PTM leader Arif Wazir injured in South Waziristan attack

Published May 2, 2020
Wazir receives life threatening injuries; eyewitnesses say two attackers wounded in exchange of fire with guards. — Photo from Twitter
Wazir receives life threatening injuries; eyewitnesses say two attackers wounded in exchange of fire with guards. — Photo from Twitter

WANA: A leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) sustained serious injuries when unknown assailants opened fire at him outside his residence in South Waziristan Tribal District on Friday.

According to an official, Arif Wazir was strolling outside his residence in Ghwa Khwa, near Wana, when armed persons opened fire from a moving vehicle. The official told Dawn that Arif Wazir received life-threatening injuries and was admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital, Wana.

Arif Wazir is the first cousin of MNA Ali Wazir. Eyewitnesses said two of the attackers were wounded in an exchange of fire with Arif Wazir’s guards.

They said the assailants fled after firing into the air.

Seven members of Arif Wazir’s family were killed in a clash with militants near Wana in 2007. His father Saadullah Jan and uncle Mirza Alam were among the dead.

Arif Wazir was released from jail on bail about one month ago.

Published in Dawn, May 2nd, 2020

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