Witnesses said that Siraj Raisani of the regional Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) was preparing to address hundreds of supporters in the Mastung district when the bomber near the stage detonated explosives strapped to his body.
Terrorist group Daesh claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in Balochistan. The claim could not be independently verified.
Akram Durrani, former chief minister of the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, was unhurt in the bombing, which struck his rally in the town of Bannu, local police chief Kurram Rashid said.
Siraj's teenage son, Akmal Raisani, had also been killed in an attack during a football match in the same district in 2011.More news: Kate Middleton Has Worn This Designer at All of Her Children’s Christenings
According to senior provincial official Saeed Jamali, the bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where a political meeting was taking place.
Pakistani volunteers rush injured persons to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, July 13, 2018.
Police and witnesses said Durrani was traveling in a convoy when a remote-controlled bomb planted in a parked motorcycle exploded near his vehicle.That attack killed four people and injured almost 40 others but Durrani escaped unhurt.The politician is a central leader of a main religious party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F).
At least 72 people were killed and 120 were injured in the attack during a campaign rally in Mastung.
The Islamic State group has a muted presence in Pakistan but has carried out brutal attacks there in the past, including the blast at a Sufi shrine in February previous year which killed almost 90 people.More news: Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in Wimbledon semifinals
On Tuesday, a bomb claimed by the Pakistani Taliban targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in the city of Peshawar. He later visited the injured in a hospital in Bannu and said that his vehicle was damaged in the attack. Thousands flocked to his funeral the next day.
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari demanded that the security of contesting candidates be ensured.
His father, senior ANP leader Bashir Bilour, was killed in a suicide bombing in late 2012, in the run-up to Pakistan's last election. "Saddened to learn of Nawabzada Siraj Raisini's shahadat in this targeted attack as well as the shahadat of 15 other innocent citizens".
Expressing concerns over such attacks during election campaigns, he called for serious investigations in these attacks.
Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet condemned the gruesome attacks in Mastung and went on to declare that, "Pakistan has lost a highly devoted & capable politician,".More news: Will Smith smashes Drake's #InMyFeelingsChallenge on Budapest bridge