Hard-line Islamists to make gains in Pakistan vote

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  • 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 rally in Mardan, Pakistan. Mulk is among several Pakistani Islamists and sectarian groups contesting for the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, which are divided and scattered though, they are still in a position to secure enough strength to play Pakistani establishment bid to “hound” the next frail government in influencing its decisions about the U.S. forces withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
  • 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.

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One Reply to “Hard-line Islamists to make gains in Pakistan vote”

  1. Current Pakistan election cannot be judged legitimate by any standard because of Talibani intereference. It should be deemed null and void. They have killed the assistant and kidnapped the son of ex-PM Gilani while heading for election meeting. How can one claim it a democratically valued election under such obtuse threats?

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