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Pakistan Elections: People Vote for 3rd Consecutive Civilian Govt

World | Associated Press | July 25, 2018, 2:00 pm
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 After an acrimonious campaign, polls opened in Pakistan on Wednesday to elect the country's third straight civilian government — a first for this majority Muslim nation that has been directly or indirectly ruled by its military for most of its 71-year history. (Image: AP)

After an acrimonious campaign, polls opened in Pakistan on Wednesday to elect the country's third straight civilian government — a first for this majority Muslim nation that has been directly or indirectly ruled by its military for most of its 71-year history. (Image: AP)

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 Early voting was heavy at some polling stations in Islamabad, the capital, and also in the Punjab provincial capital, with several political party leaders standing in line to cast their ballots. (Image: AP)

Early voting was heavy at some polling stations in Islamabad, the capital, and also in the Punjab provincial capital, with several political party leaders standing in line to cast their ballots. (Image: AP)

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 The unprecedented participation of radical religious groups, including those banned for terror links but resurrected and renamed, has also raised fears that the space for moderate thought may shrink further in Pakistan. (Image: AP)

The unprecedented participation of radical religious groups, including those banned for terror links but resurrected and renamed, has also raised fears that the space for moderate thought may shrink further in Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 Citing security concerns, the election commission announced that internet and cellphone services in several districts in southwestern Baluchistan province have been suspended. (Image: AP)

Citing security concerns, the election commission announced that internet and cellphone services in several districts in southwestern Baluchistan province have been suspended. (Image: AP)

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 A Pakistani woman casts her vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

A Pakistani woman casts her vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 People wait in queue at a polling station to cast their votes in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

People wait in queue at a polling station to cast their votes in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 A Pakistani woman casts her vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

A Pakistani woman casts her vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 Pakistani election staff wait for a transport to carry material to polling stations at a distribution center in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

Pakistani election staff wait for a transport to carry material to polling stations at a distribution center in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 Pakistani election staff set up a polling station for the parliamentary election, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

Pakistani election staff set up a polling station for the parliamentary election, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 People cast their votes in the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

People cast their votes in the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 Pakistani election staff wait for a transport to carry material to polling stations at a distribution center in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

Pakistani election staff wait for a transport to carry material to polling stations at a distribution center in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 People wait in queue at a polling station to cast their votes in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

People wait in queue at a polling station to cast their votes in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 A Pakistani election worker walks past a poster with balloting instructions at a polling station for parliamentary election, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

A Pakistani election worker walks past a poster with balloting instructions at a polling station for parliamentary election, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 A woman casts her vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

A woman casts her vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 Pakistani election staff set up a polling station for the parliamentary election, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

Pakistani election staff set up a polling station for the parliamentary election, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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