Woman killed in first Pakistan vote clash: police

A woman was killed and three political activists injured in the first violence to blight campaigning for Pakistan's January 8 general election, police said on Monday.

Woman killed in first Pakistan vote clash: police
The clash broke out late Sunday in the northwestern city of Peshawar between workers from former premier Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party and supporters of the Pashtun nationalist Awami National Party, they said.

The rival groups started shouting slogans at each other during a doorstep campaign in a middle-class neighbourhood of the city, which led to scuffles and the arrest of a Bhutto supporter.

"The two groups then traded fire in which a woman passer-by was killed and three Pakistan People's Party workers wounded," police said.

Bhutto, a two-time former prime minister who returned from eight years in self-exile in October, launched her election campaign in Peshawar at the weekend.

Before Sunday's clash she had met the leader of the Awami National party, Begum Nasim Wali Khan, to offer condolences for the death of her husband from illness.

The fighting came despite a ban on all political rallies under a state of emergency imposed by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on November 3, which he has promised to lift by December 16.

Khan said a case had been registered and investigations launched.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Aralık 2007, 15:12