QUETTA, Pakistan: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan called the deadly Mastung attack a conspiracy against the state and a plot to delay the upcoming election.
Speaking to the media after visiting Quetta, the PTI chief said, “Pakistan’s internal and external enemies are behind the Mastung attack.”
“Pakistan’s internal and external enemies are behind the Mastung attack,”
A total of 131 people were killed after a suicide bomber struck Nawabzada Siraj Raisani’s election meeting in Darenghar area of Mastung. Over 200 people are still fighting for their lives.
He went on to term martyred Raisani an asset to his party and true patriot. Imran said that he was only able to realize the true scale of the Mastung tragedy after meeting the victims’ families and friends.
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Imran bashed the previous government and the concerned security forces for the lack of implementation of the National Action Plan for the continuation of terrorism in the country after 2014.
“We will not postpone elections since that is what the enemies want,”
He then criticized the rampant corruption in the country and the role of the last federal government in allegedly rigging the 2013 general election.
The former cricketer had come to Quetta to express solidarity with the families and friends of the devastating Mastung attack victims as the whole country observed a day of national mourning.
Imran, accompanied by party spokesperson Naeemul Haque and other members, visited CMH to inquire into the health of those injured in the incident.
Imran also visited the Raisani family at their home to offer condolences.
Raisani, the brother of former Balochistan chief minister Nawaz Aslam Raisani, was a Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate from PB-35 constituency.
Over 100 people were also injured in the attack, 59 of which are still in hospital and five of whom have been shifted to Karachi via a military plane owing to their critical condition.
Investigations are under way into the attack, with an FIR registered on terrorism charges and Mastung Tehsildar Buland Khan assigned as the investigating officer