Independent MPA, 29 others killed in Mardan blast

Published: June 18, 2013

Imran Mohmand of PK-27 amongst those killed in the Mardan blast. PHOTO: Imran Mohmand Pk-27 Facebook Page

Imran Mohmand of PK-27 amongst those killed in the Mardan blast. PHOTO: Imran Mohmand Pk-27 Facebook Page Accord­ing to securi­ty person­nel, more bomb attack­s are expect­ed in the area. PHOTO: FILE

SHERGARH: Independent MPA Imran Mohmand and 29 other people were killed in a suicide bomb blast during a funeral proceeding in the Shergarh area of Mardan, Express News reported.

Despite the medical treatment provided to Mohmand at the Mardan Medical Complex, the MPA succumbed to his injuries.

Over sixty people were reported injured and were brought in at the complex for medical treatment. The doctors described ten of them as severely injured.

The attack in Shergarh town in Mardan district, 145 kilometres (90 miles) northwest of Islamabad, came during prayers for the owner of a local fuel station.

Police said the politician appeared to be the target of the blast.

Local police chief Tahir Ayub told AFP “at least 27 people were killed and 55 others wounded in the blast” and that it was a suicide attack.

Another local police official, Jaffer Khan, confirmed the toll.

“The bomber came on foot and blew himself up near Imran Khan Mohmand, who seems to have been the target,” Khan told AFP.

More than 150 people died in militant attacks during the election campaign but Tuesday’s bombing is the deadliest since a blast in a Shiite Muslim area of Karachi on March 3 killed 50 people.

The attack comes three days after 25 people died when militants blew up a bus carrying female students in the southwestern city of Quetta and stormed a hospital where survivors were taken for treatment.

Imran Mohamand had earlier defeated candidates of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to win PK-27 seat during the general elections.

Police officials were present at the hospital to provide security.

Shortly after the blast, Provincial Information Minister and PTI leader Shaukat Yousufzai while talking to Express News said, “We will take the jirga to the federal government to identify ways of resolving the law and order situation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. We have invited all stakeholders to join us.

“For peace to prevail in the entire country, there needs to be peace in K-P.”

“Even PML-N had chanted slogans for peace,” he added.

Yousufzai said the injured will be provided with monetary compensation worth Rs1 lakh while families of the deceased will be given Rs3 lakh.

A day ago, petrol pump owner Abdullah was killed by unknown assailants’ firing. Abdullah was a well-known figure in the area.

The bomb exploded just before Abdullah’s funeral prayers started.

Security forces and the rescue team reached the site. Injured were shifted to the hospital, while security forces cordoned off the area.

According to security personnel, more bomb attacks are expected in the area.

Reader Comments (63)

  • Nadir
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Must make sure peaceful Taliban are not blamed!

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  • saeed
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:58PM

    When this all blood shed will end..PTI MPA who was attending the funeral Imran Mahmand also got injured..BLA..Taliban…alshkar e jhangvi….sectarian violence..for GOD sake when this all will end..instead of mud slinging each other it is time for all political parties and establishment to do dome thing and create a policy to end this..enough is enough…

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  • saeed
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:58PM

    When this all blood shed will end..PTI MPA who was attending the funeral Imran Mahmand also got injured..BLA..Taliban…alshkar e jhangvi….sectarian violence..for GOD sake when this all will end..instead of mud slinging each other it is time for all political parties and establishment to do dome thing and create a policy to end this..enough is enough…

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  • Bilal
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:59PM

    Those Killed Include an MPA Imran Momand who won the election as an Independent Candidate. Imran was a well known figure in ANP as well.

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  • Tamoor RIndh
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:09PM

    RIP

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  • Bitter Truth
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:30PM

    He had done something that cost him his life how could Taliban spare him for his crime Defeateing JI and PTI candidate

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  • Saeed M.A
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:34PM

    When this all blood shed will end..

    When the Generals abandon their policy of shielding strategic assets, and completely disown them.

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  • Farooq
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:43PM

    All these banned groups should be droned once

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  • Pacer
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:44PM

    He was elected independent but was PTI MPA. ET should have mentioned his political affiliation. He is the second independent who joined PTI and was later targeted

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  • Babablacksheep
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:56PM

    must be PTI behind this murder

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  • Balma
    Jun 18, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Somebody register a new FIR using K-Ps electronic FIR registration system!

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  • Raheel
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:00PM

    Drones are the best treatment for these beasts

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  • zubair
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:01PM

    He has been killed by his rivals…they were jealous of his success

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  • John the Baptist
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:05PM

    @Pacer:

    ET should have mentioned his political affiliation.

    ET is part of the International Herald Tribune, which is owned by the $$New York Times$$. But you can rest assured that ET is completely independent.

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  • Uza Syed
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Another cold blooded murder by the brutes called Talibans and their kind, all who support, defend and consider Talibans friends must share this burden of guilt. Wake up, before we all are killed in this fashion. There are no good or friendly Talibans, they all are demonic and barbarians and must be treated as such.

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  • wafaq
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:07PM

    To: ET,
    Other newspapers are saying that this lawmakers belongs to PTI while you are terming it an independent. who is right??????

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  • Bhatti
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:27PM

    @Bitter Truth: u disgust me!

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  • Azmat Ali
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:29PM

    INA LILAH E WA INA ELAIH E RAJEON.

    Please stop these tactics that we will go for Jirga to federal government, Stop this panic, People give u the mandate in KP and you should be up to it.
    Make revolutionary changes in Police and in local intelligence as these are under the provisional authority.

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  • zubair
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:34PM

    @Babablacksheep:
    You name says it all

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  • Jun 18, 2013 - 6:35PM

    First and foremost, we send our heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those killed in this act of terror. We sincerely hope their loved ones will find the strength to deal with this tragedy. We also wish to see the injured make a quick and speedy recovery. Incidents like these emphasize the importance of shared cooperation in regards to our peace objectives in the region. Those who are working against our peace efforts continue to send the region into chaos and frenzy with these acts of terror. We fully support the government of Pakistan in its fight against these extremist organizations. We share a common stance against terrorism, and it only makes sense to work together to negate the common threat. We hope to continue our partnership and remain unified for the sake of stabilizing the region.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command

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  • Syed
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:35PM

    When they were targeting the Shias, you didn’t pay too much attention. What about now? Are you going to do something about your brothers in Islam or the killing season must go on…???

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  • Agitated Muslim
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:42PM

    Jahalut at its peak! Muslims killing Muslims during funeral prayer. Our PURE land needs more drones because WE DESERVE THIS TREATMENT.

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  • Jun 18, 2013 - 7:05PM

    A change in foreign policy
    is essential to dealing with the menace of terrorism.
    The foreign policy,which was adopted by the previous government was failed,
    has been failed and will remained failed.It needs comprehensive and fundamental
    changes,It is indispensable to overcome the ground situation being faced by the
    newly elected government and people of the country.

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  • socko
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:05PM

    Wow, injured will get 0.1 Mn & families of those killed will get 0.3 Mn.. Why dont they just say 100,000 & 300,000 respectively…

    If this had happened in Punjab or Karachi, the compensation would have been 1 Million to 5 Million… The cost of a Human life on the other side of Indus is lesser than the cost of a human life in Punjab & Karachi.

    Maan Gaye Pakistan…

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  • socko
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:06PM

    Wow, injured will get 0.1 Mn & families of those killed will get 0.3 Mn.. Why dont they just say 100,000 & 300,000 respectively.

    If this had happened in Punjab or Karachi, the compensation would have been 1 Million to 5 Million… The cost of a Human life on the other side of Indus is lesser than the cost of a human life in Punjab & Karachi…

    Maan Gaye Pakistan!!!

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  • socko
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Wow, injured will get 0.1 Mn & families of those killed will get 0.3 Mn.. Why dont they just say 100,000 & 300,000 respectively.

    If this had happened in Punjab or Karachi, the compensation would have been 1 Million to 5 Million… The cost of a Human life on the other side of Indus is lesser than the cost of a human life in Punjab & Karachi…

    Maan Gaye Pakistan!

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  • Fahad Siddiqui
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:20PM

    @ To all who laugh when these animals were killing the liberals,shia, non muslims, they are evils but the bigger evils are those who supports them, confuse common people.. that they are doing this in reaction of some thing

    like it or not but most of the PTI comes from JI in KPK (the undisputed mother of all terrorist)…
    you talk where other person wants to talk, they have other agendas they want khalafat and if they do that pakistan will be the biggest jihad exporter….. its in the hands of “PINDI ” who still thinks them as Strategic assets, as they help them controlling balochisten and karachi…

    Even now if people will remain in the state of denial then

    “Cheeragh sub ky bujayen gay hawa kisi ki nhe”

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  • Umer
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:31PM

    PTI still thinks its not our war. Great. Keep saying that, see how it works out for you.

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  • Rizwan khan
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:34PM

    Where is NAYA PAKISTAN where is peace in KPK

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  • Moved On
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:36PM

    only if pakistan wudnt have used extremism as a tool of their central policy, such days of mourning in pakistan wudnt have existed… can the common man of pakistan come out on streets and fight until their masters give up on using extremism??? Dnt look in the book for answers….use common sense…

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  • gp65
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:38PM

    First of all condolences to the family of the bereaved.

    IT is saddening that the only reason some people are shocked and angry is because it is Muslims killing Muslims as though the killing would be somehow justified if the people being killed were not Muslim.Recommend

  • MA
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:42PM

    whilst my fellow country men are pleading for more drones…..the perpetrators are fixing a meeting with Talibans in Qatar…..go figure!

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  • sgrr
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:44PM

    IK knows better the Taalibaan than anyone else as he claimed. Now why don’t he is negogiating the Taalibaan.

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  • Hopeful
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:49PM

    ET, please correct your details, Imran Khan Mohmand had joined PTI and was a PTI MPA.

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  • Jun 18, 2013 - 8:01PM

    Despite of providing hard security and strict arrangements the extremists are still performing their actions in Pakistan and the blood of innocents is shedding all over the country, how long we will see all this happening in front of ours, where are the official and intelligence agencies now, what are they doing, in which they had indulged themselves?

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  • Umer
    Jun 18, 2013 - 8:16PM

    @MA:

    whilst my fellow country men are pleading for more drones…..the perpetrators are fixing a meeting with Talibans in Qatar…..go figure!

    We figure alright. When US does talks with Taliban it is not agreeing to give them California but instead a portion of another country such as Afghanistan. However, when we hold talks with Taliban we discuss giving them a part of our country.

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  • Aamir
    Jun 18, 2013 - 8:22PM

    its time for Army to pay attention and get INVOLVED and PAF should be given full permission to CARPET BOMB where ever they feel necessary.

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  • MA
    Jun 18, 2013 - 8:41PM

    @Umer:
    but then you’re not the one who controls the drones, are you? when drones stop what would you do? send PAF to destroy the Talibans?….if you still haven’t understood the underlying reality of the groups you call Talibans then the chances are you won’t do it in near future so it would be futile for me to even try to explain my point. but keep up with your baggage of naivety and aloofness.

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  • True Pakistani
    Jun 18, 2013 - 8:52PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

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  • Adil
    Jun 18, 2013 - 9:04PM

    Rest assured people, no one will be caught and there will be no action against anyone. Our leaders and military rulers have abandoned all moral principles that relate to sense of responsibility, protecting the innocent and similar ‘fairytale’ concepts; they just want a quite and peaceful term in office, send their children to universities abroad and retire in Saudi Arab.

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  • Jun 18, 2013 - 9:04PM

    read plzz
    i seen the killed peoples in this blast today, i m a doctor and attended patients so i was bold in the injured people to face them but when i saw these whose hands and legs and brain was hare and there i lose my consciousness, watch newspaper every day and always look that how much is killed but i never wondered that their condition will be like this so to have +ive commants because it may happen also in your village

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  • salim
    Jun 18, 2013 - 9:29PM

    @saeed:
    this bloodshed will end when the oil fields turn dry. the funding/training for these sorts of attacks are funded externally.

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  • imran
    Jun 18, 2013 - 9:40PM

    where is army ? enjoying free pia first class and kfc in dubai?

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  • A Question ?
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:08PM

    Can I call it Islamic Terrorism ? Please someone answer this .

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  • MSS
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:49PM

    Sad. Very sad to hear of this senseless murder of humanity. It has become a common occurrence in Pakistan. Pakistan army are fully responsible for creating a Frankenstein who they cannot control now. It is likely to get worse before it gets better. The Taliban have to be targeted indiscriminately and eliminated. The new PM must ACT NOW and empower the security agencies.

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  • MAD
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:58PM

    US talking to Taliban. Some here want Pakistan to fight Taliban. Once US makes peace with Talibans the drones will be gone. Than what. best that you attach yourself too that same process and get rid of your problems too.before the US decides it would rather handover FATA to Taliban rather than a portion of Afghanistan.

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  • Syed
    Jun 18, 2013 - 11:06PM

    If we can’t handle the talibans and like minded groups holed up in Waziristan then its useless to have an army. Forget India as Afghanistan might be able to defeat us if we ever went to war with another country.

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  • Xnain
    Jun 18, 2013 - 11:15PM

    Unfortunate but something which could always be expected amid the alarming security situation. KPK government failed to create a balance between development and security spending. While the education and health budgets were increased, the budget for law enforcement was frozen. Peace and security is utmost essential. Until our schools, shops, roads and people are not safe, economic and social development can never take place. Srilanka had 90+ of literacy rate but remained highly underdeveloped until tamils were dealt with and peace returned. So PTI should have made some broader and realistic priorities. Unless the law enforcement doesn’t improve, militants will keep blowing schools, keep killing women students and investment will remain a far cry. Thus PTI should also announce a law enforcement emergency in the law enforcement institutions. Recommend

  • MSS
    Jun 18, 2013 - 11:21PM

    @ A Question?
    No. It is a battle for the control of the Pakistani state.Recommend

  • abdul jabbar
    Jun 18, 2013 - 11:36PM

    Extremely sad incident, after Quetta massacre more vigilance was needed in KPK onn any gathering, this is serious lapse and carelessness on part security departments and govt of KPK. Our sympathies with families of deceased and injured.Recommend

  • Laxman
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:06AM

    @ A Question? ‘ Can I call it Islamic Terrorism ? Please someone answer this’

    a strong No. Bcos I am an hindu working in an 99% islamic country for daily bread. I feel more secure and respected here than my home country. The problem is Pakistani muslims who can’t read Arabic, being taken advantage by their mullas. When state also involved to take advantage of this situation, then it is heady cocktail. There cannot be a immediate solution but things depend how fast the state of pakistan rewind the situations at least to pre 80s.

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  • RED ARROW
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:18AM

    long live jihad,,,long live zia ul huqqi…innocent taliban cant do that…some ajay, vijay,james or jakob have done this…a muslim cant kill another muslim…yeh yahood o hanood o nasaraa ki sazish hai…innocent…peacefull taliban cant do this…Recommend

  • NASEEBULLAH KHAN TAREEN
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:19AM

    very sad, every Pakistani citizen is sad about this suicide attack, the bomb blast in Quetta on a bus and the second in emergency room of hospital, resultantly, Deputy Commissioner, Mansoor Khan Kakar was also targeted and martyred including 18 students alongwith 19 students injured. Unfortunately, Pakistan's current position is worst, the Agencies who have already been ruined and destroyed Afghanistan since 1970. the same, now want to destabilize our great peaceful country Pakistan. Our country's Foreign Policy should be altered immediately in order not to get help in the shape of money from IMF (International Monetary Fund). Being a Pakistani, I would like to say that for a country, state and nation First of all three (3) main things are needed to be given priority.
    1) Peace
    2) Economic
    3) Education
    In view of the above, If peace prevails up to the mark, economic sector will be automatically good, and education department will also stand on its feet.
    Finally, May Allah Almighty eliminate and clean our Pakistan from burning issue (terrorism) in order to live like other developed countries in the globe.
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  • NASEEBULLAH KHAN TAREEN
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:21AM

    of course, but First and foremost we will have to defense our great Pakistan
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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 12:21PM

    @Nadir:
    Taliban and peaceful,good jock,

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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 12:28PM

    @Nadir:

    According to the FATWAS,issued by many concerned quarter from inside and out side the country,such people involved in such heious crime have no right to call muslim ,and you are describing them peaceful taliban ,they are not muslims,they are wiled animals.

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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 12:44PM

    Rest assured,
    the peaple,who are making heinous crime and play with innocent people’s lives would be produced before the tremendous judge would convict them and awarded them exampless
    punishment.

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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 12:51PM

    @Raheel:
    being said by you because you have not been targted by the them.
    Rest assured,if every thing runnimng on the same track the day will
    come when you admitt the untolrable facts affiliated the existing circumstances

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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 4:53PM

    Firm decision will have to take,admireable efficieny will have to show all the promises will have fulfilled made with popular will during the election campaign.

    In case ,
    you don’t no firm decision or failed in taking such decision which provide peace to the common man,or remained failed showing efficiny and didn’t fulfilled promises,with the people of pakistan,they would have to compelled to think you have no credibility to rulling over the country .

    You are bound to take a decision,permission can not be granted to any one playing with innocent people’s live on such level .We are moving toward anarchy ,delay in this regard will not be favour.Delay in this connection would destroyed our integrity stability and soliderity.

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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 7:34PM

    @Nadir:

    girle students has been targeted by Taliban twenty died at sopt.

    peace ful taliban,hahahah hahahaha,hahahahh…..hahahahahah

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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 7:38PM

    Newly elected government in Pakistan invited them to come to the peace negotiation they refused, peaceful Taliban,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hahahahahaha, my God.

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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 7:49PM

    @Nadir:

    Hey Mr. Nadir,
    are you commenting or denting???????????

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