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Pakistan Founder Jinnah's Statue Destroyed In Balochistan Blast

The now destroyed Mohammad Ali Jinnah's statue was installed in June at Marine Drive, an area which was considered a safe zone. The banned militant organization Baloch Republican Army took the responsibility of the attack.

Pakistan Founder Jinnah's Statue Destroyed In Balochistan Blast
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Pakistan Founder Jinnah's Statue Destroyed In Balochistan Blast
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2021-09-27T13:37:19+05:30

A statue of  Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan has been destroyed by the Baloch militants in a bomb attack in the coastal city of Gwadar in the troubled Balochistan province.

The statue, which was installed in June at Marine Drive, which was considered a safe zone, was blown up by explosives placed beneath the statue on Sunday morning, Dawn, newspaper of record in Pakistan, reported on Monday.

The statue was completely destroyed in the blast, it added.

Babgar Baloch, a spokesman for the banned militant organisation Baloch Republican Army, claimed responsibility for the blast on Twitter, BBC Urdu reported.

The matter was being investigated at the highest level, Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Major (retd) Abdul Kabir Khan was told the media.

He said that the militants who destroyed Jinnah's statue by planting explosives entered the area as tourists.

According to him, no arrest has been made so far but the investigation will be completed in a day or two. "We are looking into the matter from all angles and the culprits will be caught soon," he said.

Balochistan’s former Home Minister and current Senator Sarfraz Bugti tweeted,

In 2013, Baloch militants blasted a 121-year-old building used by Jinnah at Ziarat and raked it with gunfire, triggering a fire that blazed for four hours, destroying furniture and memorabilia. Jinnah spent the last days of his life there as he suffered from tuberculosis. It was later declared a national monument.

Born on December 25th, 1876, Jinnah served as leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's creation on August 14, 1947. He then served as Pakistan's first governor-general until his death in 1948.

Balochistan has been witnessing a spate of low-level violence for years.

(With PTI Inputs)

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