Workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) held a candlelit vigil at D-Chowk on Monday evening to pay tribute to the slain PTI leader, Zahra Shahid Hussain.
Hussain, who was a founding member of the PTI and party’s senior vice president Sindh chapter, was killed on May 18 in Karachi. Police said that she was shot dead after she resisted a robbery bid but PTI workers said that it was a case of target killing.
Around 75 PTI supporters lit candles at D-Chowk and staged a sit-in. They waved PTI flags and shouted slogans demanding justice for Hussain’s murder. The supporters said that they wanted Zahra’s killers to be arrested and punished.
Meanwhile, a separate group of around 25 protesters from Kurram Agency also held a sit-in at D-Chowk.
The protesters, who were supporters of independent candidate Air Marshall (retd) Qaisar Hussain from NA-37, alleged that independent candidate Sajid Ali Toori had rigged elections in the constituency by forcibly stopping Hussain’s voters from entering polling stations.
The protesters claimed that political agent in Kurram Agency also supported Toosi in rigging. They said that women voters, who, according to them, were Hussain’s supporters were not allowed to enter polling stations.
They demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of the issue in the constituency.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2013.
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