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Paramilitary soldiers arrive to secure the area after a clash between supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Karachi on May 8.   © Reuters

The numbers behind Pakistan's 'bloody' election

Despite deadly Mastung attack, the 2018 campaign has been markedly less violent

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | South Asia

LONDON -- Former cricket star Imran Khan emerged victorious in Pakistan's general election on July 25, after a campaign that, according to several media organizations, has been overshadowed by violence and unrest.

While this year's poll has indeed been marred by numerous incidents, most notably deadly attacks in Mastung and Quetta in Balochistan province, the scale of the violence has been markedly smaller than it was in the run-up to the last general election in 2013.

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