HANGU: Newly-elected member of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Farid Khan was shot dead in Hangu on Monday, Express News reported.
Farid had won the PK-42 (Hangu-I) seat as an independent candidate and had then joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The MPA was shot dead near his residence close to Singair village, when unidentified armed men opened fire at his vehicle. Police said his driver and bodyguard sustained injuries in the gun attack.
Soon after the incident, security forces reached the crime scene and cordoned off the area.
Police officials said Mufti Hamid, of a local Taliban group in Hangu has been arrested in connection with the murder. He has been shifted to an unknown location.
Farid had won the elections as an independent candidate with 16,129 votes. His closest rival was Atiqur Rehman of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) who got 12,797 votes.
When Farid joined PTI, he had said he did so for the social welfare and goodwill of the area.
Farid also reportedly asked elders of the region if they had any reservations regarding his decision, but they agreed with his choice.
As an independent candidate, Farid said he would not be able to work for the development of the area the way he would be able to by associating himself with a political party that is in power. “People have given me their votes, and now I have an opportunity to serve them,” he added.
According to a report published in The News, Farid had only Rs100 in his pocket at the time he filed his nomination papers and his supporters ran his election campaign.
“I don’t consider myself a good politician. I am an active social worker though,” he had said.
He added that restoration of peace in K-P and the tribal areas was his big dream.