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Waziristan Lady Health Worker’s Brutal Murder Sparks Outrage

The killing of a lady health worker by unknown assailants in Mirali, North Waziristan, has sparked outrage, with people urging the state to put an end to targetted killings in the area.

The health worker, Naheed Gul, 25, was shot dead when she was returning home after performing her duty at the Basic Health Unit of Nathasi in the Khus­hali Toorikhel area of Mirali.

Dawn reported that the gunmen pulled her out of a rickshaw, took her to a deserted place and shot her in the head. Gul was posted as a nutritionist at the BHU, Nathasi.

North Waziristan lawmaker Mohsin Dawar condemned the murder and blamed the state for playing up ‘double games’ with the people of the region. He said: “The murder of Naheed exposes the lies told about the return of peace & security in Waziristan. Taliban terror requires blood of innocents & they r given the freedom to spill it. This State has not given up its double games, we recognize this & we will resist it. #JusticeForNaheed.”

Meanwhile, Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen said a protest would be held against the targeted killing of Naheed.

‘Targetted killings must end’

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly lawmaker Mir Kalam Wazir said the use of force won’t help resolve the issues.

PPP leader Farhatullah Babar said such actions must be ended as they further ‘alienate people’ of the tribal region.

A user Xmahsud questioned the law enforcer’s inability to protect her.

Nida Kirmani, who teaches at LUMS, called it ‘deeply disturbing’.

Rights activist Gulalai Ismail said women were being threatened to stop working with NGOs by a local ‘terrorist group’.

Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Malala, also condemned the incident.

Former senator Afrasiab Khattak lamented that the incident was ignored by mainstream media.

PTM leader Alamzaib Mehsud said it was an attempt to sabotage the polio campaign.


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