Three people killed over poll rigging in Pakistan

Discussion on election turns into firefight, leaves more than three dead in Pakistan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A clash between ruling and opposition parties over local elections left more than three dead and two others wounded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan on Wednesday, according to media reports.  

Supporters of the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, shot and killed three Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf workers, accusing them of rigging the election.   

Supporters of two parties faced in Fawara Chowk as the member of Tehreek-i-Insaf were eating in a restaurant. They began to chant against each other and then supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz opened fire randomly.The discussion occurred between two sides over one of the ruling party’s candidates who lost in the election.   

Since the end of last week, 21 people have died in parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan due to poll-related violence, according to Dawn newspaper.

Relatives of the victims have urged the detention of assailants by holding a demonstration in Karakorum as the officers were carrying the bodies of the three victims.

The demonstraters blocked the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi’s car before his guards fired into the air to reopen the road and sped away.

District police chief Sher Akbar talked with the families of the victims and assured them over immediate detention of the suspects.

A councillor from Chammad village was also killed by rivals as he returned home on Monday.

Local elections took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. local time under extraordinary security measures to create a peaceful atmosphere during the election process.

TRTWorld and agencies