The role of violence in upcoming elections in Pakistan
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Is violence a threat to upcoming elections in Pakistan? Amongst other sources of potential danger, the Pakistani Taliban have issued threats against the three main secular parties that made up the outgoing government and who backed army operations against the Islamist militants. But the parties, and their leaders, continue to campaign in the face of violence. Imtiaz Gul, whose Islamabad-based think-tank focuses on security and democracy issues, explains why the violence should not prevent elections that are expected in six weeks.