The PTI candidate for Dera Ismail Khan’s PK-99, Ikramullah Khan Gandapur, was laid to rest on Monday.
A large number of people attended the funeral at Government Degree College Kulachi amid tightened security. Gandapur was laid to rest at his residence.
The PTI leader was initially injured along with 10 others when a suicide bomber detonated near his vehicle in Dera Ismail Khan’s Kulachi tehsil. The injured were taken to District Headquarters Hospital DI Khan. By about 3pm, Gandapur’s remains were taken for a post mortem to the DHQ, said DPO Zahoor Afridi.
The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack the same day. On Monday, police registered a case on behalf of his son against unidentified men.
On the other hand, the election for PK-99 has been postponed, the Election Commission announced shortly after Gandapur was killed with his driver in a bomb blast near their car in Dera Ismail Khan Sunday.
In October 2013, Ikramullah’s brother, Israrullah Gandapur, was killed in a suicide blast in Kulachi. He served as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s law minister.
A number of political leaders have been targeted in the month leading to the election.
Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, a PML-N leader vying for Attock’s NA-55, and his son, Sheikh Sulaiman Sarwar, the party’s candidate for PP-1, came under an attack late night on July 16 in Attock.
The same day, former senator and ANP leader Daud Khan Achakzai was injured in an attempt on his life.
On July 13, BAP leader Nawabzada Siraj Raisani was killed along with at least 149 others as a suicide bomber detonated at an election rally in Mastung. A convoy of JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani also came under attack on July 13.
On July 10, the ANP candidate from Peshawar’s PK-78, Haroon Bilour, and 21 others were killed in a suicide attack targeting the party’s election meeting.
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