"Disturbing And Painful...": Babar Azam, Pakistan Cricketers Condemn Bomb Blast At Peshawar Mosque
The attack happened during afternoon worship in the provincial capital of Peshawar, close to former tribal areas that border Afghanistan.
A bomb blast rocked the Pakistan city of Peshawar on Monday. According to news agency AFP, police officers were among the 33 killed and 150 wounded in a blast at a mosque inside a highly sensitive Pakistani police headquarters on Monday, prompting the government to put the country on high alert. The attack happened during afternoon worship in the provincial capital of Peshawar, close to former tribal areas that border Afghanistan.
After the blast several cricketers including Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik,Mohammad Hafeex condemned the act.
Devastating news from Peshawar.— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) January 30, 2023
My sincere condolences to the families of departed souls and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured ones. May Almighty have mercy on our beloved country.
Disturbing & painful news from Peshawar. Prayers for departed souls & Condolences to all effected families. #Peshawarblast we need peace Aameen— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 30, 2023
- I strongly condemn this blast in Peshawar mosque. Sending many prayers to the families and everyone affected there. We should stay together in these tough times...— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) January 30, 2023
A frantic rescue mission was underway at the mosque, which had an entire wall and some of its roof blown out by the force of the blast. "Many policemen are buried under the rubble," said Peshawar police chief Muhammad Ijaz Khan, who estimated between 300 and 400 officers usually attended prayers at the mosque.
"Efforts are being made to get them out safely," he said.
Bloodied survivors emerged limping from the wreckage, while bodies were ferried away in ambulances as the rescue operation continued. "It's an emergency situation," Muhammad Asim Khan, a spokesman for the main hospital in Peshawar told AFP, putting the death toll at 33.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor Ghulam Ali put the death toll at 28 and 150 wounded, most of them policemen. The police headquarters in Peshawar is in one of the most tightly controlled areas of the city, housing intelligence and counter-terrorism bureaus, and is next door to the regional secretariat.
The country was put on high alert after the blast, with checkpoints ramped up and extra security forces deployed, while in the capital Islamabad snipers were deployed on buildings and at city entrance points.
"Terrorists want to create fear by targeting those who perform the duty of defending Pakistan," said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a statement. "Those fighting against Pakistan will be wiped out from the face of earth."
With AFP inputs