Written byGarima Bora
In Balochistan, a suicide-blast targeting a police van killed at least 28 people, including five policemen, and nearly 30 others were injured in a blast near Quetta's Eastern Bypass.
The voting in Pakistan started at 8 am local time (Pakistan) in over 85,000 polling-stations. The counting of votes will be done on the spot soon after the conclusion of the polling process at 6 pm and the results will be announced within 24 hours.
The blast took place near Quetta's Eastern Bypass when a police van was targeted in the attack. The attack was part of a larger pattern of attacks targeting security forces' vehicles and not targeting the electoral process, the Express Tribune reported.
Quetta is the provincial capital of Balochistan province.
The suicide bomber wanted to enter the polling station, a police spokesperson said.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district, supporters of two rival parties exchanged fire outside a polling station, killing a worker of former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and injuring two others, police said.
The PTI worker was killed as party activists clashed with Awami National Party (ANP) workers outside a polling station for NA-19 (Swabi II) and PK-47 (Swabi V) in Nawan Kali area.
Another person was killed in firing outside a Mirpurkhas polling station in NA-219 Dighri area. In a separate incident, four people were injured in a cracker blast outside a political camp in Larkana. Voting has been halted across Larkana NA-200/PS-11 post the explosion.
DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema's convoy was also attacked. He is reported to be safe.
More than 30 political parties are contesting in the elections.
Pakistanis are voting to choose a new government in the second democratic transition of power in the nation's 70-year history amid accusations of manipulation by the powerful army and concerns over the participation of Islamic hardliners in large numbers.
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