A senior Awami National Party (ANP) leader and candidate for Dera Ismail Khan city mayorship was shot dead outside his house on Saturday.
According to the details, unidentified gunmen riding a motorbike targeted Umar Khatab Shirani outside his residence in the Model Town area.
Umar Khatab was a candidate for DI Khan City mayorship in local body elections, first phase of which will be held on December 19 (Sunday).
Police have rushed to the crime scene and cordoned off the area while hunting for the attackers.
A spokesperson for the ANP, Samar Haroon Bilour, confirmed the death of the ANP candidate in the gun attack. “Omar Khitab Sherani, ANP Candidate for Tehseel Mayor of Dera Ismail Khan has been shot dead in front of his house !!” she tweeted.
“We want justice and we want it now. This cannot go on anymore.”
The local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province are set to start on Sunday, December 19. In the first phase, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will hold polls in 17 districts.
In the second phase, LG polls will be held in 18 districts of the province on Jan 16.
The election commission has postponed the election for the Mayor’s office in Dera Ismail Khan after the targeted killing of ANPs candidate.