Funeral held for politician targeted in Pakistan blast that killed 128

Explosion in Pakistan leaves at least 36 dead, wounded

Pakistan's former PM Nawaz Sharif arrested hours after a huge suicide attack kills at least 70

More than 100 dead in Pakistan after a suicide attack at a campaign rally.

The country's President Mamnoon Hussain, caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk and army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack. Pak lost a highly devoted & capable politician Siraj Raisani.

The funeral was delayed to ensure the attendance of family members traveling there from overseas.

"A truly proud Pakistani who made enemies of Pakistan afraid", he added.

In the Friday bombing, at least 150 people were wounded, as a candidate addressed his supporters in Mastung, in troubled Baluchistan province near the Afghan border, the provincial home affairs minister said. "We will continue to stand with the people of Pakistan and the broader South Asia region in their fight against terrorism", he said.

"People put. bodies and the injured in rickshaws and other vehicles and rushed them to hospital before rescue officials arrived", he added.

With two more deaths, the number of casualties mounted to 135 in the yesterday's twin attacks in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

Uniformed men escorted the Sharifs from their aeroplane after it touched down in the central city of Lahore at around 8.45pm local time, a Reuters reporter on board said.

Supporters of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif take part in a march towards the airport ahead of his expected arrival and arrest on Friday.

"Since there was a limited number of ambulances, rescue workers only picked up the wounded".

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

"The government should take care of those who need better treatment".

With each attack, fears of violence ahead of the election are rising.

He said, "Salute to our national hero Siraj Raisani".

With terrorists striking at ease before the general elections, Pakistani security establishment was under pressure to improve security and intelligence gathering to avoid further election carnage. Reports say that around 1000 people were in attendance at the political meeting. "The situation suits the Baloch separatists, and it nearly looks like the repeat of the 2013 elections", Saeed Sarbazi, a senior Baloch analyst, told Arab News.

Five persons were killed and over 37 other injured, police said.

"Electioneering is a public activity requiring a guarantee of public safety", the Dawn newspaper said in an editorial that urged the state to embark on several security measures, including providing candidates with government security.

"In Balochistan constituencies, the voters have to make a distance of up to 40 kilometers to poll their votes as the constituencies are spread over a large area".

"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", Khan wrote on Twitter on July 13.

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