ANP leader Mian Iftikhar facing terror threats: security agencies

ANP leader Mian Iftikhar facing terror threats: security agencies


The intelligence agencies of the country issued an alert advising strict security measures after receiving credible information that Awami National Party (ANP) leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain could be targeted in a suicide attack.

According to the alert, a suicide bomber is currently being trained in Kunar area of Afghanistan.

Security agencies said the suspect is scheduled to cross the border in the next few days.

“What is my fault … why am I still a target?” a weary Hussain told The Express Tribune as he lamented over his victory in the elections being ‘snatched’.  “Politicians are being awarded portfolios while I receive threat alerts despite not being elected to the parliament in two elections and having nothing to do with policy making of the country.

“I have lost my son, friends and colleagues right in front of my eyes and continue living under threat,” he added.

For Hussain, this is not the first time he is issued a threat alert. In 2010, a suicide bomber was intercepted as he made his way to the ANP leader’s house in Pabbi. The security agencies have shared similar threats during elections season and occasions including Eid.

The former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa information minister’s 27-year-old son was gunned down in their hometown of Pabbi, Nowshera district in July 2010.

Mian Rashid Hussain was taking a walk in Khan Sher Garhi along Grand Trunk Road with his friend Mian Amjid Hussain when attackers sprayed them with bullets.

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