ANP's central general secretary arrested over PTI worker's death

Published: May 31, 2015
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PESHAWAR: Awami National Party central general secretary and ex- provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain was arrested on Sunday over the death of a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf worker.

A PTI worker, Habibullah, was killed during aerial firing outside Hussain’s residence in Pabbi tehsil of Nowshera district in the early hours of Sunday.

“After the declaration of initial results of LG polls in the area, PTI  and ANP workers gathered in Pabbi Bazaar and members of both the parties started chanting slogans against each other,” Station House Officer of Pabbi Police Shad Ali Khan said, while speaking to The Express Tribune.

“Things went sour and Mian Iftikhar came out to tackle the situation but it was too late,” he added.

The police official explained that activists of both parties resorted to aerial firing owing to which two PTI activists were injured.

“They were rushed to a nearby hospital but one of the activists, identified as Habibullah succumbed to his injuries after which his father Sher Alam filed a case against Mian Iftikhar and his guard Jehangir,” he added.

Hussain was presented to Judicial Magistrate in Nowshera where he was handed over to the police on a one-day remand for further investigations.

“Hussain was then shifted back to the sub-jail,  police rest house at Pabbi police station as further investigations into the case were underway.”

A case was registered against the ANP leader and his guards following the worker’s death.

However, denying involvement in his murder, Hussain said, “I cannot think of murdering anyone.”

“The worker died owing to aerial firing from his own party’s workers,” he added.

Addressing the media from the court Hussain said, “I am very upset at the way I am being treated, I have done nothing and everyone knows that.”

“They [PTI workers] came to attack me and when the police failed to protect me two contingents of army were called in,” the veteran ANP leader added.

Further, he said, “If the police and army did not take action I might not be standing in front of you today.”

Chaos, mismanagement and violence marred local government polls in K-P which saw at least nine people killed and more than 32 injured in election-related violence across the province.

Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) district council candidate in Ameerabad, Tangi, Afzal Khan, was killed while ANP’s Youth Council candidate Alam Zeb Khan was also injured in a firing incident.

In addition to the QWP candidate’s murder, at least six people were killed in Charsadda. According to police, a man was gunned down in a brawl in Sherpao area while two others were injured.

Read: Violence-marred local government polls leave 9 dead across K-P

In Tarnab area of Charsadda, two brothers belonging to the QWP were gunned down. Two more people were killed in Mandani area of the district in separate gun related incidents.

Police arrested the Charsadda general secretary for Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Mufti Gauhar Ali for allegedly causing disruption in the voting process.

Further, police booked at least 58 people in Mardan, Charsadda and Swabi, registering cases against them.

PM expresses concerns

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has raised concerns over the arrest of Mian Iftikhar Hussain and sought a report from Inspector General (IG) Police and other concerned authorities in this regard.

In a statement on Sunday, the premier said high profile personalities belonging to political organisations should be treated with dignity and respect.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • common man
    May 31, 2015 - 1:30PM

    Justice will be served Soon , KPK police is politics freeRecommend

  • Ali
    May 31, 2015 - 2:17PM

    Let the Law take its course, spilling of Innocents blood No more should be tolerated enough is enough Recommend

  • Rizwan
    May 31, 2015 - 2:44PM

    Pathetic. Ali Amin Gandapur should’ve been in Jail tooRecommend

  • Dr.waqas
    May 31, 2015 - 2:59PM

    The MAN who sacrificed his own son for Pakistan , the Man who would be the first one to arrive at a suicide blast and talk openly against taliban putting his life in danger for the sake of Pakistan And you are telling me he killed a man no sir sorry i am not buying this.PTI hooliganism needs to end and so much for the myth of de politicized police.Recommend

  • Good work
    May 31, 2015 - 3:16PM

    Speedy justice only to be found in KPK. Good work to KPk depoliticised policed Recommend

  • Timorlane
    May 31, 2015 - 3:53PM

    ANP vandals have killed a lot of people in Karachi also and always got away.

    This time they should not be let off the hook

    no matter how much a clamor

    their crook allies in

    media createRecommend

  • Basit
    May 31, 2015 - 5:21PM

    He should hire nawaz whether its a crime or even murderRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 31, 2015 - 5:26PM

    PTI kids might not know but in Pakistan there is no one more patriotic person than Mian Iftikhar Hussain Sahib. He pardoned murderers of his only son for the sake of peace in KP but thankless Taliban and their stooges never forget to take revenge.Recommend

  • Amjed Jaaved
    May 31, 2015 - 5:49PM

    There is marked similarity between the way jialaas under Bhutto and youthias under secretly funded Ik celebrate their victory. Recommend

  • Ranjha
    May 31, 2015 - 5:55PM

    @Dr.waqas:

    So, sacrificing his own son gives him a right to take lives of others? Stop the drama — no one is buying this crap argument anymore!

    Book the murderer. They can take their “sacrifices” somewhere else.Recommend

  • Blithe
    May 31, 2015 - 6:48PM

    PTI a the fascist part that it is – has shown its true colours during these elections , where violence and intimidation was the norm.

    Pmln should consider governor rule because Pti is simply unable to govern Recommend

  • Jibran
    May 31, 2015 - 7:35PM

    What were PTI goons doing at the residence of Mian Iftikhar? And why police was nowhere to be found? There is freedom to protest, but PTI goons take it as a license for intimidation.Recommend

  • raider
    May 31, 2015 - 8:49PM

    @Jibran:
    new gullu butt in this forum, welcome dearRecommend

  • raider
    May 31, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @Blithe:
    firstly governor rule should be imposed in Punjab where police is at verge of disaster, law and order type worlds are insult for police, shame on Punjab govt for poor governance for last 7 years, Recommend

  • muhammad soban
    May 31, 2015 - 11:23PM

    Its great act done by pti those who involved any type of criminal activity should arrest them belongs any category not should be like zardari and nawaz according to mofahemat policy all murder are free if any political member attempt because of this we still slaves of these parties on which own ministers said I done money laundering for nawaz Sharif and zardari knows by 10 percent.Recommend

  • muhammad soban
    May 31, 2015 - 11:31PM

    @Dr.waqas:
    Five years they sitted in government on that time only said against Taliban from mouth not take physical action against it but Pti government take action against afghan mahjerin who involved all terrorism activities about PPP and anp I only say this they always talk about mataryard of his political party but never talk about performance done in five years.Recommend

  • timurid
    Jun 1, 2015 - 3:16AM

    In a statement on Sunday, the premier said high profile personalities belonging to political organisations should be treated with dignity and respect.

    Left unsaid: Everyone else is fair game.The PM will ‘take notice’ and order the concerned authorities to take swift action against the culprits. All is well in this land of the pure. Don’t you worry. Go back to watching videos on YouTube. Oops.Recommend

  • Khattak
    Jun 1, 2015 - 6:17AM

    This is utter failure of KP police to let the PTI youthias take law into their own hand & attack Mian saib office. Creating hana jangi is no one interest. Those leading PTI Lashkars to attack ANP office should be immediately arrested along with Gandapur who was caught red handed & kept in custody for 4 hours by people with stolen ballet papers. All things are recorded in videos & is thee on social media. Imran Khan PTI can not hide behind high moral grounds by shielding PTI Lashkars. We know the Pasha Tehrik can buy few Lefaf anchors & do wonders in election but reality is quite the opposite. Recommend

  • masoom
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:15AM

    @common man:
    Dear arresting opponent does not mean police is piltically free but arresting ruling party member should be taken as free police otherwise according to u punjab and sind police appear more free of politics!Recommend

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