Dozens killed in Pakistan terror strike targeting political rally

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Explosion in Pakistan leaves at least 36 dead, wounded

Peshawar/Karachi: At least 133 people, including a top nationalist leader, were killed and over 200 others injured on Friday in a powerful suicide blast and a targeted attack on separate election rallies in Pakistan, the deadliest in a series of assaults on candidates ahead of the 25 July polls.

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

Earlier Friday, a group of Pakistani and worldwide academics issued a statement condemning intimidation and harassment of Sharif's supporters, saying that the crackdown threatened the country's ability to hold free and fair elections. Raisani was the younger brother of former provincial CM Mir Aslam Raisani.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in an email.

Mariam Sharif faces seven years in jail.

Militants targeted a gathering of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani in Mastung area in the troubled Balochistan province.

Two persons succumbed to their injuries today, taking the death toll to 130, the Express Tribune reported, adding that at least 20 of the injured are reported to be in critical condition. Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk announced Sunday as a mourning day across the country to pay respect to lives lost in the Bannu and Mastung attacks.

Pakistan's campaign until this week had been relatively peaceful, compared with frequent attacks by the Pakistani Taliban during the 2013 election, which saw 170 people killed, according to statistics from the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.

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This is the third attack this week on a target related to the upcoming election.

"The death toll has now risen to 25", Agha Umar Bungalzai, the provincial home minister.

The funeral prayer of Siraj Raisani was offered in Moosa Stadium in Quetta Cantonment which was attended among others by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan, provincial ministers and senior civil and military officials.

As campaigning intensifies, attacks in different areas of the country have stoked fear of more violence in the Muslim country of 208 million where political rallies can draw tens of thousands of people.

It came hours after four people were killed and 39 injured when a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated near a Pakistani politician's convoy in Bannu on Friday, near the border with Afghanistan.

The group gave no reason for the bombing that killed Siraj Raisani, who was running for the election on the Baluchistan Awami Party ticket.

"It has proved that the work that was required was not done", the head of the Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, said in televised comments on Saturday, who warned that unless terrorism is wiped out "these incidents will continue to happen".

Durrani belongs to an alliance of religious groups called Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, which ruled the province between 2002 and 2008 under him.

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