Unidentified gunmen critically injured a prominent activist in Wanna (South Waziristan district; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) on the evening (local time) of Friday, May 1. Sardar Arif Wazir, a leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), was traveling by car in Wanna city when gunmen opened fire from another vehicle. Sardar was taken to a hospital in nearby Dera Ismail Khan to receive treatment. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack as of Saturday, May 2.
Further violent attacks are possible in the area in the near term.
The PTM works to demand rights for Pashtuns - the country's largest ethnic minority - in Pakistan's former Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The movement alleges human rights violations by Pakistan's military against Pashtuns in the country's northwest, including violence such as extrajudicial killings, harassment, and missing persons.
Individuals in Pakistan are advised to remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities. Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to the country as foreign nationals, and Westerners, in particular, may be directly targeted.
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