Explosion in Pakistan leaves at least 36 dead, wounded

Explosion in Pakistan leaves at least 36 dead, wounded

Explosion in Pakistan leaves at least 36 dead, wounded

Earlier in the day, at least four people were killed and 16 injured in a bomb attack on a campaign motorcade of a political party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northwestern Pakistan, hospital and administration officials said.

In the southwestern Baluchistan town of Mastung, Siraj Raisani a candidate in the provincial Parliament, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally.

"My brother Siraj Raisani has been martyred", said Haji Lashkari Raisani, another brother who is also contesting a national assembly seat from Baluchistan.

"These attacks are cowardly attempts to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights", said State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert.

Durrani was unhurt in the attack.

The attack was by far the deadliest of a series of blasts at various campaign events this week that have killed at least 154 people, including two local politicians, and underscored ongoing security challenges following years of optimism.

Chief of Army Stadium General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Asim Bajwa, high-ranking Army officials, Balochistan Caretaker Chief Minister Allauddin Mari, provincial ministers, Nawab Aslam Raisani and Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani were among hundreds of people who attended the funeral prayer of Nawabzada Siraj Raisani.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday night's suicide bombing at a rally for the Baluchistan Awami Party (BAP).

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The attacks came hours before Sharif returned with his daughter Maryam, to face 10 years in prison on corruption charges.

His son-in-law is now serving his one year prison sentence on the same charge, which stems from the purchase of luxury apartments in Britain, which were found to have been bought with illegally acquired money.

The death toll from a suicide bombing at an election rally in Pakistan's southwest has risen to 128, a government official has confirmed.

The politician - Akram Khan Durrani, a candidate of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) party - survived.

The military has warned of security threats in the run-up to the tense election on July 25, and said it will deploy more than 370,000 soldiers on polling day.

Sharif's return is set to increase political tensions as his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz seeks to fend off a challenge from the party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan at the polls.

In a letter written to the authority, the commission had said it should be briefed about the security arrangements for political parties and overall security situation in the country, the ARY news said.

And on Tuesday (July 10), a bomb claimed by the Pakistani Taliban targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in the city of Peshawar. The country's senate was on Friday told that the blast left 22 people including the leader killed and 75 others injured.

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