Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday took over the country's premiership for the second time after he bagged 201 votes in the National Assembly, becoming the 24th prime minsiter.
At least 30 people were killed and several injured on Wednesday after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a polling station in Pakistan’s Quetta city as the voters queued up at the polling booth to elect a new government.
According to media reports, the attack targeted the convoy of Deputy Inspector General Abdul Razzaq Cheema near the polling station on the Eastern Bypass. While the senior police official remained unhurt, The SHO of Bhosa Mandi, along with four other policemen, was among the people who lost their lives in the attack.
The area was crowded as people were making their way to vote at Tameer-e-Nau Model School. Polling came to a halt at the polling station after the blast.
The suicide bomber wanted to enter the polling station, a police spokesperson was quoted as saying by GEO News.
Several incidents of violence were reported from other parts of the country as well.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi district, supporters of two rival parties exchanged fire outside a polling station, killing a worker of former cricketer Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and injuring two others, said the police.
The PTI worker was killed as party activists clashed with Awami National Party (ANP) workers outside a polling station for NA- 19 (Swabi II) and PK-47 (Swabi V) in Nawan Kali area.
In a separate incident, four people were injured in a cracker blast outside a political camp in Larkana.
Voting has been halted across Larkana NA-200/PS-11 post the explosion.
The voting in Pakistan began at 8 AM local time on more than 85,000 polling stations. The counting of votes will be done on the spot soon after the conclusion of the polling process at 6 PM and results will be announced within 24 hours.
More than 30 political parties have fielded their candidates for the elections.
(With agency inputs)