89 killed, 120 hurt in Pakistan election campaign bombing
14 July, 2018, 00:24 | Author: Myra Gill
Bungalzai also confirmed the explosion killed Siraj Raisani, who was running for a provincial seat with Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).
Raisani was younger brother of former provincial chief minister Mir Aslam Raisani.
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.
Sharif's 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 that the court said were bought with illegally acquired money.
Sharif is expected to appeal his conviction and seek bail.
In a video message Friday reportedly from aboard his aircraft en route to Pakistan, Sharif said he was returning knowing he would be taken directly to prison.
Police had earlier said more than 1,000 people were in attendance at the rally.
He also used the opportunity to again criticise Pakistan's powerful military, which has ruled the country directly or indirectly for most of its 71-year history, saying Pakistan now has a "state above the state".
During his term in office, Sharif criticized the military's involvement in civilian affairs and its efforts in fighting extremists.
Initial investigation suggested it was a suicide attack, Lashari added.
As per Election Act 2017, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has postponed polling for the PB-35 constituency.
With the July 25 polls in the country fast-approaching, there has been a spike in violence with three major attacks targeting election campaign events and candidates during the past week.
At least four people were killed and 35 others injured when a bomb targeted the convoy of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Durrani near the northwestern town of Bannu.
The bombing was the biggest attack in Pakistan during the past few years and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.
Durrani, who is contesting in July 25 elections against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan, announced that he will continue campaign despite threats.
Another 45 people were hurt in the attack in Mastung, a town in southwest Baluchistan province.
"Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on Akram Durrani and his convoy", Imran Khan tweeted after the attack.
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.
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