TTP claims responsibility for killing PML-N MPA in Gujranwala

Published June 1, 2015
Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khorasani told DawnNews that the attack on the legislator was carried out by militants belonging to the proscribed group.
— Reuters/file
Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khorasani told DawnNews that the attack on the legislator was carried out by militants belonging to the proscribed group. — Reuters/file

PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Monday claimed responsibility for the killing of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) member of Punjab Assembly (MPA) Rana Shamshad who was shot dead along with his son and a party worker in Gujranwala's Kamoki area on Sunday evening.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khorasani told DawnNews that the attack on the legislator was carried out by militants belonging to the proscribed group.

The Punjab legislator was on his way home from his farmhouse in Kot Raja — accompanied by his son, nephew and a party worker— when armed assailants who were travelling in a black car opened heavy fire at the MPA's vehicle.

Eye witnesses said the attackers had covered their faces with cloth and fled the scene right after the attack.

Police reached the site of the incident immediately and transferred all four injured to the nearest district hospital.

Police sources said Shamshad and his son, Ahmed, were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Chaudhary Shamshad was elected to the Punjab Assembly from Gujranwala's constituency PP-100 on a Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) ticket. He had served as the provincial transport minister during the Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) government in Punjab.

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