10 killed in second attack on Election Rally

Supporters of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif as they gather at the venue where his younger brother Shahbaz Srarif will lead a rally towards the airport ahead of the arrival of Nawaz from London in Lahore

The bombing was the biggest attack in Pakistan in over a year and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.

"Mir Siraj Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta", caretaker provincial Home Minister Agha Umar said.

Siraj's teenage son, Akmal Raisani, had also been killed in an attack during a football match in the same district in 2011.

"We have more than 200 people injured and under treatment at different hospitals in Quetta and condition of some of the wounded is critical", he said.

A senior provincial government official also confirmed the figure, adding that 150 others were injured in the attack.

A victim of a bomb blast is brought to a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018 following an attack at an election rally.

The former minister was leaving a corner meeting when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a motorcycle some 50 metres away from the jalsa ground went off in the jurisdiction of Havaid police station, RPO Karim Khan said.

The attack came hours after a bomb hit a rally of Akram Khan Durrani of Mutahida Majlis Amal (MMA), an alliance of religious party, including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) and Jamaat-e-Islami, in Bannu area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Former Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani's convoy was targeted, Dawn reported. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the ANP rally.

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"There seems to be a conspiracy to sabotage the 25 July elections but the people of Pakistan will not allow any design meant to target these historic elections to succeed", he continued.

At least 72 people were killed and 120 were injured in the attack during a campaign rally in Mastung. Thousands flocked to his funeral the next day.

A spokesman for Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party confirmed they were arrested soon afterwards.

His father, senior ANP leader Bashir Bilour, was killed in a suicide bombing in late 2012, in the run-up to Pakistan's last election.

Following the attacks, activists called for Pakistani authorities to remain vigilant to protect candidates during the final days of the campaign season.

"What credibility will these elections have when the government is taking such a drastic action against our people and this crackdown is taking place all over the country?" he told Reuters at the airport in Abu Dhabi as he waited for a connecting flight to Lahore.

Analysts warn, however, that Pakistan has yet to tackle the root causes of extremism, and militants retain the ability to carry out attacks.

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