Pakistan election 2018: Candidate killed in vehicle bomb - four hurt

Lester Mason
July 23, 2018

Mr Durrani survived a suicide attack earlier this month that killed four people.

Video images from the scene showed three bleeding and unconscious passengers inside a badly damaged black sports utility vehicle.

Meanwhile, Akram Khan Durrani, former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister and a key leader of five-party religious alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, escaped an assassination attempt in Bannu district on Sunday. He was elected to the post after his brother, Israrullah Gandapur, was killed in a suicide attack in October 2013 in his hometown of Kulachi.

On Saturday a Pakistani anti-narcotics court jailed for life Hanif Abbasi, an aide of Sharif, for misuse of a drug-making chemical, a government prosecutor said.

"The ISI is fully involved in trying to manipulate the judicial proceedings", Siddiqui said in a speech to lawyers, adding the agency had told the court not to release Sharif and his daughter Maryam until after the elections. Rights defenders have long accused the ISI of kidnapping and torturing rights activists, journalists and dissenting voices.

Almost 106 million Pakistanis, including more than 19 million new voters, will be eligible to cast their ballots on Wednesday.

With just days left before Pakistan general elections 2018 kick off, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) president Shehbaz Sharif challenged the people of his country to change his name he fails to take his country, Pakistan ahead of its neighbour, India after he wins the following elections.

"I am not a political person. but @ImranKhanPTI I would have loved to play under. great leader and would do well for Pakistan if given the opportunity", he tweeted.

Former Pakistani cricket stars have come out in support of Khan and his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

"It was in your leadership skip @ImrankhanPTI that we became world champions in 1992".

#BehindYouSkipper became one of the country's top trending hashtags as celebrities and former cricketers came to Mr. Khan's support.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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