pray that sanity comes to those who are at the helm of affairs and stop this insanity for ever. A state is responsible for every life in its security. Morale of the people is all time low unfortunately.

Shridhar Subrahmanyam
Mar 16, 2016 11:24am

What a tragedy! Common people going to work being murdered! What kind of animals are these.

Muhammad Bilal
Mar 16, 2016 11:27am

need to change the mind set to peoples who are doing this. Check it out from where they are coming from

Sympathiser
Mar 16, 2016 11:28am

Very very unfortunate that such a barbaric act has been committed on innocents... Hope the perpetrators will be nabbed soon and punished.... May the souls of victims be rest in peace..

Manu usa
Mar 16, 2016 11:34am

Insaniyat finished. But, those innocents did wrong? What their families did? Why kill innocents. I m very sad. I strongly condemn this barbarian act.

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN)
Mar 16, 2016 11:35am

IK and company is busy in playing politics in Karachi with a brand new MK episode but totally ignorant of their own jurisdiction KPK. It seems that KPK is orphanage city where any terror or ever terror is free to do what he wants without any fear of 'highly competent' POLICE and other agencies. The people of Pakistan atleast demand from PTI in general and IK in particular to openly disown extremists like Taliban and start an open war against them. Only then the KPK security situation could be made better. Otherwise the conventional way of treating such incidents (a condemnation after each incident) will bring nothing concrete. May God save the people of whole Pakistan and KPK.

Rohit Singh
Mar 16, 2016 11:35am

There is only one solution no armed groups should be allowed to exist bring each and every citizen under law. State should take strict actions against people with hidden agenda. The moment we start making distinctions certain armed groups are good for us and some are not we lose the plot.

Raj
Mar 16, 2016 11:41am

Sad news. For sure well educated people will not do this thinks..All terrorist group targets uneducated boys for their operation. We should teach our kids to love Human than religion....

Parvez
Mar 16, 2016 11:42am

National Action Plan........was born dead.

sk
Mar 16, 2016 11:43am

Unequivocal condemnation of the barbaric attack. May Pak rid itself of all terrorists and help themselves and neighbors.

Rahim indian
Mar 16, 2016 11:44am

Good terrorism & bad terrorism is at its all time low. No one should support this.

ravi vancouver
Mar 16, 2016 11:45am

@Pedro Sam RIP. Terror and killing of innocent humans can not be justified by any religion. People who claim to use terror using the name of any religion are sick and mentally unstable. Security and intelligence system need to be more efficient.

Surya Kant
Mar 16, 2016 11:45am

Very sad.... no amount of reasoning can justify such attacks.

GoodBadT
Mar 16, 2016 11:54am

RIP to departed souls & problems should be solved within & not without.

a
Mar 16, 2016 11:56am

My heart goes out to the next of kin of those killed. Only someone who has lost a dear family member can understand the pain. Its never ceases...

Please stop this bloodshed. Every child is precious.

GoodBadT
Mar 16, 2016 11:58am

RIP.Friends from Iraq, syria & now Turky.Terrorism can't be good or bad.

Naxalite
Mar 16, 2016 12:09pm

No Words.

Divergence
Mar 16, 2016 12:16pm

The enemies of humanity have struck again.

adventurer
Mar 16, 2016 12:24pm

Differentiating between good and bad terrorists must be realised. They all must be eradicated otherwise they will continue killing innocent people.

BHANU
Mar 16, 2016 12:30pm

RIP.

Moly
Mar 16, 2016 12:39pm

@Zak because it was an inside job with people employed by the bus company involved. Ther is a big law and order problem which needs to be solved by Pakistan.

Pradeep Yadav
Mar 16, 2016 12:40pm

Really sad event. RIP victims... so much madness in this world :(

Strawberry
Mar 16, 2016 12:47pm

Sad news

Amjad
Mar 16, 2016 12:51pm

IK is completely failed in maintaining peace and prosperity in KPK. He is busy in T-2o cricket and ignorant of his duties in the KPK. IK speaks alot but acts very little. I don't see any possibility for him to become ruler of Pakistan.

GAK Wazir
Mar 16, 2016 12:55pm

A condemnable act and pure intelligence failure. The KP government needs to take effective measures to ensure safety and security of a common man. The big guns are moving in security cavalcades and what about the innocent people walking on or along the road. Security be beefed up to make nefarious designs of the anti-state elements a failure.

zakir proud Indian kasmiri
Mar 16, 2016 12:55pm

Whether it is in kasmir or Mumbai or APS or attack on today, terror infrastructures must be derailed.It can't be good for one place & bad for other.

XYZ-Indian
Mar 16, 2016 01:01pm

Lets not blame the cops always, they are also human, we as citizens of the world should also come and help in identifying such issues and resolve such issues at our level also.

M Jamal
Mar 16, 2016 01:08pm

It is simply incompetence and an approach where we think it could not happen to us.Simple vigilance and checking of all the stuff on the unfortunate bus and passengers must have avoided this gruesome incidence. Lesson to learn is to be very vigilant for all the unattended or benami stuff.

Iqbal Khan
Mar 16, 2016 01:14pm

We suufered enough. Please stop this. We are mentally and physically devastated.

Zulfi
Mar 16, 2016 01:25pm

This is evil.

Soft target or whatever target including military, Killing of innocent people is just wrong

May all the victims RIP

Sandeep (Melbourne)
Mar 16, 2016 01:43pm

@Pedro Sam most of the people not ready to accept it in Pakistan.....education is the only way out untill then the mayham will continue in pakistan.....

Abdul zaheer
Mar 16, 2016 02:02pm

Very sad incident owing to lack of security.

amin
Mar 16, 2016 02:03pm

Until we establish friendly relations with India&Afghanistan this sort of incidents happen

Rajesh
Mar 16, 2016 02:21pm

It's really very sad. India and Pakistan together have to eliminate this fanatic people. This people are not humans. Don't belong to any religion. Condolences from India.

AIZ
Mar 16, 2016 03:01pm

Sad ...........

Junaid
Mar 16, 2016 03:18pm

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Sunil Varma
Mar 16, 2016 03:52pm

Lives are precious dear Pakistanis...why cannot every bus that leaves the starting point be checked thoroughly by metal detectors ? Like the airports all luggage must pass through detectors like it is done in all advanced countries. If it can be done at 5 star hotels for VIPs why is the common mans life so cheap ? He too is some one's son or brother.

Abdul
Mar 16, 2016 04:15pm

@Dr. Farooq Khan why 10years, you can end it in couple of days if you stop categorizing good, bad and worst terorrists. If you won't correct your policies forget 10years, it will take centuries.

Abdul
Mar 16, 2016 04:19pm

Hope authorities bring justice to departed souls instead of "more, credible, concrete, ball in different courts, intelligent, point blank evidences".

Pk
Mar 16, 2016 06:29pm

RIP..my heart goes out the family.

Zak
Mar 16, 2016 07:17pm

@Moly these are foreign agencies paid terrorists, but we have cornered and curtailed them. But these are their few attempts on innocent civilians, where security is found weak.

US CENTCOM
Mar 16, 2016 07:45pm

First and foremost we condemn the senseless killing of 15 government employees in a bus blast. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the families of people killed, and we hope for early and complete recovery of people injured in today’s attack. There are desperate terrorist on the run; attacking soft targets to install fear and hopelessness among the masses. All concerned parties have to work together and go after the terrorist networks to eliminate there kind of attacks altogether.

Abdul Quddus DET - U.S. Central Command

Taimoor Khan
Mar 16, 2016 08:09pm

At a time when Pakistan shared intelligence promptly with India, this happened. Afghan soil is still relentlessly used against Pakistan.

Anantha
Mar 16, 2016 08:20pm

What is happening in our region? why poor common people are targeted? Can any one please give me an answer? It is getting sick to read the news paper and just lip service by the rulers. The killers are going Scot free and they give repeat performance right in front of so called security.

As a fellow human I can only feel sad for the family of the people who have lost their life for no fault of theirs. The family is deprived of the earning member and all they get is a funeral and some prayers and it is forgotten. Rest in Peace fellow human where ever you are be happy.

Asif
Mar 17, 2016 12:29am

I wonder if our vicotry in T20 and Mushraf's clearance from ECL list are that important news than this one? What are we doing to ourselves?

zahid jan
Mar 17, 2016 12:30am

just wondering why it is always KPK.are the talibans fighting against KPK or Pakistan!!

Bharat P.
Mar 17, 2016 12:31am

As an Indian, I hope that peace-loving Pakistanis continue the fight against terrorism and win. Pakistan has the potential for greatness if its good-hearted people can fight against those trying to hold it back.

Moly
Mar 17, 2016 01:38am

@Zak if these people were cornered and curtailed, they would not be able to act! And if foreign agencies are ready to fund, how is it they find so many willing Pakistani's ready to die and kill their country men?

Ahmar Qureshi
Mar 17, 2016 10:26am

When this killing spree will come to a dead end?! They were alive few days ago - & now No More... :-( I Grieve!