Former lawmaker Mohsin Dawar, four others injured in northwest Pakistan police shooting — official
PESHAWAR: A former Pakistani lawmaker was among five people injured in a shooting by local police in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, a local official said on Saturday.
Mohsin Dawar, the head of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) party who was contested the election in the NA-40 constituency and his supporters were gathered outside the office of the returning officer (RO) in North Waziristan district, according to Shafiullah Wazir, a senior district administration official.
Dawar and his supporters attempted to force their way into the RO office to protest the alleged manipulation of election results, at which the police fired gunshots in the air to deter them from doing so.
“Police resorted to aerial firing, which led to minor injuries of five supporters of NDM, including Mohsin Dawar, who is in stable condition,” Wazir told Arab News. “The situation is now under control and normal.”
Pakistan national elections on Feb. 8 were marred by violence, with 16 people killed and another 54 injured across the country. In KP, at least three people were killed and 12 others injured during a protest by supporters of jailed former prime minister Imran Khan’s party against National Assembly election results in the Shangla district.
Ismail Mehsud, a senior NDM leader, said Dawar and his supporters were trying to meet the election official, but the police stopped them.
“Five to eight NDM supporters, including Dawar, suffered injuries,” he said. “Dawar has been rushed to a local hospital for treatment, where he is in stable condition.”
Mehsud said his party’s supporters were protesting “controversial results” in the NA-40 North Waziristan constituency.
“Until last evening, Dawar was leading by a margin of 3,000 votes, but this morning, our rival candidate Misbahuddin from JUI was declared winner,” he said. “The results have changed overnight, which was our main concern.”
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) data, Dawar secured 32,768 votes, while his rival candidate, Misbahuddin of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (JUI) bagged 42,994 votes in Thursday’s national elections in Pakistan.
Dawar served as a member of the National Assembly, the lower house of the Pakistan parliament, from 2018 till 2023. He is one of the co-founders of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), but later formed his own party.
He remained unhurt in another attack in January when unidentified men opened fire on his vehicle in the same district.
Pakistan’s northwestern and southwestern regions that border Afghanistan witnessed a surge in militancy in the run-up to the elections. The attacks even forced a few politicians in KP to request the ECP to postpone the polls.