Candidate killed in Pakistan

February 18th, 2008 - 1:49 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Nawaz Sharif
By Devirupa Mitra
Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Polling in Pakistan got off to a violent start Monday with a candidate shot dead in Lahore and a polling station in the Swat Valley near the Afghan border blown up by militants. The dead man was identified as Ashif Ashraf, a candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Nine of his supporters were injured in the attack.

In another incident, militants blew up a polling station in Shakardara district of Swat Valley early Monday.

Pakistan is electing a new National Assembly, or parliament, and four provincial assemblies.

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