An Awami National Party worker was shot dead inside her house in the Hayatabad area of Peshawar late Friday night.
Najma Hanif, who was also a candidate for reserved seats in the provincial assembly, was shot by unidentified men who broke into her home and killed her.
According to officials she and her school-going son were inside the house at the time of the incident and the assailants managed to flee the area without being challenged. The police was informed 30 minutes after the incident.
She is survived by a son. Her husband, Hanif Jadoon, who was the district Nazim was killed in a bomb attack in Malai village Swabi in 2011.
Police launched a search operation in the area soon after the incident and arrested a number of suspects while the dead body was sent for post-mortem.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan condemned the attack and directed an inquiry into the incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2013.