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Imran Khan, Shahbaz Sharif condemn Quetta attack

News Agencies | Updated on: 25 July 2018, 15:48 IST

PTI-chief Imran Khan and PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday condemned the suspected suicide attack in Quetta, which claimed atleast 25 lives.

Imran Khan took to Twitter to say that this attack was to disrupt the "democratic process".
"Condemnable terrorist attack in Quetta by enemies of Pak seeking to disrupt our democratic process. Saddened by the loss of innocent lives. Pakistanis must defeat the terrorists' design by coming out in strength to cast their vote," he wrote.


Shahbaz Sharif, condemning the deadly suicide attack in Quetta, wrote, "Heart broken to learn of martyrdom of innocent people including police officials & injuries sustained by others in a terrorist attack in Quetta at a time when the people are exercising their democratic right of vote. My profound condolences to the bereaved families."

The attack, which took place outside a polling station near Eastern Bypass in Quetta, also injured 30 people, hospital sources confirmed the Geo TV.

As per reports, the explosion took place near a police vehicle, which was on routine patrolling.

"The suicide bomber blew himself up when police and FC personnel stopped him from entering the station," the police spokesperson said.

The injured were shifted to Sandeman Provincial Hospital for treatment and a state of emergency has been declared at the hospital, said DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema.

Another explosion took place outside a polling station of NA-200 constituency in Sindh's Larkana city, which left five people wounded.

Polling was stopped at the booth following the explosion, which occurred near Shah Muhammad School.

Meanwhile, in Balochistan's Dera Murad Jamali city, two people were injured in a firing incident.

Seven people have been injured in clashes between two rival political groups at a women polling station in Khipro area.

According to the Dawn, the dispute started between voters of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) at polling station Yamin Hingorjo after a woman was stopped from casting her vote on technical reasons.

There have been several attacks on candidates and campaign rallies in the country.


First published: 25 July 2018, 15:48 IST