Shabqadar attack was ‘target killing
President Asfandyar Wali Khan has said that the Shabqadar attack was not suicide bombing, but a plot of target killing and demanded of the government to constitute a commission under the supervision of a High Court judge to arrest the persons involved in the incident and bring them to justice.
Awami National Party's provincial chief Afrasiab Khattak, district president Bashir Khan Umerzai, Qasim Ali Mohammad Zai and ANP candidate from PF-21, who were due to address the meeting, escaped unhurt.
Talking to a private TV channel on Sunday, the ANP chief said that the Shabqadar attack was not a suicide bombing, but a well-thought-out plot, which aimed at throwing the country into a state of instability by eliminating the ANP leadership.
Asfandyar Wali Khan said that he himself was invited to attend the meeting, however for some reasons, he could not go. He said that the government has failed to provide security to the people. Asfandyar Wali Khan demanded that an enquiry commission headed by a High Court judge be constituted and by arresting the persons involved be punished.
ANP chief said that these incidents aim at thwarting general elections and landing the country into a state of instability. However, ANP would keep continuing its election campaign, he said.
Meanwhile, ANP leader and candidate for PA's slot Syed Masoom Shah, while talking to BBC Urdu, also rejected the government version that Shabqadar blast was a suicide attack and said it was 'target killing.'
"There four to five foots deep crater created in the ground in the arena suggest that it was a planted bomb, not a suicide attack," he said.
The ANP leader also ruled the possibility of al-Qaeda and Taliban militants involvement in the episode saying: "We have no enmity with Taliban and al-Qaeda nor we have issued statements against them since their emergence, and above all during ANP's rule no operation was carried out against Taliban or al-Qaeda."
"So why they will target us?"