Former cricketers bat for Imran Khan to become next Pakistan PM

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, PAKISTAN-A suicide bombing on Sunday in northwestern Pakistan killed a candidate running for a seat in the provincial assembly and his driver, and wounded three other people, police said.

Meanwhile, global community expressed concern as the Pakistan Army is making all efforts to ease cricketer-turned politician and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's path to power.

Gandapur's Pakistan Justice Party is headed by former cricket star Imran Khan, who is considered a strong contender to become prime minister.

The attack in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follows a spate of bombings at political rallies before the election, the most devastating of which was a suicide attack this month that killed 149 people.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif has said that he would make Pakistan better than its arch-rival India after coming into power, according to a media report on Saturday.

On July 10, Haroon Bilour was among the 22 dead when a suicide bomber blew himself up at an ANP political event held in Peshawar, an attack whose responsibility was instantly claimed by the TTP.

Poll candidate injured in suicide blast in Pakistan ahead of elections
Pakistan: Election candidate from Imran Khan’s party killed in suicide attack

Pakistan's elections have been fraught with tension since former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was found guilty on charges that he and his family hid unreported income in luxury apartments in London and other offshore properties - a case Sharif's supporters allege was orchestrated by the country's military to oust the prime minister.

Pakistan's military intensified operations against militants in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan in the wake of that attack, leading to improved security.

Kamran Yousaf spoke to TRT World about the security concerns in Pakistan.

Nobody was injured in the attack, which marked the second one against Durrani in eight days.

The ECP said it will release schedule for election in the constituency later.

Former minister Sardar Ikramullah Khan Gandapur was killed in a bomb blast near his vehicle in DI Khan on Sunday. The deadly suicide blast claimed the lives of almost 150 people.

  • Rogelio Becker