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Two bomb attacks were reported in Pakistan as the preliminary elections approach

The twin explosions have been reported to have killed 26 people and wounded an estimated 50 people.


The first bomb exploded in Pishin District on February 7, 2024, in Balochistan, near the office of an independent election candidate. According to the local authorities, this resulted in a total of 16 deaths and 30 wounded.


The next bomb went off less than an hour later, at an election office for the ultra-conservative Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) party in the vicinity of Qilla Saifullah, Balochistan, some 150 km (93 miles) away from Pishin District. A total of 12 people were killed and several more were injured in this explosion.


Source: BBC News.


As more details come to light, the number of people killed in these incidents continues to rise.


The injured victims were taken straight to hospitals for emergency care, and the authorities are still working to neutralise the situation in these areas. 


Source: AP Photo/Arshad Butt


There is currently no entity or organisation claiming accountability for these attacks.


Numerous Islamic terrorist organisations and separatist organisations such as the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) are opposed to the Pakistani state and have increased in number in Pakistan's Balochistan area. At least two dozen attacks have been carried out around the region in recent weeks, and as the elections get near, the attacks are becoming more frequent.


The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) was established in 2000, when the first known attack in the region claimed the lives of seven individuals and injured twenty-five, according to Stanford University's Centre for International Security and Cooperation. 


BLA’s main motive for these attacks is to free the area from foreign exploitation and meddling, becoming independent from Pakistan. They sought to establish an independent state called Greater Balochistan, which would incorporate the Balochistan lands of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. The organisation has consistently called on the Pakistani government to stop abusing Balochistan's natural riches and to increase economic resources invested in the area. To maintain peace, hundreds of police and military personnel were suspended throughout the region due to the brutal nature of these attacks.

 Source: AP Photo/Fareed Khan


Balochistan's chief minister, Muhammad Zubair Jamali, designated at least 5,028 voting places, or around 80% of them, to be “sensitive” with maximum military protection to ensure no more of these attacks are carried out until the election process is over.

Jan Achakzai, the provincial information minister, announced in a press conference, “Tomorrow, the people of Balochistan will come out, and the terrorists' plots will be buried. elections will proceed in Balochistan, and they will be peaceful. Despite the tragic events, the people will continue to hold themselves accountable.”


The elections will be held on February 8, 2024, as planned.

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