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Protest held in Bajaur over JUI-F activist’s killing

Qari Muhammad Ilyas had come to Khar when he was shot dead. Source: Twitter.

PESHAWAR: A protest was held on Tuesday against the killing of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam–Fazl (JUI-F) activist Qari Ilyas who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in district Bajaur.

Police said that Qari Muhammad Ilyas had come to Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur tribal district, to appear in the MA Islamiat paper when unidentified assailants opened fire on him as he came out of the examination centre, killing him on the spot.

The slain JUI-F activist was also a candidate of the party for the general councillor seat. Soon after the incident, a large number of JUI-F workers and supporters rushed to the spot and staged a protest demonstration against the killing.

The protesters placed the body on the road and blocked it for vehicular traffic. The protesters said that the killing of the JUI-F activist in broad daylight in the fortified Khar was a question mark over the performance of the district administration and law-enforcing agencies.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the killing. It may be mentioned that unknown persons had also shot dead his brother Mufti Sultan Muhammad some two years ago.

Independent MNA from North Waziristan and Chairman National Democratic Movement Mohsin Dawar also asked justice for the slain activist. “There is a protest going on in Khar, Bajaur against the killing of Qari Ilyas. The mainstream is yet to take notice. The wave of target killings, violence and attacks continues to spread throughout Pakhtunkhwa. The state stands as the killings continue,” he tweeted.

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