KP assembly Deputy Speaker escapes attempt on life

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Tariq Saeed
Peshawar

Deputy Speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Mahmood Jan on Friday escaped an attempt on his life in the provincial metropolis. However, he remained unhurt.

According to reports Mahmood Jan was attending a ceremony in Shagai area in the outskirts of the provincial capital when an unidentified armed man barged into a Hujra and opened fire on Deputy Speaker.

“The firing incident took place when Mehmood Jan was addressing a livestock event in the Shagai attacker fled from the scene after committing the crime.

“The deputy speaker has been shifted to his home safely”. The SSP Operations said adding Police have launched a search operation to arrest the suspects. Though some reports said the Deputy Speaker had a family dispute, the officials said the motive behind attack on Mehmood Jan could not be ascertained as yet.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf leader, who was elected Deputy Speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly after he returned to house in 2018 general elections, said he was attacked while addressing a livestock-related event adding that the guards fired back at the attackers. Mehmood Jan said fortunately he or anyone else was not injured in the attack yet the attackers managed to escape from the scene.

On the other hand the Additional IG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Mohammad Ali Babakhel said that during the ongoing year, the police conducted 2,715 operations against terrorists.

“Ransom calls from Afghanistan and suicide bombings in Waziristan are huge challenges. However, we are witnessing positive outcomes of our operations in Malakand,” the Additional IG Police observed during a news conference Friday.