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The body of Pakistani district election commissioner Ziaullah Qasmi is brought to a hospital following an attack by gunmen in Quetta, yesterday.
QUETTA: Gunmen shot dead a senior local election official in southwest Pakistan yesterday, police said, days before parliament is due to dissolve ahead of national polls.
The shooting took place in Chandni Chowk, a congested neighbourhood of Quetta, the capital of volatile Baluchistan province, which has been hit by two major sectarian bombings this year that have killed more than 180 people.
Pakistan’s government will reach the end of its five-year mandate at the weekend and a general election is expected in May, but concerns about poll security have grown following a spate of sectarian attacks.
Gunmen on a motorbike shot Ziaullah Qasmi, the district election commissioner for Quetta, as he went by car to his office, city police chief Mir Zubair Mahmood said.
“Gunmen fired at Ziaullah Qasmi’s car and fled. He has died while his driver is wounded,” Mahmood said.
Fayyaz Sumbal, another senior police official confirmed the shooting and death of Qasmi.
Mahmood said that the motive behind the killing could not be ascertained immediately and police were contacting relatives for further details.
Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the killing.