PESHAWAR - Unknown assailants gunned down a local leader of Awami National Party (ANP) in Buner district on Sunday.
According to police, Anwar Khan, a local leader of ANP, was killed when unidentified men fired at him and fled the scene. Sources said that Anwar Khan has been receiving life threats for some time.
Police soon after the incident conducted a search operation but no arrest was made.
Agencies add: Police said the incident occurred in Balu Khan village’s Peer Baba area. Khan was also a member of the local peace committee which had formed a lashkar to resist the Taliban militants when they took over the area in 2009.
Meanwhile, ANP central leadership has condemned the murder of its leader and demanded the arrest of the culprits.
The deceased was the elder brother of senior journalist Behroz Khan, who is serving currently working with Voice of America.
Anwar’s relatives believe he was shot dead on political grounds as his party is against militants.
Former provincial minister and ANP parliamentary leader in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Sardar Hussain Babak expressed concern over the killing of the ANP activist and said the incident had confirmed the failure of the federal and provincial governments.
Meanwhile, at least one person was killed and another injured when a suspected mortar shell fired from Afghanistan landed in a residential area in North Waziristan on Sunday.
The victim was identified as a civilian who succumbed to his wounds suffered in the explosion, which was caused by a mortar/rocket shell which landed from Afghanistan at his house in North Waziristan’s Saidgi.