Oct 6, On 4:48pm : At least 23 people were killed and 65 others
injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Dera (House)
of PML-N leader Rashid Akbar Niwani here on Monday.
The blast took place at 4.48pm when Rashid Akbar Khan was meeting
people of his constituency, listening to their problems. Body
parts, shoes and shredded clothes were scattered all over the
House. Some of the bodies were beyond recognition.
The seriously wounded were taken to the Nishtar Hospital in Multan.
Witnesses said that about 150 people were in the Dera (House),
most of them to collect “Benazir income support cards” or seek the
MNA’s favour to get police jobs.
Rashid Akbar Khan was taken to the Bhakkar DHQ hospital where he
was operated upon for a fractured arm. He also suffered injuries
Rashid Akbar Khan said he was talking to the people when all of a
sudden there was a bang and some people fell over him.
He said he was about six feet away from the place where the
suicide bomber had blown himself up. He said he remained safe
because four people were in front of him. “When I regained sense I
saw bodies and injured people everywhere.”
Rashid Akbar Khan said his dera (House) was normally visited by
about 2,500 people everyday but the gathering on Monday was
As the news of the blast spread in the city, all shopping centers
and markets were closed and shopkeepers rushed to their Dera
(home). Some angry youths burnt tyres and raised slogans against
District Nazim Hameed Akbar Niwani, elder brother of the Rashid
Akbar Khan (MNA), said that all members of the family were safe.
He announced that all schools and colleges in the district would
remain closed on Tuesday as a mark of protest.
Some of the dead were identified as Haji Habibullah, Khan Niazi,
Madah Hussain, Abdur Rashid, Haji Aashiq, Ali Raza, Aashiq Husain,
Allah Nawaz, Ejaz Husain, Abdur Rehman, Manzoor Husain, Malik
Haider (head constable), Muzammil Abbas, Mulazim Hussain, Malik
Ghulam Mohammad, Jehangir Hussain, Ghulam Hussain, Azmat Husain
and Abid Ali.
Police and other law-enforcement personnel rushed to the place and
cordoned off the area. The city’s exit and entry points were
Only five doctors were there in the DHQ hospital to look after the
injured people and medical facilities were inadequate. A large
number of people rushed to the hospital to donate blood.
Ministers condemn Bhakkar blast.
Minister for Population Welfare Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar.
Revenue & Relief Syed Murad Ali Shah.
Social Welfare Mrs. Nargis N.D. Khan.
Local Government Agha Sieraaj Durrani and Minister for Health Dr.
Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad.
Information Minister Shazia Marri.
have condemned the suicide
attack on MNA Rasheed Akbar Khan Niwani from Bhakkar, terming it a
part of the conspiracy against democracy. The suicide Blast in
which 23 people lost their lives and 65 were injured.
Leaders condemn Bhakkar blast.
Hussain (Muttahida Qaumi Movement)
Altaf Hussain has also
condemned the suicide attack on Niwani. He said that the elements
involved were enemies of humanity. Hussain demanded that President
Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani take
notice of the attack and provide protection to the common man.
Khan (Tehreek-i-Insaf PTI.)
Imran Khan strongly
condemned the suicide blast in Bhakkar that caused loss of several
precious lives and injuries. “The perpetrators of such inhuman
activity have nothing to do with Islam and rather bringing a bad
name to religion and country,”
Shahbaz Sharif distributes
cheques among Bhakkar blast victims.
Mian Shahbaz Sharif visited the District
Headquarters Hospital and distributed cheques among the injured
and victims families of the Monday suicide blast.
gave away Rs. 300,000 cheque each to the 49 injured and Rs.
500,000 each cheque to the families of victims, who had lost their
lives in the tragic incident.