A deadly terror strike at Quetta’s Civil Hospital results in 63 dead and more than 40 injured. The city reels after the bomb blast. Witnesses recount indiscriminate firing followed by the explosion. Mourning lawyers had gathered in huge numbers at the hospital following assassination of the President of Balochistan Bar Association Advocate Bilal Anwar Kasi, by unidentified assailants in Quetta.
Anwar ul Haq Kakar, spokesperson for the Balochistan government, said “It seems it was a pre-planned attack.’ The premises of emergency department of Civil Hospital was flooded by more than 50 lawyers, journalists and others.
Former Baluchistan Bar Association President Advocate Baz Muhammad Kakar also perished in the attack, while an Aaj TV journalist Shehzad Ahmed was also killed at the same time Dawn News cameraman who sustained critical injuries also expired. Right after the explosions a state of emergency was declared in all hospitals of the city.
Followed by the tragic catastrophe, Army chief General Raheel Sharif arrived at the Civil Hospital Quetta and inquired after the injured victims. COAS directed the hospital administration to administer best possible treatment to the victims. In this regard, Director General Inter-Service Public Relations Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted: “COAS visited Baluchistan High Court and offered condolences to chief justice Baluchistan and the panel of judges.”