Attacks on political parties continue across Pakistan

Unidentified men open fire on ANP candidate's convoy in Mingora and launch rockets on JUI-F rally in Balochistan.

Afp/web Desk May 01, 2013
Violence has spiked in the country ahead of the elections on May 11.

SWAT: Wednesday saw a firing attack on an Awami National Party (ANP) candidate, rocket attack on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-e-Fazl (JUI-F) election rally and a suicide attack on National Peoples Party (NPP) candidate, Express news reported.

Violence has spiked in the country ahead of national elections on May 11, with at least 61 people killed in attacks on politicians and political parties since April 11, according to an AFP tally.

Gunmen attack ANP

An election candidate of the ANP escaped an attack in the Mingora district of Swat valley.

According to initial reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire on the convoy of Wajid Ali Khan, who is contesting on PK-80 constituency in Swat.

Earlier during the day, a suicide bomber targeted the convoy of the NPP candidate Mohammad Ibrahim Jatoi in Shikarpur district of Sindh. Two passers-by were wounded in the attack, while Jatoi remained safe.

Attack on JUI-F rally

Six people sustained injuries as over 10 rockets were fired on an election rally of the JUI-F in the Harnai area of Balochistan.

The rockets were fired from a nearby mountain range as the provincial president of the party Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani was about to deliver his speech.

Sherani and his party members remained safe as the rockets landed in an area close to the rally injuring civilians but fortunately no casualties were reported.

"More than a dozen rockets were fired, two rockets landed inside the city near the rally. Six people have been injured," Yasir Khan, the deputy commissioner of Harnai city told AFP.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Khan said that soldiers deployed for the security of the rally appeared to have been the target.

The Taliban have directly threatened the three main parties in the outgoing government, the Pakistan Peoples Party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the ANP, which are often described as secular.


Computer Guy | 8 years ago | Reply

Dear Web Admin ..

As per today statement regarding gunmen attack in the Mingora district of Swat valley. when i shared the post i receive the reply for the post that it is fake actually ANP gunmen open fire on PTI workers shop in Taj chowk Mingora. it is confirm. so please when ever you share some news confirm the source exactly

Syed A. Mateen | 8 years ago | Reply

The right of self defence is given in the Constitution of Pakistan then why peaceful people who are attacked by the terrorists do not open fire and kill the terrorists on spot?

If such few incidents will happen, I am sure that terrorists will think hundred times to attack on any political leader or worker, as they will know what will happen to them if they attack peaceful people.

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