Pakistan holds landmark polls

2013-05-11 06:44

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Islamabad - Pakistani voters went to the polls on Saturday, braving Taliban threats to cast their ballots in an election marking a historic democratic transition for the nuclear-armed state.

More than 86 million people are eligible to vote for the 342-member national assembly and four provincial assemblies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan. Voting ends at 17:00.

The Taliban, who consider democracy un-Islamic, have vowed to disrupt the vote with suicide bombings and have launched attacks against the main secular parties, killing more than 120 people in the run-up to the vote.

The poll marks the first time that an elected civilian administration has completed a full term and handed power to another through the ballot box in a country where there have been three military coups and four military rulers.


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