A suicide bomb targeted Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Israrullah Gandapur, who was killed along with nine other people while 30 others were injured, Express News reported.
The attack reportedly took place when the minister was meeting visitors at his traditional village in Kulachi, which is located 45 kilometers from Dera Ismail Khan.
Gandapur had been elected during the May elections from PK-67 DI Khan-IV as an Independent but he later joined the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Shocked and saddened by attack on KP Law Minister Israrullah Gandapur's house in DIK, martyring him and 7 others;injuring over 20.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 16, 2013
Express News correspondent Ramzan Seemab reported that Gandapur’s brother, Ikramullah Gandapur was also injured in the attack.
Police said a suicide bomber targetted Gandapur.
— Muhammad Usman (@MuhommadUsman) October 16, 2013
Former deputy speaker of National Assembly, who also hails from DI Khan, Fasial Karim Kundi tweeted in support of his fellow politician:
Sad news in the history of D.I.Khan. Israrullah Gandapur, Law minister KPK has been martyred in suicide attack.
— Faisal Karim Kundi (@faisalkkundi) October 16, 2013
Police and rescue services have been dispatched to the site from DI Khan city, however, the poor roads may delay their arrival to the site.
This is the third PTI MPA from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to be killed since the May elections.
— Ali Arqam (@aliarqam) October 16, 2013
Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed sorrow over the attack. He further sought a report from IG Police Khyber Pakhunkhwa on the incident.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah and Chief Minister Parvez Khattak also strongly condemned the attack.
This was not the first attack on Gandapur. Earlier in April, his convoy was attacked prior to the May elections.
Two roadside bombs detonated near his vehicle as he was heading from Kulachi to Rohri to address a gathering on April 25. When his vehicle reached Gor Guldad at around 10am, two bombs exploded.
Gandapur escaped unhurt.
PTI Information Secretary MNA Shireen Mazari said that Gandapur had talked of threats just two days before the attack.
Israr Gandapur KP Law Minister plus 7 others', victims of terror attack on his house in DIKhan. He had talked of threats 2 days earlier. Sad
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) October 16, 2013