Swat ATC Judge Shot Dead Along With Wife And Children In ‘Targeted Attack’
Aftab Afridi, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge working in Swat, was shot dead along with three family members as his car came under attack near the Ambar Interchange in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Sunday.
The judge’s wife, grandson and daughter-in-law also lost their lives in the attack. Police said that the family was travelling from Peshawar to Islamabad via Swabi. Two guards of the slain judge’s convoy received injuries in the attack.
Dawn quoted a police official as saying that it was a ‘targeted attack’, adding that the attackers fled the crime scene following the attack.
Police teams reached the site following the incident and began an inquiry into the targeted attack.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the murder in a tweet, vowing to apprehend the murderers.
Strongly condemn the murder of ATC judge Aftab Afridi, his wife & 2 children at Anbar Interchange, Swabi. The perpetrators of this gruesome act will be apprehended & dealt with full severity of the law.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 4, 2021
Other politicians also took to Twitter to condemn the incident.
Heartfelt condolences to the family of ATC judge Aftab Afridi. Demand immediate and fair investigation of these brutal killings. May Aftab Afridi, his wife, grandson and daughter in law rest in peace. Pakhtunkhwa continues to suffer as terrorism continues to rise again. https://t.co/Lct5yxSfWU
— Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) April 4, 2021
Condemn how the ATC judge aftab afridi along with his entire family was murdered in cold blood on a well patrolled motorway. If the judiciary is eliminated so ruthlessly, who would dare to dispense justice. #RIP
— Palwasha Khan (@PalwashaKhan18) April 4, 2021
Strongly condemn the most deplorable incident of murder of ATC judge Aftab Afridi and his family. Spoken with IG Kp to apprehend the culprits at the earliest. State must protect its functionaries at all cost.
— Mirza Shahzad Akbar (@ShazadAkbar) April 4, 2021