A huge blast has rocked Turbat City on the second day of Makuran Mela.
The Makuran Mela is a three-day festival organised by Makran Scouts of Pakistani Military. Today was its second day and the festival will continue until 4th of March.
According to The Balochistan Post correspondent, the blast was so loud that it was heard all over in Turbat town. Few sources revealed that the blast was due to a long-range rocket fired from nearby mountains to target Pakistani military installations.
Soon after the blast, Pakistani attack helicopters were seen hovering over the mountains, which adds to the suspicions that Pakistani forces suffered losses due to the blast.
The blast resulted in uncertainty and fear amongst the Makuran Mela participants.
It was claimed by few sources earlier this week that Pakistani military had made it compulsory for government teachers and officials to attend the festival. The Pakistani military public relations department has refrained from commenting on these claims.
However, the presence of Pakistani military personnel was increased in days before the festival. The Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General of Frontier Crops were in Turbat town to monitor the security themselves.
Analysts consider the blast in Turbat city, despite such heightened security measures, a considerable gain in strength of Baloch armed organisations.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report, however, Baloch armed organisations “fighting for liberation of Balochistan” have continuously targeted Pakistani forces in the region.