Najma Hanif was targeted at her home in Peshawar.
Gunmen shot dead a secular female politician from the northwest after breaking into her home at night, police said on Saturday.
The 35-year-old Najma Hanif was a senior member of the Awami National Party (ANP), which is known for its outspoken views against the Taliban and backed military operations against the insurgents while it ruled the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Police said the attackers, who have not yet been identified, used a silenced pistol.
“One or two attackers entered the house and killed her,” Mohammad Faisal, a senior police officer said.
The motive behind the shooting was unclear but a Taliban suicide bomber killed Hanif’s husband and son, along with their bodyguard, in November 2011.
The ANP led the province and was a member of the ruling coalition in the center from 2008 until elections earlier this year. The party has been relentlessly targeted by the Taliban, losing hundreds of activists, with attacks stepped up during the run up to the May polls.
Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has now formed a coalition government in the province but ANP leaders remain in the militants’ sights.