132 die in Pakistan election violence ahead of Sharif return

An injured Pakistani man is brought to a hospital in Quetta

An injured Pakistani man is brought to a hospital in Quetta

"We'd like to know what his dear friend, PM Modi has to say about this", the Congress tweeted along with a photograph of Modi and Sharif walking together holding hands during Modi's visit to Lahore in December 2015. Caretaker Home Minister Agha Umar Bungalzai told The Associated Press another 300 people were wounded in Friday's bombing. Sharif's brother, Shahbaz, has taken over the leadership of the party and is shepherding it through the election campaign.

In a press statement, the Security Council denounced the attack as "heinous and cowardly" and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under global law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Pakistan Government and other relevant authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators and financiers of this and other such terrorist acts.

Sharif, Maryam provided "B" class facilities in jail Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam spent their first night in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi and the two VIP convicts were provided "B" class facilities, media reports said today, a day after their arrest.

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

In a video message Friday reportedly from aboard his aircraft en route to Pakistan, Sharif said he was returning knowing he would be taken directly to prison.

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He may have been targeted amid ongoing allegations that Mr Sharif is being kept out of politics to allow the military to maintain power.

Five persons were killed and over 37 other in the attack.

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.

On Monday, a suicide bomber had killed Awami National Party (ANP) leader and candidate in the general elections, Haroon Bilour, and 19 others after striking at a corner election meeting in Peshawar.

Mr Khan condemned the attack on his rival, tweeting: "Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on Akram Durrani & his convoy". But he said the people of Pakistan will not allow anything to prevent "historic" elections from taking place.

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