25 people have been killed in a deadly blast in Quetta, IG police Mohsin Butt confirmed, Dawn News reported. The victims include both police officials and civilians.
Originally, the blast had targeted a police van which was passing by on a road near a polling station in NA-260. Investigations are underway and an emergency has been declared at Civil Hospital where injured are being treated.
For the general elections underway, Imran Khan and Fazlur Rehman casted their vote.
Polling for the Pakistan’s 11th general elections started early at 8 AM and will conclude at 6PM today. The country has set up 85,307 polling stations, of which 17,007 have been declared “highly sensitive”, GeoNewsreported.
Upto 12,570 candidates are contesting for a total of 849 seats of national and provincial assemblies in the general election. The elections result are expected to be distributed among three parties vigorously contesting- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). PML-N candidate Shehbaz Sharif was among the first to cast his vote, DawnNews reported.
To increase participation in the elections, July 25 had earlier been declared as a holiday.