The blast at the Baba Farid’s shrine in Pakpattan was the latest in a string of attacks targeting Sufi shrines in Pakistan.
Maher Aslam Hayat, a senior government official in Pakpattan said that the dead from Monday’s blast included at least 1 woman. At least thirteen others were injured in the explosion, he said.
Hayat said the bombing significantly damaged a row of shops outside the shrine. But the shrine itself, which is dedicated to a 12th century Sufi saint, Baba Farid, was largely undamaged, he added.
After the blast, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, a religious scholar criticized the government for not doing enough to protect the population.
Mufti Muneebur Rehman said: ”Our rulers are too busy serving foreign masters and have not prioritised protecting the people and sacred places from terrorists”.