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June 5, 2013

Hangu protesters torch shops, militant commander’s house

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AFP
June 5, 2013

HANGU: Nine persons were killed in Hangu on Tuesday after angry protesters went berserk following the killing of PTI MPA Farid Khan on Monday. The house of a militant commander Mohammad Asif on the Hangu Bypass Road was also burnt as protesters suspected his hand in the attack on MPA Farid Khan who died when his car was sprayed with bullets. Local people retrieved the charred bodies of the commander’s father Abdullah, brothers Abidullah and Sanaullah and uncle Samiullah from the rubble. The angry protesters had stormed commander Asif’s house in his absence. The four bodies were kept unclaimed and were not buried for sometime.
Commander Asif was said to be loyal to Mohammad Nabi Hanafi, a local militant commander who was at odds with the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The furious protesters had earlier torched some shops in the Hangu Bazaar belonging to supporters of former MPA Atiqur Rahman, who had lost the election on May 11 to Farid Khan. Slogans were also raised against Atiqur Rahman and the JUI-F to which he belonged and commander Nabi Hanafi.
Farid Khan, hailing from a lower middle class family whose election campaign was funded through donations by his supporters, was a popular local politician. He was also the deputy leader of the Sunni Supreme Council, which announced mourning in his memory and declared that the Hangu bazaar would remain closed till its final decision about the next course of action.
Late night reports said Farid Khan’s family had registered a case at the Hangu police station for his murder against two-time former MPA Atiqur Rahman, his brother Shafiqur Rahman, who is a former Nazim of union council, their uncle Noor Rahman alias Kabaloo, and three unknown persons.
Complete strike was observed in the district on Tuesday as the slain PTI MPA Farid Khan and his driver were laid to rest amid tight security in their ancestral graveyards in Dervezi Palosa.Thousands of people, including PTI activists and

religious scholars, attended the funeral prayers.
Elaborate security arrangements had been made to avoid any untoward situation. The Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps soldiers and Elite Force personnel were patrolling the city.
Speaking on the occasion,chairman Sunni Supreme Council Maulana Abdul Sattar, notable clerics Maulana Abdul Jalil and Maulana Siraj and PTI MNA from Hangu Khyal Zaman asked the government to arrest the killers forthwith. They also demanded a judicial inquiry into the assassination of the MPA.
The leaders also announced that a brother of the slain MPA Shah Faisal would be the consensus candidate of all the tribes in Hangu district in the by-election for PK-42, the seat that fell vacant after Farid Khan’s assassination. They declared that anyone who would file nomination against Shah Faisal would be considered to be contesting election against the will of the people of Hangu.
Shah Faisal was also turbaned on the occasion and made the successor of his late brother Farid Khan. Their third brother Shah Nawaz was injured in the attack on Farid Khan and is now under treatment.
District Police Officer Sajjad Khan told The News that the police had registered the case against the former MPA and JUI-F leader Atiqur Rahman, his brother Shafiqur Rehman and uncle Noor Rehman in the killing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Farid Khan.