In the most shocking news of the day, a tragic suicide Blast in a Shia mosque of Pakistan’s Peshawar city, over 35 people have been reported to be killed. Moreover, 80 people are also grievously wounded. These are just rough numbers of killed and injured people and the actual figure could be even more.
This attack would also affect the historic series that was going to be held between Australia and Pakistan on Pakistan’s home soil. This was the first time that Australia was travelling to Pakistan for a series in 24 years. We all know that in the few years there have been incredibly few matches played in Pakistan due to the constant threat of terrorism in their country.
However, due to the efforts of the current Prime Minister Imran Khan and his officials, the cricket scenario in their nation is finally improving. A number of countries gave started travelling to Pakistan to play cricket and the Australia-Pakistan series would have been the biggest thing in Pakistan’s cricket history in almost the last decade as they are the biggest team to have travelled to that country in a long time.
Both the boards, i.e, PCB and Cricket Australia looked equally excited for the prospect of their series as it was a historic landmark.
However, after today’s tragic blast, the fate of the Australia-Pakistan tour will surely be under threat as any team would not like to tour Pakistan under such circumstances.
The blast took place at a Jamia Mosque in Qissa Khwani Bazaar area in Peshawar when worshippers were praying on the auspicious Islamic day – Friday. The area is very close to the Pakistan – Afghanistan border which is always a region of political dispute.
According to media reports, 30 dead bodies have been brought to the hospitals so far. However, many reports suggest that the actual number is much larger.