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India-Pakistan
CM Hoti escapes suicide attack in Mardan
2013-02-16
[Dawn] Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Ameer Haider Khan Hoti remained unhurt in a suicide kaboom that targeted his convoy in Mardan on Friday, DawnNews reported.

All other members of the chief minister's convoy also remained unhurt in the blast that took place outside the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan.

The attack occurred when the provincial chief minister was on its way to attend a political rally.

The attacker threw a grenade at the chief minister's car before blowing himself up, Zakaullah, a senior local official, told AFP.

Danishwar Khan, police chief for Mardan, where the attack took place, confirmed it was a suicide kaboom.

"The target of the attack was chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He and other associates remained safe in the attack," he told AFP.

Mardan lies around 50 kilometres northeast of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, which is on the edge of Pakistain's lawless tribal belt, known as a haunt of Taliban and Al Qaeda linked myrmidons.

The attack on the senior Awami National Party (ANP) leader comes nearly two months after the killing of Bashir Ahmed Bilour in a suicide bomb kaboom in Peshawar.

The attack that killed Bilour was claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP).

The ANP, which has been a continual target of myrmidon groups operating in northwest Pakistain, also recently convened an all parties' conference for developing a consensus on countering militancy in the country.

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
today the Pak Taliban rejected the offer of peace talks that had come out of the ANP-led conference.

"The Taliban are still waiting for a serious and meaningful response to peace talks offer from the Pak government and the military," TTP front man Ehsanullah Ehsan told Dawn.com.
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