COAS reaches Peshawar, offers condolences to Bilour family

PESHAWAR (Sarzameen News)-  Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday visited Balour House in Peshawar and offered condolences to the family over the demise of Haroon Bilour in suicide blast.

Army Chief met with Haroon Bilour’s family and Ghulam Bilour and offered deep sympathies. Strict security arrangements were made on General Bajwa’s arrival.

The blast in Peshawar’s Yaka Toot area martyred at least 22 people and injured 30 others. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives soon after Haroon Bilour arrived in the area to address a corner meeting of his party. He was Awami National Party’s (ANP) candidate for the upcoming general elections from provincial assembly constituency PK-78.

An estimated 30,000 people attended his funeral. Party workers cried and hugged, while others looked on in shock as funeral prayers were said. Markets were also closed across the bustling frontier hub near the Afghan border out of respect for those killed in the attack.

He has left behind a widow and two sons to mourn his death.

Barrister Haroon Bilour was son on Bashir Ahmed Bilour, who was also martyred in suicide attack in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in December 2012, and nephew of another ANP stalwart Ghulam Ahmed Bilour.

Following Tuesday’s attack, the election in the PK-78 constituency was postponed whereas security was beefed up across the country to ensure the July 25 polls are held peacefully and candidates can campaign without fear of terrorist attacks.

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