Case registered after attack on PML-N leaders in Attock

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Case registered after attack on PML-N leaders in Attock

ISLAMABAD: Police registered a case against the attack on Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, a PML-N leader vying for Attock’s NA-55, and his son, Sheikh Sulaiman Sarwar, who is the party’s candidate for PP-1.

The two survived an assassination attempt late Monday night when they were returning from a corner meeting. The attack came at a time when there was a week left in the elections.

Police said that unidentified men opened fire on Siddiqui’s vehicle as he was returning from a corner meeting with his son. The glass of his car’s windows shattered due to the firing.

The forensics team inspected the vehicle and submitted an initial investigation report. The district police officer of Attock, Asad Hasan Alvi, told that investigations are still going on and security protocol for all the political leaders in the area has been intensified.

“I have no enmity with anyone,” said Ahmed. “What is saddening is the fact that this was not the culture of our district. But we will not boycott the elections as such incidents are routine activities for politicians.”

Salim Shehzad, the district president of PML-N, said that their opponents are victims of confusion. “They are trying to place obstacles in our way but they do not know that their opponents are all tigers,” he said.

Ahmed has served as a state minister during PML-N’s tenure.

Series of attacks

A number of political leaders have been targeted in the month leading to the election.

On July 16, former senator and ANP leader Daud Khan Achakzai was injured in an attempt on his life. On July 13, Nawabzada Siraj Raisani was killed along with at least 149 others as a suicide bomber detonated at an election rally in Mastung. A convoy of JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani also came under attack on July 13. On July 10, ANP candidate from PK-78 Peshawar, Haroon Bilour, and 21 others were killed in a suicide attack targeting the party’s election meeting.