Election violence in Pakistan's Sindh kills 11 people
Clashes between Pakistan's rival political parties in the southern province of Sindh have left eleven people dead during local elections, Reuters reported.
Kamran Fazal, the police deputy inspector general in Khairpur District, where the clashes broke out, said on Saturday, "Eleven people were killed when two groups opened fire."
The local elections were held in Sindh along with the central province of Punjab.
It was not immediately clear which group or side triggered the violence.
On one side, there is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) party. On the other, the opposition is led by international cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan.
Observers are closely watching the polls in Punjab, which is Pakistan's richest and most populous province and the power base of the current prime minister, who gained power in a landslide election in 2013.
Over 20 million people are registered to vote in Punjab, in addition to another 4.6 million in Sindh.
The local elections are seen as a referendum on the national government which is halfway through its term.
Pakistan has a population of about 190 million.