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Pakistan goes to polls

  • Pakistan goes to poll in a landmark election today - the first transition of the nation from one civilian government to another in 66 years of independence. Pakistanis have come out in huge numbers to vote in national and provincial elections today.

    The run-up to the elections, however, has not been free from violence. A bomb blast in the city of Karachi caused several deaths. The Pakistani Taliban threatened to blow up sever important cities in suicide attacks. Military troops have been deployed in large numbers to avoid such incidents. Pakistan's borders with Iran and Afghanistan have been blocked to avoid intrusion by militants.

    The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League (N), the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement are among the major parties contesting the polls.