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Pakistan court convicts five of reporter's murder in landmark case

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani court convicted five men on Saturday of murdering a young television reporter, his brother said, marking the first time anyone has been convicted for killing a Pakistani journalist. Wail Babar, a 28-year-old journalist for Geo news, covered the seamy side of Karachi, a sweltering port megacity of 18 million people. He reported on drugs, crime, militancy and deadly turf struggles between the city's main political parties.

Bomb targets top judge in Karachi, 7 dead

Bombers targeted a senior judge in Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least seven people on a busy street during morning rush hour in Pakistan's business capital, officials said. The attack happened as Maqbool Baqir, a senior judge at the high court of the southern province of Sindh, where Karachi is the main city, drove past with his security detail in Burns Road. "According to initial information, seven people have been killed," Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon told reporters.

Pakistani lawmaker shot dead in Karachi

Gunmen on Friday shot dead a Pakistani lawmaker, his son and a passer-by outside a mosque in the country's business capital of Karachi, officials said. Sajid Qureshi, in his early 50s, and his 25-year-old son were targeted in a drive-by shooting as they left a mosque after attending Friday prayers in congested Nazim Abad neighbourhood. "Gunmen on a motorcycle fired at (Sindh) provincial assembly member Sajid Qureshi, his son and a pedestrian when they were coming out of mosque," senior police official Amir Farooqi told AFP.

Pakistan polls close, 'huge' turnout in Punjab

Polling stations closed at 6:00 pm (1300 GMT) in Pakistan's historic general elections, which saw a "huge" turnout in the largest province of Punjab, an election commission official announced. "The election commission of Pakistan was successful in conducting the elections. We have a huge turnout in Punjab," commission secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed told a news conference, confirming that polling stations would close at 6pm. Voting will continue until 1500 GMT in seven Karachi constituencies where polling stations opened late, officials have said.

Islamist party boycotts vote in Karachi, alleges rigging

A major Islamist party on Saturday announced it would boycott Pakistan's elections in the country's financial hub Karachi and another city, accusing a rival party of rigging and violence. Jammat-e-Islami (JI) is thought to be the third largest party in the city after the secular Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which were coalition partners in the outgoing government.

Pakistan candidate, supporters killed in Karachi

A candidate standing in Pakistan's bloody general election was shot dead along with two supporters in the financial capital Karachi on the eve of Saturday's polls, officials said. Shakil Ahmed was a businessman and an independent candidate for the assembly in southern province Sindh but was supported by a faction of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the main party which controls Karachi, the Sindh capital. "We have received three dead bodies, including that of Shakil Ahmed," said Doctor Semi Jamali, head of the emergency department at Jinnah Hospital.

Three dead in blast near Karachi party's election office

Three people were killed and 35 others wounded in twin bomb blasts near a local party office in the southern city of Karachi late Saturday, police said, ahead of next week's historic elections. The two bombs exploded within 20 minutes of each other near an office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the middle class neighbourhood of Azizabad, senior police official Saleem Akhtar Siddiqui told AFP.

Three dead in blast near Karachi party's election office

Three people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in twin bomb blasts near a local party office in the southern city of Karachi late Saturday, police said, ahead of next week's historic elections. The two bombs exploded within 20 minutes of each other near an office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in the middle class neighbourhood of Azizabad, senior police official Saleem Akhtar Siddiqui told AFP. fs-ak-ks/ao

Another candidate, 2 others killed in Pakistan election violence

A candidate belonging to the Awami National Party running for a National Assembly seat in the May 11 general election was gunned down outside a mosque in Karachi on Friday, police said. Officials said that candidate Sadiq Zaman Khattak and his son were gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Korangi suburb mostly inhabited by factory workers. The Election Commission of Pakistan announced that it was suspending the election for the assembly seat because of the death of Khattak.

Pakistan bomb attack injures five

A bomb explosion wounded at least five people in Pakistan's port city of Karachi Thursday, in the latest violence ahead of upcoming national elections, police said. The blast in the crowded Burns road area of the city targeted an election office of Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a secular party that dominates the commercial hub. "The blast wounded at least five people," senior local police official Ameer Sheikh told AFP. He said the bomb was planted in the ablution room of a Sunni Muslim mosque close to the MQM office.
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