Islamabad, Pakistan
The Sunday Review

The Death toll Starting at a suspected suicide A bomb that broke through the wall mosque in Northwestern Pakistan Monday is now up to Minimum 92This attack is one of the most deadly. in The country in Years as the company faces what an analyst describes as “adverse circumstances.” “a national security crisis.”

Peshawar deputy Commissioner Shafiullah Khan confirmed Tuesday the deaths and stated that over 80 victims were being treated. in Following the blast at The, the hospital was evacuated. mosque in a police compound in This is the city.

Nasarullah, a retired police officer, stated that he remembered the incident. “a huge burst of flames” Then, he was surrounded in a plume black dust.

Khan claimed that his foot was broken in It was a great time and he was thoroughly stuck in The rubble remained for three hours.

“The ceiling fell in… the space in between the ceiling and wall is where I managed to survive,” He stated.

In the meantime, however, all hope seemed to be fading in Rescue workers searched for survivors in the rubble. mosque that was all but destroyed Monday, when worshipers – mainly law enforcement officials – had gathered for evening prayers.

The walls are covered in photos and videos. mosque Reduplication to Broken glass panels and fragments with broken paneling in It is a powerful blast.

“We are not expecting anyone alive to be found. Mostly dead bodies are being recovered,” Bilal Faizi said Tuesday that he was the rescue spokesperson.

Monday’s blast is yet another sign of the worsening security situation in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, borders Afghanistan, is also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban, (TTP).

TTP, a US-designated terrorist group operating abroad is the TTP in Both Afghanistan as Pakistan.

The breakdown of an already fragile ceasefire lasting over a year between TTP and the TTP was triggered by the events in 2011. Pakistan’s government threatened not only escalating violence in That country, but possibly an increase in There are cross-border tensions among the Afghan and Pakistani government.

Security officials and rescue workers gather at the site of a suspected suicide bombing, in Peshawar, Pakistan, January 30, 2023.

Initialy, on Monday TTP officials Sarbakaf Mukaram Khurasani and Omar Mukaram Khurasani claimed that the explosion was “revenge” Khalid Khorasani, a TTP militant was killed last year.

But the TTP’s main spokesperson later denied the group was involved in The attack.

“Regarding the Peshawar incident, we consider it necessary to clarify that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has nothing to do with this incident,” TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani said in a statement late Monday. “According to our laws and general constitution, any action in mosques, madrasas, funerals grounds and other sacred places is an offense.”

Pakistan The authorities claim an ongoing investigation is under way but have not yet confirmed any claims.

Mohammad Aijaz Khan, Chief of Police in Peshawar said Monday that the explosion at the Police Lines Mosque was caused by a bomb. “probably a suicide attack,” I echo a statement made by Shehbaz Sharif (Pakistani Prime Minister).

“The brutal killing of Muslims prostrating before Allah is against the teachings of the Quran,” Sharif added that “targeting the House of Allah is proof that the attackers have nothing to do with Islam.”

Soldiers and police officers clear the way for ambulances rushing toward the explosion site in Peshawar, Pakistan, January 30, 2023.

The attack was condemned by rights groups, raising fears about new violence in a security environment that is worsening. in It is the nation.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in A Monday statement stated that the attack could be avoided had the “state heeded earlier warnings from civil society about extremist outfits in the province.”

“Ill-equipped law enforcement personnel continue to be targeted in incidents that dearly cost civilian and police lives. We demand the state take action now,” According to the statement.

Madiha Afzal, a fellow in Brookings Institution foreign Policy in Washington declared the 2021 Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan has “emboldened” TTP and other terrorist groups

“The TTP has also been emboldened by a Pakistani state that has had a shaky, uncertain response to the group in the last couple of years,” Her words were accompanied by a statement that added: “sloppy policy toward terrorist groups has been more or less consistent across governments in Pakistan since the mid-2000s.”

The militants were not cooperative in negotiations “failed repeatedly because these groups are existentially opposed to the Pakistani state and constitution,” She added.

“This is now a national security crisis for Pakistan once again. The solution has to be a concerted military operation (against the TTP),” Sie said. “But that is now complicated by the fact that the TTP can go across the border into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.”

It also happens at an insecure time. PakistanThe nation has struggled to cope with the cost of living crisis caused by fuel and food scarcity. in The country with 220,000,000 inhabitants.

Sharif’s government has struggled to revive the country’s economy, further devastated by deadly floods last year that killed more than 1,500 people and submerged entire villages.