Gunmen kill leader of Pakistan ruling party in Karachi

11:10, July 17, 2011      

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People carry a body outside a hospital in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, July 16, 2011. A central leader of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party was shot dead by unidentified gunmen here Saturday evening, local media reported. (Xinhua/Masroor)

A central leader of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the port city of Karachi Saturday evening, local media reported.

Gunmen opened fired at the car of Amir Shah in Gulistan Jauhar area of Karachi, witnesses and reports said. He was critically injured and was rushed to hospital for treatment. He later died in hospital, doctors said.

Another person in the car was also killed, Dawn TV reported.

Slain Amir Shah was the Chairman of the employees union in Pakistan International Airlines.

The gunmen fled after the incident. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police said that they are investigating about the motives behind the incident. Police suspected the incident is likely to be a targeted attack.

Peoples Labour Bureau, a sister organization of the Peoples Party, announced a three-day mourning against the killing of the party leader.

Karachi has seen a series of political and ethnic violence in recent days, which claimed 15 lives on Wednesday and Thursday. The killing could spark conflicts between PPP workers and members of other parties in the city, said local watchers.


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