Violence has erupted as millions head to the polls in Pakistan, with the worst incident seeing at least 27 killed by a bomb blast in the city of Quetta.

Elsewhere, minor blasts and clashes between party workers left several injured and one dead.

Voters are deciding between the parties of the former cricket star Imran Khan and the disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

However, the campaign has been overshadowed by concerns of fraud and violence.

Report says violence has broken through despite tight security across the country, with more than 370,000 troops deployed to secure the ballot.

It would be recalled that an attack which was claimed by the Islamic State group earlier this month in nearby Mastung killed at least 149 people in one of Pakistan’s deadliest-ever suicide bombings.

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