The citizen’s of Pakistan are going to decide who is going to form a government, as they proceed to vote today, in an intense environment of political unrest, looming dominance of miltary, and attacks.All appropriate security measures have been set up to ensure that there is no interruption or violent outburst in the country, with 800,000 police stationed at more than 85,000 polling booths. 106 million people, from a population of 207 million, are voting to elect a new government. The major parties that are contesting the elections, include: Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) or PML-N, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI, and Benazir Bhutto’s party Pakistan Peoples Party, being led by her son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
3,000 candidates are contesting the elections for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, and 8,000 candidates are running for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies. The voting lasts from 8:00 am local time (8:30 am IST) and 6:00 pm (6:30 pm IST).
Nawaz Sharif, and Imran Khan’s have more influence over the public consciousness, and it has been predicted one of the two could be the victor of people’s choice. However, the veil of terror has already shadowed the country, after a suicide bombing near a polling booth in Quetta, Balochistan. At least 20 people have lost their lives in the attack. The terrorist organization, ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the assault.
Suicide attack in Quetta. Ten martyred, dozens injured….
Stay strong….we knew this would happen..now we have to face it with courage. Don't start damaging Pakistan in protests…Khair insha'Allah.. pic.twitter.com/83osXZS6jf
— Zaid Hamid (@ZaidZamanHamid) July 25, 2018