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Commentary: Pakistan: Geopolitical conundrum

Commentary: Pakistan: Geopolitical conundrum

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- Lurking behind the good news from the Pakistan election is the threat of a geopolitical nightmare.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Pakistan praised for election

Pakistan praised for election

LONDON, May 13 (UPI) -- The 50 million people in Pakistan who voted Saturday cast votes in opposition of terrorism and intimidation, the British government said.
Nawaz Sharif set to lead Pakistan for third time

Nawaz Sharif set to lead Pakistan for third time

ISLAMABAD, May 13 (UPI) -- Nawaz Sharif was set Monday to lead Pakistan after his party seemed to have won the most seats in elections marking Pakistan's first democratic power transfer.
Pakistan election: Massive Wave Swept Across the Country

Pakistan election: Massive Wave Swept Across the Country

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 12 (UPI Next) -- With former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) emerging as clear victors in Saturday's general elections, political observers and voters are predicting a new chapter in Pakistan's political history.
SUMEERA RIAZ, written for UPI.com
More than 24 die in Pakistan's Election Day violence

More than 24 die in Pakistan's Election Day violence

ISLAMABAD, May 12 (UPI) -- At least 24 people died in Pakistan as more than 60 percent of the country's population turned out to vote, the highest turnout in decades, officials said.
Rightist party sweeps elections in Pakistan

Rightist party sweeps elections in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 12 (UPI Next) -- Tens of millions of Pakistani voters have re-elected a right-leaning former premier, resoundingly rejecting the outgoing party of late leader Benazir Bhutto and defying Taliban terror threats in historic elections.
LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com
Sharif claims win in Pakistan election; final results pending

Sharif claims win in Pakistan election; final results pending

ISLAMABAD, May 11 (UPI) -- Nawaz Sharif claimed a third term Saturday as Pakistan's prime minister as his PML-N party took a huge lead over its rivals, provisional results indicated.

Transgender Candidates Run in Pakistan for the First Time

ISLAMABAD, May 11 (UPI Next) -- At least seven transgender Pakistanis are contesting elections today after a landmark court order affirmed their right to participate in politics.
SARDAR NOKHAIZ, written for UPI.com
Pakistanis Cast Ballots Amid Terrorism in Historic Election

Pakistanis Cast Ballots Amid Terrorism in Historic Election

KARACHI, May 11 (UPI Next) --Pakistan goes to the polls to vote in a new government amid incidents of terrorism and complaints of rigging by some political parties.
LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com

Pamphlet in Pakistan region spurs fears of election violence

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 11 (UPI Next) -- A threatening pamphlet issued by extremists in southeastern Pakistan warning locals not to elect "infidels" and women has increased fears of election violence.
AMAR GURIRO, written for UPI.com

Election day bombs kill 11 in Pakistan city

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 11 (UPI Next) --Eleven people including women, children and political party activists have been killed in a bomb attack apparently targeting a secular party candidate in southern port city Karachi, just hours after voting began in parliamentary elections that represent a
LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com

Cricket bat symbol draws children into Pakistan's politics

PESHAWAR, May 11 (UPI Next) --The cricket bat has become a potent symbol, drawing children into the political process, in the lead-up to Pakistan's planned elections Saturday.
NIZAM UDDIN, written for UPI.com

Observers worry about security in Karachi on eve of election

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 10 (UPI Next) --Politicians and analysts are voicing concern about the security situation in Karachi, one of Pakistan's major economic hubs, as political parties gear up for Saturday's general elections.
ZAFAR AHMED KHAN, written for UPI.com

Pakistanis prefer strong leader to democratic government

ISLAMABAD, May 10 (UPI) -- More than half of Pakistan's Muslims would prefer a strong leader to a democratic government, an international poll released Friday indicated.

Female Candidate is a First in Remote Pakistani District

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 10 (UPI Next) --Badam Zari is running in Saturday's elections as the first female National Assembly candidate from a remote district of Pakistan's northern tribal region.
LUBNA JERAR NAQVI, written for UPI.com

Lahore Seen as Critical in Pakistan's Election

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 10 (UPI Next) --Lahore, the capital of Punjab province and Pakistan's second-largest city, is expected to be a key battleground in Saturday's planned elections.
SUMEERA RIAZ, written for UPI.com

Violence clouds Pakistani elections

UNITED NATIONS, May 10 (UPI) -- There are concerns that the recent wave of violence in Pakistan will undermine the chance for a peaceful election, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Women to be barred from voting in Pakistan's Lower Dir District

ISLAMABAD, May 10 (UPI) -- Women in Pakistan's Lower Dir District can't vote in Saturday's general election under an informal agreement by political parties, officials said.

Building fire in Pakistan kills at least eight

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 9 (UPI) -- A fire in a 13-story building in Lahore killed at least eight people and injured six more, authorities said Friday.

Pakistani Youth Vote Could be Critical, Analysts Say

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan May 9 (UPI Next) --Political analysts say the youth vote in Pakistan's May 11 elections could be a game changer.
SARDAR NOKHAIZ, written for UPI.com

Son of former Pakistani PM kidnapped

MULTAN, Pakistan, May 9 (UPI) -- The son of a former Pakistani prime minister was kidnapped and his secretary killed Thursday in an attack on a political rally, police said.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani’s Son Kidnapped at Election Rally

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani’s Son Kidnapped at Election Rally

MULTAN, Pakistan, May 9 (UPI Next) --The youngest son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was kidnapped during an election meeting in the central Pakistani city of Multan Thursday, police said.
ALI WAQAR, written for UPI.com

12 die in bomb blast before Pakistani candidate's political event

HANGU, Pakistan, May 7 (UPI) -- At least 12 people died in a bomb blast at a market in Hangu, Pakistan, Tuesday just before a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam candidate's political event, police said.

Non-Muslim candidates largely absent in Pakistan's election

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 7 (UPI Next) -- Few non-Muslims are running in Pakistan's planned election, which critics say reinforces non-Muslims' status as a poor underclass there.
AAMIR SAEED, written for UPI.com

Pakistani Candidate Imran Khan Injured at Campaign Rally

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 7 (UPI Next) --
ALI WAQAR, written for UPI.com
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