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Violence mars Pakistan polls

By The Assam Tribune

ISLAMABAD, July 25 - Voting in a tense election to choose a new government in Pakistan ended today with at least 35 people being killed in an Islamic State suicide attack and poll-related violence during the day.

The voting started at 8 am local time on more than 85,000 polling stations and ended at 6 pm. The results would be announced within 24 hours.

The polling ended at its scheduled time despite calls by several major parties, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan People�s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, to extend the polling time by an hour. The request was, however, rejected by the Election Commission.

Hours after polling began, an Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up outside a polling station in Bhosa Mandi area of Balochistan capital Quetta, killing 31 people. In separate incidents, four persons were killed in poll-related violence. Clashes also erupted between rival parties at several places, reports said. � PTI

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