Bomb Blast Kills 10 At Election Rally In Pakistan

Disgraced ex Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be whisked away by helicopter to the federal capital of Islamabad when he returns Friday to Pakistan's easte

Second bomb killed at least 85 people and injured 120 on Friday during an election rally in Mastung town, near the Balochistan capital of Quetta.

Uniformed men escorted the Sharifs, who were sentenced in absentia on corruption charges last week, from their airplane after it touched down in the central city of Lahore at around 8:45 p.m. (1645 GMT), a Reuters reporter on board said.

The attacks came as authorities braced for the return and expected arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on a corruption conviction. A senior provincial government official also confirmed the figure, adding that 150 others were injured in the attack.

Sharif's son-in-law is serving a one-year prison sentence on the same charge, which stems from the purchase of luxury apartments in the United Kingdom that the court said were bought with illegally acquired money.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan condemned the terror attack on Durrani and called the attack "a conspiracy to sabotage the July 25 elections".

The Islamic State group has a muted presence in Pakistan but has carried out brutal attacks there in the past, including the blast at a Sufi shrine in February a year ago which killed almost 90 people.

There was barbed wire across some roads leading to Lahore airport on Friday and barricades at the roadside ready to close off main boulevards should crowds start to gather.

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Pakistan's third major political movement, the Pakistan Peoples Party, joined the criticism of the crackdown, with its prime ministerial candidate Bilawal Bhutto Zardari questioning why Sharif's supporters would be prevented from gathering.

At least 128 people, including Raisani, were killed in the deadly blast, police officials said.

There are fears of more violence in the run-up to polling day.

"We have more than 200 people injured and under treatment at different hospitals in Quetta and condition of some of the wounded is critical", he said.

Hours before the Mastung attack, four people were killed in a bombing near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party who is running for parliament from the north-western town of Bannu.

Mr Durrani is running against popular former MP Imran Khan. He is a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, an election alliance of radical religious groups.

Days earlier a bomb claimed by the Pakistani Taleban targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday. The military denied the accusations, and said its assistance had been requested by Pakistan's election commission.

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