Voting day was marred by a suicide blast that killed almost 30 people near a polling centre in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.
Local police officials said the suicide bomber tried to target a high-ranking military officer who was part of a delegation visiting the polling station, but due to tight security, he detonated at the gate. Beyond the 30 killed, another 35 victims were in critical condition, said Kamran Kasi, a doctor at Quetta's Civil Hospital.
There are more than 105 million eligible voters in Pakistan, 59 million men and 46 million women.
According to that report, while voting ends at 6 pm, the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim league has written to the Election Commission of Pakistan seeking an hour's extension.
Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is hoping to become Pakistan's prime minister after 20 years of being dismissed at the polls, as the country prepares to vote in a tense election pitting him against the party of jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.
Members of a bomb-disposal unit survey the site of the suicide blast in Quetta on Wednesday
Results will start trickling in within hours, and the likely victor should be known by early Thursday.
Interestingly, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif is much behind his competitors in the said constituency.
Violence gripped Pakistan on election day after several election-related incidents, including the suicide blast in Quetta.
Pakistan's military deployed 350,000 troops countrywide at polling stations.
Pakistani election staff prepare election material ahead of voting.
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Baluchistan also saw the worst violence during election campaigning earlier this month, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a political rally, killing 149 people, including the candidate Siraj Raisani.
Thirty-five people were injured in the bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta, the second this month in Balochistan province after an attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed 153 people. According to DawnNewsTV, the first vote was cast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district.
These elections are the second in Pakistan's history in which a government was able to complete its term to make way for another government after being ruled by military dictators for half of the 71 years of its existence since its founding in 1947.
Sharif marked his ballot for both the National and Punjab provincial Parliaments and is contesting elections in four National Assembly seats and in two Punjab provincial legislature seats.
Several parties in Pakistan will contest for 342 assembly seats, which includes 272 general seats, while 60 of them are reserved for the women and around 10 of them are reserved for the minorities.
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He is the brother of former Nawaz Sharif who was ousted over corruption allegations and is now serving a 10-year jail term.
Independent candidate Jibran Nasir said that Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan supporters attacked a facilitation camp he had set up in Chandio Village in Karachi.
File images of Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Bilawal Bhutto. The run up to the elections have seen a massive crackdown on the media and allegations that the military has secretly backed the campaign of Khan while targeting his political opponents.
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