Fzal remains unhurt in convoy attack

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Fzal remains unhurt in convoy attack

JUI-F chief was travelling through DI Khan when his convoy came under attack near the toll plaza

Shamim Shahid

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s convoy came under attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday.

The veteran politician’s convoy was fired upon from multiple sides at Yarik interchange, the party’s spokesperson Mufti Abrar confirmed .

The spokesperson added that the JUI-F chief was travelling through DI Khan when his convoy came under attack near the toll plaza.

In response to a query regarding Fazl’s safety, he assured that the veteran politician was safe.

Speaking to Geo News, Fazl’s brother denied the attack on veteran politician. saying that the JUI-F chief was at home when the incident happened.

“Maulana’s car stopped for refuelling near the Yarik interchange [when the incident happened,” he added.

The alleged attack comes in the backdrop of repeated security concerns raised by Fazl who, on multiple occasions, has cast doubts over the staging of polls due to the “unstable” security situation in some parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

“There is no police in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, and Lakki Marwat. Can the polls be staged in this situation of unrest?” the senior politician wondered while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on December 5.

Fazl’s remarks came after the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the caretaker government to ensure timely elections warning against any delay in the polls slated for February 8, 2024.

The party has suffered major losses due to being in the crosshairs of banned outfits over the years.

In September, senior JUI-F leader Hafiz Hamdullah was injured in a blast — that wounded 10 others — in Balochistan’s Mastung area.

Meanwhile, in July at least 40 JUI-F workers were killed in a suicide blast that targeted the party’s workers’ convention in Bajaur’s Khar.