Election Violence Escalates in Pakistan Following the Prime Minister's Ousting (in Photos)

A spate of deadly bombings has killed more than 100 people at election rallies across the country.
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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.

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Pakistani men bring the victim of a bomb blast to a hospital in Quetta on July 13th, 2018.

Pakistani men bring the victim of a bomb blast to a hospital in Quetta on July 13th, 2018.

Pakistani supporters of the Awami National Party gather around an ambulance carrying the body of a local leader and ANP candidate, Haroon Bilour, at a funeral in Peshawar on July 11th, 2018.

Pakistani supporters of the Awami National Party gather around an ambulance carrying the body of a local leader and ANP candidate, Haroon Bilour, at a funeral in Peshawar on July 11th, 2018.

Pakistani Frontier Constabulary personnel gather in Mastung on July 13th, 2018, following a bomb blast at an election rally.

Pakistani Frontier Constabulary personnel gather in Mastung on July 13th, 2018, following a bomb blast at an election rally.

Supporters of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif march toward the airport ahead of his arrival from London, in a rally led by Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz's younger brother and the head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Party (PML-N), in Lahore on July 13th, 2018.

Supporters of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif march toward the airport ahead of his arrival from London, in a rally led by Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz's younger brother and the head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Party (PML-N), in Lahore on July 13th, 2018.

Protesters and supporters flood the locked-down streets of Lahore on July 13th for the return of Sharif, who faces a 10-year prison sentence ahead of already-tense elections that his party insists are being rigged.

Protesters and supporters flood the locked-down streets of Lahore on July 13th for the return of Sharif, who faces a 10-year prison sentence ahead of already-tense elections that his party insists are being rigged.

Pakistani residents bury a blast victim, killed in a suicide bombing at an election rally, during a funeral in Peshawar on July 11th, 2018.

Pakistani residents bury a blast victim, killed in a suicide bombing at an election rally, during a funeral in Peshawar on July 11th, 2018.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz attend a United Kingdom PML-N Party Workers Convention meeting with supporters in London on July 11th, 2018. Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party's troubled campaign ahead of the July 25th elections.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz attend a United Kingdom PML-N Party Workers Convention meeting with supporters in London on July 11th, 2018. Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party's troubled campaign ahead of the July 25th elections.

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