Ex-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf disqualified from election
Ghulam Ahmad Bilour was slightly wounded in his leg, said Jamil Shah, a spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. Among the 12 dead were policemen and civilians, including a child, Officer Shah said.
The Pakistani Taliban specifically have threatened to target members of the ANP and two other secular parties, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Quami Movement, in the run-up to parliamentary elections on May 11.
Also Tuesday, a bombing in the country’s southwest hit a convoy of vehicles carrying an election candidate from a different party. The blast killed four people and wounded six others, Pakistani officials said.
Sardar Sanaullah Zehri’s convoy was passing over a bridge in Baluchistan province’s Khuzdar district when a bomb was detonated by remote control, local government official Abdul Sattar Mengal said.
Mr. Zehri’s vehicle passed over the bridge safely because it had jammers that prevented the bomb from detonating, said another government official, Mohammad Akbar. But several vehicles traveling in the convoy were hit.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Baluchistan is home to both Islamic militants and nationalists who have been waging an insurgency against the government for decades, seeking greater autonomy and a larger share of the province’s natural resources.
In Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, an army vehicle hit a roadside bomb Tuesday, killing four soldiers and wounding four others, said intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The attack took place near Miran Shah, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area, the principal sanctuary for Taliban militants in the country.