Zarteef Afridi killed in Khyber

Staff Report

2011-12-08

KHYBER AGENCY – Zarteef Afridi, agency co-ordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), was shot to death December 8 by unknown attackers in the Ghundai area near Jamrod Bazaar, Khyber Agency, media reported.

Afridi was riding a motorbike when the masked attackers shot him, killing him instantly, BBC Urdu reported.

A spokesman for a militant organisation (the Abdullah Azzam Brigade) claimed responsibility, BBC reported. The spokesman said the organisation would keep targetting individuals associated with non-governmental organisations, media added.

In a statement, HRCP, a non-governmental rights body, denounced Afridi’s killing and called upon the government to apprehend his killers and to address threats human rights defenders in the region face.

Afridi was head teacher at a local government-run school and recently convened a peace jirga of tribesmen at Peshawar, BBC reported.

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