Pakistan votes today without Imran Khan

 

Voting in Pakistan’s national elections is today Thursday. The most talked about issue in this election is the absence of former Prime Minister and PTI leader Imran Khan. Imran is imprisoned in multiple cases.

Meanwhile, violence surrounding the election has spread in some areas of Pakistan. At least 29 people were killed in separate bomb and grenade attacks on Wednesday.

These elections are being held under the caretaker government. The total number of seats in the National Assembly of Pakistan is 342. Out of this 272 constituencies have direct voting. Election equipment has been delivered to the respective areas yesterday on the occasion of voting.

Political unrest ahead of the elections, Imran Khan’s sentencing, his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders running on the court balcony and taking away the party symbol—were in the news. Human rights organizations say that the political parties did not get equal opportunities (level playing field) in the elections.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are ahead in this election. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) has a certain vote bank. According to a Geo News report, the popularity of Jamaat-e-Islami has increased in Karachi.

PTI will not leave the field

Ahead of the elections, apparently on the PTI, which was embroiled in a conflict with the military called Kharg. Many top leaders including party chief Imran Khan are imprisoned. PTI cannot vote on party symbol. In this situation, the leaders of the party are fighting for votes as independent candidates. They have announced to stay till the end in today’s vote fight. PTI workers-supporters have also said that the strategy may be interfered with in the polls.

Barkat Ullah, a mobile phone salesman in a mall in the capital Islamabad. The 22-year-old said, ‘Flags and badges are for showing off. But I will vote from my heart.

Hasan Ali, another resident of Islamabad, said he would go to the polling station wearing the PTI flag and badge and singing the party anthem. 28-year-old Hasan said, ‘How many people will they stop? I am not afraid of anyone.If necessary, he will vote for Imran’s PTI by mixing with people from other parties.

28 killed in twin bomb attacks

At least 28 people were killed in twin bomb attacks in Balochistan province yesterday, the day before national elections. The first explosion occurred in Pishin district. There, 18 people were killed in an explosion in front of the election campaign office of an independent candidate. A second explosion occurred in Killah Saif Ullah district, 150 km away. 10 people were killed there. About 40 people were injured in these two blasts.

Many pictures of the explosion in Pishin district have spread on social media. It can be seen that after the explosion, cars and motorcycles are lying on the road.

Meanwhile, yesterday, one person was killed in an explosion in Patel Hospital area of ​​Haji Lemo Goth area of ​​Karachi. Two others, including a child, were injured in the incident. Police said the deceased was suspected to be carrying the grenade. The grenade exploded in his hand.

On the other hand, JUI-F’s senior leader Hafiz Hamdullah narrowly escaped the attack by unidentified gunmen. According to the police, on the way from Quetta, the capital of Balochistan to Chaman city, an attack was carried out targeting his car yesterday in Maizai Adda area.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least nine grenade attacks targeted candidates’ houses and polling stations in various areas including Makran in Balochistan province.

How many will they prevent? I am not afraid of anyone. If necessary, he will vote for Imran’s PTI by mixing with people from other parties

Hasan Ali is a resident of Islamabad

Police said that in the evening some motorcycle riders hurled grenades at a government school in Killi Ahmedzai area of ​​Quetta. An office of the National Database and Registration Authority was also attacked by a grenade in Hoshab area of ​​Ketch district.

 

The house of Balochistan National Party (Mengal) candidate from Awaran area in the National Assembly, Mir Mohammad Yaqoob, was attacked with a grenade. The house of PML-N candidate Mir Mohammad Aslam Buledi was also attacked in Buleda.

Attacks also targeted the homes of National Party leader Abdul Quader Sajdi and independent candidate Noor Baloch. Apart from this, reports of a grenade attack on the house of PPP candidate Aga Gul have been received

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