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May 10, 2012

Ajmal Khattak’s tomb bombed 16 injured in second blast

 
May 10, 2012

NOWSHERA: Three unidentified men bombed the grave and under construction tomb of poet-politician Ajmal Khattak in his village Akora Khattak on Wednesday night and a second bomb explosion in the graveyard injured 16 persons including policemen and journalists.
Suspicion immediately fell on militants for organising the attack. Eyewitnesses and police officials said the grave of the late ANP president was also damaged as the roof of the mausoleum fell on it as a result of the blast.
The second blast took place as villagers, cops and media personnel crowded the place. It seems the bomb was planted and exploded later to cause more damage. Of the 16 people who sustained injuries, eyewitnesses said five were shifted to Peshawar, four admitted to the public hospital in Nowshera city and seven sent home after first-aid. Three cops and three journalists were also injured. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
Ajmal Khattak died on February 7, 2010. He was buried in his village, Akora Khattak, in the cemetery located on the main GT Road across the well-known seminary, Darul Uloom Haqqania.
The ANP-led provincial government had sanctioned Rs5 million to build a mausoleum on his grave. The district administration had provided Rs1.9 million for building a road to the tomb and buying some nearby land for it.
The construction work on the tomb was nearing completion when it was attacked.Ashrafuddin Baba, the chowkidar appointed by the building contractor at the tomb, told The News that three young men including one with a short beard, forced their way there at 8.55 pm and pointed a pistol at him. "They beat me up, tied my hands and put me in the room. After sometime there was a loud explosion and the three men escaped," he recalled.
It is apparent that the attackers planted explosives at the tomb and triggered the explosion, which was heard at a distance of some kilometres away from Akora Khattak town.
Police officials and villagers, including family

members and relatives of Ajmal Khattak rushed to the site of the blast. The police cordoned off the area and launched search operation. However, no arrest was made.
Ajmal Khattak's son Mirwais and his nephews Haji Jamil and Haji Usman were among those who were present at the site of the explosion. They told reporters that Ajmal Khattak was a man of peace and a poet and bombing his grave was a reprehensible and senseless act.
Ajmal's son Aimal Khattak, who is based in Islamabad and is a known writer and analyst working for a non-governmental organization, rushed to Nowshera after the incident.He told The News that rivals didn't even spare the grave of the poet-politician who was humble man. "It is a cowardly act and reprehensible. This would increase the anger and hatred towards those who attacked his grave," he argued.