Pakistan set for historic election amid charges of army meddling

Imran Khan has deliberately ignored the Indian media during his campaign rallies

Later Sunday, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed Gandapur.

Gandapur's brother Israr was killed in a suicide attack in 2013.

The military has ruled Pakistan through various coups for almost half of the country's history since independence in 1947.

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

Shehbaz Sharif, the elder brother of Nawaz who leads the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was quoted by Urdu-language news channel Express News as saying that he would visit Mahathir as well as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to learn from them and "make Pakistan a great nation".

Gandapur's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, condemned the attack, but campaigning continued ahead of Wednesday's polls.

In the three weeks leading to the vote, at least 179 people have been killed in attacks across the country, but mainly focused on the western Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

The PTI has accused India of supporting Nawaz Sharif and called it the main conspirator of the'international agenda against Pakistan
The PTI has accused India of supporting Nawaz Sharif and called it the main conspirator of the'international agenda against Pakistan

Almost 106 million Pakistanis, including more than 19 million new voters, will be eligible to cast their ballots on Wednesday.

While both the leaders are clear about their choice in the upcoming election, the Rawalpindi express, Shoaib Akhtar didn't show the same enthusiasm.

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

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.

"It was in your leadership skip @ImrankhanPTI that we became world champions in 1992".

BehindYouSkipper became one of the country's top trending hashtags as celebrities and former cricketers came to Khan's support.

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