Balochistan minister escapes bomb attack

This undated photo shows Provincial Minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri giving a speech. - File Photo

QUETTA: Provincial Minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri escaped a bomb attack near Surab in Kalat district on Friday. “Sardar Zehri is safe and his vehicle was not damaged,” a spokesman said.

A spokesman for the banned Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani condemned the blast and termed it an “attack on tribal system”.

He said the government would not bow before terrorists and those involved in the attack would be arrested.

According to sources, Sardar Zehri, who is provincial convener of Pakistan Muslim League-N and chief of Jhalawan, was going to Anjira after addressing public meetings in Surab and Gidar when the explosion took place.

“The bomb was detonated by remote control when the convoy was about 10km from Surab,” the sources said.

The minister’s security guards opened fire after the explosion.

“We will deal with the attack according to tribal customs,” Sardar Sanaullah said.

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