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May 25, 2013

Congress leader Mahendra Karma killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh: VC Shukla injured, Nand Kumar Patel, his son abducted

In one of the worst Naxal strikes, the ultra-leftists attacked the Congress' Parivartan rally at Sukma in Chhattisgarh and shot dead senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma.

Karma received dozens of bullets and succumbed to the gunshots. Former union minister Vidya Charan Shukla was critically injured.

Senior leader Nand Kumar Patel and his son were also abducted by Naxalites. The incident in Bastar region has shocked the State government.

Congress leadership has alleged that BJP government didn't provide security to the party workers during the rally. More details were awaited as police were yet to reach Darbha in Sukma, where the Maoist attack took place.

Later, Nand Kumar Patel and his son were also found dead. The killings caused nationwide outrage. In all 28 persons including Congress leaders, workers, security personnel and other policemen were killed in this daredevil attack by Maoists. 

TIH Bureau

May 12, 2013

Pakistan election results 2013: Nawaz Sharif's PML-N wins, Imran Khan's PTI at second place with PPP behind

The results of the much-awaited elections in Pakistan finally started coming on late Saturday night with trends suggesting that Miyan Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) was all set to form the next government.

PML-N may get a simple majority on its own. Imran Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaf that was expected to do much better appeared to be behind PMLN. However, Khan won the election and his party seemed poised to win over 37 seats.

The worst performance was that of the incumbent Pakistan People's Party (PPP). It appeared to get almost 35 seats as trends indicated after 2 am at night. The counting was on but the final tally may not be too different from the current scenario.

The MQM was leading in eight places. Jamat and other groups did no better either. The ANP had no lead while the independents were leading the rest. Though Nawaz Sharif declared his party as victorious, the formal results were yet to be announced. He is likely to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The elections were held for the 272 member national assembly. Despite threat of Taliban, Pakistanis came out to vote in large numbers. The results were a setback for the ruling PPP. The polls were historic as it was the first time a civilian government had completed term and elections were held for the next government.

TIH Bureau

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