The JUI-F march is supported by main opposition parties like Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz of former premier Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples' Party of former president Asif Ali Zardari as well as nationalist and secular parties.
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.
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