TTP claims responsibility for suicide attack on PTI candidate

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Police officer Zahoor Afridi says Ikramullah Gandapur, who is running for a parliament seat from opposition leader Imran Khan’s party, and three others, including two policemen, were wounded in Sunday’s attack. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Police officer Zahoor Afridi says Ikramullah Gandapur, who is running for a parliament seat from opposition leader Imran Khan’s party, and three others, including two policemen, were wounded in Sunday’s attack. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Police officer Zahoor Afridi says Ikramullah Gandapur, who is running for a parliament seat from opposition leader Imran Khan’s party, and three others, including two policemen, were wounded in Sunday’s attack. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 24 July 2018
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TTP claims responsibility for suicide attack on PTI candidate

  • Suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the PTI candidate’s vehicle in Kulachi area of Dera Ismail Khan
  • In Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a senior political leader of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, Akram Durrani’s convoy came under fire but no one was injured

ISLAMABAD: A suicide blast in Dera Ismail Khan, on Sunday, killed Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidate Ikramullah Gandapur and his driver. Ikramullah Khan was returning home after addressing a political gathering when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the PTI candidate’s vehicle in Kulachi area of Dera Ismail Khan.
Mohammad Khorasani, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in Dera Ismail Khan in a statement.
TTP Spokesman said in a statement that the target was former provincial minister Ikram-Ullah Khan Gandapur.
Dera Ismail Khan is a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bordering tribal districts.
Ikramullah Gandapur was contesting the elections for the provincial assembly seat PK-99 on a PTI ticket.
“Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk has expressed grief over the demise of Ikram-Ullah Gandapur who embraced martyrdom during the attack on his election campaign in DI Khan,” PM Office said in brief statement.
While reacting to the suicide bombing, PTI Chief Imran Khan in his tweet strongly condemned the cowardly terrorist attack against Ikram Khan Gandapur.
In a separate incident, on Sunday, in Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a senior political leader of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Akram Durrani’s convoy came under fire but no one was injured.
Earlier this month four people were killed and at least 30 injured when the convoy of Akram Khan Durrani, an MMA candidate, was targeted in a bomb blast in Bannu. Durrani was not hurt in the attack.
Pakistan has seen a new spate of terrorist attacks in recent weeks ahead of the general election scheduled for Wednesday (July 25).


Trump drops new North Korea sanctions because he ‘likes’ Kim

In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi. (AFP)
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Trump drops new North Korea sanctions because he ‘likes’ Kim

  • “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” the president’s spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly announced the cancelation of sanctions imposed by his own Treasury Department to tighten international pressure on North Korea.
“It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” Trump said in a tweet.
He appeared to be referring to measures unveiled Thursday that targeted two Chinese companies accused of helping North Korea to evade tight international sanctions meant to pressure Pyongyang into ending its nuclear weapons program.
But The Washington Post reported, citing Trump administration officials, that the president’s tweet referenced future sanctions that had not been announced and were scheduled for “the coming days.”
The Thursday sanctions were the first new sign of pressure since talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down in Hanoi less than a month ago.
However, Trump, who has previously spoken of “love” for the totalitarian leader, appears to retain hope that his strong personal relationship will bear fruit.
“President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” the president’s spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said.
Adam Schiff, a Democrat who heads the intelligence committee in the House of Representatives, blasted Trump for canceling sanctions “imposed only yesterday and championed by his own national security adviser, because he ‘loves’ Kim.”
“Foolish naivete is dangerous enough. Gross incompetence and disarray in the White House make it even worse,” Schiff tweeted.
On Thursday, Trump national security adviser John Bolton had tweeted that the sanctions were meant to put an end to “illicit shipping practices” by North Korea.
“Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea’s sanctions evasion,” he said.
China complained, saying that it did enforce all UN resolutions and opposed “any country imposing unilateral sanctions and taking long-arm jurisdiction against any Chinese entity according to their own domestic laws.”
This was Trump’s second major, unexpected foreign policy announcement by Twitter in two days.
On Thursday, he sent a tweet reversing decades of US policy and pledged to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the hotly contested Golan Heights border area with Syria.