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A security official carries a boy who was injured in a bomb attack from the site in the outskirts of Peshawar June 30, 2013. — Reuters Photo.
A security official carries a boy who was injured in a bomb attack from the site in the outskirts of Peshawar June 30, 2013. — Reuters Photo.

PESHAWAR: Death and destruction again descended on the provincial capital, leaving 18 innocent people killed including three teenage brothers.

It was gruesome to see charred and mutilated bodies and scores of injured persons scattered around and the place, situated near the Badbher police station on Kohat Road, strewn with human blood, damaged vehicles and destroyed shops.

Eyewitnesses said that the horrible scene could not be explained in words. As the place of occurrence was away from the city, the injured and bodies were mostly shifted in private vehicles to Lady Reading Hospital, a major public sector hospital bearing the load of militancy-related emergencies.

It was gloom and sorrow spread across the hospital as people were trying to locate their relatives among the dead and injured persons. The relatives of the killed were wailing and crying whereas health professionals were busy in dealing with the injured .

The volunteers of Al-Khidmat Foundation, a relief organisation, were busy in putting the bodies of the deceased persons including six teenagers into coffins and placing them in private ambulances for transportation to their residences.

Ijaz Khan, himself a teenager, was standing in a corner and crying as he had lost four of his cousins, three of whom were brothers. They were small time vendors selling naswar (snuff) and boiled corncobs on the main road. Zar Saz, their father, has gone to Saudi Arabia only a month ago for labour work.

Sadarat, the elder of the three brothers was around 18, whereas the younger, Tariq Shah, was 13. The faces of two of the brothers were half blown.

“What was the crime of these children? How I am going to carry these four bodies home and face their mothers,” Ijaz said with tears rolling down his cheeks. He said that in the unfortunate family of five siblings only a brother and a sister were left.

A cousin of the three brothers, Intizar, who was also around 18, was killed and his father Sher Zaman was injured in the blast.

Gul Janab, 15, was another victim who worked as labourer in the nearby market. A strange twist of fate brought this ill-fated family from Tirah, Khyber Agency, to Badbher. “We left Tirah for our safety and rented a house here, but we were not aware that death would chase us here,” said Usman Jan, the father of the deceased boy.

Sitting beside his coffin in an ambulance, the elderly man said that the deceased was second among his six children.

The abdomen of the deceased boy was torn apart and one of his relatives was requesting the volunteers at the hospital if they could stitch it so that the body could be given bath before burial. The health professionals and other people told him that he was a martyr and there was no need of giving him a bath as the body was mutilated.

Another unfortunate family was that of Bakht Bibi, who lost her grandson Luqman, 13. The woman, a resident of Speena Thana near Dara Death and destruction descends on Peshawar again Adamkhel, was going to Rawalpindi to visit her son Sher Ali, a tractor mechanic. She was accompanied by her son Yaqoob and Sher Ali’s son Luqman. They were boarding a passenger vehicle passing through the area when the explosion took place.

The old woman, whose clothes were splattered with the blood of her grandson, was profusely crying while accompanying the coffin of Luqman from hospital. “I did not know that instead of reaching Rawalpindi I will carry this coffin,” she said.

Yaqoob, around 15, also received injuries and was admitted to the hospital. “I heard a deafening blast and soon the atmosphere was filled with dust and nothing was visible,” Yaqoob said, adding that the personnel of law enforcement agencies also opened firing that instilled more fear among the people. He said that he saw his nephew Luqman killed in the blast.

Following the blast, Provincial Minister Shah Farman visited the place of the incident as it is in his constituency. He appeared with the Pakistan Tehrik-s-Insaaf’s (PTI's) old mantra that all the destruction was because of US-led war against terrorism and drone strikes which had been creating hundreds of suicide bombers.

With no words of condemnation for the perpetrators of the brutal act of terrorism, the minister said that they had to pull out of the war to stop such incidents.

Comments (23) Closed

a Jul 01, 2013 06:22pm

Pakistan bleeds again. I feel sorry for these poor innocent people.

sheikh k Jul 01, 2013 07:23pm

wat we can say,pakistan is proving again nd again that its a failed state

Ali Jul 01, 2013 08:37pm

My heart is crying

Ravi Jul 02, 2013 12:44am

Provincial Minister Shah Farman is right, talibans are not at fault, all these actions are just a reaction to the american action (drones). People like him encourage and defend talibans and they are killing shias and other fellow innocent muslims at will and they know there are people to cover up their actions for them instead of taking actions against them. It is very unfortunate for Pakistan.

Murtaza Jul 02, 2013 01:39am

Crooked reasoning by the PTI member... If it was due to Pak. siding with US, they should only be targeting government officials, and not innocent civilians and shiites across Pakistan.... Unfortunately that is the same line towed officially by both PTI and PML-N. I am unable to understand how can people of Pakistan tolerate such mindless reasoning...

Singh Jul 02, 2013 02:46am

Following the blast, Provincial Minister Shah Farman visited the place of the incident as it is in his constituency. He appeared with the Pakistan Tehrik-s-Insaaf

Bharat Patel Jul 02, 2013 10:14am

What goes around comes around. That is nature's law.

Bharat Patel Jul 02, 2013 10:19am

Terrorism is like a boomrang

BRR Jul 02, 2013 10:57am

Murderers kill innocent children and harm several, and all the KP minister from PTI can say is drones and US are responsible for this. With patriots like him, Pakistan does not need enemies - they can very efficiently bring down the nation.

Anuj Jul 02, 2013 02:06pm

my heart goes out to the families of those deceased. It is extremely sad and sorrowful to hear these happenings which are impacting the common innocent folk.

I fail to understand how a nation can have a security force which deals with the perpetrators of such ghastly crimes as potential future allies and "good taliban".

Syeda Jafri Jul 02, 2013 02:15pm

What a shame for all the failed authorities. Some people claim responsibility of ruthlessly killing people, including women & children of one sect & NO action is taken against them. & this continues so on . May Allah curse all those who kill innocent people.

Bharat Patel Jul 03, 2013 03:54am

@BRR: They Blame the US for anything that goes wrong here. Even the Taliban are the fault of the US.

Wonder who they will blame when the US goes home again - having had enough of all this double dealing?

Bharat Patel Jul 03, 2013 03:56am

@Syeda Jafri: May Allah curse all those who kill innocent ..... He hasn't done so for the last 25 years. do you know why?

Ijaz Jul 03, 2013 05:09am

Drone attacks is causing all that. You stop drone attacks and eventually all this non sense will stop. It is never ending war. For God sake, understand it is affecting everyone in KPK. What else you want form the minister to say. Two of PTI minister have already been killed within a month. There is reaction to every action. #1 cause of this reaction is coming from drone attacks.

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jul 03, 2013 02:38pm

Newton's law of motion (equal and opposite reaction) is not only applicable to objects but it is applicable to Human life too.

vik Jul 03, 2013 04:17pm

10-20 people dying eveyday is not a news anymore. 2-3 blasts are normal. Why does dawn even bother to report these things anymore. These are now an integral part of society as a lot of other crimes like dishonesty, corruption etc is

Lakhkar Khan, Pekhawar dhe khkulo khar Jul 03, 2013 06:34pm

@Ali: Our all hearts and eyes are. Rest in peace my angels.

Lakhkar Khan, Pekhawar dhe khkulo khar Jul 03, 2013 06:32pm

@sheikh k:

Thanks you, Zia and Mullah.

Tamilselvan Jul 04, 2013 12:35am

@Ijaz: Sorry, before drone attacks Taliban was killing innocents. Maybe because of drone attacks killing terrorists some of the killings of innocents might have actually come down. So if Pakistan army cannot control terrorists and Taliban killings drones will do the job

Afzal Jul 04, 2013 04:15am

@Bharat Patel: "what goes around comes around"

That's karma. Karma isn't real. It's just superstition. That's why no one has suffered for the alleged crimes committed against Hindus by centuries of suposedly brutal Muslim rule.

AJ Jul 04, 2013 06:11am

@Murtaza: There are at least 20 different groups operating in tribal areas and common people tend to generalize them as Talban. There are possibly two or three of these groups which reason there terrorism on the government siding with the US and the drone attacks. Others groups have their own agendas including sect bassed hatered and Blochistan freedom. Some are also working on behest of US, India and Afghan government with a single aim to destablize Pakistan. So I'll say, you need a different approach for each one of them.

babar Jul 04, 2013 06:12am

PTI is a complete failure in KPK. CM should immediately resign.

Khan Jul 04, 2013 08:40am

Where are all these sikhs and hindus came from in kpk. Thar is disgusting, Our beautiful KPK province is being polluted.