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ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 20 martyred in Peshawar blast

11 July 2018

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. According to the sources, 47 people got injured in the blast and now are under treatment at Lady Ready Hospital in Peshawar.

Haroon Bilour was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. Officer Iqbal Khan says the bomber struck a Tuesday night rally for Haroon Ahmed Bilour, an Awami National Party candidate for a provincial seat.

The rescue teams and law enforcement agencies reached the site of the blast.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives soon after Haroon Bilour arrived in Yaka Toot area to address a corner meeting of his party.

Haroon Bilour was approaching the rally organised in connection with his election campaign on Circular Road when the explosion took place.

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The ANP governed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital, from 2008 to 2013.

The Bomb Disposal Squad has confirmed that the blast was a suicide attack.

ANP senior leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the attack was meant to derail democracy and delay the elections scheduled for July 25.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but there have been dozens of such bombings in recent years in Peshawar.

The Taliban have time and again threatened to target secular parties for what they call supporting the military action in tribal areas and the "war on terror".

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The National Counter Terrorism Authority on Monday had told a Senate standing committee that some leading political leaders faced death threats from militant outfits ahead of the 25 July general elections in Pakistan.

The ANP and its ally the Pakistan Peoples Party were unable to campaign for the last general election in 2013 because of threats and attacks on their events and supporters by terrorist groups like the Pakistani Taliban.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Muhammad Raza strongly condemned the attack, reports said.

The leaders include Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's son Talha, Asfandayar Wali Khan, and senior leadership of other parties.

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ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 20 martyred in Peshawar blast