Breaking News
1. Chaos At Akhilesh Yadav's Azamgarh Rally, Days After Disturbance In Prayagraj      2. PM Modi: I don't have any successor, people of this country are my successors      3. Indian flag at half-mast as nation mourns death of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi      4. Delhi high court denies bail to Manish Sisodia in all cases linked to liquor policy      5. One dead as Singapore Airlines flight from London hit by severe turbulence      6. "Making Watertight Case": Pune Top Cop To NDTV On Porsche Crash That Killed 2      7. "Outrageous": Biden Slams World Court's Request To Arrest Netanyahu      8. Oil prices rise after Iran president's death, brent crude at $84.24/bbl      9. With 59% voter turnout, Baramulla breaks previous poll record      10. Delhi Records 47.4 Degrees Celsius, 'Red Alert' Issued For Next 5 Days      11. Lok Sabha elections: Phase 5 sees over 60% turnout, highest in Bengal with 74.6%      12. Pune Teen Driver's Father Arrested After Porsche Crash Killed 2      13. 2 people missing after a boat capsized in Ganga River in Mahavir Tola village      14. Saudi crown prince meets White House national security adviser      15. Pick-up vehicle overturnes in Kawardha area      16. Professor at the department of Medicine at AIIMS Dr Neeraj Nischal spreads light on heat wave      17. Fire breaks out at cloth shop in Delhi's Karol Bagh      18. Mumbai police received bomb threat call      19. Dominicans to vote in general elections with eyes on crisis in neighbouring Haiti      20. 2 people missing after a boat capsized in Ganga River in Mahavir Tola village     

PTI-Affiliated Independent Candidate Assassinated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

  • Posted on February 1, 2024
  • Politics

Pre-election violence strikes Pakistan as PTI-backed candidate Rehan Zaib Khan is assassinated. The targeted killing raises questions about electoral fairness, with the PTI condemning attacks on its candidates. Balochistan witnesses a surge in violence, prompting concerns about the electoral process's integrity. As Pakistan braces for elections on February 8, security challenges and political complexities abound.

PTI-Affiliated Independent Candidate Assassinated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Image Source

In a disturbing prelude to Pakistan's upcoming general elections, Rehan Zaib Khan, an independent candidate affiliated with Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was fatally shot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Siddiqabad area. The incident unfolded a week before the polls, intensifying concerns about the election's fairness.

Khan, a PTI-backed National Assembly candidate, was canvassing in Bajaur district when unidentified assailants targeted his vehicle, leaving him dead and four others injured. The PTI labeled the incident a "targeted killing," condemning the ongoing violence against its candidates and public gatherings, casting doubts on the polls' impartiality.

The PTI, contesting as independents due to the denial of their traditional electoral symbol, criticized the caretaker government, holding it responsible for the escalating violence. The party demanded an immediate investigation into the attack and called for enhanced security for all PTI-affiliated candidates.

Simultaneously, Balochistan witnessed a surge in violence, with hand grenade attacks on Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) election offices and the killing of an Awami National Party (ANP) worker. Balochistan's caretaker Home Minister Zubair Jamali condemned the attacks, emphasizing the public's determination against terrorism.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) took notice of the killing in Bajaur, signaling a potential impact on the electoral process. Meanwhile, violence continued to escalate in various cities, echoing similar incidents in the lead-up to previous elections.

Also Read: In A Heated US Senate Session On Online Child Safety, Mark Zuckerberg Issues A Sincere Apology To Affected Families

As Pakistan gears up for elections on February 8, security concerns loom large. The PTI's electoral prospects face challenges amid a crackdown and the denial of an electoral symbol. Imran Khan, PTI's founder, faces legal troubles, further complicating the party's electoral standing.

The situation mirrors past instances of violence targeting political figures, raising international concerns about the electoral process's integrity. With a history of violence preceding elections, Pakistan faces the critical task of ensuring a secure and transparent electoral environment.

No Image

You May Also Like