PESHAWAR: Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Ameer Muqam survived a deadly remote-controlled explosion targeting his convoy in Shangla District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Sunday.
The attack left six persons dead and scores injured, police said. “Ameer Muqam is safe in the attack, while six others, including three policemen, were killed when the device was detonated through a remote-control,” Malakand DIG Abdullah Khan told local media in Mingora, headquarters of Swat District. Ameer Muqam, who joined Pakistan Muslim League-N after remaining an active member of pro-Pervez Musharraf PML-Q, was on his way back from Martung along with MPA Abdul Muneem when his convoy was targeted at Kanhar, local administration told Daily Times by phone.
“I cannot be scared away by these bombs,” Ameer Muqam was quoted as saying. “It was the sixth attempt on my life,” he told local media in Shangla, which borders former stronghold of Mullah Fazlullah who now heads the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The prime minister’s adviser vowed to take the fight back to the terrorists. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah condemned the attack, calling it a cowardly act. He expressed grief over the loss of lives in the attack.
Muqam told AFP that he was safe but distraught over the loss of the men in his security detail. “I thank God for saving my life. I am very sad over the loss of my people who gave their lives while protecting me,” he said. He said that he was travelling in the area with some 15 vehicles in his convoy as part of campaign efforts for local elections.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, unknown gunmen shot dead a senior opposition leader along with two others in Peshawar on Sunday, police said, hours after the bomb attack on Muqam. Mian Mushtaq, a former high-ranking member of the secular Awami National Party (ANP) that ruled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa until last year, was in his car when he was attacked, senior police official Rahim Shah told AFP. “Up to four gunmen had taken position on both sides of a road and as soon as Mian Mushtaq’s car passed they started firing and fled in the nearby fields,” Shah said.
“Mian Mushtaq and two others died in the firing,” he added. The ANP is known for its outspoken views against the Taliban and backed military operations against the insurgents while it ruled the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for five years till March 2013. The bodies were shifted to Hayatabad Medical Complex for medico-legal formalities. ANP’s senior leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and Mian Iftikhar Hussain condemned killing of the party leaders and asked the government to resolve the issue of terrorism as soon as possible.
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