Pakistan Bomb Blast Kills 9 On Peshawar Bus

According to police, a bomb exploded as the passenger bus was on its way through the Matni Bazar area Saturday.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Mir Hazar Khan Khoso condemned the bomb blast, resulting into the loss of precious human lives in Pakistan.

“At least nine passengers have been killed and seven injured. Bomb disposal officials told me that it was a timed device,” Fazal Wahid, one of the police official told AFP.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) the hard liner religious militant organization, however, disassociated itself from the bombing.

“We have no involvement in this attack. As we said earlier, we will not be target public places where common people may be affected,” said Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban.

The explosion waved Peshawar just day after ANP a secular nationalist party's former provincial minister, Arbab Ayub Jan survived in another attack, while he was on his way home from a public gatherning he attended.

Earlier Saturday, militants blew up election office of an independent candidate in Miranshah, the populated town of North Waziristan agency, about 300 kilometres away from Peshawar.

The attacks comes as weeks remains for the general elections in Pakistan, scheduled for May 11, raising concerns for security during the historic polls – the first time that a democratically elected government in Pakistan would hand over power to a newly elected administration.

On the other hand Tehreek Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsood, in a recent video message, told Pakistanis to stay away from the elections, CNN reported.

"They are intended to divide Muslims, we want the implementation of Sharia [law] and for that jihad is necessary," Mehsud was quoted as saying.

The TTP, which is separate from the Afghan Taliban, is close to Al-Qaeda.

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Malik Achakzai

Being freelancer, contributing writer, pundit, reader, rest lover and interested in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, Central Asia, China, Russia and American Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Human Rights, Health, Ecology, Geography, Archaeology, Theology, Buddhism. I completed my two years of master's from the department of Mass Communication at University of Baluchistan at Quetta. Before completing my master I had already joined reporting for local news papers in Balochistan and had already started freelancing to various Pashto, Urdu, English organizations. Voice of America (VoA) Ashna Radio Pashto service for which I have been freelancing since 2009 till the date. I do report for another online Pashto organization having news and views both from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the world, focusing on politics, war, human rights, sports and entertainment. I have been working as pundit for PolicyMic.com a NY based organization [PolicyMic is our generation’s platform to make our voices heard. We reach millions of people with our high-quality, personal analysis on the news, policy, and pop culture that’s changing our world] since December 2011. I did report as Lahore city correspondent for a Pakistani News Paper Express Tribune, an affiliated News organization with New York Times International, And have contributed reporting to Afghanistan Times an English daily at Kabul, Afghanistan. I am an alumni of German organization Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and was part of its Afghan-Pak Young Journalist Exchange program in 2012 titled as "understanding the neighbors", when we together with Young Afghan journalists produced researched based stories both in Pakistan and Afghanistan [Khyber Pashtunkhwa, Islamabad and Kabul were visited during program]. I was part of Deutsche Welle Akademie program "Train The Trainer for Journalists in Crisis Regions" training in 2013. Now I am part of United Press International (UPI) Next and Truth Tracker reporters team from the Pakistani volatile province of Balochistan.

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