7 killed in stampede at opposition rally in Pakistan

October 11, 2014 | By | Reply More

Oct 11, – At least seven people are dead and 40 others wounded, Pervez Haider, director of the emergency department at Nishtar Hospital, told. A stampede at an anti-government rally in central Pakistan killed seven supporters of the country’s famous former cricketer, now opposition politician, officials and his party said Saturday.

hromedia 7 killed in stampede at opposition rally in Pakistan intl. news3It was the second deadly incident related to the campaign of opposition protests led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. In August, Khan launched a bid to overthrow Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government over alleged fraud in the 2013 elections.

The deaths occurred in Multan city after the cricketer-turned-politician addressed a crowd to press his demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who he accuses of vote rigging in last year’s elections.

Multan police chief Sultan Chaudhry confirmed the casualties and said the stampede occurred when people were leaving the stadium after the rally.

Khan, along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, has been staging a sit-in in the capital Islamabad since August 15. Protest rallies have also been held in other Pakistani cities.

Khan and Qadri claim the 2013 elections were massively rigged, but local and foreign observers say the polls were credible.

Their followers clashed with police in late August after they tried to storm the prime minister’s residence, leaving three demonstrators dead and hundreds injured on both sides.

On September 1, the opposition groups briefly occupied the state broadcaster but the movement has since lost momentum.

Analysts believe the protests have been coordinated by the powerful army as a means of re-asserting its dominance over civilian authorities.

Press journalist for HRO media – Dawar Shah reports.

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