Hyderabad, Pakistan: More than 85 were martyred and over 300 people injured in the suicide attack at the Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan Town on Thursday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Sehwan and visited the injured at the hospital on Friday. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has been at Sehwan, his political constituency, since last night.
Critically injured persons were shifted to other cities where arrangements were made to provide required medical treatment. The armed forces helicopters also reached Sehwan to airlift the critically injured persons to Karachi.
The shrine’s white floor was still smeared with blood on Friday morning, with scattered debris including shoes, shawls, and baby bottles. It is estimated that at least 20 children are believed to be among the dead, according to the head of Sehwan’s medical facility Moeenuddin Siddiqui said.
The Government of Sindh announced three days of mourning as Pakistanis vented their grief and fury on social media, bemoaning the lack of medical facilities to help the wounded, with the nearest main hospital some 130 kilometres from the shrine.