Pakistan candidate, son gunned down

2013-05-03 16:10
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Islamabad - Unidentified assailants shot dead a candidate running in Pakistan's general election on behalf of the country's main secular party, police in the southern port city of Karachi said on Friday.

Sadiq Zaman's 6-year-old son was also killed in the attack, which took place as the two were leaving a mosque after Friday prayers, police officer Rafiq Ahmad told dpa.

Five passers-by were also wounded in the shooting.

Zaman was contesting for a National Assembly seat in Karachi on behalf of the Awami National Party (ANP).

Geo News television reported that the 11 May election had been postponed in the constituency after Friday's killing.

No group has taken responsibility for the shooting, but Taliban militants have vowed to continue their attacks against liberal parties such as the ANP.

Dozens of people have been killed in bombings and gun attacks on election rallies, forcing the secular parties, including the former ruling Pakistan People's Party, to scale down their electoral activities.

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