At least 25 people have been killed in an explosion in Pakistan's Balochistan province which appears to have targeted a top lawmaker.
Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, leader of an Islamist political party, was wounded and his driver and private secretary were killed instantly in the attack in restive Baluchistan province.
"I am alive. Allah has saved my life".
The group's Amaq news agency said a bomber wearing an explosive vest was responsible for the attack.
"It could be a suicide bomb attack but it is too early to say for sure", he said. He said Mr. Haideri was slightly injured.
Saleem Shahid, a senior journalist in Quetta, said the blast occurred when Haideri's motorcade was heading from the seminary to another location. Media reports described his condition as stable.
"Levies sources said that at least 25 people were killed in the attack". Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Umar Riaz also visited Quetta CMH and inquired about the health of blast victims.
"It was ally very sudden". Broken pieces of the windscreen hit me. I have received injured but I am safe.
Maulana Abdul Malik, a leader of Haidri's Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam -Fazl party said the vehicle in which the Deputy Senate Chairman was traveling in was completely damaged along with some other vehicles. The party was a staunch ally of the Taliban-led Islamist government in Afghanistan that was toppled by the 2001 USA -led military invasion.
Rehman himself escaped two assassination attempts in 2011 and 2014.
Sharif also requested authorities ensure the best medical care for those wounded in the attack.
Militant group Lashkar-e-Jangvi Al Alami, which has jointly carried out attacks with Islamic State in the past, including a bombing at a shrine in Baluchistan in November, condemned Friday's suicide attack, spokesman Ali Bin Sufyan told Reuters.
Balochistan has been hit hard by attacks from terrorists and separatists in recent years and Mastung has seen a lot of unrest despite constant security operations in the area.