Pakistan polls: Former cricketers turn to support Imran Khan

Pakistan polls: Former cricketers turn to support Imran Khan

Pakistan polls: Former cricketers turn to support Imran Khan

Ikramullah Gandapur, a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) election candidate was killed in a suicide bombing in Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on Sunday, Dawn News reported.

Ikramullah Gandapur, a member of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, was contesting polls for the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly.

On the same day, 149 people, including a top nationalist leader, were killed and over 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Mastung area in the troubled Balochistan province.

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Commenting on the massive protests outside general headquarters, Baloch National Movement president said that the public is chanting slogans against ISI openly on the streets of Pakistan.

There are two main contenders among the dozens of parties in the election fray: PTI and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which aims to win a second term despite the jailing of its founder, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for graft.

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According to hospital sources, the PTI leader's driver was also killed in the attack while his guard is said to be in a critical condition at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).

On July 10, Haroon Bilour was among the 22 dead when a suicide bomber blew himself up at an ANP political event held in Peshawar, an attack whose responsibility was instantly claimed by the TTP.

Kamran Yousaf spoke to TRT World about the security concerns in Pakistan.

On July 13, militants targeted his convoy with explosive-laden motorbike, killing at least five people and injuring another 30 in Bannu.

Journalists in Pakistan say they have come under unprecedented pressure from the authorities before the election.

In the largest explosion, at least 132 people died in southwestern Baluchistan when a blast ripped through a gathering in support of Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, who was running for a provincial legislature seat on the pro-military Baluchistan Awami Party ticket.

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