Probe team expands investigation into Gandapur’s killing

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The investigation team constituted on the special directives of the interior minister to probe the Dera Ismail Khan suicide bombing that claimed the life of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s law minister Israrullah Gandapur has expanded its circle of investigation.

Officials told APP that members of the probe team visited the site of the incident in the minister’s hometown of Kulachi, about 50 kilometres west of D I Khan, and interviewed people besides reviewing the initial report of the incident.

The team also started to analyse mobile phone calls of local residents living near Gandapur House.

Seven others were killed and several others were injured in the attack targeting Gandapur that took place on Oct 16. A little-known shadowy group, Ansarul Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Gandapur was a member of the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), which favours peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.

He is the most senior member of the party to have been killed so far.