Three killed in poll-related violence in Sindh
KARACHI: At least three people, two of them supporters of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), were killed in violence related to the upcoming polls, a senior police official said on Friday. Eight others were wounded in the two incidents in Sindh, involving supporters of the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League–Quaid (PML-Q), Shaukat Shah, a senior police official, told AFP.
In one clash in Dadu town, the PPP and PML-Q supporters exchanged harsh words and then gunfire, leaving a 14-year-old boy passing by and a PPP supporter dead, Shah said. Five others were injured in that incident. The country heads to the polls on February 18 for the general elections in which the former ruling PML-Q backs President Pervez Musharraf. In the second incident of election-related violence, in Nawabshah — the hometown of Benazirr’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari — PML-Q and PPP supporters exchanged gunfire, leaving one PPP backer dead and three injured.. Police and paramilitary forces were guarding the areas, Shah said. “We have got the situation under control and also talked to the leaders of the two parties to help us maintain law and order,” he added.
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