Islamic cleric killed in South Waziristan

Unidentified gunmen in South Waziristan on Thursday shot dead Malik Mirajuddin, a prominent Islamic cleric who helped broker peace deals between the Pakistani government and Taleban fighters, officials said.

Reportedly, the attack took place in a village near Tank town early morning. According to the statement of Niaz Mohammad Qureshi, Mirajuddin’s assistant two men on a motorcycle opened fire on Mirajuddin while he was on his way to home after offering prayers in a nearby mosque. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his bullet injuries.

Mirajuddin was a central leader of the pro-Taleban Jamiatul Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and a former member of Pakistan’s lower house of parliament. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Separately on Wednesday, a fresh wave of ethnic and political violence left at least 18 people killed across Karachi. According to sources, the cause of the violence was not clear but it involved activists of theMuttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the dominant party in the city, and the rival, ethnic Pashtun-based Awami National Party (ANP).