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District votes again as Khan cries foul

An upmarket constituency of Pakistan’s violence-plagued city of Karachi voted again under tight security on Sunday, a day after gunmen killed a senior politician from a reformist party in the district and a week after general elections.

It was not immediately clear who killed Zara Shahid Hussain, a senior member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party of former cricket hero Imran Khan, who accused the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party, which has a stranglehold on the city.

MQM leaders denied responsibility and demanded a retraction from Khan.

The attack in the upscale Defence area, the family neighbourhood of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, capped a bloody election campaign in which around 150 people were killed nationwide.

Last Saturday’s elections handed a landslide victory to opposition leaderNawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
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