Elec­tion vi­o­lence re­sults in 128 deaths

Yorkshire Post - - UK & ABROAD -

TWO AT­TACKS in Pak­istan’s trou­bled elec­tion cam­paign have killed 128 peo­ple – with one can­di­date among those who died in a bomb blast in south-west­ern Baluchis­tan prov­ince.

The vi­o­lence came ahead of dis­graced for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s re­turn to Pak­istan.

Mr Sharif has re­turned along with his daugh­ter Mariam to face a 10-year prison sen­tence on cor­rup­tion charges, anti-cor­rup­tion of­fi­cials said. Mariam Sharif faces seven years in jail.

In the 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.

Mr Raisani is the brother of the for­mer Baluchis­tan chief min­is­ter, As­lam Raisani.

Care­taker home min­is­ter Agha Umar Bun­galzai said an­other 300 peo­ple were in­jured in the car­nage.

It was the sec­ond elec­tion-re­lated vi­o­lence to oc­cur on Fri­day.

The first bomb killed four peo­ple ex­ploded in the north-west, near the elec­tion rally of a se­nior politi­cian from an Is­lamist party who is run­ning for par­lia­ment from the town of Bannu.

The ex­plo­sion tar­geted can­di­date Akram Khan Dur­rani, who es­caped un­hurt.

Mr Dur­rani is run­ning in the July 25 vote against pop­u­lar for­mer MP Im­ran Khan. He is a can­di­date of Mut­tahida Ma­jlis-eA­mal, an elec­tion al­liance of rad­i­cal re­li­gious groups.

Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Baluchis­tan at­tack.

Mr Khan, who hopes to be­come the next prime min­is­ter, con­demned Fri­day’s at­tack against his op­po­nent, Mr Dur­rani.

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