NOWSHERA / KARACHI: Former town Nazim Jehangira and a leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) from Nowshera, Mumlikat Khan, was gunned down by unidentified men in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, hours before a by-election in the district.
Khan was on his way home when he was ambushed by heavily armed assailants while slowing down at a speed bump near Jehangira Chowk, SHO Shakil Khan said. The victim was travelling alone at the time of the attack.
As a result of the attack, Khan was critically injured and succumbed to his injuries while on his way to the hospital. The body was taken to the district headquarter hospital for the autopsy.
The incident took place hours before by-elections are held on August 22 in NA-5 Nowshera.
Soon after the incident, government and security officials reached the area and started investigating. An FIR had not been registered till the filing of this report to ascertain the reason behind the murder.
PTI worker shot dead in Karachi
In another incident, Muzaffar Bangash, 21, was killed in Karachi’s Pehlwan Goth area on Wednesday evening.
PTI workers claimed that Bangash was part of the party and that he had been registered as the party’s polling agent for NA-254, where by-elections are due to be held on Thursday.
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However, the police denied that Bangash was associated with the PTI. Instead, Gulistan-e-Johar SHO Raheem Shah said that the victim operated a food stall and that two armed men riding on motorcycles shot him thrice in the chest and once in the head. The wounds caused Bangash to die on the spot.
Bangash’s body has been moved to Jinnah Post-graduate Medical Centre.
Condemnation from PTI leadership
In a press release issued late Wednesday night, Imran Khan strongly condemned the attacks on PTI members and instructed his party to remain calm and peaceful.
Extending condolences with family members of the dead, Imran asked the government to ensure security of PTI members and asserted that terrorist activities will not be able to prevent ‘change’ from happening.
The statement added that the attacks were aimed at degrading the law and order situation and breaking their resolve.
Imran Khan tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened” by the murder of the PTI worker.
Shocked & saddened by target killing of 21 yr old PTI worker Muzaffar Bangash at Pehlwan Goth, Khi.Total collapse of law and order. Shameful
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 21, 2013