Pakistan Election 2018 Polls LIVE UPDATES: At least 31 dead, over 30 injured in blast near Quetta, IS claims responsibility

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Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2018 2:33:38 pm

Pakistan General Election 2018 Live Updates: A fierce battle is expected between Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) led by Nawaz Sharif’s brother and former Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Pakistan General Election 2018 Live Updates: Pakistan is holding its 11th general election since 1970 today. Voting is underway at 85,000 polling stations. About 4,00,000 police officers and 371,388 army personnel have been deployed at the booths as a precautionary security measure. At least 31 people have been killed and over 30 injured in a deadly suicide blast near Quetta.

A fierce battle is expected between Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) led by Nawaz Sharif’s brother and former Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be hoping to play kingmaker in case none of the parties secure a clear majority.

The high-voltage campaign was marred by violence, including an IS-claimed attack on July 13 that killed nearly 150 people, and dominated by political controversies over the arrest of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Not a single Pakistani prime minister has completed their term yet as the Army has ruled Pakistan directly for 30 years. The military has also exerted influence on matters of national security and foreign policy during civilian regimes.

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