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Independent candidate survives assassination bid in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar 

An survived an bid today in northwest Pakistan, police said, a day after 135 people were killed in attacks on poll rallies in the country.

Malik Riaz, an from PK 93 constituency Lakki Marwat district of province, was fired upon allegedly by workers of the rival (MMA) party when he was leading an election convoy towards the venue of a public meeting.

Riaz remained unhurt and safe, police said.

An FIR has been registered in the station Sarai e Naurang against the accused, including MMA candidate Malik Anwar Hayat, they said.

After the incident, Riaz in a statement alleged that Hayat and his supporters fired at his convoy as the MMA candidate wanted him to

Hayat also demanded Rs 50,000 extortion money from me, he further alleged.

At least 135 people, including Awami Party Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and over 200 others injured yesterday in a powerful suicide blast and a targeted attack on separate election rallies in and provinces.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 15:10 IST