Pakistan polls: Former cricketers turn to support Imran Khan

Imran Khan at election campaign rally

Imran Khan at election campaign rally

A candidate in this week's general elections was killed Sunday in a suicide bomb attack while on his way to a campaign event in northwest Pakistan, adding to concerns over public safety in an election in which at least 160 people have died this month in political attacks.

The PML-N President defended his elder brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying he came back to Pakistan leaving his ailing wife in London.

According to hospital sources, the PTI leader's driver was also killed in the attack while his guard is said to be in a critical condition at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).

"It's still up for grabs".

Critics have long accused Pakistan's powerful military, including its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, of meddling in politics and judicial affairs, a charge it denies.

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. After his younger brother's death, Gandapur was elected as a member of the assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and appointed provincial minister for agriculture.

Nawaz Sharif
Image Nawaz Sharif is campaigning from prison in Islamabad

Others cited the improvements in infrastructure under the PML-N in the sprawling city in the east of the country, vowing to stick by the party hit by several corruption convictions ahead of the election.

Political parties held their final rallies Monday night - before campaigning was suspended - in a last-ditch attempt to energize voters.

Pakistanis will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new prime minister, transferring power from one civilian government to another for only the second time in the nation's 70-year chequered history amid accusations of manipulation by the powerful military and concerns over the participation of Islamic hardliners in large numbers.

Activists and think tanks have also widely decried a "silent coup" by Pakistan's generals.

"Deployment of troops completed across the country", the military said in a statement, adding that the troops along with local security agencies will provide "a safe and secure environment" for voting.

"After the election, we will fight", said PML-N supporter Aftab Anjum, 67.

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