The recent terrorist attack on the convoy of former provincial minister Hafiz Hamdullah, the central leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam (F) and spokesman of PDM, near Mastung is a cause of great concern. It is a direct attack on democracy and the democratic process.
The attack took place when Hafiz Hamdullah was going from Quetta to Mangochar Kalat. Several kilos of explosives exploded near his car on the side of the road, injuring Hafiz Sahib and eleven people including his gunmen and party workers. Hafiz Hamdullah was given first aid at Mastung Hospital and then reportedly shifted first to Quetta and later to Karachi. Their condition is said to be out of danger. The condition of the other injured is also better.
No one has claimed responsibility for the incident, but it appears to be the handiwork of the terrorist forces active in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. This is not the first time that terrorists have targeted political leaders in Pakistan. In recent years, there have been a number of attacks on political rallies and processions. This is a serious challenge to democracy and the democratic process.
The attack on Hafiz Hamdullah’s convoy has raised concerns about the security of political leaders and the safety of political gatherings. This could have a chilling effect on the democratic process and make it difficult for political parties to hold rallies and processions.
It is important to note that the attack on Hafiz Hamdullah’s convoy took place just a few months before the general elections in Pakistan. This has led to speculation that the attack was an attempt to sabotage the elections.
The government of Pakistan must take all necessary steps to ensure the security of political leaders and the safety of political gatherings. The government must also investigate the attack on Hafiz Hamdullah’s convoy thoroughly and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The attack on Hafiz Hamdullah’s convoy is a reminder that the threat of terrorism is still very real in Pakistan. The government must continue to fight terrorism with all its might. However, it is also important to note that terrorism cannot be defeated by military force alone. The government must also address the root causes of terrorism, such as poverty, unemployment, and lack of education.
The attack on Hafiz Hamdullah’s convoy is a challenge to democracy and the democratic process. However, it is important to remember that democracy is the best form of government that we have. We must not let the terrorists intimidate us. We must continue to fight for democracy and the democratic process.