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Friday
May102013

In Run-up to Pakistani Elections, Son of Former PM Is Abducted

TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- The kidnapping of a former prime minister's son Thursday is the latest violent incident in the run-up to Pakistan's national election this weekend.

At least 100 people have been killed during the past month as the Pakistan Taliban has vowed to crush three parties with reformist secular candidates.

In spite of the violence, the election is still scheduled to take place on Saturday, making it the first time since 1947 that one civilian government in Pakistan will replace another.

No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction of candidate Ali Haider Gilani, son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.  The younger Gilani's secretary was killed during the kidnapping in southern Punjab.

Meanwhile, the Taliban has refrained from attacking candidates from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which is widely expected to win the most seats in the election. 

Another party has also been given a reprieve and both have pledged to work to achieve a peace settlement with the Pakistan Taliban, which holds sway in the country's volatile northwestern region bordering Afghanistan.

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