A blood-soaked election

Source: Friday Times:

On April 11, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took responsibility for killing Fakhrul Islam, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) candidate for the National Assembly and Sindh Assembly. Islam was shot in Hyderabad by two armed men riding a motorbike. The ubiquitous TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan called a newspaper and said that the TTP had followed up on its threat and repeated his earlier statement that “all secular parties were on the TTP’s hit list”. He said: “The killing is part of our war against secular parties, including the MQM, PPP and ANP, which committed genocide of our tribal people and Muslims while remaining in power for five years.”

The MQM reacted with understandable rage, noting that “The way Fakhrul Islam has been killed and his father remained unhurt shows the precision the killers have and also their intention to target him in particular.” On March 17, three MQM activists were gunned down in an attack on the party’s office in Hyderabad. On November 4 last year, the party’s former taluka nazim, Jalilur Rehman, was shot dead.

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