Pakistan’s turmoil: Nawaz in jail while 130 killed in poll meeting

Pakistan’s turmoil: Nawaz in jail while 130 killed in poll meeting

Just hours before the arrest of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a deadliest suicide bomber claimed at least 133 lives, including a top nationalist leader, amid a poll meeting in Baluchistan on Friday.

Candidate Siraj Raisani, a politician running for provincial legislature, died along with more than 125 civilians when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally, spreading a wave of panic in the country.

While the nation was battling bloodsheds on Friday evening, Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested after returning to the country, which further displeased many in the nation. Following their conviction in one of three corruption cases, Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of eight million pounds in the Avenfield property corruption case, while his daughter Maryam Sharif was sentenced to seven years of jail and fined two million pounds.

Also read: Nawaz and Maryam Sharif arrested at Lahore airport.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried on its Aamaq news agency. However, when asked upon the reason, the group gave no reason for the bombing that killed Raisani, who was running for the election on the Baluchistan Awami Party ticket.

As said by a local police official, the explosion targeted candidate Akram Khan Durrani, who escaped unhurt, but wounded 20 people. Durrani is running in the July 25 vote against popular former lawmaker Imran Khan. He is a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, an election alliance of radical religious groups.

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