Campaigning has ended in Pakistan ahead of the first general elections in five years. It is the first time a civilian government has completed a full term in office in the country’s history.
Despite the milestone, over 100 people have been killed in poll related attacks.
The latest opinion polls have shown that the Pakistan Muslim League led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is favourite to become the new leader of the country.
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who is recovering after a fall, addressed a crowd via video link from his hospital bed. He is predicting a wave of support from voters, particularly urban youth, who are turning their back on the traditional parties.
The Chairman of the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, the son of assassinated Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, urged voters to cast their ballot for the “martyrs” Party.
The campaign has been marred by terror threats and Taliban attacks. In the latest in a serious of violent acts the son of the country’s former prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani and member of the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party, has been abducted by gunmen.