Pakistan votes, 31 dead in bomb attack


In the fiercely contested general election in Pakistan, a bomb attack has left more than 31 people dead and over 30 injured. The explosion took place on the outskirts of Quetta, Balochistan province’s capital. The cause of the blast was unknown, said the city’s SP.

“We got down on the ground. Most people started running. After 10 minutes, when the chaos was over, we started picking up the injured. We carried them into private vehicles as ambulances had not arrived yet,” said an eyewitness.

Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. On the other hand, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and Mumbai 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed also casted his vote in the ongoing Pakistan general elections.

Besides, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one person was reportedly killed and three injured in a skirmish outside a polling station between supporters of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the province’s Awami National Party.

Imran Khan condemned the Quetta blast, saying in a tweet he was “saddened by the loss of innocent lives,” adding that “enemies of (Pakistan are) seeking to disrupt our democratic process … Pakistanis must defeat the terrorists’ design by coming out in strength to cast their vote.”