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PTI tribal leader killed in attack

September 21, 2013
A view of the Jalozai camp. — File photo
A view of the Jalozai camp. — File photo

NOWSHERA: A tribal leader belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was killed and five others suffered injuries when gunmen on a motorcycle attacked a PTI office at the Jalozai camp here on Friday.

Sources said two attackers opened fire at the PTI office at 10am when a meeting of tribal elders was in progress. Malik Mulla Khel Afridi died on the spot and five others — Syed Baz Afridi, Malik Gulistan Khan, Haji Gul Jalal, Malik Sham Mohammad and a passer-by Mohammad Ali (9) — were injured.

The injured were taken to the Rashid Shaheed Memorial Hospital in Pabbi from where three were referred to the Lady Reading Hospital for their serious condition.

The body of Mulla Khel was taken to the DHQ hospital for autopsy. Syed Baz Afridi, one of the injured, lodged an FIR with the Pabbi police against the unidentified assailants.

Mulla Khel was an activist of the PTI and a prominent leader of internally displaced people. He played a leading role in arranging a vaccination campaign for children at the camp and the registration process of displaced people. He was close to PTI’s Khyber Agency chief Iqbal Afridi.

Mulla Khel belonged to the Malak Din Khel tribe and had moved to Jalozai camp in December 2009 after developing differences with Lashkar-i-Islam. He was made member of the IDPs’ committee at the camp level and later included in the 16-member Shura set up by the camp management to handle various problems faced by the IDPs.

Soon after the attack police and elite force personnel reached the area and launched a search operation. However, no arrest was made till late in night. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak condemned the attack and ordered an inquiry into the incident.