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PML-N leader's killing sparks tension in Karachi

January 23, 2013 19:58 IST

A leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has been shot dead along with his father in the Pakistani port city of Karachi fuelling fears that there could be more violence leading up to the general elections.

30-year-old Mian Taimur, the PML-N's deputy secretary in Sindh, and his father Mian Arbab were gunned down in Karachi's upscale neighbourhood.

Taimur is the second politician in a week to become the victim of a targeted killing in Karachi, raising fears of violence as the country moves closer to general elections.

Last week provincial lawmaker of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement Manzar Imam was assassinated in OrangiTown.

Police said they were still searching for clues to the killing of Taimur and his father.

Both were sitting in a car outside a medical store when armed assailants on motorcycles opened fire.

"It was a targeted attack," a spokesman for the police, Imran Shaukat told PTI.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban had claimed responsibility for the killing of MQM lawmaker and three of his bodyguards.

Shaukat said there were other target killings as well.

Though he gave the figure of nine deaths, other police sources and rescue officials said around 13 people including the PML N leader were killed on Tuesday.

Those killed included a CID inspector and a doctor. 

Shaukat said the killing of the doctor was apparently a sectarian killing case as he was a Shia.

Pakistan's biggest city has been hit by violence since last year with around 2,000 people killed.

With the elections due sometime in May, there are fears that the Taliban and other militant or criminal groups will try to create fear in the city by targeting politicians.

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