Pak: Key member of a Shia-Sunni Peace Jirga killed



Islamabad: A key member of a Shia-Sunni Peace Jirga in northwest Pakistan was killed and his companion injured in an attack by unidentified armed men, a media report on Tuesday said.

Maulana Niazbar, also a member of Sunni Supreme Council in Hangu district, was killed instantly when the motorcycle-borne gunmen fired at him at Kohat in Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province yesterday.

Niazbar had come to Kohat to attend two jirgas (council). His companion, Maulana Zeenatullah, a resident of Kohat, was injured, the Dawn newspaper reported today.

Police cordoned off the area and conducted a search operation but the killers managed to escape.

Sunni Supreme Council chairman Javed Ibraheem Paracha condemned the killing of the religious leader and criticised the government for not investigating such attacks.

He said the government had completely failed to restore peace in Hangu region, which has been rocked by sectarian violence in recent years.

PTI