Gunmen kill 4 in attack on lawmaker in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen shot dead four people, including two policemen, in northwest Pakistan in an attack on a provincial lawmaker from former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party, the state said. police.

Lawmaker Malik Liaqat Khan – unrelated to Imran Khan – of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party was injured in the attack on Saturday night along with three other people and was hospitalized in the provincial capital of Peshawar, police said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The assault took place in the Maidan area of ​​Lower Dir district of the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which is ruled by Khan’s party.

Police officer Zar Badshah said those killed included the nephew and brother of the PTI MP, who was returning home from attending a funeral on Saturday night.

The region was a stronghold of the late Sufi religious leader Mohammad, who preached a strict version of Islam in the 1990s and later led his followers to fight in Afghanistan against the United States and allied forces. It remained under the influence of the Pakistani Taliban until 2009.

The Associated Press


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