Pakistan major religious party leader convoy hit by suicide bomber
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's main religious political party, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq convoy was hit by a suicide bomber in southwestern Balochistan province on Friday, his party said.
Party's Secretary-General Ameer Ul Azim says the suicide bomber has been killed and Sirajul Haq remains unhurt.
"Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Siraj-ul-Haq has been attacked by a suicide in Balochistan, the attacker has been killed," he tweeted.
Haq was on his way to Zhob where he was scheduled to address a public gathering.
"Sirajul Haq is safe as the suicide bomber couldn't reach his car while some of our workers got injured," Hassan Khan, Personal Secretary said
JI is country’s mainstream religious party and currently role as opposition party in the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, however, ethnic Baloch separatists and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a conglomerate of several militant groups in Pakistan, have long been targeting the security forces and civilians across the province.
The large Balochistan province, which is also considered to cover parts of neighboring Iran and Afghanistan, is strategically important due to its rich copper, zinc, and natural gas reserves.
The province is also a key route of the $64 billion mega project Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (PCEC), which aims to connect China's strategically important northwestern Xinxiang province to Balochistan’s Gwadar port through a network of roads, railways, and pipelines for cargo, oil, and gas transportation, according to Anadolu Agency report.