Suicide attack at hospital in Pakistan

09 August 2016
On 8 August, a suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital in Pakistan situated near PSI’s affiliate the All Pakistan Labour Federation (APLF) and the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation office. At least 70 people were killed and over 100 others were injured.

The bomber struck as more than 100 mourners, mostly lawyers and journalists, crowded into the entrance of the hospital’s emergency department to accompany the body of Advocate Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of the Balochistan Bar Association (BBA), who had been cruelly murdered in a separate shooting incident that same day.

A Pakistani Taliban faction and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have both claimed responsibility for this attack.

The All Pakistan Labour Federation (APLF) and Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCML) have condemned the bomb blast in a press release issued on 8 August.

PSI joins its affiliate in condemning this hateful attack and confirms the commitment of the trade union movement to peace deploring terrorism and acts of violence that have no place in democratic societies. PSI expresses its solidarity with the people of Pakistan, conveys its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.

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