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Arif Wazir

Pakistani politician

Died when: 38 years 0 days (456 months)
Star Sign: Taurus

Sardar Muhammad Arif Afghan Wazir (Pashto: سردار محمد عارف افغان وزیر‎;

May 2, 1982 – May 2, 2020) was a Pashtun politician, activist, and one of the leaders of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

He served as president of the South Waziristan chapter of Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) and chief of FATA Political Alliance South Waziristan.

Arif belonged to the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe and was a cousin of MNA Ali Wazir.On 1 May 2020, as he was driving home in Wanna just before the evening's fast-breaking meal, he was critically injured when gunmen from another vehicle shot him three times in the head, neck, and arm near his home.

He succumbed to his injuries on the next day after being shifted to Islamabad for emergency surgery, becoming the 18th male member of his extended family to be killed by militants since 2003.

PTM claimed that “state-sponsored militants” were responsible for the assassination and held widespread protests during which several of its activists, including Gilaman and Nadeem Askar, were arrested by Pakistani authorities.

Amnesty International called on Pakistani officials to vigorously investigate the attack.The inspector-general of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Police, Sanaullah Abbasi, said that Arif was murdered because of his recent interview in Kabul, Afghanistan.

However, when a reporter requested the information minister Shibli Faraz to share progress about finding the murderers, he declined, saying "I don't know the details" of Arif's assassination.

Arif was survived by a widow and five children.

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