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Army Chief, caretaker PM visit Bilour House, offer condolences

PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Nasirul Mulk visited Balour House in Peshawar on Thursday and offered condolences to the family over the demise of Haroon Bilour in suicide blast.

 

Army Chief met with Haroon Bilour’s family and Ghulam Bilour. He offered deep sympathies to them and prayed Fateha for the departed soul. Strict security arrangements were made on General Bajwa’s arrival.

 

Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar and Corps Commander Peshawar Lt-Gen Nazir Butt accompanied the Army Chief.

 

Caretaker PM also arrived in the city on one-day tour and met with the bereaved Bilour family.

 

Besides them, former Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, chairman Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Aftab Sherpao and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Senator Haji Ghulam Ali also paid visit to Bilour House and extended their condolences to the family.

 

Awami National Party’s (ANP) head Asfand Yar Wali was also present on the occasion.

 

The blast in Peshawar’s Yaka Toot area martyred at least 20 people and injured 30 others. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives soon after Haroon Bilour arrived in the area to address a corner meeting of his party. He was ANP’s candidate for the upcoming general elections from provincial assembly constituency PK-78.

 

An estimated 30,000 people attended his funeral. Party workers cried and hugged, while others looked on in shock as funeral prayers were said. Markets were also closed across the bustling frontier hub near the Afghan border out of respect for those killed in the attack.

 

He has left behind a widow and two sons to mourn his death.

 

Barrister Haroon Bilour was son on Bashir Ahmed Bilour, who was also martyred in suicide attack in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in December 2012, and nephew of another ANP stalwart Ghulam Ahmed Bilour.

 

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has also suspended polling in PK-78 in the aftermath of tragic incident.

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