KARACHI: Nearly 30 people, including Women and Children, were killed and more than 100 people were injured in a blast at a popular shrine in Pakistan on Saturday. The Pakistani officials are yet to release an official statement on the blast with rescue teams trying hard to reach the remote location to help the injured.
The blast took place at Dargah Shah Noorani Shrine when devotees were attending a Sufi dance called ‘dhamaal’. Officials confirmed that the blast was targeted on the devotees and that no organization has claimed responsibility for the same. As the blast occurred in a remote region in Lasbela district of Balochistan Province, the rescue teams were unable to reach the place with lack of light and proper roads.
The interior minister of Balochistan confirmed the blast saying that an official report is yet to arrive. However, a member of the Edhi Trust Foundation said that as many as 30 were killed and another 100 injured with medical facilities yet to arrive at the spot. “This is totally unexpected from the government. Being a popular shrine, devotees from Karachi and other parts of the country reach here to offer prayers. The government could have at least arranged an ambulance and a medical facility for emergency purpose. The lack of vision is what costing many poor people now. Not even one rescue team has reached here till now”, he said.
Interior Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that the rescue teams could not reach the spot as it has already been dark by the team the news came out. He said that the government was unable to respond due to unfavorable conditions. “The location is about 250 kilometers from Karachi. We have already dispatched our vehicles to provide the injured with first aid and shift them to nearby hospitals. Being a remote location it will take time for us to respond”, the minister said.
Javed Iqbal, the Revenue officer of Lasbela complained that being an important shrine in Balochistan Province the government has not provided enough security despite making repeated requests.
This is not the first time that the extremist groups have targeted Shrines in Balochistan. There were two other blasts since August prior to this one. In August 70 people were killed in a suicidal bomb attack in front of a hospital in Quetta. Last month, 64 police personnel were killed when extremists attacked police camps, also in Quetta – the provincial capital.