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Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman’s convoy attacked in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

According to Pakistani media outlets, the convoy of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F), was targeted in an attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Dera Ismail Khan.

Mufti Abrar, the spokesperson for veteran politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s party, JUI-F, confirmed to Geo News that the convoy came under attack from multiple sides at Yarik interchange.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of JUI-F, was on a journey through Dera Ismail Khan when his convoy was targeted near the toll plaza. The attack occurred as he was passing through the area, raising concerns about his safety and the security situation in the region.

However, when asked about Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s well-being, the party’s spokesperson, Mufti Abrar, provided assurance that the veteran politician remained unharmed despite the attack on his convoy. The incident highlights the ongoing challenges and risks faced by prominent political figures in Pakistan’s volatile political landscape.

In response to the reported attack on Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s convoy, his brother disputed the incident in a conversation with Geo News. He vehemently denied the assault on the veteran politician and asserted that Fazl was safely at home when the purported incident occurred. According to his brother, the incident took place as Maulana’s vehicle had stopped for refueling near the Yarik interchange.

This alleged attack unfolds against the backdrop of recurring security concerns expressed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman himself. On several occasions, he has raised doubts about the feasibility of holding elections due to the precarious security situation in certain areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, as reported by Geo News.

Fazl has particularly highlighted the absence of adequate police presence in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, and Lakki Marwat, questioning the feasibility of conducting polls in such an environment of unrest. These concerns underscore the ongoing challenges faced in maintaining security and stability in certain regions of Pakistan.

In the past year, Pakistan has experienced a concerning escalation in terrorist incidents, marking the highest levels since 2014.

According to the reports, data compiled by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) reveals that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has been the hardest-hit region, with 23 reported terror attacks resulting in 254 fatalities and 512 injuries in the outgoing year. Additionally, the province, including the newly merged districts (NMD), witnessed 13 suicide attacks, leading to 85 deaths and 206 injuries.

Given the alarming law and order situation, the Election Commission of Pakistan has taken the unprecedented step of seeking assistance from the Pakistan Army. This decision stems from a shortage of approximately 270,000 police personnel, highlighting the pressing need for enhanced security measures to ensure stability and safety during the upcoming general elections.

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