Parachinar Blasts: PM announces RS1m each for families of martyrs

29 Jun, 2017 12:12 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has on Thursday announced payment of Rs 1 million each for the families of martyrs and Rs 500,000 each for injured of the Parachinar blasts.

The prime minister has issued directions in this regard to the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Earlier, at least 55 people were killed and around 200 others sustained injuries in twin blasts in Toori Market last week.

The twin blasts hit people busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in the Turi Bazaar area, close to a crowded bus terminal in Parachinar.

Survivors described hiding inside shops after hearing a “huge bang” – then stumbling through dust-choked air filled with the sound of screams, tripping over bodies as they searched for the wounded in the busy market in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram tribal agency.

Parachinar, with a population of more than 50,000, had been under strict security arrangements for quite some time. Army and paramilitary personnel have set up checkpoints on all routes leading to the town and visitors and vehicles go through extensive search and identification process.

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