A bombing at a political gathering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, resulted in 39 fatalities, 200 injuries, and the death of a local JUI-F leader.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bajaur district, Pakistan, a tragic incident occurred at a political convention organized by the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). A bomb blast went off during the gathering, resulting in the loss of at least 39 lives and injuring nearly 50 people. Among the casualties was a local JUI-F leader.

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Law enforcement authorities quickly responded to the situation, cordoning off the area where the blast occurred. Ambulances rushed to the scene to attend to the wounded. Distressing images on social media showed slippers and skull caps scattered around the blast site.

As of now, no organization or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. Hospitals in Bajaur and neighboring areas have been placed on high alert to handle the influx of patients. Efforts are being made to transfer critical patients to hospitals in Peshawar and other locations using helicopters, according to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker Information Minister Firoz Shah Jamal.

An eyewitness described the devastating scene, mentioning that the gathering was engrossed in a discussion when the explosion occurred, leaving him unconscious.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called for a thorough investigation into the incident and urged his party members to remain peaceful. He also appealed to the federal and provincial governments to provide the best possible treatment to the injured victims.

The police are actively investigating the incident. Senior police officer Nazir Khan explained that the convention was held on the outskirts of Khar, the capital of Bajur district, when the explosion took place. Fortunately, the blast happened before the senior party leader’s arrival.

Hyder, a source from the Tehrik-e Taliban, stated that their group is against both security forces and the government, and Maulana Fazlur Rehman is an ally of the government. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam is a part of the Pakistan Democratic Alliance, a political coalition affiliated with the government, with Rehman playing a leading role.

Meetings are being held across the country to mobilize supporters for the upcoming elections, which are scheduled to take place by October. The incident has caused widespread concern and grief as the nation mourns the loss of lives and prays for the recovery of the injured.

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