Around 1,500 candidates are backed by religious and hardline parties for the July 25 general elections. Some of these groups are political fronts for groups banned for anti-state activites.
Demonstrations attended by thousands to demand improved security and the government's attention entered the seventh day after Pakistani tribal town Parachinar was hit by twin bomb blasts which killed 75 people.
Over 218 people were killed in several attacks blamed on Pakistani Taliban Saeed Ahmad Badini.
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world.
Copyright © 2022 TRT World.