The Pakistan Election Commission has responded to the recent bomb and grenade attacks in Balochistan by seeking detailed reports from the Balochistan inspector general of police and chief secretary, according to Dawn News.
At least ten bombs and grenade attacks have occurred in different areas of Balochistan in a single day, resulting in the death of one man, as reported by Dawn News, quoting a provincial government official. The attacks took place a few days before the Pakistan general elections on February 8.
In response to these incidents, the Balochistan government has tightened security measures across all cities and towns in the province.
Targeted locations and casualties
The attacks targeted several police stations and deputy commissioners’ offices, resulting in injuries to six people, including a police officer and a jail warden, as reported by the Pakistan-based news daily.
Among the locations targeted were the offices of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and National Party, as well as a joint office of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and Jamiat-e-Islami-Faizal (JUI-F), where grenades were used. Fortunately, no loss of life was reported in these attacks.
Furthermore, the offices of deputy commissioners in Dhadar and Panjgur were also attacked, using hand grenades. In addition, a bomb planted along a footpath on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) road in Quetta resulted in the death of an 84-year-old passerby.
Security measures and investigation
The police have cordoned off the affected areas and are conducting an investigation into the incidents. Quetta SSP (operations) Jawad Tariq stated that around 8kg of explosives were used in the improvised explosive device that caused the death of Abdul Khaliq Shah.
The motive behind the attack remains unknown as no election campaign-related event was scheduled in the vicinity. However, security measures were already on high alert due to the upcoming elections.
In another attack, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) named Ghulam Raza was injured when unknown attackers hurled a hand grenade at the Shalkot police station in Quetta.
The central prison in Mastung was also targeted with hand grenades, resulting in damage to the building and injuries to a jail warder.
Several other attacks took place in different locations, including the house of the Kachhi deputy commissioner and the Turbat market area, where one person was injured in each incident. Police and Frontier Corps (FC) posts were also targeted with grenades, but no casualties were reported.
Furthermore, the Hub City Police Station was attacked, and a grenade was discovered at the gate of the Pakistan Coast Guards Office, which fortunately did not explode.
The Pakistan Election Commission’s response to these attacks emphasizes the need for heightened security measures and a thorough investigation to maintain peace and security during the upcoming general elections.