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Haroon Ahmed Bilour ANP (Awami National Party) candidate died in a suicide attack in Peshawar

Haroon Ahmed Bilour ANP (Awami National Party) candidate died in a suicide attack in Peshawar

Haroon Ahmed Bilour ANP leader along with 12 people died in a suicide attack at the Pakistan election rally on Peshawar. Around fifty people were injured due to the attack and were admitted to hospital. Bilour along with ANP workers gathered for a corner meeting in a congested Yakatoot Area then the blast took place before midnight.

The officials at the Lady Reading Hospital were the victims were shifted said that around 47 people were wounded and admitted to the hospital in the attack.

The suicide bomber blew himself when the ANP candidate from PK 78 constituency arrived on the stage. Mr Haroon Bilour had serious injuries and was shifted to a hospital.

The investigations are going on for the incident and rescue teams and law enforcement agencies have reached the blast site. Shafqat Malik Bomb disposal squad Chief said that in blast 8 kilos of TNT explosive was used.

Bilour’s father Mr. Bashir Ahmed Bilour was also died in suicide bomber during a meeting in 2012 ahead of the vote. Peshawar which is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was governed by the ANP government from 2008 to 2013. In around 2013 attacks, Islamic extremists killed hundreds of ANP leaders and supporters.

An army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that nearly a third of the total armed forces would be deployed in order to provide security for the upcoming election on July 25.  He said the deployment was requested by the elections oversight body.

He also added that the troops would provide security at 85,000 polling stations and carry out other elections-related duties. Nearly 1,35,000 of the troops have been called up from retirement.

He said that people should vote to the candidate of their choice without fear and their loyalty is only with Pakistan.

Sardar Muhammad Raza Pakistan’s CEC (Chief Election Commissioner) strongly condemned the attack and said that "This shows the weakness of our security institutions and a conspiracy against transparent elections."