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Violence before Pakistan vote

(Vatican Radio) Pakistan is preparing to go to the polls on Saturday in an election which marks the first turnover of power after an elected government finished a full term in the nation’s history.
However, more than 125 people have been killed in a series of shootings and bombings ahead of the election, making it the bloodiest campaign ever in Pakistan.
The violence reached a crescendo Thursday, when the son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was kidnapped, in an attack which also killed his son’s secretary.
There was no claim of responsibility for the abduction of 25-year-old Ali Haider Gilani, but suspicion immediately fell on the Taliban. Gilani is running for a provincial assembly seat in Punjab province.
His father on the people of the country to respond to the violence by going to the polls.
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