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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.

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Hard-line Islamists to make gains in Pakistan vote

Candidates in Pakistan vow support for Taliban fight 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. Before a chanting crowd, he praises the Afghan Taliban and blasts Pakistan’s government for not protecting Osama bin Laden from U.S. commandos.

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