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12 killed in Bangladesh election day violence

DHAKA: At least 12 people were killed in election-day clashes in Bangladesh Sunday, after a bloody campaign overshadowed by a crackdown on the opposition by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is expected to win a historic but controversial fourth term. Three men were shot by police while eight others died in clashes between activists from the ruling Awami League Party and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), police said. An auxiliary police member was killed after being attacked by opposition activists armed with…

Two dead in Bangladesh election day clashes

DHAKA: Two people were killed in election-related clashes in Bangladesh on Sunday, police said, following a deadly campaign marred by outbreaks of violence. One man died when police opened fire on opposition activists who they say had attacked a polling station in the southern town of Bashkhali. "One person was killed from bullet wounds. We fired in self-defence," local police chief Mohammad Kamal Hossain told AFP. An activist for the ruling Awami League party died after he was beaten on the head by opposition…

For Bangladesh PM, authoritarian tag is ‘badge of honor’, son says on poll eve

DHAKA: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina considers being called authoritarian by the western media a “badge of honor”, the leader’s son told Reuters on the eve of a national election on Sunday. Hasina, who is widely expected to win a third straight term in office, has been hailed domestically for fast economic growth in the past decade and internationally for providing refuge to Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in neighboring Myanmar. But her government has been accused of suppressing dissent and jailing…

Bilawal says political parties not given even chances in polls

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday bemoaned that political parties were not given even opportunities in elections, ARY News reported. He said democracy was facing serious threats and supremacy of the parliament was being targeted. "The democracy is not facing threats from state powers, but from those who are supporters of democracy," he said this while addressing a ceremony held in honor of late human rights champion Asma Jahangir. The PPP chairman said the blatant…

2,185 miscreants arrested ahead of polls, Sindh CM told

KARACHI: Inspector General Sindh Police Amjad Javed Saleemi on Tuesday told Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazal-ur-Rehman that there was zero tolerance for miscreants and those who were trying to disrupt electioneering process. “Police have arrested 2,185 trouble makers so far and this intolerance would further aggravate if any one tried to take law into his hands,” he said. This was told in a high-level meeting chaired by the CM held here at the CM House to review the arrangements and facilities being made at the…

Another forward bloc likely in PML-N after polls, says Sheikh Rasheed

RAWALPINDI: Pointing towards degeneration of the former ruling party, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed on Saturday said surfacing of another forward bloc in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was on the cards after the upcoming elections. "Some 'birds' have already taken flight, while some will be selected, who will jointly make the bloc," he said while talking to media in Rawalpindi.  He said politics of the PML-N had deflated in Lahore, stronghold of the party, on Friday with poor power show.…