10 killed in second attack on Election Rally


About 131 people were killed and more than 150 injured in Friday's Mastung blast, a health official told Arab News on Saturday.

The prime minister, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Balochistan interim Chief Minister Alauddin Marri all gathered at Sarwan House to offer fateha for Raisani and the others who lost their lives in the Mastung attack.

The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the political rally attack in Baluchistan, making the announcement via the group's AMAQ news agency.

On July 10, ANP candidate from PK-78 (Peshawar), Haroon Bilour, and 19 others were killed in an attack targeting the party's election meeting.

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

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Earlier in the day, at least four people were killed and 39 injured after a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated as a Pakistani politician's convoy passed by. Caretaker Home Minister Agha Umar Bungalzai told The Associated Press another 300 people were wounded in Friday's bombing. The group provided no further detail or evidence for its claim.

The Supreme Court a year ago disqualified Sharif from holding public office for being corrupt and dishonest about his wealthy family's overseas assets as revealed by the leaked Panama Papers.

The bombing occurred during preparations for the national elections, to be held on July 25. Raisani was the younger brother of former provincial CM Mir Aslam Raisani.

Salim Shahid, a resident of the provincial capital, Quetta, said by phone that an emergency had been declared in all the city's hospitals as critically injured patients were being brought in from Mastung.

Akram Khan Durrani, who represents the MMA party, was unhurt, officials say. He later visited the injured in a hospital in Bannu and said that his vehicle was damaged in the attack, according to PTI.

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A Pakistani mourns over a dead body of his family member who is killed in a bomb attack, at a mortuary in Quetta, Pakistan.

The bombing was the biggest attack in Pakistan in over a year.

. He is a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, an election alliance of radical religious groups.

Durrani, a former chief minister of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, is running against Imran Khan, a popular former cricket star, in Bannu. "As your fellow scholars, collaborators and colleagues, we would like to remind you of that commitment and urge you to take urgent steps to create the conditions conducive to such a vote before July 25".

"The Pakistani authorities have a duty to protect the rights of all Pakistanis during this election period their physical security and their ability to express their political views freely, regardless of which party they belong to", said Omar Waraich, deputy South Asia director at Amnesty International.

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