Second Pak politician shot dead Pro-govt tribesmen killed

KARACHI, Jan 23, (AFP): A Pakistani politician was shot dead in Karachi in the second such killing in a week, police said Wednesday, fuelling fears that violence may overshadow general elections expected this year.
Mian Taimur was a leader in the southern province of Sindh for the Pakistan Muslim League-N, the country’s main opposition party led by former premier Nawaz Sharif.
“Mian Taimur and his father died when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on their vehicle,” said police spokesman Imran Shaukat.
The attack late Tuesday took place in the upscale neighbourhood of Defence. Taimur was the party’s deputy secretary in Sindh, of which Karachi is the capital.
The police spokesman said nine other people were shot dead in targeted killings across the city over the last 24 hours. A security official confirmed the toll and said a doctor was among the dead.
Meanwhile, four tribesmen from a militia which supports the Pakistani government against militants were shot dead Wednesday on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said.
The incident happened in the village of Badaber where residents found the blood-soaked and bullet-ridden bodies in a house that had been rented by the victims, tribesmen from the tribal district of Khyber.
“Unknown gunmen shot dead four men in Badaber. We suspect they were killed because they were the members of a lashkar (militia) against militants,” senior police official Javed Khan told AFP.

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