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Rescuers and residents gather at the suicide attack site in Quetta on June 30, 2013.—Photo by AFP
Rescuers and residents gather at the suicide attack site in Quetta on June 30, 2013.—Photo by AFP

QUETTA: All 30 victims of a deadly suicide bombing in Quetta’s Hazara town were laid to rest on Monday amid tight security from police and paramilitary troops.

A large number of people were present at the burial under security cover by the provincial administration. Security was also tightened in and around Hazara Town to prevent the occurrence of another untoward incident. Frontier Corps (FC) and police personnel were deployed at all exit and entry points leading to Hazara town.

However, the absence of a senior government functionary was felt at the burial.

A day of mourning was being observed in Quetta in the wake of the blast on the call of the Hazara Democratic Party, Shia Council and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP). All government offices were shut in the provincial capital to mourn the tragedy, and the main markets in the city also remained closed.

The deadly suicide blast ripped through the Aliabad area of Hazara town on Sunday night, claiming 30 lives and leaving around 70 wounded.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up near a barrier close to Ali Ibn-Abu-Talib Imambargah,” DIG (Investigation) Syed Mobin Ahmed had told Dawn.

The explosion killed 28 people and wounded 70 people belonging to the ethnic Shia Hazara minority on Sunday. Two of the wounded later succumbed to their injuries at the military-run Combined Military Hospital on Monday morning, raising the death toll to 30.

Senior government official Shehzada Farhat told that some of the injured persons were still serious in serious condition. The wounded were being treated at the CMH.

Sources said that an unidentified man on a bicycle tried to enter the area and when people standing near the barrier tried to stop him he blew himself up.

The proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility of the attack.

No intelligence failure: CM

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Malik Baloch strongly condemned the incident and termed it an attempt on the part of terrorists to undermine his newly-elected government’s efforts for restoration of peace in Quetta.

“I have called police and the officials of secret services to brief me about the overall law and order situation in Balochistan,” said the chief minister speaking to “No compromise would be made on the peace of the province.”

When asked if intelligence agencies had failed at prevent the deadly bombing, he said: “It was not the failure of the intelligence agencies. Intelligence agencies and police are investigating the incident for further details.”

Meanwhile, police have traced the head and some body parts of a suicide bomber behind a deadly blast.

Fayyaz Sumbal, the Deputy Inspector General Police, told on Monday that the head and body parts of the suicide-bomber would soon be sent for forensic tests. He said investigators had also approached Nadra for identification of the suicide bomber.

A six-member police team has been formed to probe the deadly bombing. The Superintendent of the Police Investigation, Muhammad Tariq, was designated to lead the team. A case against the unknown militants was also registered at the Browery Police Station.

Meanwhile, investigators from the secret services investigated the site of the incident and checked the wreckage of the blast for clues.

DIG Sumbal, however, told on Monday that no suspect had yet been detained by police after Sunday night’s deadly bombing.

Comments (14) Closed

Farwa Jul 01, 2013 11:51am

These are such painful incidences and our nation is just not doing anything about it. Its our brothers and sisters who are dying and we have to face this reality. The people who are doing these bombings are terrorists and murderers - not militants or mujahideen or talibaan. i urge our reporters to only and only call them as terrorists and murderers as Islam does not permit suicide or killings of innocent people. Please do not encourage them by calling the by any other names.

usman Jul 01, 2013 12:32pm

Cruel people. Did they forget that they have to die also.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson Jul 01, 2013 01:07pm

Shame on those who are plotting and executing these types of barbaric acts. Though our agencies know who these people are and even their headquarters but still are not willing to take required actions, why?

Syed Hussain Akbari Jul 01, 2013 01:49pm

What is the sense in opening such news when the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvis are determined to continue the atrocities and the Government is determined to make the people fool and do nothing. Let the people die and let the tyrannts move around with goverment support and under the umbrella of the media. Media thinks that by giving the news they have done their duty and then forget it.

imtiaz Hydari Jul 01, 2013 03:26pm

Another carnage of innocent people by the vicious hate mongering killers by the name of LEJ. Will the Government declare without ambiguity if they will smash this organization and bring the perpetrators to justice as a matter of priority or wait for more innocent lives to be sacrificed?

request to UN save hazaras. Jul 01, 2013 04:02pm

no idea.

Fazal Jul 01, 2013 05:32pm

When will this carnage end? Why don't the government arrest Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists who have claimed the responsibility and are killing innocent people at will? Where is the condemnation from other parties?

sadeek Jul 01, 2013 06:09pm

Another tragic incident injured the souls of ethnic hazaras. No one knows when the blood shed will be stopped. They got tired of burring the dead and curing the wounded . The banned LEJ openly claims the responsibility of the genocide but Government fail to arrest a single culprit. Pakistan's security a year back left astonishing when 3 suspected terrorist broke out the bars and fled and did not leave any clue behind. Schools and educational institutions are near closure.Can a nation without education survive in to days rapidly growing world. Every other days shutter down strike badly affect business and making social murder of the residents, but who care. The political Government could not do expect condemning. Like the previous one the new government also complete her tenure leaving the masses in the hands of extremism and terrorism. If the Govt does not have the ability to safeguard the life they obviously do not deserved to be in the power.

Hasina R Jul 01, 2013 06:47pm

This absolutely disgusts and angers me. As a sixteen year old Hazara girl raised in Australia, I am grateful that I am 'safe' from many bombings however it frustrates and confuses me to why I would have to feel like that in the first place. We are humans, we should not use religion to inflict pain or harm on other humans. We are losing faith and hope in humanity. Shia/Sunni no matter what we are we must learn to proceed an approach one another in a respectful manner without violence . This is not what we are taught in the Quran, this is not what any of our Islamic leaders taught our people millenniums ago. The continuous wars of conflict going on in third world countries due to religion is horrific. Lack of education, misinterpretation of religion and corrupted governments are the cause of this. Animals kill to survive, As humans we can survive without the killing. An innocent child, mother, father, sister or brother should not have to die to make us realise how bad the situation has become. How would you feel if it was you in that situation?

Aamir Jul 01, 2013 06:55pm

No word of condemnation from Prime Minister

Muneer bhai Jul 01, 2013 07:33pm

Strict security should be ensured for the living, not just the dead.

Fawad Jul 01, 2013 08:21pm

I just don't understand, what are you going to learn from dead body of the bomber which they don't know. Lej did it, they claimed responsibility. Go after Lej, finish off all these terrorist outfits and enforce the law of government. God bless Hazaras, my heart goes out to these innocent Pakistanis as well as to all those killed in Peshawar. What a shame the life and property of a citizen of Pakistan has become a fair game for any two cent thug and criminal cloaked under the banner of Islam.

wahid Jul 01, 2013 11:34pm

Just like the egyptians, Pakistanis should come out in the streets to protest this barbariasm and give ultimatum to Shariff to either bring these Lashkar e Jhanglis to justice or resign

wahid Jul 01, 2013 11:37pm

@Aftab Kenneth Wilson: Because the government got the votes and does not care if the innocent die, so long as they and their friends are safe. This is a selfish and cruel world. But not worry! ALLAH will hold them all to account. There is certainly No Jannat for these Jhanglis , their masters, supporters and those leaders who just watch and do nothing