Election officials count ballots after polls closed during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people near a polling center as Pakistanis voted Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.Neither Khan nor Sharif is likely to win a clear majority in the too-close-to-call election, with results likely to be known by around 2 a.m. local time on Thursday.Sharif's party had called for voting to be extended by an hour, saying people were still lining up and could be turned away without casting ballots.About 371,000 soldiers have been stationed at polling stations across the country, nearly five times the number deployed at the last election in 2013 .The election has been plagued by allegations the powerful armed forces have been trying to tilt the race in Khan's favor after falling out with the outgoing ruling party of Sharif, who was jailed on corruption charges this month.The election will be only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan's 71-year history.
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