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mominabad_blastAt least six people, including a child, were killed and around 20 others were wounded in a militants’ attack on a secular political party in Karachi.

The Pakistani Taliban militants targeted a corner meeting of Awami National Party (ANP) near Mominabad Police Station in Karachi’s SITE area. The meeting was being attended, among others, by a local leader of ANP, Bashir Jan.

“Five to six people have been injured, but I am not sure about casualties yet,” said Jan. “I am safe however,” he added.

Talking to a private news channel, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali condemned the cowardly act of the terrorists and vowed to not bow down to them.

“People know who is behind these barbaric acts….they want to keep us away from elections,” he said. However, the ANP chief said that his party will not boycott the May 11 polls.

Meanwhile, the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility of the attack.

Speaking to Dawn.com via telephone from an undisclosed location, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said they had carried out the attack on the ANP for their secular views.

“These secular parties want to bring the system of the infidel in Pakistan,” said the Taliban spokesman, speaking about the MQM, ANP and PPP.

Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital, has witnessed a recent surge in violence.

The Pakistani Taliban had also claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday on the election office of the MQM in Karachi, the second attack on the party in the city in three days.

The spike in violence targeting political parties has raised concerns for law and order as the May 11 general elections draw closer.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan also expressed its concerns at the continuing terrorist attacks on election candidates, activists and campaigns of certain political parties.

“If this targeted violence persists, it would render the elections meaningless and make the country hostage to fascist forces,” the rights watchdog said in a statement released Friday.

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