Taliban threat could skew Pakistan election result
In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, photo, Pakistani student Hazratullah Khan, 14, who was injured in a car bombing on December 17, 2012, as he was on his way home from school, reacts from pain while medical staff measure the size of his limb, at the Private Therapy Complex in Peshawar, Pakistan. Moderate politicians from some of Pakistan's most violent areas are defying the threat of violence to run in upcoming nationwide elections, but they're increasingly turning to social media and phone calls that allow them to campaign from a distance. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:00 am
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Moderate politicians from some of Pakistan's most violent areas are risking the threat of Taliban attack to run in upcoming nationwide elections, but they are increasingly being forced to rely on social media, phone calls and even short documentaries that allow them to campaign at a distance.
That could give hard-line Islamic candidates and Taliban supporters an advantage as they're able to stump for votes and hold large public rallies that are a traditional hallmark of elections in the country but are extremely vulnerable to attacks.
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