After going through various social media outlets, one wonders, did people in Pakistan sleep last night? Or did they even vote as they were up all that time eagerly waiting for the polling to begin, supporting their respective leaders! But it appears that zealous Pakistanis didn’t sleep at all or may be just for a couple of hours as the turn out today is historic.
At least 10 people were killed in election related violence Saturday in Karachi, including at least one child, as voters across the country headed to the polls. The blast happened outside a political party’s office just hours after the polls opened. But voters fed up with the country's feeble economy and chronic corruption made their way to polling stations throughout the day.
In the capital Islamabad, European Union Observers said the process was going smoothly and marked a huge improvement from the election five years ago.
Where rigging and unfair elections have been reported in various areas of Karachi, many political parties have boycotted the elections.
As polling at various constituencies continue and counting at others begins, here we have compiled a roundup of 2013 Pakistan Elections 2013 in photos for you to look at. Take a look:
Reuters - A woman voter casts her ballot during general elections at a polling station in Peshawar May 11, 2013.
Facebook – Hamna Qureshi
Orderly polling at Aziz Bhatti Town, Lahore. About 45 per cent turnout so far, and still long queues. twitter.com/declanwalsh/st…— Declan Walsh(@declanwalsh) May 11, 2013
Reuters - A voter holds his Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) as he waits to cast his vote at a polling station in Quetta.
Reuters - Women wait to vote at a polling station in a village near Lahore.
Reuters - Women wait to vote at a polling station in the old part of Lahore.
Reuters - Women register and cast their ballots at a polling station in the old part of Lahore.
Reuters - People gather near a polling station in a village near Lahore.
Mohammad Ahmed, 1, with his head painted with the flag and name of Pakistan's Tehrik-i-Insaf party (PTI) waits in his stroller as his mother (not pictured) waits for her turn to cast her vote at a polling station in Karachi.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani cast his vote as Pakistan headed to the polls on May 11. twitter.com/omarulhaq/stat…— OUH (@omarulhaq) May 11, 2013
Reuters - A woman voter displays her inked thumb for a photograph after marking her ballot paper, before casting her vote at a polling station in Karachi.
Reuters - Voters line up as they wait for their turn to cast their vote at a polling station in Karachi.
Reuters - An election official marks a voter's thumb with ink for identification as she gets a ballot paper before casting her vote at a polling station in Peshawar.
Reuters - Supporters of Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and chairman of the Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) political party, react as they pose for a camera outside a polling station during general election in Karachi.
Reuters - A voter casts her ballot during the general elections at a polling station in Peshawar.
The election has been hailed historic for marking a transition from one civilian led government to the next- without the military stepping in to take over.
Let’s hope for ‘change’ in Pakistan. Best of Luck.