Pakistan votes on July 25: All you need to know

Sports       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

The attack followed a suicide blast in the southwestern province of Balochistan on July 13 which killed 149 people, underscoring continuing security challenges in Pakistan following years of dramatic improvements.

Nawaz Sharif himself has accused the generals of targeting his party, including intimidating his candidates to switch allegiances - particularly in Punjab province.

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There are two main contenders among the dozens of parties in the election fray: PTI and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which aims to win a second term despite the jailing of its founder, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for graft.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) there are at least 105 million registered voters in Pakistan.

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez refrained from showing his political affiliation, instead he chose to use the medium to urge people to come out and vote on 25 July.

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.

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It was the latest violence ahead of Wednesday's elections, when Pakistanis are to elect the National Assembly, or lower house of parliament, and four provincial assemblies.

Durrani is contesting for NA-35 under the Muttahida Majlise-e-Amal (MMA) banner against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan.

Khan, the leader of PTI party calling for a crackdown on corruption and the creation of the welfare state, has also received support from cricketers outside the Pakistani border. "It is in your leadership that we can again become a great democratic country", tweeted Wasim Akram.

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