In pictures: Tense, unpredictable Pakistan general election

Polls opened Wednesday in a tense, unpredictable Pakistani election that could be former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan's best shot at power, after a campaign marred by allegations of military interference and a series of deadly attacks. Nearly 106 million people were eligible to vote in the parliamentary election in what is meant to be a rare democratic transition in the nuclear-armed country, which has been ruled by the powerful military for roughly half its history.
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An elderly Pakistani man shows his inked thump after casting his vote outside a polling station during general election in Lahore on July 25, 2018. Pakistanis vote on July 25 in elections that could propel former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan to power, as security fears intensified with a voting-day blast that killed at least 30 after a campaign marred by claims of military interference.
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Pakistani women stand in a queue as they wait to cast their vote outside a polling station during general election in Lahore on July 25, 2018.
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A burqa-clad woman casts her vote during Pakistan's general election at a polling station during the general election in Pehawar on July 25, 2018.
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Pakistani security personnel gather at the site of a suicide attack near a polling station in Quetta on July 25, 2018. At least 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide attack on a polling station in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said, as millions voted in a nationwide election on July 25.
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Shahbaz Sharif (C), the younger brother of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), shows his ballot papers as he casts his vote during Pakistan's general election at a polling station in Lahore on July 25, 2018. Polls opened on July 25 in a tense, unpredictable Pakistani election that could be former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan's best shot at power, after a campaign marred by allegations of military interference and a series of deadly attacks.
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Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan (C), head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, arrives at a polling station to cast his vote during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Pakistanis voted July 25 in elections that could propel former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan to power, as security fears intensified with a voting-day blast that killed at least 28 after a campaign marred by claims of military interference.
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A Pakistani policeman search voters outside a polling station in Lahore on July 25, 2018. Polls opened July 25 in a tense, unpredictable Pakistani election that could be former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan's best shot at power, after a campaign marred by allegations of military interference and a series of deadly attacks.
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Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan (C) of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.
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A election official man notes down information of an ID of a voter during Pakistan's general election at a polling station in Lahore on July 25, 2018.
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A Pakistani election official seal ballot boxes after after polls closed at a polling station in Lahore on July 25, 2018. Vote-counting began on July 25 in a knife-edge Pakistan general election as former cricket hero Imran Khan sought power on a day marred by a bloody suicide bombing and claims of military interference.
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Pakistani election officials count ballots papers after polls closed at a polling station in Rawalpindi on July 25, 2018.
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European Union election observer officials speak to political parties agents at a polling station during Pakistan's general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.
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Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, celebrate during general election in Lahore on July 25, 2018.
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Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, celebrate on a street during general election in Islamabad on July 26, 2018. Pakistan's incumbent party rejected early election results early on July 26 that suggested former cricket hero Imran Khan was on his way to becoming the country's next prime minister, alleging 'blatant' rigging.