Father kills son over political party flag in Pakistan

A father killed his son after the two agreed to fly a political party’s flag before Pakistan’s general election, police said.

The controversy started when the boy, who had recently returned from his work in Qatar, raised the flag of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party at the family home on the outskirts of Peshawar. in the area. of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The father had forbidden his son to raise the PTI flag at home, but the son refused to remove it and left the PTI,” said district police officer Naseer Farid. “The argument escalated and, in anger, the father shot his 31-year-old son, before fleeing the house.”

The boy died on the way to the hospital.

The police are looking for the father, who is affiliated with the Awami Nationalist Party and has previously raised its flag. Violence in Pakistan marked the February 8 election, with bombings and gun attacks by Islamists.

During the first week of February, about 5,000 soldiers from the Frontier Constabulary (FC) will be deployed in the northwestern region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is on the border with Afghanistan, Commander Moazzam Jah told AFP Ansari.

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