Shortly after the unforeseen targeted murder of the President ofBalochistan Bar Association (BBA)Bilal Anwar Kasi today, a bomb blast at a civilian hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta region claimed the lives of as many as 30 people and injured many more. The blastthat took place in the southwestern province of Balochistan was reportedlyfollowed by rounds of gunfire.
The blast happened at the accident and emergency department of the hospital where Bilal Anwar Kasi was rushed to after he was shot at by unidentified assailants on motorbikes. Most of those who were injured in the blast were lawyers who had gathered at the venue to show solidarity with their fallen colleague. According to police reports, severalunidentified men had also opened fire after the blast. At least one news agenthas also beenreported to have died having sustained fatal injuries at the venue.
Immediately after the incident, anemergency alert has been declared in all the hospitals across the Quetta province, and several of the injured are being shifted to these for emergency treatment.A group of Frontier Corps and policemen have also been deployed in order to cordon off the area of the blast.
The series of attacks today began with the assailants opening fire at Advocate Kasi’s car near Quetta’s Mengal Chowk on Manno Jan road in the morning. The prominent lawyer was shifted to Civil Hospital, where he died after succumbing to his injuries. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the incident by saying,“The blast occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning”.
The cause of the blast has been thought to be a suicide bomber. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, which seem to have been carefully orchestrated.
The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the assassination of Bilal Kasi and the events that immediately followed it, issuing a directive to hunt down the perpetrators of these multiple acts of terrorism.