KARACHI: True to their declared stance of keeping liberal democratic parties out of the election process, militants continued to mount pressure on MQM and PPP and attacked the election office of the former in Karachi and the office of a candidate of the latter in Nushki in Balochistan on Thursday.

The acts of terror claimed at least eight lives in Sindh and Balochistan, casting a pall of gloom over election activities across the country.

In Karachi, the MQM announced a day of mourning across Sindh on Friday. Traders said they would to keep their businesses shut and schools announced a day of closure and rescheduled some exams.

The first attack of the day took place in Nushki when a hand-grenade was hurled at the election office of a PPP candidate. A tribesman was killed in the attack.

The attack on the MQM election office, second in the city in three days, claimed six lives and left over 12 people, including a woman, injured.

In yet another terror attack, some elements opened fire

on a Rangers’ post in Sindh’s second largest city, Hyderabad. A Rangers sepoy died in the attack.

In Karachi, an explosive-rigged motorcycle was blown up by remote control in North Nazimabad.

The proscribed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Speaking to Dawn.Com on telephone from an unspecified location, TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said his organisation had targeted the MQM as it had vowed to do so.

The TTP had threatened to attack the PPP, Awami National Party and MQM.

But MQM spokesman Wasay Jalil expressed his party’s resolve of not leaving the ground and to take part in the May 11 elections.

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