ISLAMABAD (Diya TV) — Two explosions near electoral candidates’ offices in Balochistan province, Pakistan, left 24 dead and numerous wounded, raising security concerns on the eve of the general election. The attacks targeted an independent candidate’s office in Pishin district and a Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI) office in Qilla Saifullah. Despite heightened security measures, the bombings underscore the ongoing threat of militancy in the region, with groups like the Baluchistan Liberation Army operating there.
The violence comes amid tensions surrounding the election, with Pakistan set to vote the following day. Security efforts have been intensified, with half of the country’s polling stations designated as “sensitive” or “most sensitive,” and military deployment to ensure safety. However, the attacks highlight the challenges in maintaining peace during the electoral process.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the bombings, previous incidents suggest the presence of various militant factions opposed to the Pakistani state. The Baluchistan Liberation Army, along with Islamist militant groups like the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), have conducted attacks in the past, targeting security forces and civilian institutions.
The election, already marked by controversy and uncertainty, faces additional scrutiny due to the absence of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is barred from contesting due to legal issues. His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, despite winning the largest number of seats in the previous election, is grappling with internal challenges and accusations of government interference.
As Pakistan prepares for the polls, the outcome remains uncertain, with political parties vying for parliamentary seats. The results will shape the country’s future, addressing pressing issues such as economic instability, security threats, and diplomatic relations. The next government will inherit a daunting agenda, requiring swift and effective action to address the nation’s challenges.