JUI-F leader Hafiz Hamdullah narrowly escaped a terrorist attack in Chaman city, Balochistan, on Wednesday. Unidentified assailants targeted Hamdullah’s vehicle with gunfire in the Maizai area of the province. Despite the assailants firing rounds at the vehicle for approximately five minutes, Hamdullah emerged unharmed, thanks to the blast-proof car in which he was traveling.
This incident occurred shortly after a blast near the JUI-F election office in Balochistan’s Qila Saifullah, resulting in the tragic death of at least 12 people and causing several injuries. Another attack on the same day in Balochistan claimed the lives of 17 people, with over 30 individuals sustaining injuries as a blast tore through an area near the office of an independent candidate in Pishin.
These alarming events unfolded just ahead of the countrywide elections scheduled for February 8. The Election Commission of Pakistan has urgently called for heightened security measures to ensure a state of high alert throughout the electoral process.
The attacks have raised concerns about the safety and security of political leaders and the general public during this crucial time. Balochistan, in particular, seems to be a hotspot for such incidents, further underscoring the need for robust security arrangements. The motives behind these attacks remain unclear, and authorities are actively investigating to apprehend those responsible.
As the nation braces itself for the impending polls, the focus on maintaining a secure environment has become paramount. The Election Commission’s call for heightened security underscores the challenges faced in ensuring a peaceful democratic process amidst the backdrop of these disturbing events.
The resilience of political figures like Hafiz Hamdullah, who escaped the attack, is a stark reminder of the volatile political landscape in certain regions and the importance of robust security measures to safeguard the democratic process.