Targeted: Bomb kills ANP leader Sher Khan in Lower Dir

By AFP
Published: September 14, 2011

Bombers assassinated Awami National Party (ANP) leader Sher Khan on Tuesday, blowing up his vehicle in a district bordering the once Taliban-infested Swat valley.

PESHAWAR: 

Bombers assassinated a local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) on Tuesday, blowing up his vehicle in a district bordering Swat valley.

A makeshift bomb exploded near the vehicle of Sher Khan, head of the ANP in Lower Dir where a sweeping army offensive two years ago appeared to reverse a local Taliban insurgency.

“It was a targeted attack. Sher Khan died on the spot and his police guard and the driver were wounded,” Dir police chief Saleem Marwat told AFP.

Local officials confirmed details of the attack in Maidan town.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s killing but militants routinely target officials in ANP, which leads the government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

In 2009, 30,000 troops went into battle against Taliban fighters.

The army declared the region back under control in July of that year and said the rebels had all been killed, captured or had fled.

The army is now trying to encourage tourists to return to Swat, once beloved by local and international holidaymakers for its stunning mountains, balmy summer climes and winter skiing.

Bombings blamed on Taliban and al Qaeda-linked networks have killed more than 4,630 people since 2007.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 14th,  2011.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Maryam
    Sep 13, 2011 - 3:28PM

    ANP is in the vanguard in War Against Terrorists and has given sacrifices more than any other political party of Pakistan. How many more ANP workers and leaders need to be martyred for Pukhtun’s cause? When Pukhtuns will understand their sacrifices?

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  • Columbus
    Sep 13, 2011 - 3:47PM

    may his soul rest in peace…all the sick out there apologetics about taliban or supporting them, only his family know how much painful it is…shaheed ki jo maut hay, qaum ki wo hayaat hay…

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  • ZAKIR U KHAN
    Sep 13, 2011 - 5:05PM

    May Allah bless peace to the departed soul and give strength to my uncle (Sher Khan) family to bear this irreparable loss…… Zakir Khan (Relacom Islamabad)Recommend

  • Ali jan
    Sep 13, 2011 - 5:36PM

    It’s so sad.I have known him all my adult life.He was such an honest and kind man.If i wasn’t in england right now,i would be in his village,mourning his death.Rest in peace, Khan la.

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  • A J Khan
    Sep 13, 2011 - 7:45PM

    ANP leadership and workers have seen lot of sufferings and given great sacrifices in the service of Pakistan. May God accept their martyrdom? Ameen.

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  • Naeem
    Sep 13, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Known for his unmatched bravery and resilience, Sher Khan paid ultimate price for resisting the most brute force the human history has ever produced (the Taliban).

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  • sam
    Sep 13, 2011 - 9:33PM

    r.i.p

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  • Sep 14, 2011 - 12:57AM

    The Taliban’s long list of crimes continues, and once again another blatant murder can be attributed to their hatred and ideology. They have long been trying to destabilize the brave nation of Pakistan by orchestrating terrorist attacks throughout the country. The last few weeks alone leave very little to ponder regarding their motives, and it’s clear they will go to any length to further their evil agenda. The proud nation of Pakistan continues to stand tall during the devastating floods in Sindh and deteriorating situation in its largest city of Karachi, while at the same time dealing with the Taliban atrocities. The terrorists routinely seek opportunities to spread chaos and fear, and unfortunately this time a political party leader was targeted to create unrest. These desperate attempts continue to succumb to the will of our brave partner, and there is no doubt our cooperation will lead to a safe and peaceful future for our nations.

    We fully support Pakistan in its war against terrorism and offer condolences to the families of those who have fallen victim to these senseless acts of crime.

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  • ihsan
    Sep 15, 2011 - 6:51PM

    @Ali jan:Hi From where he was?maidan or timergara or any other village plz his village name?and how it hapends?ya allah zama da molk ao qoom pa akhpal amman ki wasathy Ameeen

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  • Khaqan
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:20PM

    Sher mama is one of our Great and Brave Uncle.we miss and we will miss him through out of our lives because he is the an example of Great and brave Pakhtoon he knew that he was targeted but he never felt any fear.the only thing i want to know is that, why he was targeted? what was the reason behind? if they were Taliban then why they didn’t accept the responsibility of his Assassination? and if you go to Maidan you have to pass a check post after every 10 to 15kms and that area is totally covered by Pak Army,then how it is possible?

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  • Loss for words
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:20AM

    Very very sad and tragic. Shaheed for his country. May his soul rest in peace in Heaven. Ameen.

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  • Skin Taj
    Nov 8, 2011 - 2:57AM

    I think in the midst of the CLOUDS OF TERRORISM..Some people/ groups are sorting out ..their PERSONAL revenges also !!!!!!!!!!

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  • vuitton
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:03AM

    if he supports child abusers he is a criminal, plain and simple

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