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Pakistan: Election Commissin concerned over attacks targeting election candidates

27th Apr 2013

ISLAMABAD, (Dawn): The Election Commission of Pakistan on Saturday expressed grave concern over the attacks targeting election candidates and political workers in parts of the country, DawnNews reported.

The ECP moreover issued instructions to all four provinces to take steps to counter terrorist activities targeting political parties during the election campaign.

The commission’s concerns were conveyed by a spokesman today after a bomb blast targeting Awami National Party’s Bashir Jan killed 11 people in Karachi.

Jan, the ANP general secretary for Sindh survived the attack as he was inside his car at the time of the attack.

The attack was claimed by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan which has vowed to keep the ANP, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Pakistan Peoples Party out of the electoral process,

Friday’s explosion was the latest in a series of attacks targeting political parties during their campaigns for the coming May 11 election.



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