#Election2018: Political and electoral violence takes 10 lives till June

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Election violence monitor non government observer body found 13 incidents of political and electoral violence reported in the media and by observers during June.

Previously, FAFEN General Election Updates had chronicled 46 incidents of election-related violence in the country – 35 in May and 11 in April.

A total of ten persons were killed and more than nine were injured in these incidents.

Of the incidents reported during June 2018, five occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) including FATA, four in Punjab, two in Balochistan and one each in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Sindh.

Perpetrators of Violence As many as six incidents of violence involved political workers as perpetrators of violence.

PTI supporters and workers resorted to violent tactics at five places in Punjab, KP and ICT while a clash among JI workers was also reported.

In two incidents, militants associated with banned organizations attacked political workers and government officials in tribal areas while perpetrators remained unknown in five incidents.

Tactics of Violence These perpetrators used blunt objects such as stones and sticks, explosive materials and firing as tactics of violence. As many as eight out of thirteen were incidents of firing and one of bomb blast.

The remaining four incidents were scuffles among political workers who were either unarmed or used stones /sticks.

Victims of Violence Two government officials became victims of the violent acts in as many incidents while the remaining 11 incidents targeted political leaders or workers.

In Miramshah area of North Waziristan Agency, a Political Moharar was killed while some Levies Personnel on his guard were injured.

In Karachi, a woman political leader of PTI was reported to have maltreated staff at District Election Commissioner’s office. A passer-by was killed by a stray bullet fired by PTI supporters in an armed attack on an ANP worker.

In Punjgur and Turbat areas, unknown assailants attacked Balochistan National Party Awami’s (BNP-A) leaders, killing a leader and his son.

Similarly, unknown attackers killed a PTI councillor, injured a PML-N leader, and injured a personal staff member of a former PML-N minister in three separate incidents in Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur, respectively.

A clash among Jamat-e-Islami workers during a rally in Mohmand Agency also claimed a life and injured three workers.

In Toba Tek Singh and Islamabad, PTI supporters clashed with each other ransacking private properties and injuring their colleagues. Meanwhile, PTI supporters killed a PML-N worker in an armed attack in Sheikhupura.

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