Former Taliban minister shot dead in Peshawar

February 18, 2014 - 9:59:24 am

ISLAMABAD: A former Afghan Taliban minister Mulla Abdul Raqeeb was shot dead in Peshawar.

Mulla Abdul Raqeeb, a former Afghan Taliban minister for refugees, was on his to home on his motorcycle after attending a seminar at Madrassa Maabul Ulomul Quran when armed assailants riding a motorbike opened fire on him. 

Police said that Mulla Abdul Raqeeb was shot on Canal Road after he left the seminary in the limits of Tehkal Police Station and died on the spot. 

Sources said Mulla Raqeeb, was in favour of talks with the Afghan government. 

The killers managed to escape after committing the crime.

Mulla Raqeeb was a learned scholar, politician, social worker and guardian of thousands of orphans. 

He has been shifted to Peshawar where he was teaching at a seminary.

Senior leaders of the Afghan Taliban have been repeatedly targeted and killed in Quetta and Peshawar but nobody has ever claimed responsibility. (QNA)