Fear of Violence Marks Pakistani Elections Pakistanis headed to the polls on Monday for much-anticipated parliamentary elections that were delayed after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in December. But fears of violence may have kept some from voting.
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Fear of Violence Marks Pakistani Elections

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Fear of Violence Marks Pakistani Elections

Fear of Violence Marks Pakistani Elections

Fear of Violence Marks Pakistani Elections

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Day to Day's Report on the Pakistan Elections

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Turnout for Pakistan's much-anticipated parliamentary elections appears to have been low because of a widespread fear of violence. Militants set off bombs at several polling stations around the country on Monday. The bombings followed a suicide attack on Saturday that killed nearly 50 people.

Renee Montagne talks about the elections with Jackie Northam in Islamabad and Philip Reeves in Lahore.