BAP leader Siraj Raisani among 33 killed in Mastung blast

BAP leader Siraj Raisani among 33 killed in Mastung blast

One of the attacks took place the western province of Baluchistan, where a bomb went off, and the other occurred in the city of Bannu in northwestern Pakistan, involving a roadside bomb.

Mr Khan, who hopes to become the next prime minister, condemned Friday's attack against his opponent, Mr Durrani.

Police had earlier said that the attack targeted Raisani's convoy but later changed their statement as video footage of a large tent showing damage from the blast was circulated.

Raisani, who was running for a seat in the provincial legislature in the July 25 elections, was critically injured and rushed to a hospital in the provincial capital Quetta, where he succumbed to his injuries. Security is being cited as the reason.

ISIS's AMAQ news agency provided no further detail or evidence for its claim.

At least 89 people were killed and dozens others injured when two bomb blasts hit election rallies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

The bombings come at a moment of increasing political turmoil in Pakistan as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested after arriving in the eastern city of Lahore late Friday, as he aims to energise his embattled party's base - injecting fresh uncertainty into the country days ahead of the polls.

Mr Sharif was ousted from office past year after the Panama Papers leak linked his family to offshore companies and a portfolio of expensive London properties. Raisani was a candidate from PB-35 (Mastung) and his elder brother Nawab Aslam Raisani had served as the province's chief minister from 2008 to 2013.

Khan said Sharif will appeal his conviction and apply for bail before the deadline expires on Monday.

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He claims he is being targeted by the military, which remains the country's most powerful institution, and which has faced blistering allegations that it is pressuring the media and politicians in a bid to manipulate the polls against the PML-N.

A week ago, Sharif was sentenced in abstentia to 10 years in prison on corruption charges.

Ahead of Sharif's return, police swept through Lahore, arresting scores of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party workers to prevent them from greeting him at the airport.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has postponed polling for the constituency from where Siraj was contesting.

The Mastung attack was the most lethal since Taliban militants assaulted Peshawar's Army Public School in 2014, killing over 150 people, mostly children, and one of the deadliest in the country´s long fight against terrorism.

Officials earlier said at least 40 people had been injured.

Pakistan's army will deploy about 371,000 troops on election day, nearly three times the number in 2013, to protect the polling places.

Durrani is a candidate for Muttahida Majlis-e Amal, an election alliance of radical religious groups.

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