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Election Day in Pakistan 2013
Rawalpindi, Paksitan
By U.S. Editor
10 May 2013

Pakistan celebrated its first General Parliamentary Elections on May 11th, 2013.

The elections are the first civilian transfer of power following the five year term of a democratically elected government.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 5 of 28)
Rawalpindi , Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

A man gets his ballot papers from an election official in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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Election Day in Pakistan (4 0f 28)
Rawalpindi , Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

An election official verifies a voter's I.D before issuing him his ballot.

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Election Day in Pakistan (2 0f 28)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Men standing in line at at a polling station waiting to vote on Pakistan's election day.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 1...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani woman shows her ink-stained thumb after casting her ballot at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 9...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani woman shows her ink-stained thumb after casting her ballot at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 7...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

Kalsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League party chief Nawaz Sharif, walks out of a polling station after casting her ballot in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls or a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 5...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani man casts his vote at a polling station on May 11, 2013 in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan.

Pakistan's parliamentary elections were held on May 11, 2013. Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik- e- Insaf (PTI) and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) were campaigning intensely the past several weeks before the election polls opened.

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Pakistan's General Elections 2013 ( 1...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
10 May 2013

A Pakistani child holds the picture of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik-e -Insaf (PTI) party.

Pakistan's parliamentary elections are due to be held on May 11, 2013. Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehrik- e- Insaf (PTI) and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) have been campaigning intensely the past several weeks before the election polls open.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 28 of 28)
Islamabad, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

The main road connecting Islamabad and Rawalpindi is usually bustling with activity, but today, it remains deserted on election day.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 27 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Campaign posters hang on a main road in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on election day.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 26 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Paksitan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

People coming out to vote in the Raja Bazaar district of Rawalpindi.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 25 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Paksitan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

PMLN Camps guiding their voters to the appropriate polling stations in Raja Bazaar Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 22 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Pakistan army soldiers guard a polling station in the Rawalpindi as polling starts. The area is expected to see fierce electoral battle between PTI and PMLN.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 21 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Pakistan army soldiers walk past women awaiting to vote near a polling station.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 19 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

A women a at a polling station in the raja Bazaar area of Rawalpindi. This is the first election that women have been allocated separate polling stations to vote.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 18 of 28)
Rawalpindi , Pakstan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

A woman gets her thumb inked at a polling station in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 15 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Paksitan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

An election commission official issues a ballot to a voter.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 14 of 28)
Rawalpindi , Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

A woman casts her vote in inner city polling station in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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Election Day in Pakistan (13 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Women wait for their turn to vote at a women only polling station.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 11 of 28)
Rawalpindi , Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

A polling official verifies a voter's identity from the voter lists.

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Election Day in Pakistan (7 0f 28)
Rawalpindi, Paksitan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Voters gesturing a victory sign to the camera as they await to cast their vote at a polling station.

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Election Day in Pakistan (1 of 28)
Rawalpindi , Pakisatan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Men scramble to get in a polling station to vote on election day in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 12 of 28 )
Rawalpindi , Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Women walk into a polling station in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on election day.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

At 46 years old, Lubna is transgendered and an independent elections candidate.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Rejected because she is transgendered, Lubna lives away from her family.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna sits with Sidra, her friend and assistant in her election campaign. Lubna shares this home with 6 other transgenders who make their living by dancing in wedding ceremonies.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna sits in her home, which she shares with other transgendered people, in the suburbs of Jhelum city.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Election campaign material for transgender candidate Lubna. She is using the electoral sign of a Cow in her campaign.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna hands out her manifesto to people in the area she where she lives and worked. She is contesting for provincial assembly seat for District Jhelum.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Election banners and posters dominate markets of Jhelum, Pakistan. The election campaigning is in full swing across Pakistan. Jhelum has special significance in this election as for the first time in its long history, a transgender is contesting for elections.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna and her fellow transgenders know the inner city of Jhelum very well, as they have worked and lived in this area for a long time. Here, they go shop to shop in the market to distribute Lubna's election manifesto.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Residents of inner Jhelum look on as Lubna walks by. She is very familiar with the area and its residents and many welcome her contesting in the elections.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna talks to an old lady in streets of Jhelum.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.