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Clashes after politician killed in Pakistan

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Clashes after politician killed in Pakistan


Ethnic and sectarian clashes have broken out in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi after a local politician was shot dead in a mosque.

Vehicles were torched as news spread of the assassination of Raza Haider from the leading MQM party.

Protestors took to the streets and at least 34 have been killed in the violence while dozens were injured.

Karachi is Pakistan’s commercial hub. Markets, shopping centres and the stock exchange have been closed.

Leaders of the MQM Party claimed supporters of the rival ANP were behind the killings of Mr Haider and his bodyguard. The ANP has denied any involvement.

Their funerals are due to take place today. The MQM has declared three days of mourning.

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