Death toll in IS-claimed Pakistan blast jumps to 128

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Earlier on Friday, Balochistan witnessed a bloodbath when a suicide bomber, carrying at least 15kg of explosives, struck a Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) election rally in Mastung, martyring PB-35 candidate and former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani's brother Nawabzada Siraj Raisani. The blast was one of the deadliest to target civilians in Pakistan all year.

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They were later taken to Islamabad from where they are expected to launch an appeal and apply for bail.

The Pakistani Taliban and ISIS both issued statements claiming credit for the attack.

The group gave no reason for the bombing that killed Siraj Raisani, who was running for the election on the Baluchistan Awami Party ticket. Caretaker Home Minister Agha Umar Bungalzai told The Associated Press another 300 people were wounded in Friday's bombing.

PTI leader Imran Khan on Twitter said, "Another condemnable terrorist attack on a political gathering - this time in Mastung".

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Local officials say the attacker detonated a bomb inside a crowded compound where the campaign rally was being held.

Pakistanis, he added, were united, and they were going to defeat terrorists.

The attack happened as the former prime minister returned to Lahore, where police arrested scores of his Pakistan Muslim League party workers to prevent them from greeting him at the airport.

Sharif and Maryam were earlier this month sentenced to 10 years and seven years in prison, respectively, over the purchase of upscale London flats.

Following the attacks, analysts called for the country's armed forces to focus on security challenges rather than politics, in the wake of myriad allegations that the military was meddling in the country's upcoming polls.

"It has proved that the work that was required was not done", the head of the Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, said in televised comments on Saturday, who warned that unless terrorism is wiped out "these incidents will continue to happen". More than 65 people also were wounded.

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During his term in office, Sharif criticized the military's involvement in civilian affairs and its efforts in fighting extremists. The military has denied the accusation.

He said the political leadership of Balochistan had decided that the Mastung incident would not be allowed to postpone the election process.

The blast occurred just hours after a candidate for the national legislature, Akram Durrani, survived an assassination attempt during an election rally in his native northwestern city of Bannu.

The death toll from a suicide bombing at an election rally in Pakistan's southwest has risen to 128, a government official has confirmed.

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