Friday, May 10, 2013

Pakistan Polls: Two blasts reported in Karachi

Rohit Dhyani:Two blasts have been reported in Karachi as Pakistan votes to elect a new government. Five killed, more than 80 injured, say reports. The poll marks the first time that an elected civilian administration in Pakistan has completed a full term and has stood aside to allow voters to choose its successor. There have been three military coups and four military rulers in the country.

In the historic election, former cricket star Imran Khan, who has almost mythical status in Pakistan, has challenged the dominance of the country's two main political parties, making the outcome of the election very hard to call. He is facing off against the Pakistan Muslim League-N, headed by two-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan People's Party, led by President Asif Ali Zardari.