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Hard-line Islamists to make gains in Pakistan vote

MAULANA SHUJAUL Mulk, center, pro-Taliban Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI-F), is surrounded by guards as he greets a supporter during his election campaign at a road in Mardan, Pakistan. Mulk is among several Pakistani Islamists and sectarian groups contesting for the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, which are divided and scattered though, they are still in a position to secure enough strength to play Pakistani establishment bid to “hound” the next frail government in influencing its decisions about the U.S. forces withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.

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MAULANA SHUJAUL Mulk, center, pro-Taliban Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI-F), is surrounded by guards as he greets a supporter during his election campaign at a road in Mardan, Pakistan. Mulk is among several Pakistani Islamists and sectarian groups contesting for the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, which are divided and scattered though, they are still in a position to secure enough strength to play Pakistani establishment bid to “hound” the next frail government in influencing its decisions about the U.S. forces withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.



MARDAN, Pakistan — The imposing, black-bearded politician in a striking white turban takes the stage at a campaign rally in northwest Pakistan as a song about Islamic holy war blares over loudspeakers...

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