Gunmen Kill Leftist Political Leader in Pakistan
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) _ Gunmen shot and killed a leftist political leader today in violence that appeared related to elections in October.
No one claimed responsibility for the killing of Abdul Khilji, Quetta president of the socialist Awami National Party, who was shot outside his home before dawn, said the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan.
Khilji’s party is a small regional party popular among the tribesmen of the western provinces of Baluchistan and Northwest Frontier.
Tensions have been high in the city since gunmen last week massacred 27 people in a campaign procession heading toward Quetta to file nomination papers for the October general elections. Police blamed the killings on tribal rivalries.
Pakistan’s elections tend to produce violence. Dozens of people died leading up to the last general election in 1990.
Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Moeen Qureshi has enlisted the help of the army to try to curb election violence this year.