A National Party (NP) convoy was attacked on Sunday in Dasht Town, Kech district, as electioneering picks for February 8 drew near across the nation.
The attack comes in the backdrop of security concerns raised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and several other independent lawmakers, with the latter moving resolutions in the Senate seeking poll delay.
There have been violent outbursts throughout previous general election campaigns, with numerous candidates and voters being the target of bombs and gunshots.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) Abdul Hameed of Dasht commented on the incident and said that men who were not identified were able to flee after shooting at the caravan.
According to the assistant commissioner, the dismissal caused damage to a car’s windscreen, but the party leaders were unharmed.
The party’s candidate for the PB-27, Lala Abdul Rasheed, and Senator Kohda Akram Dashti were inside the car that was attacked, according to a statement released by NP spokeswoman Jan Buledi.
The spokesperson said, “They [the leaders] had gone to Dasht Kadan for electioneering [purposes]. Their vehicle came under fire, but they were safe because the vehicle was bulletproof.”
In the meantime, the attack on party leaders was denounced by NP Central President Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch in a statement, which also claimed that the act was intended to sabotage elections.
He further mentioned, “This is an attempt to create a law and order situation. The government should take steps to ensure the safety of politicians and party workers,”
Meanwhile, NP Central President Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch condemned the attack on party leaders in a statement, adding that the incident was meant to undermine elections.
Earlier this month, in the Swabi area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), aome unidentified individuals shot, Shah Khalid, a local leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), to death.
During the same month, Kaleemullah Khan, an independent candidate seeking to run for the PK-104 seat in the KP assembly, was assassinated in North Waziristan.
Aslam Buledi, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for NA-258, was hurt in a shooting incident that happened in Turbat City on the same day.
In the Tappi hamlet this month, terrorists also opened fire on Mohsin Dawar’s car. Dawar is the leader of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and a former member of the National Assembly.
The attacks coincide with a significant upsurge in terrorist attacks across the nation; the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), based in Islamabad, reports that over 1,500 civilians, security personnel, and militants were killed in terror-related incidents last year, marking a six-year high.