[United States], July 14 (ANI): The United States (US) has strongly condemned this week's attacks on political candidates and their supporters in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan.
"These attacks are cowardly attempts to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights. We grieve with those mourning the victims, and hope for a rapid recovery of those injured," the US State Department said in a statement..
The US further said that it will continue to stand with the people of Pakistan and the broader South Asia region in their fight against terrorism.
At least 128 people, including Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Nawabzada Siraj Raisani were killed in a blast that targetted his convoy in Mastung in Balochistan province on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, at least four people were killed and dozens of others were injured in another explosion in Bannu in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The bomb exploded near the rally of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (F)'s Akram Khan Durrani, who is contesting election against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan. Durrani escaped the attack unhurt, Geo News quoted Regional Police Officer (RPO) Bannu Karim Khan, as saying.
Earlier on Monday, Awami National Party (ANP) candidate from Peshawar Haroon Bilour, and 19 others were killed in a suicide blast in Peshawar. The responsibility of the attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The series of terror attacks, targeting the political parties in Pakistan come ahead of the July 25 general elections in the country.(ANI)