Pakistani politician shot dead

Gunmen have shot and killed a senior member of a leading Pakistani political party outside her home in the city of Karachi in southern Sindh province.

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UK 'should have listened' to warnings over Pakistan

Britain must share the blame for the murder of a senior politician in Pakistan, former cricketer turned party leader Imran Khan has said.

Mr Khan has said a rival party leader, who lives in exile in England, is behind the killing of Zara Shahid Hussain, and that the UK government should have listened to the warnings.

ITV News Correspondent Martha Fairlie reports:

Funeral held for senior Pakistani politician

People have gathered at the grave of Zara Shahid Hussain, a senior politician from the Tehreek-e-Insaf political party headed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, during her funeral in Karachi.

Gunmen shot and killed Hussein outside her home in the city of Karachi in southern Sindh province.

People carry the coffin of Zara Shahid Hussain. Credit: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro
People gather at the grave of Zara Shahid Hussain. Credit: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro

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Protests held after Pakistani politician's death

Hundreds of demonstrators have held protests in London, after gunmen shot and killed a senior member of a leading Pakistani political party outside her home in the city of Karachi in southern Sindh province.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PTI's leader, former international cricket star Imran Khan, immediately blamed the killing of Zara Shahid Hussain on the Muttahida Quami Movement.

Protests held in London after death of senior Pakistani politician.

Mr Khan, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, has blamed the death on the Muttahida Quami Movement's leader Altaf Hussain, who lives in the UK.

Imran Khan has blamed the death on the Muttahida Quami Movement's leader Altaf Hussain, who lives in the UK.

Met Police says it made no arrests after Pakistan killing

London's Metropolitan Police clarified it has not arrested anyone associated with a Pakistan political party following Imran Khan's comments that he held the British Government responsible for the killing of a senior politician:

Mr Khan, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, has blamed the death on the Muttahida Quami Movement's leader Altaf Hussain, who lives in the UK .

Pakistan holds repeat election in Karachi despite killing

Pakistan held a repeat election today in an affluent area of Karachi plagued with allegations of vote-rigging, despite the killing of a senior member of Imran Khan's political party.

An army soldier guards ballot boxes inside a polling station. Credit: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Queues of men and women formed outside ballot centres across the southern city, which were heavily guarded by armed police and soldiers.

People queuing outside a polling station in Karachi, southern Pakistan. Credit: Reuters TV

The vote follows the killing of the PTI's Vice President Zara Shahid Hussain, who was gunned down outside her home in Karachi yesterday.

An army soldier stands guard on a road leading to a polling station in Karachi. Credit: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

No one has claimed responsibility for the killing.

Killing has sent shock waves around Pakistan

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PTI's leader, former international cricket star Imran Khan, immediately blamed the killing on the Muttahida Quami Movement.

The MQM has a stranglehold on politics in Pakistan's biggest city, Karachi.

The killing has sent shock waves around Pakistan Credit: Reuters

"Her death has sent shockwaves across the rank and file of the party," Khan said in a statement. Police said that two gunmen shot Hussain dead outside her home in an upscale neighborhood of Karachi, he said.

"I hold (MQM leader) Altaf Hussain directly responsible for the murder as he openly threatened PTI workers and leaders through public broadcasts," he added in a tweet.

"I also hold the British government responsible as I had warned them about British citizen Altaf Hussain after his open threats."

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Senior female Pakistani politician killed by gunmen

Gunmen killed a senior female politician from a reformist party in Pakistan on Saturday night, the latest violent incident in a bloody election campaign and one that set off a war of words between two major opposition parties.

Around 150 people were killed in the run-up to national elections held last week, which handed a landslide victory to opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N party.

An ambulance carrying the body of Zahra Shahid Hussain as it leaves a hospital in Karachi. Credit: Reuters

It marked the first time an elected government replaced another one in a nation that has been run by military leaders for more than half its history.

Results from a handful of constituencies are still awaited amid accusations of vote-rigging.The shooting came hours ahead of re-polling in a key area beset by allegations of voting fraud.

It was not immediately clear who killed Zara Shahid Hussain, a senior member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.

The PTI has promised to reduce endemic corruption in the nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people.

Senior female Pakistani politician 'shot dead'

Imran Khan said he is "shocked and deeply saddened" by the killing of Pakistani politician Zahra Shahid Hussain:

Police said Ms Hussain was shot dead outside her home in Karachi, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported.

She was the senior vice-president of Khan's Movement for Justice party.

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