ANP's women leader Najma Hanif shot dead
17 August, 2013
PESHAWAR: A woman leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), who was a candidate on reserved seats for women, was shot dead inside her house in Hayatabad on Friday night.
Najma Hanif Jadoon's spouse and former Tehsil Nazim, Hanif Gul Jadoon, was killed along with a 16-year-old son and a gunman in a suicide attack on his car in Swabi on the Eid day in November 2011.
Police said Najma Hanif, who was sixth on the ANP's list of female MPAs on reserved seats in the May 11 general elections, was killed inside her house in the posh Hayatabad township. She could not win a berth in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly as her party could get only a single seat reserved for women.
"We are investigating the case from different angles. One is not sure at this stage whether it was a targeted attack or some personal, family issue," said a police officer, requesting anonymity. The officer said the main gate of the house was open after the incident.A source said that apart from being a leader of the ANP, Najma Hanif was an active human rights activist.
During the election campaign, Najma was tortured by her rivals after which the caretaker information minister Musarrat Qadeem took notice of the incident. ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan also condemned the killing of Najma Hanif, saying her sacrifices will always be remembered.
The source said chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan expressed shock over the killing of a woman leader of the ANP and directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to probe the matter and arrest the killers.
ANP leader and former MNA Bushra Gohar said she was shocked over the incident.She said Najma was a young and vibrant political activist in her early 30s. "She got actively involved in politics after her husband and young son were martyred in a bomb blast in 2011. The party in recognition of her husband's huge sacrifice awarded her a provincial assembly ticket in the 2013 elections. She campaigned actively for party candidates in the general elections and remained busy campaigning in the by-elections. We demand that her attackers be brought to justice," said Bushra Gohar.