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Imran Khan at election campaign rally

Image Imran Khan at a campaign rally is predicted to narrowly win the election

Former global cricket star and socialite Imran Khan is confident that a victory in Pakistan's general elections on Wednesday will kick start a revolution for a country bedeviled by corruption and insecurity.

The opposition candidate Imran Khan leads the opinion polls, but his party has never been in government, so will the exisiting political establishment have enough support from those who fear too much change?

"Deployment of troops completed across the country", the military said in a statement, adding that the troops along with local security agencies will provide "a safe and secure environment" for voting.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, a spokesman for the militant group said.

In the largest explosion, at least 132 people died in southwestern Baluchistan when a blast ripped through a gathering in support of Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, who was running for a provincial legislature seat on the pro-military Baluchistan Awami Party ticket. He was elected through a by-election on the Dera Ismail Khan PK-67 seat, after it was vacated following the death of his brother Law Minister Israrulah Gandapur in a suicide attack.

Shehbaz has been named as the prime minister-designate if his party wins the July 25 general election.

Nawaz Sharif
Image Nawaz Sharif is campaigning from prison in Islamabad

The military, which has ruled Pakistan for almost half of its 71-year history, denies any effort to influence the election.

The convoy of another election candidate, Akram Durrani, also came under fire in the northwestern town of Bannu, though no one was hurt. No one was hurt.

Sunday's attack targeted the vehicle of Ikramullah Gandapur, a candidate of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Justice Movement, after he was leaving a political meeting, two police officials told Reuters.

Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is hoping to become Pakistan's prime minister after 20 years of being dismissed at the polls, as the country prepares to vote in a tense election pitting him against the party of jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.

The ECP has taken measures to facilitate voters as the nation goes to vote on July 25, Wednesday.

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