Independent candidate among 3 killed in firing on vehicle in North Waziristan – Pakistan


Kaleemullah Khan, an impartial candidate contesting for the upcoming normal elections from PK-104, was killed in firing on his vehicle in the Tappi space of North Waziristan on Wednesday, police stated.

North Waziristan District Police Officer (DPO) Rohan Zeb informed that Kaleemullah was on his manner again residence from Miranshah when his convoy was attacked by unknown assailants.

“Two of his bodyguards had been additionally killed in the firing,” the official added.

In a separate incident right this moment, former senator and PML-N chief Aslam Buledi was injured in firing in Balochistan’s Turbat. He is contesting for the polls from NA-258.

Kech Superintendent of Police (SP) Zia Mandokhail confirmed the incident to “Buledi was strolling in a park when unknown individuals opened hearth and wounded him,” he stated.

The official stated Buledi sustained bullet accidents — one on the shoulder and the opposite on his foot. He has been moved to the District Headquarters Hospital Turbat.

In a press release issued instantly after the assault, caretaker Balochistan Chief Minister Ali Mardan Domki strongly condemned the incident and summoned a report from the inside division.

CM Domki vowed that every one sources can be used to arrest culprits concerned in the assault. He additionally directed officers to offer foolproof safety to all electoral candidates in the province.

Further, he prayed for Buledi’s speedy restoration and instructed that the PML-N chief be supplied with the most effective medical amenities.

Meanwhile, in a submit on X, former Balochistan CM Jam Kamal Khan condemned the incident. “Through such cowardly actions, miscreants need to sabotage the electoral course of in Balochistan by spreading concern and panic,” he stated, including that such parts would solely face failure.

Polls and safety state of affairs

Today’s assault comes as Pakistan prepares for polls on February 8. The nation has seen a spike in terror incidents in latest days, significantly in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Last week, former MNA Mohsin Dawar survived an armed assault on his convoy in the Tapi space of Miramshah tehsil in KP’s North Waziristan. The assault on Dawar’s convoy occurred throughout an election rally. The assailants opened hearth and subsequently fled.

The identical day, JUI-F’s Qari Khairullah additionally narrowly escaped a roadside bomb in Bajaur.

In a letter written to chief secretaries and inspector normal of police of all provinces on Dec 30, the inside ministry stated it had acquired stories from dependable sources revealing severe threats to the lifetime of JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman and Awami National Party provincial president Aimal Wali Khan.

In view of this case, sure political circles have lately voiced reservations about holding elections on Feb 8. On Friday, the Senate handed a decision, moved by impartial Senator Dilawar Khan with solely 15 lawmakers in attendance, looking for to delay the polls attributable to safety issues.

However, the passage of the decision was roundly criticised by varied political events, whereas the caretaker info minister had insisted that there was no directive of the prime minister or the federal cupboard for a delay.

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