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Three PTI supporters gunned down

Published May 06, 2013 06:36am


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FAISALABAD: Three relatives of a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidate for PP-51 were gunned down allegedly by the supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) on Sunday over an election-related dispute in Chak Jhumra, police said.

The Muzaffar Tatla group, of Chak 185-RB, killed Safdar Bajwa, Ghulam Murtaza, Ali Raza and injured Ihtesham at their outhouse.

Police said the Tatla group had arranged a meeting for PML-N candidates for NA-75 Ghulam Rasool Sahi and PP-51 Azad Ali Tabbasum.

The Safdar Bajwa group which was supporting the PTI exchanged words with the Tatla group but locals intervened into the issue and pacified both sides.

Later, the Tatla group called the members of the Bajwa group, including Safdar Bajwa, Ghulam Murtaza, Ali Raza and Ihtesham at their outhouse to settle the issue. During the talks, the armed people of the Bajwa group opened indiscriminate fire killing Bajwa, Mustafa and Raza on the spot.

Ihtesham sustained bullet injuries and was shifted to hospital where his condition was pronounced stable.

Ajmal Cheema told Dawn that the three deceased were his close relatives who were gunned down over the election dispute.

City Police Officer Raja Riffat Mukhtar said both groups had brief fallout some three days ago but the issue was resolved. He said the bodies had been shifted to morgue for autopsy and action would be taken against the accused people after the registration of a case. He said both parties were trying to resolve the issue but the situation turned ugly resulting into the killing of three people.

Tariq Bajwa, who is contesting as PPP ticket for NA-75, said the incident was the result of a dispute over tickets distribution by the PML-N and the PTI. He said he had tried hard to pacify both sides but his efforts proved futile owing to the negligence of the police. He said the incident could have been avoided if police had taken precautionary measures after both groups had exchanged words three days ago.

He claimed that Bajwa group had also gunned down two people of Tatla group. However, the CPO did not confirm this report.

Bajwa said that the killers had celebrated the murders as they danced at the bodies.


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Waqar May 07, 2013 02:34am
I would like to know where do you stand and where do you want to be in the next 5 to 10 years? Your decision will define your choice.... If you wish to stay where you are at present than by all means you can vote for PML(N) but if you wish to move forward and you want progress in this country than you should vote for PTI. PMLN and PPP both have had their reasonable amount of time to bring about any possible change or progress but both failed miserably and today the people of Pakistan are suffering in such situation because these two parties failed to do anything for the People of Pakistan. 11 May elections are very crucial for people of Pakistan. They have to decide and if they decide to choose PPP or PMLN than don't complain because the decision to bring change is in their hands...
Jawad falak May 07, 2013 04:05am
Target killing in the province of Punjabis the latest import. Frauds, thugs and sectarian terrorists fill the ranks of the N league and with this force of darkness the House of Sharifs dreams to rule these lands
Mohammad Farooq May 06, 2013 10:30am
PML-N will resort to any kind of act to get to power.
Alam Zeb Khan May 06, 2013 05:27pm
we need firing squad for these people and that is the only way
Realist May 07, 2013 04:41pm
Well said Waqar. I only want to change a sentence in which you said that if you wish to stay where you are.......I think it should rather be that if we want to "regress" even further than vote for PMLN,Q,PPP etc because God forbid if these same old parties regain power, than we will not stay the same, instead we will go down hill.
yasir khan May 06, 2013 06:35am
All you dumb and ignorant PMLN supporters this is the reality of your so called leaders. Wake up now before it is too late. VOTE PTI
haris May 06, 2013 08:36am
Where did you find militant wing of PTI?
havi May 06, 2013 03:21am
Shame on those who took law in their hands and shame on their respective leaders who claimed proven futile their efforts and shame on law enforcement i.e. police to behave unresponsive and shame on nation to futile lives of party workers. In Karachi, that's way of life so who is responsible for all those saga some times couple of dozens succumbed workers. Dear life is much much more precious
Hasan Hasni May 06, 2013 03:28am
Pathetic, Nawaz Sharif should go in the area to condole with the victim family and renounce candidate from the constituency. This is only Politics and enjoy the election but please don
Muhammad Bin Naeem (@mbnk44) May 06, 2013 06:23am
For God sake, stand up against these culprits and looters of pmln, there is no difference between pmln and ppp, pls pls vote for PTI
SR May 06, 2013 06:30am
shameful act and the culprits should be brought to justice.
SMA May 06, 2013 04:14am
Where are the convict people, of PML(N), please wake up & do something for Pakistan.
Nazir K Ali May 06, 2013 04:20am
The supporters of Nawaz are being hit for a six and landing on their heads. This is in bad taste and all petty/minor disputes such as this will magnify into enormous and lifelong ones. This became caustic and a surprise was sprung on the Bajwa Group, which is cold blooded murder. Nawaz must expel them from the party and voice it in his election campaigns, if he is honest enough. Salams
Salaluddin May 06, 2013 08:49am
Imran says that no army action on terrorists, as such no police action on criminals. A leader should have a definite mind set and commitment. He cannot make different comments on the same issues.
pakiboy May 06, 2013 08:46am
wow .. PTI now resort to this cheap jamatee tactics .. by blaming of everything to opponents ...
fraz May 06, 2013 05:27am
Shameful... I hate to say it but this is Pakistan and these are illiterate and arrogant people are People of Pakistan.
rizu May 06, 2013 08:38am
PTI deserved that..sher zindabad
John Snow May 06, 2013 09:56am
this comment is a perfect example of the illiterate and disdainful pakistan we are facing. Can there ever be change with people like these around.
John Snow May 06, 2013 09:52am
some of the comments here are plain ignorant and disgraceful, where people have condoned this act of killing. It pains me to be a part of a country where so many narrow minded people exist and it is by reading such comments that i lose whatever faith in Pakistan i had left.
Ashar May 06, 2013 07:30am
This is typical Pakistani politics and has nothing to do with party affiliation. Those on PTI side were previuosly have enjoyed time with PML N, & PML Q. Both parties came in the meeting with the weapon and its only PMLn supporteres who used it earlier. We need to change the overall society ,, nothing will change only by changing the loyality.
Adeel May 06, 2013 07:42am
One of PTI worker has already been killed by Hanif abbasi's guard in rawlpindi on the dispute of fixing PTI flags and banners. Wake up dear nation......Wake up ! on 11th May, we are going to bow what we have to cut in next five years. Wake up !
Zameer May 06, 2013 07:45am
Wow ! This happened even after Imran Khan had made it clear a few days ago of so many things that looked seriously vague before.
Waqar Hasan May 06, 2013 08:02am
This is a RESULT of Nawaz/Shahbaz mentality . To rule with the help of Police and Badmash/ Goonda elements. Instead of proper Local Body set up which does not suit them, where power is trickle down to common people. Then we would never encounter incident of Sialkot where two brother were killed and Police wala JUST standing as reps. of Khadim-e- Aala,
Salma May 06, 2013 11:54am
is it a same issue??? first clarify your thoughts..
mohd Taj May 07, 2013 07:49am
Because they know they won't be able to hide all the bad things they have done. Pmln want power by hook or by crook.
Bakka May 06, 2013 12:08pm
PML(n) and PPP are TWO sides of same coin. They've had enough chances to bring about a meaningful change. Pakistanis should seriously consider voting for PTI.
Agha Ata (USA) May 06, 2013 12:27pm
That is the mindset leaders in Punjab have created among their people. "Kill the opponents." which is hardly democratic.
Qaiser Bakhtiari May 06, 2013 03:51pm
Seriously?you are encouraging innocent people getting killed. Furthermore if youre a typical PML(N) supporter then may God help this country if Nawaz becomes the prime minister again.
Mateen Mirza May 07, 2013 10:13pm
It is a sad state of affairs when an election is marred with continued senseless killings. This is a shameless display of thuggery. Whoever, emerges as a government in this lawless country, needs to decisively implement law and order region by region, zone by zone. Put a stop to rewarding criminals. A society that rewards criminals reaps grief.
Faraz May 07, 2013 11:47am
hammad May 07, 2013 01:27pm
JOHN I am sure you do not live in Pakistan .Living in a country where peace is just merely a memorability of the past and a query for the future ,Such comments are inevitable ,I hail my nation that we are still carrying a hope and we are determined .We are not here to loose faith . "UNITY FAITH DISCIPLINE". We will achieve them back .