PESHAWAR— Awami National Party Peshawar chapter president Sartaj Khan was shot dead by unknown bike riders in Gulbahar area of Peshawar on Saturday afternoon.
As per details, Sartaj Khan was on his way when unknown motorcyclists intercepted him on most busy road of Gulbahar just adjacent to Gulbahar Plice Station and shot him dead inside his car.
He was taken to Lady Reading Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. “He was hit in face and chest and had died at the spot,” the LRH spokesperson said.
Talking to media, SSP operation Peshawar Zahoor Afridi said that apparently it is target killings incident. The attackers didn’t take away his phone or wallet, said SSP operation.
So far no one claimed responsibility for his killing.
Killing news of Sartaj, most popular young leader of ANP spread like jungle fire in all over Peshawar city and dozen of activists rushed to LRH and ANP Peshawar city office situated near to Bala Hisar Fort on G. T. Road. The angry and sentimental activists went on protest and they blocked the main G.T. Road.
Amidst chanting of slogans against government and setting tyrs on fire, they blocked the main G.T.Road for traffic. Later the protesters were joined by ANP Central Secretary General Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Provincial General Secretary Sardar Hussain Babak and others.
Asfandyar Wali Khan ANP central President has shown sever resentment over assassination of Sartaj Khan and termed it an act of target killing and terror. He through a statement has made questions about tall claims of ending terror and flushing away militants from the area and said that under a well planned ways, ANP activists are being targeted just to force them of raising voices in favour of peace, supremacy of parliament and constitution, rule of law and independence of judiciary in its true sense. He made it clear that ANP would continue its efforts for such causes whatever may be its price.
Other ANP leaders Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Sardar Hussain Babak and former Senator Shahi Syed have also grave concern over target killing of young and energetic Sartaj Khan and termed it a great loss for the party.
Beside serving as ANP Peshawar city its president, Sartaj was also member of party’s high level bodies including Central Executive Committee and Think-tanks.
Since 2008 lasta large number of leading ANP leaders fell victim of terror. Couple of days back Sartaj has chaired party meeting in connection with first death anniversary of Barristyer Haroon Bilour who was targeted by a suicide bomber on July 10, 2018 only 15 days before of July 25 general elections. Sucide attack against Barrister Haroon Bilour has made bad impacts on ANP performances in last year general elections. And now Sartaj was leading ANP candidates election campaign in Khyber and Mohmand districts, scheduled to be held on July 20 next.
Meanwhile Chief Minister Mahmood Khan taking a notice of young Sartaj Khan assassination directed police to early arrest the culprits involved in this immoral act.
Protesters block GT road
Reacting to his killing, activates and workers of Awami National Party gathered at GT road near Firdous and blocked the road for all types of traffic. They chanted slogans against the government for failure to provide protection to ANP leadership and workers.