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Death toll in Mastung blast rises to 149

The death toll in one of the most lethal attacks in Pakistan’s history increased to 149 people, an official said Sunday, as top politicians joined a day of national mourning. According to Deputy Commissioner Mastung, Qaim Lashari, nine children are among the dead. Friday’s attack was the latest in a series of blasts at various…

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Terrorists want to spread fear and curb our freedom, says Bilawal

Terrorists want to spread fear and curb our freedom, said PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while speaking to the press on Sunday in Malakand. He said his party wants the elections to be held on time but there needs to be a level playing field for all political parties. “Terrorists don’t want us to have…

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Pakistan mourns after 128 killed in Mastung carnage

This was the third major incident of pre-election violence

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A day after 135 people were killed, the NACTA coordinator says elections will be ‘peaceful’

Nacta Coordinator Dr Salman said that there is no threat to the elections and the polls will be peaceful, SAMAA TV reported on Monday. His statement came a day after a suicide attack targeting a corner meeting of Balochistan Awami Party candidate Nawab Siraj Raisani in Mastung killed 129 people, while six others were killed…

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‘You think I will survive?’ Hospital overflows after Mastung blast

Survivors of a suicide blast which killed 128 people as it ripped through a crowded election rally described scenes of panic and horror Saturday, as hospitals struggled to cope with scores of wounded. The attack in Mastung on Friday, claimed by the Islamic State group, was one of the deadliest in Pakistan’s history. More than…

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Food is what Mastung blast survivors need the most right now

At least 129 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were killed and over 200 were injured in a suicide attack in Mastung on Friday. Following the blast, the injured were brought to Civil Hospital Quetta, Bolan Medical Centre and CMH Quetta. Those who were slightly injured were discharged after giving first-aid. However, there…

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Death toll in Mastung blast rises to 129

At least 129 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were killed in an apparent suicide attack near a corner meeting of the BAP in Mastung. According to senior provincial official Saeed Jamali, the bomb was detonated in the middle of a compound where a political meeting was taking place. Another senior official, Qaim…

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Electricity crisis hits Makran as Iran cuts off power supply

On Monday, the people of Gwadar, Kech and Panjgur had to make do without electricity from 10am until 12 in the night

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Will any party tap into Pakistan’s youth vote bank?

43% of the 105 million Pakistanis who will vote in the elections are between the ages of 18 and 35

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ECP to set up 85,307 polling stations across the country

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is setting up 85,307 polling stations across the country for the general election, which is 15,000 more than the 2013 elections. There will be 23,424 dedicated stations for male voters and 21,707 for female voters, with 40,133 joint polling stations across Pakistan. The plan is to set up polling…

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Monsoon brings pleasant weather to Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan

The weather became pleasant in most parts of the country after it rained in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. In Punjab, it has been raining for the past three days. Lahore, Okara, Kasur, Gujarat, Pindi Bhatiyaan and Pak Pattan experienced showers. The Met Office says that rains will continue on Friday. Downpour in Lahore continued throughout…

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PTI, PPP Balochistan chiefs out of election race

An appellate tribunal of the Balochistan High Court dismissed on Tuesday the pleas of the provincial chiefs of PTI and PPP challenging the returning officers’ decision to reject their nomination papers. The returning officer had rejected the nomination papers of PTI leader Yaar Muhammad Rind after finding discrepancies in his education certificates. He was also…

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12 injured in blast in Balochistan’s Nasirabad

Twelve people were injured in a blast near a police mobile in Nasirabad’s Manjho Shori Bazaar. Of the 12 injured, four were police officers, said the area’s SSP Javed Shah Guzshin. SAMAA TV correspondent Ayub Khoso reported that among the injured is DSP Inayatullah Bugti. The other police officers injured were identified as Arbab Ali,…

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Balochistan’s registered voters up by 29% since 2013

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has released data that shows that the number of registered voters in Balochistan is 4,299,494. According to the data, 2,486,000 of the total voters are men and 1,813,000 are women. As per the census conducted in 2017, the population of the province is 12,344,408, making the percentage of registered…

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Balochistan headlines: Ticket conflict, rocket attack, water crisis

Samaa Digital brings you the major headlines from newspapers across Balochistan. 1. No dispute over election tickets: BAP president Daily Intakhab, Hub Jam Kamal, the president of the Balochistan Awami Party, has denied any disagreement within the party over the distribution of election tickets. “Office-bearers and workers are equal in BAP. There is no rift…

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Militants kill five-year-old, injure five policemen in Dasht

A five-year-old child was killed and five policemen injured when security forces conducted an operation against militants in Balochistan’s Dasht. The Counter-Terrorism Department, Frontier Constabulary, police’s Anti-Terrorism Force and intelligence agencies raided a house on the Dasht-Sibi Road, around 20 to 25 kilometres from Quetta, on Wednesday. According to CTD DIG Aitizaz Goraya, the raid…

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JI, JUI-F at loggerheads over MMA election tickets

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal has not finalized the names of its candidates for the elections as the two main political parties in the religious parties’ alliance are at loggerheads with each other over the allotment of tickets. The JI and JUI-F−the two main political groups in the MMA−are divided over the allotment of election tickets. The…

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New political ambitions in Balochistan but with the same old faces

The voters of Balochistan are likely to elect the same old political faces in this election as well. There are some important players, who are most likely going to decide the political fate of the people of Balochistan. Jam Kamal Khan: Chief minister hopeful, Jam Kamal Khan, is likely to contest for a provincial assembly…

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Dr Hasan Askari takes oath as caretaker CM of Punjab

Dr Hasan Askari took oath as the caretaker CM of Punjab at 11am on Friday. The governor, Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, administered the oath to Dr Askari at Governor House, Lahore. Former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif also attended the oath-taking ceremony. Alauddin Marri will take oath as Balochistan’s caretaker CM at 5pm at Governor House, Quetta. The…

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SC accepts petition seeking referendum on Kalabagh Dam

The Supreme Court has accepted Watan Party’s petition seeking a referendum on the construction of Kalabagh Dam. Barrister Zafarullah, a leader of little-known Watan Party, submitted a petition in the apex court. A special bench of SC headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the case on Saturday (June 9). The Kalabagh Dam,…

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Former PM Jamali decides to join PTI

Former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has agreed to join the PTI on Imran Khan’s invitation. PTI chairman Imran Khan on Thursday telephoned Mr. Jamali and invited the former PM to join his party. In a telephonic conversation, it was decided that Imran Khan will visit Mr. Jamali’s hometown in Dera Murad Jamali after…

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