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US condemns 'cowardly' attacks on political candidates in Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US today strongly condemned the attacks on political candidates and their supporters in Pakistan, describing them as "cowardly attempts" to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights.

At least 133 people, including Awami Party Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and over 200 others injured yesterday in a powerful suicide blast and a targeted attack on separate election rallies in and provinces.

Yesterday's violence was the deadliest in a series of assaults on political candidates ahead of the July 25 polls.

"These attacks are cowardly attempts to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights," State Department said yesterday.

"We grieve with those mourning the victims, and hope for a rapid recovery of those injured. We will continue to stand with the people of and the broader region in their fight against terrorism," she said.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 11:30 IST