Pakistan polls: Former cricketers turn to support Imran Khan

A man who was injured in a suicide bomb attack that targeted Ikram Gandapur a candidate of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf for general elections receives medical treatment at a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan Pakistan 22 July 2018. EPA

Dera Ismail Khan, located adjacent to the South Waziristan district, which was once a stronghold of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has seen several such attacks in recent years.

On July 11, a candidate from the PTI's rival Awami National Party (ANP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was killed in a suicide attack, alongside 19 others, after an explosion at a rally in Peshawar.

Video images from the scene showed three bleeding and unconscious passengers inside a badly damaged black sports utility vehicle.

Ikramullah Gandapur was killed after his convoy was attacked in the town's Kulachi area on Sunday, police said.

Khan himself has been accused of being linked to the country's powerful military.

"ISI is fully involved in manipulating judicial process".

Rescue workers move the body of Ikramullah Gandapur who was killed in the suicide bombing in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday July 22. AP
Rescue workers move the body of Ikramullah Gandapur who was killed in the suicide bombing in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday July 22. AP

Almost 106 million Pakistanis, including more than 19 million new voters, will be eligible to cast their ballots on Wednesday.

Pakistan's general elections, which are scheduled to be held on July 25, will be the historical because this will be the second successive smooth transition of power from a democratically elected government to another elected government through elections.

Pakistan's army has said it will deploy more than 370,000 troops on polling day - around five times as many as for the 2013 poll when the country's security was generally considered to be much worse.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who looks to emerge victorious after when the results are announced as per the Pakistan media reports, is finding support from his former teammates who have thrown their weight behind the PTI leader. "It is in your leadership that we can again become a great democratic country", tweeted Wasim Akram.

"I will learn from Brother Mahathir Mohamad and Brother Erdogan and apply their secrets of development to Pakistan", Shehbaz told an election rally yesterday in Sargodha, Punjab, where he served as the chief minister.

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