Entire nation demands inquiry into Mastung blast: Shehbaz Sharif

Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif burn tyres during a protest ahead of of the arrival of Nawaz from London

Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, who was campaigning for an assembly seat in the southern province of Balochistan, was killed in the bomb blast along with dozens of others, Balochistan Home Secretary Haider Ali Shikoh told CNN.

The blast - which was claimed by Daesh terrorist group - ripped through the crowd in the town of Mastung near the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta.

He was running for election for the Baluchistan Awami Party and is the brother of the former chief minister, Aslam Raisani.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing on Friday which also injured 300 others.

"Mir Siraj Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta", he said.

The first one killed four people in the northwest near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party.

Confirming the death toll, caretaker home minister of Balochistan province Agha Umar said that the injured people are being treated at various hospitals.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack in North Waziristan.

Sharif also faces two additional corruption trials, both of which will be held inside the jail, according to Khan.

Pakistan's July 25 election will mark only the third time in its history the country has had a democratic transition of power.

Injured are taken to hospital after a suicide bomber hits Pakistan
Image The injured are taken to hospital after a suicide bomber hits Baluchistan

The attacks left over 130 people killed and over 200 injured during the last three days.

The strike was targeting candidate Akram Khan Durrani, who escaped unhurt, but 20 others were wounded.

An injured man is brought to a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018, following a bomb blast at an election rally.

Moeed Yusuf, vice president of the Asia center at the United States Institute of Peace, said the attacks have undermined the conventional belief among Pakistan analysts that this year's elections would be more secure than they were in 2013, especially after the army announced its plan to post 371,000 soldiers at voting stations on election day.

Durrani is running in the July 25 vote against popular former lawmaker Imran Khan.

Following the yesterday's twin attacks, the Election Commission of Pakistan summoned Chief of National Coordination Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) today to brief it on security threats to leaders of various political parties.

The two attacks were the deadliest since a Taliban assault on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed over 150 people.

This comes as a suicide bomber targeted the Awami National Party candidate Haroon Bilour on Monday.

However, residents of the area where the incident took place say many of those who died on the spot were not even mentioned in the official figures since they were not picked up by rescue workers.

It said the national flag will fly at half mast tomorrow to mourn the deaths of almost 150 people in the recent terrorist strikes ahead of the July 25 general elections.

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