May 9, 2013 / 2:22 AM / 6 years ago

TAKE A LOOK-Pakistan election nears amid violence, Taliban threat

Pakistan holds a general election on Saturday with former prime minister Nawaz
Sharif the front-runner. Sharif, a religious conservative, is seeking a third
term with his Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) capitalising on widespread
frustration with the outgoing Pakistan People's Party, which has failed to
address issues from chronic power cuts to widespread poverty. The United States
is hoping the elections will usher in stability so that Pakistan can help pacify
neighbouring Afghanistan as U.S.-led NATO troops prepare to leave by the end of
2014.
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NEWS
>Ex-Pakistan PM's son abducted as Taliban threaten poll     
>As Pakistan votes, military watches from barracks          
>Death squads, rebels overshadow Baluchistan vote           
>Pakistan's Imran Khan injured in fall at election rally    
>Pakistan's Sharif calls for warmer ties with India         
>Pakistan poll violence forces candidates behind high walls 
>Sharif poised to take over mess in Pakistan                
>Sharif says Pakistan should reconsider U.S. war on terror  
>Pakistani court bars ex-president from elections for life  
>Young Pakistanis pessimistic as economy struggles - survey 
    
FEATURES, ANALYSIS, INSIGHT
>Imran Khan: cricketer, playboy and political spoiler           
   
>Pakistan cleric tries politics, strikes fear in Shi'ites   
>Pakistan "Robin Hood" aims to wrest election from rich     
>Once a landlord's serf, a Pakistani woman enters election  
>Poll attracts transgender candidates for the first time
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