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Mixed reactions on Pakistan elections

Voters in Rawalpindi and Islamabad expressed mixed reactions on the polling process on Monday amid security concerns.

  • By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 13:39 February 18, 2008
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Reuters
  • A man casts his ballot while taking part in Pakistan's general elections at a polling station in the outskirts of Islamabad.

Islamabad: Voters in Rawalpindi and Islamabad expressed mixed reactions on the polling process on Monday amid security concerns.

"I know it is risky to come at the polling station, but I am committed to cast my vote for the future of the country," said Abdul Latif, who was waiting to vote in Rawalpindi.

Latif said that authorities should further increase the security measures to encourage voters to cast their votes.

"I was worried in the morning as television channels are reporting violence in different cites. At midday, I decided to come out as nothing had happed in Rawalpindi," he said.

Mohammad Amjad, a Rawalpindi resident, said his name was not included in the voters' list so he could not vote.

He said he had lodged a complaint with the presiding officers. "I believe resourceful people are also casting bogus votes in favour of their candidates," he said.

Another Rawalpindi voter, Qurban Khan, said he was not satisfied with the security arrangement. "I have seen supporters armed with guns and batons and situation can take worst turn anytime," he said.

In Islamabad, Arshad Ali, said a candidate had provided him transport for reaching the polling station but that he was not satisfied with security as "only a few policemen" were visible at polling stations.

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