APP12-11 PESHAWAR: July 11 – Relatives carrying the coffins after funeral prayers of 11 victims of suicide attack at Essakhel Mosque Rehman Baba. APP Photo by Shaheryar Anjum

ANP leader, Barrister Haroon Bilour laid to rest in Peshawar

Peshawar: ANP leader Barrister Haroon Bilour has been laid to rest in Syed Hasan Pir Graveyard after thousands of people attended his funeral at Wazir Bagh in Peshawar on Wednesday. Bilour, son of slain politician Bashir Bilour, was among 20 people who were killed in a suicide attack in Peshawar’s Yakatoot area where ANP was holding a corner meeting. Large numbers of people, including ANP leaders and activists, joined the funeral prayers.

The explosion took place in Yaka Toot area of the provincial capital on Tuesday night. In addition, 62 people were injured in the terrorist attack, which was claimed by banned TTP.

Meanwhile, a case was lodged in Peshawar against the bomb blast targeting ANP’s political meeting. ANP has announced three days of mourning against the assassination of Haroon Bilour and vowed to press ahead with the campaign peacefully.

ECP postpones polls in PK-78

The Election Commission of Pakistan said that it had postponed the polls in PK-78 (Peshawar-XIII) constituency due to the death of the PK-78 candidate. The new schedule for the said constituency will be announced later, it said.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council has also announced a three-day mourning in light of the attack, with lawyers beginning the boycott of court proceedings today. PTI and PPP have suspended their political activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for a day to express solidarity with the Bilour family.

Meanwhile Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his grief and shock at the death of Haroon Bilour & victims of heinous terrorist attack.

“We are fighting against nexus of inimical forces which aren’t willing to absorb a peaceful & stable Pakistan. We remain undeterred & shall IA defeat them” COAS said.

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