Bilawal suspends Peshawar jalsa in solidarity with Bilour family

Haroon Bilour was approaching the rally organised in connection with his election campaign on Circular Road when the explosion took place

Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said in a statement that they targeted ANP's rally, killing Bilour, a candidate for a seat in the provincial legislature in Peshawar.

A suicide bomber killed an Awami National Party leader and 13 of his supporters at an election rally in Peshawar's Yakatoot neighbourhood, police said on Tuesday.

More than 30 people injured in the explosion.

On July 4, NACTA Director Obaid Farooq while briefing a sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior had said, "We have received as many as 12 threat alerts which are about leadership of political parties, including the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and six personalities can be targeted during elections".

The ANP, which governed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from 2008 to 2013, has been a continual target of militant groups operating in the northwest.

The deceased ANP candidate, who was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency, will be buried in Wazir Bagh at 5 pm today (Wednesday).

Haroon was son of Bashir Ahmed Bilour, a senior ANP figure who was himself martyred in a suicide blast in Peshawar in 2012.

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Terrorists have targeted politicians, religious gatherings, security forces and even schools in Peshawar.

The head of Peshawar city police also informed media representatives that some 8 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.

An AFP reporter saw human remains, shoes, broken chairs, and caps littered at the scene.

"I lost consciousness after the blast". "The last thing I saw was a big ball of fire".

Pakistani authorities claimed that those who fled from Pakistani tribal areas established hideouts in Afghanistan's Kunar, Noristan and Nangrahar provinces, from where they carry out attacks in Pakistan. His body was later shifted to Bilour House where ANP workers gathered in great numbers to pay respect to their deceased leader.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, an army spokesman, said 371,388 troops - almost a third of the total armed forces - would be deployed to provide security for the upcoming vote.

But security across Pakistan, including in Peshawar, has dramatically improved since government and military operations in recent years. He is the eldest child of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

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