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Suspect arrested in connection with attack on PTI MPA

LOWER DIR:  The Counter Terrorism Department of KP has arrested one suspect in connection with attack on PTI MPA in Dir.

On Saturday unidentified assailants opened fire at the vehicle of PTI provincial assembly lawmaker Malik Ali Khan in Khyber-Paktunkwa’s district Lower Dir. Four people including a brother of the lawmaker, a Levies Force member and a girl were martyred in the attack.

Malik Liaqat Ali Khan, the injured MPA, was shifted to a hospital in Islamabad from Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital on Sunday, his relatives said.

The administration and law enforcement agencies denied imposition of curfew in the area, saying that a search operation was in progress to arrest attackers and their handlers.

A spokesman for Zaimdara police station said a case against unidentified persons had been registered while a suspect, identified as Bakhtfoor, was taken into custody by the Counter Terrorism Department. He was taken to an undisclosed place for interrogation.

Moazzam Jah Ansari, the chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police visited the scene of the attack and offered fateha.

On Sunday, two relatives of the MPA were laid to rest at Gal Maidan. Moving scenes were witnessed during their funeral prayers.

The locals called upon the government to arrest the killers and give them exemplary punishment.

Lower Dir Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Zubair and several officials of district administration attended the funeral of Levies sepoy Bacha Rawan at Ouch cricket stadium who died in the attack.

The deputy commissioner laid floral wreaths on his grave.

Talking to his relatives, the official assured him that killers would be arrested soon.

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