Compensation announced for victims of Bahawalnagar Ashura procession blast
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has announced financial assistance for the families of those killed and injured in the Bahawalnagar Ashura procession blast.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar has said that the Punjab government will provide financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the families of the victims of the Bahawalnagar blast and Rs 5 lakh to the severely injured.
The other 11 injured will be given financial assistance of Rs. 1 lakh each.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that financial assistance is not a substitute for human life.
He further said that the Punjab government sympathizes with the families of the victims and the injured, the incident of the blast is being investigated, the accused will not be able to escape punishment.
On Thursday, in Bahawalnagar, Punjab district, a bomb ripped through a Muharram procession and killed three people and injured over 50 people.
Security was high across Pakistan on the 10th of Muharram, as Youm-e-Ashur, is being observed with due solemnity to pay respect to the supreme sacrifice rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions at Karbala.
A senior government official said, “We have confirmation of three dead and 50 injured from the blast at the procession site,”
A video on social media showed bleeding victims lying on the street and aided by the public.
A local police officer, Kashif Hussain, confirmed the death toll.
He said, “The nature of the explosion is not yet clear as a team is still collecting evidence from the scene,”
As a security measure during Ashura processions, authorities have postponed mobile phone services in major cities.
In many urban centres residents were facing signal blockage, and the roads leading to procession routes were also blocked.
According to the officials, the procession was resumed later and the public was allowed to continue with their ceremonies.
Punjab Law Minister, Raja Basharat, tweeted that the Police Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has been ordered to submit a report of the blast incident after finalizing a combing operation and examination.
In the meantime, Punjab Chief Minister, Usman Buzdar visited Safe City Authority headquarters and revised the security preparations for Ashura processions and was informed about the tragic blast incident in Bahawalnagar.
CM also expressed grief over the bomb blast incident and directed the police chief to submit a report after finalizing the inquiry of the incident.
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