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DEATH TOLL RISES TO 54 IN SHAH NOORANI SHRINE BLAST

QUETTA: (Parliament Times) Death toll of Shah Noorani shrine blast has now risen to 54.

According to FC Balochistan, over hundred others people were injured in the blast.

The Frontier Corps Balochistan has setup an emergency control room in Hub to facilitate the people in connection with providing information about the people martyred and injured in the tragic incident. People  could get information about the victims from the landline numbers. At least 60 injured persons in suicide attack at Daragh Shah Noorani in Hub have been shifted to various hospitals in Karachi for medical treatment. Civil hospital Karachi representative told today that 28-bodies were handed over to the victim families and eight-bodies shifted to Edhi mortuary.

He further said medical facilities are being provided to the injured persons and a special counter has also been established for the information to victim families.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the bomb blast in the Shrine of Shah Noorani near Hub.

They directed the concerned authorities to speed up the rescue activities and provide best medical facilities to the injured.

The expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident and commiserated with the bereaved families.

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has also condemned the incident and sought report from Inspector General Frontier Constabulary.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has also strongly condemned the Shah Noorani Shrine blast. Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack.

Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have strongly condemned bomb blast at Dargah Shah Noorani.

In their separate messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the Government from its firm resolve to fight against terrorism. They expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael has strongly condemned blast in Shah Noorani shrine.

In the  condolence message, he expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of innocent lives in the blast. He prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured.

The minister termed the attack as a coward act of terror and said that such attacks could not deter the resolve of the nation against the wave of militancy and terrorism.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has ordered for maximum assistance for evacuation and on-spot medical treatment of injured in the Shah Noorani Shrine Blast.

Director General ISPR Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa in a tweet message said troops and medical teams are reaching from Karachi and Khuzdar. He said two medical teams, fifty soldiers and twenty ambulances are about to reach.

He said another hundred soldiers, four medical teams, forty-five ambulances and Sindh Rangers ambulances and doctors are also on their way.

Pakistan Navy has also dispatched its teams for rescue and relief operation for the victims of bomb blast at Shah Noorani shrine in Hub, Balochistan.

According to a spokesperson of Navy, the naval hospitals in Karachi have also been put on high alert.

Meanwhile, Local Authorities say the dead and injured have been transported in private and Levies Force vehicles to hospitals in Hub and Karachi.

Commissioner Kalat Division, Muhammad Hashim Ghalzai said ambulances were dispatched from Khuzdar while Civil Hospital Khuzdar was put on alert

He said ambulances and rescue teams from Lasbela and Hub were also rushed to the area.

He said helicopter ambulance could not be used because of darkness.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned as depraved the terrorist attack.

In a statement, he extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to people of Pakistan and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

The Secretary-General expressed support to government of Pakistan in its fight against terrorism in full respect of international and human rights norms.

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