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Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif burn tyres during a protest ahead of of the arrival of Nawaz from London

The party's past five years in government have been characterized by discord with the military, which has ruled Pakistan for almost half its 71-year history. Political parties in the province announced suspension of political activities in the aftermath of deadly suicide bombing.

One political worker, Salam Baloch, said he heard a "deafening blast" and saw a "thick grey ball of fire and smoke". But he said the people of Pakistan will not allow anything to prevent "historic" elections from taking place. The deceased could be seen covered in shrouds. Lahore resident Shahzad Anwar told AFP on Saturday that such an attack was the result of the "failure of security institutions".

Caretaker home minister Agha Umar Bungalazi said 300 people were wounded in the bombing. A senior provincial government official also confirmed the figure, adding that 150 others were injured.

Militants targeted a gathering of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani in the Mastung area in the troubled province on Friday, killing at least 128 people and injuring over 200 others.

The rally had been attended by more than 1,000 people.

Pakistan was in shock yesterday after a suicide blast killed more than 130 people, shaking confidence in security just as the dramatic arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif ratcheted political tensions higher ahead of nationwide polls.

The Mastung attack was the deadliest terror attack in the country since the attack on Army Public School Peshawar in 2014 stunned the nation.

Injured are taken to hospital after a suicide bomber hits Pakistan
Image The injured are taken to hospital after a suicide bomber hits Baluchistan

The U.S. State Department in a statement strongly condemned this week's attacks on political candidates and their supporters in Pakistan.

And, in Peshawar on Tuesday, 21 people died in a Pakistan Taliban suicide bomb attack at a rally held by the liberal Awami National Party for Haroon Bilour, a candidate for the provincial legislature. Thousands flocked to his funeral the next day.

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

IS has carried out a number of attacks in the region bordering Afghanistan in recent years.

Nothing is different across the border, particularly politics, even after the 70 years of partition, which clearly reflected in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf president Imran Khan's remarks, who took a swipe at PML (N) leader over his "friendship" with PM Modi.

Sharif has been banned from participating in politics, and brother Shahbaz Sharif, who now heads his Pakistan Muslim League, is campaigning for re-election on July 25. He honoured Raisani, calling him Pakistan's courageous soldier. Sharif was arrested with his daughter minutes after their plane touched down at Lahore airport.

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