In Pakistan, several people were shot and wounded in election campaign violence in the Sind city of Hyderabad on Sunday (20 February), according to two opposition politicians.
In Pakistan, several people were shot and wounded in election campaign violence in the Sind city of Hyderabad on Sunday (20 February), according to two opposition politicians. The violence started last Thursday (17 February) when three people were shot dead in the town of Mandra about 40 miles (64 kilometres) south of the federal capital Islamabad. Two of the dead were workers for Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's ruling Pakistan People's Party They died in a clash with supporters of an independent candidate. On Monday (21 February) Air Marshal Asghar Khan, leader of the Pakistan National Alliance banned radio and television correspondents and cameramen from covering the alliance's public meetings and other functions. The Air Marshal, who drew a crowd of well over a million people when he visited Karachi, has accused the state owned radio and television of misreporting and misrepresenting.
SYNOPSIS: The streets of most of the main cities of Pakistan are full of rival party posters, flags and banners. When Mr Bhutto announced the elections in January, observers expected the Pakistan People's Party to be returned again with a big majority, but the rise in popularity of the opposition PNA has now made a landslide victory unlikely.
The Pakistan People's Party are now struggling to regain their lead with shows of strength like this meeting in Rawalpindi. Observers still expect them to win the election but with a reduced majority.
Mr Bhutto himself has been out drumming up support, and on Sunday a huge crowd gathered in Lahore to hear him speak. He had some new measures to reveal to help him win support for his party.
In what is believed to be an attempt to woo industrialists and private investors, Mr Bhutto told his audience that there would be no further nationalisation in the next five years if his party were re-elected. He also defended his government against allegations of economic mismanagement, saying that inflation had hit every country, not just Pakistan, and was an international problem.