At least 48 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bomb ripped through a crowd of mourners inside Civil Hospital Quetta today. Leading political parties including the ruling PML-N has condemned the attack while PTI, PPP and ANP has termed the incident an absolute lapse of security.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep grief and anguish over the loss of precious human lives.
“No one will be allowed to disturb peace in the province that has been restored due to countless sacrifices of security forces, police and the people of Baluchistan,” a statement released from the PM House said.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chief Imran Khan and leader Asad Umar strongly condemned the attack.
Condemnable cowardly terrorists strike Quetta targeting bar president then civil hospital. Even in war hospitals not delib targeted.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 8, 2016
Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Zardari urged the government to take steps, worth taking, against rising terrorism in the province.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah telephoned Balochistan counterpart Sanaullah Zehri and assured complete support on behalf of the Sindh government.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders have vowed to support lawyers’ announced protests across the country
Acting British High Commissioner Patrick Moody also tweeted and condemned the attack.
Acting British HC Patrick Moody: “I condemn the dreadful attack in Quetta. Our thoughts with all those affected by this terrible incident.” — UK in Pakistan (@ukinpakistan) August 8, 2016
Singer Hadiqa Kiani also expressed her emotions on the tragic incident that happened in Quetta today.
Just when you think there is some sense of stability or peace, disaster hits. It just won’t stop. #Quetta
— Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) August 8, 2016