DI KHAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Sardar Ikramullah Gandapur was laid to rest in his hometown Kulachi in Dera Ismail Khan on Monday, a day after he was martyred in a suicide attack in the area.
Gandapur, a former agriculture minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was said to be leaving his home for an election meeting when his vehicle was targetted in a suicide attack in Kulachi Tehsil.
He was among four injured in the attack and succumbed to his wounds at the Combined Military Hospital on Sunday.
His funeral prayers were offered at College Ground, Kulachi earlier today.
The PTI candidate was set to contest the July 25 polls from PK-99 (DI Khan-V) constituency.
Gandapur’s brother, Israrullah, was killed on October 16, 2013 in a suicide bombing while greeting visitors on Eid-ul-Azha in Kulachi.
His brother was a serving minister in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government at the time of his death and elected from the then-PK-67 constituency.
Gandapur was elected on his brother’s seat after a by-election following his death.
Electioneering marred by violence
A spate of terrorist attacks has taken place in the weeks leading up to the nationwide polls. On July 10, a bomb targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in Peshawar, martyring local party leader Haroon Bilour along with 21 others.
An attack on a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) convoy in Bannu on July 13 followed the tragic Peshawar incident. The Bannu incident claimed lives of four people, while 10 others were injured in the explosion.
Later the same day, one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country’s history took place which claimed the lives of over 150 people. Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Nawab Siraj Raisani was among the martyred when a suicide bomber blew himself up during Raisani’s election rally in Mastung’s Darengarh area.
A week after the Mastung blast, on July 16, ANP leader Daud Khan Achakzai was injured after unidentified persons opened fire on the guest house of the party’s candidate Zmrak Khan Achakzai in Chaman.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former federal minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmed’s vehicle was fired at in Attock recently, as was the convoy of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Musa in Multan.
On July 22, at least 20 people were injured after a hand grenade exploded outside Balochistan Awami Party’s electoral office in Dalbadin.
The same day, JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani escaped an assassination attempt in Bannu. He was en route to an election meeting in Basia Khel when shots were fired at his vehicle by unidentified suspects, who escaped after the attack.