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The Latest: More Clashes than Pakistan Vote; 1 killed



ISLAMABAD – The latest on the elections in Pakistan (all times local):

14:45

Police in Pakistan say more clashes between rival political parties have killed another person and 15 wounded throughout the country.

Officer Nasir Ahmed says followers of the Pakistan Muslim League and Tahrik-e-Insaf parties clashed during the vote on Wednesday in Khanewal city in Punjab (1

9659008) Ahmed says four gunshot wounded were taken to hospital and one of them died. He said 12 people had been arrested.

Supporters of the two political parties also met in Punjab elsewhere, injuring more than a dozen people. There were also skirmishes among political activists in various cities in southern Sindh province, but no losses were reported there.

Earlier in the day, a person shot dead between supporters of two rival parties and wounded two in a village near the northwestern city of Swabi

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13:50

Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan, who wants to be the country's next prime minister, has cast his vote near his suburban home in the capital, Islamabad.

Khan voted for elections in Pakistan, where the nation will elect a new National Assembly, the lower house of parliament and four provincial assemblies on Wednesday

Earlier in the day, an explosion in front of a crowded polling station in the southwestern city of Quetta killed 25 people and wounded 40.

Another prominent candidate in the elections – Benazir Bhutto's son, later Prime Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – also cast his vote The city of Larkana

Khan, who heads the Tehrik-e-Insaf party, is likely to do well in the elections. He arrived at the polling station to greet greetings from followers who showered his vehicle with rose petals.

After the poll, Khan appealed to Pakistanis to come out in large numbers and to choose rationally, "to save future generations."

The boys Zaradri, who now heads the Pakistan People's Party of her murdered mother, condemned the bombing in Quetta

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11:45

A Pakistani hospital official says an explosion in front of the crowded polling station in the southwestern city of Quetta, killed 25 people and wounded 40. Jaffer Kakar, a doctor, says five policemen and two children are among the dead. He fears that the death toll could rise as many of the injured are in critical condition.

On Wednesday there will be an attack by the Pakistanis in the general election for 270 members of the Legislative Assembly and 577 seats in parliament four provincial assemblies

No group immediately assumed responsibility for the explosion

Abdur Razzaq Cheema, who Police chief in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan, says the explosion took place near the city's eastern ring road.

Baluchistan also saw the deadliest suicide bombing in the run-up to Election Day, with 149 people including a provincial assembly candidate killed in a campaign this month

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10:40

Pakistani police say a shootout between Supporters of two political parties have killed and injured one person in a village near the northwest city of Swabi

It is the first election day violence in Pakistan. Suicide bombings in southwest Baluchistan and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province killed more than 170 people, including three, before Wednesday's election.

Police officer Khalid Hamdani says it's unclear what triggered the shootout between a group of supporters from the secular Awami National Party, which was often attacked by the Taliban, and the former cricket star's Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan, a center-right party.

Hamdani says that the situation is now under scrutiny and voting is underway in Col Sher Khan Village.

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10:15

A hardened Pakistani clergyman directing an alliance of religious parties, and the country's parliamentary president have voted in the general election held in Pakistan

Maulana Fazlur Rehman voted in the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan, shortly after polls opened on Wednesday.

His Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal is a strong personality A threat to the opposition leader, the party of former cricket star Imran Khan in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Khan's party has ruled the province for the last five years.

Rehman appealed to the citizens after casting his vote with full responsibility for capable hands to take over the country.

Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker of the National Assembly voted in the eastern city of Lahore.

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8:40 am

Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Muslim League in Pakistan, cast his vote in the eastern city of Lahore shortly after elections were opened in national elections. Sharif, the younger brother of disgraced ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, took over the ruling Pakistan Muslim League last year after his brother was found guilty of corruption. The ex-prime minister has since been sentenced to ten years in prison, during which he appeals during the conviction.

The younger Sharif stood in line and waited until it was his turn to go to the voting booth. In Pakistan, one candidate can run for several seats. If the candidate wins more than one seat, a by-election is held because one person can only represent one constituency.

Sharif has cast his vote for both national and Punjab provincial parliaments and is running in four seats at the National Assembly in two parliamentary sessions in Punjab province.

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8 pm

Pakistanis began voting in a historic third election following an election campaign that was plagued by widespread allegations of manipulation

There are 85,307 polling stations across Pakistan and more than 11,000 candidates vying 270 seats in parliament and 570 seats in four provincial assemblies. The vote for two seats in parliament and six seats in the provincial assemblies was postponed due to attacks on candidates or disqualifications at a later date. A candidate in the Sindh Provincial Assembly was unchallenged and has already secured this seat.

According to Pakistani law, separate seats are reserved for women and for non-Muslim minorities, which make up 4 percent of the population.

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