Gunmen kill Pakistani anti-terrorism court judge and family

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (AP) — Gunmen killed an anti-terrorism court judge and his family on Sunday as they travelled from the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan to the capital Islamabad, police official Shoaib Khan said.

No one claimed responsibility for the shooting, which also seriously injured two of Judge Aftab Ahmed Afridi’s bodyguards. Pakistan’s anti-terrorism courts were established to hear cases ranging from terrorist financing to the prosecution of perpetrators of insurgent attacks.

Critics said Pakistan’s sweeping anti-terrorism laws have also been used to silence critics of the country’s powerful military.

Afridi, his wife and two children – including a two-year-old son – were killed in the attack, Khan said.

A man walks in a deserted bus station in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP