Atif Munsif Khan, the leader of the PTI, and nine other people were slain on Monday in Havelian, in the Abbottabad region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after their car was attacked by a competing party.
Umar Tufail, the Abbottabad District Police Officer (DPO), gave Dawn.com his confirmation of the development. The Havelian tehsil nazim was also the PTI leader.
The fuel tank exploded because of gunfire that a rival group allegedly fired at the car close to Havelian’s Langra village. In response to media allegations, he denied that a “rocket strike” had been intended for the car.
He claimed that Atif was among the ten passengers who perished when the car caught fire and was entirely destroyed.
According to the DPO, a sizable police contingent arrived at the scene and began searching for the offenders, but no first information report (FIR) had yet been filed.
According to Tufail, the remains were sent to the hospital for the Abbottabad District Headquarters.
Atif, the son of former provincial minister Munsif Khan Jadoon, was a native of Basti Sher Khan. In the 2022 municipal elections, he was chosen as the Havelian tehsil nazim as an independent candidate.
Fawad Chaudhry, senior vice president of PTI, expressed condolences for the dead.