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Pakistan Elections 2018 : Violence looms Large in Air as Pakistan votes for its third Civilian Government

File Photo of Khyber-Pakhtuwana Attacks

The insurgency ripped nation Pakistan in another desperate attempt to regain Democracy and normalcy is all set to vote to elect its third straight civilian government. More than 11,000 candidates are contesting for 270 Parliamentary seats and 570 seats in four provisional assemblies. Pakistan Elections, which is being dubbed as the worst election ever, is a direct fight between Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and the party of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Predictions of a “hung assembly” are all over because people believe that the lead which Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is expected to have over Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will not be enough to form a majority. 19 million voters comprising of women, youth and old will decide Pakistan’s political future.

But Pakistan Elections are not being disregarded just from the perspective of government formation. The Nation has seen a lot of violence in the past few weeks, and the poll day was no different.

The voting began at 8 AM today and here’s an account of the intrinsic misfortunes that have followed since morning.

  • Power Cut in Peshawar poling stations delayed voting. The Inconvenience caused difficulties for both voters and poll officials.
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa remained tense as the region suffered a dreaded attack a few days back.
  • Former President Asif Ali Zardari’s daughter Bakhtawar and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s daughter Asifa cast their votes at Tandu Alayaar in Sindh province.
  • PML-N candidate and National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadik remarked that the poll proceedings are going on at snail’s speed.
  • A firing in terror-struck Khyber-Pakhtuwana killed three.
  •  A fight broke out at a women’s polling station in Peshawar, following which voting has been stopped there.
  •  A fight between party workers of two rival political parties created a discrepancy in Karachi’s Landhi area.
  • Transgenders were prohibited from voting in a men’s polling station.
  • A firing in Swabi district killed 1 and injured 3.
  • A hand grenade attack in Sindh’s Lardhana area injured 3.
  • LeT Chief Hafiz Sayeed cast his vote in Lahore.
  • A deadly blast shook Quetta. The death toll has risen to 31.

Beyond these, several other sporadic incidents of violence have been reported from various parts of Pakistan.

Interestingly, according to the Pakistani Media, the  General Elections is somewhat a ray hope for the victory of democracy against the long seeded insurgent activities and Islamic Terrorism, but the series of incidents that have followed on the poll day indicates the as usual domination of terror and fear while weapons for victimizing the masses and grab power are already in position.