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Son of well-known anti-terrorism politician shot dead

07-25-2010 09:37 BJT

ISLAMABAD, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The son of a well-known anti- terrorism politician, the information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northwest Pakistan, was killed by unknown gunman Saturday evening, reported local media Express.

Undated photo of the son of a well-known Pakistani anti-terrorism politician is pictured in northwest Pakistan's Nowshera on July 24, 2010. The son of Provincial Information Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province Main Iftikhar Hussain was killed by unknown gunman in Nowshera on Saturday evening and a nephew was injured, local media reported. (Xinhua)
Undated photo of the son of a well-known Pakistani 
anti-terrorism politician is pictured in northwest
Pakistan's Nowshera on July 24, 2010. The son of
Provincial Information Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Province Main Iftikhar Hussain was killed by unknown
gunman in Nowshera on Saturday evening and a nephew
was injured, local media reported.(Xinhua)

According to the report, the attack took place Saturday evening when an unknown gunman shot dead the son of the minister near the city of Nowshera, a city east of Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The attack took place when the son of the minister was taking a walk with his cousin in a public area near Nowshera. The 25-year- old son of the minister, the only son of the minister, died right on the spot after receiving four bullets in his body while his 29- year-old nephew was seriously injured.

The dead body of the minister's son has been shifted to a nearby hospital while the injured nephew has been rushed to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, where he is undergoing a surgery. Hospital sources say the injured is in critical condition as he also received four bullets in his body.

Main Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister of Khyber Paktunkhwa province, is a well-known anti-terrorism politician Pakistan. A couple of weeks ago, at a seminar held in Peshawar, he warned that the Taliban militants are regrouping in Khyber Paktunkhwa province and its neighboring tribal areas and vowed to fight the terrorists to the end.

Shortly after the incident took place, the Pakistani President Zardari issued a statement strongly condemned the killing.

Though so far no group has claimed responsibility for Saturday' s killing, local watchers believed that the attack is aimed at issuing a warning to the local government officials who are fighting against the militants.

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