Federal minister Shibli Faraz comes under attack in K-P

PESHAWAR: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz was attacked by protesters in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Darra Adam Khel town on Sunday, a senior police official said.

The DIG Kohat said people protesting against ongoing local body elections in the province pelted stones at the minister’s car while he was on his way to Kohat.

Federal minister Shibli Faraz comes under attack in K-P
Federal minister Shibli Faraz comes under attack in K-P

He added that a security guard and drive of the federal minister had sustained injuries in the attack while Shibli remained unhurt.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry while citing unconfirmed reports said that unidentified assailants opened fire on his vehicle.

“Thank God he [Shibli] survived the attack but unfortunately the driver was seriously injured and rushed to the hospital,” Fawad wrote on his official Twitter handle and condemned the attack.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also condemned the attack and summoned a report on the incident from the K-P’s police chief.

Earlier in the day, at least two people were killed and four injured in a bomb blast in K-P’s Bajaur tribal district.

According to Express News, security forces and police cordoned off the area soon after the blast, while rescue officials shifted the bodies and wounded to the hospital for medico-legal formalities.

DARRA ADAM KHEL: Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz on Sunday escaped a gun attack unharmed as he was on his way from his ancestral town of Kohat to Peshawar city.

Armed assailants fired shots at his car, shattering the windows.

Faraz told the media that he is safe but his driver has been injured and is being transported to Peshawar for medical attention.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry tweeted moments after the news broke, saying that Faraz had been attacked by gunmen at Darra Adam Khel.

“Thankfully, he remained safe but unfortunately the driver is seriously injured and has been transported to the hospital.

“We strongly condemn this incident,” he wrote.

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