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In Pakistan, Bomb Attack on Election Campaign Kills Up to 149 in Balochistan

HeadlineJul 16, 2018

In Pakistan, funerals are being held for the victims of Friday’s massive bombing at an election campaign gathering in the southwestern province of Balochistan. Al Jazeera reports up to 149 people were killed and nearly 200 more were wounded, making it the third-deadliest attack in Pakistan’s history. The bombing targeted an election rally of the Balochistan Awami Party, ahead of the July 25 national elections. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. Among those killed was a Balochistan provincial assembly candidate, Siraj Raisani. This is the slain candidate’s brother, Haji Lashkari.

Haji Lashkari Raisani: “These kinds of incidents have been happening in our country’s history. These incidents are condemned verbally, and sympathies are also offered verbally. But no solid measures are taken to prevent them.”

On Friday night, hours after the deadly bombing, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested at the Lahore airport as they returned to Pakistan from London in efforts to bolster Sharif’s political party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, ahead of the elections. Their arrest came after Sharif and his daughter were convicted in absentia last week in a corruption case that Sharif’s supporters say was manufactured by the Pakistani military and his political opponents.

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