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ANP election candidate shot dead in Karachi

04 May, 2013

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KARACHI: Awami National Party (ANP) candidate on NA-254 Sadiq Zaman Khattak was gunned down along with his 4-year-old son by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Bilal Colony on Friday.

The ANP has given a call of mourning across the metropolis on Saturday.

Spokesperson of the outlawed TTP Ehsanullah Ehsan reportedly claimed the responsibility of killing the ANP candidate. As per details, four pillion riders shot Khattak and his son Ahmeal Sadiq dead near Rehmania Mosque located close to his residence in Bilal colony, Korangi. They were on their way home after offering Friday prayers.

In the aftermath of the cowardly attack, panic spilled over in the vicinity, and people shutdown businesses and markets. Shahid Khattak, Muhammad Khalid, Islam Khan, Faisal Khan, Mansoor Rehman, Qayoomudin and two children were also wounded in the attack. The victims were taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where doctors pronounced Khattak and his son dead, and admitted the rest for treatment.

Meanwhile, Election Commission of Pakistan has postponed polls in NA-254, Karachi due to the murder of Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Sadiq Zaman Khattak on Friday.

Meanwhile President Asif Ali Zardari, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chief Altaf Hussain, Provincial President ANP Senator Shahi Syed, Jamaat-e-Islami Sindh Chief, Dr Merajul Huda and other political parties have condemned the assassination of the ANP candidate.

According to a press release issued from Bilawal House President Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the unfortunate incident and has directed the concerned authorities to bring the culprits to justice at the earliest.

The president said that such cowardly acts by militants cannot weaken the resolve of the democratic forces to participate in the electoral process.

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