A string of suicide attacks against political candidates in the run-up to general elections has shaken the nation. The latest attack and the most bloody claimed at least 128 lives and injured more than 200 others in Balochistan’s Mastung area.
The deadly suicide attack which ripped through a political rally of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) was claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) and also martyred BAP leader and candidate Nawabzada Siraj Raisani from PB-35 (Mastung).
Remembering the death Raisani, elder brother Haji Lashkari Raisani, who is contesting for Baluchistan’s National Assembly seat said, “My brother Siraj Raisani has been martyred”.
As the tragic news of the Mastung massacre spread on Twitter, social media users expressed their sorrow.
Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet condemned the gruesome attacks in Mastung and went on to declare that, “Pakistan has lost a highly devoted & capable politician,”.
“Attempts of inimical forces to derail important democratic activity shall not succeed. United we all Pakistanis, Insha’Allah shall defeat them,” he further warned.
COAS condemns heinous terrorist attk in Mashtung. Grieved on loss of precious lives. Pak lost a highly devoted & capable politician Siraj Raisani. Attempts of inimical forces to derail important democratic activity shall not succeed. United we all Pakistanis shall IA defeat them.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 13, 2018
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan in his tweet condemned the terrorist attack on the Mastung political gathering and expressed his sorrow over the martyrdom of Nawabzada Siraj Raisini and the innocent citizens killed in the attack.
Another condemnable terrorist attack on a political gathering – this time in Mastung. Saddened to learn of Nawabzada Siraj Raisini’s shahadat in this targeted attack as well as the shahadat of 15 other innocent citizens.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 13, 2018
Michael Kugelman, deputy director at Asia Program and South Asia senior associate The Wilson Center went on to tweet that both Raisani and Bilour (who had been slain earlier on Tuesday) have lost close family members to terrorist attacks previously and now they’re both been martyred.
Both Raisani and Bilour had lost close family members to terror previously. And now they’re both gone. RIP. https://t.co/1fxoow8WRn
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) July 13, 2018
Actor, anchorperson and activist, Hamza Ali Abbasi tweeted his condolences for the families most affected by the recent wave of violence and prayed for the martyrs who have lost their lives in these suicide attacks
#Mastung Absolutely heart breaking. Ya Allah have mercy, reward the Shaheeds & give patience to their families. We must defeat this wave of terrorism by holding elections on time with a record turn out and make Pakistan go forward insha Allah.
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) July 13, 2018
Some celebrated Raisani’s attempt last year for creating longest ever flag that was hosted from Mastung to Quetta.
— Qalander 🇵🇰 👽خلائی مخلوق👽 (@AllahSoldier042) July 13, 2018
While others including many prominent politicians and journalists Raisani remembered him for his patriotism and love of Pakistan.
— Fahad Malik (@Fahad4014) July 13, 2018
Another big loss in space of just 3 days! Siraj Raisani martyred along with 15 others in a suicide attack in Baluchistan. May Allah have mercy on departed souls and may He give all bereaved families the strength to bear this huge loss.
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) July 13, 2018
Strongly condemn the attack in Mastung, deeply shocked & saddened at the loss of Nawabzada Mir Siraj Raisani & all those martyred in the convoy. This is the third terrorist attack on a candidate ahead of general polls. May Allah keep everyone safe & protect our country.
— Naz Baloch (@NazBaloch_) July 13, 2018
— 🕯🔱Zindagi🔱🕯 (@usman_saffah) July 14, 2018
Strongly condemn the terrible attack in Mustung. Sad to hear about the death of Siraj Raisani & others.Prayers with the families for the tragic loss. Have argued in Senate that security for political workers is Zero, and govt is only shuffling paper while our campaigns burn
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) July 13, 2018
Message on Defence Day of Pakistan, 23rd March 2018, by the brave son of Pakistan, Nawabzada Siraj Raisani Shaheed.
May Allah Almighty grant you & all those martyred in #MastungBlast the highest honours.
🇵🇰 Paindabaad! pic.twitter.com/2vNh4pream
— Baba kodda باباکوڈا (@Babakoda1) July 13, 2018
A brave Siraj Raisani died for Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/juMyalYWcu
— Jan Achakzai (@Jan_Achakzai) July 14, 2018
— ⚔️Sabaz Hilali🇵🇰 (@Sabaz_hilali) July 13, 2018
— PKKH | PakistanKaKhudaHafiz (@PKKHTweet) July 13, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Martyr Siraj Raisani and the 40 plus martyrs who lost their lives in #Mastung. Their supreme sacrifice will not go in vain. Their blood will be avenged. pic.twitter.com/8j174tuVox
— Anjum Kiani (@AnjumKiani) July 13, 2018