ANP withdraws Sindh candidates in favour of PPP

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The Awami National Party (ANP) on Wednesday announced that it will be withdrawing its candidates in Sindh in favour of their former coalition partner the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Radio Pakistan reported.

However, the ANP maintained that the exception to the withdrawal would be candidates who are contesting in Karachi and Hyderabad.

ANP and the PPP were coalition partners in the provinces and in the center during the previous government.

Late last week, unknown armed assailants shot dead the ANP’s candidate in NA-254 in Karachi’s Bilal Colony.

Sadiq Zaman Khattak was contesting elections from the constituency of NA-254. He was attacked by unknown assailants when he exited the local mosque, Rehmania Masjid, with his four-year-old-son Ahmed.

Khattak died on the spot, while son was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Elections for NA-254 were subsequently postponed.