ANP leader Dawood Achakzai survives assassination bid in Balochistan

  • Attack on former senator comes days after Haroon Bilour was martyred in suicide blast in Peshawar

CHAMAN – Former senator and Awami National Party (ANP) leader Dawood Achakzai came under attack in Balochistan on Monday, days after another leader Haroon Bilour was martyred in a suicide attack.

Unknown gunmen opened fire at a guest house in Killa Abdullah district where Achakzai was sleeping. The ANP leader received bullets on his right arms during the attack.

The former senator survived the assassination attempt as his security personnel gave a prompt response, pushing the attackers to flee.

Dawood Achakzai was taken to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment. The health officials have declared his health stable.

On July 10, Harron Bilour, who was a candidate for PK-78, and 21 others martyred when a blast occurred at a corner meeting of ANP in the Yaka Toot area of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capital.

ANP candidate Haroon Bilour among 21 dead, dozens injured in Peshawar suicide blast

A video of the attack, shared on social media, shows jubilating scenes from the gathering where Bilour was welcomed by hundreds of party supporters minutes before the explosion.

Haroon was the son of Bashir Ahmed Bilour, a senior ANP figure who was himself martyred in a suicide blast in Peshawar in 2012.

Meanwhile, the responsibility for the Peshawar suicide blast has been claimed by the Pakistan faction of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban.

TTP claims responsibility for Peshawar suicide blast

The central spokesperson for the militant group, Muhammad Khorasani, released a message to media revealing the name of the suicide bomber as Abdul Kareem, taking the onus of the attack that has marred the electioneering, especially in the war-battered Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.