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Pakistani Government Mourns Killings At Political Rally

The government of Pakistan's southern Sindh province has announced a day of mourning after at least seven people were killed at a political rally.

Twelve people were also injured in the shooting, which happened in the rural Kairpur district on October 7.

The rally was organized by the local administration to support the new local government system.

Sindh's ethno-nationalist political parties are protesting the proposed reforms.

Irfan Baloch, the head of Khairpur police, told RFE/RL Radio Mashaal that authorities had arrested some suspected perpetrators of the shooting and launched a large search operation in the region.

Sindh, Pakistan's key industrial, commercial, and agricultural hub, has been the scene of ethnic and sectarian violence in recent years.

With additional BBC reporting
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    Radio Mashaal was launched in January 2010 in order to counter a growing number of Islamic extremist radio stations in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.