Bomb Blasts Mar Pakistani Elections – 16 Dead
Pakistanis check damages at an election campaign office of Pakistan People’s Party, PPP, destroyed by a bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP)
The Election Commission of Pakistan is confident of seeing a better voter turnout in these elections despite the bombings.
Bomb blasts killed at least 16 people today as voters cast ballots in historic Pakistani elections.
Violence on election day in Pakistan has killed at least 16 people, as voters cast ballots in the first election that will see one civilian administration give way to another after a full term in office.
As Pakistanis vote in parliamentary elections to fill 272 seats in the National Assembly, twin bomb blasts in Karachi killed at least 10 people. The blasts took place at a political campaign office for the Awami National Party, one of the parties targeted by the Taliban for election-related attacks.
Shootings in the southwestern province of Baluchistan left another four people dead.
However, considering the huge turnout at polling stations across the country, relatively few attacks have taken place so far on election day.
More than 100 people have been killed and scores wounded since late April in attacks, as the Taliban seeks to undermine the election. Taliban members have warned of suicide attacks on election day.