The Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) condemns in strongest possible words the horrendous terrorist attack on Awami National Party’s (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour and his party workers in Peshawar on July 10, 2018. At the same time, we would also extend our heart-felt condolences to the bereaved families of the martyrs of this heinous attack and pray for the quick recovery of those injured.
Haroon Bashir Bilour and at least 20 others were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a corner meeting in Peshawar’s Yakatoot area last night. At least 30 others were injured. The ANP leader was contesting polls from PK-78 constituency of Peshawar and the said meeting was arranged as a part of his election campaign.It is pertinent to note here that Bilour’s father, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, also had lost his life in a 2012 suicide bomb explosion in the city’s Qissa Khawani bazar.
The Bilour family has suffered the worst terrorist violence and rendered sacrifices for Pakistan. However, CRSS strongly believes that these terrible happenings will not deter the resolve of the nation, that elections will proceed as planned, and that we will prevail over extremism in all its forms.