At least 55 people were killed and dozens sustained injuries in a bomb blast on Saturday at Dargah Shah Noorani in Hub.
The blast occurred when believers thronged the famous sufi site in Balochistan.
Rescue teams have reached the blast site and started shifting the deceased and injured to the hospital.
The target of the attack was an area where believers would perform dhamal – a trance-like dance. The blast site – a famous sufi worship place – is situated in Khuzdar district, some 250km away from Karachi.
Rescue teams and law enforcers are facing difficulty in reaching the site as the Dargah Shah Noorani is located in a remote area. The death toll is feared to rise with women and children casualties in the deadly blast.
“Our focus is on rescue services at the moment. We can’t be certain about the exact number of casualties and the nature of attack that took place today,” Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said while talking to News.
According to police sources, it was a suicide attack carried out by a 14-year-old boy. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
PM orders speedy rescue operation
Expressing grief over the loss of innocent lives, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack at Dargah Shah Noorani and directed the concerned authorities to bring the perpetrators to the task immediately.
He also ordered speedy rescue services to save the lives of those injured in the attack.
COAS orders maximum assistance for blast victims
Gen Raheel Sharif has ordered troops of Pakistan Army to provide the victims of the blast with maximum assistance for evacuation and medical treatment, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
Troops and medical teams have been dispatched to the blast site, the statement added.
CM Sindh sends 50 ambulances to Khuzdar; emergency declared in Civil Hospital and JPMC
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has ordered the concerned authorities to send 50 ambulances for rescue services in Khuzdar.
A statement issued from CM House said that he expressed profound grief over the loss of lives at Shah Noorani and ordered Commissioner Karachi to send ambulances, medicines and other required things.
While emergency has been imposed in Civil Hospital and Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi, the chief minister also directed IG Sindh Police AD Khowaja to beef up security at Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai shrine as Urs celebration will start there from Monday.
-This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly