A senior female Pakistani politician has been shot dead in the city of Karachi. Zahra Shahid Hussain was the senior vice-president of Pakistan’s Movement for Justice party (PTI), led by former international cricketer Imran Khan.
She was killed outside her home in the city’s upmarket Defence neighbourhood.
Her murder comes on the eve of a highly-contested partial re-run of the vote in the area following last Saturday’s general election.
Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, citing police, said the shooting happened during an attempted robbery. However, this could not be verified.
Reports say she was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries on the way.
The partial re-run of the vote was ordered after Mr Khan’s party accused the city’s dominant MQM party of widespread rigging and intimidation.
The MQM – which took most of the seats in Karachi – denies the accusations.