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- View PhotoAssociated Press/Anjum Naveed – In this Thursday, May 2, 2013 photo, Maulana Shujaul Mulk, center, pro-Taliban Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI-F), is greeted by a supporter as he arrive to address an election campaign …more
MARDAN, Pakistan (AP) — The imposing, black-bearded politician in a striking white turban takes the stage at a campaign rally in northwest Pakistan as a song about Islamic holy war blares over loudspeakers. Before a chanting crowd, he praises the Afghan Taliban and blasts Pakistan’s government for not protecting Osama bin Laden from U.S. commandos.
Maulana Shujaul Mulk is one of hundreds of candidates from hard-line Islamist parties running for office in this Saturday’s national elections. Many analysts expect the Islamists to win more support than in the last vote five years ago, raising concerns about the impact they could have in a country already plagued by rising intolerance and a deadly Taliban insurgency.