Pakistan General Elections: Bomb Blast Near ECP Office Three Days Before Polls
Balochistan : Three days ahead of Pakistan's crucial general elections, a bomb exploded outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) office in Balochistan's Nushki District on Sunday, reported ARY News. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
According to police, the explosive device was detonated near the ECP office gate. The area was immediately cordoned off, and a search operation is underway to apprehend the perpetrators. An investigation has also been launched to determine the nature of the explosion.
Blast Follows Karachi Incident
This incident follows a similar explosion last week outside the Karachi ECP office, which thankfully caused no injuries. In that case, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) South Sajid Sadozai reported that the explosive was placed in a shopping bag near the office wall, lacking ball bearings. The ECP promptly requested reports from relevant officials for immediate investigation.
Pre-Election Violence in Balochistan
Unfortunately, this Nushki blast is not an isolated event. The pre-election atmosphere in Balochistan and Karachi has been marred by violence, including multiple hand grenade attacks targeting political entities and election offices. Notably, three Pakistan People's Party (PPP) workers were injured in a hand grenade attack on their election office in Kalat town.
Elections Scheduled for February 8th
Despite these security concerns, Pakistan's general elections are scheduled to proceed on February 8th across all four provinces. The hope is that voters can participate in a peaceful and democratic process despite the recent violence.