With the election less than two weeks away, Pakistani voters are facing unrest across the country—from protests in Lahore to a spate of deadly bombings, which have killed more than 100 people, including a candidate for assembly.
Police and government officials said a suicide bomber targeted a political rally in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 119 and injuring even more—the country's deadliest such incident in over a year. Earlier this week, an attack at a campaign event in Peshawar killed at least 20 people, among them a prominent local politician. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for this blast, although the latest bombings remain unclaimed.
Hours after Friday's violence, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam returned to Pakistan from London after being convicted of corruption in a landmark verdict last week. The two, who were met with streets full of supporters, were immediately arrested. Sharif's conviction will likely hinder the incumbent Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz Party, which nonetheless blames opponents for "political engineering" during the campaign, Al Jazeera reports.
Government officials told Al Jazeera that they fear increased violence as the July 25th election nears. Here are some scenes from across the country.