At least 25 people have been killed and scores wounded after an explosion during an election rally; Nawaz Sharif urges for closer ties with India; Nawaz Sharif set to form government in Pakistan
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  • According to reports, at least 25 people have been killed and scores wounded after an explosion during an election rally on May 6 in Kurram Agency for a Pakistani political party. A Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) candidate, Munir Orakzai, is thought to have survived the bomb attack. 1

    According to reports, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, seen as the front-runner in Pakistan’s election race, said he would not allow militant groups to attack India from his country and would work to improve ties with rival New Delhi if elected. “If I become the prime minister I will make sure that the Pakistani soil is not used for any such designs against India,” Nawaz told CNN-IBN in an interview. Nawaz, who was prime minister twice in the 1990s, said it was time to improve ties between New Delhi and Islamabad. “We have issues of course which need to be resolved and I think I can quote you a lot of examples where rivals or people opposed to each other, countries opposed to each other have resolved much difficult problems than we have,” he said. Nawaz, who has been critical of military meddling in civilian affairs, said he would call for a joint investigation of whether Pakistani intelligence agencies played any role in the Mumbai attack. 2

    Meanwhile, according to reports, the unofficial election results indicate that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is set to take major seats in the parliament and form the next government. The party headed by Nawaz Sharif is set to become prime minister for the third time. During his second term he was ousted by former General Pervez Musharraf in a military coup. 3