More violence has marred Pakistan’s election campaign: a suicide bomber killed at least 128 people on Friday July 13th in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, shortly before the arrest of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his return to the country.
In another incident, four people died in an attack in Pakistan's northwest. The explosion targeted candidate Akram Khan Durrani, who escaped unhurt, and injured 20 people, said local police chief Rashid Khan. Durrani is running in the July 25 vote against popular former lawmaker Imran Khan. He is a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, an election alliance of radical religious groups.
The attacks came hours before Sharif returned from London, along with his daughter Maryam, to face a 10-year prison sentence. Sharif was imprisoned on corruption charges; Maryam Sharif faces seven years in jail.
Sharif was taken into custody to serve his sentence but is expected to appeal and seek bail. It was unclear when his appeal would be filed, but he has until Monday to do so.
Friday’s worst attack was In the southern town of Mastung; candidate Siraj Raisani and 127 others died when the suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of crowds of supporters who had gathered at a rally.
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