Heavy contingent of police and Pakistan Army has reached the site and controlled the violent situation
SUKKUR: At least 11 people were killed on Saturday in firing as a clash broke out between two political groups during the local bodies’ election in Ranipur Town, Khairpur.
The clash also left eight people injured.
Polling was suspended immediately after the incident, as the clashing groups expanded in size.
Punjab and Sindh go to polls today
According to reports, a small scuffle between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) during the elections broke into a violent clash.
A heavy contingent of the police and Pakistan Army reached the site and have managed to control the situation.
No arrests have been made so far.
Eight districts of upper Sindh comprising 4,618,512 voters headed out to vote for their local representatives on. The polling started at 7:30am and ended at 5:30pm.
Due to tense relations between some rival candidates, law enforcers had been deployed in sensitive areas. Naro and Kingri areas in Khairpur Mirs were declared highly sensitive due to the rivalry between Pir Pagara and Ghous Ali Shah. “Naro and Kingri will be the only areas where the army will be deployed inside the polling station,” Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal told The Express Tribune.
However, local government minister Nasir Hussain Shah had clarified that the government only recommended army deployment in these areas of Khairpur Mirs but the army troops will only be available on standby.