Pakistan polls 2024: Blasts target candidates’ offices, over 20 killed on eve of election

Feb 7, 2024

New Delhi: A day before the general elections in Pakistan, two… explosion close to elections candidates' offices in Pakistan's Balochistan, local officials reported on Wednesday. According to the report this explosion took place were killed 25 people expressed concern over the security situation ahead of Thursday's voting.
The first blast, in which about 15 persons lost their lives and 30 were injured, occurred at the office of an independent. Candidate, Asfand Yar Khan Kakar, in Pishin District.
Kakar, who is contesting from NA-265 constituency and Balochistan assembly constituencies – PB-47 and PB-48, was not present in his office during the blast. “Eight of our workers were martyred and more than 18 were injured in the blast that occurred when the names of polling agents were being finalized at the election office,” Kakar told Geo News.
The second blast took place in Qila Saifullah, a town near the Afghan border, near the office of Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI), a religious party that was earlier targeted by militants.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the blasts. Islamic extremist groups, including the Pakistani Taliban and Baluchistan separatists, oppose the Pakistani state and have recently carried out attacks.
According to Geo News, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is investigating the blast and has sought a report from the Balochistan Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The attacks occurred as political parties ended their campaigns during a quiet period mandated by electoral rules the day before the election.
Pakistan is preparing for elections amid a rise in terrorist attacks and the imprisonment of Imran Khan, the winner of the last national election.
Voting is to be held in Pakistan on February 8.
(with inputs from agencies)

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