Death toll in ISIS-claimed Pakistan blast jumps to 128

Siraj Raisani

Sharif's arrival in the eastern city of Lahore was delayed until 8pm.

In a video message from his aircraft en route to Pakistan, Sharif said he knew he would be taken directly to prison on his return. Another senior official, Qaim Lashari, also confirmed it was a suicide blast.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam were expected to be taken into custody when they arrived in Lahore on a flight from London via Abu Dhabi late Friday.

Men mourn the death of relatives and party workers, who were killed after a suicide attack during an election campaign meeting, at hospital morgue in Quetta, Pakistan July 13, 2018.

There was barbed wire across some roads leading to Lahore airport on Friday and barricades at the roadside ready to close off main boulevards should crowds start to gather.

In 2015, at least two people were killed and three others injured in a remote-controlled bomb attack on Durrani's convoy in the Narmikhel area of Bannu.

It came as Pakistan's caretaker government launched a crackdown on political gatherings.

There are fears of more violence in the run-up to polling day.

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Though these bombings doesn't come as a surprise as the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had already warned of election-related violence ahead of the polls and suggested enhanced security for the electoral candidates, but the governments, provincial and federal, have ostensibly failed to grasp the gravity of the threats.

Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the terror attacks in Mastung and Bannu.

"We have more than 200 people injured and under treatment at different hospitals in Quetta and condition of some of the wounded is critical", he said.

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

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

The second explosion was in southwestern Baluchistan province, that killed 65 people and critically wounded the candidate.

In a tweet, he said there seems to be a conspiracy to sabotage the vote.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a rally by an anti-Taliban political party in the northern city of Peshawar on Tuesday, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province killing 20 people including Haroon Bilour who was hoping to win a provincial assembly seat in July. But he said the people of Pakistan will not allow anything to prevent "historic" elections from taking place.

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