KARACHI, Aug. 6,2013 (Zafar Ahmed Khan / UPI Next) — The targeted killing of three lawmakers just weeks after Pakistan’s May 11 parliamentary elections has left political and religious leaders nervous about their own security, with some telling UPI Next they fear police cannot protect them from Taliban attacks.
Farid Khan and Imran Mohmand, both lawmakers from opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, were killed in the northwestern towns of Hangu and Mardan on June 3 and 18 respectively. A legislator in southern Sindh province, Sajid Qureshi, was killed in Sindh’s capital, Karachi, with his son Waqas on June 21. Qureshi belonged to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement party.
More than 24 MQM members were killed in Karachi during June, according to Ameen-ul-Haq, a member of the MQM coordination committee.