On Friday, September 29th, the town of Mastung in the Balochistan province of Pakistan was shattered by a deafening blast when a suicide bomber targeted a religious procession, killing at least 52 people and wounding dozens more. The procession, celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, was engulfed in flames as the attacker detonated himself amidst the crowd near a mosque, aiming for “maximum damage,” according to a senior security official.
Shortly after the bombing in Mastung, another bombing transpired at a mosque in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, claiming five more lives. The twin attacks left the nation in a state of shock and grief, with no group immediately claiming responsibility.
Outside Quetta Civil Hospital, dozens huddled together awaiting news of their loved ones. Barakat Ali, a young man standing helplessly outside the hospital’s trauma center, recounted the horror, “All I saw were dead bodies and injured after the blast,” his clothes soaked in blood.
The aftermath at the hospital was a scene of chaos and despair. Survivors grappled with the reality of the terror that had unfolded, while the relatives of the victims demanded justice and better healthcare for the wounded. Maulana Abdul Rasool, a religious leader, voiced the anguish of many, lamenting the lack of cooperation from the hospital administration.
Balochistan minister Zubair Jamali visited the hospital, vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice. “This is unacceptable, we will bring the terrorists to book,” he asserted, acknowledging the serious threat terrorism poses to the nation.
Pakistan has witnessed a dramatic surge in armed attacks this year, with hundreds of incidents recorded in recent months. Earlier this year, a bomb blast at a mosque in Peshawar claimed over 100 lives, marking a dark period in the nation’s fight against terrorism.
The recent bombings have not only left scars on the lives of the Pakistani people but have also raised serious concerns over the nation’s security apparatus. As the government vows to intensify its counter-terrorism efforts, the road to peace and security appears to be a long and perilous one.