Elections started in Pakistan today under heavy security in the wake of the threats from Taliban groups to the Government. About 8.5 crores of voters are franchising their votes to elect a leader who in their opinion is not corrupt and who has the abilities to develop the country. This is for the first time in the history of Pakistan that a Government completed full tenure after which it called for the elections.
The voters came out with enthusiasm to franchise in spite of the warnings from Talibans.
But, as it is feared, there were some incidents of blasts in Pakistan. In the morning a serial bomb blast occurred in front of ASP election office in Karachi. Five persons died and many were wounded in the incident. In the four blasts in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar, a total loss of ten lives was reported. Over 30 were wounded in the incidents.
So far the trend shows that Pakistan Muslim League led by former Prime Minister Nawaj Sheriff is leading and followed on heals by Pakistan Tehreek E Insaf led by former cricketer Imran Khan. The present Government of Pakistan People’s Party led by Asif Ali Zardari is being termed as corrupt by many voters. In all possibilities as it look at present, Nawaj Sheriff is going to lead in the elections.
Two days ago, former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani 's son Ali Hyder Gilani was abducted by unidentified persons at gun point after firing on him, on his supporters and killing his personal secretary. Eye witness reports say that Gilani was shot and blood stains were seen while he was dragged in the vehicle used for abducting him. Gilani was campaigning in Multan for PPP when the incident took place.
Before the kidnapping, Imran Khan had a bad fall from the mechanical lift while he was going on election campaign, caused him back fracture and deep cuts and a sympathy among the voters went in favor of him is also going to have an impact on the election results.