Pakistan goes to the polls

A look at the major political parties in Pakistan ... more

A 13 January 2012 photo of Asfandyar Wali Khan, chief of the Pakistani Awami National Party (ANP). ANP is a left-wing, secular, Pashtun nationalist party, and enjoys friendly ties with US and India. AFP
1/6A 13 January 2012 photo of Asfandyar Wali Khan, chief of the Pakistani Awami National Party (ANP). ANP is a left-wing, secular, Pashtun nationalist party, and enjoys friendly ties with US and India. AFP
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party leaders in Karachi on 20 April 2013. Under its chief Altaf Hussain, the MQM is a secular, liberal but fiscally conservative party and serves as a vital key in any coalition government, with its control over Karachi. AFP
2/6Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party leaders in Karachi on 20 April 2013. Under its chief Altaf Hussain, the MQM is a secular, liberal but fiscally conservative party and serves as a vital key in any coalition government, with its control over Karachi. AFP
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is a center-right, fiscal conservative political party, headed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (In picture, centre). The party is considered to be the frontrunner in the 2013 polls. Reuters
3/6Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is a center-right, fiscal conservative political party, headed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (In picture, centre). The party is considered to be the frontrunner in the 2013 polls. Reuters
A file photo of Pakistan Muslim League -Quaid (PML-Q) president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. PML-Q is a centre-nationalist political party, formed from other parties’ defectors under Pervez Musharraf. Reuters
4/6A file photo of Pakistan Muslim League -Quaid (PML-Q) president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. PML-Q is a centre-nationalist political party, formed from other parties’ defectors under Pervez Musharraf. Reuters
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari with his son, chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto (R). PPP is the first civilian-led government to complete its full 5-year term, but Zardari’s popularity is low.AFP
5/6Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari with his son, chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto (R). PPP is the first civilian-led government to complete its full 5-year term, but Zardari’s popularity is low.AFP
Imran Khan, Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), promises drastic reforms across the country. While he has mass appeal, it remains to be seen if that translates into votes. Reuters
6/6Imran Khan, Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), promises drastic reforms across the country. While he has mass appeal, it remains to be seen if that translates into votes. Reuters
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