Update: PTI chief Imran Khan casts vote in violation of rules.
Media reports state that PTI chief Imran Khan cast his vote in violation of ECP rules. TV footage shows Imran stamping the ballot paper in full public view at the presiding officer’s table instead of inside the polling booth in secret.
Update: Pakistan Peoples Party(PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari cast his vote in NA-200 Larkana.
Addressing the media, he condemned the terrorist attack in Quetta earlier today as well as incidents of violence reported in Larkana and Sanghar areas of Sindh.
Update: Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain casts his vote along with the first lady in Karachi.
Update: At least 31 were martyred and 35 others injured in what is suspected to be a suicide attack in Quetta, a spokesperson of the Civil Hospital confirmed. 3 policemen among those who killed in Quetta suicide attack.
Update: The Election Commission of Pakistan takes notice of PTI chief Imran Khan’s speech. Electoral body says Imran’s speech is a violation of the election code of conduct.
Update: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan cast his vote in NA-53, the constituency from where he is also contesting polls.
Update: At least 25 persons were martyred and 30 others injured in the suspected suicide attack in Quetta’s Eastern Bypass area.
A police spokesperson said that the assailant wanted to enter a polling station in the vicinity. “The attacker detonated the bomb after FC personnel stopped them from entering the polling station,” the police spokesperson said.
Update: 1 dead, 3 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi district after ANP workers opens fire at PTI workers. Update: At least three people were injured after an explosion was reported outside a polling station in Larkana’s NA-200 constituency, near Shah Muhammad School.
DIG Akbar Riaz told Geo News the cracker blast targeted a PPP camp, adding that despite the attack polling continued.
Update: Explosion heard near Eastern Bypass in Quetta. Rescue sources said the explosion occurred near a police mobile.
According to DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema, at least 15 people were injured in the incident.
Update: A worker of Imran Khan’s PTI is shot dead after ANP and PTI workers clash in Swabi’s PK-47 constituency. At least two others were wounded in the clash.
Update: Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed said, “I have just voted, the environment is beautiful here, no problem has come in the way.. we want that every person should caste his vote in the right manner,” Saeed said after cating his vote at a Lahore polling booth. (Maine abhi vote cast kiya hai.. mahaul bada khoobsoorat dekha hai mashallah… koi pareshani… koi rukawat nahi aayi… hum chahenge sablog apne vote ka sahi istemal kare…).
Islamabad: Amid tight security, voting begins in Pakistan to elect a new National Assembly and provincial assemblies. Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed casts vote at Lahore polling booth.
— Ch Zulfqar Kahboh (@ChZulfqarMML) July 25, 2018
Daughters of Benazir Bhutto- Bakhtawar and Aseefa cast their votes in Sindh’s Nawabshah.
According to the Dawn, 105.95 million voters are expected to cast their votes in their respective constituencies across the country.
In a video message, Malala Yousafzai has urged people of Pakistan especially women to go out of their homes anfd participate in the democratic process.
— Malala (@Malala) July 24, 2018
Pakistan saw intense campaigning ahead of the 11th general election by candidates from key parties, namely Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N), Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan’s Peoples Party(PPP).
As many as 800,000 law enforcement and army personnel have been deployed across the length and breadth of the nation to ensure a safe election.
Taking into account the wave of violence and terrorist attacks witnessed in the run-up to the elections, Peshawar’s deputy commissioner has arranged 1,000 kafans (burial shroud) as a pre-emptive measure.
The troops have been deployed to provide mandated assistance to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to conduct polls, according to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif, who is hoping to become the next prime minister of Pakistan, also casted his vote.
Just cast my vote. High time that all of you came out to vote for Pakistan's progress and prosperity. May this election be a source of peace and stability for the nation! pic.twitter.com/uiUZYdo09j
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018
The logistical arrangements for polling booths are being carried out under the supervision of deployed troops. More than 17,000 polling stations have been declared sensitive across the country, while CCTV cameras have also been installed at the polling stations, reported Geo TV.
In the previous elections, PML-N, led by former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, emerged as the largest party with 166 seats out of a total of 342 in the National Assembly.
Although the seats were short of a majority, Sharif was able to form a government after several independents joined his party.
However, Sharif was disqualified as the Prime Minister and as a Member of the National Assembly in July last year after the Panama Papers case decision.
After Sharif’s disqualification, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was elected as 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan by the National Assembly in August 2017.
While the country is gearing up for the polls, Sharif and his daughter, Maryam, are currently lodged in Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail, after being convicted in the Avenfield reference case.