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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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.

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