Pakistan suicide blast death toll mounts to 129
Islamabad, The death toll in a suicide attack in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan's Mastung area which claimed the life of a political party leader has increased to 129, local media reported.
The blast also injured 200 people who were there to attend a corner meeting organized by a Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).
Among those slain was the candidate for Mastung, Siraj Raisani, whose elder brother Nawab Aslam Raisani had served as the Balochistan chief minister from 2008 to 2013.
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi in a message has also expressed solidarity with the families of terror attack victims.
Condemning the suicide attack on an election rally which killed and wounded dozens, Qasemi sympathized with the Pakistani people and government.
The blast, which was claimed by Daesh, ripped through the corner meeting in Dringarh village of Mastung district, some 35km away from the provincial capital Quetta making it the deadliest in the country since the 2014 carnage at the Army Public School.
Provincial Information Minister Malik Khuram Shehzad confirmed the attack was a suicide blast and added that the bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking place.
The suicide bombing came hours after Akram Khan Durrani, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal candidate from NA-35, survived an attack when a motorcycle bomb exploded near his convoy in the Bannu area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, killing four people and injuring 30.
As per Election Act, 2017, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has postponed polling for the PB-35 constituency. The Clause 73 (1) of the Elections Act 2017 states that if a contesting candidate dies before the commencement of the polls or during polling hours, the returning officer shall, by public notice, terminate proceedings relating to that election.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA