Pakistan election candidate shot dead: Police

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May 3, 2013

KARACHI: A candidate running for Pakistan's national assembly at polls next week was shot dead on Friday along with his three-year-old son in Karachi, police said.

May 3, 2013

KARACHI: A candidate running for Pakistan's national assembly at polls next week was shot dead on Friday along with his three-year-old son in Karachi, police said.

An armoured personnel carrier is transported as Pakistan soldiers set off for their deployment points from the Malir Cantonment ahead of parliamentary elections in Karachi on May 3, 2013

It is the first time that a national assembly candidate has been killed in Pakistan's election campaign. Campaigning has been marred by Taliban threats and attacks, which have killed 62 people since April 11, according to an AFP tally.

Saddiq Zaman Khattak was a candidate for the Awami National Party (ANP), the leading secular party in Pakistan's ethnic Pastun northwest. A senior party leader said he had received threats.

"He was returning from a mosque after saying his Friday prayers with his three-year-old son when gunmen on a motorbike opened fire. Both were killed," police spokesman Imran Shaukat told AFP.

Senior ANP leader Bashir Jan confirmed the attack and the deaths.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Taliban has directly threatened ANP and the two other main parties in the outgoing government, branding the elections unIslamic.


Courtesy: AFP

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