Police report shots fired near vehicles in the convoy of JUI-F chief in DI Khan

On Sunday, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police reported gunfire near vehicles belonging to the convoy of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Dera Ismail Khan. However, the politician was not present during the incident, according to District Police Officer (DPO) Rauf Kesrani.

DPO Kesrani mentioned that the vehicles from Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s convoy were in the Yarak area for refueling when the firing incident occurred. He emphasized that Maulana Fazlur Rehman was not at the scene but did not provide further details.

This incident follows recent warnings from the interior ministry about serious threats to Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Awami National Party provincial president Aimal Wali Khan. JUI-F spokesperson Aslam Ghauri condemned the incident as a “cowardly act” and criticized the lack of action despite repeated warnings and reports about threats to their leadership.

Aslam Ghauri called for an immediate investigation into the incident, questioning why security institutions were not fulfilling their responsibility. He expressed concern about the deteriorating law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan.

Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani phoned Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s son to condemn the attack and pray for the JUI-F chief’s well-being.

The interior ministry had issued a letter, warning of serious threats to the lives of Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Aimal Wali Khan, urging caution, vigilance, and necessary security arrangements. JUI-F spokesperson Ghauri, while acknowledging the routine nature of such threats, highlighted the challenges faced by the party in its election campaign due to security concerns. He called on the Election Commission of Pakistan and law-enforcement agencies to ensure security for fair and free polls.

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