Deadly clashes and violence between activists of rival political parties were witnessed in several areas as millions of Pakistanis went to polls on Wednesday amid tight security.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

A clash erupted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district between workers of the Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), with one activist of the latter shot dead, and two others injured.

PTI and ANP workers also exchanged fire in Mardan, leaving some people injured. Police now has taken control of the situation.

A clash erupted between activists of two independent candidates' groups at a polling station in Batera area of Kohistan. There were no reports of casualties, but the polling was halted for the time being.

Seven people were taken to hospital and the polling process was stopped after a scuffle between supporters of two independent candidates in Jijal area of Kohistan.

Punjab

One man was shot dead and another was injured in NA-153 when two political groups clashed in Punjab's Khanewal district.

Several people were injured as workers of the PML-N and PTI came face-to-face in Punjab's Rajanpur district. Police has been deployed in the area to prevent violence.

DawnNewsTV reported that PTI and PML-N activists also clashed in Shahdara area of Lahore.

At least one person was injured when PML-N and PTI workers clashes in Rawalpindi's NA-61 constituency.

A clash was also reported between two political groups in Gujranwala.

Sindh

Seven people were injured after clashes between two rival political groups at a women's polling station in Khipro area of Sindh's Sanghar district. Polling was halted at a polling station following the clashes.

The dispute started between voters of the PPP and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) at a polling station in Yamin Hingorjo after a woman was stopped from casting the vote on technical reasons.

GDA's Abid Hingorjo who was injured in the clash is said to be in a serious condition and has been shifted to Hyderabad. Other injured include GDA's Nazar Hingorjo and Anwar Hingorjo and PPP's Anwar Marri, Mir Muhammad Marri, Ali Ahmed and Kanndo Marri; they have have been shifted to Khipro taluka hospital.

Another clash between workers of the PPP and GDA left five people injured in Chak No 1 near Golarchi town of Badin district. The polling process in the polling station falling in NA-230 and PS-74 was suspended after the clash.

Meanwhile, seven people were injured when a clash erupted between supporters of GDA candidate Shehzad Mehar and independent candidate Ameer Jatoi in Shikarpur.

Balochistan

At least two people were injured during an incident of firing at a polling station in Balochistan's Naseerabad district, DawnNewsTV reported.

Fifteen people were injured during a clash between workers of the PTI and Balochistan Awami Party in Bhatti Mohalla area of Jafarabad district.

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